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A seafoam green-hued Grasshopper, laden with cream, isn't the most common of cocktail requests. This retro crème de menthe and crème de cacao concoction -- which, legend has it, was spawned in pre-Prohibition New Orleans before becoming a popular tipple during the '50s and '60s -- is, as Eben Freeman, director of bar operations and innovation for chef Michael White's Altamarea Group describes, "a paradigm of mid-century drinking habits." Made incorrectly, he warns, the results are thick and cloying.
At The Butterfly -- Chef White's upbeat Tribeca homage to a Wisconsin supper club -- Freeman's well-edited list of playful, classic concoctions includes a revamped take on the Grasshopper that's a crystalline beauty poured over crushed ice. The drink is bright and minty with elegant chocolate undertones -- a far cry from its debased, milkshake-like past. Here he shuns "flavorings, colorings and high-fructose corn sweetener," instead using Tempus Fugit's authentic crème de menthe and crème de cacao, which use real mint and cacao.
"By using an age-old trick of milk clarification, I was able to remove the heavy cream but retain the lactic quality of the original," he explains. "And by adding some dark, aged rum for backbone and a bit of Branca Menta for mystery, I think we were able to make a Grasshopper that is light enough to drink two of without sacrificing the attributes which made it such a hit a generation ago."
This is probably the best thing to happen to a cover band, ever. While attending an event where British band Sourberry -- whose mix of covers, according to their website, are "carefully chosen to keep your guests on the dance floor" -- was playing, a drunk Florence Welch exited said dance floor to come onstage, grab a mic, do covers of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and The Gossip's "Standing in the Way of Control," and then crowd-surf into the night. Luckily for us, some of "Get Lucky," all of "Standing in the Way of Control," and Welch's crowd-surfing exit was filmed for posterity. Watch above.
While the One Direction boys might want to wait a few years before auditioning for Upright Citizen's Brigade, the little skit at the beginning of their new video "Best Song Ever" is actually worth watching. The setup is simple: a couple of execs (played by an aged Niall and a hirsute Louis) along with their gay stylist (Harry), gayer choreographer (Liam) and sexy assistant (Zayn, in pretty terrible drag), try to convince the boy band to do a movie, but their ideas just don't reflect the true meaning of One Direction well enough. The boys refuse, everyone dances and -- surprise, surprise -- it turns out that their upcoming documentary 1D: This Is Us is the movie they should be making: one movie to rule them all, one movie to find them, one movie to bring them all and in the darkness...well, you know. The energy of the whole video is great: the boys clearly love donning their costumes, and the banter between Niall and Louis in their studio exec getups is actually pretty funny. Get these guys a cameo in Anchorman 2.
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Each week in our Chefs Off Duty series, we talk to some of our
favorite chefs and industry folk around the country to find out their
secret late-night spots where they like to grab a bite and a pint when
their kitchens are finally closed. Next up: Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, the Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef Award Winners and James Beard Award-Nominated chefs behind Memphis' Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy. You can catch the guys in New York tonight when they host a 'No Menu Monday' dinner at City Grit.
Where do you guys like to grab a bite to eat when you're leaving your own restaurant?
Andy Ticer: Cozy Corner Barbecue for sure. It's our favorite barbecue spot in Memphis. It's a tiny place.
Michael Hudman: My dad took me there for the first time when I was in sixth grade. When any of our chef friends come in town, that's the first spot we take them. It's owned by Miss Desiree and their barbecue is top-notch. They do an awesome bologna and Cornish game hen and their ribs are insanely delicious.
AT: That BBQ bologna is my favorite sandwich anywhere.
How long has this place been around?
MH: Golly. I don't know for sure...
AT: Over twenty years.
MH: The barbecue is so good and Miss Desiree is the ultimate host -- she loves to have people in there.
Tell me more about the food.
