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Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend

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WARNING - Rating: 18+
(This cult classic anime is extremely graphic and will disturb ALL viewers)

Demons, known as the Machi, have begun appearing in Japan as well as Man-Beasts, known as the Jujinchi. Two siblings of the Jujinchi, Amano and Megumi Jyuko, have come in search of The Overfiend within a young student named Tatsuo Nagumo, a shy lech, who they believe may bring the Jujinchi, the Machi and human race into a promised eternal kingdom based on an old Jujinchi prophecy.

Nagumo has begun a relationship with a young cheerleader by the name of Akemi Ito after she is raped by a demon. She begins to understand the circumstances behind Nagumo’s destiny. But opponents have begun to conspire against Nagumo, Akemi, and the Jyukos. Could The Machi, Jujinchi, and human race, see the beginning of a New World, or witness The End of The World as we know it?

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BabyMetal

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In 2010, BABYMETAL was formed a unit on the theme of “Kawaii METAL” (The meaning is mix of J-POP and HEAVY METAL). The music video of “DOKI DOKI☆MORNIG” was published on YouTube, then access from overseas flooded with many comments shocked, and its presence have spread not only in Japan but also to overseas such as North America, South America, Europe and Asia. BABYMETAL is starting to receive attention beyond the idle and beyond Japan, and they are pursuing the road of the only one instead of the number one.

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ベビーメタル【SU-METAL (Vocal,Dance) / YUIMETAL (Scream,Dance) / MOAMETAL (Scream,Dance)】

2010年、BABYMETALは「アイドルとメタルの融合」をテーマにユニットを結成 。YouTubeで公開された「ド・キ・ド・キ☆モーニング」のミュージックビデオには「なんじゃこりゃぁあ!!」と衝撃を受けた多くのコメントと共に海外からのアクセスが殺到し、その存在は日本だけでなく、北米、南米、ヨーロッパ、アジアなど海外にも飛び火している。アイドルの枠を超え、日本を越えて注目されはじめている BABYMETAL は、ナンバーワンじゃなくてオンリーワンの道を追求していく。

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Jordan Wolfsons Terrifying Animatronic Dancer at David Zwirner

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Though animatronics were developed by Walt Disney in the 1960s, there is nothing Disney-esque about the animatronic doll currently on view at David Zwirner Gallery. Dancing before a large mirror in a private room in the gallery, which visitors can enter two at a time, this work by 33-year-old artist Jordan Wolfson is dressed in a scanty white body suit, thigh-high patent leather boots, and has dirt marks across her body. When she locks eyes with you, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced, and you kind of want to run.

“My mother’s dead. My Father’s dead. I’m gay. I’d like to be a poet. This is my house.” These words seem to emanate from the doll, but the voice is that of a man—Wolfson’s recorded voice, in fact. Adding further tension to the display, the doll’s face is obscured by a dark “witch” mask that renders the doll somewhat threatening while you’re simultaneously drawn in by her seductive movement and her gaze. The doll, which has been designed with the help of a special effects studio in Los Angeles, comes replete with facial recognition technology so that when you look at her, she looks right back at you while she shimmies.

The overall effect of the sexy doll in the witch’s mask is similar to that of Wolfson’s videos, some of which feature animated characters that have both alluring and repellent qualities. Animation, masks, a 2011 video, features a stereotypical Shylock-esque Jew who alternates between flipping through a Vogue magazine and “speaking” directly to the viewer, though the speech heard is a sexy dialogue between a man and a woman.

The exhibition, which runs through April 19, at David Zwirner’s 19th Street compound, also features Wolfson’s video Raspberry Poser—which is making its New York debut—along with several sculptural wall works composed of inkjet prints and bumper stickers. As for the doll, call ahead. Time slots must be reserved.

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January in Japan by Scott Gold

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January in Japan is a project by director and photographer Scott Gold. He documents his travel through different parts of Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto and Yudanaka) in the winter. Japan is usually more celebrated for it Spring Sakura but it’s as beautiful and dreamy in January.

The video with shot with a Canon 5DMK3 with Magic Lantern firmware and LightForm Cinema C preset, mostly at 60p. Scott used Canon 24-105mm 4.0 IS and the Canon 50mm 1.4 lenses. The Editing was done with Premiere CC and the color correction with Colorista II and Film Convert Pro 2. The Music is Daughters by Tony Anderson.

