Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thug Love, Popote card

Here's the latest Popote card. Junia and I have always loved graffiti and the art style that it is. Neither of us are good at writing so we got our friend Franky to write a few things for us. Here's the first of hopefully many graffiti inspired ideas for Popote.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Popote card

Since I'm spending most of my free creative time thinking about Popote, I figure I'll post our new stuff on here since we don't have a blog for the co. yet. Things are definitely going slower than I'd hoped but I guess that's to be expected when the medium we're using is readily available when I want it to be. One day Junia and I will get our own machine and we can get really crazy.

I've been wanting to do some designs celebrating my love for the 8-bit era. We decided to go with a "love" card because nothing is cooler than 8-bit romance! These cards are a little tough to put together since it's two colors that are actually registered. We put down the brown layer then the blue layer carefully on top.
If you dig it, we're selling them for $4.50 at our Etsy shop!

Dance Dance Dance

I got a quick minute to post. I just had a few minutes to eat some lunch and decided to catch up on my La Blogotheque podcasts. I hadn't watched any in a few weeks and these two made me forget I was eating or sitting or moving or being.  I hadn't heard much Lykke Li stuff but I'm totally sold after seeing this. Bon Iver is almost to the point of getting played out but these Bon Iver Take Away Shows re-newed that spark that was first there months ago.

Ironically, I'm about to leave my apartment and head straight to where the Lykke Li video was shot! I need to register Popote as our business name at City Hall.

So if you use iTunes, subscribing to the La Blogotheque podcasts is a good move. Especially when you have a newer generation iPod nano and are in between books and have nothing to do on the bus.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

mis fotos

I finally uploaded half the Diana pics Junia and I have taken over the last few months! I'll soon be using some of these as backgrounds for some vinyl pieces I'll be selling through Popote (which I still haven't posted about..don't ask me why). Popote is our new company in which we will be designing, making, and selling greeting cards, home decals, and various other items using vinyl as the "print" medium. cool huh? anyways, gotta love the lomography cameras. These are all shot with the Diana F+ using either kodak black and white or Fuji color, 120 medium format film.
I took these shots on the plane ride back from San Diego! Junia was feeling kinda sick and I was sitting there with the camera in my lap like a tonto tourist who has never seen clouds!





GOTTA love the nasty Mariachi's! these guys were humping EVERYONE. These are at a 90th birthday party in Imperial Beach.



I have more up on my flickr.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Poster for last post!

What's up! I've been suuuper duper busy with things! I haven't had any time to spare for Soundslikeyouandme :( In any case! I found the poster for the Ellen Allien and Modeselektor show in Sept. (i know i know...pretty ugly, but the show's gonna rock!) See you there!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ellen Allien + Modeselektor

Those of you in SF!
Make sure you purchase your tix to one of the coolest shows of the year. On Friday Sept 5th, bpitchcontrol-ers, Berlin-based Ellen Allien and Modeselektor are playing at Mighty. Get your tix soon cause this is a definite sell-out show. I've been waiting for a show to make me this excited for a while- now all I have to do is wait 2 months. They don't have a flyer for the show yet, but keep on the lookout for one here.

Here's a quick mix of the two to get your mouth watering. then you will HUNGER!

here's the Muxtape if you wanna try it out.

BTW! stay tuned for the next 8-Trck Engineer. I'm working on my super summer 80's mix. s'gonn' be hot!
I love the new Ellen Allien album art. I have it as my desktop background! The color palette and the simplicity of it just turn me on. totally turn me on. Unfortunately the album isn't quite as bursting as the art. I put one of the good tracks as the last song on the mix.

Monday, July 7, 2008


Something that's been missing from all of our jumps to a more digital and "connected" life is the craft of mixtaping. It's something I've been really trying to bring with 8-Trck Engineer. Someone else has been thinking about it and they come out with Muxtape. Muxtape started in March of this year and it's a place for users to create mixtapes in a super simple way without going through a ton of loops. All you need is 12 songs to upload and your set. I love the minimal and bright colors which make it feel very 8-bit and non-intimidating. They even get musicians and celebs to post up some mixes which I think I'd be pretty interested in listening to.

