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Frilly Military


We finally get a peek at Momus’ upcoming album, OCKY MILK, with the release online of a video he shot himself yesterday in Kyoto for the track “Frilly Military.”


Radio MXUT Vol. 2

Marxy and U.T. get down and dirty with a brand spankin’ new episode of Radio MXUT!

Radio MXUT returns to the Internet with a new frantic mega-mix podcast based on the theme of “electricity.” Over the course of 49 minutes, hosts marxy and u.t. (Kiiiiiii) bring you thirty energetic musical selections: obscure pico pico Japanese electro-pop, digital beats, analog blurts, vintage electro-rock, and a “mashup” of (Lil’) Bow Wow and Architecture in Helsinki – delivering the final nail in the coffin for that early Aughts trend. Contractually-obligated pun-laced copy: Radio MXUT deliver another shocking selection of current material! T.G.I.Faraday!

Direct link to the show, or subscribe to the feed.

Technology Web

A Better Mixi


For those who still don’t know what Mixi is all about, PingMag is there to help out (and offer suggestions on how to improve the site).


The Feed

It seems that the FeedBurner feed to the site had gone down after my update of WordPress (I think it had to do with the setting I used to redirect the feed produced by WP to the FeedBurner one). It’s back up now, and I do hope that you continue to use it as it lets me keep a better count of how many subscribers I have.



Remember that post from a while back about Johan Prag looking for a design assistant? Seems like the person who got the position, Ayasaki, learned about it from here. It’s definitely nice to see that this site has its uses.


This Week in Magazines


  • The latest issue of IDEA (315) features a rather nice gallery of drawings by Aquirax Uno, an artist I wasn’t familiar with at all.
  • BRUTUS (588) sets out to learn from geniuses (“Meet the Geniuses”) in a feature that I found to be a bit too arbitrary.
  • The latest PEN (170) is all about design in Spain, but also has a guide to the Aoyama/Omotesando area. A great issue to pick up if your planning a trip to Spain, as it highlights all the design-friendly spots/shops you should be checking out. I’m also noticing that Starbucks is spending big bucks on magazine sponsorship these days, as the last few issues of both BRUTUS and PEN have been home to Starbucks-sponsored columns.
  • The second issue of DESIGN QUARTERLY includes a gallery of Naoki Honjo’s amazing photography (it’s the fake-looking scenery stuff, also seen in PAPER SKY a few issues back, as well as SWITCH). There’s also a great article by Kenya Hara called “Secondary Function,” that looks at tape and how to give it added value through design.
  • The new DESIGN NOTE (5) covers the world of art direction, with plenty of interviews with top Japanese art directors. Heavy on the examples, so lots of nice eye candy.
  • It seems like half of the magazines I follow have had cover features on books this past month, and add the latest issue of DESIGNERS’ WORKSHOP (Vol. 23, No. 145) to the list, with its “Book Guide 300.” There’s also a piece that takes a look at design magazines from around the world.
Design Stores TB.Grafico

Aoyama Book Center


The Aoyama Book Center cares about good Japanese design, and you should too!

Art Photography

Curious QP


I love that Patrick continues to search the city for signs of QP. His latest moblog find (what you see here) is a bit of a strange one (found in Minami-Asagaya).

UpdateAnd while on the topic of street tags, Patricks points us to CBCNET‘s photolog, TANK.

Design Film Photography

Missing Pages


I mentioned the works of Tokyo-based Canadian video artist Jerome Olivier a while back, and he lets me know that his 24-minute short film, “Missing Pages (amended version),” an interesting motion/photo mix that he describes as “fotomation,” is now completed. You can view the opening 7 minutes on his site.