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- 07/18/14--07:20: Elaine Stritch on David Letterman in 1996 Is Everything
- 07/18/14--10:30: The Top 5 Forgotton Girl Groups of the Early 2000's
- 07/18/14--14:50: Casey Jane Ellison's "Touching the Art" Series Is, Like, Art
- 07/18/14--16:00: Friday Superlatives: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 07/21/14--11:00: The 7 Acts You've Gotta Know This Summer
- 07/21/14--12:50: Robyn and Royksopp's "Do It Again" Video: An Ode to Rebels
- 07/21/14--14:05: Kanye West Has Always Been As Important As He Says He Is
- 07/21/14--15:00: Papermag Premiere: Cut Copy's "Believers"
- 07/22/14--07:50: Chris Pratt Is a Creepy Ambien Texter
- 07/22/14--10:40: Listen to Banks' Poppier New Single, "Beggin' For Thread"
- 07/22/14--13:10: This Teen Fashion Documentary from the Early '80s Is Just the Best
- 07/22/14--15:15: Here's the Trailer for the Unauthorized YSL Biopic
- 07/23/14--07:25: Jack White Had a Blast at the Cubs Game, Y'all!
- 07/23/14--09:30: Miley Cyrus Pops Up In Pharrell's New Video, "Come Get It Bae"
- 07/23/14--11:00: Note From Kim: Controlling the Control Freak
- 07/23/14--11:30: Scope Vintage Photos of '60s and '70s-Era Celebs From a New Art Book
The Late Show posted this 1996 clip yesterday following Elaine Stritch's passing, and it's magical. Watch as Stritch repeatedly interrupts the show as a rich floozy who thinks David Letterman is her pool boy, Skippy. It's a wonderful example of her comedic acting chops and why the Late Show was, and is, DA BEST. [Uproxx]
Conan and Dave Franco went on Tinder, met a girl, got in a particularly creepy van, and, well, you gotta watch the rest. [Conan]
The Billie Holiday of dogs! [Mlkshk]
Sorry, too late. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
Joaquin Phoenix's forehead rotated actually turns into a Dark Crystal character. WHAT IS HAPPENING? [ FYouNoFMe]
How do we own this? [LaughterKey]
Wheelchair dogs playing with sticks. Warning: Your heart is about to be warmed. [Jezebel]
For those late-'80s/'90s babies out there, the early-aughts post-Spice Girls, Ashlee-Simpson-as-viable-pop-star era of girl groups were some of the best top-40 pop days of our lives. They offered the soundtracks for those awkward hallway-passing periods at school, locking ourselves in our bedrooms at home or waiting for the school bus with a Kool-Aid Jammer in-hand. We've compiled a list of our top five favorite forgotten girl groups of the early 2000s, and our picks for their best song (although most were one-hit wonders anyway). We'd kill for a "Where Are They Now?" feature on every one of these ladies.
1. B*Witched - "C'est La Vie"
The music video for "C'est La Vie" is monumental. We're living for these girls in matching denim jackets, frolicking in a flowery field that's reminiscent of the Teletubbies set, and lassoing a nerdy white boy like it's whatever. Topped off with a traditional Irish dance, there's absolutely nothing sexy about this video, but it's still so amazing.
2. Play - "Us Against the World"
These girls would've probably been the bitchiest group of besties to face in the lunchroom, but their ninja-fighting skills are undeniable. Created by four futuristic Spy Kids-looking pods, Play were presented as some weird Powerpuff Girls experiment with the coolest bedroom ever and the greatest early 2000's sense of style. They played with those robotic dogs we all begged our parents for, and sported chunky colored highlights. If you've never danced on top of a school bus filled with a sport's team of pre-teen boys, you really haven't lived.
3. 3LW - "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)"
Years before Kiely Williams and Adrienne Bailon were Cheetah Girls, they were part of the R&B trio 3LW alongside Fame star Naturi Naughton. "You promised me Kate Spade, but that was last year, boy, in the eighth grade," raps Williams, delivering quite possibly the most-2000 lyric of all time. The most major part of the video is when a graffiti artist spray paints the trio on a sidewalk, and the portraits all come alive to perform a choreographed number -- very "hip-hop," very "urban."
4. Dream - "He Loves U Not"
While most girl groups in the early 2000's were innocent and childlike, Dream was a bit more sexy and aggressive, which was likely a product of being signed to P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records. The blatantly TLC-biting video for their hit single, "He Loves U Not," shows the bad-girl quartet joy-riding through the California desert, dancing provocatively in front of towering flames and doing splits in coordinated pink Charlotte Russe looks.
