My name is Torie Zalben. I work at the David Lynch Foundation where I produce and direct video content for the online YouTube channel DLF.TV. This incredible foundation provides the tool of TM to the homeless, veterans, prisoners, at risk women and youth, Quiet Time programs for students, and worldwide outreach. They are changing humanity and the world one meditator at a time with the utmost attention towards every individual. I admire the work they continue to provide and feel so fortunate to be part of something that has such a global impact on the consciousness of the population.
Currently the fifth annual benefit Change Begins Within is taking place this December 3rd. Co-hosts include David Lynch and Jerry Seinfield with honorees including Hugh Jackman, Debora-Lee Jackman and New York Fire Department Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. This event highlights the transformational work of the foundation and gathers influential individuals to help support their various causes. I am so inspired the foundation’s founder Bob Roth as he has always encouraged me to think outside of the box and utilize my talents to benefit the foundation and beyond.
Recent screenings of the documentary entitled Meditation Creativity Peace in alternative venues, indie theaters and music & arts festivals, the message of providing consciousness-based education and world peace with the 70 minute documentary film that follows David Lynch on a 16 country tour where he discusses his films, artistic process and the tool of transcendental meditation. I am looking how to get as many eyes as possible watching this doc with the hopes of inspiring viewers to learn this meditative technique.
My primary focus is documenting artists and their meditative practices as inspired by the use of Transcendental meditation in my own creative process as a video artist and filmmaker. I champion for the next generation of creatives to utilize this meditative tool. It is my belief that TM meditation can enable my peers towards spiritual advancement in this lifetime for future generations.
Additionally, I create video content for Manimal Group’s ManimalTV (their online YouTube channel that displays art, music and culture). Working with Manimal enables me to reach out to a variety of artists and create video content that introduces altered states of reality.
I believe art has the power to transform, and combined with meditative practices, I cannot begin to touch upon the change that can impact the world. I encourage readers to visit David Lynch Foundation Television and ManimalTV for past, present and future videos with the aim of inspiring creatives to introduce meditative states in their works and personal practice.
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…Soon to be released DLF.TV profiles on:
No one actually thinks that James Franco will win an Oscar for his gawdy take on the Southern wannabe gangsta in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, but stranger things have happened, like that time three minutes ago when my left eye ball fell out of its socket. Anyway, A24, the production house behind Spring Breakers, seems to think Franco has a shot, probably because his character, Alien, is arguably the most iconic movie character to emerge this year, and people are still quoting his famous “shit” speech. In fact, the very grave trailer below, reminding us what a stretch this performance was, can’t help referencing it either.
“When you first meet her, she’s got enemy written all over her,” Jena Malone recently told us about Johanna, the character she plays in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. “She’s violent and sexual and caustic and nefarious. But she has a big arch of friend or foe. But she’s fierce. What I really wanted to explore with her was learning anger. Anger has to be so genuine or it feels so fake, like a fake sneeze. So, the first week of shooting, I didn’t talk to anyone. I needed to have this intimidation factor. I had all this energy surging through me. She almost killed me. A month and a half in, I learned how to turn her off, but at first she was dangerous.”
Another way the 29-year-old actor blew off steam on the set of the blockbuster sequel was by indulging in one of her other passions, photography. Malone, who has her own website dedicated to displaying her photos, was kind enough to share some pictures she took from the Catching Fire set. But don’t expect any goofy selfies with Jennifer Lawerence, though. When Malone gets behind the lens, she doesn’t mess around.
Monday was a big deal for us over on planet BULLETT. It was the day we gave a big old fuck you to paper and launched our first ever, digital-only tablet publication. (Save the trees!) Since last September, we’ve been publishing souped-up versions of our quarterly print magazine on the iPad. They featured all the BULLETT content you’ve become hopelessly addicted to, with seriously cutting-edge design flourishes. If you own an iPad and haven’t checked them out, you should. It’s like peering into the LED-lit future of magazines.
Our November Evolution issue, which stars teen genius Tavi Gevinson, is the first edition of BULLETT created specifically for tablets, which means the only newsstand you’ll find it on belongs to Apple. For $2.99, you can see what a magazine looks like when it comes to glorious, glorious life. Instead of static text and frozen images, the new BULLETT is fully interactive, with videos, sound, animation, and digital art. GET IT HERE. In the video below, you’ll see what a cover of BULLETT magazine now looks like. Consider the game changed.
