An Orgy Of Layered Felt Tongue Stone Creatures In The Sand: Bjork Keeps Us Guessing and Dreaming

Bjork has built a career out of being amazingly unique, both with her music and how she chooses to portray herself visually. She seems to handpick directors who have an uncanny ability to recreate the imaginary.

Perfect case in point: the official video for Mutual Core. Likely inspired by a dream, this is an incredible and explosive video. The combination of coarse stone and layers of beautifully coloured felt makes for a very tactile experience.


With Honesty and Effortless Humour: James Victore Explains Why Your Work Is A Gift

Thank you 99U for being a constant source of relevant and inspiring business and design information.
Today, thanks to his incredible 18 minute presentation, I’ve discovered a new creative idol: James Victore.
A successful designer, artist, and business person, but most importantly, a man with a huge heart who knows that living with purpose and helping others matters more than accolades or money.

“Teach your tongue to say ‘I don’t know’ and ye shall progress”

“Be grateful and be thankful that you are here, that we have this time”

Watch it here

James Victore: Your Work Is A Gift from 99U on Vimeo.


Lo Fi Undiscovered 60’s Band Pisces Fits This Rainy 2012 Morning Just Fine

Wow. Listen to this: “Sam” by Pisces from 1968.
I’d never heard of this band before. After a little research, it appears not too many people do, either. Definitely worth a listen though. That echoing drum hit (I’m thinking ?uestlove likes it too ;)), that aching heart voice, that lo fi guitar…


Game Over: Rap Music As Interpreted By Minnesota Hip Hop

Mike Mictlan. Doomtree. yes
It’s all this coke, it’s all that liq / it’s all the fame / It’s all been done, it’s all been fixed / it’s all the same


Totally Inappropriate Video For A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon: Die Antwoord’s Fatty Boom Boom


No words. Just watch. With a warning: this is not for the faint hearted.


Love This Giant Dream Collaboration: David Byrne + St Vincent

The final stop in their North American tour, David Byrne and St Vincent bring Love This Giant to Vancouver BC this Saturday October 20, 2012.
Fingers crossed I get approved for a photographer’s pass. It’d make my year, hand’s down.


Experimental Music & Video + Interpretive Dance = Another Great Night @ VIVO

VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver’s oldest artist run media centre, continues to turn out excellent evening programming.

Most recently, a night simply called “Live Audiovisual Event” (no need for superfluous wording: I can dig it) featured a series of experimental sound artists, all accompanied by video projections.Live Audiovisual Event @ VIVO, Nov 4th 2011

First up, Vancouver minimal electronica noise pioneers Coin Gutter. coingutter_VIVO_IMG_1952
Their sound has moved away from abrasive, insulting noise to a more rhythmic beat-oriented sound, yet their dirty, unexpected random noises are still present and set this duo apart from the rest.

Next up, voice contortionists Ross Birdwise and Soressa Gardner with video visuals (mostly looped and upside down clips from old cartoons) by Victor Ballesteros.
While this group has more than enough talent to hold everyone’s attention, they added Luciana D’Anunciacao to the team.
Her interpretive dance, at times erratic, at times soft and gentle, was an impossibly captivating element of the evening.

The last group that I saw (J Garrett ending the evening after I left) was The Automatic Message. Not only were the visuals for AM’s set beautiful HD clips of single men in a variety of remote locations (barnhouses, fields, etc), but their music was bumpin’!!
Just as I noticed my hips and feet loosening into their beats, a friend came over and said, in an almost shocked voice, “Hey, you wanna dance?” The night, up to this point, was about sitting and absorbing the excellent sounds & visuals performed by some of Vancouver’s most talented artists. But now it was time to dance!

An excellent evening all around. I left VIVO undeterred by the evening’s light rain; my core was warm and satisfied as I cycled home.

For my full gallery of pics from the evening, visit my set on Flickr: Live Audiovisual Event @ VIVO, Vancouver BC, November 4 2011