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- 01/23/15--14:20: _The Best, Worst and...
- 01/24/15--20:04: _Listen to Rihanna, ...
- 01/25/15--08:50: _The Sunday Funnies
- 01/26/15--05:00: _Before the Snow Era...
- 01/26/15--08:30: _Lena Dunham and Kri...
- 01/26/15--10:30: _Katy Perry's Super ...
- 01/26/15--11:00: _Piper Perabo Celebr...
- 01/26/15--12:00: _Listen to Michelle ...
- 01/27/15--05:39: _Ariel Pink's "Dayze...
- 01/27/15--07:55: _Watch Kim Kardashia...
- 01/27/15--08:30: _Kool A.D. Forecasts...
- 01/27/15--09:00: _ H. Jon Benjamin an...
- 01/27/15--10:27: _Cara Delevingne Goe...
- 01/27/15--10:30: _Listen to GFOTY's W...
- 01/27/15--11:40: _The Star of Karen W...
- 01/27/15--12:20: _Petra Collins Envis...
- 01/27/15--12:45: _Taylor Swift's Twit...
- 01/27/15--13:40: _Hell Yes: Your All-...
- 01/27/15--15:15: _L7 Announce Reunion...
- 01/27/15--16:15: _Champion Select Is ...
- 01/23/15--14:20: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 01/25/15--08:50: The Sunday Funnies
- 01/26/15--10:30: Katy Perry's Super Bowl Song Has "Leaked"
- 01/26/15--12:00: Listen to Michelle Chamuel's Soaring New Single, "The Fall"
- 01/27/15--07:55: Watch Kim Kardashian's Awesome Super Bowl Commercial
- 01/27/15--08:30: Kool A.D. Forecasts Your February Horoscopes
- 01/27/15--10:27: Cara Delevingne Goes Head to Head With Kim Kardashian for LOVE
- 01/27/15--11:40: The Star of Karen Walker's Latest Campaign is an Unexpected Delight
- 01/27/15--13:40: Hell Yes: Your All-Female Ghostbusters Cast Has Arrived
- 01/27/15--15:15: L7 Announce Reunion Shows, Upcoming Documentary
- 01/27/15--16:15: Champion Select Is Here to Answer All Your Athleisure Wear Prayers
Best Unearthed Myspace Profiles of the Week: Kendall and Kylie Jenner's. Buzzfeed found
the sister's official MySpace profiles from 2007 and OH MY GOD THEY ARE
AMAZING. Kendall's bio was "It's All About Me," naturally. -- Gabby Bess
Worst News of the Day, NEIGH, YEAR, NEIGH, CENTURY: Sky Mall has filed for bankruptcy. WHERE will get our pet's portrait done as Elizabethan nobility? HOW will we buy our next Cobra Goddess Sconce? WHEN will we recover? Never. This is awful. --Elizabeth Thompson
Biggest Hater of the Week: Karl Lagerfeld. He hates your ugly face. And your selfies too. -- E.T.
Best News for Music of the Week: Drake's dad is launching his music career. That's right, The Real Dennis G is about to drop the hottest single of 2015. GET READY. -- G.B.
Best Panel Discussion, Like, Ever: Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's interview with Sleater Kinney reveals that it is, indeed, possible to be an artist AND a woman. Can you even believe it? -- E.T.
Proudest Person at the State of the Union: Joe Biden, duh. Never stop existing on your own, weird, dad-joke planet, Papa Joe. -- E.T.
Best Motivation to Book a 3-Day Weekend Trip to Anyplace Warm of the Week: Coco & Breezy's fashion video, "Eye Love Sunny Daze," which shows a cute couple frolicking on the beach and in the bedroom, all while looking chic-to-death in the eyewear designer's Black Era Shades and 3rd Eye Glass. In case you were wondering, the handsome dude is rising R&B/Hip-hop/Electro artist Sellah whose song "No Peeking" plays in the video. Get. Us. Out. Of. The. Cold. Stat. -- Abby Schreiber
Best Scrim Job On Broadway: John Cameron Mitchell's return to the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch this Tuesday. Also best Vanity Fair quote, in an article documenting Cameron's rehearsals leading up to the big night: "Can we do something to the padding so I'm not crushing my balls? My balls really hurt. -- James Rickman
[Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com]
Best Excuse to Go Up On a Tuesday In NYC This Week: The Clicquot Chalet, a little party Veuve Clicquot hosted at The Standard that had really well-dressed people standing around drinking champagne, playing air hockey and eating German sausages and fondue. Now that's our kind of party. -- A.S.
Best "Complete Heartbreak Album": Björk's new one, Vulnicura, which appeared three days ago, two months ahead of schedule. It's her first since 2011, which means we can finally stop singing "Welcome to Iceland / A demon takes yourrr faaaaace," á la Kristen Wiig.
