Channel: Paper RSS Feed
Mark channel Not-Safe-For-Work? cancel confirm NSFW Votes: (0 votes)
Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel.

Pucci x Guerlain + Cookie Monster Nails in Today's Style Scraps

Uniqlo is opening a San Francisco flagship. [via WWD]

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 1.03.09 PM.png
Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 1.05.08 PM.png
Rodarte has come out with a skirt version of the gowns they showed during their S/S '12 show, inspired by Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and "Sunflowers." [via High Snobette]

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 1.11.37 PM.pngA fuzzy, Cookie Monster manicure. [via XO Jane/Refinery 29]

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 1.19.48 PM.png
Pucci is teaming up with Guerlain on a new color range that will be featured in a bronzer/blush combo, eye shadow, mascara, eye liner, lip gloss, nail polishes and powder pearls (pictured). [via Style.com]

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 1.27.56 PM.pngMulberry's "Del Rey" bag (named after, yes, you guessed it) has hit shelves today in the brand's NYC and London stores, months before its original planned fall debut.  It'll appear store-wide on May 14th. [via Elle.com]

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 1.37.08 PM.pngPenelope Cruz talks to Harper's Bazaar about sitting on top of Meryl Streep nude during an AIDS RED campaign photo shoot. [via Celebuzz]

Eleanor Friedberger's "I Won't Fall Apart On You Tonight": A PAPERMAG Video Premiere


Check out this fun, very informal, "DIY" (as the kids are calling it) music video for one of favorite Eleanor Friedberger songs, the sad-but-dancey "I Won't Fall Apart on You Tonight." The slightly-shaky, moody production was made by Matt Asti (MGMT's bass player, and also part of Eleanor's band) in collaboration with filmmakers Sam Fleischner and Ry Russo-Young. A bong, a lot of hair-whipping, Eleanor's cell phone and John Eatherly all make appearances. Catch Ms. Friedberger with Hospitality at The Bell House on Apr. 18th.

Dynamite, Spankings + Nuns: The Crazy Past of Betty Francis' New Manse

One big difference in Betty Francis' new life on season 5 of Mad Men, besides her love affair with Bugles, is the spooky old house she and new husband Henry Francis have moved into. On the show, the house is meant to be in the New York City suburb of  Rye. In real life, it's located in the Los Angeles area of West Adams, known for its Victorian mansions and growing gay scene . The house also has a cuckoo-crazy back story. According to its Wikipedia page, which says it was built in 1891 by lumber and banking millionaire Thomas Stimson, lots of very strange incidents have occurred there. Below, some of our favorite weird historical highlights from the Stimson House, which features a dynamite explosion, homoerotic fraternity hazing and nuns.  

Thomas Douglas Stimson was dynamite!
Perhaps the most explosive (pun intended) event in Stimson house history occurred in February 1896 when a stick of dynamite blew a hole through the side of the house. A private detective, who had been hired a month before the explosion to accompany Stimson's son to Mexico, warned the millionaire that a dangerous Mexican criminal was after him and his family. He subsequently offered his services as protection. It later became clear that the dynamite, and other staged "attacks" on the Stimson family (including the poisoning of their dog!) were part of a blackmailing scheme targeting Stimson. The private detective was eventually arrested and served 5 years in prison.

Thank you sir, may I have another?:
The house changed hands a couple times after Stimson's death before it was sold in 1940 to nearby USC's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. The first year of the brotherhood's occupancy was marred by a scandal so homoerotic even Salvatore Romano would blush. In retaliation for a prank, the members of PKA kidnapped two male UCLA students, stripped them naked, covered them in black paint, drew an "S" and "C" on their chests and shaved their heads. In keeping with normal heterosexual male behavior, the boys of good ol' Pi Kappa Alpha also spanked their captives bare bottoms until the victims couldn't sit down. The poor boys were found by police, "guarded in their cell by more than 100 husky Trojans." Nope, not gay at all.

Sister Act:
The rowdy fraternity eventually moved out and was replaced by the lovely ladies of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, a convent, in 1948. They're still living there.

