Friday, April 4, 2008

Market Fresh

The brand new Brooklyn Flea kicks off this Sunday in Fort Greene. When I first moved to New York I went to the Chelsea flea markets every weekend (sometimes even twice) and my record collection just about doubled. Sadly, the two major parking lots there are now luxury condos, and the Hell's Kitchen market never really got up to speed—so I'm psyched for this new one, especially since it's so close to my house. I'm going to make a habit of posting whatever I find there, so look for that on Mondays from now on. Here are some pics from the old Chelsea days (and one from the LES, also a good spot if you get there early).

Martin's Funeral

Bill Cosby
Martin's Funeral MP3 (18mb) from Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown and the Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band


Here's a t-shirt design I did for former NPR host Luke Burbank's new radio show in Seattle, Too Beautiful to Live. (You can listen to the show by going to the audio archives section of their site.)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Toy Story

Congratulations to my brother from another, Chad Phillips, Director of Creative Development at kidrobot. This week marks his fifth year with the company, and to celebrate he's playing records tonight at Kingsize. Stop on by.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

In the Forest

The Smithsonian is in the process of putting 13 million photographs from all 19 of its museums online for public viewing. So far there are only 3000 up, but among them I found these Larry Fink photographs from his 1980 Seattle Arts Commission Photo Survey of loggers. I have been a fan of Fink's work for awhile but have mostly known him for his party photos and work for The New York Times Magazine. The Northwest context of these gives them a sort of Charles Peterson or Mary Ellen Mark in the woods feel.

Click here to see a few more or here to do your own search on the Smithsonian's website.

Larry Fink is represented by Bill Charles and has stock photos available from Gallery Stock, and you can purchase or view more of his photography through their sites. Here are a few of my favorites:

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Poetical Prophets

Current TV has a short video up about Wax Poetics (I am currently designing their next book and doing some creative consulting on the magazine). Check it out:

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Fox Confessor

Not being in Seattle, I had never seen Fleet Foxes perform, so I was looking forward to this Saturday's Bowery Ballroom show for months. Even with extremely high expectations, I was not disappointed in the least—I think they were even better live than recorded. On the surface of it, there are a lot of bands out right now playing similar music, and many of my favorites are from the Northwest. What sets Fleet Foxes apart is the extent of their range vocally and musically. Nowhere is this more evident than in the arrangement of "Blue Ridge Mountains," which is so deeply layered that I notice new things every time I listen to it (and I'm not going to lie, I listen to it a lot). It's not on the EP—I got it from their MySpace page awhile back—but I'm guessing that song will head up what promises to be a truly amazing first full-length release later this Spring.

I ran into Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman in the crowd and it was cool to shoot the shit with him a little. I remember DJing at their tenth anniversary party and now they're going strong at 20 years deep—pretty impressive.

Ola Podrida played before Fleet Foxes and were nothing to shout about, but pretty good (the Quiet Ones, another Seattle band I really like, have been opening for FF and Blitzen Trapper in the NW and I was hoping they would make it to New York too). We decided to end on the highest note possible and split before Blitzen Trapper went on. On the sidewalk outside I met Robin Pecknold and his girlfriend Olivia (she's the model for Impulse, the Seattle boutique whose website I'm currently designing). And then we left and met up with my old Visionaire crony Aoife Wasser for dinner and delicious locally-crafted Six Point ales at Lil' Frankies. And then we waited for the train for what seemed like 8.5 hours. And then Emily and I went home. And then we pretty much passed out face-down. And it was good. The end.

Fleet Foxes' Sun Giant EP is out now – buy it here directly from Sub Pop, and look for the LP this June.

Fleet Foxes photo by Sean Pecknold

Some things I did not get Emily for her birthday.

Vintage Vespa scooter.

30-foot wide Barnaby Furnas painting that she is obsessed with.
Red Sea (Parting IV), 2006, Urethane on linen
Courtesy Marianne Boesky

Chanel glasses she likes.

Porsche 912 like in "Downhill Racer."

More tiny little monsters running around our house.

Some things I got Emily for her birthday.

La Perla.

Requisite lighting-related gifts.
Silver-Dipped Light Bulbs (not real silver, that's just what they call them), and a Porcelain Owl Lamp which combines two of Emily's major obsessions: Owls; Various Forms of Muted Lighting.

Streetwise book
I had been looking for this book forever, and finally found it at Left Bank Books in the West Village (the owner is originally from Eugene, Oregon). Mary Ellen Mark was kind enough to sign it for me. More on Streetwise in a future post.

Black Pumps.

"About a Son" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" DVDs.
These covers go together pretty well—maybe they should package them together as a special edition.

Issey Miyake Pleats Please dress.
It's basically just a big piece of really intricately pleated fabric, and comes with a booklet showing sixty different ways you can wear it. (Photo of Racquel Zimmerman in Issey Miyake by David Sims, from Future Shock, in V45.)