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.