August 24, 2009 § Leave a comment
While this most amazing book has been around since way before I was born I have only just discovered it and might I say what a discovery it is.
‘Take Ivy’ is a hard backed book published some time in the early seventies and it comprises in my opinion the most comprehensive look into the world and life of the ‘Ivy league’ colleges ( go seek ) I have ever seen. The photographs contained inside are to me like printed gold, had these images been in my life in my late teens and early twenties I would now probably be the owner the finest selection of seersucker and madras cotton shirts this side of London. Believe.
You see when I was younger I was involved in something we now call the ‘Mod’ scene which evolved out of the early sixties, Yes I had a scooter, a series 1 1969 Lambretta TV 175 to be exact but I most certainly did not have the feel and desire for the typical Ben Sherman shirt, desert boot and parka ensemble that we see so much of these days. The wearers of the aforementioned garments are not the real deal… sorry guys but it is true, they are probably just die hard fans of Paul Weller or the Small Faces more than anything else. A real Modernist at the time strived to be one step ahead and quite rightly so. After all it is Modernism. I believe in 1997 I was the real deal, as were my pals and peers. At the age of 17 and 18 we were wearing bespoke suits made at Callaghan’s or George the tailor on Hurst St, Birmingham, Bass Weejun penny Loafers, Brookes brothers shirts, U.S.A made White Converse, Real Vintage 501 jeans and anything else we could find that was ‘as worn by original modernists’.
Now I don’t bother so much with Modernism as I am too busy living my life but this book took me back and reminded me of the sheer class and quality that came out of the ‘Ivy’ era and the fact that even today you can see the the origins of ‘Ivy’ as clear as day all over the high street and catwalks, that said no one will ever do it quite like the originals.
Anyway take a peek at some of these scans and if you like the look of this book get your $2000 ready. Yes that’s right $2000.
Many thanks to The Trad for kindly taking the time to scan every single page of this magnificent book.
June 22, 2009 § 1 Comment
We got there mega early but who was to say anything to that? No one because we wanted good seats!
Who was this guy? He was really good and I was feeling every single track he dropped! Apparently it was Bibio (words from my boy Brey)
DJ Take, Wow, I have been jamming to his beats for a while now, It was a surprise to see him at brainfeeder! All I can say is WOW, who will lend me some cash to go to Barca to see this guy again?
Sam was shocking! Hit after Hit after Hit and the energy he gave out was just powerful!
Kode 9 came out with some old looking stereo and I thought WTF*. It only turned out to be a masterpiece! I was in shock after what he pulled out of the bag! ART!
GLK killed it, on my twitter I wrote “GLK holds the soundtrack to my life” realtalk, it was serious!
Energy and Passion! RAW!
Flying Lotus getting the crowd hype!
I loved this crowd!
Flying lotus gave us a show and a half! Not only was he an entertainer, he was a performer!
Dorian Concept, That has gotta be a name right there! True talent! Messy beats that make sense!
Liam was just on it!
Live collaboration? WOW. Did you guys Rehearse? NO, fresh and live, I wish I recorded it!
Benji B Closed up with some soulfull beats.
The night was amazing even though it was an actual mission to get to the venue. I would like to thank the kind lady who gave me her day travel card for free, it was much appreciated! I got a chance to visit Carnaby street and Liberties to check out some garments, might I say, checkout the SALE. It is big!
On the day we also got lost thanks to the Blackberry! These are the days I wish I owned an iPhone. We bumped into some people going to Brainfeeder aswel and they were absolutely lost as they were going in the wrong direction as to what we had been told by the cab driver! These guys were to sure they were going the right way but we said, “Cabbie knows best”. Got to the venue after following 1 guy (stalking).
Got to the venue and jumped into the lavatory! Best move I say, right before the stanking smell! (more in the pics)
At the end we got walking, this was at about 5a.m/ 6a.m maybe. Liam did not want to catch the tube because he thought, “why not kill time and walk it”. EFF me, was it a walk, The Blackberry lied again! You know what, thinking about the walk makes me tired, lets say, East London to North London by foot!
Paid a visit to the Hospital after serious screaming and bass!
P.S. The music looked like this…