Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Roger Waters x Slick x Coachella - Lost Giant Inflatable Graffitied Pig

Some of you might have already heard about this by now, but during Roger Waters' set at Coachella, a giant inflatable pig was launched from behind the stage and pyrotechnics as Waters began playing Pink Floyd's "Pigs." As if this wasn't crazy enough of a story, turns out the pig floated off into the air after it floated over the crowd and was lost! Checkout this article for the full story and the $10,000 reward to the people that found it:

The one part of the story that is super important though and doesn't seem to be getting much coverage is regarding the artist that was responsible for the awesome graffiti that adorned the big ol' flying piggy- Slick from the Dissizit brand. Here's a photo of him working on the piece before the show, and for the full story, checkout his blog post:

Source- Dissizit! Blog

"Incredible Hulk" Theatrical Trailer - Maybe there's hope for this film after all...

(these Guys will always be the real Hulk and Banner to me)

The new full theatrical trailer to "The Incredible Hulk" was just released and looks way better than the first one. I've gone ahead and embedded it here, but I'd definitely recommend checking it out on high quality quicktime over at Apple:

And while we're on the topic of superhero movies, I just saw "Iron Man" last night and it's pretty badass- doesn't exactly have the drama or indie aesthetic of Batman Begins, but it's definitely a fun summer movie worth your cash money money. Checkout the reviews here, and click on the image below for the quicktime trailer- Robert Downey Jr IS this movie and totally makes it:

**UPDATE - Looks like Iron Man's on track for a $90 million opening weekend..

Art Opening this Sat May 3 - "Four Months in Heaven" by Vahe Berberian

FoundTrack amiga Vanessa from the Ambrogi | Castanier Gallery is hosting an art opening this Saturday featuring the paintings of Vahe Berberian. Berberian (also a writer and director) has a really raw and simple form to his paintings, so far as to say they are reminiscent of cave drawings. The work gives off a really simple yet honest vibe and his work style suits this as he believes in being in isolation while working.

See details for the opening reception on the invite above- it's on Saturday May 3rd from 6-10pm and if you're in the LA area, you can catch the exhibit until May 24th. Berberian also happens to be friends with another famous Armenian artist, the musician Serj Tankian (of System of a Down and Solo fame). This music video is an alternate but official take on Tankian's song "Sky is Over" and features Vahe painting an entire piece during the course of the song. Very cool stuff to witness:

More on Vahe Berberian on his Official Site and Myspace Page

Return of a vintage classic- BMW M1 concept

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of one of the most badass supercars of all time, the BMW M1, the company has created this Hommage concept of a new M1. The low and wide profile perfectly captures the aesthetic of the orginal:

I'm loving this snapshot with the new car and it's BMW supercar brethren- the orange/red color is rad!... reminds me of my parent's crazy eighties furniture!:


Gray, White and Black Nike Air Flight '89s now at Rakuten

While I don't find myself wearing too many Nikes, I'm definitely a fan of white shoes and like to wear a lot of white and black in general. Nike fan or not, its hard to argue that the Air Flight '89 isn't one of the most classic sneakers ever. I'm loving this uber simple yet stylin' colorway... the speckled finish on the gray portions do just enough to give them a little spice and set them apart. Unfortunately, unless you're in Japan though, looks like you'll have to pick these up online at Rakuten.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Weekly Events Calendar : F.I.L.A. (Found in LA) April 29th-May 4th

Tuesday April 29th
MUSEXPO 2008 Showcase @ House of Blues - Featuring Grand Avenue, Ry Cummings, The Nods, Frank Turner, Mexicola, Opshop, Capra, LMFAO , & Poets of the Fall
Leaving Barstow (Premiere) @ Newport Film Festival
GOOD Magazine and Paramount Vantage Present Son of Rambow FREE advanced screening @ Landmark Theatre -RSVP Link

