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Register To Vote!!!

September 26th, 2008 by Georgios

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As I am watching the first Presidential debate, I just want to remind everyone to get out there and register to vote. Whether you are Democratic, Republican or Independent, times are hard for everyone and not speaking your mind helps no one. So whether you are going to vote for Obama or McCain, get out there and help influence our future.

Click on the Rock The Vote banner below and register now. I’ve already sent off my form and I’m waiting to receive my card. If you can’t wait and if you live in ATL, go to the address below and register.

Elections Division
Office of the Secretary of State
1104 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA 30334-1505

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Katy Perry – Electric Feel [MGMT Cover]

September 24th, 2008 by Larry

Katy Perry‘s cover of MGMT‘s Electric Feel takes the popular dance track in a new direction. The song is stripped of most percussion, giving her a chance to show off her real voice. Thus, proving that she can sing without the help of sound engineers or auto-tune technologies.

Personally, I think her decision-making process to cover the song was better than her execution of the actual song. I’m not trying to hate. I’m actually applauding her for making an informed branding decision here. For instance, my punk rock band in high-school, The Dumpkins, covered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song because we were hoping people would realize we were young party dudes who loved peanut butter, jelly bean, and ice cream pizza. I know that’s a stupid example, but it gets my point across. In the end, it doesn’t matter how well Katy Perry covers the song. For her, it’s more about being associated with MGMT who’ve been embraced by hipsters and bloggers worldwide.

At the very least, Ross (completely obsessed w/Katy Perry) will have a new song to play in his aunt’s SUV when I help him move this weekend. But that’s only if he’s able to borrow the gas-guzzler on Sunday and if he doesn’t wait a week to check this blog.

Download: Katy Perry – Electric Feel [MGMT]

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Set It Off: Alfredo Aponte

September 23rd, 2008 by Larry

Name:
Alfredo Aponte

Aka:
Fredo

Website:
Aumneo.com
AtlantaPechaKucha.com

Where are you from?
Family is Puerto Rican yet I have lived mostly in the states now in cities such as Dallas, Atlanta & Savannah.

Who do you work for?
I am a contract designer with a focus in industrial design. I log many hours at EchoViz and bounce back and forth with Think Interactive. My goal is to bring fluidity into one’s environment through user experience and product development.

What are your Current Project(s)?
Currently, I am about to begin editing the speakers of Atlanta Pecha Kucha for our podcast. Atlanta Pecha Kucha is all about interaction, inspiration and starting conversations. We just wrapped up volume six and who knows even what to expect in our next volume. I find that exciting in itself. There is just something amazing about the energy, conversation and representation of 20.

I am also working with Chicago Calling on multiple projects for there upcoming festival in October. Chicago Calling features Chicago-based artists collaborating in performances and projects with artists living in other locations — both here in the U.S. and abroad.

Additionally, I am in the process of jumpstarting a new project with friends and even people that I haven’t even met yet called the Field Union. The idea behind the Field Union is to create a unity across the land and seas and let us work on simple, short and wonderful projects. I can’t say too much now but I promise more to come.

Who would you love to work with?
First of all, I am an advocate in collaborative design and I have a passion for discovering new things. I love working with people with a variety of talents and interests. As for who… no one name stands out but I can tell you that I would love to focus more of my time collaborating with people on projects locally and globally that return something to the community. 

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep?
I will have to say my pair of Puma’s by Miharayasuhiro. I love them, they are simple. Clean. Black with rubber injected laces that is fabricated on top of these hot pink soles. 

What’s on your iPod right now?
I like how this question is directed towards iPods, yet it is amazing how that word has become synonymous with digital music. How powerful is that! I recently, been listening to the new TV on the Radio, Beck, Radiohead, Justice and Dungen. I have also been uploading some Ladytron, Hot Chip, Kraftwerk, CPI, Herbert, Studio, Madredeus, Four Tet, Air France, Beirut, The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa and A Sunny Day in Glasgow.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
Got to say Ria’s Bluebird, Noni’s on Edgewood, Cafe 101, Carver’s for whenever I wish to go into a coma and just thinking about KoolKorner’s closing still brings a tear to my eye. Additionally, my recent added favorite on my list has been The Porter in Little Five.

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
I have a passion/addiction for coffee. If I am not working… then I can more likely be found at Octane ordering an espresso, cortado or macchiato. It all depends on who is pulling when I show up. 

