Monday, January 30, 2006

Daniel Brown

This is fun and instantly gratifying. It is an interactive Flash application by Daniel Brown.

Bookish

There is a solo recording from Nick Zammuto of The Books at lovelymedia.org. Which in and of itself is a nice site. Their archives only go back one month and their content is limited but they seem to have a wide scope and large ambition.

The recording is a sound piece that illuminates aspects of The Books sound. Quite nice.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

It Has Begun

The last few weeks have been full of official announcements and hype for SXSW this year. The fest is definitely going to be the biggest yet and I cannot wait. Arab Strap and Xiu Xiu are playing, The Matador showcase is officially out of control and now to add to all that. LIFETIME ARE REUNITING AND PLAYING SXSW!!!!! Lifetime is a "hardcore" band from way back in the 90's who when I think of them these words come to mind: Innovative, Influential, Unbelievable. They are playing with some crap bands but i could care less. Links for SXSW to follow, i will probably be posting more and more about it as it approaches as well.

UPDATE
So Lifetime have already reunited. I am just unaware of the going on's within hardcore these days. Ah well it will still be nice to catch their set at SXSW

Friday, January 13, 2006

net.art


The newest issue of The Believer has an outstanding piece on the history, relevance, and challenges of Internet based art. Chock full of historical comparisons and insights and an analysis of the battle between "legitimate" art and net.art, the article really illustrates the possibilites of a collective and open art world that isn't based solely upon galleries and bottom lines. The entire issue is full of nice pieces and full color artwork.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Foreshadow Press

In a move to shamelessly plug one of my all time favorite people. My girlfriend has just launched the website for her design and screenprinting company Foreshadow Press. So if you're getting married or putting out a record or need anything screenprinted give her a shout. If you're really nice maybe she'll make you a belt.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Internet and Indie Rock

Here is a nice article about the role that the internet has played in the rise in sales and popularity of independent music. It runs in sync with the idea i have had for a while now that the internet is the new "cool older brother". One point made in the article is that listeners now can actually choose what they want to listen to, as opposed to only being able to choose from what radio and MTV played. So now we are going to have find even more obscure bands to make us feel cool. I mean Lightning Bolt was reviewed in Entertainment Weekly.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The B's

I've been writing all morning and listening to my iTunes. I realized that the B's section of all my music is my favorite, this was done by a complicated set of equations, mainly being that I didn't skip a single song in the entire B block. It also seems to be my most diverse section. Starting with Bad Brains and ending with Broken Social Scene it includes all kinds of goodies like The Beatles, Battles, Bjork, Black Dice, Black Grape, Broadcast, BANE, The Books, Belle & Sebastian, Bonnie "Prince" Billy ( in on a technicality) and much more. Here's to the B's!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Retrievr

Found this on boingboing. It is called Retrivr and it allows you to sketch a simple pattern and then search for photos in Flickr based upon the image. I've been having some fun with this and especially enjoy the color aspects of the application and the search results.

Lists upon Lists

The New York Times has a good piece about music magazines and music blog year end lists. It is a nice portrait of what lists have become. It would seem garnering a piece in the Times would be evidence enough of their cultural arrival. On a personal note, Tiny Mix Tapes had my favorite list of the year.