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.
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:
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.
The suggested donation entry fee is £5 and everyone is encouraged to donate what they can for drinks as well.
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: http://east2east.tumblr.com/
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
DOLPHIN LOVER - not eaters - SOFTWAR
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...!
WHEN: SATURDAY 5TH FEBRUARY
WHERE: GOODGOD SMALL CLUB, 55 LIVERPOOL ST, CHINATOWN
Names to firstname.lastname@example.org for door list okaaaaayyy?
This is all so amazing and I'm hungry...
I missed Schneider during 2000...
HELLO... !!! IZ ANYONE HOME... ?!...
Thanks for letting us know...
great post! big love for hugo I was...