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35 DENTON

Speaking of 35 Denton, I’ve been doing little things here and there with promotional stuff and blogging, and I gotta say it has been one of the most motivational experiences I’ve had in Denton. 

Pretty much everyone that is coordinating promotions/social media/ overall festivities/ is around the 21 to 26 year old age bracket, and they do a fantastic job of working together as a team. A lot of their online content is very innovative, and I love the way they do promotions with videos.

35 Denton is a weekend long music conference up here in North Texas, and personally speaking, is a much more affordable and intimate alternative to South By Southwest. Not to say that I don’t enjoy SXSW, because WHO DOESNT? But if the bustling streets of Austin aren’t your thing, then this would be a great opportunity to enjoy some great music and cheap drinks. You can check out their line-up (Dum Dum Girls, Built to Spill, The Hood Internet, Oberhofer just to name-drop a few) here.

ANYWAY, if you get a chance you should check them out on Twitter and Facebook and try and keep up with what they have going on. You’ll find some pretty cool stuff. 

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Leave it to the Italians to create the most elegant and well-tailored men’s clothing that fashion has to offer.  Last week’s Etro show definitely stood out above the rest.  With the use of various prints, textures, and colors, Kean Etro made a strong statement for Fall 2012 menswear.  His collection portrayed a well-traveled man, much like himself, through his combined use of pattern and color.  The show started out with neutral tones of black and white followed by tan and brown tribal prints.  As the show progressed color and texture was introduced.  Colors, such as deep purples and reds, were paired with velvet pants and jackets as well as cleverly placed feathers that added an interesting dimension to the looks.

 While watching this show I was floored by the wonderful use of color and patterns as well as the strong, tailored look of masculinity exemplified by the clothing’s silhouettes.  The feather detailing placed on the back of the coattails reminded me very much of the colorful feathers displayed by birds of paradise during mating season as they attempt to attract females. Wouldn’t it be interesting if all men would dress in beautiful colors and textures in order to impress us such as the birds of paradise do?

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Daft Punk- Human After All (Sebastian Remix)

Fashion week in Paris, the most coveted of them all, showcases some of fashion’s most talented artists.  Many strong statements were made in last week’s elaborate haute couture shows.  Jean Paul Gaultier’s controversial Amy Winehouse inspired line was listed among my favorites with pieces such as this beautifully structured dress. Another of my favorites was the On Aura Tout Vu show did not get as much publicity as Gaultier’s, but was equally as attention-grabbing.  This line displayed gowns with very structured and elaborate detailing in the shape of flames.  The flames were presented in cold, icy colors on some pieces and warm, fiery colors on others. 

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Hailed as one of Spin magazine’s “Artists of the Year”, Florence and The Machine has returned with a newly released single, followed by a new LP coming out this November.

In the new track “What the Water Gave Me”, red-headed, 26-year-old Florence Welch delivers a hipster-friendly melody with echoing back vocals that flourish her naturally beautiful voice into a rich, acoustic, and chillwaved entity.

The transfer of energy from the start of the song all the way through is constantly uprising. Its beautiful and articulated bridge weeps Cause she’s a crueller mistress/ And the bargain must be made/But oh, my love, don’t forget me/I let the water take me.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, Welch and producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Goldfrapp, Interpol) started recording the new FATM album back in April, just in time for a release this fall. 

A live recording of “Strangeness and Charm”, another track off the new LP is posted here on Youtube.

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A Christmas toy that I want is this wireless subwoofer that is a part of the Sonos Wireless HiFi System. One seismic step closer to the full body experience music was meant to be. http://www.sonos.com/sub

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Check out Jack White’s new video for “Love Interruption.”

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I don’t know why Rye Rye has yet to break into mainstream hip-hop. She has the perfect fusion of ethnic culture and sound innovation to refresh the burnt out sound of current rap megastars. 

From Baltimore, Maryland, this 21-year-old has worked with multiple electronic hip-hop cultivators like Blaqstarr, Diplo, Crookers, and MIA. Her diverse, yet distinct range of vocal capabilities may be that of a pre-teen, however she compensates by writing lyrics that are devilishly clever, and deliciously catchy.

