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July 14, 2008

Chickenpants Cinema

Since November of last year, I have been CPsessed. That's short for Chickenpants obsessed, my little furry friends that I discovered one night on flickr, then bought on Etsy. 2008 has been the year of CP for me - with Seymour, Lola, Mario, Ella, MIA making cameos in my life and Edie, Henry, Tetsuo, Eli becoming a part of my friend's lives. Luckily, Claire, who created the dolls, has a sense of humor and doesn't mind that we photograph our friends with us everywhere.

She, in turn, has started creating films. Hopefully, we'll collaborate soon and join forces in CP land!

April 16, 2008

Pie To the Eye

You must watch the whole thing.

I was so amped up after this, I had to stop myself from going to Marie Callendar's.

February 08, 2008

Nick Walker At Work

I've admired Nick Walker's work for a couple of years now, and was elated to check out his first solo show in LA last week. He was a sweetheart, and gave me directions to his new Moona Lisa install a few blocks down the block...so I found myself in the midst of his opening, sneaking out for a photo shoot. Great fun.

Here's him at work.
More pictures to come.

December 23, 2007

Joe Does It Double Time & Magnificent Seven Redux

Saturday night.Sunday morning. The heating has gone off in my house and it's freezing. I find myself listening to the Clash and one of my all-time loves, "The Magnificent Seven." A live version on the Tom Snyder show. I kept meaning to share this, but kept forgetting...

Some thoughts:

Gotta love the delay on "New York!"

What have we got?

Having a renaissance with this song 20 years after I first fell in love with it. Incredible. Joe's losing his voice as the song goes on - but that last minute of the song is some of the best video I've ever seen of the Clash live. The tension, the musicianship, the drama! Simply some magic happening...had to share.


Couldn't resist this...

And then you can't do that, without where it all began. And if you know, you understand it all eventually returns to Mr. Kurosawa.

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October 14, 2007

New Discovery - Birds and Batteries

Perfect song for an October Sunday when you need to take all the leaves and bring them in the house...


I'll Never Sleep AgainBirds & Batteries
"After a Flood" (mp3)
from "I'll Never Sleep Again"
(Birds and Batteries)

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October 13, 2007

Os's Tracking Shot Film

OS loves tracking shots.

And in fact, after getting a new camera, I decided to start playing with the idea of them.

Worldwide debut of first shot...not really a tracking shot, but a nice, long ambient one


Taken at the PDC yesterday...

September 12, 2007

Jens Lekman Rocks My World - Postcard Folk

Usually played with a guitar, but due to technical difficulties, he had to substitute...and what a substitute it is on this absolutely wonderful track about his friend, Nina and a disastrous dinner.

I've been really into good lyrics this summer and have giggled so much due to "Flight of the Conchords." Glen turned me onto the Swedish singer Jen Lekman today and I spent part of the afternoon driving around town shouting, "Don't let anyone stand in your way" as I felt the spirit of Jonathan Richman invade the moment.

The lyrics are downright spot on and incredibly funny throughout the whole album, but this one song is a stunner. "Oh God, what have I done? I came to Berlin to have fun. It turned out to be Buffalo 66 and your father is wearing a big crucifix...."

This is one of those postcard songs that can end a night and make you a fan of the artist. Can't wait to see this live. I can feel the moment just listening to the song and it's damn exciting. Jens Lekman, you rock my world September 11, 2007.

And I just found you're coming to the Troubadour in exactly 1 month and 30 days time. The countdown begins...


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September 06, 2007

Drawn with Lines

Objetsmart's friend Ines had a thing for art with lines. They both agreed that this video was too cool not to share.

 

September 05, 2007

Eclectic Method Does FOTC

That's awesome Jermaine!

August 31, 2007

Mapping is the New Scrapbooking

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I'm intrigued with mapping. Yes, you heard me right: mapping. Especially the way certain digital mapping sites, like wayfaring, are customizing google maps to enhance and personalize the experience. Could the concept of digital mapping usurp the reign of analog scrapbooking? Is this the future cult we are all converting to as a new way of retrieving memories?

I like this, as personally I'm not that talented with an exacto knife, and always feel like a freak when I'm showing my collection of my own scrapbooks and other found ones to my friends. Digital mapping allows us to cultivate these fantasies of travel and fill them with pictures and stories, but in a cleaner, and not decaying interface. As I go through others maps, there's something warm and intriguing about looking through others journeys and why they have tagged them so.

If only the interface wasn't so cumbersome. In any event, while mapping may get bigger, I don't think they'll be getting Miss Teen South Carolina to be hawking any of their services soon.

At least, I hope not.

August 18, 2007

She's a Film Student, He Works in Cable TV

As Nicole Willis sings, "If this ain't love, don't know what is..."

Scrabble youtube circa late 80s.

 

August 17, 2007

Scrabulous The Films

Objetsmart loves nothing better than a game of scrabble on a steamy summer night. Except a cool little film about it...

SIMPLY SWINGING SCRABBLE!


August 14, 2007

William Gibson Reading in 2nd Life

Brilliant, and the beginning is set at Le Mondrian.

But strange, Tower Records is still open in the novel, even though it has been closed since before the novel was published.

August 09, 2007

I Heart Hybrid Genres - Dig That Espano-Disco

July 28, 2007

Panique au Village

Whenever I get insomnia, I am reminded how lucky I am to be awake - and how much I absolutely adore the first "Panique Au Village" episode entitled, "The Big Sleep." There are so many components that comprise excellent short filmmaking, from fascinating characters to comic digressions to simple story rhythm. I've always been a fan of artists that find extraordinary in the ordinary and this series about a cowboy, indian and horse living in the Belgian countryside grasps a verve few things do.

