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- 03/12/13--14:00: _First Look: Juliann...
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- 03/12/13--15:30: _Jimmy Fallon's "Ask...
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- 03/13/13--11:00: _A Seoul Songtress T...
- 03/13/13--11:30: _Actor Cory Michael ...
- 03/13/13--12:45: _Fashion Editor Mart...
- 03/13/13--14:30: _Iggy Azalea's New V...
- 03/13/13--15:30: _New pope!
- 03/13/13--16:00: _The First Vine Art ...
- 03/14/13--07:30: _Ladies and Gentleme...
- 03/14/13--11:00: _National Geographic...
- 03/14/13--11:23: _Thoughts on Michell...
- 03/14/13--12:35: _Justin Timberlake's...
- 03/14/13--13:30: _10 Non-Douchey Ways...
- 03/14/13--14:00: _Design is Heating U...
- 03/12/13--13:00: Market Director Luigi Tadini's Top Shopping Finds
- 03/12/13--13:35: Legs' Catchy, Woozy "Two Colours" (Premiere)
- 03/12/13--13:38: Marc Jacobs Stars In a Diet Coke Commercial
- 03/12/13--14:00: First Look: Julianne Moore in The English Teacher
- 03/12/13--14:10: 11 Bands You Need to See At SXSW 2013
- Holy Mountain on Wednesday at 8pm
- Pitchfork's Day Party (1100 E. 5th Street) on Thursday at 12pm.
- Easy Tiger on Thursday at 12pm
- Urban Outfitters on Friday at 12pm
- Swan Dive on Friday at 9:10pm
- Mohawk on Saturday at 8pm for the True Panther Sound & Terrible Records showcase
- Pitchfork Day Party (1100 E. 5th Street) on Thursday at 12pm
- Red 7 on Friday at 12pm or Saturday at 8pm
- Stubb's on Friday at 12pm for the SPIN Party
- Mohawk on Friday at 8pm
- Viceland on Saturday at 8pm
- The Belmont on Tuesday at 7pm
- Pitchfork Interactive Party on Tuesday at 8pm
- Urban Outfitters on Wednesday at 6pm
- Viceland on Wednesday at 8pm
- Lustre Pearl on Thursday at 3pm
- Emo's East on Thursday at 10:50pm
- Mohawk on Friday at 3:15pm
- The North Door on Thursday at 1:20am
- Brazos Hall on Thursday at 9:45pm
- Lucille on Friday at 12:30am
- The Parish on Wednesday at 11:30pm
- Urban Outfitters on Wednesday at 1pm
- Holy Mountain on Wednesday at 8pm
- Pitchfork Day Party (1100 Warehouse) on Thursday at 12pm
- Thrasher Death Match (Scoot Inn) on Thursday at 12pm
- Gypsy Lounge on Friday at 12pm
- Bar 96 on Friday at 3pm
- Long Center for The Performing Arts on Friday at 9pm
- Pitchfork Interactive Party (Mohawk) on Tuesday at 8pm
- Elysium on Wednesday at 8pm
- Swan Dive on Thursday at 7:30pm
- Hype Hotel on Friday at 12pm
- Brooklyn Vegan's Showcase (The Main) on Wednesday at 4:10pm
- Pitchfork Showcase (1100 Warehouse) on Thursday at 8pm
- Club de Ville on Thursday at 11pm
- SPIN House (Easy Tiger) on Friday at 12pm
- Tillery Park on Tuesday at 11:30pm
- Stage on Sixth on Wednesday at 12pm
- The Parish on Wednesday at 4:30pm
- Club de Ville on Thursday at 12:50pm
- Pitchfork Day Party on Thursday at 12pm
- Swan Dive on Friday at 7:30pm
- Fader Fort on Saturday at 3:45pm
- Urban Outfitters on Saturday at 5pm
- Red 7 on Thursday at 8:15pm
- Scoot Inn on Thursday at 2pm
- Hotel Vegas on Friday at 9:35pm
- Bar 96 on Friday at 6pm
- SPIN House (Easy Tiger) on Saturday at 12pm
- Empire Control Room on Wednesday at 8pm
- Pitchfork Day Party on Thursday at 12pm
- The Main on Friday at 12pm
- Urban Outfitters on Friday at 5pm
- 03/12/13--15:30: Jimmy Fallon's "Ask A Grown Man" Is Charming (Duh.)
