Thursday, July 31, 2008

"The Teeth Project" by Biser


Biser is a mysterious artist that is working on a project called "The Teeth Project" which is part of a show called "Addicted to Details." I wasn't able to find any information about the artist, except what was mentioned on Vinyl Pulse. I am incredibly impressed by his custom made tribal figures, and also by his three dimensional graffiti pieces. I wish I lived in Germany so I could check out this show!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Paper AK-47



I was browsing the StrangeCo site today to see if they had any info on their new SDCC releases. while browsing I ran across this rather interesting item. German designer Martin Postler has created a 1:1 replica of an AK-47 made out of paper. I have always loved paper crafts, and this sounds incredibly interesting. So many ideas! It would be interesting to paint this sucker to look exactly like the real deal, then tote it around in conspicuous locations. Oh wait, wouldn't it suck to be arrested for a paper assault rifle!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fonzworth Bentley + Kanye + Andre 3000 + Sa-Ra


Here's the video for "Int'l Player's Anthem (I Choose You)" by Fonzworth Bentley from his upcoming album C.O.L.O.U.R.S. This guy used to be Puff Daddy's personal assistant, but now is rocking it on his own (with a lot of talented friends). Remember the "I like the way you move" video by Big Boi? That was Bentley dancing with the umbrella. Nice!

Thanks Pitchfork for the link.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Upper Playground launches The Citrus Report mag


Upper Playground is a street wear retailer based in San Francisco (but has branched out to Portland, LA, London.) They have also just launched an online magazine "The Citrus Report." Issue 2 just came out, and is definitely worth checking out. Contents include:
- Main Features
- Monthly Columns
- News Briefs
- Citrus Reviews

Good Magazine Block Party today in SF

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Friday, July 18, 2008

The Watchmen Trailer


Have you ever seen any of the following movies?
- V for Vendetta
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- From Hell

If so, you've seen a movie adaptation of an Alan Moore graphic novel. That's all fine and dandy, but.... have you read Watchmen? Watchmen is a graphic novel by Alan Moore about a group of people who become super heroes, in an America where there were none before. Watchmen has often been given considered the greatest graphic novel of all time, and after reading it, I was completely floored.

Anyways, here's the official movie trailer (apparently shown before the new Batman film.) Watch the trailer, buy the graphic novel, see the movie next year. You won't be disappointed.

For those in the know... doesn't Rorschach look like a bad ass in the trailer?

(Thanks to Kitsune Noir for the tip.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Brendan Donnelly Joy Division Shirt


Brendan Donnelly is a men's designer I ran across on Revolve Clothing today. Apparently he had a cool idea to see what it would be like to have popular rock n' roll shirts for the Arab market. Here is a pic of his Joy Division shirt (with name translated into Arabic.) I think this is an awesome juxtoposition. For some reason the song "She's lost control" has an interesting irony to.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Black Ghosts... my current musical obession

I remember hearing about these guys (The Black Ghosts)a while back. I think I went on iTunes and checked out all of their singles, and was somewhat impressed. Well, their LP finally came out, and I checked it out. OMG it's freaking incredible!!! I can't stop listening to it.

Anyways, there sound makes me think of Cold War Kids doing synth-pop/indie electro, after studying under Jamiroquai and Phoenix. Talk about a who's who of great music. I am currently enjoying "Some way through this" which sounds like a dialog for a heated argument with your special someone, or ex-someone. "If this house was on fire, would you tell me your desire? If my hands were around your throat, would you tell me what I need to know?" I also really dig "It's your touch" which sounds like a love song straight from Phoeniroquai. :)

By the way, Black Ghosts are playing at Mighty in SF on July 25 with Holy Ghost.

Wrapping things up, here's the video for "Some way through this."


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Etienne De Crecy live performance




I just saw this post on Kanye West's blog about Etienne De Crecy performing live in Paris. I'm really digging the rubiks cube / tetris style DJ booth.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Michael Lau SK3 figures have been released!




I posted recently about these new figures that designer toy / urban vinyl pioneer Michael Lau has been working on. Essentially he created three figures based on the Stanley Kubrick films (hence SK3) "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange," "Full-Metal Jacket." I was blown away by the teaser images for these concepts, but they Hypebeast (thank you for the pics) posted photos of the actual release at Michael Gallery in Hong Kong yesterday. HOLY SHIT these are gorgeous. My jaw is on the floor everytime I see these pics! I have tried to qwell by urban vinyl buying habit, but these were absolute must-haves. I love the films, Michael Lau's style, and the interpretation of the characters from the films. Sadly being in SF the only way to get my hands on these is on good ol' Ebay. I can deal with that though.

