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AndrewAndrew Insta-Review Einstein On the Beach


Einstein On The Beach, currently at Brooklyn Academy of Music, is one of the most-referenced but least-often-seen spectacles of American avant garde theater. With the combined forces of composer Phillip Glass and director Robert Wilson, it's almost required viewing for any theater fan. But can a repetitive, cacophonous opera from 1976 still hold our attention for over four hours in this short-attention-spanned Internet age? Watch this insta-review to find out.

Parker Posey's "Emmy Speech Master Class" + the First Pizza in Space = Eight Items or Less


1. Please take a moment from your hectic Tuesday and watch Parker Posey give an "Emmy Speech Master Class." It is a piece of true genius: "Pitch another show!"

481971_10151120693182847_56050904--525x300.jpg2. Two young women are suing party promoters "Unicorn Meat NYC" who hosted a "Bubble Kingdom" party in Sunset Park. The party's black-light-reflective waterfall apparently contained toxic chemicals, which got in their eyes, causing permanent damages. [via New York Post]

First Pizza in Space! from Cili on Vimeo.

3. Behold, the first pizza in space. [via Vimeo]

Idris-Elbas-How-Clubbing-Changed-the-World-500x375.jpg4. Watch The Wire actor, Idris Elba, who also happens to be a "life long raver," narrate a documentary (which he also executive produced) about British club culture, called How Clubbing Changed the World. [via Giant Step]

091812_barclays1.jpg5. Why, hello there sleek new Barclays Center Subway station entrance. [via Gothamist]

enhanced-buzz-24805-1347987747-0.jpg6. For the first time in six years, the cast of Malcolm in the Middle have been reunited. They look.... exactly the same. [via BuzzFeed]

BFBD Pic.jpg7. On Sept. 22nd, show up at these East Village and Lower East Side spots on your bicycle -- and get a discount! [via Bowery Boogie]

8. From now on, we will refuse to refer to Mitt Romney as anything other than Money Boo Boo.

Tips for Today: Bad Movies in NYC + Autolux in L.A. + Madonna in Chicago + Simon Amstell in London

New York

The fourth live event celebrating the zine I Love Bad Movies, "Bad Movies & the People Who Love Them," will include a slideshow of terrible movies and a "Name That Flop" trivia game with prizes. We suggest getting ready for the event by watching one of our favorite masterpieces, Troll 2. [Flavorpill]

UK-based artist Rob Ryan's solo show tonight at the SOHOTEL Artspace Gallery will feature some of his signature whimsical paper-cuts and prints. The show coincides with the release of his new wall calendar, published by Rizzoli New York. [Zing]

Dark, Toronto-based electro-pop band Austra, led by the captivating Katie Stelmanis, takes to the Music Hall of Williamsburg stage tonight. [via Oh My Rockness]

Los Angeles
L.A. avant-garde rockers Autolux have been compared to acts like Jesus & The Mary Chain and Sonic Youth. Tonight, they're going to bring some shoegaze vibes to Bootleg. [Oh My Rockness]

"Design Loves Art
," an exhibit opening tonight at the Pacific Design Center,  will feature opening receptions for fifteen different galleries, which include a talk by graphic designer Paula Scher, an installation by Will Rymer, a show by Flora Kao and more. [For Your Art]


Get into the groove, open your heart, express yourself, strike a pose, etc. with the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna, tonight at Union Center as part of her MDNA tour.  [Chicago Reader]

Indie graphic novelist Noah van Sciver is out with a new novel, The Hypo, which focuses on Abraham Lincoln's depression as a youth. Who knew our 16th president was such an angsty teen? There will be a signing for the novel at the release party at Quimby's Bookstore. [Flavorpill]


Simon Amstell, the insanely cute and insanely hilarious British comedian (whom may know him from his sitcom Grandma's House and host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks) performs at the Invisible Dot in anticipation of recording his forthcoming "Numb" television special. [via Time Out]

New Zealand-based pop singer Kimbra (who you might know from a little ditty, called "Somebody That I Used to Know")  performing tonight at Union Chapel and playing from her latest LP "Vows." [Time Out]

