Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Paris, what happened?

Hello. Sorry for the long time no post thing that's been happening. I've been doing cool things like eating ungodly swathes of dairy milk oreo chocolate and sitting in various parks hoping to catch a slight glimpse of some British sun. I also went to Paris. This is my photo series from then; if you want to look at more things I make, I have an art blog-  Enjoy.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Poetry Corner-Phil Kaye

I thought today I'd introduce you to one of my favourite spoken word poets -Phil Kaye. If you have an affinity for spoken word, poetry or just words in general then, trust me, you need to know this guy's poetry.
I first found him through going on a Button Poetry binge and watching his incredible performance of his poem "Hip Hop Lullaby"; you can tell immediately through Kaye's lyricism and natural rhythm that he's a natural born poet. Unsurprisingly he's won a few accolades for his performance; such as being the two time recipient of the National Poetry College Slam award - the only person to receive the award twice. He's performed in venues all around the world, coached in schools and even taught poetry workshops in maximum security prisons; so an all round pretty cool guy.
A collage I made using lyrics from Kaye's poem "Repetition"

Most recently Kaye been part of a series with Button Poetry called "Poetry Observed" which I have really been enjoying. It showcases an array of different spoken word poets, performing away from the stage, in quiet spaces in their environment, such as an abandoned playground scattered with crisp leaves or a small lane at the back of an apartment block, the walls adorned with graffiti. This poem "Repetition" shows off Kaye's sensitive word play and allows him to flaunt his rhythmic combinations-a guaranteed chill inducer.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Tennis Vibes

Let me set the scene. A summer afternoon, a Topshop store, a pale girl, frenzied, searching through a sale rack, she stops, an emerald glow dawns across her face and finally out of the mishmash of strange plastic leopard print skirts (literally what) an asymmetric iridescent beauty is presented. Now wasn't that dramatic? But really I was pretty proud of myself as I did manage to nab the last of these skirts and surprisingly it was actually in my size. Topshop have a range of asymmetric designs at the moment which I am loving. Popping with bold emeralds, rich tartans and clean fresh whites, they give me super summery vibes. I paired it with a white shirt which makes me looks like some poser tennis player who just sits on the court eating orange slices (aspirations). It also reminds me of the huge beetles which seem to be everywhere at the moment, apparently they are called Rose Chafers for anyone who's interested. Fuck florals for summer it's all about the beetle aesthetic.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

FLIP-The Grain

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to nab a ticket to Printout Bristol organised by Mag Culture and Stack with the help of Bristol Independent Publishers. It was a glorious night of printed goodness, featuring a panel of editors creating born and bred Bristolian magazines. Featured was (from left to right) Daniel Humphry from Off Life a free bi-monthly magazine packed with beautiful and hilarious comics, Rachel Taylor from Another Escape, which describes itself as a 'creative exploration' it showcases inspiring individuals from around the world, Mike White from Boneshaker, a quarterly publication documenting the beautiful things that happen when people and bikes come together and finally Rosa Park from Cereal, a quarterly magazine about travel and lifestyle with a very minimalist style. I have ordered Volume 5 and I cannot wait to show you all this beautiful publication. 

The discussion about the printed world was insightful, ideas about magazines becoming less transient instead becoming collectable objects, more technical questions about distribution and printers and the the inevitable Is Print Dead? question. (which of course the answer the was no.) Unfortunately I wasn't quick enough to grab Volume 6 of Cereal (which was so new we were told to be careful as the glue was still drying) however I did manage to snatch an Off Life and this new magazine titled The Grain. I thought I'd do a quick flip through to show you all. I was really impressed, it features some interesting articles and some gorgeous photo sets, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for Volume 2.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

CRUSH-India Salvor Menuez

India Salvor Menuez is an artist, actress, model and all round total babe. A born and bred New Yorker, she resides in an apartment in the Chinatown neighbourhood of Manhattan which she shares with fellow Luck You Collective member Jack Shannon.  
As co-founder of the Luck You collective, India is undeniably cool. And seeing as this collective had its first show in 2008 when India was just 15 (*insert life re-evaluation here*) it's no wonder that she's such a fascinating young artist. She often collaborates with friend and fellow babe Petra Collins, this includes covering her naked body in coconut vodka jello for her performance entitled 'FREE BODY SHOTS' at the opening of Petra's group show 'Pussy Pat'. This performance was simultaneously a celebration for International Women's Day and to be quite honest I can't think of a better way to celebrate. India has also featured in the film 'Something In The Air' plus the video below (my new obsession) for Rita Liefhebber's  Spring/Summer 2014 collection. This video is beautifully created and intensifies my envy for all those who can whistle properly. Be prepared to fall in love with the captivating India Salvor Menuez.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Don't save me

Although I'd heard their name kicking around for a while, for some reason I never thought to look Haim up. But with the start of the Easter holidays I suddenly remembered - Haim. I'm glad I did. The first song I heard of their's was "Don't Save Me" and from first listen I was hooked. They're a band that simply oozes cool- 3 sisters, hailing from LA, armed with guitars- ready to kill. Plus it's just nice to see female musicians being given some recognition, Haim are signed to Roc Nation, topped BBC's sound of 2013 and won Best International Band at the NME awards this year. Their videos are a must-see too. (Anything with synchronised choreography in it just makes me happy.)

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Crawling back to you

I though I'd give you a round up of some of the best new music around (or soon to be around) at the moment. A lot of artists have put out some great fresh sounds for us to vaguely shake our bodies to. I have been playing AM by the Arctic Monkeys on repeat ever since 'Why Do You Only Call Me When You're High?" slinked its way on to the radio. The album won Best British Album at the Brits this year and you can certainly see why. This album will make you want to slick back your hair, shrug on a leather jacket and slink your way through the streets; feeling like possibly the coolest person ever.

In the new category there's Lakutis' new LP-Three Seashells. His last LP 'I'm In The Forest' is often heard blaring from my speakers, so I was waiting in anticipation for his newest offering. The LP is released on Himanshu Suri's label Greedhead. I have heard a couple of the tracks before-'Body Sceam' and 'Too Ill For The Law'; I have found that Lakutis' music is the kind that you don't love at first listen, but then somehow by the end of the night you've played the LP at least 10 times and now know all the words. He's released a video for the single 'Jesus Piece', featuring fake blood, animal heads and gold paint-oddly compelling.
Stream the LP here.

And finally in the nearly category Chromeo's newest delight 'White Women'. I cannot even put into words how freaking excited I am for this album. I managed to fall in love with Chromeo quite by accident; they were playing a gig near me and my sister was going so I bought a ticket on the door and I congratulate myself on that decision every time I hear some funky synth or a talk box put to great use. Seriously SEE THESE PEOPLE LIVE. You will not regret it. The atmosphere is fantastic- everyone strutting out their best moves; in fact one guy managed to clamber on to the stage and dance his way out of the security guards' grasps (he was later rugby tackled to the floor but you know). They've released some songs from the album on their soundcloud and have made a video to their single 'Come Alive'. If you're not dancing by the end of it someone must have removed your funk gene. 'White Women' will be released on May 12th, better practice your moves.