Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Antlers - Hospice


The Antlers is a project spearheaded by Peter Silbermann. Much like Justin Vernon's (Bon Iver) For Emma, Forever Ago, Hospice is a mainly solo project that has morphed into a band. Hospice is a concept album that tells the story of a loved on dying of cancer and the album encapsulates the energy, heart ache and pain that is associated with such heart break. The album is probably one of the easiest albums to latch onto your heart string and will not let go. I would say that the epilogue is obviously one of the most powerful songs, with its transparent pain and heartbreak. Bear is another track that captures the listener and I would say actually reminds me of some of the reflection and urgency of Win Butler. Hospice is an amazing record I have been listening to pretty non-stop the last little while, and as the weather gets cooler and more sombre this is exactly the type of music that is perfect accompaniment. Much like For Emma, Forever Ago, Hospice is an album that was recorded as more of a therapeutic exercise by its songwriter without any intention of greater audiences; and much like Bon Iver, The Antlers have created a beautiful record with delicate vocals and beautiful instrumentation. It is amazing.

Northern Watters 'Newfoundland' Cardigan


This cardigan is amazing! I am fond of most chunky knit cardigans, especially with a collegiate feel, but what I like most about this bay boy is the douglas fir buttons - a great sign of a unique piece.
According the C.H.C.M. Shop, where it is available for $295 -
Woolen cardigan with high neck & horizontal stripes, features raglan sleeves, two front pockets & Douglas fir buttons, ribbed at cuffs & hem.

100% Oiled British Wool

Made in Canada
Available at C.H.C.M.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Clues - self titled


This album came out a while ago. I bought it I guess in June when they came to Victoria and played Lucky. This album has crept up on me as maybe my favourite album of the year (Vecketamist and Merriwhether Post Pavillion also up there). The album starts with Haarp which starts off slowly and builds up until it explodes. Remember the Severed Head relies on some eerie vocals and stomping percussion to engulf you. The rest of the album is much along the same lines, which is not to say that it is at all monotonous or repetitive. Each song is dfferent enough but all share and eerie feel, sometimes lulling you away and sometimes kicking you in the teeth. Every song shares something but also vary greatly. You Have My Eyes Now and Ledmonton, and Perfect Fit all are anthemic while Elope and more importantly, Let's Get Strong are slower and more reflective. This album is great because its weird and familiar, intense and gentle. Say what you will about Islands, but this is "grown up" Unicorns, and considering we have all grown since Who Will Cut Our Hair When Your Gone it is timely and perfect.

Ked X Opening Ceremony Collaboration


Keds are the best. I rock mine hard, and springtime will require a new pair. I love what Opening Ceremony did to these: not TOO much. They keep a classic aesthetics of the plimsole but add some subtle detailing that makes them better than what everyone else is wearing. And they are still only $65!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Driftwood Brewery White Bark Wheat Ale


I love a good wheat ale, nothing says summer like a delicious light beer in the sun. My former "go to" local craft beer was Phillips Raspberry Wheat Ale, but this recent Canada day found me in the local beer store without my Raspberry Wheat Ale to be found. I decided to go for another local beer. Driftwood Brewery White Bark Wheat Ale is a "traditional Belgian-style wheat ale is brewed with the addition of freshly ground coriander and curacao orange peel. Hops are outshone by the wonderful floral aromas that dominate the nose of this dry and quaffable beer" (from their site). I love the subtly of this beer, with the hints of citrus that basically scream out summertime. A light beer like this won't win over everyone, and its not even the best I have ever had, but it is a refreshing drink that just begs to be picked up on a warm summer day outdoors.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Blackbird Outerwear Sale!

Blackbird in Seattle has a bunch of coats on sale now, and here are some of my favourites. So if any of you people with "jobs" wants to get me a gift here are some options...

