It’s not quite an animated .gif and it’s not quite a still image. It’s not a video, either. It’s a weird hybrid between the three—and it’s called a PHHHOTO.
This new form of capturing is an app that takes “moving images,” storing them inside a stream much like Instagram. It’s origin story comes from the party scene, capturing quick glimpses into an isolated world that you’ll want to remember and share later. You might think that party mode may be more dynamic than the isolated app—but you’re mistaken. The app may outshine—and certainly folds in—the party mode idea.
The thing about PHHHOTO is that it is much more dynamic than any image combing website or application. It’s also much less demanding and cumbersome than video focused apps like Vine. It takes five consecutive shots, loops them, presenting them to you as this endless and inevitably seamless stream of pictures. It’s more of a flipbook, if anything, and because of the absence of sound, you can project and imagine and assume anything you want about said image(s).
The app is available for downloading now—and you should probably get into it now before the inevitable mainstream takeover.
Imagine a day with a warm breeze, lazy lounging near a large body of water, sweat beads lightly rolling down your chest as you take a sip of a cool drink with frozen pieces of melon in each mouth full. Now imagine what that would sound like. That is how Cobalt Cranes make me feel when I listen to them. Like a warm relaxing summer day on the best coast, the west coast.
“COBALT CRANES spent much of 2013 and early 2014 on tour, and began writing new songs in small motels and roadside diners along the way. Their new songs blend vintage California sounds with grungier, raw elements. They just finished recording their new album Days in the Sun with LA underground legend Joel Jerome (Dios, Cherry Glazerr, La Sera), and call their new sound “California Grunge”. The band is releasing Days in the Sun on Echo Park’s rising label LOLIPOP RECORDS, which has quickly established itself as the hub of the new LA scene. Look for Days in the Sun on cassette via Lolipop Records August 5th.” - Via Manimal PR
Stephanie von Watzdorf cut her teeth in the fashion industry under Yves Saint Laurent, had her first paid job for Giorgio Armani, and served as the Vice President of Design for Tory Burch. Now at the helm of her own lifestyle brand, Figue, she is creating a line of luxurious clothing and accessories inspired by her love of travel and the global aesthetic she encounters on her journeys. We sat down with Stephanie and asked her some wanderlust-related questions in celebration of her summer pop-up store in California. Enjoy!
WORK: Sometimes traveling, I see something that is perfect in every way but for whatever reason (not enough space to bring it home, too expensive, a moment of insanity) I leave without it and it then becomes burned into my mind forever as something that should-have-been. Do you have any of those? Does one haunt you more than the others?
SvW: Yes, that happens to me sometimes, but usually I find a way to squeeze it all into my suitcase. There was a blue and green beetle wing mirror in Bangkok I still think about, and there are two beaded talisman dolls I found in the heart of Nairobi (photo below) that I dream of finding again.
WORK: What are your top 3 favorite markets in the world?
SvW: The souk in Marrakesh, the fruit market in Jodhpur and the “Thieves Market” in Goa, India
WORK: List the items you cannot pack a suitcase without.
SvW: I always bring at least two embroidered cashmere pashminas, two pairs of sunglasses (in case one break, which as happened), a small flashlight, my mini iPad, Figue kaftans (good for both warm and cool weather), Weleda Skin Food cream, ginger candies and a book.
WORK: Favorite outfit to travel in?
SvW: I love to wear a long sleeve t-shirt, Figue military jacket, leggings and slip on shoes. I’m obsessed with my Newbarks and Toms.
WORK: If you could rotate living between three places and three places only, what would they be and why? You can divide the year however you see fit.
SvW: I would choose New York in the fall/winter for all the new exhibits, shows and cultural happenings, Marrakesh in the spring for the exotic treasure hunting and inspiration, and the Mediterranean in the summer for peace of mind, good food, sunshine and endless amounts of figs.
WORK: Name one place you think every person should see before they die.
SvW: The bush in Kenya to see all the wild animals.
WORK: Magical cure for jet-lag (or a hangover)?
SvW: There is no magical cure. I try to go to bed for a few hours as soon as I arrive at my destination - even if it is early in the morning. I also drink one liter of flat water on the flight and drink one before I sleep.
WORK: What do you like to read most while you’re home or on the go? Does it change depending?
SvW: I generally read political spy thrillers and biographies/autobiographies. I am a news junkie so I love to read the newspaper and Vanity Fair.
WORK: What makes a magazine great?
SvW: Interesting stories and beautiful photography.
Figue’s pop-up shop at 1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, California, will be open until the end of September. You can also shop for Figue at the flagship store on Elizabeth St. in NYC and online.
