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Beatbox » Zebulon Chalks It Up

December 11, 2012

quirky plays on words, killer hand-lettering,
and a raw, cave-painting depiction of mankind

This past Sunday was a bittersweet coming together as our neighborhood celebrated ten years of Zebulon with one final night of music and friends. As I looked around the room at the early crowd – kids scampering about on the stage up front and their parents hanging back by the bar – I got to thinking: what would all of us have done without this place? Over the past decade it has served as a community hub for many of us: we watched World Cups and elections here: screaming and celebrating, we met our soul mates here (I met mine) and celebrated weddings (including my own), bid farewell to friends, welcomed new ones, chimed in new lives (including little Henri’s)…

Of all the great things Zebulon gave us, one of my favorites were Guillaume’s daily posters, done in chalk on the vertical board by the outer door, visualizing the music that was to come that night. These daily sketches used quirky plays on words, killer hand-lettering, and a raw, cave-painting depiction of mankind. Fortunately, the images were carefully photographed and collected for us to admire on their Facebook page. I’ve compiled some of my favorites from the past years here. All the best to Guillaume & Jef’s next adventures: thank you for welcoming so many of us into your world.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Alex Wang and His Gang

September 11, 2012


As if my Rocco duffle isn’t reason enough to love Alexander Wang (it is). Now he sits the snarky duo – Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Watkin Tudor Jones aka Ninja – that are Die Antwoord front row and center at his SS 2013 show and has them headline his after party. True, they are quite the poster children for Wang’s reptilian bondage SS 2013 presentation and have previously collaborated with Wang on a video promoting the designer’s Spring 2012 T campaign. Happy to see that Wang wasn’t just riding the Zef wave.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Earbuds for the Fashy Types

September 8, 2012

Kate Spade Signature Spade Earbuds


We can’t wait to get our hands on the SS 2013 Post Street Little Nadine satchel we spotted at Kate Spade’s NYFW presentation. But, in the meantime, we’ve got our eyes square on these anything-but-ordinary Signature Spade Earbuds to replace yet another shitty pair of Apple iPhone buds tossed to the trash over our vacay. Now, where is that new Flying Lotus track that I can’t stop listening to…

Go for the Gold » That Sounds Golden.

July 27, 2012

limited edition 24kt gold-plated Dr. Dre Beats Studio headphones by Crystal Rocked

Ideal for long cardio workouts – especially if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to sweat all over two thousand bucks

There’s nothing like some thumping beats to get you through another hard workout. And I’m just going to gloss over the science here and make the assumption that any track sounds better when blasted through gold. So go on then! Head over to Crystal Rocked, your expert in all things bedazzled, and pick up a pair of limited edition 24kt gold-plated Dr. Dre Beats Studio headphones. They’re ideal for long cardio workouts – especially if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to sweat all over two thousand bucks worth of bling (it smells the same). They’re also good for squats: think weights, hugging your face. Only 50 of these guys were made (10 are at Harrods in London so you Olympians can hurry over and get a pair too). Best snatch one up before that snob with the Swarovski-encrusted gym shoes does! Oh, and an auditory suggestion for your new tchotchkie… No excuse not to work out now.

Beatbox » The (totally not) Japanese Popstars

October 6, 2010


What a kick-ass and creepy new video from totally-not-Japanese band, The Japanese Popstars!! The trio — Decky Hedrock, Gary Curran, and Gareth Donoghue — hail from Northern Ireland and have gathered a near-cultish following of fans in the few years since they began their musical collaboration. This latest video, for the track Lets Go off the Destroy EP, is illustrated by upcoming T-Shirt Tuesday-er Keaton Henson. The technicolored animation leads us through a thumping hallucination of sea creatures, sausages, geese, guts, and ghastly faces, all to — poof — disappear in a perfectly harmless fluffy white cloud… Ah, those were the days.

If you’re a fan of Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots, Les Petits Pilous, Benni Benassi, or just great, classic, electronic music meant to get lost in, grab The Japanese Popstars latest album, We Just Are, and give it a good loud listen!

