I took two weeks off work while the rest of the gang was in London for a conference to go surf camping down the West coast. I’m on the last leg of the trip and it’s been absolutely phenomenal.
I’m camping out of my Prius. A little awkward but it’s been just fine. Luckily friends down the coast have kept me company and offered their couches.
For the fellow sliders out there, I brought my 8’3 Malwitz noserider, 6’2 Hobie “Mini Bird”, and a 5’11 Taylor quad fish. Unfortunately my 2 new customs weren’t ready for the trip, so brought the old sleds. It’s turned out to be a pretty well rounded quiver for the slow summer conditions. I’ve mostly ridden the Hobie.
I’m keeping a blog, so if you’re interested – feel free to follow along. Lots of photos.
You may remember Paul Tebbott from this post a while back. I recently checked back in on his portfolio and was glad to see some beautiful new work up. He seems to have refined his style a bit, these compositions seem a little more restrained than the earlier stuff, if only a little. I really like what I’m seeing, his use of color is excellent. But I must admit, I kind miss type treatments like this. I’d like to see the bottom three mocked up with some type included.
Slow Disco pro’s Coyote take a single off the recent Ikons LP and churn out a dreamy space exploration remix of Honey.
I’ve been hooked on Memoryhouse lately, so when I heard Foxes In Fiction did I cover my worlds collided and rushed to download it.
I recently posted a Sun Araw track without sharing anymore of this beautiful murky material, they really experiment with their sound and follow no certain style, definitely something fun to just let it ride out.
I love hearing what dubstep artist are deciding to produce after an era of wobble, i’d love to hear more of this from Skream. Highly Recommended.
Project Thirty-Three has a great collection of vintage record sleeves up. This kind of minimalist approach to record jacket design is about as close as it gets to perfection for me. I’ve always loved the Blue Note style stuff but this is just a little more what I’m looking for. The simplicity is what really gets me, so much with so little. Wish I had prints of all these, but as a consolation, they make great iPhone backgrounds after a little editing.
I don’t know how I haven’t posted on this sooner. It is basically the best internet tool that has ever occurred in the universe. TeuxDeux is a mega-simple web based to-do application. I’ve been using it since it came out and it is now a permanent part of my workflow; not just for business, but also for laundry concerns, In-N-Out runs, and whatever else I have to DO. And it’s free. Boom goes the dynamite as they say.
You can watch the video above for a quick description, but just about anyone could figure this out within seconds. Basically you write in what you have to-do under the day you have to do it. Cross it off when it’s done. View is seven days wide but can be scrolled through if you are the kind of person to plan ahead (do they exist?). There is also a Someday area for things to-do in the undetermined future.
The iPhone app version has been in development for what’s seemed like ages. But! I just read this morning that they’ve submitted it to the iTunes store, so keep an eye out for it on their site.
On a side-note, I love and hate the “Someday” bucket provided at the bottom of the list. It’s great because there is a ton of stuff that I don’t have time to do during a given week that I plop down there. The reason I don’t like it is because I am constantly reminded how many things I would like to do “Someday”. This can be discouraging if they stay down there too long. Conversely, crossing something off of the ‘Someday” list is very cathartic and replaces any discouragement you might have felt with a sense of accomplishment.
I really like today’s batch of tracks, all are really catchy in my mind. This Viernes track i’ve been waiting to share, its shimmery, light and builds nicely. The piano and vocals are so inviting while the guitar sits back and sets the tone yet never takes control which is a good formula for what I love in good shoegaze.
Cepia shared his official remix of M.I.A., this might be the first place its been posted and were proud to have it, he did a great job. You can always trust Cepia to push post IDM forward and he shows that here by making it work perfectly with a pop hit. Highly Recommended.
Deastro puts a spark to DIY/lo-fi and gives it that extra energy but from a producer with experience in his sound, you don’t always get that feeling, man what good drive too.
I think I have found my favorite Ratatat track which is named after their original band name I guess, what? the intro sounds like Mum, who would of thought, lovely work from this Brooklyn duo.
So Apple has just announced a giant trackpad titled the Magic Trackpad. It supports a full set of gestures; two-finger scrolling, pinching to zoom, rotating your fingertips, tapping is clicking, and so on—you get the idea. Of course it looks amazing because its an Apple product, but I question its practicality among designers/photographers. I get that Apple is trying to push technology into a more physically interactive realm but would you actually use this in replace of your mouse or tablet?
Personally I don’t think I could make the switch. I for one hate the trackpad for lack of control and use a mouse whenever possible. I think if I were to change my setup at all, I would probably have to add a tablet or purchase one of the new 12-Core MacPro’s.