Coming Soon - Felted Wool Trench
in navy
DETAILS: Medium weight felted wool double breasted trench. Notched peak lapels. Flap pockets at waist. Partially cotton lined with fully taped seams. three interior pockets. Sleeves lined with viscose. 73% wool, 20% nylon, 3% cotton.
sizes: 46, 48, 50, 52, 54
was $886, now $443.99

Robert Geller - Field Jacket
in black
DETAILS: M65-style jacket made from a thick, heavyweight felted wool material. Double-zip and snap closure. Four front snap-down pockets and one internal zip-closure pocket. Epaulet detail at shoulder. Ribbed cuffs. 90% wool/10% nylon outer with 100% polyester lining. Made in Japan.
sizes: 48
was $880, now $440.99

Robert Geller - Toggle Parka
in black
DETAILS: Fully lined fishtail parka with toggle and double-zip closure. Military pocket-detail on left-hand sleeve. Two side pockets and one hidden interior zip-closure pocket. 100% cotton outer with thick padded 100% polyester lining through the body and arms. Made in Japan.
sizes: 46
was $835, now $417.99

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Outlier Summer Edition Pants


These summer version of the Outlier pants are a nice example of fashion and function. Outlier makes some great utilitarian based clothing that uses the best fabrics and construction while maintaining aesthetic appeal. More in formation can be found at their website, Outlier.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Review: Phoenix - "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"


I'm a little bit late reviewing this album because, to be honest, I downloaded it about 2 months ago and did not realize it had yet to be released in NA until recently (not admitting anything illegal). This has been one of my constant favourites recently, and on high rotation. The songs have obvious pop appeal, but are interesting enough to not get old easily. Obviously singles like Lisztomania and 1901 are favourites but really every song on the album is strong. Although I usually prefer a bit dirtier, lo fi songs, Phoenix accomplishes a kind of nice mix between clever lyrics with simple enough melodies and pulsing keyboards and drums that make is suitable for listening full blast in a club, or laying on your bed with headphones. Phoenix seems set to be the band of Summer 2009, and hopefully this does not mean by September every song has been played ad nauseum until the magic of this album has not been extinguished. Regardless, it guarantees that summer will be full of good music.

Friday, June 12, 2009

VooDoo Doughnut


Recently my friends and I were in Portland, and one of our many ventures found us at the renowned VooDoo Donuts. Located in downtown Portland, VooDoo Donuts serves some of the campiest, most fun and delicious donuts I have ever had. Although the wait was unbearable (about one and a half hours) once we got inside the sounds of Weezer's Pinkerton filled the bakery while we decided between donuts with names such as Murder Scene, Grape Ape, The Memphis Mafia to name a few. I decided on the Murder Scene which was a delicious donut filled with red jelly (pictured below). Although the wait was unbearable, it was worth every bite.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Boots: H by Hudson Kaiser Boots and Chronicles of Never Black Skeleton Key Boot

When cruising the open road on the motorcycle of your choice proper footwear is necessary to ensure safety. The last thing AoS endorses are "bros" rocking t-shirts, shorts and sneakers while riding their sport bikes. In order to maximize safety and style these two boots options are high on my list. First is the H by Hudson Kaiser boots that I have posted about months ago, it seems they are back at Oak and I am glad. According to Oak they are "the ultimate boot lined in a lux shearling. black leather rounded toe and body. tan suede upper with a buckle front and zipperd back. rubber sole and padded leather footbed". Although they may be a bit toasty in the summer months its definitely worth having something stable on your feet.

The second pair is from one of my favourite's for shoes, Chronices of Never, these Black Skeleton Key Boots look amazing and would be suitable both on the road and in a formal setting - which is the ultimate in Sprezzatura. Black textured leather lace up boot with a sturdy one inch heel and pieced toe cap, black leather sole, leather lined.

