A song with the name "Be My Yoko Ono" might sound like fighting words for a band, but fortunately, Reptile Youth's new track seems like a better indicator of the Danish duo's momentum than of their unraveling. The self-described "occult pop" group -- whose dance-y electronica has drawn comparisons to The Rapture -- just released a clip for the new song and, contrary to what you might expect, there's not a single Yoko archetype in sight. Instead, band members Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Esben Valløe worked with nearly 40 students at digital media firm Hyper Island to create one of the most technologically-sophisticated music videos we've seen in a while. The band members sing the lyrics while their faces appear in the pages of a medical textbook, a flip book and on 3D cardboard cubes while disembodied hands select and customize their features; all that tinkering vaguely reminds us of Frankenstein's lab -- that is if the lab had the airy, modern feel of a medical facility located somewhere in Scandinavia. The band was recently in the States for CMJ and, for those who missed them, will come back to play SXSW in March. In the meantime, watch "Be My Yoko Ono" above.
This has 15 of the master of suspense's greatest films on Blu-ray, including his masterworks like Vertigo, Psycho, Rear Window, North By Northwest and Shadow Of A Doubt as well as fascinating experiments like Rope and the misunderstood Marnie. These recent exploitative bio-pics delving into the psycho-sexual peculiarities of Alfred Hitchcock still don't come close to the giddy thrills of watching his movies. If Santa doesn't leave this for me this Christmas I'm burning the house to the ground. $206.99 via Amazon.
Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection (Universal)
Unbelievably stunning restorations of some of Universal Studios' classic fright films. This box set includes Dracula, Frankenstein, the fabulous Bride Of Frankenstein, the sardonic The Invisible Man, the haunting The Wolf Man and The Creature From The Black Lagoon (in 3D no less). This set floored me. $119.99 via Amazon.
Lawrence Of Arabia (Sony)
This amazing restoration to David Lean's award-winning 1962 film looks so fabulous it may be the reason some people finally switch to Blu-ray. (And not to mention the knock-out performance by Peter O'Toole in the lead.) $17.99 via Sonypictures.com
The Otto Preminger Collection (Olive Films)
This DVD collection includes notorious, lesser films from director Otto Preminger, but they're ones I've been dying to get my hands on anyway. Skidoo -- Preminger's whacky LSD comedy with a cast of oldsters and hideous Harry Nilsson songs, will burn out your eyeballs. Hurry Sundown, his outlandish film about race relations in the south, features lurid performances by Jane Fonda and Michael Caine among others. And Such Good Friends, an offbeat dark comedy, stars the always winning Dyan Cannon who discovers unpleasant surprises when her husband goes in for a simple operation only to suddenly lapse into a coma from complications. $59.99 via Amazon.
When Horror Came To Shochiku (Criterion)
This set includes four exceptionally weird and wild Japanese horror films from the late 1960s: The X From Outer Space (about a destructive space creature), Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell (a fascinating chiller about a plane crash and the systematic destruction of the crew by an vampiric alien), The Living Skeleton (about a young woman haunted by the ghost of her twin) and Genocide (a crazy apocalyptic film about insects genetically engineered to attack mankind). $47.96 via Criterion.
The Pete Walker Collection (Kino Lorber)
A collection featuring the works of a favorite director of mine, Pete Walker, who made a series of bizarre, unique, thrillers in the 1970s. Included is House Of Whipcord, about a fashion model kidnapped by crazies who are are trying to make a statement about morality. Schizo is about a figure skater and a psycho stalker, and Die Screaming, Marianne stars a luscious Susan George as a nightclub dancer who is being chased by her murderous father for her inheritance. The Comeback stars crooner Jack Jones as a singer haunted by his wife's death. Walker's nihilistic films are memorably nasty. $76.46 via Kino Lorber.
MST 3000 Volume XXV (Shout Factory)
God knows one needs some laughs during the holidays. You can't beat this hilarious TV show about an astronaut and his robots stranded in space forced to watch bad movies. Their wisecracks are always genius and the episodes included in this collection are four of the best, including Revenge of the Creature, the silly sequel to Creature From the Black Lagoon, Operation Kid Brother, a spy film starring Sean Connery's brother, the ludicrous Robot Holocaust and my personal favorite, Kitten With a Whip, starring Ann-Margret as a nasty juvenile delinquent who terrorizes a politician (played by John Forsyth). $49.99 via Amazon.
Pier Paolo Pasolini's Trilogy Of Life (Criterion)
Finally, Criterion does Pier Paolo Pasolini's work justice with these gorgeous transfers of three films by the master poet and filmmaker. The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales and Arabian Nights were all made in the '70s, all bristle with ribald humor and are all filled with wonderful non-actors and inventive costumes and sets. The digital restorations are a joy and there are countless extras. $53.99 via Amazon
American Horror Story (Vol.1) (20th Century Fox)
Why did you decide to put an ugly Christmas sweater rack in the store?