Ballsiest Move of the Week: Rick Owen's choice to send three models down the runway in outfits that showed their dangling penises. -- A.S.
Crazy Kanye Quote of the Week: This one in which 'Ye explained to us why he never smiles in photos: "Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything...I looked at all these people's photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren't smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, "Why you not smiling?" and I think, not smiling makes me smile...When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn't look as cool.'" So the moral of the story is that Kanye doesn't smile because he wants to look like old-timey people. Sounds about right. -- A.S.
Saturday Night Live's extremely catchy country ode "The Wishin' Boot" has been in our heads all morning. The hair and styling in this is absolute perfecion.
WE'RE SURE THEY WERE, TOM BRADY. [Mlkshk]
You're crazy for this one, Texas! We're booking a one-way flight there right now. #TeamGoat. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
"The DreamWeaver." [FYouNoFMe]
Hands off Wacka's Sabra Grab & Go, SON. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
Happy Vtines from Toxic Nice Guy Fedora Man, y'all! [LaughterKey]
It's as easy as 1-2-ennui! [AfternoonSnoozeButtton]
In this deleted scene from Mortdecai, a nice dog rushes to help a cat with a cup stuck on its head. [TasfeullyOffensive]
Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany -- stars of Mortdecai -- played "Never Have I Ever" on Ellen and it was fun. We wanted to be annoyed by this clip, but it's actually a delight.
What if this is what you see when you die? [Coinfarts]
Watch a super-smart macaw turn on a faucet and play in the water. Macaws are scary and can live to be like 70 years old, but they're also cool. [TastefullyOffensive]
Over the weekend, Lena Dunham, Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling and Jenji Kohan participated in a panel at Sundance, moderated by New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum, that discussed the opportunities and challenges female writers, directors and actresses face in Hollywood. Their entire hour and a half-long conversation is fascinating but if you only have time to watch a few minutes, their thoughts on whether audiences more frequently associate female actresses with the characters they play than they do male actors is particularly insightful and also includes a withering aside (courtesy of Dunham) about Woody Allen. Lena says:
"I don't think that Larry David or Woody Allen or anyone else playing some version of themselves is walking around with a million people that think that they know and understand them on a deep and abiding level or that everything they say in their films -- I mean, Woody Allen is proof that people don't think everything he says in his films is stuff that he does because all he was doing was making out with 17-year-olds for years and we didn't say a word about it. And then he did it! A bunch! No one went, 'Oh Woody Allen is making out with a 17-year-old in Manhattan, I guess he's a real perv.' And then lo and behold..."
Their conversation begins around the 35:00 mark and Lena's comments start at 37:30.
More Sundance: 10 Faces to Watch at This Year's Fest
Once again, comedian Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric) has "leaked" a special song from the Super Bowl halftime artist -- this year it's Katy Perry ft. Lenny Kravitz -- and it sounds like a cross between an '80s commercial jingle for Lil Miss Makeup and a synth'd-out Rebecca Black track. In other words, it's genius. There's even thoughtful, football-inspired lyrics like "I like to watch the football game / It makes me totally insane" and "Don't like to dribble, you pass the ball / You run the ball, you go to the endzone to score the points."
While the Katy Perry impersonation leaves a little to be desired, the Lenny Kravitz voice -- which may or may not be clipped together from the singer's real voiceovers and interviews -- is awfully convincing. He starts his guest verse by getting on the mic and saying, "Hey I'm Lenny Kravitz, brought to you by T-Mobile" and returns at the very end of the song with some thoughts on the sorry state of modern civilization at the very end. Can't wait to see them perform this onstage next Sunday!
Jack's Wife Freda is located at 50 Carmine St., New York
In case you haven't heard, there is a giant blizzard descending on New York City right now that everyone is losing their minds over. And though we're trying not to be big babies about it, all the end-of-days snowmageddon news coverage has us a little unnerved today. The only thing that's been able to take the edge off is Michelle Chamuel's soaring, insanely catchy new single "The Fall" from her upcoming album Face the Fire. The material isn't necessarily soothing stuff -- make no mistake that this is a break-up song -- but her gorgeous falsetto trill paired with the track's booming hooks makes it one of the more triumphant-sounding heartbreak anthems we've heard in a while. Chamuel, who was runner-up two seasons ago on The Voice, is releasing the album next month, and we're excited to premiere this track on Papermag.com.
