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Beats bring their A-Game in a new World Cup Commercial

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The best commercial for the World Cup thus far, doesn’t come from any of the usual suspects. No, this one comes from the premium headphone brand, Beats by Dre.

Some of football’s biggest names, Neymar, Bacaray Sagna, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Blaise Matudi, Cesc Fabrigas, Daniel Sturridge, Chicharito, Jozy Altidore, Luis Suarez, Mario Gotze and Robin Van Persie feature in the emotive campaign, ‘The game before the game’.  Shot beautifully by Nabil Elderkin, we follow our heroes as they engage in their pre match rituals. The commercial builds to a thumping crescendo with the soundtrack, “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons & The X Ambassadors. So Nike, Adidas and Puma, be warned; the gauntlet has been dropped.

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Action Bronson talks food in delicious new show

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Potty mouth, Rap Genius and Foodie, Action Bronson, recently debuted his new food show, Fuck, That’s Delicious. In this first episode, Bronson discusses his world tour with Eminem and the food he got to sample on his travels. I particularly enjoyed him talking about visiting Mzoli’s Place, a fantastic spot for good times and excellent barbecued meat, in my hometown, Cape Town.

 

Enjoy the show and catch more food related content at munchies.com

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Nike’s star-studded football commercial will get you into the World Cup Fever

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Wow. I can’t believe it’s been four years already. Four years since the World Cup was hosted in my country. What an amazing experience. And now it’s all about to happen again. Nike’s latest commercial, Winner Stays, for their Risk Everything Campaign, features some of their biggest stars, from Ronaldo to Naima to Iniesta and Kobe Bryant? It’s pretty great, and as kickoff to the World Cup draws near, I can’t wait to see all the new commercials.

Check it out and check out my top 5 favorite football ads in no particular order.

TOP 5 GREATEST FOOTBALL ADS

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Nike Good vs Evil

Adidas José + 10

Puma Journey of Football

Nike Brasil Mas que Nada

 

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YOU’VE GOTTA WATCH THIS | OUR VYNIL WEIGHS A TON

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In 1996 the album My World Premiere was released. The work of best friends Charles Hicks aka Charizma and Chris Manak aka Peanut Butter Wolf, it was an incredibly significant album. My World Premiere was launched three years after the tragic, untimely death of Charizma, but it also marked the beginning of Stones Throw Records, one of the most influential record labels in underground music.

Since its inception, nearly twenty years ago, Stones Throw Records has consistently released critically acclaimed albums by some of Hip Hop’s most influential artists, including Madlib, MF Doom, Peanut Butter Wolf and the late, great J Dilla. It’s also home to an eclectic array of artists including soulful crooners Aloe Blacc, Myron &E and Mayer Hawthorne.

A new full length documentary, directed by Jeff Broadway, entitled Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (a play on Peanut Butter Wolf’s, My Vinyl Weighs a Ton), pays homage to the label with concert footage and archival material as well as in depth interviews with the likes of Kanye West, Tyler the Creator, Snoop Dogg and Questlove.

The film will be making a tour of limited screening across North America, so make sure you get your tickets here.

Check out the film’s website and check out some of my favorite Stone’s Throw offerings.

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Pharrell Williams presents a day filled with HAPPY-ness

Pharrell Williams has created the world’s first 24 hour music video. Set to the super catchy tune, Happy from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, this fantastic video features cameos from the likes Tyler the Creator, Kelly Osbourne, Jamie Foxx and Magic Johnson among others.

What makes the video so amazing is that depending on what time of the day you watch it on the site 24hoursofhappy.com , you’ll have a completely different experience. Spotting the cameos is fun too.

So if you have 24 hours to sit in front of a screen, you could get the complete Happy experience, and if you only have 4 minutes to spare, you should at least watch it once. You’ll be super Happy you did.

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Light up the slopes this winter with the Nike Snowboarding LunarENDOR QS

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If Marty McFly were a snowboarder in Back to the Future, he’d definitely be hovering above the slopes while wearing these insane boots.

The Nike Snowboarding LunarENDOR QS has an LED lit swoosh that’s powered by a lithium battery embedded in the boot and at the flick of a button you can initiate the awesomeness sequence. Now if all the boot had to offer was a light up swoosh, it would be pretty lame. Thankfully Nike has jam packed these bad boys with all of their top of the line technology.

They boast Nike Lunarlon foam which provides comfort and was developed to absorb impact on landing and give you a more responsive ride. And you’ll be able to customize your ride with a flex line system that gives you three different levels of stiffness. The Flywire inner lacing ensures a great fit and the liner and stobel technology-reinforced shell keeps the warmth in.

If you want to make a splash on the slopes (in a good way, not like my face plants on the bunny hill), The Nike Snowboarding LunarENDOR QS will be available in limited quantities at nike.com and Nike SB stores.

… and speaking of lighting up the slopes, check out this amazing video called LED Surfer by Jacob Sutton, featuring pro snowboarder, William Hughes.

