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- 08/19/14--12:00: Kelela and Le1f Team Up For New Track, "OICU"
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Following up the beautifully stripped-down "All the Rage Back Home," Interpol has released another single from their upcoming album, El Pintor, out September 9th. Once early-aughts indie princes, El Pintor is Interpol's first album in five years, and, judging by latest single "Ancient Ways," they seem poised to take back their crowns. Here, we get more of what Interpol does best: atmospheric, churning post-punk best for blasting in your room with a little whiskey after a long day. Give it a listen above. They kick off their tour this week in Phoenix and play NYC Thanksgiving 11/24 and 11/26. Happy Thanksgiving to us.
Celebrities are all connected via their fame and enchantment, but some are way more bonded than others. In fact, there are pairs of celebs out there who come off like mirror images, that's how closely they echo each other's looks, persona, and accessories. In a nod to the late Spy Magazine's old "Separated at Birth" feature, let me tell you which star duos fit that categorization with a haunting exactitude.
Tina Fey and Anna Kendrick
It's their wryly sardonic humor that conjoins these two (and the fact that they've both appeared on SNL. All right, I'm stretching there.) But I swear, the 30 Rock star and the actress from Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect were totally separated at birth. And it must have been a really long birth process because they're 15 years apart.
Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock
For years, Julia was the queen of Hollywood and Sandra was the likeable pretender on the way up. But Julia already had her Oscar and it didn't look like Sandra would ever get one since she specialized in kooky comedies and so-so dramas. But then Julia turned down The Blind Side and Sandra not only nabbed it, she rode it all the way to the golden podium. Then came Gravity, which made Sandra more filled with The Heat than ever, while Julia is regaining cred in supporting roles in films and on TV. And now their dueling trajectories have collided, making it clear that these two American sweethearts are basically twins. In fact, they must be the same person! I bet no one's ever seen them in the same room. Have you?
Lea Michele and Idina Menzel
Their names even rhyme. And while Idina played Lea's mother on Glee, to me they're sisters, with the same gawky talent, love of belting, and healthy shnozz. They should both play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl together. Just change the big song to "Oh, our man, we love him so..."
Josh Gad, Jonah Hill, Jack Black, and Zach Galifianakis
OK, I'm definitely fattist, because if any star has a little bit of pudgy left, I consider them in the same league -- in fact, they're all spiritual siblings, even if they're of wildly different ages. And the reality is there's something Belushi-esque about a chubby funnyman -- there's a hint of rage and insouciance that connects these four and makes them very of a kind. In fact, Jack had better watch out because the other three are nabbing a lot of the roles he used to be a shoo-in for. That's not a nice thing to do to your older brother.
Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel
When Katy kissed a girl and liked it, I wouldn't be surprised if Zooey was the one who got smooched. The wacky singer and the kooky actress have the same oddball energy, along with similar facial features, and the willingness to contort them while wearing funny outfits. Zaniness, the name is Katy...no, Zooey...no, Katy...no, Zooey.
And finally: We've known for years that Renee Zellweger was separated at birth from Joey Lauren Adams and Ellen Pompeo. Well, I'm here to tell you that Jennifer Lawrence is the love child of those three by way of Goldie Hawn. The inception was very complicated, I imagine, but it's true, and while I have no idea what this is doing in a Separated at Birth segment since it really belongs in a Love Child piece, I still found it important enough to relay. Gosh, I must have been separated at birth from a total ditz!
On Saturday night, 19-year-old rapper Chief Keef teased an unreleased song with Kanye West via Instagram. The track, "Nobody," is what you would expect from the two Chicago MCs. In the 15-second clip Mr. West brings in a sample lifted straight from a 1970's Blaxploitation film and Chief Keef brings what can only be described as his Chief Keefness.
But today's Kanye West collaboration news is a little more surprising. While there's no Instagram video footage to support the claims, The New York Post reports that Kanye West is "secretly" recording a song with Paul McCartney. The track is tentatively titled, "Piss on My Grave."
Kanye West is known for only wanting to be associated with the best, regardless of medium or genre so, in a way, this totally makes sense. The only thing left to figure out (besides everything) is whether "Piss on My Grave" will be a classic Yeezus brag track or a tender, R. Kelly inspired love song between the two.