More on Scott Gold work on his website: www.scott-gold.com

Places featured:

Tsukiji Fish Market

Gion District

Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Tournament

Shibuya Crossing

Shinkansen Bullet Trains

Yudanaka Outdoor Onsen

Jigokudani Snow Monkeys

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

Tokyo Skytree

Fushimi Inari Shrine/Gates

Nijō Castle

Ninomaru Palace

 

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ONYX Sofa by Pierre Gimbergues for Peugeot Design Lab

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The ONYX sofa is a three-meter-long seat made of carbon fiber and Volvic lava stone. Presented for the first time at this year’s Milan Design Week, the ONYX sofa is the demonstration of a made to measure furnishing concept dreamed up by Peugeot Design Lab. The sofa is the latest in a series of unique pieces of furniture which always respects a common idea: the union, via a pronounced clear cut, between hyper-technological materials like carbon fiber, glass and aluminum, and raw and natural materials like rock, wood and stone. This specific ONYX sofa has been priced at $185,585 USD. Since the sofa is made to measure, pricing will depend on the cost of the materials chosen by each client. This particular model took designer Pierre Gimbergues a total of 70 work days to make. For more information head on over to Peugeot Design Lab.

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The Making of Neon Signs

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In “The Making of Neon Signs” we’re offered an inside look at how neon signs are made as master craftsmen go through the production processes from design, tube bending, gas filling and more. An 11-minute film produced by Cpak Studio for M+, the video also goes into detail about the current situation and challenges facing the endangered neon industry of Hong Kong.

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Wu-Tang Clan to Sell a Single Copy of Secret Double Album for Millions

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In a move against content saturation and the shift in creativity that has devalued our overall music experience, Wu-Tang Clan has announced the release of a single copy of a secret double album that’ll be available for purchase for an unspecified amount rumored to be in the millions. Titled The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the 31-track double LP comes outfitted in an engraved silver and nickle box, handcrafted over three months by British-Moroccan sculptor Yahya. The project has been in the works since 1997, when the clan teamed up with then 18-year-old Tarik “Civalringz” Azzougarh on production, providing a vintage sound synonymous with the group’s early career. Comparing this project with that of a contemporary art piece, RZA spoke with Forbes, saying:

”We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before, We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king. The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years … And yet its doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free.”

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin will be exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals, similar to any high-profile exhibition, before the one-of-a-kind LP will be made available for purchase. Stay tuned for more information from the secret album.

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Coolrain Pays Tribute to Air Max Day with Space Lunar Boot-Wearing Astronaut Figure

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In celebration of Air Max Day earlier this week, toy-maker and designer Coolrain created two astronaut figures wearing boots inspired by the iconic Air Max franchise. The highlight, a Lunarlon meets Air Max boot, was a fitting and modern take on one of Nike’s most important silos. Furthermore, the Korean artist created an Air Max installation and placed two astronaut figures atop a sneaker shoe print. Check out images of the figurines and Lunar boot above and head here to see the exhibition pieces.

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Trip : The Virgin Atlantic Safety Film

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Trip : The Virgin Atlantic Safety Film from Art&Graft on Vimeo.

Created & Produced by Art & Graft. Come fly away with us in our latest animated feature for Virgin Atlantic, ‘Trip’.

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Caps: One Size Fits All by Steven Bryden

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Author Steven Bryden, together with contributor Gary Warnett, has penned what may be the first book to explore the world of caps. Caps: One Size Fits All explores the myriad types of caps and their evolution from functional wear to fashion statement. Filled with compelling interviews like Aaron Bondaroff of Supreme and London BAPE store owner Craig Ford, the book offers a unique, in-depth look at the world of caps. You can pre-order the book now at Amazon.

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The Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore

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The Selexyz Dominicanen in the Netherlands is an outrageously cool bookstore that was converted from a church that was originally built in 1294. With the growth of Kindle and the iPad, we won’t be seeing too many bookstores for too much longer, so it’s pretty awesome to have few around the globe that are as gorgeous as a great novel.

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Hong Kong in the rain by Christophe Jacrot

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Photographer since 2006.

In my opinion, there are two ways of capturing the world for a photographer; on the one hand grasping its horror, and on the other sublimating it. I have chosen the second. More specifically, I like the way rain, snow and “bad weather” awaken a feeling of romantic fiction within me, mainly in the big cities. (climatic excesses are another topic).
I see these elements as a fabulous ground for photography, an under-used visual universe with a strong evocative power, and with a richness of subtle lights. This universe escapes most of us, since we are too occupied getting undercover. Man becomes a ghostly silhouette wandering and obeying the hazards of rain or of snow, into the eternity of the climate …
My approach is deliberately pictorial and emotional.

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REBEL8 2014 Spring Lookbook

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REBEL8 is back with its latest lookbook for Spring 2014. Shot by Dylan Bartolini-Volk and modeled by Mark Doble, the lookbook exhibits a selection of hoodies and pullovers emblazoned with the label’s signature script and logo, while denim jackets draw inspiration from vintage motorcycle apparel and button-up shirts see updated “zeus” prints. Flannel shirts and khaki pants are reoccurring staples each season, while trademark headwear designs further the label’s gritty aesthetics. Styled over a backdrop made up of Mike Giant‘s hand-illustrated tattoo art, the lookbook reinforces the label’s bold, graphic-heavy designs in streetwear.

