Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Gratuitous Burger Post
Gratuitous Burger Post
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
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.
Bassike
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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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!
January 31, 2011
HomeSweetHome
Nestled in the basement underneath an art gallery on NYC's Chrystie Street, this little downtown den really is like a Home Sweet Home; if you're a pompous old archeologist displaying your precious finds in a glorious clutter around your living room. Playing host to †FILTH† on Tuesday, put on by a very cool, downtown kinda bunch; Home Sweet Home is frequented by all sorts from the Gossip to Brenmar to your grandad and can wind itself up into a frenzy at the back end where the dance floor and DJ reside; as well as keep chill enough to just drink and survey the crowd from one of it's opulent sofas. Plus the lure of $3 drinks can help along the way to a very Drunky Town.
October 19, 2010
M Shanghai
It seems all WE//R\\GOING to is Chinese lately, innit? Well this time, it's Williamsburg's M Shanghai as recommended by Reed + Rader's Pamela Reed. Missing Hong Re's sweet & sour chicken back in São Paulo, M Shanghai provides something equally as irreplaceable: JUICY PORK BUNS. And their name doesn't lie. They are little pockets of juicy delight, and getting 6 of these for a measly $6 is a dangerously good deal. Plus it's just two doors down from the Paul Smith outlet, so you can check that out while you wait.
September 24, 2010
Rong He
Once, a friend of mine wanted to take me to this 'cheap Chinese restaurant', situated in the heart of Liberdade, a Japanese neighborhood in São Paulo. When we got there the place was packed, but because it looked cheesy and kinda poor, I didn't want to wait it out. It took another friend for me to go back there and fall in love with it. Now, every time the mood for some freshly made noodles (you can watch the chief making the noodle dough through a window) framed in some horribly painted pink walls takes me, I go for Rong He. Did I mention the food is also incredibly generous and cheap?
June 22, 2010
Lions Night Club
Lions Nightclub is a new, exclusive and very entertaining option for São Paulo. Mixing very 70’s chic (like the taxidermy that decorates the venue) with elements like a 3D LED wall, the club is one of the few in Brazil with a solid concept that also gives thought to good music, catering to nights for black music, classic rock, house/neo disco and two dress-up parties for the fashionistas. But I have to say that the best feature of the club is the old centre of São Paulo, as showcased from the huge open area.
March 15, 2010
Slow Blow
The latest station on the Drunky Town train line is in Sydney, Australia at a little club in the Spanish Quarter (actually it's just two Spanish shops next to each other on the same street or something like that in the CBD) called GoodGod, which plays host to soirée of the moment, Slow Blow. Word has it that in January, Karen O crashed Sydney's current cool kids party, but to be honest by that time everyone was too busy dancing and cutting loose in D-Town to care. And that's the true mark of a good time - when you find yourself twirling about without a care in the world. Or it could just mean you're trashed. Heh.
February 09, 2010
Neu
Imagine a youth house transformed into a club. Now charge 4 reais for a (long neck) beer and from 10 to 15 reais to get in. If you did it all right this would be called Neu (read in German) and actually already exists in São Paulo. My favorite night there is Friday, when they host Explode, a party where they basically play third world inspired songs (from Vampire Weekend to the whole club rap scene from Baltimore). Some great underrated DJs play there from time to time, and when you least expect it, you might find yourself laying on the dancefloor busting out some drunky town moves.
October 13, 2009
Rio (cinema that is)
This time round we're going to Rio. Not de Janeiro unfortunately, but Rio Cinema in Dalston, East London which shows the best in indie/art films. An old fashioned cinema complete with an old school theatre facade, along with the plethora of clientele, from film buffs to arty East ender types, it's fairly priced too. Rio is small and cosy, offering up homemade goodies as well as your popcorn. It's probably NOT going to show Twilight 2, meaning we'll probably have to go to some other horribly generic feeling and exorbitantly priced cinema. Ah the things we do for pop culture. Otherwise, there's Rio's comfortable and slightly shabby-chic fabulousness for all your indie flick needs.
August 14, 2009
Pool Parties
It's summer in New York City, it hasn't gotten too disgustingly hot yet, but it's definitely warm enough to be barbequeing, playing dodgeball, kiddie pooling (that sounds wrong, but I really do just mean splashing around in shallow plastic pools meant for kids) and EXPERIENCING AMAZING BANDS all at East River State Park! Yeah yeah, everyone realises that the River ain't no pool, but like JELLY, the organisers of Pool Parties say, so what? When you've got a line up once a week for the next two months that includes the likes of Pony Tail, Crystal Antlers, Dirty Projectors, Health, The Black Lips, Deerhunter, Max Tundra, Girl Talk and Grizzly Bear to name drop a few, IT'S. MINDBLOWING. Oh and did we mention, it's ALL FREE? Ridonk.
July 08, 2009
Sao Paulo Fashion Week
This week is the 27th Spring/Summer edition of Sao Paulo Fashion Week, the most important fashion week in Latin America! As a tribute to 2009 being the Year of France in Brazil, SPFW is themed the same, with invitations being printed on the incredibly French toile de juoy amongst other trés chic French touches. We like to say we only go to Fashion Weeks for the exquisite mini-burgers, sushi, goodie bags and of course Moet et Chandon (we is all class, innit?), but it truly is a fascinating thing to observe fashion designers reflection on what’s going on around them, and how they interpret this onto the catwalk. What have you got for us this season SPFW?
June 17, 2009
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