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June 26, 2008;/h3>

{     Air France "No Way Down EP" (Sincerely Yours)     }    

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Ah, Sincerely Yours - oh, how I love you. The label created by one of my very favorite bands, The Tough Alliance, manages to occasionally place casual gems into my unexpecting hands that slowly become some of my most loved songs ever. The latest piece to do so is the too-short EP from Sweden's Air France titled "No Way Down". A colorful wave of beach foam pop soaked in rays of Boards of Canada sunshine, it's an automatic must-hear. Sprawling and epic in style, but warm and caressing in feel, this new EP from Air France is a welcome addition to my summer sounds.

Linked below is the title track, please do seek out the full EP.

     » Air France "No Way Down" (zshare)
     » Air France on Myspace

Singles

June 23, 2008;/h3>

{     R.I.P. George Carlin     }    

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Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker & Tits. R.I.P.
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Reviews

June 18, 2008;/h3>

{     Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden 6/15/08     }    

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If you had told me 20 years ago when I was in the midst of drawing one of many, many drawings of Iron Maiden's ubiquitous mascot Eddie in the back of Mrs. Overby's 8th grade English class, that I would go to Madison Square Garden in New York Fucking City and see Iron Maiden play a show to 19,000 some people in 2008 I would have thrown a spit wad at you. That I actually did just see them is still sinking in.

It was a completely pants pissing experience.


     » The Powerslave Blackout
     » Cyborg Eddie
     » Mummy Eddie
     » Photos from the Show

Reviews

June 15, 2008;/h3>

{     Cult of Luna "Eternal Kingdom"     }    

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If any band can be said to encapsulate all that the "Neur-Isis instro-metal" universe has had to offer over the course of last decade it's Cult Of Luna. In their short history they have gone from being creators of the best fist pumping, roid-raging doom this planet has heard to a group whose musical curiosity has opened a vocabulary as progressive as it is minimal, as beautiful as it is brutal, and as organic as it is taut.


     » Cult of Luna
     » Earache Records

Singles

June 11, 2008;/h3>

{     Mishka & Richard Kern Summer '08     }    

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Quick note: the Mishka & Richard Kern capsule set, comprised of four portrait tees shot by internationally recognized photographer and culturally provocative filmmaker & video director Richard Kern, just landed in the Mishka shop, so get at 'em fast. And if you can't buy, then at least go check out the lookbook shot entirely by the sweet and super-talented Ellen Stagg and modeled by alt-porn lovelies Justine Joli, Ariel & Nicole.

From the Mishka site: "Born in 1954, Richard Kern is a widely acclaimed portrait artist who first came to prominence as a part of the underground cultural explosion in NYC’s East Village during the 1980s. Through his erotic films, featuring underground rock icons such as Lydia Lunch, Kembra Pfahler and Henry Rollins, Kern explored a deep interest in the aesthetics of extreme sex, violence and perversion.

In the 1990s, Kern’s focus turned almost exclusively to still photography revolving around glamour, bondage and fetish models. He has since published 9 books of his unique photography including New York City Girls and is a regular contributor to a variety of international publications. Most recently, he also stars in Shot by Kern, a VBS. TV series for VICE Magazine that accompanies him on shoots at his Manhattan Studio.

Printed on 4 colors, the Kern for Mishka capsule illuminates the story of some of his most intriguing models including Lung Leg, a prominent scenster of the 1980s akin to Edie Sedgwick, that Kern can be accredited with discovering. To properly capture the collection, Mishka invited renowned erotic photographer Ellen Stagg – also a former Kern model – to shoot the special Look Book. Very much a disciple of Richard Kern, Ellen’s portfolio includes clients like VHI Publicity, I-D, Life, Mass Appeal, The Fader, MTV, Vogue, Interview and VICE Magazine to name a few. "

Reviews

June 6, 2008;/h3>

{     World's Largest Plush Show (or so they say)     }    

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Ladies and gents who love plush dolls, plush toys and plush just about anything, you are in luck. If you're in St. Louis, Missouri or nearby tomorrow night (June 6th) or for the next four Friday nights don't forget to check out the World's Largest Plush Show: Crammed Organisms. It's four unique venues, four different shows and one massive collaboration from some of the best plush designers from around the world. There will be over 140 plush artist and more than 700 original plush creatures of all shapes and sizes that will be featured in a book published in limited edition especially for the show.

