December 26th, 2011 • Music Video •
Some news sources out there seem to be a little dense and are not listing to the restructuring of the pop songs in Earworm’s year-end mashup. This mashup has a relevant meaning to what has been occurring with the financial system and the state of the world in the year 2011. You can refer to pop music as the “lowest common denominator” ummm Slate, but if you listen carefully to Earworm’s restructuring of these songs, you will hear that there is always a running theme in pop music that he pulls together, even in such a clear way that even mentally challenged “journalists” that regurgitate postings from blogs should be able to understand.
June 20th, 2011 • Art & Design •
Doppelgänger kissing mask by Portuguese artist Didier Faustino.
February 18th, 2011 • Music Video •
Beth Ditto – I Wrote The Book
February 17th, 2011 • Auditory •
We can’t fly! Loving this song.
February 17th, 2011 • Architecture •
San Francisco is still a very provincial city when it comes to architecture but University of California’s recently opened ‘Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building’, designed by firm Rafael Vinoly architects, seems to have made it past the nimby approval apparatus with a very “edgy” design.
“The building’s location on a steeply sloping hillside – in a city plagued by earthquakes – was a defining element in its construction. The architects’ circuitous use of stairways and sloping walkways has deftly resolved the former, maximising all available space and ensuring a fluid and cohesive whole. Meanwhile, the entire complex is also supported by steel space trusses and concrete piers, which are specifically engineered to absorb earthquakes through seismic base isolation. ”
December 29th, 2010 • Music Video •
DJ Earworm just released his annual mashup of the top 25 pop songs from the Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart.
Now that 2010 is almost over, can we be done with Ke$ha?
December 16th, 2010 • Commercials •
Fun commercial for Shiro Shochu, featuring music by She & Him, directed by Japanese music video director Yuichi Kodama.
December 13th, 2010 • Art & Design •
Sherpa – feathers
Motorcycle made of feathers by artist Tim Hawkinson.
December 7th, 2010 • Auditory •
Loving Metric’s version of It’s A Sin from the Pet Shop Boys.
December 6th, 2010 • Art & Design •
One Hundred and Eight – Installation
Artist Nils Völker has figured out how to make them into cool interactive breathing art. “One Hundred and Eight is an interactive wall-mounted Installation mainly made out of ordinary garbage bags. Controlled by a microcontroller each of them is selectively inflated and deflated in turn by two cooling fans.”
December 3rd, 2010 • Music Video •
Very interesting videos from a mysterious artist that seems to have the blogs buzzing trying to guest the who the artist is. Some suggest Christina Aguilera or Lady GaGa but I don’t think so. I am going to put my money on Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray or her brother Olof Dreijer of the The Knife.
December 2nd, 2010 • Art & Design •
Interesting and colorful installation work using thread, nails, from artist and designer Gabriel Dawe.
October 12th, 2010 • Film & Video •
Well, Banksy has done it again. This time, he has taken his political commentary to a television show that often holds up a mirror facing back at the viewer. Although, The Simpsons has been up and down over the last few years, they always seem to poke fun at Fox broadcasting and that makes this liberal-commie-Marxist-socialist-elitist-wacko San Franciscan smirk every time. You betcha!. The Simpsons creators let Banksy direct the opening sequence with a two-way mirror that must be unsettling to the Fox executives because they have been on a rampage of removing the video from sites left and right. It needs no explanation here because it’s what all of us know every time we shop for cheap goods but try not to think about.
September 17th, 2010 • Commercials •
Not sure why, but I keep waiting for her to fall. Yves Saint Laurents Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Campaign Video with music by Fischerspooner.
August 12th, 2010 • Auditory •
Apologies for the slow updates, but I have been crazy busy this summer. It is summer right? You wouldn’t know it in San Francisco. Well, I’m coming across some hot remixes that are keeping the dance floor sweaty. I promise to post more soon.
August 11th, 2010 • Music Video •
And it would rock even more without Kayne pushing his ego-driven messiah crap on us. The video was created by artist Marco Brambilla who also did the brilliant elevator video for the Standard Hotel in NYC. The short music video is only one minute and forty two seconds and I don’t think it’s the new wave of music videos, but it is about one minute and forty seconds too long to have to have to look at Kayne. Just my opinion, I’m sure some of you worship love him and good for you.