MH: The barbecue bologna comes with a choice of their sauces -- mild, medium or hot, which is insanely hot. We always go with medium 'cause the heat is great on all of them. The ribs are awesome but, I'll tell ya, their rib tips are insane, too. They braise the tips and they're super tender and delicious. The Cornish game hen is the best barbecue chicken. It brings you back to childhood.
AT: They've also got a banana pudding, which is pretty amazing.
MH: Miss Desiree always carries a 9mm on her hip.
AT: Yeah, it's like her thing.
Has she ever had to use it?
AT: It's pretty intimidating when you see her so I don't think anyone's gonna mess with Miss Desiree.
MH: But she's the sweetest lady. She really is.
AT: Our other go-to is Las Tortugas.
MH: It's Mexico City-style food. It's super authentic. They don't use any delivery companies -- they go to the market every day. The huevos con chorizo sandwich they do is ridiculous.
AT: It's so awesome.
How long have you been going there?
MH: Andy found that place --
AT: Around 2004 or 2005. Somewhere around there.
MH: Andy has literally eaten the entire menu.
AT: It's amazing -- not just good Mexican food for our city but, I'll put it out there, for any city. We'll have people come in town from California and other places around the country and they'll say it can stand up anywhere.
MH: Elote con contija cheese and mayonesa -- corn with cheese and lime.
AT & MH: Huevos con chorizo is our favorite sandwich. They also have mollete, which is an open-faced torta with beans and smoked chicken. Tamales frescos are great. The tea -- tostes -- that they make is unreal. The queso fundido, fondue-style cheese with chorizo and pico de gallo and steamed corn tortillas is great.
What's the vibe like?
AT: You walk in, you stand in line and if you ask for cheese dip, the owner, Pepe, will ask you to leave. It's all traditional Mexican food. Pepe has signs up all over the place saying what you can and cannot do in the place. And they will ask you to leave if you break the rules. He's like the Soup Nazi but for Mexican food.
MH: It's an open kitchen so you can see them make things fresh. It's cool because it shows Pepe's personality. There are pictures up with him and Muhammed Ali, pictures of him riding his motorcycle -- he calls himself Viper Man.
AT: He has this big motorcycle made to look like this viper snake. It's hilarious. He has a helmet and suit that he wears.
MH: He's the coolest. But the food is some of the best food. They take pride in what they do and it's very evident.
Cozy Corner, 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN; Tues-Sat, 11am-9pm
Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana, 1215 S Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN; Mon-Sat, 10:30am-8pm
Each Monday, Eli Yudin and Carey O'Donnell, authors of the very, very funny Twitter account @NotTildaSwinton, will be recapping the Real Housewives of New Jersey for us. Below, their next installment.
Carey: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. We've returned that winter castle overlooking the grey lake, spotted with gold, half-dead sunlight, built atop some ancient, terrible thing. In case you missed it, the Gorga/Giudice/Wakile/Rosie/Bread/Bread/Bread/Bread/Wine/Bread/Bread/Bread clans have converged at a "retreat" house on Lake George in order to (according to Teresa) "heal holistically" as a family unit; to put aside their past rivalries and bad blood and come together as a giant, scalding calzone. At the end of the previous episode, the visiting "team builders" (aka Fake Ron Howard and 12-year-old Stephanie) had failed in their initial attempts to have the bickering fam-squads participate in team building exercises to break the very thick ice. After some CHOICE words between Teresuh and her baby bro, Joe (Gorga), Joe (Giudice) blew in through the doors of the castle ballroom, past Fake Ron Howard and 12-year-old Stephanie and said in a high pitched, excited voice, "HAY, JOE" and was charged at by his equally round brother-in-law, and a legitimate fist (and "biting balls") fight began. Melissa, caught in her husband's wake, was thrown against the wall, and then proceeded to shout in a genuinely panicked tone, "TERESA, HELP YOUR BROTHER." Naturally, Teresa ran outside into the freezing twilight, her boots plodding against the cobblestone of the castle terrace, yelling, "CALL THE CAHHHHPS! SOMEONE CALL THE CAAAHPS!" to absolutely no one. The fight ended with the two Joes huffin' and puffin, AND MY GIRL ROSIE KNOCKED OVER ON THE UGLY CARPET AS A CASUALTY.