Take a good look around and make sure no one’s watching, because there’s a decent chance Kiddy Smile’s song and video, “Get Myself Alone,” will make you want to dance like it’s 1992. The Char Alfonzo-directed clip, which was inspired by those early CK One ads and Malcolm McLaren’s 1989 “Deep in Vogue,” video, features Smile flowing over an early ’90s throwback house beat, while NYC nightlife luminaries like Ladyfag and Sophia Lamar vogue like Paris is burning. Smile was discovered by Beth Ditto after she heard his first single “Worthy of Your Love,” and the Gossip lead singer then invited the Parisian rapper to open for her band, which led to more touring gigs with dance acts Hercules and Love Affair and Sam Sparro. Check out the video below, followed by a brief get-to-know-you chat with Kiddy himself.
Who is Kiddy Smile?
Kiddy Smile is a young French singer/producer/rapper trying to make his way in house music. Personally, I think I’m amazing. And I want other people to know that I am amazing. I thought, How can I let the world know how amazing I am? And it’s through my music, through my music videos, through my mixes.
What is the idea behind the “Get Myself Alone” video?
One thing that was really on my mind was the Calvin Klein CK One commercial about androgyny. We tried to have this feeling with the cuts and the editing, and it had to be in black and white. Also, I used to dance, and was attracted to vogue dancing, and some of my friends vogue. So we were trying to do like a CK One ad meets the Malcolm McLaren “Deep in Vogue” music video.
Where are you from?
I’m from a little town called Rambouillet. It’s next to Versailles in the Parisian suburbs. But now I live in Paris, in the 10th arrondissement. I always felt like a Parisian at heart.
Who are your musical heroes?
I really like Afrika Bambaataa and Shirley Caesar. I’m in love with the producer Kevin Saunderson. I really, really, really love Sam Sparro. The first time I heard his voice I thought, “I want to sing like that. I want to know him.” Stylistically, I love Grace Jones. I love her.
What do you love to rap about?
At first I spoke only in French and didn’t want to speak about love, so I rapped about problems I encountered being black in a very posh area, but not being rich at all. But now I’m talking about love. “Get Myself Alone” is about somebody you’re done with but they don’t care because they don’t want to leave. Sometimes I would call my songs very feminist, because I was raised by a single mother. She made sacrifices for us and I think to let someone else treat you less than than what you’re worth is anti-feminist. And being raised by a single mom, you have to be a feminist.
I want to give shout outs to Samuel Falson aka Sam Sparro, Shaun J Wright, Kim Ann Foxman, Newbody, Donovans, Glass Figure, Love on the Beat, Whitney Weiss, Sharper Image, Dactylo, and Niallst aka CVNT for helping me get this record together. And Hakim Ghorab and my dancers!
Montreal-based musician Sean Nicholas Savage dealt with the end of his relationship the way any soul-baring singer-songwriter would: he exiled himself to Berlin and wrote an album about it. Other Life (Arbutus), a tender record about two people drifting apart, is the incredibly prolific Savage’s 9th album since 2008, and he’ll be playing songs from that and the rest of his exhaustive catalogue on an upcoming mini-tour (tour dates are below). Savage, who runs in the same circles as fellow Montreal musicians Grimes, Mac DeMarco, and Doldrums, took some time off his European tour to answer some random questions about being alive.
What is the worst crime you’ve ever committed?
got bored and walked out on ‘analyse that’.
When was the last time you felt guilty and why?
didn’t dance with pretty girl, left without saying goodbye.
What is your favorite section in a book store?
the cd/dvd zone in chapters, next to the starbux.
What do you enjoy more, falling asleep or waking up?
im grateful for both and each is best when quickest.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever thought?
i once had an episode where i couldn’t picture a face that wasn’t my own,|
i was in the forest at the time, so had no proof,
but i was pretty sure for a bit, that everyone in the world had the same face,
and i just hadn’t been able to perceive it before.
What’s the darkest song ever written?
the phantom of the opera
Who are you obsessed with?
