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
For the Bibio fans that have been listening since the beginning I think you’ll find this new album more enjoyable than Ambivalence Avenue, I definitely do. I’m more of a Hand Cranked and Fi fan myself, Bibio fills in spots that BoC isn’t offering lo-fi wise and also the lead off single for this release was a real curve ball, just sit with Saint Christopher 2 times thru.
New Washed Out is coming out on Sub Pop, some of you maybe asking yourself if he’s making his own melodies this time and I truly think he’s writing all of this, its a comforting beautiful result, summer jams!
The second issue of Eureka — a new science supplement to The Times — is out and it’s looking like a design classic in the making. Matt Curtis (art direction), Matt Swift (information graphics), and David Loewe (design) comprise the design team for the new publication. Going to have to track down a copy for myself.
Browse the full issue here
Magculture via Things To Look At
For my first post I wanted to share these striking retro-future-ish memorial sculptures shot by Jan Kempenaers in the former Yugoslavia region. Very reminiscent of the Expo ’67 stuff.
These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic.
More info and images here and at Kempenaers’ site.
As many times as I’ve listened to Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker and thought how perfectly the cover suited the music, for some reason it never occurred to me to fin out who designed it. Luckily today I stumbled across the answer. Leif Podhajsky, the artist behind the Tame Impala packaging, is a Melbourne based artist and creative director. Really beautiful, psychedelic stuff in there. Loving how he blurs the lines between the found art and the post work, all very fluid. I believe he also works with And Melbourne who have some equally stellar work in their portfolio.
Leif Podhajsky via But Does It Float
Chad Valley makes me feel like “hey, I listen to pop music and its good pop music too”, can I say a hint of male Sade? I guess he has another EP coming out on Cascine this summer, i’ll post more when I hear it.
Any of you remember Midwest Product? well one of guys from that does Ben Benjamin now, the album is a very focused instrumental LP with an emphasis on looped melody and jumps out of the breakdowns, I found Finding the Perfect egg as a favorite.
Star Slinger reworked my favorite How To Dress Well track, gorgeous.
Dare I say i’m liking the new Implodes LP over the Grouper LPs? I don’t know but i’m definitely listening to Black Earth on repeat sometimes.