Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons

13 Blues for Thirteen Moons is the fifth full length album by Montreal post-rock group Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band.

The album consists of four long tracks, each length not fewer than 13 minutes. The album is due to release on March 25. Unfortunately, some fuckups leaked it online a couple of weeks back.

On 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons, riffs are the backbone more than ever....the band works its slow build and burn with newfound patience, sinuousness and ferocity....the band has never rocked harder and has never sounded more determined, desperate and driven...... Read on here.

Robert Pollard - Superman Was A Rocker

Superman Was A Rocker is the latest addition to ex-Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard's discography throughout his entire music career.

Be ready to rewind back to the golden GBV days. That's what you'll get from this new album of Pollard's. From it's recording methods and some unused instrumentals he wrote or co-wrote back then.

Other former GBV members contributed to this album too - Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell, Doug Gillard and Nate Farley.

February 12 is the release date. If you're into some lo-fi rock materials, this is one album you gotta get.

XLarge x The Hundreds x G-Shock DW-6900

It just kept coming, ain't it? Haha! Anyway! Here we have for you is the team cooperation between XLarge, The Hundreds and Casio, working on a G-Shock DW-6900 model. The watch features both label's branding on its strap and backlight.

Comes in black with with a little yellow touch on some parts, also featuring the signature grass camo by The Hundreds on the strap and the box.

The watch sets February 9 as the official release date. It will be accompanied by a New Era cap. Check out the details here!

KIKS TYO x Casio G-Shock 25th Anniversary Limited Edition

KIKS TYO got together with Casio once again to produce a limited edition G-Shock G-5500, inspired by the colorways of Air Max 95.

This collaboration watch is a part of the 25th anniversary model and only 200 pieces are made available outside of Japan.

The packaging is rather interesting - a mini shoe box fits just fine. Start to order you pair at KIKS TYO international web shop.

In4mation x G-Shock

Casio just won't stop collaborating with other labels to create limited edition G-Shocks. Here's another slick collaboration with In4mation. Via ctothejl.

Monday, 28 January 2008

Lightspeed Champion - Falling Of The Lavender Bridge

Lightspeed Champion is the new moniker by ex-Test Icicles Devonte Hynes. His new album Falling Off The Lavender Bridge was released on January 21 under Domino Records.

A totally different musical genre concept from his previous band, this new project of Hynes contains musical elements from varieties of genre.

His latest single from the album Tell Me What It's Worth. It's priceless! That's what I can tell you. Check it out and enjoy!

Attic Lights - Never Get Sick Of The Sea

Never Get Sick Of The Sea is the latest single release by Scottish alternative rock outfit Attic Lights.

Critically compared to Teenage Fanclub, the Attic Lights made a name for themselves after numerous independent releases and live performances, leading them a five-album contract deal with Island Records. Their first album is scheduled to release on June 2008.

At the meantime, their new single will be officially available on February 5. Check out the promo video for the song Never Get Sick Of The Sea. Enjoy!

Reed KD - The Ashes Bloom

Reed KD is an indie-pop-folk-bluegrass act from Northern California. He's often characterized by his blend of vocal harmonies, fluid multi-instrumentation, unique arrangements and his ability in writing hooks.

His influences led his style to sound like some of those of Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendriz and Bob Dylan, anchored by a foundation of appreciation for the pop melody and how it can be improvised.

The Ashes Bloom is his first release and it will be available on February 12 onwards, wholly distributed by Dirty Laundry Records.

Find out more about Reed KD at Fanatic.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Yael Naim

Yael Naim

Macbook Air

OK. What's the connection between the Macbook Air and Yael Naim?
Answer - Because Yael Naim - New Soul is the Macbook air commercial song.... Doh~~
Check the MV out here :

Explosions In The Sky Live In Malaysia at Ruums!!!

Listen carefully and you better listen real darn nicely. Explosions In The Sky will be coming down to Kuala Lumpur for a one night only gig at Ruums.

