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First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

 

This Swedish sister duo caught my ear a while back when they covered Fleet Foxes song, “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”. I got all their albums right away. Couldn’t get enough of their sound.

I am a sucker for Swedish singers, but I think they really did something special when they performed Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot”, during the Polar Music Prize, and made her cry. Quite something to see these two girls perform, and provoke emotion like that. They’re that good.

My daughters are getting a bit sick of me playing “Stay Gold”.
I played it all along our drive up to Norrland (700 kilometres) – and back again… and then every morning while we had breakfast.

I say “got sick” but that came suddenly. Like they hit a wall. The day before, we were all humming and singing along:)

Fair enough. I’ll still sit through a concert, and re-listen to all their work – like you can now on iTunes Festival.

Passion, energy, well crafted words and a good beat.
All good stuff. They’re cute, too!

“Shattered and Hollow”  is a great hopeful, ambitious, rebellious, adventurous and optimistic yarn.
Ever lived in a small town and wanted, like hell, to get out and do something great? This one’s for you.

Check out First Aid Kit

“Winter of Madness” by David Harry Walker

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

David Harry Walker's "Winter of Madness"

I rediscovered my Great-Uncle David Harry Walker‘s novel,
‘Winter of Madness’ this past summer.
It was in a box of books I had in the cellar. I dusted it off and packed it with us as we left for the summerhouse for a few weeks. There, I could sit on the veranda, Gin & Tonic in hand, and read a chapter or two as the sun set.

It quickly took a spot as bedtime reading, too. Could not put the thing down!

Years ago, I read his novel for children, “Dragon Hill” and was struck by how visual and imaginative that book was; Winter of Madness is no less so.

This being an adult novel there is no shortage of mystery, drink, seductive ladies, rotten kids, vehicles, conspiracy theories, invigorating descriptions of the Scottish Highlands and, being 1964 at the time of writing: a dash of 007 – a nice popular link to Sean Connery (Uncle David was also Scottish) since it was written during the time of “Goldfinger”, and references to Howard Hughes- in the characteristics of the American Visitor to the estate.

Oh! And the Laird drives a Mini. Gotta love a Mini -or “minie” as Uncle David writes.

Then there is “Campari” – my summer drink, 2014 (one of them) which is also featured at the start of the book, as we meet the main characters on retreat in the Swiss Alps – and then again, back in the Highlands, where Campari has taken on an altogether different form.

A good read!

I’m off to find another by him.

I can just picture Uncle David sitting in his writing room, smoking, wearing a kilt, drink in hand, in that big house in St.Andrew’s, New Brunswick* where my sister and I spent our summers. We used to cycle out for a visit and swim in their natural rock pool, or go down to their beach and crawl through the sandstone cliffs, hop on stones and wander out on the wet sands at low tide.
Uncle David and Aunt Willa were never far away, accompanied by their dogs, a story, a smile and a hearty laugh.

Good times.

* I’m pretty sure he never did all of these things at the same time, but it paints a pretty picture in my head.

Masters of Sex

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex is a show I came across after the summer. After binge viewing Mad Men before the summer – I had an empty hole in my head craving for more 50’s-60’s paraphernalia, historical weirdness and social norms that are all but forgotten now.

I tell myself series like these are entertaining history lessons. I know that isn’t accurate, but I like to think it gives some insight into what is was like for the grown ups around me when I was growing up, or even when my parents were growing up.

Pretty interesting seeing the contrasts compared to today.
And it isn’t just the clothing and drinking and smoking – it’s also the homes, cars, restaurants, hotels, offices and the simple quality of everything. Design-wise, I mean. The phones, even! These folks lives are nothing if not simple.

Lizzy Caplan is fantastic as Virginia Johnson, the strong, liberated, female lead.
Michael Sheen is a bit like a stoic volcano. Prim and proper on the outside – boiling on the inside.

Is it just me, or has television taken over from movies?
I still go to cinemas to see something like “Avengers” with my sons – for the sheer spectacle and event of it; but a series that captures your imagination for continuous stretches of time, and still looks and acts like a film… that’s a pretty good achievement.

 

Doodle – My September Desktop

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Lukism September desk setup

 

Here’s a new doodle of how my desk looks now.

This is about the 6th mini-home-office setup that I’ve had in our little apartment, and although the position has changed, what is ON my desktop has been pretty consistent through the years:

 

A. iMac Computer.
It’s a work centre / jukebox. Love it.

B. Field Notes.
I always have sketchbooks, but recently started a ‘Colors’ subscription to these super-handy Field Notes. Now I have tons of different coloured sketchbooks now – and can almost tell what’s inside them by looking at the cover colour.

The only downside is that the paper inside could have a little more tooth – but I find that that just makes me pay more attention to the doodles I like. I have to redo them, make them better. The not-so-good- paper then acts as a filter. Fine by me!

Now they even come in two sizes!

C. Wacom Intuos Touch.
Sweet, compact, handy Wacom tablet. Not quite sure what to do with all the touchy settings, but I am liking it.

D. Monocle.
Always inspiring when it comes to reporting on unique and attractive small businesses, luxurious places to visit and ideas about how to run homes, cities and their infrastructures.
Nicely designed, and lovely illustrations. Not to mention their vast library of video reports, podcasts, and their live radio station. What don’t they do well?
Also, I like the tote bags that come with subscriptions.

E. Anorak the happy mag for kids.
Super colourful, entertaining and a sort of mag I would have liked to have gotten my hands on as a kid! They also publish little Alain Greer books!

F. iPad
I use this for everything that I don’t feel like sitting in front of the computer to do, and anything that is too difficult to do on an iPhone. Lately I use it mostly for listening to podcasts like Dan Barry’s “Make It Then Tell Everybody”.
Great for gaining insight into how folks who make comics / graphic novels do what they do.

G. Fika.
It’s like the Swedes’ ‘English Tea’ – but most likely includes coffee and something soft and sweet. Brilliant.

H. Doodles.
Collected in a Bookbinders sketchbook sleeve that I had some fancy sketchbooks in during my Tinkatolli days. Wonder where they are now…
Doodles end up there, unorganised until I take photos of them – where they end up, unorganised, on the computer. I should figure out a system for them:)

I. “Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon.
An excellent, well written, quickly read book about creating stuff and getting it out into the world. I say ‘quickly read’ because it’s so easy and exciting to read. Now it’s a handy reference work – always easily in reach. You should get a copy right now

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Luksim Dispatch - an irregularly illustrated newsletter from Luke Séguin-Magee

Finally – after getting used to being a freelancer again – I’ve embraced my old dusty blog and my sketchbooks and started putting together words and doodles to make a newsletter.

Why a newsletter?

I’m an avid newsletter subscriber.
I get way more mail than I have a need for, but I love getting stuff delivered to my mailbox.

I always misplace bookmarks, am getting horrible at remembering website names, worse at saving bookmarks – so getting a regular newsletter from folks I am interested in is nice. They are nice reminders of where I have been, and they usually contain nuggets of info that I manage to gobble up pretty quickly.

So that’s what I want to do for you.

Subscribe to my Irregularly Illustrated Dispatch, and I’ll send you:

  • insights into what I am making (and how)
  • Info about the tools I am using to produce these goofy pictures
  • Doodles
  • Recipes
  • Links to words of wisdom, books, music, tv and film.

I promise I won’t flood your mailbox. (These take way too long to make:)

Subscibe Now!

 

 

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