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Miike Snow

There were definitely a lot of great albums and new new music artists that came out in 2009, but I have to say there was one that stood out the most. Miike Snow is composed of Swedish producer/songwriters Pontus Winnberg and Christian Karlsson (who are also know as Bloodshy & Avant), as well as American songwriter Andrew Wyatt (Fires of Rome). They came out with their self-titled debut album in October and it is a knock-out from start to finish. Their first single, “Animal”, is a shining example of this group’s ability to make music that can get you out of your seat and on to the dancefloor. Having two amazing producers means you can beat on some great remixes too. Check out remixes of “The Reeling” by Passion Pit and “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” By Vampire Weekend, as well as remixes of “Animal” or “Burial” by the likes of Mark Ronson and Benny Blanco. One thing that I really admire about them is that they are true artists who put passion and meaning into everything they produce. Their music videos for “Silvia”, “Black & Blue”, and “Burial”, which you can watch on their Myspace page, are shot beautifully and leave you thinking, if not just entertained. On top of all of that, they are amazing live performers, which is a huge plus. They are currently touring Europe, but I can’t wait for them to come State-side at the end of March. Overall, I believe Miike Snow had a stellar year and put out an album that I won’t stop listening to for a while, so that is why I name them the “Best Music Artist of 2009”.

Thinking about studying fashion? Ever consider Japan? Bunka Fashion College is Japan’s first vocational school for fashion and over the past 50 years has churned out graduates that have entered the Paris Collections (Yohji Yamamoto with Y-3 and Kenzo Takada with Kenzo as examples). The coolest thing about Bunka? The students! The school is within walking distance of the famous Harajuku district and the influences couldn’t be more apparent. There is such a tremendous diversity amongst the students, ranging from vintage to gothic to anime to just over the top. I have so much respect for this particular type of Japanese fashion because it speaks of a generation and you really have to be fearless to go out dressed like they do. All I have to say is I thought figuring out what to wear everyday was hard enough, I’m glad I don’t have to keep up with these guys.

Here is a video of one of their fashion shows. Enjoy!

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