Listen to Raekwon and G-Eazy’s New Song “Purple Brick Road”

Listen to Raekwon and G-Eazy’s New Song “Purple Brick Road”

On March 24, Raekwon releases his new album The Wild (via ICEH20/EMPIRE). The LP is the follow-up to 2015’s Fly International Luxurious Art. Today, he’s shared a new song from the record called “Purple Brick Road.” It features G-Eazy, and is produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. Rae has also revealed the tracklist for The Wild. The album features Lil Wayne, Andra Day, and others. Below, listen to “Purple Brick Road,” and scroll down for the tracklist.

In a statement, Rae said, “As I shift gears with my diversity, I want fans to see another side of a champion; my triumphs remain inimitable when making music for yesterday and today’s culture.” He added, “G-Eazy is a master writer and he helped me create the greatest vision any artist could ask for; another great recipe from my skillful cookbook. This album is a circus of emotions. I hope you get a great seat to what I will display on The Wild. Get ready…”

The Wild:

01 The Wild (Intro)
02 This Is What It Comes Too
03 Nothing
04 Skit (Bang Head Right)
05 Marvin [ft. Cee-Lo Green]
06 Can’t You See
07 My Corner [ft. Lil Wayne]
08 Skit (Fuck You Up Card)
09 M & N [ft. P.U.R.E.]
10 Visiting Hour [ft. Andra Day]
11 Skit (Bang Fall Down)
12 The Reign
13 Crown of Thorns
14 Purple Brick Road [ft. G-Eazy]
15 You Hear Me
16 Bang Outro

Watch the video for the album’s “This Is What It Comes Too”:

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Hands-On: The Farer Automatic Endurance

If you’re not already familiar with Britain-based watch maker Farer, you should be. This young company has hit the market with some vintage-inspired timepieces retailing for just over $1,000 and they look pretty great while doing so too. The watch pictured here is the Endurance from the relatively collection of automatic watches, the second set of releases after the brand’s quartz debut. It’s worth a closer look.

Farer was founded in 2015 by four friends who wanted to start a vintage-inspired watch brand at a more affordable price point. The brand debuted with a quartz collection, with the most expensive watch (a GMT) costing $532. Last year, Farer followed up with an automatic collection, utilizing self-winding ETA movement. The brand’s real focus is the use of color, case shape, typefaces, and design details in order to create fresh looking watches that might appeal to those who spend their days browsing for vintage pieces online.

farer endurance watch automatic

The three watches in the collection are functionally the same, all showing the time and date, but the watch you see here is the Endurance, which has a silvered dial and both blue and red accents. The other two watches, the Beagle and Hopewell, feature a white dial with green numerals and a blue dial with white numerals, respectively.

farer endurance automatic dial

The Endurance, like all Farer watches, features a 39.5mm steel case. Farer co-founder Paul Sweetenham told me this was was chosen because he and his colleagues felt like it was the "perfect" case size, not too big and not too small. I tend to agree with them for bigger wrists, 39.5mm does seem to hit the sweet spot on a lot of people – though my perfect case size is 36mm, for whatever that’s worth. The case is finished off with a brass crown, which is an unusual choice for such a watch, contrasting starkly with the case. Sweetenham told me that they chose this crown material because it would allow the crown to change color over time, adding to the aesthetic of the watch in his opinion, but I’m still not a fan. It just looks strange. The silvered dial has two types of brushing, creating a two-tone effect that might vaguely remind you of a certain Patek Philippe 570.

Additionally, the dial is curved like those found on many vintage watches, and the luminous syringe-style hands are a great throwback to midcentury timepieces too. The bright blue seconds hand with a red arrow tip is reminiscent of a second timezone hand; this might be confusing at first glance, but you get used to it almost immediately.

farer endurance dial printing

The even Arabic numerals are a deep navy blue with a red minute track running from nine to three o’clock, and a lighter blue minute track from three o’clock to nine o’clock. The tiny date aperture at six o’clock is teeny tiny. I am not sure why this is, as it could stand to be a little bigger, as it is barely legible (if you are going to have a date window, at least own it). The really cool thing about these dials is that they go through extensive design and printing. Just one dial has up to 13 layers of printing to ensure depth and character, and it shows when you see these watches in the metal. These aren’t the soul-less inexpensive dials you too often see in more affordable watches. Far from it, in fact.

