Archive for March, 2009

Random Thing Of The Week

March 30, 2009

For this week I’d like to divert your attention to my favourite comedic trio- Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.

These three friends made a Pilot called ‘Awesometown’ for Fox except it was never picked up. But the video for the pilot is floating around everywhere anyway- so here it is, Enjoy!

Binärpilot

March 25, 2009

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Binärpilot is a Norwegian experimental-electrosynth artist and his stuff is just funky as hell. It’s got great beats and fun melodies which varies throughout the songs and it’s highly usable for DJs as it’s very easy to mix in with music.

You know what else- you guys are pretty lucky because here is another artist who has put ALL of his tracks and REMIXES on the site available for free download.

“You can download all my songs for free. All I ask in return is that you share them with friends, send them to strangers, link this site, leave burned CDs at parties, or anything else that would help them get heard. Greedy industry is killing music with their popollution. Don’t let them. Download and dance like nobody is watching.”

His website basically promotes the downloading of his music- so go get in there cuz you have no excuse to not start enjoying his music right now!

Links:
Binärpilot Official Site
Binärpilot MySpace

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MGMT Kids- Kooks Cover

March 24, 2009

The Kooks did a very nice AltRock version of Kids from MGMT that is awesome! Check it out:

There’s a more refined and better version of the song you can find on YouTube- just picked this one because it was an actual video of them performing acoustically.

Random Thing Of The Week

March 23, 2009

This here is a mega Random Things Of The Week. In this one article, it lists 15 of the Wackiest Green Gadgets and Technology! The products and inventions are created by so many different types of people from scientists to designers and artists – but they all are environmentally related. Some are super odd and weird while others are quirky and useful.
Here’s the list but it’s seriously condensed so I very much recommend you click on the link for full details, explanations, pictures and videos of the inventions.

1- Speakers with Built-in Planters
2- Grow Your Own Grass Furniture
3- Solar-Powered ‘Personal Massager’
4- Biodegradable Coffin Coffee Table
5- Fuel from Slaughterhouse Waste
6- Wind-Powered Gadget Charger
7- Coffee-Fueled Truck
8- Edible Shoe Polish
9- Pollution-Sensitive Dress (This one is pretty awesome)
10- People-Powered mp3 Player
11- Cow Poop Power
12- Flowering Energy Monitor (This one looks interesting)
13- Man-Powered Ferris Wheel
14- Solar- and Wind-Powered ‘Walking House’
15- Replicating Robot

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Links:
Webecoist Article

Murat Süyür

March 23, 2009

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Murat Süyür is an incredible graphic designer from Istanbul. His work is so varied- looking through is portfolio you’ll see his amazing conceptual designs along with still-life, advertisements and fashions shots.
His biography on his website says he only really uses the computer to edit the art he’s done and make any corrections. Pretty impressive hey- here’s his interview!

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself and what kinda stuff you
do?

İ’ve just finished the university from Electrical engineering department , it took 7 years for me to finish, that was becouse of my advertising and design interest. Which was going to give me a chance to explain my self in photography.

When and how did you start out?
İt was like 4 years ago.. a friend of mine show me a magazine about photograpy. After that i got interested in concepts and stil life photo’s the first 2 year i was just an amateur. Then slowly it became professinal and now it’s the first thing in my life.

Did you find it hard to get your work “out there”?
İt was always hard… its not easy to set up all the things .. make everything allrgiht for shooting. I mean its really hard to figure out whats on your mind… productions things and also post production

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Everything. But mostly shapes , objects itself

What did you do before you began designing?
Absolutely nothing

Any advice for aspiring artists?
Make it different.

Any big plans in the near future?
Well.. lets wait and see

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
For the last 2 months İm back to 90’s pop – house
Probably Michael Jackson ‘s Billie jean is most played one

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Cellular phone with internet connection

Here are three new designs he’s just created- it’s very clever playing with scenes where peoople feel isolated or sad. It’s one of the many conceptual art he’s done that I’m really loving. Sooooo, GO and check out his other work- it’s so interesting on what other concepts he plays around!

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Futuristic tunnel

Empty airline checkout counter

Links:
Murat Süyür Official Site

Karoshi Bros.

March 18, 2009

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You’d think with a name like Karoshi Bros., I’ve put up some more 8-Bit music. But on the contrary! These two UK dudes – Big Karoshi Bro & Little Karoshi Bro – have made some pretty damn catchy music. There’s some clever yet neat electro beats and synths that create a nice dance-happy backdrop for real nice vocals.

Just check their videos out and imagine having them perform at a nice festival like Good Vibes or Parklife. In actual fact I think one half of the brothers played at Summadayze!

Look out for their Album. Their sound is radio friendly so I have a feeling sooner or later you’ll start to hear them around- I hope!
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Links:
Karoshi Bros. MySpace

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Random Thing Of The Week

March 16, 2009

Courtesy of Geekologie- there is now a truly RANDOM thing around. It’s a really interestingly designed speaker system with interesting placements of the speakers and cables. I think it’s better if you see for yourself!

