December 2010

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Stuck On Repeat: Professor Green | Jungle

“Jungle” is one of those tracks that knocks you right on the jab and you keep coming back for more.  By far my favorite  song on Professor Green’s album, the True Tiger produced heat opens up with a haunting melody by Maverick Sabre that still gives me the chills every time it comes up on the speakers.  The music video, directed by Henry Scholfield (who directed four of Professor Green videos), is visually tense and a very literal illustration of a [hard] life in the [concrete] jungle.  I’ve been pretty hooked on this track and realized it is mostly because of Maverick Sabre. Make sure to grab his mixtape here and, needless to say, keep an eye out for this kid! Below, catch the videos for Professor Green “Jungle” and Maverick Sabre “Sometimes.”

Yaegaki Sake Sunday

In 2004, Reiko Kushibiki became the first female Sake Master in the US for Yaegaki, importing an art form that dates back to 1666 when the original sake brewery was founded in Japan.  Known for brewing pure rice spiced with the richest local flavors, the brand is established on it’s high quality ingredients and use of traditional methods, even winning several prestigious awards.

Now, it took me years to give sake a chance, and it wasn’t till I discovered cold sake that I really made up my mind.   After a modest start, sipping on a new one here and there, I one day was introduced to the Yaegaki craft. And what a craft!

YAEGAKI Dry represents the top of YAEGAKI’s domestic sake line. It is made with rice polished to the extent that the nearly 40% of each grain has been polished away, and is brewed at a low temperature for a long period of time.Full-bodied and slightly acidic, YAEGAKI Dry goes well with a wide variety of foods.

The meaning of Yaegaki implies that there are several layers of flavors.  Thus working wonderfully with different foods… or none at all!  It is also important to highlight that Yaegaki now comes in a 300ml bottle (pictured above), and can be found at a grocery (or specialty) store near you.  Even better, the smaller bottle makes for a perfect Sunday night companion, packing just enough for you to work your way through Dexter and Boardwalk Empire, closing the weekend  with class and style… and no hangovers.

Thanks, Reiko! And here’s one to girl power!

The Invisible Man

A process that takes on average 10 hours to prepare for each photograph, is a way for 38 year-old Liu Bolin to express how he sees himself in his society, and how invisible he feels to the world.    It’s inspiring how he turns a feeling that would depress and drag-down most, into a very creative form of self-expression and art.   His social protest is a quiet but carefully crafted one, leaving us with images that get the message across loud and clear.

Read more on the story here.

Fenech-Soler | Lies

This is one of those songs that just won’t leave your head.  I first discovered Fenech-Soler on the Groove Armada single “Paper Romance” earlier this year.  The band has been around since 2006, but their first album just dropped this past September.   I’m sure a feature on one of the best records of the year didn’t hurt getting things off the ground, but “Lies” has all that makes an electropop tune contagious.   The production is a mix of Digitalism and Miike Snow with  some occasional hints of Daft Punk, and the vocals have that Chris Martin quality to it… I dig it all around!   Check out the video below: