Someone Once Told Me

Such a cool idea for a photo project:

What SOTM actually means is that people are asked, sometimes by appointment and sometimes randomly, to hold up a large piece of paper, upon which they write something that someone once told them. Or emailed. Or texted. Basically something that’s been communicated to them. But told, preferably.

Check out Someone Once Told Me. Here’s a video of the project:

The Big Picture

Holy crap. Best new blog in a while. From the Boston Globe, The Big Picture is a relatively simple idea, executed gorgeously: few words, big, pretty pictures, tells a story. It just started this month, and already there are some really great stories and even better photos:

Daily Life in Sadr City, Iraq

The Sky, From Above

Mississippi Floodwaters in Iowa

Ethiopia in Food Crisis Once More

You really have to see these full-sized. Stunning work.

Lessons in modern music history

I wanted to help announce the long-overdue opening of a friend’s blog, Sound or Vision. Whether Ben’s drawing connections between artists of the last several decades or critiquing videos, I guarantee you’ll learn something. It’s a good one to add to your rss reader and blogroll. One of the things I really like is that he isn’t completely focused on being a hype machine:

I’m not too keen on most of the blogosphere’s fascination with the newest, hottest thing.  Don’t get me wrong – I occasionally stop into blogs like Brooklyn Vegan, Aquarium Drunkard, or Gorilla vs Bear(or Pitchfork’s new music section once it gets filtered to them) to check out the newest bands and rarities, but the pressure of breaking the newest acts every day also means that a lot of crap makes those blogs while many great artists get lost in the daily shuffle of the next big thing.  In a way they do themselves a disservice.  I much prefer quality over quantity or newness.  To that end, this blog will be all over the place from some new band I heard walking down the street in the Live Music Capitol of the World(Austin made me capitalize that) or maybe some old Sister Rosetta Tharpe footage that I spent forever trying to track down after seeing the brief clip in Amelie or maybe some Kid Creole just because I dig him.  My blog, no rules.

It’s a refreshing attitude towards music, in an era where the internet can cause information overload, and music is chewed up and spit out at a breakneck pace.  Keep up the good work, Ben!