Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pretty much mobile: Shuffle premonitions?

So I'm occasionally going to be posting from my phone. Whenever I do
I'll preface the post with the "Pretty much mobile" title.

So this morning I was walking around my apartment singing the lines
"Next in line, next in line, get on, get off." These are lyrics from
"Trolly Friend" by Pattern is Movement. Such a great song to listen to
on a trolly or cable car in SF! Anyways I jumped into my car to head
to the train and plugged in my iPhone. I used the double-tap to
automatically start playing something on shuffle. Guess what came on
first... "Trolly Friend." Coincidence or premonition?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

San Francisco City and Arts Lectures "Talking Music"

The San Francisco City & Arts Lectures group is hosting a series of events this fall that center around a night hosted by a song writer and literary writer. The series is called "Talking Music" and will feature some pretty interesting duos:

09-11: Stephen Merritt + Daniel Handler
12-17: Will Sheff + Andrew Leland
01-28: Neko Case + Callie Khouri
02-24: John Darnielle + Tobias Wolff
04-27: Laurie Anderson + Michael Azzerad

The events will take place in Herbst Theatre, at the Palace of Fine Arts. I saw the Eels do something along these lines there and it was a real blast. Sadly I am not well versed in most of these artists. However, Will Sheff is the writer / lead singer for Austin, TX band Okkervil River and is one hell of a songwriter. JOY!

Patent Leather Pillow

A little something for the fetishist in all of us....

Ever remember when you fall asleep, and start drooling all over your pillow? Remember how the pillow kind of sticks to your face? Well, to make matters worse, think about what it would be like if that pillow was patent leather. CB2 did, and it costs 20$. Not a bad deal if I do say so myself.

Thanks cribcandy for the tip

Y: The Last Man... read it now!

I just decided to start reading Y: The Last Man (by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra) after hearing about it in just about every comic and book store. I've finished 2 of the 10 books, and I am officiall obsessed. The story (no spoilers) is as follows:

One day every single male mammal on earth dies except for Yarick Brown, and his pet monkey Ampersand. Shit hits the fan. Women go crazy. Yarick embarks on a quest to find his girlfriend in Australia with a geneticist and a secret agent.

Seriously though, this series is amazing! Great plot, well defined characters, tons of cliff hangers. And no, it doesn't go into all the cheesy things that a comic book about a world of all women could.

I am obsessed with Metronomy

I recently ran across Metronomy when I saw their video for "Heartbreaker" on Pitchfork TV. After hearing some of their tracks, I am completely obsessed. These guys are great! Their tracks sound like a mix of Klaxons, Hot Chip, Foals, and maybe even The Cars? (Wow that's a lot of U.K. influences.) Regardless their music is rather fun, and suprisingly contains a lot of layers.

Apparently these guys are originally from Brighton, and now reside in London. Just like how every American band moves to NYC. Their LP Nights Out will be Sept 8th so make sure you pick it up.

Here's the video for "Heartbreaker" which is certainly the best track of theirs that I've heard to date.

Bloc Party Intimacy out Aug 21

Bloc Party has just announced they are releasing a new album Intimacy. If you pre-order the album which officially drops in October, you get access to a digital copy on August 21. Two singles "Trojan Horse" and "Mercury" are playable on their myspace.
Thanks Stereogum for the tip!
Also, here's the video for "Mercury," which I have never actually watched. (Thouogh the song is good!)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Bon Iver: Blood Bank (Live)

Bon Iver is profound. I can't stop listening to "For Emma, Forever Ago." This record is without a doubt my favorite record of 2008 (atleast up to now.) I just saw on Stereogum that Bon Iver has recorded a new song called "Blood Bank" that he's been playing live. You should check it out, because this song is intense as hell! Think of a song that starts with the crescendo in "Wolves Pt. I and II."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New York Times: Olympic Medal Count

The New York Times has launched a site that allows you to view the amount of medals earned by each country in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The size of a country's circle conveys the amount of medals won in that particular year. There is also a nifty slider that allows the user to view results from previous years. A friend mentioned how you can see the correlation between number of medals, and a certain coutries world dominance (Russia).

The National "A thousand black cities"

I just saw on Stereogum that The National performed a new song titled "A thousand black cities" in Copenhagen a few days ago. This recording is kind of crappy, but still is worth a listen. I'm not sure if I really dig the sound of the song, but I certainly like the dystopian lyrics. Anyways, see for yourself.

By the way, The National's "Boxer" is without a doubt the best album of 2007.

Redman "Run my block" ... in a Smart car!

A friend of mine just sent me this music video by Redman fro "Run my block." He's cruising around in a Smart car in the video, which is absolutely hilarious. I doubt that he really appreciates the Smart car, but who cares. I think this is cool because the hip-hop community might actually start to embrace the Smart car now that it has appeared in a music video. This can only have positive outcome.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Incredible new Grizzly Bear live songs

"Yellow House" by Grizzly Bear has been one of my longest running favorite albums over the past few years. It pretty much always stays on my iPhone. "The Cold Nose" / "Whitey on the Moon" by Department of Eagles (Grizzly Bear off-shoot) is also a favorite. Imagine my excitement when I ran across a few new songs that Grizzly Bear has been performing live in 2008. These are all new tracks, none of which are officially released. Enjoy!

