Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hot and Covered...Common Projects + Moscot Sunglasses

" Doubtless a future classic."

We’ve seen these everywhere this week and rightly so. I thought I’d let the dust settle before posting them, but I’m a big fan. In an era where collaboration is commonplace, many feel thrown together, lacking meaning or grace. However, these sunglasses are an example of this process at its best. It’s a marriage of two brands defined by their commitment to craftsmanship. Most importantly it feels fresh and interesting, something many collaborations fail to achieve. From the frames themselves to the minimal case and branding, the end product is beautifully executed. They fit as naturally into Moscot’s tradition of well built plastic frames as they do Common Projects’ renowned minimalism. Individually both brands are characterised by balance and consideration, in working together that’s been heightened. Though many have been quick to point out the Wayfarer associations, for me, these feel squarer and heavier than Ray Ban’s staple. What’s emerged is a sleek but sturdy alternative to traditional options. I’m usually drawn to tortoiseshell - a fan of Persol and Shuron - but these black frames are just as appealing. They are expensive, but doubtless a future classic.

Special Thanks Blogged Post by Simon Roe

Friday, May 29, 2009

Paolo Nutini - Sunny Side Up (2009)

" One of the only artists who truly gives me that 'feel good' vibe
- no matter what kind of mood I'm in.

The Portastylistic

It’s hard to believe that Paolo Nutini is still only 22-years-old, for he has already achieved so much, from his hometown of Paisley (Scotland) to Carnegie Hall, from BRIT award nominations to supporting Led Zeppelin at their infamous O2 reunion show.

He returns this summer with his wonderful new LP ‘Sunny Side Up’, the follow-up to his 2006 debut album ‘These Streets’, which has sold over 2.3 million worldwide including over 1.3 million in the UK.

Written by Paolo ‘Sunny Side Up’ was recorded in a host of places including Ireland, Wales, New York, LA and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, which is reflected by the celtic sway and motown feel to the album. It was produced by Paolo and Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon).

If he's not quite the "mesmerising, soulful voice that has no equal" that his record label modestly claims, Paolo Nutini does have a bit of gravel in his vocal chords, and an engaging way of putting a tune across. On his second album, he has taken a chance by steering away from the declawed R&B that got him filed alongside fellow pretty boy James Morrison, and gives reggae and Celtic folk a whirl. It's not bad. As per the title, he's a pretty happy chappie - the opening ska ditty 10/10 is jaunty enough to make you retch, and the cheeriness is sustained through the Dixieland-influenced Pencil Full of Lead. (He needs nothing more than "food in my belly and a licence for my telly," which makes him an impressively cheap date.) A remarkably mature 22-year-old - check out his heartfelt, countryish form on Simple Things - Nutini has proved there's more to him than good looks.

‘Sunny Side Up’ is a record full of warm sentiments and dazzling sounds, courtesy of Paolo’s band The Vipers, tied together by Paolo’s distinctive vocal, one of the most unique vocals to come out of the UK for many years, a mesmerising soulful voice that has no equal - he has never sounded better.

Best tracks: "Pencil Full of Lead", "10/10"

‘Sunny Side Up’ The New Album Out 2009 01.06 (2009 02.06 US)

more on Paolo...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pajaro Sunrise - Done / Undone (2009)

Done for everything that was coming to an end,
which were many things in my life;

‘ Undone ’ for all the new possibilities that
came out of that.

-Yuri Méndez

Pajaro Sunrise - Done Undone (2009)

When it comes to effortless tunefulness it's often the chilly places that rule; Norway have their Kings of Convenience, Scotland their Belle & Sebastian. Sure, the Madrid winter's cashmere weather, but not so nippy that Pajaro Sunrise's melodic mastery should be so unseasonably, metaphor-ruiningly assured. This is a youthful yet masterful collection of deceptively simple songwriting. So hot it's cold.

-Rob Bound
MONOCLE Issue 24

Pājaro Sunrise started as a project of Yuri Méndez and Pepe Lopez. Their first and self-titled album, released by Lovemonk Records in November 2006, was recorded, mixed and produced by themselves at their own home. “Pājaro Sunrise” was received very well by the music press, it was released in Japan and South-Korea and distributed worldwide. The band got lots of interest from all over the place and toured around Europe, playing in countries like Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Belgium.

