Monday, February 23, 2015

"Heartless" x Kanye West - 808's & Heartbreak

     Early on the Throwback Thursday or your Flashback Friday...but as we cleared the Valentines Day season, no better time to view and listen to "Heartless".  Mr. West's biggest single from his emotional diary of "808's & Heartbreak" album that almost created it's own genre.  The artistic cartoon effect that resembles the 80's, Stay On Me, but the current method was called Optiflavor, which used real life movement and was converted to animation.  More importantly, the video was directed by Hip Hop's Video Moses, Hype Williams, in 2008.  Hype actually paid tribute to Ralph Bashki, as the same animation was used for the video as was Ralph's movie from 1981.   That animation used live action footage and then animators drew over top of the video.  This became one of Kanye's most popular singles and paved a way for a genre that really didn't have a lane previously.  Him and NO I.D were the producers.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Asics Gel Lyte III "Exploration"


     The Asics Gel Lyte III runner seems to be as popular as it ever was when it was originally released in the early 90's.  New color ways and collabs are showing up every weekend, especially in 2015 as they will be celebrating the GLIII's 25th Anniversary.  Here's a general release from last summer in a patriotic, red, white, and light blue blend of suede and mesh.  The insole has a radar, map, type of design, hence I'm guessing the "Exploration" nickname. 3M hits at the back and along the stripes on the sides.  The white midsole has grey speckling as well.













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Friday, January 2, 2015

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

     Nike combined two of their most popular running designs in 2014 when they released the Free 4.0 Flyknit running sneaker.  Nike's one advancement in running footwear includes their Free based soles.  It's meant to provide a very natural and flexible ride based on your foots natural movement.  In the 4.0 version, the hexagonal flex grooves offer a very low to the ground and natural ride.
The very popular Flyknit technology provides numerous benefits in using a one piece polyester yarn upper.  It provides ultralight support and flexibility which really gives a fantastic, customized fit.  It also allows for some great, unique color combinations as Nike continues to roll out numerous colors into the new year.  This one was a must have in the black, volt, and bright crimson color way.
     Definitely try a pair on next time you're in the mall, see if you like the sock-like feel, great for the gym or everyday wear.










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Sunday, October 26, 2014

GRAYCLIFF by Frank Lloyd Wright

      Fourth of July weekend on Lake Erie and taking in some good ole Americana.  Nothing says USA better than taking a tour of a home created by one our country's most profound architects, Frank Lloyd Wright.  Just south of Buffalo, New York, the summer home of the Martins sits on the edge of the cliffs overlooking Lake Erie and was built between 1926-31.  Isabelle and Darwin Martin were rich Industrialists who commissioned Wright to build their vacation home after he built their main dwelling in Buffalo.
     There are  many highlights of Wright's effects on his work that make this building a very compelling work of art.  One being his appreciation of the natural surroundings and using actual materials of the area to build his work.  In this case, he used the shale stone that the cliffs were made of and used them throughout the home.  He also knew that over time, the natural combination of the rain and the elements in the stone would discolor the stone in different colors and add to the organic feel of his designs.
     Other features of the home are having a garden at one of the end of the home where the runoff from rain showers were angled so that it would empty in the garden and keep it watered.  Another Wright touch would be the open ribbon like windows on both sides of the home.  It gives the illusion that you can see through the home and enjoy the views of the lake and Canada across the way.  My favorite aspect of Greycliff is the running fountain that is designed in the front of the home and main walk way.  Two smaller walls line a water way that empties out into a bigger, natural, pool, so that it gives the illusion the lake is running through the home.
     There are many other features of the GreyCliff estate that are fantastic, like the garage, tennis court, and the sheep that were there to chew the grass, basically a natural lawn mower.
     I think it's amazing how Wrights designs still look so modern, especially given when they were conceived, and the amount of detail he put into every aspect of what he was creating.  Even down to the furniture and materials used, he didn't leave any form or function unthought of.  Completely recommend seeing this or any of his works when given the chance.
     Big thank you to the Hambergers for being fantastic hosts and guides!












Saturday, June 21, 2014

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "Shadow"

It's amazing to see where the sneaker culture is today, especially if you're on the older side of it and thinking of how it was then, where it wasn't considered anything other than you buying the sneaks of the couple star athletes you saw on TV.  Nike saw the appeal in the NCAA champ and made their move.  The Air Jordan 1 started it all with a young, spry kid from North Carolina by the name of Michael Jordan.  Rest is history and in that storied history, this color way of the first Jordan 1 was an original color that was released in 1985.  The Nike Air on the tongue pays homage to the original as this retro matches it, along with retro box. (This color retroed in 2009 but with the Jumpman logo).  The Shadow Grey color way couldn't be simpler as black, white, and soft grey make up the leathered silhouette.  This retro release comes with a few sets of laces as well to mix it up a bit.  The Jordan 1 OG made a major presence in 2013 as Nike released most of the original retro's and it says a lot to see this sneaker as relevant now than it was thirty years ago.










Wednesday, June 11, 2014

World Cup 2014 Is Here

     The globes largest sporting event is upon us and I have to say this is as popular as I've ever seen it in the States.  That's including us hosting the event in 1994 where I was lucky to attend two World Cup matches.  With technology reaching all parts of the world and more accessible in this country, the true
melting pot can be felt.  You don't have to look far in your ancestry to find some roots in some country that it's in the tournament.  At this point, I don't even care if you're a poseur pretending to care just to have a reason to party during the week, the World Cup is simply the best.  With Brazil being the host country and usually fielding the odds on favorite, this has all the makings of a world wide party with all eyes glued on the TVs, tablets, and smart phones.  Keep the fridge stocked for when you're watching at home and definitely go to your local watering holes, city pubs, Little Italy's, Chinatowns, and every  other cultural centric neighborhood and really get a taste for the game.  Remember, it's only every four years so take advantage and wear your favorite teams colors with pride!  Check out these great commercials that pretty much will want you to lace up your boots, put your kit on, and hit the pitch yourself.













Saturday, May 17, 2014

I Believe....

     Getting ever closer to the biggest sporting event on the globe, we've been seeing the marketing build up on all media outlets.  As we've seen in the past, the commercials have been very creative in getting people excited to spend a month watching the best sport on the planet, played by the best athletes.
The rainbow of colors of all the participatory nations' fans will be on full display every where you ago. From the sports bars in your town to the local neighborhoods of your favorite cities, everybody will have World Cup fever.  Start planning your excuses to call out of work and get in front of the big screen because you're not going to want to miss any of it.
      ESPN has the ball rolling with this commercial to get all the US Soccer fans jazzed up.  It's going to be a very interesting World Cup for the US Men's Team as we've qualified for every Cup since 1990, but haven't advanced past the Quarterfinals.  For the US to make a big step in the eyes of football fans and to get to another level of respect, I think the USMNT needs a final four appearance.  It's time....between the advancement of MLS and producing solid players to the experience of playing in some of Europe's best leagues, we need to BELIEVE that we belong with the best of the world and it's our chance to prove it.