My absolute favorite quality about her is her live show, which is equally invigorating and exhausting. The bass kicks plow through the crowds, and her unique choreographed dance moves never cease. 

Although ‘Go! Pop! Bang!’, her solo LP, has been in the works for just about three years now, we’re hoping that her third SXSW performance this year will tease a set release date. 

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THE RETURN OF THE DOUBLE BASS KICK! The Joy Formidable has become a recent obsession of mine after having the chance to hear them in passing this past week at SXSW. Imagine a more talented Courtney Love that falls into an underground world of simple (yet genius) reverbed guitar riffs, and wondrous Metric-like vocals. On top of that, gurlfrannn can sing + play guitar like a pro. Check out their newest video for “Whirring”, which is oddly reminiscent of Modest Mouse’s “Float On”. Love it. 

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I love what the Internet churns out this time of year. It’s always the perfect single to compliment the end of the short, cold, days of the winter season… or to bob your head to with the windows down on the way to SXSW. Santigold’s new single "Disparate Youth" lives up to her reputation as she delivers a slightly drums and bass/slightly reggae-inspired, hip shaker. YES THAT SENTENCE WAS ALMOST ENTIRELY ADJECTIVES. I called reggae to be a huge mainstream stimulator this year… we’ll see if others prove me right. 

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We Be Back Soon- Lil Wayne

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Crazy Hold Out- The Hood Internet

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One of the best finds I made over the SXSW week was the disco-house charm that Reptar encompassed during their performance at Maggie Mae’s this past week. Fresh to the SXSW festival, the au courant foursome has already teamed up with Ben Allen (approbated for his most recent work with Cee Lo Green, Animal Collective, and Asher Roth) to release a few EP singles up on their Myspace. Whether it be the body-swaying groove of the guitars, the spacey fill synths, or the articulate vocals of front man Graham Ulincy, Reptar captures the fun and simple aesthetic of music to make you clap your hands and shake your ass. 

LISTEN TO: STUCK IN MY ID 

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'The Adventures of Mr. Fox' is the forthcoming EP from British drumfunk duo, KOAN Sound. Out September 4th.

THE ADVENTURES OF MR. FOX TRACKLISTING:

1. 80s Fitness

2. Eastern Thug

3. Sly Fox

4. Introvert

5. 80s Fitness (Reso Remix)

6. Eastern Thug (Neosignal Remix)

7. Sly Fox (Opiuo Remix)

ABOUT KOAN SOUND

"Comprised of 19-year-olds Will Weeks and Jim Bastow, KOAN Sound has forged their own unique sound in the crowded field of today’s electronic music world. By consciously moving away from solely relying on the 140 bpm dubstep format and delving into a wider array of electronic genres, namely funky glitch hop as well as 80’s style synth and boogie, the twosome has garnered attention from major critics and artists alike, including Aphex Twin, who has played the duo’s music in his live set.”

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I know this has been floating around for a few weeks but I would feel guilty not putting it on blast for everyone. The XX released their newest single entitled “Angels” on July 16th, which provides a solid backdrop for what to expect from Coexist in September. 

It’s nice to hear their progressive, yet consistent style of music doesn’t stray too far from the lucid theme of their self-titled LP from 2009.  

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Consuelo Castiglioni showcasing a few looks from her upcoming Marni For H&M line. Notice the attention to detail in the complimentary colors, and fabric prints. Perfect for the H&M market, and the upcoming Spring season. 

NEW JUSTICE! Almost at least… In a recent interview with Seattle’s 107.7 The End, JFK from MSTRKRFT claims “The new Justice record is done and from what they told me it sounds like a band practicing, actually just the other day. It’ll be very interesting to see how the music evolves.”

With that news and a new tab entitled “Civilization” on their official Facebook page, containing what appears to be album artwork and a release date for their first single, many are speculating that a mid-2011 release isn’t out of the question. The French duo haven’t released more than a few remixes since their last full LP “Cross” back in 2007. SO EXCITING!!

RELEASE DATE FOR NEW SINGLE “CIVILIZATION”- APRIL 4TH 2011

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Matt and Kim- Where You’re Coming From