Apr 28, 2007

This is utterly incomplete but nonetheless interesting: an early review of 2008 campaign logos.

One thing that astounds me: entities with money to spend - political campaigns, large corporations, etc. - consistently have poor (or, at best, middling) aesthetics. I guess a longer post on why that might be is due in short order.

Apr 24, 2007

I can't help but relate this quote, from an article about Barack Obama:
Republican National Committee spokesman Chris Taylor dismissed Obama's criticism.

"It obviously takes a lot more than empty rhetoric to lead this country and that is what Barack Obama continues to give us," Taylor said.
I wonder if he's been misquoted...or is he just stupid? Because of course what he's actually saying there, if you break it down, is that Obama is offering a lot more than empty rhetoric.

Obviously.

Apr 19, 2007

I just posted something on the Loss Column that I think has an appeal beyond the sports topics I cover there. It's a writeup about Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour, including a link to a fantastic archive of the show's 50 episodes so far.

I just hope that the folks at XM understand that this sort of thing does nothing but help. It'd be a shame to see them take it down. Head over there now (but not all at once) just in case.

Apr 16, 2007

Two things:

First, I'm stoked to no end about Mumble Magazine. From the mission statement:
In plain english: we publish articles that have to do with influential artists, photographers, skateboarders, places, books, shit you can buy, music and whatever as well as some totally random shit that somehow fits into the picture.

Headed up by the former editor of Crailtap.com, we're dedicated to bringing real content back to the internet following the stranglehold that blogs have taken on it. We publish at least two new features every week.
Here, here! From jump street I've seen blogs and their attendant technologies as a fantastic means to make publishing and distribution easy and cheap. Plenty of people feel likewise and use them to for just that purpose. But somewhere along the way that model got subjugated to the notion of what a "blog" is, or what it means "to blog." It's refreshing as hell to see someone stepping up and trying to maximize the potential of the internet, which to this day remains oddly underused.

Second, Bruce Nussbaum at BusinessWeek has been ruffling quite a few feathers with his thoughts on design, technology, and process. His latest piece on the controversy makes for a good starting point.

I'd encourage everyone to read it, and then to start thinking. Communication and business are changing so fast that it's hard to keep up, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to keep up. Understanding what tomorrow's economy might look like will prove beneficial to anyone attempting to make a mark in a creative field. That starts by realizing that the lines between "us" and "them" are fast becoming irrelevant.

Apr 12, 2007

And there you have it: Kurt Vonnegut has died. You've no doubt heard the news already.

What to say of this? Who knows anymore. It keeps happening, one after another. By the time I reach 40 there will be none left of their kind. Pour a shot and drink up.

Apr 5, 2007

Apr 2, 2007

I've been having some fantastic luck with new music lately, something that hasn't happened in a long time. In addition to the new Wilco tracks I mentioned earlier I've got three new discoveries to share: Call Me Evil by Evil (left), "Fake Empire" (a leaked track from the upcoming National record), and a couple of leaked tracks from the upcoming Dinosaur Jr. album.

I discovered Evil -- a rap artist from Vancouver -- purely through happenstance. I don't listen to a ton of rap, and haven't bought a rap CD in over a year, but Call Me Evil has been a revelation. He's got an Eminem-esque gift for storytelling and persona, but where Eminem trades on anger and shock, Evil has a more nuanced and intelligent worldview. The production feels like Dr. Dre or Timbaland when they're at their most interesting, but with more of a rock/folk (!) flavor. The album pulled me in right away on the strength of "I'm Leaving" -- one of the best rap songs I've heard in years.

Stream that and a few other tracks over at his MySpace page.

As for the National...well, what can I say? They're one of the best bands around right now, and "Fake Empire" finds them at the top of their game. You can find it all over the internet -- try Stereogum. If that link rots out a quick Google search will yield other sources.

Dinosaur Jr., meanwhile, was easily my favorite band in high school, but I was mad skeptical about the reunion. No need for that, as it turns out. They haven't missed a beat, and these new tracks sound like 1993 all over again. Which, in this case, is a good thing.

(remember, kids: if you like leaked tracks you should always go out and pay for them when the albums eventually come out. These people work hard for the money. So hard for the money.)

On top of all that, co-conspirator Tony Larson forwarded me some tracks he's been working on, and they've likewise been in heavy rotation. If/when they go public I'll be sure to share 'em.