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Beyoncé's Film Autobiography + Three Bizarre Hoaxes

1. Beyoncé is directing and executive-producing an HBO documentary about Beyoncé. [Beyoncé's Facebook]

2, 3, 4. Today in bizarre hoaxes: Google did not spend $400 million on acquiring ICOA, the State Department is (maybe) not sending Andrew W.K. to Bahrain, and your status updates don't change Facebook's terms and conditions. [MashableBrokelyn, Betabeat]

5. The cost of all the items in "Twelve Days of Christmas" is $107,300. [USA Today, pear tree image via WikiCommons]

6. Future classics of 1936: Sinclair Lewis and Willa Cather endure, but have you read James Truslow Adams or James Branch Cabell? [Paleofuture]

7. Hear Fleetwood covers by Liars and Yeasayer from MOJO's Rumours issue. [Mad Mackerel, via Stereogum]

8. Prince's new "Rock and Roll Love Affair" combines the synth stabs of "1999" with the vocal phrasings of Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate." [Spin]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Announce Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Union Pool


On the heels of last week's new-LP reports, Brooklyn's reigning rock trio have announced a benefit concert at Williamsburg's Union Pool on December 8, with all proceeds going to Waves for Water, a surfing-affiliated clean-water non-profit whose Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative is working on rebuilding efforts in New York and New Jersey. The 74-capacity club will be an unusually intimate setting for a band who headlined Radio City during their last tour in 2009. $75-$100 tickets go on sale here tomorrow at noon; there is a two-ticket limit and no reselling. Opening is the Higgins Waterproof Blackmagic Band, a new project from TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe.


Ryan McGinley, Walker Evans Featured in New York at Night: Photography After Dark


The new photo anthology New York at Night documents just that, with images by the likes of Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon, as well as essays by New Yorker regulars Vince Aletti, Adam Gopnik and Patricia Marx. Editors Yolanda Cuomo and Norma Stevens will appear at the launch party Thursday night at the powerHouse arena. Sample some pictures below.

Berenice Abott, "The Nightview," 1932. © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics.

Ryan McGinley, "Dash Bombing," Courtesy of Team Gallery, New York.

John Baeder, "Empire Diner," 1976. © John Baeder.

Damien Saatdjian, 2010. © Damien Saatdjian.

Joseph Byron, "A Scene from the New York Production of Alphonse Daudet's 'Sapho' Presented at Wallack's Theatre, Featuring Olga Nethersole as Fanny Legrand," 1905. Museum of the City of New York/Byron Co. Collection.

Stanley Kubrick, "Young Couple on Fire Escape," 1948. Stanley Kubrick, Museum of the City of New York/LOOK Collection.

All images from New York at Night: Photography after Dark edited by Norma Stevens and Yolanda Cuomo, published by powerHouse Books.

Top image: Walker Evans, "Broadway," 1930. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Chatting With Jenny Johnson, the Woman Who Took Down Chris Brown on Twitter

jjhi6.JPGMeet the one woman who successfully took down Chris Brown (on Twitter, that is): Jenny Johnson. With her acerbic -- and hilarious -- tweets, the former TV news producer known on the Twittersphere as @JennyJohnsonHi5 has amassed a following of over 300,000, catching Hollywood's eye in the process. When the Houston-based funny gal is not skewering the controversial rapper, Kim Kardashian or her own stepkids, the self-proclaimed "asshole and owner of 2 dogs" is working on a book of essays and a TV pilot based on her "twisted sense of humor." Back in May, Johnson talked to us about how she got her start on Twitter, her forthcoming TV pilot and why she's really, really not a fan of Chris Brown. Read on.

When did you get on Twitter?

In 2009, but I never did anything with it. Finally I just started messing around, making fun of how the whores from high school are becoming soccer moms and are like, "Pray for my kid, he has a cold today." And I was like, "Look, I'm not gonna pray for your kid with the sniffles. Knock it off."  People responded to that so then I started writing anything that popped into my twisted little head.

When you meet people who follow you on Twitter, do they expect you to be a jerk?

Yeah, they're surprised that I'm actually nice. I'm like, "What were you expecting? Roseanne Barr?"

