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#INTERNET Ah, we're back! Like we said, we were just "chilling out" for like 3 years. Feels good to have the team back writing. Still us three: Chuck, Benjamin, and Virgil. Got new interviews coming up, and hopefully we'll be posting on a regular basis, who knows. We also interviewed each other, check: CHUCK, BENJAMIN, VIRGIL...

Song: India Dub from Chase & Status!! (Fixed!)

(***Updated, again, I’m hearing conflicting reports on the name of this song!) Massive? Thats what they call it right? I really can’t think of any better way to describe this track beside that…massive. It vibrates my brain (ha, image??) Now, quick disclaimer, I might have the name of this song wrong. It’s called ‘Judgement’. I’m really not sure of the name of this track, keep hearing different stuff…anyway. I heard it first off Sinden’s show, which I get via the Mad Decent blog. Check the link below for the actual mp3 from the show…the song I’m referencing is the first track. This is going to be a short post cause…I don’t really have anything else ot say except for check out the track…and more important, hook me up if you have the full version!! I need the 320kbps version…bad. And that’s my post…I’m loving this Dub Step stuff right now.

Radiohead’s new video, House of Cards! Lasers!

Yeah, pretty much had to post this one up. Radiohead, to me at least, seems to exist in this world of perpetual creativity. While they did get pitched this idea - they didn’t come up with it on they’re own - its just so ‘Radiohead’ that it almost couldn’t work/exist with any other band. A little match made in conceptual-laser-use-heaven. Ha? Yeah, not too much to say on this except its a really eerily beautiful match to the song and just fun to watch. A music video made without cameras…just laser sensors. Also, check out the making of it here.

DVD, Long Way Round!

I guess this was a TV series first. But man oh man, I loved this DVD/series. It’s a travel documentary of Ewan McGregor and his best friend Charley Boorman traveling around the world, literally, via motor cycle, or their case ‘motorbikes’. 20,000 miles in 115 days in some of the most intense terrain ever. They didn’t keep it cushy just doing paved roads in populated areas, etc, they really went for it doing eastern most of Europe first, then right into Russia, then Kazakhstan, then Mongolia, then back into Russia…then they flew over to Alaska, down through Canada, then finally the US, all the way to NYC. In fact, they even hit Naperville outside of Chicago on the way…ha. Honestly, about half the movie, if not more, was then handling Russia and Mongolia…just amazing, amazing landscapes. Really. The immensity of Russia is almost impossible to wrap your head around…so unbelievably large. But yeah, their adventure was just a blast to watch…their friendship, the people they met, the experiences, challenges, etc…super entertaining. Oddly enough, I was watching it this past weekend at my office while I was doing some loose planning for a trip of my own…helped me get into that mindset! So yeah, grab the 2 DVD series off NetFlix or whatever you use. I promise it’s worth it. Thanks to Nicolai and Laura for the recommendation.

Where in the World: Paris Men’s Fashion Week!!!

Crazy. The architecture…the lifestyle…top notch. Fashion week just wrapped up and only two words can describe the experience…too-inspirational. The lady and I hit Raf Simons Saturday and I tagged along yesterday with the fashion team on Sunday which seemed be the main events of the week. In the morning Lanvin, (proving they still hold the title as my favorite house) The Sartorialist told me afterwards this what a long fashion week needed. In the afternoon the almighty Dior Homme, which in my book is a sign the the fashion press and new Dior Denim lovers have sold Kris Van Assche short . You know I was snapping pictures the whole time just to remember the experience…only stopping myself because I was like, snap I gotta act like I belong here, HA. Kinda hard with when your watching Karl Lagerfield & Bernard Arnault (LV!) across the way sitting behind So-Me and Justice knodding to their tune they orchreasted for the Dior show. Riding around Paris at night blasting Justice was worth the trip alone…Paris is an amazing city…the shops were cool, still too expensive but that didn’t stop me from getting a custom order in at Goyard hours before I bounced. (full-on post to come) The nightlife was as fresh, great dinners all over the city. At Le Baron ran into Aron. Caught a Kenna live show. What else could I ask for? Nothing.

KAWS x i-D Magazine & Video interview!!

Ben filled me in a few weeks back that the new i-D magazine was coming out soon and it was going to be adorned with KAWS’ work inside and out. We’ve all long been admirers of KAWS here at THE BRILLIANCE so its always great to see new work from him, let alone a video interview that really gives some cool insight into the artist’s process and mind. Considering interviews with him in general are few and far between, it was definitely a nice treat to see this one today. As an artist myself, I enjoy hearing how other creative people actually make their work. He goes into some detail about printing PDF’s off, putting them on the lightbox, drawing overtop of them, scanning them back in, and so on. It’s not the most interesting part of the video but it’s just fun to see and hear about nonetheless. I speak for myself, Ben, and Virgil when I say we love behind-the-scenes looks at how talented people do their thing so with the new issue of i-D coming out, this is a great little “companion’ (get it? eh…) video for some added perspective. I’ve often wondered about his whole approach to his work - he’s taken on so many different kinds of art over the years: graffiti, products, fine art, editorial, etc. So it was really refreshing to hear him talk about this in the video. He basically said forget worrying about who is down with this and who doesnt like that and so on, he’s just doing what he enjoys and is going to be successful at it. And of course the little peeks at his studio are interesting as well. Anyways - check out the new issue of i-D for more of KAWS work and check the video interview with him in the link below…

Artists you should know. (I’m still here!!)