What are your Pet Peeves?
Half effort! Lack of attention to detail. Pixelated images in presentations and don’t even get me started on the Crappy Georgia Clip Art Peach with Gradient License Plates for example.

Shout outs?
Have to give props to all who have presented at Atlanta Pecha Kucha, the crew at Octane, all my Friends & Family and the artists/designers that seeks to protest, question, and challenge.

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Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend (80Kidz Remix)

September 23rd, 2008 by Larry

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Does anyone have extra tickets to the Black Kids / The Virgins show at The Earl tonight? I’ve got a brand new remix to trade!

Download: Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend… (80Kidz Remix)

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Kidrobot Luvin’

September 22nd, 2008 by Larry

This morning’s (afternoon) meeting was pleasantly disrupted upon the arrival of a package from our friends at Kidrobot in NYC. What more could you ask for on a busy Monday than some toy-opening fun?

Thanks guys! We look forward to exchanging more presents and ideas with you guys! Holler if/when you’re in ATL!

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Icons Redesigned [Part 2]

September 22nd, 2008 by Larry

Today, I want to highlight a very unique article of clothing. This is the AW 77 track hoody that’s been redesigned for the Nike Sportswear line. 1977 was the year the hoody was created, and it gets it’s namesake from Athletics West, Nike’s elite track and field club of a bygone era. This garment has been worn by legendary runners such as Pre Fontaine and Alberto Salazar.

The redesigned/modern-day version of this hoody is a collaboration between Nike and Loopwheeler of Japan, who are known for making the best fleece in the world. They’re one of the only manufacturers in the world that still makes cotton fabric on loopwheel machines. I heard they only make enough fabric to make eight of these hoodies a day. Talk about Limited Edition!

Find out more after the jump.
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Push Bowl Fundraiser

September 20th, 2008 by Georgios

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This past Thursday, Essential2Life held their first ever PUSH Bowl fundraiser. PUSH is an experimental digital library and epicenter to foster and nurture urban youth creativity. E2L created PUSH after learning that inner-city teens want instruction in creative disciplines more than in any other set of skills or job training. After meeting Vince Hungate of E2L over the summer, Larry and I volunteered some of our time to teach less fortunate youth Photoshop. We hope to do it again this fall. If interested in volunteering your time or making a donation, visit Essential2Life.

It was a great event and I had the best team. On my team, the Beer team (we didn’t get to pick our own team name), was Steven Lambert (also a Push instructor) from Indigo Studios, Dowd Keith, Carrie Allen and Fabian Williams of Occasional Superstar. Check out Fabian’s art, especially the Big Boi portrait. Our friends from Matchstic were also there in their fresh track suits and tees. Thanks to Dowd for the photos.

Check out more photos after the jump.
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Friends from Agenda: Lindsay from MapleXO

September 19th, 2008 by Larry

One of the most unique brands we discovered at Agenda was MapleXO from Portland, Oregon. The whole concept behind MapleXO is to create jewelry out of recycled skateboards in a completely un-tacky way. It’s very cool to see remnants of old skate graphics from years past and you can count the different layers of wood laminate used in the original board. The brands talented creator (and chocolate chip cookie baker), Lindsay Holmes, makes every piece by hand! Needless to say, no two pieces are alike, so what you get is totally one-of-a-kind. Very cool stuff.

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Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (The Teenagers Remix)

September 18th, 2008 by Larry

The truth is out! I listen to Vampire Weekend’s self-titled album secretly when no one else is at work. I played the record for a week straight earlier this year and wore-out it’s welcome around the studio in a major way. Did anyone else get sick of this album really quickly? Thankfully, this remix of Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa is one that can be played around the homies without fear of insults or passive-aggressive comments.

The Teenagers have turned a song full of repetitive jingles into something deeper and more distant. The original melodies have been preserved, only The Teenagers have replaced Vampire Weekend’s prep-school/baroque tendencies (ie: tiny Marc Jacobs boy shorts, suspenders, and unrelenting arpeggios) with some much needed edge (ie: tattered jeans, beer-goggles, and snare drum action).

Download: Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (The Teenagers Remix)

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Jack White & Alicia Keys – Another Way To Die

September 18th, 2008 by Larry

A snippet of the new James Bond Theme from this winter’s Quantum of Solace appeared on the web last week in video form as part of a Coke Zero Trailer. Thanks to a disk jockey in Italy, we now have a radio-rip of the full song.

Download: Jack White & Alicia Keys – Another Way To Die

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