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    #하트앞머리 ❤️💛💙💜💚 표정은 왜저래

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    Seoul, capital of cute qq looks, has been taken over my a hot new trend -- styling bangs into adorable upside down hearts.

    Aptly dubbed..."heart bangs hair," it's apparently all the rage in the fashionable Gangbuk District and just involves some hairspray and a curling iron.



    Even some boys are hopping on the hearts.
     

    #셀카 #셀스타 #셀스타그램 #selfie #하트앞머리 받아랏 #시험공부 그게 뭐죠

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    Much cuter than walking around with a placenta mask, tbh.

    [h/tDaily Mail]

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    artcrawl0861.jpegTamuna Sirbiladze's Pomegranate and L Vase at Half Gallery

    August in New York can feel barren and dry with nothing but tumbleweeds (or tumble-weaves) blowing through. But luckily this week, in the throes of what is usually a dead, dry month in the art world, three shows swept us off our feet, quenching our thirst for good art.

    Uptown at Half Gallery, a breezy townhouse-turned-gallery set back in a overgrown alleyway, Tamuna Sirbiladze's first solo show felt like a transportation back in time to a mid-century Vienna. Large figurative oil slick paintings on unstretched canvas hung loosely next to the house's ornate crown moulding, on walls that have been painted deep green by the artist in a similar gestural style as her work. Sirbiladze, who was married to the late Viennese artist Franz West, paints pomegranates, sailboats or "Picasso's Pigeon" with an unconstrained energy that trickled its way into the vibes of the opening itself.

    Install04-rev.jpgFigure 8 at Clifton Benevento

    On the other side of town and a jump into the contemporary, eight artists showed eight pieces  in Figure 8, a group show curated by Silke Lindner at Clifton Benevento gallery. Exploring the ability of materials to translate language, the works ranged in substance and form -- from a canvas sent through the mail by Karin Sanders, to Joshua Citarella's color-gradient columns made using a Photoshop program assigning color to specific architecture, to a video by Siebren Versteeg that live streams random Google images on an boxy old television. The collection of works are a look into a future of image making where the technology or methods are masked by the artwork's surface aesthetics, like a Western filmed in an LA studio.

    Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 4.31.44 PM.pngFilm still from Sam Cooke's Every Good Boy Does Fine

    The night ended in Brooklyn in the cool of the Nitehawk movie theater for a collection of short art films curated by Andrea McGinty under the title The Future is Whatever. In participation with Frieze and to raise funds for Bruce High Quality Foundation University, artists like Jayson Musson, Nate Hill, Nadi Loaf and more gathered to suspend disbelief in the comfort of the cinema. But the films, even in their humorous, ironic and irreverent tones, were an enticing dose of reality. Video artist Sam Cooke's juxtaposition of classical art images, pop songs, YouTube fails, CGI porn, and a very horny animation of Bugs Bunny poignantly collided genres and generations. Fan girl realness was reached in Allison Brainard's documentary style ode to D'Angelo, splicing footage from his unforgettable "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" video and her journey to his recent concert in New Jersey. Even the compilation of Sean Patrick Carney's videos from 2002, the epitome of Jackass-style teen boy stunts of the era, was didactic and outside the realm of an expected "art film."

    After the credits rolled we emerged into a cooler evening, jittery from the sudden plot twist of culture in an otherwise artless August.

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    Last night the Broad City ladies finally got to debut their long-awaited lip sync battle, and it was nothing short of fabulous.

    Abby and Ilana took to Spike's aptly named Lip Sync Battle to duke it out and determine who's the best at faking it. And even though Ilana's rendition of "It's Raining Men" was quite the vivacious belter (complete with back-up dancers), there's nothing quite like Abby's rump-a-slam-dunk "Humpty Dance." No wonder it's one of Ms. Glazer's "sexy songs."

    Watch the madness below.




    [h/tVulture]

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    Shan_Paper_4.jpgRoughly a year has passed since Danish black metal artist Myrkur released her striking -- and mysterious -- self-titled debut EP. Since then, listeners, metal heads and music writers alike have wondered about the one-woman force behind the project, who initially chose to keep her identity hidden. But now she's come forward -- Amalie Bruun, the Ex-Cops frontwoman, Chanel model and excellent Jenny stand-in opposite Michael Bolton's Forrest Gump in a Lonely Island parody video. That Bruun originally preferred to be anonymous is somewhat understandable -- she's exceptionally beautiful and in an industry where all too often looks are valued more than talent, it was a savvy choice to let her music speak for itself and for interest to grow around her songs and not her physical features.


    On August 21st, Bruun-as-Myrkur, which means "darkness" in Icelandic, will release M (Relapse), a full length album that blends black metal with traditional Nordic folk music and references to classical compositions. M (actually Myrkur's symbol, the Nordic Rune/symbol of Mannaz {Mankind}) was recorded in various locations throughout Norway and was produced by vocalist and experimental metal musician Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg of the celebrated Norwegian music collective Ulver, whose Wagner-meets-Deafheaven aesthetic is all over the album. But make no mistake, the record and its overall vision belongs to multi-instrumentalist Bruun, who recorded and arranged each individual demo track before taking them to Rygg, supplying most of the album's piano and guitar, as well as her vocals, which volley between harmoniously layered choir arrangements and her ferocious, trademark primal scream.

