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.
Posts in February 2011
The Last Dance gets extended by Teengirl Fantasy
HIYA // Teengirl Fantasy


Clare Maguire isn't really my thing. I don't follow her music, nor do I particularly mind her, but there's plenty of other bits of music that I'll put on before I listen to her stuff. Not that it's bad or anything, but that drama of a major vocal with epic styling a la Florence et al just isn't my steez though I can appreciate it. But when the title of an email cleverly declares it's subject with 'Teengirl Fantasy x insert name here' then there's no doubt I'm going to open it and have a listen to what lies therein. Which in this case was a Teengirl Fantasy remix of Clare Maguire's 'The Last Dance', the title track from her debut album, which was released last week.


HIYA // Clare Maguire



When I was first asked for feedback on Clare Maguire mid last year, I replied something like this: "A bit too *I'm a woman making powerful songs* for me..." because Maguire gave off somewhat of a Florence vibe - and sorry, but I'm simply not a Florence and the Machine fan. I just don't like her voice. And I'm still sore at her for that Gang Gang dance rip off.


But back to Clare; I did though, also say in my feedback that "there's something very Annie Lennox about her vocal presence which is cool". That still rings true, and whilst I'm still not a particularly a fan of Maguire or this single, Teengirl Fantasy twirl it out into something simultaneously throbbing, deep, diaphanous and with euphorically danceable highs in this 7 minute long mix. Total winner. Check it:


The Last Dance by Clare Maguire (Teengirl Fantasy Extended Club Mix)


Datarock: mixing J.D. Salinger and Dr. Emmett Brown for new video



If there was ever a band that could use a live gig as an official video, it's Norwegian discopunk group Datarock. Those crazy uniformed guys get wild, sweaty, half naked, urging the crowd to join the “red hood army”, whilst making the crowed insane in a way and that no fancy video would be able to reproduce (with exception of porn, I suppose).


Now that such a video has finally happened, I’m glad the song they picked to do it with was their newest single, ‘Catcher In The Rye’; the self-declared "most extravagant single in history”. The song, about “not knowing what to do with your life and being totally cool about it”, was inspired by Holden Caulfield, the main character in J.D. Salinger's amazing novel. We already told you that it’s awesome (and we said it here).


But it apparently wasn’t enough of a story for the band, because they also claimed to time travel via Dr. Emmett Brown (the crazy scientist from ‘Back to The Future’ series), who reportedly took them to their upcoming SXSW gig, which will coincide with the single release.

“Believe it or not, but this video was actually shot at our forthcoming release party at SXSW - a perfect mix between the past (J.D. Salinger's amazing novel), the present (the most extravagant single in history) and the future (SXSW '11)”

A band that makes up more stor than Charlie Sheen to divulge a song deserves to be heard, right? So watch it below and don’t forget the MP3.


Datarock - Catcher In The Rye



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Kingdom Edits Jacques Greene's 'Tell Me'
HIYA // Jacques Greene


I haven't done too many posts about Kingdom, besides his most excellent effort editing that killer Minaj verse from Kanye's 'Monster'; but dude is a total slayer all by himself. Jacques Greene's 'Tell Me' has been floating around on the interwebs since he released his debut solo EP late last year. And since it cropped up last week, I've had Kingdom's edit on repeat. The original track was already a smokin' hot wind up, and Kingdom doesn't have to do all that much to intensify the elements to take it up a notch.


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Skittery perscussion, sweetly chopped female vocal, dry but pulsing bass and the warm swell of the airy synths that come from the ground up are churned together with plenty of euphoria to make this an awesome track.


HIYA // Kingdom


The way the electronically controlled musical tide comes in and out of this 'Tell Me' edit is awesome. I've been waving my hand about animatedly in front of my screen for the last two repeats of the song trying to find the way to describe it, and the best I've come up with is when a pop'n'locker does that heartbeat movement by expanding their chest out and popping their shoulders back. Here's the original for you to check too:


Tell Me by Jacques Greene



Yeah we do
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?




James Franco, I Love You

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One thing worse than James Franco hosting the Oscars last night? I’d say his music career, but at least it has humor – something that was really lacking during the 83rd Academy Awards. However, before you think I have beef with the Franco family - since I did say his little brother was part of a crappy music video last week - I have to tell you that we're actually big fans; we even Google their pretty faces quite often and exchange animated gifs with friends. Oh yeah, we also watch their movies.