Last Check Yo Ponytail @ Echoplex - Special guests Dan Deacon and Erol Alkan as well as
Rye Rye, Totally Michael,Acid Girls, Wallpaper,Franki Chan, Paparazzi
She & Him, Lavender Diamond @ Vista Theatre
Breeders, Colour Revolt @ El Rey
Ed Banger Post Coachella Party @ Cinespace - Busy P, DJ Mehdi, them Jeans, Steve Aoki, Dan Oh , Murs & more
Leerone @ El Cid -Record Release
Mudcrutch (feat. Tom Petty)@ Troubadour (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday April 30th

MUSEXPO 2008 Showcase @ House of Blues - featuring Justin Hopkins, Leeroy Lee, The Gin Club, Our Lunar Activities, Big Linda, Stephanie Smith, Meiko, Astra Heights, Skybombers
Mike Doughty's Band @ El Rey
KCRW Presents Chachao:Uno Mas @ Arclight (Sherman Oaks)
KCRW Presents Sara Lov (Devics), Fol Chen @ Tangier (Fold)
Tom Brousseau @ Largo
Jacqueline Becker @ Room 5

Thursday May 1st
KCRW Presents This American Life (Live) @ Various Locations
KCRW Presents Katie Herzig, Lucy Schwartz @ Hotel Cafe
Yo Majesty, Does It Offend You Yeah? @ El Rey
Estelle @ Temple Bar - Hosted By John Legend (EARLY SHOW)
Mudcrutch (feat. Tom Petty)@ Troubadour (SOLD OUT)

Friday May 2nd

KCRW Presents Peter Moren (Peter Bjorn & John) @ Hotel Cafe
Dodos w/Akron Family @ Natural History Museum (First Fridays)
Mudcrutch (feat. Tom Petty)@ Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
Soulslam LA3 @ Echoplex - Prince vs Michael Jackson - 4 hour tribute set by DJ Spinna + Jeremy Sole

Saturday May 3rd

Nik Freitas @ Spaceland
KCRW Presents Peter Moren (Peter Bjorn & John) @ Troubadour
KCRW Presents Kronos Quartet @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
KCRW/Nortec Collective Presents Bostich & Fussible @ Echo
Oliver Future, Voxhaul Broadcast, Electric Touch @ Swinghouse

Sunday May 4th

Duran Duran @ Nokia Theatre
Lyrics Born @ Key Club

KCRW Presents

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Take Advantage of a GOOD free screening - Son of Rambow

Good Magazine and Paramount Vantage invite you to a special FREE screening of the darling of last year's Sundance film festival, Son of Rambow. The comedy chronicles the home video made by two ambitious english boys in a long summer in the early 80's after being exposed to a pirated copy of Rambo: First Blood.

It's first come first served and their are limited seats at the theatres so RSVP to the theatre in your area as soon as you can at

*Make sure to RSVP to the specific screening in your area as they have advanced screenings in LA, SF, NY, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin, and Seattle.

Los Angeles
Tuesday, April 29th 7:30pm
The Landmark (250 Seat Capacity)
10850 W.Pico

Washington DC
Tuesday, May 6th 7:30pm
AMC Georgetown
3111 K Street NW
Washington DC, 20007


Musexpo is a world renowned music conference showcasing the creme de
la creme of international music in front of some of the worlds biggest
music industry executives and entrepreneurs alike. During the day panels and lectures are held at The Hyatt Hotel on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Then in 4 successive nights, Raise Up Music will help showcase several new acts at the House of Blues across the street.

To get in FREE to any of these 4 events please send your name and
number of guests with the date you would like to attend in the SUBJECT

For More info. on the panelists and schedule of events, go to

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

FoundTrack Blog on Vacation until Monday 4/28

Hi All!-

We're taking a little break from posting since we'll be at Coachella for the next few days. If we manage to get a renegade internet connection on the road we'll try and put up a fun post or two.

Give us a call or email if you're going to be in the Palm Springs / Indio area this weekend!

