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- 02/12/15--16:30: Kathleen Hanna Is the Voice of an Alien Puppet in a New Short Film
- 02/13/15--05:32: Backstage at Kanye West's Adidas Fashion Show
- 02/13/15--06:30: Tijuana Bibles are the Perfect Valentine For Your Favorite Perv
- 02/13/15--08:47: Hear a Preview of Big Sean's "All Your Fault" Feat. Kanye West
- 02/13/15--09:30: Our Valentine's Day NYC Party Guide
- 02/13/15--10:00: 20 Last-Second Valentine's Gifts For You and Yours
- 02/13/15--13:00: Win Butler Is Going to Be Your Barista Tomorrow
- 02/13/15--13:24: How to Survive Valentine's Day if You're Single
- 02/13/15--14:40: Get In Bed with Cockyboys Porn Stars Levi Karter and Liam Riley
- 02/13/15--16:00: The 50 Hottest People of All Time
- 02/13/15--16:15: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 02/14/15--05:30: Hanging With Rihanna, Naomi, SJP, Karl & More at the Fendi Opening
With the birth of Beckyoncé, world peace has finally been achieved. So forget about who won or didn't win Album of the Year because this surprisingly listenable mash-up of Beck's "Loser" and Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" proves we're all winners in the end.
After mysteriously teasing a clip called "How Big How Blue How Beautiful," Florence + The Machine have officially announced a new album with the same name. How Big How Blue How Beautiful is out June 2 (Republic) and Florence just released a cinematic video for the first single, "What Kind of Man." Chronicling all the emotions that comprise a relationship, the music video is, in a word, intense.
Florence Welch contrasted the new album to 2011's Ceremonials in a press release:
"I guess although I've always dealt in fantasy and metaphor when I came to writing, that meant the songs this time were dealing much more in reality. Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water, and the idea of escape or transcendence through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how live, and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it. Which is frightening because I'm not hiding behind anything but it felt like something I had to do."
Watch the "What Kind of Man" music video, above.
Kanye West just premiered the first track off his forthcoming album at the launch event for his much anticipated sneaker, the Yeezy 750 Boost, and collection for Adidas. This new song happens to be Paul McCartney-free and, instead, features Sia and rapper Vic Mensa. Listen to the new track, "Wolves" (and view Yeezy's Adidas line), above.
Kahleen Hanna can now add "actress" to an already fearless resume that includes fronting seminal feminist punk band Bikini Kill as well as Le Tigre and the Julie Ruin. Hanna lends her distinct voice to the new animated short, Myrna the Monster, produced by MTV Other and directed by Ian Samules, about an alien named Myrna (Hanna) who is abducted from her home on the moon by astronauts and taken to L.A. The 14-minute film debuted at Sundance -- but will also be shown at SXSW next month -- and follows Myrna as she tries to make sense of life in a big city, dating, and generally feeling like an outsider. If you just thought of yourself, well, same. Watch the tender trailer above and a clip below via Flavorwire.
Just in time for Valentine's Day tomorrow, we bring you news of Horizontal Press, a brand-new, Brooklyn-based pornographic publishing house from illustrator Kaye Blegvad. Launching today, the press will specialize in "the handmade, esoteric, exotic and erotic," with plans to re-introduce the masses to the joys of the Tijuana Bible -- 8-page pocket-sized smut mags which were popular in the U.S. during the depression. Horizontal's first run of bibles will feature illustrators including Eleni Kalorkoti, Rose Blake, Clay Hickson and more. You can snatch one up for your favorite pervy Valentine, and peruse the full collection of bibles here.
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After the Grammys and the mania around Kanye West's New York Fashion Week presentation, we're dangerously close to reaching a Kanye critical mass. But ultimately, there's always room in our hearts for more 'Ye -- especially if he sounds as good as he does on Big Sean's new track, "All Your Fault." Plus, he's actually rapping, as opposed to doing that sing-song thing that hurts my ears. Presumably, this song will appear on Big Sean's forthcoming album, Dark Sky Paradise, along with "Blessings," which also features Kanye and Drake. Listen to a preview of Kanye's verse on the new track, above.
Bjork's much-anticipated MoMA retrospective opens March 8th, and ahead of its launch, the museum has just released this trailer for a short film included in the show by Andrew Thomas Huang. The clip, made for the grief-choked breakup opus "Black Lake" on Bjork's recent album Vulnicura, shows Bjork split in two by a chasm, fluid oozing down her and filling the space. If you haven't gotten around to getting high and listening to Vulnicura yet, "Black Lake," as well as the rest of the album, is about Bjork's split from partner Matthew Barney, with whom she has a daughter. Some select lyrics from the track: " You betrayed your own heart / Corrupted that organ /Family was always our sacred mutual mission /Which you abandoned /You have nothing to give / Your heart is hollow." Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.
Whether you're looking to make special Valentine's Day plans with your significant other or you just want to get turned up on a Saturday in mid-February, we've picked ten fun parties, concerts, and comedy shows happening in NYC that'll help you forget it's effin' freezing outside.
Erich Conrad and PAPER's own Drew Elliott host a special Valentine's Day incarnation of their raucous PrettyUgly party. With hosts like Mike Bailey-Gates and Hari Nef, and taglines like "get your heart on," the night is sure to be full of cute kids looking for love -- at least for the night.
Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel, 235 W 46th St, Manhattan; 11pm-4am
Valentine's Day and Fashion Week converge at Ladyfag's regular Holy Mountain party, inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 cult film of the same name. Expect costumes, masks, skulls, and psychedelic debauchery.
Slake, 251 W. 30th St., Manhattan; 11pm
38 Love Party
Bubblegum bass star QT will DJ the night alongside with Doss and Total Freedom. Get ready for some slow dances -- and a kissing booth -- all in a Chinese banquet hall.
China Chalet, 47 Broadway, Manhattan; 10pm-3am. Pre-sale tickets are sold out but you can still buy tickets at the door.
Never Sleep Alone
Single for Valentine's Day? Can't bear the wait for discounted chocolate? Roslyn Hart, aka sex therapist Dr. Alex Schiller, is here for you! In this risqué performance, lucky audience members are brought on stage to meet and find new love, or at least a new hookup. And yes, there is an after-party.
Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan; 9pm. Buy tickets HERE.
Pravda V-Day Dinner + Party
Downtown staple, Pravda, offers a two-part Valentine's Day celebration that brings together two of our favorite things: eating and dancing. Start the night off right and full with a three-course meal while listening to a guest performance by Courtney Graf. Then, to work off all the cocktails, head over to The Diamond Horseshoe -- also home to PrettyUgly tonight -- where MC BABËL will host ATMOSPHERE, a love-crazy dance party with great music and, of course, more booze. Pravda New York, 281 Lafayette Street, Manhattan; get tickets for dinner HERE and for dinner + the party HERE.
Anti V-day Cover Show
Record label Brooklyn TransCore and The Silent Barn host a night of cover bands taking on Joy Division, Goo Goo Dolls, and the Alkaline Trio. Recommended for those who consider Valentine's Day a capitalist construction but still want to dance.
The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn; 10pm. Tickets are $7 at the door.
Paris Hilton at No. 8's The Heartbreak Hotel
As we told you back in October, Paris is BACK, y'all! Hang out with your favorite mid-aughts heiress-turned-DJ and sip cocktails while ogling well-dressed guests at this party at No. 8.
No. 8, 357 West 16th Street, Manhattan; to RSVP, contact concierge at: HeartbreakHotel@No8NY.com or 212-206-2096
The Rejection Show at Littlefield
Open invite to all the dateless rejects! And also the happy people! Come commiserate with a bunch of comedians giving snapshots of their own recent heartbreaks at The Rejection Show. Also up to bat: live music from The Reformed Whores, and with a band name like that...
Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn; Doors open at 7pm and you can get tickets HERE
Tunnel Vision at Bossa Nova Civic Club
If you're looking for something a little "heavier" on Valentine's Day, head to Bossa Nova for what they're billing as a "deathmatch" between DJ duo and collaborators Ital & Halal. Music starts at 10 PM.
Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
Rubulad "A Spy in the Warehouse of Love" Valentine's Day Party
Expect stilts, projections, "rock and roll burlesque," and more at this secret warehouse party. DJs Shakey and Dirty Finger will provide the soundtrack for trapeze acts and rides on a merry-go-round.
Go HERE to find out secret address. Doors at 9.
Play Converse Pro Leather High (White / Black)
$140.00, Dover Street Market
Burberry-Check Cashmere Teddy Bear in Dark Ochre
All the Cats in the World by Jesse Hunter
Charlotte Olympia Love Pandora clutch box
Isabel and Ruben Toledo Opera Lipstick
Tiffany T Square Bracelet 18k Rose Gold
Alexander McQueen Gold Two Skeletons Ring
Nektar De Stagni Color Spiked Earrings
$465.00, Opening Ceremony
Customizable New Wayfarer
Jason Robot Keychain
Vivienne Westwood Skull and Crossbones Loafer
Paul Smith Dotted Knitted Silk Tie
$165.00, Mr. Porter
Foil Hello Kitty Lovin' Balloon
$9.99, Party City
Acrylic Double Bong
Trojan Pleasure Pack 36ct.