I think I'll give Muxtape a try with my 8-Trck's and see how it all works out. I'll make sure to include the link beside the next 8-Trck so you can check it out.
If you decide the same, send me your link!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

8-Trck Engineer Ep.09, The Wonder Years

This mix is inspired by my high school years. Every track on this mix was heard countless times throughout my middle school and high school career. I'm not sure if any of you have tried doing this but it's pretty freekin hard. The problem is I still like tons of the music I liked back then and trying to choose the right songs to make this list work was pretty tough. I'm going to say this is like the inch tall nipple-tip of the mile deep ice-burg. I had to choose the most important ones as well as the ones I can still stand listening to...the timless ones.

Some honorable mentions? : Air, Black Heart Procession, Broadcast, International Noise Conspiracy, The Murder City Devils, Pedro the Lion, Pinback, Sunny Day Real Estate, Weezer.
What are some stand out tracks of your highschool years?

8-Trck Engineer Ep. 09, The Wonder Years

Os Gemeos at Deitch

If your in NY before August 9th check out the new Os Gemeos show at Deitch Gallery called Too Far Too Close. Os Gemeos are some bro's from Brazil that are pretty unstoppable right now. From all the low-brow/street and urban art in the last few years, Os Gemeos have been my favorite. I love the scale they work in, their color palette and their character style. They seems to keep it feeling Latin American without any cultural cliches, which I love. Deitch Gallery is an awesome spot for them because it's sooooo open and high. When I was in NY I had to stop in for the Jim Isermann show. The gallery layout is one of the best I've been in, especially for larger installations. 

Check out The World's Best Ever for more photos.

Here's an Os Gemeos you can go stare at in case you can't leave SF like me :(  (It's on Market St)


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Let it flow

Hey everyone! So after weeks of hearing my girlfriend Junia say "Dude 2 mixes a week is too much" and weeks of me saying "Junia! NO!"- I've finally accepted her advice and will now only be posting one 8-Trck Engineer episode per week. That way those of you who actually listen to it at work or while you do your dishes or read through your Google reader blog subscriptions or where ever you may be when you listen to these mixes- you can take your time with them and really soak the music in!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I've changed all the past 8-Trck ep's to MediaMaster's radio because FileFactory isn't working out very well for me. It's a temporary upload service like rapidshare and megaupload which means that after a few weeks songs start to disappear! After a bit of searching I found Media Master which is an actual music storage service built so you can store your music and listen to it anywhere from any computer. So far it seems to be a pretty solid service. You can even upload your playlist from itunes directly! pretty nice uh?

here's the recap.
8-Trck Engineer ep 03 My Swedish Sigh
ep 04 The Human Inspired
ep 05 The Coming Of Age
ep 06 Donde Esta Chula Juana?
ep 07 The New Radio
ep 08 SummerSundaySleep

you can link to any of these on the archive list to the right.

Monday, June 23, 2008

8-Trck(x2.5) Engineer Ep.08, SummerSundaySleep

I couldn't contain this episode of 8-Trck to 8 tracks. I had to multiple it by 2.5 and I have the number needed for this playlist to be the most enjoyable and also have the most impact.
Wired|Listening Post posted about an article in the Times titled :"Does Music Have the Power to Send Us to Sleep?: A recent experiment in Japan tested the power of music to send us into a deep slumber."
I absolutely love reading about Music and it's neurological power. The experiment took place in Japan where Dr Takuro Endo filled 1,500 people into a theatre. He then seduced them for three hours of carefully chosen music ranging from Chopin and Tchaikovsky to folk singer Mary Hopkins and Japanese tenor Masafumi Akikawa. I would have loved to be in that audience!
I took a Classical appreciation class in college and remember sometimes it was like a battle for my life to stay awake. I would have been an experience to sit among 1500 other people and collectively fall asleep.