Eli: The fight seemed to be based heavily on friction, or to inflict maximum rugburn on all parties involved. The only redeeming quality of it at all is that both Joe Gorga and Joe Giudice's bodies are so weirdly inflated that it sort of looked like a fight between babies, which is just adorable. I was grimly fascinated with Teresa's "take a lap" strategy while everyone is wrapped in a tight little ball of flesh. Steve-Ron Howard and Stephanie were unprepared for comped front-row seats to the Sad UFC, and watch blankly. Suddenly Steve-Ron's eyes roll back into his head and he starts to tremble. Stephanie holds him up as his head jerks impossibly fast. Suddenly, his mouth unhinges and opens impossibly wide. He lunges at the group, and encases all of them in his maw. Grotesquely bloated with the bodies of the fighting, he lies on the ground. "WOOOORKKKK ITTT OUUTTTTTTTTTT," he croaks, his jaw still not completely reattached. Stephanie sits beside him, brushing his hair gently, while the activity inside his belly slowly subsides.
Carey: Back in their individual rooms, the three parties recapped the extremely disturbing display of violence, and each noted that just about every person involved in the scuffle was covered in a strange tar-like substance. This sooty, sticky blackness coated their house sweaters and jeans. "What's this black s**t?!" Rich asks. The black s**t -- that same black s**t that seeped through the earth below the castle ballroom, hearing the vibrations of mounting tension above like moths to a dim lamp above the door of a barn -- hearing the pain, the anger, growing thicker, stickier, oozing through the ballroom carpet, onto the clothes of Joe, and Joe, and Teresa and Melissa, and Kathy and Rich and Rosie, passing through the sweater wool, onto their flesh, into their blood, their bones, starting a humming sound, first uncertain -- maybe some distant train horn beyond the hills around them, soon becoming louder and louder. Rich tries to unsuccessfully coax Teresuh and her bro into patching things up post-fight. Kathy maybe says the best quote of the night: "I was just worried about my nose job." Melissa says, "Saddam Hussein was someone's brotha, too!" to Joe Gorga (and I died), and then Teresuh and Juicy Joe Giudice take a bath together and some waiter with a ponytail who was probably found wandering around the castle grounds by a cameraman, comes into the bathroom and serves them rosé that Teresuh and Joe lick off each other's bodies.
Eli: I must assume that J.J. Giudice's strategy was to drink the rosé in some sort of sexual way, but what results is about 10 seconds in which I believed that Joe Giudice was literally teaching himself how to drink out of an open-mouthed glass. Maybe up until this point in his life he strictly drank out of sippy cups, which are changed to more age-appropriate drinkware after the fact. Whatever his intention, he gets rosé all over himself and it's gross and disgusting. Also, taking a bath isn't a very flattering look when your body type is "garlic knot."
Carey: The best part of this episode was the transition shots between scenes, with a shot of one of the castle's many towers and fast moving clouds above, like you're watching a blend of Requiem for a Dream and a Henry James story. The morning after the fight, Teresa enlists Caroline to come up to the lake and try to tawk some sense into her bro. Caroline pretends to be like, "Oh my god whaaaat why" but is secretly so, so happy that Teresa is asking her for help. SO HAPPY. She runs into her secret room inside her walk-in closet where she digs another tally mark into her "Times I've Helped People" wall, throws on a Sherpa sweater and heads upstate. As her SUV charges up the Northeast Extension, Kim D the crow flies above, trailing her, making sure she finds her way.
Eli: The conversation between Caroline and Teresa may seem innocent at first, but is complex with undertones and twists that make sure Teresa's built herself a nice little buffer zone of pity. Also, at this point, the first words Teresa says to anyone who addresses her are "hecalledmescum," the same way a small child might tell you her age. Caroline also seeks the counsel of her daughter, but is unhappy that she doesn't think it's a good idea. After all, if she's going to achieve sainthood, she has to keep doling out her specific brand of misguided psychiatric evaluation.