Stimson House on TV:

Matthew Weiner and co. aren't the only ones who thought the Stimson house's spookiness would make a nice, grim backdrop. After appearing on an episode of the Bionic Woman that was filmed in the house, Vincent Price allegedly decided it would make a good place to record dramatic readings of ghost stories. It was also featured as a mortuary on an episode of Pushing Daisies. (Maybe Salon's Robyn Sayers, who is deeply convinced Pete Campbell is going to die this season, is on to something with her Morticia/mortician connection after all....)

Dan Savage Talks New Show, Homosocial Antics On Jersey Shore and His Own 17-Year Relationship

Dan_Savage-20100513c Christopher Staton_06.jpgIt's impossible to ask Dan Savage an outrageous question. He's heard it all, and -- for the most part -- he's answered it all. Ever game to get into the nitty gritty when it comes to sex and relationships, the columnist's definition of presidential candidate Rick Santorum's last name made headlines for its graphic description (and, incidentally, may be the only thing that survives the now-suspended campaign). Before all that, however, Savage amassed a cult following as he attempted to solve peoples' kinky and messy conundrums through his   column and podcast for the Stranger, Savage Love. Now the outspoken sex columnist and creator of the It Gets Better campaign has a much broader medium through which to give advice: the new MTV series Savage U. The show follows Savage and co-host Lauren Hutchinson --  a producer whose commentary and banter are on par with Savage's --  as they drive from university to university so Dan can speak to the students about sex and relationships. We chatted with Savage recently about Savage U, the homosocial antics on Jersey Shore, and his own relationship of 17 years. 

You wrote that people should think of Savage U as "18 and Not Pregnant..." and in the first episode, you tell a female student, "Don't read Cosmo." Would you advise that same girl not to watch many of the other programs on MTV?
No, I actually wouldn't. The first time I saw 16 and Pregnant, I was appalled. I thought, "Oh my god, this is glamorizing teen pregnancy." But I'm a data guy, and all the data shows that one of the contributing factors to the plummeting teen pregnancy rates over the last 5 years is 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, which have de-glamourized pregnancy.

16 and Pregnant I can handle; Teen Mom is depressing.
I don't think MTV shows create unrealistic expectations. I think a lot of what's on MTV is heightened reality and craziness but I don't think it's inaccurate. The reason I jokingly call the show 18 and Not Pregnant is that I think the show completes 16 and Pregnant in a way: 16 and Pregnant helps a lot of young people realize that they don't want to be 16 and pregnant, and what I show is what else is possible if you can manage to not get yourself knocked up in high school --  that you can go to college, that you can still have fun, that you can still be sexually active, that you can party and keep your shit together enough to get an education and have a life. Train-wrecks are good television but what you see on the show are people who are not train-wrecks and still having a blast.

So you wouldn't have some choice words for Snooki or The Situation?
I think that with gender politics, particularly on gay issues, Jersey Shore is good. This comes up when I go on Real Time with Bill Maher. Maher is for the full civil equality of LGBTQ people -- he has some residual discomfort of the mental images that pop into his head when gay shit comes up -- but what he models for people is that you can still be squigged out by gay sex and be for gay [rights]. And I think you see that on Jersey Shore in the relationship between Vinny and Pauly D, which is so homosocially intimate. A lot of straight guys have a problem with male-on-male intimacy because they don't want to feel 'gay.' But I've seen episodes where Vinny and Pauly D crawl into the bed with each other and joke about being boyfriends -- that's great! They're dropping a not-homophobic bomb in the middle of what can be a very homophobic culture.

Back to Savage U. Was it weird to go out with the college kids?
Oh yeah. We were those people in a corner with a sound guy, three camera guys and five producers. One of the funny things about filming in a bar is that we show up and the lights go up and the music turns off so we kind of interrupt the party. We have to be surgical and get in and out or a crowd can turn on you. In some episodes you can clearly see I'm being dragged into the bar. That's part of what Lauren's there for. Lauren's close enough in age that she kind of fits in still enjoys it.