$27.99, CVS pharmacy
SKATEROOM X Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat
$500.00, MoMA Store
Velvety Gunmetal Watch
$225.00, Exclusively at Scoop NYC
Be@brick Series 28
Win Butler, a.k.a. DJ Windows 98, a.k.a lead vocalist of Arcade Fire, seems to be going the way of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy: that is, creating a signature coffee blend. Cultivated in Haiti (which should come as no surprise to his fans, given his connection to the country), and roasted in Philadelphia, the coffee is being produced by La Colombe. With hints of "chocolate, black pepper, and cedar," and the name "RaRa" (ostensibly chosen as an homage to the Haitian music of the same name), the bean sounds pretty great, especially given the fact that Butler will be serving it to crowds himself tomorrow (2/14)!
In a since deleted Instagram post by La Colombe, the company leaked the "super secret" word that Butler will assume the role of barista at its Hudson Street café. Times have not yet been posted, but at any rate, get there early for a special Arcade Fire-themed Valentine's Day. Or just go to judge his barista skills -- either way, proceeds will go to worthy causes: Partners in Health, the Haiti Coffee Academy, and Haitian agricultural programs.
A helpful guide to coping with Valentine's Day from someone whose current boyfriend is food.
Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate passion and love and spirit-crushing romantic obligation. Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them. From February 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them because they believed it would make them fertile. It's like the time I let this dude I was dating punch me in the back of the head while his penis was in my butthole because I believed it would make him -- um, that analogy might not actually work so let me stop there, but you get what I'm saying.
I've been single for a long time, bro. And I get it: most days I don't even bother changing my pants. For Valentine's Day last year, there wasn't a single male human around who wanted to beat the shit out of me with the blood-splattered pelt of a goat. MY HEART, IT BREAKS. Anyway, this year I decided to take control and make my own goddamned fun. First, I made food my boyfriend, which was a great life decision. Especially since that salami sandwich I had for dinner the other night knew how to shut the fuck up when Girls was on and didn't try to steal the blankets on my side of the bed. Then I wrote a few helpful Valentine's Day suggestions and alternatives for the rest of you lonely bitches, below.
1. Throw a Galentine's Day party.
Planning an anti-Valentines party for your closest single girlfriends is much like planning a regular party. You need to get ice, potato chips and a varied assortment of mayonnaise-based dips. You'll also need cocktail sausages in the fake croissant wrapping, and lots of those large red plastic cups that frat boys are so fond of to collect all of your bitter, bitter tears. Pro tip: I like to set up a hair braiding station right next to my cookie dough trough and the the used kleenex origami craft center. Basically, you should invite over all of the single gals you know and fill your tiny apartment with all of the things those lonely spinsters are into: soft-knit pastel cardigans, room temperature soup, library books, and cats.
2. Send yourself a lovely, cost-conscious bouquet of flowers.
The only reason women give a shit about Valentine's Day is because they want the other women in their offices to choke on their Lean Cuisines and die frothing at the mouth in a jealous rage over the thoughtful arrangements they had to threaten their dumb boyfriends into sending them at work. Which is exactly what happened when Stephanie saw the unbelievably beautiful assortment of lilies my new boyfriend "Dave" filled our office with yesterday. I mean, he really loves me. Like, so much. He must have spent at least, um, $437.32 (tax included) on me. We are totally getting married.
3. Fake a pregnancy to try to win your ex back.
I'm turning 35 on February 13th, and the best thing about being this age -- other than the porcupine needles sprouting from my chin when I wake up every morning and the dull ache of longing radiating from my barren womb hole -- is that all of my friends either have young children that I can pass as my own so I don't look like a creep when I go to see Frozen: on Ice or are giantly pregnant and can urinate on EPT tests that I can pass as my own to scare the living shit out of the gentleman who dumped me a few weeks before the most important milestone day in a new relationship. Not that I would do that or anything.
4. Follow your ex and his new girlfriend around all day making mental notes about how much nicer he's making her Valentine's Day than he did yours.
Oh, really, bro? You gave me a gas station gift card and split a $23 dinner with me at Olive Garden but you take this new girl to Bandera in a horse-drawn carriage and give her one of those fancy heart-shaped boxes of chocolate!? OKAY, COOL.
5. Burn your ex's house to the ground.
A good way to make this look like an accident is to use acetone nail polish remover while carelessly smoking a cigarette in the same room as his most valuable (and flammable) possessions. I'm not saying, but I'm saying. Or maybe you can just spend the day binge-watching House of Cards while eating ice cream on the toilet in your pajamas. Your call.
Liam Riley and Levi Karter, two of gay adult film company Cockyboys most adorable stars, spend a lot of their work hours in bed. And now they're about to show us just how versatile they are in the sack with their new talk show. In Bed With Levi and Liam premieres on Valentine's Day and the boys guest will be porn star James Deen (no relation to Paula). Who knows what can happen when these two raunchy rascals get rolling. The only way to find out is to log on to www.flirt4free on February 14th, from 6:00-8:00 pm EST.
