Archive for April, 2009

Loomstate…..at Target?!?!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2009 by JD

jacketIt finally happened, for the first time since the whole designers doing lines for discount retailers trend began a few years ago, I was actually excited about one of these collaborations.  My wife had been excited about many of these , but we were living in Vancouver for the past several years and so she was never able to get to any of the stores carrying the lines.  Now that we are back in the states, we get to partake of the sometimes sweet collabos.

So what am I so excited about? …Loomstate introduces their line for Target!!

I bought a pair of Loomstate jeans at Nordstrom’s about a year ago and fell in love; not only with the jeans themselves, but also for what the company stands for….high end quality denim/clothing, made with organic earth friendly cotton and made in green factories.  Essentially, high end designer clothes which are all green.  The line they created for Target doesn’t stray from these values and everything is equally as great as the stuff you will find in the boutiques and high-end department stores.

The nice thing about living in Utah is that if the local Target gets the line (not all stores usually carry them, only those in larger markets), there won’t be a line waiting to get in the store for the men’s line.  The women’s is another story, but the majority of Utah men think Old Navy polos and cargo shorts are uber hip.

When I arrived at the store the day they were putting out their Loomstate line (yes, I set a reminder in my calendar), I found quite the selection of amazing tops.  The shorts were not bad and the jeans were a bit disappointing (not the best color or cut).  There is a great jacket and hooded sweatshirt as part of the line as well. The best thing? Nothing in this line is over $50!!  So I walked away with 3 shirts, a sweatshirt and a jacket for under $200.  You cannot beat that, especially for great designer duds all made from 100% organic cotton and stylish as can be.

Go to Target guys, you need to get your hands on some of this stuff before it is gone.

Make Noise!!

Floyd’s “The Wall” – Remixed and Made Green

Posted in green, Raves with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by JD

green-tv-the-wallBritish kids sneaking around town, breaking into people’s flats to turn off TV’s not being watched, installing CFL bulbs, putting bricks in their freezers and toilet tanks in order to make them more eco-friendly, is the concept of a video released by green.tv to launch their new music channel.

The song is a remix of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” done by DJ Eric Prydz and the actual title of the video is “Proper Education”. Give it a watch HERE

Make Noise!!!

Fantasizing About Metric

Posted in music, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by JD

metricAnyone who follows me on Twitter will probably just want to stop reading right now…as I have been tweeting my love for this new Metric album since the day I purchased it (yes, I paid $7.99 for this awesome peice of work).

I have been a metric fan for quite some time, but I wasn’t crazy excited about the last album they put out, so I wasn’t expecting much from this effort; however, I saw it on sale in the iTunes store and figured…why the hell not?!

I have to say that from the intro of the very first song “Help I’m Alive”, to the final beat of the last song “Stadium Love”, there is nothing about this album I did not enjoy.  Anyone who knows me and my relationship with music knows that an album is lucky to get more than a couple listens from me unless it is damn good.  I am not the type who buys a new album and listens to it for a month straight.  Well……it has been a week and I have listened to Fantasies at least once a day, sometimes twice.  I actually pushed that rarely used repeat button on the old iPod the first day I listened.

What makes this album so damn good? it might just be the time of year honestly….it is a bit more upbeat and “sunny” (so to speak) than past efforts, and for me it is the perfect soundtrack to life right now, the perfect soundtrack to the spring I wish would soon arrive.

The standouts?
“Help I’m Alive”, “Sick Muse”, “Gold Guns Girls” & “Stadium Love” (which also makes it onto my list of top 10 best songs so far this year)

* Anyone else hear hints of the chorus of “Everlasting Love” in Stadium Love, or is it just me?

Make Noise!!

Oxes do Oxxxes with 3 X’s

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by JD

oxxxesOxes are by no means a new band, in fact their album Oxxxes came out in 2002 and they’ve only released an EP since then, which came out in 2005; but if you have not heard these guys and you like dissonant, rhythmic guitar rock, you need to pick up Oxxxes.

If these Baltimore boys don’t get your head nodding and feet tapping, something is broke inside of you.  Yeah, there are no vocals, but honestly, vocals would ruin the awesomeness they get going on this album.  Can it be described? hmmmmm….. I guess you could say a bit of Clouds, a bit of DFA 1979, but with no vocals.

Make Noise!!!

eBay Green Team is…uhhh….Green!!

Posted in Raves with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by JD

ebaygreenteam-logo1 You know…..it is about time eBay finally came around to patting themselves on the back and started promoting just exactly how green of a company they really are.

Not only do they have one of the greenest buildings in all of San Jose and have green teams within all of their larger offices globally to promote green and eco initiatives in each and every eBay office; eBay itself is the absolute largest company in the world to promote and facilitate the re-use and recycling of goods. I would absolutely love to see the stats (if such statistics exist) of items kept out of landfills since eBay was created nearly 12 years ago.

In an effort to get people thinking about being more green and how eBay can help, they have launched community based Green Teams and they have an amazing and awesomely interactive site to go along with this launch.  Be sure to go check it out.

Hopefully you will begin to see much more info by means of social media via an employee group of users hitting the social media “airwaves” to help spread the good word (of which I am a member), as well as many community-based initiatives in cities where they have offices.  For example: Be sure to come down and visit with the SLC eBay CS employee Green Team on May 9th at the Salt Lake City Living Green Eco Festival.

Make Noise and Go Green!

It Was Only a Dream…..

Posted in music with tags , , on April 2, 2009 by JD

My post from yesterday…..I was only sharing a dream of mine.

April Fools!!

Quicksand Reunites for Summer Tour!!

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by JD

quicksand-slip-coverThe music world has been set abuzz today with word that what was probably one of the most quietly influential bands of the 1990’s is in the rehearsal studios practicing for a worldwide summer reunion tour. Rumor has it there are also discussions of releasing the long lost album recorded just before they broke up.

No dates have been released yet, but all news is pointing towards a June/July tour through North America and then August and September overseas. Apparently they are not going through major promotions companies to book this tour.  All shows will be at small venues and booked by small local promoters. Walter has been cited as saying, “We want to get back to our roots and reconnect with all the fans that were there from the beginning. We want an intimate environment full of friends with local bands in each city opening for us, just like it was in the beginning.”

I don’t know about anyone else, but this news just made my entire year. I just hope the rumors about releasing the long lost album end up being true as well.

Make noise!!