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- 12/10/12--13:13: _The Winter Issue
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- 12/10/12--10:00: The Best Party Pics from Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
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- 12/10/12--12:30: "Latkes & Blunts" and Other Hanukkah Songs We Wish Existed
- 12/10/12--13:13: The Winter Issue
- 12/10/12--13:30: Watch Bruno Mars Perform "Part Of Your World"
- 12/10/12--15:00: The Dark Side of Bruno Mars
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- 12/11/12--06:30: Morning Funnies: @SeinfeldToday + Snoop Moses
- 12/11/12--10:15: Jacob Soboroff Is the Media World's New Favorite Nerd-Hunk
- 12/11/12--10:20: PS1 and Volkswagen to Open Relief Center in the Rockaways
7. Here's this year's White House Christmas card. Bo! [HuffingtonPost]
Jamie Foxx hosted SNL over the weekend and starred in this amazing trailer for an action movie featuring Tyler Perry's Alex Cross and Madea characters wrapped into one crime-fighting hero. [TheWrap]
Downton Abbey X Columbus Circle Station.
P.S. AHHHHHHHH! Ahhhhh! Whattt? Where were we? When did this happen? Come back, cast of Downton Abbey! (We need to update our "Downton Abbey Stars On-Screen Vs. Off blog, STAT. Also, shout out to Thomas for having the most flattering outerwear.)[LaughterKey]
An entrancing super-cut of RuPaul saying "Don't Fuck It Up" on Drag Race. Watch on repeat next time you're getting ready to do something really challenging, like speaking in public, changing a flat tire by yourself or applying false eyelashes. [Vulture]
And speaking of... RuPaul will guest star as a hairdresser on Happy Endings! His episode airs in early 2013. Don't f*ck it up, Ru. [Vulture]
Juno, the music-loving Beluga whale at the Mystic aquarium in Connecticut, got a private concert from a sax-playing Santa. Heart explosion. [Buzzfeed]
Ye olde Steve Buscemi tintype. [ThisIsntHappiness]
From Daily Dot's roundup of famous works of art re-done by Reddit user shitty_watercolor. GIF by Challenger.
Our Carlin who art in heaven. [LaughterKey]
Motto for 2013. [RatsOff]
Homer Simpson on last night's amazing Simpsons send-up of Portland hipster culture. (Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein guest starred as a hipster couple who move to Springfield with their son T. Rex, played by Patton Oswalt.) [PopCultureBrain]
Sloths just get it. [TallWhitney]
Mozzy Hexmas! Morrissey Christmas tree toppers are now available on Etsy. [Flavorpill]
Tom Tom Club recently released their first new music in over a decade on a 5-track EP called Downtown Rockers, and now there's a video for one of the songs called "Kissin' Antonio." The group -- started by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth as a Talking Heads side project in 1981 -- returned to their roots at Rhode Island School of Design and enlisted several current students to generate the clip. There are mucho graphic tricks incorporated and computer animation skills abound, but they almost overwhelm the track's simple and pleasant groove.
W 's new art-meets-fashion issue features four different covers of Jessica Chastain by four different artists: namely Rineke Dijkstra, George Condo, Mickalene Thomas, and Chantal Joffe. The painted Chantal Joffe cover is our favorite. [via Design Scene]
J. W. Anderson is having a great month -- he and Simone Rocha won the British Fashion Council's top prize, the NewGen sponsorship! That's the UK's equivalent of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. [via Fashionista]
Here's Kate Upton in a Bruce Weber-shot fashion film for Vogue Germany called "It Had To Be You." Everyone is scantily clad and seems to be having a really good time. We're ok with it. [via High Snobette]
Fred Perry is collaborating with No Doubt! Although as The Cut points out, this collab isn't as exciting as it might seem at first glance: instead of fun, cuckoo Gwen-Stefani-from-the-90s outfits, it'll be a lot of collared shirts and sweaters.
