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Screw Summer, Bill Murray is Doing a Christmas Special for Netflix

Netflix has greenlit a Christmas special hosted by Bill Murray, cementing (or maybe just confirming once more) his transformation into a human meme rivaled by no one, except for maybe Drake. Summer is cool and all, but don't you want to fast-forward to December, when there will be an instant-streaming variety show look the holiday hosted by Bill Murray wearing reindeer antlers and looking wistfully out a window while a piano plays in the background in a nod to Lost in Translation? Wouldn't you do the winter all over again in exchange for this wondrous piece of entertainment--which is reportedly being directed by Sofia Coppola? Why does it have to be so beautiful out today when our souls are so icy? Watch the teaser for A Very Murray Christmas below, and tide yourself over before Yule tidings with The Dissolve's wonderfully comprehensive look at Murray's career.

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Here's a First Look at Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer Series

Netflix basically has every season season covered now -- a just-announced Bill Murray Christmas special for the long, cold months filled with short days, and now the awesome-looking Wet Hot American Summer prequel series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Check out the first few photos from the Michael Showalter and David Wain-created show, which finds all of the actors in the original cult movie (who already looked too old to play camp counselors) fitting in nicely (and uncomfortable) as even younger versions of the same characters.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 7.36.00 PM.pngHere are Zak Orth, Michael Showalter, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, and Nina Hellman, suited up and ready for camp. The show is actually happening, people.
Photo by Saeed Adyani/Netflix

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 7.44.38 PM.pngLook, it's Elizabeth Banks!
Photo by Saeed Adyani/Netflix

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And Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper! Can you believe Netflix is actually doing this? I guess they do have a ton of money...
Photo by Saeed Adyani/Netflix

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Christopher Meloni is back as the fridge-humping chef.
Photo by Gemma La Mana/Netflix

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It's Paul Rudd as the best, creepy-popular-dude ever.
Photo by Gemma La Mana/Netflix

Aaaaand Janeane Garofalo. It's going to be a great summer.
Photo by Saeed Adyani/Netflix

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Watch Dope's Red Band Trailer, Now with More A$AP Rocky/Swearing


It's been a while since movie theaters have seen a good-old-fashion summer romp, and we have our money on the delightful-looking forthcoming Dope to fill that void come June 19th. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Dope is a coming-of-age tale about a dorky Ingelwood teenager obsessed with '90s hip-hop, played by Paper beautiful person Shameik Moore, who accidentally get entangled in a drug deal gone very wrong. The movie also stars A$AP Rocky, the Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori and Zoe Kravitz. Watch the red band trailer above.

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How Does the Cast of American Crime Story Compare to Their Real-Life Counterparts?

FX has released the first cast photos from American Crime Story, its latest show from Ryan Murphy (and, we assume, a spiritual companion to Murphy's American Horror Story as well as a spiritual descendant of the dearly missed Nip/Tuck). But where American Horror Story focuses on campy violence, monsters, and... well... maybe the shows actually are pretty similar, but American Crime Story fictionalizes real events, starting with the O.J. Simpson trial in its first season. That means one thing: comparing the actors to their historical counterparts. Let's go rank them, from least to most accurate.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 2.05.06 PM.png6. David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian

Eh. Can you imagine David Schwimmer as the secret, non-Bruce patriarch of the Kardashians? We certainly can't.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 2.04.10 PM.png5. Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin

Kato Kaelin's movie star looks are kind of close, but still a bit more rugged than Magnussen is giving. And that hair just makes it too easy.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 2.04.32 PM.png4. Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark

Not bad, not bad. Paluson is also coming off another Ryan Murphy show in American Horror Story, so she'll have a leg up on the acting style.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 2.05.40 PM.png3. Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson

For not being an athlete, Cuba's at least got the look down. Watching him play the wounded villain is going to be fun.

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 2.04.46 PM.png2. Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran

This is pretty great, actually. Glove time! (Also check out Vance flexing his lawyer skills from Law & Order: Criminal Intent.)

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 2.05.31 PM.png1. John Travolta as Robert Shapiro

Clap. Clap. Clap. (Yes, we know they don't really look anything alike, but this picture is beautiful. Let us have this one.)

