What do you get when you throw 2/3 of the remaining members of The Clash into a studio with Diplo, and then let Frank Ocean come in and lace some very Frank Oceany vocals on top? Hero. The answer is, you get “Hero”. But I’m a little confused as to how this fits into Converse’s Three Artists. One Song series, considering the above math shows four artists, not three. I guess simple arithmetic ain’t their strong suit.
In order to provide its range of luxury barges with a more fuel-efficient option, last year Bentley Motors unveiled a V8-powered version of its landmark Continental GT. This year the Crewe team ups the ante with the performance variant V8 S Coupé and Convertible, stunning $200K Grand Tourers that can spiral towards $275K if you let your indulgences soar. We were invited to testdrive the V8 S on a drive from San Diego to Palm Springs to Orange County and back, in order to fully understand the Bentley Experience — both on the road and off. We took full advantage.
Some of the best adventures start the strangest ways. We had just been driving out of Palm Springs and heading towards Dana Point — the tony Orange County beach community best known for the Ritz-Carlton sprawled across its beachside bluffs — when we hit a snag. Or rather, a full-on bramble wall: gridlock. Not one of those rolling-around-at-5-mph traffic jams, mind you, this was the kind of molasses gridlock where you see a truck planted on the side of the road with a giant sign warning of an upcoming accident. Only now the overflow of stopped traffic had already stacked past the truck and its blinking sign, rendering the message moot.
That’s when the GPS woke out of its stupor and told us to look south. “Take the service road to your left,” the detached voice suggested through the speakers. Normally I pay attention to my GPS, but ours had been woefully troubled since we’d left the Viceroy Hotel about an hour earlier. Its blue line of direction on the 8” display shooting from left to right, circling up behind us and aiming off screen to no place in particular. My driving partner Che and I had already dismissed its suggestions as the drunken ramblings of a barstool prophet, so we were both shocked when we looked left and actually saw a small road ducking up behind a hill.
“Could it possibly be talking about that road?” Che asked dubiously, noticing the ‘No Trespassing’ sign, unlocked gate and crumbling asphalt. “It looks like something out of Dukes of Hazzard.”
I pulled off to the shoulder to have a better look, and our heads ping-ponged from left to right, heavily contemplating the suggested “service road” versus the colon blockage we were currently mired in. “OK, let’s see what satnav can tell us,” I said swiping on the crisp touchscreen display, noticing this small road indeed did cut across a wide swath of earth, delivering us onto another highway some 12 miles away.
“Well, you win some you lose some,” said Che, coining an aphorism that would become the mantra of our three-day adventure. So we aimed the nose of the glimmering Kingfisher blue Bentley V8 S towards the service road, and when there was a break in oncoming traffic we sped across, making good use of the V8 S’s 502 lb.ft of torque and roared up into the suspect byway. Not one minute into our detour a nagging doubt crept in as the road quickly devolved from potholed asphalt to what would generously be called graded dirt.
Continue reading LIAS Bentley V8 S GT Convertible Testdrive after the Jump…
“On straights we teased the throttle, spurring the specially tuned V8 to woof its throaty bark down the valley below us, bouncing from hill to wrinkled hill…”
The duo of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez return for the followup to their surprisingly good Sin City. What was surprising wasn’t that the original comic could be the template for a good film, it’s just that rarely is a comic book so loyally adapted to the silver screen. Using Miller’s actual comic frames to storyboard the movie, Rodriguez was so diligent in his homage that he ended up crediting Miller as a co-director. That cost him his membership in the Director’s Guild, as they objected to the non-union Miller receiving said credit. Gotta give him respect for that. It also resulted in Rodriguez making the best film of his career. Based on the original comic, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For again repeats the trick of casting an amazing stable of talent — including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green, Jaime King, Powers Boothe, Mickey Rourke, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach, Bruce Willis and even Lady Gaga. On top of the A Dame to Kill For comic, the sequel also adapts Just Another Saturday Night and two more short comic noir tales written by Frank Miller specifically for the film. Oh, and special shout-out for using The Glitch Mob’s “Can’t Kill Us”, the first track off their new Love Death Immortality album, as the trailer’s soundtrack. Look out for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For‘s release date of August 22, 2014.
The old and the new unite with Supreme’s ongoing collaboration with Playboy. For Spring/Summer 2014, the New York streetwear giants craft a traditional denim jacket out of sturdy 13.75 oz material, and then emblazon it with both brand’s logos — Playboy’s iconic bunny, plus the Supreme written logo. The Playboy x Supreme Denim Jacket can be got in either black denim if you fancy yourself a bad ass, or white if you prefer Gucci shades and cocaine. Get them directly from Supreme for $198 — but act quick as they’ll surely sell out soon.
We haven’t been huge fans of the Transformers series, mostly because, well, Michael Bay is kind of a hack. But truth be told Transformers 3 was by far the best in the ongoing saga, and at the end of the day what’re ya gonna say? They’re essentially beautifully rendered giant robots beating the everliving shit out of each other — usually while some absurdly hot girl runs around in skimpy clothes with a guy way below her league yelling, “No no no no no no no no!” It’s a formula, but it’s a sound one. Well here comes Transformers 4:
Buy Another Island Age of Extinction, and while the bat shit crazy that is Shia Labeouf is out, Bay has replaced him with Mark “Say Hello To Ya Mutha For Me” Wahlberg. You can also throw in Nicola Peltz as the smoking hot chick who wear 6-inch heels on the farm, and Dinobots… well, because it’s about time we had the Dinobots. And Grimlock. Enjoy. Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters June 27, 2014.
If you’re looking for something to get into this Saturday night in LA, March 8, and that something involved heaping mounds of bass — then you may want to skip your dirty dancing shoes over to the King King in Hollywood. Renowned South African DJ and producer MartyParty — who makes up one-half of PANTyRAiD along with Josh “Ooah” of The Glitch Mob — and Joker will make sure your ears are properly assaulted by low end flattery. To get you in the mood, MartyParty just released his new single “Young Pimp”, embedded below. If you like what you hear, you can download it HERE for free. King King is located at 6555 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028 — buy your tix HERE.
Play MartyParty’s ”Young Pimp” below…
We gotta be honest about our riding skills. There are few things more viscerally exciting than riding a motorcycle well, but if we’re ever going to rinse a bike for something close to whatever it’s worth, we need to drastically improve our cornering skills. It seems like spending a weekend with Keith Code and his California Superbike School could be just what we need. Code comes across more like a blissed-out surfer than accomplished motorcycle rider, but that’s what makes him all the more appealing — like a Ducati Yoda, or something. Here he talks about cornering, the passion of riding a motorcycle, and the priceless payoff of getting well trained in an inherently dangerous activity. As Code says,“Motorcycles don’t crash very easily, and it’s never just one error that the rider makes; it’s a series of errors.” That makes me feel a helluvalot better about my chances of making it through the school in one piece. Peep the Art Of Cornering video below…
While putting a lot of resources into their new entry level sedan, the Ghibli, Maserati is turning its attention to a decidedly sexier market. This morning in Geneva the Italian automaker unveiled the Alfieri Concept, a 2+2 Coupe clearly aimed at replacing their own aging GT Coupe. Based on a slightly shorter wheelbase version of the GranTurismo MC Stradale, the Alfieri Concept will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.7-liter V8 mated to a six-speed with limited-slip differential. With 460 horsepower and 520Nm of torque (plus blue ceramic Brembo brakes to slow it all down), the swooping, stylish Alfieri Coupe Concept was built to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Maserati. It wouldn’t be a shock to see a slightly more sedate version hit production in the coming years.