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Zangief and Zablotska

Posted in art by arcanedufresne on September 14, 2009

Like I said, lots of great works out there right now. This is from Irena Zablotska, a Ukrainian artist, whose work reminds me a lot of old Toy Machine art.

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James Jean, Rebel Without a Cause

Posted in art by arcanedufresne on September 14, 2009

I’ve been seeing a lot of really awesome and diverse and super creative art lately. I finally for the first time read Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy trade, in which James Jean did the cover art for each issue. James Jean is an amazing artist, end of story. Check out his work at his website and his blog.

This is one of my favorite pieces, Dive. Nautical astronauts riding elephants.

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Come With Me

Posted in movies, sneakers by arcanedufresne on September 14, 2009

By no means do I want to own either of the pairs in this Godzilla pack, but this picture of the Nike Blazer Godzilla shoe creating havoc made me laugh, and on a slow Monday at work, that gets you blogged about.

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And the post’s title is referencing Diddy’s Godzilla soundtrack smash hit.

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Posted in Uncategorized by arcanedufresne on September 14, 2009

The return of Music Monday, and apologies abound.

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Artists are under-appreciated for being able to craft an album as opposed to a collection of autonomous songs, or two or three bangers and then filler making up the rest of the record. What Kid Cudi has done is created a listening experience, or journey if you will (with narration from Common, who sounds like he was born to do this and should look into a narration career similar to Morgan Freeman for March of the Penguins or James Earl Jones Reads the Bible on audiobook) that transports the listener through the (apparently tormented and tumultuous) mind and life of Scott Mescudi. He thoroughly embraces his persona as the “lonely stoner” and Mr. Solo Dolo.

Kid Cudi – Soundtrack 2 My Life

Admittedly more morose than anticipated, and also more musically inclined than expected from a “rapper”; (you will become familiar with Kid Cudi’s part singing part rapping delivery quickly, if you aren’t already) Man on the Moon: The End of Day seems to favor the darkness of emotion engulfing Kid Cudi, ranging from fear, shame, loneliness and paranoia, to the point where it almost seems to be a record of self-deprecation. MOTM hovers around a minimalistic and electronic feel production-wise (most of these come courtesy of Emile) and rarely breaks that stride with the exception of a few upbeat tracks (Make Em Say, Up Up & Away). Two tracks that really standout are the Ratatat jams (Alive, Pursuit of Happiness), which Cudi flows excellently over. The down-trodden tone starts to wear a little thin by the end of the album, but the few shake-ups thrown in help to make this an enjoyable listen, I just felt like Cudi was capable of bringing more on his first official drop. By no means a failure, merely lacking some diversity, some of the shortfall could potentially be attributed to how high he set the bar with his mixtape work.

Still a definitely recommended listen, which most likely I’ll feel stronger about after repeated spins because it has the feel of something that will grow on me as time wears on.

VIP

Posted in art by arcanedufresne on September 14, 2009

Belgian designer Kristof Saelen of Very Important Pixels has created these remarkable pixelized versions of various groups of famous people. Some of the sets include Deathstar employees, directors, and, as seen here, 80’s TV stars. Tom Selleck FTW.

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