- Katherine Aplin
When I pressed PLAY to listen to FANTASTIC’s new single, I wasn’t sure where I was going to go with it. It took me on a sound scape of mountains being gently kissed by the sunrise of pink and purple scented clouds just as the last bit of essence of the night sky disintegrated into the morning dew. Joshua Tree and Magic Mushrooms anyone? I’m ready for an adventure. I feel good this morning.
"Swedish "psychedelic kraut" rockers, FANTASTIC unveil “Lawrence,” their first single off of their upcoming LP, ” El Futuro.” “Lawrence,” is cloaked in textural richness, drawing up images of ancient mosques sprawling in sacred geometry. Close your eyes and listen. You can feel the Eastern sun warm your skin and the desert sand recycle the souls of lost civilizations. Fantastic create the imagery of sparseness while illuminating shamanistic vocals, haunting melodies and psychedelic drenched riffs. “
Released on : http://www.la-soc.com/
Growing up in Southern California, fashion photographer Sasha Eisenman was immersed in the culture of surfing, the beach lifestyle, and the freedom that comes with it. He began taking photographs from a young age with his mother’s old Nikon 35mm and documented his friends and their adventures during frequent surf camping expeditions down the desert coastlines of the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. His photography is known for its loose, natural, and somewhat romantic style. His work has appeared in countless magazines, such as iD, Teen Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and Glamour.
In 2008, Eisenman began work on his California Girls project, and over the next several years created the images that would become his first photography book set to come out October 2014.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Sasha Eisenman and I am a photographer primarily. I also direct some short films and videos from time to time.
Where is your workspace?
I live in Silverlake and work at home a lot. I also have a property in Joshua Tree, CA that serves as a sort of film set often for my work and as an inspirational escape when needed.
What made you turn to this direction?
I studied Film Making at UCSD, but an early stint as a model and a chance meeting of Bob Richardson made me aware of fashion photography and redirected me on to that course back in 1999-2000.
Was this always your dream job?
It’s pretty close to my dream job. I think my dream job would be to not have to have a job at all. Then I would still do this but just for sheer pleasure and not have to worry about it in terms of a career.
How much of the week is work, how much is play?
It’s probably about 50/50, which is pretty great, but when you are self employed and work from home it can be tricky to know when to step away from the work. There is no set schedule, no real end to the work day, and there is always more work that one could do. But why kill yourself, moderation in all things.
What has been the most exciting thing you have done with your work, and what is a dream situation you’d like to find yourself in?
There isn’t really one thing that stands out as being the most exciting, there has been so many exciting things. Having my CALIFORNIA GIRLS book published is pretty exciting. Some of the trips that I have gotten to go on for work have been very exciting, like traveling to Lamu, Kenya for the NY Times Magazine, or getting to go to Tokyo and even the Galapagos Islands. All of those things have been very exciting, and also all of the funny people you meet and work with and the funny situations that one gets into along the way. A dream situation that I would like to find myself in would be to do a shoot with a fantastic budget, aboard a large sailboat, while traveling throughout the Greek Islands, shooting a great model like oh….perhaps, this gal I know…..Chelsea Schuchman.
How do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration from my own life. Starting with the wonderful trips that my parents took me and my brothers and sister on growing up. Memories of being on the beaches in Baja or traveling through the Mediterranean from Italy to Greece and all the way to Israel. (My dad was an Archeiologist) I kind of take those memories, and others, and rework them into the shoots that I do. Not specific events, but just the way the sun felt or the way the sea felt, the way the light reflected, it’s a feeling that you then try to infuse your photographs with by re-creating a similar mood. That and of course like everyone, I get inspiration from films, and old magazines etc etc. But memories and stories are most important to me.
How do you define your personal style, work and clothing, etc.?
I almost always dress as though I am at the beach, and thankfully I don’t live in a cold place, I never would want to, so for the most part I can just wear my shorts. Which are shorter than the ones most guys wear. I hate those long clown-like shorts. I like a short that is at mid thigh, not at the knee, and not because I am trying to be in the 70’s (although I wouldn’t mind), but because it’s far more comfortable and utilitarian. Especially for surfing. But other than that, my style is pretty classic I would say. I love color though, mauve, pink, orange, red, green, blue. I like plain tshirts in the day with a cord walk short, and stripy button up shirts in the evening, with a pair of white jeans. And I definitely DO wear white well past Labor Day.
What’s something someone may not know about you?
