Simon Stalenhag’s retro-revisionist future distopian world

Here’s an artist I found on Tumblr who creates completely digital illustrations that he sells on Redbubble. Some of my favorites: Recently he’s printed a book containing his images with a narrative attached: In 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Mälaröarna. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop. These are its strange tales. Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts, have spread like wildfire on the Internet. The 2015 Kickstarter for the English version of the book raised over $320,000. Stålenhag’s portrayal of a childhood against a backdrop of old Volvo cars and coveralls, combined with strange and … Read More

“The Family” from 1974 was Britain’s first reality TV show. No, really…

The BBC’s documentaries are generally top notch–the polar opposite of current US “edutainment” shows that have distilled down formulas to get the highest eyeballs. It’s little wonder that The Family (above–full) from 1974 would be the precursor to reality TV shows–but that theirs would be more “fly on the wall” and genuinely curious about and relatively impartial towards their subject. An American Family from 1971 is its precursor, but I haven’t checked it out yet. Compare this style to a parody of what masquerades as reality TV in the states, one that’s blatantly geared towards a perceived audience who apparently incapable of paying attention unless there are gongs or trombones to highlight emotional moments, and chopped up, heavily edited dialog that literally spells out the dialog needed to … Read More

Goldfish: "We Come Together"

Goldfish – We Come Together (OFFICIAL) from Goldfish live on Vimeo. An amusing 8bit / retro take on the latest single from Goldfish.

Synth Brittania

Here is a great television special about British synthpop & synthesizers in the late 70s and early 80s produced by BBC Four. Some of the talking heads are from members of Joy Division, Human League, Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire, OMD Gary Numan (who has Asberger’s by the way) and more. [via]

"Bread Intruders"

Acrylic on canvas, bread ties. 18″ x 24″. 2010. Liz McLean Knight.

Punchcards: Blank greeting cards made from vintage computer punch cards

Greeting cards are in full circulation during the holiday season, and I had been thinking a while about something that would be geeky and retro, so I went searching for old-school punch cards. A punched card (also known by various synonyms) is a piece of stiff paper that contains digital information represented by the presence or absence of holes in predefined positions. Now almost an obsolete recording medium, punched cards were widely used throughout the 19th century for controlling textile looms and in the late 19th and early 20th century for operating fairground organs and related instruments. They were used through the 20th century in unit record machines for input, processing, and data storage. Early digital computers used punched cards, often prepared using keypunch machines, as the primary … Read More

Come 2gether, A Rave Revival ft. Dubtribe

Check out this retro-rave party at Green Dolphin Street this Friday. There are some big names on here that made an impact in the underground electronic music scene in the early 1990s. For us old-schoolers it will be a blissful trip back in time, and for the new-school kids who are just discovering this kind of music it will be enlightening. Tell your friends to get their rave on! See you there. Come 2gether, A Rave Revival ft. Dubtribe * When:Fri 2/26 – Sat 2/27 (10PM) * Where: Green Dolphin Street * Address: 2200 N Ashland Ave Chicago, IL Map * Cost: 10 Friday February 26th – 8 Superstars Spread The Love – VBNTS, Mushgroove, Swing Swift and Relode present Come Together – A Rave Revival Dubtribe Sound … Read More