Saturday, 31 January 2009

The Midas Touch

People often ask us if there was one person we would want wearing EC who would it be? Well we're not really down with sheep who blindly wear whatever look they think is hot just because they've seen David Beckham or Britney Spears running it. The Eleventh Commandment customer leads the trend, they do not follow it. As such we wouldn't really care if we saw Paris Hilton strutting down the street in one of our pieces (although it would be hilarious).

The type of person we would want to see rocking our gear would be someone creative, independent, respected, versatile and effortlessly stylish. And to us no one epitomises these qualities like Ed Banger head honcho Pedro Winter - better known as Busy P.

While Busy P might not be the most recognised face on the planet, he has more class and charisma than 99% of the Hollywood pan-flashes combined. As the former manager of Daft Punk and the man who discovered and signed Justice, he can take a lot of credit for the success of these two iconic dance-music powerhouses.

In homage to Mr Winter we created a design called the Midas Touch, with Busy holding a golden robot (representing Daft Punk) and a golden cross (representing Justice). Busy was recently in Australia for a string of summer parties and we had the pleasure of meeting the man and showing him our handiwork.

If you were lucky enough to be at the Macquarie Street stage for Sydney Festival First Night you would have witnessed the debaucherous antics of Busy P along with fellow Ed Banger maestro DJ Mehdi and local legends Gus Da Hoodratt and Jaime Doom.

You would have also seen Busy bust out in our Midas Touch singlet, which looked a little something like this...

But back to the main question: who would we want to see wearing EC?

Well we've ticked Busy P off the list now so next step: Barack Obama.

EC - Don't think it won't happen

For more on Busp P jump up in here or here. Or to sign a petition to bring Busy and the Ed Banger crew back to Australia for the Parklife tour click here.

Pictures courtesy of Gauthier Chastenet De Gery at lazzydigger.

Friday, 30 January 2009

Sweet dreams are made of stop motion

So while we at EC HQ spend most of the day having paper aeroplane fights and watching Seinfeld re-runs, the handsome crew at Pedestrian busy themselves by slavishly trawling through the interweb looking for little nuggets of gold to diligently disperse into inboxes everywhere each afternoon.

Yesterday's delivery included this fantastic film clip for Israeli artist Oren Lavie's slumbertime soundtrack, 'Her Morning Elegance'. Brilliant.

For more on Lavie rest your head over here.

EC - Style is a Language

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Play Me, I'm Yours

How good is the Sydney Festival? There's theatre, music, dance, film, presentations, family events and a million other things going on all throughout January - what more could you want?

The major events have been a great success, including All Tomorrow's Parties on Cockatoo Island (think Nick Cave's musical fantasyland), Films Afloat (think cult-classic films played on a floating screen to dynamic live soundtracks) and Festival First Night (think 200,000 euphoric punters partying in the city streets to the likes of Busy P & DJ Mehdi, Santogold, A-Trak and Grace Jones).

But Sydney Fest also has a plethora of other golden treats that are a little more covert, such as UK artist Luke Jerram's installation 'Play Me, I'm Yours'. In short, Jerram has placed 30 pianos around the city in some of Sydney's most unique locations. The idea was sparked from Jerram's observation that we see the same people every day on our streets, around our workplaces and in our parks but rarely stop to say hello. Out of this came a plan to use music as a catalyst for strangers to talk and to connect with one another.

So after dinner last night we decided to stroll down to one of the pianos at the iconic Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Woolloomooloo. There was such a good atmosphere around the piano as people stopped to play or chat. Our friend Rachel popped down and treated the crowd with some Chopin, while others were happy to have a go at Chopsticks. If you're around Sydney at the moment it is definitely worth getting out to one of the pianos and experiencing it for yourself.

(All photos by Tristan Ap)

The 'Play Me, I'm Yours' project has previously taken place in England and Brazil. To find out more play a low note here or for more on Luke Jerram tickle this key here.

EC - Play it again, Sam

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Time to say goodbye

Can you hear that? That is the sound of comics everywhere crying quietly. The butt of so many of their jokes is awkwardly preparing to finally vacate a position he has held since he scammed his way into office so many long moons ago. I am talking of course of the man they call 'Dubya.

I know you're probably sad too. So in honour of a man who defines the term 'Once in a Lifetime' (we hope) why don't you go right now and put on some nostalgic music (Greenday's Good Riddance springs to mind) as we count down 10 of the most profound statements ever unleashed upon the world.

10. 'The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.'

9. 'One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'.'

8. 'I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.'

7. 'A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.'

6. 'I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them.'

5. 'For NASA, space is still a high priority.'

4. 'It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.'

3. 'I've been in the Bible every day since I've been the president.'

2. 'There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.'

1. 'Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.'

EC - God Bless 'Merka

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Turning Japanese

The creators of Japanese game shows are quite possibly the most brilliant people alive on the planet today.

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EC - Domo Arigato Mr Roboto

Monday, 5 January 2009

Into the Blu

If you had asked me six months ago any questions remotely relating to street art it's highly likely I would have launched into a rant about the subversive genius that is Banksy. But recently I have been getting more and more into Italian artist Blu, who continues to impress and amaze with works such as Muto (see below). While it pays to appreciate the talent this would require, it is best not to think about how much time and effort this work must have taken lest your head explode like the characters in the animation.

And to see exactly how he works here is one of his pieces done in Berlin just a couple of months ago:

For more of Blu jump up in here.

EC - Oh yeah...and Happy New Year