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.
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?
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 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.
Tuesday // August 02, 2011 at 10:06 // filed under Fashion
You know we lurrrrve a good cry face. The fashion blogosphere has been creaming over Love magazine's latest bunch of special covers the first of which feature Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld getting their best, vulnerable-but-beautiful cry faces on. This trio of pubescent power players shedding tears on Love's covers are some pretty amazing shots. Despite the super model star power of the other five covers, featuring Lara Stone, Nyasha Matonhodze,
Kristen McMenamy, Daphne Groeneveld and Mariacarla Boscono, I gotta say that my favourites are Chloe's and Elle's cry faces.
Wednesday // February 09, 2011 at 13:02 // filed under Music // Fashion // Art
latest movie took us into a depressingly beautiful world that looks like it was
taken straight from every alt girl’s Tumblr dream. While it made lots of people indecisive about
the quality/existence of story, one thing that it cemented is Elle Fanning's
future in Hollywood. The most tallest and most
beautiful 12 year old girl I've seen is graceful and very
charismatic – just watch her on the Michel
Gondry directed episode of Jimmy
Kimmel Live! – and for that, is becoming the target of fashionistas all
over the world.
fashion spreads later (with my
favorite being for the cover of French magazine Jalouse), Elle was invited
to star in the short film for Rodarte's spring 2011 collection. Directed by Todd Cole
and featuring music by Bradford Cox’s Deerhunter, Curve of Forgotten Things was premiered on the stunning LVMH site NOWNESS,
home of other great fashion and art videos.
inspired by Northern California, and the seventies. It’s about this girl
who exists in this strange place outside of time. She’s digging up things from the land and the
past, and she offers them to the sun,” Todd Cole explained to WWD.
You can see the seventies in the film
not only with the help from Cooke lenses and dusty focus but also in the
clothes, which, according to the designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, “drew
inspiration from 1970s northern California, referencing Redwood forests, the
gold rush and Asian influences”.
This film carries one of the strongest
combinations of worlds I’ve seen lately; takes its title from a Richard
Brautigan poem. “The poem and the film are about forgotten things — circles and
the curve of time,” explains Cole.
'Curve of Forgotten Things' by Todd Cole
gallery with backstage pictures of the film below by
Alex Aristei. Ed's note: We do have to wonder how Tavi feels about all this; specially since Elle is like, the other side of the same coin as the young blogger...