Paolo Nutini 'Iron Sky'

Caspar passed along a glowing recommendation for this Paolo Nutini music video for Iron Sky. After viewing it, I can safely say that I'm blown away by every aspect of it.

There's a highly cinematic feel to the whole thing and it definitely tells a story - though it keeps it vague and more up to you to fully decide what that story is. It's reminscent of El Guincho in that it feels more like a movie you've never seen than it does a music video - only Iron Sky has a rather dark undertone to the entire undertaking. I'm underselling it. Just watch it - sit with the quiet first 90 seconds, soak it in and really enjoy the rest.

Anagramatron

Anagramatron is a bot. A bot that scours Twitter looking for tweets that are anagrams of one another and then posts them to his own Tumblog. I'm sure this is my own opinion being passed along but some of the pairings seem enlightened or just too perfect for each other. Whatever it is, it's incredibly clever and intelligently done.

via Colin R and AV Club.

Adidas Nl

I'm not one for promoting scrolljacking but when it's done in a clever and appropriate way it's worth noting. This Adidas NL site has done a great job using that technique and combining it with a rather amazing kaleidoscope effect between slides. It really must be seen to be properly appreciated. The clothes and photo shoot are meh but the presentation is top notch.

Knit Notes

Love the simple concept of Knit - leave notes for friends at distinct geolocations. Maybe you just leave a note at home to say "Welcome Back!" or make a food recommendation at your favorite spot. It's kind of like any of the geotargetted apps - Foursquare, Swarm, etc - but just a cheerful little note. Simple.

via Chad.

Tachyons

Curiously browsing the glitched works of Tachyons +. The About sounds pretty straightforward:
Custom modified electronics for creating video art within the realm of music videos, film production and studio experimentation.
Interesting to see glitch be established as a full-on business and not just an exploratory art undertaking. Seeing it in motion has an entirely different feel than what I imagine looking at the still image versions.

There is lots of work to see - either by the Tachyons+ crew themselves or using their gear (though it is not clear if they are renting out the gear or if others are just using the same setup).

Rogue Society

When it comes to Gin sites, the design for Rogue Society is definitely a bit left of center. Their approach is a refreshing blend of what you'd expect from an alcohol - old illustrations, serif type, reminders of tradition - but it's got a rather nice contemporary, modern and artsy twist to it. Lots of floating layers, brush strokes, chemical bonds and the occasional squiggly line. I can't express my enjoyment of this guy enough but the overall experience is a pleasant one.

via Courtney.

Buying the World's Vinyl

Take some time to read this fascinating article on Zero Freitas, a Brazilian bus magnate who has oddly made it his life goal to procure as much vinyl as he possibly can. By the age of 30, he had 30,000 records. Now, he has a 25,000 square-foot warehouse and he's buying at an unbelievable rate. Check out this short list of choice cuts from his collection - just a glimpse at the signed and rare pieces he's procured - not because he sought them out specifically but because he buys entire lifetime collections of records whenever he can get them.

Fortunately, there is a tiny silver lining to the story in that he has recently decided to actually catalog and share this massive tomb of music. Who knows when it will be browsable but at least he's trying.

Redesigning USPS

It's hard to put into words how impressive it is that Grand Army has taken the task of redesigning the packaging, shipping forms and in-office messaging for the United States Postal Service and done a helluva job. The systems they developed are clear, easy to comprehend, look great and manage to feel both contemporary and timeless (to me). The presentation on their page can be a little overwhelming but taking in one piece at a time is sensible. I particularly like the table layouts and the new boxing graphics.

via Courtney.

R + Co

The R+Co site does several things that I'm pretty smitten with. First and foremost, it makes its subject matter compelling despite my overall disinterest in it through a compelling design. Secondly, it manages to use the default grey and default blue link colors in various places throughout and it still feels right. I love the side scrolling subpages and the massive hamburger menu. It feels like proper print on the web.

The Bitter Southerner

Lately I've been familiarizing myself with the available reads from The Bitter Southerner - an online publication aimed at exposing the South for what it truly is, a more complicated place than most give it credit for. I love this mission summary:
The Bitter Southerner exists to support anyone who yearns to claim their Southern identity proudly and without shame - regardless of their age, race, gender, ethnic background, place of origin, politics, sexual orientation, creed, religion, or lack of religion.

To do our part, we will focus our work on the two things we do best: telling stories and convening discussions, 24/7 in the online world and every chance we get in the real world - for the sake of the story and for the love of the South.

And in the process, we’ll have a drink or two.
If you need an introduction to the kinds of works they're doing, check out this interview with Lee Bains III, a writeup on Clermont Lounge or this beautiful photo essay.

Man With A Van

Some friends of mine recently launched a new YouTube series called Man with a Van. Thus far it's a modern take on an Odd Couple like movers who will, presumably, have some beef with their local competition. It's pretty amusing thus far - two episodes deep - and I look forward to more coming around the bend. I really hope they keep up the episodic cameo of the overjoyed guy, that's my favorite little treat.

