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Unmasking Beauty with FOMOFUKU

In an age where editorials often present beauty in a all too familiar way with homogeneous cast of characters, Paper is happy to challenge the norm and present a different take on the standard beauty story. One that uses a diverse cast of models and plays with the alluring possibilities of face masks, with designs from buzzy mask designers Fomofuku. (Check out our Q&A below with the Fomofuku designers Bon Duke and Hana Kim below!)

Dianara wears a Kenzo dress, Cosmetics by Make Up Forever

Mari wears a Kenzo jacket, H&M top, and Forever 21 denim, Cosmetics by M.A.C

Jason wears a Hunter jacket, PLAC shirt, Nail Polish by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics 

Bojana wears an Adidas jacket, Topshop t-shirt and overalls, Cosmetics by Marc Jacobs Beauty

Jake wears a Lucio Castro shirt, PRPS jacket

Besa wears a Topshop raincoat, and Zara pants, Cosmetics by NARS

Philip wears a Topman button-up shirt and sweater, and a Nixon watch, Cosmetics by M.A.C

James wears a Kooples t-shirt, and A PLAC jacket, Cosmetics by Urban Decay

Anna wears an Adidas jacket and Opening Ceremony shirt, Cosmetics by Kat Von D


Hair by Janelle Chaplin using Original Mineral
Makeup by Michael Anthony,
Photo Assistant: Jeff Rose

Models: Dianara at Muse, Mari at Muse, Bojana at Muse, Besa at New York Models, Anna at Soul, Jason Santore, James White, Philip K at Soul and Jake Brodsky

We chat with Fomofuku founders Bon Duke and Hana Kim, whose new collection comes out next month. You can follow them on Instagram here.

Tell us about Fomofuku. Where do you see its role in the realm fashion vs. function?

Face masks are ubiquitous in some Asian cultures and it is becoming more popular there to wear them as a fashion accessory. On a recent trip to Vietnam, we picked up a few of these "fashion" masks and my friends went crazy over them.  When you stop and think about it, we have accessories to style every other part of our body so why not masks? Like sunglasses and hats, masks can offer utility but for FOMOFUKU, a means to express personality and more importantly, have fun with it.  Personally, when we think of when and where we would wear a mask... festivals, raves, skiing... we think of having a good time. And they definitely make for a good instagram photo. In the end its all about having fun and keeping it simple. 

How do you think masks relate to self expression and identity? 

Historically, masks have been used to hide or protect a person's identity. We think it can do the opposite and can be utilized to accentuate identity, make a statement and/or redirect focus.  You see a lot of musicians wearing masks and other facewear for these reasons.  Like hair and makeup, a mask is a canvas to self express. In addition to our prints, FOMOFUKU will be offering white masks in our signature contour shape to allow people to customize their own.  

Can anonymity be beautiful? 

Yes... even more so in this digital age.   

Its great to have a tease or only partially show something and it can be a beautiful thing when done well. Everyone is about exposure and showing face but isn't there always something special when its not fully revealing in an image? Its almost like placing bait or a constant draw for someone to return and look back.

What are your opinions on diversity in fashion beauty? 

It's boring, really.There is no risk or anything that inspires people. It's more like, 'buy this or that because this person or celebrity uses it.' Fine, yes, it makes money... but who's gonna break that and make amazing beauty stories? We feel like if a person looks at a beauty story they should be able to walk away inspired and make there own path of beauty for themselves. Yes, they can also walk away with some product guidelines, but its so about product placement nowadays. Where are the Serge Lutens and inspiring, raw, real beauty that people can interpret for themselves?  

What inspires your art? 

Food, actually. It's a basic thing of sharing. As in sharing a meal with others and experience those moments. It's a core basic natural behavior where it brings people together. It also shows you different cultures and stories that you encounter through it. That's what we want to do with our work -- share it with others.Having different inputs and views always helps you grow. That's why shooting fomofuku was fun. It's an interesting way to approach beauty. 

Where do the prints come from?

The mask prints are designed in-house. We have prints in everything from marble and peeling paint to kawaii kitty faces to burgers and fries to tropical flowers.  We are attracted to the unconventional and plan to create a diverse offering to speak to different styles and occasions. 

Who would you like to see wearing one of these masks? 