Carey: Meanwhile, another guest pulls up to the castle. DR. V, the therapist! Dr. V is a therapist from L.A. She was also seen on another Bravo show, LA Shrinks, and of course, The Real Housewives of OC, where her legitimacy as a therapist was in question. ANYWAY! She's JUST in from L.A., give her a break. She tells Teresuh she's "Italian" where it matters, and puts to her crotch. Okay. They sit on some couches and talk loudly and Dr. V cusses, cause she's a real loose cannon! And from L.A.! I do have to say, though, that she does make some coherent points, especially when talking about Teresuh's possible wrongdoing with the rumors that Melissuh was a strippa. At breakfast, Dr. V tries to get Melissuh and Teresuh to have an open dialogue about it, and they yell s'more. V-dawg invites Joe Gorga for a private therapy sesh, away from the riff-raff.
Eli: I will admit, when they first showed Dr. V getting out of her car, dressed for a long night of Saudi oil magnates sucking her toes, I doubted both her credibility and if she was wearing underwear. But, as Carey mentions, V-Nasty does make some very salient points to Teresa, who seems steamed that she didn't hire a doctor who would agree with everything she thinks. V for Ven-Doctor V, in her private session with Joe, hears him out, and when he says he just wants to cut ties with his sister, she agrees, and fetches Her Darkness.
Carey: The real good stuff happens when Teresuh and brudda Joe sit down together with Empress V to talk it out. Joe flat-out tells V that he wants to leave this retreat weekend and never see his sister again. The good doctor is sort of like, "Ya that's prob a good idea," and then she tells Joe that Teresuh was used to taking care of him when they were young, and has been struggling to let her baby brother go into the arms of another caretaker/woman. Joe agrees. Then V FINALLY says, "That is kind of f*cked up, Joe," and the collective viewership breathes a sigh of relief that someone has finally said it out loud. However, when Teresa joins them, V suggests that the two of them need to spend some time alone together, away from their spouses, and for whatever reason, she completely changes her mind in agreeing that Joe should leave the castle.
Eli: These reasons being "the producers," "season 6," and "syndication rights."
Carey: She isn't sure herself, why she changed her mind so abruptly. Perched outside the window, Kim D the crow looks in, her beaked coiled into the closest resemblance of a smile a crow could have. V excuses herself to use the restroom, and saunters into one of the libraries, standing before the large window that looks across the property, now buried in snow.
The lake was motionless, and something about the still water made V believe that the lake was pretending. Pretending to be still, silent, as if hiding from something. Something that hadn't yet come, but was making its way slowly over the hills, and fields, and frozen streams, the empty backgrounds, winding until they reached the stone relic she stood in now. She was afraid, but at the same time, felt some relief that she was supposed to be where she was. Maybe she would never leave this place. Wouldn't that be something?, she thought. She looked down at the sleeves of her black sheer blouse, and her wrists, now covered in that same black tar that covered the others the night before. Across the lawn, on the shore of the lake, she saw herself looking back at her, barefoot, with a faint grin, walking steadily into the lake until she disappeared below the grey water.
After its super-successful debut last year, the annual Super(Duper)Market is back and ready to celebrate the best artisanal food-makers from across the country. The three-day pop-up super-store will feature some of PAPER's favorite East Coast, West Coast and between-coast food vendors selling their super-delicious products. Expect to leave with a lot of locally-sourced, handmade goodies and a full belly.
