I heart Fuckyeahmenswear. Will you be my valentine? GQ got an exclusive interview with the poet and critic here. Check it below:
GQ: Juelz Santana often brags on his Twitter: “I hopped up out the bed I don’t have to turn my swag on…it’s in my blood I don’t know how to turn it off.” But surely a dude has to spend some time and energy getting fresh in the morning, right? What’s the quickest and easiest way for a guy to turn his swag on?
FYMW: This all depends on how naturally crispy you are. Me, I don’t have to do shit, but that should be pretty clear at this point. The quickest and easiest way for your everyday wannabe herb? Read FYMW, obviously.
GQ: Should a man have any other hobbies besides looking fresh and blogging about it?
FYMW: Yeah, you want to diversify your activities. Throw in macking on bomb dot com broads and you’ve pretty much pinned down what I do on the reg.
GQ: What’s crispy in the streets these days as far as you’re concerned? Which brands are coming correct with the steez? Which are faking the funk?
FYMW: First off, can we officially dead “faking the funk” for good? I’m going on record, “fuck outta here with that bullshit”. I’ll say this, if you need to ask what’s crispy in the streets or who is coming correct with steez then there is a good chance you stay losing.
GQ: Any advice you can offer to aspiring menswear bloggers that want to get their follower, retweet, and @reply weight up?
FYMW: Quit. Just fucking quit. It was all over before it even began. FYMW killed your dreams.
GQ: Favorite Wes Andy movie? Least favorite?
FYMW: I only watch Face/Off. The epitome of steez is Nick Cage’s face. No homme-o.
GQ: Should a guy build an outfit around his Aldies or choose his Aldies based on his outfit?
FYMW: I caught my doorman wearing some Aldies—J. Crizzy collabs, natch—the other day so I’m officially off that shit. This F/W I’m wearing my Brooks Bro moon boots exclusively.
GQ: What’s your aim with FYMW? Are you here to “curate the curators”?
FYMW: Whatever I need to do to smash the game is what I does. End of story.
In more space news...a traveling exhibition of the Smithsonian's collection of relics from the Space Race will open this Spring! The Times got a sneak peak at some of these technical wonders that helped launch man to the moon. love love love. Read the whole article here and check out the awesome gallery of xray scans and photographed suits. Thanks Core77!
Tonight will be a special astrological event with a lunar eclipse falling on the same night as the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. The full eclipse will happen at 3:17AM so if youre up celebrating take a moment to enjoy the moon. The last time this happened was 372 years ago and it wont happen again until 2094! Check out NASA's writeup of this occassion!
One of my favorite things I saw at Miami Basel was Brownbook, an urban lifestyle magazine that covers contemporary design, politics and creative culture coming out of the Middle East and North Africa. Based in Dubai, the beautifully printed and bound publication feels a little bit like Monocle with its layout but the coverage is more diverse ranging from Istanbul Design Week to Afghani indie rock. The current issue, Urban 50, is their annual survey of fifty unique people and ideas that are transforming the Middle East.
For our annual roundup issue, we’ve scoured the region for the people, ideas, places, businesses and buildings that we think are making the Middle East better today. In Brownbook 24, Our search has taken us to a Cairene radio station, to a college on the banks of the Red Sea, to a rundown area in Casablanca that’s had an injection of community spirit from a converted abattoir.
The coverage in Brownbook along with the NYTimes' recent feature on the many ambitious architectural projects in the Middle East gets me excited about visiting in the upcoming years. Check out the full NYTimes article here and Nicolai Ouroussoff's the accompanying video piece featuring IM Pei, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Jean Nouvel speaking about their individual museum projects in Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
A great interview with Sasha Kramer, the founder of a Haitian NGO, SOIL. The organization builds dry composting toilets throughout Haiti and turns human waste into nutrient-rich soil for urban agriculture. Check out her amazing work in the video above!
Free Holiday mix from Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label in anticipation of their holiday party next Saturday. If youre in London, definitely go get your holiday groove on. Mixed by DJ Mumblz it features some of his favorite tracks of the year, download it here!