August 2nd, 2010 • Music Video •
Computers Want Me Dead – In Your Blood
Sounds like this New Zealand band is a little paranoid with a name like that.
via: Ohh! Crapp
July 20th, 2010 • Music Video •
This one is about a year old but still a good dance floor track.
June 24th, 2010 • Music Video •
Tobacco – Super Gum
I guess alien anal probes are mutual and when he “phoned home”, he dialed a sex line by mistake. This is such a weird video but kinda brilliant. I believe they have just edited together some old footage from an actual E.T. porn, but I can’t find much info about it. Reminds me of Diesel’s SFW XXX party clip.
June 20th, 2010 • Music Video •
I guess she was inspired by gettin’ her freak on with those American Boys. Video directed by Nabil Elderki
June 19th, 2010 • Music Video •
Hot! Video directed by Nathalie Canguilhem
June 17th, 2010 • Auditory •
June 16th, 2010 • Auditory •
June 7th, 2010 • Photography •
Depot series from photographer Branislav Kropilak.
June 6th, 2010 • Music Video •
It’s 1980s Britain again.
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June 5th, 2010 • Art & Design •
Amazing heart vase designed by by Eva Milinkovic.
via: Design Milk
June 5th, 2010 • Music Video •
The song is growing on me and the video quite strange.
May 31st, 2010 • Music Video •
Love the new Kylie Minogue video for the first single off her new album, titled Aphrodite, coming out on June 6th. Might seem like an underwear or perfume commercial at first, but it keeps getting better.
via: Arjan Writes
May 24th, 2010 • Motion Graphics •
1925 (aka Hell)
Experimental animation by Max Max Hattler based on based on the French Spiritualist artist Augustin Lesage’s painting A symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World’ from 1925.
May 22nd, 2010 • Auditory •
The new album Swim, from Caribou, was released this week and although it’s a good album and reminds me a little of the Knife’s earlier work, it’s not a dance album. Dan Snaith (Caribou), talks about making the new dance album in a Pithchfork article.
I got excited by the idea of making dance music that’s liquid in the way it flows back and forth, the sounds slosh around in pitch, timbre, pan… Dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water, rather than made out of metallic stuff like most dance music does.
I like the concept, but there isn’t one track that is going to get a dance floor moving, unless it’s the end of the night and you want the floor to be moving it’s way to the door.
May 21st, 2010 • Motion Graphics •
Great little animation by Cormac Kelly that could actually be a visual metaphor for the banking industry.
May 20th, 2010 • Commercials •
David Lynch has been churning out some commercials lately and his latest is a strange 16 minute short for Dior titled Lady Blue Shanghai. It features French actress Marion Cotillard searching for a glowing purse.
via: Brand X
May 20th, 2010 • Music Video •
Actually I think Goldfrapp is great but watch the new video for Alive and you will understand.
May 18th, 2010 • Film & Video •
I’m glad I never had to endure social engineering films as a kid, although I have watched quite a few as an adult because I find them funny and often creepy. Ashleigh Nankivell takes the creepy to a whole new level revealing something more sinister in both the collective belonging as well as the individualistic identities in her remix of the short film “Helping Johnny Remember” which was originally from 1956.
May 13th, 2010 • Photography •
I don’t know how many times I have fallen asleep with my face in a book, although lately I’m falling asleep with my laptop. I know I’m gonna kill it that way and have to go back to reading books before bed.
Check out this whimsical series of photos titled Get Back in Your Book from Canadian photographer Lissy Elle.
May 13th, 2010 • Auditory •
Loving this electropop track and remixes from the mysterious band Monarchy.
May 7th, 2010 • Auditory •
May 5th, 2010 • Auditory •
It’s been a while since I put out a playlist and I wanted to share some new mixes and artists with you. A couple of songs you may have already heard, like the TV spot favorite Sweet Disposition by the Temper Trap or Miike Snow’s Sylvia, but I thought the remixes were worthy of posting.
May 4th, 2010 • Art & Design •
I love these weird pod sculptures from Colin Christian. If the films 2001 Space Odyssey vs. Alien were to be made into a movie, these would definitely be the new creature eggs and instead of a cave, they would be incubating in a Eero Saarinen building.
May 3rd, 2010 • Auditory •
If you’re not familiar with Uffie, you should be. Ke$ha knocked off her earlier sound, dating back to 2006, but this new track is hot and a departure from her previous work. The track ADD SUV is produced by french producer Mirwais and features Pharrell Williams. Her upcoming album titled, Sex, Dreams and Denim Jeans will be out on May 31st . The album title reminds me of those banned Calvin Klein Jeans commercials from the 90s.
