101 Artists to Listen to before you Die by Richardo Cavolo

What up ya’ll! Long time no talk to, been a busy lately moving into a new apartment and learning how to be a DJ. It’s a been a rewarding road so far. But I haven’t forgotten about you guys! Anyway, my friends over at Nobrow hooked my up with this new book.

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101 Artists to Listen to before you Die is the newest books from Richardo Cavolo. It is pictorial list of essential musical artists that should be listened to before you expire from this world. The beautiful thing about this book is that it is not a “how to guide” to music or someone author telling you why whatever he’s pitching is better than anything you could be into. It is a normal guy expressing his love for music and explaining his honest thoughts about how the music makes him feels when it hits him. Quite truthfully, the book is refreshing. It catalogs his experiences of music and he provides us with some vibrant, beautifully unconventional art. It’s all personal but it also invites you to think back to how you felt about whatever music might have shaped your life up to this point.

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Being an eclectic guy myself, I wanted to challenge myself and see out of the 101 artists, how many can I say that I have listened to, I came to the resounding number of just 40 artists. Not too shabby I thought, but I have decided that I want challenge myself.

From this day forward I will be listen to at least 2 artists a day in this book, chronologically, (Thank God For Apple Music!)  in order to not only say I have listened to them all, but to see how it makes me feel and see what I can learn from each artist, I will document what I’ve listened to and write what I’ve heard and felt on here! Hell maybe even one day I will write my own book about artist you all should listen to 😉

Vacancy by Jen Lee

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Nobrow is a relatively new comic book distributor from the UK that is giving indie developers their own platform to publish comic book style short stories, illustrations and art comics. Nobrow’s aim is to publish eco friendly books with magnificent quality. With the turn of each page, the each book has the ability to engage majority of a person’s senses. The comics’ smell like fresh carved wood, each page is cool to the touch and not waxy like typical comic book issues, and each story has a major artistic value. I mean, you can take page out of any book and hang it at any art gallery. Many of the stories aren’t about superheroes, supernatural events or fantasy, but have qualities of Aesop Fables; they explore questions of history, insecurities, self-discovery and morals.

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The first book I picked up from their inventory was Vacancy by Jen Lee. Vacancy is a new comic short story about a dog with glasses in a post apocalyptic future that realizes after years of waiting for his owners to return home, he is alone and has to venture out into new big bad world for the first time without guidance. Along the way, he befriends a raccoon and a deer for adventures in the wild. I know it sounds like a plot from a 90’s Nickelodeon Tv show, but this story was incredibly charming and warm-hearted. The main character, Simon the dog, makes you care about him instantly. He questions the world around him, but never himself. I found myself quickly relating to Simon, it’s clear he’s trying to embrace change and grow but has his doubts. As he progresses into the wild he knows he has to brave. Once again, the story is short but strong. The color choice is perfect for the story, warm orange lights the evening sky while dark greens and blues illuminate the shrubby. Art invites you into it’s world, it knows it’s tone and how it wants to show it’s beauty yet contrast it with broken and beating down landscapes. The book cost only $6.00; where you can purchase here. it’s worth it to have it in the collection to remind yourself that world can be scary at first glance, but if you brave on, you will be just fine.

Here Comes Daredevil on Netflix….

The trailer for The Man Without Fear hit today, man and it is so satisfying. Frank Miller and Romita’s work is prevalent in the trailer alone. I think it’s incredible smart for Marvel to not include DareDevil’s classic blood -red outfit, it will be a refreshing surprise when it debuts. It will be more of a organic experience, it will raise the question – “is Matt a hero? or a Villain?” so when the outfit is donned, you will just see a man trying to make sense of his insanity. I’m calling it now, this show will be amazing.  If you were under a rock today, check out the trailer, you’ll be glad you did.

Wallpaper of the Day- Deadpool

In honor of last week’s news of Deadpool finally getting his own movie, here’s a new wallpaper to brighten your day. Here’s to Ryan Reynolds hopefully signing on!

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P.S. If you have been living under a rock, here’s the test footage of a possible Deadpool movie that could have been. Reynolds provides the voice and nails it!

Guardians of the Galaxy ! New Images and 15 second trailer Updated… Full Trailer

Although we must wait for this movie to come out and rock the movie theaters this summer, we do have the opportunity to feast our eyes on these new images of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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From left to right, check out the crew, you have Gamora, who will be played in the film by the extremely hot Zoe Saldana, Rocket Raccoon, who will be voiced by Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, who will be played by Parks and Recreation’s Chris Pratt, the enormous tree-creature known as Groot, who will be voiced by (the man)Vin Diesel, and last but not least Drax, who will be played by WWE Superstar Dave Bautista.

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Remember to tune into Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight for the full length trailer!

Update! The trailer is here, I can’t wait for August!

Theophlius London

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I have been wanting to do a post about this artist in particular for quite sometime. Usually when I write about music, I say: This artist is one of my favorite or this artist is smooth and makes music that make you move. When it comes to Theophlius London, he is one of a kind in every way possible. While most artists use music to facilitate their personal styles, the Brooklyn native is style and fashion incarnate. He doesn’t dress wild and crazy to get an audience-ahem, Lady Gaga, nor is he Kanye West trying to reinvent style with the use of his music. London is style that has been transformed into a listening form. He reminds the listener/viewer that style is what you make it and that it is important for it to vary with each person. He not only thrives in electronic music, he somehow manages to still be a hip-hop/R&B artist. London is eclectic, all the while being musically balanced and in his music, there isn’t too much of any genre of music to label him as a specific type of artist. He caters to the majority of listeners. Some can argue that he sounds too old school because he has many 80s sampled tracks or too flamboyant, but one thing you can’t argue is that no one in music sounds anything like him. He’s original in a music world where everything on the radio uses the same template of percussion to make a hit. Theophlius London will draw you in with charming ways and his unabated style.

Must Hear:

Jam: 2008

This Charming Mixtape : 2009

I Want You: 2010

Timez Are Weird These Days: 2011

 

 

Bit Funk

Bit Funk is one of my favorite underground EDM artist. He usually has wonderful melodic tunes that are easy to love but highly complex. Hailing in from Brooklyn NY, his music is not to be slept on, it’s almost fair to say he’s one of the best in the underground circuit. Here’s a couple of tracks, he will be performing February 22, 2014 at the Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn NY for just $12.  I’m sure the show will be a lot of fun and will be a chance to dance to some sweet music. If you can, don’t miss out.