Monday, October 19, 2009

Slaraffenland filmed by Vincent Moon in Copenhagen

I went on a Scandinavian and German vacation with my friends Marc and Kevin this past summer. On our journey we ended up in Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Voss and Bergen. There was something special about Copenhagen that left us all with a great respect for the city, and a little big of nostalgia for the three days there.

Recently I stumbled across Slaraffenland from Copenhagen. They are an interesting Danish band that use layered vocals, tons of interesting instruments, and are quite fun to listen to. I'd maybe compare them to a Scandinavian (and more serious) version of Beirut.

Anyways, Vincent Moon of La Blogotheque Take-Away Shows fame filmed at roughly 40 minute video of Slaraffenland performing their new LP We're On Your Side in various locations in Copenhagen. I therefore MUST recommend that you check this video out!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

New painting by David G

Hot off my easel! This is the first in a series of paintings I am doing that considers what defines an image being sexual. I've painted a woman who is in the act of sex, but with everything else from the scene removed, including the man. The lines wrapping around her body are supposed to convey the feeling of an orgasm.

Acrylic on canvas, 12x16

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Wild Beasts "Hooting and Howling"

Wild Beasts new record Two Dancers has been on steady repeat on my iPhone for the past couple days. Killer record. For some reason the following bands come to mind when I listen to it: David Bowie, Antony and The Johnsons, The Knife. Check out their video for "Hooting & Howling."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Killer new Hlaska bags

Hlaska has just launched a new line of nautically inspired bags. I've always been a fan of Hlaska for a few reasons: they are based in San Francisco, design great leather goods, and they have a really cool retail store on Fillmore Street. I've become a huge fan of waxwear canvas bags, and love my Jack Spade Industrial Field bag. Waxwear looks phenomenal as it ages. If I didn't already have a killer bag, I would certainly buy the Hlaska Oceanist Large Messenger, in black of course. In fact, many of the design cues on the bag come straight from Jack Spade designs, but that's a good thing. There are tons of great features in this bag:
  • Waxwear canvas body.
  • Leather accents on the flaps.
  • Locking metal closures.
  • Magazine pocket.
  • Most importantly, the cool little metal emblem that is inside all Hlaska bags.
Found on acquire

The Walkmen "On The Water" official video

My favorite song by The Walkmen, "On The Water," gets an official video. I was skeptical when I read that it was a CGI video about rabbits. Once I watched the video I was rather impressed.

Found on Pitchfork.TV

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Antlers "Two" video.

Disclaimer: this video is not filmed live in South Park, Colorado. Just wanted to mention that. Awesome video for "Two" from The Antlers record Hospice.

Found on Pitchfork TV

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Antlers in concert for NPR Music

I just recently started listening to the LP Hospice by The Antlers. It's one of those rare LPs in indy rock that falls into a special group. Records that consist of aural strata, layers of sound, that require multiple listens to digest. These type of records age over time like leather, growing with you, but always there to depend on. Records that you can't help but listen to from start to finish, in the original order. Records that must remain complete albums. I strongly feel that this is one of those epic indy rock records that will require a set aside amount of time each year to appreciate it's timelessness. To prove just how great this record is, here is a 20 minute set by The Antlers on NPR.

Since i'm on the topic of timeless indy records, full of depth, here is a list of just a few, in order of my discovering them... This could possibly be the start of a list of my all time favorite indy rock epics, but only just a start. Which would you add?

  • Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
  • Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
  • The Dears No Cities Left
  • The Frames Burn the Maps
  • Guillemots Through the Windowpane
  • The National Boxer

Friday, August 07, 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009

Julian Plenti is... not putting these two great songs on his LP

Interpol has always been one of my favorite bands, and might even warrant the "all time favorite" label. When I heard that lead singer Paul Banks was working on a solo record under the name Julian Plenti, I flipped. The LP Julian Plenti is... Skyscrapper hits stores either this week or next. Sadly, I don't think two of my favorite Julian Plenti tracks didn't make the LP. Luckily someone has uploaded them to Youtube, complete with photo montages (due to lack of video). I highly recommend giving them a listen.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Girls on Bicycles!

