Death to Tennis is an ace new brand out of New York. It was love at first sight, from their strong logo game to their inexhaustive floral prints. Think less Fred Perry and Lacoste, more Woody Allen’s Match Point meets Paul Smith. It’s clean and crisp, perfect for summer in smash city USA, when all that matters is SWEATING GIRLS WITHOUT SWEATING.
One of my favorite bands in the world, Miike Snow, just teamed up with my all-time favorite sock brand, Happy Socks, for a match made in Swedish heaven. Featuring their iconic jackalope logo, the eye-popping ankle-highs lend an air of stylish warmth to Miike Snow’s frosted tundra pop. Truly the future of band merch. LEGEND MEETS LEG-END.
Grouplove are back, and their video for brand new single, “Ways to Go” is nothing short of perfect. As Christian’s croon meshes with Hannah (aka Hooplove aka Donna Darko)’s vocal boom, the chorus grows the fuck up and bursts through the gates of pop heaven while a Max Fischer-esque young dictator does his rebel dance. DANCE DANCE REBELUTION.
Sean Kinney is a local NYC designer who operates under the brilliant name, Eddie Eddie by Billy Tommy. Not only is his Instagram a goldmine, but his collaboration with rad vintage label, Reformation, includes the above cashmere “RIP Aaliyah” jumper. If I could, I’d wear it everyday or at least own both colorways. DUST YOURSELF OFF AND BUY AGAIN.
Andy Bull is something of a genius. The Sydney city slicker has a new video out for “Keep On Running” that’s been keeping my heart pumping. The song itself is already a palpitating pop anthem but the Nelson Alves-directed video is like something out of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s dream journal, a fantastic voyage into an inventive mind. KEEP ON ROCKING, ANDY.
My current favorite “Tumblr” artist goes by the name of Philipp Igumnov, or as he calls himself, woodcum. He’s a twenty-something from Moscow with an eye for the surreal and beautifully bizarre, like a hipster Diane Arbus with a dab of Picasso. I’d like to think that he went to collage to learn the trade but THE INTERNET IS THE NEW ART SCHOOL.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Preatures are Australia’s answer to HAIM. That fact alone is swoonworthy and now they’ve got this slinky new video for “Is This How You Feel”. The video has this slick ’60s glam-rock aesthetic that feels like you just discovered them in your neighborhood vintage store so please, CAN WE GO THRIFT SHOPPING?
These new headphones from JAYS look like they were designed by Jony Ive’s evil Swedish twin. Clean, minimal, and tangle-free, they also come with a mic and a three-button remote for the on-the-go audiophile. Or because you need a middle ground between shit-flimsy Apple headphones and ultra-obnoxious Beats by Dre. THIS IS THE NEW STANDARD.
Vance Joy’s debut single “Riptide” is one of the best things I’ve heard all year. It reminds me of a hopelessly romantic Mumford in bed with The Lumineers so yeah, I’m obsessed. The video is half Moonrise Kingdom, half Life Aquatic or 100% what my dreams are made of. But if you think about it, it’s also like WES ANDERSON WITH AN AUSTRALIAN ACCENT.
We’re obsessed with UK brand, Black Score. They’ve got the pop culture resonance of Deer Dana but also the patented snark of an overeducated twenty-something. From feline A$AP Rocky to royal Cara Delevingne to Kurt & Ernie, Black Score tees are the punk way to show people you don’t care by caring a lot. THIS CONCLUDES REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY 101.