farer eta 2824-2 movement

These watches are powered by the ETA 2824-2 movement with a Farer-signed rotor. The entirety of this movement is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, which is pretty awesome for a watch that costs $1,075. The watch is completed by a Barenia leather strap and is very comfortable to wear all while looking great on the wrist. While the colors are for everyone (I am certainly a neutrals girl myself), I find them playful yet attractive. 

farer endurance wristshot

I think that the beauty of these watches lies in the fact that they are very different from an other "inexpensive" watches on the market today. I’ve written before about Uniform Wares, another brand that is doing cool things in the sub-$2,000 category, and was impressed with the cool, minimalist designs. While not for everyone, they certainly fill a niche and fill it well. The Farer watches are something else entirely. They feel well-made and don’t feel like you are wearing a brand new design. There’s enough familiarity and throw-back appeal to excite those of us who can’t always splurge on a good old-fashioned Rolex 1016.

The trio of Farer automatic watches – the Endurance, Beagle, and Hopewell – all retail for $1,075. For more, visit Farer online

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Will Long On… The Songs That Shaped Him, From Grace Jones to Muslimgauze

One of the worst things about year-end roundups is how rushed they often are, leaving little room to actually listen to anything. This is why we waited until the very last minute to publish our 2016 list—because we didn’t want to overlook quiet storms like Will Long’s Long Trax album.

Spread across three distinct EPs (or one lavish 7xLP set) on DJ Sprinkles’ Comatonse imprint, it’s a wildly ambitious effort—as deep as deep-house gets these days. Especially once Long’s approach sinks in; while he’s perhaps better known as the prolific ambient producer Celer, Long Trax melds widescreen dance loops with clips from civil rights leaders like Jesse Jackson, H. Rap Brown, T.R.M. Howard, John Lewis, Kathleen Cleaver, and Bayard Jackson. The results are both soothing and unsettling, a sign of the times that sounds far too familiar. (“We’re not making progress” indeed.)

Add a bonus LP of DJ Sprinkles overdubs to the proceedings and you’ve got one powerful collection of club music for the midnight hour. In the following exclusive, Long—a Mississippi native currently based in Tokyo—reveals the stories behind the songs that’ve shaped him….

THE RECORD THAT REMINDS ME OF HOME
Paul Robeson – “Ol’ Man River” (Victor, 1936)

It’s hard to think about my home in Mississippi without thinking about “Ol’ Man River.” When I was growing up, my family listened to Broadway music and with it, even a few soundtracks or shellac records with African American singers seeped into the overwhelming white-centric record collection of my parents and grandparents. There was also the William Warfield version, but perhaps the best or most affecting for me personally is Paul Robeson’s, which is also famous for changing the lyrics. Growing up in a culture where the class division and racial struggles are obvious but everyone around you seems to ignore it by habit, songs like these made the most impression on me, if in any way by making me enthusiastic to study parts of history that weren’t taught in school, and how to strive to change those backwards attitudes.

THE RECORD THAT SETTLES MY NERVES
Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (Tamla, 1973)

I always liked albums that seemed to be knit together, the tracks blending into one other as part of an overall whole. Besides, I see connections everywhere. The jumpy bop and slowdown of “Too High”? Teens thinking there’s nothing to do but drive around and get high. The foley-field recording in “Living in the City”? Have you ever gone to NYC and told people where you’re really from? And “He’s Misstra Know-It-All”? “Makes a deal, with a smile/ knowin’ all the time that his lie’s a mile/ he’s Misstra Know-It-All.” Do I even need to explain that?  

Grace Jones Nightclubbing vinyl

THE RECORD I DISCOVERED KINDA LATE
Grace Jones – Nightclubbing (Island, 1981)

I first heard this shortly after I saw the 1988 Roman Polanski film Frantic. There’s a sequence when Harrison Ford is in a nightclub in Paris, unintentionally takes lavatory cocaine, and stumbles out onto the dancefloor, where Grace Jones’ “I’ve Seen That Face Before” begins playing, and he starts to dance with Emmanuelle Seigner. I mean, who hasn’t been in a position like that before?

THE RECORD THAT MADE ME WANT TO MAKE HOUSE MUSIC
Metro – “$1.15 Please” (Nu Groove Records, 1990)

The Burrell Brothers represented a big discovery for me that opened up a world of music. Both of them had many many different aliases that they published under, and Metro was one by Rheji. The synth stabs, with a cloud of pads behind them, and the barely-treated rhythms was just what I was looking for. I can’t think of many house tracks that define my inspiration for making deep house more than Metro’s “$1.15 Please”.

