Monthly Archives: September 2013

Design is One | Celebrating Lella and Massimo Vignelli

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If you’re a design geek like me, you’ll know exactly who Massimo and Lella Vignelli are. But even if you are not the kind of person who forces your significant other to watch documentaries about typefaces, you would have definitely seen the work of Vignelli Associates. The husband and wife team who’ve been design partners since 1960, have designed some of the most iconic and timeless designs, from American Airlines, IBM and Bloomingdale’s corporate identity to the New York Subway wayfinder systems and incredible modern furniture for Knoll.

A new documentary, Design is One, directed by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra, celebrates the work of these prolific designers, their influence on modern design and their ongoing creative output.

Make sure you watch this amazing documentary and if you’re ever in Upstate New York, you should visit the Rochester Institute of Technology home of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, which houses the entire design archive of this amazing duo.

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HAVE YOU HEARD | Hawk House – Tidal Tendencies

What a fantastic throwback tune from London’s, Hawk House off their mixtape A Little More Elbow Room. 2013 really is turning out to be a great year for Hip Hop.

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ALL RISE FOR HIS MAJESTY | THE INCREDIBLE KING KRULE

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Archy Marshall aka King Krule is only 19, but this baby faced singer’s music conjures up a certain nostalgia. Maybe that’s because it reminds me so much of Shane MacGowan of The Pogues or even Joe Strummer of The Clash. Perhaps it’s the fact that the music is described as Darkwave, the genre popularized in the 80s by the likes of Joy Division, The Cure and Depeche Mode. Whatever it is, his music definitely has a distinct English swagger about it and I love it.

Marshall first made his mark as Zoo Kid when he released his single Out Getting Ribs in 2010. That single was recorded in his bedrooms with his friends Francis North and Thelonious McCabe. It’s as King Krule, however that he’s garnering some much deserved attention. He’s been nominated for the Sound of 2013 Poll by BBC. His debut album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, was released on 24 August 2013 and features gems like Easy Easy and Out Getting Ribs.  I’m excited to hear what he comes up with next and hope this guy keeps making music for a long long time. LONG LIVE THE KING.

Check out his website: kingkrule.co.uk and buy 6 Feet Beneath the Moon on iTunes.

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HAVE YOU HEARD | MONTREAL ROCKERS ARCADE FIRE ARE BACK

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Montreal-based band, Arcade Fire garnered much deserved critical acclaim, including a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011 for their incredible third album, The Suburbs. They’re back with a new album, Reflektor which is scheduled for release on October 29, and if their latest single is anything to go by, it’s going to be incredible.

The inventiveness of this band is reflected not only in their music but in the interesting way they present it. The band collaborated with Google and director Chris Milk to produce the interactive video, The Wilderness Downtown which featured the song, We Used to Wait. Essentially you’d type in your childhood address and using google maps street view, your old house becomes part of the video. The video won a Grand Prix at the Cannes Advertising Awards. 

Arcade Fire and Google have teamed up again for the Reflektor video which uses your webcam to make you part of the video. You’ve gotta check it out at www.justareflektor.com In the meantime check out the  making of the video and the standard video, which features the band with bobble heads.  This album is gonna be awesome. I Can’t wait.

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