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New York’s Toy Tokyo

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By Ron English in Cool Travel on Tuesday 1 June 2010

The original New York porthole into Japanese Kyju and vinyl toy culture, Toy Tokyo is back with a new East Village storefront showcase for cutting-edge designer sculpture. Along with other luminaries such as Kid Robot, Toy Tokyo has filled the void between the comic book shop and the art gallery with some of the most […]

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Exit Through The Gift Shop: a Banksy production

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By Ron English in New Film on Tuesday 1 June 2010

Banksy is Howard Hughes, Mr. Brainwash is Charlie Chaplin and this is not a documentary about A list street artists (although they make cameos), this is a moving narrative with a real point of view. Stop talking about it; go see it, then talk about it.

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Tristan Eaton

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By Ron English in New Design on Tuesday 1 June 2010

Culture Jamming’s hot new aficionado, Tristan Eaton is armed with a mix of sharp wit, daring and design acumen. He transforms the collective visual environment and the collective consciousness. [Read Tristan Eaton's guest posts for Lost At E Minor]

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Mindless Self Indulgence

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By Ron English in New Music on Tuesday 1 June 2010

Fronted by a Tourette’s Syndrome Tiny Tim on adrenaline, lead singer Jimmy Urine, Mindless Self Indulgence is pitch-perfect rollercoaster rock for the ages. When I first head these guys, it was reminiscent of my first encounter with Queen: they have the same instruments (and samples) as the other bands, but they are voodooing something completely […]

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The Electric Illuminati

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By Ron English in New Music on Monday 6 July 2009

Super catchy old-school pop songs delivered by the enigmatic raspy-voiced Jack Medicine keep The Electric Illuminati on regular rotation here at the English household. Subjects for songs range from a messianic Barack Obama, to MC Supersized (the 500 pound Ronald McDonald), to a sequel to the Beatles song, Fool on the Hill. Jack sings the […]

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Morgan Spurlock on finding Bin Laden

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By Ron English in Video on Wednesday 24 June 2009

Morgan Spurlock takes on the role of the viewer’s best friend as he explores some pretty intense social terrain. The technique allows him to explore controversial subject matter without ever coming off as preachy or holier than thou.

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Bethlehem, Palestine

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By Ron English in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 June 2009

You may have to work your way through the flock of sheep being hustled down the street by your local shepherd on your way to breakfast, but the people are extremely friendly and helpful. Everything is cheap. You can get a nice four-ounce glass of cognac for three dollars. Shopping is not as extensive as some other locations, like Dubai, but they have the coolest hand-carved olive wood sculptures, and you can visit the many mom and pop factories that make them.

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Jim White

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By Ron English in New Music on Friday 19 June 2009

Southern gothic swampwater singer and poet Jim White weaves spooky humanistic tales of the Deep South through beautifully haunting melodies. In his live act, White slips endearing stories of his experiences between the songs, making for an extremely personal encounter with the audience.

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Travis Louie

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By Ron English in New Art on Thursday 18 June 2009

I love monsters. I love old photographs. I love Travis Louie’s paintings. His masterfully refined technique allows him to take stunning portraits of the monsters in the recesses of his endless imagination. A beautiful balance of the grotesque and the comic, they are the perfect metaphor for the modern human. Once you acquire a taste […]

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The Polyphonic Spree

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By Ron English in New Music on Tuesday 16 June 2009

A religious experience tailor made for the soul hardened agnostic hipster scene would be a good way to describe a Polyphonic Spree concert. Tim Delaughter’s unabashed joy is infectious enough to cultivate a Dead Head-esque cult of Jesus-robe-wearing followers, who have, throughout the band’s history, been allowed to join in on the on-stage festivities.

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Lori Earley

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By Ron English in New Art on Monday 15 June 2009

Lori Earley paints the soul of women clothed in a delicate mix of flesh and blood that scantily veils their inner light. The painting The Wish [above] is one of the most perfect paintings ever created. Earley is young and dedicated, which means the best is yet to come.

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Retro Arcade Museum and Baby Boomer Antiques

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By Ron English in Cool Travel on Monday 15 June 2009

Located in an old storefront with blacked out windows on the Rockwellian Main Street of Beacon New York, this ‘museum‘ is a bit spooky at first. Once you’re inside, you’ll quickly forget this century. All the 1970s vintage pinball machines, early video games, and side-showish arcade games are present in mint condition. I brought my […]

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Mark Dean Veca

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By Ron English in New Art on Saturday 13 June 2009

This is at last the artist the 1960s was desperately trying to produce. Mark Dean Veca’s installations electrify galleries and museums with an ethereal pop ecstasy the previous generation only dreamed of. This is the drug we have all been waiting for.

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Wooden Toy Quarterly Magazine

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By Ron English in New Design on Saturday 13 June 2009

The overprotected brain child of Australian designer Timba Smits, every issue of Wooden Toy Quarterly is lovingly themed and designed down to the typeface. The issues come off like unique works of art and seem oddly out of place on the magazine racks. Unfortunately the printing sizes are small, making them hard to get. But they are well worth the effort.

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Buff Monster Toys

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By Ron English in New Products on Friday 12 June 2009

Odd, simple and surreal, these toys are really more accessible art objects. Sporting bit of a Keith Haring meets Murakami attitude, Buff’s toys fill any remaining generational gap between aging hipsters and their hyper plugged-in progeny. My wife and I collect Buff’s stuff, as do my two children.

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