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The future is the ruling state for fashion - it often seems as though the industry is living 6 months ahead of everyone else. S/S 2013 came out in September, and even as we prepare to see F/W 2013 in February, many major labels are launching their pre-fall collections now. It might feel strangely out of synch to be thinking about fall of 2013 when we're barely into December 2012, but as trendsetters, possibly *the* trendsetters, fashion's earliest birds catch the consumer. But there are other respects in which fashion rushes boldly ahead, including innovations. Today's guest, Francesca Rosella, and her partner Ryan Genz are forces of invention, leading the technological revolution into fashion with their company, CuteCircuit. Together, Ryan and Francesca create what they call "wearable technology" - futuristic designs, from t shirts to red carpet gowns, that feature a slew of unique digital technology. Creating patterns with LED lights, Francesca and Ryan offer CuteCircuit customers the opportunity to do everything from make a cell phone call with the sleeve of a dress, to display tweets and iPhone photos on the front of a t shirt. Through CuteCircuit, the future has already arrived, and on today's show Francesca will talk about how she and Ryan met and began this one-of-a-kind enterprise, the architecture and production process behind their creations, and future plans for their line. Plus, I have tracks on today's playlist page from the future albums of Radar Bros., Lonesome Leash, and YACHT, as well as an epically long, epically great track off the new Sufjan Stevens Christmas album. All that and more in this hour of radio, so stick around for a glimpse into fashion's crystal ball...
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Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires learned to construct music in the churches of their childhoods, then learned to destroy it in the punk clubs of their subsequent youths. With strong influences running the gamut from country and roots to punk and power pop, this distinctly Southern, soulful, inspired music is a force to be reckoned with. Pulled together by Bains as he returned to his home of Birmingham after a stint in Tuscaloosa institution the Dexateens, The Glory Fires match the passionate frontman with intense urgency and musical prowess. Their debut album (and titular single, featured here), was inspired by the mishearing of a line from an old hymn - as "There is a balm in Gilead," became a bomb, ready to blow up any minute.
It's Food Week on BTR, just in time for all your hot-weather faves (watermelon martini, anyone?) On this week's Sew & Tell, we have some fashionable food for thought! I'm joined by two incredibly innovative minds, who have each created new beverage-based textiles. Yes. I said beverage-based. Anke Domaske is a German microbiologist and fashion designer, who started her label Mademoiselle Chi Chi, ten years ago. Just two years ago, Anke began to experiment with milk-protein-produced textiles, and ultimately created Qmilch, an all-natural, silk-like fabric made from casein. Similarly, Australian scientific artist Gary Cass, along with designer Donna Franklin, decided to try using bacterial growth from the wine-making process to create garments. The result was Micro'be' Fermented Fashion, a flexible, leather-like substance which can be molded to the body, and has amazing applications that extend far beyond fashion. On today's show, Anke and Gary will each talk about the start of their developments, the science behind these unique substances, and the future of both Qmilch and Micro'be'. Plus, music from Beachwood Sparks, Lea Ices, Future of What, Husky, and more! So grab your sketchpad (and measuring spoons) and prepare to innovate, as fashion meets food here on BreakThru Radio!
Syd Mead might have one of the coolest jobs on the planet. He's a visual futurist, and it's his job is to imagine what the future will look like and to paint it. Companies like Ford and Phillips Electronics have turned to Syd to illustrate future visualizations their products, ones that might not even be possible to build yet. In the 1980s Ridley Scott asked Syd to work on concept designs for his famous sci-fi noir film Blade Runner. And after that film Syd went on to work on designs for TRON, James Cameron's Aliens, Mission Impossible 3 and more.
Ever wish your cocktail gown could glow in different colors and patterns? Ever need a hug when no one's around? Or maybe you're always looking for your phone, and wish you could just wear it. Whatever your technology fantasy is, chances are good that the forward-thinking team at CuteCircuit can tackle the problem! Two years ago, CuteCircuit made a splash on the red carpet fashion radar when Katy Perry wore one of their exclusive couture designs to the Met Gala. On first glance, the dress is a beautifully-constructed chiffon gown, with appliqué flowers and a flirtatiously high slit. That is, until Katy turned on a small power pack in her bustier, and… the dress was suddenly glowing! CuteCircuit have created several special project designs with their LED fabric technology, but also recently launched a ready-to-wear street fashion collection! In addition to LED textiles and garments, Francesca and Ryan have created other prototypes of what they call "interactive fashion," fulfilling the CuteCircuit motto "future fashion now." On today's Sew & Tell, Francesca talks with me about how she and Ryan started CuteCircuit, the hard work and patience they've put into their inventions, and exactly how you can use your dress to make a phone call… Plus! New music from the Ty Segall and White Fence collaboration, Best Coast, Twin Shadow and more. So prepare to take notes on the future of fashion, because it's here!
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DJRePete gets your Wednesday started with new music from Summer Camp, Cursive, and Homeboy Sandman. Plus, check out artists playing Coachella in April as well as the Laneway Festival ‘downunder’ next week. Also check out a few throwbacks today from the likes of Sleeping In The Aviary and Music Go Music. In short, a mix that’s sure to please; that’s today on BTR with DJRePete!