April 20, 2011

Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band

April 20, 2011
(See full size front and rear.)

I downloaded this album the other day, it's a digital transfer from vinyl, and the lovely fellow who uploaded it was kind enough to include scans of the original sleeve. I love everything about these - the colours, the design, the images - but the thing I love most is that there's a recipe on the back for "Crawfish Bisque Creole". How brilliant is that?! Music for all the senses. Contemporary artists take note. Oh, also, the music is great.

April 18, 2011

This Is Why We Fight by The Decemberists

April 18, 2011
This is kind of awesome. I was flinching at the end. Also, kids are creepy.

February 7, 2011

The Julie Project

February 7, 2011
The Julie Project may be the most incredibly powerful photography project I've ever seen. It's also the most desperately sad. Darcy Padilla is a documentary photographer who, in 1993, met a young woman named Julie and proceeded to document her life for eighteen years, until her death at the age of thirty-six. Julie's mother was an alcoholic and, from the age of six, she was sexually abused by her stepfather. She ran away from home at fourteen and became addicted to drugs, contracted HIV and spent her pitifully short life living in dank, miserable apartments, hostels and homeless shelters. Padilla became attached to Julie over the years, but her feelings don't cloud the honesty of these photographs, which are compelling, often beautiful and at times almost brutal. Reading about Julie's life is so desperately sad not just because of the terrible conditions and choices this one woman faced, but because this isn't an aberration. Despite the fact that it is one of the most affluent nations on Earth, this degree of abject, grinding poverty and neglect exists all over the United States. Indeed, it exists all over the developed world, in countries where we like to pride ourselves on how civilised we are. The Julie Project stands as a devastating testimony to the lives of those people who are born into terrible circumstances and who, neglected by the state, remain on the margins of society until what little they have is taken from them as well.

Octochair

I want this chair by Maximo Riera. That is all.

February 3, 2011

Robo-Rainbow

February 3, 2011
A complicated technical solution to aid a simple act of vandalism, by mudlevel.

February 1, 2011

Umbra

February 1, 2011
This hand-drawn animation by Malcom Sutherland is totally charming, completely marvellous and utterly bizarre. I can't even begin to adequately describe it, so you'll just have to watch it. And then spend the rest of the evening wrestling with some deep philosophical questions..

January 30, 2011

Leftovers

January 30, 2011