It’s no secret that gourmet street-food has been gaining momentum in Britain for a number of years now. We’ve seen our streets flood with artisan burger joints, organic milkshake bars, free-range chicken shops and burrito baristas. It seemed as though only the humble hot dog was the only street food classic without a gourmet makeover. That’s all about to change however, as gourmet hot dogs crafted from top quality cuts of meat and artisan bread are about to take over the street food scene and they couldn’t be further from a simple “sausage in a bap.
aka The Square Mile, Manhattan-on-Thames, Londonistan
Ever since the introduction of 24-hour licensing laws, British cities have been consumed in a tempest of binge drinking fuelled by Alco pops, watered down larger and 99p shots. But finally it seems as though the wave of Wetherspoons and chain clubs has finally broke and rolled back to the sea. A new trend of sophisticated speakeasies for the discerning drinker has spread throughout London and is set to go nationwide.
Etienne de Crecy’s No Brain is a bit like a higher production version of those old rave videos I used to watch when I was skiving school and taking acid. It’s part refined color blocked Tronscape, i.e. lots of grids that turn 3D, part chunky fractal like shapes, and loads of strobing things that start off as lines and become new worlds, thing is it’s a lot more solid and refined than that all sounds, and mind-blowingly beautiful.
Phillip Lorca DiCorcia’s shooting style falls somewhere between documentary street photography and the images of movie posters and advertising billboards. The contrast between the sometimes mundane subjects and the photographic language in which they are portrayed removes the subject from their original context transporting them to higher cinematic realms whilst through their nature of being snapshots, still images, retain a Rorschach-like quality of being entirely open to the viewers’ interpretations.
Two of my friends have new books. Ben Rayner’s (UN)FAMILIAR came out a few weeks ago, the launch party ended with his band, Throwing Up, playing a gig at the pub next door to the HUH store where it took place.
Ted’s Draws is a company (very grandiose term for someone drawing in his kitchen) set up by illustrator Ted Pearce, who has done a tonne of illustrations for Vice over the years. Read More
This is one of the better blogs dedicated to old posters from the 80′s and 90′s hardcore shows.
Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon’s marital separation does a number on Sonic Youth. Read More
Lady Gaga + Terry Richardson was in some ways inevitable: a book about a massive alternative star and mainstream alt-style icon, with a lavish stunt based dress sense, shot by a one of the best known photographers around. Read More
Music has moved beyond parody and into something far more meaningful.