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    In celebration of Record Store Day coming up this Saturday, the B-52's Kate Pierson has released a special 7" single featuring her fizzy track "Better Not Sting the Bee," remixed by Steve Osborne (who produced the B-52s 2008 album, Funplex), as well as a remix of "Wolves," off Pierson's debut solo album Guitars and Microphones. We bow to everything new-wave queen (and former 1989 Paper cover star) Pierson does, and we're excited to be debuting "Better Not Sting the Bee" here on Papermag.com. 

    Pierson had this to say about the release:

     
    I'm having a vinyl revival after buying a wind up RCA Victrola at a local auction. The 78s my father left me sounded miraculous on this incredible record player, so I was determined to have some vinyl come out with the release of my first solo album, Guitars and Microphones. I'm very excited to offer an exclusive red 7" single "Better Not Sting the Bee" remix by Steve Osborne for Record Store Day. This is a great day for independent record stores and vinyl lovers who know that vinyl is eternal! 

    Give it a listen above. Pierson plays a free 5 pm show at Union Square for Earth Day on Sunday, April 19th. 

    She also has the following tour dates coming up:

    6/20: Croton-on-Hudson, NY @ Croton Point Park, Clearwater Festival 
    7/17: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse 
    7/18: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre 
    7/19: Nashville, TN @ City Winery 
    7/21: Chicago, IL @ City Winery

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    Shower Selfie Campaign.JPGFashion addicts around the country first became acquainted with muscle-bound designer Jack Mackenroth when he competed on Project Runway season 4. While that stint on reality TV  showed America how well-built and adept at sewing Jack was, it was Twitter that showed us what a deliciously demented sense of humor he has. His serious side comes out in his work as an HIV+ activist, a role which has earned him much respect from the gay community. We caught up with Jack to talk about naked selfies, Project Runway and his dream 3-way.

    Your Instagram has a lot of shirtless or semi-nude selfies. Do you consider yourself an exhibitionist?

    Surprisingly no. I know there are a ton of my ass pics bubbling around the Internet, some of which I help disseminate, but that is just a branding tactic á la Kim Kardashian. I have become somewhat infamous for the junk in my trunk and I'm not ashamed of that, but in person I am not an exhibitionist at all. I was a legit model for many years and I have been a competitive swimmer since I was 6 so locker room nudity has always been fairly commonplace in my life. I am not uncomfortable being naked or flaunting my (ass)ets but I also do not get off on it, which I think is the true marker of an exhibitionist. 

    You've done some nude modeling. What was that like?

    Ain't no big thing. I turn 46 this April and I don't think I would ever do it again because my man boobs are starting to sag. I've never actually done full frontal nudity. There are a few photos where my peen is sort of visible and I've seen several shots where someone has photoshopped giant schlongs onto my body and I encourage that! (Photoshop note: please try to match my skin color. Thnx)

    You've been very open about being HIV-positive and an advocate for that cause. Do you think we've made progress in terms of peoples' perceptions of those who are positive?

    Yes and no. I think we have made a lot of progress within the gay community -- at least in the major metropolitan cities. The advent of PrEP is accelerating that discussion even more by engaging many HIV-negative men who previously may not have directly thought of HIV as "their" issue. I think that within the hetero population HIV and AIDS is pretty much a dead issue (no pun intended). There are very few celebrity fundraisers, it's almost never in the mainstream media and I just spoke at a college lately and they didn't even know there is a new HIV prevention pill. If nothing else that should be GLOBAL news!

    For the most part, HIV-positive people have become invisible to the masses. There are very few of us that speak about it openly (I've been positive for 25 years) and usually we are preaching to the choir. When people stopped dying visibly and frequently in the late '90s, the general public lost interest. Unfortunately the HIV virus has not changed and transmission rates are on the rise -- although the widespread use of PrEP will change that very quickly. I imagine it has already.

    Looking back do you think it was a good choice to be on Project Runway?

    Yes. It changed my life for the better. The show is a sham, the judging is totally fake and they basically decide who they want to eliminate and edit the footage to make the viewer agree. But the work was real and the other designers I met were amazing. I'm still friends with many of them. The best thing I did was talk openly about my HIV status and put a face to the disease on a national level. That was back on season 4 when people still watched the show before Lifetime destroyed it. Oops, I guess I won't be on All-Stars season 32.