You have a few different celebrities that you seem to go after more than others, including Chris Brown and Kim Kardashian. What's your online relationship with them like? Do they ever respond to your tweets?

I'm not a fan of Chris Brown's for obvious reasons. Hello, he beat up a girl. And he was so unapologetic about it and then continued to do things that were inappropriate -- like throwing chairs or saying homophobic things to nightclub bouncers. He keeps telling people to "get over it." How do you get over it? Seriously? I saw [a tweet to Brown]  that said something like, "Why don't I beat the shit out of your mother and then three years later we'll just forget about it." I didn't write that but I thought it was really funny.

As for Kim Kardashian, the whole Kardashian family is famous based on the dad being OJ Simpson's defense attorney and then, really, with her making that sex tape. But no one ever acknowledges it! They're never like, "Gee, the reason everyone knows who we are is because Kim had sex with Ray J on camera and sold a tape, made money, and now we have shows, multiple shows and spin-offs." I don't have a real disdain for her but I just think she's delusional. For her to continue going on about how hard she's working, it's like, Oh my god, you sold jewelry on QVC! You're really going to compare that to working hard? She'll tweet something on a Tuesday like, "Oh god, just went to the gym. Two hour work-out and now I'm gonna go have breakfast with my mom. What's everyone else up to today?" Working at my job, Kim, like everyone else. We don't all get to go work out for two hours and then go hang out with our mom. Everyone else has to make a paycheck and pay their bills. I find it funny to poke fun at her because her problems are not real-people  problems.  And she doesn't seem to  grasp that concept.

What would happen if you met Chris Brown?

Oh god, I'd probably run for the hills. He replied to a tweet once. I was proud that after six months of harassing the guy, all my hard work paid off

Are there any  celebrities whose Twitter feeds you really like?

Danny Zuker who's a Modern Family producer.  He's really, really funny. Rob Delaney, who's a comedian, is really  funny. My friend Kelly Oxford, she's a really talented writer. She lives in Canada and has a really funny blog and I know she's working  on some TV and film scripts.  Things are really happening for her. Recently, I've gotten into Gary Janetti, who's Brad Goreski's boyfriend. I could favorite every one of his Tweets.

You recently left your job as a news producer, right?

Yes, I'm working on a TV pilot and putting together a book proposal. My literary agent and I are trying to  come up with a book that's almost like a David Sedaris-type where each chapter is an essay. But each one is going to  be about something I did growing up, like all the crazy things I did. I was a mess. I'm just going to start  at the beginning and get to how I became this twisted person with my sense of humor. 

What about the TV pilot?

Yeah, it'll be loosely based on my own life. I'm 33 and my husband is older than me and he's divorced and has two  kids. I was never a person who wanted kids, so learning how to be a parent was sort of a process. And I did a lot of things wrong. I'd take them  to the beach and they'd get so sunburned because I wouldn't think to put  sunscreen on them. Now they're 16  and 19 but when we first got married, they were 8 and 11. The funny part was, I never really knew  how to be around them but they instantly liked me. You always hear the nightmare story of kids hating the stepmom and the stepmom trying really  hard, but it was kind of the opposite with me. I was trying to get away from the kids and they would follow me everywhere I went.  That's gonna be what my pilot's  about. 

What does your  husband think of your newfound Twitter celebrity status?

He loves it.  It was funny --  when I was in the process of writing my jokes on Twitter and I was  writing these ones that weren't hitting, he was like, "Jenny, you are the most  disgusting person I have ever met in my life. You are far grosser than any guy I have ever met. Why don't you just write the things you say to me all the time?" So I did  and I think I got a write-up in the Chicago Tribune or something and I sent him  the link and he showed it to a bunch of people he worked with. He works for this very conservative oil and gas company and has to wear a suit everyday -- it's very, very proper, so he comes home and was like, "Oh my god, everyone's following you on Twitter now. I heard my boss use the word 'cunt' quoting something that you wrote."  I was like, "Whoopsie daisy, sorry about that."  He just started laughing. 

What do your stepkids and the rest of your family think when you tweet about them?  Do they care?

