As if you needed further convincing to go get Aloe Blacc’s new album, Good Things, check out his latest vid. Aloe covers Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale” for his latest single. Femme fatale or not, I can’t fault Aloe for falling for that leading lady. There are some real stunning black and white images in this visual, definitely on some film noir ish. Video directed by Alan Algee. Good Things is in stores now.
Jordan Brand welcomes back another rendition of the Air Jordan II with this simple black/white makeup for Fall 2010. A bit different than the previous black/chrome version, these feature a much nicer contrast in color as well as texture, with the uppers taking on a sheen finish as opposed to the pebbled leather result from the 2004 release. Crisp white highlights come by way of the outsoles, inner lining, tongue logo and lace accents, with black nubuck uppers leading the way. Look out for a release next month through Jordan Brand retail accounts.
With the makings of our generation’s contemporary voice of soul, Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc performed at adidas Originals’ The Do Over party. On the heels of his single for HBO’s hit series, “How to Make It in America”, Aloe Blacc has also enjoyed the release of a recent album. “Good Things” marks his second album and a progression over the last few years from his debut album four years ago.
San Francisco: The Miniature City is a special look into one America’s most interesting cities. Post-processed to create the tilt-shift or “miniature” effect, the tour of San Francisco uncovers many of the West Coast city’s most iconic landmarks as well as peering into everyday life. While the video draws immediate comparisons to The Sand Pit which focused on New York City, the overview of San Francisco is still a much different landscape. The video was created by Shukhrat Pardaev of MINIMUS DESIGN.
The separation barrier draws the strict boundary between Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. Zia Krohn and Joyce Lagerweij’s book “Concrete Messages” combines interviews with both local and well-known artists, with pictures of their works on the walled part of the barrier. Exploring the role of the artists, the book features the works of Banksy, Blu, Ericailcane, Faile, JR, Know Hope, Paul Insect, Sam3 and Swoon among others. World famous pop-artist Ron English is also featured and said of the book’s subject: “Street art has probably always been the most important art forum for the instigation of social change. I started doing it around 1979. Street art gives you immediate and direct access to the public. To me it means freedom.” Set for release on November 15, Concrete Messages is available to pre-order now at Amazon.
The city of Toronto has partnered up with the Concord Pacific to create an public art exhibit called “The Concord Project”. The first works featured are from renown Brooklyn artist Jose Parlà who is known for his graffitiesque paintings. The artist has implemented two huge panels as his canvas, which display his signature style and will soon be unveiled to the general public.
Chi-Town, here’s your chance to see a great show and help out a good cause at the same time. On December 4th at The House of Blues in Chicago, Platform One will be presenting their latest installment of Dare 2 Dream, a benefit concert and silent auction series. The latest edition will be starring The Roots and will be supporting The People’s Music School. The People’s Music School is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides musical education opportunities for those who otherwise would not be able to afford them. “We are honored and excited to be performing at Dare 2 Dream,” said The Roots band members, “It’s causes like this that inspire the fabric of our work. We couldn’t be happier to help raise awareness & funding to support education in Chicago.”
The Originators will be invading The 2010 A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta this year. The fest goes down from October 7th- 9th and features an array of panel discussions and performances from over 200 + legends and up and comers in the game. To make sure y’all are ready for what’s about to go down, A3C has teamed with SMKA to bring you a two part official 2010 A3C Mixtape, featuring a sampling of the artists set to perform. Today, we get part 1 of the mixtape, featuring Chaundon, Diamond District, Sha Stimuli, Cymarshall Law, Jean Grae, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Spectac & Amir, Joe Scudda and more.
1. 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) ft. Bun B & Masspike Miles – “You Should Go Home”
2. Chaundon – “Y’all Don’t Want It”
3. Diamond District – “I Mean Business”
4. Aleon Craft – “Yoga Flame”
5. Mistah FAB ft. Lil Boosie & Yo Gotti – “Done It All”
6. Sha Stimuli – “Am I Different pt. 2”
7. Soul Khan ft. Akie Bermiss – “Fahrenheit”
8. Crooked I – “Everythang Dirty”
9. Cymarshall Law & Skit Slam (Everliven Sound) ft. El da Sensei – “Elements”
10. Punchline ft. Wordsworth – “Don’t Get Married”
11. Jean Grae ft. Styles P & Talib Kweli – “R.I.P.”
12. Killer Mike & T.I.P – “Ready Set Go”
13. RE ft. Short Dawg – “Feelin’ Some Kinda Way”
14. The Jacka ft. Andre Nickatina – “Glamorous Lifestyle”
15. Spectac & Amiri – “As If”
16. Senor Kaos ft. Fresh Daily – “You Couldn’t Relate”
17. Young Scolla – “Stare”
18. Thee Tom Hardy – “I’m Grinnin'”
19. Joe Scudda – “Open For Business”
20. Cloudeater – “Decade”
Continuing its familiar hunting theme, once seen on the Dunk Low, Nike SB presents its “Realtree” Dunk Mid. Implementing its “Realtree” motif, a camouflage print used by animal hunters, the kicks sport the print throughout the entire upper, complimented with orange and brown accents.
Popular contemporary artist KAWS has just announced that he will be doing a book signing on October 4 at Harbour City, Hong Kong. This will provide many fans with the opportunity not only to get to book signed, but to get it a couple of weeks earlier than most retailers. The eponymous book has been long awaited; undoubtedly this is one to get up early for.
Sadly on September 4th Fat Beats NYC closed their doors one last time. The landmark record shop didn’t go out with some big time in-store performances during its’ last few weeks of existence. Courtesy of RJM Media, here are some interviews with some artists discussing their Fat Beats memories outside the shop on its’ final day. Raven speaks with A.G., Sadat X, DJ JS-1, Ras Kass, Rahzel, Daru Jones, and more.
LOL we might have flyer of the year honors on this one right here. On Saturday October 2nd, SOULIVE will be headlining the 3rd Annual Royal Family Ball at Terminal 5 in NYC. The night will feature special guests John Scofield, Talib Kweli, Christian Scott, and Big Sam – along with The Royal Family’s own Shady Horns, Lettuce, and Nigel Hall.
Illustrator James Jarvis’ Caleb character from the daily ‘Wisdom of Caleb‘ strip makes his way to the vinyl realm with this upcoming figure from Jarvis’ own Amos Toys. Rumor has it that seven variations of this 6-inch high toy will be available come November.
Earlier this year, industrial designer Sander van Heukelom presented two conceptual pieces inspired by graffiti culture. Originally created as part of an exhibition, the Fat Cap design will now make its way into a commercial release. This video documents the process from sketch to finish for the chairs which will be available this fall through FatCapChair.com.