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Through A Keyhole and on to disco Comments | Jul 29 2008

Le Castle Vania

Le Castle Vania has some killer tunes and these remixs are for sure some of them. Hailing from ALT. URB mentioned him as one of the next 100 and he has be praised by both Fader and Nylon. Through A Keyhole and Zero Machine(orig. a Smashing Pumpkins tune) are dirty, heavy and disco. Also check his side project Lies In Discuise with Blake Miller from Moving Units. How much more legit can you get when your have a saying like”I LOVE YOU BUT I’VE CHOSEN DISCO”?

Le Castle Vania - Through A Keyhole

Le Castle Vania - Zero Machine


JR / LOS SURCOS DE LA CIUDAD / SPAIN Comments | Jul 28 2008


JRs most recent project in Spain I love the concept, the stories art and film! ”In it, tradition, the ancient town and its inhabitants history are gathered with the passing of time marks. They are “the town faces” and “the facades of its characters”.In each wrinkles of its inhabitants and in each chink of its buildings, everyday life has been printed as well as longings and illusions of population and the town to build future.”

If you are unfamiliar with JRs work here’s a quick bio I posted before

JR a 25 ans et possède la plus grande galerie d’art au monde. Il expose librement dans les rues, attirant l’attention de gens qui ne sont pas les visiteurs habituels des musées.Son travail mélange l’art et l’action, parle d’engagement, de liberté, d’identité et de limite. Il se qualifie d’artiviste, concentré d’artiste et d’activiste.Après un tour du monde de l’Art de rue (Carnet de Rue, ed. Free Press), il s’installe à partir de 2004 au coeur des cités des Bosquets à Montfermeil et de la Forestière à Clichy-sous-Bois. L’année suivante, il y conçoit “Portrait d’une génération“, portraits des jeunes de ces quartiers qu’il colle, en format immense, dans les anciens quartiers populaires de Paris (Portrait d’une génération, ed. Alternatives).Les photos sont prises très près de la personne. Il utilise le noir et blanc pour créer une différence avec l’agression publicitaire en couleur.En Mars 2007, il réalise avec Marco le projet Face 2 Face, la plus grande expo. photo illégale au monde : huit villes israéliennes et palestiniennes et la Barrière de sécurité / Mur de séparation des deux cotés. Ils collent ses immenses portraits de Palestiniens et d’Israéliens face à face. A travers ce projet, JR a montré que l’Art pouvait faire reculer les limites du possible.Avec son objectif 28 millimètres, des gens qui font des grimaces, des posters immenses et son anonymat, le photographe ne donne pas d’interprétations et laisse un espace libre pour une rencontre entre un sujet/acteur et un passant/interprète. Par la surprise et la question que JR soulève, chacun peut réviser ses habitudes de pensées et se libérer des stéréotypes et des préjugés.C’est sur cela que JR travaille. Poser des questions…La 3e étape du projet 28 millimètres, Women Are Heroes, l’a déjà conduit en Afrique dans des zones post-conflictuelles pour photographier les femmes dont il souhaite partager les histoires douloureuses et témoigner de leur envie de vivre. Leur portrait ont déjà été collés en Sierra-Leone et au Liberia. En 2008-2009, JR développera ce projet en Inde et en Asie.   


Sometimes it’s right to do the wrong things. Comments | Jul 27 2008

I was lucky enought to make it out to the ottawa premier of The Wackness at the Bytown Cinema. The film was written and directed by Jonathan Levine and has a cast of Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby and Mary-Kate Olsen. The sound track was filled with artists like NasNotorious B.I.G., OutkastA Tribe Called Quest, Dj Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince and Method Man. A quick plot overview

Its the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip hop and wafting with the sweet aroma of marijuana. The newly-inaugurated mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, is only beginning to implement his anti-fun initiatives against crimes like noisy portable radio, graffiti and public drunkenness.The Wackness centers upon a troubled high school student named Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck)a teenage pot dealer who forms a friendship with Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley), a psychiatrist and kindred lost soul. When the doctor proposes Luke trade him weed for therapy sessions, the two begin to explore both New York City and their own depression.Propelled by an exuberant hip hop score, The Wackness captures the spell of 1994–a time of pagers, not cell phones; a time when Tupac and Biggie were alive but Kurt Cobain had just died. Funny and moving, The Wackness is an offbeat tale of two lost souls stumbling towards maturity.

It was good enough I am contemplating seeing it again. So everyone should at least see it once.  The Wackness dBRAP!!

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Overlay.TV now in beta 0.9 Comments | Jul 26 2008

Overlay.TV now in beta 0.9

The Ottawa based company Overlay.TV has just released their 0.9 Beta and it is looking awesome! There are so many new features built into the player it is great. Not only is Overlay.TV have a new player their site is wonderfully redesigned making it much easier to navigate and use. Take note that the featured video on the landing page is non other than Parisian based, DJ Mehdi’s I am somebody(ft. Chromeo), AMAZING!

I strongly suggest you sign up to Overlay.TV, create some Overlays and have some fun!


Giuseppe Znotti Ankle Boots Comments | Jul 25 2008

ZanottiA great site for street wear and underground fashion is and over the summer they have launched two other sibling sites being HighSnobette and Selectism. While checking out HighSnobette I saw these Zanotti suede ankle boots and felt the design and color were amazing. Unique detailing and with a simplistic form.  There available at Net-A-Porter. If you owned these I would want to date you.

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APRIL77 FW/08/09 Comments | Jul 25 2008

April77April77April77April77 is a label from France with their FW/08/09 collection being based around Rock n Roll but going deeper being influenced by the 80/90’s non Londoners UK population. Large over sized knight wear straight skinny slacks and denim. It’s great seeing what is a very French/Parisian label and style incorporate with a UK influence. The colors consist of monochromatic grays, blacks and blues. A good touch is the acid wash…? Is this even considered acid wash when its this extreme? But anyways the bleached denim are a great addition to the collection. April77 is available at Carte Blanche in Toronto and Seven NYC.

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Incog Designburo Comments | Jul 23 2008

Incog, Showreel suite 3 from leneopen on Vimeo.

Go check out Incog Designburo even their site is revolutionary!

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Komakino Design Comments | Jul 23 2008







I am appreciating this futuristic designs from London UK’s label Kamakino Design mash up which seems to have taken inspiration from 50’s/60’s contemporary design of the future and the modern off beat oversized trend currently happening.Could the name be influenced by the Joy Devision song Kamakin? I don’t know… just a thought. With this possibility it makes a bit more sense and its possible to see kinda a post-punk UKish influence in the designs.

Take note Komakino Design should not be mistaken for Komakino Gorilla Store out of Vancouver Canada->Post to follow.

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