I've seen various pics float around on the web of girls on bicycles. Looks like they are being aggregated by the Girls on Bicycles! blog. Here's a sample of a cute redhead on the site. Did I mention I have a thing for redheads? Especially redheads on bicycles.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Empire of the Sun's Solar Eclipse Broadcast

I've mentioned Empire of the Sun before a few times, so you've likely heard of them. They recently recorded a webcast that was aired during the solar eclipse last week. Great music and great cinematography. Reminds me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Enjoy!

Thanks Stereogum for the tip.

Klipsch Image S4i for iPhone

I've recently read a ton about the Klipsch Image S4 headphones. They cost around 80$, but apparently sound like they cost 250-300$. CNET also gave them an editor's choice award. However, the S4 lacked the iPhone playback controls, and that kept me from ever purchasing them. Klipsch just put the S4i on sale today, for a 99$ price point. These earphones add the three-button playback control and mic that is a necessity for my 3GS iPhone. Hopefully the reviews don't steer me wrong, and these turn out to be a great pair of eaphones.

I've tried out just about every earphone I can get my headphones, with 99% of them sucking. Here's what i've learned:
  • Anything with over-the-ear cables won't stay in my ears.
  • Anything with a narrow "speaker tube" doesn't have any bass.
  • Anything over 100$ seems to break.
  • I don't like white earphones.
  • My Klipsch computer speakers are freaking loud.
Based on my previous research, these seem like they might be a pretty darn good pair of buds!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sam Flores Kid Dragon (Special Colorway)

Looks like Sam Flores is releasing a special color way of his Kid Dragon figure. Given the history of Sam Flores' figures, you should expect many colorways. The first two are sold out, but there could be more to come.

Keep an eye on Upper Playground!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Norse Projects

I'm currently on vacation in Scandinavia. I've checked out lots of great shops over the past week or so. One of the two best lines I've run across on my trip is Norse Projects. It's a great label from Copenhagen. They are currently putting out some great t-shirts with artsy photos of nude women which I really like. They also have a few nice shirts worth checking out.

Also visit the Norse Store where you can mail-order their clothing internationally. By the way, I think their sizes run slightly larger than expected.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Ride Journal

I just picked up issue 2 of The Ride Journal at Pushbike in San Francisco a few days ago. It's an incredibly well crafted cycling journal, focusing on cycling art, photography, and writing. It also spans across all types of cycling. Anyways, get your hands on the physical copy of issue 2 if you can. If not you can download issue 1 as a PDF at their site.

The other day I called it the "Believer" magazine of cycling. My roommate wanted to kill me. HAHA!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Check out this great new video for "Fangela" by Here We Go Magic. I've been listenting to their new self-titled LP, and can certainly say this is my favorite from the record.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Empire of the Sun "Standing on the Shore"

Empire of the Sun's album was definitely one of my favorites from 2008. "Standing on the Shore" is also one of the top tracks from their LP. Anyways, enjoy this solid video.

The Glass "Wanna be Dancin"

I heard a DJ spin this great track from The Glass last night, so I hunted down the video. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Solid Gold "Bible Thumper"

In my eternal quest to find new music, I recently stumbled across Solid Gold. They are an up-and-coming indie-dance group from Minneanapolis. I recommend given them a listen if you dig bands such as Cut Copy, Black Ghosts, or Faunts. Here's a video for their song "Bible Thumper" off of their new Bodies of Water (not the band) record. 

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Monocle X Comme de Garcons "Hinoki"

I just picked up a bottle of the Comme de Garcons men's cologne "Hinoki" that was produced exclusively for Monocle. The scent is woodsy, and quite distinct. The more I smell it, the more I like it. It's a special edition cologne, and can only be purchased in a few locations. (I snagged mine at Colette). You can also get it at the Monocle website. 

Now I just need to decide whether I should snag one of those Porter bags...

