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Into the Light

In 2007, singer Shannon Funchess and synth-player Bruno Coviello formed Light Asylum, an aggressive dark wave project that mixes its pop-wise futuristic neons with gothic pure blacks. After last year's taut In Tension EP, the pair have returned with a self-titled full-length release, inspired by "the political climate of today, and the relative closeness of the apocalypse," Funchess explains.

Back in New York, Funchess and Coviello are fresh off a quick jaunt through Europe, road-testing some of their new material. "The kids in London were really wild, and the kids in Paris were really fun and really energetic as well. And the kids in Berlin -- it feels like a baby Brooklyn -- it's really comfortable there," Funchess says.

But comfort seems relative when talking about Light Asylum's music. Dystopian and intense, a good deal of the debut's inspiration came from sci-fi film soundtracks, with an emphasis on directors and musicians that were early champions of spooked-out synths. "Like John Carpenter," Funchess mentions. "And Wendy Carlos," adds Coviello. "She did the soundtrack for A Clockwork Orange."

Funchess' religious upbringing also played a part in the record's genesis. "I was raised in a Southern Baptist church until I was about 13. And I rebelled, as teenagers do, and left that whole scene. But it's still imprinted there. Lyrically, the record was a way of working out the contradictions and the dogma related to my upbringing. It kind of permeates my creative expression."

Tracks like "Pope Will Roll" seem self-explanatory, but true to their shadowy aesthetic, it's never quite clear as to exactly what machine the pair is raging against. "Well, I guess the machine," Funchess says, with a little levity in her voice. "But now that we're on a label and stuff, it's kind of like working on the inside."

★ Light Asylum is out now on Mexican Summer.

"F*ck the Rain" Umbrellas + the Hipster Cop Gets Pissed at JD Samson = Eight Items Or Less

Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 6.10.24 PM.png1. Check out these surreal paintings by German artist Gesine Marwedel using human bodies as a canvas.  [via Laughing Squid]

2. Watch Hipster Cop yell at JD Samson at yesterday's Occupy Wall Street performance. [via Gothamist

Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 6.05.13 PM.png3. Scarlett Johansson received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. [via Oh No They Didn't]

Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 5.37.35 PM.png4. On a day like today, we could really go for this "Fuck the Rain" umbrella.  You can buy one here for $45. [via Dangerous Minds]

Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 6.20.00 PM.png5. Here's a new poster of Amanda Seyfried as porn star Linda Lovelace in the upcoming film, Lovelace. [via Hollywood Reporter]

Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 6.29.08 PM.png6. Famous movie characters depicted in Helvetica. [via Behance/Vulture]

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7. It's an In Living Color reunion (sans Damon Wayans and Jamie Foxx)!  The cast was photographed at the TV Land Awards. [via Buzzfeed]

Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 6.34.34 PM.png8. If it weren't such a positive thing for cities, we'd say urban farming has jumped the shark: an urban farmer will be a contestant in this season's The Bachelorette. [via Inside Scoop SF]

Win 2 Tickets to See Gossip at Terminal 5 (If You Get the Beth Ditto Trivia Question Right)!


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My fave band, Gossip, is playing this Tuesday at Terminal 5. The last time I saw Beth Ditto and co. play there, it blew my mind. And with their new giant-hand-celebrating album, A Joyful Noise, out the same day, this show is bound to be just as brain-shatteringly gorgeous. (I already have my tickets). Want to get in on the Gossip action? Answer this trivia question and two tickets to Gossip could be yours:

What is Beth Ditto's favorite song?

Email your answers to me at peterd@papermag.com. The first one to answer the question correctly, scores the tickets. Start Googling! See you at the show.

