Archives for the month of: January, 2010

One’s blue. One’s pink. They’re both Zune wallpapers. Want one? Right click. Then Download. Yup, that’s about it. Thanks.

It’s no fun being on the ground so much. Ya know? So why don’t you join me, up, way up. Feel free to download these otherworldly 1680X1050 wallpapers. Sorry, shooting stars not included. Maybe next month. For you, I’ll see what I can do.

Pink

Green

Sam Sparro and Beni with the gloriously thumpy and palpitating, Maximus.

Stunning building concept by interior and 3D designer Julia Kunikowska.

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This song, written and performed by Ohio bluesman Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, is given a rock redo by Creedance Clearwater Revival. Does John Fogerty’s thick and gravely voice hold up to Hawkins’ oh so creepy, guttural and passionate bellowing? Do you think CCR’s cover compares to the offhanded and disarming brilliance of the original (Hawkins admits to feasting on fried chicken, lots of beer, and obviously some whatchamacallit, during the recording session)? If the last ten seconds of Hawkins’ macabre classic doesn’t make you squirm, nothing will.

Other artists who have recorded this song include: the glorious-can-do-no-wrong-in-my-book Nina Simone, The Animals, Bette Midler, Estelle, The Kills, Queen Latifah, and Ray Charles.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, was quite a complex character. One of the forefathers of shock rock,  Hawkins spawned 75 children (it’s speculated), stole a couple of songs from experimental artist Tom Waits, performed his infamous “Constipation Blues“on a toilet at the Taste of Chicago festival, earned a  middleweight boxing champion title from Alaska, and moved to Paris later in his life where he died at age 70. Where else is there to go after such a vagabond approach to a music career?

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I’m trying my hand at vectors now, for the new year. I’ve got to keep busy. For my first vector pack, sans the pack, I took a photo of a napkin dispenser at a famous soda shop here in Memphis, Wiles-Smith Drugs store on Union Ave. Ambrosial vanilla malt there, by the way. I chose a palette of pistachio and cotton candy to mimic the old school soda-fountain vibe. I’ve included an .ai, .pdf, and .eps file for convenience. This vector was created in Adobe Illustrator CS3. Yes, some of us are still using CS3.

If you use this vector in any of your projects please, send a copy to me. I’d love to see how they’re being used, manipulated. I need your feedback. You like or no? C’mon! Don’t make me beg all three of you subscribers out there in blogville. I promise they’ll get better.

Download Zip File Here

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You decide which version you favor more. Both performances are earnest. It’s a matter of preference. Be brave and love both.

New year, new wallpaper. It’s that simple. You know what to do: download this 1680X1050 desktop calendar and chill.

Blue