The Monkees man passed away at the age of 66, leaving behind a legacy of teen heart throb domination and 1960s icon status. That is him singing below here. Even though he was an actor for most of his life, The Monkees remained his most successful creative endeavor.
French graffiti artist TILT created the “Panic Room” at the Au Vieux Panier Hotel in Marseille, France, where, as you can see, he painted half the room in technicolor graffiti, and left the other half completely white and clean. The hotel is complete with only five rooms that are annually redone by artists. TILT’s will make you not sleep.
Have you ever wanted to see Gorillaz with CGI? Well here is your shot, as Damon Albarn and company have teamed up with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and Andre 3000 of that commercial with Adrian Brody for “DoYaThing,” a new song made in conjunction with a Converse x Gorillaz shoe collection. Enough names there?
Everyone needs there own Stealth Barn compound. This is a project from Carl Turner Architects, and we guess when you have a field, and money, and design sense, you have these kinds of things. As Ignant writes, “The construction works as an independent guest and meeting room. It combines live and work and provides space for both uses. Externally, it consists of dark, coarse, simple surfaces that complement each other harmoniously with the existing barn.
"Inside coarse particle board is installed, generate an interesting visual effect. They give the rooms warmth and evoke memories of the geographical division of the former barn with straw bales. Also helping the less massive the massive construction partitions to more easily at an opening of space for incident light."
A dense album of folk electronics and vivid storytelling like only Sufjan Stevens could produce, we found “I Walked” to be our favorite song on Age of Adz. This one feels the most authentic and organic, and true Sufjan song that was transformed through countless hours of experimentation.
Even if you don’t like Kobe Bryant, this commercial spot with Richard Branson and Kobe and the Success at Success at Success #KOBESYSTEM campaign around this Nike shoe is amazing. Kobe has, dare we say, comedic timing?
Good Buy: Keds for Brooks Brothers Ripstop Lace-Up Sneakers
Even your dad can get his Keds on. We love Brooks Brothers, would get a suit there in a heartbeat to feel like an elder statesman of style, and these Keds are a nice touch for the grown-up but fashionable brand. We like the $78 price tag and the rip-stop material. And the navy. Buy them here.
Jean-Pierre Khazem just made us feel uncomfortable
One of those rare moments where fine art makes us feel really, really weird. What the hell are we looking at? Is that a naked women with a child’s doll mask on? Jean-Pierre Khazem, you just made us feel really awkward.
Radiohead kick off American tour with two new tracks
Radiohead started off the American tour for TKOL with a heavy TKOL songlist, mixed with some absolute classics, a WTF moment in “Meeting In the Aisle,” and then two new tracks in “Cut a Hole” and “Identikit.”
We are loving “Identikit.” Key to Radiohead success in the past: Ed singing. More Ed singing please.
Famed NYC artist Steve “ESPO” Powers, along with director Joey Garfield (who co-directed Upper Playground’s “The Run UP” series) are set to release “A Love Letter For You,” a multi-genre film that both documents ESPO’s mural project in Philadelphia, but also acts like a proper love story.
Here is the rundown:
A Love Letter For You is a genre-defying new film by director Joey Garfield. A Love Letter For You seamlessly mixes documentary and narrative, love and loss, community and solidarity, art and crime, to paint a compelling portrait of two artists and their impact on the neighborhood they grew up in.
The film documents the notorious graffiti legend, Stephen “ESPO” Powers as he returns to his old stomping grounds in Philadelphia to paint a series of murals on 50 rooftops along the Market train line. The film also weaves in the fictional narrative of FIRE, a young graffiti king who is fresh out of prison on a quest to win back the love and attention of his ex girlfriend. A Love Letter For You mixes a local cast with real-life characters as they rediscover the soul of West Philly and it’s dynamic community.
The film is a multi-faceted project by Stephen Powers with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and is sponsored by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative. The murals have garnered international attention and been published in a coffee table book, featured in a gallery exhibition and generated community education workshops.
