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Jürgen Teller for Marc Jacobs

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By Ari Stein in New Fashion on Friday 29 May 2009

Ten years of German photographer Jürgen Teller’s candid, glamorous photo campaigns for Marc Jacobs’ men’s and women’s collections have been collated into one cohesive 576-page fashion bible. This book does an excellent job of detailing just how significant this collaboration has been for fashion, featuring appearances from the likes of Sofia Coppola, Charlotte Rampling, Meg White, Thurston Moore, Rufus Wainwright, William Eggleston, and Winona Ryder.

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Yonlu’s hidden recordings

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Tuesday 28 April 2009

One of the most intriguing stories I’ve come across this year is about a young artist called Yonlu, born Vinicius Gageiro Marques in the town of Porto Alegre, in Brazil. His story is short but fascinating. As it goes, this sixteen year old songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and virtual artist locked himself in his bathroom, signed on […]

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Edgar Muller’s three-dimensional street art

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By Ari Stein in New Events on Monday 6 April 2009

Some people are talented, others are just truly remarkable. German artist Edgar Muller makes these three-dimensional apocalyptic fantasy street art in cities across the world. His work is reminiscent of that of English artist, Julian Beever.

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Skagen mesh watches

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By Ari Stein in New Trends on Wednesday 1 April 2009

Skagen are a Danish-born design company based out of Nevada with an innovative and clean approach to their work. Their trademark product is this titanium mesh watch, which I’ve worn with pride for years. But they also produce different models of sunglasses and jewellery. When so many products these days offer extra gimmicks and weigh […]

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Small

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Thursday 12 March 2009

The latest project of former punk rock drummer Andreas Asingh from Copenhagen, I literally stumbled across Small through my participation at the By:Larm music conference in Oslo. As one of the many up-and-coming bands in Denmark, their sound is a cross between M83, Remote, and Giorgio Moroder; captivating and adventurous, and full of strong melodies.

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Munich’s ECM label

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By Ari Stein in New Trends on Thursday 5 March 2009

The ECM label has been a long time favorite of mine. Apart from releasing and working with some of the most monumental jazz and avant-garde artists of the last forty years, such as Bill Frissel, Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek, it has also been dedicated to fostering new talent from all corners of the earth. ECM started out of Munich in 1969 and has been growing strong ever since. But ECM isn’t just one of those boring run-of-the-mill jazz labels.

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Gear4 DUO

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Saturday 13 December 2008

This nifty little piece of technology allows you to indulge into music whilst on the go. For any music freak, this iPod dock is an essential to the good life. It has a genuinely innovative approach to music. The novelty comes from the fact that the Gear4 DUO can be physically split into two pieces, […]

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Paul Steel makes our top twenty musicians of 2008

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Friday 21 November 2008

Paul Steel has slipped into my top twenty artists for 2008, right at the bottom of the final innings. I heard one of his songs, In a Coma, via BBC radio, and I am still in paralytic shock. With all the absolute sludge being released over the last twelve months, it’s so refreshing to hear […]

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Leadbelly: A Life In Pictures

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Tuesday 18 November 2008

A founding father of blues and a very influential figure for bands as varied as Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, Leadbelly lived his life to the absolute fullest (including singing his way out of prison after apparently murdering someone!) A new book of photographs and pictures commemorates his life in meticulous detail. This beautifully bound hard […]

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Alec Soth’s Dog Days, Bogota and Niagara photo books

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Thursday 6 November 2008

Alec Soth is a huge inspiration on me, a contemporary American photographer who dabbles in the grim realities of life, but always manages to coat them just enough not to depress the hell out of you. Some of his photographs are openly unbiased views of the human race, while others are just statements about how we live and the environment that surrounds us. Two books I received recently take my breath away: one is Soth’s Columbian photographic memoirs Dog Days, Bogota; the other is his peculiar photo diary, Niagara. Both books mix deep elements of tragic realism molded with Soth’s own thumbprint of bold lighting techniques and wide exposures.

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The Gorrilapod

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Monday 3 November 2008

The Gorilla Pod is a nifty invention, totally useful and practical at the same time. It comes from a innovative production group called Joby, based out of San Francisco, California, who started pioneering these products in 2006. It is essentially a tripod with a difference: what this tripod does differently to all other tripods is […]

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Dusk and Blackdown: Margins Music

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By Ari Stein in Video on Thursday 30 October 2008

I don’t know how I stumbled upon this, but it’s fantastic! Totally London and totally futuristic grime, dub step energy. It’s the debut visual feature from director Jonathan Howells and documents an audio visual journey through the margins of urban London, soundtracked by dubstep and grime from the forthcoming Dusk and Blackdown CD, Margins Music. […]

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Berlin street art

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By Ari Stein in Cool Travel on Friday 24 October 2008

The street art in Berlin, where I’m living, is just amazing, as these photos suggest.

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Lone’s Emurian

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Monday 20 October 2008

‘This is daydream music, you can’t listen to it without going off somewhere’, are the direct words from electronic wizard, Bibio. This beautiful and gentle record comes from Matt Cutler, who seems heavily influenced by WARP, 80s electro artists ,and everything in between. But somewhere down the line, listening to Lone makes you feel he […]

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Taken

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By Ari Stein in New Film on Thursday 16 October 2008

In turbulent times like these, it’s so refreshing to witness a movie that puts a lot of it into perspective. I saw Taken last night, and my legs are still shaking! It’s just riveting on every level. Liam Neeson is a tour de Force, but the real brilliance comes from Luc Beeson’s (The Professional, The […]

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