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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Theophilus London gets into the Groove



The brilliant Theophilus London (who we had the pleasure and privilege of seeing live and meeting whilst he was in Brazil playing some gigs) has busted out as the grooving soul of Dave Sitek's Maximum Balloon single 'Groove Me'. We shared the track with you earlier, and now the video has dropped and it's every bit as cool as the song would suggest.


The vid demonstrates an adorably Dad-ish Sitek being taken by the effortlessly cool spirit of Theophilus to the most amazingly cheesy (we're cheese whores - we would so want to be at this party) and dare I say it again, cool party ever. Because if there's one thing to describe Theophilus London, it's COOl, in a way that simply can't be bought, taught or wrought.


Let me tell you, he's a burgeoning star, and we've been posting about him like crazy cause he is one to watch. Check the video and it's crazy blue screen techniques below:



We did an interview with Theophilus a little while ago. That'll be up real soon, so keep an eye out!

Maximum Theophilus
Hiya London


I still find Theophilus London a rather mysterious kinda figure. I think it's because I don't recall ever seeing him without his sunglasses being all cool and aloof and shit. Anyway, I am really digging Dave Sitek as Maximum Balloon. Last time it was Little Dragon, and this week it's with the aforementioned Theophilus London featured in this groovy little number, appropriately entitled 'Groove Me'.


Jangly and nostalgic, it's a song that should be played in the late afternoon as the drinks keep you cool while the party heats up and the sun goes down. In that setting, it's the kind of song that you dance around to as you're warmly aware of how much fun you're having in the moment. Sweet. Check it:


Groove Me by Maximum Balloon feat Theophilus London


Maximum Balloon (with Little Dragon)
Billy Elliot datchu?


I'm such a SSSUCKER for anything Little Dragon, this you know. So when 'If You Return' from TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek's solo project Maximum Balloon (featuring a track list that name drops like, well, a TV on the Radio album - including peops like other TVotR members, Karen O and Theophilus London) featured the intoxicating voice of Little Dragon's Yukimi, it was destined to be posted here.


A little begrudgingly, I'm really enjoying Yukimi in a slightly different, non-Little Dragon context - she's no less charming. Not to mention that the instrumental on this track is a pretty awesome bed for Yukimi's vocal to lay on. Just excuse the super annoying interjections from some dude.




And here's a little preview video of 'If You Return', with some kinda Billy Elliot ballet and balloon action on a rooftop. Check it:



If You Return by Maximum Balloon


Gratuitous Burger Post
This is all so amazing and I'm hungry...
The Superions and an Xmas joke
I missed Schneider during 2000...
MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira
HELLO... !!! IZ ANYONE HOME... ?!...
HIYA // Chad Valley
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HIYA // Chad Valley
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