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Happy Ending: Pharell Williams

Unless you've spent the last year living under a big dumb rock, you know that Pharrell is an expert on all things happy. With a simple R&B backbone, an irresistible vocal and a shoutout to everyone who feels "like a room without a roof," the multi-hyphenate artist created more than a song -- "Happy" is an era-defining meme, a four-minute blast of pop Esperanto. But what about when Pharrell isn't crushing charts in more countries than we knew existed (or working on his G-Star Raw For the Oceans collection, which spins oceanic plastic waste into hot denim apparel)? He was kind enough to enlighten us on the little things that make him happy. Clap along.

Portrait by Jake Chessum

1. Miami for weather, water and women

2. Pubbelly sushi snow crab roll

3. Heartfelt oldies songs

4. Mickey Mouse house slippers

5. Jalapeño kettle chips

6. Exploring Japan

7. DIY projects

8. Singing / writing in the shower

9. Squidbillies

10. Midnight cereal

Get Spooky WIth Holiday Classic "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?"


Guess you millennials out there could call this an "oldie" since it was recorded waaaay back in 2005 -- and the rest of us can just settle for "holiday appropriate." Lots of musicians contributed to this now-classic penned by Islands' Nick Thorburn -- including Karen O, Beck, Arcade Fire, Peaches -- and there are many versions floating around ("disco mix"?). And alhough we love it, this song needs a major update. Admit it, this has been one motherf***in' scary year. Razor blades in apples? The undead? What about Ebola, ISIS and Putin? At least a Ouija Board is still scary (and timely). On the bright side, the song was meant to be a benefit recording, with all the money going to UNICEF.  Now, repeat after us: "We want candy, we want candy, we want candy!"!

A Downtown Boutique Wishes Death Upon Taylor Swift

CHICOSWIFT14.jpgA Lower East Side boutique, La Petite Mort -- which comfortably sells overpriced vintage clothing to gentrifiers who only want to look poor -- has it out for NYC's Welcome Ambassador Taylor Swift.

Yesterday, the New York artist Clayton Patterson, who documented New York's bohemian set in the 80s, made a video response to Taylor Swift's "Welcome To New York." Now, La Petite Mort has commissioned the legendary graffiti artist Chico for another rebuttal. The Orchard St. mural reads, "RIP Taylor Swift," which we can only assume is an eye-for-an-eye death threat against the "latte toting" singer who is single-handedly out to ruin New York City. To put it lightly, the mural is a bit much.

The boutique told Bowery Boogie:
While we realize and appreciate that New York is ever changing, when a starving artist once representative of the New York spirit is replaced by the modern 19 million dollar condo owner who drinks lattes we have to shake our heads.

We worked with a true NY graffiti legend (Chico LES) to paint our take on the situation. Chico got his start painting memorial murals in the lower east side in the 80's. While Taylor Swift is alive and well, and we wish her no harm, she did kill off yet another piece of that broken New York spirit. The idea of her being our spokesperson is DEAD and we expressed that through a true ny artist. RIP TAYLOR SWIFT.

We've got a few issues with this, um, impassioned speech, but perhaps the most pressing problem is the glib use of the word/the phenomenon/the frothy drink "latte" as an insult and a reductive buzzword that, at this point, doesn't mean much. Especially if the store that's using it is selling $65 thrifted snapbacks.

[h/t Gothamist]

Meet Our Favorite Nightlife Movers and Shakers

If these photos proves anything, it's that the best way to get your picture taken is to go all-the-fuck-out. Play your cards right and Roxanne Lowit just might be there to make you a nightlife immortal. Lowit has been documenting our city's ever-shifting party scene since the late '70s; her candid catalog of models, movie stars and artists rubbing elbows after hours doubles as a priceless chronicle of New York nightlife. Here, Lowit trains her lens upon a particular strain of nightlife circa 2014--one that's futuristic, androgynous and eye-gougingly colorful, pushing the boundaries (and global reserves) of makeup and glitter. From Chelsea to Bushwick and beyond, below we feature some of our favorite folks making the nightlife scene so wonderful in New York City, from promoters and DJs to musicians, actresses, models, designers and beyond.