After reading both the blog post and the Times article about Dr Takuro Endo and his experiment with music and sleep, I took up Wired's challenge and created my best 8-Trck Engineer episode yet. Except it's 20 tracks of pure mellow bliss for your summertime sunday nap needs! I hope you press play and open a new window and read those articles. It's great stuff. After reading go lay down and take a nap.

8-Trck Engineer Ep. 08, SummerSundaySleep

I know I could have gone all Brian Eno and Fennesz on you guys but I tried to keep this away from just another slumber inducing ambient mix. Hope you liked it

Trck list:
1. Lullatone - Bedroom Bossa Band (frm 2006: Plays Pajama Pop Pour Vous)
2. This Is A Process Of A Still Life - Constantly Under Surveillance (frm 2005: Light)
3. Bibio - Maroon Lagoon (2006: Hand Cranked)
4. Casino Versus Japan - Marilyn Set Me Free (2004: Hitori + Kaiso)
5. Daedelus - Quiet Now (2002: Invention)
6. Boom Bip - Last Walk Around Mirror Lake, Boards of Canada remix (2004: Corymb)
7. Guitar - Red & White (2006: Tokyo)
8. Epic45 - The Stars In Autumn (2007: May Your Heart Be the Map)
9. Tycho - Send and Receive (2006: Past is Prologue)
10. The Cinematic Orchestra - Everyday (2002: Everyday)
11. Balmorhea - Greyish Tapering Ash (2008 Rivers Arms)
12. Denzel & Huhn - New Kerwe (2007: Paraport)
13. Phonem - Currents (220V Offshore) (2000: Hydroelectric)
14. El Perro Del Mar - Inner Island (2008: From The Vallery to The Stars)
15. F.S. Blumm - Lilli (2006: Summer Kling)
16. Vincent Gallo - I Wrote This Song for the Girl Paris Hilton (2001: When)
17. M83 - Sister (part 2) (2007: Digital Shades Vol. 1)
18. Library Tapes - Skiss Av Trad (2007: Hostluft)
19. Eluvium - Indoor Swimming At The Space Station (2007: Copia)
20. Stars Of The Lid - That Finger On Your Temple if the Barrel of My Raygun (2007: And Their Refinement of the Decline)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Super Crew

Alrightalrightalright.. I'm in no way some advocate or pusher of MTV or Randy Jackson. But if you grew up hip hop in any way, watched early or recent B-Boy movies, or at least even appreciate dancing, you need to watch ABDC. If MTV ever had ONE reason in the last 10 years to watch it, America's Best Dance Crew is the reason. 

Super Crew is the reason I'm breaking my nerd silence of science and music blogging. Just watch this performance and tell me you didn't say "alright that was fuckin rad."

Friday, June 20, 2008

Win some Lose some

Aniboom announced the 3 "Golden Ticket" winners for the Radiohead video competition. I'm disappointed mine wasn't a winner but I'm not surprised at all. I made my video knowing not much would happen with it. Check out the semi-finalists and golden ticket winners here. I'd say there is maybe 2 worth a Radiohead tag. I seriously don't know how some of those pieces were chosen over hundreds of better videos. When you check out the forums there is only 1 out of 25 comments that are positive about the whole contest.

The one other Radiohead contest for In Rainbows turned out to be sort of a joke towards the fans. I'm talking about the Nude Remix contest. Thom said in an interview with NPR: "This was quite a difficult task for everybody that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's pretty difficult to seamlessly mix a waltz beat into a DJ set. This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from "Nude" thrown in so that they qualified for the contest. Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition to find out how people would approach such a challenging task."

Let's see what happens with the Aniboom video contest.
click below to check it out.

8-Trck Engineer Ep.07, The New Radio

With the past few 8-Trck's I've been constructing the mix in response to some kind of current event. 

This 8-Trck episode doesn't have a theme though. 
Well... I guess it does. The theme is great new music you need to check out. This is all music that's been released in the past few months that's been on heavy heavy rotation in my auditory life.
There should be something for everyone in this episode because no matter what side of the planet your on, there is music being released that will speak to you. Sometimes you just have to wade through the boring-but-strong current of life to find those special things that excite you. Here's to the new radio; press play and walk away.

