The Hype

by on Mar.28, 2010, under Music

Stirling band, The Hype, got in touch to share some nice new tracks off their debut album, Leave It All Behind. Here’s what they had to say:

“In the mid-noughties, 4 teenagers from Stirling came together and formed a band. Bucking the trends of the day for alternative rock and the scores of Snow Patrol and Green Day wannabes. They built their sound upon influences such as Public Image, The Smiths, Interpol, The Stone Roses and the funk and groove of House and Disco Music.

The sound of The Hype is tailor made for the Dancefloor with pounding drums and basslines coupled with chiming melodic guitar and catchy vocals.

The band have toured a lot of the UK and have played in prestigious venues such as London’s Dublin Castle, Liverpool’s Zanzibar, Sheffield’s Frog and Parrot and Glasgow’s King Tuts.

They have supported acts as diverse as the Maccabees, Regina Spektor, The Law, Humanzi, The Vortex and Test Icicles. They have now finished recording their debut album Leave It All Behind, which will be released in April and are planning another UK tour to support its release.”

For more tracks, swing by their Myspace page.

The Hype – Panic

The Hype – Confusion

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Wes Kingston

by on Mar.26, 2010, under Glasgow, Photography

Wes Kingston has been a photographer for over 15 years. He started studying in Glasgow with an already diverse portfolio containing shots of extreme sports in South Africa, pro snowboarders in British Columbia, urban landscapes and street scenes from Toronto. While Wes studied he experimented with all kinds of cameras, films and styles finding he preferred medium format cameras, which he still uses today.

Wes is inspired by the changing and challenging environments of this industrial city, his travels and the diverse range of artists contained within SWG3 from graffiti artists to screen printers, musicians and sculptors. He say’s that it is this colective group which inspires him to continually challenge himself and his profession.

Recently Wes’s professional body of work contains documentary pieces for charitable organizations in South Africa and across Scotland with contrasting involvement in the world of high-end international fashion. This collaboration between Wes and top fashion designer Deryck Walker has seen Wes create and shoot in Glasgow and Paris, putting these cutting edge specialist fabric designs into context.

Wes has been published in Borne Magazine, i-On, British Journal of Photography,Vouge.com and across the National press.

He continues to exhibit around the UK and is currently working on a project showcasing Scotland’s up and coming athletes, as well as continuing Fashion work in Scotland. He is also set to head out to Cape Town to do a post World cup documentary story.

He has an online portfolio here and also a SWG3 site.

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Image Of The Day

by on Mar.26, 2010, under Image Of The Day

Viviane Sassen is a photographer based in Amsterdam. She has exhibited throughout Europe for the past ten years and has produced work for Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Adidas Originals and many more. Be sure to check out the rest of her folio. Her unconventional portraits from Africa are a real treat.

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Teenage Engineering OP1

by on Mar.25, 2010, under Music, Product Design

I remember reading about this little beauty a year ago and drooling at the mouth over it. This is the Operator 1 (OP1) from Teenage Engineering, a hybrid digital synthesizer and MIDI controller which has truly raised the bar for aesthetic standards in synthetics. The clean minimalist design, grid like structure, colour choice and typography used throughout, really is beautiful. No idea on price yet or a confirmed release date, but it’s tipped to be soon.

Taken from their site:
“OP-1 is the all-in-one portable Synthesizer, Sampler and Controller. With additional features like the FM Radio and a G-Force sensor for pitch and bend effects. Beside a fresh and creative approach to sequencing with multiple choice of sequencers, you just have to love the OP-1’s built-in Tape feature.

Connect it to your computer and control your DAW with the common play, stop, rec, forward and rewind. Use the 4 rotary encoders and 8 x 2 dedicated quick keys for fast selections. Just use them with your software synthesizers. All in a portable package that fits next to the laptop in your bag.

When plugged in to the mini USB port the OP-1 shows up as a mass storage device. Ready for you to drag and drop audio files between your computer and the OP-1. The 4 tape tracks are available as well as sampled waveforms for you to manipulate. No additional software or drivers required!”

You can see more on their youtube channel.

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In The Company Of Wolves

by on Mar.24, 2010, under Fashion, Glasgow, Nights Out

Sub Club got in contact to let all you good, good people know of a very unique night, that’s on it’s way to Glasgow. In The Company Of Wolves is a one off multi-media, fashion and art event showcasing the best in Scottish fashion design, and it’s being held on the 14th April.

