Life in Everwood - Ryan McGinley

This groundbreaking book contains the signature colourful portraits of pretty twenty-somethings with some forest animals thrown in for good measure. McGinley’s incessant romanticism of nudity and the empty landscape is yet again further expanded on to the point where we begin to wonder if this is a test of endurance. “How much of the same thing can we tolerate?” becomes a question that is suddenly retro-actively applied to previous projects as he unfolds this new interpretation of his career work.
144 pages, hardcover.

The Obelisk - Gregory Crewdson

This goliath of a book measures in a 32x45 inches and details Crewdson’s journey to photograph a series of self-constructed underwater cityscapes. By far his most ambitious project to date, the Amazon-funded work is as vast as it was expensive, though the structuring of the contract behind the series allowed Amazon to recoup most of its investment before the launch date thanks to the record-high sales (€750k per print) through their in-house art-auction department, DRUID.
Notably, these ethereal images were rumoured to inspire Baz Luhrmann’s dramatic retelling of The Little Mermaid which is due out next summer.
196 pages, woven seaweed hardcover, comes packaged with fossilised seahorse suspended in rosewater.
€250.00 (Amazon Only)

Retrospective - William Eggleston

Much was made of the court case regarding Apple’s right to do whatever they wanted with their recently purchased Eggleston Collection, however, this much sought-after limited edition app puts new life into the grumpy genius’ work and coming in at 10,997 images, you certainly get your money’s worth.
€12.99 (Download from App Store only)

The Venus Diaries - James Franco

Franco’s decision to document his year living as woman was too much for VICE to pass up and the pairing of publisher and content seemed like a perfect match from the outset. While hit-and-miss in terms of reviews, this book has at least gotten everyone’s attention, which is exactly what you’d expect from a VICE book.
220 pages, softcover.

Misfigurement - Joan Fontcuberta

Fontcuberta’s falsified archive of wounded Vietnam veterans undergoing radical limb regeneration experiments maintains the visual acuity that previously earned him the Hasselblad Award. While this book initially requires the viewer to consent that this was a JFK-authorised experiment and that the subsequent assassination of the president came as a result of this, it’s hard to flaw the substantial amount of work that went into this book.
377 pages, hardcover with metal plating and dog tags.

Collected American Selfies 1999-2007 - Taschen (Edited by Martin Parr)

This glimpse into the early days of web-based self-portraiture provides a snapshot of the American zeitgeist in a predominantly post-9/11 and irony obsessed world. The massively mediated and manipulated task of the taking a self-portrait is highlighted through Martin Parr’s selection of appropriated portraits collected through the GoogleGrab program. The book’s main focus seems to be on the secondary representation of self through the barrier and distortion of mirrors. It’s a clever element to include and really ties the narcissism of the medium together in a way a lot of self-portrait projects fail to reference.
310 pages, hardcover.

Brandon Stanton vs. The World - Michael Pemulis

This book traces the journey of Brandon Stanton from his days working under the name ‘Humans of New York’ to an attempt at realising his impossible dream, beginning with the cataloging of the North American population. We see a sleepless Stanton hard at work preparing the prototype full-body photobooths that he had planned to install on street-corners across the US, Canada and Mexico before the much publicised budget blow-out the project suffered as a result of the photobooth recall just days before the project went live. Pemulis’ images grant the viewer unprecedented access to the man behind the lens and we’re treated to a depiction of the exhausted Stanton as an almost Howard Hughes-esque figure.
196 pages, hardcover.

Porn.0 - Noah Kalina

Blurring lines between hardcore pornography and high-art, Kalina delivers a book that is remarkably self-aware of its subject matter. Given that it’s one of the most grossly misrepresented areas of interest, even in the “documentary” genre, this refreshing take on the dirty secret of America is generated mostly due to the hiring of well-known adult industry film stars to perform for the camera. This is certainly a book that initial reviewers misunderstood as an excuse for male gaze but it’s hard to justify such narrow viewpoints with the understated yet rich narratives that are contained here. Kalina’s willingness to let the viewer observe the presence of the camera, whether it’s through reflections, flashes or equipment left in the shot, Porn.0 maintains a feeling that this book is neither documentary, nor fiction, but something else entirely.
175 pages, softcover.

Original image by Justin Sullivan was taken from here.

