Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Quiet Village

More like the alternate soundtrack of Dune, "Silent Alarm" has me in disco-dub lust. While you're more likely to hear, Circus of Horror, on all the other blogs. HIAHT is PROUD to feature, Can't Be Beat:

Quiet Village - Can't Be Beat

This marvelous, rolling gem sounds straight out of 1980. And I wouldn't be surprised if the dollies pick this shit up and mix it in with the rest of the jewels - IT'S THAT GOOD!
You can find Quiet Village's Silent Alarm now on !K7.

I'm definately ready for summer now.

Also here's an extra special mix from Quiet Village to jump start your gemini delights:
01 Quiet Village - "Victoria's Secret" (!K7)
02 Rhythm & Sound - "Jah Version" (Burial Mix)
03 Jackie Mittoo - "After Xmas" (Soul Jazz)
04 Warp 69 - "Natural High" (Global Communication remix) (Dedicated)
05 Led Zeppelin - "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Atlantic)
06 Stelvio Cipriani - "Main Theme From Blindman" (Digitmovies)
07 Quiet Village - "Gold Rush" (!K7)
08 Sergio Mendes - "Crystal Illusions" (A&M)
09 Celestine Okwu - "Okwukwe Na Nchekwube" (Soundway)
10 US69 - "On My Way" (Buddah)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Style WhyCons

Tinsley Mortimer is one; Arden Wohl is another. Isabella Blow practically defined the term.

Call them style whycons—people whose unconventional aesthetics and bold wardrobe choices have gotten them noticed, for better and for worse. While those on the Eastern Seaboard worship almost exclusively at the altar of whycons who are the offspring of old-money socialites, Los Angeles is—and always has been—home to the immigrant ingĂ©nue.

Since the dawn of Hollywood's golden age, girls with big dreams and small waists have been getting off the bus from Anytown, USA, looking to make it here. Make what, exactly? “It” used to be a career as an actress, but now, thanks to the Internet, “it” changes every other week.

Model/web-lebrity/pink-haired style whycon Audrey Kitching—friend of fashion Renaissance man Clint Catalyst and designer Jared Gold—formed her fan base via the primordial HTML code of MySpace. Since the Web cares little about geography, her physical location seemed irrelevant. But six months ago, Kitching left her native Philadelphia and headed straight to L.A. “I used to fly out here all of the time for photo shoots,” she says, “so it just got to the point where it made more sense to move out here. I figured that things would happen a lot faster if I did, and it turns out I was right.”

Since then, Kitching has launched her own website, covered New York Fashion Week for MTV and been featured in an exhibit at the Warhol Museum in Philadelphia. One might expect her to have developed an ego as blinding as her hair, but Kitching continues to remain refreshingly humble. “I don’t think I’m the most stylish person ever,” she says. “I don’t think I’m the best model ever. I just wake up and live my life. If people happen to say nice things, that’s awesome. If not, it’s not going to bother me.”

We use the Internet to work, play, date and even have sex; it was only a matter of time before it fostered its own celebrities. American Apparel model Lauren Paez didn’t think twice before she sent photos of herself to the L.A.-based clothing company in response to one of its online model searches.

“I was living in a tent in Yosemite with my then-boyfriend when we saw they were looking for models, so we submitted some photos and it just kind of happened,” Paez recalls. For the record, the Boyle Heights native wasn’t living in a tent because she was strapped for cash—she was just very earth-conscious at the time. “I was so granola back then,” she says. ”That’s part of why I wanted to work with American Apparel, because they’re a sweatshop-free company and I thought that was really great.”

Not everyone loves the fact that these girls—along with Cory Kennedy, Linda Strawberry, Jeffree Starr, Raquel Reed and Sky Ferreira—are influencing the fashion industry and altering standards of beauty. Kitching has received anonymous e-mails telling her she is too short and too fat to be a model. She takes it all in stride. “I don’t really care what other people think about me—they either like me or they don’t,” she says. “Our whole generation is so consumed with appearance. Everyone feels pressure to fit in. I like to think of myself as someone they can look up to who breaks the mold of all that.”

Despite what Tyra Banks will tell you, a fierce runway walk does not a model make. The gap between trained professionals and “accidental” models has narrowed, thanks to the accessibility of the Internet and our insatiable hunger for new images. Suddenly, being conventionally good looking in the fashion world means about as much as the plot in a Sophia Coppola film: It’s nice when it’s there, but the actors and art direction are strong enough to keep an audience entertained either way. Enter the whycons.
OKAY! here's the lick it mix

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Monday, May 05, 2008

New single from The Radio Dept.

In the beginning of 2007 people started talking about new material from The Radio Dept. There was even a rumour going on that they were working on two albums simultaneously and that both would be released in May the same year. In other words, two albums merely one year after the release of the previous album ”Pet Grief”. Those who had followed the band for a few years and knew how they work probably suspected this would not happen.

"Freddie and the Trojan Horse" is a first taste of their upcoming album ”Clinging to a scheme” due to be released on September 10. The new songs are said to be influenced by minimalistic post-punk, krautrock, repetitive "motorik" beat and ambient noise. We'll, hopefully, know if that's true on September 10.

The Radio Dept. "Freddie and the Trojan Horse" (LAB105, 3-track CD Single) is out on June 4.

The Radio Dept. - "Freddie and the Trojan Horse"

Track listing
1. Freddie and the Trojan Horse
2. Closing scene
3. The room, Tarzana

"It’s time – once again and more clearly than before – to show our standpoint. ’Freddie and the Trojan Horse’ is about the untruthfulness of the Swedish right-wing government and how the leading party seized power by portraying itself as supportive of the workers.” THE RADIO DEPT. April 17th, 2008.