Uffie – ADD SUV (feat. Pharrell Williams)
May 3rd, 2010 • Auditory •
The dance floor will always cure a broken heart.
April 26th, 2010 • Art & Design •
Check out this obsessive work constructed with 100,000 staples by UK artist and designer Peter Root.
Stacks of staples were broken into varying sizes from full stacks about 12cm high down to single staples. These stacks were then stood up and arranged over a period of 40 hours.
April 26th, 2010 • Motion Graphics •
Rookshow by Gino Bud Hoiting
Had a friend in town last week that lit up a cigarette every five minutes. Sorry my friend, but that wasn’t San Francisco Fog, it was a cloud of smoke following you around everywhere.
April 26th, 2010 • Music Video •
It’s Monday morning madness and this is a crazy video directed by Valerie Pirson for the 1974 song Bubble Sex by The Disco Chicken Project was the first item in my inbox.
April 19th, 2010 • Auditory •
I am digging the Stuart Price produced new track from the Scissor Sisters . I loved their version of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb and the new track, Invisible Light, from their upcoming album “Night Work”, has a very Pink Floyd sound to it. I hope this is a sign of the direction of the new album.
April 14th, 2010 • Auditory •
April 13th, 2010 • Art & Design •
The new Puma shoe box design by Yves Béhar has been three years in the making and I think it’s a great idea and a step in the right direction. The outer bag is made from recycled PET but it’s unclear if it’s recyclable and I don’t think this design qualifies for Cradle to Cradle certification but it’s great to see Puma is taking an interest in new ways to package products, thus reducing waste and inefficiency in producing packaging. I would like to know how the shoes are going to be shipped. The advantage of the shoe box is it’s ability to withstand pressure when stacked and boxed for shipping long distances. If the cardboard interior of the new packaging can withstand the same pressure as an original shoe box design, while cutting down on waste and cost, then this design will go far but if this is just for show on the consumer side and it’s actually shipped inside a shoe box to the stores, then Houston, we have a problem.
April 13th, 2010 • Film & Video •
April 12th, 2010 • Music Video •
April 11th, 2010 • Commercials •
I don’t often watch reality shows because I know they’re manipulated to enhance the drama and rarely do I see true talent. But this 2010 season trailer for Finland´s Next Top Model looks fun and puts tired old Tyra’s tyrannical mess of a show to shame.
April 11th, 2010 • Auditory •
via: Comfort Music
April 9th, 2010 • Music Video •
Trippy video for song Vital Signs by Midnight Juggernauts directed by Krozm. The new album,The Crystal Axis, comes out on May 28th. Is it me or are they channeling some David Bowie?
I’m Deranged – David Bowie
April 4th, 2010 • Film & Video •
Chocolate Bunny – a film by Lernert Engelberts & Sander Plug
Turn the music down on this one, it’s awful. Silence would have been more effective.
April 1st, 2010 • Photography •
March 31st, 2010 • Art & Design •
Portuguese artist Filipe Soares has created some interesting little worlds using story boxes.
March 31st, 2010 • Art & Design •
Pink Terror by Mike Barzman and Christian Swegal
Don’t know too much about this video, but I love watching things getting smashed and exploding in slow motion.
March 30th, 2010 • Music Video •
Hot Chip must not like boy bands too much and all must be destroyed. Fun video!
March 30th, 2010 • Art & Design •
March 16th, 2010 • Music Video •
Great video for Florence and the Machine’s Dog Days Are Over directed by Legs. I mentioned Legs video for “ I Wanna Be Your Dog” a few weeks back that was a subversive take on the casting process but this video seems to be inspired by drag queens.
March 12th, 2010 • Commercials •
Commercial for British Walkers Baked Chips or “crisps” using Air’s song Sexy Boy. It’s a little Abercrombie & Fitch meets Herb Ritts on the bus.
March 12th, 2010 • Art & Design •
So many people I know are obsessed about Bacon. It seems to have an addictive quality that makes people love it ! I recently saw a friend post to her Facebook wall ” Is a life without bacon a life worth living?”. Personally, I don’t eat it, I’m sure it’s tasty but I’m just not going down that rabbit hole.
