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In4mation features the work of Brooklyn Dombroski on First Friday in Chinatown

July 29th, 2014

In4mation is excited to welcome back the talented Brooklyn Dombroski and her exhibit “The Cure” to the store’s Chinatown storefront, located on the corner of Nuuanu and Pauahi, for an opening this First Friday, August 1. Dombroski, who hails from the North Shore and is an avid surfer, photographer, and lifestyle blogger, has been a longtime friend of the In4mation family. This will be her second showing at In4mation.

“The guys at IN4M have supported me since day one. They’ve been involved on my creative journey, and they are a crew of guys that I look up to for being so giving and so authentic to their calling,” said Dombroski.

Her upcoming exhibit, entitled “The Cure (for anything is salt, sweat, or tears)” is a photographic exhibit displaying the healing effects of the ocean.

“The Cure is a collection of images that I believe have been the remedy for moments of weakness in my personal journey,” she says. “Being in the right place at the right time, believing that The Cure remains in nature. Images that I can always return to that remind me that life’s going to be okay, that there is so much beauty to be enjoyed in this world, and that this moment is enough.”

In4mation’s marketing director, Jun Jo, is eagerly looking forward to the show.

“We always get excited when we can work with someone like Brooke,” said Jo. “One of the great aspects of our Chinatown location, which is located in the Arts District of the city, is that we become an art gallery once a month. And Brooke’s work is truly exciting and worth showcasing. I hope anyone interested in photography, and more specifically the ocean, comes by and checks it out.”

Noa Deane

July 28th, 2014

‘MERICA from noa deane on Vimeo.

Scenes from the us open of surfing, flex at 0:06, trestles 0:19, girls giving middle fingers 1:26, layback hack 1:36, cream on faces 1:50, ask Potts for the move at 2:11

The 5W’s with Yuno

July 27th, 2014

IG/Twitter: @yvno
URL: yvno.me

James Casey: Why the name ‘Yuno’?

Yuno: My username for a lot of things online was unouomedude (you-know-you-owe-me-dude), so when I started making music I just used that. One of my friends started calling me Yuno and it stuck. A lot of people kept having trouble pronouncing unouomedude and I didn’t really like how it sounded when people said it but I never knew what to change it to. It had to be something I could make designs with and feel good about. I realised that just using Yuno would be a lot easier and looks okay to me so I went with that. I was worried Yuno Gasai from the anime Future Diary would keep me out of the Google search results, but a lot of my sites are on the first page I think so I’m doing okay.

When did you first become interested in music?

I think it was 6th grade when I started getting into punk and pop punk a lot. I really liked The Wonder Years theme song and was looking for the song to download it. I accidentally downloaded “The Wonder Years” by MxPx and figured out that the music I liked in the video games I played and tv shows I watched was called punk. Not long after that, I got a small acoustic guitar for $20 at the flea market and started teaching myself how to play it. My first original songs were joke raps for my friends and school projects but I figured I could make more serious sounding songs so I started doing that when I was 16.

Who are some individuals that influence you and your music?
Everything I see or hear and enjoy influences me. Prozzäk, Regina Spektor, Kool A.D., Digable Planets, Black Flag, Dirty Projectors, Just Jack, Barenaked Ladies, Wynton Marsalis, and a bunch of other stuff. The main things that have been influencing my music lately are feelings and photographs. I used to write based on dreams a lot more but I haven’t been having as many dreams and they haven’t felt as important anyway. Photographs usually have something to do with most of my songs though.

What are some things you like to do to stay motivated and inspired?

I used to do a lot of cover songs for practice but I haven’t done that in a while. That helped me out a lot. If I’m feeling uninspired with something I’m trying to do, I move on to something else for a while. If I’m not feeling the songs I’m making, I’ll focus on designing merch or artwork for a while. If I’m tired of a certain sound I’m using, I’ll force myself to make something completely different. I get bored with sounds easily so I kind of jump around from sound to sound a lot. One thing that inspires a lot of songs is playing around with new sounds while looking at photographs. I almost always come up with something I like.

Where would your dream house be located and what would it look like?

Right now my dream home would be a small studio apartment in East Village, NYC. 200 square feet would be more than enough space for me. Big windows would be a plus. I’m really into designing the places I live in and the things I have so doing that in a small apartment would be a lot of fun for me. If I didn’t end up living in NYC, I would like to build a small house out of a shipping container or two.