The Japanese Popstars aren’t indie rave, or any other sub-sub-sub genre, theirs is big room, cool as f**k electronic music built for festivals and stadiums. They’re not dance kids aping indie kids, nor are they indie kids dropping synths and calling themselves “ravers”. — via Podomatic.com


Beatbox » Up Died Sound @ Zebulon

May 6, 2010

Up Died Sound from left: Jonathan Leland (drums), Nicky Mao (guitar), and Tyler Nolan (guitar)

If you’re kicking about Williamsburg tomorrow night & not sure about where the musicophiles are hiding out, your best bet is to swing over to Zebulon on Wythe just off of Metropolitan for a completely free musical lineup including one of our local favorites, Up Died Sound. Part pop, part psychedelic jam band, Up Died’s free-spirited amble through their set is a pleasure to watch and hear. Mix that with the consistently top-notch ambiance of Zebulon, where you’re sure to overhear conversations in a good half dozen languages at any given time, and you’ve got yourself a bona fide cultural excursion. In the meantime, take a listen to my favorite Up Died track: Emotion Sickness…

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Beatbox » Gravité!

April 27, 2010


I’m just loving Gravité, a visually breathtaking spin on beatboxing by Renaud Hallée (with the help of DP Simon Allard & PA Laurent-Dominic Chantal-Fortin). Ping pong balls, cutlery, glow sticks and sparklers — just goes to show that pretty much anything can be transformed into music!! Remember when you were a kid smashing the bejeezus out of the kitchen pots? Well, this seems to be the grownup rendition of that… Be sure to check out Renaud’s other music-in-motion video Sonar as well!

Big Screen » Vanishing Point

April 14, 2010


Argh! It’s been so busy here at the EP studio lately ( & exciting: we have a new addition to the team — badass, go-getting, design sidekick Nicky). But, with all this busy-beeing, poor Lo’s List has been getting the short end of the stick! So, while we keep trucking forth on these exciting new projects (rolling out this month!), we’ll be throwing a bunch of haiku-ed posts into the mix!!

First up, this hypnotizing play with shapes by motion graphics creative Takuya Hosogane. Paired nicely with a track called “Petit Prince” by Cubesato — this eye candy could be a great device for soothing babies to sleep!

Beatbox » Delicious Gig Poster Designs!

March 4, 2010

Lo's List /// Delicious Design League Black Moth Super Rainbow Silkscreened Poster

Delicious Design League’s Black Moth Super Rainbow Silkscreen

Billy Baumann and Jason Teegarden-Downs are the rocking graphic duo behind Delicious Design League – a Chicago firm dedicated to making superstar, cream-of-the-crop gig posters for music industry names big (Animal Collective, Lykke Li, Sonic Youth) and not-quite-as-big. All the silkscreens are available for purchase on their site at uber-reasonable prices ranging between 10 and 30ish greenbacks – quite the steal for limited edition, 18″ x 24″ slickscreens erm silkscreens!

More Deliciousness!

Lo's List /// Delicious Design League's Show 'N' Tell Show Silkscreened Poster

Get the Show and Tell Show silkscreen here!

Lo's List /// Delicious Design League Yeasayer & MGMT and Mogwai Silkscreened Posters

DDL’s Yeasayer & MGMT and Mogwai silkscreens

Lo's List /// Delicious Design League Raveonettes and Angelus Novus Silkscreened Posters

DDL’s Raveonettes and Angelus Novus silkscreens

Shutterbug » @ Vibromonk with The Heavy

January 26, 2010

The Heavy at Vibromonk Records


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Photo Credit: Lo Martin

On January 13th the Iggy crew trekked out to Vibromonk Records in Bushwick, Brooklyn for another killer studio session of Iggy Music. UK indie rock & roll foursome The Heavy were impressively bushy-tailed for the 10am call-time: perhaps the sole perk of leftover transatlantic jetlag… Whatever qualms lead singer Kelvin Swaby might have had about the state of his voice were laid to rest as he belted out their first number: “Sixxxteen”

Check out the behind the scenes shots from the day: our badass blogger Adriane (read her post about the session), resident goofball Woody (love the checkered oxford shirt Woods), and Vibromonk’s Dan Shatsky keeping “the chaos” at bay… Oh, there’s more: watch Lika’s interview with the band and the three performances from the day: “Sixxxteen”, “How You Like Me Now?”, and “What You Want Me to Do?”.