Are there any relationship or sex issues that you think are particular to college students?
Most of the questions I get are from college students. That's when people are figuring themselves out. They're trying to put a sex life together that works for them. I really feel that, for people who are 16 to 22, the biggest issue is the tyranny of what is and isn't "normal," and this false notion that there's this normal kind of sex that normal people are having most of the time and it's normal, and you're not normal because you're interested in something else. I think one of the reasons why straight people really responded to my column is that I gave myself permission to say 'I suck dick' and tell my mom about it [so] what won't I give you permission to do?

Younger people have an ideal of what a sexual relationship should be in their heads thanks to rom-coms and Cosmo.
Rom-coms, Cosmo. Rom-coms are horrible I think, when it comes to what they tell women about the way straight men are. And I'm always warning them about kinks! Don't press your boyfriend about his kinks, his secret fantasy, if you're not prepared to hear that he wants to pee on you. Because it's not going to be "I want to sprinkle rose petals on the bed and light a thousand tea candles in the apartment." That is no straight man's fantasy.

I'd like to think that that's no straight woman's fantasy either!
It's a straight woman's fantasy when she's 22 and not when she's 32. I think kink and weirdness is often tied to sexual peak. Boys hit their sexual peaks in their teens and that's when we acquire all our weirdness and fetishes and kinks. Women have that peak at 30, and begin to be interested in S&M, threeways, crazy shit. And if you found the only boring straight guy in America who has no kinks and married him at 22, you're gonna be fucked when you're 30 and you're kinky, lady. Find a guy who's kinky so that when you get kinky when you're 30 he has to go there for you like you went there for him.

Is it weird to see yourself bleeped out all the time?
Oh no! I argued for that. Originally, they gave me lists of word substitutions so I could say 'this' and not 'that.' And I was like, "Can we just bleep me like The Daily Show? Why do we have to engage in this sort of infantile word swap?" So bleeps -- I fought for bleeps, I love them.

How often does your personal life come to the fore in SU?
Sometimes I'll talk about Terry [Savage's husband] a little bit. An issue that kept coming out there was that "you can't date somebody you hooked up with." If someone will hook up, they're disqualified as being boyfriend material or girlfriend material. And I would always bring up that Terry and I had a one-night stand 17 years ago, and you shouldn't rule out romance with somebody that you did something sleazy with. A lot of really good relationships, maybe even your parents' relationship, had a sleazy start. And I always say, "[My relationship] is not perfect." There are times that we fight, times when I want to kill him, and times when he wants to kill me. We both realize there are things we can't fix in each other and we ignore that. We're functionally dysfunctional, and that's what makes any relationship good.

Savage U airs Tuesdays at 11:00pm on MTV.

Photo credit: Christopher Staton

Dale Talde and Co. To Open Park Slope's Answer to Max Fish

245ed2302450ac74b0a2e91d1b4ac6e3.jpgThe folks behind critically acclaimed Park Slope restaurant, Talde (369 7th Avenue, Brooklyn) are planning to open their own version of Max Fish (178 Ludlow Street). Owners David Massoni, John Bush and Dale Talde (who appears to have given up on growing a mullet) are taking over the space previously occupied by Aunt Suzies on 5th Avenue, adding "good music, a pool table and awesome food" according to the Park Slope Patch blog. Co-owner Bush, who's in his forties, says he's modeling the spot after the beloved Lower East Side dive bar, which he's starting to feel too old to frequent. With Pork Slope, he explains,  "I don't have to be the weird, creepy guy at Max Fish anymore. This is going to be our Max Fish, with good music, Dale's awesome food, a pool table in the back and a big window in front to people watch."

Pork Slope is slated to open this summer.

Above: David Massoni, John Bush and Dale Talde. Photo by Will Yakowicz.