1. Quest – Smooth Skin
2. Space Dimension Controller – 2ez (Autopilots Lament)
3. Grooveman Spot – Think About
4. Onra – High Hopes (Instrumental)
5. George Fitzgerald – The Let Down
6. Four Tet – Sing (Mosca Remix)
7. F – Spacewalker
8. Jack Dixon – Substitute
9. Bonobo – Eyesdown (Floating Points Remix)
10. Pedestrian – Hei Poa
11. Gold Panda – Same Dream Chine
12. Jay Electronica ft. John F. Kennedy – The Announcement
13. Spectrasoul ft. dBridge – Glimpse
14. Jose James – Warrior (Rockwell Remix)
15. Scuba – So You Think You’re Special
16. Erykah Badu – Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long
17. Little Brother – Curtain Call
18. The Roots – Radio Daze
19. Submotion Orchestra – Sunshine
Happy Friday! The single-shot takes and set design on this video are great and if this hand dancing doesnt make you smile, the fact that we have a whole weekend ahead of us surely will. The original song with Renato Carosone is just as charming!
Ryan McGinness' new "Women" Series debuted during Basel last week. Four new pieces were hung on the walls of a local strip club flanking three stages. It was awesome to see the pieces glowing under the black light as both art world folks and underage kids tried to act too cool for school. Here's a video that was looping at the Madonna Strip Club on South Beach during the opening showing some of McGinness' process drawings. I swiped a poster off the doors of the strip club last night before heading back to NYC!
Its this kinda day...
Its no secret that Im an avid bourbon drinker, a testament to my southern roots and impeccable taste, I'm sure. I recently came across the Buffalo Trace Oral History project and love that this historic distillery is documenting some of the lore and stories from their former employees. I wasnt sure that it was possible, but after watching some of these clips, I actually savor each sip of bourbon more. The image above is actually of Colonel Blanton at the distillery.
Buffalo Trace is the oldest distillery in the US. Based in Frankfurt, Kentucky, they release their namesake bourbon as well as a variety of small batch, single barrel bourbons including George T Stagg, one of the most highly coveted bourbons. George T Stagg is a 15-year aged bourbon that is uncut and unfiltered. It used to be released only once a year and is known for its high alcohol volume. Super hard to find, I sampled it last year when i was in Lexington. Besides Buffalo Trace and George T Stagg, the distillery also produces favorites like Blanton's, Eagle Rare, Pappy Van Winkle, and Elmer T Lee.
Beautiful new work from French street artist/photographer JR. After photographing portraits of people from the neighborhoods and cities he works in, he installs his large scale images on surrounding architecture. Check out his transformative work in the Rio favelas here. Thanks Wooster!
Just in time for holiday gift-giving, Sanchez & Friends is releasing a line of plushy toys. The Golden Shower, Dirty Sanchez, Donkey Punch and the Cleveland Steamer are great stocking stuffers.
Wanda Jackson is the Queen of Rock -- she pioneered the sound and was on the forefront of the rockabilly movement as early as the '50s. Jackson still tours today and is working on a new album with Jack White, slated to drop early next year.
Willow Smith's, "Whip My Hair" is all the rage amongst 9 year olds and cockatoos. Club Banger! Thanks Julian!!!
Check out the homies from What Matters Most -- amazing work guys!!
Now-Again Records and What Matters Most present a short film duo entiled “The Model,” inspired by the recently released Seu Jorge and Almaz album by Brazilian singer and actor Seu Jorge.
The first part "Chapter 1: Marcello in Limbo" is a one-take affair that follows Jorge as he weaves through a cliff-side mansion in the Hollywood Hills. The film showcases three cover songs from the album (Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves The Sunshine,” Martinho da Vila and João de Aquino's “Cirandar” and Kraftwerk’s “The Model”) and features the members of his band Almaz, as well as the producer Mario C and keyboardist Money Mark.
The first chapter acts as an introduction to the second part of the short film "Oshun and The Dream," which will be released in the next couple of weeks.
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Filmmaker Charles Lanceplaine created Shanghai Five, a documentary about the burgeoning skateboard scene in Shanghai and released as an online feature. This trailer is pretty badass -- cant wait for it to come out! Check out his skateboarding blog here. Below is another short film he did on surfing the "Silver Dragon" in Hangzhou.
Thank God for Florence and the Machine!
