26.7.08

Bollywood with Devendra and Natalie


Devendra Banhart and Natalie Portman could look like a match made in heaven, but who knew Bollywood would enter the equation?

For his single, "Carmensita" of Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, Banhart released a music video starring himself and girlfriend Natalie Portman in a short Bollywood flick. Like most Bollywood videos, "Carmensita" includes awesome dance moves, a steamy hot male hero, a totally intricate love story, and ...Spanish lyrics?

I grew up watching Bollywood movies past midnight on the multi-asian channel with my mom. Bollywood is no joke to me, and many of my closer friends can confirm that. Which is why this amazing video from Devendra and boo ranks high in my favorites. Which is why you MUST watch it.

Buy his newest album at Amazon.

Devendra Banhart - Now That I Know
Devendra Banhart - I Feel Just Like A Child
Devendra Banhart - Little Yellow Spider

Andrea Crews


Today, being green is in, and overconsuming is out. Many clothing lines such as American Apparel and Jovovich-Hawk have already ventured into a medium of organic materials, but Andrea Crews is one of the first to create a full brand of recycled clothing.

The Parisian's collections are fresh, edgy, and fun, transforming an old pair of baggy sweats into a hott nightlife dress or trousers into a sexy pair of mini overalls. She's used her styles on both Santogold and Nike, and basically, she's fucking cool.

The only places in the US to pick up some garb is at Nektar De Stagni in Miami and I Heart in NYC (which is coincidentally my new favorite store!)

Watch a silly and slightly provocative video showcasing her collection below, and DEFINITELY check out the website!

Andrea Crews Anthem


22.7.08

New Album Time

We all know that 2007 was an amazing year for album releases. We had new ones from Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids and so many more. Now many of these bands are coming out with their next albums, and even though it feels like they're last albums just came out, it's time to get way pumped for another round.



First up, we have Cold War Kids' new album Loyalty To Loyalty which is out on Downtown Records on September 23. You can head on over to their Myspace and check out a new track called "Something is Not Right With Me" and their upcoming tour dates.

The tracklisting for the album was announced the other day:

1. Against Privacy
2. Mexican Dogs
3. Every Valley Is Not A Lake
4. Something Is Not Right With Me
5. Welcome To The Occupation
6. Golden Gate Jumpers
7. Avalanche In B
8. I've Seen Enough
9. Every Man I Fall For
10. Dreams Old Men Dream
11. On The Night My Love Broke Through
12. Relief
13. Cryptomnesia

Another release is also in the works for everyone's favorite Outback lovers, Of Montreal. The new album will arrive on October 7 via Polyvinyl and is called Skeletal Lamping.



Never ones to disappoint, oM are back with 15 more crazy song titles and album art filled with ambiguously naked people. One can only hope that the songs will match up to the awesome titles.

Album Art:



Tracklisting:

1. Nonpareil of Favor
2. Wicked Wisdom
3. For Our Elegant Caste
4. Touched Something's Hollow
5. An Eluardian Instance
6. Gallery Piece
7. Women's Studies Victims
8. St.Exquisite's Confessions
9. Triphallus, to Punctuate!
10. And I've Seen a Bloody Shadow
11. Plastis Wafers
12. Death Is Not a Parallel Move
13. Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
14. Mingusings
15. Id Engager

Finally, (for now), we have the first solo album from Conor Oberst in 13 years. Although 2007 gave us a Bright Eyes release, I felt that his solo album was worth mentioning.



Recorded in Mexico with the Mystic Valley Band, the new album will be out not on his normal breeding ground Saddle Creek, but on Merge Records, which is also home to Arcade Fire. The whole album is available to stream over at his website. I've already checked it out, and I can assure you that it's still awesome, even without Bright Eyes pal and collaborator Mike Mogis. Conor Oberst is out on August 5th.

Album Art:



Tracklisting:

1. Cape Canaveral
2. Sausalito
3. Get-Well-Cards
4. Lenders in the Temple
5. Danny Callahan
6. I Don’t Want to Die (In the Hospital)
7. Eagle on a Pole
8. Moab
9. NYC - Gone, Gone
10. Valle Místico (Ruben’s Song)
11. Souled Out!!!
12. Milk Thistle

Hold the phone! As brought to our attention by reader Jessy, Jenny Lewis's new solo album Acid Tounge drops September 9 on Warner Bros. I completely forgot that Rilo Kiley also had an album out in 2007. Sorry to say, it just wasn't that memorable. (Sorry, Jenny and co.)