- 03/13/13--07:20: Seals Yelling Like Humans
- 03/13/13--10:08: Anna Wintour Got a New Job
- 03/13/13--11:00: A Seoul Songtress Tells Us About Her City's Music and Nightlife
- 03/13/13--11:30: Actor Cory Michael Smith Heads to Breakfast At Tiffany's
- 03/13/13--12:45: Fashion Editor Martha Violante's Spring Style Finds
- 03/13/13--14:30: Iggy Azalea's New Video Shows Us How to Work
- 03/13/13--15:30: New pope!
- 03/13/13--16:00: The First Vine Art Piece Was Sold
- 03/14/13--07:30: Ladies and Gentlemen, There Is a New Pope
- 03/14/13--11:00: National Geographic Finally Has a Tumblr
- 03/14/13--11:23: Thoughts on Michelle Williams' Racist Magazine Cover
- 03/14/13--12:35: Justin Timberlake's Expansive Length
- 03/14/13--13:30: 10 Non-Douchey Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day In NYC
- 03/14/13--14:00: Design is Heating Up Across the Pond
Market director and compulsive shopper Luigi Tadini scouts his favorite stores and Instagrams the season's best buys. Follow him at @papermagazine
Home fragrance by Le Labo. $125 at lelabofragrances.com
Backpack by Sandqvist $235 at Brook Farm General Store, 75 S. 6th St., Brooklyn.
Canvas pouch by Givenchy. By Riccardo Tisci. $365 at barneys.com
Glasses by Warby Parker $95 at warbyparker.com
"I'm not super religious but this Givenchy pouch stamped with the Madonna makes a believer out of me." -- LT
Shirt by Burberry Prorsum. $595 at burberry.com
Shoes by Carven. $695 at Union LA, 110 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.
Oakland's Legs plays simple jangle-pop with a steady midtempo chug and a strong sense of melody that opens up after repeated listens. (The band attributes some inspiration to member Matt Bullimore's youth in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he absorbed the local hits released by Flying Nun and Creation Records.) Their video for "Two Colours," featuring guest singer Amelia Adams, starts slow but builds to an undeniable three-chord hook as flurries of confetti fall.
Legs' Pass the Ringo is out April 23 on Loglady Records.
Apparently, Marc Jacobs knew that we wanted to see him model one of his old looks once again. Enter Diet Coke's new ad, which centers around three women running into him in a photo booth. There's the requisite oohing and awing over Diet Coke's new look, as well as the "ladies are starstruck by Marc" bit, but the best moment of the commercial comes when they get transported in time -- first to the '80s, with its over-the-top makeup and Cyndi Lauper hair, then to the late '90s in all of its bodycon, big-haired supermodel glamor. It's sort of uncanny to see Marc revisit an old look of his -- namely the clear glasses and t-shirt combo that was a staple of his in the mid-aughts. But obviously he can still work it. And we're always glad to see Diet Coke fueling the "It's 11:30" nostalgia.
Here's a first glimpse of Moore and Michael Angarano in The English Teacher, a new film out this May starring Moore in the title role as an unmarried high school teacher in a small Pennsylvania town who receives an unexpected visit from her former pupil (Angarano). Learning that the old student is about to abandon his playwrighting dream, Moore's character decides to produce his play at the high school. And, in a casting decision straight out of every theater geek's fever dream, Nathan Lane (as the high school drama teacher) directs the whole shebang.
Mac DeMarco's lo-fi, hazy rock jams (which include odes to both cigarettes and women) are lazy in the best way possible. Whether his music is meant for the beach-bound or couch-bound, we're not so sure, but one thing is certain: it will leave you feeling real, real chillaxed. You can catch DeMarco at:
2. After a brief hiatus for hip surgery, Lady Gaga rolled out of the hospital with a custom designed Ken Borochov wheelchair. It's made of calf leather and 24-Karat gold and comes with a removable leather canopy. Ah, to be Lady Gaga. [via MTV Style]
3. Check out Earl Sweatshirt's new video for "WHOA" featuring a ballerina who's seen better days and a not-so-fun looking pool. [via Press Release]
4. Minneapolis-based designer and illustrator David Schwen has been doing an Instagram series called "Pantone Pairings." As soon as prints become available we're getting three. [via Laughing Squid]
5. William Wegman, the great photographer of Weimaraners, made his first GIF and oh boy it's good. [via HuffPo Arts]
6. Speaking of GIFs, BAM's digital screen on Flatbush Ave will showcase Moving the Still -- an exhibition of GIFs chosen by notable people including James Frey, threeASFOUR, Michael Stipe and Rodarte -- from April 1st-June 30th.