5. No Secrets - "That's What Girls Do"
This was the anthem for every girls-only slumber party, where a pack of lanky pre-teens convened to watch Lizzie McGuire re-runs in a someone's basement, wearing Limited Too silk pajama sets. "You ask me why I need 32 pairs of shoes to wear," sings the quintet in front of a backyard pool, which later turns into a late-night pool party scene complete with a horrified neighbor grandma, boxes of pizza (a party essential) and, duh, lots of boys to harass. Keep an eye out for the video's cheap graphics, which look like the screensavers for old Windows desktop computers.
That's my friend Phil adjusting my dress. We call him 'Style by Phil.' He convinced me to wear that dress, because I never wear dresses! I'm an A-cup and I never wear those, but he pulled it up tight and made me cute. He's an amazing person.
That's our prayer circle. We always pray before every show, asking God for peace, that everything works. We want a good vibe. As an artist, you want things to go right. Music, for me, is all I have. It's my one thing, my baby. It's different now in some ways, since it's been a year from the last time I performed. Then, I was still growing up, trying to figure myself out. Now, I know who I am. It's my vision.
I'm always nervous, but especially since it's been so long since I went onstage. I'd forgotten how it felt. I came out to "Everything Burns." I had to pace the stage a little bit since it was my first time in a year. I didn't look up until it was over. But once I was onstage and it came out, it felt like home. I let go.
This picture is home, that's definitely home. I had a Kanye moment, you know where he's like 'Where my lights at?!' I was waiting for the lights to go off and for the strobe lights to appear. I was trying to make it a bit more epic, so I brought strobe lights. I see it as a bigger show. I wanted it to be like that scene in The Matrix where they're partying in Zion, like that.
That was when I didn't realize the set was over, so I kind of just did a jam. We don't even practice sometimes at rehearsal, we just wanna lay. I love to hear them [ The Righteous Young] play, they're so good. This time around I'm only working with who I love, like my band mates and A$AP Ferg. He and I gel really creatively; he thinks outside of the box more so than anyone I've worked with so far in hip-hop. He's like a brother to me, he's so down-to-earth and open.
Here I played an oldie-but-goodie, "Still Getting Younger." It's a fan favorite, I always get requests to play it from Twitter and Instagram. It feels like summer, it makes my set better. I wrote that song with Nick Littlemore from Empire of the Sun. When I went out to London a few years back, I went to his house and I was kind of depressed at that time. I was making electronic dance music and I wanted to make something else. Nick was like, 'You can do whatever you want, you're an artist!' He's so crazy, he had on like a trench coat and an afro, and made me fish and beans, it was delicious. After that, we went on a very inspiring trip to Israel and Egypt together.
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Art is an often dry and daunting topic to discuss, but comedian, "What the F*shion" host and vocal fried cult-leader Casey Jane Ellison tackles it with finesse in her hilarious new web series, "Touching the Art." In the series, she interviews a panel of industry experts (women only) with hard-hitting questions like, "What is art? Who cares? Why?" or, "Is art somehow better if the person who made it starred in Transformers?" We were wondering the same thing.
The series' premiere episode features revered photographer Catherine Opie, New York Times art writer Jori Finkel and "Four Your Art" founder Bettina Korek, as they sit wryly amused through Ellison's questions, but somehow still answer genuinely. When Ellison asks Finkel if she was being a "dumb idiot" for thinking that art was about "truth" and "beauty," Finkel assures that she was " just being a Romantic -- a capital 'R,' 19th-century Romantic."
James Franco also comes up, with Ellis referring to today's world of celebrity artists as the "Franco-ian Period." Finkel calls Franco, "a son of Warhol," which sparks Opie's brilliant suggestion that artist Matthew Barney should create a video of Franco being birthed from "the vagina of Warhol." We can only hope this some day becomes a reality. Check it out above.
Most attention-hungry nipple: Lady Gaga'sEarlier this morning, Lady Gaga snapped a selfie to show off her vintage Mugler, but what she really exposed was her right nipple. Although we've all seen it about a dozen times by now, the Internet still erupted with excitement. (The photo has been removed by Instagram.) Gaga, do you even look at your pictures before uploading? Remove the shades for a brief moment, girl.
