Next on my reading list: Buyology by Martin Lindstrom. Lindstrom, recently named to TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2009, is known as a brand futurist, advising companies to use scientific, process-based strategies to build their brands. Buyology summarizes Lindstrom's study using brain scan technology to uncover the science and psychology behind consumer buying activity. It sounds interesting to me. I want to find out why I buy what I buy - or at least why Lindstrom thinks I buy what I buy.
...that I'm excited for the debut album from Discovery. I've heard a few tracks from the record, which drops July 7, and I'm on the edge of my perverbial seat. Download two tracks below (control-click if you've got a Mac).
Beck covers The Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning" with some friends. It's called the Record Club. Beck & co. covered the entire album in one day and will be posting one track from those sessions each day to his website. Listen to the song. Considering they made this and a host of other tracks in one day, it is incredibly ornate and polished.
If you like things that are cool, you should buy Allison V. Smith's latest zine, Things I Like About Texas, featuring her photography. AVS is only the raddest photographer around these days. Check out her website for proof. And go to her blog to buy the zine. The first 30 sold come with a limited edition print! I just got mine.
Ben Chlapek is an artist from Missouri specializing in printmaking and illustrations. We actually went to school together from elementary school through college, though he was two years younger. I didn't realize he was such a great artist until yesterday. Look at his stuff.
Check out Public School - a totally rad collection of artists based in Austin, Texas. I stumbled upon them today and am completely blown away by their creative force. They have a really great blog too. Check it out.
I'm in Las Vegas on the last leg of our family vacation. Today I was a wonderful movie: Up. By now, you've already heard about it and probably saw it before I did. But I couldn't avoid a post here on the blog. I loved film's score as well (you can hear the track "Married Life" from the soundtrack in the video below). If you haven't already seen it, go see Up. You'll experience a wide range of emotions and leave the theater uplifted (no pun intended).