July 30, 2014

If you’re like me, you’ve probably found plenty of reasons to be jealous of Orlando Bloom before in the past. The fame, talent, film career…being married to Miranda Kerr for a while. But all of that pales in comparison to taking a swing at Justin Bieber’s anthropomorphized bobble-head doll face, which apparently took place in Ibiza last night.

TMZ…sigh… has the scoop. Also on hand in the restaurant were Diddy and Paris Hilton, they say. Sounds like a cool spot.

Apparently things got testy between Bloom and Bieber, who have a history of beef going back to when the Bibequakes hung out with Kerr while she was married to Bloom, and then, uh *checks notes*, Bloom hung out with Selena Gomez or something? It’s like a day time soap opera! But with worse acting.

Anyway, there’s a video of Bloom sort of taking a shove/swipe at Bieber, but his body guard deflects it. Give that guy a raise.

So, there’s that blog post in the can. I don’t know guys. Sometimes I just don’t know.

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July 30, 2014

Ariel Pink sat for an interview on Alexi Wasser’s series “Alexi In Bed” where he tells a pretty weird story about getting in an argument with a potential love interest.

“I got maced by a feminist. #hatecrime,” Pink says. He had gone home with her after a party. “I treated this girl with the utmost respect,” he says.”She was young, she was nice. She talked about her dad all night,” to which Alexi starts laughing.

“I’m laughing because she’s fucked up,” Alexi says. “It’s like ‘I have daddy issues.’”

Pink explains he didn’t do it with her. Maybe because the girl called him a “Saggy Kurt Cobain, and a saggy Mr. Burns.”

The next day he suggested they go get some lunch. They go to get a smoothie, and apparently there’s a disagreement over who is going to pay. And then she gets really angry. “Women’s lib and all that kind of stuff. She makes her own money, she can fucking pay for her own lunch.”

“Basically, she thought she had me wrapped around her finger because I listened to her daddy,” he says. “This is my psychological evaluation. She wanted to bitch me out in public because she’s like, ‘I got a good one. I got a great Kurt Cobain wannabe and he’s respectful of women and I can shame him in public. This is just the guy I want.’”

She starts shouting at him, and he says something like, “Shut your mouth, little girl, respect your elders, and fucking get out of here.”

As he walks away, she runs up behind him and maces him, yelling “Take that you bitch!”  Then she runs away, and smashes the windshield of the van, and scrapes “Asshole”  on the side of the van.

And that was the time Ariel Pink had a weird encounter with a potential hook up and said some strange shit to someone who seems a little crazy. (h/t P4k)

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July 30, 2014

As you might imagine, I have to listen to a lot of music around here at the content sharing factory, and most of it falls pretty flat. One good quality control test I’ve found is that if after the first time I play a song I can hear my lady singing its hook five seconds later in the other room, then it’s probably a winner. (Like in most relationships, she’s got better taste than me.)

You’ll probably have this track “Step Into My Office” from Brooklyn-based (you don’t say?!) four piece Blank Paper in your head too right off the bat. It’s a slow, creeping, electro-noir number, with a sultry delivery that contrasts its rather bureaucratic lyrics. “I have plans, come meet with me. Hear my proposal, we could start a company,” vocalist Marie Kim sings. Trust me, it’s a lot sexier than it sounds on paper.


The video, starring NYC actor and model Carl Wolfe, takes a much different approach, reflecting on a young boy’s troubled relationship with an abusive father. It was directed by Patrice Zapiti of LGTR Productions

“It’s obviously a reflection of some personal struggles and pains from childhood regarding the father figure,” the band tells me. “It is very far from the sexy vibe of the song that most people perceive, but that’s kind of why we went with it because the song in our minds was meant for that dark vibe that has to do with the pains of trying to get to know and love someone who seemingly doesn’t want the same.”

Sometimes you just want to watch The NeverEnding Story, but your dad wants to watch football. If that’s not a great metaphor for love I don’t know what is.

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July 29, 2014

“We spent long hours together in the studio and only left until we finished,’ Freddy Crabs, keyboardist for Australian genre-jumpers Sticky Fingers explains of their forthcoming Land of Pleasure, out in the States on August 5.

“I remember one time in particular when I had just finished a day session and stayed in the studio by myself. Suddenly Dylan [Frost, vocalist/guitarist] came stumbling through the door going ‘Crabs, let’s write a beat now!’ I quickly came up with some chords and bailed soon after, but when I came back the next morning, I found Dylan still in the studio working on rough version of what became ‘Velvet Skies.’”

That song, premiered here today, is a blissful mix of hip-hop delivery with reggae contours, and far-flung panoramic instrumental vistas.

“Once Paddy [Cornwall, bassist] came in and added a few things, it turned into one of the strongest tunes we’ve written to date,” he goes on. I tend to agree.

Photo by Colin L.