Meet Charles Sonder, Chips-Eating Subway Hero a.k.a. Snackman

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 5.50.13 PM.pngAfter we posted this morning about the guy who broke up a fight while casually eating chips and gummy bears (as he later revealed), our thoughts began to turn to the real man behind the nascent meme. Who is Snackman and what does he do when he's not a 6 train vigilante hero? (Answer: Charles Sonder, architect and Brooklyn resident.) As you can see from our email Q&A below, he appears to be just as elusive and humble as one could hope for in a  superhero. Read what he has to say for himself below:   

What were you thinking when you saw the fight happen?
'Is someone going to stop these two from kicking each other? Nope, I guess I will.' 
You get between them so casually. Were you intentionally trying to avoid engaging the fighting people? 
I just wanted the fighting to stop and I thought that if I got between them, they wouldn't be able to hit each other anymore.  

How did you first learn that you were becoming viral on YouTube?
I got a text message from my mom this morning when I woke up saying 'Hey snackman.'  I said 'What does that mean?' and she told me to go online.

How does it feel to be a meme?
I'm a meme?

Have a lot of girls been asking you out/proposing to you today (on Facebook/Twitter etc.)?
No proposals that I know of. I'm at work just trying to get stuff done. I have a deadline tomorrow. 

What do you do in real life?  You're an architect, right?
I do most of the 3D modeling and rendering. But most of the time I do what everyone else in the firm does -- design buildings. 

How long have you lived in NYC?
Just two years.

Where in NYC do you live?
I live in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.


Casual Chips Guy Is Our New Favorite Subway Hero

The Simpsons Live in Springfield, Oregon + Hippie Sex Books = Eight Items Or Less

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 5.11.26 PM.png1.  Bah!  We didn't see this coming!  Simpsons creator Matt Groening revealed that the Springfield in which the show is based is Springfield, Oregon. [Gawker]

2. Empire Mayonnaise, an artisanal mayo shop (yes, you heard that right) opened today in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. [Gothamist]

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 5.31.18 PM.png3.  After a black-and-white photo of Hillary Clinton looking badass while texting on an airplane went viral thanks to a hill-arious (get it?) Tumblr, Texts from Hillary, it appears that the Secretary of State has a great sense of humor about the matter.  Hill sent in her own submission to the guys behind the blog and even took pictures with them -- that's what dreams are made of, folks! [Flavorwire]

4. Jennifer Lawrence revealed that her gruesome squirrel-skinning scene in Winter's Bone was 100% real. [Oh No They Didn't]

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 6.17.08 PM.png5. This Memorial Day/July 4th, why not make a statement with these "USA sunglasses" by Jeremy Scott for Linda Farrow? [Animal New York]

6.  Demi Lovato almost ran over Paul McCartney. [Celebuzz]

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 6.03.50 PM.png7. In other weird books news, our friends over at Dangerous Minds have a great round-up of hippie-sex-themed "adult reading" books from the sixties.  Every dude in the cover art looks like Frank Zappa. [Dangerous Minds]

Screen shot 2012-04-10 at 6.00.19 PM.png8.  Rooney Mara sports a new 'do/weave/wig on the set of her upcoming flick, Bitter Pill. [Just Jared]

The Morning Funnies: Lady Gaga Made Out of Cat Hair + Breakfast in Bed

Lady Gaga made out of cat hair. [via MTV Buzzworthy]


 This T-shirt will get you laid. [via World's Best Ever]

Watch a video about a 9-year-old boy named Caine, who made an elaborate video arcade out of cardboard. [via BoingBoing]Screen Shot 2012-04-11 at 9.07.37 AM.pngOld People Writing on A Restaurant's Facebook Page. [via HuffPo]

It's the gift that keeps on giving. After delighting us by lip-synching a Selena Gomez song yesterday, here, James Franco has his way with Rihanna's "You Da One." [via E!]

fox-news-logo.jpgGawker has a new column penned by an anonymous FOX News employee.

