Date Archives August 2009

Steven Alan Mariner Peacoat + Birthday Postcard

Earlier today I got a birthday postcard from Steven Alan with 15% of “anything and everything” in the store so I thought I’d browse the site and see what was new. Sure enough I came across the absolutely beautiful peacoat above and immediately fell in love. But I’m not sure which I like more, the olive or the charcoal? I kind of like the olive because of the colorful lining and the brown wooden buttons.

Also, how cute is that birthday postcard? Happy Birthday is gold embossed, if you couldn’t tell from the picture above, which definitely makes me feel even more special. Such attention to detail will always win my pocketbook over.


As Long As It’s With Me | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

Well, today is my 27th birthday, so I thought I’d give you all a present, a summer mixtape I’ve made. This quite honestly might be one of my all time favorite mixtapes that I’ve made. It’s really laid back mix, filled with songs to help you enjoy the rest of summer. The total length is about 45 minutes, so it should be able to keep you busy for quite a while. I suggest listening to it while you work, driving at sunset, and when you’re cuddling with your lover.

I think the ending might be my favorite part. Once you hit James by Camera Obscura prepare to start crying, haha… It’s not that bad, but I definitely hit the nail on the head with it, I think. I hope you all enjoy it and be sure to tell your friends.

Here’s the track listing:

01 Little Garçon by Born Ruffians
02 C & O Canal by John Vanderslice
03 I Love The Weekend by No Kids
04 Two Doves by Dirty Projectors
05 Leonard Woolf by PrincetonBeneath The Veil by Chester French
06 Both When I Am Alone and
07 When We Both Are by Fourtet
08 Company I Keep by White Rabbits
09 Calling All Doctors by Telekinesis
10 Natural Light by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
11 James by Camera Obscura
12 You and I by Wilco
13 All My Friends by Broken Social Scene
14 You’re Too Gone by Jason Lytle


Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.004

Friday is here again, and here again is another Kitsune Nor Mixcast. This week’s mixcast is a bit different. There’s a lot of hip hop, a lot of electronic stuff, and it’s definitely not in the usual vein of things I do. In the same breath I think it’s my favorite mixcast I’ve done so far. It’s a pretty eclectic mix, and you should be able to do some serious dancing to these songs.

Let me know what you all think!

Here’s this week’s tracklist:

Do Not Fire! by Madvillainy
Sunshowers (Diplo Mix) by M.I.A.
Cosmolude by Basement Jaxx
Pagina Dos by Prefuse 73
Woodcarver Steiner by Caribou
Memory Loss by Deltron 3030
Lonely Souls by DJ Shadow
Holy Calamity by Handsome Boy Modeling School
Crips by Ratatat
Vomitspit by MF Doom
A Change is Gonna Come by Otis Redding
Day Dreaming by Ghost
Nothing’s The Same by Koushik


Adidas SLVR High Tops

I’m definitely loving Adidias’ new SLVR collection, an ultra minimal array of apparel, footwear and accessories. The whole line advocates simplicity in shape and form, and uses this simple palette to it’s fullest extent. The high tops above caught my eye for some reason, they almost look elegant and I love that the three stripe Adidas logo has been simplified into a new form. Be sure to check out the entire collection, personally I wish I could have everything they’ve made, it’s all so beautiful.


Parking Lot Art Show 2

If you’re headed out to Sunset Junction here in Los Angeles this weekend be sure to stop by the parking lot behind Café Stella for Parking Lot Art Show 2. Last years was really fun and crazy and this years looks great as well. Exhibiting in the trucks this year will be Andrew Holder, Anne McCadden, Austin McCormick, Diego Cardosa, Kristen Boteshkan, Mike Kelly and Sex Savages. There was even wrestling last year, and I think there might be more this year, so it should be a fun time.

The show is August 22 from 4 to 9 PM.


Words of Wisdom From Jim Coudal

A couple weeks ago Design Glut posted a great interview with Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners and I really enjoyed it. He goes into depth about how he started working for himself instead of bowing to the whims of clients. I felt really inspired after reading it, so I thought I’d share it with everyone. My favorite part is near the end:

“I know a lot of people who are in our position, who used to work for The Man or whatever, and now are making records or making films or designing clothes or creating products or screening posters or any of a million other things. And all of them, without exception, all say exactly the same thing and they say it in exactly the same words: “I should have done it sooner.”

When you think to yourself, “In 18 months I’m going to start my crocheted beer coaster company,” the problem with that sentence is the 18 months. What you’re really saying is, “I’m afraid.” Do it now. If you bankrupt a company before you’re 25, that’s like a badge of honor! Get out there.”


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Telegramme

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Telegramme


Sorry for the late posting of the wallpaper this week! I decided to play hooky and eat Japanese food and see District 9. This week’s wallpaper comes from some old chums of mine, Chris and Robert, who are the duo behind British design firm Telegramme. These guys have been busting out posters and illustrations left and right since they graduated and their success just keeps going. Their work is full of life and color and I think they’ll both be doing even greater work in the future.

For their wallpaper they offered up an homage to simpler times, of broken computers and pencil cases. I love all the details to this wallpaper, and the colors really set this off beautifully. Definitely a beautiful and well-crafted wallpaper.

Three Frames

I love the ingenious idea of Three Frames. It’s exactly like it sounds, take three frames from a movie and turn it into a looping, animated GIF. The effect is kind of amaz-eating, a mixture of amazing and nauseating. You totally get sucked in watching these things, like something else might pop out at you. Any idea what movie the images above are from? I have no idea, I just thought they were really fun.


Gentlemen Broncos

I’m pretty excited for Gentlemen Broncos, the new movie from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. It definitely still has all the weirdness of his other movies, but this does feel a little more grown up then his previous films. The story follows a young man named Benjamin who attends a science fiction writing convention and ends up getting his story ripped off by his favorite author, Ronald Chevalier. In the film you get to see each other their stories acted out by the awesome Sam Rockwell. In Benjamin’s story he’s a bearded nomad riding a deer with missile launchers, but in Chevalier’s he’s… a tranny.

I’m really excited to see this, I think it’s gonna be pretty funny. Jermaine Clement, Jennifer Coolidge and Mike White round out the cast, all really talented folks. The movie comes out on October 30th, so there’s a bit of a wait, but it should be worth it. Check out the trailer under the cut.

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Insound Classic 10

The band t-shirt is one of those eternal wardrobe items that I’m pretty sure everyone has. Insound understands this and has just launched the Insound Classic 10, a collection of shirts featuring designs by Mike Perry interpreting the music of your favorite “new wave and indie bands from the 1970s through the 1990s.” The collection features The Feelies, Galaxie 500, Beat Happening, Sleater-Kinney, The Magnetic Fields, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring, The Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples in Stereo.

The designs are varied but they all have that awesome Mike Perry-ness to them that I love so much. My favorite shirt hands down is the Apples in Stereo one, but the Galaxie 500 one is pretty sweet as well. They’re also selling tote bags and 18 x 24″ posters as well, so if t-shirts aren’t your thing I think you’re covered.