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    New York

    To Be a Lady: 45 Women in the Arts opens today at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas gallery. The exhibit, which includes awesome women in the arts like Alma Thomas, Elisabeth Condon, Louise Bourgeois and more, aims to redefine and examine the meaning and history of the word "lady." [Zing]

    On the heels of the release of their fourth album, Shields, catch indie rockers Grizzly Bear play Radio City Music Hall with Unknown Mortal Orchestra opening. [via Oh My Rockness]

    Check out synth-pop band Craft Spells alongside fellow sugary electronic act Ice Choir tonight at Glasslands Gallery. It will be a night so 80's you'll forget what decade you're in. [Oh My Rockness]

    Los Angeles

    Screen shot 2012-09-23 at 9.01.48 PM.pngPsychedelic pop band Django Django is famous for their crazy live performances which have included everything from props like a giant swinging lightbulb to coordinated stage outfits like pilots' uniforms and safari outfits. Be sure to catch this English group tonight at Bardot. (And watch their music video on PAPERMAG, while you're at it.) [Oh My Rockness]

    If you're feeling especially avant-garde, check out the the experimental 16mm Kodachrome and Ektachrome films of artist Timoleon Wilkins at REDCAT. If you see these films along with Django Django's show recommended above, you're going to have one hell of a trippy night in City of Angels. [Flavorpill]


    Catch Allen Ruppersberg's latest piece, No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R 'n' R, today at the Chicago Art Institute. The colorful piece includes a survey of iconic American music from classic blues to 60's rock comprised of laminated vinyl record covers, vintage snapshots of music events, and an extensive collection of over 1,400 songs collected by Ruppersberg that will all be available for listening at the exhibit. [Art Institute]

    Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit got Youtube-famous after posting a cover they did of the Fleet Foxes' song "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song," but now these two sisters are performing their own music on a tour across the world. Hear their melancholy folk songs tonight at The Metro. [Flavorpill]


    Grammy-nominated, old-timey English rock band Mumford & Sons is playing tonight at Roundhouse as part of the iTunes music festival. [Time Out]

    Merge Festival has just returned to Bankside -- check out loads of art, music and performance scattered throughout various locations over the next month. [via Flavorpill]

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    tumblr_matuu1J9R81rd10xoo1_500.pngLena Dunham, naked and eating cake in a bathroom stall, was most definitely the best thing about Jimmy Kimmel's opening sketch at last night's Emmy's -- and maybe the Emmy's in general? [via The Gloss]


    Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert did not make it easy for Jon Stewart after he won his bazillionth Emmy Award last night. [via BuzzFeed]

    Screen Shot 2012-09-24 at 8.21.34 AM.pngOh, and please watch Amy Poehler and Julia Louis-Dreyfus being amazing. [via BuzzFeed]

    anigif_enhanced-buzz-6902-1348410721-3.gifMeanwhile, on Saturday Night Live, Joseph Gordon-Levitt did this. [via xoxonguyenator]

    tumblr_matq9bBrlo1qaphrco1_500.jpgSlaterrrrrrrrrr. [via Pizzzatime]

    tumblr_makbvssPhT1r7d40uo1_500.jpg Mugging for the camera. [via basistka]

    tumblr_m6wu2e0HKQ1qdfe7go1_500.jpgTwerk it. [via La Reblogothèque]

    tumblr_m0l1r3FfYx1qb6t6wo1_500.jpgWe're not in Kansas anymore. [via imgfave]

    Lady+Gaga+Lady+Gaga+Wears+Large+Dress+Paris+exZEsCHV8mel.jpgLady Gaga wore this cuckoo bananas Comme Des Garcons dress in Paris. [via Zimbio]

    tumblr_manlroH0F61qa42jro1_1280.jpgWe can't. [via Terry's Diary]

    tumblr_mamhjy0BkT1qhh2mzo1_500.gifStop, drop and roll. [via Tsukun Loves Fuzzy Stuff]

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    Calvin Harris hooked up -- in the music collab sense -- with Florence Welch, and out popped this "Sweet Nothing" video. Welch plays the part of a cabaret singer in a strip club, while Harris seems to be giving a gang of thugs some money to beat up her creepy boyfriend.  The track is on Calvin's new album, 18 Months, due out at the end of October. We hear there's also a collab with PAPER's next cover girl, Ellie Goulding. (Oops, hope that wasn't supposed to be a secret.)