    From a professional perspective I don't think reality shows in general have much of a positive effect. I have left fashion completely and I now work in HIV advocacy, PR and communications. Everyone expects that with a little TV exposure you can launch your own line and be the next big star -- that's ludicrous. After 16 seasons of Runway and 4 or 5 All-Star shows there have been over 200 designers who have competed. I can think of two, Christian Siriano and Michael Costello, who have had some level of national success. Most people just go back to their old careers and continue to struggle. Fashion design is a cutthroat business. Well established designers go bankrupt right and left. And quite honestly the fashion industry frowns on Project Runway and doesn't take the designers very seriously.

    I knew going into it that that was most likely the case. I just wanted to have a new life experience. It was amazing, excruciating and horrifying all at the same time. I would repeat history but I wouldn't do it again if I was asked now. It's too manipulated by producers and the public interest is just not there any more.

    Would you ever do porn?

    No. I know quite a few porn stars and I'm friends with Chi Chi La Rue and Michael Lucas and the owners of COLT and Hot House. Now that anyone with an iPhone and an Xtube channel can make porn, there is not much money to be made. I am certainly not judging those who do it. I love porn! I've certainly made homemade videos but my ass promotion similarities with Kim Kardashian end there. Don't expect to see a Jack Mackenroth sex tape any time soon.

    If you could do a crazy sex scene with any well know male celebrity, who would it be and what would the scene be?

    Hmm. I think I would have a 3-way with Joe Manganiello and Jason Statham. I would be dressed as Penny Pingleton [from Hairspray] and I would have to be positively punished.

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    There's a kind of brain freeze that goes with trying to catch up with all the narrative and documentary films at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. And closing with the 25th anniversary of Martin Scorsese's great Goodfellas is the icing on the cake. But here are four I've seen and can vouch for I have seen and one and I'm dying to watch.

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    Lily Tomlin is sublime as the cantankerous poet Elle Reid, just breaking up with her girlfriend of four months only to have her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) appear at her door needing money for an abortion. Having just cut up her credit cards, Elle and Sage head out on a road trip in a broken down car trying to hunt down the cash in this touching and bittersweet comedy by Paul Weitz (About A Boy). Tomlin plays this character with acerbic glee and great tenderness.

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    It's doubtful you'll see a better documentary this year than this sensational film by Crystal Moselle about the Angulo family, living on the Lower East side, whose tyrannical father has banned his 7 kids (6 boys and 1 young daughter) from leaving their apartment. So the siblings form their own magical world created from movies they love (particularly Quentin Tarantino films), even reenacting what they have seen with homemade props and costumes. One by one the boys begin to rebel to step beyond the locked front door and enter the outside world. The image of them with their long black hair, suits and sunglasses marching down the streets is fabulous.

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    Kodi Smit-McPhee plays Jay, a 16 yr. old Scottish stargazer and dreamer, traveling alone on horse through ye old American frontier searching for his love Rose (Caren Pistorius). Luckily he meets a seasoned ex-bounty hunter Silas (Michael Fassbender) who agrees to accompany the innocent Jay across the dangerous terrain where they run into an oddball assortment of lawless characters. Unfortunately there's a bounty on Rose's head and groups of killers are following Jay hoping he will lead them to her. Director John Maclean's film is made with wonderful economy and wry dark humor, and visually looks great. A real treat. 

    Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 2.35.40 PM.pngDrunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon
    I'm dying to see this film by Douglas Tirola about the groundbreaking, rude, shocking, hilarious comic magazine from the 1970s. It's hard to envision in todays oh-so-politically correct world that a magazine such as this that fearlessly skewered everything about politics, race, and sex with such anarchistic abandon would ever survive. In this film it's one outrageous cover photo that shut the magazine down for good. But boy do we need minds like the ones behind this magazine today.

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    A hilariously offbeat comedy by Patrick Brice, the movie centers on a transplanted family -- Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling) and their son RJ (RJ Hermes) -- just moved from Seattle to L.A., who meet another married couple at the local park when their two sons begin to play. Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and his sexy wife Charlotte (Judith Godreche) ask them over for pizza that night and later, after much wine and pot, things get exceedingly weird and sexually kinky. There's a funky, shambling beauty to the humor as the night gets curiouser and curiouser.

