Archive for October, 2008

To My Boy

October 31, 2008

To My Boy is an electropopalternativecrazymusic duo who got together in 2005 and just released their album ‘Messages’. Their music is not like some pop electro thing like MGMT style (not saying MGMT sucks, I do love them!)- it really does sound more alternative than pop because the vocals have that awkward sound like The Rapture.

Leeeeesten to ze moosic on myspace and then when you do listen to it and like it- get their most recent album and then wait for their second album coming out in early 2009.

Links:
To My Boy MySpace

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Flud Watches

October 29, 2008


The Cartridge


The Boombox

I kinda am a lil bit of a watch person, I love the psycho-creative ones and the ones that are different (even if you can’t tell the time, s’long as it looks cool). I say kinda only because I can’t afford the watches I DO want….sigh….but Flud Watches are not only pretty damn cool looking- you can tell the time too!!
Unfortunately they don’t have any stockists in Australia but if you want it, you could order it online on their site!

Links:
Flud Watches Site


Men’s Crunchtime


The Cage


Tableturns

LosBPMS

October 27, 2008

Who loves awesome remixes?!
Here’s a few that’s awesome to listen to courtesy of LosBPMS Remixes– checkit:

1) Dominator – Beltram mix: A Techno Anthem by Human Resource

2) Eazy Duz It: need we say more

3) Charly (Charly Says) by The Prodigy – Using elements of Sinden & Count of Monte Cristal – “Beeper (Fake Blood Remix)”

aaaaaaaand check out the vid to go with it!

Links:
LosBPMS Official Site

Cindez

October 27, 2008



These awesome French designers have come across something good here. Looking through their website, you’re instantly hit with a playful theme where there’s lots of colours (not fluoro thank god). The tees and hoodies have bright bold colours that yell out “FUN TIMES AHEAD.” The photos i’ve put up are of the guys tees but the same designs are also available for girls- yippeee! Have a look everyone! NOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW……

Links:
Cindez Site
Cindez Online Store



I Am None – New Season

October 22, 2008



If you boys enjoyed I Am None the clothing line- you’re in for a treat because they have NEW clothes! These shirts are for them boys who love intricate, weird and interesting designs on tees- not so out there clothing.

Check them out and enjoy! The old post has some more links such as stockists listed if you wanted to go instore and buy them.

Links:
I Am None Site



T-Post

October 19, 2008

Charmaine showed my T-Post one day and I was amazed at the concept and that a person was creative enough to think of it and follow through with it. T-Post basically combines a person’s love of t-shirts with their love of current news and making a statement. Here’s a brief description of what T-Post is:

Once you sign up for your subscription- you get a shirt every 6 weeks and you get a members editions shirt for your first t-shirt! It comes to about 26 euros every shirt so depending on economy it falls between 50-60 dollars INCLUDING shipping aaallllll the way from Sweedensville- that’s gotta be a fair good deal considering shirts are normally around that range without shipping costs anyway- woo!

Have a look through past galleries mmmkay? Even if you’re not current news-savy the designs on the shirt are pretty damn cool.

Links:
T-Post Site

Calerway

October 17, 2008

If any of you Perthians love the rock music scene and love Amps, no doubt you’ve heard of these guys before. Calerway has performed locally and entertained all of us at one point- drunken or sober- during awesome nights at Amps. Their songs are so easy to get into and enjoy you’ll start joining in the singing in not time. As for this interview, they have one weirdass “crazy” story- enjoy:

How did you come up with the name?
hmmm i am new to the fold.. i do know the story behind the name but it escapes me at the moment.. i dont think its anything too thrilling! 🙂

Tell me a little about yourselves?
I am ryan de rozario I am 24,, jp is 25 I think, phil is 23, cam and james are both 27.. jp lives in the city. Me, cam and james all live in scarborough. Phil just moved from scarborough to up near hillarys. 3 guys are tradies, 1 lectures at a couple of Uni’s and I basically sit behind a computer replying to everyone on myspace all day.

What did you guys do before the group started?
Musically? We alll played in other bands basically… Cam played in a band that did reasonably well called Last Years Hero, and before that a fucking great melodic hardcore band called Ballpoint. James played in a band called Whitechapel and a hardcore sort of band called Boredumb (this is going WAY back), JP and Phil played in a band called Saving Rushmore, and I was playing in a band called Change of Face.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Well I only hooked up with the guys last October, so they had already put in a lot of groundwork. So I was lucky to come in at that time.. but if it was anything like any of the other bands I have been in over the years.. Like any band you sort of have to ‘pay your dues’ playing a lot of shows etc… eventually it gets there thankfully :). Having said that once you finish paying one set of dues, you just start paying another just on a different level I guess.