Morning Funnies: Andy Samberg's New BBC Show + Deep-Fried Margaritas


Here's a clip of Andy Samby in his new, post-SNL role as a nightmare hippie son-in-law on the BBC show Cuckoo. We'd watch, we'd watch. [Jezebel]

Adam Scott stopped by Conan last night and did a close reading of the "Ice Ice Baby" lyrics, which, somehow, we only just now realized make zero sense. Per Scott, "A harpoon is a spear which is like the size of a large person. It's not something that flows. But he's saying he flows like a harpoon all day and all night." HUH.[Via Vulture]

Iq7Oj.jpgAll puppies must be photographed wearing tiny backpacks from now on. Thank you. [Reddit]

As mentioned in Friday's Eight Items or Less, here's Mitt Romney on Kelly and Michael  weirdly marveling over Snooki's weight loss and saying that he wears "as little as possible" to bed. Oh nonononono. It starts at 15:30. [EntertainmentWeekly]

tumblr_makg8dqrKe1qzy5spo1_500.gifNewman! [RatsOff]

73929878_e6e582cd37_o.jpgMoar bubbles. [InternetKHole; H/T: Interweber]

1106_original.gifLike you even have to ask, Jo Go-Lev. [ONTD]

Cereal-Light.jpgA lamp by designer Chris Haines that looks like a bowl of Fruit Loops. You turn it on by touching the spoon! Neeed thissss. [LaughingSquid]

enhanced-buzz-30460-1347981476-4.jpgBuzzfeed shows us what One Direction's Harry (and a bunch of other heart-throb pop stars) will look like as geriatrics. And this is without hair loss. Mwahahaha!

tumblr_mafbqoswHb1qz8nbdo1_500.jpgtumblr_mafbqoswHb1qz8nbdo2_500.jpgChillin' chillin'. [Buttsexington]

marg147.jpgBehold (and then barf): A deep-fried margarita in a salt-rimmed glass from the Texas State Fair. [ThatsNerdalicious]

usweekly-speidi.pngWaitaminuteholdupsoyouretellingusbutwethought.... [BobbyFinger]

tumblr_maghgtN3r71qgmv4ao1_500.giftumblr_maghgtN3r71qgmv4ao2_500.gifFinally, the "I Love You Eyes" girl from Raiders of the Lost Ark in GIF form. [LaughterKey]

Trailer Trash: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Welcome to Trailer Trash, highlighting the best, worst and so-so in new movie trailers.

It's that time again when we can all stop pretending we're cool and instead can geek out to movies about Middle Earth.  The first installment of Peter Jackson's long-anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has a new trailer (the actual film is supposed to be released on December 14), mostly featuring lush shots of Middle Earth and clips of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) looking frazzled as his dwelling gets bombarded by dwarves. You can also catch Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett reprising their roles as Gandalf and Galadriel, respectively, and, according to IMDB, Elijah Wood will be back as Frodo, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Andy Serkis as Gollum.  The story has been split into a trilogy and we hear the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will come out a year later on December 13, 2013 while the third and final film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released on July 18, 2014.

Madeon's "The City" Is Our Music Video of the Day


French artist/DJ Madeon just released this clip for "The City" from his new EP. The kid has been getting lots of attention in the last few years because of his age -- he started composing music at eleven -- and this year he turned 18 and hit the global EDM festival circuit. The video looks like a cross between the Hindu spring Holi festival and a post-apocalyptic gang-fight. The vocals are by LA's Zak Waters and Cass Lowe and the song is available now in the US and the rest of the world on October 8th.

Rashida Jones Lookin' Sex-ay + Mulberry's Very "Us" Front Row in Today's Style Scraps

Screen shot 2012-09-19 at 11.51.16 AM.pngCheck out Rashida Jones looking sex-ay, shot by Terry Richardson for Flaunt magazine. [via Flaunt]
home_5175.jpgThe front row at Mulberry's fashion show in London yesterday was our kind of front row: Lana Del Rey, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Rebecca Hall.

