1969 Alpine A220. 1500 lbs. 310hp. @ Circuit La Sarthe.
one word: WICKED.
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.
“Come Save Me”
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)
promo photos from BMW in Black:
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
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.
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).
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.
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.