Norah Jones Pays Tribute to Chris Cornell With Tender ‘Black Hole Sun’ Cover [♬]

•May 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Jones honors Cornell with bluesy, solo-piano rendition of Soundgarden classic “Black Hole Sun” during a show in Detroit on Tuesday:

“Jones brought “Black Hole Sun” into her wheelhouse, toning down the crashing drone of the original and remaking it as a spare, bluesy number. She sketched a melody with handsome piano chords, and as she sang, she stretched words and toyed with the space between them. Around the four-minute mark, Jones suddenly left tranquility behind by elevating her volume and wailing the song’s title several times. The performance came to a peaceful end with a quiet, melancholy figure on the piano.” ~ RollingStone

If you are struggling with mental health, feeling depressed or suicidal, please contact Lifeline Aotearoa on 0800 543 354, or visit The NZ Music Foundation Wellbeing Service

•May 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

If you are struggling with mental health, feeling depressed or suicidal, please contact Lifeline Aotearoa on 0800 543 354, or visit The NZ Music Foundation Wellbeing Service.

R.I.P. Chris Cornell 1964 ~ 2017

•May 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Hearing this hellacious song for the first time was one of those musical awakening moments for me. Don’t seem to be having many of those intense experiences lately. It is sad to read about his death. Chris Cornell has left behind a great discovery of music and will be missed.

Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets [comics/film]

•November 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Luc Besson said he would return to the outer-space science fiction adventure film, and that proposed film is “Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets” based on a 1967 French comic series from writers Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson’s most ambitious project to date is officially happening. Currently in the pre-production phase with the film slated for a July 2017 release, principal cast members have already been chosen (Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Dane DeHaan, and… Rihanna).

Not only that, but, Besson and costume designer Olivier Bériot are asking aspiring artists and creatives around the world to design outfits for one scene in the story. French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier did a fantastic job on The Fifth Element (1997), so this call out may come as a dream come true for many artists out there — 20 winners whose costumes could be turned from sketch into reality and featured in the final film:

Contest Link: http://bit.ly/designforvalerian / Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValerianMovie / Twitter: https://twitter.com/ValerianMovie / Instagram: https://instagram.com/valerianmovie/ / Hashtag with: #DesignForValerian.

Designers are asked to create a piece that could be worn by a human, alien, humanoid or any other intergalactic creature you can think of. The scene for which you are designing will take place at a political cocktail party inside a space station called Alpha in the year 2580. For inspiration and details: talenthouse.com/i/design-for-valerian

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For The Fifth Element, there were 954 costumes produced for the final film. Just imagine how many concept drawings were created for each individual garment and accessory, then multiply that by however many hundreds of other designs that didn’t make it past any further development stages. That’s a lot of art.

Some exerts from a Jean Paul Gaultier interview about the fashion of The Fifth Element:

And for anyone preparing to jump on the ‘just another Star Wars inspired rip-off’ bandwagon, understand that French artist Jean-Claude Mézières was one of the most revered artists of future landscapes and characters long before Star Wars was even conceived. The original Valérian and Laurine graphic novel is said to have influenced one of Besson’s earlier features, The Fifth Element — along with the original Star Wars series.

One of the five featurettes on The Fifth Element DVD/Blu-ray Disc — The Visual Element:

For anyone who has seen the original Star Wars trilogy, you’ve also seen the largely uncredited influence of Mézières’ work. Here are a few original pieces for comparison:

Jean-Claude Mézières' influence on Star Wars - 2

Jean-Claude Mézières' influence on Star Wars - 1

Jean-Claude Mézières' influence on Star Wars - 5

And yes, Mézières was well aware of Hollywood’s hypocrisy. In 1983, after having seen all three of the original Star Wars flicks and a fair bit of what he had inspired, Mézières released this single-frame comic in the French magazine Pilote. Sharing a table at a Star-Wars-Cantina-like bar are Princess Leia and Luke opposite Valérian and Laureline:

Valérian and Laureline

Judging from the source material alone and Luc Besson’s passion and pedigree of work, “Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets” looks like it could be amazing.

ABOUT VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

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A Gangsta’s Post-Relevant Paradise & Valérian [NSFW]

•May 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I truly hope this movie is as awesome as the trailer promises. And for you yougins, the soundtrack is a rendition of “Gangsta’s Paradise” by American rapper Coolio, from the movie Dangerous Minds (1995):

Coolio is one of those OG ’90s rappers who faded into obscurity at the turn of the millennium. I do know that he tried to relaunch his image by signing some weird promotional deal with PornHub in 2014. Yes, that PornHub. So much for a comeback. Here’s the censored NSFW music video you spank monkey:

OK, so I did some digital digging, went further down the rabbit glory hole, glared through a cum-stained looking glass and discovered that Coolio once gave a live performance to a nightclub full of people having sex! It was for some European orgy site.

What a guy. I don’t think anyone gives a shit about “Gangsta’s Paradise” at this point, but I am sorry if I somehow sullied the movie trailer for you. Just a little 😛 My propensity to wander and connect leads me to make some out of it discoveries sometimes, and I know how much peeps prefer to keep porn viewing separated, so I defer — Take It to the Hub.

