Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's Apparel apparently

We got a brand new neighbour today - after 2 years of empty promises American Aparel openned up in the city centre (it's on that street leading up to Molly Malone from Trinity, the one where the smell from the candle shop makes you vom.)

Inside the store it's the same deal as every other American Aparrel you've been to, except this one is THE BIGGEST IN THE WORLD!! Sounds impressive but that simply means more room for rails of overpriced gym-wear. The clothes is all made by ethically paid workers in the States which is a plus - the minus is that if you were to wipe your arse with one of their 45 quid tshirts and it would disintegrate into shreds. Double duvet toilet roll wouldn't do that, no sir-ee bob!

Another problem today was the tills. It would take less time to watch the entire run of Last of the Summer Wine than it would to get served in this place. In fairness to the staff it seemed to be an IT problem as every till in the shop was synched together so transactions kept popping up on EVERY till when someone got served. First day jitters for the system but you could see the poor staff flushing with rage (or at least sprinkled with dissatisfaction.)

Onto the buying and already the store has caused some scandal as Alert asked me to look out for anything shiney - or anything gold and especially anything gold AND shiney. Unfortunately when I saw a gold shiney jacket a devil on my shoulder told me to buy it for myself. One phone call to Mr Alert later and some 'hmmphing' on his part and we decided we'd both get the jacket and be shiney metalic twins some night. The jacket cost 52 euro, which isn't cheap, but isn't too crazy. It just is.

I reckon American Apparel is an alright addition to the shopping trail of Zara-Topman-H&M etc but isn't really anything too different or exciting. You could pop in once every few months and pick up some nice pieces but the stuff is basically the same year in year out. 6/10


Madonna does generic dance

UPDATE - leaky leaky, due to Perez Hilton and his sneaky ways the song had had to go to radio five days earlier than planned. So here's ALL of Madonna's new single 'Celebration' which is coming out to promote her third greatest hits album due out in September. It was written by Madonna, Paul Oakenfold and an Irish fella called Joe Echo.

While it's not bad it's not very exciting either, I reckon she's not done anything really new since a few of the none released songs on Music. The last time she was a a compltely true original rather than desperate follower was Ray of Light.

What direction do ye reckon Madonna could take that would actually be fresh and groundbreaking? I'm going for japanese-opera-meets-sleazy-motel-cowboy-blues.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Secret Wars!

Ireland took on England last Saturday in 'Secret Wars' at the Bernard Shaw. Each group had 92 minutes to do-up a blank wall using only a black marker, I'm not really sure which team is which or indeed of much else that night but I do remember Ireland (perhaps inevitably) were victorious. Oh Reeps did some beat-boxing, he's fooookin amazing and we should have an interview with him soon enough, here's his myspace -

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Coca-Cola ad in Shanhai!

Photographer Kai Z Feng took a pic of this ad in Shanghai (we have an interview with Kai coming soon!) - This is how all advertising should look, take note Don Draper.

Parcour in the Park!! (jumping over stuff basically)

These images are fairly blurry I'll admit but it's hard to catch those jumping bastards. This all happened at the Kings of Concrete event behind Christ Church. A great day was had by all, and all left awful sweaty and smelly.

Kings of Concrete

This free-for-all hip-hop/breaking dancing/soccer break dancing/ beat boxing/skating/bmx-ing event took place behind Christ Church called 'Kings of Concrete' - basically it was a whole load of arses hanging out of jeans, greasy fringes and hoodies in one place. Was an amazing afternoon and smelt of a feel-good festival.

Graffitti at Kings of Concrete, behind Christ Church 25th July