The Texas post-rockers will be here on February 19 and the gig starts at 9pm. Tickets will be available on February 1 onwards at RM110. Door sale is RM130 excluding RM2 processing fees.

More info at Soundscape.

***untyteld will see u there...***

Pharrell Williams x Louis Vuitton - Blason Jewelry Collection

This coming Spring, you will see a beautiful line of jewelry from Louis Vuitton called the Blason Jewelry collection, designed by Pharrell Williams with LV's Camille Miceli. The new collection carries a variation of four themes, in which the rhythm and energy of the new continent harmonize with the spirit of historic Europe.

Price ranging from 420 to 1200 Euros, depending on items and will be available at Louis Vuitton stores.

Below is the commercial for the collection. Check it out.

Friday, 25 January 2008

New Balance M574 Reptile Pack

So many reptiles to kill for this pack. New Balance made three new M574s in exotic reptile leathers - lizard, snake and alligator. This might be another Japan exclusive edition again. Via Conope.

New Balance A09 Hemp

New Balance released a new interesting pack, the A09 Hemp. Comes with a seamless hemp upper in three different colorways. The structures and logos of the sneaker is formed by some kind of liquid, beads can be found on the laces. Definitely the pack to look out for. NB fans, start e-baying. Via Conope.

Gators & Snakes by Huf

Some might feel it's cruel to put on some exotic animal skin, to the other some, they just don't give a fuck about what the some thinks!

Here's some new Huf New Era mesh caps. Gators & Snakes pack consists of 6 caps. The name of the pack speaks for itself. Available tomorrow onwards. Via Keith Hufnagel.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Adele - 19

19 is singer/songwriter Adele's debut album. Featuring 12 tracks of a mash up of jazz and soul and R&B.

Her music would be highly favorable by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Regina Spektor, Bjork, Peggy Lee, Jill Scott and Kate Nash.

She's currently signed under UK's independent label XL Recordings.

Her debut single Chasing Pavements peaked up to number 2 in the UK singles chart recently.

This is she performing Chasing Pavements live at BBC 1's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.

HorrorPops - Kiss Kiss Kill Kill

Honestly, psychobilly is so NOT my type of genre, but when I discovered HorrorPops, it might be an exception for this round. The music so dark, horribly wicked, insanely terrifying, that the rhythms can convince you to be a full-time hater and abuser. But the Danish sounds terrific!

Releasing their third album this February, Kiss Kiss Kill Kill.

Heading for the Disco is the band's first single of this album.

Secondhand Serenade - A Twist In My Story

Secondhand Serenade is the moniker of John Vesely, an acoustic rock artist from California. Nearly a year after the release of his debut album Awake, he is announcing his follow-up album A Twist In My Story scheduled to release on February 19.

The album was produced by two renowned producers, Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails) and Butch Walker (All American Rejects).

“I kept a lot of those same things from the first album because the way I write didn’t change. It just became more complex. Some changes were necessary this time around because of the developments I’ve had as a person and as a performer. I just wanted to be creative and make the songs I wanted to make. I only used what I thought each song needed and that meant adding some new layers to the cake,” commented Vesely.

A Twist In My Story is a new chapter for Secondhand Serenade, taking you through the highs and lows of love and life. John Vesely is a modern day storyteller following a path all to his own while putting a new twist on his timeless tale.

Music geeks who worships Plain White T's, Dashboard Confessional, Good Charlotte, All American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard and Simple Plan, you might love this cute dude.

Nada Surf - Lucky

American alternative rock band Nada Surf will be releasing their new fifth studio album, Lucky. It is set to release on February 5.

The record is filled with songs of restlessness, longing and elusiveness of love. Yet, in its inimitable way, the band beautifully counterbalances its signature lyrical wistfulness with its singular musical buoyancy. Intimate tunes become we're-all-in-this-together anthems, thanks to the chiming guitars, propulsive beats and the ever present yearning in Caws voice.

See These Bones
is the first track from the new album to be released for listening. You can check them out at their MySpace.

