Our fundraiser for Volunteer of America’s Adopt-A-Family program ends tomorrow at 5pm. Pick-up for the orders starts 10am Monday.
Hey! Ho! Let’s g—ive away free teeshirts!
Come on by the shop anytime this week to snag our freshly printed Ramones ripoff RetroDuck tees. They’re available in black, cherry red, and dark heather grey.
Also, here’s an all Ramones playlist Coolhand Luke put together that totally rules. Have a listen!
See y’all soon.
Fully licensed MSU gear on sale now, with half the proceeds benefitting Volunteer of America’s Adopt-a-Family program.
Sale starts today and ends Thursday, December 5th. Pick-up at RetroDuck starts December 9th; we will ship orders marked as such December 9th as well. Any questions? Feel free to contact us.
Click here to order.
Some photos from The Funeral Guest's Facebook page featuring both the shirts we printed and the faux-comic shop they filmed scenes in.
We just printed their wrap party shirts, so hopefully that means a trailer in the somewhat near-future.
We recently printed prop tee shirts for The Funeral Guest, a movie being filmed throughout the Greater Lansing area. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Props to our ever-talented printer, Brendan, and his endless ability to create custom colors and replicate intricate designs. Stay tuned for updates on the film!
1. Illustrations by Hellen Jo
Another thing, another illustrator. This one, Hellen Jo, is especially cool. She’s an LA based comic and illustration maker particularly dabbling in drawing skater punks and standard badass imagery. The drawing below was inspired by a summer watching reruns of The Adventures of Pete & Pete (among other things, I’m sure.)
Grimes (electropop music fairy) recently blogged about her saying her work was like the Hernandez brothers (of Love and Rockets fame) only less creepy and more beautiful. That’s quite the statement. *office debate commences*
Super neat. Check out more of her work here.
2. Not Bad, Spotify playlist
Here’s a ‘lately’ playlist that I compiled for you. Artists include, but are not limited to, Thee Oh Sees, Woods, Stereolab, and Talking Heads. Have a listen, chaps.
3. What’s New on Netflix?
Even though the same titles might appear on your Netflix homepage over and over again, there’s dozens and dozens of new movies and shows added daily. To keep track of this nonsense, I found a website that blogs about the newest titles added each day. Yay!
If you actually browse the blog you’ll find that Netflix releases some pretty terrible stuff but, trust me, there are plenty of diamonds in this rough. Take a gander sometime; broaden your horizon.
4. Shrink illustrations
Why only post one illustrator when there are so many unique drawers flooding the pages of the internet? This artist goes by Shrink. There’s not much information about them, but I do happen to know they live in the Detroit area. They’re also super clever and good with wordplay. What more can you ask for?
Shrink, whoever you are, thanks for making self consciousness feel hip and dancing on the radio seem like a feasible thing.
5. “Rat House” by Shannon and the Clams music video
If you’re at all into people in ape suits playing the drums, masks riding skateboards, or glitter fits, I suggest you watch the video below. I’ve thanged about Shannon and the Clams before, a garage rock group from the SF Bay Area, and love them just as much, if not more, after checking out this strange and seemingly pointless music video.
They’ll be playing in Detroit the night before Thanksgiving, so if you want to get wild and bop to some howlin’ rock and roll, you know where to go. My sister’s band, Chit Chat, is also playing. It’s going to be a good night.
That’s all for this week. Until next time!
1. “Castello Cavalcanti” by Wes Anderson
To appease your Wes Anderson cravings until The Grand Budapest Hotel hits theaters, here’s a short film he made for Prada. Fancy, fancy.
2. Hope Gangloff, painter
With poise like Picasso, Hope Gangloff’s work is a modern adaption of watery, multicolored and multilayered portraits and scenes that can appeal to practically any voyeur.
I especially enjoy how she portrays contemporary culture in a style that makes even the strangest of strangers feel familiar.
Her work is currently at the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing until December 1st. Check her out!