Preview Victoria Bartlett + Renée Vara's Second Skin Exhibition, Opening Tomorrow

Designer and artist Victoria Bartlett has long played with concepts of the human body and shape with the skin-tight, avant designs she produces with her line VPL, and explores similar themes in her new exhibit and book with Renée Vara. Second Skin examines "the concepts of corporal dissection, examination and re-assemblage" via works by 15 artists including David Armstrong, Hrafnhlidur Arnardottir (aka Shoplifter), Mark Borthwick, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Judith Eisler, Genesis P-Orridge, Katerina Jebb and Adam McEwen among others. The show opens tonight with a private reception at the VPL shop at 5 Mercer Street and will be open to the public tomorrow through July 31st. Check out these preview images from the show.

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Adam McEwan, On Feeling (Steak), 2010, C-print, Concrete Frame, Courtesy of the artist and INPUT Journal/ Vara Fine Arts.

Genesis.jpgGenesis P-Orridge & Eric Heist, Untitled (from Candy Factory series), 2001, Courtesy of the artists and INVISIBLE-EXPORT.

Joe Maloney - montana.jpgJoe Maloney, Odell spring creek, Montana, 1996, Digital Inkjet print, Courtesy of the artist and INPUT Journal/ Vara Fine Arts.

Judith Eisler - Faye & Steve 3.jpgJudith Eiser,  Faye & Steve (3), 2007, Oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist and INPUT Journal/ Vara Fine Arts.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia.jpgPhilip-Lorca diCorcia, A contact sheet from the Lucky 13 series, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York.

Ugo Rondonine - nude (xxxxxxxxx).jpgUgo Rondinone, nude (xxxxxxxx), 2011, Wax and earth pigments, Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels and INPUT Journal/ Vara Fine Arts.

Hennessy Youngman's Latest "Art Thoughtz" Is a Must-Watch If You're Pondering an MFA


Drop out of grad school and save money. That's the latest advice straight from the mouth of art world (and Internet) superstar Hennessy Youngman -- or as he's known to his mom and dad, Jayson Musson. Recently, Youngman has gone from YouTube critic with his Art Thoughtz series to infomercial spokesman for this "MFA on DVD" ($4.99 + shipping and handling). As he wisely points out: "Why take out a loan just to hold up your end of a conversation at a Creative Time benefit?" Order your shiny copy of the DVD now and get "all the essentials" including PDFs of essential, non-dry-ass readings as well as prompts to simulate a studio visit with a real-life art professor, including "I'm sorry, can you say that again? I'm having a hard time understanding your accent." To learn more about the "art world provocateur" check out our profile in the new issue of PAPER.

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Mario Batali Uses Food Stamps + New America's Next Top Model Judges = Eight Items Or Less

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 5.16.04 PM.png1. Read this eloquent explanation of white, straight male privilege that compares it to playing an RPG game with the "lowest difficulty setting." [via Kotaku]

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 5.26.53 PM.png2. A crocheted fish that can turn into sushi.  Those crazy crochet-ers!  What will they come up with next? [via Laughing Squid]

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 5.43.24 PM.png3. The accompanying tweet, courtesy of  @chiefbrody1984, says it all: "If you've seen a better picture of a dog dressed as two pirates carrying a treasure chest today, I don't believe you." [via The Daily What]

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 5.56.31 PM.png4. America's Next Top Model update: Male model Rob Evans will join Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone as a judge while celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek will take over Jay Manuel's consulting role. [via Fashionista]

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.05.24 PM.png5. For $620, this Bruce Lee dress could be yours.  Yours! [via Dressed Like Machines]

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.14.28 PM.png6. Mario Batali and his family spent a week living off a food stamp budget in protest of potential cuts by Congress to the program.  That being said, he is a professional chef so even his rice and beans is probably amazing.  [via Huffington Post]

Richard Prince in New York + Best Coast & Dum Dum Girls in L.A. + Art Spiegelman in Chicago + Jay-Z & Kanye West in London

Here, our daily round-up of cool things to do today in New York, L.A., Chicago and London!

New York

tumblr_m44lhpk6rM1qiyeuko1_500.pngThe legendary Richard Prince presents 14 new paintings in the aptly titled exhibit, "14 Paintings," which opens tonight at 303 Gallery.

