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- 10/26/15--04:00: Keep Shelly in Athens' Lars von Trier-ian Video For "Now I'm Ready"
- 10/26/15--05:00: It's Chinatown: Watch this Exclusive & Very Meta Drunk History Clip
- 10/26/15--05:10: RIP Anita Sarko
- 10/26/15--05:55: ALERT: There's New Missy Elliott Coming Tonight
- 10/26/15--06:11: Lady Gaga Gives A Talk At Yale About The "Emotion Revolution"
- 10/26/15--06:45: The 10 Thottiest Witches In Art History
- 10/26/15--07:14: Earl Sweatshirt Calls Drake "A Bit Of A Vulture"
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- 10/26/15--09:01: The Kardashian Koven Kommunes On A Sunday
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- 10/26/15--11:30: Scenes from a Harry Potter-esque Brooklyn Rave
All Hallows' Eve is fast-approaching, and aside from the line between our living world and the realm of the dead thinning with each passing second, there are a lot of other things to be focusing on.
Like, which celebrities are undoubtedly witches.
Which celebrities commune, and conjure, and cackle at the wind, and dance on graves.
I'm not just talking about an average Tuesday night for Sarah Jessica Parker, either.
The time to point that bony finger is nigh.
Practice with me now. Wherever you are (hopefully in public), just shout "I saw Goody (Sienna) Miller dancing with the devil!!!!!!"
Feels good, right? Good!
Let's get our accusation hats on.
12. Zsa Zsa Gabor
The almost century-old Hungarian superstar (98-years-old) has lived through two world wars, 9 marriages, has been given her last rites like, 3 times, and is still fucking going. At this rate, she'll probably outlive us all. And I hope she does.
9. Sheryl Crow
She's enchanted us for two decades with her "open mic night at a bar with peanuts and salt all over the floor" schtick, but you know Ms. Crow has been on a Practical Magic journey for YEARS.
8. Kim Cattrall
9. Elton John
Has definitely tried to blight Madonna's Kabbalah bread.
8. Tina Turner
Proud Mary made a deal with the devil to keep it at fucking 100 forever.
7. The Hanson Brothers.
6. Whoopi Goldberg
She vanquished the evil of Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Jenny McCarthy off The View for all of us. Queen.
5. Jessica Chastain
Any day could be the day Jessie doesn't use her powers for good. When that day comes, we'll all have much to fear.
4. Blythe Danner
Gwyneth has known FOR YEARS, and it's so hard for her to not write about it on GOOP, and whenever she asks Blythe if she can, Danner responds by sing-saying, "Tick-tock, tick-tock." while wagging her index finger.
2. Ina Garten
She first toyed with the idea of witchcraft on one terrible afternoon, on the frozen beach during a Hamptons winter, while Jeffery was away....somewhere. She never knew where.
Since then, it's been an every day practice.
1. Diane Keaton.
Last week, Pitchfork listed the song "The Line" by Toronto based singer, dvsn, as one of their tracks to listen; we took their advice, and now we can't stop.
Not much information is known about the crooner, except that Ninteen85 (Paul Jefferies), who helped produced Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home," and his recent, bizarre triumph "Hotline Bling," produced "The Line."
It's an eerie piano ballad, with a slow-motion percussion, and when the two first meet -- on top of dvsn's velvety, tragic vocals--it's like Brian McNight + D'Angelo +Enya + NyQuil.
And that's a very, very good thing.
"The Line" is about getting to a place of intimacy in a new relationship--physically and emotionally--and how terrifying it can be; dvsn's pining high notes capture that vulnerability perfectly.
There's also a gospel choir backup that comes in towards the end that'll melt your face.
The song could've easily fit in on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet, next to "When Doves Cry."
Listen here now or above and get into it.
Lana Del Rey has even more to say about death and dying.
While speaking to Billboard, the artist formerly known as Lizzy Grant's tireless campaign to out-melancholy humanity doubled by informing us she was more precocious and reflective as a child than me and you and everyone who ever was.
"It's hard for me sometimes to think about going on when I know we're going to die. I remember being four years old and I'd just seen a show on TV where the person was killed. And I turned to my parents and said, 'Are we all going to die?' They said 'Yes,' and I was totally distraught! I broke down in tears and said, 'We have to move!'"
Indeed, Death's scythe has always been knock, knock, knockin' at Lana's door, or at least in her mind.
