Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Photographer Killin it.

I had a previous post a ways back now on Zach's work, I have been following Zach Ancell's work from the net side, and I have to say this kid has step his photo game up. He has gotten a way from the HDR shots for now. Take a look at his new series of portraits he has shot with the athletes of the U of O track team.

Varnish Clothing

Jersey Jacket from Kelcey Blanton's Spring/Summer '09 Collection

Kelcey Stockey Blanton is the featured designer for First Thursday at Radish Underground on Nov 5th. Portland Or.

Kelcey is a friend of mine check out here work, her collections are unreal.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cool Photo Stuff.

The Hoodman 3” Hoodloupe fits exactly over the 3” screen of most recent LiveView and video-enabled DSLR cameras, and provides glare-free viewing outdoors. It attaches to the camera via the Hoodman Cinema Strap, which keeps it securely in place. The Hoodloupe has a +/-3 dioptre compensation and focusses just like a binocular eyepiece - the eyepiece turns left or right to adjust for your eyesight. The price is £75.99 for the Hoodloupe and £18.99 for the Cinema Strap. Both are available from Newpro UK.

The new Action Level Cross from Seculine is a compact digital leveling device for any camera with a hot shoe. This new device will work in standard Landscape mode as well as giving level information for portrait photography and when shooting directly vertically for skyscapes or downwards for applications such as flat copy work. The Action Level Cross offers leveling information in the form of a cross over the horizontal and vertical fields with 7 Colour LED lights for each axis showing level information in a traffic light sequence going from Red to Green in the centre when the camera is level. There is also a handy third set of lights showing information for horizontal level when behind the camera. For those looking to use their camera in low angle or overhead, there is also a remote unit available which will show the relayed information via a cable from the unit on your camera. The SeculineAction Level Cross will be available from the end of October for a suggested retail price of £54.99, with the remote slave unit retailing at £34.99.

A Beta version of the upcoming Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is now available. Lightroom 3 beta delivers a preview of new tools that will be in Lightroom 3, including more intuitive importing, unparalleled noise reduction and sharpening tools and enhanced slideshow capabilities. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta is available as a free download to anyone on both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


A sneak peak of the Northe'n Lights Album Cut Em or Pay Em.
This track with Illmaculate is too sick.
Peep the new battle posted on Grind Time between Illmaculate and The Saurus, it is an instant classic.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Track 3 on the mixtape titled: Do It Myself

Old friend of mine from HS, had him over for some drinks and xbox the other night, slipped me his new mixtape he just put out. Have to say he is defiantly improving his craft, check out his music on his Myspace.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Simplistic Interview

First off would you guys like to introduce Simplistic? (give us an idea who you are.)

Yeah, as far as describing ‘Simplistic” our sound is a fusion of funk, hip-hop and R&B. The primary goal is to get people to shake their asses while they are listening to us…

If we were to have an official mission statement it would be. we want you to shake your ass… (we’re still working on the wording)

If there was an executive summary of what occurs at Simplistic shows it would simply be: People shook their asses.

Ok I’m done.

How did you all get together to form Simplistic?

We formed almost a year ago, Sky had a book of rhymes and basically we just started putting things to music. It was a cool way to start; it was like having instant original tunes.

Our first couple practices we’re interesting, Brian our drummer didn’t have a kit so, he played on this miniature drum set for kids 5+… It was still funky though. After Brian got a kit, we were together for about a month and got a gig playing a house party. Going into the gig, we had few doubts about how we would be received; we ended up killing it though! This basement was packed people we’re really digging it, after that, we were all like “Yeah we have some legit tunes, let’s keep doing this.”

Since then our sound has evolved to be a bit more R&B than straight hip-hop. We had to change our drummer in July, our boy Brian moved away… Our new drummer Sam keeps it real funky, it was an easy transition.

Where does the inspiration come from to make the music? How does the "magic" happen when you are all together jamming out or recording in the studio?

I think for the genre of music we play, it’s about creating something that people can listen to, tap their foot, dance and just enjoy themselves. We’re not trying to rant about politics or convey some sad life event from the past, our lyrics are about enjoying life, finding love and listening to funky jams… anyone can relate to those things.

As far as song writing goes, for us it has been very spontaneous and instinctive. Someone will play a lick or come up with a couple rhymes and then it’s on… Things fall into place; it’s really strange how it works. We haven’t been as successful sitting down and “officially” trying to write new material. For us, that method of songwriting seems strained and unnatural.

Our songwriting method has something to do with celestial alignment; I’m not sure what that alignment is… When we figure it out we’ll come out with a double disc set or something… ridiculous.

What is the music scene like these days in Eugene Oregon? Venues?

The Eugene music scene is actually pretty cool; with the college here you get a lot of really talented people that leads to some great bands. As far as bar venues, Luckey’s, Downtown Lounge and Oak street are the go to live music venues. There are a couple other spots, they can be hit and miss though, that’s a nice way of saying they are completely empty all the time and playing there is less than satisfying… Playing to empty venues is part of the business though.

A tour? is that in store at all?

Definitely, we went to the bay area last March and played a couple shows. We would like to do a trip to Seattle and maybe out to the East side of the state. Eastern Oregon has a dearth of live music, it might be cool to try and gig in Hood River, Pendleton…

The future for simplistic? Upcoming projects, what should we expect from the group music wise?

Musically we’ve shifted away from the straight hip hop sound towards a more funk/R&B sound. Some of our newer influences are Maxwell, Excellent Gentlemen from PDX and (can’t forget) our boy Ginuwine.

As far as marketing goes, it’s somewhat easier to gig as a band that is R&B as opposed to “hip-hop” some people are really opposed to hip hop culture and the music… c’est la vie.

Do you have a cd out? If so what is it called how can the people get it? When should we expect the next one to drop?

Ahh yeah, we’ll be recording some new stuff this November, we guarantee ass shaking grooves!


Of course… Our boy Brian J, for some song inspiration…

Jeremy and Don from Eugene band Taste… Thanks for the help.

Most importantly all of our homeys and homegirls that come to the shows…

And yeah thanks Mr. Roles, for the pics and putting this together, we really appreciate it.

Thanks for the interview guys! Make sure to check out their music on their MySpace. These guys get down @ live shows, seen em rock the didgeridoo!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009


My good friend and fellow blogger Lacey has vowed to be awesome for thirty days straight and document her awesomeness. She has asked me to partake in the event, honestly I am awesome all the time 24/7, ha ha. so here is some awesomeness of my own from the past 2 weeks! Make sure to peep Lacey's Blog!

Took this shot the other night from my front door:

some shots from Blazer Fan Fest @ the Garden:

Some shots from the Ducks/Washington State Game:

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Volifonix- Three Good Friends

Some Boys from U of O rockin this tune. Pretty impressed.
Check out the production team that made this video happen

Shout out to Cam and his crew nice work!