Digital Harinezumi 2

In a time where technology allows everything to be captured in super sharp high definition. Many look back at the hazy imagery of the past with nostalgia (If their old enough) and envy (If they are not). There's something calming and innately artistic in the grain and colour imbalance found in old images and film. Lomography is becoming ever more popular and now Superhead have produced a new version of their Digital Harinezumi camera which allows the user to capture images somewhat akin to the old 8mm camera's of the past, as well as lomo like snaps. aesthetically its form resembles that of the old 110 film that was a popular choice for home snaps in the 70's and early 80's. For those that want that retro feel without the retro hassle of purchasing film and getting it developed the Digital Harinezumi 2 looks to be a great choice.

Make sure you check out Superheadz Youtube channel an the footage shot with teh camera on Vimeo

www.superheadz.com/digitalharinezumi


Video for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned The Hard Way taken from the new album of the same name.

www.sharonjonesandthedapkings.com | MySpace


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Video for The Hawk Feat Little Hannah Collins - "Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover" which drops on www.recordkicks.net (today I think).

Hannah was keyboard player / vocalist with UK band The Heavy and Scott Milsom aka The Hawk, bass player for funk band Big Boss Man. It's a little more Northern soul / Motown-eqsue than my personal taste normally runs to, but it's a happy little dity.

www.myspace.com/thehawkmyspace


Video for The Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra's Shot Me In the Heart, a fantastic slice of heavy soul this.

Vocalist Loren Oden dilvers a master-class in conveying passion and emotion on this track. If you've not picked up the album and you have even just a passing interest heavy funk and soul I strongly recommend you do.

I quite want that "Venice Dawn Theme" that plays over the video titles as well.

Props to C.E. Garcia of vinyl4giants for keeping me in the know.

Via: Wax Poetics x Converse 45 Series Presents


It Felt Like a Kiss: The Film

It Felt Like a Kiss is an experimental film pairing archive footage with music by Adam Curtis (The Century of the Self, The Power of Nightmares, The Trap).

 


Retro Pod Theme For Tumblr

We've made a theme for Tumblr! It's called Retro Pod and if you like it you can grab it from Tumblr's Theme Garden


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Video for Thunderheist - LBG (Little Booty Girl) which was directed by George Vale. The tracks released on Big Dada on the 30th November.

www.myspace.com/thunderheist | www.thunderheist.com


Dolmen Digital

If you enjoy all the trappings of modern technology but prefer your aesthetics laced with a retro feel, you may well find yourself appreciating this rather smart little Dolmen Digital radio. Of aluminium and wood finish, this rechargeable AM/FM radio cube is perfect for small spaces like a bedside table, and is available from PID in a choice of dark wood or silver for $207.00.

Mini Dolmen

Dinkier still is the AA-battery-powered Mini Dolmen; all the lovely retro cuteness you know and love from the Digital Dolmen with AM/FM radio and digital volume. Material finish is as above, but the Mini comes in a choice of five colour variations from dark wood to super-cheery brightness. Get yours from PID at a cost of $123.00.


Black Dynamite [Soundtrack]

vinyl4giants has a quick interview with composer of the Black Dynamite OST Adrian "AJ" Younge. The film directed by Scott Sanders and starring Michael Jai White is a homage to classic 70's Blaxploitation flicks and needed a homage soundtrack to suit. Those familiar to the genre will know that it's one where the music is hugely integral. Often the soundtracks were works of a far higher calibre than the films themselves. Legends of funk and soul contributed to and created albums, some of which are amongst the greatest recorded works of all time. You just have to listen to Curtis Mayfield's sublime Superfly OST once and you'll see what I mean. Isaac Hayes, Bobby Womack and the Godfather Himself James Brown were all to create sonic backdrops for these black action flicks. Brown even made an album for a film that didn't exist, The Payback (Rejected by Larry Cohen as the soundtrack to Hell Up in Harlem), Brown himself felt his Black Caesar OST was sub-par.

