Girls San Fran played an earnest, heart wrenching and stoned gig that I thoroughly enjoyed. And kept welling up with tears… because of the music, and because the lead singer looked so painfully thin and unhealthy compared to the last time i saw them. But the tears were mainly a culmination of a few very tough weeks involving a visa application, and J. leaving Sydney for a few weeks.
Still sung my heart out ‘you’ve been a bitch, and i’ve been an ass… i know that you hate me’. J doesnt feel like new tracks from ‘Broken Dreams Club’ have the same radio friendly sass as some of the ‘Album’ tracks, but i think the new EP is darker, more complex and definitely has more interesting production. 'Carolina' is an exercise in blissed out shoegaze heaven.
Australian population growth & immigration statistics from @crikey_news Stop the boat people hysteria!! via @rainbowpolly
I love Warpaint’s spacey fuzzy harmonies. And their all-girlness. Can’t wait to see them at Laneway
OMG! Adorbz of the Day: Harry Pupper.
Internet over. Everybody leave.
The Drums were a slice of summer magic on a rainy winter Sunday. They were painfully good lucking of course, but not afraid to bust out some (not even ironic!) dance moves, with a tambourine.
I thought they had a real UK aesthetic and sound, but they live in Brooklyn predictably I suppose. Their music is in no way challenging or original, but is insanely, i nearly typed inanely which is also true, catchy and pretty hard to resist dancing to.
This is my ultimate, dreamiest most aspirational living room. If my living room looked like this, I would probably just stay in it all day drinking coffee and pretending I’m in Mad Men… Just as well my living room doesn’t look like this then… yet… Photo via Living etc
The Biennale has seen me doing more design work again, which I really enjoy. I’ve created a few call to action buttons for www.bos17.com, as well as an eDM banner and couple of ads for partner sites Two Thousand and Art Asia Pacific.
Complete lack of blog posts … and down time, but the Biennale is amazing. Image: Serge Spitzer, Molecular, Site specific installation for BoS17.
J bought me a beautiful old minolta in a leather case. I think he bought it solely because of the case. But we finally got some film processed and delightedly, it takes absolutely gorgeous pictures, is really easy to load and remove film from and more reliable than some of my other old cameras. New favourite. Photo: James by Heff
I’m working for the 17th Biennale of Sydney…It’s a sweet gig and I’m working very hard. On a completely objective level, have you seen the Biennale’s visual identity? Holy shit it’s good. Designed by font nerd extraordinaire and all round nice guy Barnbrook.
Currently the whole of Sydney is covered in sleazy Biennale pink (pantone #C1003E, indelibly etched in my mind). Barnbrook studio created a series of blocks inspired by the work of Harry Smith, who is a major point of reference for David Elliot’s theme ‘The Beauty of Distance… Songs for Survival in a Precarious Age’. It’s so striking en masse all over the CBD, and inevitably typography enthusiasts everywhere are pretty excited by it.
Barnbrook’s theme includes graphic blocks, irregular fonts and is an intentionally awkward
mish mash bricolage of images and texts. I love it, I was initially reminded of Monty Python (and NOW, for something completely stupid…) and with some further research found out that those pythons had borrowed heavily from Harry Smith initially.
Not to get too gushy but the exhibition catalogue is a gorgeous book that I feel pretty privileged to have a copy of.