whysowhite – get busy (trailer)

whysowhite music video for “Get Busy” drops this Wednesday. 2.19.2014.

shot by Nocturnal Media!

Paired Up: The Cool Kids “Started” Coaches Jacket + The Cool Kids – “computerschool”

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The Cool Kids: Reunited! Check out this recent interview with Chuck and Mikey over at XXL Magazine. For the first hit – Chicago’s duo released a new single “computerschool” and it brings a fresh take on where Cool Kids left off. Need something lightweight for your everyday commutes? How bout a fire engine red button-up “Started” Coaches Jacket from 1/2 The Cool Kid’s own Chuck Inglish? No better way to get back into the Cool Kids spirit. Other items; long sleeves, tees & more at

Chance The Rapper approved.

Paired Up: Raz Simone – “Cold” + Onitsuka Tiger Burford


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As we trudge through the final days of Winter, I reflect on the retirement of my favorite pair of Timberlands. RIP. My Timberland 6IN Flat Wedges have brutally battled the past 2 Chicago winters and they are finally on their last legs. Light weight, waterproof and comfortable – the classic “wheat nubuck” color is what really has me. Extremely versatile and eye popping with denim, khakis, blacks and blues etc. As I head into Spring, I look for that same color in a pair of all-around shoes. In comes the Onitsuka Tiger Burford. Athletically built, theses handsome yet laid-back leathers look to be perfect for the transition into Spring.

Photo via Hypebeast

Photo via Hypebeast

Slipping the Onitsuka Tiger Burford for their first test run outside surely needs the right tune. Seattle’s Raz Simonehas that tune. “Cold” is both chilly and warm, Raz’s relatable lyrics and raspy hook result in extreme catchy anthem. Coming from a city whose weather will soon be reality for me and you – Raz’s Simone’s “Cold” and Onitsuka Tiger Burford meant to be paired up!

Raz Simone’s debut solo EP Solomon Samuel Simone is out now! Highly recommended. It will be interesting who comes next out of Seattle. They’re following in the madness that is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Could it be Raz Simone? Buy the Onitsuka Tiger Buford at

PS: Raz also confirms in this music video that everyone needs a good pea coat in their rotation.

Paired Up: The Men – “Pearly Gates” + Parker Dusseau – The Commuter Suit


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I’ve lived in Chicago for over 6 years but not until the last two years have I become an avid urban bike rider. I’m become passioned about the mix of function and fashion for urban riders. I’m still a novice to what’s out there but Levi’s ever evolving Commuter Collection and anything Chrome Industries has kept me fashion forward, efficient and comfortable on both long and short rides throughout the seasons (fuck riding in the winter though).

In comes The Commuter Suit from Parker Dusseau, the perfect suit for the hustling urban rider who needs to look sharp biking from meeting to meeting. My favorite part of commuter wear are well placed pockets and this suit delivers. Armpit zippers allow for necessary ventilation, stretch powermesh lining promotes movement and resistance free extensions while cycling. After a long week, slip a flask and your business cards in to the inside breast pocket for that Friday night ride home. The perfect song to match the pace of this exhilarating ride? “Pearly Gates” a tipsy pool hall tune from Brooklyn rockers The Men. Coming in with a solid nod to their influences of Bob Dylan and The Stones – this tune is the perfect sonic pairing for riding through the streets, board room to local watering hole, networking event to first date. “Pearly Gates” is off The Men’s upcoming album Tomorrow’s Hits, out in Spring 2014.

LINKS: Parker Dusseau – The Commuter Suit [More pictures, information and storefront]

Jake Bugg – Slumville Sunrise (Video)

This kid Jake Bugg has got Rick Rubin producing his album, Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers drumming and a Mercury Prize nomination. If that doesn’t peak your interest, I give up!

His new record Shangri La is out now!

PS: Check out this amazing performance of his tune “Song About Love.”

Lo-Fang – #88


This song has somehow found away to sneak into my favorite songs of 2013. Coming from LA by way of Baltimore, L0-Fang has a real treasure on his hands with his  showpiece “#88.” Off his debut Blue Film, which drops in February –  “#88″ is a journey starting with a seemingly minimal yet complex beginning but dives deep into a wall of strings. Lo-Fang aka. Matthew Hemerlein is a classically trained violin, cello, bass, piano and guitar player and performed all the instruments on Blue Film which according Fang’s label 4AD (home to Bon Iver, Grimes, Tuneyards, Iron & Wine, The National and more) was “written and recorded in a farmhouse in Maryland, hotels and studios in Cambodia, London, Nashville, before being completed in the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.” Elements of R&B, folk and electronic with a classical ear makes for one hell of a mixture of sound.

Lo-Fang is up next! Other recent release worth checking out include “Look Away” and “Boris.”

John Newman – Love Me Again (Video)


Has the global music scene really become this big? Not sure how I missed a video like this with 60 million views for so many months. 23-year old English singer John Newman has managed to butter up some extremely dancey modern-day soul and pop tunes. Newman brings the charm, passion and looks of 60s and 70s soul with the breakbeats of today’s pop and dance tunes. “Love Me Again” is just one of those tunes where you find yourself shamelessly dancing alone by yourself.

Love Me Again” comes by way of Newman’s debut album Tribute, which out now!  “Love Me Again” and a few other tunes were released in the form of an EP inside the US this past October (also on Spotify and iTunes.) With titles like “The Male Adele,” we might be hearing much more of this crooner’s voice stateside. I’m down with that!

Seinabo Sey – Younger


Sweden’s own Seinabo Sey has a solid tune on her hand. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised I like this one. “Younger” was produced by Magnus Lidehäll who also did Mapei’s “Don’t Wait” which I highlighted back in October. It’s clear the second half of the tune is the stronger end of “Younger” but Sey’s vocals definitely have me curious for more.

Not much out there from Seinabo Sey but this old tune titled “Change Your Mind” on YouTube is pretty damn funky!

Royal Blood – Out of The Black (Video)


I really haven’t been inspired to listen to “mainstream rock” in a long long time. I’m happy to see bands like Imagine Dragons give it a shot but Royal Blood (UK) brings back the “don’t give a fuck” instrumentation missing from today’s rockers. Royal Blood are Muse, Battles, Rage Against The Machine with the brotherly fellowship of The Black Keys put into one. See what you think! I think it rocks.

Marrow – TWO (EP Trailer)


I’ve been interested to see what would ever come of the split of Chicago hip-hop band Kids These Days. Rapper Vic  Mensa has gone on to what appears to be a promising solo career, his first tape INNANETAPE is one of my favorite of the year. Horn players Nico and J.P. have toured with Frank Ocean’s band are currently out on tour with Chance The Rapper alongside drummer Greg. That leaves Liam, Macy and Lane who have formed Marrow with drummer with new Matt Carroll. The talent is there, the experiences are there and the passions clearly there. You can just tell. Well, the band is prepping to release their debut EP titled TWO on December 19th. The teaser below is just a taste of what’s to come!

I’ve had the pleasure of catching a set from Marrow and the tunes sound really good live! If you’re Chicago based, check them out at Schubas on December 19th for their EP release show.


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