Worst Table Manners: Aviva Drescher
The Real Housewives of New York have been known to throw serious shade at dinner parties, or maybe even a glass of wine in someone's face, but Aviva Drescher really brought it to the next level by throwing her fake leg across the room. We've watched this horrifying season finale preview about 30 times, now like...
Best Sleeping Beauty/Angelina Jolie/Lana Del Rey Summer-of-Sad-Girls Think Piece: Johanna Fateman's in the New Inquiry, Lana, writes Fateman, "represents the real possibility of an unhappy ending." --Elizabeth Thompson
Most Ridiculous Cover: Westboro Baptist Church's cover of "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At The Disco. The world's most loathed church is back with an absolutely ludicrous cover of the song that graced every MySpace profile nearly a decade ago. Why they chose this song of all songs, we'll never know, but we especially love their decision to tag the track with "#techno." Not even close, WBC, not even close. You're gonna need a comma in that title, too.
Biggest 'Wut' of the Week: David Lynch is now designing women's workout wear.
SCOOP BRAS (screamed in Frank Booth 'Pabst Blue Ribbon' style)! -- E.T.
Best Quote of the Week: Perfume Genius' words on "gay panic."
The singer (aka Mike Hadreas) released his really, really good new single "Queen" this week, saying in press notes that the song was inspired by "gay panic" and all of the times he's felt his mere presence as a gay man has made others uncomfortable. Per Hadreas: "Sometimes I see faces of blank fear when I walk by...if these fucking people want to give me some power -- if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles -- well, here she comes." Yes, yes, a million times, yes. --E.T.
Best Forehead Face of the Week: Joaquin Phoenix's!
As noted in today's Morning Funnies, some people who were probably ~totes StOnEd~ discovered that Joaquin Phoenix's forehead, in a particular Her scene, looks like it has a small wizard-elf face in it. The things you learn on the Internet. -- E.T.
Kids react to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We feel you, "And Splinter's kind of cute" girl. [TastefullyOffensive]
True love. [Reddit]
Say Anything 2014. [RatsOff]
A fabulous supercut of kids cursing in movies. Eat shit and die, Ricky! [Uproxx]
The Halpert files. [LaughterKey]
Charlie the dog steals a baby's toy and then feels guilty. [TastefullyOffensive]
Mondays are fancy terrible. [Mlkshk]
These seven fierce young acts are cherrypicking the hottest sounds of the last three decades and reworking them in bold, provocative and just plain bangin' new ways. Here you'll find their vital stats, latest releases, and favorite summer jams.
Your summer is officially dialed.
Taking the concept of fighting for your right to party to unprecedented music video levels, here we get the dark new clip for Robyn and Royksopp's "Do it Again" by Danish director Martin de Thurah. The black and white video, shot outside of Mexico city, shows us a world of clandestine dance parties raging on in spooky buildings as an oppressive regime tightens its grip on a community. It's all very Footloose meets Truffaut. The song is the title track of Robyn and the Norwegian producers, who are have a mini album out now. Check out the clip above. [Via Dazed; Stereogum]
Early-on cool might take some nowhere fast, but Kanye West is like that one kid who maintained the same peak levels of popularity from middle school and into adulthood -- basically, that guy in the yearbook who smirks for his photo and is wearing a Givenchy suit at the 20-year high school reunion. Need more proof? Take a look at this video above of The Baby Yeezus himself rapping at Fat Beats all the way back in 1996. It's pretty spectacular stuff. And, below, we bring you some of the best lines from the grown-up god's riveting interview with Zach Baron for GQ's August issue. Drake might've been wrong when he said nothing was the same.
Kanye requires "me time" with all of his new clothes: "I hope we don't see no paparazzi today, because I'm still getting acquainted with these jogging pants I threw on. Like, 'That's not my statement!'"
On whether he feels people who make fun of him are trying to "de-fang" him: "I don't have fangs. I'm a porcupine. I'm a blowfish. Like, I'm a-what's the fish that blows up? I'm a blowfish."
When Baron asks him how he feels about certain photos of him that have gone viral: "My feelings don't matter anymore."
Kanye West is Walt Disney, while Carine Roitfeld is both Kanye West and Walt Disney: "Carine Roitfeld is the Walt Disney of what Tumblr is today. She is the Kanye West of what Tumblr is today."
Kanye West picked your shoes for you: "Listen to what I'm saying -- me, as Kanye West: I guarantee you, I'm more than 50 percent responsible for every men's shoe that they sell. Me, the singular person. More than 50 percent responsible for every Balenciaga shoe they sell."
