Drowned cities and star guitars

Signature guitars were once the preserve of conventional rock gods, but the inevitable spread of alt culture into the mainstream has created a market for slightly more eccentric instruments, ironically productionised versions of objects that were once customised by their owners to be unique. Check out the Kurt Cobain ‘Jag-Stang‘, Jazzmasters by Sonic Youth, or ‘Jazzblaster‘ in Lee’s case (‘Each SY Jazzmaster comes with a custom sticker sheet and a full-color, 24 page ‘zine that contains photos, set lists, tuning charts, illustrations, tech info and extensive interviews. Designed and laid out by Lee himself, this is the definitive insider’s guide to all things Jazzmaster in the world of Sonic Youth’), the J Mascis Jazzmaster and the Robert Smith Schecter ‘UltraCure’ Guitar.


London Futures, another CGI-stewed set of post-apocalyptic visions. Creating imagery of London as Venice is safer than the current furore around the 1010 film (a textbook PR catastrophe). The London-as-Venice trope is an old one – we’ve linked to this 1899 vision several times before, with its Canale del Regente and Lago di Piccadilly). The flooded city resurfaces throughout the last century, most memorably in Ballard’s The Drowned World, a boon to cover designers. A couple of years ago Squint Opera created some imagery of life in flooded London, imagery that cropped up in the films The Age of Stupid and The Flood and the game FloodSim. See also mapping soggy London


A short biography of John Derry, the test pilot who perished in the DH.110 crash at Farnborough in 1952. Test & Research Pilots, Flight Test Engineers, a weblog dedicated to the aforementioned / a short history of London’s lost Scala cinema (now a venue) / artful taxidermy by Polly Morgan / it’s good to hear that Grafik might be back / And all I got was this lousy T-shirt, compilation post of travel memoirs.


From a travel memoir by Arthur Jerome Eddy: Two Thousand Miles On An Automobile (1902). ‘Any woman can drive an electric automobile, any man can drive a steam, but neither man nor woman can drive a gasoline; it follows its own odorous will, and goes or goes not as it feels disposed.’ / whatever happened to the Canadian Arrow, the brainchild of PlanetSpace. We’re at least half a century away from every country having their own signature space craft.


The vengance-filled art of Gil Vicente / nice retro-futurism: images of future transportation in the style of Syd Mead (via). The real Syd Mead / Studio Superniche has gone sadly quiet / David Schalliol’s Isolated Building Studies features photographs of ‘buildings without immediate neighbors because their urban form clashes with their seemingly quasi-urban setting’. His weblog is Socialography and his flickr stream contains over 500 isolated buildings (see below).

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  2. enrique says:

    SY seems to be a meme of late. In addition to my follow up to your piece (http://bit.ly/aYOv4N), there is also Marathonpack’s great post-mortem on Steve Albini’s GQ interview (http://bit.ly/cwIJFG).

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