Both available at Oak.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Suzuki GS425

Although a BMW wagon would be nice, there is something so organic about cruising the roads on a classic motorcycle. Whether its a chopper, bobber, cafe racer or just a classic stock bike it provides a entirely new dimension to the notion of a road trip. I prefer the classic Japanese bikes from the 1970's and early 80's for their classic aesthetics and notorious reliability. Lots of the British bikes like the Triumph are beautiful but also feature some renowned problems (most notably for myself, the cost). This 1979 Suzuki GS425 is an example of a classic beauty that would be great for a day trip down the coast or maybe through the mountains: both of which are beautiful during the summer.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

BMW M5 Touring

When embarking on a road trip a station wagon is the ideal choice. Perfect for loading of with as much cargo as needed, and even a sleeping option if you find yourself in a tent without a sleeping bag/mattress. Obviously the M5 Touring is a bit of a fantasy for myself, but seriously, if anyone is going on a long road trip there is not much better then this monster. The Touring offers over 500HP, while providing 1,650 litres of cargo space.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sunglasses

When it comes to sunglasses, classic is pretty much the best way to go. Rayban Wayfarers really are the best all round choice: If you factor in price, style, quality they come up on top every time. But because they are great they are at saturation point, and because of this some other options are good to know. I do prefer the classic styling of the Wayfarer but Moscot's Yukel model and Cheap Monday's line of glasses both offer options that should be considered. The Yukel is one of the best options I have found, and the Cheap Mondays at a fifth of the Yukels price also have benefits. The Persol 2869S and Rayban Clubmaster are also pretty nice choices, as well as the Moscot/Common Projects collaboration.

It's been a long time, since I left you...

I had pretty much given up on blogging, ever since being out of an office setting finding the time to blog has been the least of my concerns. But as summer draws closer I figure I may as well awake the beast.
I recently returned from a trip to Portland that was a great little excursion. Nothing feels like summer like a good road trip. So since it is now Summer-Eve, I find it fitting to start posting again about some things which I consider essentials for the summer: whether its the right outfit for a trip in the car, the car its self or maybe some suggestions of places worth travelling to AoS will be dropping science like Galileo dropped the orange.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Jian Ghomeshi!

Im just using this platform to congratulate and applaud Jian Ghomeshi for handling the recent notorious interview with Slingblade. I must say that Jian is one of the best radio hosts in the entire universe, and was able to handle the recent situation with Slingblade as well as could be expected. Slingblade on the other hand is no King of Spain but might be well served having a slice of humble pie.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

"The Water" Directed by Kevin Drew

It has been a while since I have posted anything new, I guess I have been uninspired and bored with posting numerous pieces of clothing etc that I will probably never own. Considering I currently don't have a job, consumerism seems futile. Although this blog is never really intended to be groundbreaking or overly unique, it is a collection of things that I like. Things I think are noteworthy, beautiful and unique. The new short film-music video directed by Kevin Drew of BSS delivers. The inspiration is the song The Water by Feist, and features the bad guy from Batman (Cillian Murphy). I am drawn by the desolate tone of the film, and was very interested in the story being told. Because of this, I feel it is necessary to post the video on here.
"The Water" Directed by Kevin Drew

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cursive "From the Hips" on David Letterman


I have never been a huge fan of Cursive, but this performance on Letterman blows the roof off. "From the Hips" is from Cursive's new album Mama, I'm Swollen and is one of the best tracks off the record. Although I have never really gotten into Cursive in the past this album is very strong and has got me to take another look at the 7 or so other albums from this Saddle Creek band. I would say that other then "From the Hips", "I Couldn't Love Your Anymore", "Donkeys", "Caveman", "We're Going to Hell", "Mamma I'm Swollen" and "What Have I Done" are some of the better track. Mixing reflective lyrics about religions and existence with a nice composition melding soft and hard in a way that outlines the typical emo formula makes Mama, I'm Swollen an undaring yet enjoyable album.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sound Bite 1.0

