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New York Serenade

An incredible ode to the Big Apple, NEW YORK SERENADE documents geographic sites that hold significance in the city’s musical history, such as a Harlem intersection visited and then sung about by Lou Reed, the building featured on the cover of Led Zep’s Physical Graffiti, and the world famous Apollo Theatre. The title relies on the work of accomplished photographer Ciro Frank Schiappa and the accompanying text is by Michele Primi of Rolling Stone. The beautiful 9″ x 11″ hardcover is fresh out from Skira books. [See More]

TSOTW: Sprinkle Me Mane

This week’s T-Shirt Of The Week is this meme-driven wonder from Los Angeles-based brand BTLG. It deftly mashes up the slightly disturbing Instagram phenomenon that is #SaltBae – a chef who lovingly caresses his meats (that is not a dirty joke, btw) and got famous for flamboyantly sprinkling some salt. BTLG have combined that with the equally famous E-40 line, “Sprinkle me, mane.” Get it at Hutch.

KLIPS / FREND

I was lucky enough to tag along with two great artists to The Graff Lab near DTLA a couple weeks back. The space is a large yard, where graf writers and artists can get permission to paint a throwie, piece, or mural. While some people take all day with it, KLIPS and FREND hustled hard to bang this out in about an hour and a half. [See More]

Memrise

My wife told me about this free educational app for learning a new language, Memrise, and I’m enjoying it tremendously so far. I’ve been trying to learn Korean, and have made some good progress. The app is based around flash-card memorization with audio queues. The native speaker pronunciation is great. It’s available for mobile phones and for your laptop, and perhaps more importantly, it’s fun.

Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art

Consensus says Paul Rand (1914-1996) is one of America’s, if not the world’s, most important graphic designers. He famously developed posters, corporate identities, and logos for the likes of IBM, UPS, and ABC. He also taught at Yale for 30 years. The good people at Princeton Architectural Press have just published this new edition of Rand’s critically-acclaimed, and long out-of-print hardcover monograph, which is the best account of his important work. A Designer’s Art includes two hundred illustrations, twenty-seven essays, and a new afterword by Steven Heller. [Read More]