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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.

Gift Guide » Top Ten Treats for Tots!

November 29, 2010

top: Studio 49 Carl Orff Xylophone
first row: Kaiku Push Pull Wagon, Kid O Floating Ducks, and Franck & Fischer Bobby Cuddle Cloth
second row: Elsie Dodds "M" Pillow, GAP Snowsuit, and My Nose Smells Funny by Andy Smith
third row: Keep Benten Boat Shoe, Kikkerland EZ Fold Short Step Stool, and P'kolino Coat Hanger

Hip hip hooray! ‘Tis that time of year again: christmas trees, wreaths, family get togethers, snuggling up by the fireplace singing carols, oh, yes… and lots of gift giving! Now that we’ve gotten through Turkey Day, Lo’s List will be cranking out gift guides for every size and shape of critter on your list — from now till the big 2-5 (with some Hanukkah goodness along the way).

What better way to kick things off than with the wee ones!! We’ve been channeling our inner tot (and taking some serious notes from Baby Lir) and have come up with the Lo’s List top ten baby-must-have-it gifts for 2010 (check out last year’s guide here). Of course, it’s all a matter of taste, and in our world, the more color and critters the better! Lir can back us up on this one: there are few things she likes more than tucking into her Zoologique book and mimicking every animal’s voice. She’s got almost a dozen locked down: bird, snake, cow, dog, cat, bear, lion, fish, monkey, horse…


1Studio 49 Carl Orff Xylophone$300

The key to giving baby gifts is keeping the fragile state of their parents in mind. In lieu of a harsh, metal xylophone, nurture their musical ear with a mellower wooden xylophone from Studio 49.

2Kaiku Push Pull Wagon$165

At around the 1-year marker, babies seem to really dig pushing/pulling stuff around… I’m not one for mini baby strollers as that just seems weird to me. This tougher Push Pull Wagon from Kaiku is more my cup of tea. But act quick – these are selling like hotcakes!

3Kid O Floating Ducks$12

Duckies are a mandatory bath time accessory. This mother and baby duck nesting duo from Lo’s List favorite, Kid O, is lightweight, elegantly curved, and gently rocks when placed on a flat surface. Lir is just fascinated by how the little one fits perfectly on his mother’s back!

4Franck & Fischer Bobby Cuddle Cloth$27

Naptime is never lonely with a Franck & Fischer character to keep you company. The Danish company has an ENDLESS selection of cloth, crocheted, and wooden toys to drool over (and then on). Our favorite is this striped, monkey cuddle cloth.

5Elsie Dodds "M" Pillow$78

These exquisite letter pillows by Elsie Dodds have all the narrative of a book without the papercuts! Get your little one’s initials, spoil them with their full name, or take out a loan and get the whole alphabet! We’re digging the M, which shows a Moose, Monarch, Motorcycle, Maze, Monkey and Mushroom amongst others!

6GAP Sherpa-Lined Snowsuit$70

Being a New Yorker through and through, I relish this chilly time of year. Tots can love it too — especially if they’re dressed for the occasion. Gap’s sherpa-lined snowsuit with detachable mittens and booties is the perfect solution for an afternoon frolick in (soon-to-be) snowy Central Park.

7My Nose Smells Funny by Andy Smith$10

It’s become clear that Lir’s books could really say anything and she’d be cool with it. So why not go the nonsensical route when adding selections to baby’s library. We’re pining for Andy Smith’s limited edition screen printed oeuvre, My Nose Smells Funny. Can’t wait to see Lir narrate that one.

8Keep Benten Boat Shoe$35

A good pair of baby shoes is hard to find. You want style, ankle-support, durability, and value all in a shoe that’s easy to slip on. Keep’s three styles of baby kicks (boat shoe, mid-top, and high-top) totally hit the mark — and they’re organic!! They make shoes for big people too…

9Kikkerland EZ Fold Short Step Stool$14

Another Lo’s List favorite, Kikkerland livens up everyday objects with humor. This fold-away plastic step stool, available in two heights and a handful of colors, is a versatile addition to any busy home. We ♥ the industrial-meets-childproof aesthetic.