I found this excellent vintage book cover from one of my favorite inspiration sites and it made me think about my friends ♥ for bacon . The book was designed for the Danish Bacon Factories Export Association and probably dates from the late fifties to early sixties.
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March 12th, 2010 • Music Video •
I am loving the work of Radical Friend. Their new video for Yeasayer’s track One is an 80s new wave meets 90s rave with a touch of 70s Pink Floyd. Check out the Dark Bubbles video and read more about them at the Spy Films blog.
March 11th, 2010 • Music Video •
This video is channeling Russ Myer, Windy O’ Williams in Reform School Girls, Natural Born Killers, and finally Thelma and Louise. What am I missing? See if you can find Gaga as her brunette self in the video. I must say, it’s pretty damn fun to watch!
“You know what they say, once you kill the cow, you gotta make a burger” – Gaga
March 11th, 2010 • Auditory •
Good rework of the track Baby from The Phenomenal Handclap Band.
via: Phuture Labs
March 11th, 2010 • Photography •
I love these photos from French photographer Denis Darzacq. I’ve seen suspended motion photographs many times before but what makes these stand out is the supermarket and it’s vibrant color as a backdrop.
via: The Daily Beast
March 4th, 2010 • Auditory •
I really need to take a road trip soon and this is another song to add to the road trip playlist.
March 4th, 2010 • Art & Design •
Totally digging this work from Uruguay artist Ana Bidart
March 2nd, 2010 • Art & Design •
Sugar Free, Plaster bust, sugar free gum, 2010
Brooklyn artist Nick van Woert uses some interesting materials on plaster busts. Ok, so now maybe people will start to use their gum as Art instead of spitting it out on the sidewalks in San Francisco.
February 28th, 2010 • Art & Design •
Børre Sæthre – My Private Sky (Installation)
Norwegian artist Børre Sæthre has a way with the uncanny and is heavily influenced by the sets of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I thought of the piece above while listening to The Blues, which is a collaboration between Primary 1 and Nina Persson of the Cardigans.
Primary 1 ft. Nina Persson – The Blues”
February 27th, 2010 • Auditory •
photo by NYC photographer Rinze van Brug
This goes out to my friends in NYC. I feel your pain, that’s why I left Chicago after graduate school. Winter is just not much fun when it keeps on coming at you.
February 26th, 2010 • Art & Design •
3D-printed shoes by Stockholm students, Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf, using a Selective Laser Sintering process.
The concept for the shoes call for further exploration in ever-developing rapid prototyping processes. The pair envisage a world in which we could produce and recycle such objects in a closed loop.
February 25th, 2010 • Music Video •
Noisia – Machine Gun
Have you have ever watched old episodes of The Addams Family on TV and wondered what was in the box that the disembodied hand, better known as Thing, popped out of? Well this video, by Dutch electronic band Noisia, might give you a clue. Warning to my vegetarian and vegan friends, this is a meat eater video and might make you wanna go out and throw blood on some animal-wearing fashionista. Also, I don’t particularly like the song, it’s a little too head bangin’ for me but if you really want a visual WTF, then turn it down and play a Mariah Carey or Miley Cyrus song with it. I bet Thing would totally be down with those two awful creatures.
February 24th, 2010 • Whatever Else •
February 24th, 2010 • Motion Graphics •
Excerpt of Metropolis by Rob Carter
You can view the entire video at his website.
Metropolis is a quirky and very abridged narrative history of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. It uses stop motion video animation to physically manipulate aerial still images of the city (both real and fictional), creating a landscape in constant motion. Starting around 1755 on a Native American trading path, the viewer is presented with the building of the first house in Charlotte. From there we see the town develop through the historic dismissal of the English, to the prosperity made by the discovery of gold and the subsequent roots of the building of the multitude of churches that the city is famous for. Now the landscape turns white with cotton, and the modern city is ‘born’, with a more detailed re-creation of the economic boom and surprising architectural transformation that has occurred in the past 20 years.
February 24th, 2010 • Music Video •
Casiokids – En Vill Hest directed by Kristoffer Borgli
Casiokids is a band from Norway and I have no idea what they are singing about but they have a great electropop sound.
February 23rd, 2010 • Auditory •
Another rainy day in San Francisco and this song fits the mood. The original is a little mellow, for my taste, but Prison Penguin remixes it to perfection.
Jack Penate – So Near (Penguin Prison Remix)
February 22nd, 2010 • Commercials •
Aides Graffiti directed Yoann Lemoine for TBWA Paris.