Which celebrity would you most like to have in bed? Why?
Levi: Tom Daley, because he's the hottest athlete alive and he sounds really cute on Vine!
Liam: Justin Bieber. He's so hot, I love the bad boy image he's going for now.
Which porn star would you most like to have in bed? Why?
Levi: Brent Everett because I love the way he branded and made a career for himself in the industry. He's also the first guy I watched when I started watching porn and his body only gets better with age. I don't know how he does it.
Liam: Max Ryder, being one of my favorite models he's the only one on my list that I haven't gotten to film with.
What do you wear to bed?
Levi: Commando in shorts or nude.
Liam: I love wearing boy-cut briefs with an over-sized shirt, preferably given by a hot guy.
Do you remember your dreams?
Levi: Almost every night. Some times I write them down and text them to friends the next morning.
Liam: Sometimes. I'll lay in bed when I first wake up and try to recap what happened.
Do you have any tricks or remedies for falling asleep?
Levi: I don't necessarily have a problem falling asleep. A couple puffs of weed usually does the trick and gives you more colorful dreams.
Liam: A nice glass of wine and Desperate Housewives with Levi always does the trick.
It's Valentine's Day tomorrow, which makes people think of sex. Here are the hottest people that everyone should want to do it with. Case closed. No exceptions.
50. Cleopatra, Ancient Egyptian Queen
If Elizabeth Taylor at her peak plays you in the movie, you know you're hot shit.
49. Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
He seemed like a great guy!
48. Faye Dunaway, Actress
With nearly alien bone-structure that gives her face a beautiful, feline shape, we just cannot when it comes to Faye Dunaway in Bonny and Clyde. So insanely gorgeous.
47. Drake, Musician
Drake is like the hot-but-obnoxious older brother of your friend who you have a crush on, but who you know is also the worst. Still, you're always suggesting that you and your friend go out in the living room and just see what he's up to because he's soooo annoying.
46. Nefertiti, Ancient Egyptian Queen
The Ancient Egyptian queen's name means "the beautiful one has come" -- 'nuff said.
45. Anton Chekhov, Writer
In this portrait he totally looks like some douchey guy that we would bang and then regret. Hot.
44. Tina Turner, Musician
43. Antonio Banderas, Actor
Will go down in history for nailing that sweet spot between puppy-dog cuteness and raw, savage manliness. Even straight boys got to shout.
42. Jane Avril, Cabaret dancer c. 19th-20th centuries
More than the muse of Henri de Toulouse Latrec, Avril was a creator of next-level can-can moves.
41. Bill Murray, Actor
If Dr. Peter Venkman isn't your #1 Would, please seek help.
40. Raquel Welch, Actress
As a cave woman or a glamour goddess, Welch's sex appeal is off the charts.
39. Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise, Actor
He can steal our money anytime.
38. Grace Jones, Musician
Those cheekbones, that hair, that body. Grace Jones is a work of hot art.
37. Che Guevara, Marxist Revolutionary
The thing about Marxists is that dating one is terrible, but on the physical hotness scale Che is a 10.
36. Lisa Bonet, Actress
The former Cosby Show actress has always been the badass black sheep of the fictional family, both on-screen and IRL. With a hoop nose ring and crazy style that would later launch a thousand Tumblrs, she was the also coolest/hottest. Not to mention, she was all about that IDGAF no bra/pit hair life. Let's face it, Lisa Bonet was the original bad gal.
35. Jean Michel Basquiat, Artist
We've all seen his nudes.
34. Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood Actress
Beauty queen-turned-Bollywood babe. That's like an advanced degree in hotness.
33. Peter O'Toole, Actor/Sex Machine
A range that stretches from Lawrence of Arabia to What's New, Pussycat? and a name that puts Rocky Balboner to shame.
32. Michelle Yeoh, Actress
Whether in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or as a Bond girl, Yeoh brought a soulfulness to her merciless ass-kicking force.
31. James Dean, Actor
Angst and sex, sex and angst. And holy shit why aren't there more pictures of him wearing glasses?
30. Sofía Vergara, Actress
What can be said about this woman's inclusion in our list except...Duh.
29. Absalom, Biblical Figure
At the time, King David's song was considered the most handsome man in Israel but apparently he was also a shithead. He had raped concubines and tried to steal his father's kingdom but, hey, this isn't a "100 most moral people" list so he makes the cut.
28. Jane Fonda, Actor and Activist
Could have hung her entire legacy on her performance (and hair) in Klute, but Jane Fonda has remained a bastion of smart, tough superstardom for over 50 years.
27. Joe Manganiello, Actor
When it comes to muscles there really has never been a bigger hunk of churning funk than Joe M!
