Been kind of obsessing over this video for White Denim’s Street Joy. Not sure how I missed this but apparently it’s been out for six months. Director Carlos LaRotta’s (Birds on Fire) treatment includes a healthy dose of Tim & Eric / Doug Lussenhop VHS style. It’s always nice to see a band not take themselves too seriously, even in the case of such a somber and reflective song. but in spite of the humor there seems to be a fittingly nostalgic undercurrent at work here that ties the whole thing together. Really beautiful stuff.
I like aiko__o‘s photos because the natural beautiful seems to show up every time. __shigeto takes a ton of pics especially right now while he’s in China & Russia which he makes you feel like your there in the neighborhood’s touring in. Smyjewski has great accuracy and a good eye, definitely a fun follow if you’re a designer and love organization, I love the comment he has for the photo above “Stupid trashcan“.
Art by Sabrina Ratté (visual artist for Le Révélateur)
Here it is, my selection of most refreshing music to listen to that came out in 2011. It’s a collection of records that grabbed my ear and made me put my coat on and head to the record store. I’ll have my Top 50 singles of 2011 which include the Atlas Sounds, James Blakes, and all the other goodies from the indie world but this list less about the best of the best but more of what sticks to my bones, i’m sure everyone has their favorites of the year too, feel free to list them below i’d love to see them.
fyi: this list does not include any records I was apart of ala releasing or distributing. i.e. the Tycho album, Ghostly releases, and Moodgadget releases.
Enjoy the playlist, thanks for all the feedback, comments, “likes” etc. over the last year, always a pleasure reading what you all have on your mind.
Le Révélateur – Fictions – Gneiss Things – BUY
Nacho Patrol – The Africa Jet Band Album – M Division Recordings – BUY
Deepchord – Hash-Bar Loops – Soma Recordings – BUY
Eddie C – Parts Unknown – Endless Flight – BUY
Sepalcure – Sepalcure – Hotflush Recordings – BUY
Dirty Beaches – Badlands – Zoo Music – BUY
Hatchback – Zeus & Apollo – Lo Recordings – BUY
Warm Ghost – Narrows – Partisan Records – BUY
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica – Software – BUY
Peaking Lights – 936 – Not Not Fun – BUY
The Field – Looping State Of Mind – Kompakt – BUY
John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves – Ribbon Music – BUY
Beautiful renderings of the “iCam”, a concept created by Italian designer Antonio DeRosa. The concept case would add interchangeable lenses — along with various other features — to the iPhone 5. Very reminiscent of the Camera Futura concept. I would certainly be first in line for something like this; I love the idea of these modular devices that leverage the processing power of computing devices, like an iPhone, that you may already have. I know it’s a long shot, but let’s hope this makes it out of concept-land.
On a side note, still waiting to upgrade to the 4S (I think I can get it December 10th without getting gouged), can’t wait to check out the camera on there, seen some pretty amazing things from my friends who have the 4S already.
Antonio DeRosa – ADR Studio
Singer Morgan Kibby of M83
It’s a reaaaaaally slow week for shows coming up but I definitely wanted to list a few things, if you haven’t been to St. Vitus I highly recommend it, i’ll be there tomorrow to see Scott Mou (half of Jane with Panda Bear) and a helpful and wonderful Other Music employee.
NY: The Cure @ Beacon Theater
NY: Scott Mou (DJ set) @ St. Vitus
LA: Plaid @ El Rey Theatre
LA: Cassettes Won’t Listen @ The Echo
NY: Suzanne Vega @ Joe’s Pub
LA: Boom Bip @ The Satellite
NY: Future Islands @ Bowery Ballroom
LA: Boys Noize @ The Music Box
Here’s a beautiful 3 part vignette shot by director Riley Blakeway of Taj Burrow and friends in Fiji. Filming in a place like this, with surfers of this caliber, you’d expect it to look great and it does. Riley goes a little further to make it something else with the color and grain work, which I really appreciate. All three pieces have a great organic film-like grain and the color grading is spot. A feeling and look that you can’t just do with a plug-in.
When I first watched it, I was convinced this was 16mm and maybe super 8mm in spots. Here’s the kicker, “All of the surf vision was shot with the EX1.” says Blakeway. He also added that intros and outros were super 8mm. The camera is the Sony PMW-EX1, a type of camera that is similar to what a lot of us were used to shooting with before the Canon DSLR days. Not a 5D, 60D or even a RED Epic, which is great to see. I’ll try not to get into the technical too much on this, because it’s simply well shot, well edited and graded. His attention to detail is great on these, well done Riley.
You may remember San Diego based director / photographer Charles Bergquist from our post a while back on his projections collection. We’re all big fans of his work and through Ghostly and Tycho we have worked with him a lot over the past year. I am currently working with him on the new Tycho live visuals set and realized he would make a great contributor to the blog. Charles will mostly be doing video and photographic posts with a focus on process / equipment (like his soon-to-be-delivered Red Scarlet).
So everybody give Charles a warm welcome, his first post should be coming shortly.
Another fresh batch of Instagramers that we love to follow, some underdogs in here like Minehost who I love to follow, our very own Tim Navis and Twopennykarma who we met at the Tycho Colorado show.