(L-R) Zand Collective member and Becca McCharren

Becca McCharen, Chromat designer

Becca McCharen, the architect-turned-fashion-designer behind the conceptual Brooklyn-based brand Chromat, has dressed everyone from Nicki Minaj to Beyonce and her dancers. (Mrs. Carter's dancers sported the Chromat face cage during the singers show-stopping Video Music Awards performance).  Despite her high-profile clientele, it's the grittier parts of Bushwick and Bedstuy nightlife where the designer finds her inspiration. "I wanted to know who was wearing my clothes and what that life was like," says the designer. "I found those people in New York nightlife." The Virginia native, who's a fixture at Witches of Bushwick's monthly parties, hosted by her girlfriend Christine Tran, says she's most drawn to nightlife's sense of the unexpected when it comes to fashion. "Non-traditional materials worn as fashion is a huge part of nightlife," says McCharen, and that's what I have done with Chromat as well."
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(L-R): Roc'Well, Nelleke McCowan, Alberto Arensberg, K Rizz and Alex Chapman

Nelleke McCowan, DJ

Ontario-born Nelleke McCowan's all-vinyl DJ sets have become legend around the city. She spins everywhere from Le Bain's Club Yes to Union Pool's back-room "World Famous" parties, and hosts a radio show on OHWOW gallery's Know-Wave "pirate" radio station.  "I started off as a rock-n-roll DJ," says Nelleke, "but people would always come up to me and ask if I threw dance parties too." Sensing there was a demand for better dance parties around town, McCowan gave herself a refresher course in all things body-moving. "I ended up getting back into the disco and nineties hip-hop and r&b that I used to dance to when I snuck into the clubs as a teenager," McCownan says. She's been keeping the party going ever since.
(L-R) Christian Ellermann, Jordi Iven and Elisha Burks 

Jordi Iven, model and DJ

Before Jordi Iven started DJ-ing deep house sets around town, he was walking runways for Thom Browne and Moncler. The Dutch model says he got into music while hanging out in Belgian clubs, and since then, and has been building a Manhattan following thanks to his moody sets at Meatpacking haunt the Raven on Friday nights and the monthly LTNS. "Deep house is coming back to the clubs. It isn't only about selling tables anymore," explains Iven. "I play music people can feel."
Elisha Burks, bottle service hostess at Tao
Bottle service is held up by some as the death knell of a rosier, more affordable era of '90s and early aughts nightlife. For others, it's merely a reflection of a city with an increasing young-and-moneyed population. For the statuesque bottle service hostess Elisha Burks, her job at Tao has bestowed her with a sense of community. "There is also a family aspect to being a bottle girl. I love the girls I work with," she says. "I get to go out every night and get paid for it." You can't beat that.
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Ryan Burke, host
"My job is to bring love to the club," explains the cheery and warm Ryan Burke, host of new weekly party Holy Mountain with Ladyfag. Burke not only brings his good vibes with him everywhere he goes, be brings spectacular style. Sporting wonderfully weird looks designed by his roommate and fellow club fixture Domonique Echeverria, a typical Burke get-up might include pearls affixed to his face and tree branches on his head. "I like dressing up because it's a part of the culture," says Burke of his looks. When the Brooklyn boy isn't hosting at Holy Mountain, he's at Susanne Bartsch's Brooklyn bash KUNST at Verboten.

(L-R): Domonique Echeverria, Lafawndah and Aurora Halal.