7. Empire of the Sun announced their new album, Ice on the Dune, via...this. [Pretty Much Amazing]
8. Longtime Clinton Hill resident Arthur Wood is going to be evicted from his famous "Broken Angel" house in Clinton Hill -- known for its asymmetrical towers, stained glass and odd editions made over decades -- on Friday. There will be a big block party to see him off. [via DNA Info]
Goats schmoats, here's seals yelling like humans! [TastefullyOffensive]
Here's Paul Ryan accidentally saying he's "not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people" during his budget proposal press conference yesterday. [DailyKos]
This video of a dancing nana has been making the rounds for the past few days, but it's SO excellent. May we all be this awesome some day. The 2:28 mark is pure gold. [TastefullyOffensive]
Best dog snoring ever? [Gawker]
Justin Timberlake's teenage ramen hair, always and forever. [KimJongChill]
Tumblr of our dreams = RickMoranisGIFs.
Phil, please. [RoboShark]
Anna Wintour got a promotion. On Friday she'll be the new Artistic Director of Condé Nast (while remaining EIC of Vogue). That means she'll basically be a consultant and/or counselor for any Condé editor that needs advice. [via The Cut]
John Malkovich is creating a capsule collection of men's jackets, swimsuits, shorts and accessories for Yoox, still inspired by "the appearance of a bohemian of a new millenium." [via The Cut]
Watch out, there will be a war of the Spanxses. Spanx competitor Yummie Tummie alleges that Spanx copied their control top camisoles. Spanx claimed they they have been selling those styles for longer. Comparing the two tops (Yummie Tummie's is on the left, Spanx's is on the right), we see why there's some confusion. [via The Cut]
Chloë Sevigny and skater Jason Dill are modeling this season's lookbook for Supreme's collaboration with Comme des Garçons. [via Fashion Beans]
So Sugarpills Cloth is our new favorite brand. [via High Snobette]
Each week in our new column, "No Sleep Til...," we'll be talking to
cool kids around the globe, asking them to fill us in about the bands,
DJs, music venues and night spots they and their friends are obsessing
over. Next time you visit their home city, leave your Fodor's and Lonely
Planet guides behind and go party like a local instead.
Where do you live?
What do you do?
I am the vocalist/keyboardist of my band Love X Stereo. I also work as a producer of SEOUL Magazine -- a travel and culture magazine for foreigners.
What type of music does your band play?
Basically, our music is alternative rock infused with electro elements. We like to create grand-scale, energetic, powerful, almost overwhelming sounds that contain majestic, futuristic vibes. We are very open to any type of genre, and like to mix all the elements into our own style.
How long have you been making music?
All of our members have been playing music for over 10 years. Our leader, Toby, is actually one of the pioneers of sk8 punk rock here in Korea.
What South Korean bands or DJs are you obsessed with and think more people should know about?
Hmm.. that's a hard question. Because honestly, our music scene is still in the developmental stages right now. We would so like to have a certain band or DJ that we could be obsessed with, but unfortunately we don't. We do have bands and DJs that we like, absolutely. We like dnb DJ J-Path, and experimental grunge band The Quip.
We performed a lot with The Quip. Their sound is very unique, noisy and pretty much 'drunken alcoholic' -- it's the opposite of our music. Their music is really, really raw and crazy, as opposed to our music, which is so, so elaborate and futuristic. J-Path is 'the best' dnb DJ in Korea. No doubt about that. His sound is very dynamic and rock-based. Actually, he happened to be at one of our shows and contacted us, suggesting a collaboration. Pretty stoked to work with him soon.
Where are the cool places to see live music in Seoul?
Obviously, Hongdae area. Hongdae stands for Hongik University, and they have the No.1 art institute in Korea. So you see, it's the most artsy area you can find in Seoul. The area is basically the birth place of Korean punk rock in the 90s. Not only punk, but all sorts of indie music is happening every minute in the area. There are a lot of live clubs here, and you can easily meet numerous musicians performing at these venues. But these days, a lot of dance clubs and lounge bars are [taking over]. Many people come here to simply dance, enjoy rock music, and get drunk all night long.
