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Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Say Hello to Sina Becker

 

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Sina Becker

 

And today we debut our latest background - this month, the mad skillz behind it is the supremely lovely German born, Dutch raised and London roaming Sina Becker.

 

How and when did you know you were going to be an illustrator?

I was about 3 or 4 when my older brother showed me how to draw hands (a circle with sticks pointing out in all directions). That was a life changing moment. Everything fell into place after that.

 

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What have been are your biggest influences?

 

The Horniman Museum in South London - the way they've catalogued dead animals in spider diagrams on those pastel backgrounds is bizarre...yet surprisingly stylish. All I can say is that taxidermy has never looked sexier. Also old reference books on anything from flower arranging to learning how to wind surf, amazing. Then old cartoons from my childhood such as the Jetsons, Ghostbusters - and actually films from the 80's and 90's. They're just good old clean fun.

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Who would love to work for or collaborate with?


My creative heaven would consist of Carson McCullers, Miranda July, Wes Anderson, Frida Kahlo and Marian Leatherby (who is a character in Leonora Carrington's 'The Hearing Trumpet'. I know she is not real but some of the things that little old lady gets up to are just fantastic). I'm not sure if they would all get along, but it's my fantasy.

 

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What did you dream about last night?

It was a bit of an epic dream. The thing I remember most vividly is moving into my new house which just happened to be the home of the man who had invented the umbrella. Even in my dream I found that incredibly cool.

 

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Favourite medium?

 

I like the scissor and blue tack. You see, it's not as permanent as glue - but still keeps everything together. It's perfect for the indecisive collager.

 

Girl's got a blog too, so go follow her musings there.

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