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- 01/18/15--07:18: _The Sunday Funnies
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- 01/15/15--11:30: A Brief History of Justin Bieber's Would-Be Celebrity Mentors
- 01/15/15--13:11: Need Valentine's Day Plans? How About This Kimye-Themed Dinner
- 01/15/15--14:53: Listen to Brenmar's New Track "Hula Hoop" (Feat. UNiiQU3)
- 01/16/15--09:43: The French Scene: 10 Producers Leading a New Music Movement
- 01/16/15--12:12: Our Top 5 Favorite Collections At London Men's Fashion Week
- 01/16/15--14:00: Watch Hot Sugar's Glitchy, Gorgeous "Not Afraid to Die" Video
- 01/16/15--14:37: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 01/18/15--07:18: The Sunday Funnies
- 01/19/15--05:30: The Venture Bros. Special Airs at Midnight: Trailer & Pics Here
- 01/19/15--07:50: Watch Sia Perform with Maddie Ziegler and a Mime on SNL
- 01/19/15--08:30: Saturday Night Live Brilliantly Takes On Brooklyn Gentrification
- Boil your lil butterflies (farfalle) to al dente perfection
- Blanch the tomatoes and watercress
- Pour the pasta over tomatoes, feta, and watercress
- Enjoy your new slim figure everybody
- 01/19/15--10:58: Survive Winter with These Hot Men in Cozy Knitwear
- 01/19/15--11:30: See Rare Photos of the '70s NYC Punk Scene
Fred Armisen, who starts off the celebrity rendition of "No Cities to Love" on a tiny keyboard, may or may not be a talented sociopath, but the good news is that you won't have to watch him for long. Sleater Kinney recruited plenty of other celebrities to sing the title track from their upcoming album, including Ellen Page, Miranda July, Natasha Lyonne, and Gerard Way. Watch them all sing their hearts out in various cities, above.
The Rock God: Keith Richards
[Photo of Justin by Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com / Photo of Keith by Jimi Celeste/PatrickMcMullan.com]
Relationship History: As the story goes, the two ran into one another at a bar in Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos, earlier this month, at which point Richards supposedly asked Justin, "Who the fuck are you?" Like any self-respecting, swaggy 20-year-old, Bieber replied, "I don't know, who the fuck are you?" And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a beautiful friendship was born. (Or at least, it's what led to a few drinks being consumed and a few phone numbers exchanged.)
What Keith Thinks of Justin: Not much. Despite getting chummy over a few rum swizzles or whatever it is you drink in Parrot Cay, the human jack-o-lantern is alleged to have said to Biebs, "Let's get one thing straight. You're a wannabe."
How Keith Might Mentor Justin: If Keef took Justin under his wing, there's a 100% chance that he'd call the pop star out on his shit (good) but there's also an equally likely chance he'd inadvertently get the kid hooked on harder drugs when Justin inevitably realizes he can't keep up with the 71 year-old all-star (bad).
The Auteur: John Waters
What John Thinks of Justin: He's an honest-to-god Belieber, having gone on the record many, many times to tell people that he listens to Justin's Christmas album during the holidays and is such a devoted fan that he'd even support Justin if he were to start going by the rap name 'Bizzle.'
How John Might Mentor Justin: You KNOW Justin has a secret freaky side that's just waiting to get coaxed out -- Waters can help. We'd like to imagine Justin's transformation into 'Bizzle,' a former child star-turned-film actor mostly known for his roles as a lesbian drug dealer in Baltimore and a two-bit Kansas City bookie who gets framed for a murder by a bunch of violent drag queens in two Waters films.
The Activist: Reverend Jesse Jackson
What Jesse Thinks of Justin: Lord only knows.
How Jesse Might Mentor Justin: He'd show Justin how to be humble, faithful to your romantic partner, tolerant of others and respectful to authority figures. Oh wait...
The Fashion Icon: Karl Lagerfeld
Relationship History: The two were first spotted partying together during Paris Fashion Week this October and just last week it was revealed that the reason they had linked up was to shoot a story for V Magazine.
What Karl Thinks of Justin: He's a fan, telling Bieber in V, "I saw you perform onstage and I thought you were great."
How Karl Might Mentor Justin: He'd get him to ditch the "poopy diaper" pants look in favor of a bichromatic uniform.