10P’kolino Coat Hanger$80

Having an adorable coat hanger just for baby is totally useful, as tiny hats, mittens, scarves and coats can get lost in the fray. This wooden tree coat hanger from P’kolino takes on both a utilitarian and playful role in your child’s room. Choose from orange, green, white, or natural. Stands 4′ tall.


Big Screen » Throw On a Pair of Twined-Knit Socks and Press Play!

October 13, 2010


It’s hard to imagine that cold weather season is upon us when it’s a whopping 90º here in Los Angeles today. But, back home in New York (and in other corners of the world), autumn is on with winter at its heels. This killer montage by Bart Van Der Gaag entitled “Autumn by the Lake” has all the nose-biting and romantic feel of this time of year — plus some very white swans. The film is paired with a heart-wrenching piece sung by acclaimed Bulgarian folk singer Stefka Sabotinova and is so pure and blue and crisp — it’s hard to believe a place like this could exist…

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


Big Screen » Just a Few Words…

September 3, 2010


We mentioned Lo’s List’s soft spot for podcasting gem Radiolab in our Complete Carry-On post from last year but the love just keeps growing for Jad and Robert. For those of you who aren’t up-to-snuff with the program’s format, the premise is as follows: each episode dissects — whether scientifically or philosophically — a topic, from Parasites to Parabolas, Mortality to Morality. If you’re familiar with their colleague Ira Glass and his wee program called This American Life, you could say Radiolab is the geeky, science-y little brother of the WBEZ star.

“Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility.”

One of our favorite episodes was a recent, heart-thumpingly moving piece called Words. The first story, centering around the experiences of Susan Schaller and a 27-year-old deaf man, shows the full, philanthropic capacity that humans can have. The whole episode just makes you want to run out into the world and so something really effing good… Just because they’re cool like that, the Radiolab team joined forces with off-the-charts-talented production company Everynone to create an accompanying Words video (seen above). Scored by Keith Kenniff of Unseen Music, this clip (the third that the Everynone threesome has produced for the radio show) will surely pull at your heartstrings as it seamlessly captures all the humor, weakness, care and wonder in the world spinning around us.



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

Fashion Scout » Collection Vanessa Bruno

February 24, 2010

Lo's List /// Collection Vanessa Bruno

Vanessa Bruno’s 2010 Spring / Summer Pret-a-Porter Collection

So, I’m not ashamed to say that, growing up, I had an overzealous obsession for pink. To this day, every time the color gets mentioned in a conversation with my father, he reminds me (in his persistent French accent) of my mini-me catch phrase: “PINK IS MY FAVORITE COLOR!!!” It hardly comes as a surprise when you consider the wall-to-wall magenta carpeting of my childhood bedroom…

Stumbling upon Vanessa Bruno’s Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear collection while doing some browser-window shopping at Style.com, I felt a happy pang of nostalgia – mixed with awe – as I flipped through the designer’s runway show, spiked with some very classy pink ensembles. And, regardless of what the fashionistas over at Style might say about the lace knee pads (“a bit much”) – I’m just loving the whimsy behind the lingerie-gone-80’s-corporate-chic theme.

Lo's List /// Collection Vanessa BrunoVanessa Bruno’s 2010 Spring / Summer Pre-Show Collection


Digging a little deeper over at Vanessa’s website (which opens with a kickass video of the designer’s muse, Lou Doillon, flailing about to a Gonzales piano track) I found more victoriously pink duds in her casual pre-show collection. I also, to YZ’s soon-to-come chagrin, found her bags. More specifically, one bag. That I must have (it’s the one below – on the right). — insert dramatic pause — And the icing on the cake: she’s almost affordable! In a “screw it, I deserve happiness too!!!” kind of way. Get the garments at YouHeShe, Net-a-Porter, ShopStyle, FarFetch, and plenty of other online retailers or just visit one of her chic Parisian boutiques if that’s how you roll…

Lo's List /// Collection Vanessa Bruno

Vanessa Bruno’s 2010 Spring / Summer Handbag Collection

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!


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