LAFAWNDAH, singer and producer

"New York's my favorite place to perform because it's where my work is best received," says the Tehran-born, Paris-raised music producer and singer LAFWANDAH, who describes her music as something "you would hear if you were in a rain forest in Amazonia, half naked, during a tribal ceremony but secretly wanted to be in the club." Her ethereal, experimental sound is featured on the track "Lung," off the forthcoming EP from production duo Teen Girl Fantasy.
Domonique Echeverria, nightlife personality and designer
You'd be hard-pressed to find a nightlife personality as bubbly and "on" as Domonique Echeverria. The Susanne Bartsch protégée got into the club scene designing clothes for nightlife personalities and quickly began hosting parties around town. "I do On Top at the Standard, Fill Up at Gilded Lily, and 11:11 with Ladyfag," the self-described "baby drag queen" says. "Also, I host Saturdays at Saint Jerome's, and I am back at Gilded Lily on Sundays for Susanne Bartsch's Botanic Cult and once a month KUNST at Verboten." When she sleeps, we're not sure. Recently, Echeverria hosted the after-party for James Franco's Kink documentary. "I dressed as a dominatrix clown and surrounded myself with midgets. It was wild."
K Rizz, singer
K Rizz says she "represents the urban side of nightlife." The Club Yes host has recently shifted from being the life of the party to being the party's soundtrack. The rising pop star's "Salbahe," a club anthem celebrating Filipino girls everywhere, is rapped and sung entirely in her native Tagalog. "I'm infused with a lot of different genres because of my background and growing up in the city," says the performer. "I'm Sean Paul, Britney Spears, and Sisqó, in one." The 21-year-old is releasing her first album, Wanted, in November.
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Christian Ellermann, writer and performer
 "I fell into nightlife because I look kind of extreme," says writer and performer Christian Ellermann. "There are always people who want some kind of crazy spectacle happening in a corner of their night club." And Ellerman knows "crazy spectacle" well -- he was once beat up by performance duo the Daughters of Devotion on stage at Marquee while covered in cake and champagne. (They were dressed as twin Marie Antoinettes, naturally.) When Ellerman's not performing, he's penning a nightlife column for World of Wonder. He's also working on a novel called Strawberry Meat, which he describes as being "very vaginal."
Alex Chapman, DJ
Chicago native Alex Chapman does a little bit of everything in New York nightlife: He DJs, throws parties (the latest being Duh Fridays at Up & Down), and raps as alter-ego "Chapman." "My goal when I DJ is to make people laugh or smile, and dance harder when they hear a song because it reminds them of something," he says. Chapman says good theme is the best way to keep parties fresh. "We have thrown 'Under Duh Sea,' 'Studio 5th DUH Four,' and 'DUH Purim,' a Jewish-themed Halloween party -- because can you imagine a Jewish Halloween party?"

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Luke Neocamp, performer and musician
Irish-born Luke Neocamp represents a more politically conscious voice on the nightlife scene. The performer and musician says his latest music video for track "Encarta" is influenced by the constant nature of Internet culture, and its ability to be both inspirational and creatively sapping. He also says he's indebted to other New York club performers. "Since seeing La Femme LaDosha of the House of LaDosha and everyone on the scene, my work has become more American, aggressive, and in your face."
Camilla Johannesen, promoter
Camilla Johannesen was suppose to go back to Norway after she finished school in New York but instead she started going out and became a promoter. She was so good at getting people to the club that she now oversees a team of promoters at creative agency The Runway Group. "My favorite night to go out is Tuesday," explains Johannesen. "Only people who want to really be out party on a Tuesday, and those people are usually a lot more fun."
P8290251.JPG(L-R) Luke Neocamp, Christine Tran, Ryan Burke and

Christine Tran, co-founder of Witches of Bushwick

Bushwick-based creative agency Witches of Bushwick have thrown some of the most talked about parties in the neighborhood and is representative of the ever-expanding creative community in the Eastern reaches of North Brooklyn. The witches' friends and collaborators include everyone from label Chromat and rapper Zebra Katz to locals flock to their roving monthly party, The Witches.  "The music is really why anyone goes out," says Christine Tran, Witches of Bushwick co-founder. "We try to bring together different cliques so amazing people can create good vibes."
P8290087.JPGAnna Evans of the Zand Collective.

