Album Of The Week

I figured this would be the winner, but I had to fly down to Orlando, FL spend the weekend at the Dolphin resort at Disney World with nothing to do to find out. Cupid Deluxe by Blood Orange has everyone a buzz at the moment and rightfully so every track on the album is super solid at times reminding me of hip elevator music. My favorite is actually the first track “Chamakey” featuring Caroline Polachek of a band I love Chairlift.

Artist|Blood Orange
Album|Cupid Deluxe
Tracks|Chamakay, It Is What It Is, Uncle ACE, No Right Thing

Song Of The Week

Since I have the time today to do another post I’ll give everyone todays song of the week. This week I’ve chosen “Chamakay” by Blood Orange. I’m super into Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes right now. And this new single does not disappoint. The album came out yesterday and I have yet to check it out, but I have a feeling it will be the album of the week. I can’t get enough of this dude.

Artist| Blood Orange
Title| Chamakay
Album| Cupid Deluxe

Horrible Blogger

It’s been about 4 months since I’ve posted anything on here. I’m really bad at this, mostly because my time in NYC was incredible and every minute I wasn’t working I spent out on the town, leaving little to no time for things like this. I’ve since returned home to LA, traveled to San Francisco, Miami and back to New York. I’m now home in downtown LA and destined to make this blog thing work.

I will maintain this blog. I will maintain this blog. I will maintain this blog. I will maintain this blog.

The direction of this thing is still a bit up in the air, some asked me to explain it the other day and I couldn’t quite give them an answer other than its a lifestyle blog??? I think I’ve got the music thing down but I need more. I’m trying to focus on Art, Style, Home and Travel and supposed I should limit myself to only those topics, but might be a good place to start…. lets see how that pans out.

Song Of The Week

In preparation of their new album here’s a song I’ve been jamming to for a few months. The duo release their debut album July 29 which I’m super stoked for. I’m also pumped to see them at the Bowery Ballroom September 5th.

Artist | AlunaGeorge
Title | Attracting Flies
Album | Body Music

Style

Finally I’ve prepared a style post. I wanted to incorporate fashion into this blog but I didn’t really know how to do so. I eventually (today) just took the leap and curated a day & night “Looks” layout (what I will be wearing on the streets of Manhattan). Did I mention I’m relocating to NYC? Looks like I’m really moving on up to the Eastside, or at least Midtown East.

Day Looks

Striped Tank (H&M)
Bird T-shirt (Drift)
Camo Shorts (Allson)
Camel Print Pants (H&M)
Swim Shorts (H&M)
Sneakers (Vans)
Linen Shirt (H&M)
Costa Rica Travel Guide (Lonely Planet)

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Evening Looks

BlackTank (H&M)
Saddle Shoes (Cole Haan)
Black Linen Shorts (H&M)
Plaid Shirt (Levis)
Grey Henley (H&M)
Cologne (Calvin Klein Encounter)

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I would like to try and photograph these outfits as I wear them in my new city. The goal will be to post them on the blog, we’ll see what happens, its clearly difficult for me to keep a song of the week (sigh). In my defense its because I’m super busy with work which is ultimately what this New York relocation is about. I am hoping to knock it to the back burner and really experience the city, though I may be too busy dreaming about my vacation to Costa Rica come mid September.

Album Of The Week


I picked this gem up a few months ago – it’s the latest in a series of 32 albums each compiled by guest artists like Jamiroquai, MGMT, Metric the list goes on. Being a huge fan of Friendly Fires its no surprise I love every track on this album with songs from SBTRKT “Hold On”, Joe Simon “Love Vibration”, Olivia Newton- John “Love Song” and Friendly Fires themselves covering Stings “Why Don’t You Answer.” Swoop it up on iTunes and throw it on and enjoy all 19 tracks. At the end enjoy a little story telling read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Title | Late Night Tales: Friendly Fires

Tracks |
Space | Carry On, Turn Me On
Reneé | Change Your Style
Dennis Parker | Like An Eagle
Laurel Halo | Embassy

Song Of The Week

A few weeks ago this girl dropped her new single featuring Erykah Badu. I was one of the lucky ones to see Janelle Monae perform at Coachella crowd surfing over my finger tips and dancing and singing her ass off! Soon she will be releasing her new album “The Electric Lady.” In the meantime I’ll be watching this new video for the song Q.U.E.E.N as I anxiously wait.