"While you wait for the others" on KCRW

"Two weeks" on David Letterman
(The volume is high on this recording)

"Fine for now" at All Points West Festival

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

V-Moda Vibe Duo: Quality FAIL

Do not buy V-Moda headphones. I repeat. Do not buy V-Moda headphones. Tell your friends.

I wanted to love V-Moda! Their headphones look rather nice, fit like a charm, and sound amazing. Plus they are only 99$. However, as many a friend know I have had to warranty my V-Moda headphones numerous times. This is just unacceptable. I treat all of my personal possessions with the utmost care, yet these guys keep failing on me. It must be said that V-Moda customer service is very kind and promptly replaces my headphones for me every time they break. However, when you consider the downtime without headphones, plus the cost to ship my broken pair back, the opportunity cost is not worth the benefit. I give up, and I wish I could trade my headphones back to V-Moda for my 99$.Here is my history with my V-Moda headphones:

May 07: Order V-Moda Vibe
Sep 07: My V-Modas fail and I get a warranty them.
Oct 07: I buy a pair of V-Moda Vibe Duos for my iPhone, and sell my other V-Modas.
Dec 07: My V-Moda Duos fail and I warranty them.
Apr 08: My V-Moda Duos fail and I warranty them.
Aug 08: My V-Moda Duos are starting to fail again.

Here's a few issues with their design. (Two of which account for the failures I encountered.)
- The cable on the V-Moda Duos is made of fabric and doesn't protect the wire as it enters the plug.
- The glue used to attach the metal plug sheath to the 2.5mm jack doesn't hold.
- The answer / skip button on the mic is tiny and rather hard to press accurately.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Sebastien Tellier "Sexuality"

This record is almost addictive as sex! But seriously though, you all have to check this record out. Sebastien Tellier is a french pop singer from Paris. His sound is best described as Junior Boys with a french accent singing all about sex over Daft Punk beats. Speaking of which, his record is produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo who is 1/2 of Daft Punk. Go figure! By the way, this guy makes great music but looks like he's in ZZ Top.

Anyways, check out the record. It's the best music to make love to your lady by since Lovage!

Favorite tracks:
- Kilometer
- Look
- Fingers of Steel
- L'amour et la Violence

This might be my least favorite track on the album, but here is the first video from "Sexuality."

Skull Candy "Holua" wooden earbuds

Skull Candy is progressing nicely as a headphone brand. Their original line was geared at the skate/snow community, but is now branching into the designer market. Skull Candy just dropped these "Holua" earbuds which are encased in actual wood, with a little metal accent. Not to mention, you also get a wooden carrying case.


- 8mm speaker
- Frequency range: 20 – 20K Hz
- Impedance: 16 ohms
- Max input power: 200mW
- Cable type: Aluminum foil
- Cable length: 1.3 M
- Plug type: 3.5mm gold plated

Thanks to Acquire for the tip.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Barbie Doll Porn?

I recently ran across the art of Alex Sandwell Kliszynski on Design Boom. He takes nude photos of men and women, and then photoshops them to look like Barbie dolls. I love this concept, especially in the way that he "removes" the main aspects that people admire in nude pictures.

Delta keychains for Stussy

I was just at the Stussy store on Haight Street yesterday, and saw all the new shirts that Delta has designed for the label. Honestly I was not all that impressed. Sadly I didn't take the time to look into the display case. Delta also just designed these amazing keychains for Stussy. They remind me of the Radar figure that Delta came out with a year or so ago (I have the black!) Anyways, I really need to get my hands on one of these. GID or black?

(Thanks High Snobiety for the top.)

Amazing plush figures by Mr. & Mrs. Muju

I just saw these incredible felt figurines by Mr and Mrs. Muju on NotCot today. I have to admit that I was blown away by these figures. Absolutely incredible. They remind me of a cross between a Studio Ghibli film and a Mars-1 painting. I really wish I could own the blue / green creature, but it was a one-of-a-kind and is long gone. I would definitely love to see some of these figures re-interpreted in vinyl. I can't believe these guys sell for only around 15 - 35 pounds!

Here is a description from the Mujuworld site about the project:

Mujuworld is another dimension brought to life by artists, Mr & Mrs Muju. Since 2002 Mujuworld characters have been appearing around the world. Muju plush toys have been exhibited worldwide & the graphic work continues to develop through painting, screenprints & photography.

Team Muju work across many different mediums, creating hand crafted items which they hope will inspire a positive response from the viewer. A resistance to mass production also limits the quantity of work produced. This helps us keep to the highest quality in all that we make.

A love for the creative process & continual exploration of the mujuworld dimension guide the way.