Saturday, January 31, 2009

Straight Jackin'

This is an old generic record cover, found recently in the stacks and stacks of the new client I met with in New York a couple weeks ago. Reminds me a little of the most recent Animal Collective record cover.

It's called a Re-Jak It and the idea is that if a record cover gets messed up (your cat scratches it; you fall asleep with a J in your hand and it burns through the cover; your buddy Ray-Ray "just likes to move, man," and spills his drink on your record collection) you can replace the original jacket with a genre-appropriate new design. This is the one for your psychedelic records or any of that hippy shit you listen to, smelly hippy.

Friday, January 30, 2009

White As Diamonds


The amount of white space in these new Jil Sander ads is pure luxury.

I'm not positive but I think the photographer is Willy Vanderperre, with art direction by Lloyd & Co. More than with almost any other brand, I'm always excited to see what they will do with the Jil Sander ads each season. The past several campaigns seem to have completely distilled to this logical, brilliant conclusion.

An idea expressed in such a simple, beautiful, minimal way is the exact opposite of information overload everywhere all the time. Honestly, I don't think that could be expressed more perfectly than it is in these photographs.

I wrote a little about the Howard Street Jil Sander store, which does roughly the same thing in architectural/interior form, here.

More info at

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

The Cat That Ate Seattle.

Exclusive Interview

Huh. Fabien Baron is leaving his post as co-Editorial Director at the newly re-invigorated Interview magazine (and taking Creative Director Karl Templer with him) to be succeeded by M/M Paris. Should be no less interesting, really, though Jeremy Leslie has a good point: are Baron and M/M the only options? Obviously not, but it's weird that M/M also succeeded Baron at Paris Vogue. Well…whatever. The world continues to rotate.

Above, Andy Warhol interviews former assistant to Diana Vreeland and Melvin Sokolsky, Ali Macgraw – from the video section of Interview's attractive new website.

I still recommend subscribing – you get 18 issues for $10! That's like five Oly's at Redwood, with tip!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Free Design

In the neverending search for good podcasts (I have a hard time listening to music while I work sometimes – I end up focusing on it too closely, it distracts me), I almost can't believe I never knew about Design Matters, Debbie Millman's long-running series of interviews with notable designers. Particularly good, of the ones I've listened to so far, are interviews with hometown heroes Modern Dog and Art Chantry, and the series of interviews on art direction with the venerable Stephen Heller. Stefan Sagmeister, Luke Hayman, Michael Bierut, Milton Glaser, and many more await.

Check it out here or at Debbie Millman's blog.

And because I don't really have any images to go with this post, and I'm in a hurry, here are ten random images plucked from my hard drive:

Phone camera photo my dad took of Mt. Rainier

Anne Demeulemeester in the 3rd floor office of Le Corbusier's house

Twen magazine

Photograph by David Bailey. I always think this picture is like me and Emily, like an illustration of our personalities or something, except obviously that dude is way chicer than me.

Old poster

Another old poster

Absinthe ad

Edward Gorey

Lucky Lager

Hooded bandits

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Department of Eagles Department

A little warm-up for tonight's show at Neumo's:

More on Department of Eagles here.

Update, the day after: I think maybe I'm over this band. A little noodly and boring. Cave Singers killed it though, as per usual.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cut, Copy

This is making the blog rounds but I still think it's worth posting here. I remember an interview in RapPages magazine with Jim Jarmusch and the RZA, together, right after Ghost Dog came out. Jarmusch said he was drawn to the RZA's production because of his imperfect samples – timing off (i.e. beats not quantized), little pieces of voices getting chopped off at the end of the loop, speeding up/slowing down, etc. This poster reminded me of that interview for whatever reason. That is all. Fuck, I have never been so busy in all my life, why am I writing a blog

A Giant in the Mental

Yesterday was my Grandpa Don's birthday. He died in 2004 but it doesn't seem long ago – I think of him very often. Here's his obituary from the Whidbey News Times, written by my Uncle Perry:

Woodfin, Donald Wednesday, 08 Sep 2004

Donald A. Woodfin, 84, with his family by his side, died peacefully at his home in Rolling Hills Sept. 8, 2004.

