‘Holiday’ by Vampire Weekend

Vampire WeekendHoliday. Trying to one up their last video for Giving Up The Gun, this time around they’ve ditched the celebrities and gone for some retro goodness that reminds of something Falco may have done in the 80′s. Dressed up in baroque outfits the boys run around drinking and partying with hot chicks, y’know, the things you do when you’re on holiday. For those of you with a 3 or 4 day weekend, take note.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 28, 2010 / By

Ofr. Film Portraits: Charly Sun

Ofr. is a bookstore and cultural hub located in the third arrondisement of Paris. The Ofr. community, which has been described as a “modern gang”, publish books, as well as host art exhibitions, musical happenings and special pop-up events. For those of us who are sadly unable to just stroll along Paris’ cobbled streets to the Ofr. bookstore on rue Dupetit-Thouars, they have kindly recorded and collated some Ofr. moments in a small video series entitled “Film Portraits.”

Their latest clip features Parisian folk pop duo Charly Sun, performing their song “Season of Lies.” Musicians such as Bob Dylan and Belle and Sebastian inspire Adrien Tronquart and Manuel Etienne’s songs, and their music is a melange of softly strummed guitars, melodic whistles and hand claps. Not to mention that their lyrics are delivered in that faintly accented English that makes many a girl weak at the knees. If this sounds like something that might tickle your fancy, they are definitely worth a listen.

I also highly recommend that you have a browse through the other films portraits from Ofr., as their short films showcase really interesting work from local artists and musicians. In my book, this kind of platform encapsulates the true beauty of utilising the Internet to transcend geographical borders.

Danica

May 27, 2010 / By

Scrapertown

I thought it would be nice to transition from bikes to videos with this great piece from the folks over at California is a place. If you’re not familiar with CIAP they make videos all about my lovely home state California and all the amazing things that happen here. For this video they travelled to Oakland to document the Original Scraper Bike Team, which is a group of kids who trick out their bikes by painting them or adding colorful tape to the spokes and the riding them around Oakland.

The Team is run by Baby Champ who gets the kids to come together and give them some focus an get them away from the bad stuff that goes down in Oakland. I’m also impressed that Baybe Champ is only 20 years old yet he has a clear vision of wanting to help other people. In the video he talks about having a dream of his own bike shop where kids can come out and customize their bikes, use Apple computers and have a positive place to be, all in East Oakland. I think it would be amazing if the right person watched this and help make his dream come true. His cause seems so worthwhile and all he needs is someone or something to come by and help him achieve so much more.

The video itself is so well done like all CIAP’s videos are. It totally hit all my emotions, showing how much fun these kids are having but kind of how serious and important Scraper Bikes are to these kids. This one is a much watch.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 27, 2010 / By

Assignment: Moon

While imagining the Saturn V rocket in unfamiliar settings, this delightful video explains crop circles, how to fuel billion-dollar rockets and solitary drive-in experiences of inanimate objects. Fun fact: before the Atlantis Space Shuttle was employed and recently retired, disposable rockets shot things into outer space. I say disposable because they were only used once, and most of the rocket’s stages either burned in the atmosphere or became space junk. The Saturn V rockets carried the first Americans into lunar orbit, the first men to the moon and was utilized in Apollo 17: the last of the Apollo missions.

Alex.

Alex Dent

May 27, 2010 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jennifer Daniel (Part 3)

Jennifer Daniel

View more of Daniel’s wallpapers by clicking here and here.

As I mentioned in the previous post there were two reasons for our impromptu bike day posts. The first were the crazy, beautiful handlebars by SungKug Kim and the second were these totally ridiculous bike chain wallpapers by Jennifer Daniel. I’d written Jennifer about a year ago to see if she’d like to create a wallpaper for the site and she graciously said yes and that she wouldn’t forget about me… and a year later she finally kept her promise! (Haha, sorry Jennifer, it was too funny not to mention!)