1. No Age, Cappo - Nouns
2. This Is Ivy League, London Bridges - This is Ivy League
3. Fleet Foxes, Blue Ridge Mountains - s/t
4. Animal Collective, Street Flash - Water Curses Ep
5. Jamie Lidell, Green Light - Jim
6. The Kills, Last Day of Magic - Midnight Boom
7. Cut Copy, Strangers In The Wind - In Ghost Colours
8. The Black Ghosts, Repetition Kills You (ft. Damon Albarn) - s/t

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Minted.com Challenge

I've entered the 2nd Minted.com design contest. This time it's for Holiday photo cards for newly weds. If you've come across this post, help me and my friends start our business (more on this soon) with that prize money! Just register with your email and name (they won't sell your email so don't worry) and just find my designs and vote! (vote here)

White on White on You and MeHoliday CuteCubeModern TilesThe Always Holiday Spirit

Friday, June 13, 2008

8-Trck Engineer Ep.06, Donde Esta ChulaJuana?

Junia and I are flying down to Chula Vista to visit our families for the weekend. I was going to finally post some new indie stuff, but I think I'll save that for when I get back. I've got the urge to get a little Nortechno on your ass.

This is an 8-trck Nortec and Nortec affiliated mix.
This should make my one-hour plane ride pretty smooth.
To those of you who stumble across this, Enjoy.

Monday, June 9, 2008

My feet will experience Unknown Pleasures.

Well. probably not. I'd put these up on my wall before I walked on those beautiful inserts with my sweaty feet. I ran into these on the Wired blogs. Turns out this is a custom pair on display at Ran in Manchester. But godamn would I like a pair of these bad-larry's. 




Sunday, June 8, 2008

8-Trck Engineer Ep.05, The Coming of Age

I've created this 8-Trck Engineer as if I was creating the soundtrack of my float and fly through space. Past stars and planets, through gas clouds and planet rings. This is dedicated to the progress we Humans are making in becoming a Space-faring species. Press play then read. Then if you love space honk your horn...or just leave a comment

8-Trck Engineer, ep 05: The Coming of Age
download the mix here.
if you have any questions about any of the music, leave a comment and I'll comment back!

There's this great sense of wonder going on with all the action between Humans and Space. There's always been action, I bet, but not in the mainstream media. First there's the new Phoenix Space probe and it's Mars landing. Then there's the new amazing(!) NASA Spitzer Space Telescope galaxy panorama. And as I type this, I'm watching Discovery Channel's "When We Left Earth" series. 

If you were one of those neo-nature geeks that was glued to Discovery Channel every Sunday for "Planet Earth" then your probably one of these neo-space lovers excited about this new series. from NASA: When We Left Earth is the story of mankind’s greatest adventure, leaving the earth and living in space. For the first time this series has digitally re-mastered the original film and audio recordings from NASA’s vault, including and all the key on-board footage filmed by the astronauts themselves. For DC's series trailer click here.
If you haven't seen NASA's Spitzer's pics then eventually you will. "This is the highest-resolution, largest, most sensitive infrared picture ever taken of our Milky Way," said Sean Carey of NASA's Spitzer Science Center. From Sciencedaily.com: Because Earth sits inside our dusty, flat, disk-shaped Milky Way, we have an edge-on view of our galactic home. We see the Milky Way as a blurry, narrow band of light that stretches almost completely across the sky. With Spitzer's dust-piercing infrared eyes, astronomers peered 60,000 light-years away into this fuzzy band, called the galactic plane, and saw all the way to the other side of the galaxy.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

White Glove Tracking

I've started checking out DVblog.com and have come across this.
From whiteglovetracking.com:

On May 4th, 2007, we asked internet users to help isolate Michael Jackson's white glove in all 10,060 frames of his nationally televised landmark performance of Billy Jean. 72 hours later 125,000 gloves had been located. wgt_data_v1.txt (listed below) is the culmination of data collected. It is released here for all to download and use as an input into any digital system. Just as the data was gathered collectively it is our hope that it will be visualized collectively. Please email links to your apps, video, source code, and/or screen shots to evan[at]eyebeam[dot]org. Work will be exhibited in an online gallery and depending on popularity and interest potentially in a forthcoming physical gallery exhibition as well. Huge thanks to everyone that contributed to the data collection.

