Photography – Ellis Parrinder – NME’s 50 Best Pictures of the Decade

November 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Congratulations to our friend Ellis Parrinder on winning 4 pictures in the TOP 50 Most Beautiful Photographs of the Decade voted by NME. This is a huge accolade  to have achieved with some of the industry’s toughest critics.

Here Ellis captures Kate Moss and Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream at the NME awards in 2007. This is just one of four fab pics taken by Ellis.

We worked with Ellis a while back when Pop Store were approached by Fenchurch to style and direct their European Autum/Winter 2009 campaign. Pop Store approached their friend Ellis to shoot the campaign. The shoot location was on a boat on the Thames between Battersea to Canary Wharf. This was an outdoor shoot with ever changing light conditions, however, Ellis managed to get shot after shot nailed without any photoshop retouching needed.

Fenchurch set us a brief affirm their position in the market as a London based streetwear brand. This campaign became Fenchurch’s most successful and hit the European market by storm. Ellis was a huge part of the process and we are happy to see his achievements.  

He also shot our Fourholes campaign underwater, and check out the results…

So a thank you and a congrats to the gifted Photographer, Ellis Parrinder.

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Music – Blog – AOR Disco

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

We stumbled upon this blog a few months back when BBC Radio 6 Music mentioned it. It posts about classic adult orientated rock, revived , remixed and re-edited material. There is something for everyone on this muso blog and has some incredible (never-seen before) photography. The archives are endless and it has hours of material to keep you entertained. Especially useful on a dreary Sunday. See what you think….

http://aordisco.blogspot.com/

Event – Freeze Festival 2011 – Battersea Power Station

October 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

For those of you who fancy yourselves as ski/board pros, or whoever wants a reason to party, then head down to 2011’s Freeze at Battersea Power Station next weekend.

Relentless Freeze 2010 Highlights from Freeze Festival TV on Vimeo.

 

You will see the best in snowboarding, skiing, music and more over 2 days as opposed to three. From 28-29th October the new format will offer complete days for all Freeze fans and nothing will be missing from previous years! There will not be one moment where you will be wondering what to do. In fact the opposite, you’ll be spoilt for choice! From slope to mainstage to retail village we’ll be amazed if you can squeeze it all in. But that is what its about – Full days of the ultimate entertainment! We’re excited! Get your best apres ski kit ready and enjoy this year’s ultimate winter party.

 

Pop Up Restaurant – London – The Minotaur & PRET A DINER

October 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Location: The Old vic Tunnels, London… Beneath Waterloo Station

Date: from 10 October until 25 October 2011

Lazarides Gallery are delighted to announce a groundbreaking collaboration with Kofler & Kompanie, who will be redefiningthe dining experience in the form of a Michelin Star pop-up restaurant, during their two-week residence in The Old Vic Tunnels.


During Frieze and London Restaurant Festival, the underground venue will transform into an alternative cultural space featuring a labyrinth gallery of cutting-edge artwork and film, offering a world-class restaurant and lounge-bar. There are also live DJ sets/performances from the likes of Booka Shade, James Lavelle and many more. 


Within the maze of artwork, KP Kofler, Founder and CEO of Germany’s most well known caterers, will bring together some of the best chefs in the world to demonstrate their technical expertise and unique form of creative cuisine. By refashioning one of the tunnels, KP Kofler will introduce PRET A DINER to the London stage for the very first time, with top Michelin-starred chefs Nuno Mendes (Viajante, London), Matthias Schmidt (Villa Merton, Frankfurt) and Juan Amador, (Amador, Mannheim).

A three course meal at PRET A DINER including entrance to the exhibition will be priced at £75. Bookings will be available at 7pm and 9pm.  To register visit www.theminotaur.co.uk

Music – SBTRKT – Self Titled Album (2011)

September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s pronounced “subtract”, which is the name this south London producer goes by. First emerging as a breakbeat and nu-jazz artist, the man behind the mask Aaron Jerome has finally brought us his long-awaited self-titled debut LP.

Like the record from James Blake earlier this year, we would argue that SBTRKT has moved to the right in musical production with varying results. At times, the vocals are too poppy and wearying, and the restless genre-bending can get tiring. ‘Wildfire’ irritates like Oliver Daysoul on Butter, and ‘Never Never’ pitches up at daytime Radio 1. The production is also bright, polished, and the elevation of emotion can suffer.

So the mask called SBTRKT… is this just Aaron trying to hide his musical past and start afresh, ala Redshape, or is he attempting to cultivate a distinct image that supplements his musical direction like Burial?

What ever name Aaron wants to play under, when the ambition comes together, it’s quite brilliant. ‘Hold On’ has an irrepressible beat with chimes; ‘Trials of the Past’ is intelligent, astute, and soulful; and ‘Go Bang’…’Go Bang’… well! It’s just absolutely brilliant, a looped, arpeggiated epic journey of a track which moves from slick nu-dubstep to dotty house. Powell’s concerns about sonic specifics still exist, and comparisons to Timbaland are still complete hyperbole.

But should SBTRKT keep emphasizing the poppier elements, and forging the sounds of 2011, big, big things await.

SBTRKT | Sampha | Jessie Ware

 

 

 

Event – Field Day – Victoria Park London E3

August 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Field Day

Location: Victoria Park, London E3

Date: 6th August 2011

Line Up

Along with Secret Garden Party, Field Day is fast becoming one of our favourite festivals. The line up this year is spectacular, with artists such as Jamie Woon, Jamie XX, Warpaint, Wild Beasts & many more. With wholesome activities such as scone throwing, apron string shuffle races and the human wheelbarrow, who could resist! In a culture awash with so many watered-down musical events, this one is truly hardcore in the best possible way.

Music – Cambridge Folk Festival – Megan Henwood

July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our friend Megan Henwood has been touring the festival circuit all Summer long. The talented muzo has been gracing the stages of Oxfordshire for years, and we’ve watched her grow. Henwood, the winner of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award two years ago at the tender age of 20, has a stupidly modest character and we genuinely believe she has no idea just how gifted she really is.

She possesses vocals reminiscent to Carol King and Sandy Denny with lyrics that articulate words of a wise old owl.  Her writing focuses on broader subject matter than your average female ‘try-hard’. This girl is one to watch, she will be winning awards for many years to come, so you’ll become quite familiar with this girl.

See her perform at the Cambridge Folk Festival on The Den Emerging Talent Stage, this Saturday 30th July 2011 (tomorrow).

If any of you Pop Store readers attend the fest, please let us know how it went. Muchos Thankos! x

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