Do you want to look like Sky Ferreira? Of course you do, she’s on the blogs and magazines you read and that’s how entertainment and fashion works. It’s probably a lot harder than it sounds to pull off, although waking up hungover and tossing everything that comes in your path a big stink face is a pretty good place to start. The clothes, on the other hand, well you have to be some sort of rock star to find those, right? Not anymore! Her new video “I Blame Myself” lets you click through to a page on that has all of the styles she wears available for purchase on SSENSE, like a Givenchy black lambskin star patch bomber jacket, a Balmain woven mini skirt, and a Saint Laurent black leather zipper skirt. Music videos have always been commercials, but now that’s literally true. The future is weird!
Watch the video exclusively here.
Sex is closely intertwined with death, as anyone who’s taken a basic psychology class can tell you. The parts they skipped over, and maybe I just wasn’t paying attention, is where puking up roses, making out with a lighter and a knife, dancing provocatively with a shot gun, and drowning yourself in white paint to the point that you turn into a statue come into play. That’s what you’re in store for with this brooding, romantic track from Toronto’s L3Mon.
We asked director Matt Adam to explain a little more about the method behind the madness.
“The video is purely conceptual. The overarching message is ‘Don’t let pop culture kill you.’ The model, a product of pop culture, is struggling with who she has become. The choices she made trying to set herself apart—the Louboutins, the breast augmentation, the fur coat—have had the opposite effect and turned her into everybody else. She lost herself, but now she’s fighting back. The lipstick is a metaphor for her bad habits; the wrong guy, the wrong drugs, the wrong exterior. Empowered, she chooses to cut and burn the lipstick to defy typical beauty standards – which is why her nails and lips are not done. The white paint is a metaphor for her renwewed sense of purity. She turns into a statue because the purity lives forever. This turning point represents the end of her choices, and ultimately the death of pop culture.”
Also, the model, Cass Flamini, is really hot. Is that a metaphor? Sorry, sorry, Adam explained more:
“The lyrics in the song reflect the same indulgent but destructive decisions. Whether it is the addiction to drugs, the addiction to love, or the addiction to lipstick, these behaviors have led to a breaking point, and she has one last chance to get it right. She can only hold on one more time.”
This is the internet, where clicks are currency and ‘hype’ is the golden path to accumulating said riches. Having said that, announcements don’t come much bigger than this. Page Six is reporting that Jay Z and Beyonce will break ticket sale records when they embark on a 20 stadium tour across the United States this summer. Sources are telling the Post‘s gossip column—so believe at your own risk—that the tour will start in late June and may crescendo with a July 4th gig in New York City. Pop music’s royal couple have appeared together on stage a number of times before, most recently at February’s Grammy’s to perform song of the century “Drunk in Love,” but this is some next level pop superstardom type shit. Instagram, prepare to get your ass kicked.
“’1913′ is a young poet’s fantasy,” explains Steve Five of Brooklyn’s The Library is on Fire. “The idea was to fill the song with references to some favorite miscreants and decadent artists, to make a pop song out of obscure esoteric French literature and film.” The band does take its name from a line by French World War II poet, René Char after all.
“It’s not wholly historically accurate,” however, Five says. “Marienbad is referenced and it’s from the ’60′s, Alfred Jarry died well before 1913, etc. I liked the idea of creating a pop song using these obscure references,” he says.
I don’t think most people will mind the poetic license. You could dig deep into the allusions, or just enjoy it for the blast of fuzz pop joy that it is. Even better: both at once.
The Library is on Fire’s Halcyon and Surrounding Areas is out today.
Listening to “War Paint” from the Brooklyn-based Manicanparty, you might assume they’re an insular bedroom studio project, but to reproduce the rhythms that kick in on the chorus here they perform live as a sprawling 8 piece, is a sight to behold. The song, from their second EP The Discrict, out in June, is a blend of familiar electropop style and ambitious arrangements.
“The District is really about people. People in our lives and people that you hear about who aren’t directly in your life, but that idea that we are all tied together somehow,” they explain in a release. “We wanted to create this music where when the song is over you were suddenly inspired or motivated to do something, in whatever form that is for you. That’s the great power of music. Its universal and its strong enough to make a change.”
“With ‘“Warpaint” we wanted to take what we did with the first project and expand on it,” the group’s producer Pat told us. Singer Jess continued, “we really feel we embodied our style and developed ourselves more as artists.”
Photo by Adam Ross
The appeal of Lana Del Rey has always been her very clearly defined aesthetic, the frozen in amber Hollywood glamour, the mythos of the past elevated to a fetish. That’s been reflected in both her music and the imagery that has played such a big role in selling it to us. Perhaps that’s why I’m a bit surprised by the new single “West Coast” from her upcoming Ultraviolence — it feels like a divergence from the path. There’s certainly plenty of swooning romance going on here, but it seems grounded in a more contemporary framework. Are we ready for a Lana Del Rey who lives in the 2010s? Just not sure. At the very least she’s still singing about California. We’ll always have that.
Coachella is into its third day, and from the vantage point of my couch it looks like a total thing. While there have certainly been some notable highlights, like OutKast’s reunion, (watch it below) and Beyonce dancing onstage with Solange! (watch a clip of someone videoing themselves watching it on a video screen below), nothing has come quite as close to accurately summing up the essence of the music festival as this salient and revealing take from MSNBC trendspotter Joe Scarborough.
Umm…MGMT kicked ass. #Coachella2014
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) April 13, 2014
A photo Beyoncé posted of herself playing golf in the Dominican Republic on Instagram has stirred up a lot of controversy, with fans accusing the singer of Photoshopping herself a more “aesthetically appealing” thighgap.
As Comso, among the many sites covering this big story, points out:
One person commented “really @Beyonce? we all love your thick thighs. NO reason to photoshop a thigh gap in there.”
On Twitter, another fan voiced her disapproval “With her money, Beyoncé should be able to pay someone who is better at Photoshop.”
Sorry, but we’re just not seeing it. Some people are just born that way.
Hot off the news that in a year from now, Stephen Colbert is going to whip his ass in the ratings, Jimmy Kimmel decided to remind the world that he is a relevant talk show host that can get one of the world’s biggest rap stars to poke fun at himself on camera. This is what happened last night when big rap star Drake appeared on Kimmel’s show to promote his upcoming and rather confusing hosting gig at the ESPYs, by dressing up in a wig and beard, and hitting the streets to ask unsuspecting normals what they thought of Drake. It’s hard to imagine that any of these people actually know who Drake is, given that someone who looks and sounds exactly like Drake asked them what they thought about Drake on camera. It is also possible that these people know who Drake is, but do not live and breathe Drake, like we do. Amyway, fun clip.