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- 03/02/15--12:01: Kanye West Finally Shares the Studio Version of "All Day"
- 03/02/15--13:00: Jared Leto's Jesus Look Is No More
- 03/02/15--14:35: Stream Heems' Debut Solo Album, Eat Pray Thug
- 03/02/15--15:05: Here's a 10-Hour Loop of Tom DeLonge's Verse from "I Miss You"
- 03/03/15--05:15: Aubrey Plaza Gave Aziz Ansari an Insane Parks and Rec Gift
- 03/02/15--15:30: Porn Star Boomer Banks Is a Style Star in the Making
- 03/03/15--08:35: Is it Time To Start Worrying About Lena Dunham?
- 03/03/15--09:30: A New LES Art Show Lets You Enter the Teenage Void
- 03/03/15--10:32: Listen to Toro Y Moi's New Funk-Infused Track, "Buffalo"
- 03/03/15--11:00: Watch Kelela's Trippy Transformation In New Video, "A Message"
- 03/03/15--13:10: Big Sean, Drake and Kanye Are Rap Gods in the New "Blessings" Video
- 03/04/15--06:40: Meet the Monsters Responsible for #TheDress
- 03/04/15--08:13: Enjoy This Photo of Prince as a Middle School Jock
- 03/04/15--08:30: Meet Rising Rapper, Leaf
- 03/04/15--09:00: Kanye Previewed Another New Track With Vic Mensa in London
- 03/04/15--11:00: The Oscars Without Dialogue Is a Stress Dream From Hell
After revealing the title for his seventh studio album, So Help Me God, Kanye West has now shared the studio version of "All Day." Previously unveiled at the BRIT Awards, we know what the track sounds like live and, thanks to a roughly mixed leaked version, what it sounds like coming from the bottom of a well, but it's nice to finally hear the album version, even if it's censored for the radio. While the leaked version of the track included Travi$ Scott, here he's been replaced by Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom. Well worth the wait, listen to "All Day," as it was intended, below.
On the heels of photographic proof that Shia LaBeouf's life choices have taken a dark, dark turn in the form of a new (fake) rattail, we have another questionable hair news bulletin: Jared Leto chopped off his hair and shaved his beard for his upcoming role as The Joker in director David Ayer's new Suicide Squad movie. RIP Hot Jesus -- we'll miss ya.
Heems has already shared a few excellent tracks off his solo LP, Eat Pray Thug. Recorded in Brooklyn and Mumbai, with tracks ranging from the vulnerable, Dev Hynes-produced "Home" to the fiery "Sometimes" -- a song "about dualities, identity and the space between spaces" -- Heems' debut covers a lot of ground. And through the lens of the former Das Racist rapper, who's described the album as "post-9/11 dystopian brown man rap," all of it feels personal, necessary and urgent. Stream the entire album over at NPR Music before it's out March 10.
Tom DeLonge has been in the news a lot the past couple of months, first for his public falling-out with, and eventual departure from, Blink-182 and later for the epic interview he recently did with Paper, in which he discussed his belief in aliens, UFOs and government cover-ups at length. He's making headline again today, and this time we have comedian Nathan Fielder of Nathan For You to thank. A few days ago, Fielder tweeted a request for someone to make a 10-hour loop of DeLonge's spectacularly nasaled verse on Blink-182's "I Miss You." Today the Internet delivered, with Twitter user Jon Herroon creating this mind-numbing descent into the Depths of DeLonge, all via a seamless looping of the band's Jonas Akerlund-directed clip for the song. We accidentally listened to this for about 15 minutes. Goodbye, world.
Why debate this dress when we're still split on whether Tom DeLonge's verse in Blink 182s "I Miss You" is the best verse in all of music?-- nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) February 27, 2015
Anyone want to do me a favor and make a 10-hour loop of Tom Delonge's verse from "I Miss You"?-- nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) February 27, 2015
Aziz Ansari was on Conan last night discussing Parks and Recreation coming to an end and shared the touching parting gift that Aubrey Plaza gave him: a vial of her blood and hair. In interviews over the years, some of the shows' stars have said their characters were loosely based on their actual personalities (Nick Offerman, for instance, really is into woodworking and playing the sax), and, indeed, that might just be the most April Ludgate gift in the world. There's a little more to the story, so watch above, and feel your friend crush for Plaza intensify with each absurd detail.
Homepage photo by Dan Monick.
