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- 04/04/14--13:30: _Cartier's New Fifth...
- 04/04/14--14:30: _Taylor Swift's Play...
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- 04/07/14--07:40: _Anna Kendrick Cover...
- 04/07/14--09:30: _5 Indie Poetry Book...
- 04/07/14--10:00: _Chef Steve Redzikow...
- 04/07/14--10:30: _Musician EMA On Ins...
- 04/07/14--12:20: _On Repeat: De Lux's...
- 04/07/14--12:30: _RIP Peaches Geldof
- 04/07/14--13:00: _Our Favorite Outtak...
- 04/07/14--13:15: _Hundreds of Never-B...
- 04/07/14--13:20: _Chuck Grant on the ...
- 04/07/14--16:00: _5 Thoughts on Episo...
- 04/08/14--07:30: _You Can't Un-See th...
- 04/08/14--09:30: _Designer Rad Houran...
- 04/08/14--10:45: _Check Out Opening C...
- 04/04/14--13:30: Johnny Rotten's Joined the Cast of Jesus Christ Superstar? What?
- 04/04/14--13:30: Cartier's New Fifth Avenue Castle
- 04/04/14--14:30: Taylor Swift's Play-Date With Her Cat as Told In GIFs
- 04/04/14--14:32: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 04/04/14--15:30: Nicola Formichetti's Diesel Re-Boot: "Mission Accomplished"
- 04/07/14--07:40: Anna Kendrick Covering Britney as The Little Mermaid = Perfection
- 04/07/14--09:30: 5 Indie Poetry Books That Even Non-Lit People Will Love
- 04/07/14--10:00: Chef Steve Redzikowski On Grabbing Sushi With a Side of DJ Sets
- 04/07/14--10:30: Musician EMA On Instagram: "It Feels a Little Braggy"
- 04/07/14--12:20: On Repeat: De Lux's "It All Works All the Time" Is the Jam
- 04/07/14--12:30: RIP Peaches Geldof
- 04/07/14--13:00: Our Favorite Outtakes from the Beautiful People Photo Shoots
- 04/07/14--13:15: Hundreds of Never-Before-Seen Photos of '90s New York Surface Online
- 04/07/14--13:20: Chuck Grant on the Joy of Knee Socks and Her Upcoming Film Project
- 04/07/14--16:00: 5 Thoughts on Episode 5 of Lindsay Lohan's OWN Reality Show
- 04/08/14--07:30: You Can't Un-See the "Kim Cut"
- 04/08/14--10:45: Check Out Opening Ceremony's New Mike Kelley Collection
Super-cute video from 1990 by Saint Etienne (who, by the way, are one of Mr. Mickey's all-time fave bands) for "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." It was the first single off the London band's debut album and is a cover of Neil Young's 1970 hit single. The two kids -- Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs -- that started the band had originally wanted to use different singers for the tracks on the album and they had Moira Lambert do the vocals here. Eventually they made another singer, Sarah Cracknell, a permanent member. An indie-dance classic, plus this print of the video is crisp, clean and easy to watch.
L.A.-based indie pop five-piece Grouplove (Christian Zucconi, Sean Gadd, Ryan Rabin, Hannah Hooper and Andrew Wessen) just embarked on a big North America headlining tour and they've been kind enough to share their dispatches from the road. Scope their tour diary photos of onesies, crowd-surfing and pasta faces, below.
First night of the tour in Cincinnati...how we start the tour sets the pace for the next few months.
Riding Terminal 5, night 1 in NYC!!
Uh oh! Bite size Grouplove cupcake minis.
To see where the band's headed next on tour, go HERE.
Hold on, isn't April Fools' Day over? Is this for real? Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten is going to play King Herod in a new roadshow of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, Jesus Christ Superstar? And, if that's not crazy enough, Incubus singer Brandon Boyd, JC Chasez and Michelle Williams (the Destiny's Child singer, not the movie star) are also on board. The tour kicks off in New Orleans on June 9th and arrives here -- if the whole thing doesn't implode -- at Madison Square Garden on August 5th. Get your tickets HERE.
After closing their landmark Fifth Avenue mansion for a two-year renovation last week, the luxury jeweler Cartier -- of Love bracelet fame -- has opened a new two-story boutique located on 5th Avenue and 59th Street, just seven blocks up from the mansion. It's super fancy (of course) and HUGE. Measuring 11,000 square feet with 8,000 square feet designated for selling space, it is the largest worldwide. Designed by Paris-based architect Bruno Moinard, the boutique has special selling 'salons' for watches, diamonds and accessories. Luxury shopping at it's finest. So see you at the Diamond Salon this weekend?
