Archive for January, 2014
The Nike Year Of The Horse (Nike Kobe NSW “YOTH” and Nike Flight Exposed “YOTH”) are in stores now, to coincide with the Year of the Horse in the Lunar New Year; an annual celebration unrivaled in Chinese culture. With the fresh start, it’s a chance to both reflect and celebrate.
The collections is inspired by the strength and symbolism of the horse, as the Nike Kobe 9 NSW Lifestyle differs from the rest of the pack in its usage of pony hair across the upper. That material seems like a no-brainer as far as the “YOTH” theme is concerned, but Nike has for the most part ignored it-presumably wanting to ignore any sort of convention or expectations people may have had surrounding the set. The Nike Air Flightposite Exposed features a horse-in-motion graphic across the upper along with the implantation of the traditional Chinese character “ma” meaning horse.
Available in stores now.
To honor Black History Month, Nike creates a BHM Collection spanning over a number of different lifestyle products and shedding light on the fact that athletes worldwide representing the Swoosh have been inspired by a legacy of Pan-African achievement. The 2014 BHM Collection is designed with the theme of “Sport Royalty,” to honor Nike’s kings and queens of sport on their roster.
The focus on this post, however, is the Nike LeBron 11 BHM and Nike KD VI BHM. This is fourth straight year in which Kevin Durant’s and LeBron James’ respective signature sneaker lines have received a “Black History Month” treatment. The KD VI features a printed glossy purple and black base with a popping gold Swoosh and KD name tag. Its shimmering laces, speckled midsole and “BHM” tongue jewel definitely follow along with the “Sport Royalty” theme. The LeBron 11 are subdued in a bold black base, along with spotted and geometric prints adorn the upper, accented by metallic gold branding.
Available in select stores and online Saturday. Check out Release Locator for stores.
2014 marks the Year of the Horse in the Lunar New Year; an annual celebration unrivaled in Chinese culture. It’s a chance to reflect on the year that was while celebrating new beginnings, opportunities, and ways to better oneself over the proceeding 365 days.
Drawing inspiration from the strength and symbolism of the horse, the 2014 Year of the Horse Collection features four unique Nike Sportswear designs including the Air Flightposite Exposed, the Lunar Force 1, Air Force 1 Comfort Premium, and the Kobe 9 NSW Lifestyle.
Each shoe drops tomorrow, January 31st at House of Hoops by Foot Locker stores and Footlocker.com (starting at 8:00 a.m. EST). Pricing info and more images are below. Check out the Launch Locator to see which stores will have these releases.
Air Flightposite Exposed YOH QS – $ 210
Kobe 9 NSW Lifestyle YOH QS – $ 120
Air Force 1 Comfort Premium YOH QS – $ 135
Lunar Force 1 YOH QS – $ 110
January has been a huge month for Carmelo Anthony. Last Friday, Melo set the all-time Knicks and Madison Square Garden scoring record dropping an incredible 62 points on the Bobcats, and earlier this month Melo launched his 10 signature shoe, a significant milestone as only MJ and LeBron have reached the double figure plateau, and his first ever retro, the Melo 1.5. The first two ‘Powder Blue’ colorways were big hits and now this weekend we are excited to launch two colorways in black, red and white. Both shoes will be available starting this Saturday, February 1st at Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker and Footlocker.com. More images and pricing information can be found below. Check the Launch Locator to see which stores will have these releases and let us know what you think of the shoes in the comments.
Jordan Melo M10 – Black/Red/Anthracite – $ 165
Jordan Melo 1.5 – Black/White/Red – $ 130
Carmelo Anthony’s first signature shoe was released in 2003, and a decade later, the Jordan Melo M10 Anthracite/Gym Red arrives to commemorate his 10th shoe with Jordan Brand. Nike designer Tinker Hatfield worked with Carmelo Anthony to create an anniversary shoe that features a simple black and anthracite upper with red accents on its tongue and outsole. The “MELO”TPU heel counter is a showcase of both form and function.