Joanne_Froggatt_Elizabeth_McGovern_0.jpg...plus Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt and Elizabeth McGovern. [via Grazia Daily]

Screen shot 2012-09-19 at 12.00.49 PM.pngModels wore sensible Reebok sneaks at the Ashish show in London. [via Daily Mail]


Linda Evangelista and Karen Elson are but two of the nine models featured on the covers of i-D's new "Role Model" issue. [via Fashionologie]

P1100637 kenzo_1500_0_resize_90.jpgOlivier Zahm, having a kiki, at the Kenzo and Purple party in London. [via Purple]

kate-moss-george-michael-vogue-paris-october-2012-01.jpgWeird choice, but OK: Kate Moss and George Michael cover Paris Vogue. [via Fashionista

expanded_0001_beyonce.jpgBeyoncé and mom Tina Knowles have designed some adorable onesies in support of Barack Obama. [via Fashionista]

Yvan Rodic, he of street style blog The Facehunter, has designed a small collection for Urban Outfitters, inspired by the photos he's taken over the years. [via Mama's a Rolling Stone]

Hello, Columbus!

DiscoveringColumbus_PublicArtFund_PhotoTomPowel07.jpg.jpgStarting tomorrow, September 20th, you can get really close to Christopher Columbus -- or at least to the white marble statue in Columbus Circle created in 1892 by Gaetano Russo. With funding from Public Art Fund, the Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has constructed a "living room" six stories in the air, and 50 people at a time can walk up and...  just hang out with the Genovese explorer (as these people did at a preview this morning). The artist has already done several similar statue-interventions including building a one room hotel around a likeness of Queen Victoria in Liverpool, England.  Free tickets are available online HERE and it's open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until November 18th

DiscoveringColumbus_PublicArtFund_PhotoTomPowel05.jpg.jpgTatzu Nishi inside his exhibition. Photo by Tom Powel, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

DiscoveringColumbus_PublicArtFund_PhotoTomPowel08.jpg.jpgWallpaper in the space features cartoon depictions of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse and other iconic pop imagery. Photo by Tom Powel, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

DiscoveringColumbus_PublicArtFund_PhotoTomPowel03.jpg.jpgThe exhibition's exterior in Columbus Circle. Photo by Tom Powel, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

Top photo by Tom Powel, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY


PAPER's David Hershkovits Is Judging Kenneth Cole's New Instagram Contest!

Kenneth_Cole_Voices_Outrageous.jpgAttention, everyone: We just got word that our very own David Hershkovits will be this week's judge in the Kenneth Cole Collection Voices campaign! That means three things: one, that all of you should submit your pics; two, that they should be PAPER-level outrageous; and three, that your Instagram pic could be featured on the new Kenneth Cole Collection website!.

Participating in the contest is simple:
1) Follow @KennethColePRD on Instagram.
2) Take an amazing pic that screams that embodies "outrageous"
3) Hashtag #kccvoices and #outrageous
Start snapping!

Wynter Gordon's "Tomorrow" -- a PAPERMAG Premiere

wyntergordontomorrow.jpgAfter following rising songwriter/pop star Wynter Gordon's Fashion Week exploits, we're pumped to be able to premiere Ms. Gordon's latest track "Tomorrow," the first single off Sanguine, the second EP from her four-part "Human Condition" series. Following her first, Doleo, which was on the sadder side, Sanguine is, well, more sanguine. For this EP, Wynter worked with DJ Camper, and this single is a haunting, catchy and super-lush tune (featuring a guest appearance by rapper Salomon Faye) that feels like something that could be on a 2012, dance-pop version of Pure Moods -- in a very, very good way! Enjoy.


Oh! And as an extra treat, we have the exclusive premiere of a bonus track from the EP, "TKO," a real club-banger of a track, which Gordon wrote and recorded with up-and-coming hip-hop duo The Oxymorons. 