Side note: the technical name for these guys is: CSBooth15 Gardener Still Michael Lau SK3? How is anyone supposed to interpret that?

Merrell Gatherer Jacket


I just ran across this jacket when reading Uncrate the other day. Merrell has just released the new Gatherer jacket. This is one incredibly clever jacket concept. You can unzip the jacket and stuff/empty it with whatever you want to increase/decrease the insulation. I think this is a great example of getting man closer to nature when in the outdoors. The jacket isn't half bad from a style perspective either (and I saw this with the facet that I usually can't stand the bubble jacket look.) Apparently when empty, the jacket is like a light-weight wind breaker. My only thought of concern is this: don't stuff this bad boy full of small dried herbs, then wear it around the police.

Latyrx


I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just stumbled upon DJ Shadow back in high school while watching MTV Amp in the wee hours of the morning. Soon after I was discussing Shadow at lunch, when my friend Becky mentioned Latyrx. Apparently they were a Bay Area hip-hop group produced by DJ Shadow. Awesome! A day or two later she gave me a cassette tape dub of the LP. I remember popping it into my cassette tape deck driving home from school. When I heard the first track "Latyrx" (also the album and group name) I thought I was listening to lyrical vomit. I couldn't make out a word that Lateef and Lyrics Born were saying. The beat was hot though. Somehow the challenge presented by the record planted a seed in my mind.

Over the next few days I couldn't put down the tape. Each listen made things more clear to me. I would equate it to that scene in "The 13th Warrior" were Antonio Banderas finally aclimated to the language spoken by the Vikings. Once I understood what the hell I was listening to, I couldn't stop playing the tape. Here is why it is so captivating...

When the track starts all you hear is "Layrx....." Then the beat by DJ Shadow drops. It's both choppy, fluid, telekenetic. Then the shit hits the fan. Lateef begins wrapping in his street caller flow stlye in the right channel. Lyrics Born begins wrapping a completely different song in the left channel at the same time. WTF? I'm listening to two different songs that are battling each other at the same time. UNBELIEVABLE. Then about 2.5 minutes in there is a sick break a la DJ Shadow. Next, the battle from the two MCs gets in sync. They begin playing off of one another. WTF again! I just can't describe how profound this song is. Nothing in hip-hop has ever blown my mind like this one song.

"Born the correlation relation shapin' the forms are takin' their stations warned we're warmed the verbal intercourse and mind fornication is on, whine, design is tight, corn burn more than blunts or oil at midnight...." WHOA. And that's only an excerpt from Lateef's lyrics.

I also must mention that the album cover for the Latyrx record is my all time favorite record cover. Lyrics Born looking confidently west. Lateef looking ready to attack east. Inverted colors. Light overlay of the group name. Excellent!

Anyays, it's been 10 years since I learned about these guys, and they are still incredible. Highly recommended listening. Here are a few favs from Latyrx (not in order of preference):
- Latyrx
- The quickening
- Off with their heads
- Lady don't tek no
- Cloud #9
- Regions

Anyways, these days Lateef and Lyrics Born are doing solo projects, but still colaborate often. I couldn't even fathom the idea of a new Latyrx record. Maybe I'll run into them somewhere in SF (since they are Bay Area folk.)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

YouTube hosts contest for Watchmen TV Commercial

Shit I haven't posted in a while. Oh well, I think it was a motivational issue intersected with a lot of busy evenings. Anyways, I am trying to rectify the situation. Wham!

So I recently read Alan Moore's Watchmen. Though I won't give away any of the plot, I'll just say it's about a bunch of random folks who rise above to become the first heroes. Adrian Veidt is one such person. His character is of a man who is both incredibly intelligent, and incredilbly fit. He is also the CEO of a profoundly successful company Veidt Enterprises.

YouTube just hosted a contest for fans to create a commercial for Veidt Enterprises. The winning commercials will be shown on people's televisions in the scenes for the Watchmen Movie. AWESOME! Anyways, check out the four winners... and for god's sake, but the Watchmen graphic novel.

Here are the four winners.