8-Bit Tribute to Sound Garden “Black Hole Sun” (R.I.P. Chris Cornell)

•May 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Global Warming, or Terraforming DUN-DUN-DUUUN!!!

•May 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

“”People will think of Antarctica quite rightly as a very icy place, but our work shows that parts of it are green, and are likely to be getting greener,” said Matthew Amesbury, a researcher with the University of Exeter in the UK and lead author of the study.”

You can click the image link above to read an article about global warming from the Washington Post, on a New Zealand news site. Which I can’t help but feel is weird and lazy journalism. Too fluctual a topic for my liking in any case, but you might love it.

Honestly, I just liked the picture, and it reminded me of a movie no one ever talks about, ever. THE ARRIVAL (1996) is a decent sci-fi story about planet warming that stars Charlie Sheen like you’ve probably never seen him:

Personally I don’t believe in visitors from beyond and chalk every conceivable notion of UFOs and extraterrestrial “evidence” up to nefarious humanity. Political schemers with agendas and/or individual liars with selfish urges. Aliens make for amazing literary fodder, sure, but as far as reality goes, we the people can be conniving and easily manipulated. It could be my introverted intuition (Ni) that grounds this worldly perception, all I know is this isn’t a contradiction — me loving sci-fi but not believing in aliens. Good science fiction is and always has been about the present. And.. aw shit, I should probably say something about global warming…

Be well and don’t stress, friends. That’s all I’ll say on the matter for now.

Create 😞 Lose Something New [accessories]

•May 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I can’t remember the last time I downright lost something, but it still sux. I was wearing my new enamel pin on my jacket yesterday, and I guess my satchel strap must have plucked it off. Pretty gutted. Lesson learned.

Being in a creative profession is a dream of many. But not many know that it’s not an easy path and a big challenge is to create something of your own, your world, your style, your stroke. It is fascinating to know that even though there is so much already done, yet still creativity can take you to new places. When you pick up your tools, camera, or maybe a fresh sheet for your typewriter – strive to create something new! Something of your own. [Shop: https://www.asildastore.com/]

I will write a separate post about the patch and pin counterculture another time. I’m still not comfortable telling peeps about how silly I feel giving in to impassibly collecting shiny things (I have a wish-list for goodness sake). I don’t want to become addicted, but yeah, I may have a soft-spot for enamel pins and the cool individuals who make them.

“Your dress is covered with pins!” / “There is no dress. IT’S JUST PINS!”

Sand Sculptures by Toshihiko Hosaka

•May 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Earlier this month Hosaka competed in the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival along with 22 other international professional sand sculptors. The theme for the contest was “Hero” and Hosaka spent 3 days sculpting a figure of Musashi Miyamoto, which was awarded 1st prize on May 6th:

16th century expert Japanese swordsman, Musashi Miyamoto, seated down in a calm position, sword tucked under his belt.

You can see more of his work @ http://www.t-hosaka.com/works/

There is no core, mold or adhesive ever used throughout the process: just sand. The only trick Hosaka uses (and this is commonly accepted) is a hardening spray applied to his sculpture only after it’s been completed, in order to prevent wind and sun from eroding it for a few days. Hosaka even collaborated with a Japanese chemical company to create his own environmentally friendly Sand Art Glue, that substance he uses to spray on his sculptures once they’re complete.

“Alice” in Akita prefecture (2016)

“Asura” in Akita prefecture (2015)

Toshihiko Hosaka in front of “Tyrannosaurus” in Chiba prefecture (2016)

“Godzilla” in Shinjuku (2015) / “Kraken” in Taiwan (2016)

Rosemary Fairweather — “Chemicals” [♬]

•May 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Website: http://rosemaryfairweather.com/ / Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rosemary-fairw… / Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rosemaryfairw3/ / Twitter: http://twitter.com/rosemaryfairw3 / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosemaryfai… / iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hea…

“Chemicals” is from Rosemary Fairweather’s debut project, Heavenly — A Collection of Songs available on Spotify: https://open.spotif…

Friendship Goals

•May 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Alachia Queen, a fav YT vlogger posted this on FB and all I could think was #same

“I dreamt last night that I had a lot of friends and it was fun. So today I googled how to make friends. It was not helpful. lol.”

5. Friends love goals 😂 9. Make it past the seven year threshold and your friendship is psychologically guaranteed #protip 😉 . Know yourself and love who you are 😎

Filter — “Take A Picture” (1999) [throwback] [♬]

•May 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Have a twofer:

“Dirty Art” by Illustrator Nikita Golubev — Animals Etched onto Dirty Cars

•May 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Do random passersby genuinely give a damn about the appearance of someone else’s car when they write or draw on it? It is more an invitation for silliness than anything.

Creating art from found materials is spontaneous and temporary, and I like it a lot. In this case, depictions of wild creatures where drawn/cleaned out from the dirt and grime of the streets. Moscow-based artist and illustrator Nikita Golubev has discovered an ideal canvas on the sides of filthy vehicles:

The reductive process involves creating “clean” spots by wiping or scraping his images onto the gritty surface of each car.

You can see more from his “Dirty Art” series on Facebook

Unless a rain comes, I have a funny feeling some drivers like it dirty.

This has been a public service announcement; anyone who has ever written “clean me” on a dirty car is now officially basic.