Back home they were voted Fnac Talents of the year and one of the three best domestic bands at the Premios de la Noche awards.

The follow-up, “Done/Undone”, released in March 2009, was recorded in much the same way as its predecessor, only this time it was more of a band effort, with Pājaro Sunrise consisting of Yuri, Pepe and the newly incorporated Mario Delgado. However, the group disbanded somewhere along the way with Yuri remaining the sole member, and the result is a mixture of some of the band’s songs and many of the tracks Yuri had been recording on his own.

Yuri decided to release the album as a double CD, even though the 22 songs could easily go on one disc.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Porta's Eyes...A Liverpool legend's decade!

"Farewell to a Legend"

Sami Hyypiä

A TEARFUL Sami Hyypiä saluted Liverpool’s supporters after his emotional Anfield farewell.

A True Legend


Sami Hyypiä waved goodbye to Liverpool after 10 years as the Reds finished the season with a 3-1 win over Spurs on Sunday. Here's the best of our snaps from an emotional day.

" Sami Sami Sami Sami Hyypia Ohh Sami Sami Sami Sami Sami Sami Hyypia..."

The veteran defender brought the curtain down on a decade of service with his 464th and final appearance for the club in the 3-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

Hyypiä emerged from the bench to play the final six minutes and was given several standing ovations by the home crowd.

Hyypiä replaced Steven Gerrard and therefore played out the closing moments of his Liverpool career as captain.

Farewell to Anfield Family
-Sami Hyypiä

The 35-year-old later broke down in tears after the final whistle before being surrounded by his team-mates and being carried off the pitch on the shoulders of goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

And Hyypiä said:

“There were a few tears in my eyes at the end but I was surprised I’d managed to keep them in for so long.

“It’s a sad moment for me to leave, but I have a new challenge for me waiting in Germany now.

“I’ve always had a very good relationship with the fans. From day one they have taken me as one of their own and that hasn’t changed.”

“It would have been too perfect an ending to be honest!” added the Finland international.

Sami Hyypiä

" thanks all the fans for all their tremendous support through the years and the emotional farewell they gave him, will never forget that special day and these 10 years he played for this special club he loves so much!

Sami Hyypiä will walk away from Anfield this weekend after 10 glorious years at Liverpool... with a promise to return...

Tribute to ten years

Anfield legends and teammates past and present - they've all had something to say about Sami Hyypia over the years. From Dalglish to Carragher - we've compiled all the quotes that matter.

He cost Liverpool just £2.5million from Dutch outfit Willem II back in May 1999
Games: 464, Goals: 35

Rafa Benitez (LFC Manager 2004 - Present)

He is a perfect professional. In every single training session and in every single game he gives 100 per cent for the team and he has been a fantastic servant to this club. He is always keen to help the youngsters and he sets them a really good example but he has also been very supportive of me and my staff since I first came to Liverpool. From my point of view, I have been really pleased to work with him and now I must wish him luck for the future.

Jamie Carragher (LFC Player 1996 - Present)

Everyone talks about foreign players like Zola, Henry and Bergkamp but they never look at Sami. In terms of consistency he's well up there with them, there's no doubt about it. Maybe he can't do something out of the blue every now and again but every week, for nine months of the season, Sami Hyypia is your man. He's definitely one of the best foreign players this country has ever seen.

Sami's been here 10 years now and has always played a large portion of the season, hardly ever missing a game. He rarely has a bad one either - and even on the times when he does, he never allows it to affect his form. He's had his critics on a couple of occasions, but has always had the character to come through those periods. Top players always bounce back when they have suffered a knock - and Sami is one of those players. He is a legend.

Kenny Dalglish (LFC Player 1977 - 1990)

Sami has been an absolutely magnificent servant to this football club. He came in and showed his worth immediately. He was made captain of the club and even when the decision was taken to make a change and give the armband to Steven Gerrard, the dignity he showed was brilliant and reflected tremendously well on him as a person. To spend 10 years at the same club is a remarkable achievement, and even more so when that club is Liverpool and the demands to succeed year after year are exceptionally high. But Sami's performance levels have always been very, very high. When he first arrived people commented that he wasn't quick - but over the years he hasn't lost any of that pace because he didn't have too much to start with! He reads the game so well and has made a massive contribution - at both ends of the pitch - to Liverpool Football Club.

