Mystery Twins - Now & Then

I love Mystery Twins in part for their explosive style of garage rock and howling vocals but they occasionally come out swinging with something a bit softer that packs just as much punch. This live, two-minute, performance of Now & Then is beautifully shot and just the right amount of `haunting` in the vocal performance.

City World

I'm intrigued by the trailer for City World. It's a quiet affair but there's something foreboding and apocalyptic about it that calls to me. Aesthetically, it feels influenced by the likes of Terrence Malick or early David Gordon Green - very natural and slow-paced but giving you enough time to pore over the shots.

NASA + Invisible Creature

I've previously posted about Al Paulsen, the illustrator responsible for the imagery emblazoned on the Golden Record currently hurdling through space. I also made note that Paulsen is the grandfather of the amazing talented Invisible Creature, two designers who have more than established their talent in their own right.

With that in mind, these NASA Commissioned Posters from the duo are just that much more enjoyable. Not only are they wonderful to inspect but they're part of a continued lineage of Space Illustrators. Not too many people can say that.

Square Dogs

Often a leap of faith is required to fully, immersively, enjoy things you find on the Internet. This Reddit thread points to a Taiwanese "trend" of grooming dogs into square, spherical and other shapes. It's downright adorable. It's also probably not a trend but a handful of people participating in a small number of fun things. Regardless of the popularity of it, there are a number of galleries worth browsing.

I gotta agree with this guy tho, I hope eyebrow dogs takes off soon.

PARC Movies

If you recall your computer history properly, Xerox PARC was the source of modern computing. Sure, many came before them and many after but the idea of a GUI, a mouse and a window'ed environment is largely attributed to them. But have you ever seen it? I'd only seen glimpses and clips.

So, encountering this 25-minute PARC demo is pretty fascinating. At first glance it seems like a fairly rudimentary batch of mouse usage and clicking on text. However it's not far off from what we're doing now, 30+ years after its inception. Oh, and as a total bonus, it's got some great glitch and weathering to the video, so you could watch it purely for that.

Friend Inspirado

Two of my friends recently relaunched their Internet Homes and I felt completely moved and inspired by them both in different ways. Please take some time to read what these folks have to say and putting them in your regular rotation.
  • Jed Sundwall - his introduction to the new home is great but the entry I, Sensor really grabbed me. Jed is honest, open and reflectively appreciative of his life in a way I find completely admirable. He's also got an eloquence to his insights that create a total PEVZ.
  • Robbie Player - a tireless worker, amazing champion for his hometown (Charlotte) and passionate music advocate have always set Robbie in an admirable place for me. His resuscitation post is great insight into why it's important to have your own home on the web, not just contributing to the pile of existing services.
These two are regular visits in my web visitation schedule as it's always good to hear what they have to say. Hopefully I can even take it a little further and finally motivate myself to finish the renovations around here.

Ciao Since78

For the past four years, Since78 has been a reliable home to many great mixes. He recently announced that he's shuttering the project for new things. I can't fault him for such a thing and look forward to his imminent forthcoming podcast. In the meantime, I'm going to grab as many mixes as I can and store them away for future enjoyment.

Also recommended, follow creator Brian Gossett on Twitter and Soundcloud.

Friday Videos - Feb 5th, 2016

I won't put it into this week's collection but if you haven't dipped your toe into the Nightblonde teaser, please do so now. I'm quite excited for what they've got brewing.

Aside from that, dive in! Enjoy! For more, enjoy this amazing display, Donald Trumpet and this vampire cat.

Craft By Invision Labs

Designing with dummy data is a long standing problem that just about any designer has faced. Lorem Ipsum has roots back to the 1500's! So, it's great that Invision has tackled the problem and released CRAFT, a series of Photoshop or Sketch plugins that put live data in reach with much less effort. Pulling in type, images and duplicating data is all tackled within the suite of tools.

Their presentation is slick and convincing. I'm looking forward to diving in and, hopefully, taking it even one step further and populating with actual client data when appropriate.

HT Mr. Daniel Box.

Album Colors Of The Year, 2015

I never tire of browsing through album art - it's such a perfect self-contained bit of varietal art and design. So, browsing through the 2015 Album Colors of the Year was a real treat. Make sure you read that twice, it's Album Colors, not Album Covers. There's a very clever gradienting of palettes as you scroll the page, with two rainbow based outliers at the end.

Thanks to Jason for the heads up.

Carolina Camera

Many thanks to Andrew for directing me to Carolina Camera, a collection of 1980's and 90's news reports focusing on characters from the South. I tend to stray from these kinds of things as I worry that they are mocking the subjects but that's not the case here, they're simply reporting on the subjects.

I've barely scratched the surface of videos offered here but I think Return of the Doo Doo Man is as good a place as any on where to start. Enjoy!

We Own This Town: Volume 74

Fun fact, the release of Volume 74 of the podcast coincides with the day of my birth. This is my gift to you. Okay, that's ridiculous. It's actually 30+ minutes of Nashville musicians collective gifts to you because it wouldn't exist without them. The following is culled from very recent releases or slightly upcoming releases.
Nashville has been changing at a rapid pace over the last few years and many residents, understandably, don't like the way it's shaping up. Fortunately, there's still a bright spot in that murkiness, which is all this great music.