From b-girls to ballerinas, cheerleaders to Fergie wannabes, Taylor Swift channels, like, a million pop music video tropes and talks about her serial dating in the new video for "Shake It Off." [via Gawker]
Very important step. [via Knusprig Titten Hitler]
Meanwhile, outside the Serpentine Gallery, Marina Abramopug shares a moment with a member of her audience. THE PUG IS PRESENT. [via F Yeah Dementia]
Uh, where can we get these?? [via F You No F Me]
"My Song 5" comes from the band's album, Days Are Gone, out now.
Get excited, there's a new trailer for Lifetime's tell-all Saved By the Bell movie, the Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story. Everyone's favorite '90s teen sitcom -- that, let's be real, was mostly unwatchably corny even when you were a kid but is nonetheless seared into the frontal lobes of anyone ages 35-25 where useable life skills like a knowledge of simple algebra should exist -- had some drama brewing behind the scenes. Drama that included people being sweaty, people being grounded, and Dustin Diamond's identity issues. He is NOT Screech! This is going to be boring as hell and we can't wait for it to air Labor Day weekend. We're so excited! We're so excited! We're so .....scared.
No stranger to the celebrity dick pick here at Papermag, we offer a long, slow clap to the staff at Jezebel for this mildly horrifying but no less entertaining visualization of what Disney Princes might look like naked. Jezebel took this task seriously, with the dick size, shape, color and pube situation of each chiseled knight-in-shining-NSFW-armor carefully considered. Check out a few below and see the rest on Jezebel. Why hello there, Prince Eric.
Frozen's Kristoff. Let it GO-nads.
Aladdin will show you a whole new world. Don't you dare close your eyes.
Prince Eric's whatchamacallit? He's got plenty.
You might already know that Chaz Bundick, a.k.a Toro Y Moi, also makes dance music as Les Sins. As a man of many side projects, he keeps busy. Lately, he's been hard at work on Les Sins' first full-length LP, Michael. The lead track "Bother" -- a synth-y feel good jam -- is now available for streaming.
Michael is out November 4th via Bundick's own Company Records.
In a tweet earlier today, white-hot R&B singer Kelela gave a s/o to producer Mocky for helping her "bring out my inner Faith Evans." It's a reference to the singer's latest track, "OICU," which features verses from Paper Beautiful Person Le1f and production by P Morris. In the song, this 'Faith Evans-Biggie for the Tumblr generation' blend sultry, slow jam lyrics with darker, ambient murmurs and witchy synths. In other words, it's pretty great and most definitely will be part of the soundtrack to lots of fashion vampires and art punks getting it on. Give it a listen, below.
The second issue of ADULT, a magazine of contemporary erotics and experience, is available August 21st.
1. Sam McKinniss, Painter
"I always wake up at five or six and put my laptop away, if I left it out after falling asleep to Murder She Wrote. If I have a lot in my mind I'll go ahead and get up at six for no reason, if not I'll just get up at a normal time, like 11, and go to my studio in the Financial District. I read emails for like an hour or two in bed and drink an entire pot of coffee. I usually think about the fact that I have no money. That's immediately what I think about most days. Where's my fucking money, but whatever -- I get by. Worry is good because it gets you to do the thing you've got to do. It gets you out of bed."
2. Lola Pellegrino, Writer at Rookie
"I jump out of bed as quickly as I can, because I can get sucked in otherwise. I read somewhere that if you hit snooze, rather than getting up once you're awake, you operate at like 80% capacity for hours. I try to minimize my decision-making in the morning. I don't know if this is totally true but I've even seen in stuff like Real Simple that you have a certain decision-making capability, like a little battery juice in a video game. You begin your day with your battery full but eventually you run out. I want to save my juice, because for one New York is insane----there's like a thousand choices to make when you try to get on the Subway."