The Zand Collective
"The Zand collective is Kayvon Zand's answer to Andy Warhol's factory," says burlesque performer Anna Evans of her musician fiancé Kayvon Zand's band of nightlife luminaries. Zand, who has been active in the New York nightlife scene for years, has done everything from host parties, star in a RuPaul film, and record music. Despite the collective's industrial-goth-meets-cabaret looks, the group errs more on the conservative side when it comes to partying. "We are a very sober group," says Evans. "We don't really drink; we play board games on Monday nights. We are like a positive spin on nightlife."
Alberto Arensberg, DJ and founder of Good Kids Collective
Over the last four years, DJ Alberto Arsensberg has been busy turning New York nightlife into the image of what he wants to see. "I want New York nightlife to be more about the fun again," says Arensberg. So he founded the Good Kids DJ collective to throw parties like the summertime Club Yes at the Standard Hotel. "Anyone who is anyone that you wanted to see came together in the first few weeks of Club Yes to party. It was beautiful." In an effort to bestow the city with moreo club music, Arensberg also recently started the Doom Dab music lab with producers HD and Billy Scher and is working to release experimental pop singer Thurmon Green's Adolphus EP.
P8290175.JPG(L-R): Hari Nef, Alex Chapman, Domonique Echeverra and K Rizz.

Hari Nef,  host and actress
In between acting classes at Columbia University, Hari New finds time to host at Up and Down, 11:11, No. 8, Pretty Ugly and model. "Mostly I like to dress up, go out and see nightlife, and interface with people in a night club," says Hari. The host was drawn to New York nightlife when he was a kid on the Internet. "I ordered the Misshapes coffee table book when I was fifteen, and looked at all the fun people were having. I thought of nightlife as a place where people go who love glamour. It is."

P8290005 2.JPG(R-L) Manny Mansigh and friend.

Manny Mansingh, promoter
Unlike most promoters in New York City, Manny specializes in bringing male models to places like Tao Downtown, Lavo, Marquee, and Avenue. "The reality is of course the club want women but the club also want women to stay, " explains Manny. "And when you have beautiful men the women want to stick around."
Aurora Halal, DJ and producer
In the very male-dominated deep house and techno scene in New York, Aurora Halal is making waves with her four-year running Mutual Dreaming party. The producer hosted Lady Fag's  first SHADE party and organized September's thee-day Sustain-Release house music festival in the Catskills in upstate New York. "There wasn't a real outlet for artist making deep house and techno in the city to express it and give it proper space," says Aurora. "So me and my friends started to throw that party and now we are trying to unify the community with the festival."
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Mess Kid, DJ
The Latvian-born, Detroit-raised Mess Kid has been playing sets in New York nightclubs since the tender age of 18. Since then designers Alexander Wang and Asher Levine have become fans as Mess Kid has risen the ranks, playing a career-establishing Boiler Room set, touring  with Le1f and MIA, and contributing tracks to a number of artist albums. "New York right now is really buzzing and open to creativity. Before it was all about clubs making money," he says.  "I've got kicked out of clubs and banned from clubs for playing my music. Literally a manager went to his office got his computer and started DJing because I refused to play top 40 once. They have since asked me to play their venue "

The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week

Most "This Sounds Like A Halloween Prank But It Isn't" Event of The Week: This Satanist organization is trying to get their coloring books in classrooms in Orange County. And the coloring book is pretty cute. Who thought that Satanism could be cute? -- Kyla Bills

Biggest Halloween Mystery Solved: The dancing pumpkin man is explained! -- K.B.

Best Assembly of Indie-rock Cover Bands: Beverly play the Pixies! Beach Fossils (+ members of Wild Nothing) play DEVO! Celestial Shore (+ members of Deerhoof) play fucking T. Rex!!! All this and more tonight, at a mysterious venue located across the street from a cemetery. -- James Rickman

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 5.04.37 PM.pngBest News For "Basic Bitches": Starbucks is going to start delivering! PSL without leaving your home, what could be better!? -- K.B.

Best Name Generator: Find a name for your nonthreatening boy band-esque Vine career with this Vine name generator! -- K.B.

Best Response to the News That Taylor Swift Has Been Named NYC's Newest Welcome Ambassador: Clayton Patterson's. The artist made a clip that mashes up footage of Swift from her recent NYCGO campaign with clips of people, art projects, and protests c. 1980s NYC. -- Abby Schreiber

Worst Response to the News That Taylor Swift Has Been Named NYC's Newest Welcome Ambassador: Le Petit Mort's. In what is surely just a bid for attention, the LES vintage boutique created a mural that features the singer and says "RIP Taylor Swift." -- A.S.

Most Flagrant Pro-Bat Propaganda: Oh, he's cute now, make no mistake: the minute Lil' Drac isn't "lil'" anymore, he will wait till you're not paying attention and fly straight into your hair. -- J.R.

