Archive for January, 2010

Hitler May Hate the iPad… But I Don’t


Ok, so perhaps the best thing that has come from the iPad reveal yesterday is this video (the ultimate quote being: “I wanted to watch videos of lolcats while laying on the couch! But no. They won’t even give it flash support.”), however the beast itself is pretty darned impressive. In an article on Gizmodo, the gang pointed out that Apple has not always been about stealing the market from everyone. It is not a question of converting Blackberry users. In a sense this is like preaching to the choir.So, basically the Gizmodo gang is saying that if you have all the latest toys (an iPhone, a netbook, a hardwired machine at home, a kindle, etc.) there isn’t really much that this machine can do for you. As Hitler points out, it can’t make phone calls, it hasn’t got a camera, and it doesn’t support flash. It doesn’t multitask… and let’s be honest, it’s awfully big to be carrying around as a music player.

That said, there are folks like me, and millions of others who may own some of these gadgets but not all. For example, I’ve held off on the Kindle for ages now because there is something impersonal about reading from an e-ink screen. I didn’t buy an iPhone because I love Blackberry too much and because after being scorned so many times with iPod updates (i.e. the coolest one ever (!!!) coming out 3 days after you finally take the plunge, you know, the one with 3x as much memory, a video player, and half the cost?) I couldn’t bear the idea of a cooler one coming out and having just missed the boat. And, I haven’t bought a netbook because I didn’t REALLY see the point since I’ve become more interested in design lately and don’t love the tiny screen and keyboard.

That said, for me (and I’m sure millions of others out there) this has just created the perfect storm and come at just the right time. And perhaps, the price tag (starting at $499) is well under expectations and pretty darned good for such a cutting edge product. Do you remember how much the iPhone cost when it came out? A couple of hundred AND you needed to buy a plan. I think I’ve heard estimates that the first batch of iPhones cost folks around $1200 for the first year. And what does a new iPod touch cost? A couple hundred at least with a smaller memory and screen.

The opportunties here are really impressive: bigger/better games, hi-def YouTube videos, 3G option, etc. This may well be the device that makes Zmags and other “page turning technology” matter.

The biggest stumbling block in purchasing one, as a colleague of mine pointed out, it is awfully easy to talk yourself into the next price range and suddenly the iPad doesn’t look like such a deal. However, at $499 many people will be getting excited for iPad mania– even if it does sound like a feminine hygine product (and violate a number of copyright laws).

Final Verdict

Biggest Coups:

  • Cost (starting at $499)
  • Bigger Screen
  • High Definition Youtube
  • Opportunities for Zmags
  • Ideal market will be geeks with restraint (and will pick up the “gotta have everything” folks as well)
  • Interactivity
  • Opportunity for much better applications
  • E-reader technology
  • 3G Option

Biggest Fails:

  • Battery Life (nowhere near that of the Kindle)
  • No Flash Support
  • No Multitasking
  • No OSX
  • No Full-interweb
  • It still isn’t a telephone and it still isn’t a computer (hey, Hitler, it wasn’t supposed to be)

Crockstar Exclusive Interview with Pance Party (Part II of II)

 Pance Party are an elecPanceQuotetro trio who have had some big success with a number of their tracks and remixes. They are regulars on the charts over at The Hype Machine, a site dedicated to the most blogged about artists.In addition to their chart topping bangers (most successfully their remix of The Presets’ Kicking and Screaming), Pance Party has been sharing studio space with the likes of Journey, Bloc Party and Phoenix in their 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse-cum-sick pad in San Francisco. Along with friend Sticky K the gang have formed the “Super Best Friends Club” in their HQ  which is fast becoming a hangout for designers, artists, musicians and all sorts in the Bay Area.

In case you missed the first part of the interview we posted yesterday, have a quick read through of the first part of Crockstar’s exclusive interview with Pance Party. In addition to finding out a bit more about the guys behind Pance Party we got a clear look at some of their influences (based on their responses to “what is the song of the moment?”) and a better idea about what makes these guys tick.

Without further ado, here comes part deux of the interview, buckle your safety belts!

 How long have you been doing what you do?

Eric: That’s an interesting question to ask a musician, but I’ll do my best to answer. Pance Party will have its first birthday on Jan 31. So about a year.

Andy: We’ve been doing it just long enough to not have life-shattering drug addictions… but hey, hopefully we’ll get there.

What got you started doing this?

Swardy: College. A new found appreciation for dance parties fed a craving to write and produce music. Electro was the perfect fit.

Andy: Our mutual love of puppies, three-part harmony, and the Taco Bell dollar menu.

Lil Jon Has a Pance Party

Who are some of the people you admire within the music industry?

Andy: Our favorite producer right now has to be Wolfgang Gartner, but we all have raging music boners for Siriusmo and SebatiAn.

Swardy: Mostly just Skerrit Bwoy. But if I had to name others… I’d go with Fake Blood for his elusive sound (and identity). **

I know you were at one point talking about having a European tour (I think at one point we were even talking about coordinating it with the official launch party of the line before I got seriously delayed)… still hoping to conquer Europe?

