Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Julian Casablancas's "11th Dimension" video...one word: entertaining.
"sin is honouring desire over what you know is right."
The album, Phrazes Of The Young is available now on iTunes.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Apple has debuted the first trailer for the Kevin Smith-directed police action-comedy Cop Out (formerly called "A Couple of Dicks"), starring Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan and Seann William Scott, which is slated for release on February 26, 2010.
Watch the trailer HERE
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
The good people at Live A Good Life are recognizing some of the people (promoters, dj's, and artists) who have helped shape the urban party scene in Toronto this year by presenting the 2009 TEA's...and the nominees are:
Top DJ Of 2009
DJ Lissa Monet
Future Da Prince
Top Party Thrower of 2009
Upper Echelon (Mood Music, Sunday Night Live)
Warner Entertainment (All Black Affair, Tastemakers)
Original Concepts (Originals, Love & Lust, For The Love)
Knocturnal Entertainment (Nostalgia, The Essentials, Beau-Ties)
Won By One (Shuffle, Tribute)
NFA (Hip Hop Karaoke, Never Forgive Action)
What Women Want
Top Club Moving Track Of 2009
Drake – Forever
Jay-Z – Empire State Of Mind
Jamie Foxx – Blame It
Kid Cudi – Day n Nite
TI – Swagga Like Us
Beyonce – Diva
Jay-Z – Run This Town
Jeremih – Birthday Sex
Kanye West - Heartless
Top Event or Series of 2009
Love & Lust
All Black Wear Affair
Sunday Night Live
Hip Hop Karaoke
Guys & Dolls
Good luck to everyone!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Justin R Saunders aka J-Sheik has been in doing his thing for a while now...though subtly, yet at the same time quite frank. This collection of t-shirts, under the brand "Heroine", is the type of stuff those livin' a "who's who, what's what" type of lifestyle will appreciate.
via Marcus Troy
A toss up between categorizing this post as "COOL" or "GREEN" I figured if going "GREEN" was to get any real shine moving forward it would have be cloaked under an unequivocal coolness. So voila! The Copenhagen Wheel Project. Applauded as a reinvention of the wheel, that red circle thing manages to turn you bicycle into a "hybrid-cycle" and harnesses the kinetic energy that is created when you are going downhill, or when you are braking. When sensors detect that the rider needs assistance going up a hill perhaps, the motor kicks in. Also pretty cool is that it is all controlled by your smart phone, linked via bluetooth which provides you with information about calories burned, distant travelled, traffic/weather condition etc. Watch the video teaser here.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
WIND Mobile finally launching. It is just a cell phone carrier after all, right? Kind of. It is a business at the end of the day, and a business hopes to be profitable (they want to make as much money possible), but the reason WIND is so brilliant is because they’re capitalizing on years of pillaging by Canada’s big three mobile providers: Rogers, TELUS and Bell. We’re not going to get into why Canada’s cellular options are so bad and expensive — Canada is a huge country, 90% of the people live within a certain amount of miles to the U.S. border, people expect coverage everywhere, it’s expensive to maintain — because it doesn’t matter. What does matter is how revolutionary WIND is to the average Canadian cellular subscriber and how much money that person will save. Here’s an example of a standard Rogers phone bill for a BlackBerry:
- $45/month for 400 minutes, unlimited calling after 9PM, and a choice of either unlimited Rogers-to-Rogers calling, my5, unlimited SMS, or an extra $100 minutes. Let’s assume you chose unlimited Rogers-to-Rogers calling.
- $25/month for a 500MB data plan for your BlackBerry (BIS not BES)
- $20/mo for unlimited SMS, caller ID and voicemail for a smartphone
- Total with fees of around $93/month (excluding taxes).
Over the life of your cell phone contract of three years (yes, it’s three years in Canada), you’ll have paid approximately $3348 to Rogers, and you’d have a brand new BlackBerry 9700 for which you paid $249.99 for. All in all, $3597 before tax. Here’s a WIND plan:
- $45/month for unlimited minutes, unlimited SMS to U.S. and Canada, voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding
- $35/month for unlimited BlackBerry data
Sure, a difference of only plus or minus $13/month might not get everyone excited, but think of it this way… you don’t have to pay $500 to cancel your contract, you can elect to pre or post-pay, and never have to ever worry about overages unless you’ve got a lot of pals overseas. The option of unlimited anything is a downright comforting thought for consumers. As long as you can get over the $200 additional entry fee for an unsubsidized but very fairly-priced handset (note: Rogers charges $599.99 for a contract-free Bold 9700 as opposed to WIND’s $450), WIND looks incredibly attractive. Plus, you won’t get tied to the tree and spanked. Metaphorically, of course.
t isn’t all rainbows and ponies, however, as we have to take coverage (when you roam on Rogers, for instance, you’ll only get EDGE as WIND uses the same AWS 3G spectrum T-Mobile uses and is incompatible with Rogers, TELUS, and Bell), customer service, and profitability into consideration. The bet is that WIND makes so much that they can continue to save you money. Funny, isn’t it? Again, they’re a brand, brand new network, but with a boatload of cash behind them, some very smart and attractive pricing, plans, devices, and services, we think they have an amazing shot. They’ve also permanently disrupted the Canadian wireless landscape for the better, and within days or weeks, you’ll start to see better pricing from red, green, and blue. Thus giving our Canadian friends something they’ve long hoped for — competition.
Last year's winner was then-President-elect Barack Obama. The 2007 winner was Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Other contenders included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and Usain Bolt (Go yard!), who each received shorter profiles in the Person of the Year issue.
On the Net: Time Magazine
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I couldn't stop smiling when watching this! It just looks like an incredible time...coupled with the fact that they are in Norway to see the Obama's Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech! An example of how grown folks party! Featuring Natasha Bedingfield, Will Smith, Toby Keith, and Wyclef Jean.
Rihanna poses topless in the January issue of GQ magazine...She reminds me of a that really hot girl in high school, that you wondered "how did she got so lost? Ahh well...she's still really hot though!"
"It's relieving," she told the magazine of talking to the press about her violent encounter with Brown early this year, "because it was built up for so long, and all these thoughts and emotions have been running through my mind for the past eight months. And now it's like I finally get to let go and move on."
"I wanted people to move on with me," she continues, "'cause the last big thing they know about me is That Night. And I don't want that to be what people define me as."
Monday, December 14, 2009
A bonus song from the New Moon: Twilight Saga...for which I am not a fan, but I can say this is something I actually appreciate from the Buffy The Vampire Slayer resurrection phenomena.
Hennessy, a brand under the LVMH conglomerate, is launching a new cognac called Hennessy Black in 10 markets throughout the US. In addition to having a dramatic black bottle it’s also different inside. It is a blend of 35 to 45 pale and gold colored eaux-de-vie selected for their floral characteristics and aged in French oak barrels previously used by Hennessy for at least five years.
My New Year's Eve drink...Henny "Royale": Mixed with champagne, a dash of lemon juice and simple syrup.
Suede and snow don't go well, but it'll be hard to resist sliding off in these bad boys! Though, one cannot help but think of Jerry's suede jacket.
Available at David Z...retail $95
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Created for King Edward VIII in 1936, Windsor is now being released to the public for the first time in a limited edition run of flacons or a 1.7oz leather-wrapped, shatterproof atomizer (pictured above). The scent features top notes of British Gin, Jamaican Lime, and Scottish Highland Pine. At the heart is Duke of Windsor Roses, rounded out by bottom notes of Bahamian Orange, Canadian Cedar, and Australian Eucalyptus. Available exclusively at select Saks stores and Creed's New York Store at 794 Madison Avenue. Linkvia Acquire Mag
Thursday, December 10, 2009
"I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies."
