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- 08/21/13--12:45: Cara Delevingne Can Sing, Is Even More Perfect
- 08/22/13--07:30: The Best Wedding March Ever
- 08/22/13--11:30: Behold: Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box," the Director's Cut
- 08/22/13--12:00: Jeffrey Deitch Returns to New York With Calligraffiti 1984/2013
- 08/22/13--13:00: Ten Things We Want to See On James Franco's TV Show
- 08/22/13--15:00: Here's What Photos Soaked in Absinthe Or Drano Look Like
- 08/23/13--07:00: This Guy's Workout Is So Much More Fun Than Yours
- 08/23/13--09:30: Grimes Is Co-Hosting MTV's VMAs Red Carpet
- 08/23/13--09:45: Thee Oh Sees Frontman John Dwyer Is Publishing a Book of Photos
- 08/23/13--15:00: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 08/26/13--07:25: Last Night's VMAs Were All About the Reaction Shots
We know, we know: we've been breathlessly covering VFiles' "What the F*shion" video series, but it's just *so* good! Their latest episode, "What the F*oodie," involves everyone's favorite/totally, utterly exhausted subject: FOOD. This time around, Casey Jane Ellison gives us her fashion blogger-approved recipes for eating for one -- or rather, "eating for half." She takes us through a day's worth of teeny-tiny dishes ranging from scallops ("this is a one-to-one scallop-to-human ratio dish") to the most, uh, refined Greek yogurt we've ever seen. Watch above.
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.
Tristan Banning & Hawley Dunbar
32 & 26
Where do you live?
We live in the annex neighbourhood of Toronto, specifically Dupont & Spadina. Unlike most of Toronto's "cool" west end dwellers, we prefer to not to sleep where we party and retreat home to the shadow of Casa Loma.
What do you do there?
We run a music and fashion website called Sidewalk Hustle together.
What Canadian bands or DJs are you obsessed with that Americans might not know about (and should)?
We're really obsessed with DIANA and Austra who both have new albums out, are on tour together, and both from Toronto. We're also digging Teen Daze, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Prince Innocence, Ryan Hemsworth, Blue Hawaii, Brendan Philip and A Tribe Called Red.
What does their music sound?
Most of them have either a lo-fi/dream/weird pop, electro, punk, or hip-hop vibe -- we can't decide which genre we're more into at the moment. Our favorite songs are probably Prince Innocence's "Golden Hour", Brendan Philip's "Wild Side", Austra's "Home", Blue Hawaii's "Try To Be", DIANA's "Born Again", and that newish A Tribe Called Red track "Indians From All Directions," which features Das Racist.
Where are the cool places to see live music in Toronto?
We really like going to shows at The Drake Underground, The Hoxton, and Wrongbar, which are all scattered along Queen and King West offering up different kinds of crowds. Drake Underground is probably the coolest venue of the bunch because you can catch a band playing just before that pivotal breaking point before they hit headlining status (you get cool guy bragging rights). The venue is located below an amazing restaurant, lounge and sky bar, within the city's first legitimately (and consistently) cool boutique hotel (along the same lines of the Ace Hotel). It's really a hub of the neighborhood and they do a good job of curating a varied line up. Our most memorable moments there were spent watching George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow string his guitar at the merch table opening for Glasser; nearly half the room emptied out after he finished his set.
The Hoxton is a more centrally-located venue just off the King West strip where you'll find more electro and up-and-coming hip-hop. It's a small venue, but a cool one because of the décor and the crowd it attracts from show to show. We do not recommend going there on a normal night (or, god forbid, a weekend), but if AlunaGeorge, Chance the Rapper, CHVRCHES or Metronomy are playing, we are so there.
Wrongbar is owned by the same good folks behind The Hoxton and offers a mix of both The Drake and The Hoxton's music genres and crowds. You can pretty much be guaranteed to catch some cool band or DJ there on a week night, plus they have a great beer selection, too.
Also, Lee's Palace, Horseshoe Tavern, Parts & Labour and Danforth Music Hall are rad live music venues too, though we wouldn't generally suggest hanging out at any of these places once the show is over -- except Parts & Labour (head upstairs to the restaurant, trust us).
Describe your perfect night out in Toronto.
We prefer to party on weekdays and spend the weekend brunching and sleeping it off. However, if we were going to head out on a Saturday night, we'd probably start at one of our favorite restaurants like Oddseoul, Rose & Sons / Big Crow, Grand Electric, The Federal, or Momofuku to get our stomachs lined and ready for a plethora of cocktails. From there we'd continue cocktailing at a few places like Cocktail Bar on Dundas West, Northwood, SpiritHouse, Bar Isabel, Nikai, Unlovable, or stay seated at the bar at Oddseoul for the evening and text all our friends to join us. We're big on cocktails.