There's some very cool techniques used in there. My favorites are Tim Knapen's Giant Glove, and Jung-Hoon Seo's Slinky. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

This is getting crazy...(in a good way)

There a quite a few "artists for Obama" groups coming up. Upperplayground and FIFTY24SF have their crew of dope artists. This Abe Obama...or Barack O-Lincoln, is scary! Ron English will probably be painting controversial pieces like this till he dies. I'm surprised McDonald's hasn't already had him assassinated. I'm looking forward to a Sam Flores "Obama" piece!

Also, my main man ISO50 (check out Tycho's music down in the "The Human Inspired" mix down below.)has done an amazing piece for Obama. ISO50's poster is awesome because it's totally inspired by Aaron Douglass' work during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930's. Douglas's paintings combine very strong graphical imagery with really nice color palettes- but at the same time were always very strong in controversial racial themes.

Our Videotape

FINISHED! Alright everyone. Remember weeks ago when I posted a Radiohead video submitted to the Aniboom Radiohead video competition? I said it inspired me to make my own. Well I did and here it finally is. 

This is my submission for a "Golden Ticket" in the video contest. It's not animated yet, but the point of winning the contest is to get $10,000 to finish the video. I would collaborate with someone who could rotoscope this video in grayscale. Don't get me wrong, I like it now, but I don't think I'll feel satisfied till I see it in rotoscope. If your not sure what "rotoscope" is, check this out. If you've ever seen Waking Life or A Scanner Darkly, then you've seen it before.

Please go to Aniboom and rate the video! It would help me out! and please comment here to let me know what you think. I love criticism.

Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at aniBoom

Sunday, June 1, 2008

8-Trck Engineer Ep.04, The Human Inspired

OK so here’s my two part answer to the question "What does it mean to be human?" discussed in the previous post.

A. What we are is the brain. The simplest, yet most complex, answer is that to be human is to have what we all have in common, our brain. Everything we think we are, see we are, feel we are or hear we are, is all coming from one place. Don’t mistake that for an idea that our senses make us human; it’s what’s piecing it all together. We could have purple skin, guys could have vaginas, girls could have penises, and our eyes could be attached to tube-like membranes sticking out from our necks… But we would still call ourselves humans so long as that’s the way we always were. Only humans can experience abstract external stimuli as (emotional, creative, physical) inspiration.

B. 8-Trck Engineer ep. 04, The Human Inspired

There are countless ways to answer this question using this format, but I wanted to keep this at a level of “I’d-like-to-play-you-some-music-you-haven’t-heard-yet. So don’t ask in some Spiccoli voice “Hey bud, where’s Beethoven? Where’s Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd?” Yada yada yada. I’ve answered this question this way in the hopes that any person can come along and listen, enjoy, then think about making their own mix. “What is it to be human?” is practically a rhetorical question. It has no answer other than what you feel is the answer.

This is a collection of 8 songs- put together spontaneously and without too much thought other than I know each one of these songs reminds me of what I am in this existence. It’s 8-Trck Engineer episode 04.

Pedal, Sump, Pedal, 2008, Staubgold Records. This piano duo from Sydney just released this album of improvised piano awesomeness. Some of the tracks are brilliantly unnerving, and some are just brilliantly moving like Sump. Staubgold says this: “What are they thinking? These guys are doing a record of acoustic piano music in this day and age! And let me tell you something, my prejudice was totally crushed within the first minute of listening to this CD. Just when I was thinking two grand pianos, four hands have nothing to say in this 21st century...”

