Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Beatles x Rock Band

Seriously, this is pretty fuckin' amazing. Rock Band/Guitar Hero is one of my obsessions.

Jammin' with John, Ringo, George and Paul from the comfort of your digital nerd's lair.

Read more here on Pitchfork.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Nike Air Max 90's x Kaws... by accident

So I went to go pick up my camera (as mentioned in last post) and on my way to the bank to pick up some cash to pay the man I see some theater that says something about Nike on the outside display and see a bunch of Hypebeast looking dudes outside, so I figure fuck it, why not. I'm in the area I'll go after I grab my 30d.

Apparently they were dropping the new Kaws and Nike collab. I would never buy these personally and I think they're whatever looking, but I was rather impressed with the building and how the transformed the old Montalban theater to a Nike installation space.

This one is for you Treeson:

Canon 30D

2 weeks ago I bought a new camera body, a 30D.

I've had my eye on one of these for a while, but not having a job and generally owing more than I want to remember I used my roommate's ooooold ass rebel xt for the past 8 months. It's actually the first one ever made. Anyway, the load time on viewing the pictures was horrible and the screen is tiny and since we seem to have to take photos at school all the time, it's about time.

Here are my pics when I was deciding whether or not to buy it from the dude - a wedding photographer based in Hollywood.

This was my first one. I was pretty sold.

This was like my 10th one... I absolutely love my Canon 17-40mm L lens!

FYI: I also own a sweet $75 50mm. Thanks to my man Johnny for the tips.

My Psychadelic Rock Themed Poster

So. What do I do in school all day?

That's a great question.

Here's an example of my midterm project for Digital Design 2 w/ Dana Duncan.

We had to choose an object that we couldn't live without. I chose my bass guitar. For the midterm we had to create a poster that was 24" x 36" done in the style of a specific graphic design movement.

We don't draw as much as I'd like to and I'd always wanted to challenge myself to do one of these, and the movement fit my object perfectly.

Printing this costed a lot cause my print is actually 5' something by 2'... it will now sit in my living room/rockband arena right above the futon.

E40 - Poor Man's Hydrolics

I have no idea what this song sounds like but seeing 40 in the Giant's get up and based on the name of the song, I'm sure it's gonna be a classic banger that's beyond hilarious.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Burial - Unite

I've been a big fan of this guy's sound ever since I heard "Archangel" on Pitchfork's 100 best of 2007 list (above).

This song is just insane... the drums are more bouncy and not as atmospheric as usual. I'm a huge fan of dubstep, most of it I don't actually enjoy, but check this song out!

I'm aware this song has been on myspace for a long time and was actually released in 07 off a compilation called Box of Dub.

Unite - Burial

Download it here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

JAY-Z at the PALLADIUM 10-15-2008

HOV is in the BUILDING!!!

So I learned a very important lesson. If you're trying to scalp tickets, chances are you can still sell them the day of the show.

I didn't know this, so I ended up inviting my friends instead. I'm now about 680 dollars in debt because of my greed, negative attitude and unwillingness to wait till the final hour to scalp them at the door. I did post up my tickets the day of the show, but due to ethics and friendship, I decided to keep them.

Whatever, show was still pretty amazing.

Hov opened up w/ some song off American Gangster, then did one of my all time favorites "You don't know".

Yes, I am yelling 'fuck you lewbear' because my friend was stupid enough to pass up this show. Especially cause he didn't have to go to work the next day. He's quitting in a week and has mad sick days left yet his ass still wants to go to work. You work at Hertz homie... it's not that serious.

Pretty Awesome show tho, my right ear was ringing until the next day. Now I can safely say I've seen a rap legend in a pretty small venue.

"A Billi"

Hov and TI - "Swagger Like Us"

"H to the Izzo" (i love the beat to this... well anything jackson 5 is fire)

"Ain't no Nigga" "Can't Knock the Hustle" "Money Cash Hoes" & more (he also threw in Feelin' it... but i didn't get it on tape)

Far Reunion: Troubadour 10/16/08

I got to see Far last week! if you look a few posts back I wrote about how awesome I thought the reunion would be, cause I never got to see them live when I discovered them in high school. The show was absolutely awesome, except they didn't play "Waiting for Sunday". Above is a video that I shot... unfortunately my camera ran out of batteries cause of the Jay-Z show the night before. Also some videos from the Pomona show... where they did that particular song.

They closed out the show with an encore of "I like It", "Mother Mary" and "Bury White".

It was a struggle to get these tickets tho. Since it was sold out, I had to leave school at noon the day of and meet some dude in Hollywood to get them. Well worth it though! The crowd was pretty old (I actually felt young at a show for once) and everyone was really into it. Best show I've ever seen at the Troub.

"Waiting for Sunday" 10/15/08 at the Glasshouse, Pomona

John Brown Blog on Complex

My favorite VH1 rapper from the White Rapper show now has his own blog on Complex. "The 5 Hottest Anchorwomen on CNN" Check him here.

I'm really digging on the influx of suburban white rappers. Well... actually I dig Asher Roth. Perhaps it's cause they talk about stuff college kids are into or that it's something I can relate to (frat life), but I think it's great. Hell, I even think the new Kanye West stuff is great.

We'll save that for another post.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Respectable Freak

TI just became my favorite rapper.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Cage: Depart from Me Sessions 2

Part 2... I'm excited. Cage looks mad skinny.

I wish I was in SF in two weeks to see him preform at Club 6. It's for a new collab between Hurley and one of my favorite illustrators, none other than Alex Pardee.

I just find it kinda funny w/ Pardee's work on a flyer that has a Macy's logo and the Weathermen logo written all over it.

WM x CC blowing up kid!

More Pardee:

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Stars - This Charming Man (The Smiths Cover)

I normally don't like covers for such classic bands with such classic vocalists, but I think they put a great spin on the original by slowing it down and giving it such a mellow vibe.

I know it's probrably really old... I know a lot of people love this band Stars. I've been really feeling the band The Radio Dept (thanks Dan) lately, and while doing some homework earlier I typed them into Pandora and found this delightful remake.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Diesel SWF XXX

My favorite jean company (well it's a tie w/ levi's) comes thru with a brilliant ad.

I'm in the library... and it's a Friday afternoon. I need to get out more.

Oh yeah, I found this on Doug's facebook.