Neil Krug, whether it is in his music videos or photograph series, creates visuals that are the closest thing to a wonderful mushroom trip that we have ever seen. Moments seem to freeze, the colors twist, all without any sort over the top special effects. It … just … feels… right. This is Krug’s new video for the Warp artist, Gonjasufi.
Thom Yorke Tuesday: "Fake Plastic Trees" Live at Glastonbury 2003
They did this song, too. It is funny to think of Radiohead as this band, a rock band, a ballad band in the best way possible. They got darker in 1997, went electronic in 2000, political in 2003, elder statesmen in 2006, and back to experimental in their 2011 version. But this was them at their absolute origin, a sonic 3-guitar attack. It sounds nice.
Weirdo has been a NW graffiti artist for over 10 years. He’s done a few of the biggest solo mural projects in the Seattle, and has worked hand in hand with the city to make it a more colorful place. His latest body of work is a series of canvases for the Old Crow Gallery, and really shows his new level of photo realism on a smaller scale. ~Jen Vertz (www.weirdocult.com)
What else have you been up to in the last year?
Well, one of the biggest things was going to Art Basel in 2011 this year to paint on a wall with Lords, and my crew OSH PT. It was amazing to experience Basel first hand, and to be out there with everyone was a real fun time. Another big thing was being forced to move last fall, it took too much time out of my schedule.
Tell me a bit about Art Basel…
It was one of the most intense mural situations I’ve ever been in, with so many people painting at the same time. It was really inspiring, both motivational, and creatively as well. I also hope I get to do it again in 2012, I wouldn’t want to miss it again.
What about moving studios?
It’s been different. Things have happened and changed in my life- the art building I used to be a part of is no longer- the state kicked everyone out of the 619 Western Arts Building for an upcoming tunnel project for Seattle, and that’s been a huge influence over the last year. The move took a month, searching for a place took a few months, and I found a good small work space, but for my bigger pieces, I’m actually still looking for a work area. I’ve done a few pieces outside, but it’s not always easy- like the 25’ long mural for Razorfish marketing I just did in December under the highway… so the move changed a lot for me, but I’m still doin’ it.
What’s coming up for you in the future?
After the “Sweeping of Giants” show at the Old Crow in Oakland, I have a solo show in May at the Vermillion Gallery in Seattle that I’m really excited about. I’ll be doing a 40’ long mural installation in the gallery, it’s going to be really fucking big! In between those shows in April, I’ll be headed to Nashville to paint a mural on the outside of the AIA’s [American Institute of Architecture] residence of the year for 2011, which is a great honor to be able to put artwork on the outside of someone else’s artwork! What a trip…! Next week I will have a coffin in the “Boxes of Death” show by Electric Coffin that will be headed on a tour down the West Coast… I’ve been busy lately!
How are you handling the busy schedule?
Working close to my home really helps, my studio is just downstairs from my apartment. Not taking too many projects at once, but picking the right ones and knowing when to say no. You say yes to what sounds interesting and challenging, and no to what isn’t going to push you as an artist. I thrive on being challenged. If it’s new or big or scary- anything like that I always say yes. And it’s taken many years to figure some of this out. Doing work out of WA state keeps me on a very strict deadline, which I like a lot. You have to finish by your flight out… The pressure is what I work well under.
Any big goals for the next year?
Mainly for 2012 is to become more nationally recognized for my art, and doing more fine art based mural projects rather than commercial ones. As always working on my technical skills to become stronger with realism and to master my tools. And I’m still a free agent, but soon I want to be represented by a gallery. I’ve had a few offers, just not the right ones.