After tearing a ligament in her leg, Naomi Campbell has been touring around Art Basel in a wheelchair. [via Page Six]
Lea Michele, on her breasts: "They are my prizewinners. For a while they were out and about, showing off on Broadway every night, then they came to L.A. and were like, 'No one else looks like me here!' They were nervous to make their appearance but feel they've earned their place." [via The Cut]
Aesop skincare founder Dennis Paphitis has some strong words about the way most brands use their retail spaces. When asked about why each store is designed differently, he said he wanted to avoid "the kind of assault on the streetscape that retailers inflict through the ordinary course of mindless business...I was horrified at the thought of Aesop evolving into a soulless chain." [via Dezeen]
Best Casual Basel Look: This paw-print pasties ensemble spotted at Desi Santiago's "The Black Lords" opening.
Just kidding, this guy had the best moves at the Matthew Stone ball at Villa Vecchia.
Best disco nap: Casey Spooner rests up on his way to Chez Deep's house party.
Best performance art in a pool: Genevieve Belleveau and Labanna Babalon at the NADA pool party.
Best DJ Booth: Cyril Duvall's at the NADA pool party.
Cutest Art Basel Couple: Diane Von Furstenberg and Russell Simmons. [Photo courtesy of Syndicate Media Group]
Fun fact: We are suckers for holiday music. Maybe it's due to the fact that our mom used to crank up the holiday songs on Lite FM (thank you Delilah) starting weeks before Thanksgiving or that the first CD we owned was the Jackson 5 Christmas Album but for the last few weeks, our Songza account has been tuned to various holiday-themed stations nonstop. And, while we love us a good Bing Crosby rendition of "White Christmas" or Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas Is You," we can't help but wish that interspersed between all these Christmas songs was a Hanukkah jam or two not written by Adam Sandler. For those of us lighting the menorah tonight, it feels like there are only two choices for a seasonally festive soundtrack: either play "8 Crazy Nights" on repeat or give in and listen to Michael Bublé belt out "I'll Be Home For Christmas" while you munch on a latke.
The irony is, there shouldn't be such a dearth of Hanukkah music. Not only are there many Jewish singers, DJs and musicians (or half-Jews -- like Action Bronson and David Guetta, who knew?) but many classic Christmas carols were written by Jews (not to mention all of the Christmas albums recorded by Members of the Tribe). Think what would happen if all of these Chosen People put their talents to use and wrote and recorded some Hanukkah songs! Below, we imagine some of the possibilities...
1. "Best (Hanukkah) I Ever Had" by Drake
On the heels of his Bar Mitzvah-inspired video for "HYFR," Drake's decided to dedicate another song to his Jewish roots. Set to Dirty South-style bass, the Hanukkah-themed track features rhymes like "Now you give the dreidel a roll-o, you already know, though / You only live once: that's the motto, YOLO / And we 'bout it eight days, eight days, eight days / Like we sittin' at the bench, we don't really play / Eight days, eight days, fuck what anybody says / Can't see 'em cause the gelt in the way." This just might be the first Hanukkah song you can twerk to.
2. "Momma's Latkes" by Chromeo
The funky gents from the "first successful Arab and Jewish partnership" release a new single just in time for the holidays that tackles a romantic interfaith relationship. Dave1 tells a story about wooing a gentile girl during the holiday season and learning that as great as she is, she still can't compete with his mom. "And girl you got it, so sad / When the only latkes you make are so bad / And boy you got it, so wrong / When you eat her latkes and long for your mom's." [Photo by Atisha Paulson]
3. "Party Eight Nights Long" by David Guetta
From the start, the EDM legend's latest track builds up a hypnotic and ear-deafening crescendo of fist-pumping beats that, when listened closely, sound vaguely klezmer-inspired. As for the vocals, if you can make it past the layers of autotune, you can hear frequent collaborator Chris Willis ("Gettin' Over," "Love Is Gone") singing "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah." If you plan to celebrate the miracle of lights in Ibiza, this is the only track you'll need.
4. "Judas Maccabeus" by Regina Spektor
Spektor's cryptic ballad departs from the Book of Maccabees, describing a love affair between the narrator and the titular Jewish warrior. "The Bible doesn't mention us," sings Spektor, in apparent reference to the fact that the Maccabean revolt occurred long after the appearance of the Torah.