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The Folks Behind High Maintenance Take On Commercials


If you're itching for more episodes of High Maintenanceand can't hold off until everyone's favorite pot-dealer-web-series makes its TV debut on HBO, these new MakeSpace spots have got you covered. Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the husband-and-wife duo behind the hit series, directed these charming commercials for the storage service. They'll speak deeply to anyone who's ever had their childhood bedroom turned into an office as soon as they stepped foot out of the house for college. Watch above and below and read more about the series at Fast Company.


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Our Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in NYC 2015

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Who needs to getaway for Memorial Day Weekend when there's a shitton of cool things to do right here in NYC? Because in the extremely unlikely possibility that you ever get tired of day drinking Limearitas on the roof, we've rounded up a whole slew of parties, art shows and more to check out.


With one of the city's best club systems, Slake often plays host to NYC's best DJ nights, including this latest MORE Friday's event, which has brought French-blooded, UK bass-leaning wunderkind Bambounou to the stage. Backing him up are some of techno's finest with the inimitable hardware-heavy South London Ordnance and local man-about-town Huerco S., so get prepared to dance.

Slake, 251 West 30th St., Manhattan, Doors at 10 p.m., Free before midnight with RSVP, $15 Tickets Available Here

It's opening night for the heavily-anticipated S/N exhibit at Chelsea's The Kitchen, which examines the possible breaking points in communication. A show curated by Whitney fellows, it's meant to explore "the complex dynamics of sound" and examine the delicate balance between background and direct noise.

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th St., Manhattan, Opens at 5 p.m., Free

A summer screening of Top Gun, the most homoerotic movie about Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer as airline pilots ever made, at the Intrepid? Talk about good choices for Fleet Week, as well as a great pick for an early outdoor summer movie before blockbuster season really gets going. The screening will also feature Cruise's real-life airline pilot flight double.

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Pier 86 W 46th Street and 12th Ave., Manhattan, Starts at 7:30 p.m., Free

Part of BAM's FilmAfrica series, this documentary traces post-apartheid South Africa through the lens of several young artists working in several different media, including dance, music, and, especially, the infamous painting of president Jacob Zuma.

BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, Starts at 7:00 p.m., $14

As part of a series on contemporary Brazilian cinema, the Museum of the Moving Image will be screening She Comes Back on Thursday, a film depicting the life of a black Brazilian family. And the cast is rounded out by the family of director André Novais Oliveira, who are, essentially, playing themselves.

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Queens, Starts at 7:00 p.m., $12


It's almost (basically) summer and Vans is celebrating by throwing a free show with indie rock luminaries Parquet Courts, lo-fi dudes Radioactivity and punk rockers Pill. Plus there's booze, food trucks and photobooths, so it'll definitely be a party to remember.

House of Vans, 25 Franklin St., Brooklyn, Free with RSVP

One of the last Brooklyn Night Bazaar parties ever, this particular Saturday night bill is stacked with lynchpins of the Brooklyn DIY scene. Expect appearances from the likes of Perfect Pussy, Bigs Up and Vulture Shit all while you booze cruise for food and goods -- but hurry, before it turns into a BMW dealership. 

Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 165 Banker St., Brooklyn, Doors at 8 p.m., Free

Feeling a little grimy? Then check out this show at Palisades starring Mixpak darling Murlo, who's earned critical acclaim for his glammed-up take on UK grime. The support acts are equally as impressive, with London club king Rushmore playing alongside Her Records dudes Kid Antoine and Fraxinus, as well as Teklife footwork duo Tripletrain. Trust us, this show is stacked.

Palisades, 906 Broadway, Brooklyn, Doors at midnight, Tickets $10-12

Andrea Janes walking tour at the Morbid Anatomy Museum 

If you were at MORE on Friday at Slake, just hide in the bathroom till tomorrow, because the legendary Ladyfag is throwing another installment of her Holy Mountain parties there. Previous incarnations have included performances by the likes of LE1F and Kiezsa, as well as a NYFW party-crashing by Alexander Wang. 

Slake, 251 West 30th St., Manhattan, Doors at 11 p.m., $10 before 11:30 p.m., $15 after


Support your local feline by joining the cat-themed vendor and artist market at Silent Barn's Meow Day. There will be adoptable kittens along with meow-mosas, zines, clothes and more!(^-人-^)

Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, Starts at Noon, Free

Spinning an all-vinyl backyard DJ set, join the I Love Vinyl DJs for an afternoon of small plates and sweet backyard sounds to kick off your Memorial Day right. Plus, who knows what will come out of Do or Dine's infamous kitchen? Let's hope there's a foie gras doughnut involved.

