This month Brazilian collective Bicicleta Sem Freio finished another mural in Lisbon by invitation of Underdogs Gallery. With the help of 7 volunteers they painted for 6 days at Lisbon’s Naval Club in Cais do Sodré.
Bicicleta Sem Freio is a Brazilian collective of designers, illustrators and artists which has recently gained projection for producing impressive large-scale murals around the world. Formed by members Douglas, Victor and Renato and fuelled by their love of art, design and rock’n’roll, the collective has developed a unique visual language with strong colours, psychedelic-inspired imagery and lots of girls which they have used in a variety of media – from concert posters to street art. Visit bicicletasemfreio.com for more info.
A classy little video from Jake Davis, who makes nice videos for the good old web. And, The Walkmen are fantastic, their newest album, Lisbon, is great, and this is one of the best tracks from it, “While I Shovel the Snow.”
Soon to be FIFTY24SF Gallery artist Erica Il Cane (coming November 2010) and former FIFTY24SF artist Lucy McLauchlan just painted a wall together in the beautiful city of Lisboa (Lisbon), Portugal. Stick2Target posted some more abstract/atmosphere pictures of the process and building that was painted by the two for the Crono Project.
There has always been that something with The Walkmen. The vintage instruments and rough mixes that make each album sound like relics from decades past has been a something. The Louisiana by way of the Lower East Side sound is another something. “The Rat,” “Wake Up,” “In The New Year,” and “Louisiana” are the other somethings, the big songs that have trademarked each past album.
What we have been most impressed with The Walkmen over the past decade, post-Jonathan Fire*Eater and Recoys, is that the sound of the band have been tinkered so that any semblance of post-punk has been completely dislodged from their repertoire, and a new sound that is completely original has begun to surface. Sure, Hamilton Leithauser vocals have channeled a bit of Dylan over the past 3 albums, but we may actually be hearing the way he naturally is supposed to sounds as opposed to retreading classic American albums of past. Now tracks on Lisbon, like “Stranded” or “All My Great Designs” (with Beatle-esque backing harmonies) sound like nothing else being done in other contemporary bands. The music is romantic, longing, lush, and warm. “Victory” has the trademark building drum line that has made the band stand out in previous efforts, but Leithauser vocals strain and power to levels that seem not pushing, but engaging. This suits the band quite well.
Lisbon, after a few listens, has become to us one of the most solid albums of the year. As a full body of work, this could be the most impressive album in the bands’ career. Although lacking in the power song like “Rat” or “New Year,” the band makes up for it with 11 cohesive moments.
A few years ago, we worried about NYC’s The Walkmen. They lost a step, and when 2008’s You & Me was announced, we were not as excited. But, that album was fantastic, with the help of our favorite song of 2008, “In the New Year,” re-establishing The Walkmen as one of America’s best bands.
It was announced today that The Walkmen will release their new album, Lisbon, on September 14 via Fat Possum Records.According to Pitchfork, the sound is “early Elvis and Sun Records tracks, but that the final product wouldn’t sound much like that: The instrumentation is very simple, and then there’s a very loud vocal and a softish drum. There is a slapback guitar on everything.”
In honor of all of this… here are 3 of our favorite Walkmen songs…
We all know that timelapses have been done a lot, and recently they have been done even more due to these things we call Canon cameras and the Inter-web. But when it comes to what Os Gemeos and Blu just pulled off in Lisbon, we think we can all make an exception and watch and learn. This is a proper tutorial from the experts.