Santos Party House co-founder/artist Spencer Sweeney's regularl party Spencer's GIFs is always a fun time. Tonight's line-up features live performances by Mas Ysa and Mykki Blanco, as well as DJ sets by Teengirl Fantasy, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Tim Dewitt and Tezeo. [via SPH]

Brush off your roller-skates and head to Dekalb Market for the latest installment of their Down and Dirty Disco party, taking place the third Friday of every month through September. (Also, if you don't have your own pair of roller-skates, it's OK; you can rent a pair.) [via Dekalb Market]

After a three year hiatus, all-girl Motley Crue tribute band Girls Girls Girls does their thing at Brooklyn Bowl. They'll perform alongside Unchained, a Van Halen tribute band, naturally. [via Flavorpill]

Los Angeles

Best-Coast-2012.jpgUh oh. Two of four favorite L.A.-based girl groups Best Coast (pictured above) and the Dum Dum Girls are BOTH playing tonight! This is like an indie-rock Sophie's Choice! [via L.A. Weekly]

Russian-born New York-based artist Kon Trubkovich new show at OHWOW features his video freeze-frame-inspired paintings. [via ArtSlant]

The super-amazing (and pretty disturbing) classic Pee-Wee's Big Adventure screens at this Bike-In Movie series as part of Bike Week. [via Flavorpill]


03globespoter-paris-blog480.jpgLegendary comic artist and graphic novelist Art Spiegelman chats with W.J.T. Mitchell about "What the %$#! Happened to Comics" at the University of Chicago-sponsored conference, Comics: Philosophy & Practice. [via Chicago Mag]

Known for being both hilarious and for sporting a distinctive side-mullet, Chicago's own Cameron Esposito is getting ready to move to Los Angeles. She's being sent off with a party/comedy extravaganza (featuring her funny friends) tonight at Lincoln Lodge. [via Flavorpill]

k.d. lang and her Siss Boom Bang band will be playing tunes off of their recently-released album Sing It Loud at the Genesee Theater. [via Time Out]


jay-z-kanye-west.jpgJay-Z and Kanye West kick off their two-night run at The 02 tonight. See if you can spot a Kardashian in the crowd! [via Time Out]

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre series kicks off with Ragtime, the musical. [via Open Air Theatre]

The Morning Funnies: Gilbert Gottfried Reads 50 Shades of Grey + French Bulldogs Doing the Twist


Annnnd, here's Gilbert Gottfried reading 50 Shades of Grey. Hearing him screech "my nipples pucker at his touch" is absolutely how everyone needs to start their Friday. [TheDailyWhat] 

lizlemon-phonesex.pngHappy birthday, Tina Fey! [Dlisted]  

Here's Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield singing about The Amazing Spider-Man in German. Wewanttobefriendswithyouguys. [Buzzfeed] 

OZZYBEAR.jpgThe Fozzman Cometh. [Uncle Shappy's Chuckle Parlour via The Daily Dot]

As Neatorama points out, it's hard to tell if there's water or actual lemon-lime soft drink coming out of this giant Sprite machine shower on a beach in Brazil. Big difference, especially if it's hot out.

Brandy brandy. [FuckYeah1990s via SnippySpy]

The Old Economy Steven meme is pretty funny, but mostly just makes us want to drink and drink. Check out much more of him, if you can accept the fact that you won't retire until you're 80 without breaking into a cold sweat, at Uproxx.

joeylimage.jpg*Whoa! Joey Lawrence just signed a deal to join a Las Vegas Chippendale's troupe. [NYDN]

Russian-Generals-5.jpgBill Murray as a Russian general by artist Steve Payne. More portraits of Steve Jobs, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and other celebrities at Lost at E Minor.

The back-itch-wiggle is one of our favorite dog moves of all time. These French bulldogs really know how to kick it. [PleatedJeans]

*Stop it, Joey Lawrence.