Do or Dine, 1108 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, Starts at 2:00 p.m., $15 -30 tickets in advance

Hungry? Feeling kind of gross? Head to Narcissa for a crawfish party, with lots of readily edible food you can shove in your mouth with your hands. It's the American way.

Narcissa, 25 Cooper Square, Manhattan, Runs 12:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m., $25

This art fair in Washington Square Park returns for its spring show! There will be art, people-watching from folks wandering around aimlessly, and somewhere nice to sit hung over. (Also art.) And in case you miss one day, it lasts all weekend.

Washington Square Park, W 4th Street, Manhattan, Starts at 12 p.m., Free


Ha, just kidding -- the Brooklyn Night Bazaar lives on! Just in the form of a new beachy getaway far, far away at the end of a bus line you've never heard of....Either way, it should be a nice way to get your tan on not too far away from home, not to mention listen to some tunes courtesy of electronic whiz Computer Magic, which you can enjoy with your Brooklyn Star fried chicken waffle cone (!)

Gateway National Recreation Area, 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Show starts at 2 p.m., Free

Things could definitely get really weird at Brooklyn's pre-eminent day rave, hosted by DJ collective The Deep, especially since there will be an early open bar. So if you're feeling adventurous, RSVP via email to mightgetweird@gmail.com for more information about location, times, and get there early (!!!)

Location TBA, Starts at Noon, $20 with RSVP email

Want to get out on the water without getting out of the city? Mattress company Casper is, for some reason, hosting a several-hour sailing event, where the ticket buys an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a mattress for napping. Proceeds go to Charity Water.

Departs from Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street and West Side Highway, Manhattan, Runs 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., $30

Hell's Kitchen's El Original starts its Tex-Mex Breakfast with extended hours on Memorial Day, providing the flexibility you need for food options on such a crowded day. (And breakfast tacos.)

El Original, 735 10th Ave., Manhattan, Runs 7 :00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Variable Price

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South Korean Superstar CL Teams Up With Diplo, Riff Raff and OG Maco for "Doctor Pepper"

South Korean superstar CL of massive girl group 2NE1 has finally dropped "Doctor Pepper," the first song off her forthcoming solo English debut with a little help from the folks at Mad Decent.

Quite literally a nonsensical pop (ha, get it?) jam, "Doctor Pepper" may not say a lot lyrically, but is so infectious, you find yourself not caring. A verifiable sugar rush of trap-tasting Atlanta rap, CL's vehement spit is definitely a big surprise -- though it really shouldn't be considering how versatile 2NE1's music has always been, cherry-picking elements of popular styles from that range from reggae to R&B. 

Amped up by spots by OG Maco, Riff Raff and production courtesy of Mad Decent boss/terrible human being Diplo (who unfortunately still makes okay music sometimes), it's quite the addictive track. Stream it below.

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Pink-Wig Nicki Minaj Is Back With Her "The Night is Still Young" Video

Head into the long weekend with the video for "The Night is Still Young," off Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint. It's a bright, fun video for a fun song that will take you into a fun weekend (and so on and so on). Just enjoy. (The music video was released exclusively to Tidal, but thanks to Stereogum for pulling it from YouTube.)

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EMOJI SIRENS: We're Running Out of Prosecco

It's been a badddd season for alcohol.

From Chicago's alleged Two Buck Chuck shortage to the Hampton's rose shortage last fall, everywhere we turn there's some new boohoo-zy development. This one though hits a little closer to home though, as bottomless mimosa brunches everywhere will soon be compromised by the fact that WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF PROSECCO.

Thanks to global warming, last year's grape harvest was fucked up from heavy rains in the wine-producing areas of Northeast Italy, leaving much of the crop rotten. This also, of course, comes at a time when prosecco exports to the U.S. are up 38%, so like, hope you get used to mixing seltzer with white wine.

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"Very, Very Somber!" Everything We Saw and Heard at Last Night's Art Openings

After last week's Frieze art fair, our frontal cortexes are fried. One more discussion of Post-Internet art, one more handshake to someone you already forgot the name of but really shouldn't have, one more fancy cocktail with a cute paper straw that disintegrates before you can finish it - we all might just redefine the phrase "going postal" to "going art world." Lucky for all the overstimulated brains and eyeballs and nasal passages, this week's art openings were few and far between. The only real place to be last night, to really cure that week-long hangover, was in a dark room, surrounded by post-apocalyptic sculptures, listening to composer, artist and metal-meets-opera singer M. Lamar, the king of funeral doom, wailing about the death and destruction of white supremacy.