How to Win at Life: "In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period."
A resounding 'Kanye's life is dope and he does dope shit:' "I don't like walking around with people thinking I'm doing uncool shit, because there's nothing I'm doing that's uncool."
When Cut Copy released their excellent fourth LP Free Your Mind last November, we described the album's sound as "like songs recorded by dudes tripping in another solar system." And now we get to bask in more of the album's trippy, intergalactic, black-lit essence with the Deluxe release of Free Your Mind, available digitally tomorrow. It features five additional tracks, including three previously unheard songs -- the shimmery "Believers," which we're super excited to be premiering today here on Papermag, "I Wish the Sun Would Grow Today" and "Lights Shine On," which you can listen to over at Stereogum. The band has a string of U.S. tour dates next month, including sets at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Check out this latest jam above.
The Guardians of the Galaxy cast was on Jimmy Kimmel last night and Chris Pratt told a story about ambien texting a creepy wrestling challenge to his WWE co-star. [Uproxx]
And people act like having kids isn't fun. Also: WHAT IS THIS? [RocknPizzaRolls]
Conan and Carl Reiner invent the Selfishie, in which you totally block the other person in the photo. [Uproxx]
Free upsetting Valentine for your files! [Mlkshk]
Hangs head in shame. [Mlkshk]
Tuesday motto. [LaughterKey]
We've had our eye on chanteuse Banks since we named her one of 10 women "leading a new movement in R&B" back in March, and we're pretty much pumped for her upcoming debut, Goddess, out August 9th. Here we get "Beggin for Thead," another single from the album, that's more poppy and dancey than dark, showcasing her strengths as a songwriter and, as we've heard on tracks like "Brain" and "Drowning," her masterful ability to serve it right back to the those who have broken her heart.
Producers Diplo and Flume have taken to the proverbial arena to display their re-imagined renditions of Lorde's single "Tennis Court." We've been vibing out to Flume's remix since it dropped in May -- the synthy beats make for a serious jam. Diplo bestowed his, lighter, punchier version upon us yesterday, which he calls "Diplo's Andre Agassi Reebok Pump Mix," because he's Diplo and it's way funnier
In any event, both remastered versions alleviate the weird feels we get from watching Lorde's music video for the original track, in which she stares through the camera and into the blackest depths of our soul, mouthing only a singular, "yeah." Have a listen and decide for yourself who wins the match-up below.
Our friends over at Buzzfeed Style unearthed this spectacular documentary that an Antioch, California high school student named Scott Hayden made in 1984 about fashion. The video, set to Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop," features interviews with the "weird," oddly-haircutted fashion kids at school, all of whom matter-of-factly share stories of being tormented by "the jocks" for dressing differently. But did that stop them from having purple hair, cool leather jackets and a-symmetrical hair for days? No! Mostly their testimonies of harassment -- which none of them seem to be particularly bothered by -- made us want to slide down a wall crying, but the subjects' takes on personal style, fashion and uniqueness is tender and charming and we hope Leigh and Wendy totally moved to Seattle to do A&R for Sub Pop.
Have you been thinking lately that what you're really missing from your iPod is a thirty to forty-something year-old version of Justin Bieber with silky falsettos that don't quit? Because Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter and NKOTB's Jordan Knight have time-traveled from 1999 to fill that void as Nick & Knight with their single "One More Time." The song has poppy summer anthem written all over it, but we're having a hard time focusing on the music, when there are bigger questions at hand: Like, mostly, what were the expectations going into this project? How much money will be made? Is this a just-for-fun type thing? Where does MTV hold Spring Break these days? Why was everyone dressed for winter in the "Give it to You" video, even though it's seemingly spring or summer out? What happened to Nick Carter's eyebrows and facial hair in this promo photo? Send help!
This summer is gracing us with two, count 'em, two Yves Saint Laurent biopics: The fashion-house-approved Yves Saint Laurent, which came out last month and stars the loverly Charlotte Le Bon, and the upcoming, unauthorized Saint Laurent, the trailer for which you can check out above. It's in French and un-subtitled, which makes it all the more sexy and mysterious, and stars the infinitely hot Louis Garrel, Gaspard Ulliel and Léa Seydoux. Also, snakes. It'll hit theaters in September.
Jack White went to a Cubs' game and had a great time. It was the party of the century. [Deadspin]
Here are The Rock and Jimmy Fallon wearing tiny shorts and using thighmasters as '80s workout stars the Fungo brothers.
