Sunday, 30 November 2008

Eating my words.

I was a massive fan of Kanye's first album and certain tracks still make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, which is a rare thing for a hip hop record.

The concept for his new joint 808s & Heartbreak seemed a little bitty shite to me. I mean the most creative dude out there in the industry jumping on some vocoder bandwagon, I'll confess I was slating it before I even heard Love Lockdown.

With all that said I am eating my words and am all over the new single Heartless. Hear it HERE.

Big Als new Picture


Big Al over at Big Al TV, has got himself a rather snazzy picture and a good take on a logo.
Pop over and heck his blog out.

I <3 Nike (part II)

Coming on the heels of the previously seen satin black Dunk High inspired by fellow basketball shoe the Vandal, two other colorways have surfaced to compliment the originally seen black model. Two further tonal colors in red and white are featured sharing the shame monotone stylings. No word yet on availability.

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Fraser :)

Saturday, 29 November 2008

25mm white grog ink squeezer marker

Hi Guys, this week i have the 25mm white grog ink squeezer marker. Its exactly the same as the 10mm Grog marker from last week apart from the nib and bottle are bigger! So instead of boring you with the same details as last week i'll post a load of pictures for you guys to check out:

Above the marker filled with white grog ink.

Above the 25mm mole felt nib.

Above a line without squeezing.

Above line while squeezing.

Above a tag.

The 10mm and 25mm markers are both awesome markers, and are worth the the buy. I think you all might be happy to hear that i have finished wading my way through the markers and am on to something different next week.

thanks for reading calum.

Friday, 28 November 2008

I <3 Nike

Nike Air Max / Air Structure Triax / Air Max BW - NEW RELEASES.
The Nike Air Max lineup shows a new range of color combinations on the Air Max 1, Air Structure Triax and Air Max BW models.

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Fraser!!

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Art For SALE

Right, what do we have here, hmm let me think, as ever Buddha branches out to bring some other lifestyle products, here we have a set of canvas style prints for your cool pad, coming into you at £30 a pop, indeed, only £30 and they measue 12" x 18" (30cm x 40cm for the kids who dont know what imperial measures are).

Available online here, or as usual pop by and say hi






C.R.E.A.M




Wiley (feat. Daniel Merriweather) - Cash in my Pocket
Video produced by Mark Ronson

Clever eh?



Fraser...

Another week, another belter

Phew… I feel like I’ve just caught my breath after last weekend’s mammoth Fiasco. It seemed like half the Glasgow house music scene turned up at the Brunswick to check DJ Mes out, and I can guarantee that nobody was disappointed. As always, pictures and videos are up on the Fiasco Facebook Group. Here is a sample of DJ Mes and the Fiasco crowd rockin’ out;



But alas, another week, another belter. December is fast upon us and the end of the month means two things in Glasgow, both crucial to keeping the wheels of this fine city rolling; Payday and Pressure. This month sees Slam celebrating their 10th birthday, with the best Pressure lineup I can remember. The legendary Carl Craig and relative newcomer Boys Noize will be keeping it all things Techno, and with DJ Yoda giving it his usual one-of-a-kind audio-visual performance, who knows whats going to happen. Throw in Damian Lazarus and Radioslave too, and you know its gonna be one helluva good night.

At this point I feel obligated to mention the Pioneer DVJ-1000 showcase that Yoda made a few years ago. No point explaining it, just watch and try and figure out what is going on. Beats me, but one thing I know is this guy is an absolute maestro.

So, back to Pressure… My hot tip for the night is Jesse Rose, who’s ‘Made to Play’ label is gaining ground as one of the hottest new tech-house outfits out there. Jesse also made it onto the front page of IDJ magazine last month, demonstrating that he is not only getting recognition in the underground scene, but also breaking his musical agenda out into the mainstream. Check out the ‘Made to Play’ podcast for some hot mixes from label buddies Oliver $ and Jamie Anderson, and surf on over to their website at www.madetoplay.net for 10 minutes of utter utter confusion. Once you are done there, get the Jesse Rose – Live At Focus mix from last year for some instant gratification.

If you haven’t already got your ticket for this months Pressure, then you are probably out of luck unless you can pick one up for £50-£75 on eBay, get lucky on Gumtree, or chance it outside the doors on Friday. The tickets were all gone in a week which is understandable for such a momentous event.

Don’t despair though, if you can’t make it down on Friday, Slam is putting out a special 10th birthday mix CD on the cover of December’s Mixmag which is in stores now. I haven’t heard it yet, but I have it on good authority that it scores 5/5 OOFTS! Plus there is always Pressure next month, and the month after that: this particular Glasgow institution is not going anywhere.

