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Saturday
Jul122014

Weekend Listening: Charles Cohen

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Morphine Records, 2013

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The last few years have seen steadily rising vinyl sales, punctuated by reissues and so-called special editions, making it all too easy for some of the truly special releases to pass you by. One such cornerstone record is Charles Cohen's The Middle Distance; released last year on the groundbreaking Morphine label, it is part of a three-LP compilation comprising of music originally recorded between 1979 and 1988. While listening to Charles' work, you'll undoubtably make strong associations to experimental minimalist composers such as Terry Riley, but due to Charles' mastery of the ultra-rare Buchla synthesizer, his sound has a life of its own. The rhythms are complex and the sound design ranges from anywhere between lush and transformative to harsh and chaotic, making it impossible not to draw parallels with so many of the experimental dance music artists working today. With these records finally finding their way to the public this late in his career, it really makes you wonder what other genius unsigned artists are hiding unexplored in their local music troupes and theatre groups.

Charles Cohen on Discogs

Friday
Jul112014

More Material at Salon 94

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Salon 94
243 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
June 26 – August 1, 2014

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Few shows I've seen have tried to fit this many different items and ideas into such a small space. From art to jewelry to ceramics, when you walk into Salon 94, you are quickly greeted with anything and everything the fashion designer Duro Olowu finds inspirational to his process, as well as items he created for the show itself. It's almost dizzying attempting to take it all in, but who's complaining when you have work by Caroline Achaintre, Glenn Ligon, Juergen Teller and many more all in one place.

Salon 94

Friday
Jul112014

Final Home Rain Jacket

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01. 100% Polyster.
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Considering the fashion world has been openly obsessed with technical outerwear for years now, it's surprising to me that Final Home hasn't been more actively involved in its popularity of late. They were one of the first brands to pioneer the multi-zip, apocalypse-prepared fashion pieces that Undercover, Gucci, and Acronym all produce regularly, yet you rarely see Final Home in the streets or on the internet. As long as their 'basics' line keeps producing incredible and functional jackets like the one pictured, I'm sure they'll be poised to return to the top.

Available at Humor

Thursday
Jul102014

Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010

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One of my very favourite places, hosting a retrospective exhibition of works by one of my very favourite sculptors. Is there much more I need to say, to explain why I'm so excited about undertaking my first seasonal trip to Beacon, New York in a few weekend's time? Well, if there is, then the New York Times review of the show linked below should help fill in any gaps, and provide some context to anyone unfamiliar with the American minimalist sculptor's work.

Carl Andre at Dia: Deacon
The New York Times Review

Thursday
Jul102014

Stone Island Fall-Winter '14 Preview

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While I already have a closet full of unworn outerwear, purchased on the cheap at the tail end of the winter season, it's hard not to be excited by the new FW14 offering from Stone Island. I never tire of working my way through their fall collections, picking out the wearable from the boundary pushing, and for every piece I want, there's always several others I can't help but admire. You can start your own wish lists by following the link below, where you'll find newly released campaign images alongside a video showcasing some of the season's most impressive and interesting pieces. Exceptional as always.

Stone Island FW14 Preview

Wednesday
Jul092014

Filson Camo Multipad Case

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A laptop or tablet is definitely a piece of gear that deserves the rugged durability of Filson’s renowned luggage. The fact is for lots of us, our devices travel almost as much as we do and this option made from Cordura nylon will surely lengthen the life and prevent accelerated wear of those items that make our lives a whole lot easier. 

Available at Present

Tuesday
Jul082014

SASQUATCHfabrix. Fall-Winter '14

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Japanese fashion label SASQUATCHfabrix. are certainly not alone in wanting to push menswear toward a more perplexing incarnation, but they just might be the best at it. Their Fall-Winter '14 collection is one of their most impressive yet, flawlessly combing elements of street and sport with what could only be described as the assumed sartorial style of Jung while engaged in writing the Red Book. Click on the link below to see the full collection.

SASQUATCHfabrix. Fall-Winter '14

Tuesday
Jul082014

Kuumba Incense Re-Stock

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01. Regular 'Dub Master' incense.
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We're big fans of Kuumba incense at the Vancouver shop and much to our enjoyment Haven has received an extensive restock of the unique Japanese scents. There are so many to choose from it makes deciding between them very difficult, but with such a selection on offer, there is sure to be something for every preference and room size – particularly as sticks come in both mini and regular sizes.

Available at Haven

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