What are your favorite bars or nightclubs in Seoul?
My favorite spot these days is Col.l.age+. It's located in Cheongdam-dong (very far from Hongdae, right in the middle of Gangnam). It's a new multi-functional space (restaurant/bar/gallery/club), but the space itself is aesthetically mind-blowing. Check photos here. It's a place for someone who'd like to experience a whole lot of culture. Most days it's a hip restaurant, but whenever they have a party or a live show -- or an exhibition maybe -- it automatically transforms into something completely different. Illustrations of a blue sky with white fluffy clouds are all over the venue from top-to-bottom so it's visually very striking. I wouldn't call it a hipster place, but it's definitely the hottest place right now.
What do you think of Gangnam and what's its reputation among cool Seoul kids?
Hmm... I personally don't like Gangnam -- [the area on] the south side of the Hangang river -- that much. It is definitely a posh place, but to me, it lacks culture. Gangnam seems to be very wealthy, expensive, hip and posh; it has nice new buildings, posh boutiques, the best shopping places, pretty girls, huge new nightclubs, and all the fancy stuff. But the traffic is hell and the vibe seems to be a bit shallow. A cup of coffee could go more than $20 easily. On the other hand, Gangbuk (the north side of the Hangang river) has way more culture and history. There are lots of palaces and museums -- it's more old-fashioned but more authentic. I prefer Gangbuk over Gangnam. But a lot of hipsters and wealthy kids will disagree with me.
As a Korean musician, was it weird that Psy became the big K-Pop crossover artist who's popular in the U.S. and around the world?
Yes. He himself said that he kinda knew "Gangnam Style" would be a hit in Korea, but he never guessed that the rest of the world might like it. I'd have said that the song would've been on the charts for maybe a few weeks, but it could've been a hard fight with all these K-pop idol groups. So, yeah, it was shocking indeed.
Finally, what's a bar or nightclub you would NEVER go to in Seoul?
I will never perform at Woodstock again. Not that I don't like the venue itself, but that bar was one of the worst places we had to perform. We were already upset when we figured out that there was nobody in charge of the outboard mixer, but we really got angry when one of the customers deliberately and easily turned down the volume without even discussing us. At first, we thought that the guy was some sort of engineer, but turns out, everyone had access to turn up and down the volume at that bar. Wrong!
Check out Annie's band and DJ recs:
The Quip -- Live Performance of "Sickcho Strike"
J-Path -- Gazebal-"Wings"
And check out Annie's band!
Love X Stereo -- "Soul City (Seoul City)"
Check out Annie's nightlife listings:
Col.l.age+, 91-5 B1 Chundamdong Gangnamgu, Seoul
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"Every suburb in the Midwest looks the same -- when you drive down the main strip, every possible chain is on it and Walmart is the center. It's like The Hunger Games, and all the chains are trying to kill each other." With a worldview like that, it's no surprise that actor Cory Michael Smith left suburban Columbus at age 22 for New York City, where he started to make a name for himself starring in off-Broadway plays. He'll graduate to Broadway this month as the upstart writer and narrator Fred in Truman Capote's Breakfast At Tiffany's. (Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke plays breezy New York society girl Holly Golightly.) The stage adaptation is loyal to Capote's novella, which is darker and portrays sexuality more ambiguously than the 1961 film that Smith describes as "a romantic comedy, comparatively."
The remake is right up Smith's alley, with his previous roles revolving around sexual freedom and the problems it can engender. He got critics buzzing last spring for his role in Cock, in which he played a bisexual caught between the man he built his life with and a woman he's inexorably drawn to. This December, he finished a role in the off-Broadway production The Whale, playing a Mormon missionary who helps an obese gay man find his way. "Sexual ambiguity is exciting," Smith says. "I wish there were more people who were more outspokenly bisexual or gender-fuckers. I enjoy being in pieces that push that line." He also doesn't hesitate to complicate his own sexuality, musing, "I think I've labeled myself everything at this point. A psychologist would have a field day with me, which is why I'll never go to one."
While Breakfast At Tiffany's lets Smith continue to study characters grappling with sexuality, he's also ready to branch out a bit. "You know what I'm getting excited about? I heard they were doing The Nightmare Before Christmas on Broadway. I'll lose weight to play Jack Skellington. I'll get bony."
Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's opens on March 20th at the Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., New York.
