Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New M83 Album Trailer Looks Expansive

M83 is one of those bands that you really like, but aren't crazy about until you see them live, and everything changes. I saw them a couple of years ago in Atlanta and they were absolutely phenomenal. At the time they were touring behind their epic last album, Saturdays = Youth. A truly stellar album reached vast new heights in the live setting. In short, their performance took me from liking them to loving them.

Their new double-album is to be released in September, but just to tide us over M83 mainman Anthony Gonzalez has just released this trailer. All indications point to another amazing album.

Stay tuned for more.

Apollo 18 Looks Interesting, Creepy

Apollo 18
is a new film with a very interesting premise - that the planned Apollo 18 mission that was cancelled really did happen, and that the evidence from that mission has only now been revealed.

From Moviephone:

Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it's the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.

Sounds interesting. To be released in August.

BLK/MRKT Editions Brings The Cool

BLK/MRKT Editions sells limited runs of various prints from great artists and graphic designers. There is lots of great stuff there to buy, like these super cool plates - and that is not a sentence I thought I would ever say.

Find them here.

New Bohemia Signs Are Utilitarian History

The sign painting business is becoming a lost art. But New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco is keeping that tradition alive by creating fresh, retro-inspired signage for businesses in the Bay Area. One of the things I like best about them is that they recognize the artistry of the practice, and sometimes present their craft in galleries as art.

From New Bohemia Signs:

Welcome to New Bohemia Signs. We are designers and sign writers who appreciate the art of a good looking hand-painted sign. Our work can be seen all over San Francisco, please take a look at our portfolio and flickr set. You'll be surprised at what you recognize. An attractive sign is much more likely to draw customers into your business and beautify your neighborhood at the same time. New Bohemia has been hand-painting signs since 1993.

I really encourage you to follow the above links to their flickr set in addition to their site. Tons and tons of exquisite work to be found there. Or start here at their superb site.