Here’s a sweet new video from Toro Y Moi. ‘Still Sound’ is taken from his upcoming release ‘Underneath the Pines’, his eagerly anticipated follow up to the incredibly satisfying ‘Causers of this’. You can catch the man in action right here in Melbourne town when he plays the Workers Club on the 18th of Feb.
Okay so that may epitomize a sweeping statement but I’ve been listening to the self titled James Blake album and have to say it blew me away. The sound is a beautifully buttered spread of raw,minimal sampling with gentle nods to dubstep but the real power of his music comes from his ridiculously soulful voice and the simplicity of its sound.
Layered repeatedly on top of each other he creates a wonderfully syncopated harmony that cuts through the roughness of the beats and bleeps (the bleeps usually being snippets of his own voice). And what a voice! Its like Massive Attack and D’angelo made some sweet love and out popped James Blake.
Unfortunately we cant really be sure just how much of his voice is actually his as its pretty heavily filtered throughout the album. I have to point out that I didn’t really care either way. The point is it sounds damn good and makes me feel warm inside…
Zane Lowe selected Blake’s cover of Fiests “Limit to your Love” as his Hottest Record in the World and he was recently announced as a runner up in BBC’s Sound of 2011 so there is little doubt that there are big things destined for this young chap.
You can make your own mind up. ( Links within the vid to pre-order the album )
As you may or may not know, my love for footwear is MASSIVE and over the last couple of weeks have been thinking of a debut post that reflects this love.
Not only are the shoes here stunning, but the fancy footwork so impressive too.
When I was a kid my whole world was about toys. I would spend hours with my collection which, between my brother and I, was pretty extensive. We had more than we could count and we revelled in the envy of our school friends.
Action Man, Mask, GI Joe figures, Transformers (all the way up to the Dino-bot addition) Star Wars, He-Man…we even went through a Micro Machine faze. Every possible moment was spent creating fantastical scenarios for our toys.
Luckily for us our Grandparents lived in Brooklyn, New York and the first thing I wanted to do once we touched down at JFK airport was pay a visit to my good friend Toys R Us. This was back before major corporations bought up most of America and deposited duplicate stores right across the planet. In those days a trip to Toys R Us was the be all and end all of toy shopping and I squeezed it for all it was worth.
Now before we go any further I never considered myself a collector. I never kept my toys in their original box or tucked them away for display on a trophy shelf. No sir ree bob! My toys were subjected to the full might of an 8 year olds imagination. They were buried in the sand, submerged in the bath, and quite often Snake Eyes would have a parachute strapped to his back and piffed out the top floor window. All in the name of adventure.
I wasn’t a collector and I don’t think I was spoilt, well maybe a little, but I treated my toys pretty well and they bought me a great deal of joy. Simply put I just had to have toys.
Nowadays when I walk through toy stores I still get that urge to buy up some toys and fool around with them and put them through their pace. I don’t. That would just be weird. But there’s something about the toys you have as a kid. They stir distant memories in the same way that music or a familiar smell triggers fond recollections of a night out or a trip away with friends. For me certain toys are the same catalyst for recollecting the happy times I spent as a kid.
So anyway let’s get to the cusp of this page. What’s with all the pictures of lost toys? Well, over the years I have spent traveling around this fine and fanciful planet of ours I began to notice more and more, good quality toys in the streets or put out with the rubbish. Discarded or lost toys long forgotten by their owners. Did they stop loving them? Do they miss their lost toys? How was it that these toys came to be where they are now?
These questions kept popping into my head and I just couldn’t shake the feeling that this was occurring more and more.
I would have to say that so far Geneva has by far the highest number of discarded or lost toys. Maybe toys are cheap there… who knows. All I know is that I too have lost most of the toys I had as a kid and for the life of me I have no idea where they are. They just disappeared. As I grew older and played with them less they were all piled into a box a put in the cupboard. Somewhere along the line my parents must have cleaned them out and either sent them to the Salvation Army or worse. The bin, the big ‘toy’ pie in the sky. That, my friends, is what makes me really sad. That I too forgot about my toys like so many others and allowed them to be subjected to the worse thing a toy could ever be subjected too…neglect.
So here is my penance. A tribute, if you will, to the toys long forgotten by their owners.
The photographs were taken from all over the world. Some are good some are bad and most are taken with a crappy camera phone but please come back and visit us again as the pics will continue to grow.
Enjoy the journey.
More roadkill then an actual ‘toy’ toy but lost none the less
Stay tuned for more…
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Question. How does one bring somewhat mundane and insignificant photographs to life?
If you happen to be Johan Thornqvist you would overlay the photographs with beautifully intricate illustrations. Illustrations that bring a completely new context to the pictures and speaks of a netherworld beyond the grasp of our periphery.
Why here are some now…
You can view more of his work here www.snarlik.se
Here’s a great little film from the very talented Rodrigo Blaas called Alma. Apart from it having some super neato animation it’s a great little story which captures the essence of those classic fairy tales we heard when we were kids with just a pinch of creepy for good measure.
Enjoy. Be sure to check out the film site almashortfilm.com
I recommend you watch this full screen.
Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.
If you were ever a skater like I was ( in my youth ) you may remember those sequence shots of some skater popping an ollie or the like in Thrasher Mags or Slam.
Tilman Singer put those magazine shoots to good use and made a brilliant little video.
Skateboardanimation from Tilman Singer on Vimeo.
I have to say rather emphatically that Eelus totally floats my boat. A far more refined member of the “stencil art/street art” movement he produces art with a stunning range of colour and creativity. I’ve been following his work for a few years and now that I have my very own platform to voice the eloquence of my mind I can shout the awesomeness of his talents for all to hear.
Here is a fairly recent print he posted on his blog over at one big freakshow inspired by his travels to Gambia to curate the first every Wide Open Walls arts project.
Its basically a reworking of the original Raven Hair Girl which he produced in 2008. If you like his work check out his site at eelus.com.