Photo by Meredith Truax

Top of the Pops: The xx and PSY Take the Charts

The xx's new album, Coexist, goes straight onto the pop album chart this week at #5! Nice!  Over on the singles chart, Psy's "Gangnam Style," shot all the way up from #25 to #4, following several TV appearances including The Ellen DeGeneres Show (he taught Ellen and Britney Spears to do "the Horse Riding Dance") and Saturday Night Live's hilarious "Lids" sketch.  Also, it looks like everybody's jonesing for new music, since all of the top six entries on the album chart are debuts. The Dave Mathew's Band's "Away From the World" becomes their sixth straight studio album to debut at the top of the chart. (Whoa.) Rounding out the top six are: Little Big Town at #2, Bob Dylan's "Tempest" at #3, Avett Brothers at #4 and ZZ Top's "La Futura."

The Bonkers Hats of London Fashion Week

The British love themselves an extravagant, cuckoo crazy hat. (And, really, who doesn't?) Below, some of our favorite over-the-top hats from London Fashion Week.

Giles.pngGiles's huge metallic pink hats were half Dr. Seuss (a look we're definitely on board with), half hairy beach umbrella. We want one in every color!
Photo: Style.com

Gileslondonfw.JPGAlso at Giles: Scrap-metal-film-strip chic.
Photo: Style.com

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PPQ's posh black sunhats were just boxy enough to make them a little Mad Hatter-esque and would be great at keeping large flies away from your face.
Photo: Style.com

An uber-floppy look at Roksanda Ilincic. (We knew we should have included Riff Raff from Heathcliff in our Chicest Cartoon Cartoon Characters blogs!)
Photo: Style.com

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The hats at Fashion Fringe looked like little wooden mountains for your head.
Photo: Style.com

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House of Holland attacked his beanies with a gigantic bedazzler.
Photo: Style.com

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Meadham Kirchhoff's decadent collection would have been perfect for Marie Antoinette, and the hats are no exception. You almost have to tilt it completely in front of your face so that everyone can see it properly.
Photo: Style.com

Letter-carrier at Louise Gray.

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Temperley London's black dome hats looked like props from the 1973 psychedelic movie The Holy Mountain.
Photo: Style.com

viviennewestwoodredlable.JPGMr. Mickey described this Vivienne Westwood Red Label hat as "dingleberry matador." And we really can't argue with that.
Photo: Style.com

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Of course, every single headpiece from the Michael Jackson-inspired Philip Treacy show was awesome, but the Neverland Ranch hat featuring a moving Ferris wheel was especially cool.
Photo: Guardian

Bring Lit On: 10 Picks For the Brooklyn Book Festival

cat-reading-a-book-with-glasses-600x384.jpgThe Brooklyn Book Festival kicks off this Sunday, September 23 (although events and parties are happening all week) and we've picked ten happenings that we think are worth putting down the Kindle for.

Book Launch: Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie*
Though Rushdie may not be in hiding anymore -- quite the opposite, actually -- those days are still on his mind. He'll discuss his most recent work, Joseph Anton, a memoir about his experience as a writer in exile, at this pre-BBF event that also hosts New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
Wednesday, 9/19 at powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., Brooklyn; 7pm-9pm; Limited number of tickets available at the door, which opens at 5pm

Paperback Launch: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides*
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides, previously known for The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, celebrates the launch of his most recent, much-loved novel, The Marriage Plot, with a reading and discussion at powerHouse Arena -- his only planned NYC appearance!
Friday, 9/21 at powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., Brooklyn; 7pm-9pm; Tickets $5

The Other Coast: Stories From L.A.
This L.A.-centric event features readings and discussions by Emma Straub (Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures), Seth Greenland (The Angry Buddhist) and Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms). Topics covered include the Golden Age of Hollywood, satirical analyses of California politics and seedy, after-hours nightclubs.
Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom (209 JoralemonSt); 1pm

Artisanal Everything
Although veering off the lit course, this event's trés apropos since even mayo is artisanal in Brooklyn.  And, who better to discuss this craze -- and its apotheosis in the Hudson Valley -- than David Rees, an artisanal pencil sharpener (seriously)? He'll be joined by Sam Anderson, critic at large for the New York Times Magazine.
Main Stage at Borough Hall Plaza (209 JoralemonSt); 11am