I hunted down the DVD of the entire series a few years back, but am delighted that you can watch most of them on youtube. I'll write more in detail about it at a later point, but hopefully this will whet your appetite. Enjoy "Le Grand Sommeil..." and tell me how diabolic the ending is...


Art Videos Continued

Keeping with the tradition of sharing strange videos, today I came across this one. It has me scratching my head...go Miro.

July 18, 2007

Objetsmart does MacGyver

For some time, there has been late night rumblings about RDA and the cult of MacGyver. While I always found MacGyver amusing, like camping, it's not really my thing, even if I thought Richard Dean Anderson was hot when I was nine. But I understand in the chaos of the world, sometimes it makes sense that people find solace in a character that could escape dire situations using a rubber band, a paper clip and a drinking straw.

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Then today, Aline sent me the above.

So I did a little searching and found that MacGyver and his paper clip seem to have a whole other life online and in commercials. And now I think I'm going to have to start playing with rubber bands, paper clips and drinking straws. In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite MacGyver online.

MacGyver the Debit Card

MacGyver the College Years

MacGyver on the Family Guy

July 03, 2007

Virtual Window!!!

I had this dream as a child of looking through a window and finding someone else looking through another window. In that window was yet another person gazing through another window and this continued for as long as the eye could see. I would try and imagine what the view would be from the fifth or sixth window and get lost marveling. It is images such as these that I find haunting, inspiring and mostly exciting. And images such as Anne's site on the Iphone are new and dynamic remixes of these dreams.

Anne's book is amazing. The accompanying site I've been meaning to discuss for quite some time, and will do at a later point. In the meantime, explore it yourself.  

 


 

 

 

Objetsmart on the Iphone

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June 08, 2007

Happy Stuff - Theo Parrish Live Video

Ok, that Billboard thing was yucky. That's not what music or objetsmart is supposed to be about.

But this is.

Now this is the joy of music. The-O! The-O! Start the weekend of an up note Loletta style

 

Friday Is My First Fela Day

The Underground Spiritual Game

Going back a couple of years to a delectable mix put out on Quannum Projects of the late, great Fela Kuti compiled and mixed by Blackalicious' Chief Xcel.

It's yummy. I've been a big fan of Fela's every since I got into a bizarre car accident at 3am and escaped unscathed. Going over to my friend's house who was the ultimate Fela fanatic, he played me a record and it was in that strange life moment of feeling like the luckiest person in the world that I experienced Fela for the first time. This was the music I heard that made me joyous to be alive.

This was many years ago, but I still feel a sense of relief and excitement whenever I put on these records. They're just so damn funky.

 

 

 

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June 07, 2007

Discovered Gems 02 - Plej

Keeping the mood going - here's a slice from a couple years back from Plej out of Gothenburg, Sweden. A bunch of their original 12s I bought when I was living in London and I still really dig their wonderful space jazz. I think I may just have to write to this one song all afternoon. But the whole record is tight; excellent soulful stuff, it's got the goods.

What are your favorite songs to write to?

Email or post moi@objetsmart.com 

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June 06, 2007

Betty Betty Betty

Objetsmart Music 1

They Say I'm Different

Betty Davis. It's been a while since I've written about music, but the time has come to introduce yet another facet of objetsmart - the musical musings section, aka ADDICTED!

Last Wednesday, the Light in the Attic crew came down to LA to share some of their releases and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a couple Betty Davis records. Yes, one of Miles' wives, these albums are scorching soul rock with Sly and Family Stone's backing band pumping the electric funk. I've been listening to them for writing inspiration and it is working!

Simply here's freshly sounding charisma for your summer day. Also, because thanks to Marisol at IODA, downloading this track is legal, go go gadget!

 

 

Download "He Was a Big Freak" (mp3)
from "They Say I'm Different"
by Betty Davis
Light In The Attic



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May 23, 2007

At Home She's A Travelist

Now that i'm back home on the Westside, I've begun to vary my early morning walks.  Today I walked the entire Playa del Rey peninsula then returned off the beaten path around the Marina. I ran into many strange signs and even spotted a pirate flag on a fence. I was about to photograph it until I realized it was outside of a sleeping man's camping grounds, so I shoved my phone in my pocket and hightailed it down the path. Nothing like fear to inspire core training.  Perhaps I should stay on the sidewalks...but like vacations, it's the spontaneity that keeps life fresh.

Since I've begun taking pictures on my walks, these excursions have transformed beyond repetitive exercise into individualized journey. I'm beginning to feel as if I'm on a dream vacation at home.

I hear the great words of the wise Mr. Sagdiyev echo during the walk. The man, known to most as Borat, repeats, “I like. I like.”

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March 04, 2007

Human Directionals for Washing


 

sign twirlers
 

 


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February 21, 2007

Extras + pen

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You Extras...Part 2...Lookin' At Me? I Am Now

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January 28, 2007

Week of Magritte - Objetsmart Tribute

Yesterday's objet was an old newsreel for Salvador Dali's fundraiser for refugee artists. Dug up completely by accident, after going through 400+ clips on youtube, it was the winner.

But I cannot mention Dali without bringing up Magritte. I have been meaning to talk about Rene Magritte for the past few weeks, but have not been able to find the time to give the man justice. Magritte's neverending artistic quest to create extraordinary ideas from ordinary objects personally resonates. Whether he uses words to discount what is not there, or hides his subjects under cloth to disguise their identities, Magritte's visual world embellishes the often overlooked margins of the eye. He never asks us to close our eyes to imagine another realm, but simply suggests perhaps we simply need to refocus our gaze on what already exists.

Hence, as Magritte is a true inspiration for objetsmart, definitely being the godfather of the smart object and elevating the concept of this into art, I declare this week to be:

WEEK OF MAGRITTE.

 

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January 18, 2007

Marketing Smart

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