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    chance papermag 700.png On this sunny, spring day, drown yourself in the pastel-tinged, happy-go-lucky, old school soda shop vibes in Chance the Rapper's new video -- sorry, short film -- for "Sunday Candy" (directed by Austin Vesely and written by Chance). We never thought anything would make us want to relive the days of high school dances, but slap on these strobe lights and pearl-buttoned sweaters and we're all in. The track is the lead off Chance's upcoming album with Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, Surf, and features vocals from Jamila Woods. Watch below if you're up for for some fancy footwork and boys wearing suspenders and bowties.




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    Scroll through to see the good, the bad, and the fugly fashion at last night's MTV Movie Awards.


    Scarlett Johansson

    "It's very Palm Springs power bitch. She's taking calls poolside in her Neutra winter home. Dogs are not allowed on beds or furniture. She has an extra pilates reformer in her garage that she doesn't need but will hold on to anyway. Don't even look at her."--Elizabeth

    "She looks like Claire Underwood in House of Cards: The Retirement Years."-- Abby


    Kelly Osbourne

    "I hope that's a Giuliana voodoo doll in Kelly's left hand. I feel like effigies are very now."--Elizabeth

    "Kelly looks like she's a receptionist at a hair salon that specializes in rockabilly dye jobs and razor cut bangs. I don't even know what that means."-- Abby


    Shailene Woodley

    "I think this is how you're supposed to dress at awards shows for 14-year-olds. I don't know."--Elizabeth

    "Shailene's makeup and hair look great but the rest of her outfit gives me vertigo."-- Abby


    Bai Ling

    "This is correct. Do you even Dragon dress, Bjork?"--Elizabeth

    "Do they make Bai Ling's golden breastplate in any other colors? (Asking for a friend.)"-- Abby


    Jennifer Lopez

    "I am those two girls in the background. I am Ben Affleck in the Jenny from the Block video. I love you, Jennifer Lynn Lopez, and I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW."--Elizabeth

    "J. Lo's 'Benjamin Button-ing' knows no bounds and for this, we must all bow down and pay respect. She looks great."-- Abby


    Judd Apatow and Iris Apatow

    "Cute, on cute, on cute."--Elizabeth

    "Awwww!"-- Abby


    Miles Tellers

    "Miles Teller seems like someone who could either be 21 or 42. He is 28."--Elizabeth

    "Cute 'n casual."-- Abby


    Rebel Wilson

    "Yes always to capes. Capes Ft. Capes (Extended Capes Remix)."--Elizabeth

    "Disagree. No me gusta the cape. The dress itself is nice though!"-- Abby


    Cara Delevingne

    "Vampire ice skater" is a look I'd like to see more of this year. Cara is a trailblazer. -- Elizabeth

    "Good call on the reference. I'd also add a touch of Russian folklore dancer into the mix, which is never a bad thing."-- Abby


    Hailee Steinfeld

    "See: Shailene Woodley."--Elizabeth

    "Not a fan of the ruffle on the blouse at all. Her makeup looks nice though."-- Abby


    Michael B. Jordan

    "See: Shailene Woodley and Hailee Steinfeld."--Elizabeth

    "Yeah...no."-- Abby


    "She looks awesome. That cool crocodile in sunglasses in the background on the right agrees."--Elizabeth

    "Very demure choice for Amber. That's cool."-- Abby


    Amy Schumer

    "Bangin in Balmain. Go for yours, Amy Schumer."--Elizabeth

    "Amy looks great but pissed off that she can hardly walk in that tight dress and high heels. We feel your pain, Amy."-- Abby


    Brittany Snow

    "Fun and nice!"--Elizabeth

    "I like the colors and it's very flattering. Not super memorable but pretty and fine."-- Abby

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    It's pretty possible that Janelle Monáe's new Jidenna-collab "Yoga" video wins for most on-the-nose clip this week because, hey, we get it: if you have a song whose chorus repeats "Baby bend over, let me see you do that yoga," it just seems reasonable to showcase a troupe of in-shape ladies jumping around and doing yoga in a studio apartment (including a cameo by actress Tessa Thompson). For her part, Monáe levitates and wears a crown. No complaints here, though, except for the money we all just spent on a gym membership after watching. Give it a watch, above, and keep an eye out for the single's appearance on her label's compilation EP Wondaland Presents: The Eephus, out June 23.

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    Photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson started shooting the skateboarders of Skateistan, a non-profit in Kabul that teaches girls how to skate, back in 2012. Targeted especially toward children from low income families, Skateistan is also used to teach children -- many of whom are streetworking -- leadership and empowerment skills, with the ultimate goal to help them transition into the educational system. 

