Category Archives: Lifestyle

Funny Heartbeat

Kisses

In the past couple of years, few bands have really stuck & made a lasting impression - Kisses are one of those bands. The Los Angeles locals have a sound so consistent and unique that we can’t help but fall in love with them. Their music oscillates between the perfect hammock-swinging soundtrack and the penultimate middle-school slow dance tune. It’s the perfect blend of in-the-moment euphoria and nostalgic-bliss. 

Their latest offering, the first single from their upcoming sophomore album, is Funny Heartbeat. This song epitomizes what the Kisses sound is all about: the swaying melody is paramount, the breaks are shimmering, the instrument variation is tropical to the core & the lyrics  flow from the heart of a young romantic, falling in love with his piano teacher. The tune oozes a romp on the beach or an underwater embrace in the pool. Check it out below. 

*Shameless plug: Funny Heartbeat is the opening track on the latest episode of our podcast, Hill House Radio. If you like this song, you’ll love episode #26. Get at it!

With this as the initial offering from the album, we couldn’t be more excited. The album is slated to be released this fall, and even though we’re loving summer 2012, we can NOT wait for fall to arrive and bring us the latest offering from Kisses. 

BONUS ! Just saw this video for their brilliant cover of Johnny & Mary by Robert Palmer, that they shot in Rio De Janeiro. Love the cinematography here – and it’s incredibly cute how touristy they are.

Invisible Monsters Remix!

Chuck Palahniuk – The man, the myth, the legend. Whether or not you explicitly know his work, you know his work. Being the author of such classics as Fight Club, Choke, Survivor, Snuff, etc… His literary work has a deep basis in film, and video culture, and as a consequence, many of his books have become movies, and many more of his books are slated to become movies.

This cross-media nature to Chuck’s work, makes this new endeavor all the more exciting. His SMASH hit – and our favorite book of his – Invisible Monsters, is slated to be re-released as a “REMIX” edition come this june. From the press release:

“Injected with new material and special design elements, Invisible MonstersRemix fulfills Chuck Palahniuk’s original vision for his 1999 novel, turning a daring satire on beauty and the fashion industry into an even more wildly unique reading experience. Laced in are new chapters of memoir and further scenes with the book’s characters. Readers will jump between chapters, reread the book to understand the dissolve between fiction and fact, and decipher the playful book design.”

Remix culture has had a slow creep over the last 15-20 years, and with the introduction of new tools, that allow for faster, better and more reliable creative output, it’s hard to believe this creep has any boundaries. And we’re super excited to see that remixing has finally landed on non-digital shores.

We can not wait to check out this incredible concept, and see if it flys or falls flat. Either way, it’s the dawning of a new era, and we’re excited!

Find out more & check out Chucks’ tour dates here: Chuck Palahniuk

Hill House Radio

Many of you may already be aware of our latest self-produced endeavor, Hill House Radio, but for those of you who haven’t, or aren’t quite sure what it is, we’d like to formally introduce you all.

Hill House Radio (HHR) is a bi-weekly (once every 2 weeks) music podcast that the Humble Giants team has been working on, and releasing, since the beginning of 2012 (first episodes released on 1/2/2012 to be exact!). HHR is our attempt to engage with culture and be a content provider. The podcast doesn’t look to revolutionize music or how you listen to music – rather, our goal is to provide a solid 1-hr long playlist to our friends, partners and fans. These are tunes that we, at Humble Giants, listen to, work to and play to – and we thought sharing these would be a great way to give you all a glimpse into our aural world.

We also happen to think these playlists represent some of the best that the music world has to offer, and has offered. HHR isn’t just about current/trending music, it’s about GOOD music. So whether that means a brand new tune from Tanlines (like in the just released, episode #17), a massive classic (like Nightshift from Commodores, episode #16) or a brilliant new remix of a beloved tune (like the Hannes Fischer remix of 93′ Til Infinity, episode #10), we craft every episode with a mind towards flow, not popularity.

As we say on the HHR website:

“Our musical guide is the tap in our foot — blind to borders and eras. So sit back, subscribe and enjoy some great tunes with us. Whether you’re at work, at the gym, mixing a cocktail or just professionally chilling, HHR will have something for you. And if you’re a music buff, a n00b or still listening to Toni Braxton, HHR will probably have something for you too.”

Hill House Radio Website
Link to Subscribe (via iTunes) to HHR

Silverton – POW Wedding

What’s been happening during our hiatus? We’ll have to see if Daniel the Giant decides to share his adventures following his return… For now we’d like to share with you a little trip we took to Silverton, Colorado. We’ve been to all kinds of mountains and resorts, but Silverton is unique. The mountain is guided only during most of the year, and offers visitors endless pow runs and pillow lines. This is a TRUE mountain experience. Much thanks goes out to our friends Erin and Alex, who staged a wedding in order to give us all an excuse to escape!

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Life Beyond Living

The portrait of the CHAPTER man sits comfortably between the mischievous musings of Hunter S. Thompson and the raucous scenes depicted in Miguel Calderon paintings. Our lives are lived beyond the beaten path punctuated by the little details found in abandoned places, dive bars, record shops, the open road and the occasional swimming hole.

A couple weeks back we had the distinct pleasure of heading out to Pasadena for some rock diving with the wonderful ladies & (mostly) gents of the newly formed Chapter. With such a motley crew, we knew some great moments were bound to happen. We stayed close to the camera to make sure we captured it all.

Since then, the tireless team at Chapter put together our (and others’) photos and turned it all into a video for the world to experience. Check out the video, and more photos, below at the Chapter site. Nothing More Beyond.

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CicLaVia October Event

They’ve finally released the route for the next massive CicLaVia, and boy does it look exciting. The last CicLaVia earlier this year, in April, was a really great experience. Seeing hundreds of people out on the streets, riding bikes, skateboarding, roller skating, etc… all on massive Los Angeles streets, was very inspiring. It was almost like a glimpse into the future past of our culture.

I’m immensely excited to take part of the next CicLaVia, and you should be too. Even if you’re not a bike nut, come on down, roll over, walk over. The experience of everyone moving together, laughing, playing together – the humanity of it all. It’s an overwhelming and awesome experience.

Come this October, you’ll find the Humble Giants out enjoying and documenting CicLaVia. Come have some fun with us.

Wibit Water Sports

Just stumbled on these really awesome products by Wibit Sports. Their awesomely inflatable play courses look like they’d be tons of fun for children, teens and adults alike. Their slogan “How Much Fun Can You Handle?” seems pretty appropriate. I don’t know that I could handle as much fun as the people in these photos are having.

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NEA

Did you know the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) has a Blog?

Check It Out Here.

A New Chapter

“Frank Delgadillo announced today that he, along with his sales, marketing and creative team, will be launching a new brand, CHAPTER. CHAPTER assembled as a commitment to autonomy founded by a loyal collective of modern minds and artisan hands willing to uphold their creativity as part of a shared common vision of supporting others curating a similar lifestyle.”

In the ashes of the Comune,
Welcome the new Chapter.