Saturday, February 28, 2009

Killer Whales On The Grind

This falls under the peculiar category. Killer Whales on the hunt for seals. What if you were just chillin on the beach and you saw this in person? Crucial. Apparently it goes down like this off the coast of Argentina. While this starts off gruesome there is an unexpectedly pleasant ending. 1 question though, who named some whales Big Mel & Bernard?


Bob Marley: 60 Visions

"We don't think upon a low level. We think high. That means we can live and we can see things. We can stay from above, and see things low. If you stay from below and look above, you have want. If you stay from above and look 'pon them below, then you can't want. Because you have to bend down too low to pick up something..."

Prophecy #15 from Bob Marley: 60 Visions


Friday, February 27, 2009

Hella Luxurious Though

Swiss Air has recently unveiled their new first class seating designs. Really really icy to say the least. 23-inch television face every seat, with the ability to connect all your gizmos and gadgets with a USB input. Satelite telephone and a bunch of other cool but unnecessary things are included. The most unnecessary, your own pair of in flight pajamas.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chester French - "Dance"

I've been conflicted about dropping the Chester French, but now it's just necessary. My new favorite group. The kind of music you wanna live life to. Perhaps some will feel me. More won't. A few pertinent details about Chester French: 2 members: Maxwell Drummey & D.A Wallach. They describe their music as Gentlemen Rock. Harvard graduates that came up with Mark Zuckerberg. Their best is yet to come. W&B customary like please and thank you.


Drake Interview With Tracy Garraud

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Drake is doing it. reported that between Thursday February 12 and Friday February 13, 2,541 comments were added to Drakes bloggy blog. Tracy Garraud sat down with Drake to tap into the mind behind the madness.

on pursuing a rap career:
I was friends with this kid that would put you on the spot all the time. I guess he read my rhyme books at my house and one day he just put me on blast at school. He told this kid I wanted to battle him and it became this big thing. So I went home and wrote all these rhymes for him—yeah, I cheated—came to school the next day and killed the guy. From there I just started getting into rapping and becoming comfortable with myself.

on the purpose of So Far Gone: I don’t want to tell people, “Oh I’m just so weird and you all have to love it.” It’s not like that. I’m a simple guy and I just have a vivid mind that I want to share. I don’t even want it to feel like left-field or right-field. It’s about how I feel in the moment and So Far Gone was when I was at a very unsure, confused state. It’s not to say that the album won’t have those components. I have a sound that I’m known for now. The mixtape is very slow and very dark. My album is going to be maybe a little happier [laughs]. Then the second go around if something crazy happens in my life, I might feel a totally different way. But right now I feel great. And I want to make an album that reflects that.

on his ex girlfriend and family: My ex asked me for a public apology the other day. She really genuinely asked me straight up to come on YouTube and tape an apology. As far as my family goes, it may not be the best thing in the world to hear, but at the same time they respect me for it. They know it’s my outlet.

on the ultimate goal: I’m a realist so it’s not like I’m thinking my debut is going sell a million copies in a week. It’s my first album, I just want people to appreciate it. One of my goals is to win a Best New Artist Grammy and I’d also love to finish high school. I’m starting to live out my third goal now, which is to get into scripts and go back to shooting these movies. My grandmother tells me that at the end of the day all we have are memories. I’m trying to make great ones.
Full Article Here


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Settler Kicks: Hollywood Ranch Market Deck Shoes

Some nice lil settler kicks. The white laces make the girls say wooo. These are really clean though. The new movement for us dudes is to have footwear that's wearable in any environment. From class, to an interview to a date you can just rock the same kicks throughout the day and be solid. That my friends is the movement. It's been the movement but I'M just becoming acquainted with it. Feel free to throw me a late pass if you've already been on it. Dom prolly has. Erry tho. To get specific, these shoes come from Hollywood Ranch Market which is a Japanese label with Portugese manufacturing. Only 1 color. And again the SWIT factor (watitdo AK) is that these kicks will set you back a solid $179. If you're doin it though, you can cop them here.


Lily Allen - "The Fear"

Lily Allen goes. There are various reasons for her widespread appeal, but one of the greatest elements of Lily lies in the authenticity of her music and presentation. Even the title of her latest album, It's Not Me, It's You, is an unapologetic statement aimed to relate herself to the world. This video for the first single off the album is great. The pleasantry of the melody is contrasted by the reality conveyed through the lyrics. The song begins,

"I want to be rich and I want lots of money/I don’t care about clever I don’t care about funny/I want loads of clothes and fuckloads of diamonds/ I heard people die while they are trying to find them"

Hella people feel the same, not many are willing to say it, especially so bluntly. Enough analysis. Peep the vid.


