Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bianchi Pista by Acne

The new collaboration between Bianchi and Acne is now available for viewing at the New York ACNE store. Acne has taken the classic Bianchi track bike, the Pista, and given it some old fashioned finishing touches (vintage Bianchi type set, 70's suede saddle, front caliper brake).

(Hat Tip: Opening Ceremony New News)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Band of Outsiders Fall/Winter 2009 shoes

The first picture of Band of Outsiders fall Sperry collaboration has made its way online. From the looks of it, the shoes look to be made out of a boiled wool upper.

(Hat Tip: Source Magazine by way of Hypebeast)

Chung King

Fried Chicken Cubes
Chung King
1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Editing Palin

Vanity Fair lets its executive literary editor and research and copy departments clean up Palin's resignation "speech."  For more go to Vanity Fair

500 Days of Summer's Downtown

Like many of those who have spent their formative years in Los Angeles, I've always longed to see our fair city immortalized our screen. It was in this vain pursuit that I even willingly sat through the dreadful Shopgirl. While I can't say we've found Los Angeles' answer to Annie Hall or the next Wes Anderson (come on Owen Gleiberman), I am happy to report that 500 Days has many enjoyable moments and manages to show a seldom scene side of Downtown Los Angeles. To think the original script was set in San Francisco. It wasn't until Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Marc Webb went on a visit of historial downtown tour that the script was changed to LA. Here's a rundown of the more memorable spots seen in the film.
In this pivotal scene, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel take in the downtown Los Angeles skyline from Angels Knoll. Perhaps an iconic image to rival Woody, Diana, and the Brooklyn Bridge? Probably not.

Here, Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel attend a rooftop party at Deschanel's apartment. The complex appears to be the Barclay on 7th and Normandie in Koreatown.
Karaoke at Redwood Bar & Grill.
Even the Bradbury Building makes a cameo appearance.

Here the cast and crew discuss Downtown LA.
The teaser trailer:

As for those who may be curious about how the real life Summer chooses to live, take a peek a Domino Magazine (now defunct) feature about Deschanel's home. You Love Me & It's Heavenly has a nice write up about the spread.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

When bad things happen to good songs

Confide decide to give "Such Great Heights" the full metal treatment. I think the following Youtube comment sums it best: "I have never seen such angry virgins."

What could have been

Today was a Good Day

Nike SB recently put out this video in conjunction with the release of Paul Rodriguez' latest shoe.  The video set to Ice Cube's "It was a Good Day" even features a cameo by the rapper/XXX star himself.

Caetono Veloso - "Billie Jean"

Caetono Veloso covers the MJ hit.

$6 Flaming Lips Show at Del Mar Tace Track

On August 15, Del Mar Race Track will be hosting the Flaming Lips for an infield concert.  Admission is $6.  Along with the concert, the racetrack will also be holding a beer fest that day.

Free Girl Talk Show - 7/24

The newly renovated Fox Theater in Pomona will welcome Girl Talk on July 24.  Admission is free if you bring any Squirt product.  Doors open 7PM.  Show starts at 8PM.

Opening Ceremony M1 Desert Boot Fall 2009

For Fall 2009, Opening Ceremony has released its M1 Desert Boot in a black and a grey suede colorway.  The shoes are available now at OC's online store.

A Remake?

Screenhead reports that a remake of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dog is underway.

Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard are set to star along with James Marsden in Straw Dogs, a reimagining of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 film.

Rod Lurie wrote the script and will direct.  Filming starts in August.

The story follows Marsden who plays a Hollywood screenwriter, relocates with his wife (Bosworth) to her hometown in Mississippi.  The wife left the South for LA in hopes of becoming an actress.  She agrees to return home, so her husband can finish his script in quiet.  Skarsgard plays her high school boyfriend, an ex-football hero who sees the return of his former girlfriend as a way to reclaim glory.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Top 10 Los Angeles novels