Some might have heard of M.Lamar as Laverne Cox's twin brother, who plays her character, pre-transition, in flashbacks on Orange is the New Black. But M. Lamar's talent is more than just family relation, he's created a whole new type of entertainment that blends sexuality, race and musical genres in ways that seem impossible. Last night he showed a work in progress, a piece called Destruction exploring the "apocalyptic themes in Negro Spirituals," and the possibility of death as a rebirth. A small crowd gathered at 601 Artspace, a gallery that prides itself on it's unconventional art work and collaborations, a strange combination between older academics, art students, and people off the street.

Lit by a single red bulb over his keyboard, M.Lamar wore studded black leather gloves, an upside-down cross, and a bandana tied over slick, jet black hair falling in front dark smokey eyes and black lipstick. He started playing the piano, a clashing of keys and deep notes, and began a haunting operatic chanting, the technicality of range only possible from being trained by the great Ira Siff (who also trained Klaus Nomi). "Now is my death day, my death day is now," M. Lamar belted. A large sculpture that resembled a toppled Pagan tower, from the gallery's current show From The Ruins, transporting the audience to another time and place, an afterlife where Nina Simone and Pantera do duets. We all watched in silence, until a group of SVA students bustled through the door and headed to the wine table. Then came some tourists unaware that someone singing about death in a dark room probably meant you shouldn't talk. "Very, very somber!" half-yelled one of the tourists, grabbing a block of cheese and bustling out, accidentally turning on the lights. M. Lamar didn't seem phased, his head still nodding in a slow motion head bang as he sang: "You'll hear the trumpets sound/ to wake the dead up from the ground."

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The Best, Worst & Weirdest of the Week

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Best Emoji News of the Week:

The shadowy cabal that is the Unicode Consortium announced this week plans to add 38 new emojis in 2016, including a cucumber, a scooter, an impregnated red dress-dancing lady, clinking glasses, a dude shrugging, a clown, and some other stuff. And still: No taco, no hotdog. Our long, national nightmare continues. (See the full list of additions here) --Elizabeth Thompson

Best Video That Made Us a Little Teary This Week:
David Letterman, thanking his 11-year-old son, Harry, and wife during his final show. He even thanks Harry's friend who tagged along, Tommy Rubado. --Elizabeth

Most Elegant Video of the Week:
Warren Elgort's A Dance for the Camera, featuring ballerina spinning and leaping in slow motion. Why can't we all be this coordinated? --Elizabeth

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 5.18.30 PM.pngBest rosé to dump on your tuxedo-clad chest this summer
White Girl Rose, available June 5 and brought to you by author Babe Walker and President of the Internet Fat Jew. This is your chance to replicate FJ's Internet-Breaking Rosé Double-Dump! -- James Rickman

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This week the Internet took delight in beef between Tidal overlord Jay Z and superstar performance artist Marina Abramovic, which actually (embarrassingly) ended up just being a complete misunderstanding. Abramovic, who was originally upset at Jay Z for not donating to her Institute after she helped with his "Picasso Baby" PR stunt. However, it turns out his producer had a receipt and thank you note from the Institute...it was just that no one on her end had bothered to tell her. Oops. Read about the full saga here. -- Sandra Song

Best pun on "Sissy Spacek"
"Pissy Spacek," spoken with flawless diction (you try saying it) by Emma Roberts in the new trailer for Scream Queens, the forthcoming prime-time horror comedy created by Ryan Murphy. -- JR

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Most Stomach-Churning News of the Week
Turns out your Keurig is basically an e.coli cesspool if it's not used for a few days. Just another reason to constantly keep the cafe a constant. -- SS

duggar-family-ages.jpgBiggest Mess of the Week
Looks as if TLC is finally taking these allegations of Josh Duggar molesting five underaged girls  seriously, because, after showing a marathon yesterday, they've officially yanked 19 Kids & Counting off the air. -- SS

Most Exciting Shakespeare Not In The Park
Two clips from Justin Kerzel's Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender as the tragic hero/villain/murderer, are now available. From the look of it, the movie will include a lot of yelling in dark rooms, slow-moving swords, and a whole lot of Fassbender. --Eric

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 5.48.36 PM.pngMost Expensive Gossip
Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak apparently have a very complicated romantic past and current relationship -- so complicated, in fact, that the pair are netting $7.5 million to write a book about it. --Eric