In our new series, we're asking Brooklyn-based artist, illustrator, and jewelry maker Ryan Blomberg to GIF-ify some of our favorite stories found in the gutters of media (also known known as celebrity gossip sites). Join us for this next installment, inspired by Taylor Swift's recent outing with her cat.
You can find more of Ryan's work HERE.
Cutest Cat Photo Shoot of the Week: "Dancing with Cats." Though Alexandra Crockett's "Metal Cats" were a very close runner-up, Heather Busch's photo series is an undeniable classic. Taken from her 1999 photography book of the same name, "Dancing with Cats" perfectly captures the joy and absurdity of feline love. -- Gabby Bess
Best Late Night Clip of the Week: Boy Meets World-meets-Samuel L. Jackson-meets-slam poetry. -- Tucker Chet Markus
Best Party of the Week: The launch party for Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition whisky, held inside the Greenpoint warehouse that's normally the site of the Brooklyn Night Market. This shit had everything: whisky drinks, Roberta's pizza, Crif Dogs, boxing (yes, boxing), art, and a live performance by Blood Orange. Awesome. -- Abby Schreiber [Image via Getty]
NSFW Website of the Week: Adult-Mag.com. The magazine that's been hailed as the perfect blend of smut and literature (think vintage Playboy meets The Paris Review meets something way cooler) is now available online. -- GB
Best Bling: Johnny Depp's engagement ring. Not the one he gave to fiancee Amber Heard, but the one he gave himself. Yep. #treatyoself Johnny. -- Maggie Dolan
The Worst Diet of the Week: The Coachella Diet. It's exactly as awful as it sounds. -- GB
Cutest Dichromatic Crowd We Saw All Week: The cool kids who turned up for The Byrne Notice two-year anniversary party, sponsored by Farfetch, dressed in trés chic black and white cookie/ying-yang ensembles. -- AS [Photo by Benjamin Lozovosky/BFAnyc.com]
Easiest Way to Do Good This Month: For the month of April (Autism Awareness Month) Ryan Blair, former gang member-turned-CEO of ViSalus and New York Times bestselling author, will be donating $1 for every share/like of his award-winning documentary Nothing To Lose. -- M.D.
Best Lion King-Related News of the Week: This clip. Imagining some tired, jaded traveling businessman, stone-faced, getting full-on NAAAAAAAANTS INGONYAMA BAGITHI BABAAAA'd by the entire cast of The Lion King is fun. -- TCM
Coolest Collab: Jawbone x VSCO (Visual Supply Company) are teaming together for a photography collaboration designed to capture the diverse situations where music exists. This is REAL LIFE. -- MD
Best Political GIFs We Saw All Week: "World Leaders Becoming Drag Queens." Werk. -- AS [h/t Eric!]
As creative director of the entire Diesel brand, Formichetti has, over the past 12 months, been slowly but surely leading the company into "re-boot mode" with his modern vision of Diesel's cultural DNA. And, yesterday, it was finally time to see the clothes! Diesel founder Renzo Rosso had brought together all the people he cared most about -- 300 people comprised of family, friends, press, and business partners from all over the world -- to share this important moment with him, in the city that means the most to him: Venice. (Rosso lives in nearby Bassano and Diesel HQ is nearby as well.) And so we all descended on this crazy Disneyland of a town for three days of Diesel madness to celebrate the new look and their new creative director's vision.
Held at the enormous Arsenale (also home to the Biennale), the evening was both a spectacle and spectacular. It was larger than life but also at the same time intimate and sweet. Hundreds of guests arrived by boat to be greeted by Renzo and his two sons, Stefano and Andrea, at the door as if you were arriving to Renzo's home. His daughter, Alessia, a filmmaker, was busy filming the show.
Formichetti's role as creative director of the company showed in more than just the clothes; from the enormous video projections he commissioned from Nick Knight to the surprise performance by one of his favorite muses, Brooke Candy, the experience was entirely consistent with Formichetti's taste, inspirations, and vision. The show ended with an army of 100 people marching in formation wearing masks inspired by Pussy Riot (with a Leigh Bowery tip of the hat) complete with fur ears and mohawks.
Renzo Rosso (center) with his sons, Stefano (far left) and Andrea (far right) and DSquared2's Dean and Dan Caten
Take a look at more photos from the show below.
