Ünnecessary Ümlaut


A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Peek: Neon Indian Play Pre-Show at TBWA \ Chiat \ Day

Photo: Christina Villafor

On the hush hush, before Friday night’s Troubador gig, Neon Indian stopped by the ad agency MSN (UK) named one of the world’s 10 coolest spaces, TBWA \ Chiat \ Day LA. The article mentions their indoor trees, basketball court and more, but breezes through what would make me actually want to live and work in LA: the agency hosts live concerts. They’ve had the The Morning Benders, Edward Sharpe, Generationals and tons more stop by for intimate, on-the-down-low shows. Not bad. At least where I’m freelancing right now this guy appears on Fridays. [Thanks, Christina]

If you haven’t already grabbed Neon Indian‘s latest, you need to snag it on iTunes:

Neon Indian “Polish Girl” from Era Extraña

Neon Indian “Hex Girlfriend” from Era Extraña

Neon Indian “Fallout” from Era Extraña

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Beer Güt Shirt

Q: What has Two Thumbs, Likes Beer, and Carries a Dolly with Pride?
Adv: New TBWA Heineken Spot “Men With Talent” is Stupidly Awesome
TBWA: Skittles “Piñata”
Horn Toot: ARCO Nickel Board Wins OBIE Outdoor Advertising Award
Yum: Glazed & Amazed on the ampm Secret Menu
Art: Wilma Lichtenstein Flintstone at Ogilvy
FYI: Shit You Can’t Flush on Southwest Airlines
KYEO: LA Street Art by Buff Monster, Invader, Cali Killa, Mr. Brainwash, Alec, Shark Toof
MP3: Rock out with the Ümlaut :: Friday Fives

LA: Philippe’s French Dip and Lance Mountain

On the edge of LA’s Chinatown sits the birthplace of the French Dip sandwich, Philippe’s. Or at least, that’s what they say. Go downtown and Cole’s will claim the same thing. I can’t speak for Cole’s, but Philippe’s was a fine sando. [Sorry, no pic. It went down too fast.] For a pre-dipped version, it was surprisingly moist and flavorful without being a sloppy, drowning mess. And they score points for their clientele:

As ecstatic as he looks to put down his dip and take a pic with another, Lance was actually super nice. Hopefully I’ll be able to harass him at the X-Games tomorrow. Stalker alert!

Adv: Skating A Full Pool
Gnarcade: 8-Bit Attack on Mt. Hood
Art: Shadow Skaters by TR853-1
Skate: Nike SB “Today Was A Good Day” with Paul Rodriguez and Ice Cube (and Lance Mountain?)

KYEO: Skullphone in Santa Monica / Digital Media @ Subliminal Projects

Spotted at Olympic & Lincoln, outside Company 3. First Skullphone piece I’ve seen in a while. Apparently his new show Digital Media has been running at Subliminal Projects and is wrapping up July 2nd. Watch the vid below.

Dots are big part of his latest wave of work, “Through painted pointillism, the imagery dislocates as the artwork is approached.”

Check out Skullphone‘s Digital Media show by Friday at Subliminal Projects in Echo Park. Or snag some prints in the online store.

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KYEO: Shark Toof on Sunset in Echo Park

Shark Toof Wheatpaste-ups

Last December Photo-, Cinema-, and all-around Ographer Davon Slininger took me around Echo Park to appease my thirst for good beer. Stopped at some LA-y wine bar, had Belgian strong ale PranQster on tap, and spotted these wheatpastes outside.

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The smokes artist is LA fixture Shark Toof. He’s got prints, shirts, and gear over at Ghetto Glass.

The zombie artist is Euth One. (Thanks, Seth Brundel!)