What's your favorite bar or nightclub in Toronto?
We don't really go to nightclubs unless there is some amazing band or DJ spinning. Since our favorite bar, Booker & Dax, is all the way over in New York, the closest thing we've got to that in Toronto is Momofuku Nikai, though the vibe is totally incomparable and skews quite a bit older due to its location.
Most of the bars we mentioned above are in the cool pockets of Queen, Dundas & Bloor West near Ossington & Dovercourt, with the exception of SpiritHouse and Nikai. You'll usually find the west end packed with younger (probably bearded) folks.
What's a bar or nightclub you would NEVER go to in Toronto?
The Madison or any bars of the like (because we're not 18 any more).
Check out Tristan and Hawley's music recs:
DIANA -- "Born Again"
Austra -- "Home"
Teen Daze -- "Ice On the Windowsill"
PARTYNEXTDOOR -- "Welcome To The Party"
Prince Innocence -- "Golden Hour"
Ryan Hemsworth -- Migos "Bando (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)"
Blue Hawaii -- "Try to Be"
Brendan Philip -- "Wild Side"
A Tribe Called Red -- "Indians From All Directions"
Check out Tristan and Hawley's nightlife listings:
The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W, Toronto M6J 1J3
The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St., Toronto, M5V 1M5
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W, Toronto, M6K 1L4
Lee's Palace, 529 Bloor St. W, Toronto M5S 1Y4
Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W, Toronto, M5V 2A2
Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W, Toronto, M6R 1A6
Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., Toronto M4K 1N2
Oddseoul, 90 Ossington Ave., Toronto
Rose & Sons, 176 Dupont St., Toronto, M5R 2E6
Big Crow, 176 Dupont St., Toronto, M5R 2E6 (in back of Rose & Sons)
Grand Electric, 1330 Queen St. W, Toronto, M6K 1L4
The Federal, 1438 Dundas St. W, Toronto, M6J 3L5
Momofuku, 190 University Ave., Toronto, M5H 0A3
Cocktail Bar, 923 Dundas St. W, Toronto, M6J 1W3
Northwood, 815 Bloor St. W, Toronto, M6G 1M1
SpiritHouse, 487 Adelaide St. W, Toronto, M5V 1T4
Bar Isabel, 797 College St., Toronto, M6G 1C7
Nikai, 190 University Ave., Toronto, M5H 0A3 (inside Momofuku)
Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W, Toronto, M6J 1Y8
More from our 'No Sleep Til...' series including nightlife and music in Paris, Mumbai, Seoul, Bogotá and more!
Twerk icon and New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia just made a fabulous little video tutorial laying out all the terms and moves associated with making your ass clap. Freedia & Co. go in deep: in addition to the basic twerk, they demonstrate "Exercising" (not the kind of "exercising" you're thinking about), "Body Rocking", "Shoulder Hustling" and "Peter Pan-ing". You're probably not going to get these moves on the first try, so take it slow and, if you're in need of more instruction, head over to Cakes Da Killa's everything guide to twerking. Watch and learn, above.
You can now add "singing" to the already long list of things the 21-year-old model of the moment Cara Delevingne does very well. Last week she joined her friend Will Heard in the studio to help him record an acoustic version of his (originally dance-y) hit song "Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine)" and Vogue UK was there to record it. As you can see/hear, Delevingne does a good job of harmonizing with Heard and lends a tender, soulful tone to the recording. Given that she's already awkwardly performed with Rita Ora and sang "I Want Candy" for Love magazine, the fashion press is assuming that when she's done with modeling she'll probably move on over to the music biz. That's fine by us.
Your favorite skeevy sloth just got skeevier. [via Laughter Key]
Taylor Swift made Ed Sheeran "the best JAM of ALL TIME!" [via Dlisted]
This '30s pin-up totally looks like this cat with bread on its face. [via Bunny Food]
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
The point where fashion replaces the body with something abstract -- an idea or ideal instead of an organism, fascinates me. I am interested in the way a silhouette can affect the body and the surrounding space and how materials, shapes, and proportions are able to generate a body language. The idea of Animism always plays a role in my collections -- to capture and save something like a soul in each style. I am really interested in the contrasts and borders between "primitive" and "civilized" -- between nature and culture. I suppose it reflects our relationship towards body and sexuality.
