For those that are unaware, Memory Cassette, Memory Tapes, and Weird Tapes are all fronted by the same person; the quintessentially gifted Dayve Hawk. Why all the alias’? I’m unable to say, but if Hawk continues to churn out the same, blissed out melodies, I’m not one to complain.
“Asleep At The Party” is a personal favorite of mine, because I do have the penchant for dozing off at even the McGnarliest of parties.
Memory Cassette’s EP Call And Response can be had for cheap over at Acephal Record’s website. Go for it.
This gorgeous video (sorry, it’s not embeddable) about House Industries is pure typographic pornography. It has everything from graphite calligraphy to brush and ink to pinstriping with One-Shot, plus all of their gorgeous consumer products like blocks, art objects, and more. The sound track is pretty awesome too. Enjoy.
(bonus: Drawn!’s logo was made by House Industries’ own Chris Gardner!)
Discovering Design is an online exhibit featuring the archives of Herman Miller, itself a major player in the history of modern residential furniture. Before it started hawking high-tech task chairs and desk dividers, Herman Miller was distributing some of the most innovative examples of mid-century Modernism, from the Eames’s molded plywood chair to Isamu Noguchi’s glass-topped table. The website takes great pains to home in on this connection, through slideshows, designer profiles, films, and riveting tales about things like foam padding and splints.
I observed UK train station signs are written in something that looks a lot like Helvetica, apparently it is called Rail Alphabet :)
This one is becoming ubiquitous (or maybe I only just realised that it is everywhere). Whenever I see it I think “Oh, the Black Keys”, but sometimes it may also be a Kooples advert, or, as a pleasant surprise, a tongue-in-cheek album cover.
If you want more stuff to download for free, WFMU & Peppermill Records put up both Hiding From Our Time & Hiding From More of Our Time on The Free Music Archive’s site.
And, one more thing: Computer Magic has a limited cassette (less than 100 copies) coming out fairly soon on a small label out in LA called Kill/Hurt. It’s called Get a Job. If you sign up for their mailing list, they’ll let you know when to pre-order it, so go on and visit their site.
The problem with clichés is not that they contain false ideas, but rather that they are superficial articulations of very good ones. The sun is often on fire at sunset and the moon discreet, but if we keep saying this every time we encounter a sun or a moon, we will end up believing that this is the last rather than the first word to be said on the subject.
One of the best things I’ve learned about Proust these past few weeks is his emphasis on really looking. You could say that the length of his writing is because of the intensity of his gaze: an analysis of every square inch of the world, of every moment of interaction between one person and another; a constant zooming in to the finest detail and zooming out to recognize the patterns of the characters and porting them to society and the world. The way things look extremely close is very similar as how they appear very far away. This is why one writes 40 pages on the sensation of falling asleep. “Entering a dream-like state,” just won’t do because it is simultaneously too true, and still yet not true enough. By skittering across the surface, we don’t appreciate. Clichés make us believe we are swimming, when actually we are just standing on the shallow end of the pool. There are depths to explore.
What is good art? What is great creative output? These may seem burdensome questions, but I believe the ultimate aim of creating is to see with clear, true eyes the world around us, and to introduce someone else to that way of seeing and to help them appreciate the world around them in new ways. Can I make you think about spring as it truly is?Can I make a modest table of fruit seem like a banquet?And what of the products you buy? The point of good art is to pull back the curtain in the middle of the room where we’ve been living: did you realize there was this other half to the room, this other side of things to see? The problem with clichés is that they encourage a cursory glance: to acknowledge the curtain, but to fail to pull it back.
Clichés are detrimental insofar as they inspire us to believe that they adequately describe a situation while merely grazing its surface. And if this matters, it is because the way we speak is ultimately linked to the way we feel, because how we describe the world must at some level reflect how we first experience it.
“Gotham City’s geography, llike other fictional cities’ geographies in the DC Universe, has varied over the decades, because of changing writers, editors and storylines. The majority of appearances place Gotham on the Northeastern coast of the United States, where New York City is located.