5. "Turtleneck & L'chaim" by The Lonely Island
SNL viral-video goofballs the Lonely Island return with a Hanukkah-inspired Jewish jam that'll knock Weird Al's yarmulke off. The whole thing's a little bit derivative of Adam Sandler -- especially lyrics like "gefilte fish in my pants" -- but your younger brother who's still in Hebrew school and doesn't know any better will love this stuff.
6. "Light the Lights With You" by Maroon 5
A far cry from the band's dance floor hit "Moves Like Jagger," "Light the Lights With You" features Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine crooning about the loneliness he feels on Hanukkah after his model girlfriend breaks up with him on the third night of the holiday. Doleful piano chords and Levine's occasional slip into falsetto heighten the feeling that there actually are things lonelier than being a Jew on Christmas -- being a Jew with a broken heart on Hanukkah.
7. "Latkes & Blunts" by Action Bronson (Produced by Party Supplies)
Party Supplies' bass-heavy 70s funk beats, as silky smooth as canola oil, provide the backdrop for rhymes like "Grate those russet potatoes while we be smokin' / nothing like latkes when you been tokin'."
8. "Judah" by fun.
Though the band may only have one member of the Chosen People (Jack Antonoff), the trio's ebullient, power pop sound makes them uniquely capable bards when it comes to the re-telling of a larger-than-life story: Judah and the Maccabees. Highlights of the rousing song include a layer of pulsating drum beats that could remind you of the sounds of Israelites participating in Judah's rebellion.
9."Dreidel Trizz" by A-Trak
You'd never think a track sampling a children's Hanukkah song (that would be "I Have a Little Dreidel") could become a certified club banger but then again most wouldn't have thought a track dedicated to your mother's favorite chanteuse (that would be Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand") would be either. And now, A-Trak has done both. Opening with shimmery bloops and techno-fied whirs, the frenetic production goes on to feature air horns, sirens and the faint -- yet persistent -- chant of "dreidel, dreidel, dreidel / clay, clay, clay."
10. "Candle Light" by Jessie Ware
A follow-up to her song "Night Light" from Ware's debut album, Devotion, "Candle Light" features the same mournful cello intro and languid 90s-era R&B beats but with lyrics like "You'll be my candle light, there when I go to sleep / You'll be the symbol of the miracle that we keep" you can bet the soulful songstress isn't talking about a tattooed beau. No, she's talking about a menorah.
While the biggest Bruno Mars News of the Day is obviously that multi-platinum artist is on the cover of our new holiday issue, this video of Mars covering "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid comes in at a close second. Watch above. Gold stars all around.
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Just two years ago, Mars was the veritable muse of Fox's musical series, as its cast of goody-goody tweens covered two of his chart-topping songs on the show. Getting the Glee treatment was just a small slice of the whopping success this erstwhile Elvis impersonator from Hawaii has enjoyed since 2010.
Over that period, Mars put out his debut (Doo-Wops & Hooligans) that went platinum 39 times, wrote 11 top-10 hits, and won a Grammy (for "Just the Way You Are"). It's been an epic ride, one that now enters risky territory with his sophomore record, Unorthodox Jukebox, out this December.
If Doo-Wops & Hooligans revolved around G-rated romance, Unorthodox Jukebox is all about the sex. The new album still showcases Mars' singular skill for irresistible, easygoing melodies, evident in past hits "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade." But while many of the lyrics on Doo-Wops focused on overwhelming love -- sometimes requited, sometimes not -- Jukebox enters a heavier place, dwelling on an overwhelming loss of self caused by hard partying and wild women.
This made the 27-year-old a perfect fit for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. "These beautiful women are walking around in this lingerie," Mars says. "And I'm basically pouring my heart out to them saying they're the reason I am the way I am."