Artist | Janelle Monae
Title | Q.U.E.E.N

Joe Ryckebosch

A few months ago I pinned some of artist Joe Ryckebosch’s work on pinterest. The link has somewhat blown up since so I decided to actually do more research and really get to know this artist, I tend to be one of those individuals who sees something, likes it and doesn’t give it much thought after. Joe currently resides in one of my favorite cities Portland, Oregon where he repurposes old prints and uses colored architectural drafting tape to create new eye-blowing prints that I cant get enough of. Check out his website here and cop yourself a print, they are fairly inexpensive and I’m sure Joe would appreciate it.

Sleep No More

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything. Traveling like a maniac to what seems to be the snowiest coldest cities in the country seems to be the theme of my life at the moment.
This past week I once again found myself in the cold, snowy and horrifically windy Manhattan. Staying in the Trump Soho made it somewhat bearable, but the highlight of the trip was Sleep No More. Best description without giving too much away, if that is at all possible, immersive theater noir. Wearing a mask, not speaking and in hot pursuit of maintaining actors storylines I was dubbed King at one point in a secret room by a resurrected, before my eyes, man and served a shot of Whiskey by a poker playing barkeep who then proceeded to escort me around the “hotel” for the remainder of the night. Both opportunities not every patron experiences as my friend, who had almost an entirely different experience than I did, was taken into a secret room as well and ended up with a locket and a love note.
This is by far the best and most unique thing I’ve ever done in NYC!

The Esquire

If you ever find yourself in San Antonio do yourself a favor and visit The Esquire. I happend to be there for work last week and it was quite a nice surprise. Delicious cocktails, great staff and if you’re into taxidermy you’ll definitely appreciate this place.

What to order | Any of the house cocktails or the Jalapeño Black Bean Burger.

Album Of The Week

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Once again Big Boi has created an incredible album. If you havent picked this up yet, do it!

Artist| Big Boi
Album | Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

Tracks
2. “Apple Of My Eye”
7. “CPU” feat. Phantogram
10. “Lines” feat. A$AP Rocky and Phantogram
16. “Gossip” feat. UGK and Big K.R.I.T

Hoodies

It has finally cooled down in LA and I’ve been able to wear one of my favorite clothing items. A hoodie is something that will always be a part of my wardrobe, perhaps because it creates a sense of infancy comfort, covering the body’s northern hemisphere  in its entirety if desired (hood up and ready for inconspicuousness). Mostly likely it’s because it reminds me of being a teenager and I like to be reminded of that youth. It’s a classic adolescent look but can easily transcend into adulthood with proper color and fit. American Apparel has an array of colors, best: Black, Charcoal, Gray, Navy (they are “adult” colors) if you’re feeling bold add a splash of color with this seasons color trends.

Check out hoodies from: Asos, H&M, Urban Outfitters.

Hoodie Mecca: American Apparel

Coffee Table / Bench

Created this beaut the other day, thanks to Morgan and her sweet instructions in the DIY section of The-Brick-House. I added 18″ hairpin legs to mine, used new lumber purchased from Home Depot and Danish Oil.

The idea was to create a bench for the dining table that would also function as a coffee table. Since traditionally these two pieces are te same height it worked out perfectly.

I purchased 2 4x4x10 beams and had them cut in half. I wanted it to be large enough to fit at a 6′ table.

From there it was easy: oil, fit together with metal straps and attach legs. Done and done.

Next up: Pallet / Piping dining table, I’ll post when thats complete. I’m super stoked about that project.

5 Simple Cocktails

I’ve been on the move to stock my home bar, in searching I’ve unearthed 5 super easy classic cocktails.

Gin & Tonic
3oz Gin
4oz Tonic
Lime Wedge/ Cucumber Slice
Pour over ice, mix by stirring

Dark & Stormy
3oz Dark Rum
1 lime slice squeezed
3oz Ginger Beer
Ice

Garnish with Lime Wheel
Add lime juice and Rum in shaker with ice. Pout into glass; stir in ginger beer

Old Fashion
1 sugar cube
3oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Splash of club soda
Orange rind garnish

Add sugar cube and 3 dashes of bitters onto cube. Pour in Rye Whiskey or Bourbon and a splash of club soda. Add large ice cube; stir. Garnish with Orange rind.