She went on to say that her existential dread is SO bad, that her "panic (attacks)... it got worse I saw a therapist - three times. But I'm really most comfortable sitting in that chair in the studio, writing or singing."
I am certainly in no position to offer one advice on mental health care, but methinks you could afford more than three visits to a therapist, Lana.
The singer has discussed her death-obsession in the past, often to criticism.
Last year, she spoke to The Guardian, and said she wished she "was dead already," to be revered like Kurt Cobain. Though Del Rey would deny she made the comment, the Guardian produced a transcript of the conversation.
That little comment was famously reviled by Kurt's only daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, who was essentially like, "Dying young and suicide fucking suck, and neither is chill, Lana."
But, then again, maybe we just need to accept our most famous Lydia Deetz stan in all her billowy glory.
But in subsequent interviews included in the book, Ora goes on to deny that she was really abused, saying instead that it was "a boost to her confidence" at the time. "I was almost obsessed with having a man feel like he wants me," she explained back in 2013 in an interview with Lifetime TV. "It made me feel great and I didn't care what he did or how old he was. I wanted it. It's crazy," later adding that, "I don't want to say that I suffered it, because I wanted it...I don't want people to think I was abused as a kid but I was definitely more mature than I should have been at 14."
With the biography excerpts out and several tabloids running headlines that call Ora's experience sexual abuse and "grooming" at a young age, the singer's camp has yet to follow-up for comment.
[h/t The Sun/Metro]
Earlier this year, KSIA released their second full-length album, Now I'm Ready via the label Friends of Friends. The album is a chill-wave audio narcotic with highly addictive properties that often leaves the listener with a strange but pleasantly euphoric feeling of withdrawal. The album's guitar-wash opener, "Fractals" invites both a sense of nostalgia and that new and exciting you get when kissing someone for the first time.
The band recently teamed up with FACES (a directorial collaboration between Gareth Warland and Noelle Rodrigues) to create a dreamy music video for the album's eponymous track, "Now I'm Ready," which features the musical talents of another Grecian downtempo duo, Ocean Hope. "We wanted to give the video a '70s Ektachrome feel and took influence from the beautiful films and Polaroids of Tarkovsky and the photography of David Hamilton," says Warland, who decided early on to shoot the video in the 4:3 aspect ratio to recall the early films of Lars von Trier and all the anxiety and unsettling beauty he's become known for.
"We have always been big fans of female vocalists and "Now I'm Ready" is a song sung by a woman about a woman, so it was a natural choice for us to develop a female protagonist," notes Rodrigues, who stuck with the von Trier approach when hiring the actors and setting the tone. "We are very interested in strong female characters, so often we find ourselves building ideas around female leads."
The song's third-act builds with one of the album's most simple yet exquisite lyrics, "whisper to my soul." Based on the video's violent subject matter, one could speculate that something with evil intent may be the one doing the whispering, but for Myrtha, this lyric does something else for her. " I think that either saying or singing these words, I feel more hopeful and optimistic towards life," she says. Right on sister.
Catch KSIA at NYC's (le) Poisson Rouge on November 5th. For the rest of their tour dates, go HERE.
New dad Chance the Rapper has made very canny collaborative choices. His biggest project has been as a part of a band, The Social Experiment, working on an album that functions as a collaborative piece of music. His second-biggest project is a series of tracks with Lil B, who you wouldn't necessarily expect to be producing quantities of good music in 2015. And now, he's got a track coming with... Stephen Colbert?
In an interview with Hot 97, Chance discusses the project. "Stephen Colbert has bars?" Chance is asked, appropriately, though there are few further details.
According to Chance's Twitter, the track will be debuted on The Late Show -- or should we say, The Lit Show -- tomorrow.
Here are three things we recently learned about Drunk History: 1) host and co-creator Derek Waters once had a comedy troupe called Haja Fresh ("haja" rhymes with "Baja"), which he also considered naming Bon Joki; 2) the first episode of Drunk History just might have inspired the musical Hamilton; 3) while the show's narrators may veer off-topic, convulse with hiccups or attempt to kiss Waters on the lips, the basic facts of each segment are verified by a team of in-house researchers. This last discovery is the most telling. It reminds us that both the show's creators and its plastered storytellers are genuinely invested in the stories they tell. Maybe that's why the show is now enjoying its third season on Comedy Central, having originated as a one-off web video in 2007. Its premise is both boneheaded and universal: as Waters puts it, "From the dawn of time, people have liked to get drunk and reminisce about the past."
