Professional socialites aside, anyone who has traveled solo or rolled up to a party alone knows how daunting it can be to strike up a real conversation. Enter the HoboHookah, a pipe that turns liquor — and other types of bottles — into hookahs. Its inventors, two guys from America, both spent time living in the Middle East and picked up on the considerable hookah culture there. Upon returning to the US they decided to design a hookah to fit in with their western culture. And out popped the first hookah built to ‘travel far and party hard’.
Dating or married musician duos are always interesting beasts. Their intertwining affections and chemical reactions make for a potent alchemy of musical magic. Along the same vein of O-era Damien Rice and Lisa Hennigan, Glen Hansard (frontman of The Frames) and Marketa Irglova are the latest lovey-dovey couple with longings expressed in fingerpicked guitars and mourning cellos.
Shawn Kuruneru has a hair fetish. The Canadian-born artist’s illustrations of long, flowing, shampoo TVC-worthy, liquid-looking locks wrap around various portraits and situations, forming an intriguing mix of medieval folklore, nature and elements of the human form. Featured in publications like Tokion and Arkitip, this is the world’s first enactment of Rapunzel’s Freudian dreams.
Epiphanies are wondrous things. Those little orgasmic sparks that ignite flames in the deepest recesses of one’s soul, etching burn marks that ensure one’s life is never quite the same again. The National is a living, breathing epiphany, playing a brand of guitar poetry of such heart-stopping beauty that the only way to react to [...]
The twee Malaysian cover band, The Ferns’ debut album On Botany comprises of actual Astroturf glued on to cardboard, epitomising their quirky charming sound. Sweet dreamy melodies and the innocent coo of a falsetto play the role of rainforest oxygen to the weary trekker. It’s the aural equivalent of a gentle make-out session on the [...]
Wabi-sabi, meaning ‘beauty in imperfection’ in Japanese, has been a trend in the fashion scene for quite a while, manifesting itself in the recent deconstruction craze and the love of all things handmade. However it has never been the domain of jewelry, where polished perfection has always been its defining quality. Till now, that is. [...]
The whole electroclash-in-fashion trend was supposed to be a phenomenon that promised to revolutionise menswear. Alas, it has fizzled to a whimper. A mystery really, since electro acts like Ladytron and The Knife are still going strong. Well, in-season or not, fashion label Macabre makes really good stuff of that ilk. Combining cyberpunk with theatricality [...]
pH suggests balance, the optimum level for the healthy cleansing of skin. In the same manner, fashion label pH by phillia incorporates that sense of purity in its creations. Monochromatic pastel colours, simple yet elegant cuts and Japanese embellishing mash together to form highly-wearable vintage offerings. [see also Bird]
If the rumblings in the fashion underground about Athens-born designer Romina Karamanea are to be believed, she will soon be the darling of Anna Wintour and her cronies. Dubbed the ‘goddess of intellectual clothing’, it is not hard to see why. Cut and proportion are the leading elements in Romina’s work, where every billow, silhouette [...]
Loretta Lux is the hotshot millionaire artist you’ve probably never heard of. Her Village of the Damned-like photographed portraits of emotionless children are big sellers in the market. Given her fine art background, she shoots and composes her subjects like traditional portraits, then Photoshops every inch of life and warmth away. The result is empty, [...]
For Malaysian band Furniture, there is a satisfaction found in becoming a soundtrack to some anonymous sci-fi romance held in the confines of space. On their debut album Twilight Chases the Sun, the four-piece post-rock outfit constructs romantic atmospherics with simple melodic distorted guitars and frontman Ronnie Khoo’s shimmering vocals layered upon a foundation of [...]
Malaysian-based illustrator FY.Simone is currently attending CAHS and The College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has a unique fascination for ink and watercolour droplets, creating a trademark style of paint splatter juxtaposed with whimsical imagery and an experimental sensibility, the result being an oeuvre of mesmerising art. [see also Pok Pok Design]
There is not much difference between a futon and the music of part-Thai, part-English electro outfit Futon – both are made for mind-blowing sweaty one-night-stands. Futon is all about filthy electro grooves channeled with a God Save the Queen-era punk snarl and the glam level turned to 11, facilitating all manner of animalistic lovin’. With [...]
Since John Peel passed on in 2004, there hasn’t been a concerted effort to record live, exclusive, and reworked performances from up-and-coming bands in the vein of his famed sessions. Till now, that is. Daytrotter, founded by veteran independent music journalist Sean Moeller, attempts to fill that gap. Bands passing through on tour stop by [...]
Jean-Christian Bourcart is a photographer whose shoelaces other photographers are unable to untie. His specialty seems to be plunging into the heart of darkness, such as the Frankfurt brothels [Infertile Madonnas, above left] and the S&M and swinger clubs of New York & Paris [Forbidden City, above right], emerging with unparalleled images that are at [...]