Second Best Janet Jackson Tribute: While Bey's Halloween costume is the obvious winner, Blood Orange's Janet inspired performance on Kimmel definitely comes in second. The Janet Jackson ~vibez~ are so strong this week. -- K.B.

Worst -- But Most Unsurprising -- News For College Student Of America: Fireball is made with some of same ingredients as antifreeze. This explains a lot of things and is the best explanation as to why they destroy the enamel of paper cups. -- K.B.

Game-Changer of the Week: T-Pain singing without autotune = like whoa. -- A.S.

Best Demystifying of an Immortal Fixture of Adolescence: This interview with Ryan Nerz, a Sweet Valley High gho-o-o-o-ostwriter, who tells us that "it was all just stolen from my sister." Which, as it happens, is exactly what I said to my mom when she found several copies of the popular series in my pants drawer. -- J.R.

Cutest Version Of a Pivotal Movie Scene: These dogs recreating the courtroom scene from A Few Good Men. It used to be so intense but now it's just puppies everywhere! -- K.B.

Swiftamine: The Cure For Sudden-Onset Taylor Swift Appreciation


Are you an adult suffering from Sudden-Onset Taylor Swift Appreciation Vertigo? Let Swiftamine help. [SNL]
11AR5.jpgEmoji prayer hands. [Mlkshk]

Daylight Saving Time: The Movie. [TastefullyOffensive]
tumblr_n32idhpQbV1qhgbvlo1_500.jpgAlways be a dog. [TastefullyOffensive]

L5I5HX3.jpgOhshitohshitohshit. [Reddit]

A 7-year-old boy named Charlie Hale gave the weather forecast on Chicago's WGN on Friday and it was the best. [TastefullyOffensive]
Winter is coming. [Mlkshk]

The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.39.38 AM.pngAvoiding anymore New York references, Taylor Swift dressed up as a Pegacorn from a mythical, non-NYC land.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.41.04 AM.pngBad gal Riri took to her newly reinstated Instagram to show off her TMNT costume.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.42.51 AM.pngKim Kardashian transformed from a skeleton to Anna Wintour via the magic of Halloween. North also made an adorable outfit change to evoke André Leon Talley.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.44.57 AM.pngCute celebrity cat Shrampton posed as a formidable lion.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.54.19 AM.pngKaty Perry killed the Halloween game as a giant Cheeto.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.58.18 AM.pngBeyoncé and Blue Ivy gave a flawless Jackson family tribute.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.06.19 AM.pngRita Ora, taking inspiration from Moschino's Spring runway, dressed as Barbie.

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Nicki Minaj completed her "teacher's pet" costume by wearing lingerie and holding an apple.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.17.47 AM.pngIggy Izalea and a friend both dressed as Iggy Izalea White Chicks.

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Halloween OG Heidi Klum was a terrifying butterfly.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.23.02 AM.pngNeil Patrick Harris & Co. dressed up as the world's most adorable family.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.26.50 AM.pngMiley Cyrus paid tribute to Dolly Parton.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.35.52 AM.pngModel besties Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner donned Mario and Luigi costumes.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.58.50 AM.pngKate Moss parodied Cara Delevingne (bottom right).

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 11.30.08 AM.pngAnd Joe Jonas taught us that there is a lot more to life than being really, really good looking.

All photos via Instagram

Girls Season 4: Here's Your First Look


While we were all busy celebrating Halloween, HBO quietly released the first preview of Girls season 4 on Friday. The season picks up right where we left off, with Hannah torn between enrolling at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and leaving Adam (spoiler alert: she heads back to the Midwest and Elijah, for reasons unknown, goes with her); Marnie continuing her ill-advised singing act (and even more ill-advised affair) with Desi; Jessa seeming lost (we don't get much else to work with); and Shosh, presumably still reeling from the news that she couldn't graduate on time, trading in her cuckoo hair 'dos for a very chic 'n' sensible bob. But the best teaser we get from this two-minute clip is a cameo by Ana Gasteyer as Shosh's mom. She's in full Chico's mode and seems like a real ballbuster. Other cameos hinted throughout the preview are ones by Zachary Quinto, Gillian Jacobs and Marc Maron. No word on the exact date the new season will premiere but it'll be sometime in 2015. Can't. wait.