Any big plans for the near future?
Yachts, Mansions, Holidays off the south of France. Collaborations with Puff Daddy, and Timbaland.
Hahahaha. Nah its hard to really make big plans yourself.. you can set big goals, for sure, but its up to the people working with you and around you to make these big plans and help you realise those big goals..

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Hmmm, I listen to some things a bit off kilter… I know the guys have been loving the new Kings of Leon album…. And it is a fucking great album.. … that Dizzee Rascal tune with Calvin Harris is fucking awesome too and has 2 thumbs up from everyone. I have always been a big Dizzee fan with his UK hiphop/grime sort of shit (I have been pumping Maths & English in my car for months and months) but I really like this electro path.. I hope he does more.. the sounds go really well together. Other than that….. I been listening to .. just good music.. rock, pop, house, breaks, electro.. whatever really! J

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
My macbook. Straight out. It literally sleeps on my bed next to me.

What important lesson have you learnt from being in a group?
Probably to treat business and friendships seperately – which can be hard in a band situation, because you are all friends.. and especially when writing music – which is a very personal thing, its hard not to take decisions made on songs personally. But you have to learn to do it. and try and think about what is best for the song, not whats best for you, or most fun for you.. .. things do get heated sometimes.. but its definitely an important part of the process…. and I guess its even more important for everyone to be able to walk away from ‘the band’ situation and have a beer and a laugh and not talk about music. This is something I don’t think you can ever stop learning… you just get better at it J

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Everyone except for myself lives with their girlfriends who they been with for ages, and I have been a loner for 4 years. So I guess not! hahahahahaha

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
This isnt crazy or embarrassing… but this was just a bit of a strange show.. we did 2 weeks ago actually at the WACA in Perth. It was for some sort of Environmental awareness day or something.. was a private show we had been asked to do.. sounded kind of interesting so we jumped on board.. anyway we turn up to load in.. and there is probably 40 or 50 big round tables all beautifully dressed with about 10 seats at each.. – almost like a wedding! There was a stage with white drapes behind it and all!…. anyway, we finish setting up and sound checking.. still not knowing what to expect… we thought it would be realllllllllly awkward…. And we asked about the free alcohol – and the head honcho guy was like ‘na fellas this is drug and alcohol free’… so the next second piles of kids between the age of maybe 10 and 15 arrive with teachers…. Anyway.. we played and the kids got up and had a great time and ran amok.. It was really different.. but really very cool.

They are reshooting some stuff for the video to Blood Sweat Years and if it’s as good as the song it’ll be just awesome. Should be out within a few weeks on myspace! They have their debut album out Midnight Mercinaries + a bonus disk out now if you guys are loving them.

Links:
Calerway Oficial Site
Calerway MySpace (Which looks awesome by the way)

Viktor Koen

October 13, 2008


Damsels in Armor


Dark Peculiar Toys

Viktor Koen is a very successful and very talented Greek designer. He’s studied at design institutions for many years and has won heaps of awards- and it’s easy to tell why. He has an incredible amount of variation in his ideas- so so amazing I really think anyone interested should take a look. His website features all of his ideas from “Attic Child” to his T-shirt store ($15 dollars each!). Even his actual website layout is so clever. On there he features his work from editorial magazines, books even music cd’s.

I personally like “Dark Peculiar Toys“, “Plug” and “Damsels in Armour” which are somewhat dark interpretations of what would happen when you mesh machines and people/animals/objects together. It is so very interesting, his statement is a better way to understand his inspiration behind these designs it’s very interesting to read.

The one that’s super awesome though is “Lexicon“- I really love how his concepts are backed up by his little poetic descriptions. You all should go through all of them and have a read!

To navigate through his pictures, have a look through exhibition and his prints. Have Fun!