Styling: Luigi Tadini / Grooming: Camille Thompson
Fashion editor-at-large Martha Violante is always on the move, but wherever she's at, she always makes time to shop and Instagram her favorite finds. Follow her
Diesel Vektr Headphones by Monster. $250 at Diesel stores nationwide.
Material Girl Hoops by Kyle Hopkins. $378 at liberty.co.uk
Top and shorts by Craig Lawrence. $472 for the tank and $550 for the shorts at doverstreetmarket.com
"Craig Lawrence's glow-in-the-dark tank and shorts were my favorite London Fashion Week finds." -- MV
Boots by Modern Vice. $398 at modernvice.com
CK One Shock for her 1.7 oz eau de toilette $42.00 at calvinklein.com
Bag by Valentino. $1,895 at Valentino, 746 Madison Ave., New York.
Candle by Fornasetti Profumi Burlesque. $165 at barneys.com
Aussie-bred emcee Iggy Azalea is quickly proving that she has the look and flow to stand out in the male dominated hip-hop game. Azalea recently released the video for "Work," the first single off her debut album The New Classic (out this summer), and the track has a very apparent autobiographical tone. Amidst shots of Azealea writhing at a club and riding in a convertible are scenes of the rapper's journey going from rural Australia to the hot streets of Miami at the tender age of 16. Check out the video above.
1. God help us all, the first "Vine art" has been sold. The Vine, called "Tits on Tits" and made by Helsinki artist Angela Washko, was sold for $200 at the Moving Picture Art Fair. Curators hacked Vine in order to download the files, which were then transferred to a collector via USB and re-upload to Vine. Again, god help us. [via Guardian UK]
2. Our favorite local news of the day: the elevator at the LIRR station in Woodside, Queens has been peed in so many times that the pee has damaged the elevator irreparably. The president of the LIRR described it as a "vertical urinal problem." [via DNA Info]
3. Gwyneth Paltrow has a new recipe book out and people hate it for being so health-conscious. The Post calls it a "recipe for ridicule" and the Atlantic says it begs the question, "Can Gwyneth out-Gwyneth herself?"
4. And here's a toast portrait of Willie Nelson, made for Whole Food's new magazine Dark Rhye. Clearly Whole Foods understands us. [via Laughing Squid]
5. Virgin Mobile's new commercial with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne is crazy. We're not surprised, but...woah. [via Pitchfork]
6. French photographer Phillipe Pétremant takes currency, folds and tears it into a collage-cum-portrait, and photographs it. His series can be seen at art festival in Parc de Bagatelle until March 31. [via Phaidon]
We got white smoke! [via Fuck Yeah Dementia]
TRUE DAT. [via The Daily What]
Here's Dennis Rodman in his casual conclave look arriving at the Vatican ahead of the papal announcement. [via Hyper Vocal]
We learned that the new pope is some guy from Argentina. [GIF by Isabel Alcantara]
Just kidding! It's totally Beyoncé. Her papal name will be Pope Besus I. [via Dorsey Shaw Experience]
"There she is, Miss Bread America. There she is, your ideal. The dream of a million girls who are pretty, can come true in Gluten City." [via Coin Farts]
"How many in your group, ladies? IDs out, IDs out. I said, get in line and have your IDs OUT or you're not getting in da club!" [via Afternoon Snooze Button]
A VICE reporter called a bunch of hate groups and asked them what they thought of Jennifer Lawrence. Sadly, most of them didn't know who she was. [via VICE]
Thanks to National Geographic's brand new Tumblr, you no longer have to sift through moldy boxes in your grandparent's "crawl space" to see beautiful archival photographs from the magazine. The foundation launched their Tumblr last week and have since been updating the site with images taken throughout the organization's 125-year old history. Check out nine of our favorites below and head HERE to see the rest.
Two girls wearing shawls pose for a portrait in Huwara, Palestine, 1926 / Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic
Motorcycle club members wear studded leather jackets and rakish caps in London, England, June 1966 / Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic
Club members on the ocean front are shaded by decorative parasols, 1930 / Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic
A student works at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem, 1927 / Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic
Dancing men brandish spears and palm-leaf shields in Fiji, November 1958 / Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic
Children swim and play in oceanside pool, February 1955 / Photograph by Franc & Jean Shor, National Geographic
A cowgirl puts a nickel in an El Paso parking meter to hitch her pony, October 1939 / Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic
A woman dressed for a bullfight stands in a doorway, August 1924 / Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic
People enjoying the Gellert Bath, an outdoor swimming pool on the banks of the Danube, January 1930 / Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic
But then your eyes move up to Michelle Williams' face and hair. As multiple journalists and bloggers have pointed out, the long braids and makeup, the feathers, the Western shirt and the stoic expression take on the look of a high fashion portrait of a Native American woman (or, as Ruth Hopkins at Jezebel puts it, like "reservation nobility" in old American Indian Movement campaigns).