3. Goats yelling like humans, Youtube video
A thing or two ago, I posted a masked goat scaring other goats that were not wearing masks. Keeping up the goat muse, I came across these fellas who sound incredibly like humans. I don’t even care if it’s overdubbed, these goats are crazy.
4. Morrissey’s Autobiographical playlist
In Morrissey’s autobiography, he mentions several influential songs that has attributed to his career long pit of self-deprecating yet fantastically realistic song making. A playlist of those songs was then compiled, allowing us all to peer into the brain behind the beast.
5. Beastie Boys - “No Sleep til Brooklyn”
Currently writing this post on the way to some hangs in Brooklyn, NY. Have a good weekend, y’all.
1. Area 1983-1987, book
PAPERMAG brought my attention to Area nightclub, a themed nightclub located in Manhattan that was open from 1983-1987. Although it was only open for five years, regulars included Andy Warhol, JFK Jr., Keith Richards, Madonna, Sting, and Cher, so you can only imagine how hot of a spot this place was. Recently, a book was published with photos from its years of existence, and they’re simply magical.
Themes for the parties were just as bizarre as the attendees. The picture above is a piece called “Alphabet Soup” and the photo on the bottom left is from an “Elements” theme. A mermaid fits into that realm, right? Sure.
Astounding. Check out the article for more details about this infamous place, or grab a copy of the book. I’ve only read raving reviews about it.
2. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, documentary
Michel Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, is coming out with an animated documentary portraying the inner thoughts of Noam Chomsky. Chomsky, a guy who could likely be called the father of modern linguistics, discusses the emergence of language and personal theories he has developed about the subject along the way.
Gondry drew the animations for this film in an incredily dreamlike and dazzling perspective. When paired with Chomsky’s philosophies, a childlike tint is threaded between his concepts and the reality in which they are living in. The film hits theaters November 22. Movie date, anyone?
3. Cheeseburgers in the Sky comics by Lucas Adams
Lucas Adams is funny. Though I have no idea who this dude is or where he lives or what he’s doing at this very moment, I sincerely enjoy his comics and illustrations, and I think you will, too.
He’s just really good at drawing and puts faces on cartons of ice cream and chip bags and portrays NYC rats as if they’re humans. It’s just a fun time all around.
What do you think Hot Topic would be like in an underground mall? Eek.
4. You can send your stuffed animals on vacation.
A travel agency in Tokyo wants you to send them your stuffed animals so they can take pictures of it at popular tourist destinations around Tokyo. They’ll send you back a postcard and a bunch of pictures of your darling little animal galavanting about the city.
When I first came across this article I was super confused. Why would anyone actually do this? After reading, I still have the same question, but I understand it a little more, I think.
The trip costs between $35 and $55 plus shipping. Let me know if you think of a way this can be written off as a business expense, and I’ll do the same.
5. “Bad Dancer” by Yoko Ono Pastic Ono Band, music video
Yoko Ono is still making music and, with the help of Beastie Boys’ Ad Rock and Mike D, it’s crazier than ever. Check out this music video for track “Bad Dancer” and let it shoulder shove you into the weekend.
That’s all for this week. Until next time!
No better way to spend the last week of October (or Rocktober, if you follow the classic rock radio station calendar) than
drinking and partying in costumes binge-watching scary movies.
While most of the movies we’d recommend to get you in the spirit (pun, sorta) aren’t on Netflix, the online streaming service does have a handful of spooktacular movies and shows.
For those that don’t like blood and gore, there’s always Ghostbusters. If we have to explain why this movie is awesome, then we don’t understand you. Not even a little bit. Same goes for The Nightmare Before Christmas. Scholars have debated whether this is a Halloween or Christmas movie for centuries now, but Halloween Town’s denizens are comprised of plenty of ghosts, vampires, werewolves and witches, so it should properly set the mood. Not to mention, it’s called Halloween Town.
That’s all we really have for the anti-horror folk, short of recommending you just watch a bunch of episodes of Goosebumps, which isn’t really that bad of an idea, actually.