Understanding homage is not the same as copy, Adrian "AJ" Younge has taken inspiration and developed the score he would have made had he been working at the time.

You can buy the Black Dynamite OST using the amazon links below this post or from waxpoetics.com (comes with bonus track  Tears I Cry).

Black Dynamite - Posters

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com

vinyl4giants posted the mp3 "Shot Me In The Heart" which you can listen to below or download.

Via: vinyl4giants


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Video for Ape School's 'Wail To God' taken from Ape School's eponymous début album out now on Counter Records.

If I'm honest, I have to say I don't care much for the track myself. Anthony Schepperd's 70's style, somewhat psychedelic animation in the video however is rather marvellous.

Via: Anthony Schepperd - Vimeo


The Bronson Maneuver is a retro 60's Spy inspired short created as an entry for "CGChallenge XXIV - Secret Agent" at cgsociety.org.

The short features the work of:
Ryan Sluman - Puppet & Animation - ryansluman.com
Joon Kim - Concepts & Storyboards - chickenwithbroccoli.blogspot.com
Danny Dahlquist - Cleanup, SFX & Original Music
Mike McCain - Environments & Effects - mikebot.net

There's also a rather cool little trailer for the short.

If you like this you should check out  Stephane Coedel's A Kiss From Tokyo" Theatrical trailer

Via: Mike McCain (Vimeo)


Really rather like this video for "Dynamic Tension" by Mr. Dead featuring M. Sayyid. Kind of has that gritty early 80's New York exploitation look / feel, you got in films like Driller Killer and Basket Case. The tune itself is OK and it does sample the classic Morricone ditty from A fist Full Of Dollars, which vies for the title of my favorite film ever.

On a side note "pencil Fighting" seems to be an inner city version of classic English kids pastime Conkers.

Via: 33jones


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Really very cool promotional video for Neil Krug's Pulp Book. Really nails the sleaxy pulpy exploitation movie type vibe it's going for. Stephane Coedel's "A Kiss From Tokyo" Theatrical trailer for Kevin Dart's book "Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7" did a similar thing. Using the power of online video is an exceedingly good way to promote concept books.

Pulp Book is collaboration between supermodel Joni Harbeck and photographer Neil Krug. The book will feature 200 pulp inspired images.

Neil Krug's Pulp Book - Images

www.pulpartbook.com

The music in the commercial is "The Lions and the Cucumber" you can get it by picking up the Vampyros Lesbos (Sexadelic Dance Party) OST or The Jackie Brown OST ... though I say a Sexadelic Dance Party  is the way to go.

Via: chunnel.tv


NOTCOT Looks At "Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7"

We posted the "A Kiss From Tokyo", Theatrical Trailer (1964)a little while ago on LateMag. The trailer directed by Stephane Coedel was created to tie in with artist Kevin Darts new book "Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7".

The ever marvelous NOTCOT got their hands on a copy of teh book and it's well worth jumping over there for a look.


"A Kiss From Tokyo", Theatrical Trailer (1964) - Yuki 7 dashes around the world in hot pursuit of the tantalizingly tricky Diamond Eye, who is stealing parts and plans and leaving behind a path of murdered scientists in her quest to build a missile inside her volcanic lair.

This rather wonderful retro animated faux trailer was created by Stephane Coedel, a French animator living in London.

Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7 - Cover

The Character Yuki 7 is the creation of illustrator Kevin Dart, whose book "Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7" is available for pre-order.

I think the trailer works really well in capturing that Modesty Blaise, Golgo 13, Lupin The Third, Avengers, James Bond etc. spy vibe

Props to kanYe West : Blog

Via: Stephane Coedel - Vimeo


Divine collection From Ventury Paris

Reflecting French standards of style and elegance, the maison Ventury Paris has come up with its Divine confidential series, the ultimate collection of exceptional furniture to suit your style. Brainchild and innovation of Emmanuel Touraine and Vincent Cadena, these are fabulous lounge chairs that are retro yet modish!