The Radio Dept., What Will Give?, Pet Grief, 2006, Labrador. I have a feeling The Radio Dept is going to move me just as much when I’m 85-years-old. This is timeless timeless timeless music for us emotional pop lovers. They’re just friends school friends from Sweden that create wonderful music only Humans can create.

Tycho, Past Is Prologue, Past Is Prologue, 2006, Merck. Tycho, aka graphic designer ISO50, aka Scott Hansen, is from San Francisco! What!what! This guy is amazing. His beats are bliss and his design is dope. This song just KILLS me. I don’t know why, but it does. He needs to play more sets here in SF, that’s all I need to say. Bring back Beats and Boardgames!

M83, Teen Angst, Before The Dawn Heals Us, 2005, EMI France. I could have chosen any M83 song and it would have fit well in this mix. M83 has an extremely unique sound that has this quality about it that really makes you feel human. I feel like M83 is emotion in music form. It’s raw, LOUD, chaotic and intense but beautiful, balanced, and calming. One of my all-time favorite bands.

Tristeza, Balabaristas, A Colores, 2005, Better Looking. Another all time favs. The Album Leaf and Tristeza both hold special places in my heart. You can hear every stroke and touch of their fingers playing. Tristeza’s guitar and bass are almost unmatched by anyone in this genre. They tried playing with a stand in guitar player last tour and he couldn’t hang. It would hard to hear their live set being messed up, but at the same time it reinforced the complexity and strenuous rhythms they use.

Epic45, England Fallen Over, England Fallen Over EP, 2005, Make Mine Music. A highly inspirational band for me. If you like this song, just seriously by everything Epic45 has done. It’s really all that good. Hopefully your listening to this mix with headphones or good speakers cause this track uses GREAT channel techniques. I LOVE this band.

Radiohead, Weird Fishes/Apreggi, In Rainbows, 2007, self released. Another all-time fav for me. Shouldn’t have to say much about this song or band other than Brilliant.

DJ Shadow, Blood On The Motorway, The Private Press, 2002, MCA. I know I know. This song is a little old. But I BET you forgot about it. I BET you forgot how amazing it is. Well Junia (my girlfriend, Tonteria) DIDN’T! Honestly I forgot this song within the depths of my hard drive, but she called it out. If only Shadow could go back to this! He gave us a little taste with the live set release he did with Cut Chemist.

"What does it mean to be human?"

Wired.com is covering cool parts and discussions of the World Science Festival in NY.
On Saturday night a panel of physicists, anthropologists, and any other –ist profession in the field of science came together to form a panel to discuss the question “What does it mean to be humn?” 
Below is Wired’s post:
“A star-studded panel of scientists gathered to discuss those heady themes last night at the World Science Festival in New York City. Here are their answers in convenient nutshell form:
Marvin Minsky, artificial intelligence pioneer: We do something other species can't: We remember. We have cultures, ways of transmitting information.

Daniel Dannett, cognitive scientist: We are the first species that represents our reasons, and can reason with each other. "The planet has grown a nervous system," he said.

Renee Reijo Pera, embryologist: We're uniquely human from the moment that egg and sperm fuse. A "human program" begins before the brain even begins to form.

Patricia Churchland, neuroethicist: The structure of how the human brain is arranged intrigues me. Are there unique brain structures? As far as we can understand, it's our size that is unique. What we don't find are other unique structures. There may be certain types of human-specific cells -- but as for what that means, we don't know. It's important not only to focus on us, to compare our biology and behavior to other animals.

Jim Gates, physicist: We are blessed with the ability to know our mother. We are conscious of more than our selves. And just as a child sees a mother, the species' vision clears and sees mother universe. We are getting glimmers of how we are related to space and time. We can ask, what am I? What is this place? And how am I related to it?

Nikolas Rose, sociologist: Language and representation. We are the kind of creatures that ask those questions of ourselves. And we believe science can help answer. We've become creatures that think of ourselves as essentially biological -- and I think we're more than biological creatures. I'm not sure biology has answers.

Ian Tattersall, anthropologist: It's not "what is human," but what is unique: our extraordinary form of symbolic cognition. 