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had. Tony Danza in Conversation with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
Brooklyn sons Tony Danza (yes way) and Marty Markowitz talk about the actor's new book (I'd Like to Apologize...), which touches on Danza's recent foray into teaching high school, after being inspired by a documentary made by Teach For America.
Main Stage at Borough Hall Plaza (209 JoralemonSt); 1pm

Let's Talk About Sex: Grappling With Gender in the 21st Century
You'll have one of the first opportunities to hear from Naomi Wolf since the release of her buzzy new book Vagina: A New Biography on the topic of sex and gender in today's society. She'll be joined by Carlos Andres Gomez (Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood) and Kate Bornstein (A Queer and Pleasant Danger). Their discussion will be moderated by Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic Editor whose recent work The End of Men has been making headlines for its thesis that women will dominate the shifting economy.
Main Stage at Borough Hall Plaza (209 JoralemonSt); 2pm

Here in New York
Gossip Girl writer Cecily von Ziegesar created a new 21st Century cultural touchstone as the author of the popular books-turned-cult-CW-series about badly behaved Manhattan prep school kids. She'll be joined by Charles Rice-Gonzalez (Chulito) and Nathan Larson (The Dewey Decimal System) to discuss their works and the city that inspired them.
Main Stage at Borough Hall Plaza (209 JoralemonSt); 5pm

Literary Lions
Acclaimed authors Pete Hamill (Tabloid City), Edwidge Danticat (Create Dangerously) and Paul Auster (Winter Journal) read from their works and share their own stories of living in Brooklyn. There will also be a Q&A.
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague St.); 2pm

A Fiction Triumvirate: McFadden, Oates, Whitehead
Bernice L. McFadden, Joyce Carol Oates and Colson Whitehead read from their work following an introduction by Tin House's Rob Spillman.
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague St.); 2pm

Creative Life in NYC -- Art, Music and Creative Culture in the 70's, 80's and Beyond
A few of New York's most prominent chroniclers of downtown culture -- like Vanity Fair and New Yorker contributor James Wolcott (Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York), musician/composer Nile Rodgers (Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny) and writer and Village Voice contributor Cynthia Carr (Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz) -- will be sharing stories and memories about the city's music, art and nightlife scenes throughout the last forty years at this event moderated by Will Hermes (Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever).

*These events are considered "Bookend Events" and not part of the official Brooklyn Book Festival

Lindsay Nohands + NYC's 6,000 square feet Oktoberfest Beer Garden = Eight Items Or Less

lindsaynohands.jpg1. We're so proud of/weirded out by our colleagues Jamie Granoff, Steven Carey and Ryan Kobane for creating this genius/deeply creepy tumblr: Lindsay Nohands. [Tumblr via Buzzfeed]

Screen shot 2012-09-19 at 5.52.41 PM.png2. A new comedy club-cum-'actually good' restaurant, The Stand, is opening tomorrow night in NYC's Gramercy neighborhood (239 Third Ave., to be specific). [via Gothamist]

Screen shot 2012-09-19 at 5.57.12 PM.png3. Ooh interesting: Met director Thomas Campbell, artist Jeff Koons and architect Richard Meier will be among those helping select the design for the new Tappan Zee bridge. [via Gallerist]

Screen shot 2012-09-19 at 6.08.22 PM.png4. Legendary fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie will be designing Pink's outfits for her upcoming tour. We're keeping our fingers crossed for the appearance of feathers and sparkly headdresses. [via Fuse]

Screen shot 2012-09-19 at 6.11.22 PM.png5. The British Media Museum discovered the world's first known color film footage...from 1902! [Laughing Squid via i09]

Screen shot 2012-09-19 at 6.01.14 PM.png6. It may be thousands of miles from Munich but NYC's 1 Penn Plaza will be the site of a massive Oktoberfest pop-up celebration -- aptly named OktoberfestNYC -- featuring a 6,000 square feet beer garden, shot skis, folk bands, people in dirndls, classic German cuisine like brats and schnitzels and, of course, loads and loads of beer. The event will start on Saturday, September 22 and continue through October 7. [via OKTNYC]