  Black_and_Grey_Pattern_by_kkll70.png50 shades of grey: the list. [via The Hairpin]Pancake-Quilt.4-Rsm.jpgFrom the Breakfast in Bed Department: "Pancakes, Butter & Syrup Quilt with Bacon Rug" by artist Ros Cross. [via Laughing Squid]

Screen Shot 2012-04-11 at 9.00.50 AM.pngBetty White joined Twitter.

  enhanced-buzz-27399-1334073153-70.jpgHere's a Burger King billboard made with 2,548 hot sauce packets. [via BuzzFeed]

A "Don't Stop Believing" movie mashup. [via The Daily What]

Tips For Today: Alabama Shakes + Lil B NYU Lecture + Roberta Flack

Screen shot 2012-04-11 at 11.26.24 AM.pngAlabama Shakes perform at Bowery Ballroom

Early adopters take note: the Athens, Alabama-based quartet will be bringing their rollicking blues-rock to New York tonight on the heels of the release of their debut album, Boys & Girls, which came out yesterday.

Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., $20, Sold Out

Lil B Speaks at NYU

The rapper also known as The Based God will speak at NYU's Kimmel Center about, well, who knows?  Music, presumably, but, given the broad swath of material the rapper covers in his lyrics, there's no telling what direction the conversation will take.  That said, there's homework before you go: Lil B released a mixtape, The Basedprint 2, and said it was required reading before the lecture.

NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square, $10

Roberta Flack at Ginny's Supper Club

Head to one of the hottest new venues in town -- the subterranean boîte beneath Marcus Samuelsson's still-white-hot Red Rooster -- to catch the soul legend playing some of her greatest hits as well as songs from her latest album comprised of a collection of Beatles interpretations, Let It Be Roberta.

Ginny's Supper Club, 310 Lenox Ave., $20-60, Sold Out

Simian Mobile Disco's "Seraphim" Is Our Music Video of the Day


Simian Mobile Disco released this great video for "Seraphim" from their upcoming album and it's an ode to OCD. Of course obsessive-compulsive behavior is serious business and here director Aoife Mcardle observes rather than judges. SMD claim they exhibit similar behavior in the way they create music using loops and repeated samples over-and-over. The vocal sample on the track is from Cilla Black's 1969 "It'll Never Happen Again" (in case you were wondering). Simian Mobile Disco will be at Webster Hall on May 25.

Top of the Pops: Madonna Sets Depressing Record, Nicki Minaj Conquers

nicki-madonna-thumb320.jpgThe mighty have fallen...a lot! Sales of Madonna's MDNA album fell a record 87% last week when it dropped from #1 to #8. That's the largest second-week drop in chart history. As expected, Nicki Minaj's Roman Reloaded went straight in at #1 and Adele moved up from #3 to #2. Following appearances on SNL and Nickelodeon, UK boy-band One Direction moved back up to #5. Rolling Stone, however, reports that the boys are being sued for trademark infringement by a California band with same name.The Mike Posner-penned "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber slipped out of the top spot on the digital sales chart with fun. regaining #1.  (via Billboard)

Meet the Voiceover Artists Behind SpongeBob, Powerpuff Girls and the Movie Trailer Announcer Guy


Watch a trailer for I Know That Voice, a new documentary coming out sometime in 2013 that unmasks the people behind such well-known cartoon voices like SpongeBob SquarePants, the Powerpuff Girls, and even the macho Movie Trailer Announcer Guy.  It's a little like finding out Santa is really your parents but strangely riveting nonetheless.  Check it out above. [via Animal New York]

Fossil Collective's "Let It Go" Is Our Music Video of the Day


Fans of the new wave of folk-rock music -- including The Givers and Mumford & Sons -- should also enjoy this track from UK duo Fossil Collective. The stop-motion video by Broken Pixel also deserves a round of applause. In a world made of paper, a happy couple riding in a hot-air balloon get separated when her scarf flies away.  Watch how the poor fellow solves his dilemma. Also, try to identify the band's "desert island discs."