The Human Meme: David Hasselhoff
Relationship History: The two have met a few times over the years, with the singer most recently getting the chance to take a ride in KITT, The Hoff's famous Knight Rider car, while the two were shooting a music video for Cody Simpson. Back in 2013, Bieber even Tweeted Hasselhoff some advice on how to cope with online rumors after the Baywatch actor was accused of having a sexual fetish with cheese.
What David Thinks of Justin: In The Hoff's own words, Justin's "a cool guy."
How David Might Mentor Justin: He'd teach Justin to not take himself too seriously, which, honestly, might be the best gift any Bieber mentor could give.
Cobble Hill restaurant Brucie is back with its celebrity themed Valentine's Day dinner. Last year, Brucie celebrated the world's love of Beyoncé and this year the restaurant is dedicating the evening to Kim and Kanye. And why not? They're the power couple of the moment and their most memorable moments make surprisingly good food puns.
Brucie's Kimye prix fixe is sort of a his-and-hers situation -- you can choose from either Kim's menu or Kanye's. (Personally, we can't get past "khicken" so we're theoretically and morally going with Kanye.) On Kim's menu, all foods that start with "C" now start with a "K," naturally: Karrots. Karrot Kake. Kalimari. Khicken (ugh).
And on Kanye's menu the first course starts off with "The Gold Digger" -- which might literally be gold -- and the last course kicks off with the "Imma Let You Finish."
You're "Bound 2" love it. (See! It just works.)
When we spoke to Brenmar about the details of his upcoming album, Award, he promised us "shake your ass type shit." Well, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Chicago DJ has definitely made good on his word with his new track "Hula Hoop." Although no one will stop you from twerking to this song, Brenmar told The Fader that this track is literally about hula hooping:
With "Hula Hoop," I was thinking about EDM festivals where you'd see people -- girls, primarily, but not exclusively -- hula hooping, all the time. It just occurred to me, why hasn't anyone made a song in reference to that?
Give the track a first listen, above, and then grab a hula hoop and get to work.
Venturing through the subway often feels like a heroic task. In this clip from Broad City's long awaited season 2 premiere, our heroines Abbi and Ilana find themselves dodging armpits, smells of all kinds, creepy men and, of course, those subway dancers, only to end up on the completely wrong side of the train. Although manspreading sadly goes unaddressed, we can relate to the general struggle. Watch the girls of Broad City take on the subway, above.
Daft Punk and Justice might be the first names that come to mind when Americans think of French electronic music, but there's a whole slew of Gallic producers poised to break out Stateside. From a Yeezus-producing stud to Paris' go-to fashion DJ, here's the new crème de la crème of the French scene.
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Surkin, aka Benoit Heitz, has quite the diverse resumé: he's produced well-received remixes for Justice, Chromeo and Boyz Noize; co-produced MIA's Matangi single "Bring the Noize"; collaborated with Kenzo; and co-founded a record label, Marble, with producers and longtime friends Para One and Bobmo, on which he released his 2011 album, USA. His wide range of influences include Detroit techno, Chicago house and Miami bass.
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Founded by French electro-scene veterans Teki Latex and DJ Orgasmic, Sound Pellegrino has earned a reputation as a prolific label that has put out releases for avant electro acts like L-Vis 1990, Para One and Joakim, among many others. 2015 is already shaping up to be a big year for the crew: their fourth compilation drops next week, and Teki Latex is in the midst of a North American tour, rolling through Brooklyn, L.A., Miami and Mexico City this month.
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This stunning DJ, also known as Mimi Xu, is the girl behind (almost) every fashion week soundtrack, playing at shows and events for everyone from Chloe to Versace, Pucci to Dior and Alexander McQueen. At a given set, you might hear something as eclectic as ambient electro mixed with funky house and a hint of '80s disco. Last year, Mimi found time to team up with composer/pianist Rosey Chan on "Carnet de Voyage," a site-specific sonic and visual live performance.
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The handsome (make that very handsome), tousle-haired DJ in a suit and tie impressed international audiences in 2013 with the release of his debut album, Aleph. Its dark, slightly menacing sounds are worlds away from the booming bass-heavy stuff you'll typically find in the "EDM scene" -- not to mention the cliché funky nu-disco that previously dominated French electro. It's a vibe that's found many fans, including the Brits (he won two UK Music Video awards in 2013 for his single "Pursuit") and Kanye, who tapped the DJ to produce Yeezus tracks "Send it Up" and "Black Skinhead" with his good friend Brodinski (see below). Currently working on the soundtrack for Maryland, a French film starring Diane Kruger, he's also slated to play Coachella in April.
