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Tokyo Flash unleash their latest time keepers

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Wednesday 1 October 2008

We have featured Tokyo Flash watches before but they recently launched a new generation of time keepers, which are innovative and ahead of its time [pun intended]. The first new watch is the Rogue, which has a vivid green LED light guide that presents the time through a labyrinth of connecting LCD blocks. The outer ring of small dots represents minutes, with every fifth dot being slightly smaller to distinguish five minute groups.

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Marika Papagika

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Thursday 11 September 2008

Occasionally you hear something that puts everything musically into perspective. This time it’s come to me via an unknown, obscure Greek recording artist who lived between 1890 to 1943. Marika Papagika was the quintessential East European Bohemian, performing as a gypsy at cafes around Greece and recording for Victor Records in 1913. But none of […]

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Andreas Gursky’s new book: Architecture

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Thursday 28 August 2008

German-born Andreas Gursky is a giant in the photography world. His masterpieces have consistently dazzled and bewildered, focused as they are on making the incomprehensible believable. Gursky’s photos theorizes how architecture can shape people’s life by having a decisive influence on their social and cultural structures, in the process underlying how fleeting and fictional today’s values are. His latest book — simply titled Architecture — is accompanied with lengthy essays about his works and is an engrossing introduction to this master photographer.

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Marking The Land: Jim Dow in North Dakota

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Tuesday 26 August 2008

Marking the Land was named one of the ten best photo books of the year by American Photo magazine. Photographer Jim Dow is no stranger to critical acclaim, and he has a knack of making you feel sorrow and emptiness in his most current book which focuses its attention on the mass immigration of people from country to cities, and the desolation that fills the romantic countryside of the Northern Plains. It forces us all to rethink our conceptions of America’s forgotten frontier.

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Ambroise Tézenas’s Beijing: Theatre of the People

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By Ari Stein in New Photography on Monday 25 August 2008

Right now, the 2008 Beijing Olympics are cleaning up the mess left behind from the millions of people that passed through their city. Their forty billion dollar sporting event has come to a close and fans from around the world will take away memories of an interesting city that opened up to the world like it has never done before. One person in particular, who used China as a backdrop for his phenomenal photography project, was a French photographer by the name of Ambroise Tézenas.

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Tokyo Flash watches

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By Ari Stein in New Design on Thursday 10 July 2008

We used to depend on sundials back in the day, but now there are multiple ways to tell the time. And Tokyo Flash has just invented another one. Based on LED technology, these watches are not only stylish but futuristic and wildly innovative. They even have a watch from minimalist designer Naoto Fukasawa that is […]

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Hedi Slimane’s Rock Diary

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Tuesday 1 July 2008

From the cutting rooms of Dior through to the backstages of the Babyshambles, and even These New Puritans, it seems former Dior designer Hedi Slimane has seen it all. But his newly published photography concept book — Rock Diary — leaves me asking many questions about the symbiosis of fashion and music, especially the glorification of renowned drug addict Pete Doherty.

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Masataka Nakano’s ‘My Lost America’

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Monday 23 June 2008

Masataka Nakano’s ‘My Lost America’ photography book ran past my eyes at one of my favourite photography bookstores in Berlin. It’s a very nostalgic look at the lost years of America in the 80s, the centrepiece of which is a startlingly eerie picture of the twin towers hovering over New York before they were attacked in 2001.

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Abe Vigoda

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Monday 2 June 2008

The latest band to make LA proud is tropical-nu wave act Abe Vigoda. These guys are so new and so exciting that even your grandparents don’t know who they are. Yet! They describe themselves as tropical punk, but I like to think of them as nihilistic rockers — no form, no shape, just chaos. If […]

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QuietPoint active noise-cancelling headphones

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Thursday 29 May 2008

These small but innovative in-ear headphones from Audio-Technica are part of a new wave of noise canceling buds that claim to block up to 85 to 90 percent of outside sound.

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Chester French

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Tuesday 20 May 2008

If Pharrell’s calling these guys ‘geniuses’, you’d better watch out! Chester French are Ivy League prep boys from Massachusetts who have mastered an interesting Beatlesque sound tinged with Motown influences. When, in May 2007, the duo — D.A. and Max — completed their recording and their degrees (in African American Studies and Social Anthropology respectively), […]

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Yeo

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Thursday 15 May 2008

Wow! So whilst Australia is quickly becoming known for its Ed Banger-styled modular stream of music, there is a little known Brisbane artist called Yeo Choong who is just insanely talented. His music is full of summer fun and Kanye West-Phoenix influences. Take my word on it, this is going to be Australia’s next answer […]

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Fonejack

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By Ari Stein in Video on Thursday 15 May 2008

I don’t get Flight of The Concords. I just don’t find it funny. I also don’t get most comedy these days. It’s so derivative and clichéd. Everyone wants the same laughs. I like comedy that pushes the boundaries in strange ways. Fonejack is one underground unit that have had me rolling around on the floor with their real life skits.

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La Roux

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Wednesday 14 May 2008

Don’t be afraid of the word retro. It has haunted us all from time to time, but one group that has embraced it with open arms is UK duo, La Roux. Their music is synth pop in the vein of Calvin Harris, Human League, The Eurythmics, and The Knife. There are quite a few of […]

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Sennheiser high-end headphones reviews

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By Ari Stein in New Products on Wednesday 14 May 2008

Even though Sennheiser is based in Hannover, Germany, it hasn’t stopped it becoming synonymous worldwide with quality. If you haven’t dipped your head into the high-end headphone market, then you probably should, because companies like Sennheiser are making leaps and bounds when it comes to personal audio products. In fact, they’ve refined a new development recently called ‘eargonomic acoustic refinement’.

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