December 9, 2012

Radio Soulwax - “Dave”:

Absolutely sublime mix of the Thin White Duke’s finest moments underpinned with an amazing original music video paying homage to his finest moments!

November 11, 2012

Boys Noize - ICHRU

Once in a while a music video comes along that blows you away with it’s innovation and this is one of them. Everything made with recycled keyboards and stop-motion photography!¬†

November 4, 2012

The art of Patrick Nagel

Patrick Nagel’s artwork featured strong femme fatales; confident independent women in keeping with the 80s decade go-getter mentality. Inspired partly by art deco styling, comic book imagery and the minimalism of the Japanese wood block prints - Nagel produced wonderfully simple but bold imagery that adorned the likes of Playboy Magazine editorial to the instantly iconic sleeve of Duran Duran’s Rio.

November 3, 2012
Justice - Live
The picture speaks volumes. Words aren’t needed.

Justice - Live

The picture speaks volumes. Words aren’t needed.

October 31, 2012
Hawksmoor - Air Street Business Cards
Hawksmoor have just opened their latest branch in London’s Piccadilly in the former venue that was Cocoon. The restaurant is very impressive in a very masculine art-deco retro way and is as big as an aircraft hanger. The food is impeccable and cooked to the usual high standards you would expect. However, love this piece of design on the business cards. The photos don’t quite do the cards justice but they are heavy card stock with beautiful gold embossing. Great attention-to-detail and in-keeping with a restaurant where high-standards are synonymous with it’s brand name.

Hawksmoor - Air Street Business Cards

Hawksmoor have just opened their latest branch in London’s Piccadilly in the former venue that was Cocoon. The restaurant is very impressive in a very masculine art-deco retro way and is as big as an aircraft hanger. The food is impeccable and cooked to the usual high standards you would expect. However, love this piece of design on the business cards. The photos don’t quite do the cards justice but they are heavy card stock with beautiful gold embossing. Great attention-to-detail and in-keeping with a restaurant where high-standards are synonymous with it’s brand name.

October 29, 2012

David Bowie & Mick Ronson - Moonage Daydream

I could literally write an entire essay enthusing about the Bowie’s 70s era. My favourite periods being specifically the Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane right through to the Berlin sessions. All loved for different reasons but all loved.

This performance of Moonage Daydream captures the creativity, charisma, spirit, vision and panache of Bowie at his peak. For me it’s in iconic performance with Bowie all snake-hipped and mysterious as his alien alter-ego. However the song is underpinned with Mick Ronson’s guitar riffs and soloing. Like all good front men, Bowie has a guitar god as his foil and Ronson himself is a creative equal that makes the performance.

I say it with a sigh and a feeling of immense flush of nostaligia (I grew up in a household where we listened to Bowie) but is there any modern recording artist who can match Bowie’s for pure style, creativity and raw charisma? All we have to look forward to these days is Kasabian and X-Factor and that really is depressing.

October 27, 2012

Wild Nothing - Paradise

From the breathtakingly beautiful album “Nocturne” and also contender (alongside Diiv and The Chomatics) for one one of my favourite releases. The video features the beautiful Michelle Williams in the lead role.

October 21, 2012

Diiv- Doused

One of my albums of the year, this is Diiv’s Doused (Captured Tracks records) - love the Fields Of The Nephilim, Joy Divisionesque guitar work. Eyes firmly peeled for when they hit London Town for live shows! Judging from the energy in the video I think they’re going to be incredible!

October 21, 2012
Ferrari 512M Testarossa 
This neon-tinted 80s  inspired pic of a Ferrari 512M Testarossa reminds me of the type of image you might purchase from defunct card and poster shop chain Athena. The Testarossa was an awesome sport car and for me one of the 1980s definitive examples of design that embodies the decade of excess and lavish spending - the Gordon Geko sentiment that “greed is good.” seems very appropriate. Well it was cool enough for Sunny Crockett to drive (set to his Jan Hammer written soundtrack) in still super cool (epic wave of nostalgia) in Michael Mann’s still epic cop series Miami Vice.

Ferrari 512M Testarossa 

This neon-tinted 80s ¬†inspired pic of a Ferrari 512M Testarossa reminds me of the type of image you might purchase from defunct card and poster shop chain Athena. The Testarossa was an awesome sport car and for me one of the 1980s definitive examples of design that embodies the decade of excess and lavish spending - the Gordon Geko sentiment that “greed is good.” seems very appropriate. Well it was cool enough for Sunny Crockett to drive (set to his Jan Hammer written soundtrack) in still super cool (epic wave of nostalgia) in Michael Mann’s still epic cop series Miami Vice.

October 3, 2012
Kiss - Alive
Ok, so I barely know their music as I’m a Brit and they were never that big here but you have to hand it to them. The band’s imagery, style and their highly theatrical sense of rock ‘n’ roll pomp is iconic. This album sleeve for Alive is one of my favourite pieces of rock photography of all time.

Kiss - Alive

Ok, so I barely know their music as I’m a Brit and they were never that big here but you have to hand it to them. The band’s imagery, style and their highly theatrical sense of rock ‘n’ roll pomp is iconic. This album sleeve for Alive is one of my favourite pieces of rock photography of all time.

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