There is a new album of David Bowie covers. It's called Life Beyond Mars. the mini site is nice and you can preview the songs. My favorite is the Au Revoir Simone cover. :)
Au Revoir Simone - Oh! You Pretty Things (Bowie Cover)
I also like this other cover by The Sea and Cake which is not in the new album. I remember it from Andrew Reynold's 2nd part in the Emerica video. He was my hero when I was skating.
The Sea and Cake - Sound and Vision (Bowie Cover)
June 26, 2008
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June 16, 2008
New interview up at Bloglounge. Cool french blog. For those who cant read french, enjoy my crappy translation of the interview:
This young designer from Paris shows all his talent throught vector illustrations since a few monthes: from Death Proof girls to ED Banger's Uffie. Coloured with a preference for bright colors, Akutou remains on track for the on coming weeks...
Hello Akutou, can you introduce yourself?
Hi. I’m a french young designer working as a freelance since 6 monthes now. I’m currently leading several secret societies but I cant talk much about that. I dont want any trouble.
What’s your background?
Nothing fancy. I have made boring economic studies. The choice was not mine. I have been oriented that way cause I was not doing mucho as a student. No motivation. No graduation. Which is good cause if I had graduated I would probably be in some more boring school right now doing absolutely nothing. Instead I have been a bum for 2 years then mutated into a graphic designer. Which is pretty cool.
How come, you didnt want to be into design from the begining?
Yes I did. I tried to go into art school before but it never worked out. The subjects of the entrance exams were always awkward and not really interesting. I finally joined an art school later, after I failed graduation in economic class. I stayed there a year then it sort of became uninteresting again so I started focusing on the things I like.
Why ? What did they tell you to do?
I don’t know, I just seem not to understand what they were expecting from me all the time. And it was no fun. Then I realized I could work alone at home doing things I like much more. So I stopped school, I started practising at home, it was a bit random I didnt know what will happen… But I thought maybe if I’m active enough on the internet, something might happen. I made me a website. That’s how it started.
What was your 1st project? How did you get the 1st jobs?
First works were logos for bands. It’s still quite new to me. One of the band, The Remix Artist Collective (RAC), they saw one of their remixes I posted on my blog HEY KIDS ! The next day I got a mail from them where they were asking for a logo. We have a good feeling and I made them 2 covers. One for their 1st official EP called "NINTENDO VS SEGA" and a second one done with J3concepts for their 1st remix album which has been released today at STEREOGUM. Everything is going fine and I should work with the band again in the future. I also worked for Futurecop ! but this time i twas me who contacted them. I asked them if they were interested cause I love their music and I really wanted to do something with them. That’s a cool part of the job, you are in relation with other artist you like. It’s dope.
Talking about J3concepts, what are your favorite artists?
RA909 is on the top of my list. He’s a monster. Great guy, really inspiring. He has great music tastes too, you can feel it in his art. The list is long, J3 for his touch and the ton of work he does, love Jeremyville’s drawings, love Simon Noynay’s stuff too, these two got a lot of style, I must name SO ME because he’s a genious : ED Banger without him would not me as cool. Lately, one of the person I admire the most is Souloff, a chick who makes superb vectors. Too sexy.
The blog is very music oriented, what are you listening to at the moment?
MGMT’s album is excellent. Breakbot and The Twelves remixes, I’m a big fan. The last ED REC is not bad. I usually post on the blog all my favourite stuff. The 2 tracks on repeat right now are Ghostface – Charlie Brown (DJ Mehdi Remix feat. Mapei) and Au Revoir Simone - Sad Song (RAC Mix). HEY KIDS! is on Myspace now, come say hello and tell me I’m an awesome guy with amazing music tastes !
Do you have any other projects with music artists ? Who would you want to work with ?