You can catch up with Weirdo at the “Sweeping of Giants” show at the Old Crow Gallery in Oakland on March 10th from 6-10, or from the 9th through the 11th he will be painting live at the UC Berkley Campus on a mural project near the Anthropology Department. Catch up with him www.facebook.com/weirdocult for more details. www.weirdocult.com/
Original Serigraph Print: Abstract Drawing. 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch serigraph, printed in four colors. Fine. This print appeared originally in the limited issue of Bukowski’s WHAT MATTERS MOST IS HOW YOU WALK THROUGH THE FIRE
This is best human being to ever swing a bat when it came to power, average, and contact. Sure Cobb, DiMaggio, Gwynn, and Bonds were all stellar beyond compare, but the Splendid Splinter was the man. But apparently, down and away is a little sketchy. Lincecum would have nailed that outside corner. (Via TWBE)
We have enjoyed seeing the Eastland brand and their Made in Maine quality in stores, but this is the first pair of Eastland’s that have really stood out in the Quoddy and Yuketen universe. The Eastland Millinocket Chukka comes in this peanut suede and a navy leather version. We vote on these. Buy them at Union.
Ben & Jerry's Goes Linsanity, and then messes it up
In the continuing saga of everyone being racist when it comes to Jeremy Lin, Ben & Jerry’s is the latest to muck it up. The ice-cream brand is apologizing for putting fortune cookie pieces in its commemorative “Taste the Lin-Sanity” flavored ice-cream. As Yahoo reports, or steals, like us, “The frozen yogurt pints — available for a limited time in the Ben & Jerry’s Harvard Square, Mass. location — were originally made with vanilla frozen yogurt, lychee honey swirls and pieces of fortune cookie. The fortune cookies were swapped out for a fresh waffle cone cookie on the side after complaints of racial insensitivity.”
Give the Brazilian twins Os Gemeos enough time for an installation, and chances are it is going to be a mega work. Well, the much-anticipated and previewed Os Gemeos show at Prism in Los Angeles finally opened this past weekend, and as advertised, it looks incredible and majorly detailed. This is definitely the show to see in LA right now…
Looks like Justin Vernon, director NABIL, and the rest of the Bon Iver group like Old Man and the Sea and other tales of past lore. What the hell did that mean? We don’t know, just enjoy another song off the stellar Bon Iver album, with the track “Towers.”
The "Riverside Clubhouse" in Yancheng, Jiangsu, China
Beijing-based practice TAO created this incredibly tranquil building on a river adjacent to a sports club and field in Yancheng, Jiangsu, China. We don’t pretend to have a major insight on architecture, although we appreciate it more than most industrial art forms, but the angles on this building are incredible, and the way it reflects off the river makes it almost feel like a natural extension of the riverbank. (via)
One of our favorite street muralists right now, Hyuro, has been mightily busy in Valencia over the past few weeks. Hyuro just sent us a few images of a new work, Primaveravalenciana, a piece we can only assume is tied into the political and reform climate of Spain right now. Beautiful, poetic work.
Jaylib Mondays: J Dilla x Raekwon "Flying Daggerz"
We don’t want to start Monday off with anything soft this week, as we are starting to get into that time of year where things are just a tad stale and slow in the year with no holidays in sight. Nothing better than a classic Raekwon “Flying Daggerz” track produced by Mr. Dilla. Enjoy the kick off.
Somebody, and we are going to call them a genius, has started a Tumblr blog called the "Cosby Sweater Project," where they are artistically recreating the wonderful sweater patterns worn by Bill Cosby on his namesake show, “The Cosby Show.” Those were some incredible sweater patterns.
Epperson Mountaineering Mandarin/Mariner Climb Pack for Inventory
If we had a choice in life, we may have Inventory dress and prepare us for an excursion we may choose to go on. Take, for example, their collaborative backpack they just did with Epperson Mountaineering, the Epperson Mountaineering Mandarin/Mariner Climb Pack. Look at that color! Its Springtime in the Bay, so we are looking out already. Buy it here.
From Ignant, the photography of Simon Harsent: ‘This portfolio begins with images of the massive icebergs as they enter Greenland’s Disco Bay from the Ilulissat Icefjord; it ends with the icebergs off the East Coast of Newfoundland, by which time they have travelled hundreds of miles, and have been so battered and broken down that they are little more than ghosts of what they once were. Seeing them first overpowering in grandeur and then, later, about to be absorbed back into the flux from which they came, is both beautiful and humbling: a metamorphosis that endows them with a life-span, each with it’s own personality, each with it’s own story.’