Available in stores and online on Saturday.
The Nike Air Max 2014 is the latest introduction from the famous Air Max franchise, and it looks like the Swoosh is sticking to their guns. These bad boys are an evolution of the original Air Max 1, which was the first shoe to feature visible air and revolutionized the athletic footwear industry. The brand has been focused on innovating their approach to the Air treatment through the decades so it’s a new shoe every time.
The newly unveiled Nike Air Max 2014 boasts a lightweight, Engineered Mesh upper, which is paired with a lightweight foam and seamless overlay that conforms to the shape of the foot to provide support/structure for high-level performance. They come in two colors: black/stealth and blue/crimson, and you see the images in the slideshow above.
Available in stores now.
For the fourth year, Nike is honoring Black History Month with a collection that pays tribute to a group of extraordinary athletes and their unwavering dedication to achieving success at the highest levels. Black History Month is always a reminder that athletes worldwide representing the Nike and Jordan brand have been inspired by a legacy of Pan-African achievement.
The 2014 BHM Collection was designed under the theme, Sport Royalty, to honor Nike and Jordan’s kings of sport including three of their signature basketball players: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. The collection celebrates the crowning achievements and work ethic of these athletes that have won multiple championships, awards and led with high integrity and commitment both on and off their field of sport.
The 2014 BHM Signature Player Collection features performance products including footwear, apparel and equipment featuring purple, burgundy, gold, black, grey and the new BHM print graphic. House of Hoops by Foot Locker will be your go-to spot to cop the collection starting this Saturday, February 1st. If your interested in picking up the LeBron 11 and KD VI, those releases will have special release procedures which you can read below.
In partnership with mall management, SELECT Foot Locker and House of Hoops by Foot Locker stores will implement a sweepstakes ticket procedure* in order to purchase the Nike LeBron 11 “BHM” (on sale 2/1/14 for $ 220) and Nike KD VI “BHM” (on sale 2/1/14 for $ 150.) The sweepstakes tickets will be given out Wednesday, January 29th and Thursday, January 30th. If your ticket number is selected, you will be notified by phone on Friday, January 31st. These procedures are for SELECT STORES only. To find out which store near you will carry the shoe and if that store will implement the sweepstakes ticket procedure, please visit the Foot Locker Launch Locator. These releases will also be available on Footlocker.com on Saturday, February 1st starting at 8:00 a.m. EST. Grade school kids sizes will also be available for the LeBron 11 and KD VI.
*Our customers are our priority and we encourage everyone to follow the procedure outlined above in an orderly and safe manner. We thank you in advance.
Nike LeBron 11 “BHM” – $ 220
Nike KD VI “BHM” – $ 150
Jordan Melo M10 “BHM” – $ 200
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards was the party to watch last night, which was kicked off by an electric performance by Beyoncé and Jay-Z and ended in an overall splendid night with Daft Punk taking the Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Highlights from the night include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis beating out Kendrick Lamar for Best Rap Album, great performances from Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar and John Legend, and a certain fast-food chain commenting on Pharrell’s remarkable hat. Make sure to check out the winners of the night below.
