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Monday Music Muse: Matt and Kim

How to drive your neighbors crazy, or why Columbia has nothing on the Pratt Institute.

Despite all cultural evidence to the contrary (Pitchfork best-of’s, we’re looking at you), punk/dance is far from dead. Not if Matt and Kim get any sort of say in the matter.

And say they do. The duo has been in the business of keeping the indie music scene danceable since 2004, when the two met randomly at the Pratt Institute and proceeded to play local warehouse shows in Brooklyn. By 2006, they were signed and cruising away with their ridiculously good self-titled debut album.

They are, if you will, Vampire Weekend long before there was Vampire Weekend, vaguely reminiscent of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, with a surprising touch of Clash here and there. Which is to say, rather hard to capture in comparisons. And it may just be us, but they also seem to have a weird thing about never being captured in photographs together.

Hey, we don’t judge.

Matt and Kim are Matt Johnson (vocals & keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums & vocals). Their latest album, Grand, was released last week and is loaded with the stuff of wild, infectious, makes-you-jump-and-sing-along-till-the-neighbors-start-banging-on-the-floor-with-a-broomstick goodness.

Check it out.

Thanks, Jen

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Duper Bowl: Alternative Super Bowl Logos

What if’s, football for nerds, and how the artsy types do organized sports.

There’s no question the Super Bowl is quite the garish spectacle. The tipping point of a year’s worth of football adrenaline, the obscene amounts of food, the $3-million-for-30-seconds commercials. And like any garish affair, the Super Bowl always has a garish logo to match.

Original Super Bowl XLIII LogoBut this year, The New York Times decided to explore the what-if’s of Super Bowl logo design by inviting some of the country’s most prominent designers to reimagine the logo. The resulting collection of Alternative Super Bowl Logos spans the entire spectrum of conceptual and creative vision — the modern, the retro, the grunge, the minimalistic, the serious, the tongue-in-cheek, and everything in between.

There’s the political parody…

Modern Dog Design Co., Seattle

…and the retro-minimalist iconography, our favorite.

Pentagram

Then we have the delightful play of color…

…and the blatant side-taking.

The rebellious grunge…

…and the hilarious nerd-centric audience expansion scheme.

The refreshing back-to-basicness of the football illiterati…

…and, of course, the inevitable tribute to the American Way of marking any occasion as worthy.

And if you, like us, didn’t quite realize what a big deal the Super Bowl logo was, go ahead and realize — The New York Times has proof.

via Creativity Online

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Lights, Camera, Ticket

Time-lapsing across the Atlantic, or what airline bankruptcy has to do with ethereal photography.

Most people hate those dreadful red-eye flights. But the true sign of a creative mind is the ability to take suckiness and twist it into brilliance. Case in point: Amsterdam-based architect James Leng, a.k.a. Ettubrute.

timelapseOn a recent overnight flight from Amsterdam to San Francisco, James noticed that the lights from the cities the plane was flying over were making the clouds glow with a soft, ethereal light. So he got the rather brilliant idea of propping a camera on an empty window seat, setting it at ISO 1600, and playing with a range of exposures over the 3 hours between the Rockies and San Fran.

The end result was this stunning, hypnotizing time-lapse video, on which every light squiggle and flicker is an actual town or city the plane flew over.

Here’s to the demise of the airline industry, which makes half-empty flights the playground of creative minds.

via BoingBoing

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Artist Spotlight: Volkan Ergen

Immersive urban avant-garde film, or what a tabby cat has to do with the Bosphorus at night.

Turkish filmmaker Volkan Ergen does what we like to call “immersive urban avant-garde cinematography” – film that fully submerges you into the aura of a city, from its sights and sounds, to its distinct color scheme, to its can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on feel.

In Two Wings, he explores the rich magnetism of a stroll down the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Shot in Ergen’s signature split screen, the film is all afternoon decadence of light and color, oozing the tangible and raw sounds of the city, embraced by a hypnotic music score


Expect captures the inner quietude of waiting amidst the loudness of one’s surroundings.


See more of Volkan’s work on Vimeo, or brave the language barrier by Google-Translating your way into his personal site.

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