When it comes to authentic reproductions of denim, no country does it better than Japan. Artisans there have sourced many of the original shuttle looms that made crafting denim the traditional way possible.
Weaving Shibusa is a documentary that delves into the revival of denim in Japan. The film gives unprecedented access to the storied industry of Japanese denim, told by the vintage denim experts thesmselves, the highly regarded “Osaka 5”.
What makes Japanese denim special is not only the materials, machinery, and techniques, but also the people and ideas behind the process. This film reveals the intense passion and insight behind Japanese denim, but also poses the question; what is the future of these garments that are so deeply rooted in the past?
The trailer gives a quick glimpse into what viewers can expect from the film which releases in August. There will be a premiere at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on August 6.
Gucci Mane’s release from prison was widely celebrated by rap fans the world over. The news of his release spread quick and true to form Gucci already released a new track ‘First Day Out the Feds’. His career has not been without it’s share of controversy but through it all he’s been one of the most prolific and influential rap artists of our time. You’d be hard pressed to name a producer or artist he hasn’t worked with at this point. A great primer on his life story is this FADER piece that was released last year.
As a fan of his music I am glad to see that he’s getting so much love. This mix is a tribute to Guwop and features many of my favorite Guwop tracks to date. Listen to it on Soundcloud below or click through directly to it.
The last few DWMS events have cemented the series’ place in New York underground nightlife. The eighth iteration returns to Palisades in Brooklyn featuring a formidable new lineup. Hailing from North West London Dark0 has a strong series of releases under his belt including the 2014’s Fate EP and the new Solice EP on Rinse. Lotic (Tri Angle Records) was a force of nature when I saw him spin at the RBMA Tri Angle Records anniversary party and I can safely say a live set from him is not be missed. Fresh off the heels from his debut release the Bardo EP, Copout (Liminal sounds) brings an electric unforgiving style that’s been proven throughout parties in New York. Rounding out the lineup is New York’s Byrell the Great (Qween Beat) who brings the energy and intensity of Vogue and Ballroom culture.
As to be expected from a DWMS party, projected visuals by Note PTP and Jayne Lies add to what looks to be one of the parties of the summer. More info and tickets here.
If you are in New York and interested at all in underground club music you might be familiar with the series of parties under the DWMS moniker. The good squad at Purple Tape Pedigree (PTP) has been once again assembled an A team of selectors with a heavy emphasis on UK flavor this time around. The set list also includes Rushmore from Trax Couture and two heavy hitters (Fraxinus and Kid Antoine) from the Her Records squad doing a back to back set. Progressive grime sounds by Murlo (Mixpak) will make their mark on what should be a very epic night at Palisades. New York footwork representers Tripletrain will be on hand to ignite the proceedings in typical frenetic fashion.
This all goes down this Saturday, May 23. Hit this link for all the event info you need.
Undercover has relied on graphics as the focal point for many of the label’s designs over the past 25 years. Some of this artwork has been compiled and brought to a hong kong for an exhibition entitle TGRAPHICS. The exhibition features a mix of archival and rare graphics that span the brand’s history. The range of graphics is certainly impressive and includes collaborative art from the likes of Kaws.
If you’re in Hong Kong you still have a chance to see it in person until April 30th
Anita Chan Lai-Ling Gallery
2 Lower Alberta Road, Central
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With the constant flood of negative news in recent weeks, it’s not difficult to imagine a dystopian chaotic near future. Brooklyn artist Lori Nix has been capturing miniature destruction through her dioramas which she photographs and exhibits around the world. These scenes of destruction include locales as mundane as the local chinese takeout spot to grand theaters and casino gambling floors. Lori cites 70’s films and natural disasters she experienced as a child as inspirations for her body of work.
See more of her work after the jump and you can read an interview with Lori over at Dazed.
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Dropping a second mix this week for your listening pleasure. Tony Conquerrah does an incredible raggae show each week on BBOX Radio so I’m honored that he was so down to contribute this mix to Third Looks. Over the years I’ve heard lots of raggae, dancehall and soca in Toronto as it was necessary for every DJ to have that in their crate due to the large Caribbean and West Indian population. There was definitely some nostalgic joints I heard in this mix, but even more exciting are the tracks I’m hearing for the first time in this hour long mix.
I asked Tony to intro the mix in his own words
“At the risk of sounding like a major nerd (which is what all DJ’s are anyway, let’s
face it), you can say that rap music has always been my first love.
But I came up in the 90’s, during a time when dancehall was gun-butting its way into
the hip-hop party.
I mean its always been there, ever since Kool Herc did his own take on Jamaican
sound systems up in the Bronx. And groups like Boogie Down Productions or Poor
Righteous Teachers also wore the island influence like a Dapper Dan leather suit.
Yet it wasn’t until the 90’s that we saw the two cultures so nicely dovetailed
together. Super Cat’s “Ghetto Red Hot” video was getting regular burn on Yo! MTV
Raps. Crossover tunes like “Romantic Call” or “Murder She Wrote” were staples on Hot
97, not just on Flex’s show at night, but right out there in broad day. The
programming had a lot to do with the huge West Indian demographic here in the
tri-state area – but it was also becoming recognized on a nationwide scale – paving
the way for artists like Sean Paul or Shaggy in the latter part of the decade.
While a lot of tunes in this mix were never “hits” in the US (although tunes like
“Action” most definitely were), they are straight bashment tunes, reflecting the
energy of the era when dancehall, or digital, or ragga, whatever you choose to call
it, really came into its own and branched off from the straight-ahead reggae stylee.
And like any good 90’s type of mix, I had to throw in some hip-hop blends for good
You can find Tony Conquerrah on Soundcloud.
We got another mix for you this time by New York based Ibe Soliman. He’s a DJ and producer who has worked with the likes of Faith Evans, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, and Kendrick Lamar. Heading into a Spring, check out this upbeat and fast moving mix that will get bodies moving at your next function.
“Slowly but surely Jersey Club has been creeping into my sets so I put together some songs I dig with some remixes i did, and some other spring time joints.” – Ibe Soliman
I hit up Zul from Singapore to select sounds for Third Looks Mix 002. Zul is not only a DJ; he runs a fantastic website that covers a range of electronic music called Subvert HQ (Facebook Page). I asked him to just give a quick brief about what listeners can expect from the hour long mix.
“I’ve been influenced by the deeper end of drum ‘n’ bass – the styles known as microfunk or Autonomic – for awhile now. This mix blends together some of the style’s best tunes in recent years, I just hope people like the selection as much as I’ve I had fun putting it together.”