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    60s, Sicilian-inspired beachwear, a burlap sack dress, raffia corsets and stripes all made an appearance on the Dolce & Gabbana S/S '13 catwalk during Milan Fashion Week. [via Fashionista]

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 11.50.05 AM.pngDerek Lam is bringing a Brazilian-inspired diffusion line to Kohl's next spring. [via Refinery 29]

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 11.52.44 AM.pngSofia Vergara tweeted this shot of a last-minute wardrobe malfunction at the Emmys last night and, yes, that's her butt. [via Daily Mail]

    21232073_Ungaro_logo.gifEmanuel Ungaro, they of the misguided "let's have Lindsay Lohan be our Creative Director" decision, announced they will be re-launching the iconic French brand.  Rising Sicilian designer Fausto Puglisi has been named their new Creative Director -- he previously designed the Roman soldier get-ups seen on M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj during last year's Super Bowl. [WWD]

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 12.19.39 PM.pngThese Maison Martin Margiela trunk boots kind of remind us of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...[via Slam x Hype]

    Oppa Jill Stuart style? Apparently Psy is collaborating with the NYC-based designer on a collection that will be available only in Asia but will not fall under the "Jill Stuart" moniker. Watch this kind of opaque video above that sorta announces the news. [via Fashionista]

    parkandbondimage.jpgGilt has announced that it will close their full-priced Park & Bond, folding the division into their Gilt Man section. [Reuters via Elle]

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 12.34.55 PM.pngWTF?! Apparently Kelly Osbourne had a $250k manicure using Azature's "Black Diamonds" nail polish (yes, supposedly made with the precious gems in 'em). Ugh. [via Glamour]

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    If your day is feeling just a little too upbeat, might we suggest checking out the new music video for Brooklyn-based songwriter Cindy Cindy's song "Stay," off her first album There Are 1000 More Stars. The video, co-produced and co-directed by Oliver Hartman and Matt Thompson (of the video production company GuyManly), is a love story and a eulogy. According to Hartman, "a eulogy seemed appropriate, for someone who might live the euphoric, schizo love that the music presented and both the highs and lows that can happen when loving so recklessly -- in this case drinking Wild Turkey, stealing cars, and driving too fast in the snow." The video was shot in Simsbury, Connecticut in the middle of a snowstorm, and the guys found the totaled car in a local auto shop. Recalls Hartman, "we paid a tomato faced man a hundred bucks to tow it to location at 4 a.m."


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    twosatrendbrooklyn.jpgEven though there's nothing particularly new about a celebrity spotting in Williamsburg and  Bushwick, our little ears perked up nevertheless when we heard that such unexpected visitors like Katie Holmes and Suri and Bill and Hillary Clinton were seen in the area this weekend. What's more, these folks weren't spotted in "Grown-Up Brooklyn," places like say, DUMBO or Brooklyn Heights. Instead, they were snapped at two locales that could equally vie for the epicenter of hipsterdom: McCarren Park and Roberta's.

    A little context:

    Katie Holmes and her daughter traveled all the way from their Chelsea apartment to Williamsburg to play in McCarren Park, which is sort of an odd choice as it seems like less of a fun park for children and more of a place to see adults playing kickball and trying to secretly smoke. Judging by the pic above, Suri was none too impressed by the whiskered, tattooed denizens she likely encountered loafing around outside.

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 1.28.01 PM.pngThe Clintons, meanwhile, dined al fresco at the Bushwick fave last night for a private 70th birthday party for big-time friend and Democratic donor, Esprit-founder Susie Buell. Capping off the experience was a performance by singer Lia Ices and, in case you were wondering, no, the Clintons did not dine side-by-side with the regulars -- the restaurant was closed to the public during the event.

    And there you have it: Two's A Trend. Who's next? Barack and Michelle spotted milling around at Smorgasburg? The Jolie-Pitt clan at the Commodore?

    [via Perez Hilton/Gothamist/NY Daily News]

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    Imitation of Christ designer, actress and multimedia performance artist, Tara Subkoff, made a splash at Bortolami Gallery earlier this month with her amazing piece, "This Is Not a Fashion Show." Now that she's all up in the art scene, we've asked Ms. Subkoff to send us a series of dispatches from her adventures wading through the wilds of the New York art world. Here, in her first installment, are the shows Subkoff checked out during New York Fashion Week, most of which are up through the end of October.

    e97df7949e05b6ab7c3de891633ea10c.jpgImage courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

    Richard Phillips at Gagosian Gallery

    "Mind blowing. It was relevant and surreal and I can't stop thinking about it.  Paintings bigger than billboards of Lindsay Lohan and Sasha Grey, and corresponding films by Phillips, were haunting and striking."