Bob Marley Documentary Will Be First Movie to Live Stream On Facebook Same Day It Hits Theaters

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 11.15.05 AM.png
For the first time ever, it'll be possible to stream a movie on Facebook the same day it hits theaters. Starting at midnight on, naturally, 4/20, Bob Marley fans can pay $6.99 to watch Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald's new documentary, Marley, which was made with the unprecedented support of the late singer's family and includes rare footage, archival photos, performance clips and interviews with Marley's family, friends and bandmates. A portion of the film's Facebook sales will also go to benefit Save the Children

Plus, there's the added benefit that by watching the flick on your computer, you can forgo exorbitantly priced movie popcorn and indulge in your own Marley-themed treats (ifyouknowwhatwemean) from the comfort of a bean bag chair instead.

In Mr. Dream's Dreams

Following the release of Mr. Dream's thrashing Fatherland EP, we (naturally) enlisted dream expert Penney Peirce to analyze their dreams. Below, Adam Moerder, Matt Morello and Nick Sylvester relate recent dreams, and Peirce reveals their inner hopes, fears and Lenny Kravitz-issues. 

Adam: Aliens are attacking Earth. There's mass death, mass chaos -- basically this is it for
mankind. I'm an obituary writer for the Times. Rather than fleeing I'm typing up impromptu
obits. For some reason the first celebrity killed by the aliens is Albert Pujols, then Stephen
Hawking. I'm trying to do justice to their careers but as the deaths increase I resort to copying
their Wikipedia pages.

Penney: Adam is tuning into a planetary process where people may be starting to die in increasing numbers due to the acceleration of time and energy. Second, he's attributing the change/transformation to aliens, but that might mean forces we don't yet understand. There is a tendency to become shallow with increasing speed and intensity, and meaningful things (like the life of someone like Hawking) can be shortchanged. He may be reminding himself that he doesn't want to be that way, and to pay attention. Writing obits is symbolic of reviewing his own life to make sure he's living it the way he wants in spite of what's happening on the planet.

Nick: I'm in a hot air balloon, accompanied by a medium-sized dog whose breed I can't identify. While I'm stoking the balloon to keep us afloat, the dog disappears. This is where things get weird. I look for the dog over the side of the basket -- and suddenly I'm standing on the second floor balcony of the room where Lenny Kravitz shot the "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" video. The room is empty, except for the janitor from my grade school. He always says the same thing when he sees me: "They finished up about an hour ago." That's when I wake up

Penney: The balloon symbolizes Nick's movement up in frequency to higher dimensions in his dream world, e.g., from the physical to emotional to mental realm. The dog is often a symbol for a part of the self that is a protector, guide, and friend. Looking in on Lenny Kravitz' room symbolizes a reality or kind of experience that Nick is interested in -- this would have personal meaning to him -- but the title "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" could be a question his own soul is asking his mind. The janitor, too, could be a reminder from his own higher self to clean up his "space" and perhaps he is falling a bit behind since "they" already finished ahead of him.

Matt: I'm watching the end of a video on YouTube when I suddenly realize that there was
a flashbaby in it. I didn't actually see it, and the comments are ambiguous, but there's no
mistaking the sick sense of dread -- there was definitely a flashbaby. Now that I know it's there
I have to see it, even though it's the last thing I want to see. I press play again and wake up,
unable to remember what a flashbaby is.

Penney: Matt is becoming aware of some- thing from his subconscious mind, information that may pertain to old anxieties. His daily life (the video) has hidden content that may give birth to a new sense of self (baby).

Above: Adam Moerder, Matt Morello and Nick Sylvester.

Fatherland is out now.

Scenes from the New Museum's 35th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani

The New Museum celebrated their 35th anniversary last night with a gala at Cipriani honoring artist Paul McCarthy, who had his first museum show at the New Museum in 2001. Chloe Sevigny and Nadja Swarovski were honorary chairs, The Pimps of Joytime played and someone bid on, and won, a George Condo portrait of themselves for $350,000 during the live auciton portion of the evening. Other guests included Chuck Close, gala co-chair Olivier Zahm, Gang Gang Dance's Lizzi Bougatsos, artist Spencer Sweeney, Michelle Harper, Leelee Sobieski and Liz Goldwyn among others. Highlight of the night? Seeing street artist Judith Supine's work projected in a 300-foot long illuminated frieze around the Cipriani's ceiling. Whoa! Above, check out Rebecca Smeyne's photos from the evening.

