Friday, November 21, 2008
Next installment from what I believe is the best series of hip hop mixes I have ever made. Not that anyone else would really know about my old mixes. I assure you these are the best. There may be some overlap from the Abbot Kinney series fyi. I promise I’ll get back to those mixes too in the near future. Download it HERE.
(1) Mos Def & Diverse - Wylin’ Out (K-Kruz Remix)
(2) Diverse - Build
(3) BLu - In Remembrance
(4) Digable Planets - Jettin’
(5) Blackalicious - Make You Feel That Way
(6) Fat Jon - The Queen and I
(7) Foreign Exchange - Be Allright
(8) J-Live - Like this Anna
(9) People Under the Stairs - LA Song (Sensitive Mix)
(10) Lupe Fiasco - Paris, Tokyo
(11) Paranorml - This is Jazz (Sytlus Interlude)
(12) Jazz Liberatorz & Tre Hardson - Ease My Mind
(13) Tre Hardson - Ayyomyman
(14) Gift of Gab - In a Minute Doe
(15) DJ Jazzy Jeff, Baby Blak & Pauly Yamz - For Da Love of Da Game
(16) Madlib - Montara
(17) Black Star - Thieves in the Night
(18) Common ft Bilal - Nag Champa
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
For the real adventurous type who have around $750 to burn there are the Barker Black Derby Suede shoes. It sports a dark beige color, leather sole and an overall modern style with classic inspiration. It is versatile and very very well made. I have been obsessively checking ebay for a steal on them but no luck yet. If you want to pay full price you can at Colette.
I am really into these Oxfords by Timberland Boot Co. No not the Timbalands that Das EFX sports. These are slightly more refined. Their products are designed as if passed through time, with only the essential elements remaining. Reminiscent of the dress shoes of the 20’s and 30’s but connected to today through well worn finishes, minimal pieces and lightweight supple leathers. They will set you back a little more than you are used to but come on, you could pretty much wear these with anything.
I turned the big 30 this year. So like many other dudes out there who are probably in a similar situation you have to figure out a transition to real adulthood. This next series of posts will focus on kicks that are nice transitions from those tired ass dunks you are still trying to make look fresh to some really timeless pieces that are far more versatile and will actually get you laid. I don’t know what dude is pullin’ dimes with purple patent leather dunks with lime green laces but these Deckards by Vael may have you turning some heads. Nice mid top deck shoes that have some nice detail and will stand the test of time. Or at least more than the 2 months you’re used to before you can’t stand to look at those cheetah print and orange ostrich leather Air Force 1s collecting dust in your closet. They are even priced at a nice $130.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
In this up and down economy Jason is outsourcing his wardrobe (namely shirts) to corporate america and you!(and me) He’s going to wear a different shirt for 365 days straight in 2009, take multiple pictures throughout his day and blog about it. Days are sold at “face value” so January 1 is $1 and December 31 is $365. Makes me wish I thought of this. I bought March 19th because it’s the 78th day of the year, duh. I just hope come next year it will be money well spent. Buy your day here.
So in relation to the trailer of the new Star Trek film I just posted I wanted to share these. I don’t know who is in the market for these, rich gangsta nerds, but they are pretty funny. I guess if Pharrell is rockin’ them then they have to be hot right? Buy them to sport at the premiere to the movie. If they aren’t absolutely ridiculously over priced like most of BBC’s clothing is then I would consider coppin’ them.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Just stumbled upon this fun poster designed by Jaime Derringer. It’s a fun little poster that designer dorks like me would love for Christmas! It’s an 8x10 Epson print on premium matte paper but it’s pretty cheap at only $18 a copy. Mine will good in the office opposite the orange accent wall.
My homie Ken Macy just launched his designer sock label Ashi Dashi. The line now is fully designed by Ken himself and there will be artist contributions soon including the likes of Emil Kozak and your truly. So treat your feet to some dopeness. They feel neglected anyways. Good holiday gift for friends this year! Congrats and good luck Ken!
I know it’s been ages since I posted a mix. I hope the first installment of “Laid Back Like Grown Folks” makes up for the laziness on my part. This series is a hand crafted collection of breezy hip hop and instrumentals that picks up where the last few songs I have posted started. Try not to love it, I dare you. DOWNLOAD IT NOW!
