Saturday, July 17, 2010

11:46 PM


The B-52's "Legal Tender" from Whammy (Warner Bros, 1983).

This was one of the first records I bought with my own money – I remember going to Tower Records on Mercer and buying The Clash
Combat Rock, David Bowie Let's Dance, and The B-52's Whammy.

[First record I ever owned: Donna Summer
On the Radio (gift from my Aunt Shan). Second: Billy Joel Glass Houses (gift from my cousin Sarah). Third: Gerry Rafferty City to City (from my dad – we used to like hearing "Baker Street" when we'd drive to his shop in Totem Lake and we searched it out).]

Later my friend Gray and I went to see The B-52s at the Coliseum with two girls on acid and it was great.

Bring Out Your Junk

Sorry, I meant to mention this earlier:
Seattle gets a long-overdue new flea market starting today.

Remember when the Brooklyn Flea opened a couple years ago? Seattle Square is purportedly modeled on that, with both junk and food vendors (hopefully more of the former). It runs every Saturday through the end of summer, 11AM–5PM in Occidental Park, Pioneer Square. Info here. Race you there.

Update: I think they could use some more dealers of vintage goods – it's mostly newly made crafty items. I think it's a great idea and I love the location but to make it a real flea market might require the organizers to directly solicit the participation of junk dealers, if they haven't done that. I will go back again soon though and see how it goes.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mental Picture

Images from the Prada Fall/Winter 2010 lookbook, with art direction and artwork/design by Alexander Reichert and Fausto Fantinuoli for OMA, and photography by Phil Meech.

Some of the illustrations remind me a bit of the great Graham Rounthwaite illustrations for Levi's in the late '90s (which deserve their own post).

Taken all together the lookbook has a nice mix of fantasy + reality = everyday life. It's not exactly my style, but I appreciate it.

More at and more OMA at

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

Back in action

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Best Foot Forward

I don't wear sandals – it's just not me. Setting that aside, allow me to recommend these for people who do:

South Willard Black Leather Running Sandal. Brass rivets, vibram sole, fully adjustable. $138.

Also in brown. They're meant for dudes but would also be very modern and nice for ladies.

Taken By Trees

We stopped by and saw this tree the other weekend – it's 1000 years old and the largest known Sitka Spruce tree in the world at just under 60 feet in circumference. Living in the Quinault Valley (Olympic National Forest), it receives an average rainfall of 12 feet per year. In the same valley are the world's largest Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and Mountain Hemlock, and the largest Yellow Cedar and Western Hemlock trees in the USA.

It's a really big tree. I recommend checking it out. Afterward you can have lunch at the diner down the road. I had a grilled salmon burger.

If You're Sufficiently Tenacious and Interested


Alice Neel, a 2007 documentary by Andrew Neel, grandson of American painter Alice Neel (1900–1984). I completely missed this when it was traveling the country a few years ago – I'm looking forward to checking it out on DVD.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

People Are Stranger

.I've been reading here and there about what looks to be a great exhibition at the Met of photographs by a little-known one-time Alexey Brodovitch protegé named Leon Levinstein.

Levinstein was included in Edward Steichen's famous 1955 exhibition The Family of Man at MoMA, but apparently had only one solo show before his death in 1988. There are no books of his work, which documents New Yorkers of all stripes, generally shot at angles suggesting the subjects were not often aware of Levinstein's presence. I will reserve my thoughts until after I hopefully see the show – it's up through mid-October – but at first glance the images remind me of how it felt when we first moved to New York; I didn't know that many people yet and while Emily was in law school and studying constantly in our grungy Hell's Kitchen apartment, I would walk around and check things out, get a slice, watch people on the street.

Click to read reviews by two of my favorite photography critics: Vince Aletti at The New Yorker and James Danziger at The Year In Pictures. More info on Hipsters, Hustlers and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein’s New York Photographs, 1950-80 at

Image of the Day

Dear France,
Happy Bastille Day!
We love you!
Pacific Standard

[French Revolutionary Emblem, 1789, from Life Magazine archives]

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Image of the Day

A still from Perfect, the latest video by Ruth Hogben, which presents a slightly darker view of Phoebe Philo's Fall/Winter 2010 collection for Céline. Visit SHOWstudio to watch.

7:02 AM


The Sea & Cake "Up On Crutches"
from Everybody (Thrill Jockey, 2007). info

[ photo: Penn Cove, Whidbey Island, January 2010 ]

Monday, July 12, 2010


This Wednesday night, The Living Room (a bar and now gallery in the space formerly occupied by the Anne Bonny) presents its inaugural exhibition, curated by Amanda Manitach and Monika Proffitt.

Inspired by Twin Peaks, Montana-born Seattle-based artist Joey Veltkamp constructed 30 paper maché owls (and one gigantic dear trophy) for the show, and invited friends Jeffry Mitchell, Matthew Offenbacher, and Gretchen Bennett to contribute their own guest owls. The northwest has a complicated relationship with these secretive little birds, to say the very least, so it's a natural motif for exploration, and I'm looking forward to seeing these ones en masse by some of my favorite local art superstars.

IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN opens this Wednesday, July 14th, with a party from 6–9 PM, and will remain up through August 31 at The Living Room (Olive between Bellevue and Melrose).

See more of Joey Veltkamp's work at his
blog and website.

Image of the Day

Lee Bontecou: Untitled, 1959 (Welded steel, canvas, black fabric, soot, and wire, 58 1/8 x 58 1/2 x 17 3/8 inches). I have seen this piece at MoMA many times but every time I look at it I find it fascinating. You can't tell from the photo but the piece is raised up like a volcano and the blackness is the dark inside. It's on view now through August 30th as part of the exhibition Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense – visit for info and watch a short video of Bontecou discussing her work.

Deal Straight, Crazy Eight

Amelia Earhart. No particular reason, just general chicness to start the week. Now hear this: Patti Smith Amelia Earhart mp3 (via UbuWeb – poetry reading at St. Mark's Church, NYC, December 25, 1971).

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Image of the Day

Images from Amen: Grassroots Football, a book by photographer Jessica Hilltout. Visit Hilltout's website for more photos and info (the homemade soccer balls which the children are holding in the image above are particularly cool to see), and read more about it at Hilltout's scrapbooks are also great – click here to check 'em out.