I have created a soundtrack that mashes up, remixes and repackages some very important and influential moments in modern history into a piece that is meant to evoke memories of both the real and unreal. A major part of the project was to include tracks from both the “real”, through clips of speeches, historical events etc with the “unreal”, through select clips from TV and movies references that I believe to be engrained within pop culture. The blending and mixing of the real and unreal was my hope to blur the boundaries. The sound bite is sort of the analog to the picture; a picture is a skewed or biased memory of an event but is often the only memory we will have. Most of the “important” events that I included were things that I have only experienced through sound bites: in many regards, Kramer’s words or Homer’s words are more real than Martin Luther King, Malcolm X or Neil Armstrong’s moon walk.
Some parts of the clips I edited in a manner that they may not instantly seem familiar. By removing the context of several quotes, or pairing them with other events it creates new realities.
At the intro of the project, I begin with George Bush Sr., speaking about the death of communism and the collapse of the Soviet Empire. This moment can be understood as the victory of the American way; the “American dream”. While that clips is playing, the voice over of the news report announcing the death of JFK begins. This is an intentional “double voice” that parallels the announcement of the death of communism with the death of Kennedy. Kennedy is important in understanding, because it is one of the most tragic events in the American psyche. It plays out as sort of a “win” and a “loss” for America.
The track goes on to include a quote of Malcolm X, in which he refers to the “American dream” as an “American nightmare”. This quote is used mostly out of context (he, referring to the narrative of African-Americans), as it is used as foreshadowing the next clip. The clip that follows is George Bush Jr. announcing the attacks of Sept 11. To me, with Kennedy’s death, is considered one of the saddest days in modern American history: The “American nightmare”.
The first part of the track all goes on while the “2001: A Space Odyssey” music plays. I chose this song because it is epic, grandiose and very familiar. It frames the first part of the soundtrack, in which George Bush Sr. and Jr. are the bookends.
At this point, I take the track to a little bit more lighthearted place, while still maintaining the theme of the project. Part 2 of this project begins with Einstein, with a low quality clip of him announcing his mass-energy equivalence equation. While the Einstein clips plays music begins. The music plays throughout the rest of the piece. The music is a combination of a steady, simple beat with somewhat off kilter, off-time synthesizers. The purpose of the music is two fold, basically it allows for a steady narrative through the rest of the piece, but is intentionally not syncopated. The music is intended to at a textured layer in which the sound clips are played. The use of synthesizers gives a technological feel to the song and creates a somewhat cerebral juxtaposition with the words heard.
The song moves on to include more pop culture references. Often lighthearted these more are intended to provide a more instantaneous response: bouncing between the real and unreal, while evoking the thoughts that may be associated with these events. The overall track is a somewhat schizophrenic run through of a multitude of themes and events. There is no real underlying narrative throughout, in a lot of ways it doesn’t make sense, and it is not really supposed to. The purpose of having short, mostly familiar clips is something of an exercise of emotions while also challenging to meaning of what is heard.
Sound Bite 1.0

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

FJÄLLRÄVEN Vintage 13 L

This canvas bag from FJÄLLRÄVEN in Sweden is just about perfect. It has pretty much all anyone needs: utilitarian design with enough pockets but not too many, classic aesthetics, plus its Swedish which makes
anything better .

Monday, March 16, 2009

Inspired


This look from the Sartorialist is amazing (ft Jeezy). I Just love the suit, the tie, the shirt and the posture for that matter. Something about a gentleman mixing elegant/casual so well. He is just at a cafe in Paris having a good time. The unstructured collar makes the suit a lot more wearable in casual situations while still looking sharp. The only miss is the sneakers (a bit overdone ever since Letterman did it on the ), but they can be forgiven because I'm sure a man at his age is making a bit more of a statement then the Late Night With David Letterman Show). Altogether, well done. I only hope James is wearing something like this while he sits at Cafes.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Wesley Snipes Approved