- Nass, V, Jini and the rest of the FoundTrack Fam!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Technics x Marvel Comics T-shirts

So earlier today I was practicing DJing for the first time in 6 years with FoundTrack friend Jose from the Indie 103 morning show, and let me tell you, it's not like riding a bike. While I had to learn Serato, one thing is still the same- the old school Technics 1200s are still the turntables of choice. DJs and Comic Books have always kinda gone together, so this new t-shrt team up between Technics and Marvel comics is a match made in nerd heaven:

Marvel's brought out all their classic all stars for this line including Spiderman, Captain America, and two that have films coming out this summer- the Incredible Hulk (which isn't lookin' too hot) and Iron Man (which I can give you the inside word on and tell you is gonna be pretty awesome thanks to Robert Downey Jr.):

See more at the Source- I Love Your T shirt

Levis x 686 Sneak Peak

Don't know much about these, but they look rad- denim classics Levis and snowboard apparel label 686 come together for this collabo. Just a preview for now, but more to come- love the beads sown into the classic Levis stitching...

Source- Format Mag

A Little Somethin' for you Girly Girls- Sale @ Mesh & Lace

FoundTrack Friend Lisa, from Mesh & Lace, sent us this heads up on a little sale they're having this Friday 4/25 for all of you that aren't jumping on the Coachella Bandwagon. In celebration of the opening of their new neighbor Gogosha Optique (which by the way is the coolest frame and sunglass shop I've been to in a while), Mesh & Lace is staying open until 10pm, serving cocktails and having a 30-50% off sale on pieces by Charlotte Ronson, Clione, Orion London, Anna Kosturova and more.

While you're at it, checkout the new lines from Karta, Femmeology, Smoke & Mirrors, Taka, Indah and more.

When: Friday 4/25 until 10pm
Where: Mesh & Lace
3208 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 667-1732

** Update- Gentlemen fear not!- The store even has a "boyfriend sitting area"!:

Monday, April 21, 2008

Commercial Break- Kobe Jumps over an Aston Martin, and more

I wanted to share a few commericals i've seen lately which are pretty remarkable.

Exhibit A - Truth or Dare? - Kobe Jumps over an Aston Martin

Product - Hyperdunks
Message - Once you wear the hyperdunks you can do anything, even hire a great film editor...oh and don't try this at home...try this on the roof of a highrise in downtown a few weeks before the playoffs start.

Exhibit B - Awareness Test

Product - Public Service Announcement from London's Transport Authority
Message- It's easy to miss something you're not looking for

Exhibit C- My Better is Better Than Your Better

Product - Nike SPARQ training : 60 seconds feat. Saul Williams "List of Demands"
Message - Saul Williams' better is better than your better

Lily's back

So the Foundtrack's favorite Londoner, Lily Allen, has been back in the studio, as she has posted a couple of new tracks on her myspace page. The general consensus appears to be that this is a more grown up sound for Lily and definitely reflective of her rocky personal life.

On her blog she writes, "...I've been working hard in the studio. I posted a couple of new songs to get an idea of my new direction, they are just at a demo stage so don't be too hard on them. I hope you enjoy this shizzle. Aiiight."

I can definitely say that these teaser tracks have definitely put Lily's new album on my most wanted list for 2008.

Check out one of Lily's old tracks, "Cheryl Tweedy" from back in the day on the Foundtrack's very first mix from July 2006.

And as a special treat for all you peeps that haven't had the opportunity to watch Lily Allen's new show (which has been recommissioned for a second series - congrats Lil!) on the BBC, here's a clip from the pilot episode.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Weekly Events Calendar : F.I.L.A. (Found in LA) April 21-27th

Monday April 21st

KCRW Presents Neil Young : Heart of Gold Screening @ Arclight (Sherman Oaks) - AFI's music documentary series at the arclight on Mondays/Wednesdays
Next of Kin, Weinland, Norfolk and Western , The Lamps @ Bordello
Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D. and Rihanna @ Nokia Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Monolators, Battlehooch, Right Hand Band @ Pehrspace
Jonathan Rice, Amnion @ Spaceland
Radars to the Sky, You Me & Iowa, Rademacher @ Echo (Monday FREE Residency in April)
Moonrats, Sky Parade, Warpaint, Mercy Mercy @ Viper Room
Blondfire (formerly Astaire) Record Release @ Hotel Cafe

Tuesday April 22nd
Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D. and Rihanna @ Nokia Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Indian Jewelry, Geneva Jacuzzi, The Muslims, Imaad Waasif & Two Part Beast @ Echo
Oliver Future, Weather Underground, Aushua, Karin Tatoyan @ Troubadour
Don't Knock the Rock @ Skirball (Free Film Screening)

