Saturday, November 14, 2009

Playing Hooky

I went over to The Pacific Galleries down on Lander the other day, blowing off the last few hours of my Friday to look at some antiques and get inspired. The first time I went in there, shortly after arriving in Seattle, I thought it was all grandma's costume jewelry- but I was wrong, it keeps getting better and better the more I go. Stuff really flies out of there so the displays, which can get pretty intricate, get reworked over and over, some stalls begin to feel like places you could camp out and maybe spend some time, like visiting grandma without her being there. Here are some camera phone pics of some off the things I was drawn to. The signage really got me good this time...

The Supervillain strikes again without warning.

A Warm Hello!

The ever eloquent Jimmie Dale.

A little Damien Hirst you can take home with you.

Closeup of the price tag on the study form.

The Horror!

Badass Baby.

Vintage signs. They had the original 42nd St sign for sale, priced at $18,000, but shipping to the West Coast is free..

Self explanatory.

Just Chit-Chatter


Friday, November 13, 2009


Yet another dope iteration of the Chanel logo.

While we're at it – a Chanel Spring/Summer 2010 promo video:

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Photography by Todd Hido, from a A Road Divided, a recent show at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York.
Click here for more.

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans


Hated Because of Great Qualities


Disturbing the Universe is a new documentary on radical lawyer William Kunstler (1919–1995) by his daughters Emily and Sarah. Kunstler was one of the most controversial and well-known lawyers in the world, having defended groups such as the Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement, the Weather Underground, and the Attica Prison rioters.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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. Via Criterion, a still from John Cassavetes' 1959 film Shadows, which gets a fortieth anniversary deluxe DVD release this week. Clips of the film will be shown and discussed this Sunday at Seattle's Frye Art Museum as a part of the lecture "Beats On Film."


I think I've mentioned a couple times that I'm constantly on the hunt for new podcasts to keep me company while I'm working. One of my favorites these days is WTF, a relatively new series from comedian and former Air America host Marc Maron. He's a little angry and neurotic, and yet he maintains a certain optimism about the world, a combination that reminds me Past episodes feature appearances from David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Steve Agee, Jerry Stahl, Greg Fitzsimmons, Jim Gaffigan, and other personalities of note. In the most recent podcast, Maron chats with Zach Galifianakis (pictured). Listen here.

They Can Copy Yesterday
But They Can't Copy Tomorrow

Lanvin by Alber Elbaz, Spring/Summer 2010 [click to enlarge]

Most of these
New York Times videos I've been posting aren't new or anything, but I think they're really good. Here's another one from T's "Screen Test" series, this time featuring the endearing and endlessly quotable Alber Elbaz, artistic director since 2001 of the house of Lanvin:

Click here to read Defying Knockoffs and Inviting Them, Cathy Horyn's review of the most recent Lanvin show. “I don’t care if people copy me — well, I do care,” Elbaz is quoted as saying. “For me, I create prototypes. They can copy yesterday but they can’t copy tomorrow.”

Much more Lanvin, including the rest of the SS2010 show, at Fashionologie.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Seaman Jeremiah Lineberry, just after lowering the flag aboard the U.S.S. San Antonio, as he prepares for his first deployment. From a very memorable 2008 New Yorker portfolio by the photographer Platon of men and women in the armed forces, and their families.
Jessica Gray, whose husband, Staff Sergeant Yance T. Gray, was killed in Baghdad in 2007 while serving with the 82nd Airborne.


On the Way to Work Today


Happy 120th Birthday

On July 4th, 1889, a constitutional convention consisting of 21 lawyers, 13 farmers, 6 merchants, 6 doctors, 5 bankers, 4 cattlemen, 3 teachers, 2 real-estate agents, 2 editors, 2 hop farmers, 2 loggers, 2 lumbermen, 1 minister, 1 surveyor, 1 fisherman, and 1 mining engineer was held, and on November 11, 1889, Washington became the 42nd State of the USA.

She's a Replicant, Isn't She


This video is crazy and everything but the thing I like about it (especially from about 1:15, but just watch the whole thing) is the weird muted color, the stop motion jumpiness, and the Blade Runner-esque red tracking rectangles of the MTA cameras.
Update: some people e-mailed to ask me what the hell I was talking about – this is the thing I meant:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Last Minute Notice:

Sorry for the extremely late invitation – I am reminded why I stopped deejaying out regularly, as pulling records and promoting (or not, as in this case) is tough to juggle with a demanding day job – but if anyone feels like getting a drink and listening to some records tonight, I'll be down at Rob Roy for the next installment in the Quarterly Disorderly. This time out we're pleased to welcome guest selectors Sarah Honda and Max Billions (you know him as Matthew from the blog...don't be fooled by the rocks that he got). The music will be great and the company will be even greater – come on in out of the rain and take a load off.

6pm-11pm tonight at
2332 Second Avenue at Battery, Seattle

No cover charge, happy hour specials 'til 8pm

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Fourteen Buses, 2009. Artwork by Jeremy Dickinson
[via Design Observer]

Monday, November 9, 2009

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. Cut-out NYC maps from StudioKMO