Tracklisting:

1. Black Sand
2. Pretty Bird
3. The Next Messiah
4. Bad Man's World
5. Acid Tongue
6. See Fernando
7. Godspeed
8. Carpetbaggers
9. Trying My Best To Love You
10. Jack Killed Mom
11. Sing A Song For The

Head over to Pitchfork for more info and for her tour dates with our other newly solo-ed, Conor Oberst.

16.7.08

MIA's New Clothing Line?


After posing for a Marc Jacobs ad campaign earlier this year, M.I.A. has decided to do fashion her way, by starting her own clothing line. You can see a preview video of it HERE. I'm not sure if M.I.A.'s styles are for the office, but you could probably rock 'em on E at your weekly rave night.

Give it a try, and pick up Kala if you haven't already.

M.I.A. - World Town
M.I.A. - Bird Flu
M.I.A. - Bamboo Banga

15.7.08

"You Only See the Wackness"


It's mine it's mine it's mine... who's world is this?

As soon as I heard the opening song of the Wackness, I knew I was going to love the film. I mean come'on. Nas's Illmatic. How could you not love?

If you're an avid reader of this heavenly blog, you must know by now that i've been dying to see The Wackness since April. After not being able to go to the advanced screening due to the fact that it was in the middle of long island, I finally and conveniently went down to Soho's Angelika Film Center tonight and saw it.

Delicious and satisfying. I do feel like the plot could have been a little deeper, and it was mostly a flashback to '94, but how could you not love and embrace the deliberate frames of Adidas Superstars, blowing in Super Nintendo cartridges, and pressing the record and play button at the same time to make a mixtape? And a dope soundtrack with Biggie's first, A Tribe Called Quest, Biz Markie, and DJ Jazzie Jeff? Total throwback.

However, aside from the flashback, Josh Peck as Luke Shapiro and Sir Ben Kingsley as Dr. Squires are captivating and hilarious. For those of you who haven't read the plot overview, take a look back. I won't give too much away, but watching Luke and Squires "grow up" is a great reminder to not to forget to live and experience.

New Yorkers can catch the film at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas midtown, Angelika Film Center in Soho, AMC Theaters Empire 25 in Times Square, and Bam Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. Bostonians can catch it at AMC Loews Boston Common 19 in Boston, Landmark Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, COolindge Corner Theater in Brookline, and Embassy Cinema in Waltham. If you live in another major city, you'll have to look it up yourself. And if you live in suburbia, you're have to wait til August 1st. Bummerrrrr.

It's ok you can still check out the trailer and most of the soundtrack! (Or buy it off Amazon)



14.7.08

Feist Visits The Street (You Know Which One)



Feist will be guest-starring on the 39th season premiere of Sesame Street on August 11, and her performance of a tweaked-for-kids "1 2 3 4" is already online.

Teaching kids how to count to four is obviously of the utmost importance, those are the only ones you really need to get by in life. That anguished pink monster in that back looks like he's as sick of this song as everyone else. I like that Sesame Street is keeping it topical. Maybe next they'll have have a Hilary Clinton joke tailored for the preschool sect that was relevant six months ago.



Also stopping by will be Will Arnett, Jessica Alba, David Beckham, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jack Black, and the show will have new parodies of 30 Rock, High School Musical, and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader.

Maybe Will Arnett will make some sly hints about the Arrested Development movie that will get all the kiddies excited? I know that if they keep making hints about it and there ends up being no movie, there's gonna be a riot on their hands. I mean COME ON!

Pick up The Reminder, and in case there's anyone on the planet who doesn't already have it, here's the mp3:

Feist - 1234

Buy The Reminder, out now on Cherry Tree.

13.7.08

Cursive's New Album



Tim Kasher and crew are currently recording a new album that just happened have the Cursive name. According to Tim in an interview with Self-Titled Magazine, the band gets together to record music with no regard to what they sounded like before, and if it sounds like Cursive, they call themselves that, and if it sounds so erratically different that it can't be Cursive, they call it something different. They decide Cursive's future on an album-by-album basis, and lucky for us, they have decided on a sixth studio album.

From recording in different cities, and even going as far as recording Tim's vocals from inside his bedroom closet, the band who have settled down in different places to start families made an effort to come together one week out of every month to record their new album, playing a few shows to cover the cost of travel.