Swardy: Ya see, here at Pance Party HQ, we have a common dream: meeting folks from every walk and gauging their facial response to sternum shattering electro. While european gigs are plentiful and clearly appropriate, these days we find ourselves wondering: how will the children of inner mongolia react to wretch-worthy bass lines? Does that make sense?

Andy: Well we just signed with Miles Dyson’s Plasmapool label in Germany, so we’re getting excited about a European tour happening soon. Other than that, we’re planning a big EP release tour across several Chevy’s Mexican restaurants in the midwest.

Eric: Yeah, hope to move the Pance Party to Berlin in the near future actually.

What are your big goals for 2010? You had a pretty successful 2009, what would you like to improve upon this year?

Andy: Our number one goal is to score an endorsement deal with Subway Restaurants. Their combination of great taste and value has been the number one factor in our success so far.

Swardy: Festivals festivals festivals. We just booked SXSW and we want to keep that snow ball rollin.

Eric: I like to think of 2010 as a huge mega-anteater, but instead of eating ants, he fills himself full of Pance Party music. Basically i want to provide that giant anteater with some purchasable music.

Expert On Anteaters Wasted Entire Life Studying Anteaters

What was it that made you decide to take the plunge and make this a career move rather than just keep playing music/performing as a hobby?

Andy: Raging egomania and a sociopathic avoidance of normal workplaces.

Eric: Well we’re pretty much guaranteed to get filthy rich from this right???

If you could get your work to one person who would it be and why?

Swardy: George Harrison. That guy was so freakin’ baller. I’d be really curious to know what he thought of our music. I think if he liked it I would jump a little.

Eric: I would like to go back in time and hang out with a bunch of cave men/women whilst listening to our new EP Kim Jong Thrill. They’d probably be like, “Ooooga Booooga!”

Andy: I think it would be pretty sweet for Kim Jong Il to actually hear our new EP “Kim Jong Thrill”. I hear North Korean parties are insane!

As the Crockstar line is all about being true to yourself: I’ve got to self plug while I’ve got a chance… what does it mean to you to be a ‘Crockstar’?

Andy: It’s like being a rockstar, except without the women and drugs. Because drugs are bad. Or so I’ve read.

Swardy: Being a Crockstar means… facing your challenger with the fury of the sun from Mario 3… and then taking ‘em out for a seafood dinner.

Eric: It’s like being a crotchety old rock star, but you still get the ladies :)

 Remix Cereal

Finally, free reign for a shameless plug in 60 seconds or less, GO!

Eric: If you buy our new EP and write down on our myspace wall that you purchased it, we will send you a special gift in the mail. (gift will probably come in the form of a picture of a funny animal)

Swardy: The Basics:
follow @panceparty
www.panceparty.com
www.myspace.com/panceparty

Andy: Buy our breakfast cereal!

**N.B. the lovely link above was provided care of Pance Party

Alright everyone! That wraps up this week’s interview, keep your eyes peeled for the new General Skills Re-mix Cereal from the gang over at Pance party. And, more importantly, listen to their music and buy their new EP (Kim Jong Thrill) when it’s released! I’ll keep you posted on dates as I hear ‘em.

Crockstar Interviews San Francisco Electro Act: PANCE PARTY (Part I)

This week we’ve got a special treat with you: an exclusive Q & A with one of the biggest up and coming electro acts… PANCE PARTY. Pance Party have been working their way up the circuits and been travelling and performing all over the US. If you get the chance to see them, definitely check them out!

Pance Party Mo's

We will have the rest of the interview up tomorrow, but we’ll whet your whistle this morning with the rapid-fire section of the Q&A, and tomorrow unleash a fuller look into the messed up world that is, Pance Party.

First I asked the gang (Andy, Eric and Swardy) to describe themselves in a Twitter sized biography. Apparently they missed the memo because this thing is a good 67 characters over, but what’re you gonna do?

Ranging in style from brain-blowing bass ballads to hyper-crushed dome scorchers, Pance Party provides enough raw sonic energy to turn even the most negative Nancy into araving lunatic on the dance floor.

On to the RAPID FIRE questions…

Who are the coolest people you’ve toured with?

Eric: Probably Maroon 5. That tour in ’98 was insane!

Swardy: Sticky K, Valerna

Andy: Definitely NOT Valerna.

Who would you most like to tour with?

Swardy: Miles Dyson!

Andy: Chester French! I hear they get lots of women… and drugs… even though drugs are bad. Or so I’ve read.

Eric: I agree with Andy. CF.

Andy: Having Capcom give us a shout out for our “Final Fight” themed video for our remix of Chester French’s C’mon was pretty sweet.

Eric: Playing to 1500 people at the Yale-Harvard ball on Yale’s campus was fully ridiculous. The room we played in looked like the dining commons at Hoggwarts, but BIGGER. Those Yale folks really pulled a one up on those bastards in Harry Potter land.

Favorite flavour of ice cream?

Swardy: Bi-Rite Salted Caramel!

Andy: What does “flavour” mean?

Song of the moment?

Swardy: Lazer Sword – Koopa Boss Mode

Andy: Umek – Slap

Eric: Talking Heads – “This Must Be the Place”

Favorite designer?

