Hipstamatic iPhone App

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Although I wish they would have chosen a different name, the Hispamatic iPhone app looks very well done. It’s yet another camera app that creates analog looking photos taken from your iPhone and has a wide variety of lenses, films and flashes that you can purchase to create different effects. For $1.99 it looks pretty great.

Top Docs of 2009

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The Documentary Blog has named my friend Michael Stephenson’s documentary, Best Worst Movie, number three on their list of top ten documentaries of 2009.

They also mentioned this documentary called RiP: A Remix Manifesto which I would love to check out.

Best Trips of 2009

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Best Trips - 2009

I traveled more this year than any other, and I hope this trend continues throughout my life. The people you meet and the experiences you have while traveling are invaluable. From being attacked by monkeys in Vietnam to DJing in Tokyo I had some pretty interesting travel experiences in 2009… here are my favorite.

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KP’s Best of 2009

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This year has gone by quickly and not so quietly. It has been a year of travel, and one of those years where I have spent the majority of the year outside the United States. It has also been a year of learning, growing, loving and lots and lots of playing. This is the last year of my 20’s and the decade has treated me well. It makes me a bit sad to think I am headed into my 30’s next year. I feel the days of being occasionally irresponsible and staying out all night are numbered. I hope that when I look back at my 20’s I can say I made the most of those years. I know I can look back at the year 2009 and say without a doubt that it was a good one and I made the most of it. This week I will be posting my thoughts and memories of the best of the year 2009. Here I am starting off with what I feel to be the best albums of the year. Read after the jump…

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Ghostly’s 110 Top Albums of the Decade

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Ghostly 110 Best Albums

It’s that time of the year when everyone compiles their lists of the best and worsts of the year, and it being the end of the decade Ghostly International has compiled their favorite albums of the last ten years. I myself agree with at least 75 percent of their selections, and there are some I haven’t heard and will now check out.

As I have in the past I will try to compile my own list of best and worsts for this year. Until then I will be posting other’s lists that I respect and agree with. Stay tuned.

Tokyo Recap

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Tokyo Train Station

At the beginning of this month I left Shanghai for Tokyo for a nine day adventure with my friend Eli Smith of So Sweet Records. Tokyo was the last stop on his tour through Asia and Australia and he invited me to DJ at show with him at a club called Trump Room. I had never been to Japan so obviously I jumped at the chance.

The trip ended up being lots of long days and long nights. Trying to fit in as much of what Tokyo has to offer in eight nights/nine days can prove to be exhausting. One of my favorite things we did was spending a day at Oedo Onsen in Obaiba (wikipedia link for those of you who don’t know what an onsen is).

Big thanks to Tomo of So Sweet Japan for letting us crash in your tiny little apartment!

Above is a video from the show at Trump Room. I will post more as they are uploaded. Check out more photos on Flickr.

Toxic Avenger Shanghai

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Love Bryan

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Last night I randomly came across the website Love Bryan. They have no “about us” page so I don’t know a lot about it. From what I can gather it’s a collection of blogs from a group of kids who live some pretty interesting lives, and take some really great photos. There is something to be said about a photo that makes you wish you knew the people in it, makes you wish you were there sharing that moment with them.

Nerd Words of the Moment

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Adobe BrowserLabWeb design can be one of the most frustrating tasks in the world when trying to make your work viewable across all the different browsers out there. While I have yet to find an application that serves all my browser testing needs there are some useful tools. I have used a web service called Litmus in the past to test my websites accross platforms. And while it works great, at $49 per month I feel it’s a little overpriced. This is why I was happy to see Adobe had launched their new web application called BrowserLabs. The application is missing a few features that Litmus has, but the fact that it’s free completely makes up for the lack of those few features. Nice work Adobe.

Upcoming Weekend Goodness

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Eli Smith Shanghai

Tomorrow a friend of mine from Los Angeles’ So Sweet Records, Eli Smith, will be playing his second stop on his Brave New World Tour here is Shanghai. This will be a great show and is not to be missed.

Badtastic 2 Flyer

The second edition of Shanghai’s worst party, Badtastic, will go down also at Not Me this Saturday. Look forward to good music mixed poorly and horrible guilty pleasures all night long. This party is bound to get messy.

In addition tonight my friend Rodney Evans will be having the opening to his solo exhibition. The show will showcase four years worth of travel photos throughout China. And of course if you are so inclined after viewing some great photo work you should head over to Not Me where Jenn Wong will be throwing down some indie dance floor goodness at the weekly party Heart Attack.

Beijing Party Post

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Lately I have felt a bit overwhelmed with work, DJing, travel,  friends in town among other things. I returned late last night from Beijing where I was playing at a festival called Zoo. Also playing was Drop the Lime and Classixx who are all really cool guys. My friend Eli Smith had also just gotten into town from L.A. before we headed directly to the train station to go to Beijing. He played the first stop of his tour and will be playing this Friday in Shanghai before heading to Japan. I also met up with a bunch of close friends in Beijing so needless to say it was a really fun weekend.

Vietnam in Short

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Finally getting a chance to sort and upload photos from my trip to Vietnam. The vacation overall was really great. Ho Chi Minh city is hectic, loud and chaotic. Even more so than Shanghai. At times got a bit too stressful for a vacation. The best part of the trip was by a long shot the 3 days of relaxing on the island of Phu Quoc. We had a bungalow on the beach, and waking to this view every morning is pretty amazing.

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Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Saigon, Vietnam

I also took some shots with my Holga. I am really happy with how they turned out. This is my first try at cross-processing my film. Some of the shots are a bit dark, but most of them I really like.

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While I’m Out

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I am about to head to the airport for a red-eye to Ho Chi Minh City and then on to Phu Quoc. This will be the first time in a very long time I have not taken a laptop with me on a trip/vacation. I will try and post an occasional photo or tweet here and there, but for the most part I will be pretty absent from the internet machine. Is it sad that my iPhone gives me much comfort in leaving my MacBook behind?

New XLR8R Site: Less is More?

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XLR8R

XLR8R has revamped their site and it seems they have taken a “less is more” approach. I must say off-hand I am a bit shocked and a tad disappointed. I really liked their site the way it was. The design of the site now is pretty much just an average blog. When there are already so many music blogs out there it kind of seems like a step backwards for them. Oh well, I still love XLR8R and as long as the content is the same I will read on.

Getting Away!

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Next week we are headed to Mango Bay in Phu Quoc, Vietnam (above). I am going to view the vacation as a complete “unplug” from everything including my laptop, email, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogs, Facebook and basically all the technology I am addicted to. There’s not even television or air conditioning in the bungalows. Beyond the technology I am also looking forward to just getting away from Shanghai and the chaos of this place. I plan on doing pretty much absolutely nothing.