After my first day, the 3 month internship seems promising, and if I’m lucky I’ll get to work on a project involving the new Copenhagen Metro to be opened in 2017. I’m getting some inspiration from the usually inspiring Under Consideration, whose list of best identities of 2011 you can read here. My favourite by far is the new identity for OCAD University in Toronto. Typographically pleasing, it’s actually set in Gotham, but really it’s the implementation that makes the identity so great. So versatile but never budging from doing the job – which is to make the brand recognisable. More photos and a video here.
Archive for January, 2012
Toronto group The Holiday Crowd is one of the most inspired new indiepop groups I have heard in a while. Their minialbum Over the Bluffs is just out on New Romantic and Shelflife, and they come across as the latter’s strongest signing since the not too dissimilar Days from Sweden. Like Days, The Holiday Crowd show an affinity for the the early 80s Liverpool sound of Zoo (e.g. The Wild Swans). The group could easily have been dismissed as posturing Anglophiles, was it not for their the strength of their material. The lyrics will keep you entertained while guitarist Colin Bowers spins out the yarn. And singer Imran Haniff has to be commended for his efforts to match mid-era Ian McCulloch’s vocal range. There’s a free download of opening track “Never Speak of It Again” via New Romantic’s soundcloud, and the suitably moody video below is for “Pennies Found”. The 12″ is limited to 500, so snap up a copy here.
The Ricochettes was a garage group from Milwaukee who released a number of great Beatles-inflected 45s in the mid-60s. They started out with a version of the fab four’s “I’ll Be Back” and then had a 45 on Quill compiled on We’re Gonna Change the World! (Sundazed). An even better 45 on Destination was compiled on Quagmire #4. Here’s the other side of the Destination single, “Find Another Boy”, and as you can hear the group’s tour-de-force was their harmonies, songwriting skills and guitarist Ar Stevens competent playing. Drummer Jon Jon Galobich is interviewed here and here, and they have a myspace page since they apparently reformed a few years ago.
Here’s the first video from Danish sensation The Felines, who cut four songs at the “Grave Cave” late last year, two of which will make it onto their Hey Girl! debut 45 which is hopefully out by April. I’m guessing this is the a-side, but you can hear all four tracks here. The Spanish label gave us my favourite single of last year (The Ugly Beats) and this one has the signs of another surefire hit.
I hope your holidays were as great as mine. Also looking forward to starting at Kontrapunkt in Copenhagen on the 30th! I’ll be there for three months and I hope to learn a lot from new design director Mads Quistgaard (founder of Pleks and co-founder of Danish Faces). They’ve recently released a new font called Bob (used above) that’s available for free download from their website.
We’ve now got Cooper Union student Levi Mandel staying with us. He’s from Brooklyn and a photographer and zine-maker. Check out his photography on flickr by clicking on the photo above. It makes me want to go back to the summer in Auckland. Levi’s also got a tumblr of Daily Photographs that’s worth a look.