L-R, Up and Down: The Arsenale, Nicola Formichetti, Nick Knight's Videos, Purple's Olivier Zahm with hotelier André Balazs and the Rialto Bridge. (Photos by Kim Hastreiter)
Anna Kendrick hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend and this Little Mermaid pop-hits covers sketch was pure genius. Ursula is having none of Ke$ha.
SNL's "Dongs" sketch was also amazing. How do we get the job of "international nasty girl?"
A dad filmed Saturday mornings with his daughter for 3 months and this is what happened. We need to start hanging out with this girl. [Mlkshk]
:/ Nick. [Mlkshk]
The Simpsons' paid tribute to David Letterman and it was super tender. [Uproxx]
And don't you forget it. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
1. Dear Lil Wayne by Lauren Ireland (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014)
Lauren Ireland opens up her second full-length collection of poems, Dear Lil Wayne, with a short introduction of Mr. Carter's trial and subsequent incarceration for possession of marijuana and firearms. From the start it is clear that these poems, in the form of letters to the rapper in Rikers, are more than poetry. They are failed communications of longing.
From Dear Lil Wayne:
Dear Lil Wayne,
Today I woke up hating poetry. Have you seen what those bitches are up to? I mean, have you read my chapbook? I just want to be famous for being famous. I live in Brooklyn. I know a lot of people. I mean a lot of people.
2. You Can Make Anything Sad by Spencer Madsen (Publishing Genius, 2014)
Brooklyn-based writer and publisher Spencer Madsen, is known for writing "real-life poetry for real-life attention spans." With lines like "A state of the union address regarding my face: Things can only get worse," You Can Make Anything Sad, despite the promise of its title, is as frequently hilarious as it is devastating.
3. The Compleat Purge by Trisha Low (Kenning Editions, 2013)
The blurb for Trisha Low's much-hyped poetry collection reads, "Trisha Low is just another feminist, confessional writer trying to find a good way to deal with all her literary dads." But to leave it at that would be an injustice. The Compleat Purge revolves around girlishness, sex, narcissism, and nihilism but Low gives these time-worn topics a fresh, irreverent spin.
Rob Fitterman's new book of poems constructs its own identity through borrowed texts, song lyrics, and fragments of digital culture. As a whole, the effect of reading No, Wait. Yep. I Definitely Still Hate Myself. is like scrolling through the Tumblr of the world's most depressed teen.
From No, Wait. Yep. I Definitely Still Hate Myself:
I'll just start: no matter what I do I neverseem to be satisfied,The world spins around me and I feel likeI'm looking in from outside.I go get a donut, I sit in my favorite partof the park, but that's notThe point: the point is that I feel sociallyawkward and seem to haveTrouble making friends, which makes me verysad and lonely indeed.I am way too sensitive and always feel likeno one likes me.I don't know what to do -- I'm just super tiredof feeling this way.
5. Scarecrone by Melissa Broder (Publishing Genius, 2014)
In her third book-length collection, Melissa Broder writes, "And you have to fill up cracks with candy / If I am not allowed candy I use my body / If I am not allowed my body I use the internet / Television is going to deliver me from the internet / The angels pray over my screens / My angels are probably lonely / Also disillusioned with me." Lushly dark and infused with references to black magic, Broder's work often feels less like a book and more like a mystical text.
Where do you like to grab a bite when you're leaving your restaurant?
In general, Boulder does tend to shut down pretty quickly but there's a place called Japango, which is a sushi restaurant and they're open on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight and they bring in a DJ. I tend to go there quite a bit. I'm a little biased about it because my girlfriend works there.
What are your favorite things to order?
Usually I'll get most of the rolls. They do this 'diablo roll' that I really like. It has a spicy tuna and tuna sashimi over the top of it. They do this one that my sous chef gets all the time -- it's basically a fried rice cake with tuna and avocado and they do a sweet soy [sauce] on it.
Any fun stories?
Nah, not really. When I go to other peoples' restaurants, I usually behave pretty well. [Laughs]
Japango, 1136 Pearl St, Boulder, CO; Open Sun-Thurs, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight
Erika M. Anderson's new album, The Future's Void, takes a sledgehammer to our digital obsessions. On her second outing as EMA, the former Gowns member has crafted an album spread across many genres, like industrial synth pop and '90s "metagrunge," set in a world where satellites watch our lives ceaselessly, social media apps file away our personal information on some server in Sweden and corporations track our every keystroke in order to sell us more stuff. Here, Anderson tells us what she loves and hates about the Information Age.