It's clear that Mars loves the ladies. Seated at a Japanese restaurant on Manhattan's Lower East Side, he is a huge ham and an even bigger flirt. He's that boy in grade school who just won't stop gabbing (or randomly breaking into song), but he's too charming to ever be irritating. Just ask the petite and pretty but decidedly stoic server, whom Mars innocently prods all night just to win a smile -- which he finally achieves after loudly gushing, "You can light up a room!" The server giggles and blushes in reply.
But his interactions with the opposite sex don't always end this well. On Jukebox's second single "Young Girls," Mars sings: "All you young, wild girls / you make a mess of me / Yeah you young, wild girls / you'll be the death of me." The song is about "a young, wild dude," who happens to get "lost in the sauce," Mars says. "You're going out every night. You're drinking every night, being young... looking for love in all the wrong places." It's about trying to "take control of your life," he explains.
The new songs "definitely might be darker, a little more aggressive," he notes. "I'm saying some things that are probably going to open a lot of those doors."
One of those dark doors Mars is referring to is his 2010 arrest in Las Vegas for cocaine possession. "I know once you put it on record, it's on record -- forever." (Although those possession charges have been erased following some fines, community service and counseling.)
"It's weird," he admits, "because it's easier for me to sit down and write a song than actually talk about it." Given that, Mars vows he will never produce a song unless it shares "a personal story, a personal problem, a personal whatever" -- even if that makes himself vulnerable to tabloid scrutiny or means potentially alienating a fan-base more accustomed to maudlin love songs on Glee than burners fantasizing about "bomb-ass sex." Still, Mars insists, "I'm not trying to be dark. It's just me being honest and open."
And while Mars recognizes the risks involved in turning away from a winning formula so soon, he proclaims that he's not "afraid to fail." This attitude was never more evident than during Mars' gig hosting Saturday Night Live in October.
For all his commercial success so far, Bruno Mars is not Justin Timberlake. He's not Sting. And he certainly has not yet reached the renown of Mick Jagger. All of this contributed to the widespread shock that a singer with just one record out and zero acting credits (except for an appearance as "Little Elvis" in Honeymoon in Vegas twenty years ago) would join the aforementioned list of illustrious musicians who've doubled as SNL hosts. "To this day we don't know why that happened," he confesses. "I was skeptical. Everyone was skeptical."
Mars recalls telling SNL head writer Seth Meyers, "I signed up to go down in flames." But initial qualms aside, Mars remained undaunted: "It's like if you don't do this, you wasn't made for this shit if you can't take on something like that. So it was kind of a challenge. It was like, 'Fuck it, let's go.'"
And that seems to be the theme connecting all of his experiences: "The whole secret to our success was just that attitude. If we're gonna go down, we're gonna go down in style."
Fortunately, the appearance on SNL was a tremendous success, earning the show's highest ratings to that point in the season. In one skit, Mars played an intern at Pandora during a massive power outage. Faced with the potential apocalypse that would follow five minutes without Internet radio, Mars' character must fill the silence by singing as Katy Perry, Louis Armstrong and Michael Jackson, among others.
Critical to this skit was Mars' knack for musical caricatures -- a skill he developed during his very first gig as a five-year-old Elvis impersonator. Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, was born into a wildly diverse family in Hawaii. His father, a percussionist, was of Puerto Rican descent, while his mother, a hula dancer and singer, emigrated from the Philippines. The couple shared a passion for music, which they instilled in Mars and his five siblings at an extremely young age. As Mars grew up, he started playing with the family band, the Love Notes, while expanding his repertoire of musical mimicry to other performers such as Jackson and the Temptations.
By the age of 16, he set out on his own, regularly performing cover songs as the opening act of a nightly magic show in front of a thousand Asian tourists. Mars says that it was then that he realized "This is not what I was meant to do... I can't wake up ten years from now saying, 'Aloha, welcome to the magic show!'"
Mars decided to follow his older sister to Los Angeles, and in 2004 he signed with Motown. As a kid who grew up on Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Mars thought he struck gold: "It's like the dream coming true." But then, nothing happened.
"I felt like they just signed me and shelved me," he says. "You have no money and you're trying to figure out what happens, and then I got the phone call saying, you know, 'I think it's best that we go our separate ways.'"
