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Saturday
Jan242015

Weekend Listening: Kambo Super Sound

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01. Released as part of the annual Graff et Grill event.

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Anytime I get into an argument about music it always comes back to the statement, "It's whatever sounds good to you." While I don't deny anyone's right to listen to shitty music, there is actually a way dance music is supposed to sound, and no group of contemporary artists have better personified that than the heads behind the Norway-based label Sex Tags Mania. They are best known for techno, house and jungle variations from mainstays Sotofett and Fett Burger, but I'm going to shine the light on the lesser-known Kambo Super Sound's additions to sub-label Sex Tags Amfibia. While I enjoy nearly every artist to ever release music on the label, there is something especially captivating about the fact that a producer in Norway is making some of the best contemporary dub reggae on the planet. Listen to the older cut Moss Dub Massive above and then grab his new 7-inch 1537 Dub from Hard Wax below.

Hard Wax

Saturday
Jan242015

Silent Sound Books

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01. Second edition of 500 copies.
02. Colour offset and cloth bound.

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Launching with a second edition of the long out of print A Recurring Dream, Coley Brown's new book imprint Silent Sound, is not only well-named, but also well-timed. With the LA Art Book Fair due to open next weekend, I'm sure this new edition – first published by Gottlund Verlag many moons ago in a reversal of the new colourway – won't be around for long. It wasn't the first time, so I recommend tracking one down, either in person, or via the link below. I have a feeling Silent Sound will be one to keep an eye on. 

Silent Sound Books

Friday
Jan232015

Online Feature: Inventory Eleven

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—01. Oliver Payne, 2014.

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One of the better aspects of working for Inventory, and here I don't mean to brag, is that it enables us to collaborate not only with our friends, but also with people we greatly admire. Being able to combine both, or when one becomes the other, offers the ultimate feeling of fulfillment, and is something I know each of us cherish. Issue 11 of the magazine was no exception, and being able to visit and interview the Los Angeles-based artist Oliver Payne was certainly one of my own personal highlights. Having put up with an afternoon of questions, photographs and arcade game defeats, I was thrilled when Oliver also agreed to produce a short film for the launch of our latest issue.

Inventory Eleven was first shown back in November, as part of an exhibition, and during a night of celebration, at the Paris bookstore 0fr. Today we're proud to finally share Oliver's film online for the very first time, accompanied by a short Q&A with the artist about the concept behind it, and the themes contained within.

Online Feature: Inventory Eleven

Friday
Jan232015

Needles Spring-Summer '15 Lookbook

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01. Fog Jacket.
02. Asymmetric Sneaker.

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The Needles Spring-Summer ’15 lookbook was recently released on the Nepenthes site, and features Keizo Shimizu’s customary reworkings of vintage, military and sportswear classics with his unique sensibility. There is also a sneak peek at a number of completely new styles from the Rebuild by Needles sub-line; the most outstanding of which are the hunting shirts that utilize a vast array of woodland, duck hunter and desert camouflage, just to name a few. 

Nepenthes

Thursday
Jan222015

Review: Inherent Vice

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—01. Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello and Penny Kimball.

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Adapting a novel by the godfather of high-paranoid, Thomas Pynchon, sounds like a near impossible proposition, but of all the author’s complex and sprawling stories to choose from, Inherent Vice definitely offers the best possibility for success. With acclaimed writer-director, Paul Thomas Anderson, accepting the challenge of turning an unfilmable novel into a movie, the suggestion suddenly becomes plausible; even an absolute perfect fit when you think about it. I’d known this was happening for quite a while and waiting years for its release was incredibly difficult, with many a Google query along the way for assurance that it was still happening.

It stands out for the sole fact that it has brought together a trifecta of masters in their fields: Pynchon, Anderson, and Phoenix. Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is played with an incredibly light touch, all mumbles and dope haze, but at times still broad with numerous great pratfalls, that help to create the rollicking comic feel often present in this loose detective story set in Los Angeles in 1970. For all of the subplots and U-turns, and plethora of characters present in the narrative, the film is shot with a very basic simplicity, often utilizing long takes and no pans, with the camera’s only movement being a slow zoom that adds a feeling of voyeurism. Anyone in for a straight and easy ride, with no bumps or detours, will simply not understand Phoenix’s hazy performance, or the whole of this stoned film for that matter. But Inherent Vice might be one of the most successful and faithful adaptions of a novel that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying the way it should be; I read the book and then watched the movie.

Inherent Vice

Thursday
Jan222015

Flats at Team Gallery

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Team Gallery
83 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
January 18 – February 15, 2015

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Growing up in San Francisco, there are two photographers whose work you see more than most others: Larry Sultan and Bruce Conner. I have spent endless days and nights at the SFMOMA surveying their photos and films, but I rarely see their work in shows here in New York. That's about to change though, as they are both included in an impressive lineup of artists for Team Gallery's new show. Entitled Flats, it opened this week at the gallery's Grand Street location, and runs until February 15th.

Team Gallery

Wednesday
Jan212015

Marcel Breuer Laccio Tables by Knoll

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—01. Laminate tops.

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Usually when I get fixated on a certain piece of furniture, I can't help but hunt for it until it's in my home. The Laccio Tables, designed by Marcel Breuer and produced by Knoll, are one such example. They're not necessarily the type of thing that strikes you on first glance, but their Bauhaus style and minimal aesthetic make them extremely versatile. They tend to blend into their setting, allowing the space and objects around them to be the highlight, as good design often should.

Available from Knoll

Wednesday
Jan212015

Vans x Gosha Rubchinskiy Printed Slip-On

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—01. Available in Grey and Red.

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This spring Gosha Rubchinskiy releases his second collaboration with Vans, including an Old Skool alongside two colourways of the classic Slip-On. Featuring a canvas upper with a rising sun graphic, the Slip-Ons are a simple but playful interpretation of one of Vans' most iconic models.

Available from Dover Street Market

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