Friday, February 25, 2011

The Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones "Little Red Rooster" (1965)

Both Sides Now

The excellent new issue of Aperture, with a cover image by Collier Schorr (Lisanne and Aleks, 2009). Vince Aletti wrote the cover story.

Click here for info.

Image of the Day

Pablo Pijnappel: still from Fontenay-aux-Roses, 2010 (Slide projector, 79 b/w slides, sound), from his exhibition opening tomorrow at Ambach & Rice, with a reception from 7–9PM.

Also in my inbox this morning: bummer news (for Seattle) that Ambach & Rice is moving to LA this Summer.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Best Foot Forward

Red Wing Work Boots Style #8131 (also available in Style #877, the 8" height) from Blackbird and other fine retailers. This might be kind of an obvious pick but that doesn't take away from the fact that they're great boots. Hey, like Lloyd Cole said, "the reason it's a cliché is because it's true."

Plus, I wanted to post this video:

Best Foot Forward Too

Alright alright, here's one for the ladies. (Though I think ladies can wear Red Wings too.)

Songzio black strap sandal, $498 from Oak.

Rock 'em with shorts, jeans, A-line skirt, sheath dress, whatever you like... on the deck at Captain Blacks when it stops snowing.

Bursting at the Seams

Francesca Woodman: Untitled, Rome, Italy, 1977-1978 © The Estate of Francesca Woodman, Courtesy George and Betty Woodman and Victoria Miro Gallery

I've posted before about the photographer Francesca Woodman, and about The Woodmans, a recent documentary film on her short but immensely full life, and how it has affected her family – and I wanted to mention that the film is coming to Northwest Film Forum this weekend.

The trailer is here; click here for the schedule of show times, and visit the film's website for much more info.

Ancient Artifact

I've been a little under the weather, and also I'm extremely old, but I'm tempted to go see Artifacts tonight. The only other time I saw them was for a very memorable show at Rocksteady Park in the Summer of 1994, when the group had first broken out with its first (and biggest) cuts "C'mon wit da Get Down" and "Wrong Side of the Tracks." Here are a couple lesser-known favorites from Tame One and El Da Sensei:

Artifacts "Who I Am" (prod. EZ LPEE) – non-album B-side from the "Dynamite Soul" 12-inch (1995, Big Beat)

Tame One "Slick Talking" (prod. J-Zone) from
When Rappers Attack (2003, Eastern Conference)

Anyway – I estimate my chance of attendance at around 49.8%, but if anyone's up for a hip-hop show in Seattle tonight, Artifacts get my full (and I'm sure much appreciated) endorsement.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Brooklyn Bridge


Clips from Founding Fathers, a documentary by Ron Lawrence and Hassan Pore – screening tomorrow night as part of the 2nd annual Ego Trip Film Series in New York.

Founding Fathers is particularly noteworthy because it refutes the conventional assertion that hip-hop started in the Bronx. A panel discussion follows the screening, with Hassan Pore, Fab 5 Freddy, The Disco Twins, DJ Lance, and DJ Divine of Infinity Machine. Click here for info.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Theory and Practice

Theyskens' Theory, Fall 2011 [click to enlarge].
Low-key, affordable Rochas!

Rochas, Olivier Theyskens, directed by Xavier Cariou and Damien Beneteau (fka Les Cyclopes). 2006 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Image of the Day

Everest Team, 1924. From the book Last Climb: The Legendary Everest Expeditions of George Mallory by David Breashears and Audrey Salkeld.

(via AnOther)

Grown Unknown


Lia Ices "Daphne" (with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver) from Grown Unknown (2011, Jagjaguwar)

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's About an Idea

The Central Saint Martins show reliably provided some interesting ones.

[click to enlarge]

William Hendry; Viktor Smedinge

Bethan Silverwood

Charlotte Smith

Jamie Cockerill

Helen Bullock

Phoebe English

Image of the Day

In honor of London Fashion Week – iconic British model Jean Shrimpton, 1963, by photographer Bert Stern – from his current solo show at Staley + Wise Gallery. Click here for more images and info.

If I Want It, I Need It

For a recent Design Matters podcast, Debbie Milman interviewed Rob Walker, who wrote the "Consumed" column in The New York Times Magazine for six years, and is the author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are. Walker's goal is not to condemn, but to analyze the infinitely interesting ideas behind why people want what they want.
"I think the idea of humans wanting more, I mean, it's the nature of us: get as much as you can and stockpile it, and consume as much as you can now because you don't know what's going to happen next.... If I could have a billion dollars to run my own brand campaign the one I would be interested in is 'Things You Already Own: Enjoy them today. Hey, look at what you have and enjoy it.' I would love to hire the brightest, sexiest minds in branding to help me spread the message of: be happy for what you have. That countervailing message doesn't exist anywhere."
Click here to listen to the interview, and check out Rob Walker's blog,, for more.