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- 07/31/14--14:00: Watch Foxygen's New Video "How Can You Really"
- 07/31/14--14:30: Get to Know Angolan Singer/Songwriter Coréon Dú
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- 08/14/14--09:45: Arcade Fire Releases Surprise Video For "You Already Know"
- 08/14/14--13:00: Alvvays Frontwoman Molly Rankin's Favorite "Adult Diversions"
- 08/14/14--14:30: Napoleon Dynamite: Ten Years Later
- 08/14/14--15:00: A Tinder for Stoners May Be Coming Soon
- 08/14/14--15:51: Watch Kool A.D., Toro y Moi, and Amaze 88 bro out in "The Front"
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California based band Foxygen just released their newest video, "How Can You Really," from their upcoming album '...And Star Power,' due out October 14th. Directed by Grant Smith, the video features lead singer Sam France parading around an office wearing skinny jeans, a sequined crop top, and pink streaks in his hair. Casual Rockstar Friday? Click here for upcoming Foxygen tour dates.
For Dú music was an escape, and it even got some of his bullies to back off. The first time Dú was onstage, he braved the preteen pests to belt out Puff Daddy and Faith Evans' song "I'll Be Missing You" at a rehearsal for a middle school assembly. "Everyone was really quiet for a second, looking at me weird. I was like, 'Well that must have been really bad,'" Dú says. "But [the students] were like, 'Oh no, you're actually pretty good.'" Now an independent artist who released his debut album, The Coréon Experiment, in 2010, Dú has his own support system: a creative community called WeDú composed of fans who request his songs on the radio in Angola, don his merchandise at concerts and even inspired the musician to create his own fashion line. Nominated for Most in Demand Artist of the Year at this summer's Angolan Music Awards, Dú has performed his unique blend of Latin beats and jazzy Angolan rhythms at Madrid Jazz Festival and as the opening act for Brazilian singer Seu Jorge. His song "Bailando Kizomba" is currently on Billboard's Latin Pop chart and later this year he'll release a new album, Binario, which will include a song about his experience with bullying called "It's Not Okay."
"I'm a hopeless romantic. Maybe it's because I'm a Libra," Dú says. "I always try to find the most positive things in every situation."
Watch Coréon perform "Bailando Kizomba" and "It's Not Okay" during a kitchen concert at PAPER HQ, below:
Montreal collective Arcade Fire silently released a music video today for the bright Reflektor single, "You Already Know," which was filmed and directed by lead singer Win Butler. The dreamy, lo-fi clip is a perfect pairing to the track's fuzzy, psychedelic quality and features the band rocking out in a tropical hotel room as hanging painted portraits mime Butler's lyrics. After being enveloped by this saturated vision with leaky lights and blurry edges, the high-energy video returns to reality when Butler captures himself filming in a mirror's reflection.
The Toronto five-piece Alvvays often sound like the house band at a 1950s prom, but with the amps turned all the way up and the drummer gobbling Benzedrine between sets. The hazy romance is there, but so is a looming sense of disaster; as bandleader Molly Rankin sings in the totally addictive single "Adult Diversions," "One more cocktail / Is it a good time, or is it highly inappropriate?"
The band -- Rankin on guitar and vocals, Kerri MacLellan on keys, Alec O'Hanley on guitar, Brian Murphy on bass and Phil MacIsaac on drums (not really popping bennies, as far as we know) -- are currently on tour in support of their first album, which Polyvinyl put out in July. On the eve of its release, Rankin took a call from us at the end of a waitressing shift. A funny but no-nonsense woman in her late twenties, she talked about finding her voice -- the Rankin Family was a top-selling Canadian folk act in the '80s and '90s -- as well as scaring up trouble with her bandmates and starting work on the next album (warning: may contain flute).
Let's start with some of your favorite "Adult Diversions" around Toronto.
We all moved from Prince Edward Island basically, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, so to be in Toronto, there's so much to do all the time. We all work a lot. We drink probably too much. We're always the first people to be dancing anywhere -- like in a really embarrassing way. We also really like doing karaoke at the Legion. Not in an ironic way; it's a very earnest, amazing time. The people there are so cool. I did a Primitives cover last time -- from Dumb and Dumber, "Crash."
How does the songwriting work with you guys?
Alvvays started going under my name at first. It was more of a folk-pop singer-songwriter kind of vibe that grew into a kind of band sound. The majority of the songs are my ideas and then Alec has always been go-to person for streamlining things into a digestible format, rather than broken thoughts. He's got a great ear for that kind of stuff.