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Click on the link for more details!

Links:
Geekologie Product Site

Marialia

March 13, 2009

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This 19 year old young designer has already found her way to the top of fashion designing in LA. If you like cute boob-tube dresses and sweet looking bikinis- I’d suggest you check out the links because she has plenty of designs! Enjoy the interview and the links!

How did you come up with the name?
Well, its my first name. The reason I wanted to call my brand MARIALIA (pronounced muh-ree-uh-lee-uh) is because I know its really unique and in a nutshell, its simply me. I guess its just kind of like my signature on everything that goes into the company.

Who’s the brains behind the designs- Tell me a little about yourself?
Me me me! Everything I create comes from my wacky mind. A little about myself…well, I am 19 years old residing in Los Angeles, CA. I am Italian so I grew up in both Italy (by Rome) and L.A., and I speak fluent Italian. I am a self-taught designer. I grew up learning to sew from my wonderful mother and the rest was just intuition. For as long as I can remember I have been sketching clothing and my dream was always to become a fashion designer. Currently, aside from my company, I work for BCBGMaxAzria which gives me a lot of insight to the retail and high fashion industry world. I am also a Real Estate major and will soon be taking my state exam. I go to school with a major in business administration but to be completely honest, I couldn’t care less about college because I find it rather boring. However I am going to stick through it for as long as I can right now.. I strongly believe that its always good to have a solid background of things.

When and how did you start out?
Professionally, when I was about 16 but like I said, I have been sewing and designing since I was little.

Was it hard to actually start producing clothes?
At first yes because I had no formal training and little experience. Everything I know now is learned through trial and error and experimentation but currently I can say that I am at a pretty solid state with my skills and by trying new things I continue to surprise myself!

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
A mix between the high fashion world, alternative scene, and my own personal tastes. As with most designers, I love looking through magazines or walking through stores to get ideas, but the final product is always original. I also get inspired by random things that I think I can reinvent…for example, I am currently working on a collection entitled CANDYLAND, and as you can guess, it is inspired straight from the classic board game and its characters. I’m really excited to see everything in its final stage!

What did you do before you began designing?
Nothing, I grew up doing it and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

Any advice for design students who wants to start a line?
If you have the talent, dedication, and true passion, then be brave and just do it. I know there are so many people that discourage success in this industry because it is so competitive, but you have to think of it as a never ending marathon race. At first there are a lot of runners but the one that pushes the hardest and doesn’t give up is the one that wins. I hope that makes sense hahaha

Any big plans in the near future?
Whatever comes my way 🙂 Day by day the company grows and if the opportunity is right then its mine! Its just all about pushing yourself and finding ways to expand. There are so many days where I just feel stuck in the same place but I know the more I work and network, the more I will continue to grow. Like I said, its like a race! 🙂

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
A bunch of Italian songs to be honest, but I would also have to say Lady Gaga’s album. She is amazing!

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
I can’t choose just one but out of everything i would probably have to choose my blackberry.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Hahahaha what??? Well I have names for my dress forms/mannequins if that counts. One is Heather (after the amazing brand Heatherette) and the other is Betsey (after Miss Betsey Johnson).

What’s the most embarrassing/awkward situation you’ve been in?
AH god there have been so many! Probably one time in high school I was walking from one class to another and I slipped on the floor and fell right on my butt and my books went everywhere in the crowded hallway…the worst part is that I was wearing a skirt hahahaha.

She’s just finished some custom clothing orders for Lauren Stone (She’s from Paris Hiltons BFF reality show) for a weekend in Vegas with Paris- so look out for lots of papparazzi photos of her design.

Links:
Marialia MySpace
Marialia Official Site
Marialia Buzznet
Hocus Focus Photography, LA

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Pornophonique

March 11, 2009

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These two German guys (Kai Richter & Felix Heuser) sure are eccentric!

Their introduction:
“one guitar. one gameboy. one c64. two guys. space invaders samples. campfireriffs. also singing. lowtech. lo-fi. micro. porn”

I think this little blurb pretty much says it all about their music- it’s kinda on the alternative weirrrd side of things!
The album “8-bit lagerfeuer” is so varied in the pace and style of music but one thing all the tracks have is awesome guitar playing and crazy kooky 8-bit melodies created.
PLUS- Do you know how awesome these guys are? Super Duper amazing awesome because you can download their whole entire album PLUS remixes.

Links:
Pornophonique MySpace
Pornophonique Official Site

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Random Thing Of The Week

March 9, 2009

It’s BAAACK-
Except instead of products I figured lets stick with random THINGS!
And this week’s random thing is:

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Basically you can build your bike and customize it exactly the way you want it. This includes choosing:
The model of the bike
The paint scheme
Your own signature that will be printed on your bike
The mechanics of the gears and break systems, handles, wheels etc.

So it really is all about what you want!

Links:
Project One Site By Trek Bikes