26. Elizabeth Taylor, Actress
Lavender eyes, double eyelashes: Liz Taylor was a gorgeous mutant whose brow game was better than Brooke or Cara's.
25. Henry Cavill, Actor
Yeah, you may know him as Superman but if you want to truly understand the ungodly hotness of Henry Cavill, just watch Showtime's old series, The Tudors. Trust. us.
24. Lauren Bacall, Actress
Kitty boo boo realness.
23. John Abraham, Bollywood Star
This Bollywood superstar can't seem to keep his shirt (and sometimes his pants) on in his movies. And we're not complaining.
22. Frida Kahlo, Artist
A defiant, unconventional beauty (in her own words, a "fucking wonder") lightyears before her time.
21. Mick Jagger, Musician
You just want to punch his stupid face, it's so perfect.
20. Madonna, Musician
Madonna is a pop myth made real who deserves to be worshipped every day of our miserable lives. She is living a dream. She is THE dream. Italians do it better.
19. Benedict Cumberbatch, Actor
Look at this sleek, uncannily beautiful specimen. This is what we will all look like in a millennium or two, if we don't snuff ourselves out first.
18. Sharon Tate, Actress
The only woman who ever left Warren Beatty. Now that's hot.
17. Tyson Beckford, Model
He's a five-star fusion restaurant of incredible good looks (and incredible abs).
16. Julie Christie, Actress
The only woman who ever left Warren Beatty. Now that's hot.
15. David Bowie, Musician
Boys in makeup speak to us on such a deep level of sexiness.
14. Kerry Washington, Actress
Her face is achingly, perfectly symmetrical and we just want to scream and fall down every time she does that annoying mouth quiver shit on Scandal. It still gets us every time.
13. Young George Harrison, Musician
He looked like a mod little wolf. So hot. He is the hottest Beatle and you are straight trippin' if you disagree.
12. Maharani Gayatri Devi, Princess/Politician
If we could go back in time and be reincarnated as someone else -- this stunning Indian princess-turned-politician might be it.
11. Usher, Musician
Usher will definitely go down as one of the hottest performers of all time because every R&B dude who can slightly dance is only a mere imitation of him. I've also heard that his butt is great. Respect.
10. PJ Harvey, Musician
Who knew that howling existential and political angst could be this heart-stoppingly sexy?
9. Nacho Figueras, Polo Player
Honestly, what's hotter than a tall, dark and handsome Argentine guy on a horse, wearing tight white pants? Nothing.
8. Solange Knowles, Musician
Hotness-wise, Solange > Beyoncé. Solange's afro makes us feel things that Beyoncé wouldn't even understand.
7. Harrison Ford, Actor
His deltoids alone qualify him for this list, and his white-hot fusion of goofiness and inner pain seal the deal.
6. Kim Kardashian, Reality Star
Kim Kardashian is a cartoon princess. She is hyper-feminine, has a shape, has tits and an ass, and doesn't really give a fuck what you think about her. Do you even butt?
5. Buster Keaton, Actor
Those eyes. That puppy in his pocket. He is a pin-up boy for scrappy-hot.
4. Catherine Deneuve, Actress
There are way too many corny French wine/cheese jokes to make here but suffice to say, Ms. Deneuve only gets better with age.
3. JFK Jr., Scion/Magazine Publisher
He is hot New England Americana personified and had the unique ability to make rollerblading look incredibly sexy.
2. Helen of Troy, Babe from Antiquity
How many ships has your face launched?
1. Idris Elba, Actor
The definition of a "hottie with a body." Period.
Sweetest Valentine's Day Gift of the Week: Vin Diesel's. The action star's general presence is a gift to the world, but Vin Diesel really pulled all the stops for us on Valentine's Day. What a great boyfriend. Listen to his beautifully sung rendition of a Maroon 5 song (the epitome of romance!), above. -- Gabby Bess
Best Conspiracy Theory of the Week: Word on the street is that Drake only released a new album to fulfill his contract with his label because he's planning to leave Cash Money/Young Money, along with Lil Wayne. HMM. This might explain his album's batshit insane title, but not that hideous font. -- G.B.
Hottest Seal-on-Octopus Action of the Week: This one, snapped earlier this week in Vancouver. Also, best ready-made Mastodon album cover. -- James Rickman
Shadiest Shade of the Week: Kanye West had an all-star front row and he made it clear that Justin Bieber is not an all-star in his book. The pop-star sat second row at West's Adidas presentation. The Biebs also wore red, which as we know, is not the look this season. -- G.B.
Best App to Jack Off Your Phone With of the Week: The Fap App, which gives you a speed test on how fast you can shake your phone up and down. Guys, impress all of your friends. Ladies, think back to all of those times you just gave up trying because, really. Also, what the fuck is this? -- E.T.