    Through October 20th.

    EP.jpgEP, Elizabeth Peyton. 2012. Image courtesy of Bortolami Gallery.

    Now I am Quietly Waiting for the Catastrophe of My Personality to Seem Beautiful Again, and Interesting and Modern at Bortolami Gallery  

    "The title for this group show curated by Tom Burr was taken from Frank O'Hara's poem 'Mayakovsky' and suggests that 'the self is dependent on who we surround ourselves with.' Burr examines how personality takes on external form and otherness. An incredible mix of important work and strange relationships, the show features works by many of the artists Burr shared studio space with or went to school with, including Elizabeth Peyton, Sarah Lucas, Charline Von Heyl and Ull Hohn. Additional artists in the show include Dan Grahm, Gordan Matta-Clark, Kaucyila Brooke, Jean Cocteau, Hilary Lloyd, Lucy McKenzie, Ken Okiishi, Josephine Pryde, Mary Simpson, Dash Snow, J St Bernard, and Emily Wardill. I want to go back and see it again!"

    Through October 27th. 

    b4f4ac516f9544634bf1e3e40c3136e5.jpgImage courtesy of Salon 94.

    William Wegman's Drawings for a Better Tomorrow and a Worse Yesterday at Salon 94

    "Funny, brilliant drawings and videos from the 70's. I  loved the 'Dog Duet,' showing the 'human-ness of animals and the strangeness of humans.'"

    Through October 27th.

    slginstall-15.jpgJustin Lowe and Jonah Freeman's Stray Light Grey at Marlborough Chelsea

    "Though there was lots of hype about Thomas Hirschhorn's 'Concordia Concordia' at Barbara Gladstone, it wasn't as powerful or strong as Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman's Stray Light Grey at Marlborough Chelsea. The show was totally brilliant and inspiring. The show focuses on 'the preservation of the materialist surroundings of a certain bygone era so as to recreate a time locked simulation of life as it was,' which, in layman's terms, can be translated as the following: 'In 100 years, this is all of what might be left of where we are at now.' Go see this show  -- and make sure you see the second floor, too."

    Through October 27th.

    kusama_jasonschmidt_600.jpg© Yayoi Kusama. Photograph by Jason Schmidt. Courtesy of the Whitney.

    Yayoi Kusama at the Whitney

    "I had to go and see Yayoi Kusama at the Whitney before it closes at the end of this month.
    Her installation 'Fireflies on the Water' consists of 150 tiny lights suspended over a reflecting pool within a small mirrored enclosure. Space appears infinite, with no beginning or end. Pure magic."

    Through September 30th.

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    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 5.48.43 PM.png1. The highest Korean restaurant in the world, Gaonnuri, opens at 5 p.m. tomorrow, September 25, on the 39th floor of 1250 Broadway.  And, yes, that's just down the street from PAPER's world headquarters on 32nd Street in Manhattan.  Let's do lunch! [via Gaonnuri NYC]

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 5.59.29 PM.png2. The Jonas Brothers told Billboard Magazine that they are hard at work on a new album and are "about 10 or 11 songs in, probably close to some sort of body of music."  No word on a release date, but maybe we'll hear some new tunes when they play Radio City Music Hall on October 11. [via Billboard]

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 6.02.14 PM.png3. New York artist Leo Villareal debuts his gigantic tribute to Buckminster Fuller in Madison Square Park on October 25.  The light sculpture, "Buckyball," is made from 180 LED tubes arranged in a honeycomb pattern.  Multicolored honeycombs are, apparently, a new trend as they're also incorporated in the new Bleecker Street subway transfer station. [via Madison Square Park]

    D4D Fight Night.jpg4. Downtown 4 Democracy is hosting a "Fight Night" (and by "fight," we mean the first presidential debate, of course!) where you can watch the debate on October 3rd with other like-minded politicos at The Jane Hotel. Tickets are $25 and, if you're feelin' fancy, you can get VIP seating and a swag bag with goodies from Opening Ceremony, Rizzoli, Chrissie Miller and more for $250. RSVP at [via press release]

    SongAlbumImage-839819-106108-Screenshot20120911at42551PM.png5. Anthony Haden-Guest is releasing a collab album, Rudely Interrupted, with New York singer Lorraine Leckie on November 12.  There's also going to be an album release show scheduled for the Mercury Lounge that night.  The album combines Guest's lyrics with Leckie's melodies. [via Anthony Haden-Guest]

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 6.10.23 PM.png6. Super-tiny version of New York's iconic Katz's Deli by Alan Wolfson. [via Alan Wolfson/ Jeremiah's Vanishing New York]

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 6.20.34 PM.png
    7. For a cool $8 you can have this Odd Future "Shark Cat Pin." Woo hoo! [via The Reed Space]

    Screen shot 2012-09-24 at 6.25.14 PM.png8. Deviant Artist SharpWriter has a few ideas for how President Obama can cut costs in defense spending... [via The Daily What]

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    Here's a supercut of Breaking Bad's Walter White losing his shit. [via Uproxx]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 7.53.30 AM.pngLove this photo of Madeleine Albright playing the drums at DC's Kennedy Center this past Sunday. She and Condi should have a duet. [via Buzzfeed]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 8.25.50 AM.pngDino-pugs. [via Bunny Food]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 8.19.26 AM.pngProps for being honest. [via Knusprig Titten Hitler]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 10.22.56 AM.png"Cats Acting Out Their Favorite Movies." 'Nuff  said. [via Buzzfeed]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 8.11.16 AM.pngNow you can sit on Brad Pitt or Ryan Reynolds's face. [via Im With Kanye]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 8.21.58 AM.pngWhoa. Here's a lewk from the recent European Beard and Mustache competition held in France. We believe it's called the "Double Cyclone." [via Time/Photo by Reuters]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 10.25.47 AM.pngNope. [via Coin Farts]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 8.23.47 AM.pngOhmygodyouunderstandme. [via Bunny Food]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 8.28.44 AM.pngCheck the box pleeease. [via Paris Hilton Sex Slave]

    Love this supercut of all of Mike O'Brien's awkward kisses from "7 Minutes in Heaven." We didn't realize Insane Clown Posse had been a guest... [via Vulture]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 8.38.50 AM.pngOh no bigs, just Cher cuddling with a monkey. [via Rrrick]

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    This looks like a normal day on the New York subway. Just kidding, but it might be better to watch the new Crystal Castles video after you get to work -- or head off to ballet class. Etan and Alice have been spending time in Poland recording their new album -- coming in November -- and this Ivan Grbin-directed clip is the visual complement to July's single "Plague."  They're touring North America with LA's Health and stopping in NYC at Roseland Ballroom next week, October 3.

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    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 12.01.13 PM.pngA day after he joined Bon Iver for a surprise performance in NYC courtesy of Vitamin Water and The Fader's Uncapped series (more on that later today!), Frank Ocean has a new rap-heavy track, "Blue Whale." Ocean nimbly rhymes over beats as smooth as those found in his R&B songs, name-checking Earl (Sweatshirt, we assume) and Hurricane Katrina ("My hometown flooded, with just a little bit of water") and making subtle references to his sexuality ("I wasn't much into the type that my bros liked / so I never really had no wife, and that's alright"). It's a thoughtful, slightly stream of consciousness-style track and you can listen to it in full below.

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  • 09/25/12--11:30: Trailer Trash: Vamps

  • Confession: We don't get the obsession with vampire movies. But (but!) we totally want to go see Vamps, a new comedy from Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) starring Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23, She's Out of My League) as two vampire gals about town living and dating in New York City. Yes, it sounds like it's prime to be a miserable "Sex and the City-meets-Buffy the Vampire Slayer" combo but a) we trust Heckerling and b) she's rounded up a pretty insane cast. Aside from Silverstone and Ritter, this trailer shows Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey's Matthew modern clothes like these!) playing Ritter's love interest who just happens to be the son of Van Helsing (Wallace Shawn), Kristen Johnston as Mrs. Van Helsing, Justin Kirk, Malcolm McDowell and Sigourney Weaver as a few vampires and Richard Lewis as a character named Danny (dead or undead status unknown). We'll go to the costume store, buy some plastic fangs, and see you on opening night.

    Vamps opens with a limited release on November 2nd.

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    harpers_bazaar_brasil_fevereiro2012_thairine_garcia4.jpgDespite Vogue's pledge not to work with models under 16, Vogue Japan has an editorial in its December issue featuring 14-year-old Brazilian model Thairine Garcia. 15-year-old model Ondria Hardin appeared in Vogue China's August issue, as well. (That's Garcia in Harper's Bazaar Brasil above.)  [Jezebel]

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 1.50.06 PM.pngErin Fetherston is selling pieces from her super-cute personal vintage collection on e-commerce site Wasteland. [Racked]

    o-NATALIE-PORTMAN-BLONDE-HAIR-PHOTO-570.jpgNatalie Portman has gone blonde, we repeat, Natalie Portman has gone blonde. [HuffPo]

    keija-minor-brides.jpgCondé Nast has named its first black Editor-in-Chief to one of its publications. Keija Minor, formerly of Uptown magazine, will now run the show at Brides magazine. Congrats to Ms. Minor. [FashionBombDaily]

    stylemagmodels.jpg The Sunday Times Style magazine got a whole mess of models including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Cole, Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone and Erin Wasson to appear on 10 different covers for their 10th Anniversary Issue. [HuffPoStyle]
    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 12.33.54 PM.png
    In honor of Paris Fashion Week, Colette will be selling sneakers from the Converse X Missoni collaboration that have been covered in deadstock Missoni fabrics. They'll be at Colette starting September 29th and will be in Missoni boutiques select Converse stores worldwide starting October 31st.

    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 2.03.12 PM.pngASOS has a new plus-size line and it's real cute. More images at Refinery29.

    Screen Shot 2012-09-25 at 10.13.48 AM.pngKenzo has a new video our for their Fall/Winter 2012 women's collection featuring a model smashing her way through a marble palace and lots of '80s computer graphics a la that one Dire Straits video. Watch it here.

    Check out our Kim Hastreiter (and Sweetie!) in Refinery29's illustrated guide to the top fashion editors by Delusional Downtown Diva Joana Avillez.

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    New York

    Things are about to get totally 90's. Pink Cookies are throwing a 90's-themed party at the graffiti covered Reboot (formerly GunBar). DJ TekitIZi and Unkle Chip are spinning some jams and half-priced drinks will be served. [Flavorpill]

    Head to the Brooklyn Bowl to catch Gossip tonight and, if you want to make a whole night of it, stick around for ?uestlove's weekly Bowl Train party. [via Oh My Rockness]

    The 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival opens today with over 100 different burlesque artists from around the world congregating in NYC to strip tease their way into your heart. [Village Voice]

    Snoop D-O-Double G (er, actually, we should say Snoop Lion) plays NJ's Wellmont Theatre tonight. [via Oh My Rockness]

    Los Angeles

    Art Platform - Los Angeles 2012: Exhibitors, Partners, Travel, and Events.jpeg
    SoCal's contemporary art and design fair, Art Platform, kicks off today. The four day event will feature a number of exhibitions happening in LA as well such as Zarina: Paper Like Skin at The Hammer Museum and The Sun and Other Stars: Katy Grannan and Charlie White at LACMA. [Time Out]

    Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst is playing tonight at Royce Hall. Though most famous for singing the saddest songs in the history of sad songs as the frontman for Bright Eyes, Oberst has also played in many other acts like Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk. [Flavorpill]


    Writer and editor Sam Weller recently released Shadow Show, a collection of short stories inspired by Ray Bradbury written by authors like Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Dave Eggers, and more. Catch Weller and various contributors discuss the book (and most likely aliens and dystopian futures) tonight at The Book Cellar.  [Flavorpill]

    Sultry shoegazers The Raveonettes are playing tonight at Lincoln Hall along with Cold Showers and Melody's Echo Chamber. [Oh My Rockness]


    yeasayer horn.jpeg
    Psychedelic rock band (and garden fanatics) Yeasayer is playing tonight at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire while on tour for their latest album, Fragrant World. [Time Out]

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    Ke$ha claims she had sex with a gho$t. "I don't know his name! He was a ghost! I'm very open to it." [via Jezebel]

    229028_lawm.jpgZooey Deschanel (of course) got her dress stuck on Lucy Liu at the Emmys. [via BuzzFeed]

    Watch a super-cut of Bruce Willis looking very, very confused. [via Vulture]

    tumblr_maym5lB52C1rfviy7o1_500.jpgA vintage photo of Jack Nicholson eating a watermelon. [via Gin Jack]

    Screen Shot 2012-09-27 at 9.13.47 AM.pngThe cat's out of the bag (sorta). [via Studiomj]

    Screen Shot 2012-09-27 at 8.50.44 AM.pngNow open on Sundays, thank goodness.  [via Dude Guy Kid Bro]

    Oh, Dita. [via Knusprig Titten Hitler]
    Reason #495,293 why we love Katy Perry: She had these Daria nails custom-painted in Tokyo. [via Styleite]

    tumblr_mavx3eiA8l1qzpy7ko1_500.gifBeep boop beep boop beep boop. [via Max Capacity]

    tumblr_maz4amqzWt1qbql2io1_500.jpgThe season four poster for The League, y'all!!  [via The League]

    tumblr_m6lj91xYC31qmdlvho1_500.jpgDIY DMX [via Fantastic Amazing]

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    Dum Dum Girls released this new video for "Lord Knows" from their End of Daze EP.  Dee Dee stars as either a high-priestess at a cult ritual or, on the other hand, maybe it's just a typical California wedding.  Oh no!  It IS a cult and they're sacrificing a hot hunk.  New York men who want to volunteer for the next ceremony will get lots of chances, since the band will be in town this Sunday, September 30, at Europa (98 Meserole, Greenpoint) and on Monday at Other Music.  Plus they're back opening for The Walkmen at Terminal 5 on October 18.

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    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 12.23.57 PM.pngLondon, Singapore and Staten Island may seem like strange bedfellows but pretty soon NYC's oft-underappreciated borough will be home to a massive ferris wheel along the likes of the London Eye or the Singapore Flyer -- in fact, it'll be bigger than both! The same team behind the London Eye, Starneth, will be responsible for the construction of the 625-foot tall ride -- soon to be known as The New York Wheel -- that will contain 36 capsules carrying up to forty people each (or 1,440 people per cycle). We also hear the wheel will anchor a huge space in St. George that includes a 350,000 square-foot outlet mall and hotel and will cost $230 million clams (uh, who's paying for that?). Construction is set to begin in 2014 with the goal of sending the first riders up into the Staten Island clouds by 2015. Pretty cool.

    Check out more photo renderings below.

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 12.24.07 PM.png Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 12.24.34 PM.png[via Curbed/Renderings via NYC Mayor's Office]

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    Ahhh! Wendy Pepper, possibly the second biggest villainess in reality competition TV history (Omarosa reigns supreme) and cast member on Project Runway's first season, is joining the new cast of Project Runway All-Stars. This is gonna be good. [TheCut]
    546-ondria-hardin-@-vogue-china-august-2012-by-daniel-jackson-9.jpgVogue is sorry for using underage models in their magazines after promising not to use underage models in their magazines. [Fashionista]

    o-ANN-ROMNEY-570.jpgAnn Romney wore this weird, leather "Mitt and I read 50 Shades as a couple"-get-up on the Tonight show recently. [HuffPo]

    Elmo walks Harper's Bazaar editor Laura Brown through his closet. Who knew Elmo has some lewks? [Racked]

    debn-t.jpgFYI: WSJ. magazine editor Deborah Needleman is officially taking over T: The New York Times Style Magazine following Sally Singer's departure last month. [TheCut]

    The cool botanical-print bags from Philip Lim 3.1's Spring 2013 collection are already available to buy, should you be someone who can buy such things. [HighSnobette]

    1348680842sweater-9.jpgRookie shows you how to make a DIY Schiaparelli sweater.

    h&monline.jpgH&M is delaying their e-commerce launch. Noooo! [Racked]

    SHIFT spotted several America's Next Top Model contestants in the pages of knitting magazines. A check is a check. :(

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    Io Echo is your favorite band's favorite band: Hot Chip, Florence + the Machine and Nine Inch Nails have all hand-picked the Los Angeles duo to open tours, and after one listen to their new self-titled EP, you'll know why. Songs like "When the Lillies Die" propel the listener through a sort of natural fiber update of a '90s goth-industrial sound -- albeit one that's layered with Chinese violins and Japanese koto harps. Singer Ioanna Gika and producer-guitarist Leopold Ross take this "new orientalism" (as the music press have dubbed their sound) even further live, with Gika, a Nico-esque chanteuse in a long kimono robe, gesturing with her own flourishes in front of videos of Kabuki theater.

    "Kabuki has so much eroticism yet so much restraint," Gika explains of the band's fascination with the dramatic art. "It's these kinds of contrasts that inspired me to want to make music."