Pedro

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

The pen is mightier than the sword

Preview of the brand new Winter line from Penfield.
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Fraser.

I had a dream

Dream

The other night I dreamt that I witnessed a murder.

My other half Helena took the liberty of checking online to see what this kind of dream typically means.

Dreaming that you witness a murder indicates deep-seated anger towards somebody. Consider how the victim represents aspects of yourself that you want to destroy or eliminate

- Taken from www.experiencefestival.com

The person I saw being murdered in my dream was in fact an old friend Willie who used to work at Reg Vardy and sold me my current car. I have been considering changing my car for a while now and this may be just the catalyst I needed.

Night night folks.

Al

Rebel Rebel

Brand new winter range from Mike Giants 'Rebel 8' brand, should be online to buy at Rebel8.com
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Personally I love nearly all of this very solid line, don't sleep cos the beanie is near sold out already!





Mr Fraser.

Honey Honey


Apologies in advance for this catchy piece of pish, but the hottie below sang it in Mama Mia and i had to listen to the original.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Hottie of the week - Amanda Seyfreid

Was forced at gunpoint to watch MamaMia the other night, was the worst experience of my life, at first, then i kinda liked it, sorry to say but it was fun.

This young lady is Amanda Seyfried, she plays the daughter in the film, great voice and oh so pretty.

So Amanda Seyfreid, you are officially a Fat Buddha Hottie

Things to do this week....

Out for dinner? Nanakusa is one year old!! So if you're out and about tonight grab a table and help them celebrate their birthday. There's a special bento box on the menu tonight and some other treats.... Not free tonight? then pop in anytime and give your belly a treat!

Fancy a film? Glasgow's GFT has some corkers scheduled. I went to see 'Conversations With My Gardener' by Jean Becker this week and it was a real treat. It's a film that's funny, heartfelt and poignant but without hitting you over the head with it.

The GFT also has a preview of 'Summer' directed by Kenneth Glenaan starring Robert Carlyle and Steven Evets on Thursday 27th of November. The aforementioned posse from the film will be in attendance.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Woolworths, about to go tits up ?

Woolworths could fall into administration in a matter of days unless it completes a deal to sell its retail business to restructuring specialist Hilco, according to sources close to the company.
A lack of sales in the crucial pre-Christmas period is expected to push the company into administration unless a deal can be made.
Over the weekend Hilco improved the terms of its offer to buy Woolworths' struggling retail arm, by agreeing to take on £300 million of debt, an advance on the £265 million originally tabled. This would leave the group with EUK and 2Entertain, as well as £85 million of debt.
However, Woolworths' biggest shareholder, property tycoon Ardeshir Naghshineh is expected to meet the retailer's management and banks today to discuss an alternative rescue plan to Hilco's.
He plans to raise cash by selling a number of leases on its stores and then moving the remainder of the outlets upmarket.


The bigger question needs to be, how has woolies managed to last so long, was in the one in nottingham a while back, every CD is a £5 dearer, all the games are old, the book section sucks and the pick & mix is still as dear as ever, i don't know anyone who still shops here, do you ?

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Grog Ink 10mm Squeezer markers

Hi guys, This week i have the Grog 10mm Squeezer marker for you to check out. This marker is off the chain in ever aspect, for example: The Grog ink is an excellent stainer, the nib is second to none, the squeezer system works very effectively and it has a cap which will stop leakage in your pocket. It was actually a request by yours truly to get these in store and I'm happy we did.

Above is the empty marker, nib and legendary Grog ink. These marker come filled to save you the trouble. To fill the marker, all you need to do is remove the nib, fill the bottle about 2/3's with ink, replace the nib and squeeze to start the ink flowing.

The squeezer system works a treat and the mole hair nib is a nice change from regular chisel nibs. Below are some examples of the Grog 10mm Ink Squeezer marker.


Quite a few pictures this week, mainly because I Really enjoyed writing with the pen. Next week i have the Grog 25mm Squeezer marker.

Thanks for reading, Calum.

For stevie wonders eyes only


Another Way to Die (OFFICIAL HQ) from Tom Watts on Vimeo.

Not a bad music video I must say...
But is the film all its cracked up to be?

00Fraser

Friday, 21 November 2008

Obediance



Brand new tasty decks from OBEY online now!


Fraser x

Nike Airmax Premium (more photos)


Here we have some better photos of the Nike Airmax Premium in quilted black leather, only £75 and available here.