This weekend is the Super Bowl and we're pretty pumped to eat all day, drink all day and watch TV until our brains feel like room temperature soft serve. You know, how we usually spend our Sundays. T-Mobile just released its game day commercial, featuring our current cover girl Kim Kardashian, and though most Super Bowl commercials are usually just a combination of crazy special effects and dudes getting hit in the balls, it's actually pretty funny. Watch as Kardshian gives a PSA about the unused data most people unwittingly let go to waste on their phones (and which T-Mobile allows you roll over into the next month) and all of the Instagram selfies you're throwing away as a result. You could also be using all that leftover data, Kardashian notes, to spend more time looking at her Instagram, something 25.1 million people do every day. (Just for frame of reference, the entire population of Australia is 23.13 million.) If anything, this commercial proves Kardashian, indeed, has a sense of humor about her selfishness. And you said she didn't have talent.
Trouble with love? Work problems? Mercury retrograde? Don't worry. Rapper, author of the forthcoming novel O.K. (Sorry House), and expert astrological navigator, Kool A.D. will safely guide you through the coming month.
Telling people you're an "artist" living in a cool, formerly industrial urban neighborhood used to give you the type of clout the rest of the world would simultaneously scoff at and secretly admire. But nowadays, every other bearded dude with an arm full of geometric tattoos is a part-time-graphic-designer-part-time-DJ living in an abandoned train station-turned-luxury loft in a part of town that was technically in a state of emergency until 2005. Creatives are the new standard in the workforce and a new web series, All Over It, is putting a satirical spin on right brain culture.
Centered on an under-motivated group of Philly-based artists, The Batatat Collective (peep their Tumblr HERE), All Over It features a gaggle of wannabe artists, jaded musicians, and people who are cool with just hanging out and staying exactly where they are. We spoke with the show's directors, Melissa Silverman and Ted Pauly, to get the jist of the series as well as two of its biggest guest stars, Ben Sinclair (High Maintenance) and H. Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers), to hear more about their upcoming appearances.
Melissa Silverman & Ted Pauly
How did the idea for the series come about?
Although neither of us have had to live with co-workers or work with our 'co-livers,' it's
certainly the kind of thing we imagined a lot in our twenties with roommates -- "Hey, we
all play guitar -- what if we wrote jingles for three guitars? Where's that drum machine?...Does anybody know anyone who needs a jingle?" or "Great idea, let's start a kids' birthday and bar mitzvah party planning/videography/who can say what else business." We had troves of ideas marked by boundless optimism and very little follow through. We both work in commercials now and struggle with the idea of creativity by committee and selling out on a semi-regular basis.
Who can we expect to see in All Over It?
Chris O'Brien is Mike, the de facto "leader" and writer; Nadia Quinn is Shannon, the group's optimist and musical mascot; Kate Dearing is Elyse, Mike's ex, equal parts ingenue/serious filmmaker; Alex Malaos is Hans, the dour English van-wrap designer; Jim Santangeli is Darren, Elyse's boyfriend and a fly-by-night entrepreneur; Ben Sinclair is Finn, a local scenester/hanger-on/guru; and H. Jon Benjamin is Landlord, their landlord. He crashes their parties and may or may not be involved in a "pipe-napping."
What's the vibe of this show?
It's a comedy that is equal parts existential and persnickety. Somewhere between Friends, Party Down, and The Young Ones. We think the ensemble cast is a force.
What is All Over It trying to say about America's young creatives?
It feels like for artists/creative people the idea of "selling out" being a negative is fading
away. The Batatat Collective, some of whom are in their late 20s/early 30s are, in fits
and starts, aging out of their idealistic phase into their "I'm too old for this shit" phase.
We encounter them somewhere in the middle, in their desperate hustler phase. The
group dynamic is, by turns, toxic and sweet.
Let's talk about your character.
I play Finn, a kind of odd artist-type who seems to know the lay of the land of the Philly
art scene. He says some pretty out-there shit, but he says it confidently so it makes you wonder if you're the weird one. He starts collaborating musically with Shannon from the Batatat Collective and he makes some weird shit with her that's met with mixed results later on.
What's the dynamic of The Batatat Collective?
To be honest, these people seem pretty bitchy with one another. Everyone seems to
only be interested in their own art, and this guy Mike seems to be rallying them all do something that none of them really want to do. My character is kind of the outsider , and my understanding when I came on was that he was just a guest star on the pilot.
How does All Over It compare to High Maintenance?
All Over It might slightly share a similar look to some episodes of High Maintenance because I met one of our favorite DPs [Director of Photography], Charlie Gruet, on the set of All Over It. I also met a couple of actors on that set that we've used in some episodes of HM as well. But All Over It is more of a long narrative arc told in short installments (because it was originally shot as a 22 minute pilot), whereas High Maintenance is self-contained short stories.
H. Jon Benjamin
Who do you play?
My role is 'Landlord' unless it is 'Len Lord' -- I'm not quite sure -- but my profession in the show is a landlord, but that does not preclude the possibility that his name is Len lord, the landlord.
Are you handy? Could you fix the heat in my apartment?
In the real world, I am not very handy. I could rewire your lamp, but couldn't fix your heat. Or are you just asking me over?
