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I’m late posting these videos, as work, etc. has been pretty hectic and my blogging has slowed. I apologize and hope these videos will help to make up for my semi-hiatus.

Justin Vernon brought the beefed up sound of Bon Iver to town a few weeks ago and he didn’t disappoint. His vocal range was astoundingly vast and his band was spectacular. At the risk of blaspheming my all time favorite album, their jazzy sound evoked the ghosts of Astral Weeks, in a haunting and beautiful way.

I’m sure a month or so from now when the new iPhone drops, cellphone video coverage will be outstanding. But alas, these were not captured with such a device, so the video isn’t great, but I think you’ll enjoy the audio (and light show) at least.

Just popped-in to GQ’s blog, The GQ Eye, for my daily fix of fashion news and the word on the most recently released gear and apparel. About three posts down I caught a glimpse of the words, “Kansas City,” and had a pretty good idea on what the post would be about before I had read any further. Matt Baldwin, the man to start Standard Style in the KC metropolitan area, launched his men’s denim line around a year ago, and has now moved on to a complete collection, alongside a brick-and-mortar location. I haven’t had the opportunity to ever chat with this guy, but I’d like to get in touch sometime when I’m home from the City. Quality clothing and genuine style are the roots of his aesthetically pleasing apparel. I’d have to say overall, it’s just great to see a guy from the midwest progress from retailer to clothing designer (even though I think he may have previously owned his own label in LA, not sure), and to make it even one step further to being blogged at by Ryan Plett (of We Have Broken The Internet) and GQ. I need to stop by and grab one of those KC hats (if you’ll follow the link to the GQ post, and then another link more to the referenced post on Travel Well) the next time I’m in town. Which is to say, will be in less than two weeks. Can’t wait for  homecoming and the East Harlem Stoop Choir reunion. Georgie boy and I have a lot of catchin up to do as well. Don’t plan on us producing many posts that weekend.

Ryan Plett’s Travel Well: Kansas City, MO

Drive, starring Walk About favorite, Ryan Gosling, blew me away for many reasons. One of those reasons was the soundtrack. Clearly indebted to John Hughes films, M83 and cheesy 80s action movies, the songs were the perfect contrast to the raw grit portrayed onscreen. Not sure how much this film will get, but it’s a thrilling and surprising must-see.