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  1. Daddy Issues - Drop Out
  2. Butthole - She Boop She Boo Thang
  3. The By Gods - The Stairs
  4. Anchor Thieves - Isn't Anything
  5. Dave Paulson - Beep Bop Beep
  6. Brooke Waggoner - Ovenbird
  7. Lionlimb - Domino
  8. The Nobility - On the Sly
  9. UZi - Uh Huh
  10. Goth Babe - Bummed Out
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Taken By Storm

The late Storm Thorgeson (and his studio Hipgnosis) had an unbelievable influence to just about anyone with eyeballs that likes music. Everyone knows his work in some form or another (see here or here if you need a refresher) and it's nice to see that there's a proper documentary retrospective on him. Taken By Storm looks to be a straightforward look at his history with great anecdotes about specific covers direct from the artists.

There are a number of options - including special features that go into the making of particular album covers.

Super Phantom Cat

When it comes to gaming, I'm a simple man. So, when I caught wind of straight-forward platformer Super Phantom Cat from Kory, I knew I would be pleased. I don't love traditional NES style controls via the touch interface but they've done a good job of making it responsive and forgiving, two essentials with a game like this. It's cute, it's pixel-y and, thus far, has proved to be rewarding without being frustratingly challenging.

Get it or simply watch the trailer.

Space Cop

For those that enjoy the low budget absurdity along the lines of WolfCop, may I introduce to you Space Cop. This summary should do it for ya:
Space Cop is the story of a cop from the future of space who travels back in time to the present and is teamed up with a cop from the past who is unfrozen in the present. Together, they must defeat evil aliens with a sinister plan.
The effects are just the right level of poorly done and the acting / script is just self-aware enough to be entertaining. I'm not saying it's a perfect movie but I'm saying that trailer is worth a watch. There's a movie only version and a Deluxe Edition that includes a VHS-ified version of the film. I think you know what to do.

UNSCII

I was extremely happy to stumble upon the UNSCII bitmap font recently. Why, you may ask? Because it combines the drawing sprites from a variety of old systems - AMIGA, Atari, Commodore-64, BBC Micro, etc - all into one very modern, usable font. I realize very few people are excited by the propsect of having a shading block somewhere between ░ and ▒ - but I count myself among them.

Friday Videos - Jan 29th, 2016

I really wanted to use this as the cover image this week but I didn't want to Bernie overload anyone. It's a real gem tho.

  • Shaman Cat performs 9 Lives Ritual - if you ever wondered where cats get their nine lives, now you know.
  • Winning the Buffet - if you ever wondered how you can truly win at buffet eating, now you know. via Jamie.
  • The Chickening - I'm sure there's some way to summarize this insane edit of The Shining but it's so bizarre that it defies description. Mildly NSFW but worth it.
  • Dogville Shorts - how about some 1930's dog acting? You're welcome
  • It's Pat with Ween (Edit) - have you ever seen the movie It's Pat? Me neither. Apparently Ween plays a halfway decent role in it. Someone took it upon themselves to make a very weird edit of their first appearance. It's borderline unwatchable but I find it amusing for whatever reason.
  • MailKimp Remix - delightful remix of the Serial ad.
  • Hello, Goodbye Isolated Drum and Bass - I would have never guessed that isolated Beatles tracks would be enjoyable to listen to but I'll be damned if this isn't a treat.
Oh, and another quality palette cleanser to make any dark day brighter.

Danny Jones 2016

I've been a fan of Danny Jones for many many years. His work as You Are So Last Year or Grain & Gram or Geo A Day have been a pleasure to admire. So, with the launch of his new portfolio, I knew I was in for some treats. His work for Dropbox and Facebook are stellar but his more artistic undertakings - like Found Objects and Chomp are even more compelling.

I fully endorse a deep dive on this one. Don't skimp out on full immersion into each portfolio entry.

Weekend LongReads - Jan 29th, 2016

I've been meaning to catch up on some lengthier reads and thought you may enjoy them as well. Granted, I'm endorsing these pre reading them, so they might end up being awful.. that's part of the allure, right?

Quiet Machine 2016

It's been two years since Jasmin Kaset released her album Quiet Machine album on my yk records label. The album hasn't lost a single bit of luster or shine in that time. For me, it's only gotten better.
If you haven't seen the video for Lionshare, please do so at your earliest convenience.

The vinyl version of the album is sold out but you can still enjoy it on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud or Bandcamp.

If you're already familiar with the album and want some new Jasmin in your life, please dive into this b-sides compilation from last August.

Pico-8

Over the blizzard-y weekend I installed Open EMU at home to revisit some classic games and effectively waste some time. While I continue to enjoy spending some time with Rygar I couldn't help but lament that it'd be nice if there were more new games in the 8-bit style. I know they're out there but the good ones seem few and far between.

As luck would have it, this Paste article on the Pico-8 came my way. It's a "fantasy console" that restricts game development to 32k of storage, 16 colors and 4 channels of audio. The restrictions are bonkers in comparison to modern games but it's makes for nice, fertile, creative ground.

I'm not sure if the cartridge offerings are worthwhile or not but I'm excited by the prospect of what may come from the project.