30 December 2006
15 Bands I Don't Want You To Forget About in 2007

With the pace of the music scene these days, yesterday's "it" band has been replaced ten times over before you can even get sick of listening to their album. And let's not forget the classics that get lost altogether. Following is a list of bands that I wrote about in 2006 that I don't want you to forget.

15. Fugazi / 13 Songs is the best album EVER.
14. Phoenix / French guys singing in English never sounded so good.
13. The Arcade Fire / F*cking amazing. If you haven't yet, now's the time. The come with a Bowie seal of approval.
12. Patti Smith / Not very new, but I don't want you to forget her.
11. The Walkmen / I never covered these guys as I thought they were too mainstream and derivative a la The Strokes. After having listened to some songs, though, I've decided they're pretty hot.
10. Broken Social Scene / Listen to Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl and I'm Still Your Fag. Then just before bed, pop in Late 90's Rock For The Missionairies. Hypnotic.
9. Bloc Party / The old album still sounds new. The new album is just about to drop.
8. The Decemberists / It took a while for me to get into the new EP The Crane Wife, but now I'm addicted.
7.TV On The Radio / Checkout Return To Cookie Mountain. It's one of the best of 2006.
6. Wolf Parade / There's a sort of lull with these guys right now and they still haven't played in New York, but I'm still their #1 fan.
5. SpankRock / SOOOOOOO hot.
4. Sufjan Stevens / Despite his "christian" slant, this guy's a huge talent and tops on my list.
3. Devendra Banhart / One of a kind and his music has only gotten better as it's developed.
2. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / The new album is just about to drop. Satan Said Dance is a chart topper.
1. Antony And The Johnsons / After weeks of not getting it, it finally clicked. I'm listening to it as I type. Haunting. Melodic. Addictive.

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28 December 2006
BASE Album Club Picks 4 December

Super cool Miami store BASE has hooked up this.hearts.on.fire. once again with their Album Club Picks. You can listen to samples and buy each album by clicking on the links below.

10. Koop (Koop Islands) / The Swedish duo have incorporated jazz and swing into a modern mix whilst still producing an entirely listenable and enjoyable lounge music masterpiece.

9. Quadro Nuevo (Mocca Flor) Old style European coffee music reinvigorated with the sounds of the Orient and instruments of North Africa and the Middle East.

8. dwh (deeperwiderhigher) / The collective consists of a massive 25 musicians for sublime soul music with a distinctly British flavor.

7. Boozoo Bajou (Dust My Broom) / German duo and dub masters Boozoo Bajou showcase what they've come to be know for: a sound combining blues, jazz, folk and soul mixed over a layer of dub.

6. Charlotte Gainsbourg (5:55) / Take a beautiful and talented French actress/songbird and combine with chill out pioneers Air and producer/legend Nigel Goodrich and you get 5:55, a sophisticated and ethereal lounge music concoction.

5. Tutty Moreno featuring Joyce-Magica / Tutty Moreno and Samba Jazz are two things that definitely go together in his excellent CD "Magica" was recorded in Rio in 1981 with his constant collaborator and legend in her own right Joyce.

4. Thunderball (Cinemascope) / Washington D.C. based trio known for sophisticated and cinematic dub--from Bollywood sounds to hip-hop, drum n bass, soul, jazz, reggae, funk and electro.

3. Turbo Tabla (The Belly And The Beat) / Take traditional Arabic instruments like the Egyptian Tabla and combine with more modern sounds like house, hip-hop and techno for a sensual Eastern cocktail like no other.

2. Jazz Juice (52nd Street) / DJ Graham B and Alain Eskinasi, two accomplished musicians in their own right put together "52nd Street" , a tribute of sorts to the musicians on the original Jazz Juice series, as well as a representation of the artists' own Jazz Juice shows, which are live freestyle sets by the two along with a host of experienced jazz musicians.

1. Owusu & Hannibal (Living With...) / The Danish duo just dropped their fresh new disc. Not your ordinary soul as emotion filled vocals and lyrics mesh with lush strings covered in digital beats, acoustic guitar and fat bass lines.

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27 December 2006
Henrik Vibskov Dot Com Updated

The splash page that was Henrik Vibskov's site is no more. The site is finally up and running. Check it out!

Unfortunately, it's a flash site so I can't direct link to anything on it. The site is chock full of info on the designer: news, videos, images of his collections, a bio, exhibition info, and more.

Don't miss the Thomas Jessen video of his Men's and Women's Spring/Summer 2007 show The Big Wet Shiny Boobies Collection, featuring music by Trentemoller. Equal parts art and fashion, it exemplifies the designer/artist's talents.

