Weapon Of Beauty

Jeremiah the Innocent in a box
January 25, 2009, 1:50 pm
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There’s no stopping the vinyl toy craze. Now they’ve even made toys of Daniel Johnston‘s famous Jeremiah The Innocent frog character.
I love how they try to sell these things to people. With stuff like “Only 20 of the green edition of 250 include limited edition signed card.” Blimey! Or even better: “includes tree stump base and collectors box”!
It has a tree stump base! So what’s holding you back?
And a collectors box! In which you can put the toy, so you can no longer see what you’ve bought. Just what you needed! 


[I have to admit though, I quite like the box. A lot more than the toy itself.]


Sewer hotel
January 24, 2009, 6:15 pm
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While we’re on the subject of hotels, I just bumped into some photos of dasparkhotel in Ottensheim, Austria that I want to show you. The hotel consists of 3 modified sewer pipes. There’s a large bed in there and the pipes even have a funny little sky window. It’s a bit ironic though that while you’re sleeping in a sewer pipe, you have to go to a nearby building to find a toilet.  This is compensated by the fact that you can decide for yourself how much you want to pay for staying in the hotel. 

All very nice, but the thing is: I’m sure this is just a plot by some fun-loving locals. This is what happens: they all go out for a drink in the pub, wait until a pipe is occupied, then sneak up to it in the middle of the night and start rolling it around the park. Inhabitants and all. So really you should be glad there’s not toilet in there. Image the results. No wait, DON’T imagine the results.

But I don’t think we should be too worried as I don’t think anyone knows where the fuck Ottensheim is. And even if we did: why the hell would we want to go there? Someone? Please?


Alice in Monsterland
January 14, 2009, 6:58 pm
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Hell’O Monsters is a street art collective from Brussels formed by Blastus, Desro, Ewing 33 and Tatone. They are without a doubt Belgium’s best street art collective, along with the ZetKa guys.
Hell’O Monsters were recently released from their cage to do their monstrous thing in a room at Design & Breakfast in Ghent. This bed & breakfast is owned by model An Oost and her boyfriend (who’s a modern antiques dealer – and it shows). They gave some artists the change to give the place a face-lift resulting in the kind of rooms like you see below. Niiiice! (If you’re into three-eyed people, split skulls and dog cat-faced girls that is. But then again, who isn’t?)


Album releases to look out for in 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the studio
[YYYs in the studio]

Upcoming album shizzle:
Jan 16: White Lies – To Lose My Life
Jan 19: Antony & The Johnsons – The Crying Light
Jan 26: Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Feb 2: A Camp – Colonia
Feb 16: Various Artists – Dark Was the Night (2cd)
Feb 17: …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – The Century of Self
Feb 23: Morrissey – Years Of Refusal
Mar 16: Bonnie Prince Billy – Beware
Mar 20: The Rakes – Klang
Mar 30: PJ Harvey – A Woman A Man Walked By
Apr 16: Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
Apr 27: Sophia – There Are No Goodbyes… 
Apr 28: Jane’s Addiction – A Cabinet of Curiosities (box-set)
May 19: Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Commuter 

Also gearing up for a 2009 release:
Future Of The Left (live & studio cd)
Malcolm Middleton (June)
Melissa Auf der Maur – Out Of Our Minds
Midlake – The Courage Of Others
Nicole Atkins
Sonic Youth
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz (Apr. 14)

And we can expect new albums from these fine Belgian boys and girls too:
Admiral Freebee
DAAN (April)
Das Pop – Das Pop
i H8 Camera – Making Movies (Jan. 19)
I Love Sarah – Isle Of Sarah (Feb 6)
The Hickey Underworld – The Hickey Underworld (Mar 9)
The Van Jets