Beatbox » New Danger EP ∴ T-4 Days!!!

January 21, 2010

Danger 09/17 2007 EP

Danger’s 09/07 2007 Track List Breakdown

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3h11: “I composed this track thinking of the character Radio Barjo of Do The Right Thing. I boosted all the high notes to produce « a Walkman effect, » reminiscent of an 80s – early 90s street mood. I also found inspiration in Technotronic, breakdance instrumentals (I used keyboards from that period) and even Yuzo Koshiro (古代 祐三), the composer of soundtracks for the game Streets of Rage.”

4h30: “For this track (listen here above) I imagine myself walking down a dark alley, alone, while a group of cyberpunks dressed in a Madmax style stare at me, I see Harrison Ford investigating (Blade Runner), and Maurice Dantec.”

3h16: “I have always wanted to create a theme for all the bad guys in cartoons and boss’ in video games. So I used jumpstyle elements to produce a kind of a silly and unwavering military march.”

Masked Frenchie Danger (aka Franck Rivoire) is back with his 3rd EP, 09/07 2007, set to release this Monday, January 25th (digital release Feb 1st) by label Ekler’o’shock. Danger’s signature sci-fi-gone-16-bit sound is as infectious as always, with the musician/designer’s graphics to lead you through an eerie metropolis of lurking cyborgs, crumbling pyramids, and lots of good guys wear bandannas… For any 80’s kid stuck in the 9-5 real world, this will put the hop right back in your step! Get the digital EP starting February 1st at Ekler’o’shock’s online shop!


Beatbox » Sbtrkt’s Radiohead Mash-Up

January 11, 2010

Sbtrkt's Radiohead Mash-Up from RCRD LBL



“And there you were thinking ‘Idioteque’ was Kid A’s club banger… Sbtrkt’s reworking of awfully familiar soundbites re-imagines late Nineties indietronica as something brave enough to take influence from drum ‘n bass. It’s like Animal Collective and Zomby hooking up, but ten years previous. Except not. Because it’s now.” – Kev Kharas for RCRD LBL

Mondays are gloomy, ‘specially in winter. I know I could barely roll out of bed this morning… If it weren’t for Goobie the Cat and YZ nudging me every 15 minutes. So, to revive your spirits (or just zone you out as you get trampled on the L train), here’s London producer Sbtrkt’s stellar reworking of the Radiohead classic, “Right Place,” from the uber-band’s 2000 release, Kid A. Yay for RCRD LBL – always my source for thumping, dance-able electro gems!

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Rocking Kate Moross

January 5, 2010

Kate Moross Isometric Tee

Kate Moross Isometric Tee

“Life is work and work is life. I do not even attempt to separate the two, sometimes I can’t remember whether my friends are clients or my clients are friends, it’s all blended together. My social life and my work life blend seamlessly, in fact, most of the time, I forget I am even working.”


When you look at the client list of the talented Kate MorossSimian Mobile Disco, La Roux, Telepathe, Les Petits Pitous, Heartsrevolution, Metronomy, Midnight Juggernauts – you’ll find it hard not have a wee pang of jealously. But clearly this designing Londoner is no slacker: just take a look at her busting-at-the-seams Flickr page. Or her commercial projects commissioned by big-wigs Topshop, Nike, Zune and Virgin. Or her label Isomorph Records. Let’s just get it straight: this bad ass chick does far more than tees.

But, we totally dig the tees.

Dominant themes of nesting triangles and other tessellating polygons, stark black & whites with a bright sputter of color – these tees are a contradiction of in-your-face and classy. Check out the online shop (which also lists totes, badges, posters and other standard shwag for purchase) or her selection at Big Cartel. She’s got a few other tees floating around the interwebs (T-Post too!) but you can find further details in the Work and Play sections of her site.


More Favorites!
Kate Moross Simian Mobile Disco "Decay" TeeKate Moross Tee for La RouxKate Moross Tee for Hearts RevolutionKate Moross Tee for Les Petits Pitous
From top right: Simian Mobile Disco “Decay” Tee, La Roux #2 Tee, Heartsrevolution Tee, and Les Petits Pitous Tee. Get them here!

Beatbox » Top 10 African Tunes of the Decade!