They think it's funny. They know that so much of what I write is blown out of proportion and  exaggerated. There are times, though, when my mom will say something and it just writes itself.  One time she asked me -- and I couldn't  believe this --  she goes, "Does your friend Lori's  brother still have Down Syndrome?"  I went, "No,  mom, he walked it off! What?"  So all I wrote was, "Seriously, my mom just asked me if my friend's brother still had Down Syndrome."  That's a joke that I just can't make up. 

My stepdaughter is a sophomore in high school and she is full-on dramatic. She is just that typical  teenager -- each day is more dramatic than the day before. I was never that way, so it's like having a foreign exchange student in the house sometimes. She just starts bursting into tears and I don't know what to do. My  stepson is a freshman in college now and he's really into computers and not into sports -- he's not this guy's guy who wants to go hunting and fishing -- he's  always liked to play with computer games.  He's kind of nerdy, but a real sweet guy.  They both get that I'm joking so anything I write, they don't care. They're more flattered that they're getting attention.

What's the key to a successful Twitter account?

Write the things that you think are funny and that's what's gonna click with people.

"Distance and Desire": Contemporary African Photography at the Walther Collection

Starting Friday, the Walther Collection's New York gallery will present the second installment of "Distance and Desire," a series of three African photography exhibits curated by Tamar Garb of University College London. Whereas the works in the first exhibit took a more anthropological approach, the second, "Contemporary Reconfigurations," focuses on artists who, over the past two decades, played with the tropes of African photography.

Walther Collection Project Space, 526 West 26th Street, Suite 718, (212) 352-0683. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6 p.m., November 30-March 9.

Philip Kwame Apagya, Come on Board, 2000/2003. Courtesy of The Walther Collection.

Candice Breitz, Ghost Series #9, 1994-1996. Courtesy of the Artist.

Samuel Fosso, La femme américaine libérée des années 70, 1997. Courtesy of The Walther Collection

Pieter Hugo, Yasser Boole, Cape Town, from "There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends," 2011. Courtesy of The Walther Collection.

Pieter Hugo, Pieter Hugo, Cape Town, from "There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends," 2011. Courtesy of The Walther Collection.

Sabelo Mlangeni, Outside King Mswati's Palace, 2011. Courtesy of The Walther Collection.

zmthwethwa.jpgZwelethu Mthethwa, Untitled, from the series "Brave Ones," 2010. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Zanele Muholi, Martin Machapa, from "Beulahs," 2006. Courtesy of The Walther Collection.

Zanele Muholi, Miss D'vine I, 2007. Courtesy of The Walther Collection.

Color or Colour... at Charles Bank Gallery and The Baffler Release Party at Housing Works

Katrin Fridriks, Golden Awareness, Screenprint with 14 colors, 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in

ART: Color or Colour... at Charles Bank Gallery
On the walls of this international group show are screenprinted swirls of color from Katrin Fridriks and Michael Bevilacqua's combinations of cartoon imagery with spraypainted tags. Lee Baker's surreal cityscapes occupy a full floor, while a mural by Ben Eine takes up the back wall.
Charles Bank Gallery, 196 Bowery, (212) 219-4095. 7 p.m.

BOOKS: The Baffler #21 Release Party at Housing Works Books
Since relocating to Cambridge last year, the irregularly-published left-wing journal of ideas has come out with two issues. Celebrate the third Baffler of 2012 (and twenty-first since 1988) by watching founding editor Thomas Frank face off with funny PAPER pal Julie Klausner in a round of "Ayn Rand: The Game Show." 
Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street. 7 p.m. Free.

FILM: David Hall + Marlon Riggs at Light Industry
Marlon Riggs' 1991 PBS documentary Color Adjustment traces the history of African-Americans on television, arguing that the decades of changing representation had done little to advance accurate portrayals. David Hall's short "This Is a Television Receiver" collapses the distance between medium and content, recasting Alvin Lucier's I am sitting in a room for the audiovisual medium.
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. $7.