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Look mom! No helmet! | Hövding. The amazing invisible helmet

1671292-poster-1280-hovding-invisible-helmet-05 Hövding-airbag-580x386 I’ll be the first to admit that I look pretty goofy riding my wife’s bicycle with my oversized helmet, designed to protect my oversized head, but I’m all about safety first and it drives me crazy when I see so many people speeding by without helmets. I would assume that the large amount of helmetless cyclists I see riding the streets of Toronto prefer not to look silly as I do, but come on guys, a helmet can save your life. Well thankfully a Swedish design duo, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin have come up with a pretty ingenious and stylish solution. Hövding, an invisible helmet. The invention was developed as part of their Masters Thesis project in Industrial design at Lind University in 2005. After years of research, Hövding is finally on the market.

When I first saw images of people wearing this helmet, I was perplexed. What? Where is it? I must be missing something. Well, when I saw a video demo of this incredible invention I was blown away. You will be too. Check it out.

hovding-bike-airbag To learn more about how the Hovding works and how to get your hands on one, visit their website, hovding.com

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Still waters run deep | The mysterious genius of Vivian Maier

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She was a prolific street photographer whose incredibly arresting work has garnered critical acclaim and had it not been for a fateful day in 2007, Vivian Maier’s work would remain forever undiscovered.

When John Maloof, a historical hobbyist from Chicago bought a box filled with thousands of negatives at an auction, he could never have imagined the treasure trove he had just uncovered. As he started developing those negatives, Maloof discovered beautifully evocative pictures that painted the story of life in the 50s and 60s urban landscapes. Vivian Maier captured intimate moments with the people of Chicago and New York, where she lived and worked as a nanny. Despite her obvious talent, Maier inexplicably chose to keep her passion secret.

An amazing documentary film, Finding Vivian Maier, pieces together the remarkable story of this mysterious artist, who died at the age of 83, before Maloof could find her.

That rare case of a genuine undiscovered artist, she left behind a huge trove of pictures that rank her with the great American mid-century street photographers. The best pictures bring to life a fantastic swath of history that now needs to be rewritten to include her.” – Michael Mimmelman, New York Times

Be sure to visit the website, vivianmaier.com to discover more about Vivian Maier and view her amazing gallery of pictures. And definitely look out for the film. Shout outs to Ted Mirsky who posted about the film on Facebook and sent me down the rabbit hole. 

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Design is One | Celebrating Lella and Massimo Vignelli

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If you’re a design geek like me, you’ll know exactly who Massimo and Lella Vignelli are. But even if you are not the kind of person who forces your significant other to watch documentaries about typefaces, you would have definitely seen the work of Vignelli Associates. The husband and wife team who’ve been design partners since 1960, have designed some of the most iconic and timeless designs, from American Airlines, IBM and Bloomingdale’s corporate identity to the New York Subway wayfinder systems and incredible modern furniture for Knoll.

A new documentary, Design is One, directed by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra, celebrates the work of these prolific designers, their influence on modern design and their ongoing creative output.

Make sure you watch this amazing documentary and if you’re ever in Upstate New York, you should visit the Rochester Institute of Technology home of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, which houses the entire design archive of this amazing duo.

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THE 5 BEST WAYS TO HEAR GREAT NEW MUSIC | PART IV

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If you’re as obsessed with music as I am, do yourself a favor. VISIT PITCHFORK TODAY. Created in 1995 by Ryan Schreiber, Pitchfork Media has grown from a monthly music webzine to the primary source for discovering independent music, boasting 240,000 viewers a day.  The site unearths new music daily through a comprehensive series of engaging interviews, news and reviews. 

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The design of the Pitchfork website is sleek and clean but it’s the glut of content and the interesting way it’s presented that makes the site exciting.

When you land on the homepage, you get a little taste of everything the site has to offer. Beneath the headers is a scrolling banner with all the latest features. If I hadn’t visited Pitchfork, I would never have heard the track, Trying to be Cool, an odd but infectious collaboration between R.Kelly and Phoenix.

One of my favorite features on the site is the Staff Lists. The staff, with encyclopedic music knowledge, weigh in on subjects as varied as the Overlooked Albums of 2013 to The Worst Album Covers of 2012 to The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s. And talk about discovering new music, they have an entire page dedicated to the Best New Music, with fantastic reviews on new albums, tracks and reissues. 

When you visit the site make sure you check out Pitchfork.tv. Here you’ll find some great shows like Don’t Look Down, which features artists performing in rooftop sessions. Then there’s Daytripping , a show that follows a day in the life of great artists and Frames, a fun, animated series featuring all your favorite artists.

In 2006, Pitchfrork Media made the move into festival land, with the Pitchfork Music Festival, which happens every year in Chicago and boasts a stellar line up of talent and is a must-attend on the music calendar. This year’s headliners were Björk, Belle & Sebastian, and R. Kelly.

Well that’s Number 4 folks. Number 5 is coming tomorrow. Promise. Now get out of here and go to Pitchfork.com


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