In addition to bringing back the trumpet and trombone from their last album, they have added Geoff Dolce to play some mean fiddle. While their last album made references to Dorothy and "no place like home" feelings, the new album seems to have taken their cue from Saddle Creek's other main man, Conor Oberst, by being inspired (or dismayed) by the state of the union.

The album is being mixed as we speak, and we should expect an early September release. Now that Conor Oberst is releasing his first solo album in 13 years, not on his normal breeding ground Saddle Creek, but on Merge, which is home to pal M. Ward and a little band called Arcade Fire, and The Faint have split with Saddle Creek to form their own label, blank.wav., Cursive seem to be the front runners to take the crown as kings of the Creek.

I know I'm really excited to hear their new material, and here's hoping that Tim Kasher and crew keep "accidently" making many more Cursive albums.

Here are some new songs from the band's Daytrotter session, maybe they'll be included on the new album?

Cursive - Let Me Up
Cursive - Donkeys

And here's some oldies to remind you of how crazy awesome Cursive is (how could you forget?)

Cursive - Mothership, Mothership Do You Read Me?
Cursive - Lament of Pretty Baby

If you don't already have it (which you should), Happy Hollow is out now on Saddle Creek.

10.7.08

Music Meets Fashion


Music, fashion.  Both are loves of my life.  But together??  That's simply orgasmic.

Converse recently partnered up with a dream team of musicians for their 100th birthday.  By dream team I mean dreamtastic.  (Yes, I just made that up).  Santogold, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, and Pharrell and the N.E.R.D. crew.  I told you!  Dreamtastic!

The group produced a spicy hott single (and video) for Converse available for free download via their website.  There's the music.

They also did an awesome photoshoot in black and white, sporting All Stars and Converse wear.  There's the fashion.

Since I'm a marketing gal myself, I won't detract website buzz from Converse...  so download "My Drive Thru" at the website while you browse through the classic roster of Converse All Stars or the new clothing collection by John Varvatos.  And don't forget to watch the sweet video below!

Produced By Pharrell - Santogold, Julian Casablancas, N.E.R.D.

Lindsay's Leggings



By now, I'm sure we're all aware of Lindsay Lohan's love for the leggings. And I'm sure you've all heard about her possible leggings line (no matter how much we wished it was just a funny joke). Now, coming to a store (or website) near you! 6126 by Lindsay Lohan! I know you're really excited, so head on over to Shop Intuition and pick up a pair for yourself! Now you're just some self-tanner and a (maybe) girlfriend and some daddy issues away from becoming everyone's favorite celebrity! The name of the line, 6126, is based on Lindsay's love for Marilyn Monroe, of which we saw as much as we could handle in her NY magazine photo tribute. 6126 is Monroe's birthday (June 1, 1926).

Now on to the real news; the prized leggings. Priced to own from $42 - $132, how can you resist?

First off, we have the Mr. President leggings, (knee pads included). Is this a dirty joke? Or unintentionally funny?



Next up are gold stirrup pants. Now you can be the most stylish gal at disco aerobics!



Zipper Leggings:



And my personal favorite, ankle gloves. Why do my ankles need gloves, you might ask? Especially leopard ankle gloves? The better question is why wouldn't they? You never know when there will be a sudden blast of arctic air directed solely at your poor, unsuspecting ankles rendering you unable to do anything, especially aerobicizing in your stirrup pants. You'll be thanking Lindsay when everyone else is suffering from Frozen Ankle Syndrome (a serious ailment), and yours are toasty and warm (not to mention stylin') in these amazing leopard ankle gloves.



So don't delay! I know you're as excited as I am to never wear real pants again! I'm sure if Lindsay had her way, every girl around the world would forever be pants-less! (Zing!)

9.7.08

My Mercury's In Retrograde

Bloc Party.  Well that's a name I haven't heard in a little while. Weren't they good or something?  While listening to their new single, "Mercury," Kele Okereke's unique voice brought it all back.   Ohhhh yeahhhhhh.   Bloc Party.   They're fucking tasty.

After last year's A Weekend In the City, the Bloc Party crew has been touring and working on a third album that could be released by the end of the year.  A wonderful surprise, their new single, "Mercury," was debuted on BBC Radio 1 this Monday.   The third album is said to take on an electro, experimental direction, and their first single confirms that.   Kele has stated that it will have the rawness of Silent Alarm and experience of A Weekend In the City.   I'm not sure what that means, but "Mercury" has already been named the "hottest track in the world."  I figure that should count for something.