Screen shot 2012-09-19 at 6.25.29 PM.png7. Listen to a new track by Diplo, "About That Life," from his forthcoming "psychedelic Southern gospel" album. [via Pitchfork]

8. Watch this unassuming 13-year-old girl, Carly Rose Sonenclar, kill it on X-Factor, singing Nina Simone's "Feelin' Good." [via HuffPo]

Tips for Today: The Monkees' Head in NYC + Chickfactor in LA + Expo Chicago + The Helio Sequence in London

New York
See a screening tonight of The Monkees' funny psychedelic cult-film Head at The Bell House. The screening will feature a stand-out discussion panel that includes film critic Kurt Loder, author Julie Klausner, Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone, and Monkees historian Eric Lefcowitz. Fans of this kooky 60's pop band definitely won't want to miss this! [Flavorpill]

Bon Iver play their second show tonight at Radio City Music Hall and, from what we've heard already, you can expect Justin Vernon's music to sound bigger and more raucous live than what you hear on the album. [via Oh My Rockness]

Tonight writer and cartoonist Adrian Tomine is exhibiting a collection of drawings, including the many that he has contributed to The New Yorker, inspired by New York City. The exhibit, which will be held at the powerHouse Arena, also includes a talk between Tomine and New Yorker art director Jordan Awan. [Time Out]

Santos Party House has quite a slew of fun acts tonight including rapper Le1f (listen to "Wut" immediately, if you haven't already) on one bill and then a record release party for New York-by-way-of Kansas City art-pop artist SSION on the other, which also features a performance by queer rap duo House of Ladosha. [via Oh My Rockness]

Los Angeles

90's music magazine Chickfactor founded by Gail O'Hara and Pam Berry celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Bootleg with a concert filled with twee pop artists like The Lilys, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, Stevie Jackson of Belle & Sebastien, and more. It's going to be a super cute night. [Flavorpill]

San Diego-based indie rock band The Soft Pack plays tonight at the Del Monte Speakeasy. Be sure to look out for the band's second album "Strapped," which comes out next Tuesday on Mexican Summer records. [LA Weekly]


Expo Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary modern art and design, kicks off today with talks from critics like New York Magazine's Jerry Saltz and artists like Eve Sussman and Byron Kim. [Expo Chicago]

Author Emma Straub (profiled in this month's PAPER!) will be reading from her fantastic (and glamorous) new novel Laura Lamont's Life In Pictures tonight at 57th Street Books. The novel follows a Midwestern girl who escapes her small town to become a famous movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood. [Flavorpill]


The Helio Sequence is hitting up London tonight at The Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen while on tour for their latest album Negotiations. [5 Gig]

Feminist author and artist Penny Slinger is exhibiting her surrealist photo collages for free today at Riflemaker Contemporary Art gallery. [Spoonfed]

The Morning Funnies: Mindy Kaling as Marge Simpson + Puppytext

enhanced-buzz-4444-1347976851-2.jpgMindy Kaling as Marge Simpson for Glamour = magic. [via BuzzFeed]

Speaking of which, this tree looks a lot like Homer Simpson. [via Vulture]

This promo for Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly's upcoming debate made us uncomfortable and excited. [via EW]
 Screen Shot 2012-09-20 at 8.59.04 AM.pngBuzzFeed declares this to be the best photo of Adele on the Internet, and we would have to concur!

lady-gaga-pot-inline.jpgWhen in Amsterdam... Lady Gaga smoked some pot on stage at a concert in the 'dam on Tuesday night. [via Us]

maya-rudolph-prince-snl.jpgMaya Rudolph will be performing a selection of Prince songs this evening alongside The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl. [via Page Six

tumblr_m81epiPMqF1qeqo31o1_250.gifWeee. [via Olly Moss]

Screen Shot 2012-09-19 at 10.53.47 PM.pngMeet our new favorite website, Puppytext, which allows you to write anything with puppies -- anything.

tumblr_malqbdpg2i1ql0h2wo1_500.jpg"My name's Chad." [Starbucks Spelling]

eyepony1.jpgMeye little poneye. [via Boing Boing] 

casette-to-ipod-converter.jpgCassette --> iPhone converter!!!!! [via The World's Best Ever]