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27-year-old Brodinski, aka Louis Rogé, burst onto the scene eight years ago with his Bad Runner EP when he was only 19. Since then, he's been trumpeted as one of the leading figures in the revitalization of French electro. Influenced by southern rap and trap music, he's at the forefront of a growing group of French producers skillfully bridging dance music and hip-hop. After the launch of his Bromance label in 2011, a residency on BBC Radio and various collaborations that include the aforementioned one with Kanye, he's starting to raise his profile in America, launching a US-based Bromance imprint in partnership with Skrillex's label, OWSLA, in 2013.
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These four guys from Lille (MydSound, Sam Tiba, Panteros666 and CanBlaster) blend their respective musical interests like R&B, indie rock and metal and teamed up with Brodinski last year to co-produce Theophilus London and Kanye's "Can't Stop" off London's Vibes record. This year brings the release of their as-yet untitled album on Bromance, and they'll be heading out on a tour that brings them to Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and more.
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The electro-rock duo composed of Gullaume Briere and Benjamin Lebeau has produced tracks for everyone from French artists like Woodkid and Lilly Wood & the Prick to Shakira -- but it was their own single, "Time to Dance," with an accompanying video starring Jake Gyllenhaal, that really got them noticed. Bret Easton Ellis, of all people, caught wind of the clip and posted it on Twitter; with or without the author's help, the clip has racked over 5 million views. Their latest album, Chemicals, comes out later this year.
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One of the most influential producers in French hip-hop, DJ Kore first teamed up with songwriter Skalp but has been flying solo since 2005. He's produced several major French R&B hits, including songs for French artists like Rohff, Scred Connexion, Don Choa and Booba, and he's finally increasing his international profile with the upcoming release of "A.W.A.," a track by his protégé, the rapper LaCrim, featuring French Montana.
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Soufien 3000, whose name is both a nod to Andre's and the producer's supposed "extraterrestrial origins," has a story that sounds straight out of a hip-hop fairytale: four years ago he sent a Facebook message to A$AP Rocky, who liked his spaced-out instrumentals and commissioned him to produce "Get Lit" and "Acid Rap." Be sure to also check out his remix of Evil Nine and Danny Brown's "The Black Brad Pitt."
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Stwo (pronounced "Stew") works exclusively from his bedroom and says he's yet to step foot inside a recording studio. It doesn't seem to matter. The talented producer has released two EPs, Moans and Beyond, and we have special soft spots for his dancehall track "Try to Resist" and "Confused," a brilliant (and almost unrecognizable) remix of Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants."
On "Run Up On Ya," featuring Action Bronson and Elle Varner, Joey Bada$$ once again takes us back to the world of 90s Brooklyn hip hop. Bronson, however, takes the nostalgia to another level with delightful Tiger Beat and Word Up references.
Ahead of Joey Bada$$'s debut full-length, B4.DA.$$, the excellent cut shows off why even Malia Obama is a vocal fan of the Pro Era rapper. Give the track a listen, above.
With conservative, aristocratic heritage labels sharing the runways with designs reflecting the city's long list of rebellious subcultures, men's fashion in London is a delightful paradox. This juxtaposition has become a defining trait of the London Men's Collections and has created a vibrantly diverse atmosphere both on and off the catwalk. Support from Topman, the British Fashion Council, and various yearly sponsors has also allowed for free flowing creativity at London Men's Fashion Week, but out of all the collections there's 5 designers who out-shined the rest. Here's why Sibling, Agi and Sam, Christopher Shannon, KTZ, and Katie Eary created our favorite collections at London Men's Fashion Week.
Sibling's collection was an ode to rebellious schoolboys with chaps dressed in pinstriped uniforms, cardigans, loose ties, dramatically decorated lapels and suits all awash in an acid bubblegum pink. The models, some toting giant stuffed bears, strode down the catwalk as if they were ten minutes late for class in some alternate reality.
Agi and Sam also presented a collection that looked like a regression to childhood. Amazing color blocking on coats and jackets that seemed to be deconstructed and reassembled with child-like innovation and imagination were echoed by Lego face-masks that enhanced and altered the appearances of the models.
Christopher Shannon created a collection that was political yet humorous with tongue-in-cheek slogans such as "broke," "thanks 4 nothing," and "save me" popping up on his knitwear. The artfully executed looks -- which included plastic bags as head coverings -- all suggested a sense of economic strain without getting bogged down in its own statement.