Roseanne Barr and a Buttload of Celebs Will Be On Portlandia + "Shit Lana Del Rey Says"


Have you had enough of a break from the "Shit X Says" meme? Good, because here's "Shit Lana Del Rey Says." It's strangely mesmerizing and includes lines like, "I really love vintage film, like really old stuff from the 1990s." [via Buzzfeed]

tumblr_m8gejpnZjn1rrl7dmo1_500.jpgDebbie Harry hanging out with muppets in cub scout uniforms a.k.a. just another Tuesday afternoon. [via Tall Whitney]

tumblr_me3y0gl8rY1qzpzfmo1_500.jpgWho knew cords could be this mellow? [via The Clearly Dope]

On the heels of that beautiful disaster Liz and Dick, Lindsay Lohan's past co-star Tyra Banks announced she will be making a sequel to their landmark Made For TV movie, Life Size. Eve never says no to learning. [Thanks Alex!]

tumblr_me3mudU9KS1r0wqrdo1_500.jpgReady to rumble! [via The Clearly Dope]

A8pgxIdCYAEeJB8.jpgSomeone named their child Hashtag -- we repeat, SOMEONE NAMED THEIR CHILD 'HASHTAG.' [via Uproxx]

tumblr_me23kdeQIK1qanm80o1_500.jpgThough we don't know too many particulars about his role, we love this pic of Jason Schwarzman in character from Roman Coppola's new flick, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. [via Indie Wire]

tumblr_me0gh5RlEL1rn7bzro1_500.gifSlap, slap, kiss, kiss. [via Knusprig Titten Hitler]

tumblr_me3x9y5Phs1qzr9qko1_500.jpgDear Santa, please send me this keyboard and leave the pizza on it. [via Dorsey Shaw Experience]

Hot Chip's new music video has a FIFA player orgy at the end. [via Buzzfeed]

roseannebarr_620_080612.jpgExciting news from Portlandia, folks: Roseanne Barr, Patton Oswalt, Juliette Lewis, Bill Hader, George Wendt, Jim Gaffigan, Rose Byrne, Bobby Moynihan, tennis star Martina Navratilova, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis and the Dirty Projectors will all have guest spots on the series. To boot, Chloe Sevigny will have a recurring role as Fred and Carrie's roommate. We.can't.wait. [Entertainment Weekly via Vulture]

Start Your Day With Cee Lo Green, Muppets & Darryl From The Office


The turkey is gone, so hopefully we've reached the day when it's okay to start the Christmas festivities. Let's kick it off with Cee Lo and The Muppets starring in the video for what sounds like a new holiday classic, "All I Need Is Love."  (Admit it, "Jingle Bells" is played.)  Cee Lo gets lost on his way to Hotlanta, but The Muppets take him in and the party gets rolling.  It's a catchy tune and a cute video but there are more credits for this thing than a Star Wars film. And is that Darryl from The Office playing Santa? Why yes it is. Check it out above.

Simon Doonan Intoduces Us to Holiday "Ningle Nangles"...


Simon Doonan offers some real helpful tips on how to glitz up your holiday table and, among other things, refers to napkin rings as "ningle nangles." Awesome. [via Fashionista]

Screen shot 2012-11-27 at 12.45.03 PM.pngFor the first time ever, the Pirelli calendar has no naked models (but it does have a pregnant Adriana Lima). [via Shift]

Ladies and gentlemen, the official commercial for the Target x Neiman Marcus x CFDA collaboration is here! [via Fashionologie]

jw-anderson-hat-1-630x419.jpgBe Sith lord chic this winter courtesy of J.W. Anderson. [via Selectism]

al-lookbook-46.jpgScope Girls' Jemima Kirke modeling in the lookbook for newly-launched emoji-friendly jewelry line, Alison Lou. [via Refinery 29]

la-modella-mafia-Givenchy-Spring-2013-Runway-11.jpgAlas, no H&M x Givenchy collab in the works after all (and, for that matter, no H&M designer collaborations this spring either). [via Racked]

Mother-May-I_v_27nov12_pr_b.jpgHeads up to all our friends across the pond: Meadham Kirchoff has collaborated with Amazon UK on a men's and women's sweater collection entitled "Mother May I?" out December 3. [via Vogue UK]

Mondo Cane and Apartamento Mag Are Having a Folk Art Garage Sale

Tribeca showroom Mondo Cane specializes in unusual vintage pieces, so we're pretty pumped to hear they're teaming up with avant-garde design magazine Apartamento to set up a garage sale this upcoming Thursday. Patrick Parrish of Mondo Cane is digging deep into his storage closet to hawk a selection of items he's been collecting for the past 25 years: small home furnishings and designer accessories under $100, as well as a large selection of outsider art.