In my everlasting attempt to purchased items that have been or would be endorsed/worn by celebrities I offer two servings that are Wesley Snipes Approved. First is the Colnago cycling cap as worn by Sidney Dean in one of the best interracial basketball movies of the early 1990's.
VIA Hipster Nascar

but after much research and debate, I feel that the Tavo TR-21 is a much better option, and is, I can only assume, very much Wesley Snipes Approved (although it is Israeli produced), after the popularity of my post a few days ago, it seems that my viewership takes kindly to highpowered automatic weaponry(?) (as a side note, Veronicahhh, you can get your Glock here apparently) while your out shopping, you can apparently get this IWI Tavor T.A.R. 21 5.56mm for only $2,999.00 (and yes, the do have installment plans)
anyway this is a video of things getting shot with our new gun...

... I really hope I start getting some militia traffic now.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Metchosin House by Marko Simcic



This house is interesting for a few different reasons. Most notably the $24 million dollar (US) price tag, and the fact that its located in my home town. Other then that it is also a pretty amazing building.

Obviously the design is impeccable; including a river that runs through it, reflective glass. The "outer perimeter walls of the home are clad in vertical tongue-and-groove White Oak, while the walls rising from the linear reflecting pool are clad with glass etched in a pattern mimicking the White Oak".

Vancouver architect Marco Simcic design is what Canadian Architect says: "Simcic explores the "big" as a domain of almost limitless potential and diversity, where each moment is explored in its own micro context. This is, of course, a fine line to tread, as at what point should the singularity of the whole project supercede the expression of a series of differentiated elements? On these terms, one is tempted to think that the home would benefit from an architectural edit: to be a bit simpler, to be a bit less varied. Nonetheless, the agility of the Metchosin House emphasizes the difficulty in assessing the expansion of a culture's footprint on a square-foot basis alone and at its strongest, reveals the power of research and performative-based design." The design definitely could be simpler, but it is beautiful and highlights the beauty of the aread. It doesn't hurt that its on 67 acres of ocean front property and is juxtaposed nicely with the wilderness around it. Now if only Kanye can buy it and higher me and Doug as members of his entourage.


Marco Simcic Architect
Contemporist
Sotheby's

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wale: Mixtape About Nothing


Although this mixtape was released nearly a year ago, it is one of the most frequently listened to albums on my ipod right now. I have heared Wale being compared to a "concious Lil Wayne" or something like that; although I'm not sure the comparison is apt, I appreciate the mix of comedy into the production. Humour is often overlooked in much of rap, but the allusions to Seinfeld are a good mix and keeps the tracks interesting while still being rooted in good rhymes. Since I have been late on posts, it seems a good time too post about nothing rather then post nothing.
You can download it here Wale-Mixtape About Nothing.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Prove My Manhood

I'm looking for a new gun to accessorize my style for the warm spring/summer months. This one looks fun.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Street Fixed Hub from Vallie Components


Vallie Componenents look set to drop these burly look track hubs. I saw em over at CyclingWMD and according to Alan: "The hubs are easily the strongest, most solid ones I've ever seen for built for tracks bikes. Sitting one of them down next to a Phil Wood hub really shows you just how brutal they are. The flanges are taller, thicker and the bolts are HUGE! Bearings are wicked smooth too! I sincerely doubt there's any other track hub out there right now that's anywhere near as durable as this one"
Because of my utilitarianist in me appreciates such a beefy strong hub, and the high flange and simple design is esthetically pleasing as well.

Alan over at CyclingWMD posted these (prototype) track hubs from Vallie Components Also note that badass 15t cog.
Features:

ISO disc cog mounting eliminates stripped lock ring threads.
Dual sided for multiple ratios
Thick symmetric flanges for a strong dishless build
Massive 15mm hollow female axle can take any abuse you can throw at it.
Oversize 6902 bearings to keep you rolling smoothly.
Stainless Hardware to last through those salty winters
Beefy M10 x 1.00 axle bolts
Slide on bearing collars
Accepts 44mm ISO disc cogs
120mm spacing
Approx 450 grams

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Track Frame?

