Arguably the most original & influential underground pop group of the 90s, Stereolab created a unique style mixing looped motoriks, 60s-style French pop and infectious grooves. They’ve put out dozens of releases, all of which are eaten up by their cult-like following of fans. The forthcoming release Not Music is an hour-long collection of tripped-out extras from recording sessions done in 2008. It’s weird and magical … like always.
Flat is where it’s at. Brooklyn NYC is home to the Wintercheck factory, purveyors of the practical. The William wallet is one such design. Made of two stamped aluminum panels, the self-compressing wallet carries cards & cash in a flat, organized way. Simple and solid.
You have to be a full-on Tim Burton movie fanatic to even understand how awesome this collector’s box set is. Danny Elfman has created the soundtracks for all Burton’s greats – like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. This limited edition set brings together the music of 16 films, including hours of unreleased extras, a 250-page book with an intro from Johnny Depp, artwork, etc. … it’s a treasure chest of Burtonalia, dig in.
A lantern. Big deal, right? Actually, yes. It’s pretty rad, because it’s really five lights in one. The main lantern features four removable LED pods you can pop off and take with you into the darkness. For camping, a power outage or just walking the dog at night, these removable pods are a really bright idea.
Put your drinking shoes on. New Balance has just released their classic 576 model in a unique collection paying tribute to traditional British pub cheer. The three models, named the King’s Head, the Red Lion, and the Royal Oak are all made of full-grain European leather and feature tricky interior linings that’ll make you thirsty for a pint before you’ve even walked halfway to the bar. Available at select Neiman Marcus stores.
This book matches the larger-than-life legacy of boxing’s super-champion, Muhammad Ali. It’s a serious heavyweight, coming in at over 650 pages and paying tribute to the GOAT: that’s the Greatest Of All Time. Ali re-wrote the book on boxing & sports celebrity and now Taschen has compiled a worthy one in his honor. Thousands of classic pics, essays, interviews. It’s a knockout.
For Swiss watchmakers, JeanRichard, tradition goes back 250 years. Inside every JR watchcase is an advanced, self-winding proprietary mechanical movement. Unlike many brands, JR does not just build watches around re-packaged Japanese quartz systems. When you’re shopping for a watch of this caliber, this stuff counts. The clean lines & sandblasted Titanium case of the Diverscope highlight JeanRichard’s dedication to quality and your sense of good taste.
They know how to stay warm up there in the Great White North. Canadian outerwear brand, Westcomb, combines function & fashion for great looking winter gear that really performs. This minimalist shell is lined with a soft and cozy high loft velour. When the wind starts whipping, you’ll love that fuzz.
Forest Whitaker is Ghost Dog; an unlikely Samurai assassin to be sure. Ghost Dog lives in a strange mystic realm killing by the code as he’s pursued by Mafioso. Everything about this eerie thriller is strange and nothing is quite what you’d expect. If you’ve seen other Jim Jarmusch-directed films, like Dead Man or Stranger Than Paradise, you know that offbeat plots, characters & story lines add artistic elements of oddity making all his movies true cult classics.
Messages, mail, movies, menus, storage, apps, maps, navigation, organization – it’s all in here. Everything you need to get through life, can be found right here. The Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on the Android 2.2 OS, for fast & simple usability for work or play. The seven-inch screen is the perfect size for staring at all day long and a great alternative to that other tablet with the really terrible name.