Also, checkout some of his clothes available at Aloha Rag, No-One, and Oak.

And don't forget this profile on Agentur V and these pics of Vibskov with fashion journalist Diane Pernet.

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26 December 2006
superfuture store of the week

In an effort to bring you info on the hottest shops from around the world, we've teamed up with superfuture to bring you this new weekly installment.

Installment #2: Wolf & Pack (Amsterdam).

Says superfuture: Little gem in Amsterdam’s retail scene. Recently founded by overtly streetwear-savvy and society-conscious owner / photographer Julian and his LA-based bro, Wolf + Pack’s merchandise has a style all its own and bears a quirky and sometimes thought-provoking signature."

Checkout the full review on superfuture. And W&P's site for more info on their signature tees, hoodies, and hats.

Stay tuned for more super shops.

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25 December 2006
James Brown Is Dead.

See the CNN article. This article on PitchFork (with video for I Feel Good). A fan site. And his Wikipedia entry. Below I've printed the lyrics to the prophetic early 90's song by monstorously famous "rave duo" L.A. Style. Watch the video on YouTube and sing along.

Mass hysteria, this is techno
House is not my home but it rocks though
I checked up on the late great J.B.
His death is said on national TV
How when, and why this are the main
Things that I heard when I stroll down the lake
Now memory, man are you with that
James Brown is dead

Total chaos, man it's resurrected
I'm confused that things are gettin' hectic
In my brain, what is happenin'
Could this be a big misunderstanding
It is
The hardest working man in show biz is alive so
Don't be mislead, cause the newsman said

James Brown is dead
James Brown is dead
James Brown is dead

Nightmare is over
Now I'm alone
Grab the mike rip shit an go for broke
Music masterpiece release with this
Now I will get much respect from EmCees
Along the way oh I heard him say
This is fly, this cool type of guy
He's total, and I'm so bad

James Brown is dead
James Brown is dead
James Brown is dead

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24 December 2006
Top 20 Songs of 2006.

this.hearts.on.fire. is not driven by the latest trends. It is a compendium of all things cool regardless of when they were made. This also applies to the Top 20 Song list. I'm not sure when these songs came out, but they were tops on my list in 2006.

20.. Satan Said Dance (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
19.. Crane Wife 1 & 2 (The Decemberists)
18.. Man Is The Baby (Antony And The Johnsons)
17.. White Unicorn (Wolfmother)
16.. Christine (Siouxsie And The Banshees)
15.. Consolation Prizes (Phoenix)
14.. Come On! Feel The Illinoise! (Sufjan Stevens)
13.. Miss Broadway (Belle Epoque)
12.. Young Folks (Peter Bjorn and John)
11.. Druganaut (Black Mountain)
10.. Anthems For A 17 Year Old Girl (Broken Social Scene)
9... Grounds For Divorce (Wolf Parade)
8... Wolf Like Me (TV On The Radio)
7... Better Bring Your Friends (The Secret Machines)
6... Bump (SpankRock)
5... Long Haired Child (Devendra Banhart)
4... Gigantic (The Pixies)
3... New Drug Queens (Pink Mountaintops)
2... Wilderness (Joy Division)
1... Horses (Patti Smith)

Don't forget Patti Smith is playing at the Bowery Ballroom for 3 nights, including New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out, but you can always check eBay for some.

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22 December 2006
Courtney Love & David LaChapelle/Brice Marden @ MOMA/Just For Kicks/Pitchfork Top 100/Janice Dickinson Holiday Video

1. Hate it or love it, MySpace is a force to be reckoned with. Checkout this behind the scenes video by Luca Pizzaloni of the Courtney Love photoshoot for the cover of the new David LaChapelle book, Heaven To Hell. It's the last in a trilogy: LaChapelle Land then Hotel LaChapelle were numbers 1 & 2. Also, checkout LaChapelle's site. And logon to MySpace to become friends with the photographer and his iconic New York tranny muse, Amanda Lepore (pictured right).

2. Brice Marden: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings is showing at MOMA until 01.15.07. "This retrospective of the artist Brice Marden is an unprecedented gathering of his work, with more than fifty paintings and an equal number of drawings, organized chronologically, drawn from all phases of the artist's career." You can see examples of his work at The Tate and on artnet. Also, checkout this bio on the Guggenheim's site and his Wikipedia profile. This is a show that's not to be missed.