THE RECORD PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED I OWN
Tim Buckley – Happy, Sad (Elektra, 1969)

I first heard Tim Buckley’s song “Gypsy Woman” playing in a record shop in Berkeley when I was 20 or 21. The front door was open, the sun was burning through the windows, and the music swirled and danced within. Even standing outside, it had a transcendental effect. The whole shop could have been on fire and I probably would have thought it was beautiful. 

Richard Youngs Sapphie

THE RECORD I LISTEN TO WHEN I HAVE A COLD
Richard Youngs – Sapphie (Oblique, 1998)

There are many occasions that are appropriate to listen to Sapphie. I’m one of those people that gets a cold every winter season, and my ears stop up. Music with bass, or lots going on hurts, or I can’t hear it at all. With Sapphie, it’s only Richard Youngs’ voice and a guitar. The songs are long, and you can really drift out. Or just lie on the couch.

THE FIRST RECORD I JUDGED BY ITS COVER
Psychic TV – Dreams Less Sweet (Some Bizzare, 1983)

I was a Coil listener early on, but late in back-tracking their beginnings to this Psychic TV album. At the time I found this I was in college, and lived on the bottom floor of an old rental house. I’d always stay up late reading, with music on and the window open since I had no air conditioner, only fans. That year I read every book by Steinbeck. Above me lived some kids a few years younger than me, always with trenchcoats, combat boots, and top hats. They’d ask me for squares, and give me wine. They’d sometimes walk by on the staircase and stick their heads in the window, asking me to play System of a Down or KoRn. I’d always smile and say, “What’s that?” They’d respond, “Oh, but I like this Velvet Underground, though.”

THE RECORD THAT’S LIKE A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
The Ronettes – “Paradise” (Philles, 1963)

I’m not a religious person at all. I grew up in an ultra-conservative evangelical household, and abandoned that as soon as I was allowed to, or became aware that it was my choice what to believe, unlike I was taught. But if I had to imagine a time I felt a connection to music on a different level of feeling and imagination, it would be listening to “Paradise” by The Ronettes.

Zoviet France album cover

THE RECORD THAT GOT ME INTO EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC
:Zoviet-France: – Misfits, Looney Tunes, and Squalid Criminals (Red Rhino, 1986)

It’s okay to make bad quality recordings. It’s okay to sample anything. Randomness is a gift. Rhythm is symbolic. It’s okay if the artwork is crooked, and the sleeve is a paper bag. Add effects to everything. Don’t apologize. Find your way.

THE RECORD THAT MADE ME WANT TO BECOME A MUSICIAN
Muslimgauze – Veiled Sisters (Soleilmoon Recordings, 1993)

How can you not be inspired by Bryn Jones? Despite being isolated, he fearlessly dug deeply into the music he loved, and stood by his political beliefs that it’s hard to think anyone around him may have supported. He defied releasing traditions in the music industry, instead releasing whenever he was able or whenever he felt like it. While it’s hard to know what to think of the ethical circumstances of Muslimgauze material still being published to this day, few people, especially myself, are complaining about having more to listen to from him. RIP brother.

THE RECORD EVERYONE SHOULD OWN
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (Capitol, 1966)

Pet Sounds is one of those albums over the years that I’ve always come back to. There may be long spaces when I don’t listen to it at all, but sometimes I’ll play it over and over for weeks. I can’t think of many other records that I can identify with in so many ways, and which fills such a void at different times throughout life.

Further Listening

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Hannah Ferguson’s Sexy Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Teaser

Alright, so I know that Super Bowl last night was pretty freaking epic, so I’m not going to say anything crazy in this post. Like that Hannah Ferguson‘s teaser video for the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is the greatest thing you’re going to see all year, or more exciting than the first overtime game in Super Bowl History. But I will say this: one of these things features a hot supermodel rolling around topless on the beach and the other featured sweaty dudes in shoulder pads rolling around on one another. I’ll let you do the math.

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Easy Sweet Tea Valentine Video Tutorial

It was 1977 and I had a crush on a boy named Billy!

Billy had a head full of floppy blonde curls and a smile that melted my 10 year old heart! Like most grade school classes during that time, we exchanged Valentines. With my mom’s help, I carefully crafted my Valentine box with white paper, doilies and hand painted hearts.