Hosted at WNYC's Jerome L Greene space, check out this three-part series on Local Food and sustainability. Buy tickets here!
Of course all my favorite things in life are bulky and heavy. Books being on the top of my list. This weekend is a great opportunity to add to my ever expanding collection at the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair. Sponsored by Printed Matter, the fair is FREE! hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing. Check it out at PS1 starting Friday and take a stroll around the corner to grab some buffet Indian eats at Five Star. Not bad for a day's work!
Please vote tomorrow!! A lovely reminder from my friend Peter is below. Thanks Matt Damon!
Hello friends and family in NY --
Tomorrow is election day, and I'm excited. Prospects may look dim nationally, but here in New York, we have an opportunity to win a huge progressive victory. We have the Working Families Party.
Tomorrow, I'm going to vote for my all favorite candidates, including Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General, on the Working Families Party line. I hope you will join me. If you don't know where to vote, find out here: http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps/index.htm
Voting on the WFP line (row E on the ballot) counts just as much as voting on the Democratic line. But it has the extra benefit of sending a powerful message to Albany -- that I stand with working people, not party bosses. That I support the WFP's fight for a cleaner environment, for raising wages, for clean energy jobs, for education funding, and all the other good progressive policies they champion. I know the folks at the WFP pretty well, and they say that to pass critical legislation next year, they need every vote they can get tomorrow.
If you don't believe me, ask Matt Damon. Yep, the actor Matt Damon. He recorded this (pretty frickin' funny) video for the WFP:
Basically, no matter what happens nationally, here in New York you can't afford to stay home and not vote. Don't get last-minute-lazy, don't pretend your vote doesn't matter, and don't give up your democratic rights. Trust me, I know how easy it is to get distracted and overwhelmed. But millions of Americans fought -- and some died -- for the right to vote. Don't take it for granted.
Plus, if you don't vote, everyone will know. By law, anyone can get a copy of the NYS voter file and look you up. (They can't tell how you voted, just if you voted.) It would be embarrassing for your friends to know you shirked your civic duty, right? :)
SO GO VOTE!!
Chinese people rule. This dance is performed by a group of deaf dancers and is absolutely amazing.
The groovy folks from Animal Collective have partnered up with California sneaker brand Keep to release a limited run of collaborative sneakers to benefit the Socorro Island Conservation fund, a non-profit working to preserve the unique biosphere of the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California. Each sneaker ships with a 4-track cassette tape featuring a previously unreleased solo track from each member of the band. I love the embroidery work and deep sea style of Deakin's Guerra Hi-top above. Check out all the other styles here and pre-order your pair HERE today!
Photographer Richard Mosse documented the conflict and soldier camps in the Eastern Congo using Kodak Infrared Film. His work is arresting and the vivid and unearthly colors in the film make a startling political statement. Check out more of his work here.
PogoBooks is an independent publisher of limited edition art books and zines based in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 2010, PogoBooks' focus is on publishing Photography. Our goal is to make original art accessible to everyone. We create books and zines that start dialog and conversation, with a high priority placed on quality and content. We publish art-books and limited edition zines. All our books and zines are monographs.
Love their recent monograph from Seoul-based photographer Hasisi Park!! Check out the work above and below!
Ive been doing some digging for young photographers and came across some badass kids in Moscow documenting youth in revolt. Check out their zine, Prawdazine here. If I head out there, I wanna party with Dark Youth and his grandma!
Stretch and Bobbito reunited last night at WKCR (Columbia U. radio station and one of the oldest FM radio stations in the country) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their hip-hop show. One of the most important hip-hop radio shows in the 90s, they introduced countless NYC artists to the world. Download the full four-hour broadcast here and listen to the shenanigans of stretch, bob, lord sear, sucio, soul, and others!
Sao Paulo-based Jayelle Hudson's photographic b+w kaleidoscopes are beautiful and serene, surreal nature-scapes that blur reality and fiction.
Beautiful cover of Bob Marley's "Is This Love" by Bilal and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
The latest film on the legendary Ray Charles will air Tuesday, October 12 on A&E's bio channel at 8 PM. The two-hour special, narrated by David Duchovny, commemorates the 80th anniversary of Ray Charles’ birth and explores the life and music of the man behind such hit songs as “What’d I Say,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Hit The Road Jack,” “America, the Beautiful” and “I’ve Got A Woman.”
