At some point the evil geniuses over at Apple decided that the best soundtrack for their high tech gadget pornography was happy reassuring folk indie rock. Maybe this was done to balance out the feeling of a cold computer age with visuals of science fiction devices with very human organic music. In any case the plan worked to perfection as I-phones, I-touches, I-books and I-anything else flew off the shelves as soon as they stocked them. The commercials also served as an excellent marketing tool for the musicians on the commercials. Soon the indie darlings featured in the adds where getting goggled and downloaded like crazy and enjoyed by more people than the hipster sipping lattes in the independent coffee shop.
One of said artists is indie folk singer songwriter Orba Squara whose song “Perfect Timing (This Morning)” was heavily featured in the early I-phone commercials making the song practically synonymous with the product and instantly recognizable. Orba’s brand of organic rock replacing tuned down guitars, driving bass and hard snares and kicks with violin, accordion and toy pianos give his music a dramatic baroque pop feel with a whispery lyrical delivery. The sonic landscape of the tracks paint dream induced pictures of fairy tale sequences dressed in pastel. His latest video and single “Gravel” from his album “Sunshyness” is another foray into softly plucked acoustic guitar lucid fantasy rock with a surreal video to match. If Apple ever considered going into the atomic bomb business, as long as they played something this good for the accompanying add, we may consider purchasing it.
Here’s a first look at the highly anticipated and much rumored Crooks & Castles x Vans collaboration shoes. Much inspired by the Gucci colorway, this sneaker is now available for viewing at the Crooks & Castles store in Los Angeles. However, there isn’t any word if these will be releasing but word is that there will also be an alternative colorway that will be released to the public.
Fragment design teamed up with the good people at Bearbrick to produce a 100% Bearbrick Panda that will be auctioned off with Nike Classic Panda Pack. Both the Nike Classic Panda pack and the Bearbrick are efforts to help raise money to help the people in China that was hit by the terrible earthquake. It is good to know that at a time like this, everyone around the world is coming together to show support. More details about the auction to come.
Converse debuts the second 1HUND(RED) Artists collection for Fall/Winter 2008, a year-long global curation project designed to further Converse’s support for the (RED) campaign. The F/W collection will draw inspirations from cultures all around the globe including Africa, Brazil, Japan, Norway, and US with various artists such as Brooklyn based artist, Michael Schall, to African designer, Warwick Kay. Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists will unveil a total of 100 designs, each with unique styling and a number located inside the shoe that identifies the artist who created that specific shoe.
Converse will also debut the African Canvas collection of Chuck Taylor All Star shoes produced with canvas made in Africa. The iconic Chuck Taylor All Star shoe comes in the usual black and red canvas emblazoned with a tribal “X” pattern on the heel stripe, signifying that they are made of this special canvas. These shoes will be available in June at specialty retailers and Converse online store.
Ed Rec Vol 3, produced by famous French music label Ed Banger, is set to release with an exhibition at Colette, featuring 22 portraits of Busy P. This volume includes many great artists including Uffie, Mr Oizo, Feadz, Sebastian, Krazy Baldhead, Mr Flash, DJ Medhi, Justice, and DSL. Ed Banger also collaborated with Colette on a very limited tote bag that will be released on June 9th. Also available is a collector box that includes 6 vinyls, 1 CD, and various stickers. With only 2000 available, be sure to hurry and check it out at Colette.
Bringing to the table a wealth of experience in numerous fields, Hong Kong’s Know1edge has flourished season to season with a line that has consistently been making its mark. Their minute details rarely go unnoticed and seem to be the basis for many of their designs which ultimately bring everything together to create an extremely pleasing package. Their 2008 summer collection seen here delves deeply into the use of patterns. Among our favorites this season is the denim which includes contrasting denim against the main use of raw denim and multi-colored selvedge. Available now at select retailers and 8five2.