Wednesday April 23rd
KCRW Presents Like A Complete Unknown - Bob Dylan Tribute Concert @ Skirball - with performances by John Doe, Michael Franti, Lucinda Williams, Zach De La Rocka, Meiko and more
KCRW Presents Joy Division Screening @ Arclight (Hollywood) - AFI's music documentary series at the arclight on Mondays/Wednesdays
KCRW Presents Nellie McKay @ Largo
KCRW Presents Her Space Holiday, Head Like A Kite, Lymbyc Soundsystem, AntiMC @ Troubadour
Dodos @ Amoeba (FREE and Live Webcast)
Calvin Harris @ Henry Fonda
Sean Hayes @ El Cid
Nuggets vs Lakers - GM 2 of the best of seven first round series
Sara Lov, Eulogies, Hands @ Tangier
Ruby Suns, Happy Hollows w/Special Guests Architecture in Helsinki @ Echo
NME Awards 2008 @ El Rey - Feat. Jane's Addiction, Does it Offend You Yeah?, Kate Nash, Carbon/Silicon, Evan Dando and more

Thursday April 24th

KCRW Presents Sia @ Malibu Performing Arts Center - Special night of music and interview hosted by Nic Harcourt.
Flight of the Conchords @ Amoeba (FREE)
KCRW Presents Caribou, Fuck Buttons @ El Rey
Throw Me the Statue, Siberian @ Silverlake Lounge
Black Heart Processsion, Spirit Army, Drowning Man @ Troubadour
Birds of Avalon, Twilight Sleep, Venus Infers @ Echo
Islands @ UCLA (Kerckhoff Hall)

Friday April 25th
KCRW Presents Tjupurru @ Temple Bar
Yoav @ Apple Store (Santa Monica) - 7pm
Bombay Dub Orchestra @ Amoeba (FREE)
Coachella Valley & Music Arts Festival - Jack Johnson , the Verve, Raconteurs, Aphex Twin, more
Le Face, Duke Nukem Forever, Fail!, more @ Smell
No Age, Yeasayer, Death Set & Free Blood @ Ukrainian Center (4315 Melrose Ave. 90029)
Mudcrutch (Featuring Tom Petty) @ Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
Leon Redbone @ Old Town Temecula Community Theatre (SOLD OUT) - Known best by me for singing Mr. Belvedere theme song
Devin the Dude @ Knitting Factory

Saturday April 26th
KCRW Presents Los Angeles Time Festival of Books @ UCLA
Coachella Valley & Music Arts Festival - (Single tickets SOLD OUT) Prince , Portishead, Kraftwerk, and Death Cab For Cutie
James Brown Celebratioin feat. Breakestra, James Gadson, J.Rocc,Live Art @ Echoplex
Mudcrutch (Featuring Tom Petty) @ Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
Sly & the Family Stone @ House of Blues (West Hollywood)

Sunday April 27th

KCRW Presents Asha Bosle @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
Coachella Valley & Music Arts Festival - Roger Waters , Love & Rockets, Spiritualized, My Morning Jacket, Justice and more

KCRW Presents

The Spirit teaser trailer

A few weeks back we gave you a little preview of the new Frank Miller movie "The Spirit." Here now for your viewing pleasure is the first trailer to the film- with "Sin City" and "The 300" notched in his belt already, Miller should have another crowd pleaser here with this one:

Friday, April 18, 2008

Nick Walker - "Bowler Hatted Vandal" projections

A couple of nights ago, that other famous graffiti artist from Bristol, was up to no good! Nick Walker put on a large-scale and very public stunt in London to promote his new show which opened up at the Black Rat Press Gallery last night at 6pm. Apparently, people were so eager to catch the show that they were lined up in sleeping bags up to 36 hours before the show opened - now that's dedication!

The press release about this says:

"Walker projected his famous ‘Bowler Hatted Vandal’ character onto both the bank of England and Big Ben. Titled ‘V for vandalism’ these huge projections featured a city gent in a pin striped suite giving the V sign. This is the first time any street artist has used projections to do street work and it thought to be the largest work done by any UK street artist including Banksy."