Where are our Readers

Yesterday was a high for the blog, we had 223 visitors to the site, the map shows where all our readers are, we seem to be big in the states and have a few fans in the far east.

Interesting to see where all you readers are, hope you continue to enjoy.

Google Translate

Hi, you may have noticed this Google translate widget at the right hand side of the Screen and been too scared to fiddle with it.

Google Translate does exactly what it says on the tin, clik your desired langauage from the drop down the menu and Google being the super genius will translate the whole page into the seleted language.

As for mistakes and literal translations gone wrong, please advise on what ones you come up against, but a good way of testing your language reading skills.



Next up we have the share button below the google translate, what we want you to do is to share as muh of the content of this site with your friends.

If you like a club night revies or like som graffiti pictures then use this icon to facebook, email, link, bebo it, all manner of ways to share content and get readership up.



Duffer of St George rescued.


Duffer of St George has been rescued by the management in a buyout before the brand went down the pan.

A newly formed company called 'Nihocco 3493' rescued it from the hands of the evil administrators.

Duffer store in London was always my favourite store to visit, always seemed to have the coolest staff and a great buzz about the place.

Then it done its difusion line to Debenhams and still expected indies to carry on stocking the main line, hmm, always going to end in disaster that one.


Here we have the iconic Duffer hoody that every kid in glasgow was wearing years ago, was like a badge of honour to some.

Aspecto used to sell this buy the box full and it was available in many many colours, there must be a few still lurking about in peoples wardrobes out there.

I was surprised to still see it available on their website, i thought they had stopped making it.





MHI have got some guys in called Baker Tilley to try and sell the brand.

I think they may have left it 2 years to late, 2 years ago it was still highly regarded and selling, if you look at all the retailers that have stopped stoking their brands, i cant see how there is a business to buy.

I used to buy all my stuff half price in the frasers sale, then when we stocked it instore, we had a hard time with it.
Interesting to see if it is bought or ends up going down

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Graduate's Anonymous: My Name is Mark...

...and I'm an English student. Hi Mark.

I don't know how it happened really. One minute I was a creatively inspired child prodigy burnout, next I'm writing essays on all the mentions of the word 'air' in Jane Eyre. What happened? How did I end up doing such a pointless degree?

Was in the pub the other night (my source of all cultural knowledge.) Someone asked me after I told them what I did, "Oh, so you want to be a teacher then?"

No. Not even if the choice is between that and being a fingernail pulling tester for some South American junta. Really, no, not if my life depended on it.

"But teaching is a noble profession."

No, teaching should be; there's a difference. It pays terribly and the children...ah, yeah them... I recall being at school and the horror I inflicted upon many teachers and I was far from the worst. My class managed to force the retirement of one old dear and cause another to hit the sick with 'stress related illness.' No, I do not want to meet the equivalent of me as a teacher. 

So it was very pleasing for me to find this gem the other day. Sir Ken Robinson has advised anybody who is anyone on creativity and education. And he has some surprising views, that I strongly agree with, on the way we are educated, the way we educate and the value we place on certain professions and abilities. He's also one of the funniest speakers I've ever heard on the always entertaining TED talks series that includes Minsky, Dawkins and Francis:




Alternatively, I could just go be a teacher.


Maybe not.



God no.



Well, fair point.

Sorry to all teachers reading this, but Woody Allen once said "Those who can't do, teach. And those who can't teach, teach gym." So at least you have someone to look down on.

Mark

Quick Reminder

Tonight-Cheap N Nasty at Nice N Sleazy's Sauchiehall St. £2 on the door with Arface, Dancejunkie & Matthew Craig (one more tune) £2!! Two quid! Techno, electro, good times.

Catherine Weir's "As We Speak" exhibition featuring a range of artists, video artists and all round artistas (whatever that is) at Stereo in Renfield Lane on the 25th of November. Free entry, starts at 8, will be excellent, no doubt.

Mark

Skater of The Year

Thrasher Magazine's prestigious Skater of The Year award is on us again. Dan "Corpsy" Drebohl, John Rattray and John Cardiel have all picked Silas Baxter Neal to win, so that's good enough for me, I'm going to go ahead and call the winner myself. Silas Baxter Neal; in my top five three-named-skateboarders along with Anthony Van Engelen and Pierre Luc Gagnon. 

Not being cruel, don't worry. This guy is not the same AM I remember back in the day. I thought then he looked flat footed, a bit stilted and stiff and had this odd thing where it looked like his feet never moved. All of that has changed bar the latter now, perhaps he can actually levitate or something.