At a recent awards dinner I was seated next to designer Catherine Malandrino. The French-born, NY-based fashion fixture was telling me how she had heard some amazing news about a former favorite employee. "He just won an award, " she gushed in her lilting French accent. "for the biggest cock in the world!" My eyes lit up. "Oh, Boomer Banks!" I knew that Boomer, after working for the the designer, had dipped his toe (and his other more sizable appendage) into the world of adult film. I told Malandrino that I thought Boomer had actually won Hottest Cock and not World's Biggest, but she was adamant. "They must be experts in these things if they give awards. He has the world's biggest cock."
Though it turns out he's yet to actually win "Hottest" or "World's Biggest," Boomer is no stranger to awards. I presented him the Hookie Award -- Rentboy.com's award for escorts and porn stars -- for Best Dancer in 2013 and he's nominated again this year in three categories: Best Social Media, Best Style and Best Pornstar. We caught up with Boomer and chatted about being an award-winning adult entertainer as well as his first love: fashion.
You're nominated for Best Bottom at the Hookies this year?
No, no, no. That was a joke.
Oh, I thought it was strange since you've won for best top but I know that you have bottomed in a movie...
I have a couple of times now. You campaign to get nominated so I thought it would be hilarious to campaign to get Best Bottom. But the nominations came out yesterday and I got nominated for Best Style, Best Porn star and Best Social Media.
What's your favorite social media channel?
I never understood Twitter but once you become a brand, then you understand it. I enjoy engaging with my fans. They are some funny-ass fans. I call 'em "bacon bits." I don't engage in Twitter wars or any drama. If that happens, my solution is to have my superfans give them 'love,' whatever that means to them!
Do you ever meet any of your Twitter fans in real life?
I do a lot of appearances and I get to meet fans and they tweet pictures of us together. Instagram is more about me being silly and for posting fashion stuff. I don't post too many porn things there.
Tell me about your career in fashion.
My mother was a seamstress and I was an only child. She was my best friend and a single mother. She'd come home from work and she had an industrial sewing machine and she'd take things she bought at the thrift store and make them all fabulous for herself. She'd make little church outfits. She passed away when I was 14. When I finally decided to become an adult I went to school at LA Trade Technical College and I met John Sakalis who was on Season 6 of Project Runway. He did a couple shows at LA Fashion Week and I became his assistant. My whole career in fashion was school, working for John Sakalis, and later working for Catherine Malandrino in LA. The manager said "where do you see yourself a year from now?" I said "New York City."
Now you make gowns for drag queens?
It just keeps me relevant. I'm not a sample maker so making gowns for the queens is easy. I still feel like I have a lot to learn. I've made gowns for Maddelynn Hatter, Sister Roma, Chi Chi LaRue, Grace Towers, Circuit Mom and Miss Fame. I also met Michael Costello when I was going to school. I had a part-time job at the fabric store Michael Levine and he came in there. He got on Project Runway. I worked for him and this past fashion week I worked with him on the show.
What about your own clothes?
I never took men's fashion seriously until I came to NYC and saw the Brooklyn kids coming to Westway dressed in drapey stuff in, like, a girl's dress layered with something. They put stuff over it. I've always been a huge fan of Nasty Pig's underwear and sports gear and they're springboarding into new fashion.
When did you get into porn? Obviously you noticed at some point that you had the appropriate equipment!
It's always been a humbling thing for me. I've always felt that men who are well endowed are very vocal about it. That's kind of their thing. You know if a guy is well endowed by how he is.
When I decided to do this people were like, "I didn't know!" Well, why would you know?
But at the same time, I was a go-go dancer and constant pictures of me in underwear were online and so I was approached by the Falcon Group. The next day the director called me and said "I want you in my movie." The only reason that I decided to do it was because Francois Sagat had been in the fashion industry before he did porn and he was still able to do his own thing. I said "as long as you can do what you did for [Francois] for me, believe me you'll get what you want."
What are your favorite scenes you've done and why?
It's a tie between scenes with Rocco Steele and Seven Dixon. Both are dear friends in real life. The love and sexual tension came head-on and created sex magic.