Best Musical Clip of Peter Dinklage
Surprisingly not on Game of Thrones! Instead, as part of Red Nose Day, Dinklage sang an upbeat track about Tyrion's survival, pretty much dancing on the grave of the deceased Starks, Baratheons, and even Lannisters. --Eric

Mad-Men-finale-690.jpgMost Explicit Explanation of the Mad Men Finale
No, showrunner Matthew Weiner did not come right out and "explain" the "meaning" of the Mad Men series finale at a Q&A with novelist A.M. Holmes at the New York Public Library. But in his positive comments about both Don Draper as a character and the Coca-Cola ad that Don may or may not have produced, he made his own interpretation more than clear. Whether you buy it or not is up to you. --Eric

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The Sunday Funnies

The power of now. [Mlkshk]

Nico the french bulldog changes his mind about coming inside when he gets busted for chewing up a pen. [TastefullyOffensive]

14CO4.jpgA lovely cheese pizza just for me. [Mlkshk]

Let's hear it for 2015! [FYouNoFMe]

14C6Z.jpgEvery paragraph starts with "here's the thing." [image by Matt Round]

Parrot Minaj for president. [FYouNoFMe]

tumblr_noi42gNvTt1re0c97o1_1280.jpgSummer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowin' through the Fieri in my mind. [LaughterKey]

tumblr_norlh35WRR1rby04wo1_540.gifReach for the stars. [LaughterKey]
Just a video of three baby pygmy goats wearing sweaters and squeaking, that's all. [TastefullyOffensive]

tumblr_nokga4ZysK1qkli3wo1_500.jpgGorgeous! [FYouNoFMe]

tumblr_nop9ghkEGN1qe0wclo1_1280.pngUs at all social functions. [TheClearlyDope]

A tribute to Amy Poehler's amazing cackle. [RatsOff]
In case you missed his final show, this montage of David Letterman interviewing children is the best. 

14C7B.gif It's Saturday part 2! Enjoy your 3-day weekend. [MIkshk]

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Drake Changes the Lyrics to "Madonna" to be about Rihanna


At a performance in Houston this weekend, Drake changed the lyrics to If You're Reading This It's Too Late single "Madonna," making the song about Rihanna instead. It's unclear whether this was a dig at Madonna (does this mean Drake is a Live With Romeo Saturday Night Online fan?) or simply a case of Drizzy freshening up the hook of his album's most-boring song. The only thing we know: We never want the endlessly entertaining Drake-Madonna (Drakedonna?) drama to be over. Watch the clip above via The Fader.

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Model Crush Monday: Eli Hall

Welcome to our new column, Model Crush Monday, in which we highlight some of the most smoldering dudes walking the runway today. First up, we have Wilhelmina model Eli Hall, who's rocking some serious ink and has a deep affinity for honeybadgers. Check out our MCM shoot with Eli (who you can find on instagram here) below and read on for his illuminating responses to our vaguely-TMI questionnaire at the bottom.

PAPER WILHEMINA BOYS-582-Edit.jpgPAPER WILHEMINA BOYS-485-Edit.jpgEli wears a jacket by DKNY, shorts by Guess and shoes by Camper.

PAPER WILHEMINA BOYS-083-Edit-Edit.jpgPAPER WILHEMINA BOYS-184-Edit.jpgPAPER WILHEMINA BOYS-214-Edit.jpgEli wears a jumper and headband by Lacoste, a turtleneck by Sandro, socks by HUF and shoes by Louis Leeman

PAPER WILHEMINA BOYS-678-Edit.jpgPAPER WILHEMINA BOYS-810-Edit.jpgPAPER WILHEMINA BOYS-819-Edit.jpgEli wears a shirt and shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, pants by Burberry and a watch by Swatch.


PAPER WILHEMINA BOYS-235-Edit.jpgEli wears a tank top by Calvin Klein, shorts by Rag and Bone and sandals by DKNY

Styling by Kevin Breen
Grooming by Stefan Kehl

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Stream A$AP Rocky's New Album, At.Long.Last.A$AP


A$AP Rocky released At.Long.Last.A$AP (A.L.L.A.) a week ahead of its June 2nd release date last night after the album leaked online over the weekend. The trippy follow-up to LongLiveA$AP features guest spots from Kanye West, Miguel, M.I.A, and Lil Wayne among others. The album is available on iTunes or you can stream it below via Spotify.


