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- During the 2012 election, Stewart was using a voice to make fun of Herman Cain that Cenac considered insensitive, coming from a place of racial ignorance.
- After trying to broach the subject as the only black writer in the room, Cenac found himself the subject of a massive outburst from Stewart, who was enraged at the suggestion that he was maybe being racist or racially insensitive and allegedly kept screaming "fuck off, I'm done with you."
- The ensuing fight, which Cenac describes as an "explosion" went on until it was literally stopped by some worked-up office dogs, leaving Cenac to go to a nearby baseball diamond and break down.
- 07/23/15--11:30: Chloe Sevigny Is Crowdfunding Her New Movie
- 07/24/15--04:22: Watch Nicki Minaj Perform on GMA, Discuss Taylor Swift
- 07/24/15--06:20: Congrats Kylie Jenner, You're a High School Graduate!
Brooklyn-based artist Pablo Medina is currently trying to raise funds to produce and copyright a typeface he calls Bushwick. Yep, Bushwick.
"A font inspired by a neighborhood" and the expanse of graffiti, murals and signage found there, it's apparently halfway done, but Medina needs your help to make it a reality. And while we're all for the DIY spirit of what feels like a sort of earnest campaign, there's something that feels a little off about commercializing an entire neighborhood already grappling with huges issues surrounding gentrification -- especially through something like graphic design. Sigh.
After Lulu, the app where women could "rate" all the men in their life, caused a big stir a few years ago before quietly leaving the scene, new developers are taking a crack at the "Yelp for People" concept. Peeple, which unlike Lulu lets women and men give one-to-five star ratings and write reviews for anyone they know (from exes to friends to bosses to doctors etc.), hits the market in November. The scariest part? You can't opt out. As the Washington Post reports, "once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it's there unless you violate the site's terms of service. And you can't delete bad or biased reviews -- that would defeat the whole purpose."
Before you start fetching a brown paper bag to take deep breaths in, there are a few "safeguards" the app founders are putting in place. For instance, you have to have the cellphone number of a person you want to add to the system and you have to indicate how you know that person (personal, professional or romantic). Users also have to be at least 21 years-old with a valid Facebook account and while positive reviews are posted immediately, negative reviews sit for 48 hours before they go live and a notification gets sent to the subject who then has time to dispute them. And, perhaps in the biggest pseudo-opt out, the Washington Post says that "if you haven't registered for the site, and thus can't contest negative ratings, your profile only shows positive reviews." The founders are also outlawing bullying, sexism, profanity and mention of mental health issues in the reviews so the whole thing doesn't start devolving into a Gawker comments section. But it still seems hard to believe that this app isn't going to start making adults regress into high schoolers playing 'Hot or Not' in 3-2-1...
[Washington Post via The Cut]
Here's a previously unreleased music video for "Tell Me," which was released on Heems' mixtape Wild Water Kingdom. We probably won't get a ton of new music out of either Heems or Childish Gambino for a while, since Heems is making a TV show or something while Donald Glover acts in stuff like Magic Mike XXL. Consider this video a bit of a time portal -- man, rap was a crazy place in 2012, right? [via Pigeons and Planes]
If you've been eagerly anticipating Kanye West's new album and are fed up with Fashion Week snippets and VMA speeches, then The Game's new track "Mula," which features Ye, might help you out. This comes a couple of months after the release of "100," a track and video featuring Drake, with the release of the rapper's album The Documentary 2 set for next week. The Kanye material isn't his best, but it's loose, and feels like a much more relaxed Ye than anything we've heard off SWISH so far. And we should cherish it, because it might be the only new Kanye music we're getting for a while. Check out "Mula" below. [via Fake Shore Drive]
Fun. guitarist and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff has put a new spin on the ubiquitous cover album -- he's covering his own music. Well, actually he's tapped some of pop music's leading ladies to cover tracks culled from Bleachers' 2014 debut Strange Desire, reimagined from a female perspective. From Charli XCX, who injects '80s pop-rock ebullience in "Rollercoaster," to Carly Rae Jepsen sparkling in a bouncy synth-laced version of "Shadow," and Sia's stark rendition of "Like A River Runs,"Terrible Thrills Vol.2, free and out now via RCA, is a beautifully eclectic amalgam of distinct female vocal styles and experiences that offers a fresh take on Antonoff's originals. We caught up with the artist and chatted about how he's able to navigate between penning female-centric songs and writing for himself. He revealed his long-term plans of creating a series of alternate, companion albums that inhabit parallel universes and relived the surreal experience of hearing one of his favorite childhood pop artists cover his music.
When was the seed planted to recreate Strange Desire using only female vocalists?