K Pop star ShinEE, Sia, Miley, Biebs, Cara, Katy P, Die Antwoord, Young Thug, Fetty Wap, Drake , M.I.A.,Tokimonsta, Skrillex --  basically anyone, really.

The 5 Saddest Things About Michael Jackson Wanting to Play Jar-Jar Binks

jarjar.jpgVICE did the world a favor and interviewed Ahmed Best, the man who played Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels, because sometimes you just have to wonder: "What's that guy up to?" There's a lot of interesting stuff in the interview about Best's perspective on the role, criticism of the character, and George Lucas' directing habits (namely . In fact, Best kind of throws Lucas under the bus for many critcisms that fell on young actor Jake Lloyd (playing Anakin Skywalker).

But perhaps the most unflattering thing George Lucas does in the course of Best's account is passive-aggressively telling Michael Jackson he didn't get the role of Jar Jar by introducing Best to Jackson backstage at Wembley arena as his Jar-Jar. Apparently, Jackson wanted to do "prosthetics" and actually play the character (like in the "Thriller" video), where Lucas wanted to turn everything into a gleaming CGI turd. To be honest, Jackson avoided taking a huge L, but that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of sad things about this story. Let's rank them, from least sad to saddest.

5. Ahmed Best Getting His Feelings Hurt -- I have nothing against Ahmed Best, but having George Lucas be kind of a dick to you by introducing you are "Jar Jar" and embarrassing you in front of Michael Jackson is probably not that sad in the grand scheme of things, especially when it's part of the experience of joining massive, beloved franchise.

4. Michael Jackson Getting His Feelings Hurt -- I know what I just said! But, as weird and creepy and probably a bit predatory as Michael Jackson was, it's not hard to imagine his childlike enthusiasm for being Jar Jar, and how disappointing it might have been to find out via being introduced to the person who got the part instead.

3. The Fact That Michael Jackson Even Wanted to Play Jar Jar in the First Place -- I guess people were really excited about the Star Wars prequels at the time, but the thought that the dude who made "Billie Jean" and "Smooth Criminal" and "Thriller" and is low-key the best part of The Wiz would want to be involved as this weirdo caricature marketing opportunity is just a bummer.

2. Lucas' Worry that Michael Jackson Would Be "Bigger" Than the Widely Panned Phantom Menace -- Thank god there wasn't a pop sideshow to distract from the important work of art that was The Phantom Menace. Now all we have to pay attention to is the movie, and...

1. The Existence of the Star Wars Prequels -- More than enough words have already been spilled and time wasted thinking about how horrible these movies are (though if you want a refresher, the infamous 70-minute Phantom Menace review is still worth your time). Kids will basically love almost anything thrust in front of them. Accordingly, entertainers making art explicitly for children should feel a sense of obligation to give them something they can look fondly on as adults, rather than with a deep sense of shame that they wanted to see this on their seventh birthd -- wait, what were we talking about?

The Makers of Butter Coffee Bring us "Fat Water"

Put down that dandelion coffee because the haute-du-jour drink of today is apparently, literal fat water. 

Yep, FATWater, created by Dave Asprey, aka the founder of butter-infused Bulletproof Coffee, is the newest paleo/gluten-free/vegan/low-calorie liquid that triggers weight loss by ketosis and increases hydration. Because who doesn't love to be hydrated while their body eats itself? 

But how is it possible to drink fat and lose weight, you may ask. Why am I not getting ripped from my excessive milkshake intake? Should I start eating butter with every meal? Was Paula Deen onto something?According to Asprey, he has made it so his "patented coconut oil nanoparticles" help your body absorb water better and burn fat at the same time. Holy shit! 

And while it's not creamy, it apparently tastes "wetter on the tongue." Which is good, seeing as how it's, well, water. That is, $30 water.

[h/t Munchies]

Naomi Campbell Joins Cast of AHS: Hotel


It turns out that the cellphone-slinging, Delevingne-pushing, airplane disrupting model Naomi Campbell is just super method. IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.

Today, FX announced that the modeling legend will join the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel. She'll be playing a fashion editor (and Lady Gaga's character's nemesis). Naomi has dabbled in television in the past -- from this year's Empire to an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

AHS creator Ryan Murphy has described Hotel as "bloodier and grislier" than the previous seasons, but until it premieres in October, just watch the latest teaser on a loop.