Little Boots covers "Day n Nite" by Kid Cudi

I love "Day n Nite" by Kid Cudi. I can't wait for his first LP to drop. An artist name Little Boots, who I admit I know very little about, has just covered this great track. It's a great bedroom recording complete with sexy vocals, and great piano. Excellent!

Thanks Hypebeast for the tip.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Giro Lusso cycling gloves

I've been wanting to buy some leather vintage-looking cycling gloves for a while now. I really like the Rapha Grand Tour gloves, but they run a large 160$. I just ran across these fancy new Giro Lusso gloves. These look to be exactly the style of glove I want, and they also only cost 65$. I definitely will be picking a pair of these up. Oh yeah, on a side note... my Castelli gloves started to tear after only 1 month. Watch out!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Moderat = Modeselektor + Apparat

The Moderat record is finally out! For those not in the know, Moderat is Modeselektor + Apparat. Both are techno artists on Bpitch Control from Berlin, and have collaborated on this new project. The album is pretty solid, though I want to get the special edition with a second album of tracks. I'm the kind of person where I have to hear ALL the songs.

I digress. The record is pretty dope, especially on the tracks "Rusty Nails" and "Out of Sight" which feature more of an Apparat sound, complete with vocals from Sacha Ring (Apparat). The more Modeselektor like tracks are decent. Maybe I'm just dying for another Apparat record. Walls is still an all time favorite.

So check the link to see the cool trailer for the Moderat record, then pick up a copy. See if you notice a little Kid A nostalgia.

Suicide Girls does Fight Club tribute photo shoot

Suicide Girls just did a photo shoot tribute to Fight Club. I really enjoyed the concept, partially due to the fact that Chuck Palahniuk is my all-time favorite writer.

1. The first rule of Suicide Girls Fight Club is only girls with tats can get in.
2. The second rule of Suicide Girls Fight Club is that no shirts are allowed.

Photo shoot

Thanks to The Cult for the tip

Saturday, April 25, 2009

James Jarvis video for Nike

James Jarvis animated this great video for Nike. It's of a Jarvis character running all over creation. Great stuff!

Onwards from akqa on Vimeo.
Thanks Citrus Report for the tip.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

My new bicycle tag for Caltrain

I regulary commute via bicycle on Caltrain, where everyone uses yellow tags to identify start and end destinations. Instead of using their template, I decided to create my own tag. Here are some iPhone (aka low quality) pics of my San Francisco <-> Mountain View tag.

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Taste of the Toast

A Taste of The Toast from Michael on Vimeo.
As you all know, I don't blog much these days. It's usually due to me being outside on my bike. Well, I just saw this trailer called A Taste of the Toast by MikeL and his crew of Denton, TX fixed riders. This is without a doubt the best cycling film I have ever seen. The tricks are amazing and the cinematography is well, mind blowing! I only wish I could do a fraction of the amazing tricks these guys can pull off. I guess this is how good you get when you spend time in Denton. UNT is the only thing there!

Thanks to Prolly is not Probably + ATXFixed for the tip. (Both had the post in my reader)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Phoenix "1901"

I really want to write a blog post right now where I flip out, write lots of curse words, and generally convey a sense of disorder and lack of control in my writing. I'm not. However, getting wind of a new song from Phoenix makes me really want to do just that. Breath slowly. Count backwards from 10.


Ok. So it looks like Phoenix has just released a new track called "1901." I'm not going to try and describe it to you, as this isn't that kind of blog. I'm just going to say that it kicks ass and that you need to download it from Phoenix's site.

The Whitest Boy Alive "Rules"

Looks like The Whitest Boy Alive is releasing a new record in March entitled "Rules." Their previous record "Dreams" was enjoyable from start to finish. It was one of those rare records where every song is great, and there's no reason to skip ahead. Word on the street is that "Rules" will be just as good if not better. Here's a video of TWBA performing the first single from the record "Island" live. I hope you enjoy.