KTZ did not disappoint their massive cult following. Designer Marjan Pejoski referenced a list of noir inspirations like A Clockwork Orange and expertly utilized black rubber and leather to convey the show's dark themes. From outerwear featuring images of communist leaders to Inuit inspired jackets and Rubik's cube tiled bombers, the collection showcased a diverse range of pieces and various takes on Alex's iconic uniform in A Clockwork Orange.
Katie Eary's obsession with pop-art could be found in her references to shocking anatomical paintings from Jennifer Saville, sculptural cartoon-like designs from KAWS, and colorful surface palettes from Jeff Koons. Anatomical detailing that had a caricature feel enhanced the intense hues of the pants and outerwear. Shirts and knitwear even featured brains, ribcages, and teeth.
Justin Bieber is ruining Naya Rivera's life, and she's had enough of it.
Apparently, full-time hater Naya Rivera didn't like Justin Bieber's Calvin Klein campaign photos as much as we were resigned to (But does Naya Rivera like anything? Probably not.) and yesterday, the actress went on The View once again to express her strong opinions about Justin Bieber's body and the way he photographs it. "Stop with the shirtless selfies!" she pleaded:
"It's annoying and you look like a douchebag. It's like, girls don't want to date, like, guys that are constantly in a mirror. Like, stop. Go fix something in the house! That's hotter."SHOTS. FIRED. And just like that, Justin Bieber becomes yet another *innocent victim in Naya Rivera's senseless war on everything.
Watch it all go down, below:
*Okay, fine, not totally innocent.
Best Beyoncé Remix of the Week: DJ Mustard's. At this point, no one can stop the DJ Mustard-fication of music. He's taking over and we're just enjoying the ride. His surprising switch-up of Beyoncé's "7/11" manages to turn the already club-ready song into an even hotter banger. -- Gabby Bess
Best Repurposing of a Gaming Innovation That Was Originally Total Bullshit of the Week: Robot Chicken animator Dillon Markey's Bluetooth-assisted Nintendo Power Glove. It's also this week's best excuse to revisit the Angry Video Game Nerd's Power Glove episode -- surely one of the funniest things on the Internet. -- James Rickman
Best Award Acceptance Speech of the Week: Jenny Slate's for her Best Comedic Actress win in Obvious Child at the Critic's Choice Awards. Her heartfelt speech championed reproductive rights and women's stories, asserting that "activism and creative expression can go together." You go girl. -- GB
Best Excuse to Do a Shot Every Time Someone Uses Illness as a Metaphor of the Week: It's Susan Sontag's birthday. She would have been 82 today. We miss you. -- JR
Most Compelling Reason 2 Chainz Should be President of the Week: This debate. In case you missed how 2 Chainz calmly destroyed Nancy Grace in a debate about pot legalization (or you just want to see it again for the 100th time), HERE YOU GO. You're welcome. -- GB
Best Peer Pressure of the Week: Taylor Swift's on Lorde. Reportedly, Taylor Swift convinced her 18-year-old bestie to sip on some rum and coke by simply saying, "Rum is so good!" File to: more proof that Taylor Swift is a very powerful cult leader. -- GB
Best Dressed of the Week: Amal Clooney's hands. Two words: THOSE GLOVES. -- GB
Best Future BFFs of the Week: Solange Knowles and Miranda July.
Real talk. I used to live next door to @Miranda_July & left creepy "let's be friends" note on her door once. Cant wait to read her new book!-- solange knowles (@solangeknowles) January 16, 2015
Best News for Las Vegas of the Week: Mariah Carey's impending takeover. National treasure Mariah Carey is finally getting a Las Vegas residency. Move over, Celine Dion. -- GB
Saturday Night Live perfectly skewers Justin Bieber's confusing/upsetting/sexy/confusing/what-is-happening-to-us-all Calvin Klein underwear ads. Can Kate McKinnon's Justin Bieber just go ahead and replace actual Justin Bieber? [SaturdayNightLive]
A friendly seal cuddles up to a yellow lab on the beach and it's the best. [TastefullyOffensive]
Silently correcting your grammar, thinking "how the fuck are you a person?" since 1928. [RatsOff]
Crucial video of a baby goat dressed as an old woman, reading a book. [TastefullyOffensive]
It's Valencia. [RatsOff]
Us last night. [RatsOff]
Adult Swim mostly deals out its druggy, gaudy, nightmarish brilliance in 11-minute doses, but tonight it will present a full hour of perhaps its most durable animated series, The Venture Bros. (Sorry, Master Shake.) To the uninitiated, The Venture Bros. is something like Johnny Quest on acid, with characters like Dr. Mrs. the Monarch, who looks like Jackie O. and talks like a New England linebacker. You kind of just have to see it -- and consider that, with its lovingly rendered Hanna-Barbera look, and with Stephen Colbert, Bill Hader, James Urbaniak and other comedy luminaries lending their voices over the last 12 years, you're in good hands.