Guns N' Roses "Welcome to the Jungle" Is Our Music Video of the Day


 Who's that hot young dude arriving in New York on a Greyhound bus at the beginning of today's oldie-but-goodie video? Just kidding, we were a lot younger and thinner in 1987, too -- and luckily all the hairspray didn't kill us. Despite the R&R Hall of fame posturing and ridiculous Axl-angst, Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" is a killer song that still brings out the air guitarist in anybody still breathing. 

Metal Fringe Sandals + Photoshop Banksy in Today's Style Scraps

Screen shot 2012-05-18 at 12.12.06 PM.pngVictoria Beckham is reportedly planning to open her first store, likely in London. [via Fashionista/CNN]

Screen shot 2012-05-18 at 12.18.39 PM.pngTake a first look at Aerin Lauder's soon-to-be launched debut makeup line, Aerin.  It should hit stores in August/September. [WWD/Elle]

Screen shot 2012-05-18 at 12.39.08 PM.pngCheck out a Diana Ross-inspired boutique in Brooklyn. [via DNA Info]

Screen shot 2012-05-18 at 12.25.40 PM.pngMetal fringe sandals by Azzaro. [via High Snobette]

Screen shot 2012-05-18 at 12.28.01 PM.pngCheck out these H&M posters in Germany, ingeniously tagged with Photoshop toolbars by a German street artist. [via Styleite]

Screen shot 2012-05-18 at 12.37.40 PM.pngWatch Coco Rocha teach you how to strike a pose in an informative video for Target Style's On the Dot. [via Target Style]

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair's In Town + Fun Satellite Events & Parties


Yes, it's Internet Week here in NYC.  It's also the week the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair comes to town and, along with it, numerous satellite shows and parties.  The four-day ICFF starts tomorrow, Saturday, May 19, at Jacob Javits Convention Center and features 550 exhibitors from 31 countries.  This year, convention goers are in for a real treat because the opening night party on Saturday is being held at Tom Sachs' mind-boggling installation "Space Program: Mars" in the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 and they include an open bar and hors d' oeuvres. 

Also, one of the more interesting ICFF satellite shows, Model Citizens NYC, is back for a fourth year with over
100 international designers of furniture, products, ceramics, glass, textiles, home decor, art objects and jewelry. This three-day exhibition and pop-up market will be held from May 19 to 21 in SoHo at 52 Mercer Street, 4th Floor.  It's open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; admission is free.

You've probably heard that our friends at Moss moved up to our neighborhood in midtown and opened a "by appointment only" new venture called Moss Bureau (256 West 36th Street, 10th floor). Starting tonight they're presenting "Midway," featuring a "circus performance" with a Ferris wheel and carousel made by Cathy McClure, plus works by several other artists including Kelly McCallum and Jennifer Trask. Here are all the details, but remember, you must RSVP. 

Over at the Bleecker Street Theater (45 Bleecker Street) there's an exhibit of several works by UK designer Tom Dixon plus yummy Stumptown coffee. And, finally, at the Standard East Village -- who we hear just got community board approval for several much-needed changes --  there's a showcase of several designers from the West Coast called "Hotel California."  

5 Under $50: Colorful Home Decor Edition

Mr. Mickey Judges the Red Carpet Looks at This Year's Cannes Film Festival

The tres chic Cannes Film Festival is in full-swing and we've recruited Mr. Mickey to weigh in on some of the more amazing and not-so-amazing red carpet moments so far. The festival is a 12-day affair and we'll be updating this post accordingly as the glitz and glamour continues. Take it away, Mickey.