Stay Up Late With Janet Jackson's Sentimental Video For "No Sleeep"


Hoo boy, yeah, you won't be getting "No Sleeep" tonight, especially after putting Janet Jackson's sultry new video on repeat.

The first visual from Janet's hotly-anticipated new album, "No Sleeep" has us following her around candlelit digs on a rainy day, haunted by sentimental projections of her late brother Michael -- which fits well with her gentle "I'm missing you" croon.

Watch the video above and let the "Queen of Insomnia" keep you company tonight.

Watch Kylie Jenner Meet Caitlyn For the First Time


E! has been releasing clips all week ahead of Caitlyn Jenner's docuseries I Am Cait, premiering this weekend, and today we get a new snippet showing Jenner's youngest daughter, 17-year-old Kylie, meeting her for the first time.

Though the rest of the Kardashian family has said they were most worried about how Kylie would deal with the change, she exclaims, "hey pretty," when she walks into the room and sees Caitlyn with her and makeup done.

Later in the segment, Bruce's 88-year-old mother Esther gives Kylie a portrait of herself when she was 17. When Caitlyn points out that Esther was already married at the time, Kylie acknowledges the tyga in the room and remarks "kinda like me." Caitlyn good-naturedly bristles at her comment and the entire scene is touching and funny.

Does this mean E! has made a reality show that might actually make us feel something? What is happening?

I Am Cait debuts Sunday, July 26th, at 8 pm. 

Friday Superlatives: The Best, Worst And Weirdest Of The Week

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 7.04.47 PM.pngBest Headline of the Week: Because how can you beat "Pooping cyclist started foothills fire"? -- Sandra Song

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 7.10.56 PM.pngPop Star Most In Need of The Elements of Style: Katy Perry. She posted this incomprehensible, punctuation-starved tweet defending Nicki Minaj during her feud with Taylor Swift this week. Girl, what? -- Elizabeth Thompson 

Least Sincere Apology: Ian's on this week's Bachelorette Men Tell All episode, when he got down on one knee as if proposing to his fellow contestants and declared that his behavior on the show was "not a representation of who I am." Leave it to Ian to make an apology all about him. -- Suzannah Weiss
 bagels.jpgMost Mouth-Watering Sculpture: Artist Hanna Liden's Everything installation at Hudson River Park celebrates New York's signature delicacy, the bagel. A "not edible" sign may be in order. -- S.W.

article-piers-morgan.jpgMost Tasteless Insult: Mail Online's US editor-at-large Piers Morgan referred to Nicki Minaj as a "stroppy little piece of work," once again proving he's just an internet troll with a more professional-sounding title. -- S.W


Photo via Women's Running

Best Fitness Cover of the Month: The August 2015 issue of Women's running made some real strides (lol) when it chose a plus-size model for its cover. There has only been positive feedback to this refreshing image that proves that runners come in all sizes. --J.K.

Best Cosby Slam
: Judd Apatow's scathing Cosby impersonation during his standup set on the Tonight Show this week. -- J.K.

miley1_3382894b.jpgBest News That Will Probably Scare The FCC: This week, our cover star/all-around badass Miley announced that she'll be hosting the VMA's on August 30th. As for Robin Thicke...let's just hope his invitation was lost in the mail. -- Taylor Silver

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 11.10.06 AM.pngBest Display of Canadian Pride: After Meek Mill called out Drake for using ghostwriters on his songs, Toronto politician Norm Kelly swooped in to defend the King of the 6's honor. -- T.S.

vagina raymulke.jpgHottest Fashion Accessory:
Vagina yarmulkes!Perfect for Reform Feminists or if you're just in the mood to freak Bubbie out. -- T.S.

Best Surprise Album News (You Hear That Frank Ocean?): Though Albert Hammond Jr.'s new LP Momentary Masters doesn't come out until July 31st, you can stream it in full here. Also check out our interview with him where he talks about the new record and scuba diving.

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 11.39.09 AM.pngBest Photo You Didn't Know You Needed In Your Life: It really just speaks for itself.
-- T.S. 

Coming soon. 👪❤️

A photo posted by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on

Most Squee-Inducing Instagram: Chance the Rapper has a baby "coming soon"!!! -- S.S.


