Thursday, February 12, 2009

Heavy Rotation

I have been listening to Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga quite frequently lately. It is one of the few recent (ok, not that recent, summer '07) rock and roll albums with a high level of production. The attention to detail separates it from other less accomplished artists. 

The intricacies of the layering of instruments from horns and strings to the texture of Brit Daniel's voice come together in a well organized mess of sounds creating a great studio album. 

If you haven't already given Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga a listen, I highly recommend it.

Monday, February 9, 2009


I have been hard at work making some drastic changes to my appartment. Brian Patrick and I have completely transformed my space. Brian is an interior designer and with the help of his expertise a few simple and inexpensive changes have been able to make make an extraordinary difference in the comfort of my home.

Work In Progress...
Color on the walls? Less clutter? Who would have though?!

Brian is a great friend as well as an accomplished interior designer. I suggest you check out his blog for some inspirational pictures on how to make your space more comfortable. Be sure to check back for more updates as I progress through my apartment's transformation.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Spring/Summer - In/Out

In- Spring/Summer suits featuring shorts, Excessive use of one fabric and  The Wave (haircut)
Out- Perrywinkle Blue
Uniform Experiment S/S '09 Concept Lookbook

In- Exposed kneecaps and looking disheveled in a suit.
Out- Long hair
Engineered Garments S/S '09

In- Suit Jackets that are clearly not long enough to cover your backside
Out- Scarves in spring
Uniform Experiment S/S '09 Concept Lookbook

In- Nadal
Out- Mid-ankle black socks with shorts

In- Expressing your emotions
Out- Federer


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

BMW Diesel 335d! 36 mpg!

People that know me will refer to me as a car freak or a car nerd of sorts. I love cars. Many tend to be rolling pieces of art with the owners' own personal touch added to make them unique, but I digress into the world of modifying cars... Until now, I haven't posted about any car related issues because there has been nothing of note happening within the auto industry. People are trying to drive less and purchase more fuel efficient cars, which often comes at the cost of performance and driving pleasure. This is where BMW enters the equation.

The Ultimate Driving Machine, as BMWs are known, have always maintained a benchmark with their domination of the performance sedan category that includes the 3 series, the 5 series and the largest of the bunch, the 7 series. While always using cutting edge technology, arguably too much, BMW has always maintained to maximize performance and efficiency in their automobiles and is now creating another milestone with the introduction of their diesel variants on U.S. shores.

BMW is now delivering the 335d as well as an X5 model featuring the same 3.0 liter twin turbocharged direct injection diesel engine. This engine creates 265 horsepower and a staggering 425 pound feet of torque just off idle at 1,750 rpm! BMW claims 4 cylinder economy with V8 performance and rightfully so. To put this in perspective. BMW most sporting 3 series model, the M3, only has a maximum of 295 pound feet of torque that is not available until a much higher 3,900 rpm. The 335d achieves an estimated 36 miles per gallon on the freeway and can go up to 580 miles on a single tank. The 335d achieves this all while reducing carbon emissions due to BMW's new Blue Diesel technology (similar to Bluetec found in Mercedes Benz) and decreasing dependency on foreign oil. And let's not forget that the 335d is a sports sedan and includes all of the attributes that make a BMW the Ultimate Driving Machine; telepathic steering, 50/50 weight distribution for neutral handling, a suspension that refuses to compromise between performance and comfort and succeeds in giving the driver the best of both worlds, and all of the creature comforts that one would expect in a luxury vehicle. The future of the Ultimate Driving Machine has arrived.

Check out BMW to learn more!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Back To Black!

I am a denim snob. I only wear denim pants and I only wear raw denim. I love the complexities and intricacies of breaking in jeans and seeing the evolution of the denim. They stretch and fade and from some standardized mass marketed product comes something unique. Forest Gump says that you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, but you can learn even more about a person from their jeans. 

