Today we’re excited to kick off new episode of Room 205 with the legendary Redd Kross. For this exclusive performance of “Uglier” from the band’s acclaimed 2012 album Researching The Blues (MERGE Records), director and lifelong Redd Kross fan Tim Manning and set designer Tamarra Younis re-imagined Room 205 as a brightly-lit, exceedingly cramped inconvenience store bursting with big power-pop riffs, rad hair moves, and a soon-to-be-classic Redd Kross song. We hope you enjoy this modern ode to hyper-colored ugliness lovingly crafted in our weird little room where almost anything is possible.
Redd Kross have always been too good, too perfect, too true, to believe. Mythic. Did they really open for Black Flag? Could Jeff and Steven McDonald really have been born and raised in the Beach Boys’ hometown of Hawthorne, California, and did Jeff really see the Beatles live in 1966? Is that really their hair? Could Researching the Blues, their first studio album in 15 years, be the best start-to-finish Redd Kross record ever? Somehow, the answer to all the above is improbably, wonderfully YES. Here’s to their beautiful reunion! Redd Kross Forever!
Look for the second Red Kross x Room 205 performance, to launch Monday, April 1st.
We are proud to release a new range of iPhone 5 cases as the newest additions to the Incase for Shepard Fairey Collection. Available today, the 10-piece series features eight different designs from one of the world’s most influential street artists, joining a complete offering of bags and products for MacBook, iPad and iPod touch in the collection.
As a cultural provocateur, social critic and artist, Fairey’s striking illustrations have created some of the most enduring cultural memes in modern times. For Spring 2013, our signature Snap Case serves as a canvas for some of Fairey’s most recognizable creations. The Icon Stencil design is emblazoned with the now infamous OBEY GIANT image that changed the way people view art contextualized by their surroundings, while black and white photographs of real world OBEY GIANT sightings in San Francisco, New York and Hong Kong are the foundations for the Street Scene Snap Case.
The Obedience design is a reinterpretation of classic mid-century propaganda offering social commentary on consumption and control. The Peace Goddess, subject of numerous wall mural installations by Fairey, graces the Incase Snap Case evoking feelings of strength and serenity. The Spring collection of Incase for Shepard Fairey also includes bold ornamental designs like Floral Vine and Star Gear featuring the artist’s signature emblem.
The Shepard Fairey Snap Cases for iPhone 5 are available now in our webstore.
Our interpretation of one of the season’s biggest trends comes to life in the Camo Collection. Available today, the Camo Collection features a selection of our most popular packs and bags reskinned in a durable twill material featuring our own custom camouflage pattern.
The Camo Collection offers a more stylized look and combines it with the sensibility of signature Incase bag designs. Our DSLR Sling Pack, DSLR Pro Pack, Range Backpack and Campus Pack all provide practical utility, smart organization and device protection to meet the needs of individuals across a broad variety of pursuits and activities.
The four-piece Camo Collection is available now in our webstore.
We are excited to welcome our SYSTM brand of cases to goincase.com. SYSTM was developed by Incase in order to deliver innovative solutions for users that want ultimate device protection without compromising design. Utilizing lightweight yet durable high-tech materials, versatile protective layers and robust considered construction, SYSTM cases are engineered to protect devices from everyday use and abuse, enabling adventurers to go further, do more and worry less.
By integrating PORON® XRD™, SYSTM cases take a leaner and meaner approach by absorbing and dissipating force for extreme impact protection and shock absorption.
As SYSTM’s toughest case, Vise features an internal shock absorbing rubber cover base layer that incorporates PORON® XRD™ protective edges and corners for increased durability around high-impact zones. Encapsulated by an outer two-piece hardshell, Vise locks into place with the internal rubber cover through an innovative slide-lock. Its detachable rotating belt clip provides carrying versatility. Even with three layers of protection, it’s as easy as snap, slide and lock in place for maximum protection.
Engineered for outdoor toughness, Chisel is flexible and tough to the core. Featuring a PORON® XRD™ lined interior, Chisel combines the armored protection of an external hardshell with the flexible convenience of a rubber cover to absorb impact and provide superior protection.
Hammer delivers protection around every corner in a streamlined design. Shock absorbing rubber construction is enhanced on the inside with PORON® XRD™ protective corners and a knurled exterior texture for added grip.
With SYSTM cases available alongside signature Incase designs, you can now choose from a complete range of protective solutions for your iPhone.
Inspired by the spontaneity and freedom of cycling, the Range Collection is designed for everyday outings no matter the destination. This season, the entire collection has been fabricated in a deep black twill with subtle ultramarine highlights for an ultra-minimalist look that belies the collection’s robust durability and functionality. Generous storage areas with easy access and signature Incase device protection provide flexible carrying solutions in a variety of sizes and styles.
Each piece in the collection features durable twill construction with weather-resistant coating. High-visibility reflective details and safety light attachment points make it safe to roam day or night, rain or shine.
The Range Collection bags and backpacks are each equipped with a padded, faux-fur lined compartment for securing a notebook. Quick-access stash pockets and additional accessory pockets, including a U-lock utility pocket, allow for organized carrying of essentials.
The Range Collection is comprised of the Backpack (fits up to 15” MacBook Pro), Large Backpack (fits up to 17” MacBook Pro), Messenger Bag (fits up to 13” MacBook Pro) and Large Messenger Bag (fits up to 15” MacBook Pro) and a coordinating iPhone Pouch that works with all four bags.
