Friday, March 18, 2011

Image of the Day

. Well, two of them, both Polaroids by Helmut Newton: Untitled (Girl Smoking a Cigar), and Blumarine Fashion, 1993 – from Helmut Newton: Selected Works, on display at Hamiltons Gallery in London through May 15th. Click here for more.

It's Just Us Having A Conversation

Old but poignant, and I've never posted it before, and I kind of like to end the week with a video:

Brian Unger interviews Seth Galifianakis – from the DVD Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion, which I've been meaning to watch again.

Back Rooms of the World


Destroyer "Kaputt" from Kaputt (2011, Merge Records). Destroyer plays at the Crocodile tonight (Seattle) but the show is SOLD OUT, sucka.*

Emily and I aren't going either, we have to get up too early tomorrow.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Best Foot Forward (Bonus Leprechaun Edition)

(Just in case our favorite Irish lass has forgotten her green and needs to make a pit stop at Bergdorf.)

YSL Tribtoo green suede pump,
$795 at
Bergdorf Goodman



Image of the Day

John Wood, Gun in Landscape: Daisies, 1965 (Collage mounted to board, 5 x 5 3/4 inches) via Bruce Silverstein Gallery, exhibiting at the AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) show at the Armory in New York, March 17–20.

Best Foot Forward

Chic, non?
Giambattista Valli metal-cuffed leather and twill sandals,
$900 at net-a-porter.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Image of the Day

Lemons on my windowsill, sent from sunny Los Angeles California by my friend and client Matt Sullivan of Light in the Attic Records.



Witch Gardens "I Wanna Get Sick" from a split cassette with Stephanie. $7 via Paypal to poorstephanie [at] Trading card artwork by Casey Catherwood and Derek Charm.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Image of the Day

Jonah Samson: Elizabeth's mother warned her not to befriend the crows, but she didn't see any danger in it, 2010 (Gouache on vintage photograph, framed, 6.5 x 4.25 inches), from the show Jonah Samson: Paintings from the Archives of the Pleasantville Historical Society at G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, through April 16. Definitely one of my favorite Seattle gallery shows in recent memory. Click here for more.


Odetta "Sakura" from Odetta In Japan (1966, RCA)

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Photo: Cherry blossoms (sakura no hana) in Brooklyn

Monday, March 14, 2011

Image of the Day

Today is the birthday of photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971). It's pretty impossible to pick a favorite Arbus photo, but the photo above is one of them, and one of her most well-known: Teenage Couple on Hudson Street, NYC, 1963.

Arbus led an extraordinarily interesting life before committing suicide at the age of 48; to this day she is considered one of the most controversial photographers of all time. The Nicole Kidman movie based on her life is actually worth watching, but I recommend starting with this
Masters of Photography documentary, produced in 1972:

There are a number of good books of Diane Arbus' work; I recommend one that Emily bought me for Christmas several years ago: Diane Arbus: Revelations, and I've also heard that this biography is good.

Need vs. Want

Olivetti Valentine typewriter (designed by Ettore Sottsass, 1969) – $450 via 1st Dibs. Very tempting. Want.


Push the Button

Playbutton is a self-contained, rechargeable device that holds music or other pre-recorded sounds inside a wearable button. There's a headphone jack at the bottom, and sound control buttons on the back. The recording is unalterable, which is an aspect of it I like, as it forces you to deliberately choose an album to listen to, not unlike putting on a record and playing the whole thing.

Wind's Poem by Mount Eerie is an album that lends itself particularly well to that kind of listening; I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the Playbutton version (above) from my friend Chad and I have to say that the sound quality and packaging – including copper foil, as on the original LP – are top notch. Two other Playbuttons are currently available, one from Bubbles and a 10-song compilation from Opening Ceremony (below) featuring Girls, Björk, How To Dress Well, Matthew Dear, Coconut Records and others. Proceeds from that one go to Musicians On Call, a non-profit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of hospital patients.

Playbuttons are forthcoming from The XX, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Javelin, Mark Borthwick, and more. Visit Opening Ceremony to purchase for $25 each.



Prada Spring/Summer 2011