"So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly irreconcilable truths - that war is sometimes necessary, and war is at some level an expression of human feelings. Concretely, we must direct our effort to the task that President Kennedy called for long ago. "Let us focus," he said, "on a more practical, more attainable peace, based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions."
"So let us reach for the world that ought to be - that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls. Somewhere today, in the here and now, a soldier sees he's outgunned but stands firm to keep the peace. Somewhere today, in this world, a young protestor awaits the brutality of her government, but has he courage to march on. Somewhere today, a mother facing punishing poverty still takes the time to teach her child, who believes that a cruel world still has a place for his dreams."
The prize includes a gold medal, diploma, and $1.4 million dollars...but can really put a price on peace?
Read the full text of the speech here.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Kanye has been crowned victorious as having the top album of the decade with 2004's College Dropout (by Entertainment Weekly anyway), though I'd imagine he'd already known that in back in1999. The Entertainment Weekly list, in my opinion has some misses...but I suppose when taking into consideration the zeitgeist of the time it's pretty close...the list is as follows:
1. The College Dropout, Kanye West (2004)
2. The Blueprint, Jay-Z (2001)
3. Kid A, Radiohead (2000)
4. Stankonia, OutKast (2000)
5. Love And Theft, Bob Dylan (2001)
6. Home, The Dixie Chicks (2002)
7. Funeral, The Arcade Fire (2004)
8. I Am… Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé (2008)
9. FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake, (2006)
10. You Are Free, Cat Power (2003)
I have substitutions...but I am unsure how I'll order them, so I'll list them in alphabetical order...here it goes:
A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay (2003)
Confessions, Usher (2004)
Elephant, The White Stripes (2003)
FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake (2006)
Get Rich or Die Tryin', 50 Cent (2003)
Is This It, The Strokes (2001)
Songs About Jane, Maroon 5 (2002)
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast (2003)
The Blueprint, Jay-Z (2001)
The College Dropout, Kanye West (2004)
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
These would be fun for New Years Eve! I am fan of the desert boot silhouette...on top of that I find texture on footwear is playful. I feel YMC pulled this off very well...though not for you for the average.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Android Homme is happy to announce the Propulsion II as part of the Holiday 2009 Collection. The duotone silhouette takes inspiration from the sleekness of a rocket ship, including a rocket booster ripple detail along the backside of the hi-top. The Propulsion II embodies a +/- charge, or a yin and yang polarity and is offered in a limited run of 200 pairs total. Features include full grain pebbled and pounded leathers and pigskin lining, as well as an embossed single strap and waxed laces.
The Android Homme Holiday 2009 collection will be available December 1st in finer boutiques nationwide. For more information please visit Android Homme.
Friday, December 4, 2009
LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Drake feat Kanye, Lil Wayne & Eminem - Forever (Steve Aoki Remix)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Given the outrageous drink pricing at most major sporting and music events, no one is going to blame you for sneaking in your own hooch — but when security rears its ugly head, it's way better to not have an expensive carrying device in your pocket. Enter the Disposable Flask ($15/set of 3). These 7.5 oz. reusable foil pouches are portable, freezable, pocketable, and easily disposable, and feature airtight plastic lids that won't leave tell-tale leakage marks on your clothes.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Misfits, is an English television show my homie Rawkeem put me on, and it's been a non-stop veiwing pleasure ever since. Think Trainspotting meets Kidulthood meets Heroes...though originally pitched before Heroes ever went to air. The show oozes English humour, wit, crassness, and speaks to an young adult audience like very few shows on Television does currently (with a young cast)...in my opinion it is simply genius. It has been picking up mega buzz in it's native land as one of the best things on the "tele".Unfortunately...or fortunately depending on how you look at it, we here in North America can only see it online.
The show airs every Thursday night at 10pm (so check online hosting sites the following day)...check the trailer here. If you already watch the show...check this spoiler clip from this weeks upcoming episode here.