The Holy Trinity of Pop Divas Have Conspired to Make Our Heads Explode

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It's only Monday, yet there's already so many things to freak out about this week on the Internet. Nicki Minaj! Beyoncé! BadGalRiriiiiii! The holy trinity of bad bitches are conspiring to make our heads explode and we can't say that we're not loving it.

#RIHunited #badgalback @instagRam

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If you don't already know (because you haven't been spending your every waking moment on @Badgalriri watch), Rihanna is BACK on Instagram. To mark the occasion, she posted an inaugural selfie and a breathtaking stick figure drawing. In the bad gal's own words, "I'm back bitche$$$."

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 12.49.41 PM.pngNicki Minaj has released the cover art for the deluxe edition of her third album, The Pink Print, out December 15th. The minimalist artwork comes courtesy of Kanye West's design company, DONDA. We're hoping that the cover art for the standard edition is more Nicki and less Kanye but we're EXCITED either way. The deluxe edition cover art is a perfect nod to the serious skills and strength behind Nicki's pink glitter.

B1YjUIqCMAE60YW.jpgOn the Bey beat, the Internet has been taken over by rumors of Beyoncé Volume 2. If we're to believe an alleged release confirmation from Beyoncé's company Parkwood Entertainment, her "surprise" album is set to drop next Friday. It looks like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are both featured on the upcoming release, bringing us full circle. And, if we want to pin our hopes even higher, there's also going to be more music videos, possibly featuring Beyoncé fully working those new baby bangs. AHHHH. WE WANT TO BELIEVE.

Watch Ariana Grande's Intimate Video "Love Me Harder" Feat. The Weeknd


Ariana Grande just shared an intimate music video for "Love Me Harder." Set in the bedroom of an atmospheric mansion, the visuals are a departure from her previous videos and mark a new, sultry era for the mini diva. "Love Me Harder" also gets a little help in the "sultry" department with vocals from The Weeknd and Ariana Grande's topical cat ear accessory. Watch the video, above.

Kanye to Theophilus London: "Stop Being So Cool All the Time"

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Three years after Theophilus London released his debut album, Timez Are Weird These Days, the Trinidadian-born, NYC-based artist is back with a new record that reminds us the musician is more than a good-looking, party-hopping guy with dope style. Blending hip-hop, New Wave, pop, and soul, Vibes!, out tomorrow, was executive produced by Kanye West and features collaborations with Dev Hynes, Jesse Boykins III, Soko, The Force MDs and soul legend Leon Ware. We had the chance to chat with London about working with 'Ye, shooting with Karl Lagerfeld (the designer photographed and art-directed the cover), and making sure fashion no longer overshadows his music.

What are you most proud of about Vibes!?

I'm proud it's done. I'm also happy to have gotten to work with all these living geniuses like Kanye, Leon Ware and Karl Lagerfeld. And I guess what I'm most happy about is that these people are happy with how it turned out as well. Kanye was like, "I can't wait for us to work together again" and he's already talking about the next thing we're going to work on.

Tell us about working with Kanye and Karl.

I picked up on so many things from them. Kanye is so informed about all things. He knows what's going on in media, he knows what's going on in the art world, design world, music world. Many people just say, "He's rich, he could just sit at home and take care of his daughter" and stuff like that. But every second his head is in his laptop, he's traveling and designing. That inspired me. And it's the same thing with [Karl] Lagerfeld. He's always designing and traveling around the world. He'll be like, "I'm going to China in the morning" or "I'm going to Japan or we'll be in Mexico for two weeks." His whole life is planned out. My life is not planned out like that yet. But I'm working on it.

PhotoCredit_KarlLagerfeld.jpg(Photo by Karl Lagerfeld)

Did they give you any advice?

At one point Kanye said to me, "Man, you gotta stop being so cool all the time." He said, "I played it cool to a certain point in my career but after a while I was like, 'I just gotta really go for my dreams.'"

What role does fashion and style play in your music career in 2014?