Best Song We've Had on Repeat This Week: Hot Chip's Hurache Lights. It's a jam. -- E.T.
Saddest Trombone of the Week: Drake had to watch Kanye's free NYC concert on the street last night like a flea-ridden commoner. Justice for Aubrey! -- E.T.
Best Mashup of the Week That Isn't Really All That Amazing But a Very Good Idea No Less: This Beck/Beyonce "Beckyonce" combo of "Single Ladies" and "Loser." -- E.T.
Best Headline of the Week: This one. Does this mean their collaboration is off? -- E.T.
Best Vine in the History of Vines: This one of Pharrell just like, "no," while Taylor Swift danced at the Grammys. --E.T.
Best 50 Shades of Grey Experiment of the Week: Jezebel's. The thorough investigative journalists over at our favorite gossip site got down and dirty with the 50 Shades soundtrack. As in, they tried their damnedest to masturbate to it. Spoiler alert: it was hard. -- G.B.
The corner of 57th and Madison is one of the chicest shopping addresses in the universe and that's where the new Fendi boutique opened last night. Style addicts young and old convened on the fashionable corner to celebrate the legendary Rome-based fashion house and its creative directors Karl Lagerfeld (women's) and Silvia Venturini Fendi (women's and accessories).
The evening's DJ was none other than former Paper cover girl and lover of large hats Erykah Badu. The songbird turned turntablist played an eclectic mix of songs from Vanity 6 to Jay Z. We asked her if she prepared a special mix for the fashion crowd. "It's kind of like therapy for me," she explained "so whatever happens, happens." Are there any songs she always ends up playing no matter what the gig? "Doobie Brothers, " she smiled. "What a Fool Believes."
In between shaking their money makers to the song stylings of Miss Badu and enjoying aperol cocktails guests perused the Peter Marino-designed boutique and shopped. Martha Stewart, sporting her first-ever piece of Fendi, which she'd gotten 16 years ago, snapped photos of shoes and bags she liked. "You can wear it as a dress or a coat, " she told me about her outfit. Did she spot anything at the boutique she had to have? "I want one of these creatures!" she said fondling the Maddie, a little powder blue fur monster accessory. Blue is certainly a color she can't resist --spotting Paper's own blue-haired Drew Elliott, Stewart hustled over to him to get a photo together.
The monsters Martha was eyeing are the latest sensation from the company that brought you the baguette, one of the all time champion It-bags of our time. "These monsters are like adult teddy bears," one party guest was overheard saying. "Beanie Babies!" declared his jovial friend.
The store is two floors of pure luxury designed by Marino, the King of luxury boutiques. We told him that we flipped for One Way: Peter Marino, the art show he curated about himself at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami. "Doing a show on yourself is stressful," he laughed. A favorite piece of ours was a sculpture of Marino so lifelike that visitors to the museum thought it was him. And so did some press outlets. "A photo ran in a magazine (of the sculpture) that said 'Peter Marino and his installation. They don't know I consider myself my own work of art!"
Throughout the night a parade of well-dressed fashion bessies pranced up and down the stairs of the two-floor store. Model Coco Rocha, who is pregnant and recently celebrated the release of her book, Study of a Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coco Rocha, joked that "making the book was harder than making a baby." Olivia Palermo looked gorgeous in a dress and coat set by Diane von Furstenberg and carrying a Fendi bag. Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Kravitz and Sofia Coppola were there, all decked out in Fendi. Stylist June Ambrose wore a big round fur hat she said was inspired by the Flintstones character the Great Gazoo. Model mom and daughter Pat and Anna Cleveland joined supermodel Naomi Campbell in dancing to Jay Z's "I Just Wanna Love You" as Rihanna arrived.
We asked Rihanna if she remembered the first fashion show she ever went to. "I'm not sure which show was the first I went to but I certainly remember the first time I was in a fashion show. It was DSquared. I was in a super flowy dress and had two super hot guys alongside me." She smiled. The fun truly never ends in fashionland!
All photographs by Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
On the heels of his just-dropped surprise album (which may or may not be part of a bigger effort to leave Cash Money/Young Money), Drake played a Sprite NBA All-Star Weekend show last night at Irving Plaza. Champagne Papi was all about the covers last night, too, doing his renditions of Kanye West's "Only One" and Rihanna's "Four Five Seconds" before bringing Ye himself out for their version of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like." Instagram videos below.
Four Five Seconds
Photos and videos via Pitchfork and Insta.
If you don't have Valentine's Day plans tonight, here's a perfect excuse for staying home and watching YouTube videos for eight hour straight: the video-sharing site celebrates its 10th anniversary today. Founded by a few early PayPal employees in 2005 and originally designed as a video version of online dating (can you imagine what THAT would have been like, with all the cat videos and failed skating tricks?), it ultimately evolved into an easy way to share videos, quickly replace the emails, message boards and forums that used to be home to our Internet memes.