Tastiest Artworks: There's apparently an artist named Scorpion Dagger who specializes in Renaissance x hot dog gifs. Because, Internet. -- S.S.

The Sunday Funnies

Billy Corgan glumly riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland is the most important photo on the internet. Ever.

156TM.jpg And that you didn't really do anyway. [Mlkshk]

British magicians do an entire "shrinking man" magic trick in the background of a Sky News report from Westminster Palace. [TastefullyOffensive]
Absolutely brutal. [JuliaSegal]

tumblr_npd9hmMPLQ1s59sbwo1_500.pngFor secret reasons. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]

Watch some baby goats desperately try to play with an annoyed cat. [JoytheSheep]
Amy Schumer hands an Australian interviewer his ass after he dares to call her Trainwreck character "skanky." Peak cringe toward the end. [Buzzfeed]
6 tubby pug pups sleeping peacefully in a row = scream forever. [LaughingSquid]
tumblr_nrzz2k5i191tka6elo1_1280.jpg Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. [LaughterKey.]

tumblr_np6ru4dFkm1rgh5s7o1_1280.jpgIt takes a village. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]

pooping cyclist.pngBest headline of all time
A blind chihuahua tests a bumper guard his owner made for him so we won't run into walls. Whoscryingimnotcrying. [LaughingSquid]

Watch Kanye West Give Caitlyn Jenner His Support on "I Am Cait," Show Off His Sock Shoes


E! debuted Caitlyn Jenner's I Am Cait docuseries Sunday following and many online teasers and mounting buzz, but we had to wait until last night to see Kanye West and Kim Kardashian meet Caitlyn. Kanye, who famously keeps himself and his daughter off of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, made a short cameo about half way through the episode, commending Caitlyn for her courage to live her life openly. "I think this is one of the strongest things that has happened in our existence as human beings. We're so controlled by perception," he tells Caitlyn and her family. (West's beliefs that perception is the enemy of living freely is well-documented. In our April issue, West speaks at length about the oppressive effects of "smoke and mirrors." ) He's also switches into the role of Dutiful Son-in-Law as he explains his sock shoes to Bruce's puzzled sister Pam, who tells him she just wants to be cool. It's all very sweet. Watch above.

UPDATED: Read New York Magazine's Cosby Story Now That It's Back Online

cosby cover.jpgBy now, following developments in the Bill Cosby story can, and maybe should, feel kind of exhausting -- the flood of people who said nothing before trying to distance themselves from the man at the center, the testimony in which Cosby reveals himself to be an utterly un-self-aware monster, the despairingly constant stream of woman accusing him of rape, all threaten blur together into a constant background noise, like a faulty air conditioner but for patriarchy.

Now the story has found its momentous statement: New York magazine's cover story this week tells the stories of 35 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault and includes their portraits. The online version includes videos of them speaking out, creating an unbelievably powerful, unified statement about the effects of this man. Whether you're one of the few awful people still unconvinced or simply unclear of the extent to which the collected information makes a statement about the conditions necessary for the creation and perpetration of rape culture, the story is an essential read. But it isn't accessible at the moment.

A self-described hacker has apparently taken down NYMag.com (including its associated properties like Vulture and The Cut) because he... hates New York City? The story is still developing (and the website still down), but this justification seems fishy at best. Still, New York has made two of the women's stories available on Instagram, which you can and should watch. Then, when the site comes back up, read the whole story again and again.

Update: The website is back online, so go read the whole story, along with linked stories and videos and photographs from the victims, here. The weight of the 35 women who came forward -- all photographed in similar poses and settings -- is nothing short of remarkable, in the same way the similarities between their stories are crushing. Spend some time with it, and think.

Banish Internet Trolls With Spells from Molly Soda's Virtual Spellbook

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Drop your phone in the toilet this weekend? Fuck the rice trick, cause net artist Molly Soda has a more mystical repair technique via her Virtual Spellbook.

One part Angelfire and two parts The Craft with a dash of Tumblr, it's a fun, interactive art project that includes important life spells for everything from fixing your busted phone to taking flawless selfies every time to increasing your follower count (no bots!). All you need is a few ingredients (essentials include glitter, candy and USBs), a clear head and pure heart, and it should work like a charm.