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I've never seen a Diane Kruger movie, but in this Giambattista Valli Couture concoction she certainly looks like a movie star. It feels like a bit of a Grace Kelly homage.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.02.23 PM.pngI generally like designer Michael Angel, and Freida Pinto is a knockout, but there's something about the bunchy area over the hips that looks very lumpy. And not in a cute way.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.02.32 PM.pngEva Longoria is super-gorgeous and knows how to serve up red carpet glamour with a capital G. This Marchesa gown is gorgeous and the train is bananas. It must have been a bitch to get out of the taxi in that thing, though.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.02.46 PM.pngI do not get Jessica Chastain's looks, this one included. I would have never guessed that this dress is by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and, personally, I can't really wrap my arms around a gown that shows top, side and bottom boobies.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.03.08 PM.pngEva Herzigova in Dolce & Gabbana is what European glamour looks like. And how cute are the yelling photographers behind her? So La Dolce Vita!  

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.03.29 PM.pngI don't really know why but there's something about Lana Del Rey in Alberta Ferretti that works for me. Why is she in black? Why is she at Cannes? Who knows, but I like it.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.03.45 PM.pngFan Bingbing's look is cuckoo-bananas and I like that its design was based on a vase

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.06.19 PM.pngHere's Fan Bingbing again. (She's the one who wore the cuckoo bananas vase number above, FYI.) This dress is more of a casual day look for Bingbing. It's a bit mother-of-the-bride, but I still think she looks great.
P.S. Can you imagine how hard it was for her to fit all her looks into two checked bags?

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.04.09 PM.pngThere's something beachy about Virginie Ledoyen in Elie Saab which feels right for Cannes (like maybe she was laying out at the pool topless and then just threw this dress on for the red carpet).

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.04.19 PM.pngBerenice Bejo in Louis Vuitton feels weirdly too dressy for me. Really I think the problem is that I tried to watch The Artist on a plane and I could only get through 20 minutes of it. Berenice just didn't feel 1920s to me.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.04.40 PM.pngHofit Golan is an Israeli socialite, which I love. Have you ever heard of her? I haven't. The dress isn't great, but who cares?

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.05.02 PM.pngTilda Swinton can do no wrong in my book and I worship a woman in a black-tie pants look. Miuccia Prada did pants at the Met Ball as well. Two's a trend!

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.05.15 PM.pngI'm just in love with Ewan McGregor no matter what he's wearing. In this case it's a shirt and tie by Marni. I do, however, wish the trousers were a tad snugger. Or off.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.05.43 PM.pngMarion Cottilard in Christian Dior Couture is serving up chic Velazquez-painting-vibes with her child in tow and the dramatic facial expressions going on in the background.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.06.29 PM.pngJane Fonda shows how sexy a covered-up look can be in this Stella McCartney number.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.07.06 PM.pngDolores Chaplin in Lanvin is super stunning and very fashion. Meanwhile can someone get me the phone number of her date? Yowza.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.08.13 PM.pngIs Alec Baldwin wearing Spanx or has he gotten into awesome shape all of sudden? He looks great.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.08.34 PM.pngI'm not sure who Chris Pine's Plus One is but I'm mildly obsessed. CPPO is gorgeous.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.09.01 PM.pngI'm generally vehemently opposed to ruching but I love it on a large-and-in-charge gal like Beth Ditto. Particularly when she's serving up a Marilyn Monroe homage.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.09.25 PM.pngI'm a little bit over Sacha Baron Cohen's hijinks but you must admit this is an eye-catching look.

Screen shot 2012-05-17 at 6.09.46 PM.pngI love Tim Roth with his daughter. She looks like she's really having fun and she's got some fun footwear.

An+unnamed+woman+is+seen+during+the+65th+Annual+Cannes+Film+Festival.jpgThis lady looks like the evil villain from the next Disney cartoon and I love it. 

enhanced-buzz-14733-1337199384-8.jpgI love a mish-mash of plaids and madras but I wish the colors of Bill Murray's patterns worked more harmoniously.

Jason+Schwartzman+Celebs+Moonrise+Kingdom+uAR6ipEaLgjl.jpgJason Schwartzman is such a babe in Kenzo. I just wanna rub my face all over his stubble.