Love: I love Pro Tools. I feel like that has opened up production for me and artists like me. I was watching the documentary Sound City, and I was like, "Cool...," but then they had like pin-ups and tittie pictures in the room. Maybe there's something to be said about digital studios being a feminist space.
Hate: I hate automated phone services. I hate when you can't talk to a human. It makes me want to throw the phone across the room.
Love: I really love the idea of a "daily meme." I forgot the Internet could be fun, and then I started looking at all these weird, funny memes on there, and I was like, "Oh yeah, there is funny stuff on the Internet too!"
Hate: I don't know if I hate this, but I don't like Instagram very much. It feels a little braggy.
I feel very comfortable in musical mediums to say what I want and play with genres and commercial sounds while also sounding very discordant. But the visual medium is so much trickier to create something that doesn't look like an advertisement.
The Future's Void drops on April 8
L.A. band De Lux have a knack for catchy, danceable tacks and make it all seem effortless and fun. Yes, you can say they sound like Talking Heads -- and lots of other band's for that matter -- but what's so bad about that? And they're on the coolest new record label, Innovative Leisure, that seems to have come out of nowhere and sucked up all the hot new bands. The duo of Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco release their debut album, Voyage, tomorrow, April 8 and they're playing at The Echo in L.A. on Thursday, April 10th. Please call us when you come to New York. You can sleep on our couch. Oh, almost forget to mention this new video for "It All Works All the Time": It's a cartoon filled with sex, drugs and violence, but the dude gets fried in the end.
We are shocked and saddened to learn that model/TV presenter/British It Girl Peaches Geldof passed away earlier today from unexplained causes. The 25-year-old, who had two young sons with her husband Thomas Cohen, was the daughter of Band-Aid founder Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, who tragically died from a drug overdose when Peaches was only 11. We always loved running into Peaches out and about in NYC or London and she could always light up the party or front row. She will be dearly missed.
Her father released a statement about his daughter's passing and it's both beautiful and heartbreaking.
From Bob Geldof:
Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken. Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.RIP.
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Hundreds of never-before--seen images of New York in the 90s have been making the rounds online, all shot by an amateur photographer who, 20 years ago, had just moved to the city from Paris. Gregoire Alessandri was a young film student when he lived in the East Village near 12th Street and Avenue A, a building also occupied at the time by Allen Ginsberg and Richard Hell. He always carried a camera and shot tons of pictures, but for some reason, he "kept the old negatives and color slides in an old suitcase for almost 20 years."
He was a big fan of the city's nightclubs and says he used to go to Nell's (now called Up & Down) "especially on Thursdays and Sundays. It was chic, hip and yet relaxed and the music -- house -- was awesome. I also remember the Palladium (now an NYU dorm on 14th Street), but the Roxy was the first club I went to that made me understand that I had just moved to a crazy city! I also loved Mars with it's different floors and the nearby Florent where we would all have a great breakfast in the morning."
Greg also lived up in Harlem near Amsterdam and 138th Street. "There was a great atmosphere despite the drugs and violence which were really present and visible. I particularly loved Hamilton Place with its amazing brownstones. I spent so much time just talking with kids hanging in the street and my buddy from the corner bodega," he recalls.
He started working as a foreign correspondent for several French magazines and eventually moved back to Paris where he is currently an in-house video producer for Louis Vuitton. "I still miss NYC a lot, but every time I go back, I have a hard time recognizing the city and coping with the incredible changes of the last few years."
You can check out all of the incredible pictures here.
"I'm definitely more of a pants person," says photographer Chuck Grant of her every day style, which errs more on the tomboyish side. "But this dress was really comfortable and I do love its structure." Grant paired her Gap woven dress which thigh-high socks," because, she says, "anything that looks like a big shirt I appreciate with knee socks," says Grant. "It adds a little bit of girlishness."
Though an intensive yoga course she's taking in New York City this spring has been taking up most of her time, Grant says she's eager to return to photography projects as well as a documentary project on super-fans. Inspired partially by the millions of admirers she's seen her sister, Lana Del Rey, attract over the years, Grant says she's interested in "the psychology of fandom across the board."
She's especially interested in how social media plays a role, particularly among teenage girls. "Younger teenage girls as super-fans are really fascinating to me," says Grant. "It's the age that girls start to realize their sexuality and get a bigger sense of themselves. Who they take on as their idols can become such a self-defining thing."
