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Grot: a new single from St. Vincent

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Music on Thursday 3 May 2012

Annie Clark, who performs under the name of St. Vincent, has put out three albums in the past few years and has collaborated with any number of musical groundbreakers, such as Beck, Andrew Bird, and The Polyphonic Spree.

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Re-imagined comic characters by Kris Anka

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Art on Tuesday 1 May 2012

For those of you who follow Project Rooftop, your’e probably already familiar with this gentleman’s work. Kris Anka takes iconic comic book characters and puts his simplified, cartoon spin on them to incredible effect.

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Stunning hyper-real embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Art on Friday 27 April 2012

I had the opportunity to see Cayce Zavaglia’s work up in person at the Lyons Weir Gallery in New York City several years ago and was completely smitten. The work, a fluid combination of hand embroidery and acrylic paints on canvas or linen, is truly stunning. The stitch work, the craft, is so detailed and practiced as to make the skin tones, hair and fabric move not unlike the work of a master expressionist. This is brilliant work marrying the mastery of embroidery with the expressiveness of painting.

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New music by The David Wax Museum

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Music on Thursday 26 April 2012

TIME magazine calls them a ‘Joyful Mexo-Americana fusion, with virtuosic musical skills and virtuous harmonies’. Now, I question the actual existence of the word ‘virtuosic’, but I get where they are coming from. A friend of mine mentioned them in passing as her favorite band and I thought to myself: ‘well, I can give them a listen’.

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Project Glass: Google’s latest stealth initiative

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Trends on Friday 6 April 2012

Talk about making Star Trek look outdated. This incredible concept video imagines an amazing integration of technologies that really already exist into a seamless coexistence with the user. Everything that your iPhone or Android smartphone does, with an optical/audial and microphone interface that allows the wearer of these glasses to access the internet, GPS, email, […]

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Handmade jewelry by Amy Lou

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Products on Friday 6 April 2012

Inspired by natural and organic elements, the handmade jewelry of Amy Carlino (aka Amy Lou) is certainly unique. Taking her creations to the level of art, Lou is informed by a subculture sensibility that resonates in her work. From bracelets to rings to necklaces, her crystal work is raw and inspired and the metals are […]

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Comic strip art by Yale Stewart

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Illustration on Thursday 5 April 2012

For those of you who are old school comic strip and DC Comics fans, this Tumblr feed is an ENORMOUS treat. Not only does the artwork harken back to the old-timey comic strips of (some of our) fondly remembered Sunday newspapers (remember those?), but the storyline and characterizations of classic Justice League of America standards […]

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Bizarre portraiture of Guim Tió Zarraluki

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Art on Thursday 23 February 2012

I came across Guim Tió Zarraluki’s work recently and have become completely absorbed with his disturbing, yet strangely compelling and open portraits. His combining of cartoonish and realistic elements bring the viewer in completely.

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The incredibly clever taxonomy of Carl Turner

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Art on Tuesday 14 February 2012

Carl Turner’s work is whimsical and reminiscent of the taxonomy of Theodore Geisel. Wonderfully imaginative and incredibly clever, Turner’s has even worked up a history for his beasts. Oddly heartwarming in, well, a very morbid way.

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The Chick-a-Dee smoke detector

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Products on Friday 3 February 2012

Shouldn’t every home device be aesthetically pleasing? Yes, a smoke detector is a necessity, but why does it have to be such an eyesore? Winner of the Mooi uit de Brand design competition, this life-saving birdy has just been approved for sale in the United States.

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My Milk Toof

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By Cary Polkovitz in Cool Websites on Thursday 2 February 2012

Inhae Renee Lee’s absolutely adorable and downright hysterical blog follows the adventures of two teeth out in the world. The wonderful stories combined with the carefully constructed photographs make for an entirely enchanting experience.

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Band poster designs by Liz Daggar

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Design on Monday 16 January 2012

The fabulously named Liz Daggar has been operating her one-woman design firm for years now with wonderful results. With clientelle ranging from MTV and Bravo, to local bands’ gig posters (my favorite of her works), Daggar is a force to be reckoned with. Daggar also produces a line of jewelry and art prints that are […]

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Teresa Korber

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Art on Friday 13 January 2012

Not only does Teresa Korber curate some of the most forward thinking art shows in the ‘low-brow’ South Florida art scene, she is, in her own right, a wonderful painter. Her work, inspired by her father, Michael Korber, is lush in color and fluid in line. Energetic and musical, Korber’s paintings always show her passion […]

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Download a free Hobbes’ stuffed animal pattern

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Design on Thursday 12 January 2012

Who didn’t love the immortal work of Bill Waterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip? Besides being beautifully written and incredibly imaginative, Waterson’s ability as a draftsman was without equal on the funny pages. Now you can download a pattern to so that you can go on your own adventures on a bright autumn afternoon with […]

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French-Canadian Science Fiction? Bein Sur!

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By Cary Polkovitz in New Film on Wednesday 28 December 2011

I came across an article this morning about a film by Martin Villeneuve called Mars et Avril. The trailer is in French, unfortunately for the language impaired (such as myself only speaking English and poor English), so I had to go looking for a synopsis. It appears to be a very European epic, encompassing deception, […]

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