    Fulford-Dobson will be exhibiting the photos from Skateistan, titled "Skate Girls of Kabul," at Saatchi Gallery in London on Wednesday through April 28th. If you're not in London, a book, featuring a forward by Tony Hawk, is also on the way.

    Check out a few of Fulford-Dobson's photos of some of Skateistan's fierce skaters below.

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    Patti Smith announced today that she'll be following up her excellent 2010 memoir Just Kids with a new book, M Train, out October 6th. While Just Kids chronicled her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and the bygone bohemia of New York in the '60s and '70s, M Train will be based on the locations or "stations" that have shaped Smith's life. These include everything from her cottage in the Rockaways to, according to a statement from Knopf, "the cafes and haunts she's worked in around the world."

    The book will also discuss her marriage to Fred "Sonic" Smith of Mc5, who passed away in 1994. 

    Back in September, Smith deftly handed us our asses when we made her an "Original Gangster" for our 30th anniversary issue, which celebrated visionary artists and iconoclasts, and asked her to fill out a corresponding questionnaire. All of our other subjects, including Cindy Sherman, Kim Gordon, Rick Owens, Debby Harry and more, complied. This is what we got back from Smith:

    On the whole, artists do not wish to be labeled or categorized. Being part of a subjective spread of so-titled OGs is not important to me. I have no problem being eliminated if I don't participate in a solicited questionnaire. You are obviously seeking OGs who behave themselves. That was never one of my strong points.

    October cannot come soon enough. 

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    Drake took to instagram last night to explain his seemingly less-than enthused reaction to Madonna making out with him during his Coachella set. Champagne Papi says that even though his reaction looked 0 to 100 rude, he knows he's as lucky as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and Mike Myers to have made out with Madonna and that he was simply in shock. 

    Take away: Madonna is a legend and a living pop fantasy who refused to scurry into the shadows once she turned 40. And Drake, who wrote a song about what a legend she is, is the guy who flirts with you in 6th period and then ignores you in front of his friends after school in the parking lot. If a kiss from Madonna is too much for him to handle, maybe Drizzy should just go back to chasing his dream of being the greatest barber in the world.

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  • 04/14/15--04:00: Scenes from the Tribeca Ball
  • Spring gala season is in full bloom and last night brought the Tribeca Ball, at the New York Academy of Art, honoring Peter Brant. The publishing scion and art collector arrived with his full clan in tow -- Stephanie Seymour and the Brant brothers. Other notables included Calvin Klein, Robert De Niro, Brooke Shields, Mary Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy, Parker Posey, Vito Schnabel, Dustin Yellin, and Rachel Feinstein. The flossy array of guests juggled cocktails and champagne, bumping elbows through five floors worth of open studios, before eventually retiring to a seated dinner on the main floor. Check out images of the scene at the ball, below.


    Mary Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy


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    Either this is fake or the Internet has been SNOOZING because here's what appears to be not only a behind-the-scenes clip of Rihanna's Dior campaign shoot but also a snippet of a possible new R8 song -- and it's 11 days old. The song, "A Night," samples Florence + the Machine's Ceremonials track, "Only If For a Night," and the video shows RiRi looking like the living embodiment of the paint-my-nails emoji, wearing high fashion duds and showing off some of Dior's latest handbags in a darkened lot (airfield?) somewhere. The one thing that makes us suspicious about all of this, however (aside from the fact that this hasn't gotten more attention), is the fact that Dior released a statement that Steven Klein had shot their campaign with the singer at Versailles. While the clip may be dark, those buildings in the background do not exactly scream Louis XIV opulent realness. Is this real or nah?

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    NYC electro-pop chanteuse Lorely Rodriguez has shared this shimmering new track off her upcoming Terrible Records debut, out this summer. Rodriguez produced and wrote the album, and has upcoming tour dates with Florence + the Machine and Jamiex XX, as well as a residency at Elvis Guesthouse in New York, April 28th through May 5th. Give it a listen above.

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    Another day goes by, and more news breaks about Rihanna that has literally nothing to do with the most crucial Rih rumor this year: Whether or not she'll have a song called "Burritos" on R8.

    Instead, what we get today, in addition to a mysterious Dior clip with a possibly-but-probably-not new R8 song playing in the background, is this dumb video of Rihanna looking like she's possibly doing cocaine. It looks to be from the same footage Bad Gal posted on Instagram today of her and friends hanging out at Coachella.