Beth Ditto Serenades General Aladeen at Cannes


Beth Ditto and Gossip were on a French talk show Wednesday in Cannes and performed for fellow guest General Aladeen (a.k.a. Sacha Baron Cohen dressed up as his Dictator character). The clip is FOMO-inducing: the stage has the beautiful Mediterranean sea in the background, Gossip sounds great and Beth Ditto even gives a shoutout to her dad (who is apparently the General himself). And, might we add, how awesome does Beth look? (You can read Mr. Mickey's opinion on Ditto and other celebs on the Cannes red carpet here.)

[via Vulture/Rookie]

Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Goes Through 4,000 Pounds of Meat A Week

noahmileend.jpgWhen Noah Bernamoff, 29, opened Mile End Brooklyn in 2010, people went so cuckoo for his Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches that the deli regularly ran out of meat by mid-afternoon. He and his wife, Rae, and business partner Max Levine, have the system down now, enabling them to deal with the crowds at their new Manhattan spin-off on Bond Street, Mile End Sandwich. Further stretching their resources this weekend, they'll be serving smoked meat sandwiches at The Great GoogaMooga Festival in Prospect Park. GoogaMooga, billed as an amusement park of food (75 topnotch vendors), drink (35 brewers, 30 winemakers) and live music (The Roots, Fitz & the Tantrums), was co-founded by Superfly Presents, the same people behind Bonnaroo. Noah called from his car to chat while he was waiting to be let into the park to set up his food stand.
What's the scene like at GoogaMooga right now?
So far it seems a little disorganized, a lot of trucks and golf carts waiting to get in. It's a beautiful day and the weather is supposed to be great this weekend.
How much meat are you planning on selling?
Probably around 400 to 500 pounds of smoked meat each day.
All your meat is smoked at the same facility in Red Hook, right?
Yes, we're serving the same meat at our Brooklyn place and at our new place, all of it hormone and antibiotic-free. It's funny that some people think we're smoking the meat on-site at the sandwich shop when we only have 435 square feet.
I've read complaints on Yelp about you only having standing room, that your sandwiches can be messy to eat standing up.
We're going to add some stools to the community table. We'll see how it goes.
I assume the rent is higher in Manhattan than in Boerum Hill, maybe a reason you don't want people to sit for a long time.
We definitely want to move people through the space quickly.
Are you getting a liquor license?
We are going to try to get a beer and wine license. When we first proposed it to the community board they were obviously not amused. There shouldn't be anything to prevent us from getting one in a few weeks. It's tied to a few zoning things. We'll go back and approach the subject again.
And you're opening a shop in Red Hook soon?
Our commissary kitchen, where we make everything, is on the Brooklyn waterfront and there's a really nice little area, about 250 square feet, where we're going to open a little market. We'll sell a lot of our products -- meat by the pound, fresh-baked bread, pickles, our sodas. It should be ready in the next couple of weeks.
What will it be called?
Mile End Market.
Have you run out of meat at all at your new sandwich shop?
Thankfully, we don't have those issues anymore. At our first place we couldn't make enough of it. We were making 20 to 30 percent of the smoked meat we're making now. We go through 4000 pounds a week.
You were a law school drop-out before you went into the restaurant business. Has it helped you?
Law school teaches you to think and write in a certain way, look at things from a different perspective. I don't regret going. It's been useful. I dropped out after my second year when I really knew after my first year I wasn't going to finish. I'm not sure why I went for one more year.
When you only had a year to go to get your degree, I imagine your parents weren't happy.
They were confused a little bit. But they always kind of got it.
You're not 30 yet and you've done pretty well for yourself.
I have to admit my 20s have been very memorable.
What's your most memorable moment?
Probably getting married two-and-a-half years ago. Rae and I went into business together right after that. I didn't have a specific ambition; it was very spontaneous.
Was Rae in the restaurant business before?
No, she worked on producing audio guides for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She's spearheading the new website we're putting out in a month or two, which will be more content-oriented.
Soon you're going to have three locations for your meats. Are there more places in the works?
We're always thinking of what's next.
Photo from Blackbook

