Nike Varsity Pop Up Store

Jeff and I went shopping with our friend Garrett this weekend and he decided that he needed to get a new pair of shoes. So we stopped by the Undefeated on La Brea, seeing as how they carry a pretty good variety of shoes. But as we drove by, we noticed a bunch of skanky looking girls hanging out in front of a brightly colored shop bouncing basketballs and talking on their cellphones. Since this was only a few doors down from Undefeated, we decided to check it out.

It turns out the location is called One Forty Four Lab, and the space is now being occupied by a pop up store collaboration between Undefeated and Nike. Every Wednesday and Saturday the store will be releasing exclusive t-shirts in exclusive colors, as most of these things go. When we went in they had shoes for sale, a DJ playing music, and even food. Upstairs there was a big manga on the wall about some Goku looking guy playing basketball.

My favorite parts were the floor, which looked like an old basketball court, and the shoes were pretty rad as well. They looked like they were from a vintage basketball team. If you have a chance, be sure to check out the store, which should be up until the end of the month.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 21, 2008 / By

Tomer Hanuka Prints

This weekend I finally got my Todd St. John print framed this weekend and put on the wall, along with some other things I’ve been meaning to put up as well, so that felt good. But now I’m constantly on the lookout for new fun prints. Cut to Tomer Hanuka, a favorite artist of my since reading his comic bipolar years and years ago that he contributed on with his twin brother, Asaf.

Since then he’s illustrations have been all over the place, including gracing the cover of the newest issue of Juxtapoz. Because his art is so damn amazing, he’s started selling prints in his new online store called Mono Myth. The prints are 13″ x 19″, full color and come in editions of 50, and signed and numbered. They go for $120 each, which is a bit more than I spend, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who could afford his beautiful works.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 21, 2008 / By

Juno Soundtrack

As of the last 6 months I’ve been trying to accumulate more and more soundtracks that I really enjoy. I think this mostly started with the soundtracks to Lost in Translation and Punch Drunk Love. Both contains memorable pop songs, and wonderful instrumental tracks that keep the overall feeling going. I think this is also true of the soundtrack to the movie Juno.

Juno’s soundtrack is strung together though not by instrumentals, but by the near adolescent crooning of Kimya Dawson, one time member of the Moldy Peaches. When I first heard the Moldy Peaches I wasn’t a big fan, but know that I have images from the movie swirling in my head. But my absolute favorite song on the entire album is Superstar by Sonic Youth. The song comes from a compilation called “If I Were a Carpenter“, a collection of bands doing covers of classic Carpenters songs.

I’ve installed one of those fancy mp3 players so you can listen to the file immediately, hopefully it works!

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Sonic Youth / Superstar (mp3)

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 21, 2008 / By

Last Week in Music | 1/13/08 – 1/20/08

It’s Monday already, the weekend totally flew by, but it was quite productive, and Jeff and I had a lot of fun. I hope everyone else had a nice weekend! I’ve also slowly realized that my last.fm scrobbly thing is still not working with my iPod. I accidentally deleted it from the preference menu, and now I can’t get it to show up again. Whatever, I downloaded iScrobble, and it should fix things (crosses fingers).

As for the music I listened to last week, it consisted of mostly things I listened to over the weekend. Jeff and I left Stars going all day Sunday, along with Radiohead, because they’re both awesome. I listened to the new Magnetic Fields record a lot, I’m really enjoying it, even though it’s pretty different from I, which is my favorite album. I’ve also been listening to a lot more Doves lately, sort of getting back into them some.