But let’s go back to his music making… or should I say art performance? James, with his partner in crime Brooklyn video artist Kalup Linzy, made their (drunken?) debut at Sundance, but now we get to hear one of the tracks in good quality as it was played at New York Fashion Week. More precisely, it was played at the end of Cynthia Rowley’s fashion show, who chose ‘I Love You' (from two other songs) to wrap up her catwalk.  


The song was mixed by The Misshapes, that infamous New York trio of fashionista/DJs, and it’s quite silly and demo-ish. Clearly, the boys don’t know how to sing – and aren't even trying to do it properly; and opt instead for layered vocals in a basic yet mellow melody that reaches its climax in a chorus full of “I Love You”s. There's a break in which they extend the range of notes and it almost gets too annoying to listen to, but then you remember that its James telling you that he loves you and your heart gets a little warmer.


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Franco and Linzy are promising an album, which will probably be accompanied by art videos for each one of the songs. While we know nobody will listen to it more than once, we can’t avoid feeling a bit anxious to listen to the album. I guess taking part in a soap opera, being a professor in a class about himself, and hosting the Oscars wasn’t enough exposure...


Nope. It really wasn't. Here's some more James (WINK WINKY):



AW 2011 // Fanny and Jessy



Fanny and Jessy surprise me with every new collection. Their 4th of which is entitled 'The Dissection' and is a more mature and pared down side of the duo. The girls state their initial influence as the Hunterian Museum in the London College of Surgery; quite macabre images that have translated into the realms of more slick, feminine elements that still walk strong with that totally bad ass FAJ aesthetic.


It's really refreshing to see that they've grown on from the tough, all black, leathers, sheers and mesh vibe, despite doing it so very very well. On the average person on the streets of East London and LES New York, it's a look for me that was getting a little bit stale and tired. It's awesome to see that attitude with a different skin on.








Skills they learned whilst hanging out at Jess' farm in Somerset dissecting chickens were applied to create the seams which are an ongoing theme throughout the collection. It was the examination of internal environment of animals that gave them their colour palette and textures.








This is a deceptively simple collection compared to their past efforts, but I'm loving this direction just as much. It has a quietly sinister mood that gives out a delighted cackle every now and then in the jingle of the brass coins littered throughout the pieces, and gives a cheeky wink in the cut out of the burnt orange Robin Hood balaclava, in typical FAJ style.






And of course, the marvellous Danny Sangra made a little behind the scenes film of the lookbook shoot, check it out, and then take a look at some more looks in the gallery below that. Fresh work from FAJ, well done girls!


Fanny and Jessy AW11 behind the scenes


P.S. Our current favourite K-Pop duo GD & T.O.P. are totally working FAJ in their video clip for 'High High'...Need I say more?



Forget That You're Young



I guess I was never really into The Raveonettes. But at the end of last year, they played in Brazil near my house for a cheap price (which sold out faster than I thought they would), so I decided to go see what the band was all about. And boy, was I surprised. It’s not that they played anything that different from what I expected – the band is pretty much how they sell it - but I guess I never thought I’d like it so much.


Noisy, smoky, sexy… maybe it was the contrast of cool Danish personalities with a loving audience, or the dark, heavy songs played on a warm summer's night, but something clicked. And now I’m really looking forward to the band’s next release, Raven In The Grave.


‘Forget That You’re Young’ was the first song chosen to promote the album and its beautiful, hazy, minimalist and very introspective. Melancholic 60s pop with a 90s atmosphere that sounds very cohesive with the band’s back catalog (*new fan alert*).


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Now I just wish I could see the band again with new knowledge to enjoy their gig even more.

AW 2011 // Charlie Le Mindu
HIYA // Charlie


Charlie Le Mindu's show during London Fashion Week quickly become a landmark spectacle in the circuit since his debut around this time in 2009, and two years later for this AW 2011 season was no different. Taking a darker turn this Autumn/Winter, Charlie's influences were striking and brutal. Drawing from a war time brothel used for spy purposes during World War 2 called Salon Kitty and Stephen King's Carrie, Charlie delivered his most eerie and haunting collection to date.


Charlie made his predictably strong statements accompanied by his usual jaw drop factor; this time throwing in blood, hand drawn penises (male models too) as well as profanity to the nekkid/naked factor...AND he threw in some clear plastic pieces in amongst all of that (which some of you might know I'm absolutely obsessed with. Romain Kremer, Christopher Raeburn, Jean Charles de Castelbajac have all had some fantastic clear plastic moments that rival Blade Runner. Love).






Check the rest of the review, as well as all the juicy NSFW runway and backstage pics after the jump! >>

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HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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