Friday, June 27, 2008

Good to finally learn the lyrics


Man! I've been listening to Daft Punk's "Around the World" for years now, but can't seem to get a handle on the lyrics. Thank god someone has finally posted them online!

I Am Not A Paper Cup (but you'll likely screw up and throw me away)


I saw this clever coffee cup at the SF Moma store over the weekend. (Though for some reason it's not listed on their web store.) This is essentially a porcelain coffee cup with a silicon lid that looks, and even feels like a real paper coffee cup. I didn't pick one up, but I like the idea. However, I see two major flaws with the product.

1. I assume the silicon lid will turn a brownish color (just like your teeth) after enough usage.
2. Face it, people are absent minded. You're likely going to throw this thing away on accident. Chances are it'll be in one of those nasty SF trash cans that the homeless dudes wizz into.

This can be picked up at Perpetual Kid

Thursday, June 26, 2008

HOLY SHIT! WESC Alp Horn



I must buy these. I must buy these. Must help TRON defeat the Master Control Program.

Seriously though. WESC is dropping these new "Alp Horn" headphones that I must own. Did I mention that brushed metal and neon green are two of my favorite colors / finishes? Not to mention the fact that my DJ headphones are being held together by blue masking tape.

Monday, June 23, 2008

First Zune Arts film makes it into MOMA permanent collection


Here's another video from Zune Arts that has made it into the Museum of Modern Art permanent film collection. This one is by Bitstate from London. I think it's interesting how both films have a common theme about sharing. Oh wait, that's what the Zune social is all about. Any films on squirting? (squirting = sharing songs from Zune to Zune.)

Second Zune Arts video makes it into MOMA permanent collection


This great film has been inducted into the Museum of Modern Art's permanent film collection. The film "Masks" was made by a group called PandaPanther based in NYC. It can be seen at Zune Arts

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Matt is funny as HELL!

Holy crap. I can't even remember the last time I laughed this hard. I was just browsing Laughing Squid when I ran across a post about Matt Harding. Basically he's a video game developer who made a video in 2006 of him dancing solo in 39 countries. In 2008 he created another video of himself dancing with groups of locals in 42 countries. I don't know what is funnier, the concept, or Matt's crazy ass dance style. Check out Where the hell is matt for more info.

2006 video:


2008 video:

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hayden @ Cafe Du Nord (Saturday)

Hayden has always been an important musician in my life for a long time now. I remember being in junior high watching MTV2 at 3 in the morning. Hayden's video for "Bad as they seem" began playing and I was floored. I hunted for his album for years before finally stumbling across it sometime in high school. Ever since then I have been a huge fan of all of his work.

Anyways, Hayden as playing at Cafe du Nord this Saturday, and I am stoked! I've never heard of him touring in the US before, so I am really excited. If you're into the singer-songwriter sound, make sure to check this show out! Also, here is the video for "Bad as They Seem."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Skream + Benga @ Mighty tonight!



Two major dub-step icons are going to be playing together in the US for the first time ever tonight. Skream + Benga @ Mighty 119! I haven't spent much time listening to these two particular dub-step artists, though I love the genre, and hear these guys are the hottest artists in the scene at the moment. An-ten-nae is hosting the show.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Michael Lau Stanley Kubrick inspired figures (but not Kubricks)




Michael Lau has unveiled two vinyl figures for an upcoming show called CSBOOTH15 at Michael Gallery in Hong Kong on July 5, 6. The first was inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the second by A Clockwork Orange. I've always appreciated his figures though I never wanted to own them. I would LOVE to own these two figures though. I love the Stanley Kubrick theme, and also the coordinated color schemes. I really hope these are available online!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Korg nanoSeries add-ons for your laptop


Korg is going to be introducing a series of nano-technology (had to say it) for your laptop. The series includes the nanoPAD (drum machine), nanoKEY (keyboard), and nanoKONTROL (equalizer). These all attach to the bottom of your laptop, and interface with the keyboard via USA. The nanoKEY would be perfect for usage with Reason, or hitting someone in the club over the head when they bump your 1200s.

(found via NotCot)

Life size Bramble by Ashley Wood for SDCC


Looks like Ashley Wood is creating a life-size "Bramble" robot for San Diego Comic Con. I presume Bramble is a character from 'World War Robot,' a new web comic by Ashley Wood, that will drop..... someday. Anyways go check this guy out. Something tells me it will be stunning.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Alan Braxe @ Mezzanine tonight!