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EDM Trap Mix March 2014: Mixed by Fuzzi Kittenz

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Track List:

1) Tipping Point by Regulators & SaneBeats : www.trapmusic.net/track/tipping-po…nt-by-regulators

2) Open Up Your Eyes by Paces (Chiefs Remix): Chilltrap – Open-up-your-eyes-by-paces

3) WYLIN by Paper Diamond & LOUDPVCK: www.trapmusic.net/track/whylin-by-paper-diamond

4) Click Clack by Buku: www.trapmusic.net/track/click-clack-by-buku

5) RUBBR by ETC!ETC! & Snails + Reach for the Stars by Major Lazer ft. Wyclef Jean (Jamtech Remix) – EDM.com Exclusive (F**K! ‘Shup):www.trapmusic.net/track/rubbr-by-snails-etc-etc -www.trapmusic.net/track/reach-for-…e-stars-by-major

6) Bringing Wobble Back by Dodge & Fuski ft. Splitbreed:www.trapmusic.net/track/bring-wobble-back-by-dodge

7) FLAPJVCKS by Woolymammoth & Cal Strange (Tincup Remix):www.trapmusic.net/track/flapjvcks-…woolymammoth-cal

8) See No Evil by TroyBoi – EDM.com Exclusive: www.trapmusic.net/track/see-no-evi…-troyboi-edm-com

9) Electrify by Grimm: @chilltrap

10) Pyramid by Eliminate: www.trapmusic.net/track/pyramid-by-eliminate

11) Knall by Daniel Étienne (Crystal Knives Remix):www.trapmusic.net/track/knall-by-d…l-tienne-crystal

12) XL by Eliminate ft. Sol. Raze (F**K! Edit): www.trapmusic.net/track/xl-by-elim…nate-ft-sol-raze

13)Flute by New World Sound & Thomas Newson (Tomsize & Simeon Festival Trap Remix): www.trapmusic.net/track/flute-by-new-world-sound

14) Flip by Millions Like Us: www.trapmusic.net/track/flip-by-millions-like-us

15) Kaiju by XVII: www.trapmusic.net/track/kaiju-by-xvii

16) Really Real by Rise At Night ft. Germfree (Kennedy Jones Remix) – TrapMusic.NET Premiere : www.trapmusic.net/track/really-rea…by-rise-at-night

17) Cry Baby by Mayhem & Antiserum : www.trapmusic.net/track/cry-baby-b…mayhem-antiserum

18) Identical by $aturn – EDM.com Exclusive: www.trapmusic.net/track/follow-me-down-by-aturn-ft

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The Flintstones: Winston Cigarettes Commercial (1960)

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A commercial from 1960 for Winston Cigarettes featuring the Flintstones. This would be very surprising and weird to see on TV today.

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Cinematics

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Cinematics from Pier Paolo on Vimeo.

As a spare-time project, Pier Paolo created this animated timeline of some of film’s most classic characters — a distilled history of film in one minute.

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Perfectly Nostalgic LEGO Creations by Chris McVeigh

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Chris McVeigh is an illustrator, photographer, author, and LEGO builder. Though his work may not be the most complex, or the most unique, it carries the perfect amount of nostalgia to make anyone fall in love with it. Learn more about McVeigh and see a lot more of his work on his website.

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Font Men

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Font Men – SXSW 2014 Official Selection from dress code on Vimeo.

You may not have heard of Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones but you’ve seen their work. Before their recent split, they collectively ran the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world, creating fonts used by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States.

Font Men, gives a peek behind the curtain into the world of Jonathan and Tobias. Tracking the history of their personal trajectories, sharing the forces that brought them together and giving an exclusive look at the successful empire they built together.

Presented by AIGA to celebrate H+FJ’s 2013 AIGA Medal, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts
Directed & Produced by: Dress Code
Cinematography by: Andre Andreev
Edited by: Dan Covert
Music & Sound by: YouTooCanWoo
Animation/Design: Evan Anthony, John Custer, Joe Donaldson, Emil Bang Lyngbo, Josh Parker, Eddie Song
Principal Cast: Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones
Shot on a Canon 7D

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5 of the Best Looks from Paris/New York/London Fashion Weeks Illustrated by Uli Knörzer

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For Highsnobiety latest feature, the have teamed up with Berlin-based illustrator Uli Knörzer for a series of images that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Celebrating the beauty of transient moments, the main focal point through most of his art is the human being, whose emotions and expressions he captures in minimal, yet precise sketches. Here, Uli showcases his skills by reflecting on some of the best looks from our ever-popular Street Style reports.

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Thief of Thieves Comic

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Thief of Thieves is a monthly comic book series published by Image Comics’ Skybound imprint which premiered in 2012. Created by Robert Kirkman, the comic centers on Conrad Paulson, a highly successful thief who quits the business and begins a new life stealing from other thieves. The series will feature a rotation of writers, including Nick Spencer on the first story arc, and art by Shawn Martinbrough. The first three issues sold out upon release, and a television series based on the comic is in development at AMC.

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