Hooded Fang: 60s inspired garage rock nostalgia

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By Ben Jensen in New Music on Friday 16 November 2012

Hooded Fang are one the few new bands I’ve come across this year that really made me sit up and listen. Their second album, Tosta Mista, echoes with jangley 1960’s guitars, and the watery surf sound of that era and the vocals with a sleepy sense of optimism seem to ride the breeze and pace of the songs. But amongst this sense of 60’s garage nostalgia, they’ve got something fresh and contemporary going on too.

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Terrific selection of book covers from 1960s korea

Peter Mclisky Reader Find

By Peter Mclisky in New Design on Monday 12 March 2012

This whole site is great, but these children’s book covers alone are pretty spectacular. Superb colours (probably Letterpress) and great design, evoking an era when graphic design became a recognised art form.

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The Cool School: a film about seminal LA artists in 50s, 60s

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By Mike Slobot in New Film on Monday 5 December 2011

The Cool School is an excellent look into the lives of some of the seminal artists creating their own scene in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s. The film focuses around the Ferus Gallery and the artist, actors, and other creative types who were part of its success. Guest appearances come from Dennis Hopper, […]

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Photos of early computers: 1940s-1960s

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By Zolton in New Trends on Tuesday 17 May 2011

Shucks, computers sure have have come a long way over the past 60 years or so, as this awesome collection of photos of early models — including Whirlwind, Colossus and Pegasus — confirms.

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Maya Hayuk

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 28 March 2011

I wonder what hippies in the ’60s would think of Maya Hayuk, who seems to translate the incomprehensible joy of the universe into technicolor paintings and murals. I don’t think they would have been able to handle the truth. Rye Rye commissioned a wall piece from her for the video for Sunshine [watch video below].

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Lawrence Harley’s photos of 1960s Bell Labs

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By Lamia Larkin in New Photography on Monday 10 January 2011

As if watching Mad Men hadn’t convinced me enough that I was born in the wrong era. I find these office photos of Bell Labs from the late 60s, and I can’t help but swoon over the clothes, vintage wallpaper, and the prototype terminals. If only going to work today looked as cool as a vintage mainframe computer.

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Kirra Jamison’s dreamy paintings

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By Clare Hillier in New Art on Wednesday 4 August 2010

Inspired by children’s books, encyclopedia’s from the ’50s and ’60s, textiles and crocheted rugs, Australian artist Kirra Jamison’s paintings are from the world of dreams. And it’s not just the colours and composition that is making me look twice. With whimsical titles like The Sea was Red, The Sky was Grey, I Wonder How Tomorrow Will Ever Follow Today and He Smelt like Apples Jamison proves that it’s all in a name.

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Archigram Archival Project

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By Andy in Architecture on Tuesday 18 May 2010

Archigram is recognised as an influencer of many of the world’s greatest contemporary architects and buildings. Exhibitions of their work from 1961-1974 have been touring major institutions worldwide since 1992, and Archigram was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2002. Despite this, the architectural vision of Archigram is mainly unbuilt and the bulk of their visionary work remained difficult to access, largely stored domestically or in temporary storage. 

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Belbury Poly

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 30 October 2009

Analog electronics by British outfit Belbury Poly (Jim Jupp and Eric Zann) make me believe machines have souls and the ghosts of obsolete recording devices are haunting the dusty stacks of libraries debating the relevance of 60s avant-garde music and counterculture.

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Google Life

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Monday 15 December 2008

Google recently demonstrated their ability to predict flu outbreaks across America weeks in advance of the outbreaks themselves. It would seem that they are more than just a pretty search engine. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve now teamed up with Life Magazine, what was the cornerstone of photojournalism for the Twentieth Century, to digitize 95 per cent of their image bank that never saw the light of day. Now millions of photos stretching from the 1750s to the present day are available on Google Images at the click of a button.

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The sweet tunes of Vashti Bunyan

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By Zolton in New Music on Saturday 5 April 2008

Singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan writes the most delicate, haunting, and unforgettable music.

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