Small children were the must-have front row accessory of fashion week and the baby mania continues at Milan Fashion Week. Dolce & Gabbanna's show on Sunday featured a very pregnant Bianca Balti as well other models toting their little nippers down the catwalk and others lounging languidly on the stage with their offspring. Meanwhile, the baby-loving fashion train is making its next stop this Friday in Paris when Margherita Missoni launches her new line of children's wear. The granddaughter of the founders of the Italian knitwear company is pregnant with her second child. The line will be called Magherita and will have a daisy as its logo ("Margherita" means daisy in Italian) and will be available at Nordstrom or on e-retailer yoox.com. Regardless, the debate continues over whether the runway and front row are appropriate places for little tykes: Anna Wintour is allegedly requesting designers not allow babies in the front row.
Dolce & Gabbana runway shots via Style.com
Margherita childrenswear via @margheritas_kids instagram
Despite her character on Girls, Lena Dunham is a fairly together individual. Reportedly, she just purchased a $2.7M, three-bedroom home in Los Angeles, which is a very adult thing to do. Right off the Sunset Strip, it has a manicured front lawn and everything -- more than I can say for the mountains of trash and snow piled up in front of my apartment. But, as the Hollywood Reporter astutely asks, is this recent real estate purchase a disguised cry for help? They note that just last year the Girls star told Vogue, "I like Los Angeles, but more than two weeks and I start to get a very sad feeling. If I do start to feel at home here, someone should really worry about me."
Well, before we start fretting about Lena Dunham getting very sad in her new multi-million dollar home, let's consider that a lot can change in a year. Beyoncé, for example, could declare New York dead and whisk Jay Z and Blue Ivy away to Los Angeles -- which is reason enough for anyone to change their mind about leaving New York for the West Coast. If we're all being honest with ourselves, what is of most concern here is the absolute power that Beyoncé wields over our life choices. A blessing and curse, all we mere humans can do is follow Beyoncé into the abyss, or at least to LA.
Walking into City Bird Gallery for the Bazaar Teens' latest show, "I Never Could Talk to You," feels a little like you've entered a cross between a murky side room at a Brooklyn rave and the smoky bathroom during a high school dance. The gallery is armed with an array of neon lights, lasers, fog machines, and tattered porn magazine clippings and appears totally unkempt, as if the show's installation was a complete after-thought. During the recent opening, a trash bin collecting empty cans of shitty beer stood in the center of the already crammed venue, a still-wet painting of Bill Cosby holding a gun and wearing a tiara laid on the floor near the door, and at one point a mass of clay broke off a hanging sculpture and rolled dead across the room.
Every which way you look, you'll find some haphazard spectacle: a baby-shaped cast made of weed lying in a mini coffin, a grimy mattress advertising the word "CUT" painted in large white letters, or a very cool wallpaper patterned with images from the Bazaar Teen Instagram feed are but a few of the works on display. Every inch of wall space is covered with black trash bags, enforcing an anti-white-wall model and a belief that a given work's installation is as important as the object itself.
So, who are the Teens? The art collective, comprised of artists Randy Lee Maitland, Drew Van Deist, John Gordon Gauld, Dustin Yellin, Ellen Jong, Daniel Kent, Dave Sheinkopf, Ben Fain, and Eric Amling, among others, formed this past September, following a self-titled group show, "Bazaar Teens," held at 205A in the East Village. But basically, they're a bunch of trouble-makers and misfits worthy of their name. Their deliberately obscure communications in interviews and promo materials are riddled with misspellings and charades and most of them prefer to be addressed by pseudonyms.
Like their personas, the work itself is full of merry prankster vibes. Dave Sheinkopf's mobile app-controlled laser projection dispenses sheets of smoke and good-times, John Gordan Gould's series of photo-realist paintings detail an email chain from one of the show's drop-out artists, Dustin Yellin's interactive "Pick Up" landline phone haunts visitors with sounds of heavy breathing from the receiver, and Ellen Jong's neon pink "PISS" sign illuminates the room. It's a rainbow of chaos. And, much like being a teen, the whole experience is pretty awkward and slightly sexual. In other words, go see it before it closes on March 11th.
Bazaar Teens' "I Never Could Talk to You" will run through March 11 at City Bird Gallery (191 Henry St., Manhattan). And if you want more, check out the Teens' latest work at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, opening to the public on March 4, where they will be showing eight individual pieces made of shredded cash money (a cool $10k to be exact) in the name of art.
Ahh the halcyon '90s, a decade when a peacetime America worried less about war and global destruction and more about two spectacularly scrunchied figure skaters caught up in an epic scandal. We would, of course, be referring to the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan saga that began when Harding's ex-husband hired a dude to break Kerrigan's leg so that she could not compete in the Olympics and take the spotlight -- or a spot on the team -- away from Harding. As anyone born before 1989 might recall, the blow to Kerrigan's leg only caused a bruise, both women made the team, and Kerrigan took home silver while Harding finished eighth. Harding would go on to make a plea deal, appear in reality TV shows and have a notorious sex tape.