3. Chuka Chukuma, Slavve
"I just lie in bed and reminisce about the night and piece together certain things. Last night at like three in the morning, a friend took myself and a few friends to this late-night restaurant that served the best Latin food. We met some older Latin homies that were wasted and presumably doing the same as us, just trying to grab a bite and maybe tame tomorrow's hangover. There was a jukebox, and all these guys kept putting on the sickest jams. I'm talking some pretty rare gems for three o'clock dinning. Straight metal. So I woke up with flashes of eating tacos, lots of high-fiving, and Slipknot playing in the background. Last night was pretty good"
4. Molly Crabapple, Artist, Activist, and Writer
"Before I even get out of bed, the first thing I do is make a list of the way too many things I have to do that day. Today, for instance, I have on my list to read 15 articles about a place I'm covering, email a few contacts, work on such-and-such thing for VICE, and perhaps work on a painting, still in its early stages, that I've neglected for far too long. It will be ready for a show I am planning with a gallery in TriBeCa for 2015. Drawings are normally brainless and easy for me, so before my brain gets into shape to start writing anything, even an email, I'll work on a drawing that I have been assigned."
5. Natasha Lennard, Senior News Analyst at VICE
"I refuse a routine. Whatever gets me from here to there is fine. The weekend mornings are a different type of luxury. I don't have to be concerned with what comes next. I've written about contested time----when you stay up all night for whatever reason and it's like past 4 a.m. It's blue outside, with a purple-y light. I find that pre-dawn, post-dawn the beautiful or the most horrifying, and everyone's living in different time zones in the same city. For some people, if they stay up all night, it creates this sort of moral panic----instead of being grateful they were alive for a few more hours, and that the worst-case scenario is feeling tired. Sleep is something that is lacking, it's been lacking since I was 17 and it's still not here. I don't have a typical morning because I don't have a typical night. I don't wake up and do a stretch or a sun salutation. I give a middle finger to the sun and get on with my day."
We're particular about our James Franco videos: If it's not a clip of him making out with his own reflection, we're not really interested. We will, however, make an exception for this amusing new VMA Special starring Franco as annoying talk show host Dave Skylark (a character he also plays in upcoming movie The Interview) who pisses off celebrity guests including Jason Derulo, Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj. While everyone holds their own against Franco's Skylark, Minaj is particularly good at deadpanning with him ("that's another ass question"). The clip also features Seth Rogen, Veep's Timothy Simons and Paper Beautiful People alumni Nicole Byer and Ben Schwartz.
Breaking Bad fans, rejoice: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul join forces once again as seedy father/son salesmen in this fantastic Emmy promo/"Pawn Stars" ripoff. Cranston and Paul play "Barely Legal Pawn" shop associates and receive a visit from a strapped-for-cash Julia Louis-Dreyfus (playing herself), who is fresh from making an absurd drunk purchase and in the market to sell her Emmy. Cranston provides some seriously sleazy vibes in snakeskin boots, gold chains and serial killer-esque aviators while Paul keeps it hobo-chic in partially-secured overalls with a mouthful of chewing tobacco and a water bottle full of dip spit. We even spotted The Pink Bear from Breaking Bad season 2! See if you can find any more Easter eggs from the BB set in the video above.
It's heeeeere! After weeks of much hype, and much butt, former Paper cover girl Nicki Minaj finally bestowed the Internet with her video for her excellent new single, "Anaconda." And just when you're starting to be like, "we get it, you're plugging Myx and Beat pills," BOOM, Tumblr's boyfriend Drake gets a lap dance. Nicki's always keeping us on our toes. And by "toes" we mean butts. Check it out above.
If you're feeling down at any point today, just watch this video again and again. Dog pool party! Gunner doesn't give an F about anything.
Meet your new favorite snaggle-toothed cat of Instagram, Griffin VonPorkchop.
An excellent animal thieves compilation, including the great raccoon cat food caper of 2013. [TasefullyOffensive]
"We're a brand new band and we're just getting started." This is how Autry Fulbright II, the man behind the Austin/Brooklyn band Midnight Masses, ended our call last week. Which was weird, because he's been performing under that name since 2008.
But first, the video. Directed by the band's own Jordan Marecek and starring Kaiman Kazazian, "Am I a Nomad?" is heavy with symbols (the cross, the All-seeing Eye) outlined in flesh and shadow. The song comes from Departures, Midnight Masses' first full-length, which came out in July. Both video and LP are psych noir: somehow hazy and high-contrast, contained and obsessed with death and faith all at once.