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July 29, 2014

Last season, Maison Kitsuné featured Sky Ferreira as the star of its lookbook, and this season they’ve brought in yet another disgustingly cool fashion and music it girt, Kilo Kish. Earlier in July, Kish released her new EP, Across, on the Kitsuné label, and for the brand’s fall/winter campaign, Kish and Tom Burke wander around London sporting the latest playful sweaters, skirts, pants, and button-ups. Expect plenty of neutral colors interspersed with bold reds, fine tailoring, and of course a signature bomber jacket. Between Kish’s time in Los Angeles and New York, the 24-year-old Orlando native answered a few of our questions about the collaboration, her inspirations and upcoming capsule collection.

You must be pretty thrilled to be part of the Maison Kitsuné campaign. Can you talk a little about the experience?
It was really fun! We shot with Purienne in the Barbican Center in London. It was cold, but we made it work and had a lot of fun!

I know you are also designing a travel-themed capsule collection to be released this fall/winterCan you tell me about that?
I’ve just begun working on it now. I’m gathering inspiration and imagery. Pretty much I’m going to try and make a few things I would really love to wear/own.

As a musician, artist and model, how do you maintain a balance between all of your endeavors? How do you see them overlap?
I don’t identify myself as a model, really. I just like making things. From one comes the others and so on and so on. I just wake up in the morning and work on what’s in front of me, whether that be making songs, helping edit videos, designing merch, or shooting for a magazine. It’s fun and I like the variety.

Do you see yourself continuing to work in all of these mediums or do you want to focus on one more than others?
I would ideally like to work on music for six months straight with no distractions and then paint for four months with no distractions, but it doesn’t really work that way for me at the moment. I like to really focus in and get deep and explore, but when everything is happening at the same time it’s a tad bit stifling. I’m improving though.

What do music, fashion and art mean to you?
Style, music, and art are all about expressing yourself or your concepts and thoughts.

What are some of the repeating concepts you see yourself drawn to in music and art?
I’m really interested in the scaffolding. I love exposing and exploring the back end of making music, so I love keeping all the fucked up parts. I think it adds realness.

Where do you draw some of your major inspirations?
Relationships and people watching, personal feelings, replaying conversations in my head…Even the most seemingly boring conversations sometimes stick with me when I’m writing songs, but I get a lot of inspirations from conversations with guys I’m with or things I wish I would have said.

And how would you describe your philosophy toward art, music and/or fashion?
I guess my philosophy towards making art and music is just make it and make it with style. I don’t think too much about it. I just dress for the day and whatever my mood is. I try not to take myself too seriously in any fashion.

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July 29, 2014

It’s gotten to the point by now where we can probably stop referring to this type of slinky, funky electro-funk-pop as sounding 80s retro now that we live in the eternal 80s of the nostalgic mind, right? This remix of Barcelona-based That Girl With the Dark Eyes’ “Hey Baby” by Auxiliary the Masterfader is just as evocative of what we were dancing to last night as it is last millennium (although, fine, there’s plenty of  Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life” here).

A love of the past played into the production of the track at any rate.

“Aux and I quickly bonded over the internet comparing analog equipment, TGWtDE, aka Tiffany Garrett Sotomayor told us. “We both mentioned the Juno 60 and Linn Drum as influences and our little analog hearts were all a flutter. This remix is about appreciating gear of the past and creating a positive vibe. If roller skate rinks were still a thing this would be the ultimate jam! It instantly took me back to cruising around shotgun in my Dads ’69 Chevy Step-side.”

She’s pleased with the way the remix turned out, she says.

“Aux kept all the right hooks from the original but added some extra bounce and really highlighted the male backing vocals (which was inspired by Prince’s “Sexy M.F.”) and turned it into more of lead: like a modern day Prince and Sheila reunion.”

The song, she says, is about a lover’s quarrel. “Those ‘back and forth’ tendencies, waves of self-empowerment when you don’t want anyone to love you, or at least that’s what you say. You think you’re protecting yourself from being hurt. But there’s also some honesty in the verses, admitting what you really feel and being assertive. Musically speaking the song literally just happened. It came very quickly and was easy. Some songs are not like that and you really have to work on it for months or even years, this one was just there. If I can be new-agey for a moment, it feels like the universe gave it to me, straight out of the ‘funkmosphere.’”

And now she’s giving it to us, so we may give it to you.

Photo by Markus Rico

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July 28, 2014

Tinashe has been grooming herself for stardom since childhood. The 21-year-old R&B singer has been modeling, acting, girl-grouping since her early days in Los Angeles. When her group The Stunners disbanded in 2011, she retreated into to her bedroom, where she patiently and thoughtfully created three critically acclaimed mixtapes. Her first one, In Case We Die, was surprisingly dark and complex, and established Tinashe as more than just a manufactured pop doll, earning her comparisons to Aaliyah and The Weeknd. During her first television appearance at last month’s BET awards, Tinashe, who’s recently gotten coverage from the likes of V, announced that her highly anticipated debut album Aquarius, would be released this September. The record’s debut single, “2 On,” established Tinashe as a breakout star, its video reaching viral status with over 12 million views. We recently spoke to her about dressing down, being compared to other artists, and writing her own music.

Aquarius is coming out in September. What are you most excited for us to hear?
I’m excited to be able to put out a solid body of work so people can hear what I’m about as an artist, especially people who haven’t heard what I’ve made before.

