Monday, July 18, 2011

Touring the World with Black XS Live Sound........

These Takeaway Shows by Black XS Live Sound are so boundlessly charming + resplendently photographed that I've been utterly rapt making my way through the series........ The Shugo Tokumaru is musically the loveliest + has the most enchanting color, but seeing Polock do a song that I so love ("Fireworks!") on the beach in Spain is in and of itself mightily beguiling...... Yora + Mujeres are both bands that are new to me but that I want to hear much more from........... + are on both counts adorable, especially Mujeres' tousled lead singer, because as everyone who knows me well knows—give me a tousled Spanish boy in a Fred Perry shirt + I'm eternally grateful....... But the two boys that I'm most MADLY IN LOVE WITH out of this lot are the two GODLY RAVISHING close-cropped bearded boys from the Stereotypes!!! Enjoy all....... xo, B.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Inspiration + Another Reason I Need an iPhone Already: The Ravishing Virtual Letterpress App

LetterMpress™ for the iPad available July 5th from Neighborhood Sandbox on Vimeo.

First off, I've been pining for an iPhone for a while lately, never to use as a phone—I hate cell phones with a passion—but solely for the ridiculous breadth of miraculous aesthetic possibilities, whether Instagram or the app to shoot video + make it look like 50s Eastman color used for a clip of a market in Japan set to Shugo Tokumaru's "Rum Hee" that I posted a few weeks back. Now this app for simulating letterpress comes via HOW, + it looks + sounds incredible:

"LetterMpress is a virtual letterpress environment for iPad that allows anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints.

"The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You can create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications."

xo, B.