Where Have All the 90s Beauty Brands Gone? + Pajamas For Prom in Today'sStyle Scraps

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 1.00.53 PM.pngDid Bridesmaids knock off a J. Mendel dress? [Fashionista]

Coverse and Missoni have teamed up for their fifth collection, which features two women's styles and one unisex, all for $200.  The kicks can be found at all Missoni stores, Jeffrey's, Fred Segal and Aloha Rag.

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 1.15.35 PM.pngParis' Les Arts Decoratifs will exhibit a massive Van Cleef & Arpels retrospective this September, displaying the baubles in chronological order for the first time, using special dating technology. [WWD]

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 1.16.33 PM.pngOur friends at Racked have tracked down beloved 90s teen cosmetics and beauty brands to see what they're up to c. 2012. [Racked]

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 1.23.54 PM.pngMarni dips its toes into the furniture business with a line of chairs made by ex-prisoners. [Fashionologie]

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 1.24.30 PM.pngWhether skeevy or brilliant, Stussy has a new campaign on Facebook boasting that their model will "strip" for page "likes." [Huffington Post]

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 1.35.08 PM.pngEveryone's in a prom-tizzy about the idea of wearing haute pajamas on the big night. [WSJ]

Axl Rose Is Going to Be Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Whether He Likes It Or Not

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 12.35.21 PM.pngYesterday we mentioned that Guns N' Roses frontman, Axl Rose, announced that not only would he skip the ceremony but that he was declining his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame entirely -- possibly due to his ongoing feud with former GNR guitarist, Slash.  In an open letter to the RRHOF, the rock star (and possible Lana Del Rey love interest) tries his best to semi-explain the rationale behind his decision and to come off professional and articulate while doing so but -- and pardon the vulgarity -- in the end he's trying to polish a turd.

Under the circumstances I feel we've been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N' Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in "our" induction (that for the record are decisions I don't agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things... no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected.
For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It's their show not mine.
That said, I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of "Guns N' Roses".

And as for the Guns N' Roses reunion?  Fuggedabouit.

So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense.

But you know what?  The best part of the story is that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame really doesn't give a shit.  They're gonna induct him anyway and released a statement of their own saying, "We are sorry Axl will not be able to accept his induction in person." 

Now that's rock n' roll.

[Via Vulture/NME]

Your Weekend Guide: Mister Saturday Night, KraftJerks + Psychojelly

There's some cool parties and performances coming-up tonight and over the weekend and, of course, we thought of you. Here's a little guide to what's going on.


Mister Saturday Night
celebrates the first album release -- Anthony Naples' Mad Disrespect -- on their own record label with a party on Saturday, April 14, 10 p.m., $15, at The House of Yes (342 Maujer Street, Brooklyn).  Who's spinning?  Why it's Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, plus an early set from Mr. Naples himself.  Now all you have to do is find Maujer Street. Go to the MSN website now and you might snag a reduced admission ticket.


Evil Twin is back for another go-round, but this time they're headed over to Manhattan for a little get together on Friday the 13th. It starts around 11 p.m. and advance tickets are available HERE for only $5.Go ahead and buy a ticket and they'll tell you the secret LES location.  Appropriate evil disguises are encouraged.

For the truly adventurous there's Aztec Economy and Den Svarta Fanan's presentation of "Psychojelly," a half-hour performance with live music, videos and assorted weirdness on Saturday, April 14, 9 p.m., $10 at Big Sky Works (29 Wythe Avenue, 14th Street, Williamsburg). Also on the bill are Panoply Performance Lab and a psychedelic rock band called Sightings. Watch the video above if you're confused.

The "Discovery" crew host another big get-together this Saturday night, April 14th, at Lorely (64 Frost Street @ Meeker Avenue, Brooklyn) with Voices of Black, Beg to Differ plus resident DJs Free Magic and FASO.  RSVP here for reduced admission.