This part in the Habitat vid Inhabitants seems to confirm he's now a ripper with quite a smooth style. Some of his snaps are huge, range of tricks is very interesting. It also appears though that the wall-ride is officially back amongst everyone. And that Baxter-Neal fell head first out of the 70s wearing his best flared chords and never looked back.



Nice bit from the eS vid promotion. He's now on adidas though.

I still want Rattray to win. One day...

And a reminder: at Fat Buddha, we're still carrying plenty of skate product. Cliche decks, Destructos amongst a lot of nice gear and I'll even personally build you that board. It might be the middle of winter, but that's what skateparks and NCP carparks were built for.

More later,
Mark

Fiasco presents DJ Mes

This is my first post on the Fat Buddha Blog, so I guess I better explain what I’m doing here before I get started. I’m going to be bringing you a view of the underground house music scene in Glasgow, as well as some other bits and pieces for you to check out online. You might even see a few mixes of my own, but either way I’ll try and bring you a few hours worth of free tunes to download each week to keep your iPods topped up.

I’m gonna start off this month with a hot tip for this Friday: Fiasco at the Brunswick Hotel.



Ah Fiasco, Fiasco.. from your humble beginnings in the deep of last winter, you have blossomed into probably the hottest new club night in the whole of Glasgow. After last month’s sell-out performance by the jaw-droppingly funky Inland Knights on their 10 Years of Drop Music tour, I was left wondering exactly how Fiasco residents ED-FM! and Frazer Devine could top the bill.

This month, the Fiasco boys are bringing to Glasgow none other than west-coast legend and house music stalwart DJ Mes. In the past 15 years, DJ Mes has gained a reputation not only as a world-class DJ, but also a top producer with his own label Guesthouse Music, playing host to some of the most well respected DJs the world over.

Mes is sure to deliver a quality mix of deep funky grooves and driving jackin’ beats, and for me, this is one of the most anticipated nights of the whole year. Its also Mes’ only Scottish date this year, so now is the time to catch this rare chance to see the world’s 9th top DJ as voted by the members of the online house music community, undergroundhouse.net. You can get more information over at the Fiasco Events Facebook Group, where if you hurry you might have the honour of becoming their 500th member. Either way, here’s the lowdown on whats happening this Friday;
  • Event: Fiasco presents DJ Mes, with residents Ed-FM! and Frazer Devine
  • Where: Basura Blanca, Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Street, Glasgow [Map]
  • When: Friday 21st November 2008, 10pm to 2am.
  • How Much: £7 on the door.

Its worth noting that this event will probably sell out, so get down early. Here’s some recent mixes from DJ Mes and Ed-FM! to whet your appetites and get you in the mood for the weekend;

See you there!

-Pedro, your local house aficionado.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Row over altered US Army photo


The Pentagon has become embroiled in a row after the US Army released a photo of a general to the media which was found to have been digitally altered.
Ann Dunwoody was shown in front of the US flag but it later emerged that this background had been added, and that her uniform details had been changed.
The Associated Press (AP) news agency subsequently suspended the use of US Department of Defence photos.

A Pentagon spokeswoman said the photo had not violated army policy.
Gen Dunwoody, America's highest ranking female military officer, was recently promoted to become a four-star general.
In an original photo of her, she appears to be sitting at a desk with a bookshelf behind her.
For us, there's a zero-tolerance policy of adding or subtracting actual content from an image
Santiago Lyon AP
It also shows three stars on her uniform identifying her as a lieutenant-general, her rank prior to her promotion.
The altered photo, distributed by the army and initially sent by AP to its clients around the world, shows Gen Dunwoody against a background of the Stars and Stripes, with no stars on her uniform.

When the digital alteration was discovered, AP immediately withdrew the photo and began an investigation.
AP says that adjusting photos and other imagery, even for aesthetic reasons, damages the credibility of the information distributed by the military to news organisations and the public.
"For us, there's a zero-tolerance policy of adding or subtracting actual content from an image," said Santiago Lyon, AP's director of photography.

Mr Lyon said AP was developing procedures to protect against further occurrences and, once those steps were in place, it would consider lifting its ban on the use of US Department of Defence photos. He said AP was also discussing the problem with the military.
Colonel Cathy Abbott, chief of the US Army's media relations division, said the Dunwoody photo did not violate army policy that prohibited the cropping or editing of an image to misrepresent the facts or change the circumstances of an event.
She added that did not know who changed the photo or which office released it.
"We're not misrepresenting her," Abbott said. "The image is still clearly Gen Dunwoody."

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