Tuesday, September 2, 2008
From this point on, I promise there will not be anymore posts (a.k.a. excuses) about my time off.
Welcome back, folks! That is, if there are still people who read this...
Monday, June 16, 2008
Bleu is speaking loosely on the idea of liberty, not in a political sense, but on an individual, emotional basis. So far, it's pretty interesting - the whole idea of this trilogy brilliant. Too bad I couldn't wait to finish the whole series before I wrote this. I will have a better post when I've watched the next two... I'm having a hard time juggling this with LOST right now. I'm sure you'd understand.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
And so the blog community grows...
This one's from the brains of the coolest kids this side of the planet (literally), Azadeh and Ameneh. These girls give the goods on what's hip and cool out west, that we're all missing here in Toronto.
Trust me, they know what they are talking about!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
There has been some great stuff thus far in 2008... Too bad I haven't heard all of it. Here are albums that have made some noise this year. The link will take you to the respective download. Hope you dig.
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
Radiohead - In Rainbows (cd 2)
The Black Keys - Attack & Release
N*E*R*D - Seeing Sounds
Portishead - Third
Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
The Roots - Rising Down
Lil Wayne - The Carter III
Does it Offend You, Yeah? - You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into
I hope Chris Martin and Weezy don't kick my door down and break my legs for downloading and uploading their stuff for free. If there are no blog posts after this one, you'll know why...
Remember, you only have a week to get the music before the link expires.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Here is some of the stuff that has been eating away at my ears as of late.
A young Iggy Pop doing what he does best
Iggy Pop & The Stooges – The Stooges (1969) http://www.sendspace.com/file
This is a legendary album that was way ahead of its time. It’s short and intense, but brilliant all at the same time.
The Fall – Live at the Witch Trials (1979) http://www.sendspace.com/file
Continuing with my little classic punk phase is The Fall. This is their first record of many, but don’t let the name fool you – it’s not a live album. This is real, uninhibited punk at its finest. This version of the album is the 2004 reissue.
We Are Wolves – Total Magique (2007) http://www.sendspace.com/file
Out of Montreal, I would describe this album as electro-punk - but those sounds together can be categorized as ‘badass.’
The Long Blondes – Couples (2007) http://www.sendspace.com/file
The day I discovered Sheffield’s The Long Blondes, they were playing a show in town. I listened to this album and was disappointed that I missed them. They have been categorized as neo-punk, but if you hear any trace of punk in this album, please let me know.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Jens Lekman (pronounced "Yens") is an indie rock artist out of Sweden, has 2 LPs and numerous other recordings under his belt. When I started listening to El Perro del Mar, I enjoyed her immensely, but didn’t look into other Swedish artists. I don’t know why. I can't seem to turn him off now...
Thanks to Her Royal Hotness, Isabel who gave me his music SO LONG AGO, but I only listened to it now. Silly me. She's always on the cool way before it becomes cool.
One indication that a brand has become a lifestyle is when it successfully extends beyond its original product category – in Bape’s case, it began with clothing. The company not only maintains its apparel line, but also operates Bape Cuts hair salon, Bape Gallery, Bape Sounds Records. There’s even a Bape Café with its own brand of food, drinks and dessert. They don’t miss a beat!
Designer names like Abercrombie and Fitch and Calvin Klein are considered typical lifestyle brands but are no where near as comprehensive as A Bathing Ape. Part of its far-reaching
success could be its constant collaborations – the current big one being Sponge Bob, but has included big companies like Adidas, Casio, Disney, Marvel and Pepsi in the past – combining strengths of the brands involved, leading to mutual benefits to both in expanding their horizons so to speak.
Bape shirts that are two-sided – You know when you grab that shirt even though its dirty but you still wear it? Bape lets you continue this life style by looking new and fresh on the block while doing it. I like how Bape takes into account your busy lifestyle and not having time to wash your clothes all the time. They make it seem like you have more clothes than you really do. The crazy colours and designs are helpful: in case you get lost in a crowd, you'll be easy to find (not good if you’re a fugitive, so criminals beware).
In North America, the culture Bape reaches is limited to those in-the-know, particularly sneaker heads. But in Japan, where it has been established for over a decade, it is well known and not limited to such subculture, but rather to everyone and that’s really where the lifestyle aspect can really take off. Give Bape a few more years in North America and see how far it can go.