Fulbright shed some light on those obsessions in our phone convo, excerpted below. A few things of note: he started the band shortly after the death of his father, a preacher in the Jehovah's Witness church. With a lineup that could morph from four to 14 members, Midnight Masses released a single and an EP and then fell silent for four or five years -- in part because one of Fulbright's closest collaborators, TV on the Radio's Gerard Smith, died in 2011. Fulbright joined ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and toured a lot. Finally, he pulled together a core band and a ton of guests -- members of Dirty Projectors, Mars Volta, Atoms for Peace, Here We Go Magic -- and made Departures. It is well worth the wait, even if you didn't know you were waiting.
What's your life like since the album came out?
Ever since I first got paid to do a show -- which was probably like five or ten bucks 15 years ago -- I've always been in multiple projects and interested in experimenting with other styles. Trail of Dead is often my main focus because it is the busiest band at the moment. Then I have this new project called Vanishing Life, so that'll probably be busy when Trail isn't, but everyone else is in another band in that, too. I also co-produce and cowrite records with people and do one-offs. I'm really interested in playing as much as I can. I think that's a rising trend, too, with superstars like Jack White, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme. They're in multiple bands 'cause they love it; they're certainly not doing it to make a living. I'm kind of in that school. Probably the janitor in that school, but in that school nonetheless.
Are there sounds you've been making that would surprise people who know you through Midnight Masses and Trail of Dead?
I think the thing that people would be most surprised by is that Midnight Masses live has always been different from records. Records are almost like this snapshot of a certain situation or time period. Seeing Midnight Masses, you can get the 11- to 14-piece ensemble with string section, and then I can do the four-piece thing I've been doing, and I can do that several ways too. It's just going to be something where I keep people... not "guessing," 'cause it's not like people are sitting at home, being like, "What are they gonna do next?!!" It's more that I keep myself guessing and evolving, and we do have a revolving cast of people to play with.
What's the oldest Departures song, and what's the newest?
The oldest song is "There Goes Our Man," which makes sense for people who have any backstory of the band, because it's kind of an ode to my father passing away. And then "All Goes Black" kind of tells the story of my dad passing away, and me transcending grief and creating art and music to therapeutically and cathartically deal with that grief. "Departures" and "Clap Your Hands" were written just a few months ago, whereas "There Goes Our Man" was written probably five years ago.
Do you see Midnight Masses moving beyond that elegiac theme that created the band in the first place?
I'm not sure. While I'm definitely not in that same mindset of approaching specific grief and loss like I had with a good bit of the last record, there's always experiences that I feel can at least be represented by singing about death or loss; that's just how I write. I grew up super religious, but the thing I took from it as an adult is it was more metaphorical for art and music. I'll always write about death and loss, but it may not be, as you say, this eulogy, this continuous memoriam. I've been talking about writing about love, which is something I really don't do. Some of the songs on Departures, you know, they may not be specifically in reference to what seems to be the most apparent thing. I might be singing about an ex-girlfriend, or God, or my dad or Gerard Smith, or any people I've lost.
What has your religious practice been as an adult?
Art is a very reverential, worshipful and spiritual aspect of my life; in fact, it's the only one. And recognizing nature and the power of love and the triumph of the human spirit, as long as it's respectful of the earth and other creatures -- that's probably as far as I get into religion. I'm not a huge proponent of organized religion. It's something that I feel has done quite a bit of harm, and complicated situations have arisen from people's obsession with it.
Was that something you struggled with as a kid, when it was a regular part of your life?
As a kid, everyone struggles with their feeling of identity and mortality, and I think religion offers an answer to questions regarding, "Why am I here? Why is there suffering in the world? What will happen to me when I die?" Unfortunately, as a young person, a lot of people are telling you what to do. It only gets more and more prevalent in your life. First it's maybe just your parents and your teachers, then it's advertisers, then your boss and then, in the case of being a musician, maybe it's your agent, your publicist, your label... But there's always people who have an idea of what's the best way to live. I believe that when you die you're just dead and that's it, but people have this fear of the second before death, or the time before they have to acknowledge the fact that this very natural thing that's been happening forever is going to happen.
What church did you grow up in?
I was raised a Jehovah's Witness. Many of my family members still are Jehovah's Witnesses, and they're very happy and comfortable doing that, and I totally support their happiness. I still feel like you can have a very fulfilling life, and a very peaceful death, whether you believe in heaven or not. And I think your life is a lot more disturbed if you're more concerned with whether other people are allowed to marry because they're the same sex or whether you feel that certain people should not be allowed to do certain things they want to do, and you feel like you are gaining your own salvation by impeding other people's happiness or freedom. That does not seem very productive to me.
