Made In Japan

I'm rather intrigued by this Made in Japan documentary that tells the tale of Tomi Fujiyama, the first female Japanese country music star. She played the Grand Ole Opry in the mid-60's but she's still going strong. The film documents her interest in country music through singing at American Army and Navy bases to her quest to play the Opry one more time. Not sure where to watch it quite yet but I'm keeping my eyes open.

Brian Eno, Light Paintings

The pioneering, influential, work in the world of audible creations from Brian Eno is no small feat. It's an impressively long list that I think I, personally, comprehend a small percentage of. That being said, he's also an accomplished visual artist - his 77 Million Paintings project is a generative undertaking that viewers must sit and experience over time, not just a quick glancing. There's a new exhibit at Medimex that showcases said project but also displays some of his Light Paintings; simple geometric configurations bathed in various colored lights that interplay with one another through shadow and mild movement.

Long story short, these images from the exhibition are wonderful and I'd love to see even more of them.

Tati Compton

I stumbled into the work of tattoo artist Tati Compton through her collaboration with Prize Pins. Her handpoked creations are perfectly simplistic with a great blend of celestial, mystical and maybe a bit cultish subject matter. I absolutely love the style and her implementation is just perfect.

Teppei Kaneuji

There's a wide variety of fine art works available from Teppei Kaneuji. I am pretty confident that I don't "get" any of it but I'm certainly intrigued by the more chaotic and cacophonous pieces.

The series of Teenage Fanclub pieces are a great example of that. There's clearly something familiar lurking as the base form underneath the globbed on shapes and drippings but it's whole new thing.

The works are viewed easiest as series instead of trying to take it all in at once. Don't miss the odd White Discharge collection - one of the more weirdly alluring for me.


Friday Videos - Nov 13th, 2015

The above morphing image is the result of a fairly amazing Reddit Photoshop battle starting with the insane looking bagpipe player. There are plenty of other great submissions but that ET version just kills me. So funny.

Enjoy these distractions! Enjoy Friday the 13th! I welcome any submissions of greatness I may have missed. The above is a nice, enjoyable, list but this Dog Hop video is the best. The song, the dog, the dance. Perfection.

Fargo Analysis

Are people watching Fargo? I feel like there's so much to watch these days that maybe it doesn't get the attention it deserves? Or at least the Twitter chatter it deserves. The first season was great and the second is looking like it might top it; amazing characters that teeter on the edge of absurdity, plenty of deceit and lying, actual good character development and believable acting even though you're staring at the familiar faces of Kirsten Dunst and Ted Danson. Oh, and maybe aliens. Long story short, I love it and I hope everyone else is enjoying it as much I am.

With that enthusiastic fandom in mind, I really enjoyed this AV Club dissection of one of the latest episodes where they analyze a handful of shots and talk shop about character motives, break down shots to the finest detail and forecast what we're going to see in the coming weeks. It's a nerding out of the finest quality.

Too Young, Too Old Revisit

Today, in 2013, Uncle Skeleton released Too Young, Too Old. I can't tell you how many times I've listened to the entire album and particularly the first track, "VHF" (of which there is a great single).
There are many great things in the works for Uncle Skeleton in 2016 but consider this a pleasant reminder to give this album a relisten (or first listen if you're new here). I recommend watching the VHF video, listening on Rdio / Spotify / Apple Music and considering buying the vinyl.

Lykoi Cats

I can't help but be 100% intrigued, enamored and fascinated with the Lykoi Cat, also known as The Wolf Cat. Their history is, apparently, a fairly feel good story:
Most of the Lykoi that have popped up have been feral, strays, or in shelters...The Lykoi breed is based on SECOND CHANCES! These cats are incredible, healthy and so unique. We didn't "create" them, but we are very happy that they are being given a chance to show how wonderful they truly are...not something that should have ever been tossed aside simply for being "different".
Just point your browser to their official site to see all the different variations or just stare slack jawed at Google Image Results at this adorable werewolf cat.

The Incal

Awhile back I watched the documentary Jodorosky's Dune and learned of the collaboration between director Alejandro Jodorowsky and French illustrator Moebius. Their work on that film never saw the light of the day but it began a partnership that resulted in the highly influential graphic novel, The Incal.

I've recently been reading through this massive tome and am continually impressed by every part of it. The art is unbelievable, the other worldly characters are rad and the story is incredibly influential. The story was originally published starting in the early 80's and has marinated so deeply with creative types that you see its influence appear all over the place. In fact, Luc Besson was sued by the duo for The Fifth Element because they claimed it lifted so much from their story. Beyond that, you can also see elements of it pop up in Alien and Blade Runner to name but a few.