Francis Collins, geneticist: What does the genome tell us? There's surprisingly little genetic difference between human and chimpanzee. Yet clearly we're different. There's brain size and language. A language-related gene, FoxP2, evolved most rapidly in the last few million years. How did we develop empathy? Appreciate our mortality? And we should admit that there are areas that might not submit to material analysis: beauty, inspiration. We shouldn't dismiss these as epiphenomenal froth. 

Harold Varmus, physiologist: Intrigued by our ability to generate hypotheses and make measurements. 

Paul Nurse, cell biologist: Is excited about the ability of science to answer this question. 

Antonio Damasio, neuroscientist: The critical unique factor is language. Creativity. The religious and scientific impulse. And our social organization, which has developed to a prodigious degree. We have a record of history, moral behavior, economics, political and social institutions. We're probably unique in our ability to investigate the future, imagine outcomes, and display images in our minds. I like to think of a generator of diversity in the frontal lobe -- and those initials are G-O-D.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Science has been kickin ass since the Enlightenment!

I seriously wish I could be in NY at this festival. After tasting an event like this at this years Yuri's Night, this 5 day event looks AWESOME. Colbert and Theoretical Physicist, Brian Green, talk it out. I'll be posting a few things in the next few days about event coverage, ESPECIALLY! this: On Saturday, May 31, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks will join neuroscientist Mark Tramo and the Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir in the World Science Festival Event Music and the Brain, an exploration of the power of music to inspire and uplift, and as an effective tool in the therapeutic process.

"Political Science"

After reading an article today titled "Political Science" from the online magazine Science News, I stopped and thought about San Francisco. Usually when talks about the developments of a green city come up, especially New York, it's hard not to stop for a second and compare things with San Francisco. 

The article talks about recent statements made by NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg made this morning at the first World Science Summit(watch the Cobert video).  Bloomberg was speaking in front of over 100 leading Scientists about the complicated relationship that science has with politics.
"He pointed, for instance, to the fact that fully a half-century ago, scientists were already linking smoking with cancer. By the 1970s, science had also begun predicting that increased carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel burning would warm the climate “with the potentially catastrophic consequences that are playing out now, all over the world.” Yet society fought anti-smoking campaigns as vehemently as the Bush administration has fought regulations to slow climate change.

And the reason? “Far too often,” the mayor contends, “it's because of what I call ‘political science’ - the willingness [of governments] to disregard or suppress scientific findings when they don't conform to a pre-determined political agenda.”

This isn't news, but I'm extremely happy to hear that it's being talked about in NY as I write this, by people who might actually be able to do something about it. In much the same way Bloomberg made great changes in public smoking laws in New York (acc. to the article, smoking is down 20% from 2002), he also took it into his own hands to create change with NY's carbon emissions. 

"Bloomberg had city agencies measure New York’s carbon footprint. And it was huge: some 58 million metric tons of CO2 per year – and growing. Last October, in response to the findings, he signed an executive order forcing city agencies to cut their CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2017. To make the necessary changes, he said, “we've committed 10 percent of our annual energy costs – equal to roughly $80 million a year.”...He's also instructed city cabbies to convert to hybrid vehicles or similarly high-fuel-economy cars within four years. That’s a big change considering New York’s is the biggest taxi fleet in the world."

That's pretty awesome progress. Imagine what a statement it would be to have a NY with all hybrid cabs?
Come on Gavin Newsom! We gotta catch up! So far, our only outlet (as far as I know) is the new SF company Green Cab that, so far, has only like, 5 cabs! Knowing this city, we don't NEED our mayor to make these changes. Green Cab will catch on pretty quick.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

8-Trck Engineer Ep.03, my swedish sigh

In celebration for the new track by The Radio Dept, this 8-Trck Engineer is strictly Swedish. Over the last 2 weeks I got a hold of the new Action Biker and an older album by The Bridal Shop. I realized that I keep running into these Swedish albums and then a few days ago I get the new Radio Dept track and then I just couldn't stop myself. I had to share my Swedish friends with all of you. My Swedish sigh begins as a burst of electric air but as I exhale it calms to barely a few night-time piano strokes. Enjoy.