▫□☐BEST 150 ALBUMS of 2013☐□▫

01 Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’

02 Neko Case – ‘The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You’

03 Villagers – 'Awayland’

04 Eleanor Friedberger – ‘Personal Best’

05 Atoms for Peace – ‘AMOK’

06 Smith Westerns – 'Soft Will’

07 Diego Garcia – ‘Paradise’

08 Vampire Weekend – 'Modern Vampires of the City

09 Deerhunter – ‘Monomania’

10 Kurt Vile – ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’

11 The Strokes – 'Comedown Machine’

12 Julia Holter – ‘Loud CIty Song’

13 Widowspeak – ‘Almanac’

14 Foxygen – 'We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic’

15 Laura Veirs – ‘Warp and Weft’

16 Moonface – 'Julia With Blue Jeans On’

17 Washed Out – ‘Paracosm’

18 Rachel Zeffira – 'The Deserters’

19 Moby – ‘Innocents’

20 Cate Le Bon – ‘Mug Museum’

21 Youth Lagoon – ‘Wondrous Bughouse’

22 Caitlin Rose – ‘The Stand-In’

23 David Bowie – ‘The Next Day’

24 'Lightning Dust – ‘Fantasy’

25 ARP – ‘More’

26 The Flaming Lips – 'The Terror’

27 Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’

28 Wild Belle – ‘Isles’

29 Junip – ‘Junip’

30 Still Corners – 'Strange Pleasures’

31 Jake Bugg – 'Shangri La’

32 Goldfrapp – ‘Tales of Us’

33 Portugal, The Man – ‘Evil Friends’

34 Laura Mvula – 'Sing To The Moon’

35 Blouse – ‘Imperium’

36 Au Revoir Simone – ‘Move in Spectrums’

37 Summer Camp – ‘Summer Camp’

38 Josh Ritter – 'The Beast In Its Tracks’

39 The Polyphonic Spree – ‘Yes, It’s True’

40 Elephant Stone – ‘Elephant Stone’

41 Anna Calvi – 'One Breath’

42 The Belle Game – ‘Ritual Tradition Habit’

43 Courtney Barnett – 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas’

44 Pure Bathing Culture – 'Moon Tides’

45 Daughter – ‘If You Leave’

46 Young Galaxy – 'Ultramarine’

47 Dumbo Gets Mad – ‘Quantum Leap’

48 of Montreal – 'Lousy With Sylvianbriar’

49 No Joy – ‘Wait to Pleasure’

50 Janelle Monáe – ‘Electric Lady’

51 Cocorosie – 'Tales Of A Grass Widow’

52 Phosphorescent – 'Muchacho’

53 MGMT – ‘MGMT’

54 Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Pain is Beauty’

55 Deltron 3030 – 'Event II’

56 Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – 'Ripely Pine’

57 San Fermin – 'San Fermin’

58 The Knife – ‘Shaking the Habitual’

59 Sigur Rós – 'Kveikur’

60 Fol Chen – 'The False Alarms’

61 Keep Shelly In Athens – ‘At Home’

62 Alpine – ‘A Is For Alpine’

63 Mazzy Star – ‘Seasons Of Your Day’

64 Bored Nothing – ‘Bored Nothing’

65 Boy – 'Mutual Friends’

66 The Joy Formidable – ‘Wolf’s Law’

67 Jackson Scott – 'Melbourne’

68 Cults – 'Static’

69 Austra – 'Olympia’

70 Dr. Dog – ‘B-Room’

71 Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – ‘We The Common’

72 Caveman – ‘Caveman’

73 Wymond Miles – 'Cut Yourself Free’

74 She & Him – 'Volume 3’

75 Toy – 'Join The Dots’

76 Bombino – 'Nomad’

77 Veronica Falls – ‘Waiting For Something To Happen’

78 Chvrches – 'The Bones Of What You Believe’

79 Mikal Cronin – 'MCII’

80 STRFKR – 'Miracle Mile’

81 Tegan and Sara – ‘Heartthrob’

82 Phoenix – 'Bankrupt!’

83 Minks – ‘Tides End’

84 Waxahatchee – 'Cerulean Salt’

85 Tricky – ‘False Idols’

86 Emily Jane White – 'Blood/Lines’

87 Anamanaguchi – 'Endless Fantasy’

88 Sisu – Blood Tears

89 Yeah Yeah Yeahs  – ‘Mosquito’

90 Grouper – ‘The Man Who Died In His Boat’

91 Beach Fossils – ‘Clash The Truth’

92 Indians – 'Somewhere Else’

93 Mount Moriah – 'Miracle Temple’

94 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘II’

