Aether, exacting purveyor of technically refined outdoor apparel, decided that the cycling jacket needed a refresh to meet the needs of today’s urban cyclists. A lightweight jacket that looks just as sharp off the bike as it does on it. Mission accomplished via the new Union Bicycle Jacket.
A technical 3-layer, soft-shell stretch fabric was used that will protect you from the elements and break back the chill from 40˚on up. The shell delivers not only top-of the line performance but lots of utility for your commute. An interior audio valve pocket allows for easy routing of headphones and a dual-access back pocket offers easy-access storage to stash your goods while on the move. To ensure safety while hitting those mean streets after dark, JRC Reflex® reflective strips have been incorporated into the back of the collar and cuffs with reflective piping along the back seam. When hit by headlights it reflects bright white, but remains a stealth matte black otherwise.
Cop this gem in either Jet Black, Engine Grey, or Total Eclipse (blue). Available now at $295 USD online and at the Aether Apparel store in SF.
French street artist JR‘s work is everywhere. Currently, it’s taken over the streets of Times Square. HBO and director Alastair Siddons have crafted a fascinating documentary tracking the development of the world’s largest participatory art project, “Inside Out.” The film which debuts on May 20th (on HBO) follows JR around the globe, often in politically unstable environments, empowering people to create their own visual statements.
The artist won the prestigious TED Prize in 2011 which kick started the project through some initial funding. Here’s how it works….people take their own photo portraits (no logos or hate messages allowed) then send them to JR. “Inside Out” photo booths and photo trucks bring the project directly to the street, enabling the public to participate instantly, free of charge. He then prints giant poster versions of the images for free and sends them back. It’s up to them to paste them up in a place with meaning in their community. Once pasted in the community, images of the street art are archived and posted for all the world to see on the Inside Out website.
To date, over 130,000 people have sent photos to Inside Out, pasting the enlargements in more than 10,000 locations in more than 100 countries, including Brazil, Tunisia, Pakistan, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, France and the U.S.
As previously reported, the inaugural IMS Engage conference recently took place in Hollywood, California. The event consisted of six one-on-one discussions/interviews focused on the changing state of the music industry and the current explosion of the electronic music space specifically. Here are a few of the sessions.
Diplo and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom chatted about the influence of social media and how such a simple app like Instagram could dramatically change how fans connected with their favorite artists.
Skrillex had a chat with Summit Series co-founder Jeff Rosenthal.
Ultra Music founder Patrick Moxey and Russell Simmons spoke on the ins and outs of achieving success. Simmons was instrumental in kick starting Moxey’s career in the music business. As a former intern, Moxey’s conversation with the hip-hop icon (and his longtime mentor) was as inspiring as it was informative.
Iconic New York indie label DFA Records is the focus of the latest film from the Red Bull Music Academy entitled “Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic: 12 Years Of DFA.” With unprecedented access to the label’s NYC headquarters, roster of bands, and the face of the DFA movement…James Murphy himself the short documentary celebrates the twelve year anniversary of the imprint.
Out of the blue, Sam Smith shares an absolutely stunning performance of “Latch”, his hit collaboration with Disclosure. Stripped down to Smith’s sultry vocals, keys, and strings. Goose bumps.
Here’s Smith and the Disclosure boys performing “Latch” together at this year’s Coachella festival. Such a pleasure to get to see this live.
On a related note, Disclosure‘s eagerly awaited debut album “Settle” is available for pre-order now! The versions of “Tenderly”, “What’s In Your Head”, the “Running” remix, and “Boiling” on the Deluxe version are all remixed/mastered. The “Running” remix is also a club version, so longer intro/outro for DJs.
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