Although, it seems that Banksy may have tried to do this some years ago, and this one a few days ago....

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Art and Graphic Design work of Maya Hayuk

Maya Hayuk is a New York based artist and graphic designer that definitely isn't afraid of busting out with some explosive color use. While the pics I selected for this post tend to jive towards the abstract graphic design aesthetic, her work is actually super varied and consists of everything from paintings to murals, to photography to sketches. Really love the juxtaposition of the bright colors against the black and white interior and bleak sunset in the following :

Here's an example of some of her commissioned commercial work- you can checkout much much more at her official site:

* If you dig the use of color and modern feel of Hayuk's work, you might also dig the work of another artist FoundTrack has featured- Chuck Anderson.

Source- Shape + Colour

Wacky Publicity Stunt- Gnarls Barkley releases backwards version of new LP

This is sure to go down as one of the more bizarre publicity stunts in recent music industry history. Super duo Gnarls Barkley (Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse) is releasing their new LP "THE ODD COUPLE" as a free online download. But wait you say- this isn't anything new, both Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails did it recently, right? Not like this they didn't- LOL, you can only download a backwards version of the album, fittingly entitled "ELPUOC DDO EHT." Funny enough, this album backwards is way better than a lot of current music being played normally.

You can checkout this little experiment at the link above, or for the original version of their single "Run", download FoundTrack's March '08 MixTape.

Source- Nah Right?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

YOU ARE BEING WATCHED! - Best Banksy piece yet

International Mystery Man and Street Artist Galore, Banksy, has pulled off his craziest stunt and craziest piece of work yet. This piece showed up in Central London a few hours after construction scaffolding covered in a sheet of plastic was erected in the same place. Under the cover of what passers thought was routine construction work, Banksy struck again and painted this awesome work- "One Nation Under CCTV." While some people might think the US has potential "Big Brother" issues, London is definitely the most well known city in the world to employ mass CCTV security cameras in public places- this work definitely pokes a finger at said issue...

* If you dig this piece, you can checkout more Banksy work here, here and here.

* Listen to a rare music track by Banksy and Danger Mouse on FoundTrack's November '06 MixTape.

Nom De Guerre Fall / Winter 2008 collection

Nom de Guerre is consistent in their ability to release lines of modern edgy clothing that somehow maintain a classic sensibility. Every new collection they release is as exciting for me to checkout as the last. While I don't recommend it for combat use as the gentleman below seems to be getting ready for, the neck wear and jacket are awesome:

I'm a big fan of anything that incorporates a techy/military look, so I'm definitely a big fan of these crazy suspenders:

Checkout the full Nom de Guerre Fall / Winter 2008 collection on their online lookbook.

Source- Slam x Hype

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Weekly Events Calendar : F.I.L.A. (Found in LA) April 15-20th

Tuesday April 15th
Georgie James, Telematique @ Pehrspace
Nightwatchman (Tom Morello) and friends @ Troubadour

Wednesday April 16th

KCRW Presents Eels @ El Rey
KCRW Presents Azar Nafisi & Marjane Satrapi In Conversation @ Royce Hall
The Shackeltons, Army Navy @ Silverlake Lounge
Indie 103 Presents Pop Noir, Avangaad @ Spaceland (CLUB NME)
Sara Lov, Patrick Park, Learning Music @ Tangier
Georgie James , Buddy @ Hotel Cafe
Benefit for Sweet Relief @ The Echo (The Pity Party, Karin Tatoyan, The Franks)
Jay-Z, Mary J Blige @ Hollywood Bowl
Thursday April 17th

KCRW Presents Eels @ El Rey
KCRW Presents Oliver Future, Scissors For Lefty @ Safari Sams
Western States Motel, Hello Dragon, Flashing Red Lights, Happy Stars @ Spaceland
Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Jail Weddings, The Shackeltons, Don Cavalli @ Echo
Arlo Guthrie @ Royce Hall

