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Friday, November 17, 2006

Canned Culture Episode 5 - DIY & Cartoon Fever

Able to work out the bugs and cover a couple more logistical issues

Im back...or should I now say, we're back.

Canned Culture welcomes Ms. Melissa Stanley to the show as our new co-host bringing in her wit, DIY sensibility, and long lineage of creative ware.

Lets start by correcting a few minor errors in information from the show.

- The Andrew Bird concert will NOT be at the Empty Bottle Venue, it is an Empty Bottle sponsored show. The concert will be at Logan Square Auditorium, tickets can be purchased via and tickets cost $16.

- Bill Plympton did not make commercial for American Airlines they were United Airlines commercials.

And now on with the show:

This month's episode we touched upon some things new and some things old and prepared ourselves for various revolutions.

This blog will now be co-authored by Ms. Stanley. While my text will remain in black her's will be posted in any other color she desires.
joey, your text is in greyish. just fyi. you silly. Hi i'm melissa and i'm picking my color to post in now.
Oooo is this color pretty?
how about this?
olive juice!
fuck it
i'm going to start wearing purple for you now.

: : : : : : : : : is your onestop shop for everything handmade. It's a giant online store featuring hundreds of unique, orignal, artistic items such as jewelry, clothing, houswares, whatever! Everything is handmade - and you can also buy materials to make your own stuff, such as yarn, paper, cloth, so on and so forth. If you can't sew or crochet or knit (yet!) you can still look hip and home-made with some etsy-gear. And I'm not talking about your grandma's crocheted shawl and that vest your mom made you in grade school - I'm talking some bad ass fashion-forward stuff. So check that out. My last purchase was matching Tim Gunn necklaces for me and my BFF.

Craft Magazine
I love the blog at Everyday there is something marvellous to look at. I like making things. When they say "make your life better by simply making your life", i think "hell yea!". Stop blowing your wad at Urban Outfitters and god forbid - Anthropologie - or even Target - wherever - it's not that difficult to sit with some bad-ass movies or music and make something that you can enjoy and that's uniquely you. Make yourself a hat, a purse, some pants, a skirt, just do it! Thursday nights are great for having a friend or five over to crochet / sew / craft while watching The Office and drinking beer. Don't forget christmas is coming, and handmade gifts show more love and save more dough - especially when they're made from recycled materials.
What I'm saying is go to, check out a copy of CRAFT: at your local bookseller, and feel the burning inspiration! I have stacks and stacks of craft and crochet magazines in my house, and CRAFT: is the first one that spoke my language and showed me stuff I wanted to see / learn about / whatever.
note: i totally shop the sale racks at both urban outfitters and anthropologie. and they have cute stuff. but dude, don't buy things you could totally make!

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird, aside from being a pretty cool cat makes incredible music through a variety of sound compilations. Including is token whistling, which has become a staple in all of his music and in how fans identify him. Beyond that he plays every variance of stringed instrument on stage. It is an impressive dance he creates during his solo performances in balancing between all the instruments he uses. Though he has, at times, engaged with other artists in duets both vocally and instrumentally, always keeping an original taste and feel to the finished design.

Andrew Bird comes highly recommended as great music to listen to while travelling, making the whoopie, and mostly in cooking.

And he's a mad crazy bad-ass whistler.

To see more on this fantastic performed check out his website:
The Mysterious Production of Eggs

Curtico's Musical Excelcior

A little information on the musical guru that is Curtico.

Curt has remains a dominating force in the underground musical spectrum. Constantly digging his hand into a scene that is not nearly ripe and testing it out for the rest of us. During the regular working hours Curt works doing video game design. He also has extensive work with photography and photo editing. His work is a testament to the long line of diverse tastes he exhibits audibly. When you feel like grabbing something new and juicy with great bite and a happy music belly, it's time to swing by your friends at the record store, Curtico's Last.FM.

Bill Plympton

THE TUNE was animator Bill Plympton's first full-length feature. His short films have been seen widely around the country, highlighting many animation festivals. His oblique, off-center sense of the ridiculous in everyday life has made the "Microtoons" and his other shorts a popular MTV offering. His distinctive style has even invaded the world of advertising. Commercials for both Trivial Pursuit and Sugar Delight make us chuckle and gasp. But it's been a lot of hard work. When Plympton first moved to New York City, a recent college graduate with a B.A. in Graphic Design, he tried selling belts on the street. "It was January, about 25 degrees outside. I couldn't sell a one!"

To find and see more of Plympton's work search his name on YouTube or just check out his website Plymptoons.

Lucy Lou

Lucy Knisley is Canned Culture's very first FEATURED ARTIST - Yeehaw and rockout. Here's why: Lucy makes bad-ass comics. I love Stop Paying Attention. It is beautifully drawn and introspective and personal and heartwarming and funny. Beyond that, on her blog she posts doodles and doo-dads that are always a day-brightener. Lucy can be found at She blogs at LiveJournal (user name: lucylou) and also myspace (see Joey's myspace top 8 - at the bottom of this blog entry.)
The comic that I'm holding in the show is Letters From The Bottom of the Sea - which is one of my favorite things ever. I like the idea of sending letters to people who have had profound effect on your life - even if they never get the letters. Who doesn't have someone in their past like that? I think you have to read it to understand: give a click to the bottle above to take a look.

Lucy's 24-hour comic
(which you may have to enlarge to view)

Resonant Fish

Which brings me to the Artist Shout-Out: Collin David. You saw some of his work in the show, and what made me interested in his work was his 24-hour comic for 2006 - found here:
I think we speak the same language. Or at least I understand the language of owl and ghost. In any case, it's a good time, and Collin is a scholar and a gentleman.

That's all for me. I wanna totally thank brian for buying me delicious tequilla lime chicken at applebees, and then making me instantly regret it by going to see Fast Food Nation. I'll let joey do the babbling about that flick later.

Until next time you slap happy mooks. We will be here, so keep us company. Send comments, questions, concerns, suggestions and/or your social security number. We'd be much obliged.

Dont forget to check out the show over @ Joe V You Tube

And be sure to check out Ms. Stanley's and My MySpace where you can look under our Top 8 to find Lucy Lou, Curtico, Andrew Bird, Resonant Fish, Craft Magazine, etc. Every month there is a lot more there, so come back soon before the can drive starts, we may be short then.

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