3. If you're into sneakers, checkout Just For Kicks, a documentary "featuring an overview of the sneaker phenomena through interviews of world-renowned collectors, hip-hop pioneers, industry players, rap stars, journalists, brand marketers and other sneaker addicts." It's pretty hot and has interviews with The Cold Crush Brothers, members of RUN DMC, Damon Dash, Missy Elliot, Futura 2000 and many more.

4. Checkout Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2006. Each listing has links to either stream the song or the video, to the band's official site or MySpace page, and other links relating to the tracks. You may be surprised at the #1 track. It's not what I expected. The Top 50 Album list is more aligned with my musical taste.

5. Last but not least, Janice Dickinson did this awesome train-wreck video of the Twelve Days Of Christmas. Happy Holidays.

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21 December 2006
Artist Of The Week: Tal R

"Israel-born, Denmark-based artist Tal R describes his painting style as 'Kolbojnik', the Hebrew word for leftovers. Rendered in an instinctive and faux-naive abstraction, his canvases are often literally collaged together like visual goulash."

Read the full "About The Artist" section on Saatchi's website. Also checkout some of his work, articles on him, and his bio.

He currently has a show in New York at Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL)--La Peintre n'est-ce pas la, up until 01.16.07. The paint is so amazingly thick on the canvas that it's going to take forever to dry. As a result, the gallery smells more like an artists studio than a gallery, filled with a strong scent of oil paint.

The other show up in New York right now, and definitely the better of the two, is at Bortolami Dayan. It's called Mother and is a collaboration with Jonathan Meese.

This show has Tal R's non-painting work (sculpture, posters, etc), which is much more more interesting and cool to me. The entrance to the installation is a pink castle doorway leading into a room full of objects that will stimulate and please your eyes and imagination. Checkout some pics of the show here and here.

It's a really hot show that requires an in person visit. Check it out before it ends 12.23.06.

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19 December 2006
superfuture store of the week

In an effort to bring you info on the hottest shops from around the world, we've teamed up with superfuture to bring you this new bi-weekly installment.

Week One: Thom Browne. Despite the fact that I've covered TB several times before, I'm doing it again, starting the series right here in New York.

Says superfuture: "This is by far the chicest mens store in recorded history. Thom Brownes NY flagship. Spartan, minimal 50's inspired masterpiece cleverly merchandised with the designers quirky elegance. superfuture favourite of the month."

Checkout the full review on superfuture. and Thom Browne's website, which happens to be this f*cking amazing video right now. And his Spring/Summer 2007 collection on NY Mag's site.

Stay tuned for more superfuture store recommendations and by all means: check out Thom Browne's new store. Even if you can't afford the suits, it's worth the trip.

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18 December 2006
Plokhov to Shutter Cloak Label

This is via DNR and is inconceivable.

"The curtain has fallen on Cloak. In another bitter omen of the almost insurmountable obstacles facing small, independent design houses, the acclaimed, New York-based men's wear label is closing up shop, due to lack of funds. Cloak, which was founded in 2000 by designer Alexandre Plokhov, will deliver its spring 2007 collection to stores and then shutter its doors."

R.I.P. Cloak.

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17 December 2006
Don't miss the A.R.E. Weapons show tonight at 205 Chrystie. Start time: 9pm ish. Checkout their MySpace for more info on the show and the band.
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14 December 2006
A.P.C. Gift Ideas/Diptyque/Carsten Holler/Artfacts Top Artist List/Five Five Five

1. Need a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Checkout A.P.C.'s just released 100% leather golf club covers, which come in white, brown, and black. Other A.P.C. Objects: scented candles (orange blossom, fig leaf, and scented candles 1,2, & 3), a set of 5 "badges" with graphics taken from their tees, and a super hot men's silver fraternity ring. And don't forget to checkout the custom line of jewelry by Waris, perfect for the hipster on your list.

2. Speaking of candles, it's time I told you about one of my secret indulgences: Diptyque Figuier candles. The price is outrageous, but as a holiday gift (even for yourself), it's not that bad. Other scents of note: leather; Essence of John Galliano; geranium; and honey. There are 53 candle scents in all, but Figuier is by far the best.

3. Keep an eye out for German artist Carsten Holler. His name is popping up all over the place right now. Checkout this webcam at the Tate of Holler's The Unilever Series, a set of slides he's installed in the Turbine Hall at the museum. There's more info on the project here, images of the installation, and an interview with the artist.

4. Everyone knows how much I love lists. Checkout this Top Artists List (or career analyzing tool) on Artfacts.net. "Based on the idea that the exhibition career predicts the market career Artfacts.Net has developed an artist career analysing tool." I think people in the market are supposed to use it to decide what to buy or something like that. I just like the heirarchy of it all. The current top 10: Picasso, Warhol, Nauman, Richter, Beuys, Klee, Rauschenberg, Matisse, Lichtenstein, and Cindy Sherman?! It all made sense until that last one. Check it out for yourself.

