I’ve been on Urban Outfitter’s press release mailing for a little while now and so I get a bit of a jump on what’s coming out next, which is always fun. So last week I got to see a preview of their spring and summer collaborations, one of them definitely caught my eye.
The shoes above are a collaboration with Quoddy, the Maine based manufacturer who’s been handmaking shoes since 1909. These are described as “Quoddy for UO Deck Shoe” so my guess is this collaboration is much like the one they did with The Brothers Bray. Quoddy designed the shoe but their constructed in China for less and UP distributes them. I don’t know if this is true, it’s just my guess.Update: Whoops, my guess was wrong, and I quote, “the shoes are made in Maine with the same materials and construction process as the Quoddy’s main line.” Good to know.
Either way I definitely love this shoe and I couldn’t find anything on the Quoddy site that was quite like this, so I’m pretty excited. I think the color choice is spot on and that these would be damn comfortable to wear around all summer long. I guess we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for when they launch.
I got the newest issue of Dwell a couple weeks ago and when I was flipping through it I came across the beautiful illustration you see above. My first thought was “Who did this?” and I looked and it was a guy name Daniel Carlsten. But why did that sound familiar? Because I posted about him last November, you might remember his extremely awesome invite for Acne.
I don’t know what it is about this illustration that excites me so much. Everything seems psuedo-realistic but still has this playful character to it. Honestly the scan above doesn’t do it justice, but this is probably one of my favorite illustrations that Dwell has run in the past year or so. Be sure to pick up the newest issue and check it out for yourself.
I thought it would be kind of fun to start posting silly flash games on here on the weekends. Most weekends I like to try and relax and playing these is a good way to not think about things.
For today I’ve found an awesome guy called Sushi Cat, where you’re tying to fatten up a skinny kitty so that he can get to the kitty girl of his dreams. The game is played like Plinko, that game you see on The Price is Right, except you drop a kitty and you want to gobble yummy sushis. I wish I was this kitty.
I had to put the game under the cut because it automatically starts playing with sounds, which be slightly obnoxious on the front page of the blog. Have fun playing and let me know if you dig this kind of thing.
Gadzooks I can’t believe it’s already Friday. I say this every week but I really mean it this week. Anyhow, I’ve got a really great Mixcast for you this week. It’s an eclectic mix of new and old stuff but there’s not really a main theme or anything. Funny enough they’re kind of related to love, so you could say it’s in the ballpark of a love mix, even though it wasn’t purposeful.
I also wanted to mention that the random, weird artwork this week was inspired by this image, which I found randomly. Just something about the colors and layout that really inspired me. I hope you like the mix and check back next week for a new one.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Heaven’s On Fire by The Radio Dept. Singing Arc (While The Fire Dies Version) by Seabear The Beautiful Young Crew by Lawrence Arabia Camera Talk by Local Natives If She Wants Me by Belle & Sebastian A Time For Emily by The Elected Love’s Been Good To Me by Johnny Cash A Chicken With It’s Head Cut Off by The Magnetic Fields Sleep Tonight by Stars Occident by Joanna Newsom Rosebud by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Rollin Back by My Morning Jacket
I’m really surprised that I haven’t seen Vampire Weekend’s new video for their song Giving Up the Gun in more places, so I thought I should definitely share it. This is one of the better songs off of the album, so I’m glad they chose this one to start out with, and well, the video is pretty hysterical.
The whole thing is based around a tennis tournament where our protagonist, a cute redhead girl named Jenny, has to play against a series of random people. To start off, the tournament’s referee is RZA, which is amazing. Every tournament should be ref’ed by a Wu Tang member, though we all know the best commentary would have been Ol’ Dirty, rest in peace. Then you have her opponents, the first being Joe Jonas of the Jonas Bros. as well as Jake Gyllenhaal as an alcoholic. But it doesn’t end there, cuz’ there’s still a random appearance by Lil Jon as Jenny’s tennis coach.
I think this is too funny, and I’m glad the band doesn’t take themselves very seriously. I’ve read in some places that this is selling out and blah blah blah… it’s a music video, it’s a fun, random idea, so just enjoy it. Plus there’s the entire look of the video with it’s black, white and red color palette. That and with the bits of slow motion I think this is a great video that reminds me of the good ol’ days of MTV.