My good friend Matt who writes the web curios newsletter introduced me to Yaeji who raps and makes sublime ‘ Fingers Inc. – Washing Machine-esque’ deep house. It’s been my soundtrack for the week. More on her Soundcloud.
Tile’s first corporate marketing campaign is a wonderful piece of storytelling.
The Faroe Islands have put together a great content driven campaign to attract tourists.
As a Mac user, I have only doubted the platform once. The Amiga’s operating system didn’t have anything over the Mac, but its handling of graphic intensive tasks looked like the future. That was until Commodore fumbled the future even worse than Apple under John Sculley, Michael Spindler and Gil Amelio. Here is the former UK managing director’s perspective on it.
In 1973, I invented a ‘girly drink’ called Baileys – I looked down at the paper and there was an article about a golf tournament. The Open was being played at Royal Lytham. The headline mentioned R&A, golf’s governing body, and I instantly blurted “How about two initials? How do you like the sound of R&A Bailey? Think golf and the R&A.” “Great” he said, “I love it.” And that was that and I went back to reading the paper.
This month has been a vintage month for cinema in London. The Villainess is a Korean film built around actress Kim Ok-bin. It is a vengeance film and there will be comparisons to the likes of Oldboy. There are also hints of Nikita and Kill Bill (which in turn raided Asian cinema mercilessly).
It is the most ‘kinetic’ film that I have seen in a long time with visceral action scenes, fast editing and amazing steadicam work. The plot has a number of twists and turns in it.
Get out, watch it (it has been running at the Prince Charles cinema).
KFC China launched a virgin mojito drink with a 1960s feel to the ad. Its a bit of an odd product for KFC, even in China particularly with its positioning against drinking. Quite how the product development process and consumer insight worked to produce it is beyond me. Beautifully produced advert
Great documentary on Sterns Music (of Sterns Edits fame)
High Snobriety have done their first documentary. It looks like the kind of thing I would expect from Vice. Given High Snobriety’s streetwear literate audience I was surprised at how ‘basic’ it approaches the topic. Korean’s historic fashion industry, its association with replicas since the days of Daper Dan and the retail infrastructure stifled by chaebols are issues. But streetwear couldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for the Korean textile industry – Daper Dan connection. The market in Korea reminded me very much of the ‘snide’ garments that were popular in the UK scene through the 1980s and 1990s.
On a secondary note the size of the YouTube video embed was restricted to 560 pixels wide. Not sure why