Spitta Andretti is back with the long-awaited third installment of the Pilot Talk series. Today he unleashed the visuals for “Sidewalk Show”, shot on location in Cleveland while on tour in brilliant ultra HD.
Curren$y’s less is more vibe is part of the reason I appreciate his art like I do. There’s nothing to showcase here besides solid verses and a ridiculously comfortable beat. That Undefeated x Bape hoodie is tough too. Grab the physical bundle from Jet Life here, and be prepared to spend $100.
The weather in upstate NY is finally starting to change towards something somewhat bearable, which means for sneaker enthusiasts it’s time to crack open boxes you’ve stacked this winter. While I’m still skeptical to step out in my Infrared 6’s …here’s a few pairs that will see the light of day this month.
Major out of DC killed this collab with Reebok dubbed the “Cherry Blossom”. The Ventilator is a shoe that will be dropping all over the place this year, and I recommend grabbing a pair. Super lightweight and breathable, this model pays homage to DC in bloom. Highly detailed at every angle, this is one of the flashiest pairs in my collection. They’re available on ebay for about $130.
Keeping with the cherry blossom theme, Kith and Puma teamed up to do a 698 runner in a mid, something Puma’s never done before. Inspired by the cherry blossom season in Japan, Ronnie did two shoes showcasing the different parts of the season. I grabbed the mids because I fell in love with that suede and the gradient midsole transitioning from white to navy. Excellent execution all the way around. These sold out quickly, and if you want them it’ll cost you around $200 via ebay.
Lets talk impulse buy. I’m in the local mall a few days ago looking around, and I pass one of these in a display window. I walk into the store, grab the shoe and it’s a 10.5. I immediately took it to the counter and cashed out. I love Jordan 1’s and I love Space Jam, so these “Hare 1’s” were an instant cop. The white and grey upper is offset by a red outsole and a multicolored tongue featuring Bugs as the Jumpman logo. Love it. You’ll find these online from various sellers around $150 a pair.
I nabbed these for a touch over the $190 price point a month ago. The “Oreo” color way isn’t OG, but that doesn’t matter when the shoe is so clean. The Jordan remasters are supposedly about better quality, and these 4’s prove it. A light gray speckled midsole, lace grids, and a silver Jumpman on the tongue contrast fantastic black tumbled leather all over. Gorgeous. The Jordan reseller market is slowly dying, so you’ll find these slightly over retail all over the internet with ease.
Rock what you like. Feel free to comment below, and happy spring.
Kintsugi, the eighth studio album from Death Cab For Cutie is a careful tiptoe towards unfamiliar waters. 2015 sees the band working with an outside producer in Rich Costey for the first time, and moving forward without original member/guitarist/producer/engineer Chris Walla.
Kintsugi is a form of Japanese art where broken pottery is reassembled. The piece, the break, and the repair are all seen as part of the objects history. Old haunts are woven into the fabric of this album much like the pain connected to something smashed and scattered. Frontman Ben Gibbard’s divorce, sobriety, and the realignment of his band take center stage, and it’s a pleasure to ride along.
The record boasts moments of grandeur that seem too calculated, but are outweighed by bursts of actual feeling. “Black Sun” and “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” are reminders of the power Death Cab has possessed for over a decade. Fans will flock and critics will pan the sentiment. Either way, Kintsugi is a fitting record for a band in need of healing.
On Tuesday Wale dropped his long awaited Seinfeld assisted, The Album About Nothing. Let me be the first to ironically mention…it’s certainly about something. Wale continues to impress us with his effortless delivery of thought provoking and at times brutally honest lyrics; separating himself from the sea of dime-a-dozen rappers and more specifically his MMG brethren with each release.
Wale has established a cult-like following comparable to that of Kevin Smith’s Clerks. Like Smith, Wale’s proof is on paper. Whether he’s rhyming about new shoes or that he’s in his late 20’s and never been to a wedding, we can’t help but relate. He’s built a solid foundation without having to resort to boring trap references dominating popular culture of late.
Wale is on the cusp of something really special with this album. Question is, are people going to pay any attention?
Stand Out tracks: White Shoes, Middle Finger, The Matrimony. Dandy Fields out.
Earl Sweatshirt’s story isn’t news. He was banished to a private school by his mother during the Odd Future boom, while their defacto leader Tyler, the Creator stood front and center without the chops or the focus to properly convince us of their staying power. Earl’s legend grew on the strength of his features and lone tape; showcasing a young man with intense verbal chemistry and a twisted world view.
His proper follow-up to 2013’s Doris is a legitimate contender for album of the year. I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside is a dense, heady journey into a dark, boarded up house where Earl restlessly squirms on a stained couch; endless blunt smoke twisting into thick, muggy air while a tape recorder captures every moment. This record is Earl’s minute to show and prove.
Sweatshirt’s wordplay is focused and sharp. “Mantra” is a testament to doing less with a complex, jittery beat. It’s refreshing to hear him slow it down and map it out, rather than packing every second with intense bars. He’s letting his mind unfold and fill the spaces. “Faucet” has been on steady rotation for the past two weeks. Keep this one set aside for an hour of booming headphone play. Enjoy.
Providence, Rhode Island’s Zumo Kollie is officially on the radar. He popped off last May thanks to his excellent You’re a Good Sport Zumo Kollie EP,but made waves for me after I caught his opening set in support of The Movielife’s reunion show in Philly last month.
Kollie took the stage in front of a pop-punk friendly crowd and completely tore it down. His anthems of angst and frustration won over the fickle crowd one person at a time without compromising a second of creativity. The EP is drenched in undeniable cool, but is back lit by a political and social consciousness that’s hard to ignore. Check out his work here and keep up social media style @zumokollie on both IG and twitter. Happy Tuesday kids.
Courtney Barnett’s debut, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, was recorded over eight days. Urgency takes a backseat to casual observation from the jump. “Elevator Operator” broadcasts Barnett’s stream of conscious rambling paired with snotty instrumentation begging for repeat listens. You won’t glean new sentiments from a second or third spin, but it doesn’t matter. You’re left with the pleasantly bitter taste of a brand new songwriter who understands less is more.
Barnett’s talent is her ability to create dialogue through melody. Many before have tried and failed to wow us with nonchalance and apathy. She’s mastered the slacker vibe by channeling a bored tranny Stephen Malkmus blended with the tongue in cheek grin of Sheryl Crow.
Full of minor hits and few misses, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is a record that will hold up as one of the better debuts of 2015.