Week of March 2X, Two Thousand 14.

NOTE: Car culture is really lame and IEDEI is not a car blog anymore….so please stop emailing me in regards to suggested articles about cars or advertising.  I am not interested.  There is more to life than material objects and the mundane, unstimulating world of automobile worship! I’ve been a much happier person once i came to this obvious realisation. Enjoy what you have and quit wasting your precious life away wishing worshipping pieces of metal. 

Status post watching a documentary about Big Star.  They influenced some bands i really love like Teenage Fanclub and Whiteout.   The documentary was a bit of a bore after the first 30 minutes, but I think it was made for those religiously dovoted to them.  I like some of the tunes…..like “Thirteen” which i always associated to Teenage Fanclub while ignoring the fact that it was a Big Star tune!  Yeah nice one, man.

Check out this article about microengravings onto a grain of sand!  Wicked.

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/creating-sand-castles-with-a-single-grain-of-sand

 

My delightful wife bought me a Crosley record player and i’ve been hunting down obscure and favourite records over the past few weeks; culminating in a renewed interest in findings all of those weird Elephant records released on vinyl only in the late 90s.   This is the UK band Elephant, based out of Brighton.  Yes nobody knows who they are it seems.   One day, Ingo Graham (singer wearing lipstick in every promo photo i’ve seen) will come out of hiding and me a superstar though….and i’ll have those rare old records!

On my birthday (March 1st) my wife took me to the Guggenheim to check out the magnificently huge Futurism exhibit.  It sort of bothered me to see ordinary people falling in love with Futurism, but at the same time it made me overjoyed to see SO MUCH Futurism exhibited in one location.  A spectacular show for people such as me who have been fascinated by Futurism for such a long time.  You must go see it! (on until September 2014)

http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/on-view/italian-futurism-1909-1944-reconstructing-the-universe

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What record am i most excited about!?  Well i’ve pre-ordered the Killing Sound EP on Blackest Ever Black which comes in a limited edition Double 12″.  The record is sold out now, but definitely worth hearing!  Dark, dusty, frosty dub-influenced ambient drone.  Yes please.  It’s kind of obscure…so much that i can’t even find a soundclip online; but trust me i have the EP already on MP3 and it is stunning!

http://blackesteverblack.bigcartel.com/product/killing-sound-i-killing-sound-i-blackest028-2×12

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Car culture may be ridiculously shallow and mundane; but that doesn’t stop ME from enjoying my 120 miles of driving i do every day in my, well…badass 2013 BMW 135is.  320hp and mighty, mighty quick.  Been doing donuts all winter with my snow tires on! come on!  I won’t talk about ‘other’ cars much here anymore, but i will definitely talk about what i drive…..because it’s what i live with.

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onboard: Alpine A220.

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1969 Alpine A220.  1500 lbs.  310hp.  @ Circuit La Sarthe.

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one word: WICKED.

 

 

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jagwar ma.

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Anyone who knows my musical history knows my own music as well as what influenced was DEEPLY entrenched in Madchester and the baggy sounds of the early 90s.  Jagwar Ma have recently brought back some of that bagginess with their debut album “Howlin”.  Well worth a listen and a purchase, in my opinion.

Jagwar Ma play Glasslands in Brooklyn on October 2nd.  I will be there.  Come say hello. 

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i8.

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There are very few automobiles which capture my attention, new or old, these days.  My interest in automobiles has faded aside from a few select cars which i’m always chasing.  i am, however, BLOWN AWAY by this car.  the fact that it is a production car that looks like a concept.  The fact that is totally a current car embedded with current technologies capturing the spirit of ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ without copying anything else before it.  The fact that it’s the first hybrid sports car that is somewhat attainable  (still expensive though…at $135k USA price).  But most of all I love this car because it pushes and opens an envelope into the current times.  No retro here.  No celebration of the past.  The BMW i8 is a celebration of the future.

If i had the money…i’d order this and drive it every day!!

Forget 0-60 times (4.4 seconds here), forget curb weight (3200+ pounds here), forget cost for a second, forget the badge, forget the insane aero design features— this car is a pioneer and a real innovation in this realm.  It’s rare in these generic modern times of automotive engineering that we see a true beginning, but i have a feeling the i8 is the first of many coming in this realm.