In the ten years since it started, the videos may have gotten slicker, bona fide Internet celebrities have been born and millions and millions of dollars have been made but a lot has remained the same -- humor, absurdity, kids and cats still reign supreme, just as they did during YouTube's early days. In honor of the site's milestone, we've tracked down ten of our favorite YouTube 1.0 stars to find out how their insta-fame affected their lives and what they're up to today.
Star Wars Kid (2002)
Real name: Ghyslain Raza
Occupation: Law Student
With over a billion views across the Internet since the video of 15-year-old Ghyslain Raza went public in 2002, "Star Wars Kid" is one of the best-known and most parodied memes. It shows Raza pretending to use a golf ball-retriever as a light saber in his Québec high school's studio. He accidentally left the tape at school, where it was discovered by three classmates and uploaded to a file-sharing service without Raza's knowledge. An unknown source uploaded the video to YouTube a few years later, the perfect breeding ground for thousands of parodies.
Unfortunately, Raza was bullied both online and at school to the point where he finished his education in a psychiatric ward. He spoke publicly in 2013 about his experience, and went on to get a law degree at McGill University.
Numa Numa (2005)
Real name: Gary Brolsma
Occupation: Musician, web designer
One of the first viral videos to hit YouTube, the Numa Numa guy's funny lip synch of a seemingly gibberish song went crazy both online and off. The video was made in December 2004, when New Jersey videographer and recent high school grad Gary Brolsma lip dubbed a video of the 2004 Moldovan song "Dragostea din tei" by O-Zone. Two months later, it exploded on flash site Jeff is Cool. It was eventually was ripped from the site on to YouTube, and there have been millions of parodies and mashups ever since.
Brolsma embraced his new stardom, and created a video channel called NewNuma dedicated to remakes of his famous rendition. Currently, he does web design and continues making videos. Last year, he released a 10-year-reunion video of the Numa Numa song.
Leeroy Jenkins (2006)
Real name: Ben Schulz
Occupation: Electrical Engineer
Back when World of Warcraft was at the height of its popularity in the mid-2000's, a guild called PalsForLife posted a video to WoW's official forum that showed a character charging into battle screaming "Leeroy Jenkins!" and getting his team killed. Hardcore WoW fans were not amused, but when it was shared on YouTube by forum users, a different crowd went nuts over it. For a few years, it was a catchphrase over the Internet and the real world used for jumping into something stupid head-first. People have argued that it's staged, but it still hasn't been confirmed after all these years.
The Colorado college student behind the video, Ben Schulz, has done well at keeping under the radar. He made a few appearances at Blizzcon and ROFLCon, but stopped shining in the public light in order to pursue his college education. He's now an electrical engineer, and still plays games (although he no longer plays WoW).
Kelly aka "Shoes" (2006)
Real name: Liam Sullivan
Who better to play a stereotypical teenage girl than a man in his mid-thirties? The neurotic, shoe-loving "Kelly" was brought to life by Massachusetts actor Liam Sullivan almost ten years ago. Even though Sullivan had incorporated her into his stand-up acts a year prior to her YouTube fame, Kelly's first and most notorious appearance was called "Shoes," a music video about shopping for shoes with her friends. The video was featured on Entertainment Weekly twice and Kelly made several appearances on various reality shows. Sullivan also created many more Kelly videos, such as "You Can't Text Message Break Up" and "Let Me Borrow That Top."
For a while, Sullivan continued making videos on YouTube and his website, liamshow.com. However, his accounts haven't been active since 2013.
Evolution of Dance (2006)
Real name: Judson Laipply
Occupation: Motivational Speaker
It was the dance to end all dances. Ohio motivational speaker Judson Laipply put together the routine in 2001 as the closer for his speeches at school and corporate events. The "Evolution of Dance," which covered everything from Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" to Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," was uploaded to YouTube in 2006 so Laipply could add it to his Myspace page. In under two weeks, it reached over 10 million views and found its way to national news networks. "It was amazing," Laipply says. "I'll never have an experience like that again in my life... and you can never get the same type of marketing push that you get from a true grassroots viral video."
Although he had many offers to work with sitcoms and star in reality shows, he declined them all, satisfied with the career path he had already chosen. In 2009, Laipply did a sequel video including other dances like the "Soulja Boy." He continues to inspire students and corporations through motivational speeches and the famous dance. "It goes with one of my lines I like to say during my speeches, 'Life isn't always the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance.' The [Evolution of] dance becomes the piece to help drive home the idea that life is change. It's fun and leaves people talking," Laipply says.
