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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Forbes Magazine ran an article in 2002 called Trouble In Paradise, in which they stated that doing business in Honolulu is “nearly equivalent to suicide.” Although the article is over seven years old, it’s still very relevant today and well presented.

As a magazine with international distribution, our shipping costs are depressing and causing us to listen to Portishead in the dark.

Interview with Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Contrast:  Hello Ben where are you calling from?

Ben:  I am calling from folly beach south Carolina.

What are your Surrounding’s?

I am on my back porch with a bunch of trees, no ocean, it kind of feels like a tree house, really hot.

Is that where you grew up?

I grew up 1.5 hours way from here in a town called Irmo South Carolina, kind of a suburban redneck place outside of Columbia. (Capital)

What is the Music scene like in South Carolina?

Laughs! Good question. I don’t know. I wish I knew. Honestly there are some good bands, but growing up here there weren’t many great rock bands. Like our biggest band would be hootie and the blowfish. Hootie is like a great pop band. We never had any great indie bands. In North Carolina they had bands we liked like Archers of loaf, Superchunk, the Popes. We were always like the redheaded stepchild of the Carolinas. Mostly what you have is white guy blues. Like songs that last for like 10 minutes and some white guy pretending he has the blues.

Right.  So what influenced you musically?

My parents were into classic rock, rolling stones. Also soul music, like Otis Redding, James Brown. Modern soul like Manhattan transfer. I don’t know they got kind of weird in the 80’s. Laughs! I don’t know lots of music did. I guess mostly soul and rock & roll music.

So you guys just started touring again.  Any funny recent stories?

Well i hate to call anybody out. Laughs!  Okay we all had margaritas in Austin, Texas before our show.  When we got to sound check we kept on the drinking train.   Sound check was over and Ryan did not want to get off the stage!  He just continued on playing some random songs.  We had to pull the plug because people were starting to come into the room.  He kept on performing it was pretty great.

So is there any particular city you guys are excited to see?

Honolulu of course!  haha. Right before Honolulu we are coming from Helsinki, Finland.  We have not been to either of those places.  I am definitely excited!

You ain’t the only one buddy. We got free tickets for the 23rd courtesy of Band of Horses and Bampproject.

Free Tickets!! All you have to do is send in your image of a band of horses to contrastpromo@gmail.com. Could be a drawing, photograph, whatever.  Must be in Honolulu to claim prize.

Check back for the full interview on why Band Of Horses named a song after a German foreign exchange student, band philosophy and Rosco the Boston Terrier.

Band Of Horses-”Great Salt Lake”

And by the way Mr. Pitiful himself Matt Costa is now opening up for Band of Horses!

Could there be a more befitting surname?

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Well, maybe Usain Speedygonfuckingzales, but that’s about it. The world record for the men’s 100m sprint was annihilated over the weekend at the World Championships in Berlin. No more words. The commentator said it best….

“There are adjectives which are inadequate to describe this man. He is brilliant beyond compare. We have seen nothing like this ever, ever. He writes his own history with every stride that he takes [.....] Frightening, absolutely frightening.”

^ Agreed…

9.58 Usain Bolt 100 M World Record Berlin 2009

Cozy. Small. Teeny-Tiny.

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Do you live in Honolulu? Or any urban area? Is your place tiny? Teeny-Tiny?

Ever wonder how to best utilize your tiny-ass shoebox?

Visit ApartmentTherapy.com to see Room & Board’s 5th Annual Smallest, Coolest Home Contest.

See all the entries from “Teeny-Tiny” spaces to “Small” Spaces (although I consider the small spaces to be gigantic by Honolulu standards). Some great ideas in there. I need to rearrange my 800sf of Kaimuki Hills space into something much cooler and enter next year!

My favorite is looking at the tiny-ass floorplans and reading the bio of who lives there.

Some of my favorites below:

Manifest Bar & Cafe Secret Soft Opening

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The day has finally come. Today, Monday, August 17th, 2009 marks the long anticipated soft opening of Manifest Bar & Cafe (32 North Hotel Street Honolulu, HI 96817). Perhaps you’ve seen the lights on in the space across the street from Bar 35 and 39 Hotel in the wee hours of the night. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a preliminary tour and the place looks amazing. I’ve already dubbed it my home away from home. It’s gonna be like my ‘Cheers’ - I’m gonna be the skinner/less-cool version of Norm. They’ll be open today and through out the week from 8am - 8pm for coffee and delicious food. Check out the digs, it has a mural being done by local tattoo artist Lucky Olelo and a life size ceramic panther. Not to mention having some of the nicest interior design I’ve seen in ages. Really clean, really well thought out, great feng shui, chill, and absolutely welcoming. Dude, and track lighting! I love track lighting. I ain’t afraid to say it. I think Contrast Readers will really be hyped on this place. Go check it out. Go support all honest local ventures.

If I had this and those bowling pin stools from Pali Lanes in my house I’d be lavish.


Popolo Taxi Seminar

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

…Or as it is referred to by 99.9% of its fans, the Black Cab Sessions, has to be one of the coolest ideas on four wheels since Bang Bus. Wait, what? All kidding aside, if you appreciate music the way I do, please do yourself a favor and watch these four clips (my personal faves), then click around to see if some of your favorite artists have made an appearance. In all, there are over 80 (mainly indie and folk rock) bands/soloists that have hitched a ride thus far. The rule is “one ride, one take”, so coupled with the unpredictability that comes with playing instruments and singing in a moving vehicle, it isn’t always a pretty affair, but its the immediacy and honesty you get during each sesh that makes it that much more memorable. I think I’m gonna start filming my homies spitting verses on the Pearlridge Monorail sometime soon. I’ll let you know how that turns out. But in the mean time…

Grizzly Bear - “All We Ask” *the four-part harmony at the end gives me chicken-zits every time* (THEY REMOVED EMBEDDING, SO YOU HAVE TO CLICK “WATCH ON YOUTUBE”)

Chairlift - “Ghost Tonight”

My Morning Jacket - “Touch Me I’m Going To Scream part II”

Fleet Foxes - “Crayon Angels”

PS- The Memory Cassettes tune Troy posted below reminds me that I need to finish my A-Z music thingy. Consider the fire under my ass, lit.


Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Ziggy Marley At The Waikiki Shell

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Dalek Prints 4 Sale

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Limited edition prints by Dalek. Only 50 made! Sized at 27in x 21in  Numbered and signed by the man himself.  Prints available at in4mations online store.

Hawaii’s top Professional surfers to compete at Ala Moana Bowls

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Wanna watch Hawaii’s top professional surfers throw down Oahu’s South Shore at Ala Moana Bowls?  If so you can check out the event live either from Magic Island Beach Park or by way of the internet from your home or office computer.  Check the links below for all of the background information of the event and the location.  You will have the opportunity to watch guys like Joel Centeio, Hank Gaskell, Randall Paulson, Ian Walsh, Myles Padaca, and Pancho Sullivan to name a few and the list goes on and on!  Here are a few ways to keep up with the events action without missing a beat.

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The Current State of Professional Surfing in Hawaii

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