(I don’t count cars like the Porsche 918, because of price and uber-exclusivity)

Live photos from Frankfurt (courtesy of greenCarReports)

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promo photos from BMW in Black:

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can you guess the new IEDEI-mobile?

A couple of months ago, i placed an order for a new car to replace the A3 quattro (will be keeping the TT).  I put 47k miles on the A3 in just over 2 years, and really needed something ‘more fun’ to entertain me during my 120 mile/day commute between Brooklyn and my job located out of the city. For the record, the A3 is 10000% reliable and never gave me a single issue.  A wonderful car (which is still for sale through this week, btw) which was actually the ideal commuter car.  I’m pretty sure my new car will not be as ideal as a commuter—–but will definitely be a whole lot more fun and exciting!

According to my estimations, the car SHOULD arrive in the next 10 days as it is currently on a boat.  The choice will surprise most people, but it didn’t surprise me much.  I have wanted this car since i first drove one…

Can you guess what it is?  (for those who already know from me telling you, please don’t answer as it’s unfair!)

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crashingWaves.

I have never been to Iceland, but i would like to go.  It doesn’t get much better than cold, oceans, ice, and snow.   This series of photos makes me feel like i’m standing right there.  Beautiful simplicity.  No material object could ever match it.

photos by Jan Erik Waider

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streetArt.

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I got my introduction to ‘street art’, as many people did, from Banksy and his extravagant street installations of art work—however it is important to remember that he is merely one of thousands of brilliant street artists across the world.  He happened to become famous, however street art is one of the newest and most exciting forms of art around.

I think what makes street art most fascinating is that it doesn’t exist in isolation (e.g. in a picture frame hanging from the wall).  It takes the best aspects of installations and art, and inserts them into a live setting where it can interact with its own surroundings and create something contextual, yet still enlightening.  I am a fan of learning how to see things differently; street art shows an alternative version of reality in the mundane, the every day, and the structures we take for granted.

To those into street art, some of these photos may be more ‘popular’ works seen, but i found them to be nicely compiled at this page on Memolition

 

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meditations.

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For the past few years—my favourite bands have all come from Sweden.  This week i’ve been listening to a lot of Holograms.  Their new record, “Forever”, was released this week.  Their 1st album was sort of a simple, straight forward affair—while the new album is darker, more complex, and dare i say Broder Daniel-influenced? (Broder Daniel is one of my favourite bands of all time).  They even titled the album “Forever”, just like Broder Daniel titled one of their records “Forever”. Hmm.

Holograms are playing 285 Kent Ave. on December 6th in Brooklyn.  you will find me there, lurking in a dark corner.

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TTS.

There were prettier, faster, more glamourous, more hyped, and more revered small coupes from that era (mid 60s)—but i would argue none of them were as COOL as the NSU TTS.  rear-engined.  rear-wheel drive.  and definitely the most aggressive looking of them all.  Eat your heart out, italians!

file under: off the beaten path, away from mainstream admiration (thankfully).

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The Monocle Guide To Better Living

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Just received this Monocle book entitled “The Monocle Guide To Better Living”.  If you’ve never read the magazine Monocle, then i would strongly advise you to pick up a copy.  For people such as me with an imagination that finds itself wondering about different places, ideas, people, and ways of living—Monocle is sort of like the ‘ultimate’ magazine of sorts.  It focuses on culture and society—but not in a way you would pick up from the news or from regular every day information outlets.  It focuses on the small details of things that really captivate and interest people such as myself.

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Monocle as a magazine is a challenging, but captivating read.  I have spent a few breezy minutes flipping through this book thus far and my only description would be to say that the book continues where the magazine leaves off—but with a more concrete and themed presentation.  Beautiful old-school yellow cover and binding and lovely matte pages.  400 pages.  Wonderful for my bookshelf.  Highly recommended.

ORDER HERE

 

 

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“Exit Through The Gift Shop”

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I watched this a while ago, but was for some reason reminded of it today when i saw an article about Banksy.  Most people have seen Banksy’s work somewhere at some time either in person or online or on a record cover…and didn’t even know it.  Whatever you think of him, he is definitely iconic!  This documentary is less about Banksy, and more about the scene around him and prominently the french guy who tried to make a documentary about Banksy! ha.