As a writer on the Internet, banishing trolls is probably the first spell I'm going to try out (followed by the "stop checking your ex's social" one), and while there may already be a Chrome extension that hides comments, this is obviously way more fun.

Via Buzzfeed.

Watch the Powerful New Video for Lil Durk's "Lord Don't Make Me Do It"


Chicago's Lil Durk just dropped the music video for "Lord Don't Make Me Do It," the latest single off the rapper's studio debut Remember My Name. The track has Durk taking drill to ever-darker depths with lyrics like "Sometimes I get the urge to kill a bitch / kill a hoe / And I ain't even violent" and a video that sees him spending half his screentime straitjacketed in a prison cell and writing on the walls with his own blood. But in the wake of the shooting deaths of both his manager and his cousin over the past two years, "Lord Don't Make Me Do It" isn't just a grim new direction for the young artist -- it's a reflection of an ugly, powerful reality. Give it a watch, above.

Hello Kitty Vibrators, Zombie Dicks & More: 7 Pop Culture-Themed Sex Toys

Ah, e-commerce, what doors you have opened for kink-loving customers who rarely leave the comfort of their fandoms. Because whether you skew more superhero or supernatural (or just really want that Darth Vibrator statue that's been circling the web), now it's as easy as pick, click and ship to live out your culturally-relevant fantasies. As such, we've taken the liberty of completing the first step for you -- and we're not talking any accidental Harry Potter broomvibes.

Twilight Dildos

An oldie but goodie, this Cullen-inspired cock was known for its sparkle/ability to keep cold. Plus it matches those Edward puss panties.

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Always wanted to "fistpump" Pauly Shore? Well, now's your chance. There's even two day free shipping with Amazon Mom.

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Hello Kitty Vibrator

What's extra weird is that this is, um, officially sanctioned by Sanrio. According to Amazon, "Japan's most famous feline [is] ready to take you to multi orgasm!" 

Super Hung Heroes

Purveyor of pervy goodies Doc Johnson has a few new collectibles, namely a series of superhero-themed dildos à la Batman-themed "caped cocks," monstrous, Dr. Bruce Boner Hulks and Thor's "hammers." 

Tardis Butt Plug

Even though the Etsy store is no longer producing it, we hear it's bigger on the inside.


Speaking of Doctor Who toys, at one point there was a 3D-printed Sonic Screwdriver Vibrator. It'll fix up anything.


There's apparently a company called Necronomicox that specializes in horror-themed toys. And their most "intriguing" offering? A pustule-ridden, raw wounded zombie dick -- in case The Walking Dead is the franchise that gets you going. You can even customize it and ask for a greenish tint if decomposition is more your thing.

Let Us Explain the WHAT ARE THOOOOSE Meme Before It's Too Late

Are you an aging "young person" (or even... an adult)who is only vaguely aware of the internet and feels set upon by teens who increasingly resemble a pack of Periscoping hyenas? Are you a little behind on the trends and nervous that cool is slipping away from your peripheral vision? More importantly: Did a youth recently come up to you in a Footlocker, point at your feet, and yell, "WHAT ARE THOOOSE?" before running away cackling? Did this experience leaving you feeling scared and alone? This is for you.

Though the phrase had been around for a while, the current, hyper-meme-ified version of the phrase that's taken over Vine, "WHAT ARE THOOOSE?" originated with Brandon Moore, a.k.a. Young Busco, a man so heroic and virtuous he has literally been assaulted in the pursuit of answers to life's greatest question: "WHAT ARE THOOOSE?" In an Instagram video posted June 14, Moore asked this question of a police officer arresting a women for drinking in public, and launched a movement.

Free Myesha fast

A video posted by Snapchat @youngbusco (@youngbusco) on

Like many of the best memes, "WHAT ARE THOOOSE?" is infinitely flexible, allowing its conceit to be applied to practically any situation where mediocre footwear is involved. (Most situations, if we're being honest.) Being "WHAT ARE THOOOOSE"-ed should be a wake-up call, an alarm suggesting you reevaluate your shoes, the first inkling that maybe your life hasn't gone the way you hoped it would. If someone asks you "WHAT ARE THOSE" you might need to take a personal day off from work. At least get some new Adidas or something, pay for an extra appointment with your therapist. Admit your shoes are lame -- she's probably wanted to point it out for a while.