I hope you remember my style. I'm flattered by the whole fashion kid stuff but fashion really overshadowed my music when I first came out. I wasn't happy about music. But now I'm happy [about my music] and can really shine as a person.

Blood Orange and Alex Da Corte Team Up For Gap's "Play Your Stripes"


As far as ads go, Devonté Hynes' (Blood Orange) Gap spot is beautiful -- and very cool. That's mainly due to artist Alex Da Corte's magical thinking and visually striking set. Previously, Hynes and Da Corte collaborated with Jayson Musson for the trippy video installation Eastern Sports, which shares a similar aesthetic.

In the clip for "It Is What It Is," Devonté Hynes brilliantly demonstrates Gap's "Play Your Stripes," a technology that turns your stripey clothing into a musical instrument. Watch the wonderfully striped video, above.

[h/t OkayPlayer]

Here's the Trailer for Grumpy Cat's Lifetime Movie Starring Aubrey Plaza


Although there's been viral cats before and after Grumpy, none have achieved Lifetime Movie status -- a fate usually reserved for sexting teens and 90s TV shows. Voiced by the deadpan Aubrey Plaza, Grumpy Cat makes her TV debut in Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. In the trailer, the adorably disgruntled cat gets into plenty of holiday hijinx while simultaneously expressing her disinterest in basically everything ("Fail." "I don't care."). Grumpy Cat: The Movie seems as awkward as it is guiltily enjoyable and, let's face it, we're always more than ready to watch cats do stupid things for hours on end. Watch the trailer for Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, above.

Parents Tell Their Kids They Ate All Their Halloween Candy

Jimmy Kimmel reprised his hilariously mean Halloween prank in which parents tell their kids that they ate all of their trick or treating candy. [via Jimmy Kimmel]

Happy Election Day! Jimmy Kimmel unearthed a campaign ad that starts our pretty normal but quickly gets weird...real weird. [via Jimmy Kimmel]

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 5.35.44 PM.pngBubba photobomb! [via Daily Dot]

tumblr_ne1y4aGLHs1qce48go1_500.gifServing executive realness. [via F You No F Me]

Iggy Azalea got offered buckets of money (we're assuming) to play a kid's bar mitzvah party and, in front of tons of 13-year-olds, she split her pants during a twerk session. Oy. [via Death + Taxes]

tumblr_nchas4ZT931ret1p6o1_500.jpgDon't let anything stop you -- not even gravity and crumbly taco shells. [via F You No F Me]

tumblr_mzofp8tWOm1t8s6nfo1_500.jpgBaby Kanye at a baby keyboard. [via F You No F Me]

Watch 90 seconds of a news ancor in West Virginia dance to T.I.'s "Where They at Doe?" and annoy the hell out of his colleague. [via Tastefully Offensive]

The Beyoncé Album Rumors Are True (Sort of)


Our benevolent queen Beyoncé knows that her fans will loyally flock after her every beck and call. That's why she doesn't have to do much to get the Internet in a frenzy. It turns out that her new album, which was rumored to have 11 new tracks, is just a reissue of her 2013 self-titled record with the addition of only two new songs, "7/11" and "Ring Off."

Sadly, there will not be a song called "Donk" featuring Nicki Minaj on the Beyoncé Platinum Edition box set, but the revamped edition will have two CDs, two DVDs, and include four remixes. Fine, we'll take it.

See a breakdown of the Beyoncé Platinum Edition box set, out November 14, below:

More Audio CD:
1. "7/11"
2. "Flawless Remix" (Featuring Nicki Minaj)
3. "Drunk in Love Remix" (Featuring JAY Z & Kanye West)
4. "Ring Off"
5. "Blow Remix" (Featuring Pharrell Williams)
6. "Standing on the Sun Remix" (Featuring Mr. Vegas)

Live DVD
1. "Run The World (Girls)"
2. "***Flawless"
3. "Get Me Bodied"
4. "Blow"
5. "Haunted"
6. "Drunk In Love" (Featuring JAY Z)
7. "1 + 1"
8. "Partition"
9. "Heaven"
10. "XO