It started about six years ago with my old band Steel Train. I always write music starting from the female voice in my head, and it's not something that I ever really thought about but then it started to occur to me a long time ago that that's how I was creating the music and so I wanted to find a project that showed people where everything was coming from. And so I did the first volume with my old band Steel Train and since then I thought that with every album that I make I wanted to have a companion piece and one that was totally represented by the opposite gender. Both because I think that it's a fascinating way to hear the song but it's also extremely personal because I'm always doing things with that in mind. I'm always making music and thinking, if I was a woman what it would sound like?
Why did you choose this specific cast of women to reinterpret the songs?
A big part of the project was to have people who inspired the songs to be written in the first place recreate the song, which is really fucked up in an amazing way, and so it had to be people that are the very artists that I'm literally thinking about when I'm writing music. Every song and every artist was very meticulously picked.
Strange Desire has been described as an '80s-inspired album, and you actually have The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs putting her spin on "I'm Ready To Move On." What new dimensions did she bring to the song as she deconstructed and recreated it?
She's one of the artists who took the song and totally just recreated everything from scratch. The arrangement she did on it, the instrumentation, it's all incredible; she completely made it her own. For me personally it was sort of weird to hear because the actual sound of her voice is something I literally grew up on.
What was the most surprising cover of the compilation for you personally?
Tinashe's "I Wanna Get Better" because it's such a personal song, and it's such an intense song, and at one point it was very hard for me to rehear it emotionally and I really couldn't imagine who and how that was going to come out, and I love Tinashe and we got to work together. We make such different music that I was really inspired by her taking that one on and what she did with it is just completely incredible. It was really intense to hear.
Will there be a Vol. 3?
It's something that I envision as part of all the albums that I ever make, provided I keep writing music like this and I keep with that process that I've had my whole life of imagining things in a female voice.
So would you say that these covers are all extensions of what you start with, like a more in-depth exploration?
Well it's a companion piece. What's really interesting in putting out a record is that you make a record and it's one way, it's something you've worked on, and then it's finished, it's done. But then the moment you put it out, in a matter of seconds -- the second it goes out to the public -- it changes, and it never stops changing because peoples' reactions change. It's no different than if you walked out of your house naked, but nobody saw you, nothing would happen, it would be no different than what happens when you wake up in the morning and you're naked, but if you walked out of your house naked and there's people on the street the reaction you would get would entirely change the experience, and that's what it's like to put out an album. And that just constantly happens as people reinterpret it and to me it's just another phase of the album.
You're known for writing songs for female vocalists. Do you find it challenging to shift back to your point of view when you're writing music for your own projects?
No because it's very separate. When I'm writing for myself it reads like a diary, it's not something that's too universal. It's very specific to my life so it's very easy for me to separate the two.
What's your first reaction when you hear music that you've written for yourself that's been reworked yet again to fit the sonic contours of a woman?
It's completely wonderful first and foremost but it's also totally bizarre and kind of eerie. First of all you're talking about women that I'm extremely inspired by, that inspire me to write music in the first place, but it also recalls when I'm first writing the songs and I kind of hear it in a female voice, so it's very strange, it feels like a secret deep within me is all of sudden out for everyone to hear. It's very weird to revisit the beginning and end of an album but I also think it's very interesting and important.
Taylor Swift, one of your highest profile collaborators to date, is surprisingly absent from the album?
She and I have done a lot of work together and I feel like the stuff that we did together is very well represented and I just wanted to push things in a direction that was unexpected. It's important for me to work with people whom I haven't worked with before.
What else are you working on these days?
The biggest thing at this moment is that I'm probably half way through the second Bleachers album. Tthat's kind of where my focus is, but I'm working on a bunch of things. But I'm not really supposed to comment because it involves other people and it has to remain secret.
Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 is free for the taking on Google Play.
Death is an illusion but the difference between illusion and reality is illusory so death is also real. Meditate on the reality of death. With great swag comes great funkability. If the pimpin is real then the funk is real. Endless pimpin equals endless funk, it's simple mathematics. Love and forgive everybody, including urself. Patience naturally sharpens with age, meditate on that with regular breaths. Allow any lingering impatience within u to implode and dissolve. Ask for forgiveness for all of ur wrongdoings but don't expect to receive it in this lifetime.
Embrace ur inner wave god. Privacy is a myth. Walk thru the world as if everybody is psychic and infinitely compassionate, including urself. Communicate with an ex lover in ur dreams. Smoke weed with a Scorpio. Plant some sage.
That Super Blood Moon last month really cleared the air for u. U did some kharmic burning and some ego reshaping. Ur in a new phase, u should be feeling productive, creative, refreshed, invigorated. Eat a lot of protein and iron. More raw fruits and vegetables, less dairy. Ur hecka skrong rn, thaswasup. U should be listening to a lot of Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Listen to All Eyez On Me and watch Mike Tyson knock out compilations on YouTube. Read bell hooks, Nikki Giovani and Audre Lorde. Watch that architecture documentary narrated by Ice Cube. Study the Annunaki. Listen to Everything is Everything by Lauryn Hill. Or whatever, recorded music is fun but ultimately unimportant. Every song ever written is already playing on loop in ur heart. Focus on ur breathing and posture. Ur keyword for the month is "unflappable."
Have a long conversation with ur mom. The conversation can occur on the earthly plane or the astral one. Reflect on ur blessings and be thankful. Better than guilt or regret is compassionate action. Better than sadness or anger is the will to change. Kick it in a sauna.
What a Time to Be Alive was what everybody was talking about last month but go back to Dirty Sprite 2 with new ears and hear it for the classic album it is. Light a San Lazaro candle and pray for Fetty Wap's leg bones to heal. Buy, pick, or steal a bouquet of flowers for somebody u love. Take a Vicodin and watch Interview With a Vampire.
Back in June, an excited art crowd gathered inside a narrow room covered with floor-to-ceiling carpeting, equipped with stacks of VHS tapes and old TVs, to attend New Release, an art show in an abandoned Chinatown video store-turned-temporary gallery. Three months later, at the first opening of what is now known as New Release Gallery, a show featuring works by painter Kaim Franko, many of these same faces could be seen through the glass storefront holding cheap beer and mingling down the rickety stairs onto Mulberry Street. But this time, things are permanent. Erin Goldberger, who curated the show earlier this summer and embraced the video store's nostalgic history, has taken over the space as her own (in addition to working as the director of uptown's Half Gallery) and has given it the makeover it deserves.
Artists, gallerists, and the downtown art scene celebrated the gallery's new uncarpeted, fresh white walls, stripped floors, and extra standing space, while appreciating the charm of the Chinatown venue. "The potential to take something that sat unattended and turn it back into something it once was (based on how many layers of floor there were, I assume it has had many lives) was too necessary to ignore," says Goldberger of the new space, which she spent weeks renovating with friends and other artists. Many of these friends were there for the opening, but it wasn't just support, these art world elite were also there to witness the birth of a space, and a new gallery owner, whose success is just beginning. Peter Sutherland, Jeanette Hayes, Torey Thorton, Andrew Pope, Bill Powers, Aaron Bondaroff, Leo Fitzpatrick, B.Thom Stevenson, Andrea McGinty were all spotted in crowd, a clear expression of the legitimacy and promise of the new gallery.
Despite how easy it would have been to spend the whole night gawking at crowd inside, the work on the walls deserved equal attention. A collection of abstractly figurative paintings by Copenhagen's Franko marks the artist's first solo show in New York, and an almost serendipitous pairing to the renovation, rebirth, and re-release of the space. "For this first show I felt it was imperative to exhibit someone who hasn't yet had a voice in New York," explains Goldberger. "New Release is brand new but the space is old and needed a clean slate. Kamil's work is much the same to me; young and full of life but also has the light sigh of an old man who's seen too much."
Franko's paintings are rich in fleshy colors and tangible textures, pulling between romance and lonliness, human and machine. Made during a three month solitary stay at his family's old house in the outskirts of Budapest, the artist found a process of intimately painting and then sporadically destroying each work. Adding on layers and stripping them off, Franko creates a polarity that mimics the transformation of this VHS video rental store, abandoned for years, into a new staple in the downtown art world. "My work fits perfectly here," says Franko. "The space itself was completely demolished and now recreated. It's coincidental destiny I guess. They simply have the same nature."
Kamil Franko's show Love and Violence will be on display until November 7th at New Release Gallery, 60 Mulberry Street, New York, NY.
Artist Hanna Liden has finally gifted New York with something the city has sorely been missing, like a hole in the center of its doughy heart: a full statue of bagels. The installation, called Everything (appropriately, because bagels) has been placed around Hudson River Park and Ruth Wittenberg Plaza. Produced by Art Production Fund (and sponsored by Kiehl's), it's Liden's first opportunity to display her work outside of a gallery, and almost certainly her most delicious. To bite into the, uh, everything of the story, check out an interview with Liden at ArtNet.
As Jon Stewart's departure from the chair of The Daily Show -- a position he has held for almost four full presidential terms -- draws nearer, it's natural for nostalgia to kick in. "What will we do without Jon Stewart telling us what to think about stuff?" liberals will cry while running around like chickens with their political heads cut off, nervous that controversial replacement Trevor Noah won't prove as effective a moral compass. This is a good thing.
Somehow, by a trick of the culture and the particular political climate during the Bush administration, Jon Stewart -- a comedian and the host of a fake news show -- became one of the major consensus moral centers of America. That's kind of insane. It's also unsustainable. Staying in that position for so long without moving leads, by necessity, to a kind of stasis. And holding the moral high ground for over a decade can make you an asshole.
