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My Top Albums Of 2012

A list I made today. Went through some of the albums I’ve listened this year, other top lists, some music blogs and music websites. Couldn’t make just one Top 10 list. Proved to be pretty hard. Made a quick Top 5 tho. It’s in the end.

Rock / Indie:
 
Field Music – Plumb
Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
Ben Folds Five – The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind
Grizzly Bear – Shields
alt-J – An Awesome Wave
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant 
Chairlift – Something
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
Grimes – Visions
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs 
Hexvessel – No Holier Temple
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Electric-ish:
 
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble
Todd Terje – It’s The Arps
Crozet – We’ll Be Gone By Then
Diiv – Oshin
Vcgm – SSSS
Ghost Monkey – Boxy Music
Disasterpeace – Fez
Lindström – Smalhans
Lone – Galaxy Garden
Machinedrum – SXLND EP
Mux Mool – Planet High School

 
Hard Rock / Metal:
 
Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension (without the ballads)
Ginger – 555% / Mutation – The Frankenstein Effect / Hey!Hello! – S/T (Ginger released 3+1+1 albums this year)
Gallows – Gallows
Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth
Turbonegro – Sexual Harassment
The Darkness – Hot Cakes
Torche – Harmonicraft

Bubblin’ under:

Com Truise – In Decay
Futurecop! – The Movie
Mitch Murder – Glass Cities
Nitemoves – Longlines
The Men – Open Your Heart
Passion Pit – Gossamer
John Maus – A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material
Purity Ring – Shrines
Sekuoia & Rain Dog – Finest Ego / Faces Series Vol. 3
S. Mahabra – S. Mahabra
Seams – Tourist / Sleeper
The Shins – Port Of Morrow
Slow Magic – Triangle
Slugabed – Time Team
Uppermost – One
Swans – The Seer
Lambchop – Mr. M

Top 5 of all of the above.


Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

Field Music – Plumb

Mutation – The Frankenstein Effect

Disasterpeace – Fez

Deftones – Koi No Yokan

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My Furry Animal Installation in the Middle of Helsinki

Wow, it’s been quite quiet on this front recently. I blame my new day job. I work at Rovio now, as a senior graphic designer. Have been for four months now.

Recently I’ve been involved with Napa Illustrations agency’s book Yellow City – Illustrated Stories from Helsinki. In the book the agency’s illustrations illustrate stories from Helsinki, written by Finnish authors. My story’s author was Maria Candia, a science fiction writer extraordinaire.

In the story Maria wrote there’s an alternative universe in which Kamppi shopping center doesn’t exist. Instead there’s a huge pit in the ground in where Köpöttis, these strange furry creatures, live.

Now the story comes to life. My installation is now in Kamppi shopping center. As you can see from the pictures the big boys are made from cardboard and tulle. Whole lot of stapling and voila, the installation is ready.

Well, not quite. It took so much time I couldn’t even imagine half of it. There was usually 3 people working on it, for 2-3 weeks mostly in the evening time, after day jobs. The gluing of the balls alone took quite a lot of time since every ball is made of ten long pieces that had to be glue together.

Luckily there was a lot of capable people working on the thingies from start to finish. I couldn’t have pulled this one off on my own. So, big, big thank you to Johanna, Marjo, Iiro, Maiju, Mia.

The Köpötti’s, as they are called in the short story, are now in Kamppi. Go check them out if you’re around. Kamppi representatives said they are the first ever art installation in Kamppi shopping center. I’m quite proud of that!

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Kuvita!-Festival / Wondrous Sea

Last weekend I was painting a big painting in Kuvita!-festival. The festival was first of its kind in nordic countries and was held In Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland.

It was way more fun than what I anticipated. I haven’t painted too much. Not recently at least. Maybe during my school years, but that’s more than seven years ago.

I got invited to do the painting by Satu Kettunen, an organizer of the The Multicolored Dreams -movement here in Finland. What is The Multicolored dreams you ask? The Multicoloured Dreams (MCD) was created by three artists in Helsinki on summer 2010. Its aims are as well increasing the amount of art and culture on the streets of Helsinki as encouraging everybody to participate in creative action in the common space. More info about it here: http://mcdreams.wordpress.com/

The festival was kind of a small universe of Finnish illustration and illustrators, guru’s and newcomer’s, even a Swedish guest was accepted to speak, ha. http://www.karlgrandin.com/

We illustrated a poem by Finnish poet Edith Södergran. It’s called Wondrous Sea. Here it is in Finnish: http://fi.wikisource.org/wiki/Ihmeellinen_meri Very inspiring poem.

The size of the painting was 250 cm x 207 cm. We painted on a MDF-board with non-toxic Uula-paint.


And as it happens, when a lot of things, well, almost everything goes right, something needs to go horribly wrong. This time it was documenting the whole event. I trusted my camera too much and the automatic option let me down. I think it was the lighting or the lack of it, and also the fact that I should’ve learn how to use my camera in a situation like that. That would’ve most likely save me the trouble of cursing myself to the ground after I started downloading the pics to my computer.

Luckily there was some good pictures there too.

Bottom line is: I need to paint more. It’s fun.

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Monte Palace / Abandoned Hotel / Azores

I went to Azores for a holiday couple of weeks ago.

Last day I was there, I rented a scooter and drove around a bit in the mountains of the island. The later part of my day I ran into this abandoned hotel, hotel Monte Palace.

Opened in 1986, the hotel must’ve been an unbelievably beautiful place to stay. The scenery was totally mind boggling. In the middle of a mountain. You could see the Atlantic from both sides of the hotel and the Twin Lakes were just underneath the hotel on the right side. Just… amazing.

The hotel’s said to often be under heavy clouds, but the day I visited it, it as was sunny as it could ever be. Took a few pictures and enjoyed the beautiful decay of something that sometime in the past was luxury.
“Along a quiet mountain road in The Azores is an abandoned hotel called Monte Palace. It was built just over 2 decades ago as a five star luxury hotel. Unfortunately no one visited it due to its extreme price and it was just abandoned very soon after.

20 years later it is over grown and seemingly deserted.”

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Andrew W. K.

To those who know about Andrew W. K. this album review makes a lot of sense. He's message is clear. It's about having fun and being yourself. I recommend some of the speaches he's given in the U.S. universities, go check them out.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13957-close-calls-with-brick-wall-mother-of-mankind/

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