Archive for August, 2011

coming soon: the smile sessions

if you’re a beach boys fan, then this is exciting news.  the “lost” 1966-67 smile sessions will be released on november 1 in extreme fashion.  you can opt for the 2 disc cd or the box set which includes 5 cds, 2 lps, 2 7” inch singles, a 60 page book, a poster of the original artwork, and a couple of other things.  if you’re unfamiliar with smile, let me give you the cliffs notes: smile was supposed to be the follow up to pet sounds (one of the greatest albums of all time), but brian wilson had a nervous breakdown during the making of the album and never finished it.  it’s become somewhat of a legend and mystery to music fans.  you can pre-order your box set at amazon.  bonus: here’s a little video the beach boys capitol put together to announce the release:

know your audience

i was a communications major in college, so i had to take a bunch of speech classes.  the first thing they teach you in speech class is to know your audience.  in a couple of hours, i have to present a small token of appreciation to a couple of songwriters and one artist that bleeds red and black.  i figured this would be an appropriate time to bust out the uga tie.  always remember that when dressing for an event or speaking in front of a crowd, know your audience.  go dawgs.

around the internet

i meant to post these links last week, but didn’t get around to it.  my blogging hombres have been doing some good work and i thought it’d be nice to mention it (even though i wasn’t invited to join their fantasy football league – what’s up with that – just kidding).

red clay soul’s early season tailgating style: persols, aldens, l.l. bean oxford, red pants, uga belt…what else do you need?  i’ll be piggy-backing this post later in the week.  good stuff.

will the gant cricket v-neck be this year’s norwegian sweater?  a headlong dive makes his case for it.  jeremiah says, “if you don’t like it, you don’t like menswear.”  classic.

skip brooks at alex grant reveals his “fall fleet.”  i think he got a new camera or has been perfecting his picture taking.  looking good, skip.  i’m working on my fall rotation as well.

new tune monday

three albums of note were released today.  i’m starting to like these monday releases.  looks like kanye and jay-z started a new trend with watch the throne.  who’s decision was it to release stuff on tuesdays anyway?  monday makes a lot more sense.  here’s what i’m downloading:

red hot chili peppers i’m with you.  the red hot chili peppers are one of my all-time favorite bands, so any time they release a new album, i’m buyin’.  i was worried they wouldn’t sound as good without guitarist john frusciante, but new axe-man josh klinghoffer takes over admirably.  initial reaction: better than 2006’s stadium arcadium.

lil wayne tha carter iv.  this is one i’ve been excited about for a while.  tha carter iii and da drought 3 were on constant rotation in my car in 2007/2008.  i stayed away from last years rebirth – figuring rap rock should have died with limp bizkit – so i’m expecting big things from this release.  besides the singles (“john”, “she will”, “6 foot 7 foot”, “how to love”), i haven’t heard anything else.  i’ll let you know how it is, but if you’re a lil tunechi fan then you’ve probably already heard it, baby.

david guetta nothing but the beatdon’t judge.  guetta is a guilty pleasure.  i realize this is the a-hole responsible for “i’ve got a feeling” but don’t hold that against him.  dude’s got talent.  i’m loving the lead single “where them girls at” mainly because nicki minaj is a mutha-f**king monster.  great running music.

the perfect fall shirt: the oxford button down

fall is right around the corner.  if you’re thinking about what shirts you should stock up on this season, look no further than the classic oxford button down.  they never go out of style and you can never have too many.  plus they’re low maintenance – they look good nicely ironed or a little bit wrinkled.  i tend to stick the classic blue and white, but don’t let that prevent you from adding some color to your life.  here are four companies doing oxfords right:

ralph lauren


j. crew

gitman bros vintage

skull + crossbones dog collar from knot belt co.

i have the world’s sweetest dog.  i realize i’m biased and cannot prove this statement, but i’ll put her up against any other dog.  as much as appreciate her sweet disposition, i’ve always wanted her to have a little bit of an edge just in case i was in trouble and needed protection or whatever.  well, that’s never gonna happen, so why not make her look tough with with this skull + crossbones dog collar from knot belt co.  she’ll still roll over on her back in the face of danger, but at least she’ll look like a total badass.