The style of dress isn't just what's under fire. Williams donned the cover in part to promote her new movie, Oz, the Great and Powerful, so a line like "There's no place like home" -- the famous quote from The Wizard of Oz -- makes sense as a headline in and of itself. But evoking the image of Native Americans, who were driven out of their homes en masse next to it is awkward if not outright offensive.
It's especially weird to see a parody of Native American garb in an English magazine. It's sort of a common thing we see here in the States -- from girls dressing in headdresses at Coachella to those stupid "Cowboys and Indians" costumes you see around Halloween time. Maybe people think they have a free pass to emulate Native Americans because you don't see the kind of outcry that something like black-face precipitates, or because we've all become accustomed to seeing images of "Indians" on TV and in movies.
Either way it's destructive. And it's just the latest in a long like of European fashion mags making racist editorials. Remember Lara Stone in blackface at Vogue Paris? The recent "African Queen" scandal at Numéro? The "Haute Mess" editorial in Vogue Italia? It's as if European magazines are perfectly comfortable channeling the cultures of American minorities when it suits them because they don't consider it part of European heritage.
Regardless of the culture, Michelle Williams, the editorial staff at AnOther, and any other editorial team should know better than to showcase the appropriation of Native American (or African American, or Latino) culture by someone white, privileged and enormously rich. Slavery and systematic oppression are a part of all our history. You don't need me to tell you that.
In this day and age, where everything that makes it to the web is analyzed over and over, it makes you wonder what's at work. Or, in this case, who's not speaking up at work. Not a single person, from the editorial assistant to the Editor In Chief at AnOther magazine to Michelle Williams' PR team, looked at this and thought: "Oh shit, this is really offensive?" Did someone see it and not say anything for fear of getting in trouble? Or are people simply trying to make headlines?
Either way, something needs to be done. I think it's time for magazines large and small -- whether AnOther or, yes, even PAPER -- to consider the Public Editor model set up at larger publications (such as Margaret Sullivan's role at the New York Times). While it's unrealistic to expect smaller outlets to be in a position to hire someone as a full-time Public Editor, that doesn't mean there aren't alternatives. Many magazines have countless contributing editors and editors-at-large whose day-to-day (or month-to-month) involvement is sporadic and who can offer a more objective and fresh set of eyes.
Maybe it will do something, maybe it won't -- either way, we're fucking tired of seeing racist editorials.
Justin Timberlake's third album, The 20/20 Experience, will see its official release next week after a juggernaut PR campaign that culminated in iTunes' streaming the album, all seventy minutes of it, for free starting Monday night. In the days since the album was made available, many have commented on the record's expansive length: if you divide by ten tracks, the average song-length is over seven minutes. Pushing that average is single "Mirrors," a ballad that debuted at number 24 on Billboard's Hot 100, probably thanks to a recent reformulation that accounts for YouTube plays in addition to radio rotation.
Timberlake's expansiveness seems to be a bid for the respect accorded Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE: that album's centerpiece and second single was the ten-minute "Pyramids." It also shows the influence of the dance floor; songs ebb and shift in the manner of DJ mixes. (He's also sanctioned a series of official remixes of first single "Suit and Tie.") But will the songs' lengths torpedo Timberlake's chart potential? We rounded up some of the longest, biggest hits. (Note: the YouTube versions are often shorter than the actual songs.)
Don McLean's "American Pie" topped the American charts for four weeks in 1972. Centered on the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, the song is probably one of the earliest examples (after Sha Na Na) of Baby Boomer nostalgia. Madonna trimmed it down for a single that went to number one in several countries around Europe but was held back on the US charts by the absence of an official US single release.
"The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five topped the UK Singles chart but only made it to number 62 in the US.
Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" went to number one as a seven-minute single culled from the twelve-minute album version. The song starts with nearly a full minute of motorcycle noises; a piano riff repeats for another minute as a guitarist solos. Mr. Loaf's vocals finally enter two minutes in. This song doesn't really seem to have verses, just choruses alternating with different kinds of bridges. A female voice enters at 9:30. God, this song is terrible.
Oasis' "All Around the World" reached number one in the UK at 9:38. The song pretty much ends three minutes in, after which point the same hook is repeated over and over, then repeated in another key, then in another key. This is pretty much just a ripoff of "Hey Jude."
That seven-minute Beatles chart-topper perhaps inaugurated the trend of long singles. Lore holds that the song's addressee was John Lennon's son Julian, who had to put up with his parents' divorce when John fell for Yoko Ono.
Pre-St. Patrick's Day Dance Party at PH-D
Head to the Dream Downtown to pre-emptively dance off a few of those liquid carbs you'll surely be ingesting the next day. Aside from the usual smattering of Top 40 and electro, the NYPD Pipe and Drum Band will serenade guests and march through the party with a leprechaun. Really.
PH-D at Dream Downtown, 355 W. 16th St., Manhattan; 5:30pm-late
St. Patrick's Day For Sinners
The Bell House 149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY; 7:30 pm; $20 Free for Redheads
St. Patty Scissoring With Frankie Sharp
Nightlife guru and PAPER fave Frankie Sharp is getting into the holiday spirit with Saint Patrick's Day Scissor Sunday at the Rusty Knot. Experience some of the sickest DJs, an amazing $2 shot special, and, did we mention a free vodka giveaway betwen 4-5pm?
The Rusty Knot, 425 West St., Manhattan; 4-10pm; Free
St. Patty's Day Feast at City Grit
Skip the lukewarm corned beef and cabbage buffets you find mid-pub crawl in favor of more gourmet grub at the Nolita perma-pop-up City Grit. Chef Sarah Simmons will be whipping up her take on that requisite corned beef with braised cabbage, garlic confit potatoes and Irish soda bread pudding.
City Grit, 38 Prince St.; 7pm; $55 can be purchased HERE
A Low-key Affair at The Woods
Not the type who enjoys a mass of drunkards or those creepy leprechauns during the holiday? Well, The Woods has a yummy alternative just for you. Come dine on Guinness- braised chicken with mashed potatoes in a casual, South Willyburg atmosphere.
The Woods, 48 S 4th St, Brooklyn; 4 pm-late; Free
Whiskey Fest at Dead Rabbit
If you haven't had enough Irish tunes and drunken fun, the Dead Rabbit bar is hosting a Whiskey Fest where you can partake of Jameson Black Barrel cocktails and traditional Irish tap. The bar will also be serving complementary beef stew.
The Dead Rabbit, 30 Water Street, Manhattan; 5 pm
St. Patrick's Day at Bill's Food and Drink
If you're the type who thinks of of "Daphne" or "Sir Alec" when you hear "Guinness" rather than the beer, head uptown to swanky Bill's Food and Drink (owned by the folks behind Crown and The Lion) where you'll find holiday-themed sandwiches, Shamrock Soft Serve (vanilla and creme de menthe) and an Irish whiskey tasting.
Bill's Food and Drink, 57 E. 54th St, Manhattan
Black 47 St. Patrick's Day Concert at B.B. King's
Head to B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill to hear celtic rock band Black 47 (named for the most dire year of the Irish potato famine) play a mix of rock, reggae, and jazz.
B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., Manhattan; Doors at 5pm; Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show
Invitation to a Beheading St. Patrick's Day Edition
Head to The Stand comedy club for a special St. Patty's day edition of their dark comedy stand-up night featuring an all-Irish American roster that includes Bonnie McFarlane, Colin Jost and Sean Donnelly.
The Stand, 239 Third Ave., Manhattan; 8pm; $15
Sweater by Sister by Sibling, skirt by Giles, boots by Thomas Tait, collar by Ostwald Helgason and belt by Fred Butler.
Jacket by Holly Fulton, t-shirt and socks
by Meadham Kirchhoff, skirts by John Rocha and ring by Hannah Martin London.
Vest by Meadham Kirchhoff, bustier Top by John Rocha, shirt by Paul Smith, skirt by Holly Fulton and hat by mother of pearl.
T-shirt by Vivienne Westwood Gold Label, bra top and skirt by James long, veil by Piers Atkinson and bracelet by Yunus & Eliza.
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