    She straightened things out on Instagram (via Uproxx), saying she's just rolling a blunt, and that anyone who thinks someone simply squeezing their nose is an indication that they just did a line of cocaine has never been to a drugs rodeo.

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    In an age of Carl's Jr. commercials, American Apparel ads and PornHub, it's easy these days to become desensitized to images of the naked body. What once was seen as a "temple of the Holy Spirit" or the ultimate source of artistic inspiration, is now more likely to be used to sell knee-high socks and expensive perfume. But thanks to a crop of young, international photographers, nudity once more is serving as sources of creative expression. Equal parts surreal, grotesque, absurd and erotic, these artists' works free nudity of associations with shame, exhibitionism or obscenity and in the process manage to make a timeless subject matter feel fresh again. 

    Synchrodogs 3.jpgAn image from Synchrodogs'Reverie sleep series.

    Working under the name of Synchrodogs, Ukrainian artists Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven's work hits you like a lucid dream. Naked women meld into undulating fields and rocky terrains or emerge out of cacti and caves; the bodies become pale, sculptural entities in the midst of gorgeous landscapes, emanating light, swaddled in fabric, or painted in neon bright colors. Together, the photographers have published two books of their work, the eponymous Synchrodogs and Byzantine, and created original imagery for publications such as New York Magazine, Dazed & Confused, AnOther, and various editions of Vice. Within their pictures, the body becomes an otherworldly, sacred entity but one that is still grounded in the natural world. "Naked is sheer, naked is true, naked is faultless," Shcheglova tells us over email. And "art should not be obvious at all," she adds. "It is not about depicting something, it is about exploring ourselves."

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    Andi 3.jpgThere's a similar sense of thoughtfulness and exploration in the work of the young Hungarian photographer Andi Galdi Vinko. The past year has been a big one for the London-based artist, with her work having been exhibited in group shows in Budapest, London, and NYC, and featured in Harper's Bazaar, the New Yorker online and here on our site. Her photos, though almost documentarian in style, give cause for a double take, like a high-flash Vivian Meyer with a surrealist twist. Hair extensions and glitter explode out of unlikely orifices, a pair of gymnastic performers invert themselves into an eight-limbed monstrosity, and everyday scenes and objects intersect into the otherwordly, like a father with his naked son atop his shoulders creating the illusion of one extended butt crack down the length of his back (above). "I really like grotesque forms, compositions, and situations," she explains, "I think weird and surreal adds to reality." Through her work, Galdi Vinko has created her own comedic language, exposing the ridiculousness of her subjects, while also underscoring her love for them. "I have personally always been more attracted to things that make me feel strange or make me want to go back and understand it," she says.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 2.49.58 PM.pngPhoto by Alva Bernadine from her "Round Mirrors" series

    While Galdi Vinko's work lightheartedly liberates the nude form, London-based Alva Bernadine addresses the issues surrounding its objectification. The artist, who describes himself as a "one-man subculture," has exhibited work at Nue Galerie in Paris and published a book of erotic photography, Twisted. In his series "Round Mirrors," womens' naked bodies are reflected back to them through multiple, small mirrors, each body part recognizable but slightly distorted. Seeing this sexually-charged depiction of the body fractured into its smallest carnal components, it's easy to feel complicit in the male gaze, which may be the point. According to his website, the images force viewers "to fill in the missing bits of the body," to construct their own narrative from everything that is absent.

    Melanie 1.jpgPhoto by Melanie Bonajo

    Dutch photographer Melanie Bonajo's images tease out similar issues of societal constraint, albeit with a much more direct and unflinching eye. Her work has been exhibited at places ranging from the De Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam to the Kohun National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul. Bonajo's series, "Furniture Bondage," treats the female form as little more than a building material in the creation of her domestic sculptures. In her photos, women are leashed to chairs, ladders, and cleaning supplies, and then manipulated into BDSM-esque positions with bags over their heads or blindfolded. The models become slaves to the household products meant to serve them. While her work may appear to be a blunt commentary on the emotional, cultural, and physical baggage we all carry with us through life, Bonajo insists it's "really about trust." It's about the models' trust in her, in themselves, and in this situation that they're surrendering to while also remaining vigilant, upholding their precariously balanced structures. As trapped as these women may seem, there is still a persistent feeling of imminent self-liberation. In the artist's words, "the female I like to represent is an assemblage of [the] human-animal-object-world rising up in response to human civilization."