I want to capture a couture finish and an attention to detail within ready to wear. I aim to re-interpret the traditions of handwork and the use of techniques within couture into contemporary materials and silhouettes. The use of decorative surfaces is vital within my work and I am constantly trying to create challenging yet beautiful surfaces. I find it interesting to experiment with techniques and materials developed for another purpose than clothing and use them in an unexpected ways.
What are your design inspirations?
Inspiration for the AW13 collection comes from Jesper Just's art film, Sirens of Chrome, that centers around four women driving through an empty Detroit and end up at the Michigan Theater ruins, which are currently used as a parking lot. This collection depicts a female that is regenerating from human to half monster and half machine. She is a siren -- a female monster and the outcome of a post-apocalyptic city where mechanics have begun to mend with the human. The theater ruins reflected in the car has inspired the motifs for the digital prints and show decayed marble and rusted surfaces. The accessories are hand crafted molded leather inspired by monster elements. Other techniques include fur being shaped by using hair remover and cut in graphic layers to make it look artificial yet animalistic.
Who are your fashion inspirations?
The ones who dare to be original and at the same time always dare to reinvent themselves.
Where do your ideas come from?
Books, records, films, art, people I meet, traveling, comics, newspapers and computer games.
What inspires your graphics and imagery -- where do those ideas, in particular, come from?
Romantic painting, puppet films, contemporary art, porcelain figures and computer games.
Who do you dream of dressing? If you could dress anyone, past or present, who would it be?
Paz de la Huerta, Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Oh Land.
If you weren't in fashion, what would you be doing?
I really like to draw and I still work as an illustrator. I mainly do graphic novels and youth books and have had 8 books published since 2011. I have also done fashion illustrations for different magazines, but at the moment I can't find the time. So I think I would be doing something in that area.
Describe the fashion and design community in your city.
It's really small. I don't even know if it exists. I guess there are different creative "groups" or scenes of designers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers and so on.
How does the fashion and design in your city affect your personal style?
In Copenhagen you have to go everywhere by bike and the weather is often a challenge. Most people dress sporty and practical and so do I.
How does the fashion and design of your city affect the style of your brand?
I don't know. It's so difficult for me to see. Our tradition is very functionalistic, very Protestant. But I'll guess my style is influenced by Scandinavian culture like The Moomins, Ingmar Bergman, Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch.
Describe the Anne Sofie Madsen woman.
She is a mixture between different female characters that fascinate me. At the moment she is part Princess Mononoke (the heroine in Hayao Miyazaki's animation film of the same name), Sibyl Vane (a character in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey) and the anonymous child junkie and novelist Christiane F.
What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started out?
I am still not ready to answer that question.
What's next for you?
My company is in constant development. I am hoping for an adventure...
To see more of Anne Sofie Madsen's work, go HERE
If anyone's in the mood for a drag-filled fairy tale update with a whole lotta lip synching, boy have we got something for you: YouTube Todrick Hall and his crew of performers masterfully recreated the Disney classic Cinderella...as told through Beyoncé songs. "Cinderonce" basically combines everything we love: Beyoncé (duh), hot performers in period costumes, formal dancing, a fairy drag mother, and a happy ending scored to "Love On Top." Watch above.
In honor of Nirvana's In Utero turning 20 this September, the musical powers that be are releasing a box set featuring a whole host of never-before-seen Nirvana goodies. One of those is the director's cut of the "Heart Shaped Box" video, which was released yesterday evening. The clip is still very weird and involves the same cast of characters (a man in a diaper and a Santa hat hanging on a cross; an obese, skinless angel; a girl in a white robe) but things start to deviate from the original just after the three minute mark, when Kurt Cobain has a "Wizard of Oz sleeping in a field of poppies" moment and the skinless angel and girl in the white robe return. Watch above.
Jeffrey Deitch is officially headed back to New York. Of the several NYC-based projects he's working on, the one we know the most about is upcoming gallery show Calligraffiti 1984/2013, an update of the 1984 exhibition Calligraffiti that Deitch helped put together. Calligraffiti 1984/2013 explores the relationship between graffiti and calligraphy, featuring the work of around 50 artists like Jackson Pollock, Shirin Neshat, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, as well as site-specific installations by Angel Ortiz and French-Tunisian street artist eL Seed. Deitch wrote the introduction to the show's catalog and we can't wait to see what else he takes on when he's back on his home turf. Calligraffiti 1984/2013 opens at the Leila Heller Gallery on September 5th. Mark your calendars and check out a few preview images below.
eL Seed, Untitled, 2013
Courtesy of Ouahid Berrehouma/ itinerrance Gallery
Keith Haring, Untitled (Subway Drawing), 1985
Leila Pazooki, This is Not Green, 2009
Courtesy of Leila Heller Gallery, NY
Yesterday, news came out that James Franco would be getting his very own television show on the Ovation Network in which he shows viewers...himself. (Or rather all of the shit he accomplishes.) Herewith, we present the Top 10 things we hope make it into the "anthology docuseries."