I just keep seeing them and they started growing on me. I kept thinking, 'I wonder if there's a market for this.' We'd just come out of the ironic t-shirt phase and I could see people perhaps being interested, but at the same time I was worried about my 'fashion' customers coming in an being like, 'What is this?' At first it was very slow-going, people would look at them and be like, 'hmm,'and walk away. And then we started selling out. They're almost irresistible. And now it's snowballed into its own thing.
Do the ugly Christmas sweaters that you buy have any special criteria? Do you look for anything specifically?
Literally, anything with bells and whistles. Anything that has sound effects. Bells. Lights. My buyers and I are all about that.
Do you go on buying trips just for sweaters?
No, but it's become a big part of what we look for. Last year we completely sold out. We were featured on the Today show; Jimmy Fallon was wearing one of our sweaters. Now I really have to actively seek them out.
When I contacted you for this interview, you were out of town following a lead on some ugly Hanukkah sweaters. How did that pan out?
Pretty good. They're not nearly as plentiful as Christmas sweaters, obviously. But I kept thinking, 'Wouldn't it be refreshing to see some ugly Hanukkah sweaters?' I came across a Hanukkah sweatshirt, which I tweeted, and it re-ignited the whole ugly sweater thing for me. At that point I was so tired of the whole thing. Here, I had a new hunt. Though there are some manufactured ones I've found, Hanukkah sweaters are more homemade and one-of-a kind. I love that.
Do you own any ugly Christmas sweaters?
I don't. It would be too hard of a choice. I let the kids who work here borrow sweaters if they're going to parties. We have a few that are in rotation, ones that are part of our ugly sweater universe. Because there are always more out there to find.
Below, some of Screaming Mimi's Hanukkah sweaters and uglier Christmas inventory.
In case you missed it, here's Amanda Seyfried wearing a frog costume, drinking sake and singing "California Love" on Ellen. She's really on a roll lately. (H/T Max)
Eugene Mirmian's Comedy Central special is on at midnight tonight! Above, he shares some hot tips on how not to forget about it.
This is genius. [BobbyFinger]
A masterpiece. [TheFroghat]
Sometimes honesty is the best policy. Especially when it comes to gingerbread house-building competitions. [Reddit]
This is just half of an amazing list of alternative names for Golden Globe-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch by tumblr xsingintomymouthx. Banjobox Toodlesnorts is our fav.
Do you prefer candy cane mohawk or.....
Christmas tree mohawk, complete with a pantsless tree-decorating Mario Lopez? [LaughingSquid; TheClearlyDope]
This video of a beaver waving to a tiny kid is too much, too much. [Vulture]
Haters Gonna Hate GIF by Kirsten Lepore via Aritzia.
Devil's advocate is the devil. [amajor7 via AfternoonSnoozeButton]
From the Daily Dot: "How to Talk To Your Family About That Folgers Incest Ad." (Honestly, how the hell is this ad on the air? People have been talking about how creepy it is for years and it's still on ALL OF THE TIME.)
Who's going to "like" today's oldie-but goodie video? Drummers, first of all, and also new-wave nostalgia freaks that can't get over the '80s. It's a nonsensical ear worm and a great one-hit-wonder by George Kranz -- it even has two titles: "Trommeltanz" and "Din Daa Daa." The song was the #1 club track in 1984, the year PAPER magazine started and it's been sampled by tons of people including Flo Rida. Where can we get a pair of those wrap-around shades?
The former PAPER contributor who wrote that Brad Pitt/Chanel commercial, Glenn O'Brien, is happy it's being parodied. He told The Cut: "I've done quite a few ads that have been parodied, and you always know you've really got it made when that happens. I did this campaign for Calvin Klein with Steven Meisel years ago that was considered to be very risqué, and President Clinton spoke out against it, but then we were parodied by Beavis and Butt-Head." Here's the original Calvin Klein ad and the video above is the Beavis and Butthead version it, all for your edification.
Drew Barrymore is releasing a full-range makeup line exclusively at Walmart. Several things are unusual about this: a), Barrymore owns a large part of the company that makes the line and is therefore actually very involved in the process, b), she'll use many of the same ingredients that are in fancier makeup lines, and c) the reason she can use those ingredients and price it for Walmart is because they won't be running big ads. We like that business model. [via WWD]
Fashion truly meets functionality with this double-flask bracelet by Cynthia Rowley. [via Cheezburger]
Carly Rae Jepsen kind of looks like she went to a fun party, fell asleep in her clothes and woke up relieved that she doesn't have a massive hangover on the new cover of Cosmo. Maybe she'd been wearing that Cynthia Rowley bracelet the night before. [via Hollywood Gossip]
Sarah Burton was given an OBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire honor) pretty much out of the blue for "services to the fashion industry" in her role as creative director of Alexander McQueen. Aaaand probably for designing Kate Middleton's wedding dress. Go Sarah! [via Fashionista]
Look at your blue hair! What made you decide on blue?
