Awesome debut EP from Kendrick Lamar

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By Alvin Epps in New Music on Thursday 13 December 2012

One of the most anticipated EPs of the year was released recently. Kendrick Lamar made his debut with the release of M.A.A.D city. As a fan who’s been following Lamar’s music for over three years, I think his acclaim is well deserved. Most importantly, the debut EP actually actually lives up to the hype. Bonus!

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From the LAEM Store: SanO Sunnies

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By Alison Shepard in New Products on Friday 30 November 2012

SanO sunnies, the newest eyewear model by Timber, was inspired by legendary California surf spot San Onofre. Handcrafted from skate ply in 100% Canadian maple, the frameless bottom and relaxed look of the SanO makes these shades perfect for lazy beach days. Shop for these and other TIMBER styles in the Lost At E Minor […]

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Swimwear by Brazilian designers Koral Wear

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By Didu Losso in New Fashion on Monday 8 October 2012

Founded by brother and sister duo, Marcelo and Ilana Kugel, in 2010, Koral Wear is a premier American-made (LA) luxury lifestyle brand. Brazil’s vibrant colors, and vivacious, sexy styles alongside Los Angeles’ healthy, active beach culture were the inspirational forces behind it. With roots in Brazil and LA, the infusion of both cultures and lifestyles in their designs was a natural choice for the siblings.

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The Gold Lining: new music by Broke For Free

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Wednesday 3 October 2012

Broke for Free is the moniker of Northern California native and musician Tom Cascino. Using an MPC to create layers of harmonious guitar and sparkling synths, Cascino adds driving rhythms to his music to give it his signature ‘complex chill-wave’ sound. The Gold Lining is no exception. Nike, GoPro, XGames, Converse and Leap Motion have […]

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The Only Place: a new song by Best Coast

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By Katie Heathcote in New Music on Tuesday 17 April 2012

If you’re dreaming of Californian beaches and long summer days, Best Coast is back with a new single to take you right there. Reminiscent of the 60s, The Only Place is a little pocket of sunshine melting away your winter blues with a perfect mix of bubbly lyrics and surf rock punch. This song will […]

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Latokyo: a new track by Rialto rap artist AJG

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By Dekka Staxxx in New Music on Tuesday 27 March 2012

AJG is an independent rap artist from Rialto, California, who has been rapping for almost seven years. He directs all his music videos and has recently put out a music video entitled Latokyo, which showcases an independent clothing line of the same name. He has worked with Ace Hood and has opened up for KRS-One. […]

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Earth Movement: artists and kids collaborate

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By Ben OBrien in New Art on Friday 16 March 2012

Curated by California’s finest art blogger, Jeremy Brautman, the Earth Movement art show brought together art and toy legends from around the world and paired them with kids. Yep, actual kids, to collaborate on some of the sweetest art pieces you’ll ever find. Now on sale.

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Killer poster designs by Jason Malmberg

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By Kate Farrall in New Design on Wednesday 8 February 2012

Working out of his Sacramento studio, DECABET, artist Jason Malmberg creates killer poster designs. I love the lines, color and typography. Now I just need a band to have him do the poster artwork for.

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Water tank transformed into 360° kinetic art

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By Kate Farrall in New Art on Saturday 12 November 2011

Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel recently completed Same Sun, the hand-painted, abstract mural and kinetic shadow installation on a five-story, 14,000-sf water tank in California. One third of the five month project was hand-held brushwork, done solely by the two artists. The artwork has a unique kinetic element whereby the installation interacts with the sun through shadows that move across the tank and complete the phrase, The Sun Shines Upon Us All, creating an interesting connection between time and place.

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Beach 2011: the joys of a first time sea change

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By Jeff Katz in Video on Saturday 13 August 2011

Do you remember the first time you went to the beach? This is three year-old Nicole’s first time ever playing at the beach. I don’t remember my first time in the sand or water, but I can only hope that I had this much fun! On a technical note, this was shot entirely on the […]

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Sauce on Hampton in Venice Beach

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By Michelle Wilding in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 March 2011

I absolutely adore Sauce on Hampton in Venice Beach, California. The cultured, little café, buried just off Rose Ave, may only serve up fifteen dishes, but they are all equally divine. The quinoa salad, omelets and the freshly baked macadamia cookie, which comes free with the cheque, tick all the boxes on my list.

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The whimsical world of Naida Begeta

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By Eve Politanoff in New Fashion on Friday 14 January 2011

Beginning with only a few ribbons of fabric, these outfits were sewn by Bosnian designer Naida Begeta, as she was unable to find anything that suited her personal style.

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Tea-infused chocolate bars

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 9 November 2010

Everybody knows that chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven (really, who can say no to a mocha?). But the story doesn’t end there. Smile Chocolatiers, a new confectioner based in Malibu, California, has set out to prove that coffee’s milder cousin — tea — deserves its own special relationship with the treat. Enter Choclatea, Smile’s line of tea-infused chocolate bars, each of which combines the finest Belgian chocolate with crushed organic tea leaves.

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San Francisco Wheatpaste Project

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By Zolton in New Art on Tuesday 2 November 2010

The San Francisco Wheatpaste Project wants to encourage Californian residents to vote Yes on Prop 19 this Tuesday. So to twist their arms just a little further, they’ve created this fun video which documents the street art poster-ing process from the beginning to its not so bitter end. The song is Deceptacon by Le Tigre.

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Remind Me Where I Am Again

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By Peter Politanoff in Cool Travel on Monday 13 September 2010

Lost in Los Angeles? Really? Well, check out these fun street signs, which will literally point you in the right direction.

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