    We caught up with Bruun at Jimmy Hendrix' famed Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan's West Village to talk about her new record, where she got that killer scream and why she sees Tetris pieces in her dreams. Read her thoughts and hear album track "Jeg er Guden, I er Tjenerne," which we're excited to be exclusively premiering, below.



    What are you up to when you're not in the studio making music? What do you do for fun?

    I spend a lot of time outdoors, things like hiking and I travel quite a bit, even if it's just between Scandinavian countries. But really, I like to play music for fun. I get a little nerdy with classical music. I like to dissect it and figure out why it speaks to me. I just recorded this Chopin style version of the Tetris song for example -- that classic Russian folk song.

    Wow. It's hard to listen to that without getting a bit stressed out-level 10.

    Tetris is my favorite game. Well, of that type of thing. Often I see the pieces in my dreams if I play too much. Though, it's better if I keep my mind occupied.

    If you were a Tetris piece...

    Which one would I be? Well, when you play a lot the best piece is always the "long piece."

    The "long piece" is a metaphor for so much, it can be your...

    Savior?

    I was going to say lover. I think I would be one of those not quite long pieces, the "L piece."

    I hate the "L piece." Though, I'm not the "long piece" either. I'm more like the "t" I get the most joy from that one. It's flexible. It does a lot of things, like my music. [laughs]

    Looking at other Danish artists like Lars Von Trier and Nicolas Winding Refn, there's a particular type of irreverence or coldness associated with their projects. Do any of those feelings make their way into your music?

    They've made their way into the whole project. I'm a very unapologetic artist. There are moments on the album that are overly emotional and melancholy and then there's total harshness and coldness -- that combination is interesting. In Scandinavia we have "The Law of Jante" [a concept created by the Dano-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose found in his novel A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks]. It's about a small town mentality, a sort of Ten Commandments that prevent people from celebrating individual success. You're not allowed to have "big arms" as we say over there. The young people in Denmark are tired of this I think. We're rebelling. Though, on the other hand, sometimes I vomit when I see certain behavior here [in America].

    Me too.

    Why do you need to be heard so much? Shut up!

    Do you see this album crossing over to mainstream American audiences or listeners who may exist outside of a particular metal or hardcore scene?

    Yes I do. It was one of my goals as a musician. In Denmark we don't have as much respect for the genre of metal and the art form that it is, in contrast to Norway for example, where it's played in most venues and written about in every newspaper. It's part of the cultural heritage there.

    Are you careful to highlight or respect the traditions of the genre?

    I respect the traditions and I take it with me, though I'm not sure what I do is just metal. It's a hybrid. Really, it's a lifestyle and part of my overall identity. I get it. People can be protective. When you like metal, your heart bleeds for metal. In fact, I just read that metal is the most streamed genre on Spotify, but you would never know because it's not shoved down your throats on TV or the radio all the time.

    Let's talk about your scream. When did you know you could go there, not just vocally, but emotionally?

    I was born in the town I still live in, HØrsholm, in Northern Denmark, by the coast. It is stunning. Growing up, I had the freedom to walk alone in the forest. That's where I first discovered that primal scream that connects deep down in your stomach. I knew immediately how powerful it was.

    Shan_7.jpgWhat compelled you to scream at the time? Was it just the vastness or something more personal?

    I wanted to see if there was an echo, if birds would fly from the trees, if anyone would hear me and be bothered or worried and I guess also just anger, hate, a desire for revenge maybe, or frustration. Since then I've made a thing out of doing that. I always encourage people to find a deserted place and explore their primal scream.

    Nowadays, what are you using as "fuel" to summon that scream?

    I think a lot of things are harder for me than "normal" people. I take in everything so much. I just don't have a filter, unfortunately. I'm very in touch with my emotions, but normal tasks, or even being around people for fun is very hard for me. It's not that I'm not interested in having your typical social life; it's just difficult for me.

    Do you have siblings?

    Two brothers -- one older, one younger. I'm actually a little sister, psychologically, as my little brother is just a teenager and he's from a new marriage. But I like the idea of being a big sister to him. I don't get to see him, or my father so much, he's a musician, so...My big brother is proud of me, I know that much.

    What about your mother?

    She's so proud and so happy. She loves Myrkur. She went to the first concert I played in Denmark and she said to me, "That was 100% you. This is the woman I know." That meant a lot to me, as I've always been a torn, incomplete person.

    Why do you think that is?

    I've had two separate lives in music, two separate families...

    How old were you when your parents divorced?

    Nine. But my family was good to me. I am not complaining. Though I would be lying if I said I didn't retreat into music, whether it was piano, or violin, or later guitar. I wasn't a very friendly girl when I was young. I would invite kids over, direct them in plays I had written from my piano, and when it was over, I would tell my mom to make them leave. [laughs]

    Are you comfortable with the term "black metal" being used to describe your music? Do you ever feel confined by the tropes of the genre?