    Ren 1.jpgPhoto by Ren Hang

    Where Bonajo's nudes are all about the underlying implications, Ren Hang's women are far more blatant and direct. The Chinese photographer, who has three international solo exhibitions this spring, including one that just closed at NYC's Capricious 88 gallery, creates images that present a fearless, overt sexuality with an underlying perversion (sort of like a Ryan McGinley picture on mushrooms). Women contort into geometric shapes, animals stand in for apparel, and bodies clash with nature to create a hallucinatory effect. Though Hang claims his pictures are inspired by "the boredom of life," there is an undeniable pleasure to his work. He makes his pictures "because sex is my favorite. I want sex bad when I see [a] nude human," he tell us. Though it might be that cut and dry for Hang, for the viewer his imagery is more fraught, obfuscating the line between body and object.

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    Of all six artists, Asger Carlsen makes work that exists most in a realm all its own. The Dutch-born New York-based photographer, whose had solo shows internationally and been profiled in publications such as the New Yorker, Interview, and New York Magazine, makes nudes that are more abstract sculpture than human body. Like nightmarish Francis Bacon paintings come to life, his naked figures become warped and distorted, mushed up like a ball of Play-Doh and thrown into abandoned rooms to collect dust. As grotesque as his bodies can be, there is still an element of the hyperreal in his work. "I'm not interested in deformity," he tells us in his Chinatown studio. "I'm interested in things that look really complicated...that don't necessarily reveal themselves." The photographer's focus lies in experimenting with form, shape and the technicalities of manipulation rather than catering to any individuals' hangups or revulsions. "There's an awkwardness in [my work]," he asserts, "not that I feel awkward, but there's a feeling that I never really belonged to anywhere or anything. [My work] helps me find a place to belong."


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    Drake is making headlines again, and this time it has nothing to do with Madonna. Champagne Papi has released a new bonus track, "My Side," in preparation for the physical release of his surprise iTunes mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, which dropped back in February. The song features Drizzy's signature deep questions like "why are we wasting our relationship on a relationship." With the addition of two new bonus tracks, the album track list has expanded to a 19-song project (the additional bonus track, "How About Now," was released back in October 2014). The "Collectors Edition" release will be available on Tuesday, April 21st. Listen to "My Side" below.

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    Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 4.07.32 PM.pngPhoto by Ruthie Wyatt.

    Comedian Tig Notaro is in the right profession. The 44-year-old Mississippian-turned-Angeleno famously delivered a set at Largo in 2012 in which she revealed she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer, her mom had tragically died, she'd been through a terrible breakup, and she'd had a near-death bout of C. difficile, all in the span of four months -- and still moved the crowd to laughter (amid tears).

    Her knack for turning the not-funny-into-funny (and the already-funny-into-funnier) is on display again in Showtime's new one-hour special Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, coming out April 17. The film follows Notaro and her good friend, comedian John Dore, on a road-trip from a geo-dome in Topanga Canyon, California, to a sprawling farm in Pluto, Mississippi, as they perform standup in strangers' homes. Notaro and Dore embrace all the awkwardness, well-intentioned heckling ("You should say 'Just kidding' afterward!" advises one attendee), and ramshackle green rooms as only two comedians can: hilariously. But the film's real draw is the pair's interactions with each other as they drive from place to place. Their improvised bits, like when Dore expresses concern for Notaro's health or as they both marvel at their surroundings, are more tender than funny. And sometimes, like when Dore buys Notaro a tombstone, they're a little bit of both.

    We caught up with Notaro on a recent Thursday to discuss the film, the current state of her health, and her favorite activity: watching the birds in her backyard.

    How did the project come to be? You've been doing stand-up in strangers' homes for a while now, right?

    I've done this tour for years. I wanted to sell it as a weekly series, but Showtime bought it as a special. At the beginning, it shows some earlier clips from years ago when I did it. So [this special] is really just having somebody fund this ridiculous tour I've been doing with my friends.

    What's the process of choosing whose houses to go to?

    Basically, we asked people to send a video, introduce themselves, and show us where the show would be. Beyond that, I show up half an hour before showtime and then we go from there. But as far as picking people, it's just that gut feeling that you have to go on in life of meeting somebody. There were insane submissions, sexual apparatuses, weird songs, and photos and dances that were created, but I wasn't looking for anything too weird or too funny. I feel like everybody has an interesting life or story. You see it as soon as you walk into their house, go into their town, and meet their friends.

