Archive for July, 2008

Godard

July 30, 2008


Godard is an amazing artist that’s on his way up in the small 8-bit music scene! If you’ve read past articles about Superfast Ferries, Nudge Nudge Nudge and Crystal Castles– you’d understand that it’s a new baby genre that would only probably appeal to a smaller group of people for now.

Godard has done a live set in Melbourne before and as he says in his interview, he’ll be back to show you guys more of what he’s got! What’s even more amazing about this artist is that he creates all this great dance-able beats from the tiny island of Bali which is more isolated.

His sound is very high in energy, really gets you up and dancing!! Full of amazing fast-paced beats and cute melodies.

How did you come up with the name?
I take it from one of my favorite director jean luc godard when im still in film & art school jakarta. Although is not obviously related to music it just seems to have stuck on me.

Tell me a little about yourself?
My name is Fajar Agung Sukarno putra,in short version is Jar-Wo.
I live in Bali n I’m twenty something & Featuring Bimo

What did you do before the starting your music?
Dilettante, bohemian

How did you start out/ was it hard?
It start by coinsidence in late 2000 when I find link at bjork.com called littlesoundj.com, that was a time when audiogalaxy was still free n napster got sued from some record company. Since then, I have spend every waking moment researching everything about to increase my knowledge n expertise concerning every facet of 8bit music n all related n anything connected with it to improve my skills.

One of the main problem is the accessibility of equipment is extremly limited in Indonesia there for I have had to source my equipment from the overseas. This have been costly exercise n I have to wait very long. Now i use gameboy – lsdj,c64 – prophet64, atari2600 – syncart, some bent toys & nintendo made it exclusive by my friend.
The other problem is most of the people in my early time not get it about 8bit music n now they start seems to enjoyed.
So i guess i have some common problem with everybody when they starting out, just need some oppurtunity, process n bit more patient.

Any big plans for the near future?
I’m currenly negotiating with a promoter from Holland to do tour in some place in europe in 2009, also I ve been invited in the end of this year to perform on the east coast australia.

What kind of graphic designs do you do?
videoart n most for my sponsor, EAT shop Bali.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
imagine, Bjork, Goto80 & Lo-Bat

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
my girlfriend would say laptop but i would say clothing

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
“Crazy” is godard’s last name

You really have to check this guy out, especially before he hits Australia for more gigs! Check ittt…NOW…do eeeeeet

Links:
Godard MySpace


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Random Product of the Week

July 28, 2008

This is for all you iProduct lovers out there!

The iRing is a device that lets you control the volume and playback on any of your Apple media devices. It also has the ability to connect to your iPod and iPhone using bluetooth signals. The design allows you to put the small device on your finger. Allows you to change the song or the volume with ease just by touching the corresponding areas on the touch-sensitive function strip.

It has a great OLED display and has a battery life of up to 2 days. The cradel to charge and store your iRing looks awesome too!

Pitbull Mansion

July 23, 2008




All you fashionistas out there should be happy with this feature- Pitbull Mansion. An online store where you can buy all the different types of brands out there in one place!!
The brands include:
CLAUDE MAUS
CHRONICLES OF NEVER
LOVE JUNGLE
DARKO
THOUSAND REASONS
KATE HURST
ILLIONAIRE
IF TOBY COULD TALK
BIM KENESIS
LES CORBEAUX
WHO AM EYE
RELIGION
NIQUE
VICIOUS THREADS
BEN SHERMAN
SYKE
ELIAS
DAMSELFLY…
COMING IN 2008: STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB, TRIMAPEE

How did you come up with the name?
We had a brainstorming session in the office, and Pitbull Mansion was the winning name. We have a dog that looks suspiciously like a pitbull so that is where that part came from, and we liked the concept of a juxtapose between something “tough” and something “glam” – hence the mansion part! We were also keen to come up with a memorable random type name rather than something really obvious like clothingstore.com!

What is it that you do?
We are an online boutique selling some of the hottest up and coming designers from Australia (& NZ). Our focus is high-end streetwear and we stock both menswear and womenswear.

Who’s the brains behind all this?
I guess I (Chontelle) am the driving force behind Pitbull Mansion, but I have a great team behind me. I do the buying trips and stock selection. My husband is a photographer so he shoots any of our promo shots or catalogue pics, and we have a crew that process and send out orders and provide customer service.

