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If you’ve not got it yet, we’ve reduced the price of the Minipops app for the iPhone/iPod touch for Christmas. You’ve probably already spend a crapload of money on stuff for other people, so why not break out 59 pence (99 US cents, 79 euro cents) for yourself? That works out at 0.06 pence per Minipop. Perfect. Rubbish salesman spiel over.
Full-size version on my Flickr.
Tediously indie on the whole, these are my twenty-five favourite records of the decade, alphabetically.
Animal Collective “Strawberry Jam”
Badly Drawn Boy “About a Boy”
Baxter Dury “Len Parrot’s Memorial Lift”
Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Ease Down the Road”
Clipse “Lord Willin'”
Coldplay “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends”
Elbow “The Seldom Seen Kid”
Gorillaz “Demon Days”
Kanye West “Late Registration”
LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver”
Mark Lanegan “Bubblegum”
Miniature Tigers “Tell It to the Volcano”
Queens of the Stone Age “Songs for the Deaf”
Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
Radiohead “In Rainbows”
Rufus Wainwright “Want One”
Sigur Rós “Ágætis byrjun”
The Streets “A Grand Don’t Come for Free”
The Strokes “Is This It”
Super Furry Animals “Rings Around the World”
The Unicorns “Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?”
Tinariwen “Aman Iman”
Vampire Weekend “Vampire Weekend”
And by far my favourite album of the 2000s
Wilco “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”
If you’ve not got it so far, this one should give it away.
I don’t really bother doing caricatures much. Never something I’ve felt particularly good at, but this self-important tosspot from Connecticut has got a face like a melting ventriloquist puppet, and it’s ripe for the caricaturing. There’s something missing in the drawing, something not quite right. I think he may be smiling a tiny bit too much, and there’s something about the eyes that isn’t right. Still, it was fun to draw.
I used illustrations in an old AA book of British birds as reference for these. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.
I was doing a bit of sorting out today; sorting the things that were still in boxes since moving into my new place. I found a bunch of old concert tickets. Here’s the first concert I ever went to (if you discount family trips to see the Spinners – the British folk group not the Detroit soul group – in Lincoln; and Showaddywaddy and the Nolans at the Coliseum in St. Austell). Fourteen quid seemed expensive for a sixteen year old in 1987. Still, also on the bill that day were the Pretenders, the Mission, and the Fall. Tickets used to look so much nicer without the barcode and generic Ticketmaster feel…
In the December issue of ARTnews magazine, there’s a piece about art made on iPhones. They’ve included one of my drawings in there; a drawing done in the waiting room in the emergency room at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wa. while my (not-quite-yet-ex) wife and I were waiting for her brother’s kid to get checked out after falling down. Funny what details you can remember; but I know that there were no seats near the TV, and I couldn’t see the game he was watching even though I really wanted to see it (Puerto Rico vs. USA in the World Baseball Classic), so I drew him instead. Here’s a pdf of the page.
As I mentioned recently, I’ve not done a huge amount of stuff for Flip Flop Flyin’. In my head, I still call it “the main site” even though it’s not been my main focus for quite some time now. Anyway, after the redesign, I made a little promise to myself to do more stuff. After only one completely new thing on FFF all year (discounting updates to ongoing parts of the site), there’s three new things today.
Starting with something that has been idling half-finished for about a year-and-a-half now. Part of the reason it has languished in my “to do” folder is that I’ve wanted to make sure it is in no way sleazy, cos that wasn’t the intention. It’s called Weaknesses, and the basic idea is that there are things which we kinda like that aren’t the usual things we’d mention when thinking about someone we fancy. I’ll confess that one of them is something I find attractive. I’m not gonna tell you which one, though.
This second new thing is called Night workers and isn’t about what you might think it may be about. Quite a simple one, ticks the usual boxes of an FFF thing, really.
And the third one is a very old idea that I never got around to doing, but got my shit together this evening to finally do. It’s called Sleeping laptops. Clicking that link will make it clear why it’s called that.
Anyway, hope you enjoy them. Don’t wanna tempt fate, but I do have something vaguely Christmas-related up my sleeve, so if I find the time to do it, that may well be online at some point in the next couple of weeks.
Not much of a tribute, I know; more of a juvenile two-minute scribble. Dunno how I’ve managed to not put this up here, seeing as though I drew it about a month ago, after seeing the wonderful Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting show at the Hayward Gallery in London. It’s on until January 10th, and really is worth checking out if you’re around. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.