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Anymore these days I listen to NPR more than almost anything else (maybe it’s because I am getting old). This is why the NPR Radio by Livio caught my eye. The idea is a simple one, which is many times a good thing. The radio broadcasts NPR via WIFI and allows you to bookmark your favorite programs. Also a portion of the proceeds actually go to NPR.
Directed, shot, cut and finished by Sam O’Hare. Produced by Sara Eolin and Leo Nitzberg.
If you haven’t tried Metromint yet I suggest you get to it. This mint water is perfect if you want something a little extra without that sweetened aftertaste that other flavored waters give you. It’s totally natural. No additional sweeteners or preservatives. The water varies mintyness from -2 degrees to -9 degrees. I recommend the Peppermint, Spearming, Lemon and Orange. Find a store near you that sells it.
If there is one good thing that comes out of this disaster in the Gulf it will be making the general public aware of how destructive we as a society have become to this planet we live on. The BP Cares UK poster campaign, which appears to have been done by Tony Hayward, aims to do just that. Head over to the website to download, print and post dozens of well-designed posters in PDF format. Make your voice heard and dp your part in stopping the destruction.
Ever wonder what your favorite bands’ favorite foods are? Check out the new show on IFC Original Series called Dinner With the Band every Tuesday night. The show talks with the bands while they cook some food and do a live performances. Check out a video of VEGA performing ‘Kyoto Gardens’ on the Dinner With the Band.
I was first turned on to Yours Truly from a video they had done about Delorean. Yours Truly is a group in San Francisco that seem to have their hands in a lot of creative outlets focusing mainly on journalism, video production, photography and graphic design. They have done work with Current TV, Pitchfork, XLR8R, Stereogum, URB and more. I really enjoy their videos that give an intimate look into the lives of bands like Cut Copy, Passion Pit, Delorean, Girls, Nosaj Thing and a bunch more. I could spend all day watching their videos.
The other day I came across the street art of Italian native CT. His graphic street art is unlike that of any I have seen. I am blown away at his amazingly clean lines, use of geometric typography and colors he uses. I recommend checking out this gallery of his works.
I never knew about indie video game development until a friend of mine (who works developing video games) told me about an amazing game called Braid. I watched him complete the entire game in one sitting one night in Shanghai while having some beers at his house. That was my introduction to indie gaming. Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary being made about the Indie Game culture, the people who make and the people who play the games.
BlinkWork is currently looking for funding to complete the film. If you are interested in helping head over here.
In any industry adapting for the digital age is a challenge, but it’s been especially difficult for the publishing industry. The thought of printed magazines slowly disappearing one by one is sad. 48 Hour Magazine is challenging the traditional methods of magazine publishing by keeping overhead costs low and doing exactly what the name implies… writing, photographing, illustrating, designing, editing, laying it out, printing and shipping it in a matter of 48 hours! I really enjoy seeing how people with passion and the will to adapt can make make things work when the big guys are scratching their heads wondering why they can’t make any money. 48 Hour Magazine just released their first issue and is available now for $10 at MagCloud.
The Selby is a website that takes a photographic exploration into the living spaces of some of the most well-known artists throughout the world. I’ve always thought you can learn a lot about someone just by taking a look around their home, and I feel some of the most interesting ones are those of artists. From Brooklyn to L.A., Tokyo, London and more go and check out a more intimate side of your favorite creatives.
Want to win tickets to HARD LA to see M.I.A., N*E*R*D, Die Antwoord, Flying Lotus, Rye Rye, Switch, Joker, Sleigh Bells and more? HARD is giving five winners V.I.P. tickets to those who come up with the best and most creative HARD LA teaser video. Edit your own teaser, upload it to YouTube, send them the link and cross your fingers. See official rules for more details.
Wow, this trailer looks amazing. I honestly feel that there aren’t enough quality movies done on Electro and representing the culture in a good light. Can’t wait to see this.
The Coachella episode of the Face Hunter Show. Talking with So-Me, Bronques, Jeremy Scott, Erlend Øye and of course the usual Coachella suspects.
XLR8R has written a wrap-up on Coachella this year. Their take on the festival is a bit jaded and cynical as they tend to be sometimes, but their view on what they call “Dubstep Crusties” is pretty hilarious.
“As dubstep has become the de facto rave music of the West Coast, crusty hippies have ditched Phish in favor of Bassnectar and the DJs at the Do Lab, a tropically themed tent that stood amidst Coachella’s five main stages. The dubstep featured was of the wobbly, beef-tenderizing variety rather than Kode9 or Burial, which was totally fine with the nu-ravers covered in burlap-sack clothing and glow-thingies. For some reason, the distinct scent of beached salmon clung to the area by Sunday.”
If you can’t tell by now, besides a few exceptions, I am not much of a Dubstep fan.
Photo credit: XLR8R.com
More often than not the best ideas are those that seem to be obvious after someone makes them a reality. The series of portraits done by Erika Iris Simmons called Ghost in the Machine is a good example of that. Creating portraits of various artists and actors using the original cassette tapes of VHS tapes.