Lurk Around in Etnies' Lurker

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I go through sneakers like gummy bears and my latest obsession is skate label Etnies' light apres-surf/skate kick "The Lurker." It comes in different colors, but I go for the grey model (my color du season) to wear with matching grey APC jeans. Etnies, founded in 1986, was the first brand to ever create a pro skateboarder shoe model and is still a Serious Skate Shoe. And sneaker heads will be thrilled to hear that their entire vintage collection is being brought back for Spring 2012. Etnies is also updating their tough-as-concrete street style. "Brighter colors is something that's trending within our industry," Global Brand Director Mike Regan (who of course skates and snowboards like crazy) tells me. "When the team is designing models or colorways for Etnies pro skateboarders, they often skate with the riders to test out the shoes they designed." Gnarly.

Donald Glover on Girls + Leonardo DiCaprio Eating Soup = Today's Eight Items or Less

tumblr_m483b1IVAQ1qz8vumo1_400.jpg1. Our mind = exploding. Here's a pic of Donald Glover filming season two of Girls!! [via NY Post]

Screen shot 2012-05-18 at 3.07.49 PM.png2. Finally! Mission Chinese Food is opening on the Lower East Side next Tuesday, y'all! (Read our interview with MCF's Danny Bowien here). [via Diner's Journal]

Screen shot 2012-05-18 at 3.21.00 PM.png3. Conan O'Brien appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman for the first time in 13 years last night. Check out a clip here. "You know Jay's watching right now. He's getting a live feed in a satellite truck right now." [via Laughspin]

4. A man named Chris Dunlop spent 50 hours customizing his Mustang with a set of black Sharpie markers. [via Animal NY]

wesandersonitems.png5. Vulture has a fun Q&A with Wes Anderson in which they ask him a question we'd always wondered. Also, we love that Wes doesn't go to Halloween parties because he's "usually at restaurants."

Do you ever see groups of people dressed as the Tenenbaums for Halloween?

You know, I don't think I get out much on Halloween, so I don't usually see trick-or-treaters. What do I do on Halloween? I don't even know. I don't think I ever go to a Halloween party! I'm usually at restaurants.

mcadayz05.jpg6. Brush off your shelltoes: MCA Day is happening tomorrow. Head to Union Square at 11 a.m. to get in on the festivities. More details here.

dicaprio_soup.jpg7. There is something amazing going on in the comments section over at Videogum underneath this photo of Leonardo DiCaprio eating soup. [via Rats Off]

anigif_enhanced-buzz-4893-1337362744-4.gif8. Behold: "The Facebook Staff Freaking Out" meme. [via Buzzfeed]

Beth Ditto + Her Mom Get Polka-Dot Makeovers + Crif Dogs and Roberta's Headed to Bonnaroo = Eight Items Or Less


1. Watch this cool (and really cute!) video of Beth Ditto and her mom getting polka-dot makeovers during a photoshoot for Ditto's new M.A.C. cosmetics collection. [via Jezebel]

Screen shot 2012-05-31 at 3.58.54 PM.png2. Best English lessons flyer ever. [via Heeb]

Screen shot 2012-05-31 at 6.07.04 PM.png3. NYC's Crif Dogs, Roberta's and Baohaus are setting up camp at Bonnaroo in a few weeks. [via Grub Street]

beyonce-knowles-stars-300a101006_4520.jpg4. Beyoncé will lend her voice to a forthcoming animated movie, Epic, alongside Aziz Ansari, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler and Pitbull.  The movie is being produced by the same people who made Ice Age and Rio. [via Vulture]

5. Did you know that Leonardo DiCaprio was rejected from Baywatch, for a role that ultimately went to Jeremy Jackson?  (Or at least so says David Hasslehoff!) [via Oh No They Didn't]