Have you been writing since you finished the album?
Yeah. The album has been done for a while. We did it last-last winter with Chad [VanGaalen], but it had to be resurrected because so many of the files had crap all over them -- like sonic crap. We've had cassette copies for a long time. We had them 'cause no one could really put them on the Internet if it was a cassette. But I've found some things online. Like, "Fuck, why did I think that wasn't going to happen?"
Probably a guy holding a boombox up to his laptop and recording that.
I know. Some dude has a converter resurrected from the '70s or something.
And then Polyvinyl happened. How did that come about?
That's been really exciting for us. We never thought we'd be able to put the record out in the States. We had sent some stuff out, and there wasn't a huge initial response. And just over time, the more content you release, the more interesting to people the music becomes. But I don't know, I think it was a manager thing and the label just sort of... bit.
What does the Rankin family think of the album?
That's really funny. My uncle, who has cabinets full of old Scottish fiddle tapes, he only listens to cassettes. I gave him our cassette and he hasn't really responded, but I'm sure he got a kick out of it. I think I'm the first Rankin to ever say "fuck" on a song. At home, it's such a conservative, straightforward island. [The family] have been super cool with all the weird detours I've taken. I used to play the fiddle and tour with them a little bit, and I played more folky stuff. But they don't really care. They're all theater majors and stuff.
You're a fiddle player as well. Did you play any on the album?
I didn't. I sort of want to pick it back up' cause listening to the Women records with droney Velvet Underground kind of fiddle is really cool. I guess that would be called "violin." Chad did want to play flute on the record. It almost happened.
Something to look forward to on the next one.
Let's circle back to "Adult Diversions." Any others come to mind?
"Adult Diversions" actually came from a program that me and someone else in the band had to take because we were both arrested. It was sort of like a mediation process for first-time offenders. It's called Adult Diversions, and it's a little program so you don't have a criminal record. So basically I went to alcoholism counseling and had to make a donation to an alcoholic house, and then I passed the program. The song is about alcoholism, I guess, and depression, but it's a really upbeat jangly shimmery song, so yeah... [laughs]
Do you mind my asking what got you in trouble with the law?
I hit some cops. It was a bit of a... that's sort of the final sentence of the story. I was defending someone. They were sort of beating up one of my friends and so I sort of got involved, and then I was charged with a few counts of assault. Yeah, pretty funny.
Wow. Really puts a different spin on the song.
I like the way that phrase sounds. It conveniently fits a stage we're all in right now -- we're almost 30 and we're just sort of like putting off getting real careers and getting married and trying to ignore that we should probably grow up, so it is very applicable to all of us. But that was the origin of the phrase. I have a certificate on my wall that says, "YOU HAVE COMPLETED ADULT DIVERSION. YOUR RECORD WILL BE DESTROYED IN FIVE YEARS" or whatever.
Alvvays' self-titled debut is out now on Polyvinyl.
2004 was a big year, apparently, for teen-oriented flicks with enduringly rabid followings. Mean Girls, The Notebook, Dodgeball and Anchorman all celebrated their 10 year anniversaries this year and now another mid-aughts gem -- Napoleon Dynamite -- approaches the decade mark next week. The cult indie favorite about a socially awkward teen living with his "modern family" in Preston, Idaho, generated catchphrases ("gimme some of your tots!"), Halloween costumes, an animated TV show and even profits. Shot by filmmaker Jared Hess on a shoestring budget of $400,000, the film went on to gross $44 million nationwide by the end of 2004. In honor of the movie's anniversary, we caught up with Napoleon (Jon Heder), Uncle Rico (Jon Gries), Kip (Aaron Ruell) and Lafawnduh (Shondrella Avery) to hear their memories of filming the movie, what kind of impact the film had on their careers and what they're all up to now.
On getting cast in the movie:
Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite): I went to college at Brigham Young University with Jared Hess, who wrote and directed the film -- that's where it all really started. I had done very little acting, only like a few student projects -- I didn't have an agent or anything. So Jared and I worked on some of the same student projects and he had brought [a short film version of Napoleon Dynamite] to me and he was like, "I think you could do this, I think you could pull it off."