     Did you hang out with people after the shows?

    Oh yeah! We hung out at every place. Every single place. We hung out, had food. That's part of the thing: They have to supply the food and drink and friends.

    Has going on these trips and meeting these people given you a new outlook on America?

    Well, I feel like I've always had a pretty decent gauge on what's actually going on even though I've lived in major cities. But, with my job I am always driving to the tiniest towns, to the biggest cities, flying overseas, and I'm doing living rooms, theatres, colleges, clubs. I'm very aware that not everyone gets the perspective I do. But it didn't change too much for me because of that, because I've always been in run-of-the-mill and utterly unusual situations doing my shows and interacting with people. I'm not shocked when you hear about bigots or you hear about kind, compassionate people in small towns.

    You know, being from Mississippi, people always say "Oh God, what was that like?" I'm from a very small town and my family is very loving and open. And I'm just aware that there's all kinds. There are bigots in big cities and other states as we've found out, but I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on what's out there.

    I'd say it leaves the viewer with such a good feeling about our country, in general.

    People have said that to me after they saw that. We're not on the road making fun of people, we're just kind of stumbling upon them and enjoying each other. It's an oddly heartfelt comedy roadtrip. There's no edge to it. I'm sure some people who need an edge will be missing that. But I just love the feeling of it.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 4.05.20 PM.pngTig Notaro performing stand-up in Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro.

    Did you discover any awesome roadside attractions as you were clocking hours on the road?

    We found one of the best, which is a place that sells fireworks and tombstones in Mississippi.  I mean, how does that exist? I mean, if people are against Mississippi, if you take that state away, you are going to lose fireworks and tombstones.

    Speaking of, what happened to the tombstone John bought you?

    We ended up letting the owner keep the tombstone, but we still bought it from him.  We gave him his $400 or $450 just for giving us his time. So that's a little behind the scenes secret.

    Did John prove to be the perfect traveling companion?

    Yes. John is just somebody that tickles me on a deep, deep level to no end. And he's such a light-hearted, good, kind, silly person. And I didn't want somebody with massive anxiety or negativity, though I'm sure that could've been funny, too. But I really just wanted to go have a good, light-hearted ridiculous time and John is always the perfect person.

    How are you feeling these days, health-wise and everything else-wise?

    I'm very healthy, as far as I know. I go in every couple months to get checked for cancer. I had a bit of a health issue a few months ago where I had a cyst burst on a blood vessel. I was bleeding internally for a few days in Philly. But I took a couple months off, had surgery, and recovered. So now I have a home that I love, I am engaged and I am happy with all the material that I'm producing. My standup is very strong. It's embarrassing how good things are. My life is just filling up bird feeders and watching birds all day long. It's silly but it's very true. I mean I watch bees and birds. I am so ready to be 90 years old.


    Watch the trailer for Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro.


    It must feel good to have everyone rooting for you, too. After you did your standup performance in 2012, so many people were rooting for you. How did that feel?


    It was amazing. I mean, when Louie [CK] encouraged me to release that act as an album, I thought he was insane. I thought it was going to be one of those things that you had to be there for. I thought it was going to have mixed reviews. But when I finally did release it, I couldn't believe how supportive people were. I feel like I will forever owe this planet everything I can give it -- and the people in it. There are just so many people in need and that's what I learned when I spoke out. The response was supportive and also, "Here's my story." It was amazing to get that kind of help and it's amazing to want to give back, truly, all the time. Not just with cancer charities or benefits. There are so many people in need and I'm glad that I went through what I did to awaken me on a whole other level.

    Do you have a philosophy on life?

    Gosh. I wish I could sum it up. I know that I like to keep moving, even in just tiny steps. That's what I had to do when I was so sick and lost my mother and was going through my breakup. I just had to remind myself that these tiny steps will lead me a very long way. And they sure have. I can't believe where I am now, as far as my health and happiness and career and my love. Everything that I've gotten to experience. I feel like, just always keep moving. But not in a "gotta keep moving" panicked way, but just in a keep going forward way.

    I also always think of, even though it's very clichéd, the saying "use it or lose it." I think it applies with relationships, your body, your mind, anything. If you don't use something it goes away. I think it's really important to remember that and I think it ties into keeping moving.

    I used to be very closed off and protective. When I lost everything in my life, I shared everything in my comedy and that broke down so many barriers. I had nothing else to lose in life and I just spoke out and it taught me the importance of sharing with people and being open. I can't believe how empowering it is.

