surfing, skating and beyonce baking

surf

Happy late afternoon! This is a big kahuna, a stream-of-consciousness record of my brain-tremors.

To start:

I just consulted the oracle about the origins of “the big kahuna.” Turns out, it’s a Hawaiian word meaning roughly “an elder, a wise man, a priest, an expert.” It was incorporated into surf culture, and came to be a title for the best surfer at the beach, and on and on, now it’s the power drink/burger/burrito at beach bars the world over.I wouldn’t really recommend the google image search of “big kahuna,” it’s particularly uninspired. Almost as uninspired as the one for muumuu, which I was searching because I was wishing I had one of those giant tent dresses, popularized by Kirstie Alley.

The subtle currents of surf and sun and big kahunas must mean summer is on my mind. The subconscious moves in mysterious ways.

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Speaking of surfing, let’s take a minute: 

The Z-Boys of Dogtown, y’all. Innovators, whiz-kids, and skate culture revolutionaries.

They invented vertical skating; before them, skateboarding jammed on the flatlands. During a giant drought in in the depths of California’s summer, they started dropping into empty pools. They competed to see who could skate the highest up the sides, over the rim, and eventually verticality was infused into skating. From this, their pavement surfing beginnings:

to this:

to this:

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Pretty fantastic, just like Beyonce. Here are a two great Beyonce songs, the first which I just ran across, and the other which brings me back to my youth.

oh. em. gee.

Throwback:

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Onto another beautiful artist, Ghostpoet:

Wake up, lazy bones, and listen. He’s bomb.

I was lucky enough to see him perform at KOKO in London, gin and tonic safely in hand, and it was fantastic. Katy B performed with him briefly. Speaking of brilliant pseudo-r&b artists, The Weeknd. Scoot over to his website to download the album- for $$free.99! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that sound will sink in deep and take root in your brain. Earwiggy.

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Lastly, head over to Joseph Gordon Levitt & Co.’s web-based art collaboration station, hitrecord.org. It’s a bit difficult to navigate (or maybe I’m just not used to it yet) but the idea is literally phenomenal. It’s a crowdsourced art collective, and anyone can get involved. If you’re a creative, you’ll probably enjoy it.

Check out the video “and a new earth” by wirrow, one of the site’s most prolific and popular artists. Here’s one from regularJOE himself, a sweet romance called “Morgan M. Morganstern’s Date with Destiny.” It embodies what the site is all about, as it was created through extensive collaboration.

Well, that’s pretty alright for this week. It’s quite a few videos, hope you enjoy them and it doesn’t take you too long to get through them, if you’re trying to.

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laissez les bon temps rouler,

the girl

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objectified

Fun fact: next time you get a toothpick, look to see if it has a two bands near a blunted end. If it does, you know the toothpick is from Japan. How? Because it’s considered impolite and maybe unsanitary to let the tip of a utensil touch the table, and it’s a modification of traditional Japanese eating rituals. The ends of these toothpicks are meant to be broken off, and the tip rested in the crevice. How neat is that?  I learned it from the T-V.

Objectified is a movie by Gary Hustwit of Helvetica fame about hundreds of things you might never think about, like toothpicks and radios and chairs and butter dishes. An essential aspect of  those things is that you ought never need to think about them; the beauty of their design is in their simplicity and pointed functionality. A thesis: a designer’s ultimate success is to create something so true to the purpose that it’s impossible to imagine it made any other way. Ideally, the design is so perfect that the object becomes invisible.

This industrial design documentary zooms in close on the objects we use every day, from toothbrushes to vacuums, decoding their purpose and illuminating the process of constructing them. If you’re the type of person who likes to know why things are the way that they are, seeks simplicity and essentials, and appreciates artistry + craft, you’ll love this movie. It’s clean, clever, neatly made, and unexpected. By now, you’re either interested or you aren’t, so I won’t blunder onward, describing it ad nauseum. Don’t be discouraged if you think it seems boring (I did too), it’s not. Pinky promise.

Find it. Watch it. Share it.

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laissez les bon temps rouler,

the girl

P.S. keep your eyes peeled for Karim Rashid’s part

tornado warning

Sirens have been wailing outside all day today with tornado warnings ripping through North Carolina. As I’m hiding from the elements, I rediscovered three things:

I ❤ the internet.

I ❤ Mr. West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

I ❤ Saturday.