Your mixtapes were all written and produced by yourself in your room. Is there anything you miss about that kind of private creative process?
Yeah, that’s still a special place for me. I’ve recorded some tracks from this album in my home studio because I wanted to keep that same vibe.

You said that sometimes you think of songs in the car. What do you wear when you sit down to write them?
I like to wear sweatpants. I like to just be comfortable.

Speaking of comfort, you’ve stated publicly that you’re either barefoot or in stilettos, that you haven’t owned a pair of sneakers in ten years, yet now you’re performing in Jordans. What’s with the change of heart?
(Laughs) I think I said that when I was like, seventeen. I wanted to wear high heels so people would think I’m older. Now that I am older I don’t need to wear high heels anymore.

You’ve worked with a lots of impressive people in your new album, but if you could work with a cartoon character, who would it be?
I’d like to work with Stewie from Family Guy. He’d have an interesting perspective.

How do you feel about people comparing you to other artists, even when they’re nothing like you?
I think people just do that automatically, because it makes it easier for their brains to put people in a box and categorize them. They like to pin female artists against each other that way. Of course I’d prefer to be known as myself.

When a girl gets fame as a teenager, nobody wants to let her have her own identity. Having started young, do you ever feel like you missed out on anything, since you were working all the time? Do you feel you missed watching too much TV and getting bullied in PE?
I actually did get bullied a lot in school. I went to public school until 9th grade and had a pretty bad experience. I missed out on prom and graduation and the whole college experience but I don’t feel bad about it because everything else I was doing was what I actually wanted.

What advice do you have for picking up boys?
I wish I was an expert but I’m not that great at it. I’m just myself so if they like me they like me, if they don’t they don’t. I have no secret. I like to be real and I don’t like to play games.

You’re very silly in your personal videos, you’re sexy in your music videos, and you’ve been a little spooky in your mixtapes. Do you have any new personalities we can look forward to?
I think all those different sides are a part of me. They all kick ass and I like to express all of them!

It’s good to avoid promoting the one-dimensional pop star image.
Been there, done that.

Recently there was drama when Nicki Minaj bashed Iggy Azalea for not writing her own music. You write your songs, so do you get upset when people don’t get recognition for it? I remember being crushed when my Mom told me the Backstreet Boys didn’t write theirs.
I don’t think people get recognition for writing music, I think they get recognition for performing material. Performers will always get more credit than songwriters, which kind of sucks, but at the end of the day people just want to hear really good music and sometimes those who write great songs aren’t able to translate it to people the same way performers do. I respect music, wherever it comes from.

What do you hope that teenage girls can learn from you?
I hope that they can learn that you don’t have to sit around and wait for somebody to do stuff. You can go out on a limb and become successful by yourself and support yourself. You just have to go out there and do it!

Your last music video got millions of views. What do you think was so special about it?
I definitely think that the fact that the song was all over the radio helped, that’s always a plus. Also I think that people were getting introduced to me for the first time. I think I showed off all of my different dynamics, like dancing.

Would you rather have Rihanna’s wardrobe or Obama’s contacts?
Like his phone contacts? Those could get any wardrobe I want.

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July 28, 2014

When festival goers arrive at the Bass Coast electronic music festival beginning this Friday in British Columbia, they’ll find the usual banned items you’ll see at most such gatherings: no drugs (lol), no weapons, no toaster ovens and so on. But added to that list this year is a rule against attendees donning the type of Native American headdresses that have become such a staple of post-Coachella-core fashion.

They explained in a Facebook post over the weekend:

For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.

Simon Moya-Smith, a journalist, and citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation was among those explaining why wearing headdresses like these is offensive in an illuminating post on MTV.com around the time that Pharrell was taking heat for wearing one on the cover of Elle.

“The headdress is reserved for our revered elders who, through their selflessness and leadership, have earned the right to wear one. It’s a spiritual garb, not just cultural; it’s not merely an addition to one’s attire. Wearing one, even an imitation headdress, belittles what our elders have spent a lifetime to earn.”

Naturally, all of the worst people you know are now complaining about how this violates their rights to self expression or whatever stupid argument you normally hear around such debates (like the Washington Redskins naming issue). But it’s interesting to see a big event like this take such a stand. Now if only we could get someone to make feathered crowns illegal we’d have most of the fashion faux pas of the past couple years covered.


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July 27, 2014

21 years ago Smashing Pumpkins released Siamese Dream unto the world, opening a chapter on an era of whorling guitar grandeur and inscrutable lyrical pointillism. The album was a success at the time, debuting at number ten on the charts, going on to sell millions of copies, and ensuring that we’d still be subject to the bizarre ramblings of oospore-domed frontman Billy Corgan for decades to come. Take the good with the bad, I suppose.

Everyone remembers the album’s breakout hits, “Today” and “Disarm”, but did you know that those aren’t even the best songs on the album? Weird! In honor of the anniversary, here are the best tracks from Siamese Dream and the rest of their catalogue, ranked definitively.

8) “Hello Kitty Kat”

7) “I Am One”

6) “Zero”

5) “Frail and Bedazzled”

4) “Soma”

3) “Cherub Rock”

2) “Mayonaise”

1) “Drown”

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