90 minutes well spent watching this though! HIGHLY recommended!

 

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if i owned a Renault 5 Turbo…

or an Alpine—–I would definitely want this entourage of hyperactive french mechanics following me around, waiting for something to happen!

(this is sort of like a ‘foto of the day’ as IEDEI used to do…..but is just not arsed to do anymore! ha)

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Eating twisties.

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This is just some unbelievable driving.  Reflexes as smooth as velvet and balls of steel.

The driver is Marcel Steiner and he is driving an Osella FA 30 Zytek V8 3.0 (whatever that is!)

 

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Wilderness.

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Been listening to this all week….can never get enough Joy Division.

 

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M4.

This new BMW M4 Concept is the business.  A beautiful colour named ‘Aurum Dust’ (what a name!) and some of the most aggressive styling i’ve seen out of a german car in recent memory. Thank you BMW—–for keeping the insanity.   I am loving some of the details here…

(photos courtesy of BMWblog)

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‘The” icon.

Should the word “the” have an icon?  The same way “and” has an icon (&)?  Fascinating proposal by Australian Paul Mathis.  What do you think?  Here is his proposal for the icon (i think it’s lovely):

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Watch Le Mans 2013! (updated)

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Need a place to watch Le Mans 2013?? Every year I put up the links I am using to watch Le Mans.  The greatest race in the world is back……on one side of my mind, I have an Audi Sport flag waving and on the other side I have a blue Alpine flag waving for LMP2.  Either way….this is the motor racing event of the year and definitely worth watching.

Here are some links to watch, listen, and follow (these will be updated throughout the next 24 hours).  Please feel free to make any suggestions to other good sources.

EUROSPORT <——- superb link, British Eurosport in with English commentary

EUROSPORT #2 (also British Eurosport, thank you Ricardo for the link!)

ACO Le Mans

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Listen to fantastically detailed commenting at Radio Le Mans

LIVE TIMING via WEC! the best way to follow what’s going on with the positions, as well as interviews and videos

Audi Sport, onboard the R18s with Radio Le Mans commentary

My suggestion? find a video feed you like—and turn on Radio Le Mans and mute the video.

Go Alpine! Go Audi!

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A210.

Le Mans weekend is here!  Links will be up tomorrow about where to watch the race.

After watching 21 hours last year and suffering a near-nervous-breakdown—i have decided I will only follow what happens with the Alpine A450 and the Audi R18s this year.  The Audis will most likely win as they usually do…but the A450 is starting 8th in the grid for LMP2.  Here’s hoping for a strong showing!

Here’s a beautiful photo of the Alpine A210 during its time at the Le Mans Classic this year.

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src of photo:  octane

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A450 Le Mans test day.

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I eagerly await this year’s Le Mans (June 22-23)—-and while I will be, as usual, pulling for the stunning Audi R18s to win (as expected they will), my eyes will actually be peeled out for the Alpine A450 which heralds the return of one of the greatest marques in racing back to Le Mans!  Sure this is a car that was developed primarily by Nissan originally, however its tuning and program is now joined to the hip with Dieppe and the Renaultsport/Alpine tuners.  It is such a great feeling to see the Alpine marque on the track again, and with reasonable success I am sure that in the near future we will start to see a non-Nissan Alpine race car being developed and run in future endurance events!  

Here are some photos shown by Team Signature about the current A450 race car doing Le Mans testing this weekend in France.

As usual, IEDEI will be setting up live feeds of Le Mans on this site as we do every year to help everyone to watch it!

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Pangea w/ borders.

What did the Earth look like 300 million years ago?

Well if we kept the current country borders, might it have looked like this?  Some fascinating new neighbours in this schematic!  I, personally, would love to go from Brooklyn to Morocco for dinner in the evening! ha!

Illustration by Massimo Pietrobon via bored panda

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murmur: a dialogue between a human and a wall.

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This is spectacularly cool.   Using technology, an interface has been made for people’s voice to be made into a physical entity and interact with a dynamic graphics display on the facing well.  What results is something I would really like to try.  A collaboration between multiple studios including Chevalvert, 2Roqs, Polygraphik, and Splank.  More details at Design Boom and make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this post to understand what this is all about!

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structures and scaffolding.

wonderful series of illustrations by Atelier Olschinsky.

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