the moras have arrived

you might remember a couple of weeks ago when i mentioned allen edmonds were bringing back their mora double monk strap shoes for their custom collection.  it took a day of deliberation, but i ordered a pair in the chili burnished calf.  they said it would take 6-8 weeks for the shoes to arrive.  well, they surprised me last wednesday when they sent me an email saying they had shipped and would be here friday.  i missed the ups person last week, so they were dropped off this morning.  they are absolutely perfect in every way (as you can see below).  if you’re on the fence about double monks or unsure of which place you should click buy, give these a try.  you won’t be disappointed.

weekend review (atlanta trip)

my wife and i took the day off friday and went to atlanta.  after lunch, i dropped her off at phipps and made my way to sid mashburn.  i had every intention of taking a few pictures when i arrived, but chickened out when i got out of the car ’cause i didn’t want to be “that guy.”  i stole the picture above from google images (sorry if you own it).

the store was exactly how i expected it to be.  it was somewhat crowded due to it being lunch hour and the 40% off sale that was happening all weekend.  it’s an impressive place.  i took a good hard luck at the famous mashburn double monks (great review jeremiah) .  a guy next to me picked them up, showed them to his buddy, and said who would wear these (obviously he’s not a blogger).  the one item that i fell in love with was not a sid mashburn original, but a pair of alden tassel loafers.  i’ve seen them a hundred times before, but this time something was different.  i’ve never been a big fan of tassel loafers, but in person these are one of the best looking pairs of shoes i’ve ever seen.  i’ll be ordering some very soon.

i left mashburn’s empty handed.  i had every intention of spending some green faces, but was intimidated by the amount of loot i wanted.  i figured i’d be back down there later this fall.  we finished the afternoon with stops at phipps and lenox and then headed to dinner at one of my wife’s favorite places: tin lizzy’s.

we returned from atlanta early saturday afternoon.  one of the reasons for the rush was because my allen edmonds mora’s were supposed to be waiting for me on our doorstep.  they were not.  the ups driver needed a signature.  massive bummer, but that means they’ll be here today i.e. i will be updating the ups website every 5 minutes or so.

one of the best parts of the weekend was running in the nike free run 2 shoes.  i have issues finding running shoes that are comfortable, so i gave these a try.  i love ’em.  they’re supposed to be as close to barefoot running as you can get without buying those feety looking things.  details gave them their endorsement, but said they were suit appropriate.  they are not.  don’t wear them with a suit or you will look ridiculous.

saturday night we went to a friend’s mom’s 60th birthday party (don’t judge, because it was incredible).  i should have taken some pictures.  there was a live bluegrass band, fresh fried catfish, and plenty of alcohol – one of the best times i’ve had all summer.  last night, we picked up some local taco and watched our sunday night shows (true blood, curb, and breaking bad).  riley loves sunday nights because she gets to chill on the couch.  solid weekend all around.

good find: filson leather briefcase

gq picked a few of their favorite items from the new park and bond online store.  one of them was this filson leather field satchel (or briefcase if you don’t work in the field).  it’s an investment at $795, but one that will hold up for years to come.  you can give it to your kid one day.  he’ll thank you later.

if you haven’t heard of park and bond, head over to their site and do some browsing.  it’s basically an online men’s store for bloggers.  kind of takes the fun out of finding some stuff, but j. crew started it last year with their “in good company” collection.  not complaining; just saying.

late to the party

at the end of june i bought a pair of the navy waxed nylite tretorns.  i liked ’em so much that i had to grab a pair of the white ones.  i tried to order them in july, but they were sold out everywhere (blogger tipping point i guess).  zappos reloaded and i pulled the trigger.  i figured i’d start my own little nylite project since i wasn’t invited to their party.  currently i’m the only guest, but that’s ok.  you’re invited too.  i love these shoes.  their inexpensive, comfortable, and look great.

last tretorn post until next summer i promise.