Looking back, Mars points to being too green and lacking range in his writing. "I was just brewing and learning," he says. "Every song [I wrote] was some R&B love song."
And while Mars admits to feeling like a failure, he received enough encouragement from the industry to continue. The record-label execs liked some of his songs but wanted to give them to other artists. "That was the crossroads in my life," he says. "Either I be a snob, and I say, 'This is my music'" and move back to Hawaii penniless, or accept the offer to create music for others. Mars says "There was never a plan B." Making music is "all I wanted to ever do." And so, he chose the latter.
Soon Mars met fellow songwriter Philip Lawrence and engineer Ari Levine. The three joined forces to form the production and songwriting team the Smeezingtons. "We were just doing it on our own. Coming up with music that excited us," Mars says. And at night he was covering songs in a bar band with Jeff Bhasker (who would go on to helm records for Kanye West, fun., and Beyoncé). "That helped me so much as a songwriter and a producer, covering those songs. First of all, do you know how inspiring it is to cover a song, like 'Billie Jean'?" he asks. "You see people's eyes light up and you see the reaction, what that song does to people."
With the Smeezingtons, Mars started writing for everyone from Flo Rida to Matisyahu. And then the breakthrough came in 2010, when he cowrote and produced two songs that topped the charts: B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" and Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You." Doo-Wops was released soon after, debuting at number three on the Billboard 200.
Two years after Doo-Wops, the aptly titled Unorthodox Jukebox presents an unexpected, eclectic mix of musical styles. Working with all-star collaborators including Mark Ronson and Diplo, not to mention longtime partners the Smeezingtons and Bhasker, Jukebox evokes those same songs Mars was covering in bars just a few years ago -- "Billie Jean," "Roxanne," "Purple Rain" -- the kind of songs "that smack you right in the face as soon as you hear them."
"Music is supposed to put you in a mood or make you feel something emotionally," says Bruno in a rare flash of seriousness. "Same reason you go see a movie. I don't have the luxury of characters, like a movie. I can't paint a picture for somebody... I don't have three hours to give you something. I have three-and-a-half minutes to make you feel something. And three-and-a-half minutes to make me feel something."
It's a passion for that unique possibility of the pop song -- to uplift, overwhelm, and console millions through a few minutes of melody -- regardless of whether the lyrics revolve around love or hate, sex or drugs.
Soon enough, however, the solemnity subsides and Bruno Mars returns to his standard state. The fire gives way to the inevitable sweetness, as Mars reaches for a spicy shishito. "Got deep for a second," he grins. "Let me slow down and eat a pepper." Which he does before immediately flagging down that formerly stoic server to order some ice cream. This time she smiles immediately.
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Oh shit. Why you gotta be such wallflowers, Luke and Han? [via The Clearly Dope]
Ick factor 1000 that iTunes actually sells this BUT if they were really savvy, they'd market it with Fifty Shades of Grey on tape and make it a package deal. [via Laughter Key]
Your latest fun and festive outfit for that family holiday portrait. [via I'm With Kanye]
Our new favorite Twitter account @SeinfeldToday, re-imagining Seinfeld plots if the show were on air in 2012. Our favorite so far is Jerry becoming "taxi famous." [via Hyper Vocal]
Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts, Jumanji is getting a re-make. [via Uproxx]
The fact that Miley Cyrus cut her hair even shorter is the second or third observation you'd make about this photo says a lot. [via Buzzfeed]
"Sex Education class (1929)" [via Knusprig Titten Hitler]
Lindsay Lohan apparently carries entire boxes of Pop Tarts in her purse, people. [via Pop Dust]
Here's a gingerbread man scaring the shit out of Fergie on Ellen. [via Ellen]
If you like your holiday tunes to be a little sad and reflective, then you'll really love this new one from Tracey Thorn. She and her husband Ben Watt -- who co-directed the clip with Edward Bishop -- have put their band Everything But the Girl on hold while they pursue other projects. "Joy" is from Thorn's fourth solo album, Tinsel and Lights, and it's filled with seasonal music including covers of holiday songs by The White Stripes, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell etc.