Accordingly, the meme evolved to encompass a vast array of cases in which someone needed to get called out, or where even the possibility existed. Many of the early instances focused on pre-existing pop culture, in everything from Spongebob to Arthur to this look at a sightly meaner version of Forrest Gump.

And as borderline sociopathic kids prowled the streets looking for content, not even their grandparents were safe.

Admittedly, the pure humor of the meme peaked early. This is the undisputed ruler of "WHAT ARE THOOOOSE" memes -- a clip from Jurassic Park with some, er, interesting footwear added to the dinosaurs.

WHAT ARE THOOOOOSE? More importantly, why are those? The thing that makes the Jurassic Park iteration so hilarious (to the point where, several times during the past few weeks, I have spontaneously burst into laughter simply after remembering that it exists) is a combination of elements using the original meme structure as a skeleton. Like, is it because Sam Neill is crying with joy at seeing the Yeezy Boosts? Is it because there's a magical world where dinosaurs have access to Kanye's shoes and won't give them to anyone else? Does anyone know?

No one knew, and yet the meme persisted, to the point where even adoring Directioners were throwing it out at shows. If Harry Styles isn't safe from "WHAT ARE THOOOSE?" can anyone be said to truly be free from angst, from the possibility that at any moment they might be set upon by merciless youths with camera phones?

And Complex literally asked Nick Young what those were. But as the meme has aged (seriously, a few months is like an eternity in meme-time -- Moore has already moved on to asking people "WHAT IS THAT?"), people have found interesting ways to use the meme, calling attention to lame things that aren't shoes. For example:

Would Judith Butler be proud that gender performativity found its way into these meme tweet? Let's hope so. Now that you, a human too chill to keep up with the hunger that drives new trends, understand "WHAT ARE THOOOOSE?" the half-life of the meme has dropped by about six weeks. You're meme-ing on borrowed time. So go out there, find a child with lame shoes picked out by his or her parents, and just ask one simple question.

Five Highlights from Festival d'été de Québec


Founded in 1968 and held at the lovely Quebec City, the Festival d'été de Québec is one of the biggest live music festivals in North America. It runs for 11 days in more than 12 venues, and regularly pulls in more than a million audience members. Not being a Canadian, I hadn't heard of it either.

But though it doesn't have the USA clout of Lollapalooza or Coachella, the Festival has a lot going for it, if you're into seeing live music on big outdoor stages with thousands of people but are kind of burned out by the kids and their EDM.

Located by the sea and imbued with a quaint, European village charm, Quebec City is stunningly gorgeous, though be ready to make like Kate Bush and run up some hills. The people are unfailingly friendly, the local beer (often Rickard's Red) is cheap and smooth, and if you've never had poutine, boy, you owe it to yourself. All of the stages are located within walking distance of each other (but seriously, stretch first before hitting those hills) and the line-up is wildly eclectic. (And yes, there is some EDM in the mix.) This was perhaps the only festival this year where one had to choose between catching Owen Pallett or the Doobie Brothers at either the nearby l'Imperial or the le Grand Théâtre de Québec stages. (Since the Doobs haven't toured with Michael McDonald in ages, it was an easy decision.)

With a linepup that included the Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, Boston, Megadeth, Jack Ü and Iggy Azalea, the Festival d'été de Québec was once again diverse bordering on incoherent. I got to attend for a few days; here were my favorite moments.


1) Playing to a smaller festival crowd than they've been destroying lately, Run the Jewels were nonetheless treated like conquering heroes by the ecstatic, continually moshing crowd. "You bastards, let me catch my breath," said a beaming Killer Mike from the stage, no doubt pleased that even this far up north, people know how to properly do his band's gun and finger salute.

2) Though the new single they premiered that encouraged us to remember our first dance, first kiss and first other things sounded promising enough, Icona Pop are going to have their work cut out for them to avoid the one-hit wonder tag. But that hit! Watching a huge crowd at the main outdoor venue, located on the Plains of Abraham, scream in mass that they! don't! care! and would be very interested in crashing your car is one of those communal feelings you can only get when crammed together with thousands of people at a local park turned venue.

3) Though the big names get the big font on the poster, there was plenty of regional talent filling out the local clubs, including Canadian upstarts the Feather. Though they still need to fine-tune their sound a bit, they're clearly onto something: they can quiver like Bon Iver and swell like early Arcade Fire, and one doesn't even need to speak French to feel the pathos they were offering up.