1. James Franco spooning a phallic-looking crystal as part of the Abramović Method.
2. James Franco walking to his mailbox with an application to the University of Chicago's comparative literature PhD program in his hand, then realizing that's he's just kind of 'over' the whole academia thing and walking back inside.
3. James Franco filming a pile of dildos and pocket pussies falling in slow motion into a vat of melted vanilla ice cream, uploading it to JamesFrancoTV.com, hitting the hay with a sense of accomplishment.
4. James Franco sitting in the corner of a leather bar, "doing research for a project," and fake-texting the entire time.
5. James Franco sitting inside Columbia University's Butler library, working on his next poetry chapbook on his laptop but, when the camera pans to the computer screen, you see he's just on Tumblr.
6. James Franco attending an art opening and asking Terence Koh if they could take a selfie together.
7. James Franco tenderly staring at his reflection in a mirror and giving it a peck.
8. James Franco giving a guest lecture on queer relationships among Civil War veterans at NYU's Gallatin School.
9. James Franco working on an art installation at The Hole inspired by the Tumblr "Hot-Dog Legs".
10. James Franco filming a homoerotic One Direction parody video for "Best Song Ever" in which he plays Zayn, Harry and Niall and his doll plays Louis and Liam.
We will always love you, Jimmy F!
Beware: LIZ's new music video, "U Over Them," will send you right back to the late '90s/early '00s when boy bands ruled the airwaves and cutesy anime was everywhere. Loosely following the story of a googly-eyed, high school-aged unicorn in love with a googly-eyed donkey, the video displays every nostalgia-ridden, Internet-y thing ever while retaining an upbeat Lisa-Frank-perusing-Tumblr-on-acid sensibility. Things you'll see include: various Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Care Bears, Ja Rule (feat. Ashanti), Justin Timberlake in his ramen noodle hair days and Grumpy Cat. The song sounds retro too, like something from Bubblegum Pop's golden age that you randomly hear on the radio and just have to sing along to. Watch above.
[via Dazed Digital]
This man is having a way more fun/fabulous time at the gym than you -- or anyone else -- has ever had. [via Jezebel]
A couple of photos have resurfaced of Peter Dinklage hula-hooping at a gay bar in Calgary.
1) Why was Peter Dinklage at a gay bar in Calgary?
2) Why was he hula-hooping? Is that a thing people do in gay bars?
3) WHY WERE WE NOT THERE?
Get your Friday fill of cats time traveling in costumes with this music video called "Dreams Are Real." [via Jezebel]
ICYMI: Lena Dunham made all other #tbt's boring and passé by posting a letter she wrote to a Time Out advice columnist about being a 19-year-old virgin. [via ONTD]
Someone went ahead and made our dreams come true by creating "Mad Rock," a Tumblr which combines Mad Men and 30 Rock. Slow claps all around. [via Mashable]
Σ = cats. [via lambdacats]
Words can't express how much we love it when brands and media outlets get sassy on Twitter. [via Afternoon Snooze Button]
Us, at the beginning of every fashion week. [via mlkshk]
Where can we get the whole "Fuck Off" collection? [via Oh You Found My Skulls]
Have great weekend, everyone! [via Afternoon Snooze Button]
Our favorite fairy urchin, Grimes, is going to co-host MTV's VMAs red carpet along with designer Rachel Antonoff this Sunday. Having had the pleasure of chatting with Grimes (née Claire Boucher) on occasion, we know the girl's got a great sense of humor and we can't wait to see her asking 2 Chainz and Robin Thicke all about their fash-un.
John Dwyer, the frontman of San Francisco-based garage band Thee Oh Sees, turns out to also be a photographer. His first book of photos, Vinegar Mirror, is full of photos Dwyer shot from 2010-2013, many focused on life on tour. Only 500 hardcover books will be made, so snag them while they're available. More images, below.
Vinegar Mirror is out now via Vacation
Here's something weird-ish: The Strokes' "Last Nite" is TWELVE YEARS OLD. Wha' happened? Anyway, in honor of Julian Casablancas' birthday today, we're hereby dedicating our 'Oldie But Goodie' Friday video to that eternally good jam that'll always make us wanna throw on a leather jacket and get drunk on whiskey gingers at Lit Lounge.
