Wow. My dear friend, beloved street artist Swoon has released an incredible book! I just got it. Wow.

She prolly doesn’t remember this, but here’s a picture I snapped of her making Manhattan beautiful back in the day…


Swoon is perhaps best known for her delicate linoleum/wood block prints and paper cut-out portraits. Id say the first half of the book is dedicated to the 10+ years she’s spent making your favorite cities looks oh so pretty. The second half is all about her more recent passion which might be described as floating junk-punk rafts.

See it and believe it…

What Cheer? Brigade welcoming the Swoon armada at Deitch Studios

Seriously, how much fun does this look?

I wish I could grab individual photos from photographer Tod Selie’s Flickr Stream, but it looks like I can only link.

Really though, check out this, This, and THIS!.

Kinda makes chocolatiering seem like a grind, lol.

Like many who know her play, I’ve found unending inspiration from her. She has a spirit. Its evident in her illustrations and the kind of people who surround her.

I’m super proud to see many of her accomplishments so beautifully documented in her new retrospective book, check it out!

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MOTION RADIO :: May 2010

Perhaps you know that before we made chocolate we made music.

Some of my favorite memories from my New York City days was spinning records with DJ Macedonia. I suppose they call him Macedonia b/c he connects the present (possibly the future) of music to its earliest roots. Anyway, he’s a serious selector and Im proud to repost his newest podcast for MOTION RADIO…..for your listening pleasure, I give you episode #13


us & us (may 2010) for motion radio
“my way of dealing with it…”
transmitting from mount vernon, new york, usa
supplying musical therapy by way of vinyl, cd, cassette, and mp3


1. The Brand New Heavies – It’s Getting Hectic (feat. Gang Starr)
[Delicious Vinyl]
2. Malcolm McLaren – B.I. Bikki (intro) [Island]
3. Malcolm McLaren – Eiffel Tower [Island]
4. Silhouette Brown – Constant Questions [2000black]
5. Gil Scott-Heron – Your Soul And Mine [XL]
6. The Clonious – Emora [Ubiquity]
7. Grand Puba – Get It (Caspa Remix) [Scion A/V]
8. Basement Jaxx – Raindrops (Joker & Ginx Remix) [XL]
9. Four Tet – Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix) [Domino]
10. Massive Attack – Special Cases (Akufen Remix) [Virgin]
11. Sophie Rimheden – Don’t Follow [Mille Plateaux]
12. Bolliger & Gloor – Mailänder Tanzschlag [Codek]
13. Mouse On Mars – Pinwheel Herman [Thrill Jockey]
14. The High Llamas – Showstop Hic Hup (Mouse On Mars Remix) [V2]
15. Floating Points – Truly [Eglo]
16. Freakniks – Kalimba [Scenario]
17. Joe Henderson – Foregone Conclusion [Soul Jazz]
18. Donald Byrd with Guru and Ronny Jordan – Time Is Moving On [GRP]
19. Malcolm McLaren – Lauretta [Island]
20. Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid – Our Time [Domino]

Back for 2010, I take a little time to pay respect to the living
legacies of Guru, Malcolm McLaren, and Steve Reid. “Lauretta”
wouldn’t get out of my head after McLaren died and I’m not sure how
many people would even reference his Fans EP, seeing as how it’s this
weird combination of R&B with operatic arias. Outside of that, just
playing some releases from this year and last year that have captured
my interest, bringing along some cuts from previous years to tie
together the loose ends.

Back on my listening room/side room selections thing again. Been way
from it too long. It feels good to be back. Hope this one finds you
in a good place…

Now get in touch with MACEDONIA:




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Mountain Top Removal (MTR) is the term used to describe when coal companies litterally BLAST! mountain tops to remove only small amount of coal. Profitable for the mining companies precisely because it replaces most of the need for labor with highly destructive, but nonetheless efficient, explosives and machinery. Yet the effects upon eco-systems and local economies are devastating. Simply devastating.

MountainJustice.org has a nice fact list describing MTR and its effects.