Alan Braxe is playing tonight at Mezzanine. He's known for such great French House / Electro / Indie tracks such as:
- Alan Braxe & Friends: The Upper Cuts
- Stardust "Music Sounds Better With You"
- DFA 1979: "Black History Month" (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Remix)
- Justice "D.A.N.C.E." (Alan Braxe and Fred Falke Remix)

Here's the Stardust video!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Baxter of California "Flammable" Candles

Baxter of California just announced that they are coming out with candles featuring scents that won't freak a guy out. I actually find this rather interesting as I sometimes need a candle in my appt. I'm a guy, things don't always smell like daisies. Deal with it. Anyways, they come in the following scents:
- Cassis Noir
- Jasmine Noir
- Tubereuse Noir

I hope these things smell half-way decent. The last time I saw guy candles was a few years back when Banana Republic used to make em. By the way, I use their "Italian Lime and Pomegranate Essence" shower soap, and it smells excellent. Highly recommended. Also, make sure to check out their cool ASCII art on the bottles. Perfect for the metrosexual nerdcore.

Friday, June 06, 2008

The Lady's Murder by Eliza Frye



I'm obsessed with Graphic Novels. I can't get enough of em. I gravitate towards artists with unique or distinct styles, and those with interesting concepts for where to take the medium. Well.... Eliza Frye has achieved all of the above. Her web-comic "The Lady's Murder" is a murder mystery about a seductive and mysterious woman. She is publishing a page a day online, and is currently up to page 18. I checked out the site today, and am instantly a fan. I can't wait to see where the story goes.

Back to innovation... I love her usage of negative space to inspire the reader to fill in the gaps with their imagination. The nude pictures where everything is solid white leaves it up to the user to "fill things in." Isn't this what the medium is all about? Using your mind to flesh out the story between cells. I also love the style she uses for her characters. It has a very classic French style to it. Excellent!

I have included the cover page, and my personal favorite from the comic.

AT-AT Walker / Oakland Crane t-shirt


I just saw how The Girl and Rhino made these great shirts of the cranes in Oakland dreaming of being an AT-AT Walker from Star Wars. According to legend, George Lucas came up with the idea for the AT-AT Walker when he saw these cranes along the bay in Oakland. Thanks to Laughing Squid (Todd Lappin) for the tip.


If you're a Star Wars fan (which I am) I highly recommend picking one of these up. By the way... Star Wars rocks, Star Trek sucks. :)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Tom Ford knows a few bits about advertising




While browsing on Designboom I ran across the new ad campaign from style icon Tom Ford. Does this mean that I have my head in the sand if I say I haven't ever heard of him before? His new campaign boldly goes where few ad campaigns do, but where pretty much everyone goes on a daily basis.

I'm impressed anytime someone can come up with something that's artistic yet still challenge our social norms. Some of the pics are so risque that I don't know if I could post them on my blog. (Images of sex, private bits, etc.) By the way... Designboom has a link to all the more provocative pics.

Dizzee Rascal + Calvin Harris + Chrome = Dance Wiv Me


I love Dizzee Rascal. He's an amazing producer, and a dope MC. Boy In Da Corner is an all time favorite of mine. Everytime I hear "I Luv U" I feel like an earthquake just hit me in San Francisco. I also love Calvin Harris. I had a chance to see him at Pop Scene recently, and was seriously impressed by his stage presence. His album I Created Disco is also a recent favorite. Behold "Dance Wiv Me" (no that's not a typo, but it's cool.) This is the new track by both aforementioned artists along with some random guy named Chrome. I love how the video has that Ol' Dirty Bastard vibe to it. Anyways, check it out.

Sugar Bush Squirrel... one hell of a playa



I just saw a post on Laughing Squid about Sugar Bush Squirrel. He is the most photographed squirrel of all time, and his web site tells you to "Grab ya nuts and follow me..." WOW! I mean seriously, on their own squirrels are one of the coolest animals on planet earth. But dressing up in cool outfits definitely sets you a cut above the rest. Sugar Bush Squirrel even ranks cooler than the albino squirrel I used to see at my college campus.