Although I am a self admitted denim snob, price doesn't enter the equation. Fit is the top priority. The quality of the denim used, detailing, and construction are all secondary, yet of high consideration. Once you find a pair of jeans that fit you, everything in the universe seems to have aligned. The stars positioned themselves in just such a way the first time I put on a pair of A.P.C. New Standards. The French label's New Standard cut is considered to be the 501 of Europe, classic and timeless. They are a slim cut that tapers slightly from the knee. The upper end is very flattering with that is tight and boxy and fits a slimmer more European figure. There is no branding or excess detail on them at all. Just silver rivets and golden chainstiched thread holding together the beautiful, crunchy, stiff, raw selvage denim. 

I have worn my New Standards everyday since I purchased them on April 28, 2008. The fading and contrast is incredible on the jeans and they fit like a glove. Until recently they were the only pants I wore. They're just my go-to item in my wardrobe. I'm a jeans an t-shirt kinda guy, so it was easy. 

Recently A.P.C. released a limited number of New Standard cut jeans featuring black denim. It was time for me to consider another pair of jeans, and after looking around I decided to get back to black as I have enjoyed black jeans in the past. The picture is terrible, but I just thought I would try to give you an idea of how the jeans fit. They are without flaw. I have a new favorite pair of jeans! 

If you don't already have a pair of favorite jeans, go get a pair. Good denim is essential to any wardrobe. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

SKY HIGH Mixtape, better than the original tracks?

DJ Benzi and Plain Pat are back with another mixtape put out by Fools Gold. This isn't Plain Pat's first time working with Kanye, he also put out the Can't Tell Me Nothing Mixtape a year and a half ago. This particular tape has been circulating the internet in loose tracks and poorly mixed, unmastered mixtapes for a while now, but the official tape released last week and it was worth the wait. 

Kanye is quite an accomplished producer himself, and I usually don't like remixes, leaving me to believe that this tape was going to be a puff piece. Most "remixes" are an a cappella track with a dance beat put under it. Those so-called "remixes" are a waste of my time. I was glad to hear that Benzi and Pat pulled through with a killer mixtape that featured some great original work. 

SKY HIGH has gathered some of the most respected producers and DJs to create tracks that are completely original, they just happen to feature a lot of Kanye's lyrics. Because Kanye produces his albums exclusively, it's hard to tell what could come from him creating music with other people, not just featuring other rappers. SKY HIGH is full of tracks that preserve the integrity of the originals, but manages to take them in a whole new direction. Some of the slowest tempo original recordings are now faced paced dance tracks. Many other tracks pull lyrics from other songs that the specific track being remixed and feature other artists than Kanye, such as Kid Cudi. This level of diversity on a single album is a great accomplishment while paying respect to the original tracks. 

I suggest you download it now! CLICK HERE!

Friday, January 9, 2009

More Music From Metronomy!

Another album review you ask? Duh! Music is rad!

Metronomy's second full length has been a longtime coming with several EPs dropped along the way, effectively stringing their listeners along to the release of Nights Out. Sometime in September there was a very limited release that either lacked distribution in the US, or it very poorly distributed. I was finally able to track a copy down on Amazon UK. The album is called Nights Out and it is awesome. It is significantly more developed and polished than the first album from Metronomy.

Nights Out is an awesome electro-pop album with many great instrumental tracks, but my favorite tracks on the album feature the signature falsetto singing Metronomy is known for. The album's sound could be compared to the offerings of Blur, Basement Jaxx, and LCD Soundsystem, with a bit of new-wave flavor dusted on top. Although not a commercial album, Nights Out is definitely a pop album. Listening to it makes me want to drink Red Bull and dance around in my apartment. 

Although the whole album is a great listen, there are a few standout tracks. "Radio Ladio" is awesome, "My Heart Rate Rapid", "Heartbreaker", and "A Thing For Me" are my favorite tracks. Coincidentally all of those songs feature vocals.

Check out the video above and remember that Metronomy will be at Holocene on the 23rd of this month. See you there!