trck-1. The Knife, Forrest Families... the album Silent Shout was on EVERYONE's top lists for 2006. I was no exception. This album is one of the freshest electronic album in a while. it felt super dark but sometimes made you feel slightly uncomfortable, but had amazing hooks and use of vocals that picked you right up from it's intense imagination. It didn't try to make anyone happy and seemed to exist within the genre without the support of the genre itself.
trck-2. The Legends, Play it For Today... this is from The Legend's last release in 2006 Facts and Figures. Where previously they had this great british pop shoegaze sound, the now have a euro pop shoegaze electronic sound. That seems like a pretty good evolution right? Well, they made the jump extremely well and I'm looking forward to see what else they come up with.
trck-3. The Bridal Shop, From Seas... from 2007's From Seas, this song is a great hint at the 7 track album that really hasn't received much attention, or at least as much as it should have by people who love this genre. You like old New Order? You like the airy vocals and modest-pop? you like the Bridal Shop.
trck-4. The Radio Dept, Feddie and the Tojan Horse... What can I say? this band is track for track pure enjoyment. They seriously make me feel special when I'm listening to them. Does that sound stupid? fuck it. I'm excited about this song because it's off their new album scheduled for September. CAN'T WAIT.
trck-5. Action Biker, Love for Sure... This is Sarah Nyberg Pergament's little solo music. This is off 2008's Hesperian Puisto, Action Biker's first official album release. This album better catch on here in the States. If it doesn't I'll be really surprised. Maybe I should write to Pitchfork and tip em off... nah. they suck.
trck-6. Jens Lekman, I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You... One of my favorite songs of 2007! This album, Night Falls Over Kortedala was on rotation for MONTHS here at home and at work. This album was impossible not to like.
trck-7. Jose Gonzalez, Cycling Trivialities... Another top 2007. This is off Jose's second full length, In Our Nature. You need to own both albums if you already don't. Seriously
trck-8. El Perro Del Mar, From the Valley to the Stars... This song is off of Sarah Assbring's 2008's From the Valley to the Stars. This also is a great hint as to the rest of the album. I love the feel of this album as it is completely connected to the name. I would love to be laying at the bottom of a beautiful valley looking up watching the stars. El Perro Del Mar is hard to catagorize because conceptual-folk-pop doesn't do her justice. I'll just say I'm a fan and keep it at that.

Friday, May 23, 2008

8-Trck Engineer Ep.02: It Will Never Die.

Seriously. Rock and roll will never end. Take a few minutes and listen to this quick mix and you'll know what I'm talking about. THIS IS FRESH and this is 50 years old!

For my girlfriend Junia's upcoming 25th Birthday party I've been neck-high with Rock and Rockabilly music from the 50's and 60's. I've been wading through tons of songs finding good ones for all those Guys and Gals to boogie to this weekend. I'm not much of a Rockabilly myself, but I do really enjoy old rock and roll just like the next music lover. Actually, when I was talking with my dad recently playing him 2007's Little Barrie he said "you haven't changed! You know what your FIRST tape was from Music Trader? You were in elementary school!" "No, I don't remember, what was it?" "your first tape was the Stray Cats!"

Shit! I was cool back then too! Enjoy. You can download the full mix (song-by-song..sorry still figuring it out) by clicking riiiigggghhttt....here!

8-Trck Engineer: May 23rd 2008
It will never die Rockabilly Mix

Thursday, May 22, 2008

It will never fail.

Frank Lloyd Wright said "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." These limited edition Spirograph prints are intense! They are the work of Greig Anderson aka Effektive, a 26-year-old designer in Glasgow. I came across them on ISO50's blog. Scott Hansen (aka ISO50) has been on my RSS for a bit now and it's one of the few blogs I actually go to almost everyday not only because I love his design but because he shares some amazing stuff like these prints!