    Musicians came up with the term "black metal" in Norway in the '90s to distance themselves from death metal, to describe something less "big arms" hardcore and more low-fi, something more of a belief system, a whole universe. I like everything black metal represents. I love the music, truly. People want to know if I got into it for other reasons or motives of some kind and I always say no. When I heard black metal for the first time, I knew that was it for me.



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    ettkc32bi8wz9e39qerc.jpgOkay. The weekend is here. You should probably go out, see some friends, clean up around the house, or go on a date, right? But you don't want to do that, because you're tired from the work week and passive consumption of media is just sooo much easier. It's okay, you can make the decision to post up in bed or on the couch and order a ton of Seamless, you've earned it by working for the man all week. But if you want to approximate the weekend you might have had, here the movies new to Netflix this week that most closely resemble or substitute for the activities you could otherwise do. It's a good excuse. Really.



    Calling an Exterminator -- Starship Troopers (1997)

    Don't do any of the errands you said you were going to do. Don't try to squish the bedbugs or cockroaches infesting your apartment. Watch a ton of generic-looking '90s people (and Denise Richards) do it for you as they kill alien bugs for no real reason in Starship Troopers, one of the most misunderstood sustained pieces of irony-as-propaganda. (It's not really militaristic guys, read between the lines, gosh.) Paul Verhoeven, you crazy for this one.



    Laughing With Friends -- Fletch (1985)
    In this great '80s comedy, Chevy Chase functionally replaces all of your friends as he moves through a series of skit-like disguises and capers playing intrepid reporter Irwin M. Fletcher. Not only is Fletch a ton of fun (and your window into a skeevier past version of Los Angeles
     beaches), it also has a ridiculous, synth-laden '80s soundtrack.



    Seeing Another Movie -- The Hurt Locker (2008)

    Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War movie doesn't come up all that often in conversations about the past decade or so of film, which is weird considering that not only did it win Best Picture at that year's Academy Awards, it provided a breakout role for Jeremy Renner. There might be other movies out in theaters, but here's a big one you can catch up on from the privacy of your own home. 



    Beach Weekend -- Blue Crush (2002)

    As if this needs any other explanation. Why would you go to the sandy, gross beach when you can watch Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez surf in Blue Crush?
     


    Going to a Show -- Marvin's Room (1996)
    No, Marvin's Room doesn't actually have musical performances in it. But it does have borderline-musical performances from Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Robert DeNiro, and a young Leonardo DiCaprio -- and, more importantly, will give you some insight into the Drake song of the same name.





    Bad Dates -- Elizabethtown (2005)

    Well, here it is, fam. The movie that led critic Nathan Rabin to coin the now-meaningless term "manic pixie dream girl." Rather than go through the motions of another tentative attempt at love, watch Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst be insufferable doing the same! It'll make you feel better about yourself, we promise.

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    It's been a while since the old stereotype that "women aren't funny" was put to bed and thankfully now the "humorless feminist" trope is also meeting its demise. For those of us who have seen Trainwreck and plowed through every episode of Inside Amy Schumer or The Mindy Project, here are ten rising feminist comics whose excellent work can hold us over until Broad City comes back. (Though the following are all women, there are also plenty of male comics fighting the good fight, too!)

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    Aparna Nancherla

    Nancherla is probably best known for her work as a writer and sometimes-performer on the prematurely cancelled FX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. While she was excellent in her high-energy, politically-charged work on that series, her laidback, observational stand-up is a delight.

    Recommended:Woman Are KILLING IT!

    Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.17.26 PM.pngKate Berlant

    Whether performing stream of consciousness-style stand-up or passive aggressively battling with John Early (who gave us this summer's best "Corner of the Sky" in Wet Hot American Summer), Kate Berlant combines surrealist sensibilities with a keen satiric eye. No self-absorbed Brooklyn type is safe.

    Recommended:Comedy Drop

    Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.18.52 PM.pngCameron Esposito

    No one rocks a jean jacket and side mullet quite like Cameron Esposito. A popular stand-up, podcast favorite, and star of Buzzfeed's "Ask a Lesbian," Esposito's profile is on the rise following the success of her recent album, Same Sex Symbol. Her jokes are specific and personal, but her inviting style makes her appeal universal. Plus, she's engaged to the wonderfully funny Rhea Butcher!

    Recommended:The Greatest Period Joke of All Time

    Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.26.05 PM.png[Photo by Christopher Dibble]

    Nicole Byer

    Despite her warm, bubbly persona, Nicole Byer's work is characterized by a sharp wit and keen understanding of coded sexism and racism. Her webseries "Pursuit of Sexiness" (a collaboration with SNL's Sasheer Zamata") is smart, surreal, raunchy, and hilarious. This lady needs her own show YESTERDAY.