What about that revolving cast you mentioned? Departures is heavy with references to other artists: there are songs called "Golden Age" and "Everywhere Is Now Here," and in fact you just made a short film called Now Here Is Nowhere...
...which is an album by the Secret Machines. Midnight Masses and Trail of Dead have toured with the Secret Machines. I am aware of the record, but it's kind of like a play on words that I also liked and wanted to use. It is more of a representation of where one is at as an artist, a feeling of displacement, whether in spirituality or in life. And then with "Golden Age," I know there is a TV on the Radio song. In fact, when Jaleel [Bunton, of TVOTR] was working on the record, he was like, "Don't name the song 'Golden Age!'" I was like, "Well, 'Golden Age' could be cinema, comic books..." Originally, "Golden Age" was also a reference to a Jehovah's Witness publication that was written early in the 20th century. Lyrically it has nothing to do with any of those things. It's talking about an age that's gone that you're reminiscing on.
Is there any through line connecting all the people who guested on the album?
It's just like a neighborhood. There are people I know who I felt could contribute something, and it's cool that they did. I don't think I would have that many guests or that it's necessary to do that -- that time period is over -- but it was a cool experience having a bunch of my friends being a part of it, and there are going to be a few who will be showing up live here and there. You'll just have to go to a show to see it.
Departures is out now on Superball Music. Midnight Masses are playing Union Pool tonight and Mercury Lounge this Thursday.
"Does your booty cause trouble with your relationships? Are you tired of having your rear control your life?" If so, you might be the perfect subject for MTV's upcoming True Life episode, "I Hate My Butt."
It's safe to say that MTV's True Life has gotten completely out of control. Since its premiere in 1998 the stories have only gotten weirder. There's hundreds of parody gifs of the series on Tumblr and often it's hard to distinguish between the real thing and its satire.
Now there's no doubt that a lot of people have legitimate body issues -- due to unrealistic standards and Jen Selter's Instagram -- but the True Life casting calls, like the show itself, fall way short of poignant social critique. They're cloying and exploitative -- not to mention hilarious.
And MTV isn't only interested in your butt self-hatred. Future True Life episodes include "True Life: I'm Being Slut-Shamed" and "True Life: My Parents Like Their Weed." The MTV execs would also love it if you were cripplingly addicted to any of the following:
Are you addicted to hooking up with people you meet online?But don't worry, if you don't hate yourself/your body and you wouldn't describe your mild addiction to Twitter as WEIRD or UNUSUAL, MTV fame is still well within your reach. You just have to answer this one crucial question correctly:
Are you addicted to pop culture?
Do you have a strange addiction?
Are you addicted to social media and constantly have a sense of "FOMO?"
Do you have a very WEIRD eating addiction?
Do you have an UNUSUAL drug addiction?
Are you training or taking courses to solve mysteries as a private investigator?
If so, MTV wants YOU.
Nineties Shmineties. It's all about that early 2000s "urban cowgirl-with-a-pinch-of-'Lady Marmalade'-and-a-dash-of-60s peasant blouse chic" lewk. Or at least it should be so that we can all parade around in pieces from Victoria Beckham's fugly/amazing designer wardrobe that appears to span the late '90s through approximately 2005 and is currently being sold -- with proceeds going to charity -- on The Outnet. 10 of Posh's favorite items will be auctioned off while over 600 pieces will be regularly sold, with all proceeds going to mothers2mothers charity, which employs, trains, and empowers mothers in sub-Saharan Africa living with HIV. There's Dolce & Gabbana bustier dresses, Miu Miu platforms, and so, so much more. The auction began today and will end on Sunday while you can snag any of the regularly sold pieces as long as they last. Here, we've picked a few stand-outs.
Kink opens with a limited release on August 22.
Apple holiday commercial where a teen is shy and removed while visiting grandma and grandpa but it turns out he was really just making a family movie about how much he loves them and the mom and grandma cry? The answer is NO. Anna Wintour has hair and eyebrows and a face and she is willing to get them all wet with icy-cold water in the name of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It turns out she also knows some small children and probably talks to them sometimes! Check it all out in the video above. Thanks for being you, Anna.