I was so excited when the day finally arrived and my fellow fifth graders and I happily stuffed Valentines and candies into the decorated boxes. I could hardly sit still waiting for the end of the day so I could tear into my box to see if the boy of my dreams gave me a Valentine as special as the one I gave him.

Sound familiar?  

When was the last time you made Valentines and sent them to your friends?

Let’s rekindle that childhood experience of cutting, gluing and coloring our own handmade Valentines.  

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Did Billy give me his "heart" on that day so long ago?  Not exactly, but he did give me silly putty and I thought that was pretty cool!


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Well-Appointed Studio Overhaul

Over the holidays, my husband and I finally decided to overhaul our communal workspace using the Ikea Kallax worktable hack I posted about a few months ago. The room is a medium-sized, guest bedroom that is used as an office/studio/catch-all in our small 2-bedroom house. We replaced a small wall shelf with the largest Kallax wall unit book shelf with a row of cupboard and a row of drawer units in an effort to try to clear away a bunch of small, assorted rolling cabinets. Then we replaced a thrifted oval conference table with the Kallax worktable-on-wheels which also includes several drawer units and usable storage space underneath.

The horror was what the studio looked like before. So here it is:

I always forget what a pain it is to assemble Ikea furniture but its such a sense of accomplishment once its done. And it really is quite sturdy. The key with this Kallax shelf unit was to build it in the room. I’m not sure we could have gotten it into the room assembled as its basically 6 feet square and rigid and would not have fit around the corners of our tiny hallways. So if you are planning a similar project, plan accordingly.

We still need to get a couple good, adjustable stools to use with the table but overall the workspace looks so much better. Its brighter, more organized and so much more usable.

Assembly in progress above.

See how clean and perfectly stained the table top is? Took me less than a week to get an ink stain on it.

Bob used the instructions from the Kallax hack and mitered the trim perfectly. So professional!

No, I do not have a book problem. And those drawers are not full of pens and ink. Nope. Okay, that is a stack of typewriters.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Helicopter

OK, so I meant to post these Wednesday. Eyyyyyy.

 

Bellevue (Oshinsky)

This is a well-researched history of New York’s Bellevue hospital. The author cleverly uses what is ostensibly a sort of biography of Bellevue to explore the history of medicine since the 18th century, and to explore the relation between hospitals, the government, and the public in the United States. It’s fascinating stuff.

Wonderland (Johnson)

This book was a bit light, but still very enjoyable. The thesis is that play and pleasure very important to the history of science, technology, and culture. As an example, Johnson argues that interest in automata helped lead (if a little indirectly) to the development of computers. Apparently, Babbage was quite interested in these early robots as a child, and it probably influenced his work. Johnson discusses other topics, such as the spice trade and the development of the Jacquard loom. I found this book fun, though I’m not quite prepared to buy the thesis as such. After all, anything that reaches fruition as a technology must first have been imagined. It’s hard to think of any interesting contraption whose origins couldn’t be traced back to something fun, in part (I suspect) because fun things tend to be easier to make. It’s hard to think of space-rockets coming into existence without someone first making toy versions. Furthermore, people play with all sorts of stuff that, of course, does NOT lead to technological revolutions.

My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles (Gardner)

I finally got myself into Martin Gardner, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. My only complaint (and, it’s a bullshit complaint) is that I really prefer a particular type of puzzle – the kind that is simple enough to easily hold in one’s head, and which doesn’t benefit from having pencil and paper. Some of the puzzles had interesting results, but really just required you to sit and write out a little algebra.

Everybody Behaves Badly (Blume)

A delightful history of how the book The Sun Also Rises got written. It’s basically a slice of Hemingway’s early life, right up until that book made him famous (and a tiny bit afterward). My only gripe is it participates in this notion about Hemingway that I’m not quite ready to sign up for – that he was some sort of master of image creation. I’m sure he put forward an image of himself, but that’s true of every writer. It’s not obvious to me that he does it more than just about anyone else, and I don’t see him as especially calculating about it. I mean, he did put forward an image, but he also really actually liked drinking hard and watching bullfights. Still, it’s well-researched and tells a great story about a great story. If you’re interested in Hemingway, you’ll like it.

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Please note, this year’s show is OPEN THEME. You can do any science/technology idea you’ve got!