Yeah, there are a few projects. With RAC of course. But also other guys from Myspace. People I would like to work with ? I’m not sure… Miami Horror, Treasure Fingers… anyone I dig. That’s a lot of people. But I also have collabs with graphic artists planned for fun : one with J3, one with RA (soon or later lol), one with Souloff… and more. I like to do something else than client stuff. It’s a good alternative to work.
I noticed a lot of your artworks are vectors, why this choice?
Not intentional. I’m not the kind of guy who makes plans. I just feel at ease with this technic. I like how it looks, and it’s the perfect tool to print tees, logos & Co. Seriously, I love to make vectors. It’s perfect for someone like me who is not a beast in traditionnal drawing. Good compromise.
A final world?
I love chinese rolls. I wanna eat chinese rolls right now.
June 14, 2008
You probably heard that Miss Scarlett Johansson has released a cover album of tom waits songs. Or not. But yeah, she did. I'm not sure what to think about it but these 2 songs right here are cute and addictive. Reminds me of Cocteau Twins or maybe Slowdive music. Wait, also reminds me of Lost in Translation soundtrack... and this can only be a good thing.
Scarlett Johansson - Song For Jo
Scarlett Johansson - I Don't Wanna Grow Up (Tom Waits Cover)
Did I mentionned Lost in Translation is the greatest movie of all times? Anyway, some bonus just cause I mentionned them.
Cocteau Twins - Lorelei
Slowdive - I Saw The Sun
June 11, 2008
I'm proud to announce the release of RAC's Remix album Volume 1!
1. Bloc Party - Helicopter (Intro) (RAC Mix)
2. Bloc Party - Hunting For Witches (RAC Mix)
3. Au Revoir Simone - Sad Song (RAC Mix)
4. Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment (RAC Mix)
5. Ra Ra Riot - Manner To Act (RAC Mix)
6. Robbers On High Street - Across Your Knee (RAC Mix)
7. You Say Party! We Say Die! - Like I Give A Care (RAC Mix)
8. Femme Generation - Orlando Boom (RAC Mix)
9. Chromeo - Fancy Footwork (RAC Mix)
I have to share my personnal favorite of the album. My goodness... couldn't wait to let you kids hear this one! I love it! Make sure your mp3 player has a "repeat" function.
Au Revoir Simone - Sad Song (RAC Mix)
Get the entire album HERE or visit Stereogum! Artwork made by me in collaboration with the way too much popular J3concepts. :D
Some pretty drawings inside this "Black & White Freedrawings" book. It's a collaborative effort showcasing the talent of 40 international artists such as Hello Brute, Jawa & Skaffa. Quoting Freedrawings' website "These collaborations are called "freedrawings" to highlight the lack of restrictions, themes and guidelines. At the same time these drawings are not a preliminary sketch, but the final artwork."
The book is 132 pages, with 160 illustrations and over 100 photos. You can purchase yours on their website here. Yummy!
This post would not be complete without a cute track. Remember the Breakbot Sweet Sensation Remix? Well this is the original, different, probably not as magic but still a cutie. :D
ALB - Sweet Sensation
June 5, 2008
In party we trust. Volume 3 of ED Banger's compilation is available since yesterday. Featuring new tracks from Uffie, DJ Mehdi, Oizo and the usual crew, even one by graphic designer SO ME called "Decalcomania".
The compilation starts with Busy P featuring Murs. Murs yeah, he's that guy you might have seen in a Punch Out tribute music video.
Busy P - To Protect and Entertain (feat. Murs)
DJ Mehdi - Pocket Piano
Talking about DJ Mehdi, this Charlie Brown remix is too brilliant not to share. Instant fav!
Ghostface Killah - Charlie Brown (DJ Mehdi Remix feat. Mapei)
June 3, 2008
New Danger remixes of Estelle, We Are Scientists & Sébastien Tellier. Add the kid on myspace too.
Estelle - American Boy feat. Kanye West (Danger Remix)
We Are Scientists - Chick Lit (Danger TV Remix Edit)
Sébastien Tellier - Divine (Danger Remix)