It's kinda both.
The show premieres HERE on February 2nd and they're rolling out 9 episodes throughout the rest of the month. Watch the trailer, above.
Well, whatever is going on in DC Shoe-wearing, SoCal-vibing, Blink-182 land, we can at least take some solace with this new cover of their 1999 smash, "All the Small Things," by PC Music producer GFOTY. Like much of what the collective of anonymous UK-based producers pump out, this version is glitchy, pop-y and features vocals that sound like they're from a member of B*witched. The cover is part of a larger mix from GFOTY called "Cake," which the producer says was inspired by the following:
"Basically Cake Mix was created after I got with this really hot guy who had a GF - I mean, I thought he was hot at the time but in reality he looks like that really weird bloated face when your making a Mii character on your Wii - you know the one yeah? It's kinda just about me stealing people's boyfriends and being abnormally huge. This one guy on Twitter said he saw me out once and I was way smaller then he imagined and to 'never meet your heroes' or something like that and I mean like I'm 169cms (55) and I wear high shoes all the time too so like HOW TALL DID HE WANT ME TO BE? So I guess - yeah it's kinda inspired by that guy on Twitter primarily. So I guess cake has nothing to do with the mix apart from me making cakes and stuff."The cover starts around the 9:35 mark and you can give it a listen, above. Also be sure to send positive thoughts to the boys of Blink. Let's hope they figure that shit out.
For years, Karen Walker has reigned as Eyewear Designer With Seriously the Best Ads Ever. Walker's advertised her coveted '60s and '70s-inspired frames on the faces of everyone from adorably chic child models to fierce-as-hell octogenarian fashion plates. Her latest campaign, featuring tongue-wagging canine Instagram superstar @ToastMeetsWorld, is no less delightful. Scope Toast, who appears in our current issue alongside her dad and fellow IG royalty @TheFatJew, modeling Walker's newest designs below. Joan Didion who?
Although the great NYC blizzard of 2015 has turned out to be pretty tame, the sun-drenched landscape of LA in Petra Collins' short film Drive Time still seems like a welcome escape.
Poor Taylor Swift. The newly-minted New Yorker was probably looking forward to spending her snow day drinking lattes and playing with her cat but now she's got a cyber crisis on her hands: both her Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked by the Lizard Squad! The creepily-named group took responsibility for North Korea's Internet shutdown last month and are alleged to have gone on the pop star's Twitter account to ask her fans to follow their leader, @Lizzard, and @veriuser, another Twitter user likely affiliated with them. They also are thought to have posted weird pics to her Instagram, including a shot of a guy on the toilet.
After the singer confirmed on her Tumblr that her accounts were hacked, Team Taylor was quick to shut the whole operation down, and both @Lizzard and @veriuser's accounts were suspended -- but not before @Lizzard boasted that he'd release some nude photos of the singer if someone offered to pay him in Bitcoin. Swift quickly called his bluff, tweeting, "PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you!" once she regained access to her account.
Well, at least she can mine this experience for new song material. #HackersGonnaHackHackHackHackHack
In a dream-world, the cast for an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters would look something like this: Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and then Beyoncé again, somehow.
No one rocked harder than feminist grunge punk quartet L7. The band, featuring Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch and Dee Plakas, produced some of the best, monster-riffed rage anthems of the '90s grunge era. They were loud, tough and dirty, and singer Donita Sparks pulling out her bloody tampon mid-show at the 1992 Reading Festival and flinging it at mud-slinging hecklers remains the Grungiest Moment of All Time. Disbanded since 2001, the group hinted at a reunion tour with their original line-up back in December. Today, they announced upcoming tour dates in Europe as well as a Kickstarter campaign to help fund filmmaker Sarah Price's documentary on the band and their place in history as one of the most influential -- but mostly ignored (we'll give you one guess as to why) -- bands of the grunge era. Watch the Kickstarter video above for Price's documentary and check L7's site tomorrow, when more tour dates will be announced.
The constant stream of brand collaborations that have popped up in recent years is enough to make anyone's head spin. We've seen everything from Target's annual designer, mania-inducing collaborations to Hello Kitty teaming up with the Playboy bunny to Pharrrell Williams working with basically everyone. Sometimes these collaborations hit the mark, while others, um, miss completely. Today, Champion Athleticwear, in conjunction with three designers curated by the trade show Capsule, is launching Champion Select, a collection exclusively available at Urban Outfitters. Designers Timo Weiland from New York, Craig Green form London, and Wood Wood from Copenhagen were each tasked with giving Champion's basics a modern update. We'd say they succeeded, creating athleisure pieces that perfectly blend Champion's heritage and their own design perspectives. Take a look at the line below.
Models: Luka Sabban, Request; Imaan Hamman, DNA Models