As if we weren't already fans of Grant's enough, now we're super fans.
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1) Lindsay is having some furniture delivered and in order to make room, she tries to sell a bunch of clothes at a couture consignment shop downstairs from her apartment. The store doesn't take many of Lohan's clothes, and, unfortunately, in the meantime, she and Dina find a million things they want to buy, including tasseled suede boots and an Alaia coat. Realizing she's spent more than she'll get in trade, and forgetting that she is broke as shit and had to have Oprah's production company foot the bill for the SoHo apartment she just moved into, Lohan goes back upstairs to pull some Chanel pieces and bags. "Now we're talking about the good stuff," says the sales lady, confirming that Lohan, in fact, does still own some of the good stuff. The store ends up buying $4000 worth of clothes and Lindsay and Dina buy $4500. Later, Dina wanly tells Lindsay she could have maybe used that $4000 instead of trading, to which her daughter says nothing. Spectacular choices all around.
2) We get a real window into the crazy celebrity brain when a bunch of movers dump off boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff at Lohan's apartment. All hell breaks loose. It's more than Lindsay can handle! Why are there even boxes in her apartment on a move-in day? Why is this happening to her? Why is everything so hard? She refuses to come out of her bedroom and filming must stop for reasons unknown. Later, the cameras are allowed back in and we see Lindsay wearing a jump suit, half-heartedly looking through plastic bins of her shit. Since none of Lohan's furniture can be moved into the apartment until her boxes of clothes and stuff are unpacked and put away, Lohan's assistant simply orders that they just put all the boxes back on the truck. All. of. the. boxes. The highlight of this episode were the moving dudes, who were having absolutely none of the fuckery and making withering remarks to the camera like "The reloading process never happens. This is the second time in 25 years this has happened." Then, after everything is moved back on to the truck, Lohan's assistant asks if a box of bedding Lohan will need that night could be retrieved from the truck, which is packed to the gills. The assistant, with a straight face, asks if the movers could unpack the truck once again to find the box of bedding. Because although it is possible for broke-as-a-joke Lindsay Lohan to buy $4500 worth of clothes from a second-hand store, springing for a package of sheets from the nearest Bed, Bath and Beyond is impossible. The moving guys basically tell Lohan's assitant to F the F right off and he retreats, sans sheets. But what about the bedding? What will Lindsay do? We never hear about the bedding again for the rest of the show. What did she do that night for sheets? This is a huge loose end that I hope to see tied up on next week's episode.
3) Male model Liam Dean, who Lohan may or may not have been dating during the show's taping, is hanging around the apartment during move-in day. We see him sitting on his ass outside on her deck. "My friend Liam was a big help that day," Lohan later assures the camera.
4) Lindsay's life coach AJ Johnson has the nerve to ask her about her sobriety on camera, as they tape a scene for a reality show that is about Lindsay Lohan's sobriety. "Why did you just say that on camera," demands Lindsay. AJ tells Lindsay that Dina had told her she was back to drinking and Johnson says she found a bottle of wine in her house. Lindsay says Dina is actually the one who is drinking again and is simply projecting onto her daughter. "There's certain things that I don't want to talk about, that I feel pressured to talk about," explains Lindsay as if what, exactly, the point of this show is about had yet to be communicated to her. It's bizarre. And then, Johnson, who had started growing on us as a skilled Lohnanian bullshit detector countered with the spectacularly bad question of "are you mad at me?" Ball was back in Lindsay's court.
5) And boy oh boy does Lindsay exercise that power. She goes to L.A. for 7 days, refusing to allow filming, not being in touch with Johnson and not showing up to a meeting that Johnson had arranged for her with a Sony executive. When Lindsay gets back to New York, she tells Johnson she over slept and missed her Sony meeting and that she hadn't been in touch because she turned her phone off. Lindsay then refuses to see Johnson for their next scheduled taping because she's still upset her life coach would stoop so low as to ask her about being sober on a reality show dedicated exclusively to chronicling her sobriety. Johnson quits. (Never mind that Lohan later admits that Johnson had been right and she had, in fact, relapsed.) With Johnson off the job as life coach, who will step in? Wonder what those moving guys are up to.
American singer-songwriter Chris Garneau began working on his latest album Winter Games five years ago, right around the time he met French fashion designer Rad Hourani in Paris. Forming a friendship and collaborative bond, the two creatives began working together. Hourani's androgynous, graphic vision is a striking compliment to Garneau's spellbinding sound. In their latest collaboration, Hourani directs the video for the Winter Games' track "Our Man." Below Garneau and Hourani discuss their mutual admiration and what inspired the video's haunting beauty.
