When 8-year-olds redesign famous band tees

Emily aka Angsty X tried to teach her 8-year old how to use Photoshop. She figured that the best way to do this was to introduce her to a few simple manipulation techniques, and let her daughter instruct her on how to change them (it takes a little while to get the hang of that magic wand tool).

They decided to start with band t-shirts, because mom wears a lot of them.  There was one shirt that Emily used to wear more often, but she told her daughter that she didn't like one of the people on it anymore. So her daughter said, "Well, just don't put him on it!"

And thus it began.

Emily's daughter didn't understand why her mom was laughing so hard. Frankly, I don't, either, because Emily's daughter is clearly a genius, as demonstrated by the other shirts that she designed.

Emily decided to turn these into actual t-shirts, which you can find on Teepublic for the time being, with all proceeds going to the Okra Project to support mental health work for black trans men and women; they've already raised around $100! Read the rest

Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (but all notes are C)

Uberphawx edited Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" so that all the notes are C. I guess the Cs are in different octaves -- I can't tell, but it sounds great.

See also: "Eleanor Rigby" but all the notes are E or F and it haunts your nightmares

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Unknown Pleasures puzzle

Portland Laser Co. offers a puzzle based on Joy Division's famous cover to Unknown Pleasures, a plot of signals emitted by pulsar CP 1919. Yours for $50.

One of the most iconic album covers of all time, made into a puzzle.

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Watch the Addams Family dance to Joy Division

Last year they danced to The Ramones. This year the Addams Family is grooving to Joy Division.

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New oral history of Joy Division on the way

Punk historian and music journalist Jon Savage has assembled an oral history of Joy Division to be published in March 2019. "This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division" features interviews with all the surviving members of the pioneering band -- Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris -- along with Deborah Curtis, Peter Saville, Tony Wilson, Anik Honore, and others. It sounds to be a compelling companion to the 2007 documentary Joy Division, written by Savage and directed by Grant Gee.

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Joy Division Doc Martens

Doc Martens embossed their leather 1460 boots with the iconic cover art from Joy Division's 1979 first album, Unknown Pleasures. So cool!

...The now-classic design, created by Peter Saville, is a visual translation of pulsar sound waves — explosive, raw and intense — much like the sound of the band.

$160/pair. There are also some New Order Docs.

Previously: William Blake Doc Martens

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There's a fishy Joy Division parody band called 'Koi Division'

On their website, Los Angeles-based Koi Division proclaims they are the "only Fish Goth Joy Division parody cover band that matters."

I'm no expert, but I'm inclined to believe them.

Each band member not only dons a plastic fish mask but has also been given an appropriately-fishy moniker. The band is: Ian Clownfish, Hook, Bernard Salmon, and Steve Moray. Their song titles are also on punny point. For example, "Love will tear us apart" becomes "Lures will catch us a carp."

LAWeekly reports:

The post-punk act that is Joy Division rarely lends itself to humor. Their very name is controversial (it's a Nazi reference). Their lyrics are dark and their history is mired in tragedy...

Koi Division, however, is a much lighter affair. Donning black clothes and plastic fish masks, they wind their way through Joy Division covers with modified lyrics that explore the daily, often baleful, goings-on of the sea. Their shows incorporate a bubble machine and display a beachy version of the iconic Unknown Pleasures album art behind them. Though it might seem as if they're mocking, there is a reverence behind the humor.

Here's a look/listen:

If you're in L.A., you can catch their next show at the Ham & Eggs Tavern on 9/11.

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Watch George Michael and Morrissey discuss breakdancing and Joy Division

In May 1984, George Michael and Morrissey, promoting respectively “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and The Smiths' "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," appeared on the BBC program Eight Days A Week. They discuss such urgent matters as the film Breakin' (released as Breakdance outside the US) and Mark Johnson's book An Ideal for Living: A History of Joy Division.

(via Dangerous Minds)

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Create your own animated Unknown Pleasures-style album cover

Garrett Finucane wrote a generator lets you create your own animated art in the style of the album sleeve for Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. You can save your work as an animated GIF and check out the code from Github, too.

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San Francisco: Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) to be interviewed live by David Pescovitz

On January 31, 2013, legendary bassist Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) will appear at the SF JCC in an interview with Boing Boing's David Pescovitz.

Disney store offers, then pulls, Mickey t-shirt based on iconic Joy Division album cover

On The Madeleine Brand Show (a radio program on which I'm a regular guest), Luke Burbank points to two strange Disney-related updates: first, Disneyland has finally relaxed their extreme rules banning all facial hair for staff/contractors—employees are now allowed to grow beards.

And in even odder news, the Disney Store is now offering was, until today, selling a new t-shirt design based on the iconic Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures" album cover, with Mickey Mouse's face inserted in those wavy lines. From Manchester to Mousechester!

There was backlash, and it looks like the item is no longer available in the online store. But Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook liked it.

Related news coverage: NME, Gothamist, Washington Post, Stereogum (where commenter Michael Robenalt 'shooped up what may be next: Donald Duck on the Joy Division album cover for "Closer.")

Update: The now-yanked Mickey Joy Division t-shirt is now on eBay! One of them, anyway. (thanks, Pesco)

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