Pretty soon this twisted tale will be turned into a museum in -- where else? -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Paper reports that two twentysomethings -- Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins -- started a Kickstarter for the museum as a joke but now that it's raised over $1K, they're going for gold (sorry). The museum will be located in the hallway of their apartment (of course) and, the Brooklyn Paper writes, will "focus on a media machine that hones in on one scandal after the next, and the two athletes that got caught up in it." Olen and Harkins plan to launch the "museum" next month with a big opening party and guests will have to sign up online for viewings thereafter. In the meantime, you have 48 more hours left to donate to their Kickstarter, which offers prizes like the "Nancy Kerrigan Package" featuring a 30-minute pass to the museum, an "Official Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum t-shirt" and 2 Diet Cokes.
Chaz Bundick AKA Toro Y Moi is a man of many names and sounds. After dabbling in dance music and releasing last year's Michel under the name Les Sins, Bundick is back to being Toro Y Moi and will be serving up some funk-tinged jams on his new album, What For?, out April 7 via Carpark Records. He explained his new sound in a press release:
"I've done electronic R&B and more traditional recorded type R&B stuff. I just wanted to see what else was out there. It's all coming from the same mindset and point of creativity. It's just me trying to take what I already have, and then take it further."Bundick has already shared the lead single from the album, "Empty Nesters" and now he's back with "Buffalo," which, he told the Fader, set the tone for the entire album. Listen to it below:
R&B singer Kelela announced today that she's releasing a new EP, HALLUCINOGEN, on May 5 ahead of her debut album's drop in the fall and shared the video for the first of six tracks. In the clip for her Arca-produced track, "A Message," the musician transforms into a glowing, neon-tinged anime character but the big moment occurs about halfway through when we watch her cut-off her signature waist-length dreadlocks. (Two's a trend?) The song "speaks to the despair I was experiencing at the time," Kelela says in a press release and is part of a theme that chronicles the six stages of a relationship. Give the video a watch, above.
Cashmere Cat, the producer that brought us the glorious "Drop That Kitty," teamed up with Ariana Grande for "Adore." This new track is near perfect kitty dropping material, but the only drawback is that the song doesn't seem to posses any discernible lyrics, only a mix of breathy and guttural throat sounds courtesy of Ariana Grande. But who has time to sing along anyway when one busy dropping their kitty down low? Not us. Listen to "Adore," above.
When Kanye West took the stage at Oxford University on Monday his speech was less directed toward music and more focused on his vision for the futch (translation: the future). Starting off his lecture for 350 Oxford students, before Yeezus talked for 20-minutes straight, he warned the audience: "OK, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally hear a whisper, and it'll throw off my stream of consciousness, and when I get my stream of consciousness going that's when I give the best, illest quotes. Literally, a whisper can throw it off."
With the tone set, the illest quotes were delivered, as promised. Spanning from his thoughts on The Matrix as "the bible of the post-information age" to how "clothing should be like food" to denouncing $5,000 sweaters and praising $5,000 cars for all, Kanye's speech was more like a manifesto. Whether you're pro-Kanye or anti-Kanye, you have to admit that he's got vision. And it's worth noting that his premonitions often come true -- after all, Kanye's debut album was tirade against the higher education system, student loans and minimum wage, and that was back in 2004. Here's what Kanye onto now:
"My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life you're not even allowed to think that you can do as much. That's a mentality that suppresses humanity."
"...Not only do I want to design video games, or make music, or ride bikes, I think one of the most important things to my ability to create so much in the past 30 years is my desire to play sports. I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing I react just like a jock: LOOK AT THE FUCKING DRAWING RIGHT THERE YEAH!"
On time as
"We've been sold a concept of joy through advertising, through car advertising, through fashion branding. It's not the concept of time, time with your family, time with your friends, the little time that we do have on earth and what we do with that. It was somehow sold to us through a Gucci bag or something."
On abolishing class:
"You guys have been taught, without you knowing, ways to separate yourselves from each other. If you're separated, you can be easily controlled. If you're too busy pointing fingers at each other, rather than holding hands, you can't get anything done."