Vans OTW x STAMPD Tesella

July 26th, 2014

Vans OTW Collection and STAMPD collaborate on a deluxe edition of the Tesella. The Vans OTW x STAMPD Tesella is the epitome of “modern design meets the original” as STAMPD’s clean, “avantstreet” form is perfectly blended with Vans’ footwear heritage. With a focus on premium materials and iconic styling cues, Vans and STAMPD release the Vans OTW x STAMPD Tesella this August in limited distribution. Founded in 2009 by Chris Stamp, STAMPD represents west coast luxury that has elevated contemporary high street style whilst retaining its distinction and essence. The Vans OTW x STAMPD collaboration adheres to STAMPD’s tradition of crafting simple, understated fashion pieces of the highest quality with a top-shelf material palette and minimalist color scheme. The result is a beautifully executed Tesella, showcasing supple calf leather exteriors hued in black and an UltraCush™ Lite base outfitted in a speckled finish.

The Tesella is a progressive tie back to Vans’ design heritage as the iconic checkerboard print is expressed as handwoven uppers and a lightweight, waffle tread outsole pays homage to the original waffle sole pattern. Additional detailing includes waxed laces, metal eyelets, micro suede lining, embossed STAMPD tongue branding and printed Vans OTW logo footbed. The Vans OTW x STAMPD Tesella retails for $160 and launches through the STAMPD pop-up shop (located at 8860 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA) at 11am PST on August 2 and online at 12am PST on August 4 at www.stampdla.com. See more from the Vans OTW Collection and learn more about STAMPD.

Get “Shell Shocked”

July 25th, 2014

That new Ninja Rap by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign - Shell Shocked ft. Kill The Noise & Madsonik (From “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”)
That OG Ninja Rap by Rob Van Winkle

Art & Flea: Fly Me To the Moon 4 year Anniversary

July 24th, 2014

Art + Flea: Fly Me To The Moon, 4 Year Anniversary Celebration takes flight tonight Thursday July 24th at a brand new location on 1020 AUAHI ST and catch awesome performances by:

The Wreck
TV Microwave
Roufie Roulette
Kowai Kowai
Secret Record Store

See you there!

Art + Flea Fly Me To The Moon 4 Year Anniversary Celebration
5pm – 10pm | All Ages | $3 Door

Free Chronixx Concert in Central Park, New York on July 26 #SummerStage

July 24th, 2014

#FCDT Grand Opening Tomorrow Night

July 23rd, 2014

Fresh Cafe Downtown
831 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Kids welcome before 10pm


July 22nd, 2014


By Sophia Kennedy/DjJem-The first time I heard AceMyth’s music I was in Sinclair library for finals week tuning to Dj Vina’s show on KTUH, The Business of Getting Downe. My ears and mind were in such shock that I had to promptly call in to find out what in the world I was listening to. “His name is AceMyth.. check out his stuff on soundcloud,” she told me. I listened to his songs on a constant loop for the rest of the night, I became an instant fan that couldn’t get enough. I decided it was worth a shot to contact him in hopes of taking a peek into the mastermind behind the music; low and behold he was willing to an interview for the Contrast blog! So with out further ado, here it is…

First off, could you tell me a little bit about yourself? Where you’re from, how old you are, what kinda stuff you’re into, etc…

First off, my name is Alexander (friends call me Al) and I’m 23. I’m a Michigan guy through and through. My interests are widely varied but music, art, science and philosophy are up there. I can be social but I can also be a bit of a hermit, depending on how many projects I am working on.

How did you get into mixing?
I started making electronic music only two years ago but I’ve been a musician almost my entire life. At age 12 I was playing guitar, bass, drums and eventually started singing as well. I can play pretty much any instrument you put in my hands. The switch to mixing was easy and natural for me; I was a computer nerd with a music background so it all fell into place.

Can you remember a certain moment that triggered something or was it a gradual process?

I was living in a student cooperative in Ann Arbor and growing a little bored of rock music. My roommate was always playing stuff I had never heard; some obscure drum n bass, some Mr. Oizo and eventually Flosstradamus, Rustie, UZ and Baauer. Immediately I fell in love with the bass and the intensity and the idea that I could make music without needing a studio or having to rely on band mates. A friend gave me a cracked copy of Ableton Live 8 and I guess you can say the rest is history.

How do you choose the songs you want to mix?

I do not have a set process for choosing songs to remix; however, most of the time I am working without stems so I choose tracks that have a lot of space to work with, or where there is a part in the song that is easily sampleable. My fans might find this interesting: I made my Dr. Dre – Xxplosive remix in a single 4-hour session.

And lastly, any interesting/random facts about yourself you’d care to share?

I have moderately strong synesthesia; when I hear tones, my brain projects colors and textures (for example, A 440hz is a bright red).

The Hundreds Interviews Artist Aaron Kai

July 21st, 2014

Click here to read an in-depth interview of LemonHI’s Aaron Kai as he talks art, pop culture, ratchet subjects and upbringing with The Hundreds. Looking good in that Sig Zane aloha shirt and Polo bucket hat, homie!