Monthly Archives: November 2010

Irvin Kershner

It is with a heavy heart that I write to commemorate the passing of Irvin Kershner, director of the Empire Strikes Back and Robocop 2, who died on Saturday. It is difficult to overstate the importance of the second film in the Star Wars trilogy to a 7 year old Callum. I have fond memories of watching all of them repeatedly, reading the books, collecting the toys, basically topping up the already sizeable wallet of George Lucas. But it is The Empire Strikes Back that fits in comfortably near the sharp end of my all time top 10 films. It still gives me great pleasure to go back to it because, besides the fact that it is an incredible film, for those 124 minutes I can ignore fatty Lucas’s ill-fated weekend in a motel with a child actor and Liam Neeson. When the original films were re-released in 1997, my equally enthusiastic Dad took me to see all of them in the cinema. A showing of the original trilogy on the big screen should be an annual occurrence, a Star Wars festival replete with a national holiday and subsidised Kenner figurines & vehicles for all.

Thank you Irvin Kershner for directing one of the finest films I have ever had the pleasure of watching, may you rest in peace.

Maaad Props

It was a close run thing today as Mad Props from Da Youngstas went head to head with the Norwich City goal celebration tune, ready to be deployed in honour of their performance. Thankfully, the former won on this occasion as mad props must be bestowed upon the Canaries, who managed to triumph in the Old Farm Derby today. The very first football match I went to as a youth was Norwich away to Ipswich where we lost horribly, so it is always especially good when City manage to do the business against them. 4-1!

The Making of Game Over

Just came across this article about the making of Game Over, the classic Dabrye track that features the vocal talents of J Dilla and Phat Kat. Back in 2006, Kelly ‘K-Fresh’ Fraizer interviewed Tadd Mullinix (aka Dabrye) for the release of his new album, Two/Three, but the piece was never used. Reluctant to just throw it away, Kelly went back to the story, this time getting quotes from key players involved in the beginnings of Game Over. You can read the result here…

The Making Of Dabrye’s ‘Game Over’ With J. Dilla & Phat Kat

The photo above is from Reilly Brennan’s Flickr, where you can find more about the sequence of events leading up to the track being created. Thanks to Kelly Fraizer for writing this article and The Loop Detroit for getting it posted up. And finally, for those who don’t know…

Kazuki x adidas Originals Gipfel

Designer Kazuki Kuraishi has been let loose on the adidas Gipfel as part of their Originals by Originals campaign. They are a bit of a mish mash of features from different shoes but I think the design works overall, especially in these subtle colours. You can pick up a pair or two over at End Clothing.  Images come courtesy of Sneaker News.

Phat Kat, eLZhi & DJ Dez

Having just about managed to nurse myself back to health after a dirty weekend in Brighton with Phat Kat, eLZhi & DJ Dez at the Doctor’s Orders, I am going to seize this brief moment of clarity and try to write some words about it. I had been looking forward to this gig for quite some time and, after a rambunctious MF Doom show and the incredible KRS-One & Supernatural, my expectations were high. Predictably the boys from the D answered with a set that placed them comfortably among the best live acts I have witnessed in person.

To kick off proceedings, Doctor’s residents Rusty Ryan and Spin Doctor opened with slick selections of classic hip hop, funk, soul and more recent joints. I probably take these dudes for granted somewhat and I shouldn’t – a good hip hop act is helped immeasurably by such talented support DJs. Deetroit took over at about half one in the morning and  Continue reading

The Cl!ck

I am lucky enough to be spending a week with The Click, an award-winning, independent crack team of design consultants based in Norwich. They have been hard a work with some of the region’s best know establishments, including the Sportspark and Norwich Cathedral. The logo above is one of my favourites, produced for a digital agency called The Yolk. I have been tooling about their office for the past couple of days, masterminding the distribution of their latest showcase, assembling Ikea flat packs with blinding speed (five chests of drawers in three and a half hours), and generally making a nuisance of myself. To check out some of their work, go to their website. You can also follow them on Twitter.

Nike Dunk Sculpture by haroshi

The sculptor known only as haroshi has created a faithful replica of his well-worn Dunk SBs using old Nike skate team skateboards, layered up and fused together to create an awesome stratified effect. The detail on these is nothing short of astonishing, and I love the way the curved nose/tail of each deck is used for the toe of the shoe. haroshi has been working with old skateboards for quite some time – to check out more of his work, click here. Thanks to Sneaker News for the heads up and pictures.

A Journey Through Jazz

What you have before you is the heady blend of a talented jazz musician and a bag of mushrooms. While the outcome of this could have easily been a series of frightening revelations and incoherent babbling, Ruff Snippits has actually managed to produce something rather wonderful…

A Journey Through Jazz

When not invoking the spirits of dead geniuses through the consumption of hallucinogens, Ruff Snippits also finds time to produce fine hip hop music. To check out a selection of his beats, head over to his Myspace page.

Fred Stidston

Today, High-Rise plays host to the impressive penmanship of Fred Stidston, all round Renaissance man and member of the extended family. His subject matter varies from futuristic dystopias to those who seem hell-bent on plunging us into them (I’m looking at you, Gordo).

Fred is also a talented musician, artist, writer and photographer who happens to own some of the finest facial hair in Britain. He has a much more varied selection of his work posted here, along with his blog.

Nike x Size? Air Stab

The Nike Air Stab provides the chassis for yet another unexpectedly tasteful addition to the Size? 10th Anniversary collection. The classic Nike Air Max 95 Neon is the inspiration for this shoe, an idea first proposed a little while ago as part of the Dave White pack. The only thing that almost ruins them for me is the laces – they might suit the 95s but I don’t think they work on the Stabs. There will be 400 pairs available through Size? outlets and their website in the coming months. Thanks to Sole Redemption for the image.