In addition to Parrish's treasures, there will also be a raffle auctioning off a copy of the first (hard to find) issue of Apartamento, with proceeds going to non-profit Smallwater to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. The garage sale starts at 4 p.m. and will include a dance party (complete with a DJ) from 6 to 9. And on stands now you can grab Apartamento #10, which features Tauba Auerbach, Ai Wei Wei, Juergen Teller and more.

Members of M83, YUCK and Blonde Redhead to Participate in Brooklyn's Rock Lottery

6a00d8345160c569e20148c6e542c0970c-500wi.jpgLike an indie band version of American Idol's early rounds, the Brooklyn Rock Lottery returns to the Knitting Factory this Saturday, December 1, pairing musicians at random into "super-groups" with the challenge of selecting a band name and performing three to five original songs along with a cover. Members of My Morning Jacket, M83, Against Me!, VHS or Beta, Nicholas Jaar Live Band, YUCK, Javelin, Ra Ra Riot, Blonde Redhead and more are all participating, so if you've ever wanted to hear what a mash-up of M83's "I'm Dreaming" and Against Me!'s "Thrash Unreal" might sound like, this could very well be your chance. The show kicks off at 9pm and all proceeds will go toward Hurricane Sandy relief.

The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn

[Photo from the inaugural Brooklyn Rock Lottery, courtesy of Music Snobbery]

Lululemon Stole My Work, Claims Artist Jennifer Daniel

Two years ago, artist and cycling enthusiast Jennifer Daniel (Graphics Director at Bloomberg BusinessWeek) contributed computer wallpaper to Los Angeles design blog The Fox is Black. The image, a bicycle chain in the shape of a heart, soon became what Daniel calls "probably my most popular image," licensed to bike shops in New York and London. Two years later, yoga suppliers Lululemon started selling a water bottle with a remarkably similar design, down to the number of links in the chain. Daniels noticed the similarity and, over the Thanksgiving weekend, took to her blog:

It is, I'll admit, not the most sophisticated of concepts. But it's [sic] origins come from a personal place--falling in love and biking in the city. (Like I said, not the most sophisticated of concepts). Lots of people have turned bike chains into hearts but what makes Lululemon's especially offensive is that it's a reprint of my exact drawing--minus a link.

This is only the latest story in which a large retailer has sold a design without crediting the artist who originated it: last year, Feral Childe sued Forever 21 for copying a textile design; the year before, Jeremy Scott complained about Hot Topic's imitation of his Mouse Trap sunglasses (currently listed as sold out on Hot Topic's site). Lululemon themselves only last week settled a complaint against Calvin Klein for infringing on patented yoga pants, but haven't commented on the water bottle. Daniel notes that she has registered a copyright on her design, which is still available as a free download or a $5 temp tat.

Julian Fellowes Developing Gilded Age for American TV...

1. Ke$ha's new album Warrior, with guest appearances by Iggy Pop and members of the Strokes, is available for streaming on iTunes.

2. Downton Abbey mastermind Julian Fellowes is developing an NBC drama, The Gilded Age, set in the New York of the late 1800s. [Vulture]

3. Wealthy futurist Elon Musk is planning an 80,000-person colony on Mars. [SPACE.com, via Awl; image by Steve Jurvetson on Flickr]

4. Artist and interaction designer Evan Roth has created a deck of playing cards inspired by the Windows 98 Solitaire game. The limited-edition set was created as a collaboration with Cooper-Hewitt and is, unfortunately, sold out. [Cooper-Hewitt]

5. Per yesterday's reports, the state department has rescinded its invitation for Andrew W.K. to travel to Bahrain. [Salon]

6. TMZ denies reports that it is joining the Drones Club, but Missouri NPR affiliate KBIA is looking into using drones to gather news. Last week, Pennsylvania animal rights activists saw their surveillance drone shot down from above a local shooting club. [Image by Gary Mortimer]

