Frances Anderton of KCRW’s Design and Architecture interviews Robbie Conal and Separd Fairey in a segment entitled The Graphics of Political Protest.

Stream or download the show here. 

For more: DNA blog


If you did a Google search for Swedish singer-songwriter Fredrik a month ago, all you’d find is a lone blog post on The Music Slut entitled “who the hell is *fredrik*?

A month later he’s way more visible – a website is up and he’s got prominent placement on sites like

I like his indie-folk style. It reminds me of going to summercamp when I was young – singing songs by the campfire and feeling peaceful and full of life. Also reminds me of folks like Bon Iver and Blind Pilot a bit.

Fredrik on Myspace
Amazon release: October 28, 2008

Yesterday Bobby from Kitsune Noir tipped me off to a new (to me) artist, Christopher David Ryan from Portland, Maine. Ryan is featured in yesterday’s Desktop Wallpaper Project and has several sites where you can view and purchase his work. On his personal website he offers up a daily design with full archives, and also offers really great poster downloads (free!) for the 2008 Presidential election.

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The Daily Beast


A new discovery this week is The Daily Beast, a news site that curates – not aggregates – popular stories in the press. The Daily Beast is the brainchild of author, columnist and magazine editor Tina Brown. Although the content itself has a tendency to err on the tabloid side, it’s great to be able to quickly scan headlines and pick out snack-sized bits of multimedia content to peruse.

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Tonight I watched the second presidential debate at Current TV’s Hack the Debate, a video mashup of a live video feed combined with a text overlay of comments (aka Tweets) submitted by Twitter users. I also had Twitter’s election page running in a separate window.

While it wasn’t apparent that all Tweets submitted to Hack the Debate would appear – it would be almost impossible given the amount submitted – It was amazing how quickly Twitter picked up and posted my notes. Watching the backchannel happen in real-time was mesmerizing. The comments were thought-provoking, random, and often downright hilarious (“my friends, has anyone seen my green sweater?”).

Election coverage at Twitter

Current TV

Catching up on PSFK tonight, I found a great piece on a group dubbed the Pop-Down Project. Originating from France and now nearly 500 strong globally, the subversive art group likens real world advertising to internet pop-up ads. Their trademark, a large “X” affixed to the upper right hand corner – similar to what you’d find on a pop-up ad online – is downloadable from their site in template form.

I was never a huge fan of TV on the Radio. In fact, I recall seeing them perform at Avalon a few years ago and distinctly thinking “meh”. However their new album Dear Science really resonates with me and is in seriously heavy rotation.

Watch the interview with Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe conducted backstage with Jools Holland of the BBC.

Also, watch out for Tunde who plays a major role in Jonathan Demme’s new film Rachel Getting Married.