It was white before and it was driving me crazy. I'm going back slowly to normal. I tried to go sci-fi white, which is a hard process. It was kind of fun for a few hours but then you're that weird guy with long white hair! I'm waiting for it to grow out enough to cut it all off, since I don't want a shaved head.
You're from California, right?
Yeah, I'm from Vacaville.
That's right near Davis.
Yeah! I didn't go to college at Davis, but I built my skateboarding skills at UC Davis, so I'm always like "Yeah, I sort of used to go to college there. I just didn't take any classes." I was actually on a first-name basis with the cop who pepper-sprayed those students! He was on patrol around Davis. He'd be like "Ah, Stefan, you're here again!" He was actually pretty cool. We had a thing going there: he knew I was there and he knew that I was gonna come back. I've still got probably 11 tickets over my years of skating there.
You've got a father who's a vintner. What's that like?
I've just always loved wine. My father's like a mountain man. My stepmother is a botanist and a vintner -- she works in all the Napa wineries, consults in their fields. They used to sell their grapes to different wineries in Napa, but now they make their own. It's pretty new, and great. They just started making rosé. It's some strong stuff. You'll wake up with some purple lips if you drink too much.
Tell us about the shoes. What kinds of materials will they be available in?
They have leather and suede, and you can do both. We might have canvas as well. You can choose between square leather laces and cotton laces. But [the cotton laces] are not an option. You can't choose those! Leather laces are awesome and make it look better. And if you skate, they won't break. I personally put a little drop of superglue on the bow I tie my laces in, tie 'em loose, and don't ever untie them.
Why are there names stitched on the side of the shoe?
I had a cat that recently died named "Bob." So I put Bob on there. And we have a new cat named "Syd," so I put "Syd" and "Bob." They're tribute shoes.
Do you have any big holiday plans?
I have no feelings about the holidays, actually. They mean nothing to me. But my parents love holidays. I totally ignored Thanksgiving, I even didn't remember that it was a holiday, and they called me and asked whether I was coming and I was like, "What? When is it?" But for Christmas I'll go see my parents. My mom will probably have Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas all in an hour just because I'm there. Personally though, I think holidays are for children under 6.
What artists excite you right now?
I don't a know lot about current artists I like Van Gogh, Impressionism. And René Magritte's paintings. And lately I'm into sculpture, so I like Rodin. I know anyone could say that, but as far as "How the fuck did you do that," Rodin is just the shit. I also like I like skate art -- Ed Templeton, Lance Mountain, and Mark Gonzalez, Chet Childress and Brian Anderson. Skaters and art have always gone together.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
You know, I've just started sharing [my art]. It's a recent thing. Last December I had a show in Chelsea and even people I'm friends with didn't know I do art. It's a little weird, I'm not used to self-promoting. Even recording yourself skateboarding was something I had to learn to do. I've always played music, and done art, and written stuff, but skateboarding was what I showed people. So I'm learning to show.
How has the advent of Pandora and Spotify helped or hindered your success?
What's next for you guys once these final dates are played?
When you look back on the early recordings and tours, how do you think Nada Surf has changed or remained the same?
IE: The most important things have remained the same: our friendship, the thrill of plugging in and playing. Daniel's chain smoking. But we've also become battle-hardened rock marines with thousand-yard stares, mildly damaged livers, ringy ears and highly-developed taste in snack foods.
How do you feel about how much Williamsburg has changed over the years?
Tig Notaro: The Great Escape
I'm So Excited comes out in the UK on May 3 but U.S. release date is still TBA.
Hassan Rahim is an artist and art director living and working in Los Angeles. His work, reminiscent of adolescent fantasies, uses photography, collage and mixed media to create strong contextual pieces. I asked Hassan to capture his experience at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. He produced a wonderful collection of striking photographs that give us a different view of the otherwise sun-soaked, party-filled weekend.
Black chair still life at Design Miami
Staircase architecture, Collins St.
Art Deco pillar, Collins St.
Color-blocked paint and patterned floor, Ocean Drive
My artworks from the HVW8 group exhibition, Downtown Miami
My shirt with Nadja Stabouli's nails, Le Pompon at Victor Hotel
Behind closed doors (private collection closet), Downtown Miami
Private collection installation, Downtown Miami
Private collection sculpture, Downtown Miami
Private Collection still-life, Downtown Miami
Tim Burton directed the "Here With Me" video for The Killers and it stars Winona Ryder and British actor Craig Roberts. After the band went on hiatus for some solo activity and returned with a new album, Battle Born, several dates on their current tour -- including last Friday's stop at Madison Square Garden -- were postponed due to singer Brandon Flowers' bout with laryngitis. For the video, Ryder alternates between real person and wax dummy until the final scene when...guess you'd better watch and see.