    So what is next for you, with so much behind you?

    Like I said, I'm really interested in the birds and the bees. I'm hoping to adopt a turtle. We're looking into getting a kitten. I know --  juicy details. I'm hoping to become a beekeeper in my own backyard. And as far as my career, I've kind of done everything that I wanted to do. So anything beyond that will be fun and interesting. I have a TV show I've been developing with some really cool people. I can't go into details on that, but if that goes into production, great. But, if not, like I said, I'm still just thrilled to be watching the birds in my backyard.

    When is the documentary about your life, Tig, coming out? Can you tell us a little about it?

    It could come out as soon as this summer. Tig follows me throughout the past couple of years, as I'm rebuilding my life and my career and my health. It captures my entire relationship with Stephanie, my fiancé. I'm so lucky that I'm equally proud of the Showtime special and the documentary. I got to go to both premieres feeling not like an egomaniac, but feeling confident we did the best we could on both of these. It was really interesting with Tig to be in a theatre and hear people crack up so hard and then moments later be sobbing. It was really intense. It's a very, very personal movie and I foolishly thought that I had been through everything life was going to hand me in 2012 when I went through those four months. When I agreed to do the documentary I forgot that life keeps going and twisting and turning. They were able to capture some really intense moments and when they were happening, I thought "Oh my God, why?" I could've told them to not film, but I wanted to make the best movie that I could so I allowed them to film everything.

    It must've been hard to open yourself up and be so vulnerable, as someone who is known for being a comedian.

    It was. I didn't think it was going be. I thought that I'd already been through the worst, so if you're going to make a documentary about me, sure, it's just going to be me having a great life after everything was hell. Then I forgot that's not how life works. I forgot that just because you went through hell doesn't mean that you won't go through it again. I didn't have my nosedive to never have a bad day again. So I really was so naive when I agreed to do the documentary. Because it's so personal; it's so intimate.

    Congratulations on your engagement by the way. Have you guys set a date?

    We keep setting a date but then we both keep getting jobs or something. We're realizing we just have to set a date and say no to whatever job comes along and get married to each other. We're hoping within the next year.

    Okay, last question: Is there any question you've always wanted to be asked?

    Just that one. You nailed it.

     


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    Three years after he lip synced "Call Me Maybe" with Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber is back with another Carly Rae Jepsen video. This time he's recruited Ariana Grande, Kendall Jenner, Lance Bass(?!), Frankie Grande, Empire's Bryshere Gray, Bieber's dad, Jeremy Scott and David Foster to sing along to "I Really Like You." The smartphone-shot clip is basically exactly what a bunch of college kids on spring break might make except that in this case, everyone's collective net worth is about the same as the GDP of a small country.

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    In a recent Entertainment Weekly interviewMagic Mike star Channing Tatum reveals there is "no plot" for the anticipated sequel,Magic Mike: XXL. Instead, it'll just be "a bunch of naked dudes sitting around during dude stuff," Channing told them. And by "dude stuff," he means showing off their medicinally-enhanced bulges. "We were all taking penis enlargement pills since the last one," he says. "That's what XXL means." Tatum trolling the world or not, things are looking up (pun intended) for the sequel, which will be out on July 1st. (Re-)watch the trailer above. Omg.

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    We won't lie: we were hurting a little after our epic Neon Carnival party this past Saturday night at Coachella. Thankfully we had the chance to revive ourselves at a little recovery brunch we threw with our friends at Spotify at the Soho Desert House, the Soho House pop-up in Palm Springs. Take a peek at photos from the day, below.



    Chelsea Matthews, Heather Catania and friend


    PAPER's Karim Abay (right) and friend


    Musician Alexander DeLeon and model Josephine Skriver


    Actress Laura Samuels


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    Human deleted tweet Jaden Smith's back with jazzy new track, "Offering," and like his previous SoundCloud upload "Blue Ocean V19,"it's pretty good. The influence of collaborator Childish Gambino is there, and we get SO MANY good lyrics, including, but not limited to, "I am James Bond,""the thing that really bothers me is when these Corvettes pull up to my doorstep and tell me something corporate about my dang foreskin,""my family's not a circus,""I am a rhythm surgeon,""screw your commas let my sentence run on" and, our favorite, "I'm the new male Madonna." Fingers crossed Jaden and Drake make out at weekend two of Coachella.

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