I'm curious about getting a track frame in replace of my conversion road frame. Curious what people might recommend, or if anyone is looking to sell. Let me know if anyone has any recommendations. Im looking at a Bianchi Pista and an Iro frame right now to get an idea of budget.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Henri Cartier-Bresson

I wish I was in Paris right now, but alas I will live vicariously through James and Henri Cartier-Bresson.



Sunday, February 22, 2009

WHYRED SPRING/SUMMER 2009 - MEN'S COLLECTION

I am a real big fan of Whyred's design. Influenced by classic, wearable designs and postmodern aesthetics, Whyred provides classic appeal while utilizing "clean lines, neat shapes and quirky details".

According to Whyred, this season's Men's: "With a carefree attitude, the young at heart Whyred boys are out to woo the girls in a big city life manner. With the intellectual art and music scene of New York in the early 80’s as a starting point, the inspiration this season is a young David Byrne whose geeky and dry stance is shaped by his bold pop culture statements."

Although 80's inspired fashion is not rare, Whyred does an exceptional job at mixing the old while remaining at the forefront of modern design with bright colours, clean cuts and very wearable looks.


Excuse all the pictures, but I am loving every look. There is even more here!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Acne Coated Cotton Relaxed Duffle Coat

Bright colours are the perfect solution for the transition to Spring and the coated cotton duffle from Acne is definitely colourful. Besides my socks, I tend to wear mostly muted colours and lots of greys but a jacket like this is very alluring to break me out of my colour shell (maybe a bit too far away from my comfort zone).

Available from Asos.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bright Gram

I read about the bright new looks over at Refinery 29 a few weeks ago and was hesitant to post anything. But considering bright colours, especially blue, seem to be a major trend this spring I decided to post a couple of my favourite bright designs from Gram. The Gram 321g Triple Combo Plimsoles are a great mix of colour while maintain the classic lines associated with plimsoles and the 385g Canvas Plimsoles in all blue is another great offering in the blue shoe department that is become pretty saturated this spring, eg Kitsuné x Pierre Hardy, Rachel Comey etc. These Gram shoes offer some great standout shoe options that would work with either an otherwise muted outfit, or a multi-coloured look that is liberal with different hues, patterns and pieces.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Diatech Gold Finger

My Diatech Gold Finger brake lever came today in the mail. It was a pleasant surprise.

Kanye West VH1 Storytellers

I thought that this picture of Kanye West from his blog was good enough to be worthy of a repost:

The jacket, the shirt, the contrast, everything is spot on.

Ride


Yesterday I enjoyed a beautiful day off riding around Fairfield. The coast was such a nice little ride, I stopped and took some pictures near the water, and then wandered through Ross Bay cemetary.
More pictures are on my Flickr.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sasquatch 2009



Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Decemberists
Fleet Foxes
TV On The Radio
Animal Collective
Bon Iver
Santigold
Of Montreal
Grizzly Bear
M83
Zach Galifinakas and much much more

damn.

Royal Enfield Bullet

Royal Enfield is a motorcycle company based out of Chenai, India and offer up some great bikes, with classic styling at a great price. "The Royal Enfield Bullet, in its present form, was first introduced in Britain in 1949 as a 350cc bike. It incorporated an innovative design element: swing arm suspension. This feature along with its extremely strong single cylinder engine allowed it to excel as a trials bike. The 500cc model was introduced in Britain during the 1950's, winning hundreds of races. This brought the Bullet international recognition and orders came into the factory in Redditch, England from all over the world."
The classic styling is amazing, and the Cafe kit easily converts the bullet into the perfect bike for racing from cafe to cafe. Below is the Bullet 350 and the Bullet GT500 Cafe Racer.
The Bullet 350 -Royal Enfield India

The GT500 Cafe Racer Royal Enfield U.S. site.

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