I took a browse through the line and chose a few of the many incredible plush dolls and designers. Very colorful Fluffels, absolutely adorable creatures from AbsolutelySmall, intriguing SpokSpok toys, original and squared, and a personal favorite crew of plushies from ThePixels, the super sweet Minu and way to many to mention. Seriously, if you can make these shows and love plush then do it, you will be glad you did!

Singles

June 4, 2008;/h3>

{     Nike "Metal" Vandal Highs     }    

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Yes please.

Peoples are starting to bang their heads to these new joints from Nike and I'm throwin' the horns as well. There is an accompanying pair of Terminators in this Metal Pack, but I ain't havin' 'em - these Vandal High Supremes though is what I'm all about. The pack will drop at Atmos on June 14th and the good news is that they're not going to be limited eds. They're set to be a readily available addition to the Nike Fall '08 collection, so the gettin' will be good. Bang yer head to more pics after the jump...

Singles

{     Threadless "Summer Blockbuster" Sale     }    

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Threadless.com has just a few days left of their "Summer Blockbuster" Sale, launched June 2nd and running until midnight on June 8th. They've released 18 new designs and 18 reprints of past favorites, with all tees, hoodies and Threadless Kids products are on some serious sale (most priced at $10). Also of note is that Threadless' new line of limited-edition silk-screened prints are on sale as well, so now is the time to buy!

     » Threadless "Summer Blockbuster" Sale!

Singles

June 3, 2008;/h3>

{     Lil' Wayne "The Carter III"     }    

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Finally it leaked. Lil' Wayne's The Carter III is here and since you'll read about it everywhere, there's not much I'm gonna say. Here are the two heaters off it that I can't stop listening to. They're not the best tracks by far, but they're stuck in my head and everyone else is gonna be posting the Hova joint anyways. They are the instant summer jam "Let The Beat Build", an aptly named burner produced by Kanye West, and "La La", the so-bad-it's-good track produced by David Banner (featuring Busta Rhymes). "La La" is really hard to like with its strange beat and, well, just wait 'til you hear it, and Wayne's rhymes are just plain dumb in parts, however it's still a fun track that I've listened to many times over already today. "Let The Beat Build" is another solid piece from Kanye, set up to knock you down all summer long. "That's how you let the beat build biiiiitch. It goes boom, ba-boom, ba-boom. It go boom, ba-boom, ba-boom. Let the beat build biiiiitch..."

808 and a snare. It may be simple, but it works. You just wait.

     » Lil' Wayne "Let The Beat Build" (zshare)
     » Lil' Wayne "La La" (zshare)

Singles

June 1, 2008;/h3>

{     MGMT: New video & Justice Remix!     }    

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It's a good day for MGMT fans...

First was the drop of the new neon rainforest video for their "Electric Feel", one of my favorite songs thus far this year - hands down. And while they're down I'll add that this video is also in my top five videos thus far as well. It's beautiful and compliments the song so well... Plus there is a cameo from everyone's favorite childhood robot band, Rockafire Explosion! Hooooooo shit! I mean, like HOLY SHIT! Billy Bob Brockali kills it!

And if that wasn't enough to slay me, then comes the (radio rip) remix of the same song by those boys of the leather cross, Justice! It's not quite as disco as I would have hoped, nor is it as harsh and hard-hitting as it could have been, but that could have to do with it being a radio-rip. Either way it's a must-have, so get at it below and please do yourself the favor of clicking thru for the video. I promise it's worth it.

     » MGMT "Electric Feel (Justice Remix)" (radio rip on zshare)


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