It’s Monday and our Design Director Peter Kallen put together a music mix for EcoSalon. It’s a little bit rock and roll, a little bit electronic and a lot awesome. Check out “A Slice of Audible Inspiration” here.
Blue in Green – Miles Davis
Bellbottoms – Jon Spencer
Ode to a Boy – Yaz
Love is Stronger Than Death – The The
No Fun – Stooges
Fripp – Catherine Wheel
Pon de Replay – Rihanna
Go – Tones on Tail
Crazy Bitch – Buckcherry
Push It – Salt and Pepa
Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
One More Yime – Daft Punk
We love Forest Park; it’s 5100 acres of biking, hiking, walking, running—a few of our favorite things. So last Friday, we were excited to get out of the office and give it some love with the rest of the Backyard Collective. We headed up Ridge Trail with the Conservation Alliance and a few other cool companies in Portland to build turnpikes, pull ivy and put in some hard work for a place we love. Here are few photos from our day in one of our favorite backyard parks.
We’re excited to announce that Nau has been awarded the 2010 BrandNew Award for Style from ISPO (International Sports Business Network), the World’s largest outdoor trade fair. This February, we’re heading over to Germany to show our designs to Europe.
In addition to winning this award, Sport Scheck–a premium German outdoor retailer–is hosting a public choice award for all of the ISPO winners. This is where you, our friends and fans come in. Head over today (January 21st) or tomorrow (January 22nd) to Sport Scheck’s Facebook page to vote for Nau. Just a heads up, the page is in German.
Thanks for your help, it’s because of you that we love what we do!
[An occasional update on what we're listening to now. -Ed.]
If you haven’t heard the newest album from LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening, then you’re seriously missing out. Ask me what my favorite track is and I’ll tell you “all of them.” But if I did have to pick my “most” favorite, it would be (hands down) Track 01 – Dance Yourself Clean. I recommend listening to this one in the car, really loud. It hits you when you least expect it and I can guarantee that once you finish the track, you’ll hit repeat.
[An occasional update on what some of us are listening to now. - Ed.]
If you know me, you know that I LOVE music. I’ve lost track of all of the shows I’ve seen, maxed out my hard drive because it’s full of music, and wake up to songs playing in my head. The Black Keys (one of my favorite bands) are coming out with their newest album in two weeks—on May 18th—and I’ve been listening to them non-stop in anticipation. If you haven’t heard the single Tighten Up from their upcoming album Brothers, you’re missing out.
We love music. We love Portland. We love bikes. And that’s why we love Blind Pilot. Here is a great trailer for a documentary about of one of our favorite bands who took their tour on the road in 2008…by bike. Riding down the coast from Vancouver to San Francisco. These guys (and Katie) are a truly inspirational bunch. They just wrapped up their last tour in Portland with shows that benefited p:ear and the Oregon Food Bank.
A few weeks ago, The New York Times wrote an article about the death and hopeful resurrection of Polaroid film. In the Netherlands, a small group of Dutch scientists are working tirelessly in an abandoned Polaroid factory to reinvent the film that so many photographers have come to love and now cherish. The New York Times Lens blog later asked readers to send in their own Polaroids. Check out the overwhelming response here.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s a pretty simple concept that most of us think about on a daily basis but for some reason, when it comes to the “reuse” part, I’m stumped. The great people at Real Simple magazine have a feature called “New Uses for Old Things” highlighting creative ways to reuse every day items. Check out their latest “10 New Uses for Old Plastic Bags.”
You’ve probably seen hundreds of them on the back of a train or at a
boat yard, but what if someone told you that an old shipping container could
someday become your dream house?
A few months ago, our good friend Ian Momsen told us that he was planning a six-month bicycle tour across the US. After a fleeting moment of envy, we knew that exciting adventures and challenges were ahead for this fellow Portlander. Ian’s objective for this trip is to connect people with places across the country through his photography and writing while leaving the smallest carbon footprint he can. Hitting the road with only a few key items”his bicycle, trailer, tent, computer, camera and solar panels (to charge his electronics)”the trip began.
Now, a month and half in and covering over 2,000 miles, Ian’s journey is taking him much further than he had ever imagined. Keeping a daily blog filled with rich descriptions and colorful images of the road, he’s able to bring us along on his amazing ride.