The deadline for entries for this year's National Geographic Photo Contest
is November 30, so if you're a budding photographer with a few gems in your portfolio it's time to submit them. Photographers of all skill levels (last year more than
16,000 images submitted by photographers from 130 countries) enter
photographs in three categories: Nature, People and Places. Get onto it. Below are some of my favourite submissions so far. (via boston.com)
I've been collecting cover songs for a while now, and decided to make my first mixtape dedicated to the great art of singing someone else's song. Tracklist and download link is below. Enjoy!
1. The Morning Benders - Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
2. The Concretes - Miss You (The Rolling Stones)
3. Jacuzzi Boys - You Got It (Roy Orbison)
4. Warpaint - Ashes To Ashes (David Bowie)
5. Tennis - Tell Her No (The Zombies)
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
7. Ray Peterson - Fever (Peggy Lee)
8. Jumbonics - Last Nite (The Strokes)
9. Chet Faker - No Diggity (Blackstreet)
10. Toro Y Moi - Human Nature (Michael Jackson)
11. Pattern Is Movement - Crazy In Love (Beyonce)
12. Lee Moses - California Dreaming (The Mamas & The Papas)
13. Colossal Gospel - You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)
14. The Mo-Dettes - Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)
15. The xx - Teardrops (Womack & Womack)
16. Tashaki Miyaki - All I Have To Do Is Dream (The Everly Brothers)
17. Butch Walker & The Black Widows - In Bloom (Nirvana)
18. WHY? - Close To Me (The Cure)
Insanely talented 17 year old King Krule (formerly Zoo Kid) has just released the video for his latest single 'The Noose of Jah City'. He has such a strong presence in his videos, especially for someone so young... when he stares into the camera at the end it kind of makes me shudder a little. Another great video by Jamie-James Medina, known for all his work with The XX.
Above is the NSFW trailer for Underwater Love, "a soft porn musical with heart". I'll let the trailer speak for itself, as well as a brief plot summary below...
“Dubbed a “pink musical,” Underwater Love brings
together two genres—musicals and pinku eiga (pink films, a soft-core
porn genre of Japanese cinema)—in a story of unrequited love with the
mythical water creatures known as kappas. Thirtysomething Asuka has an
easy life, a job in a fish factory, and a fiancé, Taki, who’s also her
boss. One day, as she walks by the lake near the factory, she sees her
first kappa—a legendary Japanese creature with a human form but a beak
face and a tortoiseshell back. She soon realizes that the kappa is her
old friend from school, Aoki, who drowned when he was 17. As she hides
Aoki from her fiancé and others, she must begin to decide what is most
important for her.
Between Asuka’s self-discoveries are some requisite—and
outrageous—sex scenes and musical dance numbers with music by
French-German duo Stereo Total. Director Shinji Imaoka, part of the new
wave of pink directors known as the “Seven Lucky Gods,” collaborates
with renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle, who shot many of Wong
Kar-wai’s films, to create a wacky, silly, touching, sexy spectacle like
Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky released one of the best hiphop mixtapes of the year a few weeks ago, which is available for free download over here. Producer of the moment Clams Casino's contributions are pretty epic sounding, including opening track "Palace", below.
Mark Boellaard is a collage artist based in Amsterdam, originally from Mexico City. He incorporates aspects of culture, religion, myth, and combines them
with images from vintage travel books, encyclopedias, and comics to
create his humorous unending adventures.
As someone who loves beautifully shot film and also as someone who may have a very sliiiight fear of heights, this trailer literally took my breath away. Combining skylining and base jumping, I Believe I Can Fly is a 40 minute doco that can be viewed for free on sebmontaz.com, tomorrow (11.11.11). Jump on it.
"The Game of Things" is a beautifully surreal short film by Cristian Straub for German fashion label Ethel Vaughn, a label I came across recently because of its excellent art direction.
"Heavily inspired by the cinema of the late 60s & early 70s (like
Nicolas Roeg’s “Don’t look back” or Polanski’s “The Tenant”), they
crafted a film that emanates not only the aesthetic feel, but also
embraces the courageous spirit and the cinematic curiosity of that
particular era in film history."
I strangely enjoyed this quirky little documentary short on jeweler, artist, and metalsmith Gary Schott.
Schott creates these "small kinetic sculptures that produce tiny, intimate
gestures. The attention to detail in each piece is astounding, from the
early detailed sketches and balsa wood models, to the selection of
materials, and even the color of fabric—all to create a tiny device, the
sole purpose of which is to gently evoke a smile, to express, in the
words of the artist, an action of love."