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Book Review: A Year of Living Danishly

A Year of Living Danishly

After reading the article in the NYTimes about hygge and creating my New Year’s Hygge-themed Fashionable Friday, I decided to get more familiar with the concept of hygge and what might make the Danes so happy and well-adjusted. So I decided to read The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the book. Was it going to be a self-help book like Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up book?

Well, it turned out to be more of a memoir of Russell’s year of living in Denmark having relocated there after her husband got hired on to work at Lego. Each chapter is one month of their year with an aspect of the Danish culture revealed in that month. She discusses politics, taxes, trust, sex, childcare, healthcare, traditions, pastries and family to name a few things. And while she finds many things to recommend the Danish way of life, there are also many things that perplex her as well. In the best way, the book is not rose-colored glasses. I found it very interesting and enlightening in the way that any book about someone immersing themselves in a new way of life discovers what is really important and what they can easily live without.

Russell is British so, while the book is witty, the humor is quite dry. Some parts I laughed out loud though but I do lean to the dry humor.

So, if you’re looking for a book to make you reconsider how you see your place in the world, and whether you have it good where you are, this might be a book you would enjoy. I certainly found parts that made me think that I have it quote good where I am and parts where I thought “Why can’t we do thing more like the Danish?”

This book isn’t specifically pen- and paper-related but I do think anyone who wants to think about how to slow down, get hygge or simplify their life might appreciate the ideas offered in this book. We tend to be a literary lot in general and I know we all appreciate a good cup of coffee and a snegle.

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Rushes. New Canadian Cinema, Best Docs of 2016, State of Action Filmmaking

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NEWS
Wang Bing’s Bitter Money
  • A touching bit of news from the Canadian independent film scene: When the Toronto Film Critics Association picked Hugh Gibson as the recipient for its $100,000 prize for his terrific documentary The Stairs, Gibson decided to split the award with the other nominees:Kazik Radwanski (How Heavy This Hammer), and Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche). Solidarity in Canadian filmmaking!
  • Berlin Critics’ Week has announced part of its lineup for its festival, which runs concurrently as the Berlin International Film Festival and is intended both as counter-programming and counter-experience. Films so far include I Am Not Madame Bovary, The Human Surge and Bertrand Bonello’s Sarah Winchester.
  • Meanwhile, in New York the 17th Film Comment Selects series, which tends to be more unconventional than the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival, will include an "Ultra-widescreen" version of Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time, Chinese documentarian Wang Bing’s Bitter Money, and Lav Diaz’s Golden Lion winner The Woman Who Left.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING
  • Yes, the Notebook is on the Twin Peaks hype train. But who can blame us? Even as Showtime drip feeds fans with such teasers as the above, we admit we’re ensorceled David Lynch’s mysterious project.
  • Milestone has a beautiful new trailer for a restored version of Mikhail Kalatozov’s groundbreaking 1964 film, I Am Cuba.
RECOMMENDED READING
Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson
If the reality television boom arguably helped audiences accept the complex dialectic between truth and fabrication at the heart of documentary, and if that acceptance helped fuel the rise of lines-blurring films like The Act of KillingThe Arbor and Nuts!, then might it be said that Trump is a work of hybrid nonfiction? If post-truth culture can be seen as the final revenge of postmodernism, might we practitioners and theoreticians of the glorious instabilities of documentary cinema – the ecstatic “thousand lies in the service of the truth” camp – be somehow responsible for the fractures Trump exploited?
Things changed. Fast editing and wobbly camerawork became standard, and show-stopping sequences of mayhem were replaced with disorienting blurs. For more than a decade now, the craft of depicting bodies in motion onscreen has been forced into hiding in direct-to-video movies like Blood and Bone (2009) and Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013).
It may seem odd for a country to declare its own best films in this institutionalized fashion, but Canadian cinema is largely drowned out by the dominant influx of American culture. It’s pretty rare for even one Canadian film to play the local multiplex at any given time, even in metropolitan hubs.
That’s why extra efforts have to be made to showcase films that would otherwise mostly go unnoticed and unseen.
EXTRAS
  • Georgeian auteur Sergei Parajanov photographed by Yuri Mechitov
  • Jordan Bolton‘s 6th poster depicting the rooms of films in miniature is dedicated to Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.
The Little Hours poster
  • An absurdly intriguing poster for John C. Reilly’s The Little Hours, directed by Jeff Baena and set to premiere at Sundance.

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