Screen shot 2012-04-12 at 2.08.18 PM.pngSince you couldn't get Kraftwerk tickets, MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue, LIC) decided to come-up with an alternative called the Kraftwerk Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. out in their backyard superdome. Tickets are $15 and you'll hear music from Juan Atkins on the 14th and Francois K on the 15th.

Also on the shut-out-of-Kraftwerk tip, there's a two-night "exploration of the (band's) sonic and visual experiments " called "Kraftjerks!" at Big Sky Works. Opening tonight, April 12, at 8 p.m. there's a re-interpretation of Autobahn, Radio-Activity and Trans-Europe Express followed by Man-Machine, Computer World and Techno Pop tomorrow night, April 13, at 9 p.m. Both nights feature bands, DJs, light shows and projections plus DJ Ursula 1000 will spin on Friday.  It's only $10 per night and go HERE for all the details.

Brad Farmerie Talks Cocktails, Tattoos and His Carnivorous Offspring

Back in 2003, Brad Farmerie opened PUBLIC, energizing Nolita's culinary scene with the likes of grilled kangaroo on coriander falafel. Partnering with AvroKO Hospitality Group, his following projects included Double Crown, which morphed into Saxon + Parole. In the cozy spot that was once the Monday Room (PUBLIC's adjacent wine bar) now houses the Daily. Despite these changes, Farmerie has found his groove with black truffle baba ghanoush, oysters with malt and lemon aioli, and spicy tripe stew with garlic toast, which just begs to sop up a runny egg. Here,
RIP, The Monday Room. It was such a classy little boîte.
I loved the Monday Room from the day that we opened. It was always a nice little hideaway with lots of wine flights and small tastings that became some of my signature dishes, like glazed eel with pickled bean sprouts and a quail egg and sea urchin custard with lobster, lime, and caviar. I also liked the small size, which made it a perfect testing ground for new culinary ideas.
How is the Daily different?
If the Monday Room was a slightly demure, sophisticated little wine room, then The Daily is its feisty younger brother. The music is a little louder, the drinks a little stiffer, and the food is a little gutsier. The full cocktail list changes every day and large swaths of the food menu will change as well.
When you made your PUBLIC debut everyone started talking about how you were rocking 'global flavors.' Does this still ring true?
It definitely still is the case. I have done a bit of traveling and I love to incorporate the flavors and ingredients into my menus. It gives a taste of the unexpected and makes the dishes memorable.
There have been lots of changes for you and the team. You transformed Double Crown into Saxon + Parole and then revamped Madam Geneva shortly after.
Yeah, lots of work. Saxon + Parole reflects the direction some of my food was going, towards amazing ingredients simply prepared, predominantly by grilling, with one or two small twists to make the dishes special. We also wanted to create a menu that was large and varied enough, and an atmosphere that was completely inviting and relaxing, so that our guests would want to come back once a week, not once a month. The cocktail program ensures that no one goes thirsty by using lots of freshly juiced fruits and vegetables and twists on classic cocktails like the Manhattan on draught using Parole whiskey and leather bitters. Madam Geneva's continued to evolve as well, moving towards a fresher approach to cocktails and a list of 'street snacks' like duck steamed buns, twice cooked pork in chili caramel, and spicy Singapore laksa.
Speaking of trends, it seems like every young chef and bartender these days is flaunting tattoos. What do you think about this?
It's colorful.
You have some tattoos yourself.
Oh, man. They are signs of the misspent youth of a seventeen-year-old Brad Farmerie.
You have two little children. Are they good eaters?
My kids, Bruno, four, and Scarlet, one and a half, were both amazing eaters -- octopus, sweetbreads, miso soup -- until they learned the word 'no' and began testing the concept of free will.

What do they want you to cook for them at home?
My kids really dig braised meat, so the past few months have been all about lamb shank, lamb neck, short ribs, and pork shoulder. Needless to say I'm a pretty big fan as well. We have a pretty insane dish on the brunch menu at Saxon + Parole that they love: French toast stuffed with banana, bacon, and homemade Nutella. Not an everyday dish, but a once-a-week special treat.