8/31/2015

Siouxsie Sioux’s First New Song In Eight Years From Hannibal’s Series Finale


Siouxsie Sioux hasn’t released any music since the release of her debut solo album Mantaray back in 2007, but she contributed her first new song in eight years to the soundtrack for Hannibal’s series finale over the weekend. The track was co-written with the show’s composer Brian Reitzell. It’s called “Love Crime.”

Reitzell had the following to say to Entertainment Weekly about the song:

Siouxsie hasn’t even stepped foot in a studio for eight years, and she said that this piece was the first thing that she heard that inspired her to do anything. And the good news is that I’m going to do a few more tracks with her. I’ve written a few more, and we’re not sure how we’re going to release the track, and that’s kind of unfortunate, but it will be out. We’ll get it out there somehow, soon...more 


MUSIC: Maximono - Jack It (Kyle Watson Remix)

“Playful and Creepy”: An Interview with Tyler Spangler


Down on the west coast there is an artist who is creating art for the internet generation. That man would be Tyler Spangler. In between surfing, which he adores, Mr. Spangler dedicates his time to producing digital collages. Reminiscent of pop art, Mr. Spangler’s creations however have an added dimension and have been redesigned for digital consumers. Mr. Spangler’s creations are iconic and definitely catch and retain the viewer’s eye. Giacomo Grechi had a chat with Mr. Spangler for The Hippo Collective about surfing, horror movies and soda.

The Hippo Collective: Mr. Spangler, could you please take a second to introduce yourself and tell us a little about your artistic career?

Tyler Spangler: My name is Tyler Spangler and I am a designer. I create things everyday for myself and other people. I started freelancing for surf and music industries but have branched out into more areas.

THC: I was intrigued when I read that you ‘ran [an] illegal punk venue for 13 shows till police shut it down’. What exactly did that entail? What did you learn from that experience and would you repeat it?

TS: I leased a warehouse from craigslist to put on shows. The landlord thought it was for band practice which is what I had to tell him because I wasn’t able to get licenses and permits. I had no idea what I was doing but I somehow made it work, even if only for a short time.

THC: Let us move on to your art. Your prints and other productions feature extremely bright colors, psychedelic patterns and are very reminiscent of pop art. They are exciting and not only catch the viewer’s eye, but also keep it there. What do you mean to convey with your art? What is the purpose behind your work?

TS: I love to combine playful and creepy.

THC: How has your style evolved away from those older artistic styles (i.e. pop art, Dadaism and surrealism)? What makes your style distinct?

TS: I think being brought up in the internet generation definitely has an influence. Being able to constantly ingest images whenever I want is something those older generations weren’t able to do. I also think my hobbies like surfing, cooking, and video games influence my work as well. I liked to use those past styles as a starting point that I can branch out from and hopefully create something new and interesting.

THC: Do you have a favorite piece of yours?

I love them all equally. I don’t prefer making certain ones. I have a couple different types that I do and I just rotate and alter them. I love making all over dense collages, pop patterns, minimal body part collages, food pieces, psychedelic nature pieces, etc....more 

Why democratised fashion is the next frontier in custom clothing


Democratised fashion is the next frontier in custom clothing, as new technologies and the internet transform the industrial process, enabling consumers to put their unique stamp on branded products.

Encouraging customers to make their wardrobe their own, knit design studio Knyttan offers fully customised knitted wool garments on demand.


The service has three basic models, for a jumper and two sizes of scarf. Users choose the item they want to customise, then pick the pattern they want knitted.

You could have a simple repeated pattern, such as a grid or a herring-bone, or one of several special editions by designers including London artist Kate Moross and Amsterdam studio Moniker....more 

How Iceland saved John Grant: 'I feel safe here'


Four years ago John Grant flew into Reykjavik for the Iceland Airwavesfestival, walked into a shop and was recognised by a local: “His name was Denni. He said: ‘Hey, man, I love your stuff – if you want to go out to the country and see some things…’ and he took me on a three-hour drive.”

Grant had been drifting following two decades of bingeing on sex, drugs and alcohol. Viewing Iceland up close, he “saw this lunar and otherworldly landscape. A cold and treeless Hawaii. The light, the air, the language…” Language is important to Grant; he speaks German, Russian and Spanish, and has “a smattering of French, enough for them to understand, and I made really great progress in Swedish, but then I had a dark winter there – that’s where I found out I had HIV.”

Now Grant speaks Icelandic, too, because he fell for these islanders who let others live their lives as they choose. “Denni wasn’t coming on to me – he is a straight dude – that’s just how people are here.” It turns out that John Grant’s story, for so long so troubled, may finally be one of redemption.

In the run-up to meeting the songwriter, I took to describing him to the uninitiated as an angry, bearded HIV-positive American who writes witty electronic pop music about his disastrous past relationships. That wasn’t really fair, then – he also writes beautifully arranged love songs with memory-worm lyrics such as “Baby, you’re where dreams go to die” – and it doesn’t even scratch the surface now I’ve spent a day with him.

We meet in Mokka, a coffee shop in the heart of Reykjavik, in whose wood-panelled and cosy interior he seems instantly comfortable (he was photographed here for the cover of his album Pale Green Ghosts). Wandering out of Iceland’s chill August air, he looms over me, handsome and heavily bearded....more 

One touchpad to rule them all


To use the Sensel Morph touchpad, you need an object. Any object. Your fingers, a stylus, a paintbrush, a banana.

A flat metal rectangle with rounded corners, the Sensel Morph is about the same size as an iPad and a bit thicker than a mousepad. The gadget sits on your desk and connects with a laptop, desktop or tablet where it works with existing software, such as a paint program or game. Its pressure-sensitive surface can tell if you're lightly dragging a piece of fruit across the surface or jabbing a toothbrush down as hard as you can.

The Morph is a new kind of consumer input device that can join (or possibly replace) your keyboard, trackpad, mouse, or Wacom tablet.

When naked, it's like a supersized extra-sensitive trackpad. You can draw and write on it, drag a cursor or manipulate on-screen objects with your hand. But what makes it interesting (and fun) is what else it can become.

Pop on an optional 3D silicon overlay and the Morph will turn into a keyboard, drawing tablet, piano, video game controller or drum pad. The touchpad automatically detects what's on top and interprets touch information accordingly, so it knows you're pressing the C key on a piano or hammering a fire button on a game controller. Sensel has made five of these covers already and plans on creating more to sell separately...more 

MUSIC: La Nuit - Road Snakes

MUSIC: Superpoze - Time Travel (Jean Tonique Vision)