A unique partnership between the Grammy-nominated producers of the BIO documentary “Johnny Cash’s America,” and The Ray Charles Foundation, the film features unprecedented access to the Ray Charles archives including a wealth of rare and never-before-seen footage and photos and more than 25 of Charles’ recordings.
The special includes: A yet to be released recording of “It Hurts to Be In Love;” a never-before seen interview at his studio not long before his passing; live video from his recording sessions for “Genius Loves Company” including his duet with Willie Nelson for “It Was a Very Good Year” and his duet with Elton John for “Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word; an amazing performance of “Ring of Fire” on the Johnny Cash Show; and a tour of his private recording studio in LA including his wardrobe, chessboard and personal Braille address book and magazines. The many interviewees in the program include Willie Nelson, Clint Eastwood, Bill Cosby, Fran Drescher, Elton John, James Taylor, Quincy Jones, Ben Harper, Common, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, B.B. King, Taylor Hackford, Glen Campbell, Tom Waits and Norman Lear.
Just Food and an alliance of local horticultural and food justice organizations are pleased to announce the official launch of Farm School NYC: The New York City School of Urban Agriculture. The school will offer a unique, community-based certificate program with enrollment beginning in January 2011. The mission of the school is to provide comprehensive professional training in urban agriculture, while spurring positive local action on issues of food access and social, economic and racial justice. AWESOMEEEEEEE!!!!
I love Fred Tomaselli. His psychedelic collages remind me of the infinite nature of the universe and how all things are interconnected. The Brooklyn Museum is opening a mid-career survey of his work (1990-present) this Friday and I am psyched. Besides two newly created works specific for this show (see Night Music for Raptors above), there are 12 works on paper making their US debut. These new works have transformed the front page of The New York Times into a backdrop for his work.
October 8 - January 2
Tomaselli’s artwork draws upon a wide range of sources from both popular culture and art history, and from his own hobbies of gardening, kayaking, and bird-watching. Growing up near the desert in southern California, Tomaselli felt the influence of nearby theme parks, with their manufactured reality, and the music and drug counterculture of Los Angles in the 1970s and 1980s. His distinctive melding of these influences coalesces into a folk-driven, utopian vision of the mythic American West and of lush gardens as sites of contemplation, loss, and possible redemption. One of the pioneering artists who moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1980s, Tomaselli continues to live and work in the borough.
Armand van Helden and A-Trak's collaboration on Fool's Gold is heavy on the club banger tip but this video by So-Me is amazing. The Babs impersonator is awesome and so New York. The art direction is great and he really captures the energy and vibrance of NYC. Even the cameo's by Kanye, Pharell, Ryan Leslie, Buckshot, Smif-n-Wessun, DJ Premier, Diplo, ?uestlove, and Santigold are fun and natural. A great antidote to Chris Cunningham's downer of a video for Gil Scott-Heron...yeah, im still thinking about it.
Its no secret that the subMercer has become a NYC-nightlife destination dedicated to that rare combination of great music, beautiful people, and DANCING. Join me this Wednesday as I host first subMercer edition of The HUMP, DJ Lindsey and DJ Myles' amazing throwback dance party playing your favorite old skool jams from 88-98. Get your fade tight, pull out your high-waisted pants, and dust off your dancing shoes...it's going DOWWWWNNNNN!!! Check out Gabby's rundown of the history of the party. Shes one of the founders of the jam!!
Spanish artist El Guincho dropped his 3rd full length album last month on Rough Trade. His eclectic mix of tropicalia, dub, afrobeat, rock and electronic makes his music sound like its from the future...Not to mention his amazing art projects that are his music videos. Check out the video for Bombay below. Warning...there are boobies involved.
Pop Negro's production is based on hi-fi aesthetics from the golden-era of recordings. I did some research on radio hits/big selling singles in North and South America, England and Spain in the late 70's, 80's and early 90's. I found out that a massive percentage of these hits were engineered (sometimes also produced) by just around 40/ 50 different guys. The ones I've chosen here became a big influence on Pop Negro...