Alan Lastufka

rosesonmywindowsill:

For the art assignments ‘under the influence’. (after jenny saville’s pictures taken from underneath like a glass floor. these are just scanning myself though)

Nice work! Reminds me of Tori Amos’ visuals for her 1998 album from the choirgirl hotel and associated singles (great album, btw). Examples:

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So why do I still make zines? There are two main reasons: 1. I’m trying to make some human connection. I’m a lonely weirdo and I want other lonely weirdos to read my zine and maybe not feel so alone, and if I’m lucky maybe they’ll even write to me and tell me about themselves. 2. I have the compulsion to document and mythologize my own life. I think it’s important for all of us to document and mythologize our lives and the lives of the people we cross paths with - cos these days, unless we’re big-name celebrities, no one’s gonna do it for us. Fuck the star-making machine, we’ll turn ourselves into stars. We’ll turn ourselves into fucking legends.
Reckless Chants #19 (via thismightwork)
sarahalyse:

Portrait of the Artist as a Stressed Record Store Employee. Come visit me?

My dream job.

sarahalyse:

Portrait of the Artist as a Stressed Record Store Employee. Come visit me?

My dream job.

Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of.

thedashinghoodlum:

This was my favorite commercial as a kid

So I didn’t put this in the American Idiot anniversary post, because it’s not about that album specifically, but I do have a cool personal Green Day story. One of Green Day’s earliest songs was called “Christie Road” on their album Kerplunk (1992). That song inspired one artist and writer to adopt the pen name Cristy Road.

Cristy wrote fanzines and drew a million illustrations (check out some of her work on her website) and wrote a book or two. Her work became pretty well known and she even ended up being commissioned by Green Day to create some artwork for them!

My connection in all of this? Cristy drew the cover art for the first issue of my first zine, Pressed Between the Pages. I drew her a quick pencil sketch of what I had in mind and then she created the cover for me:

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Later Cristy would contribute to my zine distro’s “Punk Rock Clip Art” project, which was a massive collection of royalty-free hand-draw art that my distro gave away for zine-makers to use, for free, in their zines. Needed an illustration of scotch tape or a record player or a street lamp to accompany a story in your zine? Sucked at drawing? Why not let Cristy Road, or comic book artist Liz Baillie, or illustrator Alec Longstreth draw it for you? Man, that was a fun resource to put together.

Later I was hired to design the “Thinkin’, Stinkin’, Rarely Drinkin’” book tour poster. And it turns out Cristy Road was one of the headlining readers on that tour. It is a small world after all.

Anyway, that’s my (sorta?) Green Day story. =)

Ten years ago this week, Green Day released American Idiot. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the album itself and it's place in your life and in history. DFTBA!

Thanks for the reminder, I’m playing the album very loudly right now in celebration! Can’t believe it’s been 10 years already. Sometimes I catch myself thinking of American Idiot as Green Day’s latest album, even though there have been four albums since! It’s just that memorable.

I didn’t buy American Idiot right away when it came out. It came out right after I had been dumped and kicked out of my girlfriend’s house, after which I dropped out of college, and while I was working for minimum wage and had zero extra cash for spending on music. So I enjoyed the singles on the radio and probably didn’t get the album proper until two or three years after it had come out.

That said, it’s a great album all the way through. I put it on my Top 134 Albums of All-Time list. And here’s a breakdown of the ratings for each song (in my opinion):

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[For those interested, American Idiot was remastered in high-resolution and with no brickwall limiting for HD Tracks a few years ago. The album has never sounded better. Dynamic, full resolution, and none of the clipping that occurs on the redbook CD and iTunes versions. (waveform comparisons)]

I don’t really have any cool personal stories attached to American Idiot. But it’s one of those albums that is a classic from the day it is released. It’s one of those albums where you don’t have to skip a single song because they’re all good and the album wouldn’t feel right without any one track. It’s one of those albums that everyone likes. Me. You. Your neighbor playing it way too loud in the summer with all the house windows open. Even my 60-year-old step-dad would rock it out in his car after I burned him a copy.

There were three b-sides released during the American Idiot era. If you buy the “American Idiot, Part 1” and “American Idiot, Part 2” UK CD singles you get all three b-sides, “Too Much Too Soon”, “Shoplifter”, and “Governator”. All three are really good, but “Too Much Too Soon” in particular is a five star track. I’d consider it essential for Green Day fans.

I first got into Green Day during the Dookie album era. I was 11 when Dookie was released and you could not escape the songs on the radio, the music videos on MTV. It took them ten years to release another album that matched Dookie's sales and hype, but the wait was worth it. Now that it's been ten years, maybe we'll see another instant classic this year?

Anyway, yeah. Happy Anniversary Green Day! If you own the album, give it a listen this weekend. It’s still just as rockin’ today as it was a decade ago.

me: anyway, breakfast time homie, I gotta go
Todd: Enjoy that breakfast. I'm gonna finish watching Jerry Maguire.
me: SHOW ME THE BACON! (sorry, got our last two messages... scrambled)
Todd: HAR HAR FUCKING HAR
me: Who's comin' with me? Who's coming with me... to get some bacon?
Todd: *half-hearted rimshot*
me: I'm not gonna do what you all think I'm gonna do, which is just FLIP OUT ...that there's only one piece of bacon left!
Todd: BYE
me: did you know the pound of bacon weighs 8 pounds?
jbetcom:

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon - 1973
Original album cover

jbetcom:

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon - 1973

Original album cover

wobbufetts:

aidn:

how the hell do i talk to people

Stand in front of them and press A