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Spring Forward

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It’s offically Spring, everyone. No more days when it’s fifty degrees! A lot less rain! Flowering everything! This is great news and we are couldn’t be happier as this time of year is LA at it’s best: we are entering the long stretch that is the warmest, sunniest, and most inviting time to be in the city. There’s something else happening this year: Spring Forward, a collaborative art show from Melrose’s Kidrobot and Blu Dot. The show featured over forty artists making customized Munnys that ranged from furry muppety Munnys to brightly colored flowering Munnys.

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River Mouth

River Mouth

Yesterday local video guy Felipe Lima Tweeted, “I made a fashion video for @GenericSurplus & @CommeGarcons w/ my brothers while we were in Brazil.” What did that mean? He meant exactly what he said: Felipe went down to Brazil with his brothers, took along some Generic Surplus for Comme des Garçons SHIRT Spring 2013 shoes, and filmed a bit of a South American visionquest from the streets of Rio to the surreal Iguazu Falls. The video is a fantastical, magical non-advertisement advertisement for the LA collaboration. You will enjoy this.

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White Blush by White Blush

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White Blush is a dreamy synth pop vehicle for musician Carol Rhyu. She writes, produces, and performs all her own songs, which sound like a mixture of bedroom shoegaze and drum machine obsession. White Blush is a fairly solid first effort by a musician who has been independently making with almost no help from anybody else. Her self-titled debut EP is obviously a statement of commitment to this craft.

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Cypress Valley

CypressValley

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Kiel Johnson, the multi-talented LA artist who has been working in a fascinating cardboard wonderland recently. We got word from him that he completed a project he had been working on with Cypress College students: he made a short film with them that features his cardboard creations as insane robotic costumes. It’s a rad little piece called Cypress Valley and it is a great way to spend five minutes today.

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Alex Israel’s Lens

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A lot can be said about Alex Israel’s Lens. It’s a close examination of a Los Angeles artifact and a surrealist transparent sculpture. It’s a giant black fingernail leaned against a wall and a warping fun house mirror. It’s a sci-fi disc and a sublime looking glass you can put yourself through. It’s simple and complex and has a generous amount of humor to it as it is ultimately a gigantic displaced lens looking for the Freeway sunglasses it belongs to.

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Newsbites

Biran Scarf Vacation Days Hamish Robertson

Local design outfit Vacation Days has a new collection of scarves out called the Biran scarves. They’re quite beautiful! They also have a collaboration with TENOVERSIX. Check it!

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Sagrada Anenon VIA Publication Julie Niemi

VIA Publication has a great review of Los Angeles’ electrionic act Anenon’s new album SAGRADA. The album is out now and great, too.

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Twilight Of The Adventurers Narratively Zach Urbina

Local writer and LAIY contributor Zach Urbina wrote an amazing piece for Narratively about The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles. Fascinating local tale!

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