DVredroommdmdmdmdmd.jpgWhoa. This was legendary Vogue editor/documentary subject Diana Vreeland's living room. [via Dangerous Minds]

tumblr_maj77tYLrq1r35m3vo1_500.gifHe just keeps going and going and going... [via Magikarp used splash!]

tumblr_m55tl3S4Zv1qasthro1_500.jpgTry again. [via College Humor]

Please take a moment and watch this chameleon wash its hands. [via Gawker]

tumblr_ma2zqj7eOL1qdlh1io1_250.gifNooooooooo. [via Bunny Food]

∆ (aka Alt-J)'s "Something Good" Is Our Music Video of the Day


This new clip from UK's Mercury Prize-nominated band ∆ (aka Alt-J) is quite bloody but, nevertheless, "Something Good" is a great song. There's a slo-mo bullfight and a gory ending, so consider yourself warned.  The four-piece hails from Oxford and if you haven't heard their debut album yet, An Awesome Wave, give it a listen.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Accordion Player Nora Kirkpatrick's Tour Diary: Part I

The multi-talented Nora Kirkpatrick -- whom you my recognize as the accordion-player for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or from her turn as the uptight sorority sister Katherine on ABC Family's Greek, and has roles in a slew of upcoming movies, like the much-anticipated Jack Kerouac biopic Big Sur -- is really the definition of a jack of all trades (jill of all trades?). The musician-actress's currently on a U.S. tour with Edward Sharpe and co., in support of their newish album Here, and will be sending us dispatches (and photos) from the road. Here is her first installment.

12 musicians, 11 crew members, two babies, two buses, and a semi truck set out across the United States on tour a few days ago, and by the time we made it to our day off in Chico, we had already traversed the California coastline back and forth three times. Following a week of rehearsal in Los Angeles, we took off in support of our new album Here, and in anticipation of our forthcoming album, due out early 2013.
rehearsal 1.jpgRehearsal 2.jpg
ojai bowls.jpg We began this tour in Ojai with a benefit for the Ojai Valley Community Nursury School. We also recorded most of our new album in a studio in Ojai, so this show held a certain amount of sentimental value. ESP opened this show using only glass bowls, vocals, and a floor tom. UFO followed with some synthy jams.
Greek before.jpggreek after.jpgGreek Stage.jpgBarry 1.jpgBarry 3.jpgBarry 2.jpgThe Greek Theater in Berkeley, where we played on Sept. 7th, is a stunning venue. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah opened this show. I also got a chance to run to the Berkeley Art Museum to see the Barry McGee retrospective!
doheny balls.jpgdoheny horses.jpgDoheny Nora Paint.jpgdoheny paint 2.jpgWe got to play before our good friends The Flaming Lips at the Doheny Days Music Festival in Dana Point, CA, which is always a pleasure. They have one of the best visual shows around.

Trailer Trash: About Cherry (NSFW)


Welcome to Trailer Trash, highlighting the best, worst and so-so in new movie trailers.

Warning: this trailer might make your skin crawl a little.  About Cherry centers on a high school-aged girl (played by newcomer Ashley Hinshaw) who runs away from a troubled home to San Francisco, where she gets involved in the adult film industry and meets James Franco, who plays a creepy, coke-addicted lawyer.  Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel also stars as her friend along with Heather Graham and Lili Taylor, who appear as a porn director and Hinshaw's mom, respectively.  Judging by the short trailer, the movie looks simultaneously engrossing and deeply unsettling, which means it'll probably get a lot of people talking.  Watch it above.

About Cherry will be released in limited theaters tomorrow.

AndrewAndrew Insta-Review Detroit


Granted, there are a lot of TV stars on stage in Lisa D'Amour's new play Detroit, now playing at Playwright Horizons, but does the celebrity power of Amy Ryan (The Office, The Wire), David Schwimmer (Friends), and Darren Pettie (Mad Men) help raise this tale about angst in suburbia to new heights? Or does it just make it feel like a tired re-run? Watch out insta-review of Detroit and find out!