"It's illegal to not wear clothes, and also possibly too cold. That means someone is imposing an idea on you that should legally have to do! Clothing should be like food. There should never be a $5000 sweater. You know what should cost $5000? A car should be $5000. And you know who should work on the car? The people that work on the $500,000 cars. All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people. And I am so fucking serious about this concept that I will stand in front of anyone and fight for it. Because I was 14 and middle class. I know what it felt like to not get what I have."
"People say to me 'you're successful, what are you crying about?' I'm crying about the people. I'm crying about their daughters. Our daughters, as one family. What good is it. What good is anything that everyone can't have."
On creativity in the face of haters and The Matrix:
"People say I have a bad reputation. I think I've got the best reputation in the building. They want you to have a reputation of tucking your black nail polish into your pockets and sitting in the corner of the class, and not fighting for your ideas out of fear of being ridiculed. That's one of my favourite ones...to be called crazy."
"What I said [to Steve McQueen] was The Matrix is like the Bible of the post-information age. I compared it like, when the hundred guys come at Neo, those are opinions, that's perception, that's tradition. Attacking people from every which angle possible. If you have a focus wide and master senseis like Laurence Fishburne and you have a squad behind you, you literally can put the world in slow motion."
But perhaps the most salient quote was something that Kanye said as a sort-of-joke:
"Let's have an NBC telethon moment, and say that beauty has been stolen from the people and is being sold back to them under the concept of luxury!"
Admittedly, the transcript for Kanye West's speech is as nonsensical as it makes sense, but isn't that what we love about Yeezus?
Are you still thinking about #TheDress on the reg, judging the shit out of people who don't see the same color as you while simultaneously worrying that your whole reality to this point has been a huge lie? Same. Ellen DeGeneres invited the monsters responsible for your blue-and-black nightmares onto her show yesterday and, dammit, they're lovely. DeGeneres (who is team WHITE AND GOLD, by the way) interviewed Caitlin McNeill, who posted That Photo to Tumblr, and couple Grace MacPhee and Keir Johnston -- whose wedding #TheDress was purchased by Grace's mother -- about the genesis of this Internet-detonating phenomenon. Being Ellen, she also gave the couple a honeymoon trip to Grenada and $10,000, even though they really deserve to go to Dress Jail for breaking our brains.
From the Strib archives: Chappelle was right. pic.twitter.com/icXBFGWkij-- Libor Jany (@StribJany) March 3, 2015
Now that we have proof of Prince's basketball skills, we can't help but wonder what other secrets Prince's hair is hiding.
Read More: Our 1999 Interview with Prince
"With this video, I'm really trying to combat all of the upbeat songs playing on the radio that are degrading to women," rap newcomer, Leaf, says of her brand new clip, "Slick." "You know, there's all these songs with lines like 'these hoes ain't loyal' or telling girls that 'you're just a sexual object and nothing more' and so I wanted to come back with a couple songs that are positive and [empowering] for females." The 19-year-old, Brooklyn-born rapper recently signed to Fool's Gold after label honcho A-Trak got tipped off to her work through his brother, Chromeo's Dave-1. The label just dropped her debut EP, Magnet Bitch, earlier last month and we're excited to be premiering one of the record's videos, the aforementioned "Slick."
As with Nicki Minaj or Angel Haze, it's exciting to see another female rapper who's just as bold and in-your-face as the guys and one whose persona seamlessly simultaneously shows off an interest in fashion and style while addressing deeper, feminist-leaning issues in her music. We hear the artist is working with Fool's Gold to put out her debut full-length later this year and, in the meantime, you can catch her down in Austin for SXSW where she'll be playing two showcases, the Biz 3 showcase on 3/19 at The Main and the Fool's Gold showcase on 3/20 at The Gypsy Room. Give "Slick" a watch, above.
With Yeezy Season in full swing, Kanye West performed yet another new song with Vic Mensa during a surprise show at London's KOKO. The track is called "U Mad" and you can listen to a short preview, above. During the night, West also performed "C.R.E.A.M" with Wu-Tang's Raekown and brought out a host of other special guests, including Big Sean. Watch more clips from the surprise show, below.
"U Mad" featuring Vic Mensa:
Kanye West and Raekwon performing "C.R.E.A.M":
Have you ever had a nightmare where you keep trying to speak, but you can't? This super-cut of the Oscars with all of the dialogue is a stress dream on a steroids, where Oprah and all of Hollywood are waiting for you to just say something! It's an interminable three minutes long, and our palms were sweating within seconds.