(1) Azeem - Open ‘Em Up
(2) BLu - Simply Amazin’ (steel blazin’)
(3) Zion I with Talib Kweli - Temperature
(4) Talib Kweli with Norah Jones - Soon the New Day
(5) Q-Tip with Norah Jones - Life is Better
(6) Common with Kanye West & John Legend - They Say
(7) Little Brother - The Way You Do It
(8) Fat Jon - Torn Again
(9) Diverse - Leaving
(10) Ohmega Watts with Adam L - You Are Now Tuned In
(11) J-Live - Interlude (Whatever)
(12) 3582 - Yesterday (82 Mix)
(13) People Under the Stairs - Fly Love Song
(14) Blackalicious - Swan Lake (instrumental)
(15) Vast Aire - Shu (The God of Aire)
(16) Nujabes with Cise Starr - Highs 2 Lows
(17) Himuki - Wanted U Down
(18) Jazz Liberators with J. Sands - When the Clock Ticks
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The new Q-Tip album “Live at the Renaissance” is finally available. I have actually had many of the tracks for 3 years or so. The album was shelved for a while because of creative differences between Tip and his label. Now it’s out and I couldn’t be more excited. He is one of my all time favorite artists. This track is called “Life is Better” and features Norah Jones on vocals.
The Phonofone II is functional art. Not only does this all white ceramic beauty look sleek and retro but it sounds great too. It uses horn acoustics to amplify sound from your ear buds and the sound resonates. It’s available at A+R on Abbot Kinney or Silverlake. Or just visit their site and cop it there. Be prepared to spend about 500 bones though.
The Vers 1.5R is a classicly and elegantly designed ipod dock. It’s constructed entirely of wood and comes in a variety of wood finishes like the Tivoli Model One (I prefer the Walnut). At around $200 (depending on finsih) it’s a wonderful price. If you need something a little fuller, try the Vers 2X. They both should fill any room with rich sound.
My next series of posts will focus on small sweet little music boxes. Nicely designed, compact, and great sounding. First off is the Tivoli Model One. This is that little stereo you see in every house in Dwell Magazine. It really is ubiquitous and deservingly so. It’s retro looks and great sound make it a favorite of every geeky audiophile. It comes in a selection of colors and wood finishes. Best of all, it’s only $300 so it won’t set you back an arm and a leg. Some of the finishes are unavailable at the moment but with it’s popularity I am sure they will be back in stock in no time.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
My homie Matt just informed me he released his first full length album. His music is a mix of lo-fi, hip hop, garage, and avant garde. It’s sort of reminds me of Caural in that Matt plays all of the instruments and records and mixes it all himself. Congrats Matt! Go to his Myspace page to listen and download. Don’t forget to donate to his his cause for all of the hard work.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Go get a free Obama sticker designed by ubiquitous Shepard Fairey, who lent his design to help raise some money. You get 1 for free or for a small $3 donation you can get 5. I am putting my donation in now. Go get one or 50 now. Allow 5 to 7 weeks for shipping.
So we did it. America wins. To celebrate, Bran made some nice tees and totes to wear with pride. Go buy one and support the hope and dream that we pull ourselves out of this rut we have been in for the last 8 years.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Maybe it’s too early. What the hell. He has 283 electoral votes. I am in tears. Tears of joy. I can’t believe I am living in a historical period in our great country. I am so proud to be American. I am happy to say we all have made the right choice! The real victory is for all of us Americans. God Bless the USA!
Do you need a new sketchbook? Do you like big chunky type? Well I do! Typotheque has released a nice limited edition pocket sized calendar/sketchbook. It includes most major international holidays on the calendar and a nice mix of graph paper patterns to doodle in. Pick it up here for about $20 depending on the currency conversion.
Available soon to the US is the Mini E, an ALL ELECTRIC 204 hp engine and a 0 to 60 in about 8 seconds. That’s a lot of pep for an electric! It can also travel up to 150 miles on a full charge. Speaking of charge, it only takes 2.5 hours to get a full charge. The only draw back, only 500 are going to be leasing in 3 states. California, New York, and New Jersey to commercial and private parties. I am working on getting on the list.
This concept from Audi is probably the coolest looking hybrid vehicle concept out there. The Audi A1 Sportback is powered by a 1.4 liter TSI gas burning engine equipped with both a turbo and supercharger (INSANE RIGHT!) and a 20 kw electric motor. In Hybrid mode the 2 engines propel the A1 from 0 to 60 in like 8 seconds. Now that isn’t blistering fast but for a hybrid that is peppy. There is an all electric mode too that can drive for 60 miles without using gas. Not bad! All that and it looks pretty freakin’ hot. It’s slated for a 2009 production and should be hitting the US market for sure. I can’t wait personally, this could be my next car.