BOOKS // TASCHEN // NEW // HIERONYMUS BOSCH
You can now find the new Taschen magazine free for download on their website: http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/community/downloads/index.downloads.htm
They announce many wonderful new publications in the magazine, such as the Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, accompanied by wonderful illustrations. There is however one new book that stood out to me especially and that is the one evolving around the art of Hieronymus Bosch.
Hieronymus Bosch was a fifteenth century Dutch painter, whose paintings look nothing like his contemporaries. His mysterious and highly imaginative style is unique for the time they were painted in. However, the themes that can be found in his paintings are typical for that age. This combination makes the paintings extra fascinating.
This baby will set you back a 100 pounds as soon as it is published, but with incredible fold-outs and the always high standard prints Taschen can be accounted for, it will definitely be worth it.
TRAVEL // PARIS // LA MÉNAGERIE
Right next to le Jardin des Plantes in Paris, you can find the Paris Zoo: La Ménagerie. Being the oldest zoo ever made, they do not have any large animals like elephants. They do, however, have a wide variety of smaller animals and species you will not see in your local zoo. You can find more information on their website.
FILM // INSPIRATION // SAY MY NAME
Last week, the wonderful ladies from Redmond Amsterdam organised a screening and conversation around Nirit Peled’s film: Say My Name.
Peled shows us the stories of several women who are trying to find their way in the masculine world of hiphop music. Featuring ladies such as Erykah Badu, Rah Digga, MC Lyte, Sparky Dee and Estelle.
Their stories are inspiring and real. The film is far from condescending or sad (okay, maybe a bit sad at times). Peled found a way to put in humour while addressing the serious issues women face when trying to make it as a “female-MC”.
Also: big up for Redmond in general, they are hosting cool events and put out a great message.
You can find the trailer over here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SQIc2hNtIY
STYLE // INSPIRATION // VENUS X
While Hood By Air is taking the fashion industry by storm and Rihanna is -shamelessly- stealing the Ghetto Goth style it’s time to finally devote a post to one of music’s most fashionable DJs: Venus X.
The girl did too many cool things to sum up in this post but as the founder of the GHE20G0TH1K party’s she deserves the credit for Ghetto Gothic.
MUSIC // UNDERRATED // AMBER LONDON
Two weeks ago Amber London dropped her new mixtape: a 26 song long tape named Tru 2 tha Phonk.
Tru 2 tha Phonk it is. Her 90s vibe is still going strong. The only female rapper of the Raider Klan / Rvdxr Klvn / Black Money World is one of its best members and one to keep in sight.
Download Tru 2 tha Phonk: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/22739/amber-london-tru-2-tha-phonk.html
PHOTOGRAPHY // INSTAGRAM // VUTHEARA
VuThéara Kam is a so-called “iphoneographer” who only uses his iPhone 4 to make the beautiful photographs on his instagram. I wouldn’t hesitate to just call him a photographer and definitely recommend his instagram full of (romantic) Paris-pictures.
ARCHITECTURE // HOUSE N // SOU FUJIMOTO
COS just posted this amazing home, situated in Oita, Japan. More information can be found on Archdaily:
"I have always had doubts about streets and houses being separated by a single wall, and wondered that a gradation of rich domain accompanied by various senses of distance between streets and houses might be a possibility, such as: a place inside the house that is fairly near the street; a place that is a bit far from the street, and a place far off the street, in secure privacy.
That is why life in this house resembles to living among the clouds. A distinct boundary is nowhere to be found, except for a gradual change in the domain. One might say that an ideal architecture is an outdoor space that feels like the indoors and an indoor space that feels like the outdoors. In a nested structure, the inside is invariably the outside, and vice versa. My intention was to make an architecture that is not about space nor about form, but simply about expressing the riches of what are `between` houses and streets.”
Their own site: http://www.sou-fujimoto.net/
HOME // MIKE TYSON // DESERTED 80S MANSION
Came across these 2007 photos of Mike Tyson’s deserted 80s mansion here: http://illicitohio.illicitohio.com/illicitohio/tyson.htm
MUSIC // NEW // LAPALUX - NOSTALCHIC
Today, Lapalux’ debut album Nostalchic is released. He released three pretty successful EP’s before: When You’re Gone, Some Other Time, and Many Faces Out Of Focus. Nostalchic is released on the Brainfeeder label where he is described as ‘flooding the gates of electronic music’. His single Guuurl from Nostalchic seems to be doing well https://soundcloud.com/lapalux/guuurl But I definetely also reccommend Forgetting and Learning Again, from the Some Other Time EP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJB60dUTiX8 . He’ll be on tour through Europe the coming months, you can find his tour dates etc. on his Brainfeeder page: http://brainfeeder.net/lapalux/
MUSIC // LIVE // KILO KISH
The 22-year old Lakisha Kimberly Robinson, better known as ‘Kilo Kish’ dropped her first mixtape Homeschool a year ago. Last week I went to see her live in Paradiso Amsterdam. After dropping her second mixtape K+ she joined The Internet on their Europe Tour.
Together with Kitty Cash (her DJ) she put on an amazing show. Her vocals were on top but she also brought the coolest visuals, of a whale swimming around in the water. Kitty Cash accompanied her set of various Kilo Kish originals with some old school New York hiphop. Also, not entirely unimportant, the two girls were wearing matching flower outfits with metallic shoes which looked great on them (link to the outfit - I also found pics of brussels and paris outfits). Kilo Kish was amazingly sweet and relaxed, the crowd loved her and she was truly thankful to be touring Europe.
Kilo Kish’ creativity emerges in all aspects of her music. Schooled as a (textile) designer, it is obvious she thought about what she wanted to do as Kilo Kish. In this video she explains all about her second mixtape, K+, and how she tried to focus on the process instead of the end product. “I wanted this project to exist before it existed as just another zip file on the internet, because it means more to me than that.” This focus on it not being over and finished when it is ready for people to download seems to reach further than just this project: “I believe we are all always working and making changes.”
But it is not only her special take on the concept of a mixtape that makes her stand out. Collaborating with many A$AP mob and Odd Future members, she is the first girl around that seems to match with that style. Her voice is sweet and her music is chill which seems to fit in very well with artists like A$AP Ferg and Vince Staples.
You can download her latest mixtape K+ for free over here.