Friday, 4 July 2008

Advertising harms the environment. Use graffiti instead.

I walk to work each day through Kings Cross in Sydney.

I'm bombarded with messages along the way. Posters cover the lightposts, flyers litter the footpaths, ads pop up in bus shelters, and on top of all this is the graffiti that decorates the walls. It's not the cleanest suburb, but I kind of like the character that all of this visual chaos brings to it.

Obviously, on the flip side, none of this is great for the environment. The amount of paper that is used for pole posters, advertisements and flyers is phenomenal, and petrochemical based inks are not made from renewable resources and the presses require a more toxic cleaning process. Then, on the financial side, you're lucky if your message is seen for more than a couple of days as the council ensures that illegally placed messages are ripped down.

Which is why I was excited to hear about GreenGraffiti.

GreenGraffiti creates advertising messages on city streets using high-pressure water and a template, to clean a message out of the dirt. It's long lasting (imagine how long it has been since your suburb's footpaths or walls were last cleaned with a high-pressure hose, and how long it will take for the same level of dirt to build up again in that area and obscure your message), and the organisation is completely carbon neutral.

Ironically, high pressure water is what is often used to remove graffiti. So why not use it to create it?
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Thursday, 3 July 2008

Hot Chip covers Sinead covering Prince

Hot Chip performed at Glastonbury last weekend, and were joined onstage by Wiley, to do Wearing My Rolex (Hot Chip had previously covered the track for BBC Live Lounge... and I'm pretty sure that I'll now have it stuck in my head for the rest of today. Annoyingly catchy track)

They finished off their set with a cover of a cover - performing 'Nothing Compares To You', the Prince hit made famous by Sinead O'Connor. Sinead was at the festival, but didn't make an appearance for this one.

Listen to it here Hot Chip - Nothing Compares 2 U.

Stream Hot Chip covering Wiley below:
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Tuesday, 1 July 2008

A-Trak makes music to workout to

The Nike Plus Human Race, the world's largest one-day running event, is just over 60 days away. The race is for charity, supporting organisations such as Livestrong, WWF and ninemillion.

As part of the event, Nike have invited artists to create mixes to help people keep on running. Previous mixes have been put together by The Crystal Method, LCD Soundsystem and Aesop Rock.

Last week, iTunes released A-Trak's contribution - a 45 minute workout album.

Titled 'Running Man', it features a collaboration with Kid Cudi. The track, 'Mastered', originally featured Lupe Fiasco, but they couldn't get clearance, so instead Cudi is found on the final album.

Have a listen to the original Lupe track here
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