Sunday, May 6, 2012

Retro Travel Speaker

Here's a little splicing of Today and Yesterday. Look familiar? This custom portable speaker is powered by AAA batteries or by connecting the included USB cable to your home computer or laptop. Plug it into a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack turn on your favorite music and boogie. Decorated with Retro atoms, boomerang, and argyle pattern. Oldies music not required but suggested smile.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Music Monday-Dave Brubeck Quartet-Take Five

This is a continuation of last weeks Music Monday. In the Song New Frontier Donald Fagen mentions Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. Take Five was written by his long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond. The Dave Brubeck Quartet was formed in 1951 following a near-fatal swimming accident which incapacitated Brubeck for several months.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Music Monday-New Frontier

The sound of New Frontier by Donald Fagen may not seem to fit the Populuxe theme of this blog. The theme of the video does though. As does the song lyrics, the album cover and many references made by both. To start the singer says they're going to have a wingding. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word meaning a wild, lively, or lavish party was first known to be used in 1944. This wingding is going to be held in a bomb shelter. Then we have a girl with a touch of Tuesday Weld. She is wearing Ambush, a perfume created in 1955, and she likes to Limbo. Also mentioned in the song is Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. The album cover shows Fagen dressed as a crew cut Mid Century deejay complete with vintage microphone and turntable. He is smoking Chesterfield King cigarettes and using a nifty Googie ashtray. Beside him is the cover of the 1958 jazz album Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders. As for the video I'll leave you to see the Jazzy goodness for yourselves :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Music Monday-Lonely Teardrops

Ok this post is pretty late in the day, but that's Monday for you. Actually that's just me. I'm about as organized as a room full of squirrels on caffeine. Anyway I thought it might be nice to finish your Monday with some good oldies music.

For the first song I've chosen Lonely Teardrops sung by Jackie Wilson. Looking it up on Wikipedia shows some cool trivia I had never heard before. This song brought in the bucks used to form Motown Records! Here is a quote.
"Written by Berry Gordy, Gwendolyn Gordy (Berry's sister) and Roquel Billy Davis, going under the pseudonym Tyran Carlo, the single, alongside Wilson's debuting five consecutive singles between 1957–58, turned Wilson into an R&B superstar and influenced the later careers of Davis, who joined the staff of Chess Records while Gordy used the money from the song's success to form Motown Records within a year."

How cool is that? Well I hope you enjoy the music and maybe this will become a weekly post.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Birthday

Ok I admit it. Google's latest Doodle tipped me off :). Anyway just in case you missed it head on over to Wikipedia and read up on this great Modern Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I would rather point you there than do the old copy and paste of someone else's hard work.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mid Century Modern Argyle Business Card

As you can tell this blog's header image was borrowed from one of my business card designs. 50's style Retro Business Card. With blue and black Argyle pattern, pink Boomerang, and stars/atoms. Let's go back to the Fifties and Mid Century Modern.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Modern Illustrations by Tricia Rennea

If you like Modern Illustrations as much as I do you will love the work of Tricia Rennea. Her art is so clean, vibrant, nostalgic; I can go on and on :). So much thought goes into Tricia's illustrations and looking through her shop you could tell a story by the pieces you find. Below are some beautiful examples from her shop Trillustrations.

Now that you've settled into your new Mid Century Modern home it's time for a nice house warming party!

A few jet setting friends will have to travel to your new home so make sure to send the invitations early.

Dinner is done. I wonder who brought dessert?

Great music will make your party memorable! Maybe a little Smooth Jazz?

You were just happy to see old friends but their gifts were a nice surprise.

It's windy outside make sure your guest remember their hats!

The party was a hit but there's a bit of a mess to clean. Good thing you've got Dynamist!

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Don't forget to visit Trillustrations to see more wonderful Modern illustrations by Tricia Rennea.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Retro Space Flight Design

Hello again everyone! Caring for an ill family member took precedence over working on this blog so there has been a very long gap since my last post. Anyway it's time again for some Retro coolness from great Zazzle artist. This stamp by The Luminary Gallery recently won a Today's Best Award(TBA) and fits in here nicely. Rockets and UFOs take flight leaving a nice trail pattern behind on a Grey gradient background. Such a great way to get your Retro Sci-fi fix :).

Here are more products with this great vintage style design:

Invitation - iPad Case
Retro invitationCustom iPad Case

Postcard - Mousepad
rockets postcardRetro Space Flight mousepad

Melamine Plate - Portable Speaker
Custom Melamine PlateVintage design usb speaker

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