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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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?


Armand Van Helden, A-Trak, Barbra Streisand & friends
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Armand Van Helden and the Sauce


If you are Armand Van Helden or A-Trak, you've probably made some friends during your life. And when you're releasing a new single from your latest project that has the potential to be the most fun thing to happen in electronic music in the 2010, you might want to give those friends a call for a cameo spot in your video. And this is exactly what Duck Sauce’s duo did.


Directed by So-Me, the video recorded the duo during a week in New York City; partying, playing and chicken dancing whilst some musician friends give their own touch to the song. There is P-Thugg from Chromeo and his talk box, Ed Banger’s Mehdi mixing it, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig helping the chorus and many more including rappers, producers, indie rockers, graffiti writers and nightlife icons just being there, smiling and, from time to time, saying "Barbra Streisand" - but before you start wondering, Ms. Streisand herself only appears in the video in the form of an impersonator, at least 40 years younger than the real deal.


Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand



PS. The single’s cover was created by Dust La Rock.




P.P.S. If you want to know where they got their sample from, check Boney M’s ‘Gotta Go Home’. But we have to alert you that you will miss the “Barbara Streisand” bit.


Boney M - Gotta Go Home

Dust La Rock tackles the Beast
Dust La Rock's exhibition


There's a lot to be said about the uneducated and metaphorically unwashed, making their way through the world - and not just surviving, but prospering. Dust La Rock aka Joshua Prince is the epitome of a modern successful artist, marrying his artistic expressions with not only commercial success, but also that ever elusive indie-cool credibility. Not only emerging as an unschooled designer to shape the face of Ecko as an important brand in the early days of the streetwear/lifestyle movement; Dust has also developed projects for everyone from MTV to Nike. And did we mention that he also co-founded cooler than cool record label Fool's Gold, where he serves as Creative Director for the label and as A-Trak's personal Art Director? Boo-yah!


Dust La Rock for Kid Sisterrrrr


So Dust La Rock had an exhibition last night in New York, presented by Fool's Gold Records and The Fader, where he explored the branding of good and evil. All eighteen newly created works on show were on sale, so if you went, you had a chance to possess your very own piece of bone-achingly cool enlightenment a La Rock in 'Best of the Beast'.




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Stay tuned for an interview with the man himself!

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