Here's the First Episode of Neil Patrick Harris' New Puppet Show


Neil Patrick Harris has a new web series for Nerdist's YouTube channel called Neil's Puppet Dreams and, of course, it's delightful. (When is Neil Patrick Harris not being just totally charming and the best? Can he someday host a morning talk show with Michelle Obama and Connie Britton called "Sigh: Three People Who Are the Best, Being the Best, Because They Are the Best?") Harris' new web series centers on his dreams, stars puppets, and, based off this first episode, is probably not for kids. Check it out above.  [Via Flavorwire]

MVT 2 at Clocktower Gallery...

Man Forever, "Ur Eternity," dir. Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor

VIDEO: MVT 2 at Clocktower Gallery
During September and October, Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor was artist-in-residence at the Clocktower Gallery, inviting visitors to hand-draw frames for a music video for Unstoppable Death Machines' "Do the Devo." The clip premieres tonight, alongside clips by Chatfield-Taylor and others for musicians like Das Racist, Dan Deacon and Titus Andronicus. Also on the night's agenda is "Thanksgiving Deux, Dinnerversals," an edible installation by Thu Tran and Christopher Duffy, and "Babyharvester," a combo arcade/pizzeria from d.i.y. game designers Babycastles and pizza connoisseur Slice Harvester.
Clocktower Gallery, 108 Leonard Street. 6 p.m. RSVP required to events@artonair.org

ART: 100 Plus or Minus at Underline Gallery
This show collects one hundred prints by artists including Alex KatzDavid Salle, and Shahzia Sikander, with prices starting at $100.
Underline Gallery, 238 West 14th Street. 6:30 p.m. Through December 23.

MUSIC: Brooklyn Funk Fest at Paper Box
Local Afrobeat ten-piece EMEFE headlines the first night of this four-day festival at the newish East Williamsburg venue.
Paper Box, 17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. $20

Ridiculously Charming Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Barack Obama ...


Here are some delightful behind-the-scenes clips of President Obama, captured by first cameraman Arun Chaudhary. This video is off the charts on the charm-o-meter. We're gonna need a bigger charm-o-meter! [TastefullyOffensive]

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Dolly Parton - "Love Is Like a Butterfly"
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Here's a clip (complete with outtakes) of Stephen Colbert and Dolly Parton performing a soothing duet together on last night's Colbert Report. Something super adorable happens at the 0:16 mark.
tumblr_me3v2n7zOd1qi23kao1_400.jpgLiz & Dave. [CampBasement]

glow.gifNovelty store Archie McPhee is now selling giant glow-in-the-dark googly eyes. (Because seeing giant, glowing eyes in your bedroom at night isn't scary at all, right kids?) [LaughingSquid]

tumblr_me4yfhU5j21qzpf0co1_500.jpgJust in time for winter: the fun and festive bacon scarf by artist Natalie Luder.

An elephant named Peter (sob) jamming on a green piano (double sob). [TastefullyOffensive]
 7fhAL.jpgDarth Santa! [Reddit]

tumblr_me4buxzIFj1r7kroko1_500.jpgJust some ladies dressed as fish, having tea. [OldFilmsFlickr]

tumblr_me67b0lRDf1qet9hvo1_500.jpgGold star to the Oatmeal for this gem.

More cat cameos in Univision weather reports, please. [Towleroad]
 tumblr_lrq5cuZZ4D1qkh3iho1_500.gifHave a chill Wednesday. [Coinfarts]

Premiere: Slam Dunk Jump Off Roofs and Roll Down Hills in "Dying Breed"


Victoria, Canada soul-punk quintet Slam Dunk have shared with us this clip for their riotous, ramshackle single "Dying Breed," off Welcome to Miami, released earlier this month on File Under: Music. The video, directed by Jordan Minkoff and shot by Morgan Tams in the warm colors of an old VHS tape, builds on the song's demented energy: band members in medieval armor and white face-paint shotgun beverages, jump off roofs and exchange high-fives in a suburban backyard. It ends with them rolling down a hill, which is never not fun. According to the band, "There was once a very loose plot but that was forgotten once shooting began. It was done in two days and the majority of the budget was spent on bucket hats and flood pants. The meaning of the video is up for interpretation."