When, how and why did you start out?
Pitbull Mansion has been running for over 18 months now, and it started after I had been trying to find decent gear to buy my husband online and discovered a shortage in good Aussie online stores – particularly in menswear and in streetwear. Then a crazy brain wave told me that maybe we should just start one! We got in touch with designers and showed them our plans and there was a general excitement out there for what we were doing.

Was it hard to actually start out?
There is a lot of planning and cash outlay that comes with starting a store like Pitbull Mansion. Having come from a graphic design background… setting the site up and getting it to look good was the easy part. But with little experience in the fashion industry it was a steep learning curve about buying cycles, seasons and what people want to buy! The store has grown its label mix over time and has also extended its customer base around the globe.

Any advice for people who have the same idea?
Research your market… get to know how the industry works and what your customers want. Oh and lots of cash always helps!

Any big plans in the near future?
I guess our big plan is to just keep improving at what we are doing. Always refining our designer mix, and looking for ways to give the customer a better shopping experience. We have recently launched a blog to help keep people in the loop for upcoming trends and previews of new collections and I am excited about this. But watch this space!

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Picking one song is a tough one! This week I would probably pick L.E.S. Artistes by Santogold (in fact the whole album has been getting a lot of airplay)… but I am generally a sucker for Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Cut Copy, and The Presets among others!

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
My Laptop (Apple of course)

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Hmmm…. that’s a tough one. Not sure what my favourite inanimate object would be, but I don’t think I have secret names for any!

The store is currently having an awesome sale on so now is the time to check through the stock they have left before it’s all gone!

Links:
Pitbull Mansion Online Store
Pitbull Mansion MySpace







Random Product of the Week

July 21, 2008

This week’s random product is something that caught my attention at a recent 21st party I went to. A friend of mine was wearing the:

8-bit Tie

Here’s what the creators said about this special tie

“A few of us monkeys at ThinkGeek had this great shared dream a few months ago. In it, the whole world was 8-Bit, just like the video games we grew up on. We found ourselves having to leap from platform to platform, to search for pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom, and to fight scary mutated plants and animals. The music was awesome (and still stuck in our heads) but the coolest part was what we were wearing: a tie. But not just any tie, an 8-Bit tie!

We woke up screaming. An 8-Bit tie – what an awesome way for the drones of Cubeland to show their independence from Corporate America! So, we did what we knew you’d want – we had the ties made. Silk-like Microfiber construction, clip on* (for easy dressing and t-shirt wear if needed), and custom designed by us for you. You’ll be the envy of the office or, at least, you’ll get tons of attention. You’ll be just like Mario when he wore a tie to meetings when negotiating his contact with Nintendo. Sure the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 are out there with all their super technology, but sometimes it’s nice to remember the beginnings of the video game revolution. Viva la 8-Bit!

* Clip on note – Hey folks, there is a very good reason why this tie must be a clip on. A real tie would end up creating a non 8-bit curved triangle knot at the top of the design. The 8-bit effect would be instantly lost. Nanny Nanny boo boo.”

It also comes in red!

Enjoy!

Super Consumers

July 17, 2008


Photo by Kristina Kauffman

The thing that stands out for me about Super Consumers is that while they are a alternative/rock band, they manage to have a decent balance between the two genres. They still totally rock out with their awesome guitar melodies but the creative beats and awesome vocal harmonising gives it more of a mellow thoughtful feel to it.
Their interview is one of the entertaining ones! Read through their history and how they all met, and the painful lesson Ron learnt from being in a band.

How did you come up with the name?
The term ‘super consumer’ is actually a term used by marketers to segment potential customers. A ‘super consumer’ is defined as an American consumer between the age of 35 and 44 earning over $100,000 a year. They’re the most sought after customers since they have the most disposable cash. We chose the name Super Consumers because it shows the warped way that businesses view people and how people in turn view money as such a major status symbol.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
I’m Ron, I’m 24 and I make odd noises with my mouth. I’m originally from Long Island, NY, but I relocated to Philadelphia for the beer.

The rest of the guys are:
Matt (age 23), Andrew (21), and Ryan (24), all from South Jersey. Matt and Ryan are our resident guitar heroes, and Andrew smacks the drums. Our bass player, Eric is 24 and hails from Harrisburg, PA.
We all live in Philly now and spend our time eating, drinking, and playing music.