"Chocolate Rain" (2007)
Real Name: Tay Zonday
Occupation: Voice Actor/Musician
Who could forget the bizarre musical composition that confused a nation? Tay Zonday (aka Adam Bahner), a graduate student from Minneapolis, Minnesota, uploaded the song with an unusually upbeat melody, vague lyrics, and a unique side breathing technique (Zonday explains in the annotation on his video that he did this to avoid breathing into the microphone). No one could agree upon the meaning, and even Zonday hasn't given a full explanation. Some sources say the song speaks out against institutional racism, while Zonday only tells us: "I sing about what I can't say. That's the entire point." As a result of the fame, Zonday dropped out of his Ph.D. program to pursue acting for seven years. He currently does voice work and continues working on independent music.
"What What (In The Butt)" (2007)
Real Name: Samwell/Sam Norman
Occupation: Restaurant worker, Musician and Writer
In 2007, we all asked ourselves the life-changing philosophical question of the decade: "What what, in the butt?" Sam Norman, later known by his stage name Samwell, was a flight attendant from Chicago making up a silly song with a good beat 30,000 miles in the sky. With the help of friends who owned a production company in Milwaukee, the over-the-top, special effects-happy music video was released on Valentine's Day. "Nothing says 'I love you' like 'in the butt,'" Samwell explains.
Samwell couldn't believe that he filmed a glossy music video about his song -- let alone that it went on to get so many views and so much hype. He went on to make multiple appearances on South Park, Tosh.0, Lily Allen and Friends, and more. "Once it came out, I thought to myself, 'Oh my god, what have I done? I don't know if it was a good idea to put that out, what would people think?' Samwell recalls. "I wanted to be a 'serious artist.' But ultimately, I think it was the best thing because here we are eight years later and people are still talking about it."
Currently, Samwell serves at a restaurant in Washington, D.C. while continuing to pursue other endeavors, like creating new songs and writing a new sitcom called Simply Samwell, a series about a talk show host adjusting to a new city and new life.
"Charlie Bit Me" (2007)
Real Name(s): Harry and Charlie
Cute videos of kids just being kids always rank high on "Most Viewed" YouTube lists (behind cat videos, maybe). It's no wonder that a clip of 3-year-old British child Harry in dismay over his 1-year-old brother, Charlie, biting his finger made the world laugh. The video was brought to light by CollegeHumor a month after it was uploaded, and has been parodied by countless YouTubers, the Hemsworth brothers on Jimmy Kimmel, and others. Harry and Charlie are now 11 and 9, respectively and the family continues to blog their adventures on both their YouTube page and their website.
David After Dentist (2009)
Real Name: David Devore Jr.
David Devore Jr. had just gotten out of surgery to fix an extraneous tooth caused by hyperdontia when he was still out of sorts from the anesthetics, and his father (David Sr.) taped his reaction. After sharing with his family, he decided to upload it to YouTube a year later, where all sorts of news sites from the Wall Street Journal to BuzzFeed picked up the adorable tangent. "It was quite a week," David Devore Sr. recalls. "It was a very quick, unexpected surprise."
Devore is thankful for the advertising revenue he's made from the video. The nation was in the middle of the notorious real estate crash, which happened to be the industry Devore worked in. The money made from the video allowed the Florida family to keep up their lifestyle and allow Devore to change his career path. He currently works in social media consulting, and he's working on a serious video called "Is This Real Life?" where he interviews people in the same backseat as David Jr. sat in six years ago about their own lives. David Jr. is now a 14-year-old eighth grader who's a great student and loves to play football and video games, although he doesn't share as much of a passion for video as his father.
Keyboard Cat (2009)
Real name: Fatso
The original video was taken in 1984, but this musically-inclined feline wouldn't become a household name for another 25 years. Charlie Schmidt from Spokane, Washington thought it would be funny to put his son's shirt on his mild-tempered cat, Fatso, and put his hands under the shirt to make her play a riff on the electric keyboard. Schmidt uploaded it in 2007 along with various home videos to keep the footage safe from physical damage. It gained even more popularity when blogger Brad O'Farrell used the clip to accompany a video of a man falling down an escalator two years later. No sooner did Schmidt give O'Farrell the video rights did his inbox become swamped.
"That day, my email had 50 pages of new messages that came while I was at the store," said Schmidt. "It was all positive responses to the cat. And then it just took off." From there, the video snowballed. Celebrities tweeted about it and he did multiple interviews with news outlets.
Fatso died in 1987, but has been succeeded by Bento, a distant relative of the cat. Schmidt still makes new videos featuring Bento, who has recently met Grumpy Cat, completed a commercial for Delta Airlines, and played the halftime show at Puppy Bowl X. "I am living the dream," Schmidt says. "[I'm] the definition of what rich is: Rich doesn't mean that you have so much money you can get screwed up and ruin your life. It means what you love to do brings enough income that you don't have to do anything else."