If you’re looking for some old-school scares, you can’t do better than The House on Haunted Hill, Rosemary’s Baby, and Carrie. Well, you can, it’s called The Shining, but whatever. Speaking of Stephen King, if you like your scary movies to be kinda terrible, you can’t do much better/worse than Pet Sematary and The Children of the Corn.
If you’re looking to get a bit more contemporary, The Cabin in the Woods, in our opinion, is the best Netflix has to offer. Stereotypical horror set-up: college co-eds visit secluded cabin for weekend of partying, things don’t go as planned. Nothing else about the movie is sterotypical, but we can’t say much without revealing its many over-the-top twists and turns. It’s scary, it’s gory and its funny. Perfect for a group setting.
Along the same lines, all of the Scream films are currently streaming, and the first, Wes Craven’s ’90s ode to ’80s slasher films, is great. Like Cabin, it’s part send-up, part homage.
Then there’s Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn. Filled with an absolutely absurd amount of gruesome imagery (hand detached via chainsaw, flying eyeball landing in a screaming girls’ mouth, etc.), it’s possibly the best combination of send-up and gore ever committed to film. If that sounds terrible, you’ll think it’s terrible. If it sounds awesome, you’ve probably already seen it.
What you might not have seen is Ghoulies II, a cheap, tried-and-true Gremlins knock-off set in a carnival. Matt from Dinosaur Dracula turned us onto the Ghoulies movies many moons ago, and life has never been the same.
I know you’re thinking “What’s with all the sequels? I’m gonna get lost in the intricate plot details.” Don’t worry, Evil Dead 2 sort of recaps the first in the opening scenes, and the first Ghoulies I ever saw was the third (Ghoulies Go to College, if you can believe it) and it all worked out juuusst fine.
Remember, Netflix’s movies come and go, so if you’re an advanced alien race discovering this blog entry thousands of years in the future, sorry if you can’t watch Evil Dead 2. Happy Halloween, ya’ll.
by Holly except the first thing. That one’s all Luke.
1. Full House Reviewed, blog
I’ve seen every episode, but that doesn’t make Full House any less terrible. I know you probably grew up in the 90s and disagree, but Billy Superstar gets me. He hates it in a way normally reserved for social injustice.
Thankfully he is able to make good use of his Joey intolerance, mocking one episode per week until he completes the series.
For realiously, I read his site every Friday. First thing I do. When I discovered it, I read it for a few hours a night, every night, the way one would a book. Speaking of, blogs as books ain’t my bag, but if this thing ever gets bound, you best believe a copy will reside on my shelf. Read it, and realize just how unfunny Dave Coulier really is and how much fried chicken Uncle Jessie digests throughout the course of the series.
Warning: lots of cuss words.
2. Hipsters who look like Jackie from Roseanne, blog
Speaking of blogs that worship the 90s, I recently discovered this gem of a blog book and it took me to a magical land filled with layers of plaid and Roseanne’s laugh.
Who knew Jackie, the quirky sister of Roseanne, was so dang stylish? An anonymous Tumblr dweller does, that’s who. Check out this blog that is compiled of outfits worn by Jackie paired with its contemporary replicant.
3. Plaid Jackets, Spotify playlist
I made another playlist on Spotify that feels like fuzzy sweaters in autumn. Play it through the day to hear Sonic Youth, Cocteau Twins, Grass Widow and others.
4. Scary goat, video
I found this video ages ago and wanted to share as a trick or treat to you all. Is the goat a victim? Do you identify with this goat like I do? Either way, take a gander.
Poor little guy just wants to hang out.
5. Mid-Michigan Zine Fair is on Saturday!
Michigan folks! Come hangout at Hannah Community Center in East Lansing for the MMZF this Saturday. It’s from noon until 6pm. You’ll be sure to find some super neat small mags and other independently made goods from all around Michigan and beyond.
See you there!
That’s all for this week. Catch you later!
Pink Out shirts will be available anytime tomorrow for pick up. Monday, we will resume the sale for anyone who still wants one. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.