Friday, February 6, 2009

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

Fun with record boxes…

…and then, of course, back to sleep.

I live my life like there's no tomorrow

Oh yeah? Really?
Well prepare to have the next 7 minutes of it completely wasted.

Cool your jets:
Van Halen Runnin' with the Devil (isolated vocal track) mp3

Words Do Matter

Via Slog: Obama knows how to swear. I think he should do it all the time – the motherfucking state of the union could use some extra modifiers. Listen here.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Purple Reign

Another thing I got Emily for Christmas is the Purple Magazine Anthology. Purple was one of the first magazines to interweave contemporary art and fashion, and while that mix can easily go horribly wrong in either direction, the various incarnations of Purple have been consistently smart, albeit in kind of a dirtbag way, since they started in 1992. Here are some spreads, click to enlarge:

More info at

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Staring at the Sun

Way back in August I mentioned that we had shot the Sunshine & Shadow Spring/Summer 2009 lookbook in Brooklyn.

Now that we're headed into that most hopeful of seasons, the clothes are finally in stores and online for your viewing pleasure – head for and have a look.

Define "Forever"

In the off chance anyone has missed this – a dad documents his son's ride home from the dentist.

Stuff we forgot we owned, Part 2

Margiela paper coffee cups (white with silver ink and rubber stamp on the bottom), sent out to announce the new West Village store a couple years ago.


I had the pleasure of working with Flexions and photographer Kyle Johnson last week on a photo shoot for the forthcoming Flexions record – a favor for my man Byron Kalet. Flexions = Robin Stein and Devin Welch and they are doing some interesting shit…it will be cool to see what else they come up with. I picked up the Flexions 7" (pictured above) at Cairo on one of the first weekends I was back in Seattle, and I highly recommend searching out a copy for yourself.

In the mean time, listen here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Inside is the Part That Makes
the Outside Sound Good

Thelonius Monk's advice to saxophonist Steve Lacy, 1960.
Click to enlarge:

Via Spencer.

I Don't Know My Way Around Maui

The plastic bag picture in the post below reminded me of a scene in the wildly underrated, almost entirely ad-libbed Wayne Wang and Paul Auster film Blue in the Face where this guy derives endless satisfaction from removing plastic bags from trees using a long pincer-on-a-stick device he's invented. Since that clip is not available on YouTube, here's some other highlights from Blue in the Face.

It's funny, I never thought about it, but on the map when it says "you are here," that's exactly where my brother lives.

Toy Stories

My step-brother Chris, a firefighter in Portland, sent me this link this morning, to illustrator Christopher Neimann's blog at The New York Times. Hilarious, and also makes me want to build Legos all day.

Click here for more.

I also love this post, about his sons' obsession with the subway system.

*Yes. Both my brother and step-brother are firefighters. I am a "graphic designer" and an "art director" and sometimes a "creative director." I am fine with that. Suck it.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Stuff we forgot we owned, Part 1

Playboy Club ashtray

Christmas Break

Emily and I celebrated our Christmas a month late. We wanted to wait till we were in our new space and somewhat unpacked. (There are still 100+ boxes of books and records in the middle of the living room, but that's another story, shelves are coming soon.) Economic depression be damned, we decided to treat each other a little. Why the hell not. Anyway, here's some stuff we got, and I'll post a couple other things soon.

I got Emily this wool blazer she wanted from Topshop. Keeping it chic as usual.

She got me this set of maps showing all the ghost towns in Washington state. I didn't even know this existed (not to mention how many ghost towns there still are here). Can't wait to try it out, especially now that the weather is starting to get nice.

My brother's Nightmare-Before-Christmas Tree in Brooklyn. When we had our stoop sale back in September, someone down the street was throwing this weird old tree out and he grabbed it. Now it's covered with origami cranes in his apartment – it looks cool.