When Sia took the stage this weekend as SNL's musical guest we sort of already knew what to expect: SIa's face would be covered in some form, her pint-size interpretive dancer Maddie Ziegler would probably make an appearance, and this would all add up to another stunning performance. But what we were not expecting was a mime in all its miming glory, so props to Sia for that. Watch Sia perform "Elastic Heart" with Maddie Ziegler and "Chandelier" with a mime, below.
As it goes with gentrification, there is no off button. It's all fun and games until you have an artisanal mayonnaise shop on your corner. This weekend, Saturday Night Live brilliantly tackled Brooklyn's boundless gentrification from the perspective of three Bushwick buddies whose concepts of hanging out with their "bitches" literally means running a dog-walking service. And the gelato, oh the gelato. Watch it above.
With the season 2 premiere of Broad City, we're right back in Abbi and Ilana's weed-fueled vision of New York, in which it's Summer and jizzy-jazz abounds.
Among other things, the first episode of the season, "In Heat," brings us a delightful new bit of information about Lincoln. Ilana's dentist/not-quite-boyfriend played by the scene-stealing Hannibal Buress, has a food blog called The Al Dente Dentist. As the joke plays out, it's rightfully pointed out that a more elegant pun would be The Al Dentist, but The Al Dente Dentist is still one of the best fictional blog concepts of all time. And lucky for those of us who wish to live in Broad City and assert ourselves into Abbi and Ilana's friendship, Lincoln's food blog has materialized in the real world.
Thealdentedentist.tumblr.com is now your go to stop for all things pasta, dentistry, and cute dog related news. "I'm Lincoln, I'm a dentist and this is my blog," the blog's bio announces. "Every Sunday I make some homemade pasta -- I am the Al Dente Dentist! Brush twice a day, three times is best. And, obviously, floss (or another method of interdental cleaning) daily." Here's your first recipe to try:
I'm 0/0 on New Year Resolutions but tomorrow is another day. Tryna keep it tight with a recipe from a classic waiting room fan favorite -- Fitness Magazine.
Farfalle with Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes, and Feta (cheese)
Enjoy your new favorite blog, everybody.
The new Smashing Pumpkins video for "Being Beige," off the 2014 album Monuments to an Elegy, is exactly what you'd hope for from a band nearing its 30th anniversary: a more mature but no less lively iteration of the sound that made us fall in love with them in the first place. Some might call Corgan's performance in the video "earnestly overstated" but I'd have to disagree; earnest, oh yes, but his voice never rises to the serrated-laserbeam range of his most beloved choruses. Visually, it's like a new-age remake of this Danzig video, which couldn't possibly be a bad thing.
A new year, a new calendar featuring shirtless, hot men.
If you completely dropped the ball on finding yourself a winter boyfriend, don't worry. Here's the second best option: a calendar featuring endless, would-be winter boyfriends. And by endless, we mean twelve, but that's still a lot of action!
The best part about having calendar boyfriends instead of a real live human boyfriend is that they're low maintenance and can fit within any fantasy. The men of the Men in Knitwear calendar are no exception. Imagine all the adventures you could have with this archer (after he puts on some winter appropriate attire, or not):
Meet the rest of your new boyfriends when you sign up for the Men In Knitwear Calendar Club 2015. You'll get "a new man in your inbox at the start of every month" along with a knitting pattern to go with each, guaranteeing your single status for the rest of the year.
As the photo editor of the downtown arts weekly SoHo Weekly News from 1979 to 1983, photographer Alan Tannenbaum got a front-row view of the city's exploding punk rock scene. In his work for the weekly -- where our own David Hershkovits and Kim Hastreiter met as editors, later launching Paper after it folded -- Tannenbaum shot everyone from Lou Reed to Debbie Harry, the Ramones, Patti Smith, Lydia Lunch and beyond. Artnet is auctioning several of Tannebaum's "punk portfolio" and you can check out some of his rare shots below. Head over to Flavorwire, to see more shots of the Ramones, Debbie, Iggy and more.