Screen shot 2012-05-31 at 5.14.51 PM.png6. In anticipation of his forthcoming album, Positive Force, Delicate Steve has installed listening stations (kind of like these) throughout New York City, starting today and running through the weekend.  Each mp3 player -- whether on a wall, by a bridge, in a park -- will feature one song from the new album and there will even be a converted NYPD van serving up a grilled cheese sandwich called -- wait for it! -- the Delicate Cheese.  Yum. [via Delicate Steve]

Tips for Today: The tUnE-YaRds in NYC + Santigold in L.A. + The Do-Division Street Fest in Chicago + Jenny Holzer in London

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Seeing tUnE-YaRds' Merrill Garbus do her thing live... well, you just have to see it to believe it. She's joined by multi-instrumentalist Delicate Steve (Steve Marion), and British avant-poppers Micachu & the Shapes at Terminal 5 tonight. [via Oh My Rockness]

At the Helmut Lang sample sale, snag some sleek duds (blazers, sweaters, dresses, leather jackets) at up to 65 percent off. [via nymag]

Elusive, prolific and legendary street artist Jim Joe's two-day exhibit opens at The Hole tonight. [via The Hole]

Head to the East Village this weekend for the Howl! Festival -- a weekend filled with music, poetry, theater and art, inspired by longtime EV resident Allen Ginsberg's famous poem of the same name. [Howl! Festival]


Those crazy MFA kids over at CalArts are displaying their wares at L.A. Mart. [via Art Slant]

Screen shot 2012-06-01 at 11.49.29 AM.pngPop darling Santigold plays up-beat tunes off her newly-released album Master of My Make-Believe at Club Nokia. [via Oh My Rockness]  


Members of New York's 17-member strong vintage disco wunderkinds Escort are manning the ones and twos at Smart Bar tonight, alongside J Kriv, Kid Color and Tim Zawanda. [via Chicago Reader

The city's first proper summer street festival, the three-day Do-Division Street Fest, kicks off tonight with performances by Black Belles, BBU and Moon Furies. [via Flavorpill]

Jeff Goldblum's finest film, Jurassic Park, screens at midnight at the Landmark's Century Centre Cinema. [via Time Out]


Screen shot 2012-06-01 at 11.52.00 AM.pngJenny Holzer (known for her famous "truisms") gets the survey treatment at Sprueth Magers Gallery, with a selection of spray paint canvases, paint canvases, granite benches, LED pieces and painted signs. [via Sprueth Magers]

Britain's best, Coldplay and Marina and the Diamonds, play Emirates Stadium. [via Time Out

Morning Funnies: Honey Boo Boo Child's Getting a Spinoff + Mitt Romney's Weird Governor Portrait


kv0g0.gifOh, hell yes. Alana "Honey Boo Boo Child" Thompson is getting her own spinoff show. Work it, smoochie! [Jezebel; GIF by Matt Cherette]

mittgovportrait.pngHere's Mitt Romney's portrait as governor of Massachusetts, in which Ann Romney looks a lot like Brittany Murphy. [Laughter Key via MyKicks, FuckYouNoFuck.me]

Malcolmgladwellbookgenerator.com is our new favorite way to waste time. [BoingBoing]

The Animated Albums Tumblr is our newer favorite way to waste time (even though it's been around for a while and needs to be updated!). [Uproxx]

Politwoops is a new website that collects deleted tweets by politicians. [via Uproxx]

Indoor sculpture by Mark Jenkins. [MyModernMet]

Mike D, MCA, Madonna. [AlsoHere]

tumblr_m4thpwa57R1qai3sgo1_1280.jpgA vintage barber shop poster from Guatemala. We'll take the Bostoniano. [JohnnyVagabond via TheAceHotel and AlsoHere]

enhanced-buzz-wide-19041-1338471698-3.jpg  Whales playing soccer. Gahhh. [Buzzfeed] Photo: Getty Images/Mark Ralston.

It's DJ Dachshund, son! [TheDailyDot]