Original CD
1. "Pretty Hurts"
2. "Haunted"
3. "Drunk in Love" (Featuring JAY Z)
4. "Blow"
5. "Angel"
6. "Partition"
7. "Jealous"
8. "Rocket"
9. "Mine" (Featuring Drake)
10. "XO"
11. "***Flawless" (Featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
12. "Superpower" (Featuring Frank Ocean)
13. "Heaven"
14. "Blue" (Featuring Blue Ivy)

Original DVD
1. "Pretty Hurts"
2. "Ghost/Haunted"
3. "Drunk in Love"
4. "Blow"
5. "Angel"
6. "Yonce/Partition"
7. "Jealous"
8. "Rocket"
9. "Mine"
10. "XO"
11. "***Flawless"
12. "Superpower"
13. "Heaven"
14. "Blue" (Featuring Blue Ivy)
15. "Grown Woman"

Cara Delevingne, The ATL Twins + More Star In Die Antwoord's "Ugly Boy" Video


For their latest video, "Ugly Boy," Die Antwoord recruited a nutty roster of celebs to make cameos and dance around with the zef superstars. There's Cara Delevingne in facepaint and shooting a blood-filled squirt gun, there's Dita von Teese hanging out in black nipple pasties, there's Marilyn Manson giving Yo-Landi a burning rose and there's also The ATL Twins, Flea, Jack Black and one offensively-costumed dude in blackface who Stereogum thinks could be Aphex Twin dancing around and making lascivious expressions. The song itself is less aggro -- and less squirm-inducing -- than some of their previous tracks, instead showing off a mellower, synth-pop side to the duo. "Ugly Boy" appears on the group's latest album, Donker Mag, out now.

Scope Vintage Photos From Tod Papageorge's Studio 54

Take a look inside legendary nightclub Studio 54 through the opulent lens of Tod Papageorge. Between 1978 and 1980, the photographer patiently documented a black and white version of New York City, that now only exists through pictures and lamentations.

Now Studio 54 is a decadent book, out from Stanley/Barker, in addition to "a New York discothèque that, for a handful of years, was the place where celebrities, partygoers, and those crazy for dancing most wanted to be and be seen," Papageorge describes. View our favorite vintage photos from the glamorous scene at Studio 54, below.



Deets On the First-Ever New York Festival of Lights

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The first New York Festival of Lights runs from Thursday, November 6th, through Sunday in DUMBO. The event brings together lots of international artists, designers, makers -- and all-around light freaks -- who will offer installations, projections and performances in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge and the Pearl Street Triangle. Some of the artists participating include Ingo Maurer, Donna D'Cruz, Tupac Martir, Nicole Renaud and more. There's also a video exhibition called "Initiations" curated by John Ensor and Leo Kuelbs featuring projection-mapped videos. Plus there are DJs spinning each night, bands and several food trucks so you won't starve. It's FREE and open to everybody and the fun starts as soon as it gets dark which (in case you haven't noticed) is around 5 o'clock. We're hoping this becomes an annual NYC event.

Kendrick Lamar's "i" Gets a Joyous Dance Party Music Video


Fear not, Kendrick Lamar is here to save us from our early-onset Seasonal Affective Disorder. His cheerful track "i" now has an equally uplifting music video. While some people aren't loving the song's upbeat sound, Lamar recently explained that he wrote "i" for "the homies that's in the penitentiary right now, and I also wrote a record for these kids that come up to my shows with these slashes on they wrists, saying they don't want to live no more." And whatever you think of this new, happy Kendrick, you have to admit that his dance moves are a joy to watch. Check out Kendrick Lamar's two-step, above.

James Franco Wants to Submit to You


Have you ever wanted to boss James Franco around? Well here's your chance, because James wants to submit to your commands. On Saturday, November 15th at 1 pm EST, James Franco and Paper are hosting a #MakeJamesDo Google+ Hangout as part of our upcoming, completely insane Break the Internet winter issue.

And this isn't a boring ol' Q&A session, either: #MakeJamesDo is all about, as James says in the video above, "making the actor act." So put him to work! Want him to do situps? Done. Write you a poem? Yep. Do the Nae Nae dance? Sure thing. Put on lipstick? Mwah! Just keep things clean -- no X-rated commands!

RSVP here to join the Hangout, give James a command, and #MakeJamesDo.