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Jazzzips

Talented Vancouver-based creative Rhek has been sharing new selections of hip-hop and dancehall music in his Rapzips Tumblr project, for years now. Each edition includes a .zip folder download of new mp3s selected by Rhek. Recently, he’s added a series of Jazzzips too and they’re really great. Check out JAZZZIP.001 and JAZZZIP.002.

Kayaks On The Water

This might be a slight departure from the usual content here, but I’m posting it because I honestly think that an hour in a kayak in Alamitos Bay (near Belmont Shore & Naples Island, in beautiful Long Beach) is pretty much the best way you can spend $10 in Los Angeles County (not including pizza or tacos). My daughter and I are huge fans – we go about once a week throughout the summer. The combination of outdoors fun, cool water, and good exercise is kind of unbeatable. Please pardon the low res screen cap from my old GoPro – you get the idea. Check out Kayaks On The Water for more info, and their Yelp page is helpful too. You can even take your dog (but you’ll need to bring a suitable dog life jacket).

TSOTW: Everyting tee

For this week’s installment of T-Shirt of the Week, I’m rather shamelessly plugging my own brand, Selector, known for obscure reggae references done in nice type, according to some discerning friends anyway. We just dropped this new color of the popular Everyting tee for Fall/Autumn 2017. Also, on a related note, we are currently doing our Labor Day sale, wherein you can get all the stuffs, at 40% off the usual price of said stuffs. Check out the Selector online shop and use promo code LABORDAZE40. Enjoy. Or fulljoy, as the case may be.

Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.

The good people at Rizzoli have recently republished an incredible vintage type foundry catalog called Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography. Fans of type, and especially connoisseurs of vintage wood type will absolutely love this beautifully printed time-capsule, which allows us to peer back 150 years into the unique and ornate offerings of William H. Page’s Connecticut wood type foundry. In addition to the wonderful typefaces and classic designs, the original author sampled rather odd words, as specimens of the lettering, such that the text can be viewed as humorous and strange experimental poetry. This edition reproduces all 102 pages of the original book. The hefty hardcover title measures 13 x 9.75 inches, and is sure to impress. [See More]

The Clipse

Here’s a great little animation about how eclipses have “spurred major discoveries about the universe” from NPR’s science youtube channel, Skunk Bear.

HVW8 Reggae

If you’re into reggae vinyl at all, you’ll love the art opening at LA’s HVW8 gallery this Friday. They’ve collaborated with One Love Books to bring In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, the first West Coast solo exhibition of work by iconic and prolific Jamaican illustrator Wilfred Limonious (1949–99). At the same time, they’re opening Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London, which relates to another upcoming title from One Love Books. After researching various reggae LPs and twelve-inches from his record collection, photographer Alex Bartsch has shot fifty sleeves in their original London locations, holding them up at arm’s-length so that they blend in with their surroundings, decades later.