You may have noticed I’ve been a little less prolific around here lately; finally I can tell you why. I’m very excited to say that as of last November, I dropped out of my MFA program and am a cofounder of Firespotter Labs, a startup funded by Google Ventures. As cool as the concept of “stealth mode” sounds to me, I am decidedly *not* used to *not* writing about what I’m doing. Finally my sneakiness is over! In this post I want to talk a little bit about what it’s been like working full time at a startup, as well what went into the decision to drop out of my design program five months away from graduation. I really couldn’t be happier.
Of course all this would be more interesting if you knew exactly what we were doing. I wrote our About Us the other day and it’s spectacularly vague, so if you want to find out a little more, there were nice articles in The New York Times and Techcrunch last week.
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My long time DJ partners Worst Friends(Slow Hands & Tom Croose) made maybe the best Saturday morning mix i’ve ever heard, not going say much besides I miss playing records with these guys and that they’re some of the most talented dudes, check out their new release on Prins Thomas’ label Internasjonal.
DOWNLOAD THE MIX FREE AT AUTOBRENNT
I hope some of you were able to make it out to see Dieter Rams at Vitsoe yesterday (so jealous). In related news here are some great shots from the Less And More exhibition.
Bibliotheque via Colorcubic
The single is out for Com Truise’s debut album Galactic Melt, this release is going to be soo lush and enjoyable I can’t wait to share more of it with you all. Seth is working on a shirt for the image above and a large sticker set, should be a gorgeous project.
I’ve realized Nacho Patrol is what i’d want to DJ all night if I could keep a dancefloor with just tune after tune of this, a big sweatbox of a slow heavy kick and wandering synths.
Terre Thaemlitz or DJ Sprinkles has some of the most unique releases when it comes to someone that DJs, haunting gentle releases on muted notes, too good.
This new goth train people are jumping on is very trendy only but there are hints of hope, the only way I see it working out is if people commit a 10+ year career to a project, this Lake Radio track has that feel if they stick to this sound it could be a lovely lovely group, I hope to hear more soon.
When Dieter Ram’s was 28 he designed the 606 Universal Shelving System aka the 60’s 606. Today Vitsoe a furniture design company that has a shop in Manhattan is celebrating this remarkable shelving by hosting Dieter at their shop today. If you get a chance please stop there is a special treat in which the front half of the shop is set up entirely with vintage systems from the 60’s, on loan from Dietrich Lubs(Dieter Rams colleague) himself.
33 Bond Street
New York NY 10012
Tel +1 917 675 6990
Image Above: Dieter Rams’s first sketch including a shelving system, 1955
I came across Michael Kenna’s work through a recent dive into the “Photography Inspiration” folder on my hard drive. I don’t know how I missed them the first time, but I was immediately drawn to his series from Japan, and was even more amazed when I visited his website and saw the rest of his shots. Really inspiring images.
Check out the rest of his work here.
John LaMonica put together an album that mixes and mashes together some of my favorite styles of music from early 2000s, it was best described by Boomkat in the UK as “Squarepusher being given free reign to bugger around with a Radiohead record“, download Heartling for FREE here.
The new Julian Lynch record is something i’m still digesting, one song that grabbed right away was Clay Horses, the guitars are soo full and warm like honey shining in the sun and tuned just the way i’d love to hear a clear played.
I love Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom, i’m committed to hearing everything they produce. Recently Gavin remixed former Games duo Ford & Lopatin and came out with a morphed early 90’s pulsing soundtrack to machines working with their lights blinking.
I’m not going to complain on how many Mountain bands there are, that would be stupid :). This one is for all the Steve Reich fans, I love this track **lowers himself into a volcano waving slowly in a knight suit pointing his sword into the sky**.
Cover Art by: Jakub Alexander
Just about as good as it gets.
Quadradão via Grainedit