Shondrella Avery (Lafawnduh): At the time, I worked at Hilton Hotels Corporation in Beverly Hills as an executive negotiating contracts for all of the lighting packages for all of the Hiltons worldwide. But the casting call came through and it was [for] a 5'10" or taller, African-American women, full figured so right then and there, I really didn't have anything to do other than to look the right part. I figured I already had 90 percent of the battle because I knew I could act.
I remember I read the script in Kinkos and I thought, "If this isn't the funniest thing I've ever read!" It was just hilariously funny to me. So I went in for the casting and there were a few other girls there but I walked in and the casting guy was immediately like, "If you can act as good as you look, then you're going to Utah."
On prepping for their roles:
Jon Heder: [Napoleon] was kind of a perfect mix of Jared's younger brothers and my younger brothers where they'd say, "Life isn't fair." It's their cadence, how everything was unfair, everything sucks, everybody's an idiot and stupid.
Jon Gries (Uncle Rico): I think there's a universal truth in Uncle Rico. He's a character that a lot of people like. Even though he's kind of a bad guy, the fact is there's a sense of being a couple of steps away from something he really believed he could've done. I think that we all share that in one way or another. There's either, the person -- the one that got away -- or the dream that didn't quite happen.
Aaron Ruell (Kip): I have a brother who spent a lot of time chatting online with babes. He had an affinity for Russian women, so my role was easy to tap into.
Jon Heder: I was always hanging out on set or helping the art department make stuff, or make all those boondoggle key chains they were giving out when they're saying, "Vote for Pedro." They had to make a ton of those, so I'd just sit and make boondoggle key chains all day.
I also remember that I was always like, "what do I do for dinner?" I was a newlywed and we had one car and my wife was using it. So since I didn't have a car, I would be allowed to use Pedro's bike, "The Sledgehammer," to ride around town at night after filming to grab McDonald's.
Aaron Ruell: People might be surprised to know that the cast for the most part never really broke character during takes to laugh. We all played it pretty seriously for the most part. The crew around us would bust up though. I remember the boom operator ruined a couple of takes because she couldn't hold the boom still due to laughter.
Shondrella Avery: One big memory I have is of my real family being in the movie -- a lot of people don't know that. When [Lafawnduh and Kip] get married, the wedding scene -- girl, that's my mama in there! My mama, one of my sisters and my two younger brothers. My 9-year old brother is in the film. My family also got per diem, which was shocking. And I didn't.
The other thing is that people always thought a lot of the wardrobe was from a stage house or something but no, no, no -- it was current and in a store. The wedding dress was a current wedding dress in the store!
On their reactions to the movie becoming a hit:
Jon Heder: There was never a point [we thought it would be a hit], it was such a slow burn. When we got the news that it would be at Sundance, we knew that was great news. But again, films come and go at Sundance. So it was a hit at Sundance, but that doesn't mean it'll be a hit across the country. So again it was like, "well okay."
Maybe when they called me in to take a body scan of myself so they could make figurines, I think that might've been the moment [I first knew it'd be a hit]. But Fox Searchlight was really smart about trying to build this slow-building audience to capture this cult feel and make this website. We had cult-hit status early on in the summer. By the time the DVDs came out in December of 2004, that's when it felt like, "Okay, this is pretty big."
Jon Gries: When we were shooting, I called a couple of people that I know in film distribution and said, "I think this film could probably make like a million bucks... or maybe two." I thought that it could get a limited run and that was within the first week of shooting when I was there. Later I would go to the editing room and that was when I started to think, "This could do pretty well." I brought a couple of friends in from time to time to watch while we were there and they'd be laughing the whole time. That's when it really became evident that people responded to this movie.
Aaron Ruell: It was very surprising [when it became a hit]. I didn't think anyone would really see this film. I thought, best-case scenario it makes it into a handful of festivals. I had someone tell me that they saw the DVD being sold on the streets of Guatemala City...that was crazy.
On the movie's impact on their lives:
Jon Heder: I'm still so proud of that film. It's absolutely a blessing. I'm where I'm at today because of it. It was also my first film, so it holds a very special place in my heart. It felt very personal, we were out on a journey to make something different and to see the life of it become something huge -- I couldn't ask for a better circumstance. I'm a family guy and it's a family film, it's an odd film. It's about nostalgia and growing up. I love it.
Aaron Ruell: The movie opened doors for me. I never had any aspirations of being an actor so I wasn't thinking about that side of it but what it did was provide the means for one of the producers from Napoleon Dynamite to finance two short films that I wrote and directed the following year. And those films [Everything's Gone Green and Mary] went to Sundance and because of that I started directing commercials. And because of the photography that I shot for ND, it also played a role in getting my photography seen all over.
