Stuff posted in the ‘Dosage’ Category

Buck – Below Deck

I could spend all day watching reels from motion designers and production studios. I have a lot of respect for the studios that create such amazing moving art. Buck is a production studio out of Los Angeles and New York City that just so happens to be one of these studios. This spot that they did for Fuel TV titled Below Deck is one of my favorite pieces they have done. They explain their inspiration…

Remember in the 80’s when skateboarding was illegal and for some reason teenagers would rather die than not skate. These troubling times were accented by an amazing era of deck graphics which we gleefully used as inspiration for this cg/cel
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Andy Uprock’s Cuprocking

I really hate when you see one of those “why didn’t I think of that ideas”. Most of the time the best ideas are the most simple. As is the case with Andy Uprock’s “Cuprocking“. In addition to the clever name itself, the concept behind Cuprocking is genius. Unlike most street art Cuprocking isn’t vandalism. littering? Maybe. Hundreds plastic cups are simply places in chainlink fences to display different designs. Some of the designs get super intricate and must take hours to put up. Andy Uprock has “gotten up” in cities all over the world such as Tokyo, LA, Paris, London, NYC and has even gotten Mooks and Vice to sponsor his travels.

Fabulous Music Festival

Wow, as if there wasn’t already enough stuff going on Halloween weekend. The Fabulous Las Vegas Music Festival looks to be one of the best options yet. Taking place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, the event is hosting an official Ed Banger party with Busy P, Sebastian, DJ Medhi, So Me and Mr. Flash. Also included in the line up is a live set from Crystal Castles, Felix Cartel and Heartsrevolution. I will be in San Francisco at the Part of the Weekend Never Dies Premier, but if I wasn’t this would be right up there for my next choice of events.

The New And Improved!

Hey fellow fiends. As you can see a very long overdue redesign of TheDopeFiend has finally made it’s way to the screens of your PCs. I have finally ported everything over from Blogger to Wordpress (thank god!). Notice there are some new features like comments, search, categories and tags.  Everything should be working fairly smoothly, but there may still be a bug here or there. Please be patient while I clean up the remaining mess. Oh ya, and now that we have comments please feel free to leave your two cents on the new site!

Bandcamp

There is no doubt Myspace has helped bands and musicians promote themselves in a huge way. It’s a quick and easy way to set up a website. But there is one problem with it… it is a horrible “website”. It’s slow, messy and their music player just downright sucks. This is why I love Bandcamp. Bandcamp let’s you create a free, clean, very custom mini-site without all the ads and extra junk. Among many other features Bandcamp allows you to upload your music, set a cost and sell your music at different bit rates, see statistics on who is linking and listening to your music and much more. Viewers can also quickly share a track on Facebook, Myspace or blog. Making it very easy for others to promote your music for you. If it sounds simple, well, it is. It’s the perfect quick solution for promoting your music. Check out the screencast for more info.

Quality of Content VS Amount of Content

I have a quick question for you readers out there. I have been questioning the format of this blog and would like your input. Would you prefer more posts per day, with less written content and links to info? Or do you like the format now where there are one to two posts per day with a semi-in-depth writeup on the topic of the post?

Please vote for which format you would prefer. Thanks for reading, your help and input.

PleaseDressMe

Despite the overly bubbly/cutesy logo, the concept behind PleaseDressMe is a great one. PleaseDressMe is a search engine designed specifically for t-shirts. The site allows you to search different tees according to color, price, keywords, tags and will also select random tees if you’d like. They have also developed a Firefox plug-in so you can easily access their search. It’s a really good concept, I hope the quality of their results improves and grows. At the moment you get a lot of “College Humor” type results, but I think this will quickly change.

Blood is the New Black

When it comes to graphic tees I am all about simplicity. I really like the combination of simple shapes and good colors. Blood is the New Black has a bunch of designs by a bunch of different designers that fall into this category. I am also always down to support a small company that prices their product at a reasonable cost. Many of the shirts over at Blood is the New Black are under $25, and they are having a sale right now! I am excited to see future work from featured artists at this label.

Simplify Media

Simplify Media is a free, and legal service that makes it possible for you to stream your music library over a private network of people. Just download the Simplify Media application and follow a small setup wizard. Invite friends to your limited network and they are then able to view and listen to your music library. This is also very handy if you are away from your home library, say at work, and you want access to all of your music. The service is available for Mac and Windows, and they even have an iPhone/iPod Touch app.

Viva Radio

Sometimes listening to my iTunes playlists or library just isn’t doesn’t do it for me. I enjoy the surprise of not knowing what track is coming up next, which is why I listen to Last.fm, or the recently “rediscovered” Viva-Radio. I say “rediscovered” because I first found this website a couple years ago, and found it again after I heard it playing at an American Apparel store. Viva-Radio plays an eclectic mix of music and feature various contributors who’s mixes you can listen to on demand. They also offer a stand alone player that you can download and and play from your desktop.