4) Though I wasn't, unfortunately, able to stick around to watch Primus cover the soundtrack to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (my loss, I'm sure), I did catch their opener: recently reunited '90s guitar-effects scientists Failure. Up against a torrential downpour and a sound system that literally cut them out a few times, Failure pushed on, turning Fantastic Planet deep cuts "The Nurse Who Loved Me" and "Saturday Saviour" into the arena-filling jams they would have eventually become back in the day if these guys hadn't called it quits right as they were starting to catch on. The pianos on the latter, in particular, encouraged some shameless air-keyboarding.

5) Is Future Islands frontman Samuel Herring the best dancer of our time? Don't bother answering: of course he is. Whether he was doing the "drop and pop" or the "spastic Magic Mike" or the "punch a hole through the space-time continuum" he gave the crowd more energy than they could handle and constantly made me forget there were three other people on stage with him. (All of whom I'm sure work very hard at their jobs: those beautiful whirs on "Spirit" don't play themselves.) Oh yeah, those moves were soundtracked by "Seasons" (Waiting On You)" and other songs that didn't break the internet but prove that there is much more to this group than one of the most magnetic personalities in recent memory.


Watch Florence and the Machine's Devastating New Short Film


Florence and the Machine have released a double music video for both "Queen of Peace" and "Long and Lost." The two tracks, off of the band's latest How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful LP, are set to a devastating narrative about love and violence.

The 10-minute short film, which is a bit of Never Let Me Go-meets-Dancer in the Dark, was shot on location on the coast of Scotland. Coupled with the video's seamless choreography, cinematography, and a stellar acting performance from Florence, this would make one hell of a feature length film.

Watch it above.

[via NPR]

Khloe Calls Kylie's Relationship with Tyga a "Special Case" in Complex, Discusses Caitlyn


A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on

Khloé, the Kardashian who is always keeping shit real, is joining her sister Kim and becoming a coveted cover star in her own right -- as the latest issue of Complex proves. 

Appearing as the sexiest gym rat there ever was, Khloé spends most of the insightful interview talking about the important people in her life (read: mainly other Kardashians) and giving us the dish as the self-proclaimed, protective "lion" of the family. An especially applicable notion as she provided some interesting rationale in regards to Kylie's relationship with Tyga.
"I think at 16 I was probably fucking someone that was in their 20s, for sure. I wouldn't say I was even dating, probably just sleeping with them. But again, Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old. You're not gonna say, "Hey, so what are you doing this weekend?" and have her say, "Having a slumber party at my girlfriend's," or "Going to prom." That's not what Kylie does. Kylie is taking business meetings and bought her first house, or she's going on a private plane with Karl Lagerfeld to take a meeting. That's not even what people do in their 30s. It's a rare circumstance, so let's treat this as a special case."
There was also some real talk about her ex-hubby Lamar Odom.

I talk to Lamar as often as I can, which is inconsistent, but not on my terms. When you genuinely feel like that was the right relationship, you're supposed to give it all you can. That's what marriage is about...Lamar is genuinely one of the best people I've ever met, and everyone says that when they meet him. I think Lamar's gonna always be that person [for me] but that's what made it so special. Even if I had it for five years or whatever, it was the best ever and I'm grateful I did. Some people don't get that ever and I had that magic for a long time.
Reaffirmation about why Kanye is the best.
Every time I went to a basketball game and he saw me, he would come out of his way to find my seat and give me a hug. Every time I would see him, it was all about Kim. It was so endearing and so cute and genuine. What I love about Kanye is that he wants to build her up instead of take her down.
Some TMI about Kris Jenner's current sex life.
Why is a 32-year-old, or whatever he is, why is he talking to a 50-fabulous-something woman? That's just--and I say it to her all the time--weird. Hearing them have sex is wild and I'm traumatized...That shouldn't happen to anybody, but it's happened to me a few times with my mom. When I was younger, I was hiding under my mom's bed for some reason, and her and Bruce started having sex. I was there and I couldn't leave. I had to stay until it was over.
And of course some insight into her relationship with Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, whose transition was difficult for her:
[Bruce and I] are the closest out of the Kardashian kids. I think what hurt me the most was that we as a family wanted to be a part of his transitioning. I could imagine that it's so lonely. Don't you want people to support you and be there with you? But then I don't know if that's a selfish request.
She did leave us with this (too real) gem though. Ghosters/general cowards, take note.
When you fuck someone, why would you not [be cool after you're over].... Like, if someone has seen my vagina, I think it's OK that I say hi and give him a hug hello.