    The only child of an MIT physicist, Gika grew up in Washington, D.C., listening to Enya and was a self-described science nerd. "When the whole Higgs boson thing happened, I was like 'That's my jam!'" she says. Gika first met the London-bred Ross (whose older brother Atticus wrote The Social Network score) at a Hollywood dive. "I was obsessed with [the Velvet Underground's] 'Venus in Furs,'" Gika says. Ross shared that he was named after the original book's author, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. "I'm pretty socially awkward so it gave me something to talk about," he says. The pair "hung out" a few times (no, they're not a couple) before making music. "Our friends were having a Halloween party and asked us to play and we were like 'sure,'" says Gika.

    Two years later, it's still this almost accidental quality that permeates Io Echo's effortless mix of emotion and escapism. The more pragmatic Ross attributes the sound to the London-esque weather around his Laurel Canyon studio. "We'd be working and be completely enveloped in fog," he says. "That definitely contributed to the mood."

     Io Echo is out October 16th.

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    Don't be surprised if you hear "LeSutra" name-checked in tons of pop songs in the next few months.  For example: "We were chillin' with our hookah and sippin' on LeSutra."  Mega-rapper and producer Timbaland -- the producer of huge hits for everyone from Justin Timberlake to Bjork -- is launching what's being hyped as "the first sparkling liqueur" on Monday, October 1st.  Celebrity liquor brands are nothing new and the really popular ones, like Diddy's Ciroc Vodka, sell millions of cases a year.  Let's take a little trip down hang-over lane with some highlights from the celebrity booze world.

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.06.33 PM.pngPharrell's Qream with a Q
    Geared toward women -- Pharrell claimed it was "lactose friendly" -- Qream launched last year and it's still wreaking havoc with spellcheck. We tried the strawberry flavor and tasted some Nesquik top-notes and a slight chalky after taste. Mmmm.

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.10.32 PM.pngDan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka
    Why isn't this more popular?  Actually, we poured ours out, but kept the cool skull bottle.

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.12.48 PM.pngMarilyn Manson's Absinthe Mansinthe
    OMG, the walls are melting! And we almost set fire to our hair. Just kidding, after a few sips, we were like, "What's so bad about the music biz that makes artists want to plug booze?" Actually, never mind. We know the answer to that question. 

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.15.53 PM.pngDanny DeVito's Premium Limoncello
    Props to the actor for having a sense of humor and turning a drunken (or "hungover") appearance on The View -- which he attributed to having imbibed too much limoncello the night before with George Clooney -- into a business opportunity. Too bad the result is said to be "lumpy."

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.22.13 PM.pngLudacris' Conjure Cognac
    To be honest, we haven't tried the stuff but we love that the bio on the cognac site reads, "Chris [Ludacris] is a celebrated actor, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a connoisseur of fine cognac. He is as approachable and amiable as he is lauded." Uhh, aren't they missing something from that resumé?

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.25.16 PM.pngWillie Nelson's Old Whiskey River Bourbon
    Handcrafted in small batches in a Kentucky distillery, this one actually sounds pretty legit to us but it's a damn pity that the tasting notes don't include something slightly more, uh, herbal.

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.27.18 PM.pngLil Jon's Little Jonathan Winery
    A man can only drink crunk juice for so long before he starts getting thirsty for something a little classier -- a "purple drank" 2.0, if you will.  Thankfully, that's where Little Jonathan Winery (YES, THAT IS ITS NAME) comes in, a brand the rapper describes thusly: "My full name is Jonathan...The wine is more mature...a little bit more upscale than regular 'Lil Jon.'...This is not no ghetto Boone's Farm; this is some real wine."

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.29.16 PM.pngRoberto Cavalli Vodka
    Rappers and actors don't have a monopoly on the celebrity liquor market and the fashion designer's foray seems like a liquor that goes best with chest hair and a night at one of Berlusconi's "bunga bungas."

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.33.08 PM.pngFrancis Ford Coppola's Sofia Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine (In a Can)
    We have to be honest and say that when we were in college, we thought this was a most classy and sophisticated beverage. And still kind of do, actually?

    Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 3.35.24 PM.pngJustin Timberlake's 901 Silver Tequila
    Named after JT's Memphis hometown's area code, this tequila has even impressed discerning NYC bartenders. And you know what? After the fourth shot, it really impressed us, too. (And then we started crying and tried to make out with the bottle.)

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