    Recommended:Nicky Can't Have It All

    Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 2.59.32 PM.pngMegan Neuringer

    Actress/comedian Megan Neuringer is EVERYWHERE. Besides appearing on shows like @Midnight and Best Week Ever, she's acted on series like Flight of the Conchords, Fringe, and Strangers with Candy. A fantastic joke-writer, she has contributed to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and her Twitter feed is a goldmine.

    Recommended: @Midnight -- "Get a Room"

    Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.05.36 PM.pngPhoebe Robinson

    Phoebe Robinson's blog is called Blaria -- as in "Black Daria" -- a name that aptly captures her comedic style. Combining deadpan, conversational delivery with succinct, insightful commentary on complex topics, Robinson breaks down the indignities and absurdities of being a black woman in America with wit and an unfailing sense of humor.

    Recommended:Mostly True with Phoebe Robinson

    Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.06.56 PM.pngShappi Khorsandi

    British stand-up Shappi Khorsandi covers material as wide-ranging as growing up Iranian in the UK and raising two children on her own, all with unflagging energy and razor-sharp timing. Besides her successful stand-up career, Khorsandi also wrote A Beginner's Guide to Acting English, a memoir about her family's flight from Iran and her childhood years.

    Recommended:Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2014

    Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.11.39 PM.pngEmily Heller

    Emily Heller has a confident ease onstage, which isn't surprising considering her impressive comedy pedigree: UCB training, writing and performing gigs on network TV, a successful stand-up career, and a Comedy Central special. Never pedantic, Heller's feminism is simply a fundamental aspect of the delightfully dry comic's worldview.

    Recommended:Feminism is Not Very Fun

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    Nadia Kamil

    You may recognize Welsh-Iraqi comedian Nadia Kamil from her viral videos "Pap Rap" and "Nadia Kamil Does Burlesque." Her work -- explicitly political, but couched in her loopy, goofy style -- combats the tired Humorless Feminist trope one sketch at a time.

    Recommended:Drunk Driver Safety Advice

    Negin Farsad copy.jpgNegin Farsad

    Negin Farsad owns her own production company, has written and directed narrative and documentary features, worked as a senior policy advisor in New York City, and has two (TWO!) masters degrees from Columbia University. She also happens to be really, really funny. Combining intellectual acuity with endearing delivery, Farsad mines laughs from global politics, gender inequality, and how to say "condom" in Farsi.

    Recommended:How dirty jokes can promote equality in Muslim culture



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    Turns out even your favorite streaming service has a sense of humor.

    Back in February, a dude named Markus Price tweeted to Spotify Cares to give them some grief about being "accidentally" Rick Rolled. You know, that obnoxious Internet fad from a few years back when you'd be like "dude check this cool video" and it'd actually just be the video for Rick Astley's 1987 track "Never Gonna Give You Up"?


    And as any good social team would do, they sent him a sincere apology -- that also came with an appropriate bait-and-switch bonus surprise.
      But shall we take a closer look at what they actually sent him?

       

    Whoever put this together at Spotify customer relations deserves a big, fat raise.  

    [h/t Daily Dot]

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    Remember that lion with a name that died and everyone got mad and Jimmy Kimmel cried about it and then everyone got mad at people for being mad about it? Remember when Cara Delevingne had an "awkward" interview because she's forced to do a lot of annoying press? Now, those two things are related! Delevingne is auctioning off her personal Tag Heuer watch on eBay, with proceeds going to conservation research organization WildCRU. If you have a few grand sitting around... why not, I guess? [via Complex]

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    Greatest Horological Offense: This two-faced monstrosity, because maker Nico Gerard apparently believes that no one should have to face the plight of deciding whether to put on a Swiss timepiece or an Apple Watch in the morning (and also that somebody would be willing to shell out $9.2k+ for this thing). -- Victoria Lin


    Most Ridiculous Clean Eating Product
    : Whole Foods'"asparagus water," a.k.a. $5.99 bottles of, well, three stalks of asparagus sitting in water. We're not sure what you're supposed to do with it or why anyone would want it -- Whole Foods reps have variously claimed that you're supposed to drink it or that it's "broth," but we're still not sure it isn't just a social experiment to test the gullibility of the health-obsessed millennial consumer -- but someone, somewhere, will probably buy it. -- V.L.



    Worst News about One Direction
    : Not even the release of a new single and the news that former member Zayn Malik is back on the market can make up for this one. Louis Tomlinson confirmed Tuesday on Good Morning America that he is, in fact, going to be a father, breaking the hearts of every one of his 20 million Twitter followers (and ours as well). -- V.L.

    Idris Elba.jpgBest Magazine Cover (Other Than Ours, Of Course)
    : We present to you, without comment, this image of Idris Elba smoldering at the camera. (On a more serious note, the cover is Maxim's first without a woman -- a big step for the lad mag and an indication of their reinvention under new editor-in-chief Kate Lanphear.) -- V.L.

    friends ross.jpgWorst Friends Alum Project: As part of a public art project called Sing Chicago, the Bean -- an iconic Chicago sculpture perhaps most famous for appearing in this Kanye West music video -- will be voiced by none other than David Schwimmer, who apparently will creepily call your phone and dump a lot of information on you. -- Eric Thurm

    compton.jpgBest Surprise Rap Album: After many, many, many years of rumors and scrapped versions of Detox, Dr. Dre has finally released a new album for, of all things, the N.W.A. movie, Straight Outta Compton. It's actually really good, contrary to what you might expect -- maybe the best musical surprise in a while. -- E.T.