Paper Bag Sketch By Matthew Bordenave

on the process of creating the piece: Right after I got back for the gym I was looking for some paper to draw on and I couldn't find anything so I just grabbed this brown bag sitting on my floor and just started drawing on it. I have no idea where the bag came from, but I just felt like drawing on it to see how it would come out. I've seen people draw on boxes before and the box texture really helps the final render of the image, but I have never seen anyone draw on a bag before. Ironically enough my friend Byron sent me a link of this dude who draws cartoon characters on lunch bags. After the fact I realized that you couldn't see the drawing that well if the light hits the image because it causes a glare on the led.
More from Matthew Here



Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fresh Shades: Barneys x Super Sunglasses

These are out of reach for most of us. So we can admire and aspire. These are some dope sunglasses though. Barneys New York has partnered with Super Sunglasses to create these shades. The frame design is a mix of copper and metallic streaks, that have been intertwined throughout the glasses. 24K gold lenses are just doing too much though. Only 50 pairs available makes them tight but weak.


The Who - "Sister Disco"

"Goodbye sister disco
My dancing's left you behind
Goodbye, now you're solo
Black plastic deaf dumb and blind


Must Sees For Anyone Who Enjoys Hoops

For anyone who enjoys basketball, or amazing sights in sports, the videos below are for you. Both of these shots occurred in the last two nights. As we would say, cotdamn.

Dwight Howard hitting a 75 foot shot. One handed.

Devin Harris with a half court game winner


Monday, February 23, 2009

88 Keys - "Ho Is Short For Honey"

As a whole, The Death of Adam chronicles the ups and downs of relationships. Love, loss, sex, attraction, deceit, betrayal, joy are all covered throughout 88's debut album. His sound is like a teenage Gnarls Barkley, with lyrics comparable to Kanye who produced the album. "Ho' Is Short For Honey" goes along with the trend of the album, with a pleasant melodies accompanying a comical anecdote about boys and girls.


The Reality of A Reflection By Alex Tandy

I miss being young. I miss being a kid. My memories are scant, but they are still capable of covering my mind. I develop the feeling of nostalgia when I look in the mirror through my beard and the early wrinkles around my eyes from laughing. When I was 18, being seven seemed nice. Now at age 22, I look back at being seven and I can’t help but wish I were back in Venezuela having once in a life time experiences – killing scorpions, catching tarantulas and throwing rocks for entertainment – not a care in the world. I escape my warping time travel and think about today: uncomfortable, uneasy, unsure, unknown. Too many un’s, not enough funs.

I look back at age ten, living in Trinidad, a Caribbean island. When your home is an island, you have amazing vacations. When your home is an island, you don’t complain much. And when you’re ten, and your home is an island, life can be paradise.

It can be paradise.

I look into the mirror, not out of vanity, but out of question. Who is this young man peering back at me? A lover? An idealist? A winner? A failure? I look into the eyes, a pale blue that illuminate the lightness of his past. I look again. They tell me something different: the lightness is a fa├žade – a white shield. This soldier is well armored but doesn’t appear this way.

I miss being young. My eyes were like sponges back then. We were all sponges, soaking up the water of unique experiences. Now we experience things with pre-applied soap. We cut through the bacteria; we think too much. Carefree is hard to be.

I look into the mirror again. I’m only 22. I’ve got a long way to go.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

T-Pain feat. Kanye West - "Flight School"

"Baby, just forget everything that you know
Lets take it all the way back to hello
They say you're living like you died before
I got a place that only i can go
Lemme take you to flight school"


60 Second Interview With MGMT

Simply known as Andrew and Ben, the duo has described themselves as, "men of little words." The words they do choose to use however, have garnered global acclaim over the past three years, from dorm room sessions to international music festivals. 'Electric Feel' has become an anthem to many, same with 'Time To Pretend" and 'Kids.' Fittingly, the duo's next performance is at Bonnaroo.

Q: Does anything ever surprise you?
Ben: Yes
Andrew: No


Memory Improved 20% By Nature Walk

Marc G. Berman and colleagues at the University of Michigan wanted to test the effect of a walk's scenery on cognitive function (Berman, Jonides & Kaplan, 2008; PDF). In the first of two studies participants were given a 35 minute task involving repeating loads of random numbers back to the experimenter, but in reverse order. After this cognitive psychology special they were sent out for a walk - one group around an arboretum and the other down a busy city street - both while being tracked with GPS devices. They each repeated the memory test when they got back.

The results showed that people's performance on the test improved by almost 20% after wandering amongst the trees. By comparison those subjected to a busy street did not reliably improve on the test.

In the second study participants weren't even allowed to leave the lab but instead some stared at pictures of natural scenes while others looked at urban environments. The improvements weren't quite as impressive as the first study, but, once again, the trees and fields beat the roads and lampposts.