You know... I have to say it. Erlend Oye is the shit. He produces so much great music!
- The Whitest Boy Alive
- Kings of Convenience
- DJ Kicks mix (one of my two favorite DJ mixes of all time)

Mars-1 "Nuclear Mystic" at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Mars-1 is one of my two all-time favorite artists, alongside Doze Green. The style and skill shown in his art continues to blow my mind. It seams as if Mars evolves and refines his style with each show he has. His latest is "Nuclear Mystic" at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC. Here are a few pieces.

Thanks Hi-Fructose for the tip.

Friday, February 20, 2009

MashSF Tour of California jersey

MashSF is a collective of crazy track bike riders that center around SF. They recently put a team in the Tour of California, and this jersey commemorates the ride. I love the design, and hope to get my hands on one. you can pick up in the Mash storefront.

San Francisco cycling cap by Pace

Being a resident of San Francisco, and a big fan of cycling couture, I felt it appropriate to post the pic of this Pace hat. It's a little too busy for my tastes, but is still pretty cool. I like how it has the GG Bridge on the side!

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Presets "If I Know You" video

Fuck yeah! I love this song! I'm glad to see The Presets release a video for "If I Know You." This was certainly one of my favorite tracks of 2008. I always get really pumped up whenever I hear this song. It somehow manages to bring out the frustrations I sometimes have in others, and channel that into the urge to dance. It's kind of like getting pumped up and angry at a punk show. By the way, I feel like the kids doing there serious rock out dance is a metaphor for that emotion I feel when I hear this track. Very appropriate. ROCK!

Thanks Pitchfork for the tip.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Billionaire Boys Club - Formal Cycling Jacket

Billionaire Boys Club just released this formal cycling jacket. Pretty sweet tuxedo design, with reflective accents. this would be perfect to wear on the Sexy Saturday bike rides I've been discussing with friends. The only problem is that it costs $880. Why in god's name would I ride around in something that costs that much money. I could buy a real vintage tuxedo jacket for far less. I also am not really a fan of the little ray guns on the bottom front of the coat.

Thanks Notcouture for the tip.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Walkmen "On the Water" live on La Blogotheque

I recently started listening to The Walkmen at the recommendation of two friends. Somehow they alluded me for all these years. I've been really getting into their new record You & Me, particularly the song "On the Water." Well guess what, Vincent Moon recorded The Walkmen playing that song in the back of a van for La Blogotheque. AWESOME!

The Walkmen - On the Water from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Thanks Pitchfork for the tip.

Track Bikes + Tweed Jackets in London

I saw this post today on A Continuous Lean about fixed gear riders getting dressed up in tweed jackets then riding around London. I think it's time to organize a similar ride in SF, with our own style. Tech nerds? Beatniks? Hippies? Hopefully I can get something going soon.

Telefon Tel Aviv: New record, Tragic loss

I've always wanted to get into Telefon Tel Aviv. Anytime I mentioned listening to bands like Junior Boys, Apparat, Hood, or Album Leaf I was quickly reminded by my friend Kevin that their sound was largely influenced by Telefon Tel Aviv. TTA put out two records back in the 2000-2004 window titled Fahrenheit Fair Enough and Map of What is Effortless. Given that they were older I delayed hunting them down, but finally did a few months back. I was hooked.

Fahrenheit is a largely instrumental record full of blips, clicks, pops, etc mixed with some chill hip-hop vibes. Map of What took that sound, added some orchestral sound, and then threw in some dope vocals for good measure. Each of these records were far ahead of the curve, and are highly worth buying.

I recently came across their new single "Helen of Troy" on either Pitchfork or Stereogum. I really dug the song, as TTA again was re-inventing their sound, again in a good way. I also found out Bpitch Control was releasing their new record Immolate Yourself, and became even more excited. Well, it just came out today on iTunes so I had to buy it. Already I love it. Everything about this record catches my attention. the vocals, the glitches, the sweeping sounds, the beats. The flaws that were programmed in the sound are super cool to. Hearing a synth bend is rather interseting.