THE 56TH ANNUAL
GRAMMY AWARDS WINNERS
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
DAFT PUNK, RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES (JULIAN CASABLANCAS, DJ FALCON, TODD EDWARDS, CHILLY GONZALES, GIORGIO MORODER, PANDA BEAR, NILE RODGERS, PAUL WILLIAMS & PHARRELL WILLIAMS, FEATURED ARTISTS; THOMAS BANGALTER, JULIAN CASABLANCAS, GUY-MANUEL DE HOMEM-CHRISTO, DJ FALCON & TODD EDWARDS, PRODUCERS; PETER FRANCO, MICK GUZAUSKI, FLORIAN LAGATTA, GUILLAUME LE BRAZ & DANIEL LERNER, ENGINEERS/MIXERS; ANTOINE “CHAB” CHABERT & BOB LUDWIG, MASTERING ENGINEERS)
RECORD OF THE YEAR:
DAFT PUNK, “GET LUCKY” (THOMAS BANGALTER & GUY-MANUEL DE HOMEM-CHRISTO, PRODUCERS; PETER FRANCO, MICK GUZAUSKI, FLORIAN LAGATTA & DANIEL LERNER, ENGINEERS/MIXERS; ANTOINE “CHAB” CHABERT & BOB LUDWIG, MASTERING ENGINEERS)
SONG OF THE YEAR:
LORDE, “ROYALS” (JOEL LITTLE & ELLA YELICH O’CONNOR, SONGWRITERS)
BEST COUNTRY ABUM:
KACEY MUSGRAVES, SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM:
BRUNO MARS, UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION:
JAY Z FEATURING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “HOLY GRAIL”
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: LORDE, “ROYALS”
BEST ROCK SONG: DAVE GROHL, PAUL MCCARTNEY, KRIST NOVOSELIC, AND PAT SMEAR, “CUT ME SOME SLACK”
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE:
DAFT PUNK FEATURING PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND NILE RODGERS, “GET LUCKY”
BEST NEW ARTIST:
MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS
BEST ROCK ALBUM:
LED ZEPPELIN, CELEBRATION DAY
BEST METAL PERFORMANCE:
BLACK SABBATH, “GOD IS DEAD?”
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL:
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM:
VAMPIRE WEEKEND, MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE:
IMAGINE DRAGONS, “RADIOACTIVE”
BEST COUNTRY SONG:
KACEY MUSGRAVES, “MERRY GO ‘ROUND” (SHANE MCANALLY, KACEY MUSGRAVES AND JOSH OSBORNE)
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE:
DARIUS RUCKER, “WAGON WHEEL”
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE:
THE CIVIL WARS, “FROM THIS VALLEY”
BEST MUSIC FILM:
PAUL MCCARTNEY, LIVE KISSES (JONAS ÅKERLUND, VIDEO DIRECTOR; VIOLAINE ETIENNE, ARON LEVINE AND SCOTT RODGER, VIDEO PRODUCERS)
BEST MUSIC VIDEO:
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FEATURING JAY Z, “SUIT AND TIE” (DAVID FINCHER, VIDEO DIRECTOR; TIMORY KING, VIDEO PRODUCER)
BEST BLUES ALBUM:
BEN HARPER WITH CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, GET UP!
BEST RANDB ALBUM:
ALICIA KEYS, GIRL ON FIRE
BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM:
BEST RANDB SONG:
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “PUSHER LOVE GIRL” (JAMES FAUNTLEROY, JEROME HARMON, TIMOTHY MOSLEY AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, SONGWRITERS)
BEST TRADITIONAL RANDB PERFORMANCE: GARY CLARK, JR., “PLEASE COME HOME”
BEST RANDB PERFORMANCE:
SNARKY PUPPY WITH LALAH HATHAWAY, “SOMETHING”
BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM:
HERB ALPERT, STEPPIN’ OUT
BEST DANCE RECORDING:
ZEDD FEATURING FOXES, “CLARITY”
BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM:
DAFT PUNK, RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE:
MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS FEATURING WANZ, “THRIFT SHOP”
BEST RAP SONG:
MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS FEATURING WANZ, “THRIFT SHOP” (BEN HAGGERTY AND RYAN LEWIS, SONGWRITERS)
BEST RAP ALBUM:
MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS, THE HEIST
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM:
MICHAEL BUBLÉ, TO BE LOVED
BEST NEW AGE ALBUM:
LAURA SULLIVAN, LOVE’S RIVER
BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO:
WAYNE SHORTER, “ORBITS”
BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM:
GREGORY PORTER, LIQUID SPIRIT
BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM:
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON, MONEY JUNGLE: PROVOCATIVE IN BLUE
BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM:
RANDY BRECKER, WLODEK PAWLIK TRIO AND KALISZ PHILHARMONIC, NIGHT IN CALISIA
BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM:
PAQUITO D’RIVERA AND TRIO CORRENTE, SONG FOR MAURA
BEST GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE:
TASHA COBBS, BREAK EVERY CHAIN
BEST GOSPEL SONG:
TYE TRIBBETT, “IF HE DID IT BEFORE . . . SAME GOD”
BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC SONG:
MANDISA, “OVERCOMER” (DAVID GARCIA, BEN GLOVER AND CHRISTOPHER STEVENS, SONGWRITERS)
BEST GOSPEL ALBUM:
TYE TRIBBETT, GREATER THAN
BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM:
BEST LATIN POP ALBUM:
DRACO ROSA, VIDA
BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM:
LA SANTA CECILIA, TREINTA DÍAS
BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC ALBUM (INCLUDING TEJANO): MARIACHI DIVAS DE CINDY SHEA, A MI MANERA
BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM:PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA, PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA
BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG:
STEVE MARTIN AND EDIE BRICKELL, “LOVE HAS COME FOR YOU” (EDIE BRICKELL AND STEVE MARTIN, SONGWRITERS)
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM:
EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL, OLD YELLOW MOON
BEST REGGAE ALBUM:
ZIGGY MARLEY, ZIGGY MARLEY IN CONCERT
BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM:GIPSY KINGS, SAVOR FLAMENCO (TIE)
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO, LIVE: SINGING FOR PEACE AROUND THE WORLD (TIE)
BEST FOLK ALBUM:
GUY CLARK, MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU
BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM:
JENNIFER GASOI, THROW A PENNY IN THE WISHING WELL
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM (INCLUDES POETRY, AUDIO BOOKS AND STORYTELLING):
STEPHEN COLBERT, AMERICA AGAIN: RE-BECOMING THE GREATNESS WE NEVER WEREN’T
BEST COMEDY ALBUM:
KATHY GRIFFIN, CALM DOWN GURRL
BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM:
BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA:
SOUND CITY: REAL TO REEL
BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA:
SKYFALL, THOMAS NEWMAN, COMPOSER
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA: ADELE, “SKYFALL” (ADELE ADKINS AND PAUL EPWORTH, SONGWRITERS)
BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION:
THE CLARE FISCHER ORCHESTRA, “PENSAMIENTOS FOR SOLO ALTO SAXOPHONE AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA” (CLARE FISCHER, COMPOSER)
BEST INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGEMENT:
GORDON GOODWIN’S BIG PHAT BAND, “ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET” (GORDON GOODWIN, ARRANGER)
BEST INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGEMENT ACCOMPANYING VOCALIST(S):
BOBBY MCFERRIN AND ESPERANZA SPALDING, “SWING LOW” (GIL GOLDSTEIN, ARRANGER)
BEST RECORDING PACKAGE:
RECKLESS KELLY, LONG NIGHT MOON (SARAH DODDS AND SHAUNA DODDS, ART DIRECTORS)
BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE:
PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS, WINGS OVER AMERICA (DELUXE EDITION) (SIMON EARITH AND JAMES MUSGRAVE, ART DIRECTORS)
BEST ALBUM NOTES:
JOHN COLTRANE, AFRO BLUE IMPRESSIONS (REMASTERED AND EXPANDED) (NEIL TESSER, ALBUM NOTES WRITER)
BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM:THE ROLLING STONES, CHARLIE IS MY DARLING – IRELAND 1965 (TERI LANDI, ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM AND STEVE ROSENTHAL, COMPILATION PRODUCERS; BOB LUDWIG, MASTERING ENGINEER) (TIE)
BILL WITHERS, THE COMPLETE SUSSEX AND COLUMBIA ALBUMS (LEO SACKS, COMPILATION PRODUCER; JOSEPH M. PALMACCIO, TOM RUFF AND MARK WILDER, MASTERING ENGINEERS)
BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL:
DAFT PUNK, RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES (PETER FRANCO, MICK GUZAUSKI, FLORIAN LAGATTA AND DANIEL LERNER, ENGINEERS; BOB LUDWIG, MASTERING ENGINEER)
BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL:
LANA DEL REY, “SUMMERTIME SADNESS (CEDRIC GERVAIS REMIX) (CEDRIC GERVAIS, REMIXER)
BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM:
PAUL MCCARTNEY, LIVE KISSES (AL SCHMITT, SURROUND MIX ENGINEER; TOMMY LIPUMA, SURROUND PRODUCER)
BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, CLASSICAL:DAWN UPSHAW, MARIA SCHNEIDER, AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, WINTER MORNING WALKS (DAVID FROST, BRIAN LOSCH AND TIM MARTYN, ENGINEERS; TIM MARTYN, MASTERING ENGINEER)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, CLASSICAL:
BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE:MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA, SIBELIUS: SYMPHONIES NOS. 1 AND 4 (OSMO VÄNSKÄ, CONDUCTOR)
BEST OPERA RECORDING:THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ORCHESTRA; THE METROPOLITAN OPERA CHORUS,ADÈS: THE TEMPEST (THOMAS ADÈS, CONDUCTOR; SIMON KEENLYSIDE, ISABEL LEONARD, AUDREY LUNA AND ALAN OKE; LUISA BRICETTI AND VICTORIA WARIVONCHICK, PRODUCERS)
BEST CHORAL PERFORMANCE:TUI HIRV AND RAINER VILU; ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR; SINFONIETTA RIGA AND TALLINN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA; LATVIAN RADIO CHOIR AND VOX CLAMANTIS, PÄRT: ADAM’S LAMENT (TÕNU KALJUSTE, CONDUCTOR)
BEST CHAMBER MUSIC/SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE:BRAD WELLS AND ROOMFUL OFTEETH, ROOMFUL OF TEETH
BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO:
ALBANY SYMPHONY, CORIGLIANO: CONJURER – CONCERTO FOR PERCUSSIONIST AND STRING ORCHESTRA (EVELYN GLENNIE; DAVID ALAN MILLER, CONDUCTOR)
BEST CLASSICAL VOCAL SOLO:
MARIA SCHNEIDER; JAY ANDERSON, FRANK KIMBROUGH AND SCOTT ROBINSON; AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, WINTER MORNING WALKS (DAWN UPSHAW)
BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM:
HINDEMITH: VIOLINKONZERT; SYMPHONIC METAMORPHOSIS; KONZERTMUSIK, CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH, CONDUCTOR
BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL COMPOSITION:SCHNEIDER, MARIA: WINTER MORNING WALKS, MARIA SCHNEIDER, COMPOSER (DAWN UPSHAW, JAY ANDERSON, FRANK KIMBROUGH, SCOTT ROBINSON AND AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA)
Paul George, now in his 4th year in the league, is dubbed an NBA superstar by many of his peers. In the 2013 playoffs, George made that clear with a tough 7 game series against the Miami Heat. Averaging over 19 points a game, George went toe-to-toe against LeBron James whom many believe is the best player in the NBA. When George first came into the league he was only classified for his high flying dunks, but over the years it really showed he had his mindset to be the best in the league: developing an overall game of being able to shoot from virtually anywhere while still flying over the opposition while finishing strong at the rim.
This past weekend against the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George threw down a 360 windmill dunk which echoed Vince Carter’s dunk in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. The major difference is that George was on a fast break in an actual game. If George isn’t high on your radar yet, you should sit and watch the Pacers again soon.
All eyes are on the Air Jordan 10 Retro these days — last week we saw the debut of the “Bobcats” colorway and now the sneaker gets the “Infrared” treatment which became popular on the Air Max line. The infrared accents are paired with a Cool Grey upper with black trim and midsole complete with Jordan’s achievements throughout his illustrious career on the outsole.
The sneaker is intriguing because the two tones at play (cool grey and infrared) are usually primary colorways on standalone sneakers, but come together on this pair of the Air Jordan 10.
Available in stores and online on Saturday. Check out Release Locator for stores and release details.