Links:
Viktor Koen Website


Plug


Lexicon

Lewes Herriot

October 6, 2008

*lil note: Finally got the virus out of laptop- yay!*
Now for the real stuff!
I saw Lewes Herriot’s work in a graphic design magazine I was reading while I was procrastinating from study and was drawn in by his graphics that the magazine featured. I went into his MySpace to check out his other work and just had to get in contact with him. He’s done many graphics for bands (any bands out there need any graphics done?) and the majority of his work uses a lot of bright colours on black backgrounds- something that does personally appeal to me. He uses a lot of blending in his work such as blending objects and words into one big art piece- the result is a captivating piece of work. Not to say all his work looks alike, he does have variety in his pieces and I highly recommend people take a look at his blog and MySpace.

Now have a read about his interview and learn about his amazing art and his cactus named Colin:

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself and what kinda stuff you do?
I’m a 25 year old self-taught artist and illustrator living in Birmingham. I’ve been uploading my work onto the internet for little over a year, trying to get my work seen and make contacts, whilst doing work for musicians and bands I enjoy along the way. I work during the day in a non-art related thing and use my free time to create pictures of gods riding animals and giant bird men in canyons.

When and how did you start out?
I’ve always enjoyed drawing and used to spend a lot of time as a kid copying cartoon characters and then creating my own. Role models like Stay Puft and The Shredder were integral to my early days as an artist. I used to videotape things like the intro to Ghostbusters and pause it to copy out the various things I liked. My parents would always give me paper and pens and encourage me to draw. In the few art lessons I had at school, I didn’t enjoy being forced to draw the way the teacher wanted me to, so didn’t pursue art academically anymore, opting for drama and music instead. It was only when due to boredom I returned to spend a short while in a part-time art course in 2007 that I felt inspired to start making a career out of my art. Due to the amount of work I soon took on, I had to leave the course prematurely, but being given the short time to think about my artwork and research other art more closely was a vital kickstart.

Did you find it hard to get your work “out there”?
It’s still far from out anywhere. It’s nice to see photos of big store displays for bands I’ve done art for in places like Japan, but that’s more the band’s work being a success than mine. The illustrations I’ve done for magazines have all been band related really, so again, I’m kinda riding people’s coat-tails at the moment. I do feel a slow progression. I get a lot of nice messages and emails from people who like my style of drawing, which is amazingly encouraging. This is just from constantly creating work and uploading it, sending it to people, emailing people who I think will like it. It’s all you can do. With the internet of course, it’s a lot easier to get the contacts you need and show your work to people you think should see it. It can help to have a degree but it’s far from crucial.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Everything. I like to walk around the hills and forests I live near and think a lot about my work and the characters and places in them. I tend not to think too much about the image just before I start it though, I just get an idea of the shape and space I’d like to cover. Then I link the initial shapes with patterns, characters and writing in as lucid and automatic way as possible. This tends to draw in a lot of influence from whatever I’m reading or watching around the time, which usually means various things from wildlife documentaries to graphic novels. I also tend to draw in rhythm to whatever I’m listening to at the time, which could be anything from The Mars Volta to an episode of Frasier. I also foundd the artwork of Gustav Dore and Heironymus Bosch to be hugely inspiring as well as the book ‘The Invisibles’ by Grant Morrison.

Any advice for aspiring artists?
A lot of people say you need to get your work seen by as many people, send cards and emails here there and everywhere. What they neglect to tell you is that you can save yourself a lot of time, money and rejection if you only aim at the places you really really want to work for. Research your chosen field, if they reject you, go away, improve, try again. The internet is amazing for being able to contact people who can help you, it’s just a matter of seeing which artists work like you, and politely and sincerely bombarding them and their friends for help. Politeness is key.

Any big plans in the near future?
I want a shop, online or real, to sell my work from. Tshirts, prints, posters, badges, stickers, books, the lot. One day, a big hardback book full of things from my head. I’m also working on a music video for Free Moral Agents and also working on the next Johnny Foreigner album. Also hopefully selling out and having some tshirts for sale in a local well-known shop outlet type thing.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I’ve had a few things in circulation really… death cab, fleet foxes, broken social scene on the stereo and Tubelord and Dinosaur Pileup on the ol’ myspace cos I dont have cd’s by them. And I dont have an ipod because CD’s are so much more fun to buy. and to throw and to scratch and to lose.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
a pen? yay artsy answer.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
it’s Colin. and it’s a cactus. the secret’s out!

Check out his MySpace or his Blog or buy something from his Online Store- either way just have take a quick peek at his work!

Links:
Lewes Herriot MySpace
Lewes Herriot Blog
Lewes Herriot Online Store

Lewes Herriot Contact:
lewesherriot@hotmail.co.uk