February 2008

Here’s the cover artwork and playlist from my lastest compilation for friends.

New to Music Swap this go-around – The End of The World, The Clientele, The Mosquitos, Johnnie Taylor, Abafakasi, Syd Matters, Bodies of Water, Jon McKiel, Eric Gaffney, and Debashish Bhattacharya., The Clientele, The Mosquitos, Johnnie Taylor, Abafakasi, Syd Matters, Bodies of Water, Jon McKiel, Eric Gaffney, and Debashish Bhattacharya.

Mean Eyed Cat by Johnny Cash
Spookhouse by Clear Tigers
European Oils by Destroyer
Show Your Age by The End Of The World
Crack A Smile by Jeff Tweedy
The National Side by Romantica
A House Is Not a Home by Field Music
The Men Who Live Upstairs by The Most Serene Republic
Bookshop Casanova by The Clientele
Boombox by The Mosquitos
The Platyus Strut by Ohmega Watts
I Could Never Be President by Johnnie Taylor
Wakwami by Abafakasi
Someday Sometimes (EL-P remix) by Syd Matters
Here Comes My Hand by bodies of water
Matadjem Yinmixan by Tinariwen
War On You by Jon McKiel
The Dunes by Eric Gaffney
Nata Raaj by Debashish Bhattacharya
Blue Valentines by Tom Waits

— Anthony P. Munoz@ apmunoz.com


If the classic, 70’s Battlestar Galactica bad guys wore a watch, this would be it.

The L69 Time Module LED Wrist Watch has a bulky, hard-edged retro-futuristic styling with wonderful low-tech LED display that will have any aging sci-fi fan drooling. It’s going for ¥139,500 online. Haven’t found it in the US yet.

— Anthony P. Munoz


I recently caught the opening of a really interesting show at Pilsen’s The Chicago Art Department Gallery. Co-Owner, KS Rives found some abandoned maps in Paris left by street book vendors whom hastily fled a rainstorm. Once dried, the maps became the basis for Rives current body of work. She painstaking Exacto-knives out details and reassembles them in to graphic and textural collages.

This Friday will be the last chance to see “Entre les deux,” her solo show at The Chicago Art Department.

Friday, February 29, 2008
The Chicago Art Department
1837 S. Halsted

— Anthony P. Munoz


Kozy and Dan
“kozyndan are Los Angeles based mad scientists. they are working on a secret formula for controlled nuclear fusion, and are creating a line of edible chickens. For fun they like to take long deep breaths and dip their heads into bowls of rasberry jelly and lemon curd. They live indoors and don’t paint on walls. the couple also moonlights as freelance illustrators.”
–kozy and dan

I admired the work of this illustrator couple when I first noticed it on a Postal Service cd. I love the childlike quality yet top-notch production. I later discovered I’d run in to them early when I was enamored with the cover they did for Giant Robot magazine. It was a furry, bunnied-up version of a classic Hokusai print of cresting waves.

Their site is chock full of illustrations. Just check out their art work page.

— Anthony P. Munoz


Here’s the cover artwork and playlist from my lastest compilation for friends.Winter dole-drums have set in and everyone is quite vocally sick and tired. Our 124th compilation tip toes around complaints and roundhouse kicks them with a healthy dose of musical genius.Toronto suburban musicians, The Most Serene Republic, start out this mix with the sweepingly orchestral, Humble Peasants. Another wonderful band on the Arts & Crafts record label, their 2007 release, Population, has to be one of the greatest albums of last year. Lush, complicated, unexpected, sunny, art rock. You’ll be hearing much more from them in upcoming mixes.Number 7, Ten Thousand Lines, is by Music Swap favorites Electric President, one of the many projects by Jacksonville, Florida’s prolific musician and artist – Ben Cooper.Hippy-dippy world rockers, Janah come in 8th giving us a delicious musical vegan burrito to twirl about while munching on. The brainchild of Atlanta’s Keith Johnson, this band is back after a long hiatus and poised to deliver another album that will make you want to grab your birkenstocks and head out on tour.Following this American take on world fusion music come a series of songs from around the globe. Ninth on the set is Ludi Garden from India’s, Blue Planet. The overlapping, rhythmic chanting at the end of the song is quite cool.Number 15 is Africa from kora musician, Ba Cissoko from Guinea. The kora is one of my favorite, under-appreciated instruments. Think 2 10-stringed guitars facing each other and played with both thumbs.Other notable enteries this time around are: Flying,DC’s distinctive Carol Bui, San Fran.’s Love Like Fire, and Chicago’s very own May or May NotHumble Peasants by The Most Serene RepublicAbout To Walk by Throw Me The StatueRed Orange Yellow by The Photo AtlasPrincess Priceless by Luke TempleThe Morning Paper by SmogGetting Old by Hot IQsTen Thousand Lines by Electric PresidentLeavened Heart (I Tumble Down) by JanahLudi Garden by Blue PlanetThought I Heard My Banjo Say by Jimmie Strothers & Joe LeeForbidden Sands by FlyingEasy by VoxtrotI Used To Complain Now I Don’t by White Rabbitsthe year after by Carol BuiAfrica by Ba CissokoThe Hymn by The CzarsI’m Actual by The FormatFrom A Tower by Love Like FireBike by May Or May Notspiracle by The Octopus Project / Black Moth Super RainbowIf you are a friend and want to get in on my compilations, just let me know.– Anthony P. Munoz@ apmunoz.com

Hotel KakslauttanenSure this time of year makes many resident of the top side of the Northern Hemisphere yearn for balmy weather. Why try a decidedly untypical get-away though? How about stylish Finland? The snow igloos that pop up each winter to complement the 20 spectacular glass igloos and 31 luxury log cabins at Kakslauttanen resort in Saariselkä, Finland are very, very slick.You can lie in your bed under the glass ceiling of your glass igloo, cozily covered by thick down duvets, and watch the snow fall gently in the light-blue air of the endless night. It is surreal and magical.There is also a snow chapel, the world’s largest snow restaurant for 150 people, a Finnish traditional smoke sauna, an eight-meter-tall glass tepee (designed to resemble the typical Lapp tepee called kota) for cocktail parties under the Aurora Borealis.
— Anthony P. Munoz

Chicago’s free, month-long outdoor festival in Millennium Park this February features the U.S. debut of Canadian artist Gordon Halloran’s work, Paintings Below Zero.Just behind Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate sculpture or “The Bean”, Halloran has created his largest installation to date. Unlike the title, it’s not a painting, but a colorful wall of ice chunks measuring 95 feet long and nearly 12 feet tall.The Michigan Avenue side, is meant to echo the city’s skyline. The other side, chock full of color, is meant to be interactive and seen in close proximity. Inspired by a glacial wall in its final stages of movement toward the ocean, the installation will evolve over time with natural and planned changes, encouraging visitors to return frequently to observe the activity.Halloran’s ice paintings use portable refrigeration technology: modular aluminum plates that efficiently conduct the cold. These tabletop-size plates assembled into different configurations help in crating, displaying and maintaining the ice works, regardless of temperatures.Complementing the colorful ice wall, Halloran also embed an abstract ice painting in Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, allowing visitors to skate on the multicolored surface.Make sure to stop by this month as it changes. Reviews of the initial installation were a little lackluster. It will be interesting to see how this “exhibit” morphs with Chicago’s varying temperatures.— Anthony P. Munozapmunoz.com

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