It seems that TTA is once again going to step into the limelight for electronic music. However, it seems a tragic event has occurred last week. Charlie Cooper, one of the two memebers of TTA, has mysteriously passed away. It's also strange how the new album's title is about suicide by setting yourself on fire. Strange coincidences afoot. It's tragic to hear about the loss of a great musician, especially as TTA has again released an incredible work of music.

Thanks Pitchfork for the tip.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Denim Aversion

I’ve been afflicted by this complex for years. I realized that I needed to write about it for a few reasons. First, I bet others have fallen victim to this strange phenomenon. Second, the more I delve into denim culture, the worse it gets. Third, I can’t seem to rid myself of this complex. Please let me know if I am going crazy.

I guess I should take a moment to define what exactly Denim Aversion is. Some people don’t really give a damn what jeans they are wearing. These people are not afflicted. Wait. Maybe it’s better for me to define D.A. by personal example. A case study if you will.

 I used to wear boot-cut jeans for years. At some point I noticed that folks were starting to migrate from boot-cut to straight leg. Up to that point I had a pair of boot-cut Diesel jeans that I wore all the time, and could not fathom replacing them with another pair of jeans. Well, eventually I decided that maybe I should buy some Diesel straight leg jeans. For the first month or so, I couldn’t stand the look of the straight leg jeans. All I wanted to do was wear my ruined boot-cut jeans. Then, after about a month of wearing my straight leg jeans, I tried on my boot-cut jeans. They fit horribly! I could no longer stand wearing the jeans that I used to love for at least a year. It’s as if I had an aversion to my old jeans!

Sometime later I decided to buy a pair of raw denim, as I learned about the interesting culture that is the selvedge / raw denim scene. I never in a million years would have bought raw denim in the past, but now I was ready. I picked up a pair of A.P.C. New Cure which is considered a skinny jean. Reasonably skinny; not hipster vacuum-sealed skinny. I thought they would be cool to buy, though I was a little worried about how skinny they were. Sitting down, among other things, was tough for a few weeks.

I’ve been wearing my A.P.C.s for about two months now, and I’ve completely fallen in love with them. The fit is perfect. I never want to wear any of my other jeans anymore. It’s like I’ve moved past that part of my life, and feel strange going back. A few times I wear other jeans, and I can’t wait to get out of them and get back into my A.P.C.s. WTF? How am I actually bothered by such trivial things? And how is it that this complex doesn’t apply to shoes, shirts, etc? I’m perplexed.

So that’s Denim Aversion. If anyone can help me cope with the complex, I’d like extend my thanks. If anyone can validate that I don’t have a complex, and that this article makes perfect sense, I’d like to extend my thanks two-fold. 

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Friendly Fires "Skeleton Boy"

Looks like Friendly Fires have released a video for "Skeleton Boy" off of their new self-titled record. Also one of my favs on the album. 

Thanks Stereogum for the tip.

Empire of the Sun "We are the people"

I've been a fan of Empire of the Sun since I first heard their song "Walking on a Dream." They sound like a dancier version of MGMT, which isn't a bad thing by any means. Anyways, they just released a video for my favorite song on the record "We are the people." Check it!
Thanks Antville for the tip

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fever Ray (aka The Knife)

Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olaf Dreijer are the brother and sister combo who make up The Knife. Karin did all the vocals (even the male sounding ones) and Olaf produced the beats. Karin has recently completed a new solo project as the artist Fever Ray, releasing a self titled record. Each listen to the record draws me further into the sound. The beats still sound very much like those from The Knife, and the vocals are the signature sound of Karin. I do however feel this record is more on the chill side than Silent Shout. It's more like older works from The Knife. The record is not out yet in physical format, but can be purchased online.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Ed Ruscha towel for Artware Editions

This towel is freaking genius. I love it. GENIUS! Artware Editions is doing a line of artsy beach towels designed by various artists. "The study of friction and wear on mating surfaces" was designed by Ed Ruscha. The background image on the towel clearly represents a sunrise or sunset on the beach. Perfect time for mating. :) As blunt as it is, I find the phrase on the towel to be rather clever. The towel is 60 x 70 so it's clearly meant for umm... use... by two people. I feel though that one who owns this must be in a healthy relationship, because if you're at the beach by yourself, you'll probably remain by yourself. But if you are with someone, consider it performance art!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

H(Y)R Collective issue 9 out!