Well one thing that some people might be surprised to know, and it surprises me too, is that I am now a good builder and carpenter. I didn’t know how to do this stuff at all before. But since I have had my property in Joshua Tree, my friend out there, Randy Stonebraker, taught me how to build decks. And now I have built several, and once you can build a deck you can start building all sorts of things, like fences, etc. I built one deck around a refurbished Airstream trailer, that now serves as a guest house, and then added another portion of deck to it that supports a sort of dunk tank swimming pool made from a large steel stock tank. Its great for cooling off in and it looks fantastic. Beyond that…. My dad wanted me to be a tank commander or a fighter pilot, but here I am taking pretty pictures instead.
Anything else you would like to say or for us to know?
I’m an Aquarius, my birthday is January 27th, please send presents, thank you.
We had such an amazing time in Brooklyn on August 5th with the four amazing bands and DJ All Night Sucka, who indeed kept us dancing… all night, sucker. If you missed it, sorry to say, you really did miss out. BUT don’t fret for there will be more on both coasts! Thank you CMJ for the awesome write up and Baby’s All Right for the more than all right time!
"Tuesday night’s showcase at Baby’s All Right, presented by Work Magazine, featured a stacked bill of prolific talent. The stage was graced with kinetic melodies of tambourine from opening bands to the spacey synth-pop stylings from headliner, Leisure Cruise.
Legs kicked off the evening with their approach of indie dance songs. Lead singer Tito Ramsey delivered a stellar performance of animated arm movements, entertaining but not distracting from an addictive cadence you couldn’t help but move your, well, legs to. Catchy rhythms and lower body workout aside, Legs has started production on their first full-length album, funded via Kickstarter, and hopes to release it this fall. Definitely check outTouchtone, a great track exhibiting the band’s dynamic beats, invigorating tambourine and compelling application of vintage Hohner synths.
Halfbluud took the stage next and altered the setting from the previous happy synths and chipper harmonies. Instead, swooning dark vocals, courtesy of Harley Cortez, were harnessed in a soulful berth of guitar distortion delivered through an unruly mane reminiscent of an early Jack White.
Napoleon continued the showcase with a quirky set of doom-bop numbers. Their endeavors were successful as the Brooklyn based quartet got music-goers on their feet and grooving to each song. Frontman Julian Anderson presented himself short in stature (callback to the band name, perhaps?) but not in sound with raspy vocals and heightened spirits.
Leisure Cruise closed out the night with selections from their new self-titled debut album onLast Gang. Brainchild of Dave Hodge (Broken Social Scene) and Leah Siegel (Firehorse), Leisure Cruise takes you on an audible space journey, bridging retro and futuristic synth anthems. Each ballad, rich in pop progressions, gives a platform for Siegel to express herself through interpretive dance and flow. High energy in conjunction with cosmic visual projections add up to a visceral live performance that is not to be missed.”
Photos by Kassy Balli; words by Gabrielle Westfield.
Some things just make me depressed. I have no specific reasoning for said sadness but I watch them or see them or hear them and they make me sad. The feeling isn’t of despair but instead something similar to the end of a Sunday, when you know an inevitable bummer is coming—and there is no way to prevent it. I hate those things. These things make me grumpy.
The Roald Dahl book and movie Charlie & The Chocolate Factory has always made me mad. For years, I tried to figure out why it made me upset and I’ve recently discovered that it is the same Sunday Night anger: it’s kind of so happy and upbeat and great that I get mad that the world has to end. More than that, I get mad that the idea for the book even exists and that a fantasy like Willy Wonka’s world is literally unreal. I hate that.
This is why I’m surprised to be so captivated by Penguin’s new book cover for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Actually, I’m not captivated: I’m obsessed. The book is summed up by a small blonde girl engrossed in something out of frame. Her father? Willy Wonka? Chocolate? I don’t know. She definitely is a doll version of Veruca Salt and conjures up visuals associated with everything from Valley of The Dolls to Lady Bunny—and it is so fucking good. Instead of attempting to cartoonishly scan the entire book (or its best parts), they went right for the jugular.
I love that the publisher completely stomped on the audience, putting an adult twist on a book for children. I know both parents and children will be appalled by the cover but many will lock eyes with the little girl’s tractor beam eyes and be unable to look away. If I were a parent (Which I will never be.), I would give this to my kid to fuck with their brain. To make them think harder. To make them try to understand why this is the visual for the book. (And what is that answer? There doesn’t seem to be one—and I am fine with that being the point…despite everyone on Facebook disagreeing.)
If this is the image of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, I’m down with it. Perhaps it was designed to make me not hate the story? Maybe this little girl will remove the Sunday Night stigma from it? Probably not—but it’s a start.
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