    Best Surprise Rap Album, Collab Edition: The Chance the Rapper-Lil B mixtape, which is still extremely confusing and awe-inspiring in the way only a religious object can be. Bow down, because the Based God is here. -- E.T.

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    Best Comeback: Busta Rhymes was apparently arrested this week after throwing a protein shake at a fellow gym-goer. Talk about flexing. -- Sandra Song  

    Weirdest Sports News: This week the International Olympic Committee officially recognize Ultimate Frisbee as an actual sport, though that doesn't mean it'll necessarily be in the 2020 Games. Instead, it'll join a pool of "considered sports" that include activities like baseball, climbing, surfing, karate, and lest we forget "life saving." Really. -- S.S.

    tumblr_nspm8rVDwk1rgcqrbo1_500.jpgBest Internetification of Donald Trump, Besides Deep Donald:This image. "He shout his butthole clean off" will have us laughing through Monday. -- Elizabeth Thompson

    Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 6.37.50 PM.pngBest Artist X Sports Team Cross-over We Did Not See Coming:
    Jenny Holzer t-shirts are now for sale on the Dallas Cowboys' website. Her Truisms series was beamed onto the AT&T Stadium's massive video screen in 2009 (art-collecting Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his family are Holzer fans) and six years later Holzer merch is, awesomely, weirdly, available for purchase alongside Cowboys beer koozies . And for sale! A sense of timing is the mark of genius. Or something. -- Elizabeth Thompson




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    Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 11.10.55 AM.pngOne D is down a D ever since Zayn left the group but Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam are soldiering on and they've just released a brand new track, "Drag Me Down." The song comes off their forthcoming fifth album (still untitled) and if it's anything to go by, we can expect more pop hooks, autotune-esque harmonies and EDM crescendos. And with lyrics like "nobody can drag me down," it's pretty hard not to read between the lines and assume that these words indicate how the band feels about Zayn's departure. Give it a listen, below.



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    drake_press-2013-650a.jpgSometimes, in the relentless onslaught of diss tracks, non-diss tracks, and passive-aggressive Instagram posts, it's hard to remember that there was a time before Drake v. Meek Mill. There was a simpler, sepia-toned moment, where both of them were just rappers who made rap songs, kind of like how lots of old white Americans used to see the 1950s. Return to that time with this video for The Game's track "100," written and produced (and, presumably, shot) in the pre-"Charged Up" era. Take a little trip down memory lane with this song, which is both good on its own and features a decent enough Drake verse. It'll be just like you're back in the heady days of last week. [via Stereogum]


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  • 08/09/15--02:53: The Sunday Funnies
  • Just a video of two chill-as-hell cats wearing sunglasses and plant pots on their heads. [TastefullyOffensive]
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    Vive l'oncle Phil. [Mlkshk]

    15D23.jpgEvil. [Mlkshk]

    tumblr_nc7yn58AtS1roo4hbo1_500.jpgA really good point. [FYouNoFMe]
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    Steven Malkamus is a fat pig and a slob. [Mlkshk]


    Little pug vs. evil mortal enemy the wind-up bath toy. [TastefullyOffensive]
     
    tumblr_nbvf7lQR3T1tl21beo1_1280.jpgMessage from Taylor. [FYouNoFMe]

    tumblr_ns8gtuIwYk1uctltao1_500.png"Old Face Magenta" is a great stripper name. [FYouNFMe]

    tumblr_nln0r6tP841qb5gkjo1_1280.jpgIn case of emergency. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
      A montage of all the times that Jon Stewart made fun of Arby's on the Daily Show. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]

    15CQ7.jpgVery important cheese plate necklace. [Mlkshk]

    tumblr_nretpvd0CX1qgh75xo1_500.jpgSeriously. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]

    15D0Y.jpgAccurate. [Mlkshk]

    tumblr_ns8pd0T7Bu1uc55hjo1_400.gifThis will never not be our reaction to seeing donuts. [FYouNoFMe]



    Proof that Scott Walker's baseline emotion is "basset hound on quaaludes." [Mlkshk]

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    Timbaland is doing evidently all he can to keep Aaliyah's memory alive and well, from his recent production of Tink's "Million" remake to his consistent shout-outs on social media -- and now he's about to take it one step further by finally releasing some unreleased music from the late and great R&B singer.

    Over the weekend, Timbaland took to Instagram to confirm, that he does, in fact, have unreleased deep cuts from his time as her frequent collaborator. Following up on Sunday with another 'gram that showed Aaliyah with a Straight Outta Compton spoof stamp ("Straight Outta Heaven"), it seems to now just be a matter of waiting for him to drop it.

    Believe us, Timbo, we will "Stay tune!!!!!!" 

    Stay tune!!!!!!

    A photo posted by Timbo the King (@timbaland) on


    [h/t Jezebel]


    Timbaland first worked with Aaliyah when he and Missy Elliot co-produced most of her second album, One in a Million, and the three became close friends and frequent collaborators. This year, Timbaland produced a remake of the album's title track for rising singer and rapper, Tink. The original tune, was at the top of the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for eight weeks in 1996 t0 1997, reports Billboard.


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    Surprise! Joanna Newsom is back after five years with this just-released new video for single "Sapokanikan" and news of an album on the way.

    Divers, the follow-up to 2010's Have One on Me, is out October 23rd. It was recorded by Steve Albini and Noah Georgeson, and includes arrangements by Newsom, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, Nico Muhly and Portland folk virtuoso Ryan Francesconi.

    The video for "Sapokanikan," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, features the former Paper cover star strolling around the West Village, all bundled up -- a not-so-pleasant reminder of our merciless January and February. Shield your eyes from the snow and focus on Newsom's wonderful croak in the clip above.

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    With her Crayola-hued hair and sexy rock 'n' roll attitude, Betsey Johnson has done cartwheels, literally, through her 50 years in fashion. Meeting me for lunch at Esca, she was in a nostalgic mood, possibly because she'd just received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). With the energy of a teenager and the body to match, Betsey told stories of the old days -- pulling scrapbooks and dance costumes out of a suitcase she'd brought -- and reflected on the 2010 sale of her company to Steve Madden. (Betsey has stayed on as creative director.) Between all the reminiscing and socializing, she barely managed to slurp a spoonful of fish soup.
     
    Once we had a girl at PAPER who told me her dream was to go to a Betsey Johnson show. I was like, "Done!" She wore her Betsey Johnson prom dress to the show and cried. What do you think inspires such devoted, hardcore fans?
     
    Since we sold the company, my fans are coming out of the woodwork with tears in their eyes. I was feeling bad about it, but everyone tells me how much they loved what I did. The CFDA thing is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval from my industry. You know, when I started I did about 10 different jobs before I went on my own. Even when I worked for other people -- Capezio, Neiman footwear, Gant for Men -- I had my name in the label. I mean, 50 fucking years, my name in the label. And that said I had control, which is the game to me. I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, and that was in charge.
     
    What were you like as a little girl?
     
    Oh, I was an awful showoff. I used to sing "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" and shit like that. I was performing since I was four. Basically, I'm a costume designer. All my work comes from my dancing costumes. And I had about 10 costumes every year. Another thing: I just knew growing up that if I was going to do anything, I was going to be nice. It sounds stupid, but I really wanted my customer to be my girlfriend, to be my friend. And she is!
     
    Were you boy-crazy as a teenager?
     
    Oh totally! I went with the bad boys. Rock and roller. Very '50s. Long hair swept back and greasy. I was the good girl. [Betsey takes out a scrapbook and starts showing me photos. In the first, she's wearing a tiara and a giant tutu.] There's me at my prom. I was the queen.
     
    You were prom queen? That explains it all.

     
    This is a picture of [legendary MGM star] Cyd Charisse. In high school I was a member of the Cyd Charisse fan club. When I was a guest editor at Mademoiselle, we got to pick one famous New York person we'd love to meet. So I picked Carol Channing. Oh, she was great. She said she was a nervous wreck and used to throw up before every performance. She believed that excited, nervous energy was very important to every single night, to every single show.
     
    Do you get nervous before your shows?
     
    I get nervous for the critics, for the reviews. I don't get nervous for the shows because I'm in control of them -- and what I do, I believe in. If it doesn't work, it's OK. We only did what we did because we believed in it, and we were ready to sink at any point, waving the Frank Sinatra flag: I did it my way!
     
    I hear you're moving to California.
     
    Oh yeah, I'm moving to Malibu because of the kids [i.e. her grandchildren]. I'm going to be bicoastal, which is great because the Malibu market has more fucking fashion and uniqueness and health and grooviness. It's a very inspiring place. I'm buying a Mini Cooper. It's a little car and I never want to go on the highway, [although] I'll go on the PCH because it's straight and I know where to go. To be honest, I hate California, and I do not like the earthquakes. Malibu is strange. A couple of old surfer dudes looked at me, and I looked back at them and thought, Wow. This is the first time that I've had any communication with a man outside of being "Betsey Johnson" in New York City.
     
    Are you dating anyone now?
     
    No! I was going to do the matchmaker thing but she wanted $250,000 with no guarantee.
     
    You're kidding. You should go on Tinder!
     
    I can't. That's the problem. Most guys just use and abuse me. They're [usually] musicians or cooks or something completely out of left field so that they don't remind me of my work. But I let them take advantage of me.
     
    Well, maybe the surfer dudes can work on that. You've worked with many big musicians over the years -- who have you been most excited to dress?
     
    Prince came in the store years ago with his bodyguard, and I was standing on top of a ladder while he picked 10 things. He picked the purple and the velvets and the chiffons and everything that I would have picked for him. Boom, boom, boom. I came down from the ladder and said, "I love you, Prince! I love you!" He said, "I love you. Keep on doing what you're doing."
     
    That's fabulous. All right, eat your soup.

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    Chad Muska lives the sort of self-forged life a lot of young people would dream about: he's a street skating legend, an artist, a designer, a musician and one of the forces and ambassadors behind Supra and their #AlwaysOnTheRun campaign. It's all the more impressive when you hear Muska's back story of going from homeless kid to skating phenom to tireless hustler who still balances all of his creative pursuits with the same energy and enthusiasm he devoted to skating back in the day. We caught up with the man of many talents to hear about what inspires him, what he considers to be the biggest changes to skateboarding in the last few decades and why he thinks you need to put the same kind of passion into your day job as your art.

    From your skate career to the work you do with Supra to music to art to your store -- how do you balance it all?

    For me, it's finding a way to figure out how each of these things feed off of one another and lead into the next thing. Whether it's riding on your skateboard and thinking of something in that moment for a t-shirt design or producing a song that can inspire you to create art -- in some ways all these things are very different but in a lot of ways they're exactly the same. But in general, I usually try to focus hard on one thing at a time so you can give your full energy and efforts to that one idea.

    What's inspiring your work right now?

    It's weird -- I've never been the type of person that looks to something else or somebody else or past movements for my current inspiration. It's usually based off of a cumulative experience from my life. But I guess within skateboarding and being a street skateboarder, I've been on the streets my entire life looking around obstacles to skateboard on so I think my environment is always influencing my creations. If I'm in NYC and skating around the streets, then it's the cement and the steel and asphalt, the people and the fashion and the fast-paced movements that are influencing the way my brain is operating at that point in time...Architecture is another thing I never really realized how much influence it has on me as a person. You can take lines [from buildings] and apply them to a shoe design or a sculpture.

    MuskaPaper-7.jpgWhat have been the biggest changes, if any, to skate culture since the time you started out to today?

    Well I remember when I first started it was looked at as a white, punk rocker, California-based kind of thing. But when skate parks started to die out and street skating came into play in the early '90s, that when we started seeing change. Hip-hop culture came into skateboarding and became more accepted and also skateboarding became more socially accepted. When I was in high school, if you were a skater, you were kind of a weirdo or outcast but I think when people started to see you could actually make a living off it -- and that's what makes something socially acceptable is money -- it became cool to skateboard.

    Can you talk a little more about how skating started to become embraced by many more different types of people?

    Yeah, the lines are blurred nowadays between everything. You see someone on the street and it's like, 'Is this kid a hip-hop kid, is he a rocker, is he a scientist?' And also as skaters, now you can be anything -- you can be rich, you can be poor, you can be black, white, Asian -- whatever you are. Just as long as you skateboard, you can be accepted. For me, skateboarding opened me up to so many diverse cultures and personalities.

    Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 1.52.27 PM.pngWhat projects are you working on currently?

    One of my main focuses right now is designing this shoe for Supra that'll be our fifth skytop to come out and it's my signature model that I designed. And on top of that, before this project with Supra took over more of my time, I was focused on art like painting and sculpture. At the moment, I'm working on conceptual work -- very minimal and texture-based, really allowing the mediums to send the message of what it is. I'm working with cement and steel and some wood. I have strong connections to materials because of skateboarding and the urban environment I grew up rolling around on, painting graffiti on the walls also. I've always felt that graffiti and street art is something that, to some extent, should remain on the street. That's forced me to find new ways to express something that's connected to street art and graffiti and skateboarding and an urban environment without it being too suggestive of, like, "here's my throw-up piece that has bubble letters." And as for the objects and sculptures I'm creating, I'm trying to create skateable sculptures. They're meant to be viewed as is but also appreciated as something that you could participate in, too.

    MuskaPaper-45.jpgDo you have any advice for someone looking to get into the creative world and to balance as many pursuits as you do?

    I don't think there's one formula so I'd be hesitant to give advice but the one thing I've always learned is that obviously you have to love what you do. And also that even if you have a passion -- whether it's design, art, skateboarding or music or anything -- that love doesn't always translate to money and it might never translate to money. You have to have another source of guaranteed income, you know? And sometimes you have to be passionate about things that you might not innately feel passionate about -- like if you're a janitor and you hate it, you better do it with pride because that work will fund the things you are passionate about.

    Upload a photo or video showing off your creative fixation to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the tags with #AlwaysOnTheRun and @SupraFootwear for the chance to receive a pair of the new Noiz runner. For more info on the contest, visit SupraFootwear.com.

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    Popular Internet teenBrittany Nicole Creech wanted to "take some senior photos that captured her personality" -- and apparently the best way to do this was to pose in front of her local Taco Bell franchise. 

    Yep, instead of posing in a field with a guitar she doesn't play, 17-year-old Creech wanted to pay homage to the home of Chalupas and Cap'n Crunch Delights with a unique set of burrito supreme-themed snaps; and we have to admit, they are stunning. And while she isn't quite sure yet if her school will actually let her use these photos, we're sure she'll find someway to work around it. *sips Pepsi-brand product*




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    A$AP Rocky has released the latest video off his recent album At.Long.Last.ASAP, this time for "Jukebox Joints." The video -- directed by Rocky himself -- isn't as trippy as, say, the "L$D" video, but it's still a lot of fun and of a piece with the vaguely psychedelic vibes Flacko has been giving off over the course of releasing the record. Kanye West did contribute to the recorded version of the song, but sadly he doesn't show up for the visual. Here it is:


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    true d s2.jpgTrue Detective, season two is finally over. Poor Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch are all good actors, but had their talents squandered on dialogue that was apparently so opaque it requires several thousand words to even mostly explain. Showrunner and bear Nic Pizzolatto has taken a perhaps slightly unfair amount of criticism. After aggressively painting himself as a "brooding, tortured masculine artist" and lashing out at the mere hint of reasonable criticism, he'd primed critics (and many TV fans) to respond negatively to the new season, which theydidwithglee.

    Or, if not glee, at least a certain sense of righteous satisfaction. Time and intellectual space are limited, and in a medium with so much innovative material and where even network executives admit to content overload, everyone has to spend their nights writing and thinking about a bunch of brooding, boring cops created by a guy who consistently tells everyone who great he is? No one planning to seriously write about True Detective should have decided to bury Pizzolatto going into the season, but it's not surprising that he gave himself a much higher standard of quality, and, accordingly, not surprising that even The New York Times made a merciless video asking fans to try to explain just what was going on with this season (spoiler alert: they failed).



    But the season isn't without its defenders, even when they have to go to kind of unreasonable lengths to do so. Writing for The Daily Beast, Marlow Stern claims that the reputation of this season will be rehabilitated in a few years. He argues:

    Whether by design or not, Pizzolatto has created a tremendously entertaining, campy neo-noir that will, years from now, be celebrated as a cult favorite. Where else can you see Tim Riggins play a closeted gay biker cop who pops Viagra to sex women, the chatterbox from Swingers ripping out a 400-pound pimp's gold grill with pliers, Regina George slicing-and-dicing an orgy security guard, or Colin Farrell threatening to butt-fuck a small child's father on his family's front lawn with his mom's headless corpse?
    This may well be true, but it's also one of the most damning types of praise imaginable -- suggesting that the show stumbled so badly that, many years in the future, it will be treated as a sort of prestige TV version of The Room, something so bad that college students will get really stoned and laugh at its sheer overwrought insanity. "Did anyone actually think this was good in 2015?" they will ask.



    If that's the case, then maybe Pizzolatto's best bet is to go all-in on True Detective season three as an intentionally campy, insane, melodramatic piece of trash. And since it's never too early to restart a new round of True Detective fantasy-casting memes, we sat down and asked ourselves: Who should be in the balls-out, admittedly-terrible version of True Detective season three that, as of now, exists only within the minds of our fellow humans on the internet? Some possibilities:



    Hugh Grant, Zac Efron, and Morgan Freeman
    Grant plays the embattled older cop trying to give young hotshot rookie Zac Efron (who is also his son) a good experience for his first day on the job. Cult leader Morgan Freeman, who has built a religious community on a shared love of jazzercise, has other ideas.

    Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Taylor Swift
    True D moves into sci-fi in this extended remake of the "Bad Blood" video, starring Stewart and McKellen as aging freedom fighters (and mostly-true detectives) in a space dystopia trying to find the secrets of a brilliant young inventor who could undo the past (Swift).



    Everyone Who Has Ever Played the Leader of the Losing Crew in a Dance Movie
    This one is just a classic revenge story, with a fantastic soundtrack of early '00s jams.



    The Original Cast of The Real Housewives of New York
    Countess LuAnn, O.G. Saved by the Bell PA Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin and Alex McCord back together again and ready to stare wistfully across some water (because this season is a locked-room murder mystery and also it takes place on a fishing boat off the coast of Alaska). Just admit it. You would watch this. And love it.

    toon squad.jpgThe Tune Squad
    If we're going to get a Space Jam 2, let's get it with a little existential misery thrown in.

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    Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait with Arm Twisting above Head, 1910.

    Over the weekend, Artnet decided to put some classic works of art through a selfie-editing app called Perfect365, and the results are equal parts camp and Selfish-levels of perfection. Making over everyone from Realist pioneer Gustave Courbet (with a pair of colored contacts and some gloss -- though his blush has stayed put) to a cinema colorization of Cindy Sherman's famous untitled film still. Other notable alterations include some purple shadow on Jan van Eyck, eyeliner on Frida Kahlo and a fabulous blow-out for Vincent Van Gogh. Check out a few of our favorites below.

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    Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Woman Standing), 1990.

    Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 11.48.27 AM.pngGustave Courbet, Self-Portrait (The Desperate Man), c. 1843-45.

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    Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still 21, 1978.

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    Rembrandt, Self-Portrait, 1659.

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    Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1887.

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    Jan van Eyck, Portrait of a Man, 1433.

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    Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940.

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