Champagne Cocktail
1 sugar cube
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Champagne if you have it (Sparkling Wine works just fine)
Lemon twist

Add sugar cube and 3 dashes of bitters. Pour champagne to fill glass. Garnish with lemon.

Brandy Smash
2oz Brandy
3 dashes simple syrup
2 springs of mint
2 orange slices

Muddle mint with simple syrup & brandy. Add ice; shake. Strain into glass add mint sprig as garnish.

Timeless Samba; Forever Summer

I recently picked up a record player from Urban Outfitters, its Crosley brand and I highly recommend it if you’re in the market for one and aren’t looking to spend a lot of money. Anyway, I wanted to explore some old music and figured it would be a fun way to do it.  So I went to a local record store and thumbed through the old $1 bargain bins where I stumbled upon two records by Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66. Now I was already familiar with Sergio Mendes, he had an album produced by will.i.am in 2006 titled “Timeless” with the lead single “Mas Que Nada” a remake of his original tune this time featuring the Black Eyed Peas. The song was playing all over Europe that summer and in turn how he came to exist in my life. When I returned home from across the sea I picked up the album and fell in love. I listened to it relentlessly, mostly for its samba beats and the neo soul and hop hop artists it featured: John Legend, Erykah Badu, India Arie, Q-Tip and Stevie Wonder to name a few. So in the record store seeing these albums I knew I had to swoop them up and explore. When I placed the old LP on the record player I was not disappointed, in fact I was pleased not to hear will.i.am on every track but rather raw male and female vocals melodically spewing out Portuguese and English lyrics littered atop warm, calming rhythms. Its great mood music for relaxing with summer breeze or playing at a dinner party and with a career spanning over 50 years and more than 55 albums released Sergio Mendes has enough music to make the entire year feel like summer.

 

The Tank

Every summer excites me; people come alive, the vibrancy of nature seems to exist once again, music is a little more melodic and for a day or two it seems as though the world may actually become a peaceful place. Perhaps that last one has to do with all the Bob Marley jams people play, but its true, summer is an exciting time in most people’s lives and it’s no wonder people want to feel light, free and liberated in the warm summer air. When keeping stylish what better way to embody this spirit as a man than by wearing the coveted tank. Also known as the tank top (for those who can’t seem to shorten it to one word) it’s hands down my favorite summer clothing item and the best thing about them is, aside from trendy patterns and prints, the cut of a tank doesn’t change much or go out of style like denim thus making this an item you can purchase and hang onto for summers to come. I always say the looser the better, but not too loose. I tend to go for a size up, if you’re a small get a medium, but try it on you dont want to be encumbered by it (kind of defeats the purpose). So now go out pick yourself up a tank, enjoy being free, soaking up that vitamin D and I guarantee for a moment everything is gonna be alright.

Thismansland endorses: Urban Outfitters, Asos, American Apparel

Summer Music

 

Mitzi:India”- From the days of 2010, this Brisbane born band has the disco funk sound reminiscent of Jamiroquai with a new wave vocal of Depeche Mode and most recently Cut Copy. The revived EP “All I Heard,” is the bands first and only release and “India” is a song sure to get you in the summer mood. As if the warm sun and half naked bodies weren’t enough.

Miami Horror:I Look To You”- This dance track features kickass Kiwi, Kimbra, who teamed up with Goyte for the #1 hit “Somebody I Used To Know,” lending her sultry wisp of vocal air, reminiscent of the summer sun- flowing from beginning to end of this bright disco heavy and summer ready tune.

New Navy:Zimbabwe” Last summer Friendly Fires released Pala, an electric/ rock record reflective of the albums title with rhythmic, tropical- painted instrumentation and warm blend of emotive vocals. New Navy does the same with their EP “Uluwatu,” focusing on an adventurous tropical getaway in which the destination may just be a Balinese sea temple. Somewhere along the way the group makes a stop in the bush whose presence lends the name to their lead single “Zimbabwe.” Its a great stop on a four track EP whose sense of adventure leaves you wanting more.

Santigold: “GO!” Her recently released new album “Master Of My Make Believe” has dropped and after pressing/clicking/ needeling play the first thing you’ll hear is the track “GO!” a high energy, militaristic, haunting-dance hall tune featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This song will pick you up and carry you through the day from the moment you wake up to the time you consume your morning coffee and is sure to reinvigorate after a long days work at the office or the cantina.