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Former Starwood CEO Barry Sternlicht On His New Brooklyn Hotel Project: "The Best Thing We've Ever Done"

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Barry Sternlicht is nothing if not ambitious. As chief executive of private-equity firm Starwood Capital Group and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, he created the W Hotels brand, bringing scale to the boutique hotel concept pioneered by Ian Schrager and Andre Balazs. Though he left the company some 10 years ago, he continued to buy and re-brand hotels, but the itch to create a new hotel concept á la the W never left him. With the expiration of his non-compete agreement, he was free to get back into the game, but many of his innovations were now commonplace. The hotel-as-destination had become a template followed by seemingly every big hotel chain and innovations like deluxe mattresses became the industry standard. Would there be a second act for Barry Stenrlicht?

Meet 1 Hotels, a brand quietly rolled out in Miami and Manhattan that will make lots of noise when its first all-new from-the-ground-up hotel opens on the magnificent setting of Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo at the end of this year. Its raison d'être, according to Sternlicht, is not only to make a great hotel, but "to make the world a better place." Lest you dismiss this as marketing hyperbole and wishful thinking you haven't spoken to Sternlicht whose passion cuts through any skepticism.

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 10.41.42 AM.pngA room at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park

For Sternlicht it's more than business. It's personal. Spurred on by his children and friends, he has become active in the environmental group the National Resources Defense Council. "I pay attention to global warming," he says when asked what made him move into this unchartered land. "We happen to own a ski resort and we haven't had snow in a long time. I've seen the pictures and Al Gore's movie. I've been to Alaska, I've seen the receding glaciers and you know that all these fossil effluents are changing the environment. You just know it. You can see the impact. You don't have to guess. It's not a discussion. It's fact."

He's watched what's happening in the marketplace and knows that his mantra -- "Not a brand, it's a cause" -- can make a good business strategy as well. "We're part of a socially conscious brand. And I take my hat off to people I've had the pleasure of speaking with like Blake Mycoskie of Toms who I met 5 years ago when he was giving away shoes with the "buy one, give one away" [model]. And I thought, how cool if we could do the same thing with a hotel and create a social benefit with what we do?"

The Miami and Manhattan iterations of 1 Hotels only serve as appetizers for the full course to be served on the Brooklyn waterfront. They are predominately renovations, repurposed to go green in settings where nature and culture come together whether on South Beach or Central Park, but the Brooklyn waterfront version will be the first fully-imagined hotel of its kind, as sustainable and environmentally friendly as conceivable given the limitations of design and technology. "We think of it as an evolution. We learn. It's harder when working with old buildings to do what you want to do from an environmental perspective. In Brooklyn, we have better control of things you can't see like systems, water and disposal. We're using less electricity because the windows are different. We're going to make compromises but it's OK. Our approach is to take it one step at a time, to teach people they can live green. As we work on design the hardest part is to keep my design team on brand. They wander off into physical design and I've got to get them back in the organic natural. There's incredible beauty in nature and you've just got to help people see it."

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On the other end, there's a tech solution to the traditional in-room experience with a phone "thingy" replacing the traditional informational brochure. "On the technology side we tried to be very cognizant," he says. "We will have keyless check-in. We've tried to be state of the art for all the back of the house things with the goal of really empowering us to get to know our guests better. So when you order room service, it goes straight to the chef and it pops up as his orders. We're trying to remove human interaction so we can make fewer mistakes. One of the things I learned at Starwood Hotels that shocked me is that some 60% of hotel guests encounter a problem during their stay. Think about that. For most companies if 6 of every 10 pieces you bought at the store broke you would be out of business. In the hotel world people have come to expect that. So using technology I thought we could lower the number of guest mishaps. Some parts of the hotel are over designed and less is more. We overdid some of the things that we did. But we'll get better. We're having raging debates about what to serve in the mini bar. People love Diet Coke. But we want to serve whole pressed juices." 

A lot will be revealed when 1Hotel Brooklyn comes to life. "It's right on the water," he says, "just south of the Brooklyn Bridge on land that's leased from Brooklyn Bridge park. The city went out to operators and developers and asked for proposals for a mixed-use project, one side apartments, the other side hotel. And they loved our green ethos and they liked our design the best. So they chose us. What I loved about it is that right in front of us is the park and the river. So it's a natural setting. You'll be able to take the ferry and be in our hotel in one minute from Manhattan. And we're going to have the greatest pool and roof deck in the history of all the boroughs. We look at the Statute of Liberty and the skyline of Manhattan. There'll be fire pits, a pool with an invisible edge. Completely sick. The best thing we've ever done."