These results replicated a previous study by Berto (2005) who found that just viewing pictures of natural scenes had a restorative effect on cognitive function. People's performance was soon restored by picture of trees, fields and hills, but not by streets, industrial units or even complex geometric patterns.

More Information on the Study Here


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bobby Womack - "If You Think You're Lonely Now"

Bobby Womack's earlier work was as part of his family group The Valentinos, and as Sam Cooke's back up guitarist. Recently Bdub was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. This song is from his 1981 album The Poet. I've recently acquired some fashionable eye wear that for now on will be known as the Bobby Womack's in honor of the man.


An Absurd Block by Shannon Brown

A crazy highlight from this past Tuesday's Lakers-Hawks game. This is ridiculous. Just ridiculous. TRY to watch this only once. Shannon Brown, formerly of Michigan State fame now plays for the Lakers and although he hasn't gotten much burn yet, this block put him on the radar. HE TOOK THE BALL IN MID-AIR WITH 1 ARM! Cotdamn as we would say.

Courtesy of Lan


Friday, February 20, 2009

Unisex Propeller Crew Neck

This is just pretty fresh looking. The formal name is a Propeller Aztec Crew. Size small, so fresh for girls and little guys. There's only one though, so it's kind of like up for grabs Fruition


33HZ - "Good Thing"

Currently at a loss in an attempt to describe the sound of 33hz. Kind of like three mediocre Justin Timberlakes, that combined make good sounding music. Yeah, like a Justin Timberlake with a dash of Prince (circa Purple Rain). I think they're talking about a girl. Catchy hook too.


Kid Cudi - "Day N Nite" (Official Video)

Almost the best video out. Best video of the week for sure. Cudi just came with something original, which is so appreciated.The regular mold of hip hop videos is so played that to conform is to admit that your shit isn't worth the time to create meaninful and poignant works. Song is slightweight old but Cudi is doin it. Thank god he has the co-sign from Ye to have his visuals on par. Seems like they used the same animation as Ye did in the Heartless vid. Don't even know if there is a "concept" for the video but there is an entertaining perspective taken on each character. The best thing Cudi's got goin for him is that he's different. A breathe of fresh air in a really stale game. Plus the Kanye co-sign and Cudi is winning. The best artists keep you wondering what they'll do next.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Everyone Dresses Well in LA LA By Max Gibson

Everyone dresses well in LA LA
So what am I to do?
Get my outfit at Urban
So I can look like you?
Should I cop some fly kicks?
Put my name in my hair
Rock outfits just once
I live for your stare
I think i'll do neither
Rather I'll grind
Do shit like this
When it enters my mind

And you will just love
While others will hate

My destiny will be created
F&F fuck fate


Mark Jenkins: Street Installations

Mark Jenkins creative mind exists outside the realm of most of our rational social consciousness. The works he create force us to not only respond to the work, but to question it by peaking our curiosity. According to fellow artist, Erik Benjamin, "art is at it's pinnacle when it forces us to act," in doing so an artist has often times succeeded by stepping outside the normative structures of society to create something lasting, memorable and moving.

Mark Jenkins is an American artist, most widely known for his street installations, using 3-D objects and space to interfere with the urban environment. Like graffiti, it is non-permission based and once the object/sculpture is installed it is left there by the artist.

On the illegal aspects of street art Jenkins states, "There is opposition, and risk, but I think that just shows that street art is the sort of frontier where the leading edge really does have to chew through the ice. And it's good for people to remember public space is a battleground, with the government, advertisers and artists all mixing and mashing, and even now the strange cross-pollination taking place as street artists sometimes become brands, and brands camouflaging as street art creating complex hybrids or impersonators. I think it's understanding the strangeness of the playing field where you'll realize that painting street artists, writers, as the bad guys is a shallow view. As for the old bronzes, I really don't see them as part of what's going on in the dialogue unless addressed by a new intervention"


"Wild Wild & Crazy Kids"

"The show that goes anywhere and does anything to find kids having fun..."

3:30pm. Just got picked up from school. Mom just made a snack, crackers and cheese and some apple juice. You're only worry is how late you get to stay up, and your only responsibility is a page of math problems. Wild & Crazy Kids comes on at 4 followed by Doug and Rugrats. Omar Gooding and Donnie Jeffcoat held it down. Maybe it was our age but even though it was so corny Nick was so cool.