Chris Pratt takes a break from his Entertainment Tonight interview to expertly French braid an intern's hair.
You're a good man, HOVA Brown. [Mlkshk]
I hope this means that they tried out just gorilla playing saxophone for a few parties but realized what was really missing were some balloons. [Mlkshk]
Snoop Dogg and Psy's "Hangover" video without the music is enthralling. [TastefullyOffensive]
Scream forever: Here's a video of a little baby mouse eating a small daisy. [LaughingSquid]
OK, I'll say it out loud: I'm a control freak. I just see how things ought to be super clearly in my mind, and if they don't turn out that way it drives me fucking nuts. I'm also a snob. I detest mediocrity and want none of it in my life. And to me, my fear of losing control equates to fear of compromising quality. This is why I have a really hard time delegating. Or maybe I should say that I have a really hard time finding the perfect people that I want to delegate to. Because in the end I only feel comfortable giving control up to a) people who hold the bar as high as I do aesthetically, b) people who understand the inside of my head and execute my ideas as well as or better than I would do it myself, or c) people who come up with ideas that are at least as good as or (preferably) better than mine.
I swear, my control issues are not an ego thing. Nothing makes me happier than having someone else come up with a great idea or vision that I never would have thought of in a million years and execute it flawlessly. I will cheer them on and jump up and down with joy. I wish that this would happen more often. I have likely psychologically tortured many people who have worked for me over the years because of my control issues. Or maybe it's because their ideas, to me, just aren't good enough. When people roll their eyes as I micromanage them, I think, "Do it as well as I would do it, or better, and I'll stop breathing down your neck!"
It's a lot of work to have this disorder. Although I don't think of myself as a perfectionist, I am compulsive about whatever I am doing until it is done "right" in my mind. Take these monthly columns I have written for over 20 years now. Ask any of the editors who have tried to edit my words. I am likely a nightmare to them because I do not want to let them change even one word of my copy. I know this is unreasonable because I am not perfect, but if I make an error (which I often do, whether in my copy or anywhere else in life), I just don't want someone else to fix it with "their" words. Because usually, their words make me cringe and don't sound like I said them. So I want to fix it myself. Is that too much to ask?
The funny part of this all is that I'm actually dying to let go. The older I get, the more exhausting it is to try to do everything myself -- and the more I realize that if it's not my way or the highway, the earth will not end! I am trying really hard to loosen up and be less snobbish about what I like and what I hate. I am also trying to be a little more liberal with what I allow to pass. So what if a mediocre photo or story gets printed in the magazine. Did I die?
I remember an incident back when I was a teenager with my wonderful grandmother, Nanny Polly. I adored her as she was never your typical "old lady" grandmother. She was gorgeous, had impeccable taste and was always chic with a capital C. Polly was a class act and always wore only good stuff. Never crap. And she raised my mother with the same philosophy. I will never forget my surprise that day, when an aging Nanny Polly came to visit us and my mother grabbed me and whispered, "Look at Nanny. She's wearing ultrasuede!" We were both like, "Oh. My. God. It's so tacky. How could she?" It turned out that as my chic nanny got older, she'd even started to wear polyester every so often. We were horrified. When I'd make a comment to her, she'd tell me how fabulous it was because it never wrinkled and it dripped dry so fast.
Many years later, I was reminded of this on a visit with my mother (who was by then in her seventies). I walked into her kitchen and was stopped dead in my tracks when I spotted a brand-new hideous "Mr. Coffee" coffee maker sitting on the counter. You should know that because my grandmother rigorously taught quality to my mother, I was also raised surrounded by only good stuff. I grew up eating off of Dansk dishes and Jens Risom silverware on a Nakashima table, watching a Sony TV plopped on Knoll and Dunbar furniture covered with fabulous Jack Lenor Larsen fabric. We'd sip coffee made from our Dieter Rams Braun coffee maker and read by the light of Noguchi lamps. When I delicately broached the Mr. Coffee shocker to my mom, she immediately snapped at me, "It's fine." and then continued, "You're a snob, Kim." Hmmm.
Don't worry, folks. I'm nowhere near the Mr. Coffee stage yet. And I still have it in me to say, "Over my dead body" when asked to compromise on something that I can't bear. But I will say that with age I feel a more liberal perspective on shit sneaking up on me. And I am picking my battles. Because life is short. And in the big picture, is the difference between ultrasuede and cashmere really what counts?
Photo by Jacqueline Di Milia