The Super(Duper)Market will be open Friday, August 2nd, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, August 3rd, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, August 4th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
Participants will include:
Brooklyn Soda Works
Momofuku Milk Bar
Monsieur Singh Lassi
Sour Puss Pickles
Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies
The Jam Stand
The Splendid Spoon
Made in Detroit
Clare Crespo's Crocheted Oyster Bar
Best Made Company
Cynthia Rowley CuRious Candy
Dee & Ricky
Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls
Kitchen Arts & Letters
Creative Growth Art Center
Pok Pok Som
Modern Appealing Clothing
GO GLOBAL AT THE TARGET BOOTH:
Featuring high-quality and delicious food products from their Archer Farms collection, Target's "Dish You Were Here!" booth will offer recipe cards for whipping up dishes from around the world, including Mango Curry Shrimp Pizza, Chipotle Gazpacho and Spiced Mexican Brownies, among other globe-trotting treats. Target will also provide unique complimentary snacks inspired by the foods of Korea, India, Spain, France, Mexico and Morocco.
WIN A SEAT AT THE EXCLUSIVE TWEAT DINNER HOSTED BY AMERICAN EXPRESS®:
In celebration of The Blue Cash Preferred® Card and Blue Cash Everyday® Card, American Express will host an exclusive TwEAT Dinner in honor of foodies, fans and friends of American Express at the Super(Duper)Market on Friday, August 2. Consumers can follow @AmericanExpress for an opportunity to tweet for a seat at the social supper on July 30! The Blue Cash Preferred® Card and Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express allow Cardmembers to earn cash back in the form of Reward Dollars.
Are you sick of "Blurred Lines" remixes yet? No? Neither are we! We actually can't believe it took so long to get some Thicke vs. Thicke action; DJs The Hood Internet made a mash-up of "Blurred Lines" and the theme to Growing Pains, which, of course, starred Robin Thicke's dad, Alan. [via Uproxx]
Sorry, that one's taken. [via Yahoo Shine]
Jay Z's former hyphen is looking for jobs on Craigslist. Lmk if you hear of anything. Thanks. [via Funny Or Die]
Singers Eliza Hurwitz and Rachael Hurwitz have done the impossible: they've taken Alanis Morissette's famously un-ironic '90s jam "Ironic" and re-written the lyrics to actually be ironic. "It's Finally Ironic" keeps you from pondering exactly how a man winning a lottery and dying the next day or finding a dead fly in your wine are examples of irony. Instead, the "old man / turned 98 / he won the lottery / and died the next day / from a severe paper-cut from his lottery ticket." Watch above.
The music video for Kelly Rowland's confessional hit "Dirty Laundry" was released in full, and it's INTENSE. "Dirty Laundry" -- the second single off of Talk a Good Game -- got a lot of buzz for its lyrics expressing Rowland's mixed feelings about Beyoncé's success (e.g., "When my sister / was on stage / killing it like a motherfucker / I was enraged") and for revealing that she'd been in a abusive relationship. Prepare for some misty eyes and a strong desire to do your best "don't fuck with me" dance: while her simple storytelling details rage and despair, we see vignettes from her abusive relationship and a whole lot of deep thinking/drowning/staring at her own reflection in deep, black water. Watch above.
Nobody Loves You at Second Stage Theatre
An Off-Broadway musical about a contrarian ontologist on a dating reality show sounds like a thin premise geared for easy laughs. Does this odd little show have enough depth to make us want to commit or would we rather "just be friends"? Find out in our full review!
The Designated Mourner at The Public Theater
Did you know that the funny bald villain from The Princess Bride wrote a three-hour play about the dichotomy between the rich and the poor and the Orwellian persecution of intellectuals in an unnamed country? (He also did the voice of Rex in those Toy Story movies, but those aren't playing at The Public.) Find out if Wallace Shawn's show is worth putting your thinking cap on for in our full review.
