24 Oct
Whisky stones, earbud holders, leather padlocks & more

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The incomparable Alexander Wang drops his sixth and latest collection of Objects, and of course there are many winners. And of course they’re all black. Included in the 6th Objects Collection is a carabiner, lighter case and lucky rabbit’s foot keychain, all of which can be seen above. But there are plenty more well designed and sleek items in the collection, including whisky stones, earbud holders, leather padlocks, studded coasters, sunglasses cases and even a set of black leather Do Not Disturb/Please Disturb door signs. You know, just in case you want to look extra sharp for housekeeping. Objects range in price from $32 and up, and can be found HERE.

A look at the entire Alexander Wang “Objects No. 6″ Collection below…

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Rumpshaker Records produces this first in a new series of mix sets from friends of the bass and breaks-driven label. It’s no secret we love our breaks here at LIAS, so we welcome this Rumpshaker Friendcast mix series with open arms… hands up, thumbs down, naturally. First up is Eddie Light, who Rumpshaker describe as “one of the USA’s finest tastemakers championing the new sound of bass and breaks.” Given this excellent mix, which clocks in at over one-hour in length, we have little reason to doubt. Enjoy the bass kids…


Methods and trends in timekeeping have seen many about faces throughout its history. And now Assouline adds The Impossible Collection of Watches 2014 compendium documenting this history into an extensive volume. Much like the excellent Impossible Collection Of Motorcycles book, written by LIAS contributor Nicolas Stecher, the Impossible Collection of Watches aims to bring together the best of the 20th century into one singular guide. In this case historian, author, journalist and all-around expert on the subject of watches, Nicholas Foulkes, has selected the 100 most breakthrough timepieces of the past century and complied them into a narrative of chonographs that together define history. The hardbound edition comes in a linen clamshell, numbering 144 pages in all with 100 illustrations. Order now for $695 receive a complimentary Assouline tote bag.

More glimpses into Assouline’s “The Impossible Collection of Watches 2014″ after the Jump…

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23 Oct
A documentary about the birth of punk in the nation's capitol

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Having already shown segments at the CBGB Festival in New York this month, Salad Days documents an era and location that was pivotal to not only punk rock, but to the indie movement of do-it-yourself record labels itself. Washington DC-raised director Scott Crawford and DC DP Jim Saah deliver the story of the capitol’s pivotal and hugely seminal punk bands such as Bad Brains, Minor Threat and Fugazi, in a project so readily received that it hit its Kickstarter goal in six days. Other perks include interviews with Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore. While much fuss has been made of the pre-Nirvana age of music, The Salad Days: Decade of Punk In Washington, DC  (1980-90) documentary sets it self apart being the first to really focus on the importance of Washington D.C. to punk-rock history.

“Salad Days: Decade of Punk In Washington, DC  (1980-90)” Official Trailer below…

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This year, do your holiday right and cash in that cookie — leave a shot of whisky out for Santa Claus with your 2014 Advent Whisky Calendar. Drinks by the Dram has made the advent-calendar game into a man’s sport. Now, when you open up each of the 24 days that count down until Christmas, you will also be opening up a small sample bottle of some high-quality hooch. Start the countdown now with your preorder of  $240, and your holidays will be filled with scotch, bourbon, Irish whisky and more. Your package of sweet potion should head toward the mail slots just after Halloween day. Want to trade out your Old Fashioned for a Tom Collins?  Get the Ginvent calendar. Want the windows to open up to daily doubles of Long Islands? Get some professional help.

Spoiler alert to sample list after the Jump…

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Chics in Design is a Hong Kong-based design house that has come with a specific, limited-color-palette knitting pattern for a distinctive look to their household furnishings. Priding themselves on being a “crazy, dreamy but happy bunch of people,” why wouldn’t they construct a human skull that you can open up and sit on? Now you can read the morning paper in a way that will really split skulls, so to speak. This comfy beanbag of a cranium is handmade to order from polyester thread, an inflatable exercise ball and metal frame, measuring 85 x 75 x 98 cm. Scalp it for $420.

Rearview of the Chics in Design Skull Chair after the Jump…

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Surely by no coincidence, the recent remastered re-release of nine of Led Zeppelin’s albums comes in time with this scarf collaboration with UK designer Paul Smith. The highly limited-edition scarves each measure 1.5 x 1.5m, the first three being the covers for the Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III albums. The first was created using an intricate photographic weaving technique where red detail was later added in with a fine fil coupe yarn. Led Zeppelin II was created differently, considering the range of colors, so four different yarns were interwoven carefully to accurately recreate the colorful design. Led Zeppelin III, on the other hand, was made from combining the contrasts of boucle and merino wool. Images haven’t yet been released for the other scarves, but word has it that both Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy were created using a jacquard-weaving technique. 50 of each design will be available at Paul Smith in London, only, as of October 23rd. So you’ll have to knit a stairway to England if you expect to get one.


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If you’ve ever been looking for the fine taste of whisky that can only be mastered over the span of a decade, but all you have is a day and a bottle of Jack, fret not. Now you can stir in the smoky hints of aged oak barrel — steeped with a cellar’s years of history and flavor — right into your cup with what the magical Time & Oak Whisky twig stirrer. Think of this as a time machine for your tumbler glass. A shotglass microwave.

Because the Time & Oak guys figured out that those two very things — time and oak — are the only real components which make one whisky better than another. Unlike wine, liquor itself doesn’t age any differently in flavor, but rather it is the wood itself that does the trick. Put your barrel on fast forward when you grab a decent whisky and dunk it with a stick that is as oaky, vanilla, maple, smokey, peaty, or whatever woodsiness you prefer best. Give it a day instead of a year, and then enjoy the instant-ish aging process at play in your cup. So if you don’t have nine years to spare, kick in on their Kickstarter. Funding goes until October 31st. Shipping should be about December.

A closer look at the Time & Oak Whisky Sticks after the Jump…

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