Swardy: Casey Gray

Andy: Bugle Boy

Eric: Crockstar!

Bugle Boy Denim

Image via: OnceUponaWin

So, that’s all for today! I think we can safely assume that Eric was full of shit on that last question, but a compliment never hurts when you’re getting some free publicity. Click here for Part II of the Pance Party interview. In the mean time, rock out and give ‘em some love over on the famous Hype Machine and try not to break Youtube watching the hilarious Chester French video.

Nike True City iPhone App


So, Nike has just released an iPhone application designed to help you get a better lock on your city (or any city you’re visiting for that matter). The app can be totally personalised and allows you to update and add your own favorite haunts in your city. The above video offers a pretty clear explanation of how the app works and also has some great insight to the London sneaker scene (a view of some galleries, the famed Nike 1948 store, Brick Lane, and a load of other places you might go to watch kick obsessed hipsters roll by).I would freely welcome any reviews of the app for London or any other cities so leave your thoughts in the comments section!

The Hood Internet Has Still Got It

The Hood Internet – Crazy Hold Out (Nicki Minaj x Washed Out) by hoodinternet
Another super enjoyable track from the Hood Internet. Hood is known (typically) for their mash-ups of indy and hip-hop music. If their newest tracks are any indication, looks like 2010 will be another good year for these two DJs from Chicago.

Music for Haiti

www.musicforrelief.com has partnered with some big names on some really great tracks in an effort to raise money for disaster relief in Haiti. Please share the player and download and donate if possible… also, this is a perfect example of a time where pirating is simply not cool. Give what you can and enjoy the music. The Lupe Fiasco featuring Kenna track is particularly great.

Skate or Die


This video truly brings the concept of Skate or Die (arguably the best video game of all time) to life. Directed by Spike Jonze and Ty Evans, this video called “Heaven” from the film Fully Flared released by the Lakai skate team in 2007 is one of the greatest portrayals of skateboarding as art. Please watch with sound and in high-def if possible. Thanks @TomCritchlow for the link.

New Blog to Follow – Lineage of Influence

Color Influence

A warm welcome to Lineage of Influence to the men’s fashion Blogosphere!

I wanted to just pass on the info because Lineage is writing about of things that interest me, he generates some good quality, thoughtful and original content… and to be quite frank, he writes about a lot of stuff that I would be writing about if I had as much time these days.

Keep an eye out for Lineage both through his blog and on Twitter (@the_inside_out) for some more London based input on streetwear, mens fashion and kicks

skate or die

Of particular interest for young designers is his “influence” section of the blog dedicated to different inspirations (colors, tones, textures, etc.). Hence the dope picture above. Check him out!

Images Via: Lineage of Influence

 

New Tee for the New Year!

Just a heads-up, the second release from Crockstar should be coming in the next few weeks. As always, the print will be done on ethically sourced t-shirts and will be strongly influenced by internet sub-culture. I’m afraid I can’t (ok, won’t) reveal any more at the moment but will definitely keep you updated!

Best Streetwear Designer of 2009 – Carri Munden a.k.a. Cassette Playa

Carri Munden a.k.a. Cassette Playa

Carri has had an incredibly successful year. Following up on a breakthrough 2008 (in which, among other things, she was recognized as the “Best Fashion Designer” by Rolling Stone Magazine laregely for her 2008 S/S line, which really was the most impressive of many neon inspired lines that came out that season (as evidenced by the photo below). During that time, Carri a.k.a. Cassette Playa gained some decent press and some recognition for the work she did as stylist to the colorful M.I.A.

 Image Via: Rolling Stone

However, in 2009 Carri has been on a whole different level. After CP’s second collaboration on a pair of kicks for Nike she was asked to create a fake sports team (she opted for the Chimera’s and took on Parra’s Lovely Loners) for Nike’s rivalry collection. The bomber jacket she designed for this capsule collection, which was definitely one of the must-have pieces in every streetwear collection this year, has recently been spotted on the likes of Ciara, Lily Allen and others.

 

Image via: Cassette Playa’s Blog

Though there were obviously other big names in Streetwear this year (Bape and Nike continued their roles at the forefront, while other relative newcomers like Trapstar had breakout years), CP really took it. This year’s collection (and the various capsule collections she did for Nike and others) stayed true to that which made her successful in the past–simple but entertaining designs and bright colors– but was new enough (and drifted far enough from the neon) to keep it fresh rather than continue with something that was played out.

Carri also did some work this year styling some stuff for Billionaire Boy’s Club/Ice Cream and had a really nice collaboration with Present.

As if that weren’t enough, Carri got to enter the world of every neon-loving child’s favorite television show — Fraggle Rock! In addition to helping Dr. Romanelli redisgn the website, she also worked on a few collaborative t-shirts available via: Collete.

Carri is one of those designers who loves what she’s doing and really appreciates her customers. Here’s to hoping CP can keep it up in 2010 and keep bringing out more hot collections!

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This is the new home of the Crockstar Limited blog. The blog focuses heavily on trends in fashion music and the internet. The goal is to start an ethically sourced fashion label, but in the meantime the blog will offer insight into the world of an ADD fashion-loving internet geek.