Jon Gries: There's no way that having an experience like this could change your life for the worse...The self-satisfaction of playing that role and feeling like I hit the notes that I needed to hit in that role was enough to make me feel like I grew leaps and bounds. Everything else that has happened around the role has just been the cherry on top.
Shondrella Avery: For me, it's like Kip says in the movie and I say it all the time: "Lafawnduh is the best thing that's ever happened to me. I'm 100% positive she's my soul mate." This movie was the best thing that's ever happened to my career.
Forest Whitaker said it best: He said "Shondrella, if you can get just get one cult classic in your career, you've done it. You've done it." Because he said most people want to run away from something like that. He said, "Don't even think twice, you embrace it, you love it. When people say 'Lafawnduh?' You say, 'Absolutely!'"
On what they're up to now:
Jon Heder: I've been doing a lot more independent films recently and have a couple in the can that are coming out. I'm shooting one right now called The Tiger Hunter [directed by Lena Khan]. I'll also start work pretty soon on an animated TV show for Disney that I'm really excited for called Pickle & Peanut. It's kind of like SpongeBob SquarePants meets Ren and Stimpy.
Jon Gries: I've been doing three things at once. I've been doing this series on FX called The Bridge, which won The Peabody Award for "Best New TV Show" for last season. I have a recurring role so it seems to work pretty consistently. It's a very interesting character, totally different from anything I've ever done. I also just completed a pilot for Adult Swim called Dream Corp LLC [executive produced by John Krasinki] -- a ridiculously funny pilot. And then I'm also doing the film Taken 3 with Liam Neeson.
Aaron Ruell: I just wrapped a new campaign for AT&T and also another for Coke -- the commercial work is pretty non-stop. I've also got another book of my photography that will be published fall of this year. And I'm working on a new body of work for next year.
Shondrella Avery: I'm a huge philanthropist and an extreme advocate for sickle cell disease. I'm a board member of the California Chapter of Sickle Cell Disease Foundation. And My family lives with sickle cell -- my mom has it. My two pairs of siblings that were next to me passed away from it. My brother lost a battle at 17, his twin sister at 8 months. And my brother went to [Camp Crescent Moon] for 10 of the 17 years he lived.
[via Fast Company]
Today The Black Keys released a new video off their Turn Blue album, "Weight of Love." Directed by Theo Wenner, the whimsical short is a follow-up to "Fever" -- also directed by Wenner -- and features supermodel Lara Stone as a cult leader conducting eerie activities on the beach for a group of women. Is it bad to admit that we want to join this cult?!
Reese Witherspoon's DGAF dancing at a friend's wedding in Capri is everything. [via DListed]
Nervous laughter...so much nervous laughter. [via Knusprig Titten Hitler]
Inspirational quote from a vending machine. [via The Clearly Dope]
Love this dog 'selfie' so, so much. [via Afternoon Snooze Button]
Happy birthday...? [via The Clearly Dope]
You did it! It's Friday! [via Coin Farts]
"You're amazing," coos fashion designer Domonique Echeverria into her
cellphone. The six-foot-tall siren has just returned from a visit to her native state
California, where she says she met the love of her life while dropping
acid at a 3-day party called Sunset Campout. "No, you are," he whispers
back through the phone. "Fine, we'll both be
amazing," roars Echeverria, throwing her head back in laughter while sprinkling glitter onto her made-up face.
As Echeverria finishes her call, a man barges into her bedroom with black-painted skin and a gold-mirrored curtain draped over his shoulders. He looks like the alien lovechild of Liza Minnelli and Gareth Pugh. It's her roommate/soulmate, photographer Ryan Burke. The two are putting the finishing touches on their looks before heading out to Susanne Bartsch's weekly summer party, "On Top," at the Standard Hotel where Echeverria is one of the night's hosts.
We had the chance to hang out with the dreamy duo and capture all their pre-party antics, which tonight included a DIY self-portrait session by Burke. Take a look at pics by Paper's Rebecca Smeyne, below.
