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.
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.
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Diplo gets his Vogue on
HIYA // Wes and MikeQ


So aside from the terribly old news of his contribution to taking the third world to the first, Diplo is now trés mode with such first world accoutrements as GQ and Vanity Fair (though it pains me somewhat to identify him as 'that 'Paperplanes' dude – guys, for me, that was a totally mediocre tune. Go listen to some of his less lamestreamed stuff). In fact, he's actually a columnist at the latter. Diplo's latest column exploits a night out at Vogue Knights Tuesdays – and I don't mean the rival magazine kind.


I'm kinda fuming – just a little – out of jealousy, here. A Vogue Ball/Night was one thing I really had trouble trying to get a hold of last time I was in NY. Like most people who see the film, ever since I encountered Paris Is Burning, the Vogue Ball scene and culture has held great fascination for me. Earlier this year, I met father of the House of Ninja, Benny Ninja, survivor of the legendary Willi Ninja when he hit the runway in Sydney for Australian Fashion Week (I squealed when he glided out) and that only fueled my desire to get my Cindarella on and be at a damn ball.


Anyway Diplo, despite his modest claims of not knowing a lot about being black/gay/cool, having gleaned all his knowledge of that particular Bermuda from DJ MikeQ and Maluca, was the white/straight/'uncool' guy, perfect to go to a vogue ball in Manhattan a little while ago. Documented by Vanity Fair contributor Shane McCauley, Diplo takes us through his Knight on a Vogue Tuesdays (though unfortunately, the exact location and club isn't disclosed, except that it's right next to the Comfort Inn somewhere in Midtown, amongst a bunch of emtpy warehouses. Respect though, it'd not only get shit if that littled secret got outed online at Vanity Fair, but it'd probably have already moved on anyway by the time anyone hauled ass over there).


Check some of Shane McCauley's pics from the story below and in the gallery, but head over to Vanity Fair for Diplo's full commentary (or full MikeQ plug, as it were, scene aggregator extraordinaire that he is). And you should also totally read Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Krisanne Johnson's story on NY's next gen Vogue scene for The Fader too, from earlier this year.



"...what makes a good party isn’t the fashion, the clientele, the hipness of “D.J. current hit,” or the club’s interior. They see that a really good club is built by the community, and that a community breeds the creativity in the music and the dance. You’d think that, on first look, when the dance competition starts, that these guys hate each other. The new-school vogue style is built on a lot of hair whipping (if you have the extensions or real thing — Willow Smith’s song got played a lot in different forms) and a lot of falling down backward on the offbeat. This part of the dance is amazing. It seems the more violent the hair whipping and the falling, the crazier the crowd goes." – Diplo

"...always, the weird scream/snare on the fourth beat is used to precision. It’s the sound that you might hear in Psycho, when Janet Leigh is being stabbed to death in the shower. It’s the sound that all the dancers mark to do a special move: an enormous fall, a deadly hair whip, and hip-dislocating side thrust. Or many other very violent moves that would not be allowed on So You Think You Can Dance." – Diplo

[Ed's note:True, no pure Voguer has ever reached Top 20 on SYTYCD – trust, I know. And they haven't yet exhibited actual Vogue style as a number on the show. YEAH, I'm a fan, haters to the left.]



MIX // Broken Hearts Halloween Mixtape



Is it too early to talk about Halloween? It's kinda like Christmas; every year people seem to get the decorations out earlier and earlier. And I'm not sure I really *get* Halloween. I mean, I get it. But I guess I'm just not that into it, even though my birthday falls around the same weekend. Every year.


Of course I party down hard with the scariest zombies, spookiest ghouls and skankiest witches out on the night, but I don't need no Halloween excuse for that shit. It also wasn't a huge event growing up in Australia, though I was obviously aware of those eternal American pop culture references that Australian culture in so many ways soaks itself in (some of you may be surprised that Australia is way more American than it is English, despite being a colony).


Anyway, Halloween and it's shenanigans are approaching. Amongst the many parties that will be happening in various places, there's one that East London fashwan party fixtures The Broken Hearts will be DJing at alongside Queen of the Catsuit, Pam Hogg (and it'll be hosted by Ronnie Joice).


The Broken Hearts have made a cute little mix in anticipation of the event. Thematically, it's not so Halloweeny to me, but what the hallowhell do I know? Only that it's a safe mix to open your Monday with; nothing groundbreaking or challenging, just some easily palatable flayva for the start of your week. Go download it below and check the tracklist below that: 


  Broken Hearts Halloween Mixtape by BrokenHearts


Sure Shot - The Beastie Boys
Chicken Payback - The Bees
Fell in Love With a Girl - The White Stripes
Non Stop - Whitey
Gravel Pit - Wu-Tang Clan
It's A Shame (My Sister) - Monie Love Feat. True Image
L.E.S. Artistes - Santigold
Double Dutch - (edit) Malcolm McLaren
None Of Your Business - Salt n Pepa
My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It) - En Vogue
Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go) - Noisettes
Who Am I (What's My Name)? - Snoop Dogg
Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott
Get Busy - Sean Paul
Wave Your Flag - Elephant Man


Oh, so if you ARE into Halloween and live in London, here's a party option for you on Friday the 28th October at The Hoxton Pony.


HEY LONDON! We know you've got a lot of shit on your plate right now in the light of the last few days' events, but a lot of other places have got it pretty bad too. So here's yet another good cause that some of our friends are putting on, that you can get involved with, check it:

EAST2EAST: East London >> East Africa famine fundraiser!