Divine Collection From Ventury Paris

Divine Collection From Ventury Paris

Divine Collection From Ventury Paris

Divine White Chrome

Divine Blacktie

Divine Blacktie

The Divine lounge chair available as a limited run, those wishing to make pricing and purchase inquiries should visit www.ventury.fr


Volvo P1800 Re-Imagined by Mattias Vöcks

Volvo P1800 Re-Imagined by Mattias Vöcks

When I was a little kid I liked watching reruns of The Saint, which starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar. Like most cool 60's and 70's cult TV heroes he drove a dam cool car, the Volvo P1800. Now Swedish designer Mattias Vöcks, who works hand assembling supercars for Koenigsegg by day, has decided to update the classic Volvo.

With help from Bo Zolland from Swedish design firm Vizualtech, Vöcks has added a few modifications to bring the shapely Swedish beauty to modern standards. Aerodynamics are improved by a rear diffuser, flat underbody tray and a front fascia that's been smoothed out and lengthened by 70mm. Powering the beast is a 4.4-liter V8 borrowed from a Volvo XC90 SUV that's been force-fed by a turbocharger and routes its 600 horses through a six-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels.

Currently existing only in the form of rather swish looking renders, Vöcks is intending to put the car into small scale production. While I'm not a massive car person and don't think its a great idea to drive round in 4 litre plus cars everyday, for obvious reasons. I would love to be able to afford one of these as an occasional toy for summer motoring (though I am unlikely to ever find myself in that kind of tax bracket).

It would certainly complement my other 60's / 70's Bond villain / suave spy dream possession The Razor Residence by Wallace E. Cunningham

autoblog.com has more details and images and you can check out the work of design firm Vizualtech at www.viztech.se

Via: acquiremag.com


Neil Krug and Joni Harbeck Pulp Book

Neil Krug and Joni Harbeck Pulp Book

Neil Krug and Joni Harbeck Pulp Book

Neil Krug and Joni Harbeck Pulp Book

Pulp Book is collaboration between supermodel Joni Harbeck and photographer Neil Krug. The book will feature 200 pulp inspired images. I love the images availble on Neil Krug's flickr and the gallery at the books website. Shades of post-apocalyptic futures, crime capers gone bad, primeval past, the wild west and cult auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky.

www.pulpartbook.com

Via: Neil Krug - flickr


Black Dynamite

Good news for those in the UK looking forward to seeing Scott Sanders' blaxploitation homage Black Dynamite. The film has been picked up by Icon Film Distribution.

Screen Daily also reports The film which stars martial artist Michael Jai White will get its first market screening at Cannes and is also scheduled to screen in the Spotlight programme at Tribeca. *Sony Pictures have already purchased the North American rights after its screening at Sundance.

Black Dynamite - Posters

Black Dynamite - Trailer

Check out the official site at www.blackdynamite.com

*and promptly ordered we take down the trailer, if you jump over to Cinemablend however you can see a clip being used for Tribeca promotion.

Via: Screen Daily - News


The first full-length feature by LA-based artist and filmmaker Anna Biller (The Hypnotist; A Visit From The Incubus), VIVA is "a spot-on spoof of low-grade late 60s/early 70s sexploitation flicks" (Variety) that joyously and faithfully pays homage to the classics of the genre.

With a plot stripped from a 1969 letter to Penthouse Magazine, Viva tells the story of Barbi, a naïve housewife who sets out to discover the seedy underbelly of the sexual revolution. With her best friend Sheila in tow, she encounters everything from prowling cougars, grandmotherly brothel madams and lesbian supermodels to full-blown orgies. Toss in a gay hairdresser, a funk-gasmic soundtrack and some surreal animated and musical sequences and you’ve got one smoking hot slice of nouveau cult cinema.