Walk Of Shame: No One Came To This Straight Pride Parade

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So over the weekend, blogger/dude with major FOMO Anthony Rebello decided it was time to celebrate "equality" by organizing his very own "Straight Pride" parade -- and surprise, he was the only one who showed up.

Armed with nothing more than a cardboard sign, black & white balloons (how symbolic) and a sad excuse for a Facebook event, Rebello took to the streets of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood to "celebrate our right to be heterosexual, and to encourage younger heterosexuals that they should be proud of their heterosexuality." 

He also personally responded to several criticisms on his Facebook event, using logical retorts like "heterophobe" and "the LGBT community is full of hate" -- though judging by the amount of grayed out commenters, it looks like his favorite comeback was just good old-fashioned blocking. 

Kate Hudson's "Trap Queen" Dance With Her Son is Way Too Well-Choreographed

kate hudson 1.jpgYou may have already seen this goofy, delightful Instagram video of Kate Hudson and her 11-year-old son Ryder dancing to Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" while apparently waiting for their flight in an airport.

This video is many things. It's a pretty adorable, endearing depiction of "cool" motherhood and parent-child fun coming from the star of such classics as Fool's Gold, My Best Friend's Girl, and You, Me, and Dupree. It's an enjoyable enough video of people dancing to Fetty Wap, something that probably should have gotten exhausting some time in May. But it's also way too well-choreographed.

"Trapped in the airport?" ...Okay. Those are some serious moves, and if you ask me, it seems like Kate Hudson and Ryder had been practicing them for a while. And this isn't the first time that Kate Hudson, dance guerrilla, has struck terror into the hearts of internet users. That means one of two things: Either Kate Hudson and her son dance around the house and have perfected their moves over time because they're a sweet, reasonably free-spirited family, or...

Look: I'm not saying that Kate Hudson and her children are planning on starting a family dance troupe and touring the country, impressing millions all over with their flashy moves and matching jumpsuits. I'm not saying they would be joined by Hudson's mother (Goldie Hawn) and step-father (Kurt Russell). And I'm definitely not saying that Fetty Wap would join them on tour. I'm just not not saying it.

Read This Obituary For Neopets, Which Is on Its Last Legs

neopets.jpgNeopets was a long-time staple of the late-90s/early-aughts internet, for perhaps longer than any brightly colored, kitschy virtual pet community deserved to be. But the basic principle made sense -- get some pets, grow attached to them, invest a ton of your time and energy in their virtual upkeep. It worked on me (I made my first AOL email account so I could sign up for Neopets, and occasionally feel sharp pangs of unprompted guilt over leaving them unattended). It's one of the most commonly referenced sites in A/S/L, our feature on the early internet habits of folks in their 20s and 30s. But as of a few weeks ago, Neopets appears to finally be... mostly dead? 

Olivia Coy dives deep into the history of Neopets for The Kernel, the Sunday magazine of The Daily Dot. You can read the whole story here, but here are some single-serving highlights to consider:

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Neopets was sold to Viacom in 2005 for $160 million
Not that this wasn't public information before, but if you grew using Neopets, then moved on, it might be a little jarring to come face to face with the financial realities of what your childhood was subsidizing. Several years after its peak, Neopets sold -- in 2005 -- for a staggering amount.

The community experienced hyper-inflation
Over time, Neopets found itself in the unenviable position of replicating Weimar Germany, printing (or mining, or producing, or whatever) way,way too much of its own in-game money -- the Neopoint --
to the point where high pricing froze out new users who couldn't pay ten bazillion Neopoints for accessories.

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Co-founder Donna Williams is actually pretty up-front about many of the site's failings in a Reddit AMA
This is some of the most fascinating stuff in the Kernel piece -- the Neopets founders seem to be relatively aware of what went wrong, but are still thankful that their creation, originally from the Geocities era of internet, has lasted so long. Maybe we shouldn't cry because Neopets is over -- let's smile because it happened.