Hiroshima Lost And Found

While not exactly a feel good piece, this collection of found photos from Hiroshima has a pretty fascinating story behind it:
One rainy night in Watertown, Massachusetts, a man was taking his dog for a walk. On the curb, in front of a neighbor's house, he came across a pile of trash: old mattresses, cardboard boxes, a few broken lamps. In the heap of garbage he spotted a battered suitcase. He bent down and picked it up. He turned the suitcase over and popped open the clasps.

Inside he found a jumble of black-and-white photographs, some bent and broken, of devastated buildings, twisted girders, and blasted bridges - images of a ruined city. He snapped the clasps closed, tucked the suitcase under his arm, and hurried home.
Turns out, the briefcase full of photos was accidentally thrown away. The original images were taken by Lt. R. L. Corsbie as a part of a government issued documentation process to see the true effects of the bomb. You can see more of the images inside of this gallery or get the story with this video.

Friday Videos - August 8th, 2014

I had some massive meetings this week and, thus, less time to browse and enjoy videos. Despite that, there is much goodness to be seen here: If this list disappoints you, just cruise on over to That's A Good Ass Dog tumblr and enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Milq

I've been tinkering around with Milq the past few days - a service intended to "curate channels of culture." The pitch makes it sound a bit broad but it's maybe more accurately presented as "playlists for stuff." So, yea, it's just collections of videos but that certainly doesn't make it any less worthwhile. There are lists for Best Film Editing Sequences, Best Sneaker Commercials, Best Duels or maybe even Best Kinetic Typography.

It's not too far off from what the VHX Community site was doing but this is active and actively being developed. So that's a plus!

LP Marketplace

Recently, LP Marketplace launched themselves out into the world at large. At the heart of it, it's a marketplace for anyone to buy or sell their records in a rather pleasant website design. Beyond that, it seems to be a way for record stores or labels to place their items right alongside collectors and fans. Prices seem reasonable and the more people use it, the more goods there will be to unearth.

Skull World

I recently watched Skull World - a documentary on the life of Greg Sommer, best known as Skull Man. He's an affable guy that co-ordinates the Canadian chapter of Box Wars - a fusion of LARPing and GWAR in which competitors create huge cardboard outfits and battle each other until they completely fall apart. The film itself is mostly a documentation of his efforts and wanting to grow the activity into something more.

Sommer embodies a type of person I've really not encountered before - the Compassionate Canadian Metalhead. Definitely worth checking out.

Navdy

If it's a Sandwich video and it's about technology, I'm probably on board before the video even starts. Such is the recipe for Navdy - a slick device that creates a flip up screen to keep you hands free but still connected to mobile activities. I'm skeptical of any technology that relies on voice commands but the only way to improve the tech is to keep implementing it, right?

On the whole, it's entertaining and a fascinating bit of tech. It also seems far beyond the capabilities of its competitors. Another reminder that we live in the future.

Ui8 KIT

I'm often torn on kits like this Ui8 Bolt Kit. It's undeniably well made and thought out but implementing it would lose sight of your own brand and potentially homogenize your app. Regardless of that, it's a nice place for some inspiration and a little bit of "common UX learning."

The Visual Microphone

If this video on The Visual Microphone doesn't blow your mind, you're too far gone into pessimism. MIT researchers have used high speed cameras to capture the vibration of everyday objects and re-interpret those movements back into the sound waves that caused them. Basically, everything is a microphone and now they have a tactic to retrieve those "recordings." The results are, obviously, distorted but given the method of retrieval they are wildly clear.

via Daniel.

Lewis - L'amour

John recently clued me in to the mysterious tale of Lewis - a 1983 recording artist who released a single album, L'Amour.
L'Amour is a true discovery of the blog age, uncovered in an Edmonton flea-market by collector Jon Murphy, passed on to private press fanatic Aaron Levin, shared on the internet and speculated over by lovers of curious LPs. There's almost no information about Lewis or the album on the internet. There's precious little on the sleeve: a dedication to Sports Illustrated supermodel Christie Brinkley, a photo credit for Ed Colver, the noted L.A. punk rock photographer, and credits for engineer Bob Kinsey and synth player Philip Lees. All that was known of Lewis is conjecture: a rumor that he was a con artist who fled after not paying for L'Amour's photo-shoot and a dubious theory that he was not actually of this earth.
The album has been speculated and praised by many - largely for its ahead-of-its-time atmospheric synths, overall hushed approach and complete lack of information.

Light in the Attic recently re-released the album (remastered) and unearthed a few of the mysteries, including a second album few even knew existed.

The album is a quiet listen (you can hear it on Rdio) - and worthwhile one - but the story may be what really draws you in.