H(Y)R Collective is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites for sophisticated men's fashion and culture. The online magazine is published monthly, and the Jan 2009 issue (#9) has just been published. So far the issue looks great! Good photography, great articles, and discerning taste. In particular I liked the "Best of 2008" article. Lastly, make sure you check their blog

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Jack Spade pencil case

I always carry the necessities in my bag for sketching: pencils, sharpener, eraser, and a sketch book. I figure that a cool idea might pop up at any time, and I want to be able to get it on paper while its fresh. By their nature pencils make a mess in anything you put them in. Anyone who is into sketching will understand the benefit of a pencil case. I myself have been quite a fan of pencil cases for the past few years, though I've had one that I've used exclusively for some time now. 

I recently ran across this new pencil case by Jack Spade and instantly fell in love. There are a few elements that really catch my eye. The rubber dipped bottom looks incredible on top of the black canvas case. Notice how the vinyl covers the lower half of the Jack Spade logo. Very slick. I'm also a fan of the shiny / flat black color scheme. Lastly, I love the Jack Spade zippers. They are very well made. Of course, I ran across this at Blackbird. Who knew?

Special edition MAKR wallet for Blackbird

I've been dying to get my hands on a MAKR wallet for some time now. I love the simple, yet beautiful desings of their leather wallets. In particular, i've been a fan of the vertical slim pocket and hoziontal flap wallets. They allow you to carry a few cards and some folded cash in the most minimal way possible (besides in a pile in your pocket.) I've had problems time and again with cards cracking in traiditional wallets that layer the cards for easy access (read J.Fold). A subtle advantage of the card case type wallets is that all cards are in a stack, reinforcing one another. This is a major selling point for me. 

I just noticed on the Blackbird blog that MAKR has designed a special edition of the vertical flap wallet as a Blackbird exclusive. Only 30 of these wallets were made, all by hand of course. I am super excited to get my hands on one of these as I keep hearing rave after rave about MAKR's products! I am also excited to see how the leather will age over time with use. I can't wait for mine to arrive. Only 29 left!

de Young Museum Bookmark

I have an obsession these days with things that age with use. Items that develop a patina are of particular interest. It's interesting to see something visually change due to you using it. I saw this copper bookmark at the de Young Museum in San Francisco some time back. I picked it up for a few different reasons including:
  • It uses the same dot matrix structure and copper material as the museum exterior.
  • It's copper.
  • It would likely age with use. 

Sure enough I was right! the bookmark hasn't changed much yet, but is starting to show the signs of use. I bet it will look really interesting in a few years. 

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Sky Doll

I can't remember where I started to hear talk of it, but apparently Sky Doll is the new hotness as far as comic books and graphic novels are concerned. Issues 1-3 sold out in a flash when they were first released in the US. Why would it sell out so fast? Because Sky Doll is a French comic, and has been selling like hot cakes in France, Italy, and Germany. Marvel wised up and brought the series stateside. Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa are the writers / artists of the comic. 

I wont give anything away, but the story revolves around Noa, a "sky doll," who is essentially a robot designed for erotic pleasure. She meets two guys Roy and Jahu who work for the current religious and political leader of their planet Papathea. The three end up on an interesting journey that revolves around the fact that Noa had more to her than looks and mechanical parts. 

The story is interesting as it focuses on religious faith, and the impact that has on society. The story is extremely compelling, and I can't wait for more issues to be translated. Given that I like to draw, I have to mention the artwork. The colors are beautiful, the lines are very clean and modern. Top notch. If you are ok with sexual aspects to a graphic novel, I strongly recommend you pick up Sky Doll volume 1.