Temples is a neo-psych band kaleidoscoping their way from Kettering, UK. They recently released a limited edition 7”on Fat Possum in the US featuring the very catchy “Shelter Song” and another equally hypnotizing track in “Colours To Life”. If you can’t get your hands on the 7” or don’t fancy vinyl, you can download its digital equivalent from iTunes. Hopefully we’ll have a full length of psychedelia from them before the end of the year – we’re definitely looking forward to more.www.fatpossum.com
Meet high profile NYC graphic designers, Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman. Jessica is Stefan Sagmeisters young partner who has a tendancy to fall in love too early and often. Timothy used to work for Apple and is now a prolific freelance designer who is afraid of commitment and dates many girls at the same time. See what happens when the two plutonic friends and peers put their relationship to the test in an interesting social experiment on themselves by dating for 40 days. Check out the beutifully designed (obviously) blog-like site for intimate daily details from both sides.www.fortydaysofdating.com
This Sunday, we are bringing you extra doses of surf porn since we are in the midst of summer flattness. Here is a nice gem of recent south swell activity in LA county shredded by Matt Pagan and captured by his brother Mike Pagan. Enjoy!www.one4la.com
Cyrus Sutton and Ryan Burch headed to the Basque Coast this past January and scored the biggest swell of the season. Cyrus traveled there to direct a short documentary for the Basque Cultural Center about the people and geography of this fabled region. Here are some waves they caught over the course of two weeks they spent traversing the rugged coast that straddles the Spain and France border.www.korduroy.tv
Repair the Rockaways converts online activity into a real world charitable efforts. Donors collectively reconstruct a digital version of the Rockaways while the raised money goes to help victims of hurricane Sandy.www.repairtherockaways.org
When has a contemporary surfer made a film about one of his peers? Quiksilver teammate Dane Reynolds and Marine Layer Productions (with help from ghost filmmaker and cinematographer Dustin Miller) take an examined look at the timeless style of Craig “Ando” Anderson. The 30 minute film follows Craig in and out of the water as he travels the world meeting up with heroes. Dane attempts to unravel Craig’s unique perspective on his role as a professional surfer. Download or rent it now on iTunes.itunes.apple.com
Director Spike Jonze had a commercial hiccup with Where The Wild Things Are. It was a beautiful film, but it was a mega-budget movie ($100M+) that didn’t break even financially and that usually spells death for most directors working within the Hollywood studio system (and the audiences who enjoy something else than the latest tent-pole super hero movie franchise). Luckily for us Spike Jonze fanboys Spike isn’t most directors and he’s back on his feet with this new film Her. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely writer who develops an unlikely relationship with his new Siri-like operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Here’s to the future!trailers.apple.com
I’ll say it again…damn this dude King Krule, aka Zoo Kid aka Archie Marshall, is talented. And his wiry teenage frame can’t even fill out a suit yet. Did Tilda Swinton and Tom Waits have a kid? This Brit’s got easy cool charisma for days (and a bowl cut). Archie makes his US debut with the release of his King Krule album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon on August 24th via XL Recordings.www.xlrecordings.com/kingkrule
If you’ve recently visited the coastal communities destroyed by Sandy, you‘ll discover a lot have returned to normalcy thanks to the tremendous support from surfers, volunteers and grass roots organizations. Organization like Jon Rose’s Waves for Water did a lot to help mobilize efforts and provide aid to those in need. Through the experience Rose learned that the spirit of the individual can do a lot to help the lives of many.
MGMT are back with their self-titled third studio album – MGMT – set to be released on September 17th. Early previews play more in the key of Congratulations – music to the ears of Brian Eno leaning fans; less so for the Oracular Spectacular crowd. Here’s their first video promo off the album directed by “Congratulations” director Tom Kuntz.www.whoismgmt.com
I thought Danny Way was nutso (well, he is), but Bob Burnquist is fuckin nutso too! In this video, we see Bob defying gravity on some huge mega ramp set up — not only dropping into crazy ramp setups, but eventually dropping in from a helicopter. I get vertigo just watching this. Not bad for a dude in his mid-thirties!