The cover art for Arctic Monkeys' upcoming album, AM.
"2013" is a brand new track off the b-side to Arctic Monkeys', "Do I Wanna Know?" The song won't feature on the band's upcoming album AM, but with a deliciously psychedelic guitar solo, it's definitely worth a listen.
AM, will be released on 9 September.
Listen to "2013" below: Listen to the first single off AM, "Do I Wanna Know?":
KesselsKramer London has joined forces with illustrator leeleelee.como to create this quirky, tongue-in-cheek alphabet card just in time for the birth of Will and Kate's kidlet. I love it, especially the P for Pippa's booty and the I for Inbred. It doesn't get better than this.
Electronic rap trio PHFAT will be dropping their new album Happiness Machines in five days. Today they released the first single off the album, "House of Clashes" and in true PHFAT style, they've made the track available to download for free.
Download "House of Clashes" below: Watch the "House of Clashes" music video below:
PHFAT are also embarking on their Happiness Machines album launch tour at the end of this month too.
26 July Cape Town | The Assembly | With Felix Leband, Seafood, Mr Sakitumi, Hyphen & Button Bashers
27 July Pretoria | Arcade Empire | With Felix Leband, Fuzigish, Hawkword, Michael Lesar, King Rat, David and Goliath, Tympa, Destrukto, DJ Mammi Watta
Hard copies of the album will be on sale for R170 on the night if you are feeling generous. It comes with a 16-page booklet designed by Jason De Villiers. Otherwise, you can download the album for free. Easy as that.
Mex Put is a Mexican restaurant in Singapore with the most divine design. If I had a restaurant, I would want it to look something like this. The food also looks heavenly. Another reason to visit Singapore, no?
Velkopopovicky Kozel recently released a limited edition packaging to celebrate their rich history in producing the Czech beer. Designed by Ukranian Yurko Gutsulyak, the cans look like they're made of wood. Each one comes wrapped in tissue paper of the same design too.
Here's what Gutsulyak had to say about the project on his website:
It was necessery to
create the design for the limited edition of Velkopopovicky Kozel beer.
The project is aimed at emphasizing the values of the famous Czech brand
and enlarging the number of its fans. The design of the limited edition
reflects the ancient traditions as well as the mastership of the Czech
brewers. Every can is a part of the Old Czechia.
collectors’ design, the Velkopopovicky Kozel beer offers gifts to
everyone who will unravel the special message that is encoded on the
Check out Yurko Gutsulyak's website for more of his work.
Yesterday I discovered a fantastic band thanks to Texx and the City. I've been streaming their album obsessively and thought it would be a sin not to share their tunes with all of you.
So say hi to San Cisco, a delightful little indie band from Australia. They're releasing their self-titled debut album in the next week or so (for us South Africans, it's 15 July), so keep an eye out for it. Alternatively, head on over toTexx and the Cityand give it a listen to over there.
A while back I did a post on French photographer Théo Gosselin and I've been following his work with a keen interest ever since. He recently came out with a book called Avec Le Coeur, which is a collection of all his best photographs.
I found this great blurb for Gosselin's book that I really think hits the nail on the head:
Originally from Le Havre in the
Haute-Normandie region of northern France, photographer and filmmaker
Théo Gosselin currently divides his time between Paris and Amiens.
Whilst clearly indebted to the
photography of Ryan McGinley, Nan Goldin and Larry Clark, unlike the
self-confessed "pseudo-fiction" of McGinley's work, the subjects in Théo
Gosselin's images are friends rather than models, and the situations
are not mythic constructions but glimpses of an underground lifestyle in
a post-9/11 and post-AIDS world in which social media has blurred the
boundaries between public and private, and between being documented and simply being.
At times, Gosselin´s work approaches something akin to poésie bucolique; his photographs representing modern day pastoral landscapes that resemble 21st century equivalents of Poussin's Et in Arcadia ego, Manet's Déjeuner sur L'herbe or Cézanne's Les Grandes Baigneuses. At other times, his images capture moments more resonant of Bacchanalian scenes painted by Titian, Rubens or Levêque.
Deliberately cinematic, Gosselin's
photography reveals friends in the act of escaping from their regular
lives into newly enticing and perilous modes of existence, ever in
search of the persistent though elusive idea of freedom.
I would kill to get my hands on one of the 460
limited first edition copies but until then I'll settle for the magic of
Cape Town band Trenton and Free Radical have re-released their tribute track "Mr Mandela" in honour of Mandela Day which takes place on 18 July. This time round it features the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and the South African Youth Choir.
Best news is that the track has been made available to download for free from now until 6.7 days after Mandela Day. Afterwards, a portion of the proceeds go to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.