Dan Hipp's drawings bring a cuteness and depth to pop culture, taking on everything from Marvel to Miyazaki to Parks and Recreation.
Hipp's work has appeared in comic books like All-New X-Men and Adventure Time, and he currently serves as art director for the Teen Titans Go! cartoon. His drawings take the usual mash-ups and tributes you'd expect to find on the internet and bring a signature style and consistency to them that are all his own. You can check out his tumblr and follow him on Twitter @misterhipp.
Beck sings a cover of The Flamingos' doo wop classic "I Only Have Eyes For You." The tune comes from artist Doug Aitken's Song 1 exhibit, in which different musicians' recordings of the same song are played under 360 degree video projections on the walls of Washington DC's Hirshhorn Museum. Read the rest
Plane tickets never bought, EPs never recorded, mobile apps never to be made mobile, Kickstarter is littered with them. Now, Kickended tracks all of these projects into one sad repository.
With 8700 completely unfunded Kickstarters to sort through, the site gives you the choice of random campaigns or the whole depressing archive. It offer no commentary, because why heap abuse on people who've already seen their dreams crumble to dust? I don't even want to share my favorites because it almost feels meanly voyeuristic. While there are a number of dopes who just want people to buy them things with no return, there are also the well-intentioned yet clueless who imagined money would pour forth effortlessly, as well as your garden variety weirdos. And all that separates the dopes, clueless, and weirdos from the successful is about ten grand of other people's money.
Acclaimed comics artist Francesco Francavilla shares a vision of the Dark Knight that's more reflective of the 70s than the actual Batman books they published in the 70s. Read the rest
In this live footage from a 2010 concert at the 02 Arena, Peter Gabriel covers an Arcade Fire track from Neon Bible. I will readily admit this song's use in the John Carter trailer is what made me so excited for a movie which made me so disappointed. Read the rest
The Orchestral Game Music Concert series ran from 1991 to 1996, employing a number of Japanese orchestras to perform symphonic selections from some of video games' greatest titles. The compilation records were notoriously hard to find, until now. Here are some of my favorite tracks. Read the rest
In footage meant to air on 20/20, Elvis Costello and the Attractions play Boston and Detroit at the height of their powers and buy avocados with Geraldo Rivera. Read the rest
Here's live footage of riot grrl legends Sleater-Kinney circa 1999 playing a thus far unreleased song called "Wipers." It's a shame they never put it on tape, cause it is a straight-up raucous jam. Read the rest
"The Whale" is one of the spaciest tracks on Electric Light Orchestra's Out of the Blue, an already very spacy album. Someone interspersed it with footage of actual whales in a feat of majestic literalism. Read the rest