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Sometimes simplicity is the best option. Although I can’t help but think there was some inspiration taken from a certain very popular clothing company that takes a similar approach, I still very much like the minimalistic look of Urbanears headphones. Coming in a wide range of colors these headphones look to be totally non-branded other than the small tag on the side. With all the options you could easily choose a different set everyday according to your outfit. Now the question (and the most important) is do they sound good? Available for purchase at $60 per pop over at 80s Purple.
There are a lot of music event and concert websites out there. Some hit the mark, and others don’t. Superglued looks like one that has hit the mark. The website has a clean and simple user interface with some really nice integration with Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. The website allows users to browse events, share events and review events they have been to. They have also released a Superglued iPhone app that looks to have a interface and some cool tools.
Hypetape claims to be the lovechild of Muxtape and Hype Machine. While it’s obvious the website is inspired by the overly-simplistic interface of Muxtape, and seems to work much like the original semi-controversal Muxtape, it’s actually more like what Muxtape should have been. You are able to create your own profile, and then search music and create multiple playlists (one big feature the original Muxtape was lacking). It’s not clear as to where Hypetape gets their music, but apparently it doesn’t actually get any MP3s from Hype Machine. Regardless it’s a neat, simple little website. We’ll see if it last’s without the man shutting it down.
Eliss is a game for the iPhone and iPod Touch that caught my attention from the second I heard the soundtrack and saw the semi-8-bit style graphics. The game was developed by Steph Thirion who seems to have a background in this “retro” style gaming and design. It took me a bit to get a hang of the game, but after I did I was hooked. Even if the game wasn’t fun I would still play it just to hear the soundtrack. Eliss has a reasonable price tag of $3.99 and is available at the iTunes App Store.
Canadian Duo Junior Boys are featured on the cover of this month’s XLR8R magazine. The boys chat about their new album titled Begone Dull Care and their influences. Head over to XLR8R.com to read and listen to some clips from the album.
When it comes to your portfolio, in most cases, the simpler the better. Krop who is known for their creative and technology job posting website has just launched a new website for creative professionals. The new site is a portfolio and resume building website that gives you everything you need to showcase your work without all the extra, unnecessary bells and whistles. The tools they provide for building your portfolio are super easy to use and really fast. Of all the portfolio sites out there this is one of my favorites. The basic account is free and it’s only $9.99 per month to upgrade to a pro account.
The long-awaited relaunch of the music site Muxtape has (kind of) arrived. A preview of the new site shows playlists (if you can call them that, as most of them only contain 3-4 songs) by twelve featured artists including Girl Talk, Of Montreal, Dan Deacon and more. I have mixed feelings about Muxtape, I am a bit baffled as to why it became such a big phenomenon. It seems Last.fm offers so much more, or Favtape that followed Muxtape. However, I am still excited to see what they have in store and to see if they can live up to the users’ expectations.
In a nutshell Chictopia is a place for girls to share, discuss, browse, read about and shop all things that are fashion. The website is a community that allows you to join and the participate by uploading photos of your own styles, as well as rating other girls’ style. I really enjoy browsing websites like this not only for entertainment but for a source of inspiration.
I am not by any means what you would call a gamer, however there are the occasional video games that seem to get me hooked. EA recently released Sim City for the iPhone and I have been having a hard keeping my battery charged ever since I downloaded it. At first I was a bit hesitant to spend $9.99 on the application. A lot of the reviews I read said it was buggy and they were having problems with it crashing. But I have found it to be nothing less that absolutely additive.
In order to help my friends and family out with their Christmas shopping I devised a little list of realistic wishables. I know it’s a bit late, but just in case you are able to add a few more things to your own wish list I thought I might share some suggestions of things you might like as well.
At the top of the list is the WESC Stretch Armstrong Bagpipe Headphones. Even though WESC makes quality stuff, at first I had reservations about these. But after listening to them, and then seeing this colorway with the maroon and baby blue I was sold. Read more below to see more goods that topped my list.
Nixon is known for their quality and well designed watches. Recently they took the dive into the headphone game as well, and from the looks of it they have done a great job. Shown here are the Nomadic and Wire models. Upon their looks alone I was ready to make a purchase right away, but unfortunately they are currently out of stock, or not in stock yet. I am anxious to see if they sound as good as they look, but judging from the quality of Nixon’s other products I would be willing to bet the sound is worth the extra dough you will have fork out for them.
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Fingerboarding is one of those things that I never understood how people get so good at. I used to watch videos of kids doing some insane things with fingerboards. It seems kind of silly when you think about it, but takes a lot of coordination. The same goes for the new iPhone/iPod Touch game out by Illusion Labs called Touchgrind. The game is basically a virtual fingerboard that you control with different finger combinations. It’s obvious a lot of time has gone into this game. The physics are very lifelike and there are different skate parks and games you can play within the game. For only five bucks you can spend hours trying to master this virtual fingerboard.
Zune Originals is Zune’s online design studio where you can customize the color, size, engraved artwork and personal text of your player. With tons of different options available they make it pretty hard to select just one design to use. The new Artist Series offers 46 new designs from a bunch of amazing artists such as Dalek, Motomichi, Daniel Jackson/Surface To Air, and more. With so many cool designs available I almost wish they weren’t engraved onto the player, and were printed as some kind of removable adhesive. That way you could choose as many as you like and swap the design when you feel like a new one.
Poladroid is one of the coolest little applications I have found in a long time. For those of us who were saddened when Polaroid announced they would be discontinuing the production of their film, Poladroid helps fill a small part of that hole left in your heart. The application, which is only available for Mac OSX at the moment (available for Windows in November), creates very realistic looking “fauxlaroids” of any digital photo. Simply drag and drop your photo into the neat little app and it virtually processes the photo for you. It’s available for free download, and they also have a Flickr group full of cool photos.
The people have spoken and MTV has answered, kinda. The “Music Television Network” is still not playing actual music videos on their channel, however they have done something that is almost better in my opinion. MTV Music seems to be a very nice answer to those who have been complaining about the abundance of reality TV junk that litters the channel that is known for killing the radio star. It is a simple, clean website that does exactly what it’s supposed to, makes music videos easily browsed and viewed. It’s not just recent music videos either. They have made available an enormous library of classics, new videos and videos that never would have been played on MTV anyway like The Presets, The Black Ghosts, and this live performance of “Hustler” by Simian Mobile Disco. Props to MTV, I can see my self using this website everyday.