North Face Purple Label Fanny Pack

F&F. Fresh & Functional. Fresh because it can be the icing to your outfit. Functional because you can carry all the essentials in fashion. Honestly though, be ready to get a few comments in public if you rock this. Dudes that could never rock this are gonna hit you with the subtle hate, "Nice fanny pack..." Girls might be intrigued by it. These fannies are exclusive to Japan though (along with all Purple Label Gear) but can be copped at deepinsideinc for 6090 yen.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Photography of the World

Giovanna Trillini of Italy and Nam Hyunhee of South Korea compete in the semifinals of the women's individual foil fencing event at the Fencing Hall on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Kerby Brown rides a huge wave in an undisclosed location southwest of Western Australia July 6, 2008, in this picture released November 7, 2008 by the Oakley-Surfing Life Big Wave Awards in Sydney. Picture taken July 6. (REUTERS/Andrew Buckley)

A competitor dives from the 14 meter-high bridge over Drina river during annual high diving competition in Bosnian town of Visegrad July 12, 2008. (REUTERS/Stringer)

via Boston


Kanye West - "Welcome To Heartbreak"

You don't have to adjust the screen, it's supposed to be this weird. Ye stays coming with the unique vids. This one's no different. Not even the next single, but a new vid nonetheless. Cudi comes correct on the hook. Video directed by Nabil. More on Nabil in the near future. W&B all day.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Thermals - "Now We Can See"

The Thermals can be best described as an Indie Rock/Pop band. Straight from Portland, Oregon. (Watitdo Lizbeth). The band is made up of Hutch Harris, Kathy Foster, and Westin Glass. The Willamette Weekly describes the bands sound as, "the natural byproduct of many hours in skanky basements." You won't like this, neither will you but you will.

For maximum enjoyment play in a crowded pub after your 5th beer

The Thermals - "Now We Can See"

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Laptop Cake

Dan came up for his 18th. The things people put time into is amazing. No hate because I couldn't make it. The laptop cake slaps on the camera cake. Now what will slap on the laptop cake?


T.I & Justin Timberlake - "Dead & Gone" (Official Video)

IMO the Grammy performance was better than this. This video doesn't move me. But others may feel T.I, Justin, the song or all three. Honestly, I'm more juiced to see what JT comes with next... Corinthian quote at the beginning is aight. I'd change it to, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I lived as a child, But when I became a man, I still lived like a child..."


Fecal Face x HUF Design Contest

Fecal Face Dot Com has recently partnered with HUFSF to create a cool contest for those that are artistically inclined. The objective of the contest is design your own HUF logo. In doing so, you need to include the words Fecal Face, WITHOUT using photoshop to ensure that the work is indeed yours. All submissions must be sent to Fecal Face by Friday. The winner will get their own HUF tee with their own logo on it. Other HUF gear and $100 gift certificate. Fresh stuff for sure. Next weeks theme: Crack Whores...

Jesse Draxler (Saint Paul, MN)

Julio Valdez (Chile)

James Elkin (Pittsburgh)


Monday, February 16, 2009

New T-Wayne - "Snap Ya Fingaz"

IMO "Got Money" & "Can't Believe It" slap on this but this is only my humble.. A cool slow jam indeed but the potential for these two is ridiculous. If you compare their best hits individually you'd think each song they dropped would be that shit. But we're still left to wonder...


January: Peak Month for Army Suicides

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- One week after the U.S. Army announced record suicide rates among its soldiers last year, the service is worried about a spike in possible suicides in the new year.

The Army said 24 soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in January alone -- six times as many as killed themselves in January 2008, according to statistics released Thursday.
The Army said it already has confirmed seven suicides, with 17 additional cases pending that it believes investigators will confirm as suicides for January.

If those prove true, more soldiers will have killed themselves than died in combat last month. According to Pentagon statistics, there were 16 U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq in January.

"This is terrifying," an Army official said. "We do not know what is going on." Col. Kathy Platoni, chief clinical psychologist for the Army Reserve and National Guard, said that the long, cold months of winter could be a major contributor to the January spike.

"There is more hopelessness and helplessness because everything is so dreary and cold," she said.

Full Article Here


Flight of the Conchords - "A Kiss Is Not A Contract"

Bret Mckenzie and Jermaine Clement make up the duo Flight of the Conchords. Initially coming together as flatmates at the University of Wellington, their television show and music have developed a cult following. The Grammy award winning (which means something and nothing these days) bill themselves as "Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a capella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo." So there you have it.

Flight of the Conchords - "A Kiss is Not A Contract"


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Obey 2009 Spring/Summer Collection

Obey came correct with this season. Obey has been in the game for a minute, they're like the Allen Iverson's of streetwear. Their spring collection is a welcome rejection of the neon that characterized the streetwear game for the past couple of years. This season Obey uses bold purposeful colors to create functional clothing for its audience. Cut & Sewn pieces, knits and tees are a few of the items you can find at the Obey online store.


The Beatles - "Any Time At All"

"Any time at all, all you gotta do is call, and I'll be there..."