If you’ve never seen Jennifer’s work you should really stop reading this and click the link above. She’s a brilliant illustrator and designer and has one of the best senses of humor I’ve ever seen in an artist’s work. If I had to guess her body would be compromised of 50% water, 30% talent and a 20% mixture of wit and charm.

Since Jennifer is also a bike nut she sent me these awesome and abstract bike chain wallpapers with which to adorn your electronic devices. She created three different versions, one with a chain heart, one with a few random chains and then finally an orgy of bike chains. Even if you’re not a bike fan you have to appreciate the abstract beauty of something like this. Thanks for the bike chain beauties Jen!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 26, 2010 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jennifer Daniel (Part 2)

Jennifer Daniel

View more of Daniel’s wallpapers by clicking here and here.

As I mentioned in the previous post there were two reasons for our impromptu bike day posts. The first were the crazy, beautiful handlebars by SungKug Kim and the second were these totally ridiculous bike chain wallpapers by Jennifer Daniel. I’d written Jennifer about a year ago to see if she’d like to create a wallpaper for the site and she graciously said yes and that she wouldn’t forget about me… and a year later she finally kept her promise! (Haha, sorry Jennifer, it was too funny not to mention!)

If you’ve never seen Jennifer’s work you should really stop reading this and click the link above. She’s a brilliant illustrator and designer and has one of the best senses of humor I’ve ever seen in an artist’s work. If I had to guess her body would be compromised of 50% water, 30% talent and a 20% mixture of wit and charm.

Since Jennifer is also a bike nut she sent me these awesome and abstract bike chain wallpapers with which to adorn your electronic devices. She created three different versions, one with a chain heart, one with a few random chains and then finally an orgy of bike chains. Even if you’re not a bike fan you have to appreciate the abstract beauty of something like this. Thanks for the bike chain beauties Jen!

Bobby Solomon

May 26, 2010 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jennifer Daniel (Part 1)

Jennifer Daniel

View more of Daniel’s wallpapers by clicking here and here.

As I mentioned in the previous post there were two reasons for our impromptu bike day posts. The first were the crazy, beautiful handlebars by SungKug Kim and the second were these totally ridiculous bike chain wallpapers by Jennifer Daniel. I’d written Jennifer about a year ago to see if she’d like to create a wallpaper for the site and she graciously said yes and that she wouldn’t forget about me… and a year later she finally kept her promise! (Haha, sorry Jennifer, it was too funny not to mention!)

If you’ve never seen Jennifer’s work you should really stop reading this and click the link above. She’s a brilliant illustrator and designer and has one of the best senses of humor I’ve ever seen in an artist’s work. If I had to guess her body would be compromised of 50% water, 30% talent and a 20% mixture of wit and charm.

Since Jennifer is also a bike nut she sent me these awesome and abstract bike chain wallpapers with which to adorn your electronic devices. She created three different versions, one with a chain heart, one with a few random chains and then finally an orgy of bike chains. Even if you’re not a bike fan you have to appreciate the abstract beauty of something like this. Thanks for the bike chain beauties Jen!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 26, 2010 / By

Bi-King by SungKug Kim







The motivation for our bike day posts actually started back in New York and were inspired by two different things. The first was actually the bike handles you see above called Bi-King (HA! Get it?) by Korean designer SungKug Kim. Now I’m not any kind of professional bike kinda’ guy, and such I think these are amazing looking. It’s almost like incorporating pieces of art into your bike, giving them a whole new dimension. Would handlebars like these make your bike a theft magnet? Hell yes, but that’s not what we’re talking about, we’re talking about sheer awesome looking.

I totally love the mixture of wood with the steel, it’s a beautiful combination that looks both industrial and natural all at once. I know that the antler ones are a bit more impractical, but c’mon, you’d definitely take a second (or third) look if someone passed you on the street with something like these.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 26, 2010 / By

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