95 Erin McKeown – 'Manifestra’

96 Darkside – 'Psychic’

97 Lisa Germano – 'No Elephants’

98 My Bloody Valentine – ‘m b v’

99 Sleigh Bells – ‘Bitter Rivals’

100 Alessi’s Ark – ‘Still Life’

101 Shout Out Louds – 'Optica’

102 Yuna – 'Nocturnal’

103 Julianna Barwick – ‘Nepenthe’

104 Upset – ‘She’s Gone’

105 John Vanderslice – 'Dagger Beach’

106 Son Lux – 'Laterns’

107 Kacey Musgraves – 'Same Trailer Different Park’

108 The Heavy Blinkers – 'Health’

109 Valerie June – 'Pushin’ Against A Stone’

110 Joanna Gruesome – ‘Weird Sister’

111 Lemuria – 'The Distance Is So Big’

112 Jagwar Ma – 'Howlin’

113 Laura Marling – 'Once I Was An Eagle’

114 Poliça – 'Shulamith’

115 Mutual Benefit – ‘Love’s Crushing Diamond’

116 Lucius – 'Wildewoman’

117 HAIM – 'Days Are Gone’

118 Psapp – ‘What Makes Us Glow’

119 Emily Reo, Brown Bread, Yohuna, MoonLasso – 'Clubhouse Split’

120 Pearl Jam – ‘Lightning Bolt’

121 Crystal Stilts – ‘Nature Noir’

122 Giant Drag – ‘Waking Up Is Hard To Do’

123 Houses – ‘Quiet Darkness’

124 Cage the Elephant –  ‘Melophobia’

125 PYYRAMIDS – 'Brightest Darkest Day’

126 Thundercat – 'Apocalypse’

127 Johnny Marr – ‘The Messenger’

128 Saturday Looks Good to Me – 'One Kiss Ends It All’

129 Glasser – ‘Interiors’

130 Bleeding Rainbow – ‘Yeah Right’

131 Yuck – ‘Glow & Behold’

132 Savages – 'Silence Yourself’

133 Darkstar – ‘News From Nowhere’

134 Cass McCombs – 'Big Wheel and Others’

135 Mother Falcon – ‘You Knew’

136 Manic Street Preachers – ‘Rewind the Film’

137 Swearin’ – 'Surfing Strange’

138 Esben and the Witch – ‘Wash The Sins Not Only The Face’

139 Midlake – 'Antiphon’

140 Sam Phillips – 'Push Any Button’

141 Jenny Hval – 'Innocence Is Kinky’

142 Cheyenne Mize – ‘Among The Grey’

143 Telekinesis – 'Dormarion’

144 Candy Claws – ‘Ceres & Calypso In The Deep Time’

145 Perera Elsewhere – 'Everlast’

146 Night Beds – ‘Country Sleep’

147 The National – 'Trouble Will Find Me’

148 Tim Kasher – 'Adult Film’

149 Lily & Madeleine – ‘Lily & Madeleine’

150 Airhead – 'For Years’

Trending: The Listmas Christmas Specials Guessing Game

Christmas is right around the corner! As a kid, I used to stay glued to the TV during the Christmas season watch Christmas special and sipping hot coco. Here are some of my favourite Christmas specials and movies based around Christmas time ever produced. How many of these Christmas Specials can you name?


Favorite albums 2011 Edition

Here’s 13 albums that I kept coming back to during this incredibly long year.


And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Tao of the Dead

Anstam - Dispel Dances

The Atlas Moth - An Ache for the Distance

Kangding Ray - OR

Kuedo - Severant

Liturgy - Aesthethica

Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip

Sandwell District - Sandwell District (2011 CD edition)

Steffi - Yours & Mine

Subrosa - No Help For the Mighty Ones

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Blood Lust

The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

Wilco - The Whole Love

Trending: Best of Christmas Literature

Christmas is the time for getting together with family, showing compassion for those less fortunate than us, exchanging gifts and sharing stories. Reading Christmas stories does not seem as exciting as getting gifts, but the tradition deserves due recognition. Here are the best works of Christmas literature to share with your family this holiday season: