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- 11/16/12--12:45: _PREMIERE: Teeth and...
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- 11/19/12--08:00: _Meet Top Female Ski...
- 11/19/12--08:25: _R.E.M.'s "Blue" Is ...
- 11/19/12--09:00: _PREMIERE: Club Chri...
- 11/19/12--09:15: _Emma Stone Is at th...
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- 11/20/12--07:29: _Live: METZ at Mercu...
- 11/20/12--08:30: _Next Big Thing: Des...
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- 11/16/12--12:45: PREMIERE: Teeth and Tongue's "The Party Is You"
- 11/16/12--13:30: Friday Superlatives: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 11/16/12--14:45: GIFs of the Week: Postmodern Edition
- 11/16/12--15:15: Nationalized Twinkies + Donkey Politicians = Eight Items or Less
- 11/19/12--08:00: Meet Top Female Skier Roz Groenewoud
- 11/19/12--08:25: R.E.M.'s "Blue" Is Our Music Video of the Day
- 11/19/12--09:00: PREMIERE: Club Chrissie ft. Cory Kennedy
- 11/19/12--12:45: Le1f + Boody's New Video Pops
- 11/19/12--15:07: An A to Z Guide of "Trapped in the Closet"
- 11/20/12--05:30: The Crystal Ark's "We Came To" Is Our Music Video of the Day
- 11/20/12--07:29: Live: METZ at Mercury Lounge
- 11/20/12--08:30: Next Big Thing: Designer J.W. Anderson
- 11/20/12--10:30: Check Out Ingo Maurer's Futuristic Digital Candles
"The Party Is You" appears on Teeth and Tongue's forthcoming third album, out in 2013.
Craziest Thing We Saw at a Party This Week: These two (nearly) naked body-painted girls at the Dos Equis Academy Party at a Masonic Lodge in Chelsea. -- Abby Schreiber
Best Food Reading: As a lifelong Chinatown resident, I was thrilled at the arrival of Lucky Peach's Chinatown issue. I plan on flaunting my newfound knowledge of dim sum with friends this weekend. -- Jonah Wolf
Best Couple That Makes Us Feel Disgusting : Olivier Sarkozy and Mary Kate Olsen. -- Elizabeth Thompson
Biggest Broadway Disappointment Of the Week: The very funny and entertaining new play, The Performers, starring Alicia Silverstone, Cheyenne Jackson, Ari Graynor and Henry "The Fonz" Winkler is closing after only 7 performances on Sunday. Go see it before Sunday! -- Whitney Spaner
Best Example of Making the Super-Confusing Petraeus Sex Scandal Less Confusing: "How Mean Girls Explains the Petraeus Scandal" by Ann Friedman for The Cut -- AS
Best Portrait Of An artist By Another Artist: "Portrait of Chris," 2012, a portrait of Chris Johanson by Barry McGee. -- ET
Best Drunk Read: I love Negronis, and I love Troy Patterson, so I knew even before I read it that I would love Patterson's "North Brooklyn Negroni Crawl." -- JW
Best Snack Discovery We Made This Week: That Gregory's Coffee on 31st and Sixth (and, presumably their other locations) has free doughnut holes that are actually really, really good (especially when you want something sweet but don't want to succumb to temptation and buy that apple fritter staring you in the face). -- AS
Best Office Find: This Hugh Grant Commemorative Plate. (Runners up HERE and HERE.) -- JW
Weirdest Twerk Video We Watched All Week: Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson's bizarre teaser for the singer's forthcoming music video accompanying new trap single, "Cake." -- AS
And the award for the 'Most Scathingly Bitchy, Pointlessly Cruel, Needless Takedown of Someone We Already Know Is the Worst and Also The Man Who Keeps the At-Home Blood Sugar Testing Kits Business Booming': Pete Wells' Review of Guy Fieri's
Cats doing Gangnam Style. 'Bout time. [KITTEH KATS]
This SNL ad for visiting your hometown during the holidays is perfect.
Taylor Swift's interview with the New York Times this weekend got off to an awkward start:
NYT: At the CMA awards earlier this month, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley cracked a joke about your reported breakup with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s son Conor Kennedy. But the camera never panned to you.
TS:They don't pan to you if you're not laughing.
According to this, we were Depression-era baseball player Sheriff Blake. Who were you? [LaughterKey]
Mmm, cupcakes that look like Thanksgiving dinner. [LaughingSquid]
Real talk from Andre the Giant. [RatsOff]
For a cool $258, a Japanese company will make you a tiny figurine of yourself using 3-D printing. [TheDailyWhat]
We'll bring the "today was terrible and everything is just really hard and I have to go call my mom while quietly crying in the bathroom" cake. [VampireVest]
Stephen Colbert spends some quality time with his wax statue at D.C.'s Madame Tussauds. [ImWithKanye]
16 Shades of Hugh. [FYeahDementia]
Even if Pete Johnson doesn't win, he should still get a nod for Best Gainesville Mayoral Campaign Ad Ever. [TheClearlyDope]
For all of your Footage of Lady Gaga Humping a Counter Covered in Cool Whip Needs: The upcoming Terry Richardson-directed video for Gaga's weird new song "Cake" has another trailer. NSFW, but you knew that. [ONTD]
The first time American Federation of Skiing (AFS) half pipe champion Roz Groenewoud ever won a competition, she spent her winnings on a plane ticket to Montreal to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform. The cross-country trip from her hometown just outside Vancouver to Montreal may seem like a long way to go to catch a concert, but Groenewoud is a seasoned traveler. At only 22-years-old, the athlete has zig-zagged the globe to compete in tournaments everywhere from France to Japan and Switzerland to New Zealand.
Groenewoud is hoping to continue logging air miles when she heads to Russia with the Canadian National Team to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Until then, the skier, who's recently landed a sponsorship deal with Target -- their first sponsorship of a Canadian athlete as well as of a female snow-sports athlete -- will continue her "balancing act" of participating in competitions while working towards a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Science, with a focus on math and physics, at Quest University in Squamish, British Columbia. Though the physics lab might seem a world away from the ski slope, Groenewoud occasionally sees the two disciplines cross over. When her ski coach comments on her momentum during a maneuver, she often thinks, "actually that wasn't my momentum -- that was my inertia."
When not skiing or studying, the athlete is often listening to music, though she says that "skiing has definitely decreased my ability to keep up with the music scene." Groenewoud prefers getting ready to Florence and the Machine and practicing to "Jay-Z and Dre" but when it's go time, there's only one song that gets her blood pumping: "The Game Needs Me" by Seattle rap trio Dyme Def.
Set against this soundtrack, Groenewoud has had a big year, winning the superpipe competition at the North Face Open in Whistler and placing third in the Winter Dew Tour. Amidst these wins, however, 2012 brought one major loss: the skiing accident-related death of her close friend and fellow athlete, Sarah Burke. Hoping she will never again "have to do anything as hard as competing at the X-Games the week after Sarah's death," Groenewoud plans to honor her friend's legacy by continuing to set a positive example for girls interested in extreme sports. Urging girls not to change themselves to fit the mold of tomboy athletes she says, "You can be feminine and a really strong and powerful athlete. You don't have to change yourself or any part of yourself to pursue athletics."
Okay, Mr. Franco, we'll change your grade in Music Video Production 101 from an "incomplete" to a "C." When R.E.M. released their final album, Collapse Into Now, in 2011, the band announced a "film project" that was supposed to see each track made into a music video by well-known directors, artists etc. including Albert Maysles, Sam-Taylor Wood, Lance Bangs and, yes, James Franco. Well, a year and a half later, Franco has finally finished his contribution to the project with this clip for R.E.M/Patti Smith collab "Blue." So why the hell did it take him so long to finally deliver the video? Maybe he got lost while cruising around Los Angeles looking for iconic SoCal locations -- and waiting for the perfect Lindsay Lohan/Terry Richardson photo shoot? Franco was supposed to make a video for Collapse track "That Someone is You" as well, which has yet to materialize.
Club Chrissie Featuring Leah Dell
Club Chrissie Featuring Maxine Ashley
Club Chrissie Featuring Mr. Mickey and Susan Miller
Club Chrissie Featuring Pharrell
Loving the new Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer '13 ads, photographed as always by Juergen Teller. We're slightly disoriented and we want that dress. [via Fashion Gone Rogue]
Christopher Kane is leaving Versus after six seasons, amid rumors that he'll be taking over at Balenciaga. Kane's reps released a statement saying the rumors are "unfounded." [via Fashionologie]
Here's a cute, Paris-heavy video from Goyard, which gives us a glimpse into how their luggage is made. [via Selectism]
Grace Coddington spoke to the New York Times and Telegraph about her new book and life in general. When asked who would play her in a movie, she replied: "Karen Elson is what everyone says, and Julianne Moore when I'm older -- in my dreams!" Please, someone make this happen! [via Fashionista]
Vans is doing a great job with these new 'California Era Brogues.' We may or may not have just bought a pair ourselves. [via Fashion Beans]
Chanel is actually going to selling those 'Hula Hoop' bags from Spring/Summer '13, just in normal-sized form. [via High Snobette]
It's a testament to R. Kelly, perhaps the most wonderfully weird global R&B legend we have working today, that his batshit crazy "Trapped In the Closet" music video project -- a pulpy, soap opera that involves, among other things, cheating, revenge, guns, cigars, little people, double crosses, drugs and pimps -- isn't even the first thing you think about when you hear his name. It's been five years since we've heard from Kelly's Sylvester and an ever-growing cast of deceitful characters, but Kellz and the "Closet" crew are back and ready to unveil the saga's latest chapter on IFC on November 23. Before jumping back in, we've gone ahead and prepared a handy A-Z guide to get you ready for Chapter 23.
The aliens have landed and they want to party. From the ashes of the disbanded LCD Soundsystem comes Crystal Ark with this 8-minute cross between Joey Arias and the B52s. "We Came To" is an Off-Off Broadway sci-fi epic shot in a dragonfly-shaped space ship on its way to pre-Sandy Coney Island. The genius behind it all, of course, is frontman Gavin Russom, along with a fluctuating back-up troupe that includes Viva Ruiz -- one of the incredible Dazzle Dancers -- who also directed the clip.
