October 2010


Dave Grohl has revealed that he has recruited his former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic to play on Foo Fighters’ new album. Novoselic played bass on a song, while Husker Du’s Bob Mould appears on another track called “Dear Rosemary”. “Honestly, it sounds like if Husker Du wrote a four or five minute hit opus and then the Foo Fighters played it,” Grohl told BBC Radio 1 about the Mould track. He was less explanatory about Novoselic’s input, simply stating that he “came in the other night and played bass on a song”. Grohl also said that Butch Vig is producing the album, while the band are also making a movie about the “experience”. Vig last worked with Grohl on Nirvana’s 1991 album “Nevermind”. “The last month and a half we’ve been in my garage recording totally old school analogue with Butch Vig,” he said. “This whole project has been really cool because I haven’t made a record with Butch in 20 years, almost exactly 20 years.” Grohl added that the album is Foo Fighters’ “heaviest yet”, and that the band have now completed seven songs, with another five or six more due to be recorded in due course. (via NME)

The brilliant Illustrator Hans Arnold passed away this week. He was an artist, born in Switzerland, who lived and worked in Sweden from 1947 until his death this monday. He illustrated mainly magazines and books. And he was known for his horror art, which had a very distinct style.

Alex Bogusky was an Advertising star and the Creative Leader of Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Then he said enough. His new project is called Fearless Revolution, a sort of thinktank that will act in consumer questions and strenghten the influence of the consumer. On the website http://www.fearlessrevolution.com one can read: “We see ourselves as advocates in this new consumer revolution. One founded on the principles that we have the power and the tools to reshape the world again.”  Bogusky means that the consumer has too low demands and he says “We think we have to accept the bad that comes with the good. The pollution that comes with the energy. The unsafe working conditions that come with low prices. The toxic materials that come with convenient packaging.” He means that consumers haven´t been able to organize themselves and been standing on weak platforms towards political and commercial powers. But, with the internet, the consumer can conquer back the power. An intriguing direction from Alex Bogusky. I will follow Fearless Revolution.

 

This was part of a Snickers campaign called “Conquer Sahara With Snickers”, I worked on during my years at BBDO. This was a set of 4 wallpapers for the web side of the campaign, that communicated the Snickers marketing platform of the active Snickers experience and the feeling of being up for anything when living life to the fullest.

Christopher Nolan has revealed the official title of his third Batman movie. It will be called “The Dark Knight Rises”. Christopher Nolan said: “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones.”

When pressed about whether the villain would be covered in question marks, Nolan gave a negative response. “It won’t be the Riddler,” he said. “The Dark Knight Rises” will be released on July the 20th, 2012. (via Total Film)

“A tender and vibrant portrait of the life and work of the Beat author and American icon, “WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN” is an intimate documentary that breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time. Burroughs was one of the first writers to break the boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950’s. His novel Naked Lunch is one of the most recognized and respected literary works of the 20th century and has influenced generations of artists. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, and David Cronenberg, “WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN” is a probing yet loving look at the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. The film is narrated by Peter Weller, with a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth.”

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