Archive for February, 2009

Pylon

Posted: 26. f 2009 in artists
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Pylon guitarist Randy Bewley RIP

Randy Bewely died yesterday after suffering a heart attack. Pylon was an american new wave / post punk band based in Athens, Georgia. They started in 1978 and they have released 5 albums and some eps and singles. They were one of a few important (and great) american post punk groups. You can read about them in Simon Reynolds book Rip it Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984

Read more about Pylon on Wikipedia
Pylon on Myspace
Review of the 2007 album reissue of Gyrate Plus (Gyrate orginally released 1980) on Pitchfork

This short animated film is actually a student project by Reza Dolatabadi. He’s made it together with Mark Szalos Farkas (story), Adam Thomson (animation). Music by Hamed Mafakheri. The film has won several prizes:

  • Winner of the Best Animation Canary Wharf Film Festival (London) Aug, 2008
  • Winner of the Best Student Animation Flip Festival (Birmingham) 2008
  • Winner of the Best Student Animation, Royal Television Society Award, Scotland (rts) 2009
  • Official selection for the “Best Short Film Program” at Waterford Film Festival (Ireland) November 2008

Reza Dolatabadi’s site: http://www.rezaart.com/
The film’s place on Vimeo

This cool baby has already started to play synth, and he’s so into it he didn’t have time to put on his pants!

kingdom_of_rust

One of my favourite Manchester bands, Doves, has a new album to be released april 6. That’s my birthday! The album is called Kingdom of Rust, and the first single goes by the same name. Here’s the video of the song:

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Another song is already released, its called Jetstream:

You can download it from Doves official site.

Doves on Myspace

My favourite youtube cat

Posted: 25. f 2009 in animal
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I’m allergic to cats, so I’m not a big fan of them, but this one is so cute!

dgptouch

Bill Buxton of Microsoft research has made an overview of what has happened in multi-touch research. For those of you who thought multi-touch first came with Jeff Han or the Iphone, have a look at this page. The picture on top here is from the Multi-Touch Tablet developed at Toronto University in 1985.

By the way, what is Jeff Han up to now? This video shows him demonstrating a new type of bidirectional LEDs capable of sensing your fingers. Check it out:

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More about this project here.

Have you seen the music documentary 30 Century Man about Scott Walker? It’s a must see, a really good documentary about the legendary artist that started out in The Walker Brother but has gone experimental on his later records. The movie has interviews with among others David Bowie, Radiohead, Brian Eno, Allison Goldfrapp, Rob Ellis and Johnny Marr. Check out this trailer:

More about the documentary here