Friday, October 09, 2009

The Truest Playa

Rule #1: "A True Playa never admits to having a twitter account about being a true playa."

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

New York Homies

Hit me up for guest list. Gonna be good times.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

RE:UP 16 on Newsstands Now

In this issue, RE:UP goes inside the mind of the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson by way of an exclusive interview with Alex Gibney—who directed this year’s Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson—and a humorous Q&A with infamous Gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman. Street art philanthropist Aaron Rose looks back on his Beautiful Losers art project—a gallery showcase featuring Shepard Fairey, Thomas Campbell, Stephen Powers (a.k.a. Espo), Margaret Killigan, Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist), and Harmony Korine (screenwriter of Kids, director of Gummo)—as it was realized into an award winning documentary. Closing out the D.I.Y. film trinity for this issue are striking images of booming sound systems perched atop BMX bikes made by dudes from Trinidad from the movie Made In Queens.

The music coverage in #16 has profiles on the most relevant artists killing it in the genres of: bass-heavy beats (Warp’s Flying Lotus), Swedish hip-hop and sequel to Santogold (Mapei), electrohouse (Germany’s Booka Shade), basement 8-bit thrash (Crystal Castles), and casio Afrobeat (Antibalas guitarist Chico Mann).

Delving into travel, RE:UP takes a summer mecca to the Middle East told by a collage of iconic Polaroids, and takes you in for an overnight stay at Portland, Orgeon’s Bohemia-tique Ace Hotel. RE:UP’s unique fashion spread “For the Ages” proves that it doesn’t matter when you’re from, just where you’re at.

Since its first publication, the Middle Signature design section—featuring original pieces of work from the most beloved contemporary artists—has become a staple of RE:UP. This issue marks the first induction into RE:UP’s Middle Signature Hall of Fame, with designers Parra, FriendsWithYou, Huntergatherer, Kelsey Brookes and more getting the nod. And when they weren’t screenprinting concert poster art for Gang of Four, VHS or Beta, Guided By Voices, or Cat Power, the couple from Milwaukee known as The Little Friends of Printmaking designed the cover of this issue, complete with an accompanying foldout poster.

DJ Small Change’s Big Cover-Up column features Sharpshooter cratedigger extraordinaire DJ Sureshot as he gives us a glimpse of his secret vinyl nuggets. Plus more Baby’s First Thrash Bands (Kim Ann from Hercules & Love Affair, and singer-songwriter José González), the Manual #12 Rewwwind (with a hilarious retrospective of The White Rapper Show by ego trip’s Sacha Jenkins and Brent Rollins), peculiar vinyl album cover art collected by Biggabush, and reviews on all the music, movies, gear, video games and books that you need to know about.

Go buy the issue before they're gone, or download the issue for free here.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Pieces of shit. Take me away. Little particles of dust. Sing it loud, sing it proud, say something fresh.

3 a.m., Several White Russians + Stoned

Friday, July 11, 2008

Where you can find me this Sunday

The lovely Jessie Cohen is having a party.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

New CSS Video, “Rat is Dead”

The five member Brazilian art-music collective CSS is back with their sophomore release, Donkey. Album drops July 22nd on Sub Pop, and we just received this promo video for their first single, "Rat is Dead." Anyone familiar with the preceding Cansei Der Se Sexy LP will immediately note the shift toward, um, we’ll call it musical maturity for now — less on the electro party do-as-you-please style, more on the vocally structured, new wave-sounding, “my name is Lovefoxxx and, yes, I actually sing tip.” But until we hear the entire album, whether or not the new CSS is a better CSS remains open to debate. Though Lovefoxxx is looking as cute and fashionably eccentric as usual, donning a glimmering white one-piece with some type of tutu fabric for the shoulders a la boa style, topped off with a waist length tassel or two down the chest. Gotta give her points for that.

Download the CSS, "Rat is Dead" single here.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Cool Kids: That's Stupid! (The Mixtape)

Run DMC, Beastie Boys, a taste of Too $hort for some of them playa points -- Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish, aka The Cool Kids duo, are indeed pushing that late 80s, sweet bass rumping, 808 sound. With slots on both Lollapalooza and Rock the Bells stages this summer, and hot off the heels of their debut The Bake Sale EP, the Cool Kids continue to clamber on up the music chain. On That's Stupid!, with homage to Sir Mix-A-Lot's "My Posse on Broadway" and Eric B & Rakim's "Paid in Full" it's time to rattle that trunk, put them windows down and lay back that seat, cuz' main street with the Cool Kids be calling.

Download: The Cool Kids, That's Stupid!, (The Mixtape)

Directions from Mikey and Chuck, via their myspace:

“1. Play this in your car first!

2. Don’t skip.. it’s only 25 minutes.. (shit is Epic)”

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Little Boots

Download Little Boots - Stuck on Repeat (master) maste

Get her Magical Tropical Mix here. Starts super strong (magical), gets a little crazy on the disco (tropical?) tip later, but overall perfect summer listening.

More on Little Boots here.

Friday, June 27, 2008