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Mobile: VHS Era Is Back With Camcorder App By Rarevision

If you’re a child of the ’80’s, there’s an app on the market that will take you back to the glory days of VHS. The brainchild of Los Angeles-based post-production software and services company, Rarevision, the VHS Camcorder app has become quite a topic of conversation this week. Using the app to capture the moment, Wiz Khalifa’s people filmed him getting arrested at LAX for riding a hoverboard in the airport. Once that hit the web, the downloads ticked up big time. Within 10 days of launch in the App Store, the app had already hit the number two spot in the paid apps list. Considering it’s $3.99 USD price tag, whatever it cost for design and development has certainly been recouped and then some.

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Thomas Worth, the app’s creator and president of Rarevision, has been doing post-production and effects work for the movie industry for years and is known for his ’80’s-inspired aesthetic. Once the idea came to mind, he dove head first into researching every facet of the VHS era so that he could replicate the authentic look of user interface and video quality of the JVC GR-C1, the first camcorder to feature a built-in VHS tape deck (most famous for being Marty McFly’s camera in “Back to the Future”). Mission accomplished.

VHS Camcorder app features:

– On-screen date and time graphics (actual date/time or a fake date/time from the past)
– Zoom lens feature
– Easily share videos from within the app or through Camera Roll
– Built-in clip viewer for playing back, deleting and sharing clips
– Widescreen recording option
– Choose your frame rate: 24, 25 or 30
– HD video recording on iPhone 4s and newer devices (1080p requires iPhone 5 or better)

Pick up the VHS Camcorder app in the App Store now. Android is coming soon.

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Style: MVMT Chrono In Gun Metal/Sandstone Leather

Southern California-based watch upstart, MVMT, was founded in the summer of 2013 with the help of a very successful Indiegogo campaign which surpassed their goal by a whopping 1,400% within a couple of months. Broke a record in the fashion category. This got the attention of the folks at Urban Outfitters which lead to the original round of MVMT models being available to the masses here in the U.S. and Canada.

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Recently, MVMT unleashed some shots of the new Gun Metal and Sandstone Leather version of their flagship model, the Chrono, to their leagues of social media fans. The brand delivers big time on their mission to deliver a stylish, high quality, yet affordable watch with this new piece. Housed in a 45mm brushed Gun Metal stainless steel case is six hand chronograph movement including three sub-dials (60-second timer, 30-minute timer, and 24-hour hand). The watch wraps around your wrist in a rugged 22mm Sandstone leather band with a matching brushed Gun Metal stainless steel buckle to round out the look.

You can grab this beauty now on the MVMT website for an incredibly reasonable $135.00 USD.

Ghostly International has teamed up with the folks at Warby Parker again for another stunning pair of frames. They’ve introduced a new design that represents the creativity and innovation that both brands share. The Henning is a minimalist pair of glasses crafted from premium matte acetate and Japanese matte titanium.

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This latest pair of frames is cut from a single sheet of acetate to maintain color parity. The lenses are made from ultra impact-resistant polycarbonate and offer 100% UV protection. An anti-scratch and anti-reflective coating is layered on for good measure.

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Each purchase comes with a lens cloth designed by Matthew Shlian, and a Warby Parker carrying case. Additionally, for every pair sold (starting at $145.00 USD), a pair is distributed to someone in need. You can grab the Henning frames and sunglasses on both the Ghostly and Warby Parker sites now.

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Tame Impala may not only have the record of the year but also video of the year with the new visual for “Let It Happen.” Director David Wilson, who handled video duty for Tame Impala in the past in addition to Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys, was tapped once again to take on the challenge. The innovative concept features a businessman on the verge of the afterlife post-breakdown in an airport. He finds himself shifting through dramatic (sometimes downright nightmarish) unrealities while questioning whether or not it’s all a dream.

Wilson first listened to the tune on a flight, which is you will see, plays into his treatment. The dream sequences were inspired by the work of legendary director Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” while the overall concept ties directly to the ongoing human struggle to understand life and deal with it’s pressures.

Tame Impala‘s new album “Currents” is out now in all forms. It’s pretty damn good, so pick it up if you haven’t already done so.

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Style: Vans Releases Low Top “Cork” Authentic

Although the usage of cork in sneaker construction looks cool in many instances, it has not fared so well in its utility. Historically, there’s been a bit of a backlash from consumers regarding the material’s utility but leave it to Vans to sort out a way to make it work. Vans recently introduced the low top “Cork” Authentic which combines iconic style with an all over cork print.

The sturdy canvas upper looks as though it is actually cork material which makes for a more breathable sneaker and mitigates any concern regarding longevity. Paired with metal eyelets, stark white midsole with matching laces, on top of Vans’ signature waffle outsole make for a perfect pair of summer kicks.

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You can pick up a pair of the Vans “Cork” Authentic low tops now online at Vans.com for a reasonable $55.00 USD.

Twenty years ago, a young British DJ, Pete Tong, set up to record a live broadcast from the legendary club Amnesia to share the island’s sounds with all of Europe. Little did he know that decades later he’d be perched up above a full orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall to pay a musical homage to classic Ibiza tunes.

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Just a few days ago, a privileged few packed Royal Albert Hall for an unlikely late-night rave. Pete Tong joined conductor Jules Buckley and his Heritage Orchestra to belt out a ninety-minute blend of Ibiza club classics from the likes of Daft Punk, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Moby, Eric Prydz, and more. A night of orchestral adaptations of electronic and house music hits raised a lot of eyebrows initially as Pete Tong’s vision for the event couldn’t have been more of a departure from the usual fair at legendary venue. By the looks of it below and the slew of positive reviews since, there may be more of these in the future.

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Enjoy the performance below. Preferably at high volume.

Setlist:

1. Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now
2. Eric Prydz – Pjanoo
3. The Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
4. Robert Miles – Children
5. ATB – 9 PM (Till I Come)
6. Moby – Go
7. Frankie Knuckles – Your Love
8. Inner City – Good Life
9. Orbital – Belfast
10. The Sabres of Paradise – Smokebelch II
11. Daft Punk – One More Time
12. Alison Limmerick – Where Love Lives (Come On In)
13. Vangelis – Rachel’s Song (Perfecto Symphony Orchestra)
14. Faithless – Insomnia
15. Moby – Porcelain
16. Rudimental – Waiting All Night
17. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
18. Rhythm is Rhythm – Strings of Life
19. DJ Rolando – Jaguar (Knights of the Jaguar)
20. Brainbug – Nightmare
21. Energy 52 – Café del Mar
22. Rudimental – Feel the Love
23. The Source – You Got the Love

All images: Andy Paradise