KIKS TYO x Technics Tee

KIKS TYO and Technics teamed up together to produce this collaboration tee featuring a pair cool kicks with designs of a turntable on it. One awesome tee. Check with your local resellers whether it's available. Via KIKS TYO.

H&M x DAA Fashion Against AIDS project

Swedish clothing company Hennes & Mauritz, better known as H&M got together with Designers Against AIDS (DAA) on an AIDS awareness project called Fashion Against AIDS. The project consists of various apparels from top to bottom and will be available in all 650 H&M outlets in 27 countries.

Few of the contributing artists/musicians/designers/celebrities include Timbaland, Rihanna, Scissor Sisters, Katharine Hamnett, Rufus Wainwright, Good Charlotte, Ziggy Marley, Chicks on Speed, Justice, Jade Jagger, Henrik Vibskov, The Cardigans and My Chemical Romance, who all participated to this campaign without any charges. Read the press release for more info.

We found this site so you can preview the collection before you head over to the stores. Otherwise, head right up to your nearest H&M stores now before it's sold out. ***Personally, I'm feeling the ones made by Timbaland, Justice, Rufus Wainwright and Jade Jagger.***

Via H&M.

Johnny Cupcakes x Peekaboo!

This is the latest collaboration release from Johnny Cupcakes with Seattle based artist Peekaboo!. The designs has been done several years ago, but the release was just recently. Available in both men and women style. Three designs all together. $35.99 it is at Johnny Cupcakes.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static

Sleep Through The Static is singer/songwriter Jack Johnson's fifth studio album which is due to release on February 5.

The album has seen climbing up the iTunes album charts eventhough it's not even released yet.

The first single will be If I Had Eyes then followed by Sleep Through The Static.

Watch the preview of the album here. Hit the stores now!

The Little Ones - Ordinary Song

California-based indie pop band The Little Ones yesterday announced their latest UK single, Ordinary Song.

The single comes in three formats. The CD-format is bundled with a b-side track, Boracay. The first 7-inch is bundled with another b-side, O-A (There's A Sun). The second 7-inch comes with two remix versions of Ordinary Song, one by X-Press 2's Rave n' Bleep Dub, and the other by Electrelane.

Their full debut album entitled Morning Tide is schedule for international release on April 2008.

Here's the music video. Enjoy!

Aster - Some Things Seldom Heard Of

Aster is an indie rock band from Austin. The duo will release their debut Some Things Seldom Heard Of on January 22.

The group beautifully builds up layers of acoustic guitars, keyboards, synthesizes, samplers and soft-spoken, heart filled vocals to create space age dream pop sure to please any fan of American Analog Set, Electric President, Grandaddy, or space traveling legends themselves, The Flaming Lips.-Fanatic

Check out the music video of their first single Attempting To Multiply.

Puma Clyde - Poison Frog

Puma captured the essence of the Poison Dart Frog and transformed it into a pack of Clydes. Available in three different styles with sorts of dazzling colors and patterns. Late February was announced as the release date. Check out Oishi for more pictures..

Atmos x Levi's LX503 Luxury Collection

The all new collaboration collection between Atmos and Levi's working on something indeed unique and special, the LX503 Luxury Collection.

The LX503 will be available in two styles - Mid Used and Rigid. The pack uses different linings, stitchings and materials from the normal releases.

The pack is already available for purchase at Atmos so better act quick if you're loving it before it's taken by the other thousands of lovers. Check out the detailing below. More pictures at Atmos.

Recon Sunglasses by Futura

Be one of the first lucky readers to look at this new Recon sunglasses in association with Futura. Want it? You can't get it. Cos' it's not here yet. Coming soon, I guess.Via Recon.

Explosions In The Sky at Wintercase 07, Barcelona

It's always orgasm to watch Explosions In The Sky play live. Well, technically, I don't mean LIVE as in LIVE, but urm, the opportunity to catch the Texas boys on video is already the greatest pleasure there is.

One of the greatest post-rockers I ever heard of. If you got any that you think can beat them, please do not hesitate to compete.

