After missing out on the Wisconsin Film Fest this weekend (lesson learned: show up hours early or don’t see movie), I am especially in need of watching a great documentary. I was delighted to find this trailer in my feed this morning thanks to swissmiss. It’s always a delight to learn more about the invisible forces behind things our culture consumes so regularly, and Mr. Cunningham seems to have such a spring in his step- especially for an octogenarian (yes, I was just waiting to use that word). Find out where you can see Bill Cunningam’s New York here.
After checking out The Cover Song Archive, a project of one of my favorite art blogs, Boooooooom!, I wasted a few minutes poking around on the related videos in the YouTube sidebar and miraculously discovered the gorgeous voice of Jeff Pianki. I’ve been on an upbeat Yeasayer/Tennis/LCD Soundsystem kick lately, so stumbling across these gentle, almost whispered covers has been a real treat.
What surprised me, though, was how much I also enjoyed his originals (anyone who peruses social media knows that most with a guitar and web cam don’t usually provide the most compelling personal compositions).
Here is his Fionn Regan-esque version of Vampire Weekend’s “Mansard Roof.”
Some of his covers are available for free download on last.fm, and his website (here) allows you to name your own price for his albums, which I have found astonishingly gorgeous. Happy listening!
So impressed by the strength and consistency of the new packaging for Euro Shopper. How often are such stringent brand guidelines applied so flawlessly? Even more impressive is that their dedication to brand uniformity didn’t interfere with the effectiveness of each individual package. If domestic grocery chains were able to accomplish in-house branding that looked this svelte, I think a lot more people would buy generic.
(Via The Dieline.)
No blogging this week. Again, not an earth shattering revelation, but I have to post it here so that if I stop studying to post pictures of cool olive oil bottles or whatever I usually ramble on about, you will all know it’s just me procrastinating, and I’ll be so ashamed I’ll have to force myself into further exile.
Then again group of people just walked by my study room in the library and saw me taking this gruesome picture in Photo Booth, so further exile could be necessary regardless. Anyway, make a sacrifice to the economics gods for me if you could. Right now their plan is to sacrifice me Thursday at 2:30, so I would appreciate if some of my friends curried their favor on my behalf.
In honor of the Oscars (which I can’t watch, midterms, ugh), here is a link to the Independent Film Channel’s 50 Greatest Opening Title Sequences of all time.
I was pleased to see Rocky Horror and Austin Powers (seriously) made the list, and of course took great joy in having an excuse to watch the first few minutes of The Graduate. Disappointing that Saul Bass’ amazing opening for Psycho was only ranked fifteen- it should have at least broken the top ten- but the best really did win as Vertigo was ranked number one.
Falling in love with the paper made works of Yulia Brodskaya. After attempting something similar in last semester’s classes, I think I appreciate their intricacy even more. And who doesn’t love paper craft, anyway?
See more here.