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Get Your Hillary Clinton Pantsuit Tee

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Hillary Clinton's e-store is officially open. In addition to selling "I <3 Hillary" tumblers with gratuitous appeals to the beverage choices of Southern voters ("Step 1: Fill with iced coffee. Step 2: Go. (Please note: Sweet tea is also acceptable)," Clinton's also selling apparel, including the recently-added "Every Day Pantsuit Tee" to her site.

For a cool $30, you can "bring a whole new meaning to Casual Friday, " with Clinton's trompe-l'œil take on the tuxedo tee, an ode to her affinity for all things tapered, pleated and monochrome. As the fine print notes, the pantsuit tee does not actually include pants, which for the 99.9% of Americans who go pantsless in their homes every day, is likely a non-issue.

The site is also selling needlepoint "a woman's place is in the White House" throw pillows and pint glasses made from "100% shattered glass ceilings."

Compared to her competitors, Clinton is murdering in the merch department. Jeb Bush doesn't even have an official campaign website yet and you'd have to buy three other dumb t-shirts in order to get your hands on Rand Paul's hilarious/sad "Liberty Bro" t-shirt, so why even bother. 

Hats off to Hillary.

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Forget Batman, Jaden Smith May Be Another Superhero Soon

Jaden Smith, who's already made his preference for tight Bat Man get-ups known, may be taking to the silver screen very soon to play another spandex suit -- DC Comics' Static Shock.

A superhero with the ability to manipulate electricity, the news was spilled during an interview with actor Tyler James Williams (The Walking Dead/Everybody Hates Chris) when he was talking about there not being enough black superheroes via Flicks and the City.

And though we're looking forward to another generation of Smiths taking up the cape (his father Will is set to play Deadshot in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie), who needs DC's spin on things when a Smith-as-superhero vehicle would be infinitely more entertaining?

In a Jaden Smith superhero movie, he'd jump in front of a runaway city bus full of orphans, pondering aloud, 'What is a superhero, if a hero is already super? Think about it...' Then he'd fly away and crash into a building because he was too distracted contemplating it all.

I think it's about time we had a superhero who's more reflexive than flex-obsessed. After all, we do need someone to save humanity from the number 3:

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Neon Indian Returns With Fun Summer Jam, "Annie"

Neon-Indian-Annie-560x560.jpgChillwave is dead. Chillwave never existed. Long live chillwave. Start enjoying your summer with the return of Alan Palomo, a.k.a. Neon Indian, who has just released "Annie," the first single off his third studio album. The last Neon Indian album, Era Extraña, was released in 2011 (so long ago!) -- the tail end of when chillwave might have been said to be "a thing," the heady days when Washed Out and a slightly earlier incarnation of Toro y Moi roamed the earth. As much as people can look back and be mildly embarrassed about the microgenre, who cares if it's a thing or not? "Annie" is a lot of fun, maintaining a similar sound to previous Neon Indian releases with some slight, but still audible, new influences--and you should check it out below or buy it here. [via Spin]

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We Could've Had Charli XCX "Pussy Power" Tampons

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Say goodbye to your dreams of Pussy Power tampons, because we could've, should've, would've had Charli XCX-brand sanitary products, if it wasn't for those pesky "health regulations."

Charli told MTV News that she wanted to use her upcoming summer tour to emphasize Sucker's punk vibe and Riot Grrl influence, but unfortunately her plans to tie in her merch with that IDGAF/embrace your womanhood ethos didn't exactly pan out. 

"I really wanted to make tampon merch," she told them. "That was a dream of mine for a really long time -- to have tampons that say 'Sucker' on the side and 'Pussy Power' on the box. But it's a health issue if someone's going to put it in their vagina."

But then again, one has to wonder why Kiss and U2-branded condoms, Tenacious D cum rags, Ghost B.C.'s sex toys and Rammstein-modeled dildos (eughh...I mean look at these dudes) and other sexytime encouragements were okay at the same time. Things that obviously also find their ways into vaginas in a much different, more explicit context.
Perhaps it's a matter of her audience demographics, but then again what's wrong with promoting menstruation-acceptance to her audience of young ladies on the cusp on womanhood? Fuck that, quite literally.

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