Here are some things I found while on the interwebs and listening to Kanye:

All of the above artwork is by judith supine. Supine, a Brooklyn-based artist, primarily creates collages and installations using found materials. He couldn’t speak until just after his 17th birthday, so he made pictures to communicate, according to paper monster. His momma saved his pictures, thank goodness, and those attempts to communicate concepts and emotions became the foundation for his process. Each piece is brimming with playfulness and edged with deviancy. They may not all be sweet but they’re all pretty.

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And now for something completely different:

“It’s bad enough I got all this jewelry on,” Snoop Doggy Dogg

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Did you know your hands are the original digit devices? Some inspirational ideas for everyone: http://www.austinkleon.com/2011/03/30/how-to-steal-like-an-artist-and-9-other-things-nobody-told-me/

Kind of like this:

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In finale:

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laissez les bon temps rouler,

the girl

imaginarium

tunnel vision

In the sound scene, new artists need to be innovative/creative/boundary-breaking. This has always been true; this edge is where the excitement is.

If you’re looking for a unifying theme for today’s music choices, it’s only the feeling of being deep in fog and dense static. These are the artists that I can’t get enough of right now.

The following artists are making wavves:

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odd future

Everything about them is filthy. Formally known as OFWGKTA, or Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, this rap collective is exploding. They’ve been most active in the past year, but each member has been working for a while longer than that. Tyler, The Creator is the “leader,” if there can be such a figure in a superficially radical, mostly anarchical, seemingly nihilistic group. If those modifiers tell you nothing else, it’s that this group is nearly impossible to define and understand. OF is releasing conflicting information and the press doesn’t seem to know how to deal with them, making for a difficult analysis and even more fraught consumer experience. Anyhow, this is Tyler’s most popular solo song, “Yonkers”:

And a video of them being interviewed that embodies their approach:

Odd Future is outspoken, offensive, insensitive and makes something that is either shock-art, aimless, destructive fun or trash. As a listener, you’re never really sure whether they’re having a go at you, at themselves, at everything or at nothing. Whatever it is, it’s compelling. Here are some links to articles about them, and images:

from a buzzy source, the fader

from a mild source, npr

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james blake

Maybe the best thing from britain since the british invasion, James Blake is a young, fresh, impressionist musician. To describe his work would be to over-describe it, but you better believe it’s an experience. “Limit To Your Love” is his most well known song/landscape:

Here’s the version of the song that Feist did a few years ago, apologies for the junk video quality; Youtube is a terrible mistress:

And here he sounds quite like Antony Hegarty of Antony and The Johnsons. I’m a lonely painter, and I live in a box of paints:

Perhaps the most interesting of his songs is the interpretation of the wilhelm scream. The wilhelm scream is, according to the oracle, the scream equivalent of a laugh track. Need a sound effect for being shot in an old western film? Time for the wilhelm scream. And now, time for James Blake to make a sweet and inventive track:

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porcelain raft

It’s neat, subtle and delicate. Porcelain Raft’s music could break your heart. Clean and soft like rain, here it is, take a listen:

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/16889978]

While looking at THE FADER about OFWGKTA, I ran across a tender little article about Porcelain Raft. Looks like he’s got a little buzz.

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bill callahan

I can’t get enough of Bill Callahan. His music falls right into my sweet spot of elegant alternative country, and this song has been my soundtrack for the past month. With a new album out, it’s worth the mention:

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I leave you with this, the fifth:

the weeknd

Grimy, depraved, intimate, The Weeknd dives deep into the lusty sonic swamp. The romance of the songs spiral into a beautiful kind of broken. Toronto R&B sensation Abel Tesfaye is the notoriously unknown mastermind behind the music. For now, I’ll leave you in this house of balloons:

Bring your love baby, I can bring the shame.

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Thanks for hanging in there, and as always,

laissez le bon temps rouler,

the girl

biker chic

courtesy of the carolina fontoura alzaga website, and subsequently, myloveforyou.typepad.com

This is series of chandeliers designed by Carolina Fontoura Alzaga crafted from bike chains. These have been making a stir on a variety of art and design websites, and I’m sure you can see why. They’ve got a really bold elegance, simultaneously delicate and industrial. These pieces transcend the boundaries of utility, both as bike chains and lighting.

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Meighan O’Toole’s blog my love for you is a stampede of horses is the first website I ran across that featured them. When you have a free minute, check it out. It focuses on “low-brow, contemporary art” and includes artists bios, studio visits, and portfolios.

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laissez les bon temps rouler,

the girl