What did you guys do before the group started?
Ah geez, I know this. Let me see if I can pinpoint where everyone was before the band. Ok, I had just started an office job, Matt was teaching at the New Jersey School of Music, and Andrew was playing drums and thinking about becoming a chef. Eric and Ryan were probably still doing college.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
It’s the same timeless story: Boy meets Band. Band breaks Boy’s heart. Boy and Band stay together for the kids.
Actually, the whole thing started off with Matt and me posting competing classified ads. We were both looking for new bands since our old ones had ended, and we go crazy when we’re not playing music. After realizing that we lived within blocks of each other, we hit it off and started writing acoustic songs. Later, we brought in Matt’s brother Andrew on drums and realized how much more awesome it was to do this as a full band. After trying out a few people, we eventually found Eric at a falafel place, and Matt asked Ryan to join during a game of racquetball.

Any big plans for the near future?
Our first CD is coming out in a few days, and we’re pretty excited about that. It’s called Terrorism and features some pretty raucous guitar songs with titles like “Say It With Me Now: BODEGA” and “Other Uses for a Lightbulb.”
Aside from that, we going to start playing around the Northeast pretty heavily, and we there’s a good chance we’ll be back in the studio to record some live stuff too.

What one valuable thing have you learnt from your time being in a band and performing?
Haha, I’ve actually learned two. Always play with friends, and don’t get hit in the head with a guitar. That sh*t hurts! Haha

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I actually just caught a great show last night. It was the Toadies, and they played with this awesome band called Lions. Real balls out rock and crazy high energy. Aside from that, I’ve been digging the new Weezer album, Genghis Tron, Horse the Band, and the new Portishead. Matt, Andrew, and Eric saw Pearl Jam recently, so there’s been a lot of discussion of Yellow Ledbetter’s lyrics. Ryan’s taste is pretty eclectic, but he’s a big John Zorn and Mike Patton fan.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Pants, although Ryan wore my pants at the last gig and never washed ‘em.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Not really, most of my favorite objects are animate. I’m a big fan of nicknames though, which is why I know a Papa Lum, Tony Sizzle and Frodo.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
I’ve definitely lost more girls than I’ve gained by being in a band. Girls don’t usually like the crazy amount of time we spend doing music, and they hate it when you roll in at 3am stinking of cheap beer and White Castle. Bands usually take up a lot of time and cause a lot of bad decisions, haha!

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
When we first started out, it was just me, Matt, and an acoustic guitar. Our buddies in the Styrofoam Junkies brought us up to New York for our first gig at this amazing dive.

When we got there, the first thing we noticed was the big hole in the ceiling above the stage. There was a fire there the night before! Aside from that, the door to the bathroom was just a large piece of cardboard or something that was propped up against the entrance. You had to move it out of the way to get in and then have somebody watch the entrance because you could see into the bathroom from anywhere in the room! I was told that there was another bathroom but somebody went number 2 in the sink there. Still, we got to play with some friends, and it was a pretty awesome show!

So check out their awesome rocking/mellow music and listen to the new EP ‘Terrorism’! do eeeeeeet.

Links:
Super Consumers MySpace
Super Consumers Facebook
Super Consumers Last.fm

Random Product of the Week

July 14, 2008

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You’re in the dark.
You’re trying to organise a couple of vodka shots.
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Salasai

July 11, 2008





Kirsha Whitcher is the designer that’s produced some very creative pieces recently. The thing I love about these clothes are that they are so different from what you usually see in commercial clothing, yet they are still so wearable for everyone. No matter what style of clothing you usually wear there will be one item that you can imagine wearing. The general theme I could say about the clothes are that they are a classy and sophisticated style of alternative clothing.

How did you come up with the name?
Sala is Samoan for love of heart + sai is Chinese for cut. We came up with the name by making it up based on the heritage of my father, a play on words….

Who’s the brains behind the designs?
I am, I come from a BA in Fashion since 1998, and have worked overseas in the fashion industry for a number of years before returning home to NZ to start this brand – I wanted the label to be easy, non-pretentious and clever

When and how did you start out?
We started at the end of 2005, so I am into my 4th season production now designing my 5th….we started out in a garage with a pattern-cutting table and a sewing machine, and some friends giving me a hand..ha ha a lot has changed since then

Was it hard to actually start producing clothes?
Yes to be blunt, takes a while to find a good production house to make your stuff to a good quality and price, producing the clothes is the hard part I think because you get thrown in line after all the big designers, they don’t take you very seriously because your units are smaller and your prices are higher..that’s why it is hard!!!

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Non-conformist, easy oversized shapes, innovative silhouettes, and historic fashion that has shaped our time.