Popdeck Stores

Awhile back I posted about a website called Bountee, Popdeck is a very similar site only it’s for skateboards. Basically Popdeck allows you to setup an online store using their website, upload your graphics to be printed on skate decks and then sold through the store you setup with them. You are able to set your own pricing for your skate decks, and any decks sold over $30 is split 50/50 with Popdeck. You can also print and sell your own wheels, and soon they promise to have trucks and other products as well. Chuck Anderson of Nopattern even has a store.

CTRL Fall ‘08

The lookbook for CTRL’s Fall ‘08 line is up and looking pretty interesting. It looks to me like this Swedish label has gotten a lot of inspiration for the current design going on in Brazil. Is it me or could you not totally see Lovefoxxx from CSS wearing a pear of these? A lot of the clothing is a bit “out there” for my own personal style, but I think if worn properly some of these pieces are really cool. Especially the girl’s stuff.

Mopa

Good design is fairly easy to find these days. There is an abundance of great designers all over the web, but about once a week I run across a website, or portfolio that really inspires me. Mopa is a Brazilian design firm that has some amazing work. “Mopa believes in the good side of things, optimism is a part of its everyday,” says the crew of Mopa, and it shows in their work. Full of bright colors and shapes the crew has a very distinct style.

Bandsintown

The other day I wrote about the event listing website Eventful. Today I discovered a similar website (with an oddly similar logo) that looks just as good, if not better. Bandsintown, like Eventful, links up with your Last.fm and personalizes your account according to the artists you listen to. Although Bandsintown has most of the same features as Eventful, I like the overall user interface better. One thing it seems to be lacking is a section for adding favorite venues, if that were added it would have pretty much everything I would want in an event listing website.

Edit: I got an email from the guys over at Bandsintown and they said more features, such as adding favorite venues are in the works. They also wanted to clear the air about the logo similarities so there was no confusion. Here is a screenshot of Eventful’s logo when they first launched a year ago. And it looks as though Bandsintown launched their site in 2006.

Mimobot VDC Content Creation Contest

Last year flash drive character masters Mimoco held their first design competition. This year they are at it again, but switching it up a bit with the VDC Content Creation Contest. In celebration of their new VDC Mimobot series coming out this October, they are asking you to get your creative juices flowing and submit any kind of digital media creation you want – music, video, animations, wallpapers, screensavers, games and whatever other digital creations you can think of. The winners will be selected and their creations will come pre-loaded on the VDC Mimobot series. Submissions are being accepted now so get to it!

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XLR8R Adds Miami to Their Guide

XLR8R's City Guide now has Miami.

Griffin Slap Watches

Remember slap bracelets? Like those, but cooler.

Eboy’s FixPix App For the iPhone

Great puzzle game with graphics by Eboy himself.

XLR8R Atlanta City Guide

XLR8R added ATL to thier city guide. Check it out.

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Hooray For Earth – Surrounded By Your Friends (Twin Shadow Remix)

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

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Twin Shadow has been making some waves throughout the internets lately. I recently purchased his new album Forget, and I must say I quite like it. I am also really liking this remix he has done for Hooray For Earth, who I had never heard of before this song, but will surely be checking them out after hearing it.

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Muscles – Girl Crazy Go (Muscles Inception Remix)

Monday, October 18th, 2010

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The last I heard of Muscles he had quit the music business because of problems with his label Modular. This disappointed me because I love his music. However, I was happy to see that if the rumors were true at the time he has apparently changed his mind. A new EP by Muscles titled Younger & Immature is due out October 29.

Here’s a remix of the first single from the EP ‘Girl Crazy Go’. Check out the music video for the original version here. From the sounds of it Muscles hasn’t lost his musical touch, or his ego.

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Sleigh Bells – Run the Heart (Bassnectar Remix)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

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Music by Bassnectar isn’t something I would normally post here. For the most part I feel his stuff is for dirty rave hippies, and if you read this blog at all you probably know how I feel about the wobbly bass-heavy Dubstep. That being said this remix done of Sleigh Bells‘ song ‘Run the Heart’ is still bass-heavy, but not completely overboard. It also manages to keep a lot of what makes the original track so good.

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Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette – Hello

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

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Chances are if you spend any amount of time on the internet you have heard ‘Hello’ by Martin Solveig featuring the lovely Dragonette (considering it went number one on Hype Machine). But I couldn’t resist posting this super-fun dance-pop masterpiece. It’s basically impossible not to want to dance to this song. I don’t know a lot about Martin Solveig, but from what I have heard and seen so far I am liking his stuff. Purchase the EP with several remixes on Beatport now.

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Millionyoung – Local Joke (Neon Indian Cover)

Friday, October 1st, 2010

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Millionyoung, aka Mike Diaz, is shaping up to be one of my favorite artist of 2010. I really love this cover he has done of Neon Indian’s ‘Local Joke’. He adds his own personality to the song, so much that it sounds as though he could have written it. I am looking forward to a full-length album from him.

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