XL Nightclub, 512 West 42nd Street. 8 p.m. $25-40.
Drummer Hayden Menzies and bassist Chris Slorach are both improbably beefy; singer/guitarist Alex Edkins probably is, too, behind his glasses and button-down. "We get through a number and we're ready to pass out," announced Edkins, who spent the whole set screaming at the top of his lungs, seemingly destroying his voice.
A lot of METZ's songs stay on one note for a measure or two, then bend up a half-step on the last beat. This is also what a lot of Lex Luger's beats do. It also reminded me of the Vines' decade-old hit "Get Free." Unlike "Get Free," none of METZ's songs have noticeable vocal melodies.
Floorlights enhanced the drama of the band's headbanging. I wrote down the phrase "dude drumming on my back" in my notes, then the dude who had been drumming on my back started rubbing it. Then he started drumming again.
Often clad in blue jeans and a simple white T-shirt, designer Jonathan William Anderson does not immediately look like the man responsible for leading a London-based fashion revolution. The 28-year-old designer, whose eponymous line J.W. Anderson has consistently wowed editors and buyers in recent years, can be credited alongside other Brit designers like Meadham Kirchhoff and Martine Rose as a member of the next-gen brigade. "Fashion needs to be violent," says Anderson of his deeply experimental collections. For his Spring '13 menswear show, he sent down the runway asymmetrical, billowing, neon-pink peacoat-dresses, futuristic dental hygienist-like ensembles and lace-adorned get-ups that recalled a little boy playing dress-up in his mom's closet.
Anderson's career trajectory has been roundabout. He grew up in Northern Ireland and came to the U.S. in 2001 to pursue acting at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. This sparked an interest in costume design that eventually led to a degree in menswear at London College of Fashion. In 2008, after working as a window dresser for Prada, his androgynous menswear label was born. Two years later, he launched his first women's line. "I feel modernity lies within blurring the lines," he says of his signature ability to break gender codes. "I use men's as the stepping stone for women's and vice versa." This ongoing symbiosis has landed his duds into avant-garde-loving emporiums like Colette and Opening Ceremony.
His Spring '13 women's line, filled with frilly, distinctly girlish touches, is considered to be Anderson's most commercial to date (it's accompanied by a coquettish TopShop diffusion line), and makes for a surprising follow-up to his most audacious menswear runway show, which incidentally, he claims was inspired by mothers sleeping with their sons. Explains Anderson: "I want to keep challenging myself every season but I think people are becoming more aware about the brand and the risks we take. I don't feel what I do is to shock, but rather to engage."
Runway photographs by Rory van Milligen.
Today in 'Dammit, why didn't we do that?': Lena Dunham covers i-D (for one of 8 covers including the amazing Grace Coddington cover we wrote about earlier this week). This is the first -- and not the last, we're sure -- fashion magazine cover she's landed. [via Fashionista]
Speaking of Grace Coddington, if you have any questions for her, she'll be answering questions via Vogue's Twitter account today at noon. [via Vogue]
Rei Kawakubo has some things to say about increasing conservatism in fashion: during a rare interview with WWD she said "many parts of the media have created the situation where uninteresting fashion can thrive," and then, of the business end of fashion, that "it's weakening the power of creation." [via Fashionologie]
Bad news: Green Peace just released a study which showed that fast fashion companies -- in particular Levi's, Zara and Calvin Klein -- use a lot of cancer-causing dyes and fabrics. They're asking brands to ditch the harmful materials and be more transparent about their manufacturing process. We couldn't agree more. [via Fashionista]
Watch this new video featuring Iris Apfel and Ari Cohen for The Avant/Garde Diaries. Apfel talks about working in the White House, age-obsession in America, and her drug of choice (hint: it's caviar).
Rihanna wore menswear -- an Acne shirt and top with a Raf Simons coat, specifically -- to switch on the Westfield Stratford City Christmas lights yesterday in London. We'd hem the pants a bit, but other than that we're sold. [via The Cut]
Nightlife Awards nominee and Friend of PAPER Chloe Nørgaard is in the latest issue of Metal Magazine, shot by Enrique Badulescu. Nørgaard dons some punk outfits and generally looks great. Seriously, how do we get that hair? [via Fashion Gone Rogue]
Just as notable are the musical developments. Reality show-style confessional scenes occasion a rock guitar version of the "Trapped" theme; Pimp Lucius sings over a funky "Theme from 'Shaft'" pastiche; a chase scene is soundtracked by an uptempo disco beat.
According to Kelly, his record label had been confused when he first showed them "Trapped": where was the hook, they wanted to know. "That is the hook, the fact that there is no hook," he told them.
Kelly discussed the future of the still unresolved series, promising "85 chapters sitting in the studio," and discussing the ongoing negotiations over his appearance in a planned "Trapped" musical on Broadway. "'Trapped in the Closet' is pretty much forever. I'm not gonna leave you guys hanging five years again," he told the crowd. Then he led an a capella sing-along of "I Believe I Can Fly."