Viva is available on DVD in the US now from Cult Epics. Nouveaux Pictures will show Viva at selected UK cinemas on 15th May and will release a DVD in June.

www.lifeofastar.com 


Armani Casa Baloon Armchair

The Baloon chair from Armani Casa takes it's inspiration from the art deco style of the 30s. Made in Italy this tubular armchair has black nickel-plated iron base and cover of bielastic fabric available in beige or dark brown.

Quite a fun piece this if you have an interior that would suit it, and around £4,100 to spend.

www.armanicasa.com

 

Via: Switched On Set


Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman On Joost

Internet TV network Joost which recently dumped its software application in favour of 100% browser based viewing carries a varied range of programming. In amoust the channels tagged retro tv, is a channel carries episodes from the classic Japanese TV series Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman which stars Shintarô Katsu as teh titular hero. Katsu played Zatoichi in over 20 movies and 100 tv outings. His real life brother Tomisaburo Wakayama, starred in the nearly as legendary Babycart / Lone Wolf and Cub / Shogun Assassin series of movies.

There are around 26 episodes available over at Joost running around 45 minutes each. I am not sure however which regions they are available in, as licensing restrictions continue to dog legal internet TV's abilty to really take advantage of the webs inherent world wide nature.

Watch the episodes of classic Japanese series Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman on joost.com


Wagiman By INSA & Rousseau

The bubble chair has retained its iconic status since its inception in the '60's as 'Future Modern,' through to today's standing as the epitomical mark of retro cool. Rousseau's 'Wagiman' is an "illuminated bubble chair with bespoke "INSA" print engraved into [the] surface" and offers a deliciously decadent and seductive edge to future retro design.

Visit Rousseau at www.rousseau.co.uk


Commodore UMMD 8010%2FF Netbook

Commodore UMMD 8010%2FF Netbook

Commodore UMMD 8010%2FF Netbook

The Commodore branded 8010/F Netbook features VIA C7-M CPU, Windows XP Home or Linux, 10.2″ Display with Webcam, 80GB HDD, 1GB RAM
and 802.11b/g and optional Bluetooth.

Its main appeal of course is probably the Commodore logo which will have children of the 80's remembering happier simpler times. Especially as the price (expected to be £325) is not exactly competitive in the cutthroat mini portable market.

 Via: Retro To Go ,NRK, Pocket-lint


Dmitry Popov - Gasoline and Glamour

Above: Ashton Shane, James Furlow with 1940 Pontiac

Dmitry Popov - Gasoline and Glamour

Above: Ashley Olivia Stancil, Eugene Zavadski with Thunderbird

Dmitry Popov aims to blur the boundary he see between photography and cinematography. Using each series of pictures to tell a moving story Dmitry evokes the spirit and glamour of motoring in times past. 

www.drivebackintime.com | Drive Back In Time at flickr


Retro Wallpaper From UK Wallpapers

Retro? Oh so. There's no bolder retro statement than wallpaper, and the folks at UK Wallpaper have made good on this idea with the Browns, Yellows and Oranges range. Simply titled, these warm colours can cover a retro den or hint at a statement by covering one wall as a feature. Available in Circles or Stripes, these vinyl wallpapers cost from £14.99 for 10mx52cm.

UK Wallpaper's 70s-style wallcovering

Visit UK Wallpaper online at www.ukwallpaper.co.uk

Via: Retro To Go


The Retro By EcoSmart Fire

Made from weather-resistant materials, the Retro by EcoSmart Fire lends it's titular style to your decor. Designed by Paul Cohen and Marc Veenendaal, it's cubed minimalism meets 60's-inspired cool with its fibreglass rounded corners. EcoSmart Fire is an environmentally friendly fire (it burns renewable energy) and is a new concept of open fireplace, with no flue or hard connection. Efficient in its heating and modular by nature, the Retro allows you to ease your green conscience whilst putting a little contemporary 60's trend in your life. It may not be free, but it's definitely love. 

The Retro By EcoSmart Fire

Visit EcoSmart Fire online at www.ecosmartfire.com/uk  or www.ecosmartfire.com and choose your location


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