1973 Sierra Designs Catalog in the Oakland Museum of California Collection
A cool find. In the Oakland Museum of California collection is the 79-page, 1973 Sierra Designs catalog. As the museum notes of one of the great Bay Area outdoors brands, the catalog is “printed partially in full color and partially black and white. Many of the photographs in the catalog were taken as part of a 10-day hiking expedition up the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, which was organized by Sierra Designs. The first part of the catalog is a narrative of this expedition, with journal entries of two of the people on the expedition. Featured in the second half of the catalog are items, mostly illustrated by line drawings, which were manufactured by Sierra Designs, including sleeping bags, jackets, climbing equipment, camping accessories, footwear, tents, and backpacks.” (ocma)
There are certain bands that just do it for you. There sound is just the soundtrack you want playing in your life at all times, and it defines all the moments you hold dear. Radiohead was that band for a long time, but when Women’s Public Strain came out a few years ago, the Calgary quartet became one of our favorite bands. We really loved their debut, but Public Strain was like a piece of theatrical, haunting, experiment pop music. We will miss their guitarist, Chris Reimer, who died this week.
How about this soon? We don’t know about you, but there is a good chance that this might have been a good idea. I mean, we got diabetes in our generation, and there is a good chance this baby didn’t. It wasn’t eating Fruit Loops and McDonald’s, it was just having at it with a toddler soda. And really, there was a Soda Pop Board of America? (via)
This guy is good. NOSBE is known for doing these crazed, bugged-out, acid-like faces throughout the streets of Paris, and we think he may be one of the best street artists in the game of street art right now. (via jux street art)
How many times have you made this excuse? Its not for the party guys, its for my toothache and gum infection. And of course it is an instantaneous cure. It’s cocaine for crying out loud. It cures everything for 4 minutes. (via)
Well, this is the best decision a Rupert Murdoch owned company can make on a weekend magazine cover. They went with our favorite daughter of Jane Birkin, and maybe only daughter of Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg. She says she isn’t a professional. Or something. She is pretty, okay, not a brain surgeon.
When things started to get really interesting. When the Beatles went from pop darlings to hash smoking progressive pop experimentals. Starting off 1965’s Robber Soul was “Drive My Car,” a Paul construction that still to this day remains one of his most interesting guitar songs.
We are terribly saddened to hear that one of our favorite bands, Calgary’s Women, lost guitarist Christopher Reimer to an early death at the age of 26. He died in his sleep, with the cause of death unknown at this time. We have championed the band on The Citrus Report for years, calling their track “Eyesore” our absolute favorite song of 2010. He will be missed.
We like what we see here. Thomas Jackson has taken a material usually found littered in nature and organized it as if it was an organism that has lived in nature for thousands of years. He was inspired by self-organizing, ‘emergent’ systems in nature such as termite mounds, swarming locusts, schooling fish and flocking birds.” (via jux)
Todd James "King of the Wild Frontier" @ Gering & Lopez, NYC
Todd “REAS” James will be doing two shows in one come March 1 at Gering & Lopez in NYC. King of the Wild Frontier will feature James’ now iconic Somali pirate pieces, and a recreation of Street Market’s “Vandals Bedroom,” last seen at MOCA’s Art in the Streets.
Says Gering & Lopez, “both vandals and pirates step over invisible boundaries put in place by faceless power structures every day. Both also anonymously make claims (to space or to cargo), their deeds forcing society to confront the undeniable complexity of right and wrong. It is this sense of injustice that informs and energizes James’ work. The fact that James is able to do this with a generous amount of humor is his unique ability.”
The kind of music that people listen to when they wake up on a sunny day. Nothing like a Monk performance in Paris, and when you think of Jazz, you think of this man, this hat, and this style. Timeless.
A man in a black skinny suit skateboarding in Manhattan in the 1960s is just about the most perfect thing we can think of that has nothing to do with California or London. Or Tokyo. Or lots of places. But this is nearly perfect.