A Brief Message from Me

Some of you may have noticed that there are some new changes on Kitsune Noir, and some of you may not. I’m really trying to streamline the site, and I don’t really do it in major, shocking ways, just a little nip and tuck here and there.

For example, there’s the new row of tabs under the banner, with links about and how to contact me, the RSS feed, and the search box now hangs out up there. To the right under my big, rotating head, is a field to join the mailing list. I really want to encourage everyone to join the mailing list because it’ll give you a heads up on a HUGE project that’s going to be starting on March 4th. Let’s just say that it could possibly even be beneficial to join…

I also want to take the time to thank my old friend Adam who helped me out with a lot of the stuff you see here. I’ve done a pretty good job of making things the way they are, but without his help this blog basically wouldn’t exist. Thanks again Adam!
If you see anything janky going on with the site as well, please let me know. The site is optimized for Firefox (which Google Analytics tells me that almost 60% of you use) and Safari looks good as well, but Internet Explorer may not look so hot.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 30, 2008 / By

Lakai’s Fully Flared

Check out this awesome intro to the new-ish Lakai video, Fully Flared. The video was directed by Spike Jonze, Ty Evans and Cory Weincheque, took over four years to make, and contains over 30 skaters including Eric Koston, Marc Johnson, Mike Carroll, and Guy Mariano.

The song on the video is M83′s “Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun”, and I’ve never seen it used better. The slow motion an explosions work so well with the haunting song. The rest of the video has some pretty rad artists as well, including The Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, Fischerspooner, and UNKLE. If you want to see more of the video you can watch clips of it over on Lakai’s Movie Section.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 29, 2008 / By

China Unveils the “Water Cube”

Earlier today China officially announced the opening of the National Aquatics Centre, the giant, $143 million dollar center that will host the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming competitions in the upcoming Olympic ceremony. The structure was designed by Australian architects PTW, and is made steel and over 100,000 ETFE pillows, which are only eight one-thousandths thick.

I think the soap bubble structure looks really great, but like article states, the bubbles need some scrubbing to get all of the construction grit and grime off it before it’ll shine. It will also be lit by night by a system of LED lights that can turn the whole thing any of 16.7 million colors. I just hope that they get the rest of the grounds in shape before August, because in the pictures above, it looks kind of gray and scary. Hopefully the next few months will give them all the time they need.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 29, 2008 / By

Nooka “Creatures of the Night” Camo Watches

Nooka is releasing a new series of camo pattern watches entitled “Creatures of the Night“, which features everyone’s favorite urban critters. Making appearances are pigeons, rats, mice, bats, and cats, all splashed together into one crazy pattern. My favorite colorway is the multicolored one on the left, and the one in the middle is cool too, but I’m definitely not hot on the right one. It looks like a little kids watch.

The watch should be out sometime this month, and go for around $250.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 29, 2008 / By

San Bernadino by The Mountain Goats

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The Mountain Goats / San Bernadino (mp3)

Sometimes when I hear a song, it really sticks with me, and I feel like I should start sharing these songs more, sort of like I did with Superstar by Sonic Youth from the Juno Soundtrack. This is, sort of, the first extension of that.

I’m not a big fan of The Mountian Goats, but I’ve heard of them forever. The Mountain Goats are basically one man, John Darnielle, who started the band in 1995. Since then he’s released a prolific 16 albums and has worked with a great number of people. He has a new album coming out called Heretic Pride coming out on February 19th. It was produced by John Vanderslice, and even features Annie Clark from St. Vincent.

The song above, San Bernadino, stood out to me mostly because I’m a sucker for strings. The fast plucking guitar mixed in with the strings and his soft voice make the song almost hypnotic. This is one of those songs that are really good to drive to, especially if it’s in the morning, and it’s cold out. Go ahead and download it and try it for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 28, 2008 / By

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