Here's a trend we were only sort of aware of (and are very, very weary of): meggings. Men's leggings are now being sold at Barney's, Uniqlo and Nordstrom and are being spotted around NYC. Since it's apparently happening whether we like it or not, a few words of advice: you probably have to have a very good figure to pull them off, and for everyone's well-being, wear snug, supportive underwear. [via Telegraph UK]
...And here's Anderson Cooper on how he will not be wearing meggings anytime soon.
Anne Hathaway wore a parachute-y Tom Ford dress to the second Les Misérables premiere last night. The boots, also by Tom Ford, were custom made of faux-leather to adhere to her veganism. We support the move towards faux-leather but aren't 100% sure how we feel about this look. [via The Cut]
Benicio del Toro is holding an unconscious-looking naked lady on the cover of L'Officiel Hommes. Because nude, voiceless women aren't represented enough in men's magazines. [via Huffington Post]
Cameron Russell is our newest girl crush! Watch her TED x MidAtlantic talk wherein she speaks incisively and honestly about modeling. Highlights include her acknowledging that she's onstage because she's a "pretty, white woman," asks young girls to dream of careers above and beyond modeling, and concedes that modeling isn't really a "career path," but is more "akin to winning the Power Ball." We were clapping in our seats. [via Fashionista]
Oscar de la Renta and Cathy Horyn have ended their beef (sorry, had to). Horyn was invited to go backstage before de la Renta's pre-fall show last night and both report that all is well between them. [via WWD]
Andrej Pejic channels Chelsea Girls Edie Sedgwick, Candy Darling, Nico, and Andy Warhol himself in this DuJour spread shot by Tony Kim.
Listen to Bill Cunningham talk about menswear being the "next big thing." Apparently bike messengers were the harbingers of said fashion revolution. [via Towleroad]
For its 20th anniversary, Kate Spade is releasing a capsule collection with Keds. We especially like the pink-dipped shoe that reads "Kick up your heels." [via Fashionologie]
Last year for Halloween Jacob Soboroff dressed as Larry King -- suspenders, grey hair, jutting chin. This year, Soboroff -- a host at The Huffington Post's new web TV venture, HuffPost Live -- interviewed the man himself. "I've got a man crush on you," he told the CNN interviewer. "I'm nerding out. Larry King is here, people!"
At HuffPost Live, Soboroff is both nerd and starlet, a suave on-camera host and a fact-dropping dork who manages to come across as self-effacing and fun -- just what an informal streaming broadcast needs. Looking like a young Ira Glass in as-thick glasses, Soboroff, 29, is both the serious son of former L.A. mayoral candidate Steve Soboroff, and the glam husband of Band of Outsiders' Nicole Cari. He studied at NYU where he mixed a degree in politics with a little acting -- playing George Aaronow in Glengarry Glen Ross. "They obvisly cast me as the nebbishy Jewish guy," he says. Soboroff interned for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, then found himself crisscrossing the country as the on-camera interviewer for the bipartisan organization Why Tuesday?, which seeks to move Election Day to the weekend for greater voter turnout. AMC executives saw those clips and tapped him as their red-carpet version of Ryan Seacrest. "I thought, 'How do I put these two things together: the entertainment business and politics?'"
Founded in August, HuffPost Live streams 12 hours a day, combining traditional hosts, leather sofas and regular interviews with viewer questions from its chatrooms and on-screen videos from those who join via webcam. Without a time limit, hosts banter as they switch between segments -- giving it the casual feel of a podcast.
On air, Soboroff showcases both sides of himself, interviewing the likes of his former boss, Mr. Bloomberg, and improvising a spirited, jig-like dance to fill time between segments. Dancing? On the news? "That's what happens when you're on air 12 hours a day."
the geodesic dome will not only serve as a relief center throughout the winter months
but also provide architects, artists and scientists a platform to discuss how to rebuild
the vulnerable part of new york after the changed climate conditions,
and provide a meeting point in one of the hardest hit areas in new york.
For more information about the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, visit their website.
Image of the PS1 performance dome by Jules Antonio on Flickr.