This is an Emergency Best Friend Request to whoever is behind the genius Tumblr "Funky Fresh In Lisa Frank, " in which your favorite celebrity crushes appear in photoshopped LF gear. Can you please do Paul Rudd in a Hollywood Bear-inspired sweatshirt next?? [BuzzfeedCeleb]
OMG, this lip-dub of Bill Clinton singing "Blurred Lines" is perfect. Sorry Rahm Emanuel, you've been replaced. (Plus, you *know* Bill Clinton would know what to do with a plastic folding chair to this song.) [Jezebel]
Yesterday, CNN aired 75 straight minutes of their unrelenting, frothy-mouthed royal baby coverage without going to another story. Here it is, condensed to 40 seconds and set to nightmarish clown anthem "Yakety Sax." [Guyism]
Jennifer Lawrence met Jeff Bridges at Comic-Con and was so star-struck she ran away and acted like a giant weirdo. All the deeply charming action happens at the 2:30 mark. [Vulture]
The doctor will see you now. [TastefullyOffensive]
Fiona Apple and Paul Thomas Anderson used to date and make music videos together back in the late '90s/early aughts -- remember? It's been 13 years since their last collaboration, but "Hot Knife" -- the kicky last track on The Idler Wheel... -- is just as riveting as all the others: between the song's catchiness, Anderson's skill as a director and Apple's ability to somehow be mesmerizing even when doing absolutely nothing, it could be no other way. As such, "Hot Knife" is loaded with gorgeous shots of Apple playing the timpani and singing her heart out with her sister Maude, and that's more than enough to leave anyone staring raptly. Watch above.
Last week, we wrote about an image floating around the Internet that appeared to be a Russian ad for Armani diapers. Though we, like many other blogs that wrote about the ad, were pretty skeptical of its authenticity, it did have a certain...je ne sais quoi. As ridiculous as it looked, it wasn't that difficult to imagine Russian oil tycoons swaddling their babies in $30 Armani logo nappies which, as we learned from the man behind the whole stunt, was precisely the point.
After receiving an email last week offering us the first interview with the creator of the phony ad, we were put in touch with Moscow-based artist Petro Wodkins. His previous work has included replacing Brussels' famous "Manneken Pis" statue of a urinating boy with a gold sculpture of the artist himself peeing into the famous fountain and sending a fake press release claiming Vienna's Mumok museum would be "closed until further notice" as a result of "a new survey, which showed an inacceptable [sic] high percentage of visitors from socioeconomically wealthy groups and the fading interest of the visitors in the museum shops, restaurants etc."
Wodkins says he got the idea for his latest project while attending a dinner last year with a group of marketing executives whose client was a global diaper brand. After hearing them earnestly discuss the possibility of licensing Armani or Gucci to make a luxury line of diapers, the artist became interested in the idea that certain wealthy, fashion-obsessed people -- particularly his fellow countrymen -- are ready to buy anything slapped with a luxury logo. It wasn't long before Wodkins created the fake Armani diaper prototypes, shot an ad campaign with babies lolling on fur rugs and sent the image to a few fashion sites where it quickly went viral.
And, though there were a lot of raised eyebrows in the States, Wodkins says the Russian media didn't doubt the ad at all. "Nobody was surprised at all and I can tell you why," Wodkins told us over the phone from Moscow. "If you go to a kids' store [in Russia], you can easily find an Armani corner with $300 sneakers. If you go to a toy store, you can find a toy car for $20,000 or a baby carriage for $30,000."
Whatever shred of believability the ad had was connected, on some level, to the pervasive stereotype of billionaire nouveau riche Russian oligarchs with indiscriminate spending habits; it's likely that the spread of the image would not have been as successful -- or as credible -- if it had claimed to be selling Armani diapers in France, Germany or even the U.S. "The current image of Russia is that any shit can happen here," Wodkins says. There are "many reasons to believe that because there are people buying basketball clubs, expensive yachts, expensive art, security guards... It makes people worldwide believe that these crazy Russians are spoiled."
In post-communist Russia "it's about showing off and buying whatever you can," Wodkins says of the consumer culture there. "I hope my work will get people to think about whether they really need all of this. I want the Russian image to change."
The family resemblance goes beyond the mother/daughter/grandfather provenance that leads to Charlie Chaplin. What ties it all together is the artistry and originality that courses through the family line.