What did you do before you began designing?
I was 18 and thought maybe I would make a good school teacher, but I got denied teacher training college so I thought I was pretty good at art and I loved clothes so Ill do something fun instead, if I was to change though now – I think I would like to be an architect

Any advice for design students who wants to start a line?
Go and get some industry experience first, to know how it works in the real world which is so different to what you learn at tech.

Any big plans in the near future?
Yeah! We’re building a new workroom and doing our first solo NZFW show this September – very exciting stuff happening!!!

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Papa don’t Preach by Madonna – my girlfriend sent down the cd, so I put it on in the kitchen while I’m cooking and mucking around, stays in my head all day….

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
My bed for sure

Do you have a secret name for your favorite inanimate object?
ha ha no I don’t

Does being a fashion designer help in picking up boys?
ha ha if I was looking sure, but don’t use the design line to pick up – I’m sure my husband wouldn’t approve!!

Check out the website because as with past brands that I love- I can’t possible put up all of the photos. My favourite collection is the Summer ’07 set.

Links:
Salasai Page
Salasai Online Shop





Hundreds & Thousands

July 9, 2008


Artwork by: Brian Savage (USA)

Hundreds & Thousands are two guys who create music that are on the Indie and Powerpop/Electro side- it’s more instrumental than anything but it’s also under the genre of soundtracks because you can actually imagine it being played during the movie.

If there was such movie where there was a huge dancefloor in outerspace, these songs would be perfect for it.

The song “The Rise” totally reminds you of some awesome 80’s film soundtrack but brought into the current electro scene with a little of the modern synths added. While the song “Earth Girls” is just plain easy to listen to and get into- the original and/or the remix should be blasted through the speakers in a club.

How did you come up with the name?
was at Flinders street station on the phone, and saw one too many pigeons.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
There are two of us, Blake 24 and Joel 23

What did you guys do before the group started?
Spun Cd’s

How did you start out/ was it hard?
We started off making some pretty horrible music, but as time roles on it started to jell a whole lot better.

Any big plans for the near future?
GOING LIVE

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
CUBE, CONCERT BOY, its a 1984 masterpiece

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
My Laptop, i could probably go without my xbox for a couple of days, but i’d start to develop sists.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
I’m positive Blake does for the headset attachment for his Xbox.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
We both have girlfriends, so i think the safe option is to say NO.;)

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
We are hoping to get wild, when we get our live show together. Very soon

And an extra bit of news: We have a new remix in progress for an act out of france called Numero the track is called Hit Pop as well as another original, which we are in the process of finishing.

Checkitt!

Links:
Hundreds & Thousands MySpace

Random Product of the Week

July 8, 2008

This week is…

This is an awesome multipurpose tape that can be used for all occasions! It can be used for decorative purposes- like to decorate your bedroom door. It can also be used for putting up temporary signs on suitcases, boxes when moving house or “PARTY THIS WAY–>”.

This awesome product was designed by ‘rAndom International’ and the pack contains the tape and the black pen-
Small = $10
Large = $15
All you do is black out bits of it to create words using the white bits. If that makes sense….

Lady Citizen

July 4, 2008

Lady Citizen’s sound is so different- lots of skill and talent is put into the songs that combine so many different sounds and beats. The blending is almost flawless without any two sounds or beats clashing each other so that it sounds 100% professional- especially in my favourites “Another Day Heaven” & “2am Radio”.

This is what Lady Citizen has to say about the music created:
“Lady Citizen’s concept is “machine soul”, “electro shoegaze beats” & “electro based next level Hip hop, Breaks & Jazz”.The sound incorporates a lot of different music styles (Rock, Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Techno, Jazz etc). “

What did you do before the starting?
When i started make making music, I was working as a kitchen hand in Melbourne in 2005.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
I made a lot of demos and i uploaded to my myspace.

Any big plans for the near future?
My new EP”2am radio EP” is coming soon on Nashiville Noir records(U.S.A) It will be available from the itunes store & other online outlets.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Well, my current fave song is “Electric Feel/MGMT” & “Hearts on fire/Cut Copy”

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Definitely my Macbook!! It is essential for my music.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
Yes, my laptop’s name is sickboy, coz it makes me a computer addict.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Not really.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
A few month ago, I got really drunk & totally messed up my DJ set!

If you love electro instrumental quirky music minus the vocals- give Lady Citizen a listen! There are a variety of songs, some have beats that’s like an electro version of Hip Hop while others have a more chilled out vibe that’s like an electro version of soul.

Links:
Lady Citizen MySpace
Lady Citizen Official