Darwin Deez Is Stuck in a Convenience Store Time Warp


Fans of Groundhog Day -- the movie -- will appreciate this kooky, time-warp video for "Free" by Darwin Deez. Mr. Deez is stuck in a convenience store, restocking cereal boxes while a customer keeps spilling her beverage. The North Carolina-based Paula Abdul fan and his band are releasing their second album, Songs For Imaginative People, in February and "Free" is the first single. They're on a short swing through Europe this week: London's XOYO tonight, La Boule Noire in Paris on the 29th and Magnet in Berlin on the 30th -- oh, sorry, that Berlin show is "Ausverkauft!". As the song says: "Life is a greenhouse gas."

New Museum to Look Back 20 Years with NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

Art Club 2000, Untitled (Conrans I), 1992-93. Courtesy the artist and the Estate of Colin de Land.

1991 might have been the year punk broke, but 1993 was just as important for New York's art scene. At least that's the conceit of the exhibit that the New Museum just announced, taking its name from the Sonic Youth album that came out that year and will turn twenty during the show's run. According to a museum press release, the album "captures the complex exchange between mainstream and underground culture across disciplines, which came to define the art of the era." The exhibit will span all five of the museum's floors; artists include Nan Goldin, Gabriel Orozco, Elizabeth Peyton, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. The museum's adjacent Studio 231 space will host a re-creation of Nari Ward's Amazing Grace installation, which originally appeared in an abandoned Harlem firehouse. With its look back at late-twentieth-century New York and the connection it draws between the city's art and music scenes, the exhibit is in line with recent shows like Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery (currently on view in the museum's fifth-floor space); it's also a way for the Museum to catch the '90s nostalgia waveHere's what we were up to in 1993:

NYC 1993 opens February 13, 2013.

As a Child, Naomi Campbell Thought Bob Marley's Dreads Were "Worms"...

In case you questioned our inclusion of Michael Jordan in our round-up of fashionable NBA players, scope this new Nike Air Jordan jacket, appropriately -- and baller-y -- named "Step'n Out." It's like you're wearing a blazer, varsity and leather jacket all in one! Now if only it had a fur collar... [via Nike]

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 1.16.32 PM.pngIt was sparkles or bust at last night's UNICEF Snowflake Ball in NYC (L-R: Katy Perry, Allison Williams, Selena Gomez). [via Styleite]

lp_1212_intru_naomikate_07-640x8311.jpg"He was such a handsome man. I remember I started crying when I saw his dreadlocks because I thought they were worms. But he was really, really gentle," Naomi Campbell says of meeting Bob Marley as a 7-year old in the new issues of Interview Russia and Interview Germany. [via Fashionista]

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 1.32.02 PM.pngCongrats are in order for Stella McCartney who took home 'Designer of the Year' and 'Designer Brand of the Year' at the British Fashion Awards last night. During her acceptance speech she told the crowd that her boss at Chloe once told her, "You will live to regret this. You will fail...never in the history of fashion [has there] been a British fashion house with a woman's name on the label that has ever been truly global," when she announced she was moving back to London to start her own line. Stella -- clearly you get another trophy: the Last Laugh Award of the Night. [via Telegraph]

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 1.25.33 PM.pngJeremy Scott designed this cuckoo winged Smart Car for the auto brand. Their target demo is urban 18-40-year-olds who smoke Bugler hand-rolled cigs and wear drop-crotch pants.  [via WWD]

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 1.23.37 PM.pngKate Middleton has bangs now. That is all. [via Fashionista]

03-Joan-Smalls-for-Vogue-Japan-December-2012.jpegJoan Smalls poses with voguers in the new issue of Vogue Japan. (We love that idea!) [via Fashion Bomb Daily]

Screen shot 2012-11-28 at 1.43.34 PM.pngOoh, it's the new Kenzo Fall/Winter '12 campaign starring Xiao Wen! [via High Snobette]

valentinostylescrap.jpegValentino says too many young designers these days are cutting corners by draping (and not actually designing their looks). [via Fashion Etc.]