December 31, 2009

Top 10 African Tunes of the Decade


Algerian raï, Congolese soukous, Senegalese mbalax: the music of Africa is as diverse as its people, climate, food – as diverse as, well, Africa. The tie that seems to hold the continent’s music together lies in its ability to hypnotize, to start your legs moving before you realize they’re doing so, to make joy rise up and provoke a sing-along regardless of the fact that you don’t speak a word of Swahili or Bambara. Here are my African favorites of the decade – each of which represents rich memories of celebration and dancing as those were the times that I turned to these oeuvres: daily dance-a-thons with my brother to Mariama by Pape & Cheikh, coasting through the Atlas mountains of Morocco with Tinariwen leading the way… Just a few more hours and we will be turning the page, welcoming a new year, a new decade – I can’t wait to see what the world of musicians have waiting in the wings for us all! Chin chin!

Pape & Cheikh - Mariama
Artist: Pape & Cheikh
Album: Mariama
Song: Mariama

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Tinariwen - Matadjem Yinmixan
Artist: Tinariwen
Album: Aman Iman: Water Is Life
Song: Matadjem Yinmixan

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Amadou & Mariam - Sénégal Fast Food
Artist: Amadou & Mariam
Album: Dimanche à Bamako
Song: Sénégal Fast Food

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Mali Music - Tennessee Hotel
Artist: various
Album: Mali Music
Song: Tennessee Hotel

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Salif Keita - Remixes from Moffou
Artist: Salif Keita
Album: Remixes from Moffou
Song: Madan (Remixed by Gekko)

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Bellemou Messaoud
Artist: Bellemou Messaoud
Album: Bellemou Messaoud
Song: Rire Zarga Ouana

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Ali Farka Touré - Gambari
Artist: Ali Farka Touré
Album: Savane
Song: Gambari

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Youssou N'Dour - C'est L'amour
Artist: Youssou N’Dour
Album: Le Grand Bal 2003
Song: C’est L’amour

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Tartit - Houmeissa
Artist: Tartit
Album: Abacabok
Song: Houmeissa

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Orchéstre Baka de Gbiné - Nawa
Artist: Orchéstre Baka de Gbiné
Album: Gati Bongo
Song: Nawa

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Beatbox » Top 10 Music Videos of the Decade!

December 26, 2009

Top 10 Music Videos of the Decade


From a Tecktoniks dance-fest to 3D wonderlands to animations galore here is our very eclectic selection of the best music videos of the decade. Ok, so that Sony Bravia commercial was never quite the official José González Heartbeats music video, but, it certainly earned its #2 spot with such a flawless visual representation of the song. So-Me is all over this list: I just can’t get enough of those juicy graphics and the retro-electro aesthetic. Catch an appearance by M.I.A. in Buraka Som Sistema’s gritty street-dancing Sound of Kuduro video. And yes, even though I hate Kanye, I just can’t resist his Good Life video. So, here it is: a motley crew of 10 visual phenoms as we say adieu to the Oughties!

DVNO by Justice

Directed By: So-Me, Yorgo Tloupas and Machine Molle
Album: †
Year:2007
Heartbeats by José González

Directed By: Nicolai Fuglsig / Fallon / Barry Conner
Album: Veneer
Year:2003
Poney Part 1 by Vitalic

Directed By: Pleix
Album: OK Cowboy
Year:2005
Electric Performers by Air

Directed By: Machine Molle
Album: 10,000 Hz Legend
Year:2001

À Cause des Garçons (TEPR Remix) by Yelle

Directed By: Bastien Lattanzio & Guillaume Berg
Album: Pop-Up
Year:2007
Stress by Justice

Directed By: Romain Gavras
Album: †
Year:2007
Wanderlust by Björk

Directed By: Encyclopedia Pictura
Album: Volta
Year:2008
Sound of Kuduro (featuring DJ Znobia & M.I.A.) by Buraka Som Sistema

Directed By: self-produced from live footage
Album: Black Diamond
Year:2008
Good Life (featuring T-Pain) by Kanye West

Directed By: Jonas & François
Animation: So-Me
Album: Graduation
Year:2007
Pyramid Song by Radiohead

Directed By: Shynola Collective
Album: Amnesiac
Year:2001

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