The Brilliance!


We’re really internet and we’re really back. A website about things Benjamin , Chuck , Virgil , and various friends & guests think are interesting. Little-to-no specific focus, a bit odd, speling errors, and incredibly culturally relevant.

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College Parties.

I hit lounges…nice bars and restaurants. Low key, nice drinks, great service…etc. I order seared Ahi Tuna and Focaccia…just my style. I never really did the college party/kegger thing as I never attended college. In fact…I didn’t drink until I was 23. Too busy doing my thing. So anyway…this past Saturday the good guys from Blame Clothing invite me to their East Town home to attend a Halloween kegger. Hilarious. I can’t believe what I was missing. Look…I still love good service, great drinks and beautifully designed spaces…but drunk-ass college kids are some of the best entertainment I’ve had in a while. The beer tasted horrible, the sound system wasn’t that good, white sneakers were a dumb idea, and I learned a little about a game called beer pong. And honestly…most of the girls were better looking than any of the ‘nice’ places I’m usually found at. I mean, I had to hit up Martha’s Vineyard for a bottle of Vueve cause I couldn’t do the beer…but I did drink it out of a red cup whilst carrying the bottle with me. Gangster. So yeah…that’s my post…I’m going to more house parties, that’s all there is too it. Big shout to Jesse, Ian, and Neil…I hope the clean-up wasn’t too much. And yes, I got her number.

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Jay-Z & Nas.

Of course I’m going to post this. I ever so distinctly remember my first listen of the very scratchy recording of Jay at Summer Jam performing the first little bit of Takeover…and hearing Beanie Sigel yell ‘don’t stop Jay…don’t stop…’ It was so crazy man. Then the famous gun-shot intro on Ether. I mean, I was the biggest Jay fan, but Ether was too much. Still an incredible track. Nas and Jay’s beef was nothing short of legendary. Hip-hop history. Then they come out on stage together and do Dead President. I mean…wow. I haven’t heard the audio and all that yet…but I’ll get to it. I swear though…don’t you wonder what their first sit down meeting was like to discuss this happening? Did they get some sushi and talk things over? I can’t even really explain how incredible this whole things is. Jay-Z and Nas….a very proud moment in hip-hop music. ***How was I supposed to follow-up a post about puppies? Uhh…

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KAWS on Jay…

This is kind of a quick follow up post to the last one Ben made…but wow. I just wanted to say, as always, much respect to KAWS for managing to be so quiet but at the same time so unbelievably visible and recognizable. Jay wore this Bape jacket at the concert last night. Giant Kaws eyes and teeth right on there…I just think this is too cool, seriously.

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The Daily Puppy

This is probably the best post I’ve ever made. I don’t know about you, but I love dogs. In fact, I can say without a doubt that if I was not an artist, I would be a vet or work with dogs somehow, and I mean that. I know this is pretty different than what we usually post but hey so what? It’s not like you can do anything about it. So - this site just shows picture after picture of puppies. All different kinds - dobermans, labs, spaniels, boxers, and my favorite, pugs. I became pretty intrigued by pugs when I worked at Skinnycorp/Threadless for a bit a while back and Jake, one of Threadless’ owners, brought his black pug Norman to work almost every day. They look hilarious and you just can’t feel angry at them even if they do something stupid. They just look at you with those bugged out eyes like “what?” So anyways, start checking this site out daily if you love dogs, or spend sme time looking through all the archived photos, or send in your own. Big shout out to my mom for sending this link to me. What’s up mom! She doesn’t even read this site. On another note, the WHITE SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES. YES.

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Saab, Born From Jets!

I really like Saab. I don’t own one, but I have driven a couple. And it’s always on my mind in-terms of what my next purchase may be. Anyway, Saab just launched a new marketing campaign that reaches back to their heritage as jet aircraft manufactures. See, this always impressed me about their brand…amongst other things. They built some wild looking jets back in the day, then transferred and awful lot of little aircraft idiosyncrasies into their cars. The ignition placement, the ‘night-drive’ mode where only the speedo is lit, and various other small things. I am all about heritage…I love when brands grow from their own heritage. And this is a super-ace move on Saab’s part. They are doing a whole campaign with commercials that have Saabs driving under low-flying jets in the slat-flats, Saabs in hangers, and various other marketing materials that beautifully stick with the minimalist Saab image while really reflecting the raw power/energy of fighter jets. I don’t know man…I think this is truly brilliant, and I hope the best for them. The agency handling all this is Lowe & Partners Worldwide. Also…check the new body-style on the 9-5…very fresh. Long post. THE BRILLIANCE! loves Saab.