He was born Jan. 26, 1920 in Palouse where the Woodfin family had homesteaded when Washington was still a territory.
Don’s mother died when he was eight and his father passed away when he was 13. Orphaned during the Depression, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and at 15, lied about his age and joined the Marines. Stationed in Shanghai, China, in 1936, Don became an American Embassy guard and was the first American to sight and report the Japanese invasion of China. He was also a distinguished and decorated rifle and pistol marksman.

Out of the Marines, Don traveled to Sitka, Alaska, and worked on a halibut boat, and as an apprentice carpenter. He married Jeanne Perry and with the need for expert carpenter skills during World War II, joined the Navy SeaBees and helped build air runways at Sitka and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Moving to Vashon Island, and with a growing family, Don purchased a berry and fruit farm. With his interest in agriculture broadening, he eventually built up the largest chicken farm in the Greater Seattle area. During this time he met and became a good friend of Betty McDonald. She wrote the famous novel “The Egg and I” that produced the lovable characters, Ma and Pa Kettle. Betty paid tribute to Don in her book Onions In the Stew as “...the unforgettable Marine.” The barn, chicken house, and caretaker house he built Betty and her family are now recognized National Historical Landmarks and Don is well known to the Betty McDonald International Fan Club.

Divorced in 1954, Don moved to Moses Lake, which was experiencing a boom. He married Jananne (Nan) Goltz and began a long and successful career as a custom builder. But his interest in agriculture did not leave him, and in the early 1960s he moved his family to Ellensburg and began ranching in addition to building. The Limousin breed of cattle captured his attention and by the 1970s he had earned a respected niche in the cattle industry throughout the Pacific Northwest, when in 1976, his wife Nan unexpectedly died.

In 1978 Don married Joyce Hofelter and they moved to Whidbey Island and began what was to be a 26-year marriage. Together, Don and Joyce became a major force in Limousin cattle with Don becoming known as “the Grandfather of Limousin” across the western United States. He became the president of both the NW and Washington Limousin Associations and with Joyce, started and developed the Limousin Bull Test. Many ranchers in the West attribute their start in Limousin cattle to Don.

Don had a passionate love of life which included golf (even a few holes-in-one), the stock market, and family. He fought a courageous battle with cancer for over 30 years. This battle defied odds and statistics due to his love of life, in addition to his excellent physical conditioning. He lifted weights and exercised every morning of his life, even up to one week before he passed away. On occasion, when in hospitals, he would be performing push-ups on his bed when nurses would enter his room and be startled by his unusual vigor. This zest for life included story-telling, and as everyone knew, he loved to tell a good joke.

Don is survived by his wife, Joyce Woodfin; his son, Perry Scott Woodfin of San de Fuca and his daughters, Donna Woodfin Stahl and Margaret Lee Woodfin of Seattle; his stepson, Gary Lyle Goltz and wife Bernatta of Coupeville; his stepdaughter, Roxanne Cole and partner Jim Anderson of Snohomish; his stepsons, Bill Hofelter and wife Cheryl of Phoenix, and Rex Hofelter and wife Jacqueline of Orange County, California. There are 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

To his family, he was not a particularly tall man, but he was a giant.

I think I mentioned awhile back that I was going to start posting some photos of my Grandpa, as there are a lot of great ones (he was kind of a show-off). They're all packed away though, so this is that rare thing on Pacific Standard, a post with no images. My Grandpa Don was a great person – he had so many stories, we would beg to hear them all the time – and they were all things he had lived or seen…crazy stuff you don't hear anymore. I'm really proud to have known him.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Industrial Spy

I don't know what Charles Mudede is talking about half the time, but in a recent post he linked to these photos of abandoned amusement parks in Japan. Something I do understand: the international language of beautiful decay.

Mikey Dread Industrial Spy mp3

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