The band's fifth album, Comedown Machine, is out now.
In this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.
Yo MTV, Imma let you finish in a minute but when Miley Cyrus is the edgiest thing on your awards show you might need a rebrand. Yes this weekend marks the VMAs, the Awards show that once (arguably) was awesome but now (arguably) is irrelevant. Many fingers are crossed that the amazing lineup will make this year the one to turn it around -- mine included. This week's Five 'n' Five pairs amazing VMA moments from the past with this year's big performers.
1. Britney Spears Comes of Age to "Oops I Did It Again" - "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus
Miley are you okay? In your eyes we still see the performing arts kid and while we kind of don't believe you're actually taking Molly or having threesomes we can't help but wonder just what is going on with that hair? Sigh. We remember when you were tamely dancing onstage with a stripper pole just a few short VMAs ago.
2. Madonna "Like a Virgin" Wedding Dress Floor Writhing - "Applause" by Lady Gaga
Gaga we live for you, we forgive your entire last album and don't even care that you cancelled your tour due to hip surgery yet show no surgery scars. Please give us a Madonna-worthy moment that we won't forget.
3. Eminem's Sea of Look Alikes - "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake
It's been a hot minute, seems like things are going really well for you. Honestly we couldn't be happier. So anyway, the guys and I were talking and we were thinking that maybe we could reunite on the VMAs, you know, maybe dress up like puppets and hang from the ceiling, you could beatbox, no bigs. What do you say?
4. Beyonce's Pregnancy Reveal - "Black Skinhead" by Kanye West
Being "controversial" on MTV is equivalent to revealing your baby's photo on the final episode of Kris Jenner's talk show. (Huh?) Cute kid tho.
5. Nirvana Being Themselves and Killing It - "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Please just award everything to these guys. They put out a hip-hop song that encourages people to wake the fuck up and smell the human rights. They deserve it all.
Most Unexpectedly Fascinating -- Yet Simultaneously Depressing -- Profile of the Week: VICE's story on attending Corey Feldman's birthday. -- Abby Schreiber [Photo via VICE]
Speediest Porn Debut: Sydney Leathers. I feel like normally you hear about celebs starring in porn videos and it doesn't happen for months, but Sydney's debuted like ten days after she decided to do it. -- Max Kessler
Drug We Most Want to Hear Get a Shoutout in a Rap Song: Sanjay Gupta Kush. -- A.S.
Best Album Art of the Week: Prince's art for "Breakfast Can Wait" featuring Dave Chappelle in character as the singer, holding a plate of pancakes. -- A.S.
Best Science Experiment of the Week: This one, in which Buzzfeed makes an employee get stoned and, later, drunk and do a battery of tests. -- M.K.
Most Fabulous Retelling of Cinderella: This one, which tells the story only through Beyoncé songs and features a gaggle of drag queens. -- M.K.
Biggest "Will They Or Won't They?" of the Week: *NSYNC's VMAs reunion. -- A.S.
Maybe you only tuned in to last night's VMAs to see how crazy Miley Cyrus' performance was going to be, but chances are you watched the rest of the award ceremony for the reaction shots:
Taylor Swift loved absolutely every performance and speech...
...except for One Direction's.
Rihanna couldn't have been more over it from the start.
The Smith family had the reaction all of us had when Miley performed and she and Robin Thicke sexually manhandled one another.
It seemed like One Direction had no idea who or what *NSYNC was and couldn't figure out why they were on stage.
Most of the internet will be talking about Taylor Swift's STFU moment, but if we're talking about pure, reaction GIF-able shade thrown, the winner of the night has to be Harry Styles' reaction to the moment in Taylor Swift's speech where she thanked the man who inspired "I Knew You Were Trouble." Great work, cameramen!
And onto the rest of the funnies:
This clip of South Korean actress Tae Mi doing a crazy effing flip as she also does the opening pitch for a baseball game has to be seen to be believed. [via Death and Taxes]
Oh no, the Dallas Zoo has a baby ocelot and it's too, too cute. [via Jezebel]
Katy Perry's bedazzled tiger-print sports bra from her VMA performance already has a parody Twitter account. [via Uproxx]
If you've ever wanted to hear Breaking Bad characters sing R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)," here you go. [via Uproxx]
Here's Mike Tyson playing '80s Atari video game Mike Tyson's Punch Out for the first time. He seems to like it! [via Death and Taxes]