Nowhere is that more evidenced than in a story former Daily Show writer and correspondent Wyatt Cenac told Marc Maron on a recent episode of the WTF podcast. If you don't have time to listen to the podcast, read Vulture's summary, and if you don't have time to read that, here are the bare-bone details:
"Yikes" doesn't even begin to cover it.
It's not surprising that to hear that Jon Stewart might be kind of a dick -- you have to be in his line of work, and it obviously helps to be overly sure of yourself if your job is to go on television every day and spew opinions and judgments about people (this likely applies to many writers, too). What's not acceptable is the refusal to listen to literally the only black employee in the writers' room about a matter that explicitly and exclusively pertained to the show's representation of black Americans. That's just being an awful, no-good, rotten ally.
On the most charitable reading of the story, it sounds like Stewart can barely even consider entertaining the possibility that he and the show could be offending the groups he purports to care about -- he refuses to admit he might be fallible, even though his job is to wade into uncertain waters night after night. For even the most sensitive people, a run at his job would entail at least one flub, because that's just how people are -- ignorant and frequently insensitive and oblivious, even when they mean well.
What matters is how you respond when you get called out for those flaws, and the suggestion that Stewart was so trapped in his role that he couldn't escape his own head -- like the mummy presiding over a beautiful pyramid that's also a tomb -- is a more than sufficient argument that, yes, it was time for him to go. All indications are that Stewart is going to spend at least part of his retirement chilling on a farm. Let's hope that the time is well spent, and that he has some space to consider the limits of his own perspective -- and that we all have the strength to do the same.
Want to contribute to the next Chloë Sevigny film? Easy, just go to this Kickstarter page and you can help finance the production of her new upcoming work Slow Machine. Shot on 16 mm film, this lo-fi "screwball thriller about performance and surveillance" will be directed by Paul Felten and Joe DeNardo (photographer/cinematographer and member of the art-punk group GROWING), but the film needs $30,000 of crowd funded money to be completed. In it, Chloë will play a character named Chloë, a struggling actress who becomes romantically involved with an "slighty manic" NYPD counter-terrorism specialist. After their relationship goes sour, she runs away with Eleanor Friedberger's band. Sounds great. If you donate your money will go towards basically everything from food to equipment rental or the occasional broom.
In a bit of fortuitous scheduling that likely brought glistening, Nielsen-shaped tears of gratitude to the eyes of Good Morning America's producers, Nicki Minaj performed on the show this morning -- an appearance that's been on the books for weeks and just so happened to coincide with her involvement in one of the most fascinating, and necessary, celebrity "feuds" in recent memory.
In an interview before her performance, Minaj said she had spoken on the phone Thursday to Taylor Swift, who also Tweeted an apology to her yesterday: "She was super, super sweet. She apologized and said, 'Look, I didn't understand the big picture of what you were saying, but now I get it.' So we're all good."
Minaj went on to say this about her initial tweets, which Swift misinterpreted to be a direct attack on herself and a not a bigger comment on the way black female pop stars are rarely celebrated or rewarded by the entertainment industry like their white counterparts are:
"Anaconda" had such a huge cultural impact, and on top of that, we broke the Vevo record. So this is actually my third time breaking the Vevo record, and "Anaconda" therefore should have been nominated. I do think that if it was one of the pop girls, they would have had many nominations for it. I think I got two nominations for "Anaconda" -- for female and for hip-hop, but it should've been for the year. [...] I think that we have to have both images for girls. We can't just have one type of body being glorified in the media because it just makes girls even more insecure than we already are."
Watch Minaj perform "Feeling Myself" and "The Night Is Still Young" below. Interview above.
The Night Is Still Young
But, uh, why? The site Meme Documentation, says it's actually a phenomenon that's been going on since last year, a meme descended from a post on the popular astrology Tumblr gothstrology that has since been deleted.
And meme-teens, just a word of advice. I love Bernie too, but every time you validate a xenophobe as a legitimate competitor, Berns cries a little.
Last night, Kylie Jenner, the world's oldest 17-year-old, finally hit the final (legal) milestone before becoming a sort-of adult: Having a big Kardashian party to celebrate graduating from high school, a party that also included Kendall (who had already graduated) for no apparent reason.
We know a lot about the party itself (Tyga was there, it was hosted at Kris Jenner's house, Ryan Seacrest hosted which okay), but, of course, we know very little about the circumstances under which Kylie graduated, or how she was doing in school. We also don't know how Kylie was actually in school at all, considering that she's one of the most famous people on the planet, owns her own home, and spends a lot of time thinking about chemtrails. She's basically the youngest 35-year-old, ever.
Which means that it's possible to dream of a situation where, in the interest of someday taking over the Kardashian empire, Kylie had to undergo a Billy Madison-type situation in which she had to complete all 12 grades in two weeks, while looking fabulous and taking fire selfies during the academic decathlon. Just imagine -- did Kylie have to go... back to school? [via Complex]