"When I first moved to New York, I'd get ready by myself, walk to the train by myself, ride by myself and then meet up with friends downtown. I don't do that anymore." -- RB
"This is a very tedious process. I usually shoot multiple different versions of the same look to make sure I have one perfect shot. I wasn't always good -- if you go far enough back in my photos, they get really shitty. I've progressed." -- RB
Like a hungover version of Swedish rapper Yung Lean who's desperately coping with a painful breakup, Minnesota crooner Spooky Black is very Internet (because that's become an adjective, now) -- but just a lot more gloomy. And while Lean rocks bucket hats like every other trendy hip-hopper, Black opts for durags like in his debut video, "Without You."
After releasing his much-hyped eight-song EP Leaving earlier this week, the super young (and super mysterious) singer has followed it up with a music video for closing bonus track, "DJ Khaled is my Father." The lo-fi, VHS-style visuals capture the melancholy singer in the middle of a forest -- very Minnesota -- singing with a style that reminds us of a cross between King Krule and early Bon Iver. Check out the video above.
Damn. Guidobaldo da Montefeltro's got swag.
Famous historical paintings have been getting some high fashion makeovers on Instagram, thanks to Chris Rellas, a college student with an on point eye for fashion and some great Photoshop skillz. His handle, @copylab, shows figures from works by the likes of Magritte, Kahlo or Raphael clad in Chanel, Céline, The Row, Kenzo, Givenchy and more. Take a look at some of our favorites, below.
Heads up, we're having a little party with our friends over at Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren and Macy's! Join us and our very own Mr. Mickey on Wednesday, August 20th from 6pm-8pm at the Macy's in Herald Square as we check out the latest Fall collection and celebrate Denim & Supply brand ambassador AVICII with the chance to win AVICII prizes.
See. you. there.
Most "Ugh" Performance Art Piece: "Save the Date" by Mischa Badasyan. The 26-year-old performance artist announced that he'd be having sex with a different person every day for an entire year to provoke questions about today's hook-up culture. 365 people? Sounds exhausting. -- J.M.
Best Way to Pick Up a Microphone: Like FKA Twigs at her recent show at Webster Hall. In fact, this is how we pick up everything. When we drop a bar of soap in the shower, we immediately do this dance -- no audience needed. -- J.M.
Best Fashion Moment of the Week: Daphne Guinness' "Evening in Space." A lotta singers loved space themes this week, but Guinness singlehandedly blew her competition away. Never compete with a style icon. -- J.M.
Most Cuckoo Crazy Beyoncé-Jay Z Gossip of the Week: This item about a woman filing a maternity suit against the Carters, claiming Blue Ivy is her daughter. -- A.S.
And the best ice bucket challenge-video so far goes to Chris Pratt. "That went in my butt crack." [Uproxx]
Weird Al's ice bucket challenge-video is pretty sweet too. P.S. We are just as sick-of/suspicious of these videos as you are, and will stop posting them when we need to. [Uproxx]
How do we own these? Fashion Week's comin' up. [Mlkshk]
Shark-cat-on-a-Roomba is back and, this time around, entertaining a shark baby. [TastefullyOffensive]
Meanwhile, this dog is ready to get into it with this baby over politics! Awkward. [TastefullyOffensive]
Askdfjghkl: A mother cat adopts a tiny baby bunny and the rest is heart-melting history. We'll wait here until you're done sliding down a wall and sobbing. [Jezebel]
A curious marmot interrupts a time-lapse GoPro camera in Montana. More marmot videos, please, internet. Thank you! [TastefullyOffensive]
Happy Monday. We hate everybody. [Mlkshk]
In case your invitation got lost in the mail, Madonna celebrated her 56th birthday this weekend with an epic, 1920s-themed rager in Cannes that brought out folks like Kate Moss, Riccardo Tisci, DSquared's Dean and Dan Caten and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The night's tagline appared to have been "La Vie En Rose" and, to that effect, guests turned out in a mix of black tie and Weimar-esque cabaret looks (think: flapper dresses, straw hats, suspenders, fishnet stockings, lingerie, garter belts). We've gathered our 10 favorite Instagram shots from the night below and, in the words of Madonna Louise Ciccone, bow down to the #unapologeticbirthdaybitch.
Even with her eyes closed in this pic, Kate Moss still gives ultimate face. Madonna doesn't look too shabby either.
CK: Coy Kate.
Dean and Dan Caten seem fun.
Rocco Ritchie is a teenager. Let us repeat: Rocco Ritchie is a teenager. GAH!
10 years from now, a little kid is going to be playing in the beautiful waters off of Cannes and a giant, glistening 'M' is going to wash up in the surf, a long-lost memento from a night that was.