Heads up, Chicago Smokers || $1,500 fine for flicking ‘butts’
Yeah, if you all could stop flicking stranger’s asses on the train, that would be great.
But seriously folks, come January 1, 2014, you will face up to a $1,500 fine if you are caught flicking your cigarette butt onto the ground, so watch out! You could also avoid the problem altogether by switching to a good ass E-cig setup, but cigarettes happen, we understand. So when you do light up, watch out. There is no way to know how hardcore the new law is going to be enforced until the ball drops, but I can tell you one thing for sure: watch your ass when you’re stumbling home after midnight this new year.
Melt Banana || ‘Fetch’ is a Playful and Brutal Noise Masterpiece
Yep, new Noise-Rock from everyone’s favorite Minnie Mouse fronted tech-grind electro band! If you loved 2003’s Cell Scape,then you are in for a fucking treat my friend. This is Cell Scape 3.14159, or some other cool number.
Fetch dropped in October, but you may have missed it, which would be easy to do; there hasn’t been enough or a lot of fuss about it, despite the fact that it deserves a fucking parade. That is no hyperbole, I have loved and followed Melt-Banana’s progress for years, and Fetch may very well be their crowning achievement.
Scythia || “Bear Claw Tavern” A Sweet Dose of Fantasy-Metal
The whole song is based off that little keyboard melody, which really sounds like the background music of any inn or tavern in an SNES RPG. I never would have thought someone could make a melody like that have maximum drive and rock, but it happens here in what may be a left out side-story to The Hobbit.
These Canadian Folk-Fantasy-Metallurgists just put out this single yesterday via their own website (which looks like a trip back 90’s geocities, but maybe that’s the Canadian style?) and some magazine called Guitar World.
UR Drooling || Nutella Bar in Local Food Superstore
Mario Batali has just opened Eataly Chicago, a 63,000-square-foot food superstore featuring a ton of restaurants, but what really matters is this quick-order Nutella snack bar situation. Click here to see the the menu, which may somehow still have my drool stains on it. It’s that good; I stained a .pdf document on the internet.
Every so often, if you’re really lucky, you’ll come across a book that grabs you as soon as you pick it up, leaves you wanting to recommend it to every fellow reader you know, and stays with you long after the story has ended. Victoria Loustalot’s memoir, This Is How You Say Goodbye, is one of those books. Recently, I had the chance to speak with her about her memoir, in part a chronicle of her father’s battle with AIDS, the impact his illness had on her family, and the trip she took years later — a trip she and her father originally meant to take together — to Cambodia, Stockholm and Paris. Read on to see what she had to say…
Don’t miss out on your chance to catch Poliça live at the Metro tomorrow evening! This Minneapolis electronic pop/soul group just released a stellar album in the form of Shulamith and recently performed on my favorite music show, Later With Jools Holland. Check the video below for a clip from that, but be sure to click here to buy your tickets to the show! Furthermore, click here to check out the album on iTunes - which frontwoman Channy Leaneagh describes as “Drums. Bass. Synths. Me, Women” - that was enough to make me want to check it out and I’m glad I did because it’s easily one of the best records of 2013. The show is sure to follow suit - see you there! -NMJ
UR AWESOME: Charlamagne on Kanye being a Walking Contradiction
A friend recently turned me on to this guy Charlamagne, and he is on point! Love his take on pop culture and celebrities. Here’s a video about him talking about everyone’s favorite polarizing character, Kanye West. ENJOY!
UR REVIEW: The 25,000 Mile Love Story | 4 out of 5
by Justin Tucker
I haven’t deliberately run an entire mile in probably 13 years. If I did, I would most likely decide to quit about three blocks in while frantically catching my breath. Even if I was in prime physical shape, there is no way I’d be able to run about a marathon every other day or so over a five-year period, which would equal the circumference of the Earth.
Swiss athlete Serge Roesthili did exactly that. In 2000, Serge sold everything he owned and set out to run 25,422 miles — or 40,912 K — to raise money and awareness for sick and impoverished children. His wife, Nicole, went along for the trek by motorcycle and documented Serge’s test of endurance by video camera and hand-written journal.
The footage the couple shot while on their world tour serves as the basis for the captivating documentary, The 25,000 Mile Love Story. The film is a travelogue of the Roesthili’s unbelievable story. Their world tour spanned six continents, through all types of extreme climate and terrain. They witnessed political unrest, visited some of the world’s most popular landmarks and almost became a tiger’s dinner — all to help children. Read on, reader…
James Franco and Seth Rogen do an amazing shot-for-shot parody of Kanye West’s “Bound 2” video. If you haven’t seen the original video yet, be sure to check it out below first and then compare. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Kanye West, thank you for continuing to be an endless source of unintentional hilarity!
If you have never been to the Music Box Theater before, then you either hate movies, or haven’t lived in Chicago for very long. They always have the best, weirdest, and most fun movies and events. I remember seeing Dead Snow there after a bad breakup, and ending up with friends I still keep up with just through chatting in the theater.
To celebrate their 30 years, The Music Box is doing a series of Double Features. These aren’t just random pairings though, they are genius juxtapositions in which each movie informs the other in a coherent way. Some of my favorite pair ups:
I think I’m officially done now with the first quarter of my illustration senior thesis. The overall project is to do four different book jackets for books that I really love, and the first one I chose is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I knew right off the bat that I wanted to do a Neil Gaiman book, but it was a tough choice deciding which one. My favorite book is Neverwhere, but I already did a book jacket for that last year (which I actually got to give to Neil when he visited UArts!!). I also thoughtt of Coraline, but I just feel like, at this point, so many great artists have had their hands on it already that I didn’t know if I could avoid their influence and create something really original. In the end I went with this book because I think it is kinda unexplored territory in the art world, and so many of the creatures in it are abstracted in a way that I thought would be a really fun challenge to represent. Also, it’s just an amazing book, haha.
The drawing I did here is supposed to represent the hunger birds. From the description in the book, I imagined them as…a grey area between a flock of vultures and a mass of ominous shadows, I spose you’d say, haha. The moon is supposed to represent Old Mrs. Hempstock shining through the birds. At first, I also had the children’s hands emerging from the feathers to hold on to each other because I think that was a really wonderful childlike thing in the book that the main character would always be safe as long as he held Lettie’s hand. I think that says a lot about the bravery and strength children have in the face of daunting adult problems. Anyway, my teacher told me to take the hands out for compositional reasons, and annoyingly, as is often the case with teachers, I believe he was right, haha. I decided to include both versions here though so that you can make up your mind for yourself. At least you can all say to yourselves “Hmm, that was a good thought” even if it wasn’t executed that well;)
So that’s pretty much all I have to say about that. I hope you like it! If you haven’t read the book yet, then I recommend it, and don’t forget to look out for future book jackets (by me) for The Book of Lost Things, Abarat, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making.
Paranoia Phriday || Are Aliens to Blame for Columbia Disaster?
This is some pretty interesting footage, every motion too perfect to be the CGI we’re used to. That being said, I always take this kind of shit with a grain of salt. I mean, the most glaring error that the narrator points out between the debris in the video and the actual shuttle, is that there is a NASA logo on the side of the debris-shuttle in the video, but there was not one on the side of the Columbia at launch. That’s a pretty grievous error, but at the same time, my first thought is: “Maybe there was more than one shuttle?”
Who knows, it’s any bored asshole’s game when it comes to conspiracies. All that we know for sure is that the fairy of bizarre intrigue has alighted upon the internet once more.