Chris Garneau: We met back in 2009, I believe, through a mutual friend. I didn't really know you very well but we kept in touch and I would see you in Paris. I think the first time we really had a connection, we were out at a bar talking about Nina Simone.
Rad Hourani: Yeah I remember exactly. I knew your music through a friend that was listening to it at my studio, and one day I asked, "Who is that?" Then I heard it again and again, and I really admired it. One night we were out in Paris, and we started talking about music. I was telling you about how I loved your sensitivity and fragility but very strong vocabulary in your songs. Then we started talking about Nina Simone. We both traveled a lot but kept in touch with email.
CG: I think I started emailing you random recordings, rough drafts that I made at home. This was also around the time I got rid of all my clothes that had color in them [laughs] because I started to feel really distracted by colors. That was one thing that began to appeal to me in your work. For me, your work is kind of like classical music. It doesn't have any singing. It's just instrumental music. I need to not have all of that extra noise in my life.
RH: I think about it like that too [laughs]. It's about seeing the truth, and I find black and white are more direct. When you sent me your new album, I completely fell in love with it. I asked you if you wanted to sing at my couture show in Paris, and you said yes. I was really happy and that's where the idea of the video started.
CG: Yeah, you invited me to work on your couture show, which was your first unisex couture collection. So I came to Paris and I wanted it to be really, really special, but didn't know what I wanted to do so I kept changing my mind every day. I had this idea for some reason that it should be more ambient and atmospheric, and after a few days, your were like, "No, no, no. I want you to play your music." So we ended up doing two extended versions of songs from the new album, Winter Games.
RH: It was quite magical. Lots of people were leaving the show crying. So many of my friends came to me with tears on their face. I think it was the mix of something quite austere and neutral with the clothes, which are really graphic, and having the sentimental element of you playing live. I remember I was backstage fixing the looks before they go on the runway, and I hear you playing, and I remember having these huge goosebumps. For me, it was a perfect marriage.
CG: For me as well. During the few days leading up to the show, we were able to meet a bit at your studio, and I could see what was going to be shown. It's just this thing that kind of works, between what you're is creating and what I'm creating. I think part of it is this, sort of, genderless, androgynous work that we both do.
RH: I would also say timeless. Your music is timeless. I think what I do is about being timeless, and I see it in your work. You play the piano your own way, you sing words your own way and you write them your own way. For me, this is the most important thing. You know when you show someone some music and they say it's pop, it's rock, it's country, but with your music it's like "What is this?" There's no one else who does what you does in your own way.
With the video, I asked you what the album was about -- how you wrote your songs and how you felt when you were doing it. It's about memories and things from the past and things that we search for in past experiences. What we wanted to show was all types of people with different personalities brought together in a video that makes you feel what each one of them thinks of the other one. I don't want to intellectualize the video too much, but I tried to put my modern, minimalist style into something that can represent you. I also worked a lot with a camera that moved with the vibration of the music, rather than shooting at any rhythm, I wanted every sound, every vibration in the movement. And when you see the baby at the beginning of the video, it's about relating to memories, the past. When you're a child, you start accumulating memories and you're with your mother and you grow up and you're with different people and you start creating different memories as well.
CG: That's totally on the mark. The album started around asking people about their earliest memories of winter -- my family, my closest friends. So this one song, "Our Man," is the culmination of a lot of peoples' memories, including my own. But really it's about parental abandonment or lack of protection, but it's also not so specific. It's a grouping of many inspirations. I feel like the song is, in a sense, an abstraction and the video suits it. In the same way I was talking about the lack of color, to get rid of the noise and distraction of the world, I feel the same sense with this video. The lack of having a real intellectual foundation as a basis allows you to have some freedom -- to really keep it based on the sound and the visual not make your head too crazy to think "What is every single moment about?" It's something more based around art rather then writing a book or a story. That's something I'm really happy to delve into at this point in my life, with this record.
Mike Kelley's massive retrospective, which debuted in New York this winter at PS1, has moved on to the west coast, open now through July 28th at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In support of the museum, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts is relaeasing a collection with Opening Ceremony that includes tote bags, t-shirts and and a selection of the late artist's drawings and photographs from early projects including the Poltergeist (1979) and Monkey Island (1982-83). The line is in Opening Ceremony stores now and is also available at the MOCA store.