I assume anyone into graphic novels and sci-fi is probably wildly aware of this historical piece of work but, on the off chance you're like me, I suggest digging into this ASAP. Next up, Metabarons.

An Animator's Quest To Make A Mobile Game

Take some time today to watch this talk from Erica Gorochow on the principles of animation and her personal quest to create a mobile game. Clearly that quest was fulfilled as Specimen exists and it's great fun to play. Aside from the success of her story it's good to hear about the process and the trials and tribulations she went through in getting there.

Lawrence Schiller

The amount of great work from Lawrence Shiller is mind boggling. He's been shooting since the early 60's capturing the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Richard Nixon, Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Patty Hearst, Buster Keaton, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King and tons more. Like I said, mind boggling.

What caught my eye initially is this untitled image from a LIFE article on LSD that ended up being the cover to the Flaming Lips Soft Bulletin. So, his work continues to be found in unexpected places.

Please, do yourself a favor and browse this gallery.

XOXO 2015

I'm going to block off some time in my schedule this week to dive into the XOXO 2015 talks . I wasn't able to make it to the festivities but I'm glad that I can still partake in seeing Alex Blumberg, Anil Dash, Zoe Quin, Lis Hanawalt, Rami Islamil and the list goes on. They haven't even posted all of the talks yet so it's worth subscribing to that channel or playlist to get the latest and greatest.


I have posted about the work of Phil Tippet previously but you likely know him from his animation scene work on Empire Strikes Back, Robocop and Jurassic Park. He's also got a series of short films called Mad God that's worth some peeper time if you're into practical effects and their recent resurgence.

He also just recently posted one of his first projects, two short films entitled Dinosaur! and Prehistoric Beast. They are gorgeous pieces of work and actually garnered Tippet Studios an Emmy for Special Visual Effects back in 1986. There's most certainly a Ray Harryhausen feel to much of it but coupled with a surprising realism.

Friday Videos - Nov 6th, 2015

I had a helluva week and my time for browsing and encountering awesome videos was at an absolute minimum. Trust me, I'm as disappointed as you are. So, the list is meager this week but I threw in some additional non-video goodies at the bottom just to keep you satisfied.
  • Billy on the Street - NAME A WOMAN - I can't say that I've ever considered myself a diligent fan of this series but I was dying over this particular interaction. You'll know it when you see it.
  • Darth Hoverboard - probably more appropriate for last weeks Halloween playlist but I've watched this a good ten times in a row and keep coming back.
  • The Lost Rolls - total honesty policy, I have not watched this yet but I'm intrigued by it. 200 rolls of undeveloped film finally see the light. It might be completely snooze but it sounds good.
  • Patrick Cowley - Zygote - not really a music video but a song I can't hear enough. Cowley was as influential as Giorgio Moroder in terms of pioneering electronic music but is entirely new to me.
  • JEFFPARDY - stupid, real stupid, but oddly satisfying.
  • Chipmunks Slowed Down - I knew this would be good but I didn't know it would be this good.
  • ForeBears - input your surname and see where it's most popular across the globe. There are a surprising amount of "Eades" in Australia. Does my family have a history of criminals?!


Take some time in the very relatively near future to read this David Heinemeier Hansson piece, Reconsider. In it, he takes on the notion of "unicorns*, web scale, investments and the rest of the entirety of what's wrong with startup culture. It is a scathing review but I find it hard to disagree with, especially after reading crap like this wherein raises $550 million to stay open for two months. I mean, that's gotta be a typo right?

If you find yourself keeping up with investment news and the exchange of large sums of money on a regular basis, please read this.

KeFe, Holding Pattern

If I were in San Francisco today, I'd be at 111 Minna for the opening of Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock's new show, Holding Pattern. I'm a fan of both of their works individually but it's great to see such a large body of collaborative works on display. Since I'm not in SF, I'll just make due with this online preview, which is pretty great too.

Luma: Surround Wifi

The last time I remember people caring slightly about Wireless routers was when Apple released their Airport Express.. and that was ten years ago! Then Google announced their OnHub router and people perked up again - a new approach to an annoying problem.

Now, there's Luma, a WiFi device that seems to solve the issue of poor coverage and easy control over connected devices within your network. Their Sandwich video introduction explains it all too well. I'm mostly curious if the software shown is the actual interface because it seems lightyears beyond current offerings.


I've always been intrigued by Paul Ford and his writings (and Twitter), so I was quite pleased to see he recently launched a new agency to build "big, wonderful things." Postlight is not just Paul Ford - it's a team of 40 - but they have a nice history of work between them to showcase, even now at the very beginning. I'm not entirely sure what to expect but I'm intrigued. At the very least, I can hope for the clever genius of another Tilde Club, right?