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Charles & Marie!!

My man Jason Gregory from MAKR reminded me of another good dude, Josh Spear who put me on to a great new site called Charles & Marie. It’s a really great blog resource that reminds me of a mix between MocoLoco, Cool Hunting, and the very site you are reading right now, THE BRILL0TR0N. I am loving the modern look and feel of the C&M site. It feels like a good homelife/design magazine to me. And hey - you can’t not like a fresh blog like this that was featured in the new issue of TIME magazine. These guys are on top of things in a big way. Posts about art, interior/exterior design, architecture, fresh gadgets, and just a lot of really interesting stuff. Clean, crisp site. I will definitely be stealing some of their posts and news to post on THE BRILLIANCE in the future. Ha…but really though. Check it out. And hey - I had grits for breakfast with just a little bit of salt and brown sugar. Was good.

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Refill Issue Five.

I like what Refill does…in fact, I have their Bape x Refill on my coffee table. It takes a lot to make it onto my coffee table. They are hitting us with issue number 5. Looking good. Features on Sk8thing, Mr. Cartoon, Nick Knight, and aNYthing. Click here for a quick sample of the aNYthing layout…I love what A-ron is doing with all that. Just looks fresh, something new about it. Anyway though, Refill does a great job…good printing, cool ‘accessories’ that come with each issue, good packaging, etc… It’s basically a book. I need another Diet Coke…in fact, I need a fridge in my office, my bathroom, my car, and everywhere else I go filled with frosty Diet Cokes.

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Ghostface, Kilo is a…

I had no choice…I had to post it. The School House Rocks / Sesame Street beat…what can you say. I’m just happy Juelz Santana didn’t get his hands on this beat first. Ghost’s flow is really on-point right now…feels fun again. More creative or something. What’s going on over at Def Jam? Who did this beat? It’s so perfect. It’ll be in my car tomorrow for sure. I’m typing this in like cut-up sentences. Not sure why…maybe cause it’s 1:37 AM. Rae’s verse was…ok. I could try and write something funny or clever here…but I’ll just give the link. Ghostface is in my top 3. THE BRILLIANCE! Loves Ghostface Killah, G-Deni, Tony Starks, and Iron Man…He seen it like a Zenith. …dedicated dealers, during holidays we give them lighters…

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OMG NYC Real Estate?

I usually do my little weekly NYC real-estate thing here… But I thought I would post a little something in regards to the latest issue of Fortune magazine and their cover story about how Tom Barrack is pulling out of US real estate. What can you say…the guy has literally made billions in the US market. Flipping at it’s finest. In short, the whole write-up revolves around Tom’s feeling that there is too much amateur money chasing deals. There are of course still good deals to be had and money to be made, especially in niche markets, but in general it’s becoming an overcrowded market. Too many condo developers doing pre-construction sales that won’t be done for another 18 – 24 months…with ever increasing construction and materials cost that will ultimately raise the final price of the units causing all those amateur speculators to back out. Leaving a ‘glut’ of empty and over-priced condos on the market. Yikes. Interesting though, this could introduce a whole new renter demographic to the game…which can be a great thing for investors, but not for the overall economy. Whatever though. Check the link below…full article, like 5 pages long, good time waster.

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Artcoup Photography. Wow…

I think it’s safe to say that I haven’t seen such powerful and intense photography in a long time. Maybe ever?? I know I’d seen Boogie’s site before, but today was the first time I really, I mean really looked through it good and hard. The drug stuff blows me away, just how real and intensely sad and scary it all is. Also make sure you check the ‘gangs’ section, that’s a must for sure. I think it’s so intriguing to me because it’s all so far from anything I’ve ever experienced. I did not grow up in a big city or on urban streets, never have been involved in any drugs, and generally haven’t been around the types of people that are in these photos. It’s just a natural attraction to something foreign to me I suppose. Beautiful and raw are probably the best words to describe the photos. So go check them out. I think I’ve got a new idea for someone to interview…anyways, I’ll be headed to the dangerous streets of Bloomington/Normal, IL for the weekend. Have a good one!