Category Archives: Living & Loving

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.

GET DOWN OC

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One of our favorite party nights, GET DOWN OC!, has made a triumphant return after a year long hiatus. This week (TONIGHT in fact) is the 2nd installment of the re-energized party night, and we’re so excited! 

From 2010-2011 GET DOWN OC was one of the premier party nights in Downtown Santa Ana, rivaling the might and prowess of the Crosby (one of SoCal’s most known club nights). When it got shut down last fall, it was a terrible blow to all of us who looked forward to getting faced on thursday nights. Not to mention, the lineups & special guests always crushed – to say the least it was a crushing blow to social events in the OC area. 

This week features a stellar local DJ lineup, but the party maestro, Mikey Jazzwell, has so many epic guests up his sleeve that this new iteration of GET DOWN OC will certainly be the most epic to date. 

We’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to Art Direct for GET DOWN OC. From flyers, to the website & branding, we will be crafting a visual identity to match the meditation like stillness, amidst a sweaty mess, that is GET DOWN OC. 

So grab your dancing shoes, and come join us! Every Thursday night from 9-2! And trust us when we say that this is NOT a party to be missed. 

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

TAVIK: Visionaries Return

TAVIK Clothing and Humble Giants have had a great working relationship over the last 3 years; as the creative team behind the TAVIK brand, we’ve designed soft goods, tee graphics, advertising creative, catalog layout, and more recently, a beautiful line video & stoic photo shoot.

Our work with TAVIK shines a light on what we do best: translating a brands vision across different mediums and languages. Whether we’re designing a new set of tees, or creating advertising, or concepting new initiatives, our focus has always been on telling TAVIK’s story, in TAVIKs language. Through grueling work deadlines to creative breakthroughs, we’ve forged a consistent voice for TAVIK that is helping them reap rewards in the ever-growing, and changing, clothing industry.

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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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Are You Gay?

I’ll be the first to admit it took me a really long time to get into Prince—I know, sacrilege. But come on, unless you grew up listening to him, it can be pretty hard to find an entry point into his massive discography. I mean, where would you even START?! I dare you to google “the best prince song” and find a consensus.

But this little joint, Uptown… IT’S FIRE! Granted I’m pretty biased because the wonderful boys behind Only Children put out an incredible rework/beef-up of this tune, and that’s really when I first realized “HOLY CRAP Prince is amazing”. Between his voice, cunning lyrics and light-years ahead of it’s time musicality… shit, I mean, what more can I say? Early lyrics in this song say “She said, ‘Are you gay?’ Kinda took me by surprise, I didn’t know what to do. I just looked her in her eyes, And I said, ‘No, are you?’” I MEAN COME ON PEOPLE! THIS DUDE IS INCREDIBLE.

And after watching copious amounts of live footage, I can really only say… Hail to the King: Prince.

P-I-Z-Z-A

It takes a lot to creep us out, (especially via YouTube, where the plethora of creepiness is overly well documented) but we have to admit that this video pulled it off.

A slowed down Olsen twins song from the 90s adds just the right amount of creepy fanaticism. It also seems like a much more honest portrait of these children. They build a pizza with every topping (un)imaginable. The slowed down version puts a gleam in their eye that’s both revolting and reminiscent of those Charlie Manson interviews.

Thank god for the Internet, right? Enjoy.

The Art of Fli… WHOA.

Every now and then a video comes out that completely redefines action sports videos. A few years ago, Yeah, Right! did this for skateboarding videos. By taking everything to the next level (both in filming, editing, locations and skating), Yeah, Right! raised skateboarding to a higher plane than just “Those damn skateboarders!”.

And now, in 2011, a new video came out that attempts to do the same for snowboarding. The Art of Flight is a next-level adventure that dares you to forget it. From the website:

A new breed of action sports film comes to life as Red Bull Media House, in association with Brain Farm Digital Cinema, present “The Art of FLIGHT,” a Curt Morgan film. Equal parts action and adventure mix with the inevitable drama encountered along the way. Two years in the making, “The Art of FLIGHT” gives iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new tricks are landed and new zones opened, alongside the lows, where avalanches, accidents and wrong-turns strike. For the first time, viewers are immersed in the sometimes successful, often trying quest to open up new, unexplored mountains in remote corners of the world.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. But I probably could have said it shorter by saying: “holy crap that looks amazing!”.

Teenage

Teenage

Looking forward to checking this out once it hits the streets. Us humans are always changing and our perceptions about life, maturity and death are oh so fickle. I never considered that teens were an actual invention, much like domestic pets.

Synopsis
Based on a groundbreaking book by the punk author Jon Savage, Teenage is an unconventional historical film about the invention of teenagers. Bringing to life fascinating youth from the early 20th century—from party-crazed Flappers and hipster Swing Kids to brainwashed Nazi Youth and frenzied Sub-Debs—the film reveals the pre-history of modern teenagers and the struggle between adults and adolescents to define youth.

Incredible archival material mixes seamlessly with 16mm recreations featuring actors. Based on actual teenage diaries, the footage resembles period home movies made by kids themselves. Stylized narration dramatizes this turbulent story and a contemporary soundtrack heightens emotions. The result is a visually explosive, pop meditation on how teenagers were born.

End of an Era

It’s officially been reported that Steve Jobs passed today.

Need we say more?

Goodnight, folks.

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.