Clutchy Hopkins

Clutchy Hopkins

I was browsing around Gorilla vs. Bear earlier when I came across a link to a guy named Clutchy Hopkins. At first it seemed like one of those overly weird bands/artists that I pass on because of their overt weirdness. But I decided to give him a listen to see what it was all about.

Shit. This guy is so good.
He’s got a crazy blend of jazz/funk/hip hop that just sounds so perfect.
You can listen to 12 of his songs on his Stage.FM site in order to get a good feel of what he’s all about.
His official site says that he has some records at the Amoeba on Sunset, so I’m going to have to check that out tomorrow.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 11, 2007 / By

New Balance A02

New Balance A02

I usually don’t like New Balances, but I have to say that these are totallllyyyy hot.
I love the use of the dark denim with the neon stitching and hand painted N. They come in a bunch of other crazy colors too, but these ones are definitely my style.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 10, 2007 / By

I Am 8-Bit

I Am 8-Bit

I Am 8-Bit

I Am 8-Bit is a an exhibit of artist paying homage to classic video games. Everyone has their own takes on the characters, and the list of contributors is amazing. So far, there’s:

Erik Alos, Attaboy, Anthony Ausgang, Crystal Bedford, Leanne Biank, Brandon Bird, Blinky, Mark Bodnar, Ryan Bubnis, Jude Buffum, Jon Burgerman, Mike Burnett, Scott Cambell, Martin Cendreda, Anna Chambers, Paul Chatem, Dave Chung, Sean Clarity, Matt Clark, Nic Cowen, Steven Daily, Matt Dangler, Bob Dob, Nome Edonna, Ekundayo, Sandra Equihua, Jose Emroca Flores, Carl Greenblatt, Peter Gronquist, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Mr. Joe Hahn, Ryan Heshka, Elizabeth Ito, Aaron Jasinski, James Jean, Brian Kesling, KMNDZ, Travis Lampe, Mike Leavitt, Joe Ledbetter, Jesse LeDoux, Christopher Lee, Ryan Lesser, Travis Louis, Jim Mahfood, Benjamin Marra, El Maz, Brian McCarty, Chris McD, Jeff McMillan, Brandi Milne, Misha, Tony Mora, Scott Morse, Chris Nichols, Ciro Nieli, Kieth Nordzy, NVC (Dr. Bao and Spive), Kathie Olivas, Nathan Ota, Annie Owens, Daniel Peacock, Peekaboo, Vincent Perea, John Pham, Isaac Pierro, Dave Pressler, Steve Purcell, Jen Rarey, Lesley Reppeteaux, Lou Romano, Reuben Rude, Dan Santat, Scott Scheidly, SEEN, Jason Sho Green, Erik Siador, Greg Simkins, Amy Sol, Nathan Stapley, Stone, Shuji Suzuki, Gabe Swarr, Sean Szeles, Peter Taylor, Jeremy Tinder, Roland Tamayo, Rich Tuzon, Yosuke Ueno, Michelle Valigura, Joe Vaux, Amanda Visell, Paul Wall, Dave Wasson, Andrew Wilson, Rachel Wong, Johnny Yanok.

That’s just the tentative list, with more probably to come.
I’m most excited for James Jean, Jim Mahfood and Martin Cendreda. I have original sketches from both James Jean and Jim Mahfood, but I’ve only met Jim Mahfood. I would LOVE to meet James Jean. He is hands down one of the best illustrators in the world right now.

So if you’re in LA, and free on April 17th (though the show goes till may 12th), definitely go check this show out!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 9, 2007 / By

The Divine Gas

The Divine Gas

Chiho Aoshima

Photo by Claudine Ko

Chiho Aoshima has this HUGE piece up at The Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston until October 28th of this year. I’m absolutely amazed by the scale and color and complexity of this. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to check it out in person! You can see more images of the show here.
For more info on the show, visit here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 9, 2007 / By

Do you have time for beauty?

Joshua Bell
Pearls Before Breakfast

This is an article from the Washington Post that I saw on Kottke. The photo above is Joshua Bell, the focus of the article. But overall the story is a brilliant social experiment.

“No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made.”

So, would you stop?

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 9, 2007 / By

Mt. Eerie at Family

Mt. Eerie at Family

I got this in my e-mail today. Phil Elvrum hardly ever plays shows… like EVER. And the fact that he’s playing at Family makes it all the more exciting. I’m getting Graham and I a ticket tomorrow morning. WOO!

Bobby

Update:

Mt. Eerie at Family
I was able to get two, although the guy there only wanted to give me one! Lame!

Bobby Solomon

April 6, 2007 / By

Homaro Cantu = Food Genius.

Homaro Cantu

For Chicago chef, it’s prepare, print, serve

Homaro Cantu is this crazy food genius, who takes all preconceived notions about food and flips it around 360º. He talks about printing out food and putting it into magazines, how lasers are better than ovens, and how we need to start making changes in the kitchen when it comes to technology.

My favorite part of the article:
What do you want to be doing 10 years, 25 years from now?
Cantu: Saving the planet.

Nabaztag

He also introduced me to Nabaztag/tag, which he uses in his kitchen!
These are the most awesome little rabbit/super computers ever.
Check out the link to see what I’m talking about.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 4, 2007 / By

KEXP at SXSW

KEXP at SXSW

KEXP has the best connections. They were hanging out at South by Southwest and had a few really awesome bands come by, namely, Beirut, Fujiya & Miyagi, Peter Bjorn & John and Okkervil River. Not only that, they also have the performances available for download… for free!

Visit KEXP’s blog to download all the free goodness!

Bobby

P.S. Check out Midlake live on The Interface. Another awesome free download.

Bobby Solomon

April 1, 2007 / By

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