The new Range Collection in black is available now in our webstore.
While on a recent US tour with Grammy-winning American violinist Hilary Hahn, celebrated Düsseldorf-born piano composer Hauschka took a time-out to create this very special 3-part performance series with esteemed director Greg Hunt, set designer Tamarra Younis, and sound engineer J. Clark. Employing elements of magical realism, prepared piano, playful improvisation and inspired collaboration, this episode embodies everything we’ve come to love about Room 205.
Hauschka is the musical alias of acclaimed modernist German composer Volker Bertelmann. Over seven albums he’s explored the creative possibilities of the “prepared” piano by modifying its innards with an assortment of odds and ends (such as gaffer tape, aluminum foil, bells and ping pong balls), transforming the pure tuned instrument into mini rhythm sections. With his most recent solo release – 2011’s Salon Des Amateurs – he’s crafted an astonishingly creative piano-and-percussion homage to electronic dance music. The results are vivid, unconventional pieces made in a spirit of inspired research-enthusiasm.
Look for the second Hauschka x Room 205 performance, “Silver Lake,” to launch Monday, February 18th.
Just in time for holiday gift giving, we’ve taken our popular DSLR Pro Pack and refreshed it with durable cotton canvas construction in a rich black hue that’s sure to bring joy to the photography professional or enthusiast in your life this holiday season.
For equipment-intensive photography, our DSLR Pro Pack offers photographers protection, storage and comfortable carrying for heavy loads. Its large main storage compartment features fully customizable modular dividers for camera bodies, lenses, flashes and other equipment, with primary access through the back of the pack and a second zipper at the top of the pack for quick access. An additional storage area features a dedicated notebook compartment that fits up to a 15” MacBook Pro and a slip pocket for an iPad for easy on-location editing. Exterior straps secure a tripod while fully padded shoulder straps and a mesh back panel provide excellent breathability and comfort.
The DSLR Pro Pack in black canvas is available now in limited quantity exclusively in our webstore. Be sure to check out our entire Camera Collection for bags and cases perfect for any shutterbug on your list.
During the recent MusicFest NW in Portland, we put our heads together with friend and longtime MFNW producer Trevor Solomon to curate “Room 205 Live.” After filming more than 30 episodes and 90 videos in a tiny 15×20-foot rehearsal space, we wanted to have a go at collaborating in front of a live audience. Held at venerable downtown venue Ted’s, (formerly Berbati’s Pan), the night showcased five of our favorite past collaborators from Room 205, including Blouse, Crystal Antlers, Craft Spells, Tropic of Cancer and Chelsea Wolfe.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Blouse is comprised of members Charlie Hilton, Patrick Adams, Jacob Portrait, and Paul Roper. Here we find them swooning elegantly through the standout track, “Videotapes,” from the 2011 debut album, BLOUSE, on Captured Tracks. Wildly pitch-shifted and wonderfully out-of-whack, this song is near-perfect in almost every imaginable way. Enjoy.
With the iPad mini now in the hands of eager early adopters everywhere, we’re pleased to introduce our first offering of cases for the newest addition to the iPad family. Signature styles like our Book Jacket and Canvas Maki Jacket and classics like our Neoprene Sleeve and Folio are now available in our webstore with more on the way soon.
The Book Jacket gives your iPad mini complete protection and converts into a stand with two viewing angles and one working angle for comfortable typing. Its pebbled texture lends a premium look and feel while an elastic band secures it closed for easy transport.
The Canvas Maki Jacket is a multifunctional case and stand solution in a lightweight and slim design. Simply open up the cover and roll it into a stand for a vertical viewing angle or one of two working angles for easy typing. Bold prints make the Canvas Maki Jacket a fun option for carrying and protecting iPad mini.
For more basic solutions, the Folio for iPad mini offers full protection in a classic design that includes an interior slip pocket for storing essential documents. For those who prefer a sleeve, our Neoprene Sleeve has been custom sized for iPad mini and works perfectly inside your favorite bag or as a stand alone carrying case.
For owners of the new 4th generation iPad, we are pleased to confirm that all current products for the 3rd generation iPad are compatible.
We’re excited to present this week’s episode of Room 205 featuring Chelsea Wolfe. After filming more than 30 episodes and 90 videos in a tiny 15×20-foot rehearsal space, we put our heads together with friend and longtime MFNW producer Trevor Solomon to curate “Room 205 Live” held at venerable downtown venue Ted’s, (formerly Berbati’s Pan) during this year’s MusicfestNW. The night featured some of our favorite Room 205 collaborators, including Chelsea Wolfe, Craft Spells, Crystal Antlers, Tropic of Cancer and Blouse. In this episode, Chelsea Wolfe performs “Noorus,” a track from her first LP, The Grime and The Glow.
Northern California native Chelsea Wolfe’s sound is best described with broad juxtaposing strokes: elemental and intense, ancient yet modern, radiant, dark, intimate and expansive. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric folk. Wolfe’s voice haunts and soothes, revealing the unlikely truths and beauty hidden in life’s darker corners. Whether stripped bare or fully backed, Wolfe and company carry a serious heaviness of sound offset by that ever-present counterweight: transcendence of spirit.