Apparently "Sugga Bush" as he/she is known on the streets, is a real live squirrel, styled and cared for by Ms. Kelley Foxton. Much respect to her on her amazing idea. I thought you all would enjoy pics of Saddam Squirrel and Pimp Squirrel. The craziest thing is how does the squirrel stand for this? If I was in his/her paws I'd say "Are you a squirrel? No? Then get off my nuts!"

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Joy Division Zune... official pics

Doo doo, do doooo do do do.
Isolation, isolation, isolation.

Looks like this is the official Joy Division Zune. 500 of them will be available from Zune Originals on June 17th. Grant Gee's Joy Division documentary will come preloaded on all of them.

I kind of wish I could get my hands on one so I can dance around and sing to "Isolation" by Joy Division. Why? Cause there's no one on the 'social. All things said, this is much cooler than the U2 iPod.

Choke movie trailer + site online!


Choke which is my second favorite Chuck Palahniuk book (after Fight Club) has recently been made into a movie. I am ecstatic! I had a chance to meet Chuck in Austin right after he wrote Lullaby, and asked him when he was going to make Choke into a movie. he mentioned that it would probably never happen since the some of the content is pretty obscene. Well, guess what.... it has!

Poodle.


What can stop a Mercedes G-Class?



I just saw this post on Notcot, and absolutely loved it. Anyone who's seen my art knows i'm a huge fan of angles and line, and also black and white. I also used to be a orgami freak as a kid. Therefore I thought I needed to share this commercial. I wish the music choice would have been better considering the setting. Maybe something like Aphex Twin or Bjork? Apparently the commercial is from Shanghai DGM

365 art exhibition @ 111 Minna Gallery. Thursday 5th

I highly recommend checking out this art exhibition opening Thursday June 5th @ 111 Minna Gallery in SF. The music should be eclectic / avant garde hip-hop (some Anticon talent).

Music by:
- Elliot Lipp
- The Gaslamp Killer
- Daedalus
- Jel

Art by:
- Damon Soule
- Odd Nosdam

Shearwater's Rook has been released and it's epic!

Shearwater's new album Rook has just been released in the U.S. to rave reviews. Shearwater is a quartet out of Austin, Texas (my place of origin). The vocals are by Jonathan Meiburg, but songs are written with contributions from Will Sheff (lead singer of Okkervil River). If I understand correctly, Meiburg and Sheff are both members of Okkervil River and Shearwater, resulting in both bands being quite impressive.

I myself am more of a fan of Shearwater's sound though. I really dig Will Sheff's songwriting for Okkervil River, but I feel that Jonathan Meiburg's voice is much more impressive. Meiburg ranges from powerful charges, to subtle meanderings on the record. I feel Shearwater's sound fits into that category of orchestral / slow burn indie rock. Listening to their music I feel a broad range of emotion. This reminds me of listening to The Frames Burn the Maps or anything by The Dears. I also feel that Rook is a great improvement over their previous album Palo Santo, which was a little mellow for my tastes. Anyways, buy Rook.

Just to plug the critics, Pitchfork gave it an 8.0, Popmatters gave it a 9/10.

Monday, June 02, 2008

New music from The Stills!!!!!!!!

F%^&(*G cool album cover. Now that I said it I can begin.

I absolutely freaking love The Stills. I saw them back in the olden days (college) in Austin, TX around the time Logic Will Break Your Heart came out (2003). Their album was one of my two favorite albums from the whole Post Punk revival alongside Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights. I remember it like it was yesterday. I saw them perform at Emo's and also ran into their band manager at a gas station. Awesome.

Anyways, The Stills second album sucked. Enough said. However, their third album "Oceans will Rise" looks to be absolutely incredible. It picks up right where their first album does, and already has me titillated.

Check out these amazing tracks off the new album on MySpace
- Being Here
- Snakecharming the Masses
- Rooibos / Palm Wine Drinkard (my favorite of the 3)

Oceans Will Rise tracklist (out Aug 19)
1. “Don’t Talk Down”
2. “Snow In California”
3. “Snakecharming The Masses”
4. “Being Here”
5. “Everything I Build”
6. “Panic”
7. “Eastern Europe”
8. “Hands On Fire”
9. “Dinosaurs”
10. “I’m With You”
11. “Rooibos / Palm Wine Drinkard”
12. “Statue Of Sirens”