Archive | April, 2010

Display Beast: Green Day Musical at Bloomingdale’s

29 Apr

Today, Bloomingdales on 59rd St in New York unveiled their American Idiot-themed windows, as a collaboration with the new musical of the same name.

Designers were probably thinking… “Ok… we need PUNK and we need ROCK and we need GRAFFITTI.”

The windows are cute, and probably reflect actual scenes from the musical, which is getting rave reviews, mysteriously. Having not seen it yet myself, I can only comment on the windows themselves, which have a nice amount of mannequin interaction that’s failry uncommon in these kinds of displays. I’m not really a fan of the BIG WORDS SCRAWELED ON WALL THING, as I feel it’s a little passe, and reminds me too much of other things I’ve seen already. The display featured Nudie clothing, Gibson guitars, and a 10-year old with a marker.

My favorite is the first image I have posted, with the square light-up frame. Good use of lighting to create the “stage” feel of it, although I’m not totally sure what’s up with the table. As an Asian, I am always offended when I see people put SHOES on FURNITURE. Yuck! Perhaps could have done it better with the mannequins doing that jumping-while-slamming-guitar pose suspended in the air.

Judge for yourself!

Photos brought to you by BroadwayWorld!

Musica: Yelle, Yelle, Yelle toujours mes dames

28 Apr

There isn’t a French bone in my body, except for the fact that my Dad grew up in the French speaking region of Vietnam, my cousins from his side of the family all grew up in Paris, and my brother moved to France about 5 years ago and still lives there with his glamorously-accented girlfriend Loren. (Impromptu look into my past! whoo!)

That said, I love the French tunes of Yelle.

I don’t know if it’s the language geek in me, or the part of me that’s a lover of all things technicolor. Their videos show a fun style of solid colors and patterns reminiscent of our 80’s childhood. Combine that with danceable beats, hilarious (once you translate from French) lyrics, a cutie pie, bob-haired front woman, and two male band mates that are constantly dressed as random weird objects (clocks, polygon wolves, cell phones, you name it), and you have a recipe for a fun-to-follow band.

Je Veux Te Voir was their first big hit, and in my opinion, their best to date. Created to mock French rapper Cuizinier, of the group TTC, the original title was, Short Dick Cuizi, which gained them an enormous following on MySpace and soon launched them to fame in 2005.

One of the little gems from Je Veux Te Voir, translated from French:You dream of a neon Hummer Designed by Akroe But you have no license You always take the metro

The full hilarity of the lyrics from Je Veux can be found here.

I’m a little late on the boat here, but it looks like Katy Perry collaborated with them previously as well, asking them to do a rendition of her song Hot N Cold. Who knew! (Not really a fan, but it’s notable they did such a big collab at least.)

Take a gander at their awesome pictures, and make sure to visit Yelle’s official YouTube page for the full videos! I especially like A Cause De Garcons. Hilariousss.

I’m no music expert, but I do appreciate bands that don’t take themselves too seriously, if anything. As long as you stay fashionable, people!

Screen cap from Ce Jeu, I love diagonal stripes!

Screen caps from Ce Jeu, I love diagonal stripes!

Their videos show a fun style of solid colors and patterns reminiscent of our 80’s childhood. Combine that with danceable beats, hilarious (in French) lyrics, a cutie pie front woman, and two male band mates that are constantly dressed as random weird objects (clocks, polygon wolves, cell phones, you name it), and you have a recipe for a fun-to-follow band.

Super Street Fighter IV! A Chubby Bunny appears!

26 Apr

The Street Fighter IV party I was so stoked about was pretty fun! I did a short writeup on the event over at my other, OTHER blog at Bubble Punch!

Street Fighter anxiety

23 Apr

Been a tad too busy to blog lately, lots of things going on with Chubby Bunny which I can’t wait to announce! And, among other things, tonight I’m heading to the Super Street Fighter IV release party held by our friends at Capcom! Yee ha!

The Dress Show, May 8th at Pehr Space, Los Angeles

14 Apr

I will be participating in “The Dress Show,” a night celebrating clothing as art, curated by Dawn Anderson.

Dawn has embarrassingly chosen to throw me on the flyer… haha. Please enjoy my awkward gaze.

“THE DRESS SHOW”

A Conceptual Group Show
Saturday May 8th
7pm-Midnight

Curated By : Dawn Anderson

FEATURING ARTISTS:
Alexandria See
Amy Golden
Davina Garcia
Elissa Gennello
Jana Xen Rockwell
Ron Outlaw
Arlene Siordia
Michelle Nguyen
Pauline Lay
Dawn Anderson
Josh McCool
Leah Barber

MUSIC BY:
DJ Mike Bell (Lymbyc Systym)
Hot TV
Go West Young Man

You can view the Facebook invite here!

LA Weekly will also be in attendance snapping photos and doing an article, so come on out and show your support! FOR ART! AND CLOTHES! AS… ART!

Hope to see you all out there!

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