It has been inspired by the dark fairytale themes of fashion week and the release of Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland. They promise to make this a night to remember and all profits are donated to Glasgow Women’s Aid – so get involved!

The fashion front will be kicking off at 8:30pm and will be showcasing work from: Rebecca Torres; Che Camille; Obscure Couture; Anna Whyte; Rowan Joy; Raw Vintage; Velvet Tigers and Dazed Dorothy Accessories.

There will also be a screening of Colonel Blimp‘s production for Halston and Yves Saint Laurent (they did the latest Hot Chip vid) and Pro Vinylist Karim will be spinning the records.

The £10 entry gets you a luxury goodie bag, drinks, canapes, catwalk show, art and music.

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Nicki O’Donnell

by on Mar.24, 2010, under Glasgow, Photography

Nicki O’Donnell is a photographer based in Glasgow. He has worked with Coca-Cola, Wilhelmina Models, Parisian boutique Colette and mens style magazine The New Order. You can view more of his folio here.

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Image Of The Day

by on Mar.24, 2010, under Image Of The Day

Can you see the time traveller?

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Letters From The City; An Illustrated Glasgow Philavery

by on Mar.21, 2010, under Art, Glasgow, Literature

Emilia Weber, co-founder of Letters From The City, got in contact to share with us her beautiful work. This charming quarterly zine, features anecdotes, short stories and pieces from local artists. When reading you can’t help but reflect and acknowledge the qualities Glasgow has. For me, as it’s been written by people not originally from Glasgow, it captures a sense of appreciation, interpretation and observance that the natives sometimes miss. The next issue is out in April, read on to hear what Emilia had to say and also, how to find one of these limited gems.

‘Letters From The City; An Illustrated Glasgow Philavery’ is a Glasgow based creative arts quarterly that was conceived and created in the summer of 2009 by Lewis Irvine, Emilia Weber and Charlotte Wainwright over a kitchen table strewed with Rubicon cartons and tobacco packets. We decided that we should stop talking about the exciting things we wanted to do, and actually do them.

We knew there were other magazines dedicated to Glaswegian writing or art or photography but nothing that brought all of these together, so we decided to create a space in which people could have their photographs, drawings and musings inspired by the city published. We wanted it to be affordable and beautiful; accessible to anyone.

We had all moved here from other cities and although we were aware of our ‘foreign’ status in Glasgow, we hoped that us choosing to move here and loving the city was a good enough reason to create this. Our boundless adoration is complemented by all of our fantastic contributors who bring their own personal views, connections and portrayals of the many faces of this city to the magazine.

The A5, forty page magazine is filled by submissions from miscellaneous Glasgow artists, many of whom we never meet, and by obliging friends of friends. We also give the middle of the magazine to a Glasgow based art graduate and they exclusively compose a centrespread for us, accompanied by a piece outlining their feelings about art and what keeps them in Glasgow. After a lot of trawling through shops and smiling sweetly, the magazine is now available to purchase from nine independent retailers around Glasgow, including Monorail, Volitaire & Rousseau and Aye Aye Books in the CCA (a complete list can be found on our website).

Our fourth issue is in the making and will be in the shops on the first of April. As always, we are looking for contributors, and their pretty musings about these windy streets, their overheard conversations, their hidden histories, their loves and losses and anything else anyone wants to share with us. Your words and pictures about the city we live in and the city around which our lives revolve.

Photography by Alexander Martin

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Image Of The Day

by on Mar.21, 2010, under Glasgow, Image Of The Day

Image Of The Day is from Glaswegian photographer Alexander Martin. You can view his folio here and he is available for both full time and freelance work.

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Egyptian Lover+People Under The Stairs+Eight Dayz+The Swindonians

by on Mar.20, 2010, under Music


↑ Image via Ffffound!

Hard to resist this Egyptian Lover track. Sexy, sleazy and laced with frustration this song is excellent. On the 27th second, you know it’s goin doon!

If you’re still lying in your scratcher, whack on this People Under The Stairs track. Guaranteed to please.

This Eight Dayz track was used as the opening credits for the 1987 Santa Cruz skate film Wheels of Fire. The intro has been taken down from youtube but this hill bombing section is pretty good.

The Swindonians released their self titled album in 1992 and then seemed to disappear. They left behind this very good album which you can download, and I highly recommend you do. I love his woeful voice, to me it embodies the industrial hardship Swindon was facing at the time.

Egyptian Lover – The Alezby Inn
People Under The Stairs – Acid Raindrops
Eight Dayz – What’s So Strange About Me?
The Swindonians – Sense Of Home

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