Madison, Mayer and Marcy

TBWA/Chiat/Day and Absolut tag-teamed NY-Z, a documentary about Jay-Z and his “Answer the Call” benefit concert at Madison Square Garden on September 11, 2009. Directed by music documentary filmmaker Danny Clinch, NY-Z highlights Jay-Z’s many commercial endeavors as well as his thoughts about music, muses, Madison, Mayer and Marcy:

Chicagoans: Meet Your Aldermen

This weekend I stopped by Wicker Park’s Johalla Projects to check out the 50 Alderman / 50 Artists opening. Pairing Chicago artists with Chicago Alderman, the group portrait show featured some standout pieces ranging from a Lego® brick mosaic to classic black and white photography. Receiving extensive press coverage including a writeup in the Chicago Tribune and two articles in the New York Times, the collaborative experience is definitely worth a visit. My three favorite pieces were Craig Berman‘s infographic illustration of Rey Colón, Lunchbreath‘s vector drawing of Alderman Sandi Jackson and Dubi Kaufmann‘s aforementioned Lego® piece of Alderman Ariel Reboyras. Go see it before the closing reception on April 2nd!

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Marketing Music Like Jónsi

After hearing just one single from Go—the new album from Sigur Rós frontman, Jónsi—I had a sense he was aiming for a different kind of musical experience—and not just because he was adding more electronics and singing a bit in English:

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On Repeat: Left As Rain

My friend Travis just put me on to a new-ish music blog called Left As Rain. The Brooklyn-based repository offers an amazing (and growing) playlist curated by designers Chris Thomas and Alex Mejias. The minimal interface is really sharp and I especially love the logo Chris created using SwimmingPoülp‘s A La Nage typeface. Give ’em a listen and then fan ’em on Facebook!

WK Interact

The first time I saw a WK piece it was looming on the side of a mechanic’s garage near the old X-Large New York store. The twisted, horrific elastic faces in high contrast black and white messed with my head. Something about the ferocity and torment stuck with me…. That’s why I was so stoked to get my hands on 2.5 New York Street Life. The 96-page collection of WK’s work was made available for the first time in the US by Italian street art publisher Drago this past summer.

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