Anyone who knows FLY53 knows we have been friends with the lads at Artrocker for quite a while. We like their moxie and their style of writing. We share a common thread of music that we like as well. In fact we like them so much we have both agreed to get some of their content right here on our blog. Every two weeks we’ll have some insider info from their offices posted up for everyone to see. Nice. Take it away Marc…
Artrocker’s Fly53 Blog #1 - by Marc
Welcome to Artrocker’s debut blog for Fly53, our partners in crime for a third year running as we marry together the worlds of fashion and music.
However, it’s been a bit more of a sporting theme in these parts this last week as I took myself off to LA after the early British summer left almost as quickly as it came. I found myself pitch side at the LA Galaxy with just a strip of grass separating me from the footballing legend, David Beckham – check out the number 23 just over my left shoulder. The Galaxy lost but the Irish Goal Machine (although not whilst he was playing for West Ham, I’m sad to say!) Robbie Keane bagged a goal and it was a very different experience from going to Upton Park on a wet and windy Tuesday night.
And my sporting week continued with a trip to the LA Clippers vs LA Lakers at the Staples Center. Games don’t come much bigger than this in LA, but Arsenal vs Tottenham it was not, as we were treated to a Cirque du Soleil half-time performance, countless competitions, and cheerleading displays, plus images of Billy Crystal sitting courtside beamed onto the big screen every 10 minutes – the Clippers don’t have quite the same amount of celebrity fans as the Lakers! I did see some music though as LA natives The Airborne Toxic Event took to the centre court to perform the national anthem – why don’t you get Chas & Dave doing ‘God Save the Queen’ before kick-off at White Hart Lane?
Coincidentally, I got myself into the LA spirit even before jetting off as the new Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes album landed in the Artrocker office just last week. With its low-fi, West Coast merry tunes it would make even the greyest skies shine. We shall all be wearing flowers in our hair by the end of the summer if Alex Ebert and his motley crew of musical vagabonds have their way… although I’m told the more chilled out ‘Here’ will be quickly followed by a more rocking album. I can’t wait.
Its Coachella time and there’s lots of bands playing intimate LA shows over the next week so I hope to catch The Horrors, Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys by the time I talk to you next.
I’m off for some tacos now before returning to fish ‘n’ chip suppers next week.