I have been hearing rumours about this album, but now the promo’s going all over the internet and I am STOKED for this. Black Keys in collaboration with MosDef, Raekwon, RZA, Jim Jones and more! This is going to be a fun romp and hearing some of those Black Keys riffs with Mos Def’s flow will definitely be a treat. Some people, are getting all up in arms because they think the name Blackroc insinuates some kind of new reinvention of Rock and Roll with Black influence. But that’s not the case at all! Damon Dash is not claiming to invent black rock music, nor is he completely ignoring the history of black rock and roll. Did it ever occur to these people that the name, Blackroc, just refers to the BlackKeys, and that Roc refers to Roc-a-Fella records, Damon Dash’s record label? I mean seriously, listen to the music before you get all offended by the name. Damon Dash isn’t a copywriter, he’s a producer. Take the name with a grain of salt! The music will be fun.
This amazing video, where a young naive child wanders into the middle of a skid competition and gets slammed, has been on the internet for a while. But now these amazingly crisp photos of the crash have surfaced. So good!
New update on our interior decor. Seen above is Meg’s Wunderkammer: A Cabinet of Curiosities. It’s made from an old letterpress drawer that used to belong to her grand father – who was a printer. Apparently, FWIHH (from what I have heard) he developed Peach Ink for Playboy magazine… Who obviously had a higher than normal usage of peach tone. I’ve seen many incarnations of this, as everytime she moves it gets a different treatment and different curiosities.
Above is my framing of one of Meg’s astronaut prints. She gave it to me a while ago and we decided it looked best on the stairs.
The bedroom is coming along nicely!
The bathroom’s done – featuring some cheaper art prints, giant P, and a vintage book on the Digestive System. Bathroom’s are all about details. The book was purchased from The Monkey’s Paw. Anyone who loves old out of print books, maps, and other lovely things should go checkout his store. If you can’t make it to Toronto – or the west end – checkout his blog which features all the stuff in his amazing window displays.
At the end of the day, there’s still a never ending list of TO-DOs in this place.
Saturday night – feeling ill still. I can’t seem to get better from this cold I got a couple weeks ago. While everyone’s going out, Meagan made some enchiladas for us so that I could eat well before she goes out. While they don’t look super appetizing in photo form, I can assure you they were delicious!
This film has been in the making for a while and it’s finally being screened at Bike on Wheels. I like how they’re under the Cambie Street bridge in Vancouver – which is possibly the lamest place to skate in the city – but out east here no one knows that. The photography looks beautiful and these are good guys, Tom Briggs and Tom Mosher are both really nice and some of Canada’s pioneer fixed freestylers. I’ll be at the screening November 14th at Bikes on Wheels.
Got some new riding handwear, as seen above at MEC. While, I would really love to get these, I don’t know if I can afford the 200 price tag for bike gloves – yet. Anyway, as seen above, the ColdOut are a poly glove that feature a really sticky grip for riding on bare drops or the center of your risers. Keeps the chill off my fingers so I can ride fast without worrying about holding my bars in one spot. Rapha Town Gloves – WANT – seen below.
Spike Jonze has done a beautifully dark and cynical short film in conjunction with the release of his new feature Where The Wild Things Are, based on the popular children’s classic by Maurice Sendak. It really goes back to his signature style of atmospheric and lonely yet playful narratives. Is Kanye making fun of himself? Is Kanye a genius in real life? It’s hard to tell what lies before and behind the veil in this little film, but it’s definitely amazing regardless of intention. Watch it below, via mishkanyc.com
An amazing short Franco documentary about skateboarding in 60s Montreal before the movement really existed anywhere other than California and a few other cosmopolitan cities. Great documentation of both 60s street fashion and the early skating styles before the trucks and deck materials were perfected. For people that don’t speak French, no need for English translation – it’s all pretty straightforward, and the visual style of the film is great on its own. Wait until you hear kids speaking! They’re all anglos from Westmount! Watch below: