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Willis Earl Beal, the enigmatic, mask-wearing, genre-hopping musician whose backstory of homelessness and dismay with the music industry has been well-mined by journalists, is back in the public eye and fatigue is starting to show.
At least some of his discontent may be due to the time of our phone call -- 10am -- but the state of "perpetual restlessness" in which I find him is largely due to the echoes of a separation with his now ex-wife and being, once again, in-between homes and struggling for money. He communicates with a sense of ambivalence and seems reluctant to talk to press. "It's interesting for me to be going through the publicity process right now" he explains. "When I have to do an interview, sometimes it might be after having slept in the park, or after I've just woken up." It's something Beal will have to get used to, as music publications are chomping at the bit to speak to the musician about his forthcoming record, Noctunes, out August 28th via Tender Loving Empire.
Originally from Chicago, Beal began his music career after a circuitous path that included a stint in the army (for which he was eventually discharged due to a medical condition), homelessness in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a series of jobs that included working security at Chicago's Willis Tower (née Sears Tower). It was in Albuquerque that he began posting hand-drawn fliers looking for a romantic companion, which caught the eye of FOUND Magazine who put one of his fliers on their cover along with an interview of Beal inside. The nascent buzz from the story made its way to XL Recordings, whose Hot Charity imprint offered him a deal and went on to release his first two records, Acousmatic Sorcery (2012) and Nobody Knows (2013).
A few years later, ones that included a role in buzzy Sundance film Memphis and a departure from Hot Charity, and his lifespan as a musician has come full circle in more ways than one. "It's a long, winding story" that he'd rather not get into, he says, but it feels "like I'm starting all over again." He's back with an irregular place to sleep, back to having very limited finances and back to putting a new record out by an exciting label but, this time, one that is willing to allow him his auteur visions. "I went to [my new label] Tender Loving Empire because I knew that they were smaller" he says. "There wasn't going to be any advance, but there would be creative control and people who are excited about what it is I'm doing."
The label has helped him fend off destitution by providing motels and coordinating a spell of couch-surfing in Portland where he has relocated from Washington State following his divorce. Portland, however, isn't somewhere he is looking to stay. "I don't like Portland very much" he says. "I was called a n***** while I was here and I haven't been called a n***** in a very long time now. It's just this overall feeing of hostility towards me that I can sense. We can all sense when we're not wanted."
Reverberations from the breakup of his marriage and the frustration of being broke have left Beal in a state of emotional confusion. "Sometimes I feel incredibly euphoric and sometimes I feel extremely depressed" he sighs. "That's not due to any type of mental illness, it's just because that's how life is. Particularly when you don't have your own place to live and have to depend on other people." In all the sorrow there is an upside -- for his fans at least. Noctunes is the most relatable, honest and captivating album that he's created to date; it was recorded while he was still married to his wife but at a time when the relationship was disintegrating.
"It was kind of about the breakdown of my former marriage and additionally it was about trying to create some songs about not being able to sleep" he explains. "It's supposed to help the listener fall asleep and if they can't sleep, then listening to the lyrics should be basically relatable if you have a broken heart." Thematically, the song lyrics are generic and as fundamental as they can get. Occupying over six minutes of running time, "Stay." acts as the record's central focus, tenderly contemplating feelings of abandonment. "Initially, I wrote that song as kind of a joke and then I realized that at the time, that's how I actually felt. My idea was to put some emotion into a song with generic lyrics and just keep everything simple and completely and totally as relatable as possible."
He continues, "when I listen to it, it puts me in a place where it helps me to remember what I've learned and who I am because it's me, but it's also intended to be very general. It's almost like I'm listening to something that somebody else made that was specifically designed to help my emotions." The recording experience -- and the life events he's discussed -- have also brought on a wave of self awareness. "I know myself better now after my ex-wife leaving me. I know myself better now after meeting the new lady of my life and I know myself better now after realizing that the world doesn't owe me anything. I am more aware that I could just disappear in the blink of an eye and it wouldn't matter," he says. In Noctunes, Beal is interested in the idea of surrender, of "letting go in order to embrace something else, something not tethered to the ground."
Although Willis hopes the album sells well so that Tender Loving Empire can make a good profit, he continues to have disdain with commercial success. What really concerns him is communication and connecting, the simple act of talking to someone who relates to his songs. "Just the other day I was playing basketball and some guy noticed me on the court and was like 'Hey man, are you Willis Earl Beal?' I said 'Yeah' and he said 'Yeah man, I like your music a lot.' That really, really makes me happy," he says.
Along with finding forms of genuine connection, Beal has some more temporal goals like "getting a car and getting a place to live," he says, which means also finding a job. He tells me that he's already missed his opportunity to work today at a first-come first-serve bottling factory, but what makes him excited -- for the first time during our interview -- is the idea of landscaping. "It's such a fucking great way to earn money" he explains. "There's no boss and you're working directly with the earth and the soil. You dig, pull weeds and then they pay you at the end of the day."
For Beal, simplicity and financial autonomy are paramount but, he says, "money in and of itself is a limiting kind of way to deal with the world. I'd rather just barter and trade." Ultimately, he says he wants to "get some land and be happy. If I'm doing something, it's gotta be contributing to my happiness in some way. I'd like to believe it's not a shallow happiness -- it's something substantial."
Zhe Zhe is a satyrical DIY sitcom about a fame-obsessed, trend-chasing unknown pop band in alternate reality New York. At least that's what the creators claim in the video posted on their kickstarter which is attempting to subsidize season two of the web series. The show reminds us of old school East Village performance mayhem from the likes of Dancenoise, Alien Comic and any other act that used to play at La Mama. The good news is they've already reached their kickstarter goal. The better news is there will definitely be a season two. There's still time to make a donation if you care to help encourage this cuckoo bunch of kids make YouTube magic.
Provincetown has the uncommon luxury of running alongside both bay and ocean waters, which makes it prime location for spotting a diverse range of marine wildlife. Explore offshore by hiring a private (or shared) boat to either fish or go whale watching. Sea Salt Charters is run by Captain Chad Avellar, who comes from generations of seamen.
If you leave the itinerary up to the children then it may be ice cream all day, every day. Satiate their sweet tooth with Ptown Scoop, whose menu is tailor-made for the town, with sizes and flavors named after locales. With the menu including a dog-friendly option (the Pilgrim Bark Park), it's a place the whole family can enjoy.
Among the many themed weeks during the year, the annual Family Week, having occurred for over 20 years, is one of the most celebrated. Each year Family Week occurs during the last week in July, and registration for the 2016 week opens as early as November. Specialty family programming and activities for kids of all ages take over the town.
Pirates are a part of Provincetown's history, which is explored in a delightful museum appropriately located at the very end of a pier. Explore artifacts including ammunition and treasure, and learn about the true story of one ship's voyage, which ended in wreckage along the Cape Cod bay.
Provincetown is not the vacation destination for the sedentary, but for the family looking to get out and be active, it holds boundless adventure. And activity is not limited to the nautical -- the surrounding landscape makes for a memorable walking and hiking environment. Explore the lesser-seen woods by hiking the Beech Forest Trail, a route that's just under two miles and laid out in an easily navigable loop that's fine for beginners. Look out for birds who also take to the woods for their own retreat.
More new Lana! Listen to gorgeous new Honeymoon track "Terrence Loves You" above.
Below is the just-released cover art for the album, out September 18th, as well as the alternate limited-edition version, which is being sold exclusively by Urban Outfitters and is available for pre-order here.
Urban Outfitters limited-edition version:
As of this morning, it looks like the hideously named Project Harpoon -- aka a collective of fat-shaming (Moby) Dicks -- has been shuttered, as both the Facebook group and Instagram have been deleted.
"It's abominable that this [Facebook page] is using my image without permission to promote themselves," she said. "This kind of hit piece is exactly why I started #effyourbeautystandards. I am asking my followers to boycott this [page] and any others like it. Loving yourself is the most powerful message we all need to stand behind."
1D seems to be doing pretty okay without Zayn -- or at least it seems that way based on their new video for "Drag Me Down." The four gents shot the clip at the NASA Space Center in Houston and the result is an epic three-minute video showing them rocketing into the great beyond. Harry also has a special moment with a robot so there's that, too. Give it a watch above.
This weekend is the Brooklyn edition of the Afropunk Festival -- a two-day festival that focuses on music, but also includes readings, fashion and well most near anything at the intersection of art and blackness. This year marks the first time the festival is charging people for entry, which drew some backlash, but, with a bill that includes, on one night, Grace Jones and Lauryn Hill, only to follow with Lenny Kravtiz, it makes sense that organizers might need a little more cash coming in. The line-up of the festival highlights the amount of music coming from various black artists across genre lines. Today we put together a small guide of who to see this weekend.
The SpinThrift Market
The festival begins in the early afternoon, and in case doesn't want to spend nearly ten hours hovering around festival stages, the SpinThrift market, which will be featuring an array of vendors, will be a good place to start. Wares range from the political apparel of Sucka Free Tees and False Prophets to the jewelry of Fanta Celah and Jewelsziah.
Kelis -- 5:45pm (Green Stage)
More than a decade since she was making hits with the Neptunes, Kelis has gone further down an electronic based musical path. But such a shift is an exciting one, as Kelis never lost the desire to be on the top of the latest trends.
Danny Brown -- 7:20pm (Red Stage)
Danny Brown can make you want to party, rip out your heart out, or get as raunchy as Uncle Luke circa 1986, all within a couple of songs. The Detroit rapper's rise to fame in part was predicated on his live performances that are not simply him leaning on his backing tracks, but instead he performing with the energy of a punk band.
Uniiqu3 -- 8pm (Gold Stage)
There are a number of DJs and producers this year at Afropunk, but Uniiqu3 is one that shouldn't be missed. The jersey club producer has been making hyperactive remixes and mixes for years, yet only recently has the rest of the country caught up to her great music made by Uniiqu3 and the Brick Bandits crew.
Death Grips -- 8:25 (Red Stage)
One of the most baffling groups of the decade also provides (or maybe doesn't) one of the most baffling live performances. You could go. Or maybe not. Or maybe so.
Grace Jones -- 9:30pm (Green Stage)
Don't go to Afropunk and miss this living legend. That's all that needs to be said on the matter.
Art is so central to the Afropunk Festival. Because time flies at music festivals -- between running between stages, waiting in line for food and for bathrooms -- make sure to devote some time to the festivals several exhibitions. Take that moment to absorb some of the art from artists like Cita Sadeli "Chelove," Miguel Ovalle and Brandon Sadler.
Raury -- 4:15pm (Red Stage)
The young multi-instrumental teen saw his fame and attention rise so quickly that he sly wore an "Industry Plant" shirt when he appeared on the XXL Freshman list. Of course he isn't a plant sent by the record industry to destroy the world through genreless jams. (Is he rock? r&b? Funk? Gospel? Zydeco?) Though wouldn't this be a more exciting place if he was an invader sent down to destroy the musical world?
Thundercat -- 4:45pm (Green Stage)
Kendrick Lamar's sprawling To Pimp a Butterfly is an album that ranges the last nearly of 70s of black music, yet it's Thundercat who steals the show in the opening with his bass playing on "Wesley's Theory." THUNDERCAT IS A KING.
Goldlink -- 5:15pm (Red Stage)
The DC rapper kept his identity hidden for a while, a strange choice for someone who makes hyperactive rap-infused with dance music. A rapper with such a vibrant style of music might be expected to be more outgoing to the public, yet he was reclusive. Thankfully, as a live performer he lives up to the spark that runs through his work.
Kelela -- 6:15pm (Red Stage)
The r&b singer came to prominence through her collaborations with the Night Slugs and Fade To Mind crew of producers that included Bok Bok, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, Kingdom and more. She just announced on Instagram that her upcoming EP is finished, so perhaps she'll be premiering a few of these news tunes this weekend.
Kaytranada -- 8:15pm (Red Stage)
Since his teenaged years, the 22-year-old has done nearly everything one could ask of an producer. He's done his own solo releases, more remixes than one could possibly count and produced work for artist ranging from old-school (Mobb Deep) to the nu-school (Mick Jenkins). Given how busy he's kept the last few years, don't miss the chance to see him perform in front of people instead of sticking to the studio.
10 . Greg Lenz (Jennifer Lawrence's CURRENT bodyguard)
By now, it appears that Oscar-winning international treasure, Jennifer Lawrence, has a type when it comes to the men guarding her life. Greg Lenz is all that and a case of Natty Lite. I mean, really. He looks like the "nice Frat guy" in your intro to creative writing class.
Ugh. To make it worse, these are Jennifer's former bodyguards:
OK. Thanks, Jen!
9. Pascal Duvier (Kim Kardashian's bodyguard)
If you say "Terrifying German man with a soul bludgeoning glare" into a mirror three times, Pascal Duvier appears behind you yelling "NEIN." That's definitely why Ms. Kimberly Kardashian-West enlisted the hulking European to keep an eye on her and Nori while Yeezy is away on business.
Usually dressed in all black (of course!) Mr. Duvier is not one to fuck with. Though it does seem like Kim's stratospheric fame can be stressful for him (WE SYMPATHIZE).
Pascal gets an A+.
He's also a loving father and gentle giant who has no problem cuddling with animals. Swoon.
8. Emma Probert (Kate Middleton's bodyguard)
The Duchess of Cambridge relies on girl power to keep herself and her two royal babies safe. That's why Kate hired Sergeant Emma Probert for her protective services.
Ms. Probert's chic fashion sense also allows her to blend in as just another member of the Princess' stylish entourage.
Don't let the hat fool you, boo.
7. Denise Morrone (Emma Watson's bodyguard)
Ms. Watson hired former NYPD lieutenant, Denise, to channel her Staten Island grit in keeping Emma safe from Harry Potter crazies.
After a stalker broke into the Long Island set of Watson's biblical epic Noah in 2012, Ms. Morrone came onto the scene, and hasn't left Emma's side since.
It pays off, too! Denise reportedly earns $150,000 a year for her services.
I'm sure it isn't the easiest job to be Justin Bieber's daily protector. Aside from the Biebs' own antics (which I admit have been greatly reformed in the past year), the shrill chorus of tween girls from every corner of the earth, and constant locust swarms of paparazzi must weigh heavy on those in charge of him.
In fact, one of Justin's former babysitter's, Hugo Hesny, got 45 days in jail this year for stealing a paparazzo's camera.
Fortunately, Mikey Arana is super chill about Bieber's mind-numbing celebrity, keeping his client safe on the daily.
Justin seems grateful, too, like in this Insta-video where he plants a kiss on an unfazed Mikey's cheek.
5. Peter van der Veen (Lady Gaga's bodyguard)
Not surprisingly, Mother Monster has quite the theatrical team surrounding her every movement. But standing out in the Haus of Gaga is her main, super sexy bodyguard, Peter van der Veen, who looks a lot like Jason Statham
Fun fact: Peter provided background vocals on Gaga's ghoulish track "Government Hooker" from her 2011 album Born This Way.
It's not all fun and games, though. In Paris this past March, Mr. van der Veen was forced to put an aggressive fan in a chokehold as Gaga exited her hotel. All in a day's work!
4. "J.B." (Kristen Stewart's bodyguard)
There's no doubt Kristen Stewart sought out an impenetrable wall of human to keep the Twihards at a safe distance. That's why her uber-hot bodyguard of more than 3 years, known simply as J.B., is a necessary presence.
Of course, leave it to the ravenous Twilight fans to become fixated on him. There's an active Facebook page devoted to him called "Team H.B.G" (Team Hot Bodyguard) where K-Stew devotees post photos of J.B., and discuss their wish for him to protect her in a very Edward/Bella kind of way.
3. Kevin Falk (Nicki Minaj's bodyguard)
First appearing with Nicki Minaj at last year's VMAs, Mr. Falk 's muscular essence was hired to keep the rapper out of harm's way
But if you're gay, and wondering, 'I think I recognize?' you most likely do. Kevin Falk was also a former versatile gay for pay pornstar, mostly in the early 2010s.
Yes, that is true. Nicki, you are truly magnificent.
2. This gorgeous specimen of a human male (one of Rihanna's bodyguards)
While BadGalRiRi faced a defamation of character lawsuit last year from her former head of security, Geoffery Keating, this hunky guard clearly had no qualms with his client, as he carried Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty over the snowy streets of New York this past March.
We imagine all Rihanna had to do was look down at the snow, and just say, "Nah," before her bodyguard knew what to do.
You win, unspecified protector of Ri-Ri. Just tell us where R8 is, k?
1. Julius De Boer (Former Protector of Queen Beyoncé)
The gorgeous Dutch giant, known as the "Fulltime Executive Protection Officer," was in charge of preserving the splendor of our Empress of Earth, Beyoncé, for almost a decade.
Beginning in 2008, Julius served his queen in a knightly way, often using physical might to overpower those threatening Bey and baby Blue Ivy. Julius was even the one to break up the now legendary elevator fight between Solange Knowles and Jay-Z last year in the Standard Hotel, post-Met Ball. Unfortunately, his dedication would ultimately be his downfall -- De Boer was fired last year. Many believed the decision came amidst the divorce rumors plaguing Bey + Jay, as Hov was reportedly jealous of Julius and Yoncé's close relationship
TRAGIC. And I....will always....love you, Julius (sorry, I had to). May you protect Bey and Blue in my heart forever.
Most of us remember the first movie witch that freaked us out. From the green-skinned Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, to the evil Maleficent of Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Honestly, for me the thought that you could ride a broom and turn people into toads was a turn on. There have been great movies about satanic cults and vengeful witches, and I'm not talking about Charmed or Practical Magic, The Craft, The Witches Of Eastwick or Hocus Pocus. Unfortunately I couldn't include two perfectly wonderful romantic comedies about witchcraft: I Married a Witch and Bell, Book & Candle but these 10 will definitely cast a spell.
Italian master of the macabre Dario Argento's masterpiece. The lovely Jessica Harper plays a ballet student who arrives at a dance academy in Bavaria and finds it overrun with witches. Shot in three-strip Technicolor, it's a terrifying, expressionistic, shocker with a great hard rock score by Goblin. Supposedly a new Blu-ray of this brilliant film from Synapse is in the works.
Burn Witch Burn (Night of the Eagle) (1962)
This fantastic thriller based on Fritz Leiber's Conjure Wife and smartly directed by Sidney Hayers is about a British professor (Peter Wyngarde) whose life and career are going along splendidly until he sets fire to his wife's (Janet Blair) protection charms and frightening supernatural attacks begin to happen to him. A scene with a stone eagle coming to life is especially creepy. This was just released this week in a stunning looking Blu-ray and DVD from Kino Lorber. The incantation to protect the audience from evil in the beginning of the film is a riot.
The Witches (1990)
A wildly entertaining film directed by Nicolas Roag (Don't Look Now) and based on a book by Roald Dahl. A young boy and his grandmother stop at a hotel and discover to their horror it is overrun with a convention of witches. Anjelica Huston is fiendishly fun as the Grand High Witch who plans to rid England of all children and transforms the little boy into a mouse.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Roman Polanski's adaptation of the Ira Levin novel is just a perfect movie, beginning with the unsettling open shots hovering over NYC's Dakota apartments where newlyweds (Rosemary) Mia Farrow and her ambitious actor husband (John Cassevetes) move into. But when Rosemary gets pregnant she suspects something sinister is afoot. Ruth Gordon rightfully won an Oscar as the weird overly friendly elderly neighbor. A great paranoid nightmare right to the end, this gets better every time you see it. Criterion recently came out with a loving restoration on Blu-ray and DVD.
Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
A surreal documentary by Benjamin Christensen about the origins of witchcraft- mixing documentary footage with animation and fiction. Charting the historical with bizarre sequences of black masses, the inquisition, witches flying in the moonlight, it's really strange. The disturbing imagery is right out of Hieronymus Bosch, Criterion put out a great DVD of this. Pure nightmare fuel.
Black Sunday (1960)
A condemned witch rises from her grave, along with her henchman servant, to take vengeance on the descendants who put her to death. The opening scene, where they pound a spiked metal mask into her face, is still shocking. The great director Mario Bava does so much with light and shadow to create a masterfully chilling gothic horror film. This film also launched the fright career of saucer-eyed beauty Barbara Steele ("8 ½"). Kino Lorber released this recently on Blu-ray & DVD this in both the European and American version and it looks spectacular.
Horror Hotel (City Of The Dead) (1960)
A college student travels to the Massachusetts town of Whitehood to study about the Salem witch trials. Unfortunately the entire town is a practicing coven of witches presided over by an ominous Christopher Lee who delights in necromancy and human sacrifice. Excellently directed by John Llewellyn Moxey this is a really intelligent, wonderfully moody chiller. VCI puts this out on DVD in a version supposedly with extra footage.
The Devil's Own (The Witches) (1966)
Still haunted by voodoo rites she witnessed in Africa, Joan Fontaine plays a headmistress of a private school run by a creepy brother and sister. She soon suspects that one of her students in earmarked for sacrifice by a group that worship the devil. The finale when the demon-loving coven gathers, wildly dancing, and rolling in mud, with the head witch wearing antlers on her head is hilariously fabulous.
The Initiation Of Sarah (1978)
I know, this is a TV movie, but it makes me insane. The sublime Kay Lenz plays Sarah a shy, ostracized, student at a college who is shocked when she is asked to become part of a strange sorority of other misfits. The possible reason she is selected is because she has psychic powers. Morgan Fairchild plays the nasty member of a rival sorority. Sure, this is a Carrie rip-off but come on, it's Shelley Winters as the headmistress mother and supreme witch. Winters, God bless her, is about as subtle as a bubbling cauldron. Shout Factory put this out under a double bill of "Scream Factory TV Terrors".
Witching & Bitching (2013)
Alex de la Iglesia's deranged, fantastical, film about a bunch of jewelry thieves on the run from the law along with their high-jacked cab driver; passenger in the trunk; and even one of the crook's young son. They unfortunately drive through a town loaded with witches and get abducted. The divine Carmen Maura (Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown) is the lead witch who delights in chatting on the phone while upside down on the ceiling. The finale with hundreds of evil acolytes drinking down toads and waiting for their demonic spiritual mother to show up is just outrageous. This will fry your brain.
I know you're jealous of my snack backpack. pic.twitter.com/0ORLj6xxel-- Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) August 16, 2015
~Trendy~ (But Delicious Looking) Dessert Trend of the Week: Rolled ice cream, as seen as a new shop on Mott St. in NYC called 10Below. The folks at the shop make the rolls by pouring liquid ice cream and fixin's onto a freezing cold pan and then scrape the concoction into rolls and add more toppings. It's apparently super popular in Thailand. -- Abby Schreiber
Delightful News Story That'll Help You Forget About the Awfulness That Is the Jared Fogle Pedophilia/Child Porn Arrest and Josh Duggar Fuckery and Ashley Madison Hack And All That: The item about Deez Nuts, the pseudonym of a 15-year-old boy from Iowa who registered with the Federal Election Commission to run for President and even got 9% of the vote in a North Carolina poll that had a hypothetical match-up between Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Nuts. Go Nuts! -- A.S.
Biggest 'Thanks, But We're Good' of the Week: Buffalo Bill's house in Silence of the Lambs -- the location of such brain-searing scenes as 'it puts the lotion on its skin' and 'I'd fuck me' -- is on sale for a cool 300K in Cincinnati. Think we'll pass.-- Elizabeth Thompson
Oddest New Products/Apps Involving Bodily Functions: A tie between a Friends Forever Tampons, a product that features two tampons connected by one string for you and your BFF; and Pooductive, an app that lets you anonymously chat with people while you -- and they -- are on the toilet. -- A.S.
Nightmarish Parent of the Week:Key & Peele's "MC Mom" who raps about all the jizz in your socks. Yuck. -- A.S.