What’s one thing you can’t get rid of?
my very colorful palette for addiction
Where’s the best place to see the sun rise?
next to the ocean or sea of course, i’ve written about it many times,
im a musician, i write songs, u curious about that?
What’s the most destructive thing on the internet?
What’s the most thrilling thing that’s happened to music in the last 5 years?
i think as communication becomes easier between the people of the planet,
the at first seemingly small world, is going to blossom and we’ll all come to see how much life there is in the billions.
Describe the most satisfying revenge you’ve ever had.
revenge is never satisfying, everyone knows that.
it’s a losers game and i don’t play.
You have one chance to make me laugh with a YouTube clip. Which one is it?
What is the one emoticon you can’t live without?
i don’t spend that much time chatting online.
What do you eat when you’re sad?
i smoke when im sad, and when i’m mad, which is more common.
i eat my favorite food when im’m happy,
which varies from week to week depending on where i am.
Would you like to take this opportunity to apologize to someone?
if i start rolling down that road now, i’ll never come back.
sorry everybody, don’t worry, i’ll get whats coming to me.
What’s the most relaxing sound you’ve ever heard?
Sean Nicholas Savage’s upcoming tour dates:
12/4/2013 Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
12/6/2013 Middletown, CT – Eclectic Society
12/7/2013 Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
12/9/2013 Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
12/10/2013 Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House
12/11/2013 Chicago, IL - The Burlington Bar
12/13/2013 Calgary, AB – The Republik
12/14/2013 Edmonton, AB - The Artery
There was a time not so long ago that we here in Blog Nation were vomiting up words about Miley Cyrus for all the wrong reasons. But let us not forget that before she became a stripper, Miley was a singer. And as this clip of MC covering Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” from BBC Radio 1 will remind you, she was a pretty good singer. Still is, dammit.
Fall has set in, and leaving the house is becoming an increasingly unrewarding proposition, but you have to do something with yourself between now and the Night Slugs Halloween party– and what better place to do it than at an abandoned firehouse in Chinatown? Next Saturday, 10/26, french legend Ivan Smagghe will be joining Fools Gold’s Jokers of the Scene and my fellow lil, Lil Internet for a pre-Hallows’ eve #turnup, a night for which even I will be unshackled from the winding, sooty chutes of the content mines so I can properly attend to my hostessing duties (which include checking your teeth for stray lipstick and answering questions about the temporarily-abated U.S. government shutdown).
If the unfuckwithable lineup and loveable-yet-obnoxious cast of attending characters aren’t enough to hook you, then by all means, have fun staying home gluing felt PYREX letters on your #fuccboi costume– we know as well as any that being trill is a full-time job. However, if you’re down, presale tix are available on RA thanks to party puppeteers YYYNYC.
onefinestay, a burgeoning travel business that scouts the crème de la crème of New York and London residences for visits across the pond is unlocking an entire new dimension of traveling and hospitality. This fall, the brand will welcome two new cities – Paris and Los Angeles.
Establishing what they have coined as the “unhotel”, the team over at onefinestay is making strides in breaking down the walls between tourism and complete cultural immersion. Hunting down the most unique flavors of New York and London architectural and interior design, onefinestay offers visitors the homes of some of the cities’ most innovative and captivating characters in their up-and-coming neighborhoods. While offering the five-star service of quality linens, towels, and even cooking and housekeeping, of the world’s leading hotels, onefinestay hopes to bring their guests a few steps further into the metropolitan experience. While guests can enjoy the quirky design marvels of each home, they are also given a list of local favorites from the owners themselves, providing the travelers an opportunity to enjoy the hidden gems of the neighborhood that won’t be found in travel guides. Following the company’s intention of uncovering the creative heartbeat of the famed metropolises, onefinestay has begun a quarterly lifestyle publication, Guestbook that finds previous editor of Wallpaper* Alex Bagner, at the helm. Guestbook affords readers a glimpse into the day-to-day activities and favorite haunts of their featured homeowners, as well as lending exposure to the cities’ burgeoning neighborhoods in Brooklyn and East London. The publication explores the company’s larger philosophy of the significance of fostering living space and its impact on how we interact with environments, which is imbued through the entire onefinestay operation. Through every facet of the company’s performace, onefinestay demonstrates a commitment to creating a truly individual travel experience, one that inspires and surprises, but also helps the traveler feel perfectly at home.