At the meantime, here's some videos of them performing at Wintercase 07, Barcelona. They performed Welcome Ghosts, The Only Moment We Were Alone and First Breath After Coma. Enjoy!!!

First Breath After Coma

The Only Moment We Were Alone

Welcome, Ghosts

All videos courtesy of Sinnamon Records

José González Live at Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona

Here's José González, one of my all-time favorite musician, playing live at Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona. González performed Hints, Heart Beats and How Low. Check out his mad skills on his classical guitar. Just so you know, it's pretty challenging to sing while plucking the strings at the same time.

All videos courtesy of Sinnamon Promotions.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Aidan John Moffat - I Can Hear Your Heart

Aidan John Moffat has been writing and recording music since 1996, mainly as one half of the now disbanded duo, Arab Strap. I Can Hear Your Heart is his first album of poetry and prose after splitting with Malcolm Middleton and his bandmates.

On this album, Aidan has performed and recorded some exclusive videos from his poetry album. The songs are Beak, Fuck It, Hopelessly Devoted and Super Sexxy Real Live!.

Have a good read on Aidan's wondrous music chemistry at Chemikal Underground.

I Can Hear Your Heart will release worldwide on January 28.

Ida - Lovers Prayers

New York's folk rock group Ida will be releasing their new album, Lovers Prayers on January 29 under Polyvinyl Records.

Their music is gentle, melodic and often sparse with sensitive male-female duo harmonies provided by couple Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton.

Both have worked on an album as Nanang Tatang, as well as appeared as solo artists.

Check their music out at their MySpace page. Wonderful choice if you're into blues and folk.

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend is an indie rock band from New York. The quartet is releasing their self-titled debut album on January 29 under XL Recordings. Their music is known for experimenting with African drum beats and Western classical tunes.

"Equal parts shruggy New York indie strumming and groovy Afro-pop, Vampire Weekend's organ-and-drum runs highlight narratives about relationships, punctuation, and sometimes both" - Spin

Their first single Mansard Roof was released last October. Their new single A-Punk will be announced soon.

Nike Air Force 1 "Dragon"

You're now looking at the new Nike Air Force 1 inspired by the Asian dragon. Scaly leather and soft pony hair. Also featuring some dragon designs both in and out sole. $479 SGD. Available at Limited Edt. More information and pictures via Streething.

American Rag Cie x Puma First Round

Puma brought back their classic First Round, first released in 1987, with a tremendous collaboration with Japanese label American Rag Cie. The shoe is available in two colorways; silver/white and white/silver. One of the hottest white/silver shoes of the year.

Available now at American Rag Cie.

AirMail for MacBook Air

I'm sure some of you Mac followers are aware that Apple will be releasing their new MacBook known as the MacBook Air, a super slick laptop with superb performance. MacBook is one of the most wanted machine that every single person who matters about being cool should own one of these. MacBook Air is known to be the thinnest laptop ever made in history.

To suit this soon-to-be-released super gadget, a case has been introduced by two Apple geeks, Jona Becktolt and Claire L. Evans, known as AirMail. AirMail looks like a manila folder with red holder, just like the ones we use for storing documents and paperworks. AirMail is made for preventing scratches and smudges, and protecting light knocks. This sleeve case is handmade out of durable upholstery-grade vinyl, and lined with fuzzy, soft fleece.

The sleeves are available for pre-order now for $29.95 and shipping begins two weeks from 15 January, or maybe when MacBook Air becomes readily available.

More information about AirMail here.

Undercover "Summer Madness" Collection Preview

Undercover introduced their latest collection for spring/summer, known as the Summer Madness collection. Expect to see some nice graphic tees, hoods and jackets, parkas, and a slick collaboration with Converse All Stars Chuck Taylor.

Summer Madness will be made available at all Undercover stores in Japan and Hong Kong, so if by any chance you're there, swing by and take a close look at these new born babies. Here's some images to keep you high. Via TK & Jun Takahashi.