5 Dec
introducing Jamie Foxx as nerd/super villain Electro

The first official trailer to the sequel of the Amazing Spider-Man dropped today. Looks promising, with Spidey’s arch antagonist switching from the Lizard to Electro, another infamous (and classic) Peter Parker nemesis. The ultra-fast reboot of the once Tobey Maquire-led franchise only goes to show Hollywood’s voracious appetite for money superhero movies, so it’s no […]


8 Jan
Terrence Malick's landmark debut gets a 4K digital restoration

One of the best films of all time, the phenomenal directorial debut of Terrence Malick, Badlands is getting the Criterion Collection treatment, including a full 4K digital restoration. The special edition will  have an enhanced soundtrack and include a new documentary with the film’s stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. The credited inspiration for Quentin […]


13 Feb
The Chuck Taylor classic gets a limited edition premium sheen

New for 2012 comes Converse Japan’s oiled leather edition of their classic Chuck Taylor All Stars. The limited edition high-tops feature a buttery smooth premium brown leather upper that’s been well oiled, giving the normally pedestrian shoe a very exquisite sheen. The shoes are teamed up with hiking boot laces, an off-white sole, an embossed […]


20 Dec
Henry Rollins, The Weeknd, James Blake, Charlie Sheen, SBTRKT, DJ Mehdi, plenty of mixtapes & more

Time for the fourth edition of our Best Of 2011 retrospective series (after ART, BOOKS & STYLE), where we look back on the LIAS Year In Music. Frankly none of these lists are easy — we can trim each down to about 20 but then cutting them down to 10 means we gotta chop some […]


27 Oct
Only 1,100 homage bikes from "The Great Escape" to be made

Our society’s love for Steve McQueen shows no sign of slowing down, and although I hesitate to worship false idols there are few better men we could learn a thing or two from. Who are 21st Century America’s male cultural touchstones? Donald Trump? Glenn Beck? Lebron James? The Situation for chrissakes? Hell no! No wonder […]


29 Sep
Dirt Nasty & Jack Splash return with more tales of innocence

Who didn’t enjoy the pure, childlike comedy behind the Chain Swangaz last three videos? It was like peering deep into the eyes of a newborn doe, glistening in its afterbirth, and experiencing a sort of Eden-esque innocence for which there are no words. “Steak & Mash Potatoes” set the tone for rapper Dirt Nasty and […]


27 Jul
If you have any moral compass, do not watch this video

We warn you now: if you have any over-riding moral compass or even semblance of decency, do not watch this video. Or rather watch it, but keep the volume on mute. While on the “Steak & Mash Potatoes” Chain Swangaz allowed the video to do the talking — along with the likes of Charlie Sheen […]


8 Jul
First of a 5-part series leading up to September 8th debut EP

What do you get when you mix Charlie Sheen + Dirt Nasty + Brother Marquis from 2 Live Crew? Why, Chain Swangaz of course. The musical project made up of rapper Dirt Nasty — he of “1980” fame — and Grammy award winning producer Jack Splash release their first video, and it is exactly what […]