Lightning Dust, a side project of Amber Webber and Joshua Wells, both from Black Mountain, are releasing their third album entitled Fantasy on June 25, and Urban Outfitters has the exclusive first listen to the opening track on the album, "Diamond." The duo wanted to go purely synthetic with this album, so Wells used a badass, old-school sequencer in creating the songs. Adding Webber's vibrato into the equation made for some absolutely fantastic summer tunes. (Seriously, this is going to be epic road trip music.) If you'd like to pre-order their album, you can do so here (the deluxe bundle includes a 7" single that's limited to the first 200 orders!), and if you're itching to see the band live, they're playing at the Pickathon Festival in Oregon this August. —Katie
(Photo credit: Ila Meens)
Booooooom has a link to the full-length version of the longawaited Machotaildrop and it looks pretty fucking awesome. According to IMDB the movie is "a highly visual and fantastical journey about an amateur skateboarder." I can absolutely get behind a whimsical, Wes Anderson-esque flick about a gang of sk8r bois. -Katie
We tapped Vancouver, BC based skater Nate Lacoste to be in our latest men's catalog, photographed by Jason Nocito in NYC. Here, he answers a few questions.
Hosted by Project Space and Fillip, The Vancouver Art Book Fair seeks to fill a gap on the West Coast, looking to Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair in New York City as the only other major North American art book fair. The fair will be showcasing a series of talks, book and zine launches, exhibitions and readings. Participating publishers, artists, designers and writers include French curator and publisher Charlotte Cheetham of Manystuff, Brian Kennon of 2nd Cannon Press, and artist Germaine Koh. The fair takes place October 5-7 at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street). Looking forward to it! - Jennilee
I really love these bike caps from HMPL, a Vancouver bike accessory company making hats and saddle bags. All of their caps are made from reclaimed fabrics so each one is unique, either of the two pictured would be perfect fall riding hats. -Bob
These aren't your run of the mill sweats that you wore in gym class—not even close. Reigning Champ produces garments built to last with flatlock seam stitching and other meticulous details. Tee's, hoodies, pants, and all things terry and fleece they've pretty much done perfectly. -Bob
In honor of the incredibly boring VMAs, we present to you the incredibly rad DeathPop Club illustrations by Mark Hall-Patch. Created for the people who "make/made the devil's music," these heavy metal themed logos are perfect for spicing things up in the world of the pop queens and teens. Please start using these! Especially you, Bieber. -Ally
Vancouver-based Lifetime Collective has released their third edition of Free Thinkers, their zine dedicated to shedding light on the work and processes of emerging artists, musicians and designers. This edition of Free Thinkers has features, stories, and conversations with Vancouver-based musicians Hard Drugs, Miami's Jacuzzi Boys, artist Jay Howell, and artist and founder of Booooooom.com, Jeff Hamada. In addition, the magazine also shows their beautiful A/W 2012 Lookbook, shot along Iceland's epic landscape by Jeff Petry. Pick up a free copy at Antisocial, St. Mark's Bookshop, Family, or Cameron's Books. - Jennilee
The infinitely cool art and design blog Booooooom has teamed up with MTV and Sony Xperia to launch "Made of Imagination," a contest that wants you to make crazy handmade instruments. You can re-create an already existing instrument or invent a completely new one, and it can be made out of anything! You can either just submit photos of your wacky instrument or videotape yourself performing with your creation. Prizes include Xperia Ion phones and some mystery Boooooom goodies. So, what are you waiting for? Grab some random objects and start making music! - Hazel
Looking forward to the first of many exhibitions curated by the newly formed Vancouver based collective, Miracle and Connelly, which takes place at East Van Studios tonight. This exhibition features new painting, sculpture and photography work by Canadian artists Laura Piasta, Nathalee Paolinelli, Jeff Stuckel, Mark Delong, Jonathan Syme, Tonik Wojtyra, Aaron Carpenter, Victor Briestensky and myself. Amazing drink menu (as always) by Solder and Sons! Hope to see you! - Jennilee
My friend Laura of Against Me! fame picked up these John Fluevog Prince George boots while on tour and I couldn't be more obsessed with them! I've only ever known Fluevog for his wacky footwear and I just had absolutely no idea he was doing anything this rock 'n'roll! X - Jen
A group of contemporary Canadian photographers, painters, and sculptors with roots in Vancouver have come together for a multidisciplinary exhibition at East Van Studis (870 East Cordova) tonight (June 8th), curated by seasoned artist Mark DeLong. This one night exhibition opens at 8pm, so head over and enjoy a beverage with us by Solder and Sons. In addition to great art, expect creative drinks like, “Trap Doors, Burning Logs, U-Boots, French Connections, Irish Car Bombs, Glam Clams, and Porch Crawlers.” - Jennilee
Tonight is the opening party for Ryry's Ultimate Bodega, a pop-up shop and functional art installation by Ryan Smith in collaboration with 01 Magazine. Ryan’s fascination with the low-brow decor, random convenience objects, and multiple odd services offered at bodegas were the inspiration for this project. The fully functioning copy shop and convenience store was designed and built by some of Vancouver’s notable artists, showing everyday useful items that have been redesigned and re-purposed into inexpensive, limited pieces of art with an intentional “anti-design” aesthetic. Join us tonight for the Grand Opening party at the Bodega (8 East Cordova, Vancouver), and afterparty at Caffe Brixton (212 East Georgia St.)! Tunes by Ryry, who also heads Green Burrito Records.- Jennilee
We're opening a second store in Vancouver this Thursday. To say we're excited about it is an understatement.
Above are some early Spring looks from Inventory Magazine for this often tricky transitional season. This month has been full of ups and downs as I go from wearing a jacket one day to sunglasses and shorts another. Check out more looks they've put together here. -Bob