I’ve also become a pretty big fan of Caribou as well. I’ve slowly been listening to them more and more, including a two disc re-issue of Start Breaking My Heart, which is quite good. It’s very electronic, not quite as pop as his newer stuff is, but I’m a fan of IDM so I enjoy it quite a bit.
Also towards the bottom of the list is Ratatat, which I had the urge to listen to after hearing it in the party scene in Cloverfield.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 21, 2008 / By

Incidental Nature at GR2

If you’re looking for something to do Saturday night here in LA, be sure to stop by GR2 for the kozyndan, PCP, Robert Belim show called Incidental Nature, which starts at 6:30. I really enjoy both kozyndan and PCP quite a lot, and I’m not familiar with Robert Belim, but it should be really fun. Dan writes in his livejournal that this could be the last exhibit featuring their bunnyfish (so I’ll have to try and get one!), and that they “will be in the midst of a chance encounter”. Shock and surprises around every corner!

Be sure to come out and support some awesome artists!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 18, 2008 / By

Fecal Face Gallery

I just wanted to send a quick congrats to the folks over at Fecal Face for buying a new gallery space! The closed the Low Gallery about two years ago, but now are getting ready to open the new Fecal Face Gallery, starting with a big group show some time in the middle of February. So all of you SF kids should keep an eye and an ear out, it should be a pretty rad deal.

Congrats Fecal Fellows!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 18, 2008 / By

Italian Caramelle Candies

For as long as I can remember I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth. I like birthday cakes, and seasonal pies, ice cream every now and then, but that’s pretty much it. But when I saw the amazing Italian candies posted over on Ms. Adventures in Italy, it totally made me hungry for some sweets! She does a really cute post about caramelle’s, which in Italy are usually hard candies and are usually non-chocolate. Most of the candies she shows are made in Italy, and there are tons of different types of flavors like absinthe, green tea and coffee.

Definitely check out her wonderful post, and prepare to satisfy your cravings!

Found through Tastespotting

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 18, 2008 / By

Cloverfield Doesn’t Dissappoint

Last night, Jeff and I, along with two of your friends, went and saw the midnight showing of Cloverfield at Mann’s Chinese Theater. When we arrived, there was a line that wrapped around the theater, and almost to the end of the block. Jeff and I were freaked out that we weren’t going to get in, and out friends hadn’t met up with us yet, so we were worried about them as well. Thankfully, Mann’s Chinese Theater has an occupancy of almost 1500 people, and all of us were able to get in without a problem. But nonetheless, by the time the movie started, the entire theater was filled. 1500 people.

Now let’s talk about the movie. I’ve been extremely excited to see this movie since the first teaser came out. And I can definitely say, without any doubt in my mind, that it is an absolutely AMAZING movie. The movie’s use of hand held camera definitely owes a lot to The Blair Witch Project, and is used so spectacularly, that you definitely feel like you’re a part of the movie. It also scares the shit out of you. There are parts in the movie, where the entire crowd, all 1500 of us, were screaming, squealing, and jumping out of our collective seats. I literally sat in the theater slightly shaking because I was so wrapped up in what was going on.

The movie also made me think of 9-11, not to sound like Rudy Guiliani. I think that they treated the movie with such realism, that you couldn’t help but think of it. But if anything, it showed just how strong and determined we are, especially when it comes to our survival. I don’t want to talk about the monster at all really, but what I can say is that it’s extremely well done, and feels real. It’s not cheesy, and it won’t disappoint.
More than anything, I can’t wait for the DVD to come out so I can see all the extras features they’ll hopefully give us. I will literally be buying this DVD the day it comes out.

One thing I want to note in particular, that I missed when I watched it. Be sure to pay very careful attention to the right side of the very last scene. You’ll be able to tell if it’s the last scene, I promise. But there’s something there that I missed, and I don’t want anyone else to miss out on it.

All I can really say is GO SEE THIS MOVIE! AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!

Bobby

P.S. If you’ve seen the movie, and want to know what the secret is at the end of the movie, highlight the hidden text below, which I’ve put in white. I can’t confirm if this is true, but it says it on the Cloverfield Wikipedia page, and has yet to be taken down so far, so I think it’s valid.

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The final scene returns to the recorded-over footage from the month before, where Rob and Beth are enjoying a date at Coney Island. The camera pans to the side and a falling object splashes into the water on the horizon.

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Bobby Solomon

January 18, 2008 / By

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