I also like this fact/myth artical from Appalacian Voices.

And here’s a grip of articles from our friends at TreeHugger.org:

Ready to Get Pissed Off at Mountaintop Removal Mining? Watch This. (Video)

Satellite Photos Reveal How Mountaintop Removal Is Scarring Appalachia

EPA Data Shows Streams Near Mountaintop Removal Coal Mines Toxic (Duh)

Mountaintop Removal and You – ILoveMountains.org

Ashley Judd on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Scientists Say Mountaintop Removal Mining Should Be Banned – No Remediation Ever Enough


And Im extremely proud of my dear friend Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping! who are running a di-vestment campaign against MTR’s biggest investor: CHASE BANK.

Please read this article and find out how you can get involved and/or support their inspiring work.

And of course, watch their awesome video of one of their choir members closing her Chase Bank Accounts in moral objection to the MTR funding!

In fact, you can sign-up to get the gospel direct from the good Rev.

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Via TreeHugger :: Eat this House!

eat this house

University of Maryland students have turned “This Old House” on its head, and created a home that features an edible wall, and runs on sun, wind, rain and wastes.

Not a lot of details available on what qualifies this house as edible or whether or not its part of a balance breakfast (yet), but I am a sucker for anything that helps live deliciously.

Via TreeHugger!

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WoodHull Haring

Super Social Capitalism is in effect at this forward thinking hospital in Brooklyn. Apparently the program has been running quite successfully since 2005. Rad.

Among the sacrifices many artists make in pursuit of their passion is health care; it’s simply too expensive for those struggling to live off of their creativity. However, Woodhull Hospital in the New York City borough of Brooklyn has come up with an ingenious plan to address this problem; allowing artists of all types to swap their art for health care.

The artists provide a wide range of imaginative services, she said. One artist, trained in yoga breathing and self-soothing, helps breast-cancer patients remain calm and centered while they are waiting to be seen. Others might read to pediatric patients in that waiting room. An actor might put on role-playing sessions for staff, helping them rehearse how to break bad news to patients and loved ones. An upcoming program will have photographers taking pictures of newly-borns to give to the mother as a thank-you for choosing Woodhull hospital.

In return, the artists earn 40 credits per hour of service. Uninsured patients at this public hospital, part of New York City’s health network, pay a flat fee for doctor’s visits (including most lab work and x-rays), between $15 and $60 depending on their income. Most artists end up paying around $20 per service, which also includes emergency room and clinic visits. For each hour they devote to helping the hospital, they earn enough credits to pay for two medical visits. By the end of 2008, more than 400 artists had earned credit this way.

If you’re interested in learning more or taking part in the program, you may call the Artist Access hotline at 877-244-5600.

See full article from WalletPop!

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MORE FUN :: MIT Experiments in Cheap Printable Solar!

Printable Solar Panels, Yummy!

What if you could simply staple solar panels to your house rather than hiring a professional installation team? That’s not as far-fetched as it sounds — MIT researchers have figured out a way to print thin film solar cells on paper using a process that resembles a standard inkjet printer. If they’re able to gear efficiencies up to scale, the development could revolutionize the production and installation of solar panels.

Continue Reading via CNet…

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The Town that FOOD Saved

The Town that Food Saved

Hardwick is a former granite town with one-traffic light, a hardscrabble Vermont town of 3,200 with a median income well below the state average and a 40 percent unemployment rate. It’s being rebuilt by articulate young agricultural entrepreneurs (who Hewitt calls “agrepreneurs”), who are rebuilding the area’s economy with sustainable, local food production—at least that’s what has been said in The New York Times and on “Emeril Green.”

Ben Hewitt is a writer who lives a couple of miles outside town. His thoughtful new book, The Town That Saved Food, introduces the town’s chatty cast of rising agrepreneurial all-stars—Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds, Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens, Andy and Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill Farm—and adds some healthy skepticism about local agriculture in a place where some locals opt for Chinese over the community supported restaurant.


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