While you're waiting for the much anticipated album to come out, check out their totally ordinary music video for "Mercury" (if you think a life story of a walking lobster clawed cow, operated on by gorilla surgeons and fortune tellers, is ordinary)... or catch them at Webster Hall August 6th and 7th.

Bloc Party - Mercury
Bloc Party - Flux
Bloc Party - Hunting for Witches (RAC mix)

4.7.08

John Galliano Knows Something We Don't.



I was looking through the Spring 2009 lines when I stumbled upon John Galliano's Men's RTW line, and it is crazy. As much as I love neons, there is a limit to how many you can shove on to one person.

Maybe I'm just being naïve and John G is on to something huge here. I think I can feel some trends coming on.

Like:

Meshfaces plus Snowboard Boots -



Carrot Tops with Gold Lamé Speedos -



Soda Can Heads and Furry Crotches -



And my personal favorite, which I think will be a huge trend for Spring 2009, get so ready.

Giant Sword Hair -



So you never know what's going to be a huge hit, and I mean who doesn't trust a man that looks like a pirate in a hair metal band with an awesome hair curler? I know I do.

Fashion Week: Haute Couture FW 08 in Paris!

Monday to Thursday, tall skinny and exotically beautiful creatures have strutted down the catwalk with intricately and wonderfully sewn masses of cloth on their shoulders. What does this really mean? It's couture fashion week in Paris!

Haute couture is a label given to custom-ordered/fitted fashions that are very expensive, very detailed, very time consuming to make, and very fabulous. Every year, the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris names only the best fashion companies as haute couture houses. Read more about the Cult of Couture here. This year's select few include legacy designers like Dior, Givenchy, Chanel, Gaultier, as well as guest members Christophe Josse, Stephane Rolland, and Felipe Oliveira Baptista. Alright, enough talking, lets take a look at some highlights! (images from Coutouture; click photos to enlarge)


Stephane Rolland

This year, the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 08 Fashion Week kicked off with Stephane Rolland, who was all about black and white satin, silver, and jewels. The crown of diamonds reminds me of Erin Wasson's crown of thorns she wore to the Alexander Wang show. (You can watch the crown and some booze in action here)!






Christophe Josse

Models were adorned with loose updos and wispy hair on the runway. Christophe Josse dressed his models in a mixture of fabrics from tulle to lace and managed to put it all together with a uniform stiletto: the super "in" gladiator with a velvet and jeweled twist.






Christian Dior

With a designer as crazy and eccentric as Gibraltarian John Galliano, of course Dior's couture line is the same. This season, it's all about the angles and curves for Dior. Galliano brings us a wardrobe for the 1940's vixen meets flapper. Add in jeweled platform stilettos and what I'd like to call sexy side bang hats. Now take a look at the final piece and try not to gasp.






Felipe Oliveira Baptista

All I've got to say about this collection is... my mom always wonders how I can see through my hair always covering my right eye. Well mom, look at these girls!




Giorgio Armani Prive
Armani Prive marked the end of the first day or couture week. Forbes-named most successful Italian designer, Giorgio Armani, is 73 years old, but he's still kickin it. This season's collection includes finely tailored suits, and flowy sequined chiffon dresses shown below.





Givenchy

Alright, I'm not gunna lie. I relaly didn't like most of Givency's collection. I think it might have to do with the fact that half of the collection reminded me of Jamiroquai. However, I have fallen for the two dresses shown below. Maybe it's the sexy sheerness, maybe it's the braided collar, maybe it's the beautiful far from tacky embroidery, maybe it's the bouncy tassles. Whatever it is, it's a million times better than the other half of Givenchy's collection that drove designer Riccardo Tisci into "Virtual Insanity." Haha I'm so funny.




Elie Saab

Think 18th century Romanticism. As we saw earlier in the Christophe Josse collection, wispy and loose updos are the craze. The ruffled and gathered fabric mixed with floral details makes me swoon.






Jean Paul Gaultier

This season's Jean Paul Gaultier collection is all about the superheroine. Think bird feather woman, barbed wire veil bride, you know.. the classics. So this october, when you're desperately looking for that perfect and unique Halloween costume, just call up your buddy Jean Paul, and wave a few hundred thousand dollars in his face.






Stayed tuned for a special post highlighting Chanel's FW 08 Couture line!