Victoria Thierrée Chaplin, the daughter of Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill, has been working with her daughter almost from the day she was born, when Aurélia Thierrée was incorporated into the family road show orchestrated by her father, Jean-Baptiste Thierree. She virtually grew up in front of an audience (her mother was about to go onstage when her water broke) and spent her childhood touring. After her rebellious teens, they began collaborating on the delightful Aurelia's Oratorio, a performance-like piece incorporating acrobatics, dance and theater which premiered in 2003 and went on to tour the world. Thus Aurelia's solo career was launched until it was time for the mother/daughter duo to do it again. The new show Murmurs, which has been getting raves from Sao Paolo to Siberia, opens tonight at Lincoln Center. Once again, Victoria directed, but the execution is all Aurelia. Grace, charm, humor, a world of wonder and delight, playful minds at work with the audience being the biggest winner of them all. Get your tickets here.
Where do you live?
Reykjavík, the capital of jam.
What do you do?
What Icelandic bands or DJs are you obsessed with and think we should have on our radars?
DJ KGB, Nolo, Hjaltalín & FM Belfast
How did you discover them?
I live on a tiny island, so most of them are my friends.
What does their music sound like and what are their best songs?
Nolo sounds like the theme from Who's the Boss? and their best song is "Romeo"; Hjaltalín sounds like Norwegian black metal on a sunny day -- best song: "Myself"; and FM Belfast sound like music in a tanning booth, their best song is "DeLorean."
As a musician, how do you find the current music scene in Reykjavík?
The music scene here can be described as vibrant (and homeless).
Where are the cool places to see live music in Reykjavík?
There used to be quite a few places to see live music in Reykjavík, but sadly they are all being torn down now to make room for hotels. There are of course a few places like theaters and churches that can be used as venues. Fríkirkjan church in Reykjavík is a great place to see shows.
Describe your perfect night out in Reykjavík.
Start off with a dinner at a friend's house, go to a show with aforementioned bands and then to a bar and dance to KGB DJing. Then it's i8 for the after party. Then another after party.
What's your favorite bar/nightclub in Reykjavík?
Kaldi is a nice place to meet your friends because the music is not loud, same thing could be said for Kex. If I was hitting the sauce I would go to Harlem because the music is really loud and it's very dark. Basically there is only one area to go in Reykjavik and that's called the 101.
What's a bar or nightclub you would NEVER go to in Reykjavík?
I would never go to Strawberries because it's full of groping old men.
Check out Sigurlaug's music recs:
DJ KGB -- "Crockett's Theme"
Nolo -- "Romeo"
Hjaltalín -- "Myself"
FM Belfast -- "DeLorean"
Check out Sigurlaug's nightlife listings:
Fríkirkjan Church, off of Frikirkjvegur and Skálholtsstígur streets on Tjörnin Lake
i8, Tryggvagata 16, 101 Reykjavík
Kaldi, Laugavegur 20b, 101 Reykjavík
Kex, Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík
Harlem, Tryggvagata 22, 101 Reykjavík
Our very own Mr. Mickey is featured in Levi's® 501® Interpretations, a new, limited-edition coffee table book coming out in August. The book's premise is simple: cool, stylish people rocking a look complemented by some classic 501® jeans. Along with MM, there's a slew of other NYC fashion heavyweights in the book -- check out a few more below. [Fashionista]
The last we left Daria Morgendorffer, it was 2002, the day of her high school graduation -- the uncertainty of the future sprawling before her but the comfort in the consistency of her tried-and-true army jacket and Doc Martens combo to lead her on her way. And today, the folks over at College Humor have brought our dear Daria to life, portrayed by Aubrey Plaza (a no-brainer casting choice -- Plaza is the Meryl Streep of deadpan) in the movie trailer spoof above. The parody trailer shows us how Daria's 10-year Lawndale reunion would've transpired, and, well, it's probably not that far off from your own high school reunion experience: everyone's the same -- just a little bit older and more sad. Not even Trent was safe from the horrors of beer gut.