The good folks running the delightful Where the Wild Things Are blog recently put together a list of the top 10 Los Angeles novels(not to be confused with the top 10 novels about Los Angeles).  Here is the list they settled on:
1. Day of the Locust (Nathanael West)
2. What Makes Sammy Run? (Budd Schulberg)
3. Play It As It Lays (Joan Didion)
4. Mildred Pierce (James Cain)
5. Ask the Dust (John Fante)
6. Oil (Upton Sinclair)
7. Walking the Dog (Walter Mosley)
8. The Tortilla Curtain (T. Coraghessan Boyle)
9. The High Window (Raymond Chandler)
10. Less Than Zero (Bret Easton Ellis)
While no one can dispute the Didion, Cain, and Fante inclusions, a few missing titles do jump to mind.  What about After Many Summers Dies a Swan, Aldous Huxley's exceptional Hollywood satire?   How about Fitzgerald's unfinished The Last Tycoon?  At least, James Frey's second attempt at fiction didn't make an appearance.

The Big Shave

The Big Shave is Martin Scorsese's 1967 short film protesting the Vietnam War.

Bicycle Flask

Ever felt the need for a lil swig of whiskey on that morning ride?  Well, the folks over at Ateliers d'Embellie have you covered with this classy handmade creation.

(Hat Tip: Hollister Hovey)

McNairy's Bass Weejuns

Mark McNairy recently collaborated with Bass on this Weejun collection.  For more information on this collaboration check out A Continuous Lean.

Tarantino's Top 10

In honor of Mr. Tarantino's forthcoming Inglorious Basterds, here is a list of Tarantino's favorites as revealed in Sight and Sound's 2002 Top 10 Films poll.  Always the rebel, Tarantino limits his list to 12. 

12) Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) - Andrew L. Stone

11) Five Fingers of Death (1972) - Chang-hwa Jeong

10) Dazed and Confused (1993) - Richard Linklater

9) Coffy (1973) - Jack Hill

8) The Great Escape (1963) - John Sturges

7) Carrie (1976) - Brian De Palma

6) They All Laughed (1981) - Peter Bogdanovich

5) Rolling Thunder (1977) - John Flynn

4) His Girl Friday (1940) - Howard Hawks

3) Rio Bravo (1959) - Howard Hawks

2) Taxi Driver (1976) - Martin Scorsese

1) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Sergio Leone

Woody Allen + Michael Jackson

Woody Allen with Michael Jackson at Studio 54 in 1977.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wes Anderson's mixtape

Ever wonder what a Wes Anderson mix tape might sound like?  The folks over at This Recording have you covered.  The usual suspects (David Bowie, Van Morrisson) make an appearance along with a few surprises (Arcade Fire, Phoenix).

The Nike Golf Curse

The New York Times recently ran a story exploring golf clothing companies intricate planning of their sponsored golfers tournament attire.  According to the article,  Nike Golf will plan Tiger Woods attire a year and a half before the actual tournament. As a result, retailers will know what clothes to highlight during the week of a tournament. Additionally, Nike Golf can show what clothes Tiger is wearing on its own website. The hope is that those watching the tournament may be compelled to pick up a few of Tiger's threads as he stalks up the leaderboard. Having seen this for the last couple of years, I always felt that this approach of showing Tiger's Saturday and Sunday outfits long before he actually made the cut of the tournament was somewhat presumptuous since Tiger could presumably miss the cut. Granted, this is always unlikely given the fact that Tiger has only missed the cut in only two of his professional major appearances. Well, the unlikely looks to have occurred as Tiger now looks to have missed the cut at the British Open. Perhaps Tiger can wear his Saturday and Sunday outfits at the local Scottish plug.

Esquivel at Blackbird

Only a few more pairs of these Esquivel (recently nominated for the Vogue/CFDA Fund) for Blackbird shoes are available at the Seattle store. These completely handmade shoes will age beautifully with wear. At 40% off, the shoes are still not exactly cheap ($450 from $750) but then again (a) handmade Americana and (b) a wardrobe staple for years to come don't exactly run cheap these days (see Woolrich Woolen Mills).

Monday, July 6, 2009

Death Cab + LA Phil

Death Cab, with the help of the LA Phil, played the Hollywood Bowl last night. No impromptu Postal Service reunion. No Zooey cameo. Not even a sighting of "405" – the song lovesick Californians of the Seth Cohen mold mistake as being about their beloved highway, overlooking the fact the 405 runs right through Seattle. Despite all this, Pop & Hiss gives the show a generally positive review.

I have to admit the fireworks over "Transatlanticism" were pretty impressive.