WHEN: Thursday 18th August
TIME: 7.00pm -11.30pm
WHERE: 18 Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN

In light of the on-going East African famine crisis, a very special night of charity fundraising is being hosted! On the night, some of the best DJs in the area will be tag-teaming, each playing 20 minute sets on the theme “the songs that shaped me”.

DJs include:
New Young Pony Club
Trevor Jackson
Matt Walsh
Rory Phillips
The Duke Spirit
Todd Hart
Rewind Loretta
Make It Stop, Mum!
 (plus more TBA)

The suggested donation entry fee is £5 and everyone is encouraged to donate what they can for drinks as well.

Alongside the music, there'll be other bits and pieces going on during the night such as a raffle, bursting at the seams with generously donated prizes.

Expect more fun in the shape of games, drinking and the award winning Meatwagon who will be pitching up for some tasty burgers (WHO CAN SAY NO TO A BURGER? WE CAN'T).

All proceeds will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee and their East Africa appeal, so please be generous on the night!

Check the some of the prizes and the rest of the shenanigans going on at:​m/
Los Angeles // Dust La Rock \\ Joking Victim



Fool's Gold art director Dust La Rock is back with a new exhibition, this time gracing Los Angeles' HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, with his latest body of work entitled Joking Victim.


Dust La Rock does the whole 'artist as the art' thing here; and these works are an exercise in mixed media. Using his body, blood and other fluids, as well as submitting himself to a dominatrix and as the star in a short film 'The Ritual', Joking Victim explores "pain versus pleasure, free will versus destiny, fetishism, the occult and mortality...It's a study in duality, exploring the multitude of ways in which people use and abuse their bodies to satisfy divergent impulses."


All well and good - and not a triangle or skull in sight, so far.


And of course, in support of the opening, Fool's Gold producers and DJs Jokers Of The Scene, who's latest single was inspired by La Rock’s exhibit, and are also responsible for the soundtrack for 'The Ritual'.


And if you're around on the 13th too, the HVW8 gallery will be hosting the debut of Bruce LaBruce's latest queer cinema horror film L.A. Zombie, with limited edition prints by La Rock and LaBruce featuring the film's star, Francois Sagat. It'll be a cool opportunity to meet LaBruce, with a Q&A following the screening. If you can, go catch that shit, since it ain't allowed to be screened in a whole bunch of places.


LA, let us know how it is?


Insight's Untitled Street Party

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Who can resist a good old summer (invite only) block party? Located in a transformed concrete space surrounded by a bunch of flats a street back from Sydney's famed Bondi Beach, Insight's annual Street Party had all the ingredients to make it a smash.




With bands on stage, art installations adorning neighboring properties and of course the all important free booze, it's hard to say no to the lure.




With at least 800 people having RSVP'd to the event, 400 to be let in and seemingly endless crates of alcohol stated on the old running sheet, it was set to be a good time.


Totes rock on, babes.


As it generally goes at these type of things, it was hell to get a drink and due to the amount of cameras on location, scarily well lit. So despite getting stamped on the forearm declaring that 'Somebody's gonna get pregnant at the insight party', the prohibitive access to booze kept it all fairly under control.


HIYA // Entry stamp on Sean's macho forearm


A bunch of bands I wasn't familiar with were playing; when I heard them on the night, they weren't of my persuasion and I'm not sure if any of them particularly charmed the mixed crowd either. They did orright though. But I did thank god when the DJs came on.


HIYA // Slow Blow


The art installations were pretty cool, and included a giant gold apple core which I personally rather enjoyed. Erin Wasson made a cameo, though her presence in Sydney wasn't particularly felt despite the fact that she launched her Low Luv jewellery label in Paddington last week.


HIYA // You suck


Before midnight hit, what I thought was a suuuuper chill party got quietly invaded by some laid back police clearing the place up. A strategic move by the organisers in an attempt for bad-ass-dom? A nearby resident fed up with the noise? Who knows, but it was fun while it lasted...Anyway, Cut Copy were throwing a party over in Chinatown, so it was time to make an exit anyway.


Though I bet I didn't have as much fun as this guy...and as I post, I ask myself a question that I find myself pondering a lot lately... Is this racist or not?




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HIYA // Me and my Burger Head


Just yesterday, I looked at the clutter on my desk top and realised I'd unconsciously been accumulating burger related images. Hmm. I guess I might be wanting to eat a burger lately. *Sigh*. Miss you Frevo and Toninho Freitas. It's 4am on a Saturday morning and I'm thinking of you.

















Do it DEEEP // Slow Blow

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Oi Sydney people! It's been a mad heatwave this week, so Slow Blow have decided to take a dip and take you DEEEP into the sea this Saturday the 5th of February to cool off. 

Come and submerse yourself in the depths of GOODGOD SMALL CLUB (out the back, innit babes), where we’ll be offering you the finest cuts of disco and what not - some real ‘shake your leg shit’ as we like to say...

Spinning on the sea shells will be:

SLOW BLOW: DJ Dream Catcher & DJ Jungle Snake



Welcoming the Mermaid Queen, DJ CRYSTAL BALLER of the fabulous I M // U R (yeah, that's me kids)

Expect to feel like you’re really in the water/Neptune’s palace or some shit...!



Names to for door list okaaaaayyy?

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