Smart and super creative ad for a French aids prevention campaign. Of course nothing this smart would ever show on American television for reasons that run deeper than just puritan prudishness.
February 18th, 2010 • Art & Design •
February 17th, 2010 • Art & Design •
Surfaces of Constant Time, 2010
Almost missed this one. Jose Alverez show, Surfaces of Constant Time, closes this Saturday at Ratio 3. Definitely on of the best shows I have seen at this space and one of the better shows I have seen in San Francisco this year.
Hours: Wed – Sat, 11am – 6pm
Location: 1447 Stevenson Street, San Francisco, CA
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February 16th, 2010 • Auditory •
Dan Black’s UN has it’s North American release today and it’s worth checking out. The song Goreki Fix Up My Girlfriend Some More is a blend of Prince’s If I Was Your Girlfriend and a piece from composer Henryk Gorecki which creates a very cinematic song and is from his mixtape Weird Science.
via: Cream Team
February 16th, 2010 • Auditory •
The Alex Metric remix of Gorillaz’s Stylo has a very Hercules and the Love Affair sound while the original is a very mellow track. Their new album Plastic Beach will drop on March 9th and you can catch them at Coachella on April 19th.
via: AudioPorn Central
February 15th, 2010 • Around Town •
February 15th, 2010 • Music Video •
Uffie – Pop the Glock
Cute video that slips into moments of 80s-inspired consumer psychedelia. This song has been out for a few years and sounds similar to Ke$ha.
February 13th, 2010 • Auditory •
I’ve been listening to lot’s of music tonight getting in the mood to go out in San Francisco, so here’s another one for all the heartbreakers out there just in time for VD.
via: Et Musique Pour Tous
February 13th, 2010 • Auditory •
Some of you might know the original Peter Schilling 1984 version of Major Tom (Coming Home) which was a retelling of David Bowie’s 1969 Space Oddity. Well now it’s 2010 and Shiny Toy Guns have given us a good version. You might recognize the song from a crappy car commercial but I won’t hold it against them, gotta make money somehow. What I wanna know is, what year they were at Burning Man when this photo was taken?
via: The World Forgot
February 13th, 2010 • Around Town •
Little Boots starts up her US tour in March and I can’t wait for the San Francisco show at the Fillmore on March 9th.
February 12th, 2010 • Film & Video •
A subversive take on the casting process directed by Georgie Greville of Legs.
February 12th, 2010 • Motion Graphics •
Korb – The Balance
Well, it wasn’t the original idea but visually it sure looks lusty. The Korb describes it as a “visual representation of two opposite audio waves”.
February 11th, 2010 • Music Video •
These New Puritans – We Want War
February 11th, 2010 • Art & Design •
If you love foosball but can’t imagine having that kitschy looking table mess up your ultra-modern fussy interior. Then this new foosball table called 11 will fit perfectly next to your Apple gadgets and Eames lounge and ottoman reproduction.
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February 10th, 2010 • Auditory •
It’s the end of hump day, so I thought a good remix would get you excited for the weekend.
February 10th, 2010 • Motion Graphics •
Artificial Paradise, Inc. by John-Paul Frenay
Artificial Paradise, Inc is an experimental film anticipating a future where a major corporation has developed a unique software, based on organic virtual reality, which holds all the lost memories of humankind. A user connects to this database of the forgotten…what is he searching for?
OK, but can it help me find my keys?
February 9th, 2010 • Motion Graphics •
Anthony Burrill – Michelle Plays Ping Pong
I assume she’s playing ping pong on acid.
February 5th, 2010 • Music Video •
Delphic’s music video for Doubt directed by Andrew Huang
February 4th, 2010 • Music Video •
Vitalic – Pony pt. 1 (Birds)
This video has been around for a few years but it’s still one of my favorites. Directed by Pleix.
February 4th, 2010 • Photography •
Found this shot on a list of 125 rare celebrity photos on the Crack Two blog.
via Art Fag City
February 3rd, 2010 • Art & Design •
From street artist to corporate designer to art world artist. He will be participating in a group show at the Scion Installation Space in Los Angles from February 20 – March 13. Yes, the gallery is owned by the Scion car brand, I guess the street/corporate/art world is a bit blurry these days. The opening reception is on Saturday, February 20th at 7pm.
February 3rd, 2010 • Art & Design •
At least it did for Ducats brand milk in the 1980s.