My good friends in Black Churches asked me to help them with an idea they had for a shirt. All they had in mind was some sort of three eyed monster. So I gladly took on the challenge, and this is what came of it. These guys are seriously tearing it up, and they also couldn’t be a nicer batch of dudes. Grab one of these shirts at one of their shows.
So my good friend and all around tech-savvy guy, James Ramirez, asked me to make a wallpaper for his new iPad, and his old now seemingly less cool iPhone. I was up for that challenge. Now, the interesting thing about the iPad wallpaper is the because the iPad operates both horizontally and vertically, the wallpaper rotates to accommodate how it is you’re holding it. So it’s a square layout, but that’s so it can be of service in both ways. For any of you already have your hands on an iPad, or for the larger mass of of you using an iPhone, feel free to use these.
James actually just sent me a photo of this actually on the iPad! Feeling so futuristic right now.
This week, I was ALL about Joanna Newsom. I was listening to her new triple LP Have One On Me and I was loving it. I’ve always liked Joanna Newsom, but she was never someone I would often listen to. However, this new release just made me crazy for her. It’s like two hours long, and there are some moments on there that are just too fine for words. Good Intentions Paving Company is the ultimate groove. For anyone remotely interested in Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me is a must!
Real Estate is still doing so much right by me. I just love these guys. I am seriously trying to see them in Philly in the next few weeks, so if you’re interested in going, let me know, we can make a night of it.
Billy O’Brien asked me to make a poster for Cymbals Eat Guitars for an upcoming show they are playing in Asbury. I knew them by name, but hadn’t listened, so I wanted to familiarize myself with them before I started designing anything. And hollllllllyyyyyy cowwwww. These guys are so good! They are a new favorite already. For fans of Dinosaur Jr and Pavement, or more contemporary counterparts, Surfer Blood, check these guys out if you haven’t already. I’m seriously digging these guys and I need to find a way to make it to their Asbury show and maybe get my poster signed or something!
Ry Cooder came as a recognition from Kirby’s dad. And boy am I glad I found out about him. It’s just so good. He’s an Americana king. If you’re into any of the old folk guys, don’t pass him up. I got Into The Purple Valley on vinyl, and that’s just a sweet listen.
I had some Neil Young time this week. Everyone knows and loves Neil, so I won’t go into too much depth. But I think we can all agree that there’s some days where nothing else makes sense.
Givers are one of my favorite bands out there right now. I can’t wait to see these guys and girl live again. Also apparently some kid my sister goes to school with used to be in this band. I definitely need to explore that avenue a bit more, because you know, obsession.
Fang Island. I don’t really know about this band. I was hoping for a bit more than what I got I guess. First listen was pretty impressive, but as I listened again it just got a little corny to me. Seems like they are trying to fit a certain feel or something. Apparently these guys were also in the band Daughters, which kind of lends to my point that they are just trying to morph themselves into something a bit more relevant, but like there predecessor, this won’t have much lasting power either.
Graham Nash. I was having such a Graham Nash day last Thursday. I’m a fan of any respective letter making up CSNY, and N seems to never let me down.
I was riding the chillwave wave so hard this week. Washed Out quickly became a new favorite, especially after hearing his new Life Of Leisure EP. For fans of Toro Y Moi, this guy is the next step up. He seems to be kind of leading the pack in this group of artists, and I am going to be following.
Nite Jewel is to me, the female counterpart of Washed Out. She’s really floaty and I hit this one heavy early last week, pumping her jams all day at work. She’s another player in the chillwave game, and if you have any interest in that, she’s worth checking out.
King Tuff was strong again this week. Sun Medallion is king.
I finally got a taste of Cotton Jones, and I was really feeling it. You can still hear traces back to Page France, but this seems to be a bit more evolved and solid. Blood Red Sentimental Blues is a standout track, though I think I’m a bit bias because I love the Secret Mountains version so much.
Surfer Blood is an absolute favorite of the past few months. I really need to catch these guys soon. Give these guys a few listens, the more you listen to it, the more you can’t help but love it.
Telefon Tel Aviv is another great electronic band, who I was hesitant to get into because I had heard a song I didn’t like a while back, but Mike passed me Immolate Yourself and I was happily getting work done to that for many hours.
Paul McCartney made his way back into my daily listening after months of being absent. I was more or less obsessed two summers ago and played almost everything of his to death. However, I can always revisit RAM, which this time led me into Venus And Mars which I think could be his second best.