Friday April 18th
KCRW Presents Division Day @ Troubadour
Ghostland Observatory @ Henry Fonda
Bad Dudes, We Versus The Shark, The Valley Arena, Guppies @ Pehrspace
Pre, The Mae Shi @ Spaceland
The Quarter After @ Echo (CD Release)
Pete Rock, DJ Premier, DJ Journey, Inka One @ Crash Mansion
Ash Grove 50th Anniversary @ Royce Hall
Ratt, White Lion @ House of Blues (West Hollywood)

Saturday April 19th
Bodies of Water, Elf Power, Flowers Forever @ Spaceland
The Von Bondies @ Echo
A Sunny Day in Glasgow, State Bird, No Little Kindness @ Pehrspace
Mickey Avalon, Andre Legacy, Dirt Nasty, Beardog @ Roxy
Sarah Silverman, Foreign Born, Tim and Eric, Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Patton Oswalt @ Troubadour (South Toward Home Benefit)
Ash Grove 50th Anniversary @ Royce Hall
Jon Brion @ Largo
Art Closing No. 9 w/No age, Abe Vigoda, Soft Boiled Eggies, Weave @ Tiny Creatures

Sunday April 20th
Pre, Health, Ima Gymnist, Teenage Moms @ Smell
No Age w/ Mika Miko @ Mark Taper Auditorium - Central Library (2 pm - free)
Ojos Rojos, Casket Salesmen & more @ Spaceland (Long Hair Illuminati Records showcase--free)

KCRW Presents

A break from Tax Deadline - Mad TV's "Sensible Deduction" Music Spoof Video

Need a break from scurrying to get your taxes done before tonight's April 15th IRS deadline? The folks over at Mad TV produced this little spoof to Snoop Dogg's "Sexual Eruption" - H and R Block's "Sensible Deduction":

Checkout Snoop's original retro inspired "Sensual Seduction (Sexual Eruption)" music video here

Listen to the "Sexual Eruption remix featuring Robyn" on FoundTrack's March 2008 MixTape

Return of a cult classic - 2008 Land Rover Defender 90 SVX

As part of British marque Land Rover's 60th anniversary, the company will be re-releasing the Defender 90- a vehicle that has a major cult car enthusiast following. The O.G. suv is known for its off road capability and rugged but stylish design. See here how it looks next to the very first model:

The 2008 Defender 90 SVX will be individually numbered and available in hard top and open top configurations and exclusively in a satin black on metallic black colorway. One feature that the original definitely didn't have? - iPod dock comes standard.

More info and photos at the source: CarScoop

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Utah Saints - Something Good '08 (Remix)

Back in the 90's, there was a band called Utah Saints, and they had modest success in the UK with some top ten dance tunes. And they did the Mortal Kombat theme tune. Now they're back, with a remix by Warren Clarke. This is nothing to be excited about, because every few months or so, we see this influx of 90s songs being remixed by DJ's that add a new backing track and release it as a brand new single. However, the reason this was brought to my attention (thanks bro!) was because of the awesomeness of the video. See what you think below:

Note: Welsh = funny (if you don't believe me, check out the genius that is Gavin and Stacey)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Rose McGowan still set to play Barbarella... and still no Jane Fonda

After a bit of controversy, looks like Rose McGowan will indeed be playing Barbarella in Robert Rodriguez's remake of the film, and that production is moving forward full steam. Trouble seemed to be brewing a few months ago when Universal, the studio behind the film, was reportedly peeved that Rodriguez cast McGowan based on the fact that they were an item. Personally, I don't mind her, but there's no way she can keep up with the O.G. bad-ass that was Jane Fonda. Checkout the rad vintage poster and trailer to Paramount and director Dino De Laurentiis' 1968 original and decide for yourself:

Source - Cinematical

Ducati Monster 696 - The design beauty I'd ride (if I could ride)

Look, I don't have a motorcycle license, let alone know how to ride a bike, but I do know a thing or two about motor vehicles and technology. When I finally get off my ass and learn how to ride, I'm going to get me one these. The Ducati Monster 696 is a total design beauty- the bike is known for it's stripped down look and function. Love the exposed frame and modern yet seemingly classic design.

More detailed info at the source