John Arne Riise (LFC Player 2001 - 2008)

If something needs to be done, Sami is the one we talk to because he goes and does it. I like that about him. I have already learned a lot from him since I joined the club. If I've made a mistake in a match I ask Sami what I should have done and he gives me advice. He is a guy who holds everyone together when we need him most in hard games and tough atmospheres.

Alan Hansen (LFC Player 1977 - 1991)

I played alongside two of the greatest centre-backs of all time – Phil Thompson and Mark Lawrenson, Gary Gillespie wasn't far behind them, he was unlucky with injuries – and Hyypia would fall into that category. I would've no problem playing alongside Hyypia. If we played in partnership we'd play off one another and I think he'd be very easy to play alongside. He's a real quality player.

He is a brilliant professional and he's been a big player for such a long time for Liverpool. He leads by example and never lets them down. He hasn't got pace in abundance but positionally he is fantastic and he reads the game really well. He is a brilliant player.

Phil Thompson (LFC Player 1971 - 1984, LFC assistant manager 1998 - 2004)

He has been, and still is, brilliant for Liverpool. When you consider how much he cost then pound-for-pound he is up there with the £440,000 the club paid for Kenny Dalglish. I remember going to watch him playing for Finland against Oliver Bierhoff and Germany in Nuremberg. Bierhoff's strength was in the air and Sami never let him win a header. We signed Stephane Henchoz at the same time as Sami and he was the better known of the two and people probably expected more from him. But after a couple of days on the training pitch with Sami, I was thinking we've signed a central midfielder here because he was that authoritative and comfortable on the ball. It always makes me laugh when people started saying a few years ago his pace had gone. Sami Hyypia never had any pace to lose! What he has got is an incredible ability to read the game and that has been his biggest asset. More often than not he is in position. I'd be lying if I said that when we signed him I thought he'd still be going strong 10 years later. That's incredibly difficult to do, especially for a foreign player in the Premier League. He's a legend and, for me, Sami is in Alan Hansen's ilk.

Pepe Reina (LFC Player 2005 - Present)

He has been consistent every single week of the season and to watch him play you would never believe for a minute that he is the age he is. He makes my job much easier, the whole defence do and that is why when people talk about Ray Clemence's record I say that it is not just for me it is for the defence, and the team as a whole. One thing that people forget about Sami is the important goals he scores for the team.

Stephane Henchoz (LFC Player 1999 - 2005)

If I think of all the central defensive partners I have played alongside in my career, I would definitely say that Sami would have to be the best.

Daniel Agger (LFC Player 2006 - Present)

Carra and Sami have both been extremely helpful to me. If I have a question then they're always there to give me advice. I like to listen to the answers they give and then look to put their advice into my game. They are both really experienced players and I know I can learn a lot from them.

Markus Babbel (LFC Player 2000 - 2004)

Sami takes playing very seriously. You can see that he hates losing and wants to win. He can be really angry after defeats. For example, he cried in the changing room in the spring of 2001 after losing to Leicester. He was so disappointed with the defeat and his own performance. First I was a bit amazed with his reaction, but the incident only increased my respect for him. Only very few players cry in the changing room. It tells a lot about Sami’s attitude towards the game and what playing means to him.

Gerard Houllier (LFC Manager 1998 - 2004)

He's tall and good in the air, which is an indispensable asset when you play centre-back in England. His passing is good, right or left. He's very confident and he can hold the defence together.

Alvaro Arbeloa (LFC Player 2007 - Present)

When I first joined the club, he was really helpful to me. Sami is a good person and he is always there if you need something. Sami has been here for ten years and has been a great example to me. I am really proud to have played with him and I wish him all the best because he deserves everything.

Jari Litmanen (LFC Player 2001 - 2002)

It's so difficult to say anything which stands out about him because he has always played at a high level. I suppose that's his greatest strength, the fact that he has never failed or done anything below the standards he has set. As a teammate you know what you'll get from him and he never disappoints. Of course everybody has great moments and games but he is constantly at a good level. Think about it... Sami Hyypia, at both Liverpool and the national team over the last 10 years, hasn't missed too many games. He is always just Sami!

"It has been 10 years and he's an idol here with the fans.
Everyone loves him because he's been so good."

"You'll Never Walk Alone"

Best of luck Big Man, and thanks for ten fantastic years.
Sami Hyypiä – Legend.