And because any band with “surf” in their name seems to be grabbing my attention lately, I rounded this week out with Surf City who have a cool little EP out, and a really cool sound. They’re playing in Philly soon, and I think I may try to catch them.
You know how it is, last.fm.
Here is a wallpaper I made. I feel guilty because I usually only remember to make these after Mike does. But even so, I had fun with this one. You can click it to get it full-size, and then I’m sure by now you know how to save something from the internet. Downloading, they call it.
After 15 years, Cinder finally gave it up. He died an old man this morning in his sleep.
When we picked him out, we asked for the feistiest cat of the litter, and we certainly got it. He made up his own rules. He persistently fought to go outside despite being an inside cat until we finally just accepted that he was going to run out the back door every time we opened it anyway, and just let him go. He even learned to stand on his hind legs and scratch his claws on the glass door knowing that sooner or later we’d come and let him out. He loved to spend all day just laying on the deck, or in the weeds, or under some tree. Despite being old and frail he continually proved he still had the fight inside him, coming back from what looked like death 3 times before this. Even last summer he went into the weeds and killed a bird and dropped at our feet as to show us all he still had it. He drank the sap water from the basin of the Christmas tree. He was that kind of cat.
I can’t think of a better picture than the one above to exemplify all that Cinder was.
Even though it was his time, he’ll be missed greatly.
I wanted to make something geometrically based, because I’m still pretty much obsessed with Simon Page. I hemmed and hawed a while before I ended up with this, which I’m pretty happy with.
Here’s the poster I made for the upcoming Haiti Relief show at Rowan University. If you are a student there, or in the area, make a donation and see some bands play. I’m pretty excited to see Foxes And Lions as I’ve only heard good things.
I was heavily influenced by Simon Page for this. I would seriously check out his blog, he’s has tons of inspiring work. He’s had no training and is completely self taught. I wonder if he just followed the 10,000 hour rule?
I got to take some promos for We Were Once Children this weekend. I had a few ideas, and was glad that I got to hash them out. I got to use some of the stuff I’ve been messing around with, as well as try some new stuff out. The panoramic picture gave some pretty trippy results, deformity being one of them. We actually have a few more ideas that we’d like to tackle when we have some more time. Give these guys a listen, and if you have the opportunity, try to catch one of their shows.
Vetiver rightfully took my number one space this week as they have been doing recently. I wasn’t always as into them as I am now, and I don’t even have a good reason to back that up. Ian told me “Tight Knit” would have been on his top albums of 2009 list had he made one, and so I checked it out and it put me into a Vetiver whirlwind hearing them like I never have before.
Speaking of Ian, European Swans, his musical moniker, comes in at number two due to the leaked version of “Demon Line Up” I received. So good! I’ve been waiting for it for a long time, and it’s just truly sweet. The album cover is also amazing, and I’ll try to get it on here soon.
I revisited Four Tet, which I hadn’t since 4 years ago. His new album is in the style of Tycho, with a bit more dance in it, so if you’re into getting stuff done, listening to this would be a good idea.
Surfer Blood is some new jams I’ve been feeling. I heard Bryce from Chalk Talk recommend this to Biff, and I swooped in and listened for myself. They are fun beachy music similar to The Drums.
River City Extension. Man so good. I know I talk about them all the time, but I finally got a hold of the final final final tracks for The Unmistakable Man, and it’s just some of the best stuff ever. I got to design their whole album which I am soooo pumped to have my name attached to this album. I’ll show that work soon.
Yeasayer’s new album Odd Blood is awesome. I liked All Hour Cymbals but it had some filler…this is all good. And Ambling Alps is such a good song, and the video is amazing. Please go watch it.
Princeton is very fun, and I’ve been jamming to Cocoon all this week.
And finally Holiday Shores makes it back again. Really good stuff from them. Plus I don’t know if I said this last time or not, but the cover is pretty awesome. Which makes any album that much more listenable.
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I promised more roads, and so here is another. Somerdale is the road I take to work everyday. There’s plenty of red lights, and a lot to look at. It’s a long and windy road, and the sun seems to always be setting or rising while I’m on it.
The next is a picture I took when I was leaving work on Thursday. As much as I love being at work, there’s nothing better then going home after a long day, and this scene was doing me right.
Today Mike and I went into the city to meet our friend Leighton for lunch. This guy has the funniest most unbelievable stories I’ve ever heard. After that we put up a few Fresh stickers and went to IKEA, this picture was taken on the way there.
