Chip Kidd has a band! Here’s the video for their single, called Asymmetrical Girl. I think it’s pretty awesomely sincere, and the song’s got a good hook, and there’s lots of typography. I want more!
1. Start this Delrious time-lapse video of clouds in San Francisco, then immediately pause it to let it buffer and lower the volume to mute. (Nothing against His Boy Elroy, who provides the original score. I actually used that music in a movie of my own once.)
2. Press play on this song from Jason Kanakis and His Coalition of the Unwilling.
3. Start the Delrious video. Full-screen it, if you swing that way.
Wow, didn’t expect to find today’s music pick on the Tor blog (?!) but there it is. I like this claim:
Hip hop’s connection to science fiction goes way, way back–to these ears, it’s encoded in the genre’s DNA, thanks to its heavy sampling of P. Funk–but some groups make the connection more explicit than others (OutKast, Kanye West).
Wu-Tang, too! What is Wu-Tang if not, basically, a giant awesome science fiction project? (Actually, don’t answer that; I’m out of my depth here.)
Anyway, Tor’s Brian Slattery singles out Kid Cudi’s track The Pursuit of Happiness, and I have to concur: It’s got a really fresh sound. It’s a collaboration with MGMT and Ratatat, which sounds completely made-up—but here it is. Definitely worth a listen.