The outpouring of love that exploded when I Facebooked about Anita Sarko's suicide the other day was so astounding, I bet it would have saved her life if she'd been around to witness it. The truth is, Anita had been a ground-breaking DJ and feisty writer (including for Paper back in the day), but in the last few years, she was having trouble finding creative work and felt a bit hopeless and forgotten.
I first noticed her at the Mudd Club, a late '70s New Wave hangout, where she ruled as a rare female DJ, one with the guts to play whatever she wanted. I actually was convinced she was a transsexual, with her striking looks and sultry voice! (Eventually, I realized she wasn't. I'm much more savvy today, I swear.) By time she was the DJ/host at the '80s megaclub Palladium -- spinning in the Mike Todd Room, a mural-laden VIP area in which she was basically one of the art pieces -- I got to know her and all her intricacies and was drawn to her smarts and talent.
She'd booked my cover band at Rock Lounge, showing a burgeoning entrepreneurial side, and, with Haoui Montaug, organized and hosted the freewheeling No Entiendes revues at Danceteria, where upstarts like Karen Finley, Madonna and the Beastie Boys performed in between the hosts ranting, bantering, and playing party games. She and Haoui also introduced karaoke to America, where it's now integral to any bar worth its salted margaritas.
But it was in the '90s that Anita really soared. Major designers like Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood knew she was the cool catch and booked her to DJ their shows in New York and Europe, which she filled with imports, offbeat mixes, and surprising oldies. Well off from family money at this point, she had two apartments in the same Village building (one just for storing records) and was on a constant spree for the newest Prada outfits and pairs of shoes in every color. And when the caustic Spy magazine dissed her as "grizzled," that sent her on a mission to get surgery after surgery and change her looks, from her nose to her new "Naomi Campbell ass." Around the same time, she'd invested with a high profile money man who later got busted as a big-time scam artist, so that hurt her bank book, along with all the spending.
But as the money went bye bye, her personality grew bigger and stronger. Not a wilting flower, Anita spoke her mind and routinely made waves. She was the type of person who made a scene when given a fourth row seat at a fashion show. If she wasn't invited to a restaurant opening she felt she belonged at, she shot off a fury of angry emails about it. (Once, when a boîte relented and offered her a comp dinner there any time she wanted, she shot back, "Who's gonna leave the tip?") A perceived transgression could seem major in her eyes and that person was poisoned forever. Underneath her armor, she was still that little girl, wanting mommy and daddy's love and craving their validation, not just their money. But she offset that with loyalty, smarts, and kindness.
In 2001, I was the witness at her wedding and took her and her husband Erzen Krivca to the Windows of the World afterwards. She had a younger man in her life, and was as tickled by this development as I was.
Patrick McMullan hired her to archive photos and work on his site's blog, in addition to which she was an idea person who helped with client relations. But she kept trying side gigs that didn't always pan out. She worked on a radio show for two years, for which she got no money, and it wasn't renewed. A regular DJ gig went nowhere when the party moved, then ended.
After many years of employment, she was almost laid off two years ago. Then this year, McMullan had to lay her off for real because the business was hurting. Anita tried a lot of options, and even went to a hardware store to ask for work, but they weren't interested. I suggested cater waiting, but she thought that was below her. (But she was willing to work in a hardware store? I know, the woman was complicated.) I also told her she should market herself as an '80s DJ and do gay weddings and bachelorette parties, but she'd already gotten the feeling no one wanted her music, so she raised her hurt flag and didn't pursue it.
Recently, she started a blog on Wordpress to get her writing out there, and she was putting her old clubbing diaries together in hopes of making a book out of it. But she freaked when her computer crashed (she hadn't backed up the material) and was starting to feel the company repairing it was never going to return it. (The computer came back the day after she died.) It wasn't all despair -- far from it. Not long ago, we impulsively went into a Christmas ornament shop on Fifth Avenue where she shot a carefree video of me carrying on, for Facebook. She'd asked me to take her to the upcoming David Bowie stage musical, and I said "sure." But Anita was all too cognizant of the fact that she'd been a nightlife queen and now had to swallow her pride and work odd jobs. Society is not always kind to its icons, who are regularly discarded in favor of the younger, cheaper, and less textured.
On Sunday October 18, her husband came home from a trip to Canada, saw a note she'd left and found her on the bathroom floor with a rope around her neck. She'd also hung her red wedding dress. Her note expressed appreciation to her husband, me, pal Kohle Yohannan, and her childhood friend Linda. At times a walking raw nerve, Anita was brilliant and unique and had to be tougher to make it in a man's field, but she was a marshmallow deep down, and a fierce and devoted friend. In the '80s, when it was clear to many that Steve Rubell was dying of AIDS, Anita refused to believe he was sick. She also was certain Michael Alig didn't do it, since he'd been nice to her! For someone so experienced and with it, she maintained an ingenue's sense of trust and wonder. And she was a wanderer and very brave about it. When we went on a trip to Thailand ages ago, she stayed longer than the rest of us, wanting to explore other regions of the country by herself. Ironically, Anita had beaten both uterine and ovarian cancer, but now she took her own life. No doubt she's currently got a front row seat in the sky. If not, God's got some hell to pay.
Missy Elliott has just announced a new track, "WTF," featuring Pharrell, which will debut -- in part -- as part of Monday night football tonight, continuing Missy's string of good luck with football events.
Witches, succubi, sirens, sorceresses! Wicked women have been gossiped about and feared since the beginnings of human history. These women communed with the devil, subverted institutions, destroyed marriages, and engaged in all sorts of unspeakable acts of sin and immortality. They were lustful, wanton, and voluptuous. Basically, witches were the original thots.
We turned to art history to uncover more clues about history's witchiest, thottiest ladies, and these are the works we found:
1. Albrecht Dürer, The Four Witches, 1497: A train of thots sensually lounging at the gateway to death.
2. Francisco Goya, Witches' Flight, 1798: Three scantily-clad witches are depicted with their mouths on a man in mid-air, while bystanders recoil. Intense stuff, Goya.
3. Evelyn De Morgan, The Love Potion, 1903: When you've had a few drinks and start to feel the thot coming out.
4. Hans Baldung, Witches, 1508: Generations of thots gathered around a bubbling cauldron (what secrets lie within?), masterfully rendered with quintessential Early Modern chiaroscuro.
5. Ishtar, Mesopotamia, c. 2000 BC: The Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, war, sex, and love was known to lure her many lovers into fatal traps, and will forever be remembered as antiquity's cruelest thot.
6. Paul Delvaux, L'Appel de la Nuit, 1938: It's possible to look hott in even the most desolate of landscapes, as Delvaux demonstrates.
7. Luis Ricardo Falera, Departure of the Witches/Faust's Vision, 1878: Faust's thottie dreams of the Satanic realm were exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1880.
8. John William Waterhouse, Circe Offering The Cup To Odysseus, 1891: In addition to being a magical goddess, witch, and enchantress, Circe was thirsty af.
9. Albert Joseph Pénot, Départ pour le Sabbat, 1910: Pénot's fixation on dark thots culminated in the quintessential depiction of a witch.
10. William Blake, The Night of Enitharmon's Joy, c. 1795: Sometimes Hecate just don't wanna be a thot no more.
drake found kodak black? smh welp-- EARL (@earlxsweat) October 25, 2015
@AwfulSam naw bro. no hipster nothing. drake can be a bit of a vulture on young rap niggas and i don't want lil kodak to be a victim of it-- EARL (@earlxsweat) October 25, 2015
@TeesanKomo I feel u but I still feel like drake overall statement isn't "check out this new shit I heard" it's always self serving-- EARL (@earlxsweat) October 25, 2015
@TeesanKomo I guess u rite. it's not his job to develop them as artists. but the line between paying homage and wave riding is a blurry one-- EARL (@earlxsweat) October 25, 2015
aye but just like the line between paying homage and wave riding is a blurry so is the one between giving criticism and hating-- EARL (@earlxsweat) October 25, 2015
No one loves Hallowe'en more than Heidi Klum.
"Ja!!!! Ja!!!" She yells, throwing pennies and chocolates at trick-r-treaters' faces.
For her annual star-studded Halloween bash (this year will be the 16th one), Klum pulls out all the "I'm a bored wealthy person" stops to outdo EVERYONE in the costume department.
Heidi goes fucking ham.
Just take a look at some of her best (and most terrifying) over the years:
with her ex Seal :(((((((((
You get the picture.
For this year's festival of Samhain, it looks like Ms. Klum is getting all her strudels and schnitzels in line again for a real doozy...involving a prosthetic face...
The supermodel will be wearing a gold, sequined dress designed by the amazing Christian Siriano (who won Project Runway Season 4).
On her insane preparation, Heidi says:
"I am working with Mike Marino from Prosthetic Renaissance and his team to make this year's costume. They cast my entire body -- eyes open! -- to make the special pieces to make my costume come alive."
We imagine Heidi gleefully volunteered for the eyes open route.
The model adds that the costume is "sort of a male's fantasy come to life," and from the romp and the facial mold, I will venture to guess that it's vaaaaaguely reminiscent of the general structure of Ms. Kim Kardashian West.
Wonder how many "Break the Internet" Kim costumes we'll see this year.
What we want to know is, which celebrities have done prosthetic molds of other celebrities in secret. Just to, you know, wear around the house. Reasonable!
(And Bradley Cooper, we're looking at you.)
Heidi's party itself is going to be something else: it's being held at NYC's Temple of Bridge, Tunnels, and Euro-Bro (LAVO), and sponsored by Svedka and GSN's horror-gameshow Hellevator.
In fact, a replica of the same elevator used on the show will be used to carry guests into the "haunted warehouse" the party is set in.
Imagining Heidi emerging from the darkness of the elevator with just this Jacob's Ladder portion of her mask on is enough to make me never want to leave my house again:
Memphis rapper/post-punk musician/artist Gavin Mays, better known as Cities Aviv, likes doing more with less -- it's a defining quality of his music, which exists in the increasingly prominent intersection of the fringes of both hip-hop and punk. (Yeah, that phrase is a mouthful, but it's pretty hard to quite capture the sound otherwise, just listen to it.) The video for "Survival Fit," off this year's Your Discretion is Trust, continues with that theme -- the actual song doesn't even start until two minutes into the video, instead featuring the voice rapper Gita for the first chunk of time. Space out with the video for "Survival Fit" below.
Yesterday, the Sisters Kardashian (and Jenner) convened for Kim's baby #2 shower at a Beverly Hills mansion.
The ladies arrived before the celebration, which was a Girl Scout camp theme (Troop Beverly Hills, god, yes), clad in matching striped pajamas; they gifted us with some Instagrams of this totally candid, not-posed-at-all-for-professional-photographers sister moment.
There were also teepees, complete with champagne.
"Sister Sunday" the photo was captioned.
"Yes, sisters. Together we'll chant. Together we'll conjure." Kourtney said.
They all placed their hands on Kim's pregnant belly.
"We endow the unborn with the bounty of the earth," Khloe said.
"Take your seat upon thy throne of bones and ash, with all of us," Kendall said.
"Ya," Kylie added, while looking down at her phone.
Then the windows and doors opened, and the curtains blew in, the sun blackened; Kris suddenly appeared, and levitated toward them, her toes dragging on the carpet.
"CAAAAAAAAAAA!!" She yelled, her smile opening wider and wider; her eyes locked on Kim's womb.
But a bunch of other guests came, including Kris and Caitlyn Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, and Maria Menunous, most of which followed the comfy dress code.
Kanye came, too, who only last week threw a surprise birthday party for his wife, and encouraged guests to wear fake baby bumps in her honor.
Kimberly's due date isn't until Christmas Day (December 25), but nothing wrong with a little pajama-power to ease KiKi in.
Grimes looks ready to close out 2015 strong, with the release of her latest album, Art Angels. The first off the record, for "Flesh Without Blood" and "Life in the Vivid Dream" (each constitutes a separate act of the video), certainly supports that impression. Directed by the artist herself, the video features a startling number of bright characters, including one who appears to be vaguely French Revolution-era literally hanging out on a tennis court. She's also released the track list for Art Angels, including a song with Janelle Monáe (!!!). Watch the video for "Flesh Without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream" below, and check out the track list for Art Angels over at Pitchfork.
And the Donald, perhaps smarting, called her a "lonely loser" a few days later, "in defense" of fellow GOP pol Mitt Romney -- a diss Cher just LOL'd at, chalking it up to Trump's own deeply-rooted insecurities.
Over the weekend, The Culture Whore kicked off pre-Halloween festivities with 'Chamber of Secrets,' a spooky-scary warehouse rave with more than a whiff of Harry Portter-after-dark vibes. The party raged until 6am with music spun by the likes of Michael Magnan, Bearcat, Katie Rex and David Sokolowski. Take a look at pics by Santiago Felipe, below.