I took the first photo on my way home from work on monday because I noticed those huge mounds of dirt for the first time. It’s weird how you pass something everyday and sometimes just never realize it’s there. I also just found a house with a mote in front of it. I need to get a photo of it. But anyway, after adjusting it on the computer, it made me want to take photos of other roads I travel on a daily basis in hopes to see them differently as well.
The next photo is again messing with panoramic shots which I’ve been into lately.
And lastly is another picture from when the power went out at Star. This was on my out, and I just loved the way the structures were making silhouettes.
Yesterday was a wild downpour. It got so heavy that the power flickered off and on at work. A few hours later it was getting worse and the power just wound up shutting off all together.The first set of pictures is Mike Smith hard at work, and the text is a bit of advice you can give to someone to do a job you yourself don’t wish to.
The panoramic photo was taken during the power outage. It was weird to see a place that is always so bright and lively in pretty much the exact opposite state. The rain on the roof of the building sounds like someone pushing the loudest cart of rattling tins down the longest hall.
Again, these are all larger then how they appear, so click to enjoy in full size.
#musicmonday has been dominating twitter since way before I was a part of it. And even since then I’ve been reluctant to get into it, because I didn’t really understand it. But lately I’ve been on the ISO50 blog, and the Kitsune Noir blog, and both have been paying (almost) equal attention to music as they are design, and how they interact. I’ve since discovered new music through those, and thought it would be cool to hopefully pass some along to other people myself.
It’s been a Smiths week for sure. I had a resurgence of interest after not listening for years, and it feels good to be back. Morissey is a strange one indeed, but he’s giving out some lyrics that are too good to pass up.
Tom Waits was confusing to me for a long time, but I had a moment of awakening and ever since then I have times where that’s the only thing I want to listen to. This time was certainly in part of my finishing The Wire, and becoming obsessed with “Way Down In The Hole.”
Holiday Shores was a band I was turned onto from some blog, which I am regrettably forgetting, but it’s smooth and groovy.
Tycho is the musical works of Scott Hansen, proving that he’s good at everything. This is awesome music to work to, I did all of yesterday’s work with Tycho going, and I’ll continue to do that for some time.
Townes Van Zandt is so underrated and under appreciated. I really don’t know what else to say about him besides those two things.
Beach House is ethereal and floaty and every once and a while, it’s exactly what I need to hear. Like Tycho, good to work to.
Bowerbirds and Frightened Rabbit round out the list. Bowerbirds Upper Air is actually really good and “Northern Lights” is untouchable.
Frightened Rabbit was a suggestion of River City Extension’s Joe Michelini. They were close to being just another band that I couldn’t spend the time to listen to to find out if I actually liked them, and I’m glad I was turned around before I never gave them a chance. He’s Scottish, and that’s awesome.
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Also, Check out my type…figuring out the ins and outs html.
Recently I’ve been wanting to create boundaries for my work. It’s sometimes fun to go nilly willy and try things that you’ve never done before, but I’d also like to get to a place where people can recognize that something is mine just because of the way it looks. So I’ve been following particular steps in how I take my photos, and what I do with them after wards, in hopes to create a uniformity within them.
I also read an article on the ISO50 blog talking about how he uses so few typefaces. This is also something I’m interested in doing. We all have our favorite go to fonts, and I am going to play on that.
So anyway, today was a lazy day around the apartment, and I wanted to capture some of that. Anyone who’s been to Park Crest or in particular Kirby and Amy’s apartment knows what it’s like, and I hope this reflects it. Also, I always find it interesting to see the space that people do there work in. So I included a “work space” photo so you can see where my stuff usually goes down. Like I said, that kind of stuff is always intriguing so if you feel so inclined, I’d like to see where you do your best…and worst.
By the way all of these photos are large. So just click on them to see them full size.
Here’s some footage from The Consecos set at Jeff Goldblum fest last weekend. In further news regarding the con men, we’ve been added to the roster of Philly’s February favorite, “Two Piece Fest!” Feels great man.
From the brains of a few good men comes a group of musicians and friends doing things the right way.
Keep an eye out for this…
I’ve been playing bass with Quiltary on and off when I can since around June, and this is a tour that i’ll be accompanying them on which starts in two days. I was pretty pumped to make this poster.
If we happen to be playing around your parts for any of these dates, pop in.