Despite my depressing lack of posts (my last was May 19?!), I’m happy to report I am in fact still alive and do still have interesting things marginally worthwhile things to write about. Kidding. THIS IS THE BEST POST YOU’LL EVER READ, SQUID BRAINS! (See here.) Anyways, I consider part of my job to be researching and keeping up with what and who is out there in the art/design/illustration world. So let me just get right to it. If you know me, you know I’m big fan of Phil Hale. I discovered his work when I was a sophomore in high school and the creepy nature of his work combined with his intense painting ability and wild imagination had me hooked. If you don’t already know his stuff, get familiar. A perfect place to start is his book GOAD - Many Moods of Phil Hale - it looks like its unavailable on Amazon but if you dig around online you can find it. Next up - and a perfect transition from Hale - is artist/musician Jacob Bannon of Converge fame. Again, taking me back to my high school days and even before I discovered Hale, I was a fan of Jacob’s work (both visual and vocal) for Converge, first seeing what he’d done for the album Petitioning The Empty Sky as well as his work for Poison the Well, Cave In, Drowningman, and Bane. Jacob finally has a new site completely dedicated to his artwork at JacobBannon.com - long overdue but well worth the wait. I must be in a ‘creepy/dark’ art mood today I guess, ha, so I’ll continue with the work of Zach Johnsen. So cool. Seriously. I’m really just loving the idea of using your imagination to its full potential lately and looking at Zach’s work really expands on that in an awesome way. Perfectly eerie and weird. And tell me it wouldn’t be absolutely awesome to have just the hands from this piece up on a wall somewhere in your house…Anyways. Last but not least, I wanted to give some much due attention to BLT & Associates. BLT creates some of the most recognizable and beloved movie posters/campaigns out there including my most recent favorite, this poster for The Dark Knight (which by the way will be the best move this year…) Anyways - you can see a lot of the work BLT has done on the IMP Awards site. Aaaand that’ll do it for me.

Bam!! Mercedes to go ALL green by 2015?!

Is this real? Talk about throwing the gauntlet down… Apparently their going to be doing all non-gasoline options like bio-fuel, bio-diesel, hybrid and full electric. So while they may not be truly ‘ALL green’ as this article suggests, they’ll be completely moving away from pure gasoline/pure diesel powered engines. Pretty wild stuff. And from a car company that is so desirable. I guess I didn’t really see this coming. I know they were doing the BlueTec diesel thing in the E classes…but this is so drastic. You have to wonder, how??! Logistics issues, supply chain, their existing plants, etc. They’ve got a lot of work ahead of them it seems. I hope this isn’t just spin and all we’re getting is some bio-diesel-ready kitted cars - I mean, I guess that would be a huge step - but I’ve just been waiting for something super dramatic like this. And from Benz?? Perfect. I’ll be first in line for the electric E class wagon. Yeah, I’ll guess we’ll see…

Travel! South Dakota?

Ha, it might not be the euro-jet-setting that my man Virgil is doing right now, but I’ve got some family business to attend to…a family reunion actually. And honestly, isn’t it fun to experience something totally different every once in a while? I think I’ll do a trip photo set of some sort, document the great plains states a bit. I mean, I went there when I was a little kid, so it’ll be somewhat familiar…but its been a while. Actually, its been a long time since I’ve been out of the ‘city’ environment in general - it’ll be a nice break. I can’t wait to check the stars at night. Anyone know of any spots I should check out in the Watertown/Sioux Falls area? ***Totally off subject, this new GLC track ‘Riding by Myself’ that just came dropped on the web? ‘I ride my car so cold…’ That hand-clap??! Love it. And hey, there you have it, THE BRILLIANCE! at it’s finest…I’ll reference South Dakota and GLC in the same post. Where else on the web do you get that? Ha.

Where in the World: London!!

Yeah, last minute, literally, jetted out to London. I love this city. Highlight of the trip thus far is checking out Dover Street Market. They have all this fresh Chanel ‘Paris to London’ product. Finally a select shop that delivers, every square foot of the shop has something different and cool. The best displays/visual merchandising in the world. One major problem…the USD is worth as much as dust. I can’t afford a damn thing. Great window shopping tho. I was fortunate to hit the N.E.R.D. show at Brixton Academy. ‘Seeing Sounds’ the new album more than deliverers and their live show on the full stage is a high energy throwdown. The place went nuts to all of the old and new tracks. Pharrell was saying they were using the footage for the next video, ‘Spazz’. When it drops you’ll see how crazy it actually was in there. Stay tuned.

Apple’s Keynote, 3G iPhone, MobileMe, and the SDK thing!

I actually had this big post half-way written about all this…decided it was boring and I should trim it down. Keeping it simple. The keynote, as always, was well executed and fun to watch - a theatrical presentation that other companies can’t seem to copy. The developer’s demoing their software could have been a bit shorter though. iPhone 3G is pretty amazing…everything everyone wanted. The video interview things they did of enterprise companies that are using it sealed the deal. I’m not sure how I feel about the plastic back on it now though. I liked the aluminum. MobileMe service truly looks amazing…but its lacking one serious, serious piece…you have to use yourname@me.com. They need to get serious about being able to have your own domain. Until then I probably won’t use the service. That aside, the web interface stuff, the push stuff, etc, is awesome. I love when Apple does software. The SDK or software developers kit…my favorite piece. Actually, my favorite piece is this feature (seriously, click it). They call it the ‘Apple Push Notification Service’. This is what will really challenge BlackBerry. They said they are seeding this to developers next month…i can’t wait…I can not wait till Google gets their hands on this. Google Apps using that feature will be the real ‘Exchange for the rest of us’ as Apple has dubbed MobileMe. Well, thats my opinion at least. So there you have it…Apple has done it again. What a fun company to watch. ***Now please, guys, can we get some newly designed MacBook Pros?