Music: Jude Woodhead; Black Angel Drifter; The Cure, live in Glasgow in 1984; Ruth and Martin’s Album Club, introducing people to works they’ve never (often inexplicably) heard; Coffee and Riffs; The Caretaker’s new album series is a three year project charting the slow decline of the mind; The Beatles Never Existed / other things. Full Plate, Lego vegetation / the IG NOBELS have been announced. Thomas Thwaites triumphs, presumably unwittingly / for Community fans, Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne / archival imagery from Australia’s Cave Clan / more urban exploration / Kevin Wisbith, Death Star over Florida.
On the nation of Yorkshire, a host of links. Related, the East Riding Archives / ‘We’ve reached peak everything’: New photography by Edward Burtynsky / PaperPetShop / Apple in talks to buy McLaren? / related (?), the third transport revolution / not so revolutionary, but intriguing nonetheless, the origin of the Chinese balance scooter / Inside, an atmospheric game / drop nuisance callers into the sales call abyss / the Georgi Markov Story / is NASA messing with star signs? No / Passengers, a new film about space. According to wikipedia, Thomas Newman has scored 78 films. Seven of his immediate relatives are also film composers.
Xchurches, a tumblr of ex-churches / photography by Alexandre Guirkinger / paintings by Bernardo Siciliano / photography by Ignas Maldus / In pictures: Georgia’s forgotten people, ‘Approximately 400 are living in harsh conditions in an abandoned Soviet-era military hospital in the capital, Tbilisi’ / The Emblem of Austerity Nostalgia, Owen Hatherley’s essay on ‘Keep Calm’ now up on Reading Design (‘… a nostalgia for the state of being repressed – solid, stoic, public-spirited, as opposed to the depoliticised, hysterical and privatised reality of Britain over the last thirty years.’).
Wilfrid Wood sculpts Will Self / Michael Gump, aka BobBugs, is a master of daily disguise / It’s Nice That flags up a new book, Flying Saucers are Real!, from Anthology Books. See also our related collection of pulpy Saucer book covers / Cool’n’Vintage sell shiny classic cars and take fine films of their stock / massive collection of scanned and archived material in MoMA’s exhibition history section / Strong Language, a blog about swearing / Expedition Trucks are long-distance yachts for the road. Related, turning a Land-Rover into a camper.
Two of our staple daily destinations, Kottke and The Morning News have both unveiled redesigns. In the case of the latter, there’s a greater focus on the links between daily changes, updates, obsessions and events, while Kottke is more concerned with presentation for an increasingly mobile readership. Let it be noted that we are no longer going to even attempt to redesign, mostly because we have forgotten how to use css (and do people even use css in any case?).
A tranche of new music curated at Bandcamp Daily / women in publishing, at Motherland, ‘an online destination for women who happen to be mums’ / Peter Garritano’s series Hajwalah looks at drifting culture in the Middle East. See also the fascinating book Joyriding in Riyadh (via Wired) / more W: House Raising, photography of storm preparations by Ira Wagner / Stéphane Goin’s photographs of the American road trip / paintings by Zsofia Schweger have something of the low-res early 3D game about them (at the incomparable It’s Nice That) / Scorched Ear, music and UFOs / nature’s imitators / a list of unexplained sounds. You can listen too / the Doig verdict is not unsurprising. Previously / explained sounds courtesy of the pedal wizards at Henretta Engineering / music and nostalgia, repackaging the past with Touch & Go / my God, it’s full of stars.
Harvard Art Museums makes available a large searchable Bauhaus archive / Get in the Sea / Tom Gauld’s Jetpack, a great tumblr / yet more visual insights into Historic London / another look at Henry Ford’s failed jungle utopia, Fordlandia / A Moveable Beast, Helge Skodvin’s images from the ‘Natural History Collections in Bergen, Norway, [which] are undergoing a major restoration’. We also like Skodvin’s 240, a celebration of a venerable Volvo / photographic projects by Francisco Reina / art by Joanne Hummel-Newell / This is Frank Lloyd Wright / photographs by Henry Leutwyler.
X-ray images by Xavier Lucchesi / still life photography by Andrew B.Myers / Paging Adam Curtis – ‘Nooscope mystery: The strange device of Putin’s new man Anton Vaino’ / the rise of ‘Borrowing Clubs‘ / parenting styles distilled, a review of The Gardener and the Carpenter by Alison Gopnik / the works of science fiction author Ted Chiang / Instagram profiles reveal user depression in new machine learning study (via DP Review) / a collection of cutaways / design concept for London housing by Matt Lucraft / the architecture of London’s Olympicopolis Arts Quarter – would B-OS have been a better choice (giving London the art-centric megastructure it’s hankered after since the 70s) / the Voynich is coming to facsimile. More at MeFi: 2003, 2014 / collections by Dina Kelberman / a fascinating exploration of the modern fascination with ‘field guides’, how we’re all cultural explorers and collectors now: Cloud and Field / see also An Ode to Clouds (via Kottke) / Milton Glaser analyses Olympic logo design through the ages (via Medium).
Superb Popbitch article about the influence and importance of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ 2003 song ‘Maps‘, tracing it through its sampled life with both the Black Eyed Peas and Beyoncé, as well as the track’s inspiration for a peerless and hugely influential piece of pop-rock, Kelly Clarkson’s Since U Been Gone (check the middle 8s), an early triumph for Max Martin and a template-setter for the decade.
Don’t Parade in My Rain, the art of the TV guide (via MeFi) / making random maps / contemporary embroidery by Sarah K Benning / Wallpaper magazine’s Artist’s Palate / Ghosts of Olympics past, overgrown stadia, etc / why bronze medalists are happier than silver medalists / this summer’s Serpentine ‘Summer Houses’ are all for sale via TMH: Barkow Leibinger; Yona Friedman; Kunlé Adeyemi and Asif Khan / contemporary woodcuts by Max-Karl Winkler / Art for All, ‘the Colour Woodcut in Vienna around 1900’ / Fiat 126, from Italy to Poland (via Coudal) / Ferrets can be gods, the work of Saki (via MeFi) / buy the entire Leica Family Tree (via DesignTaxi) / art by Mårten Lange / hugely comprehensive examination of filming locations for The Italian Job on the Grand Saint Bernard Pass and in London. Just one of a long list of film locations on the site with a big focus on the Bond series / McMansion Hell – what makes a McMansion bad?. Bang on the money (via MeFi, which we have borrowed from copiously today).
Hold Zara Responsible for Art Theft / beautiful architectural photography and drone imagery by Dimitar Karanikolov / thanks for the tip, The London Parchment / the City of London Picture Map / Laurence Jones paints Modernism by night / the art installation as journey: 7 places of modern pilgrimage. Although the list includes Michael Heizer’s City, still very much out of bounds although ‘basically finished’.
Diamond Geezer does its annual blogroll review, from which we glean that a) blogs are (probably) dying a long, slow death, and b) blogs are still really good places to read and discover new things, places, people and just stuff in general. The self-publishing revolution happened, peaked, evaporated and almost completely disappeared. But what’s left is still worth your time. Examples: Plenty of Taste, The Charlton Champion, Dig Your Fins, and more to come / The 1980s Survey Mixes, as seen through the lens of Fluxblog, ‘the original mp3 blog’ (via MeFi) / Sonic Youth, live in Germany 1996 / Inside the Void (via RPS) / the Chinese Straddling Bus / which doesn’t qualify for the saddest Kickstarter projects on Earth.