Date Archives February 2014

Selected Sounds: The Vaccines

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Formed in 2010, indie rock group The Vaccines are no strangers to success. The band’s freshman album was the best-selling debut album of 2011 in the UK, propelling the group into the spotlight and drawing sound comparisons to The Ramones, Jesus Mary & Chain and The Strokes. Their second album landed them at #1 on the same charts and led to their first headlining tour in 2013. Taking time out from a busy tour schedule, guitarist Freddie Cowan shares an exclusive playlist inspired by his favorite artists for this week’s Selected Sounds.

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How do you find the music you listen to?

I like to find a starting point then work backwards to find the deeper roots of what I’m listening to – a lot of good stuff crops up like that. I guess that’s the old fashioned way to do it…

Mixcloud is a good one because you can see who is DJing what, which artists and other musicians are really into.

Another great way is to ask friends for mixtapes. You get all their hard trawling compacted into an hour’s worth of their own personal greatest hits. In fact compilations from friends or labels are usually where I find the most new music I like.

What is your favourite way to enjoy music?

I like walking around with my iPod on shuffle. I was in Hyde Park at dusk when an early Ray Charles recording came on. It really intensified all my senses and what I was seeing and hearing was made more beautiful by the pairing.

What excites you about finding new music?

It’s exciting to hear new innovations and people with bold ideas. I think hip hop is in such a healthy place and it’s attracting some of the best talent. It feels like its being pushed in a direction of ‘say what you want and do what you want’, rather than trying to adhere to any safe and tested structure, which I think is healthy and cultivates some of the most interesting music.

It’s similar to how jazz was in the 1950s. One person does something that totally changes the game and then somebody else takes that, rips it up and develops it into something else. It’s exciting to witness.

What tracks/and or artists comprise your personal soundtrack right now?

One artist I’m really into now is Robert Fripp. The guy is so heavy – the way he plays encapsulates everything I love about the guitar. He has great ideas and an enormous technical vocabulary, which he lends to the song, never overplays and fills the right space. All in aid of the song, rather than any kind of technical showmanship.

‘Heroes’ by David Bowie has Fripp on it – that wonderful soaring sound, totally from another world. In borrowed words, it makes the experience of listening to it almost transcendent.

Also, Paul White, a British hip hop producer who’s starting to break. What he does with his sound is amazing.

Who do you trust to give an honest evaluation of new tracks?

We trust each other really. I don’t think anyone is a harsher critic of what we do than ourselves. But we also welcome critique if it’s coming from the right place.

Enjoyed the interview? Explore the rest of the Selected Sounds series or listen to more mixes on the Herschel Supply SoundCloud page.

Well Travelled: Krysuvik, Iceland

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Katrin Braga is a young inspiring photographer from Iceland who is currently jumping back and forth in between Vancouver and her homeland. She loves traveling and photographing her experiences along the way. Enjoy the words and images by Katrin below…

As an Icelander me and my friends often go on road trips together to experience the beautiful scenery of our homeland. In this trip we decided to visit Krysuvik which is known for it’s geothermal fields, mud pots and colorful soil. The hikes there are short and breathtaking.

HSC_Blog_Iceland_1The road trip begins driving through lava fields

HSC_Blog_Iceland_2Preparing to hike up the mountain

HSC_Blog_Iceland_3The scenery is breathtaking

HSC_Blog_Iceland_4We walk around boiling hot mud pots

HSC_Blog_Iceland_5Burning hot water

HSC_Blog_Iceland_6The weather and the color of the soil changes drastically

HSC_Blog_Iceland_8The colors are breathtaking

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A hot spring seen far away

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Taking a break and enjoying the scenery

HSC_Blog_Iceland_10Andrean takes a brake after a long hike

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Walking to the mist of the hot springs

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Trying not to fall into the burning hot springs

HSC_Blog_Iceland_13Colorful soil

HSC_Blog_Iceland_14End of a beautiful day

Enjoyed Krysuvik? Explore the rest of the Well Travelled series or view more of Katrin’s photography here.

Grouse Parks | Wanted: February 2014

Wanted February- Caley Vanular

#ITSFINALLYSNOWINGFEBRUARY. This month has been insane for snow in British Columbia. With powder on the brain, it’s time to rethink your gear selection. This February update your kit with the Torah Bright Luminous Jacket from Roxy and this sweet Clark II hat from Brixton. With all the snow you will be boarding it is essential to have the right pants. Don’t waist your time tucking in your shirt when you could be chillin’ in the Glisten Bib from Roxy. Once you have your pants on, grab some Celtek Calypso gloves and a pair of  Wonderland glasses for the apré scene. Stop complaining about pressure points and heavy boards, switch over to new bindings, now and while you are at it try out some new snowboard shapes like this women’s tapered directional from Nitro.

 

Have fun in the mountains!

Caley V