5. "five five five for my lonely and..." -- Violent Femmes (Kiss Off)

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13 December 2006
Rogan Objects/Yaz/MM Paris/Violent Femmes

1. New York jean and t-shirt purveyors, Rogan, now has a line of Objects . "Rogan Objects bring the rugged resourcefulness of Rogan's clothing into interior furnishing. The furniture incorporates recycled American industrial materials and innovative construction with an emphasis on purity of form." Included in the collection are Cylinder Pendant lamps, which are featured this week on superfuture's new "Product of the Week" section. Also available: chairs, benches, tables, ottomans, and more styles of lighting. You can check it all out (and their clothing line) at their Tribeca store (91 Franklin Street). Oh yeah, don't forget their sample sale 12.14 thru 12.16.

2. I just stumbled upon some old, old MP3's. Included in this archive were songs from short-lived UK band Yazoo, better known in the US as Yaz, which featured singer Alison Moyet with Depeche Mode hit maker Vince Clarke. By far their best EP is Upstairs At Eric's, which includes a lot killer songs: Don't Go, In My Room, Only You, Goodbye Seventies, Situation, and Winter Kills. Listen to song clips on Amazon.

3. Ju$t in time for the holidays from M/M Paris: The Agent (Candle Edition), made of 100% natural, non-scented wax and available for shipment anywhere in the world. The candles can also be purchased at Colette (Paris) and Haunch Of Venison (London). And don't forget to checkout their extensive selection of silk screened posters, also for sale and perfect for the design savvy person on your Christmas list.

4. "Four four four for my headaches." -- Violent Femmes (Kiss Off)

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11 December 2006
Arkitip/Boston ICA/Parkett Issue 77/Coachella Dates

1. If you don't know about supercool mag Arkitip, now you do. "Arkitip's beginnings were humble." And it grew from there. Checkout their info page, with a list of "5 Things" you should know about the magazine. Number 4: "No art snobs", but as far as I'm concerned, if you read the magazine, you're in the know. Whether you refer to yourself as a snob or not is up to you. And getting your work in Arkitip is kinda like getting your clothes in Visionnaire, if you ask me. Make sure to checkout the sections of their site: exhibitions; printed matter; back issues; the subscription page; and their blog, which is pretty rad.

2. Boston's got a new museum: the ICA, which just opened. Checkout this page with press releases full of info on the project. And this article on Style.com. For the opening, Chief Curator Nicholas Baume "has commissioned Super Vision, an exhibit of paintings, photographs, and sculptures from the likes of Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, and Gerhard Richter that explores the relationship between technology and perception." I never thought I'd say this, but now I finally have a reason to go to Boston.

3. No matter how you slice it, Parkett is for art snobs. The current issue (#77) has limited edition pieces by Carsten Holler, Trisha Donnelly, and Rudolf Stingel. And just look at a roster of artists with whom they've worked in the past: Paul McCarthy, Richard Serra, Richard Prince, Jenny Holzer, Matthew Barney, Dana Schutz, Tracey Emin, and many more. Check out the books and editions and back issues sections for a more complete roster. For a mere 4,800US, you can have an inflatable, yellow flower balloon by Jeff Koons. And don't forget to peep the subscription information and about us sections for more in-depth info on the magazine.

4. Last but not least, Coachella has announced the dates for 2007: 04.27 thru 04.29. No info on the lineup or tickets sales yet, but here's a list of local hotels if you want to get that taken care of now. Become friends with them on MySpace or signup for their newsletter to get the most updated information as it's released.

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08 December 2006
Top 15 Songs On The Hype Machine.

Click this link to pop a new browser with the top songs available to stream.

15.. Tulips (Bloc Party)
14.. Underwater (You and Me) (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
13.. Sea Legs (The Shins)
12.. God'll Ne'er Let You Down (Sufjan Stevens)
11.. Don't Get It Twisted (Gwen Stefani)
10.. Amazing Grace (Sufjan Stevens)
9... Jingle Bells (Sufjan Stevens)
8... W.A.Y.U.H. (The Rapture)
7... Love You But You're Green (Baby Shambles)
6... Down Is The New Up (Radiohead)
5... Early Winter (Gwen Stefani)
4... Satan Said Dance (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
3... Videotape (Thom Yorke)
2... Heros (Bloc Party)
1... Time To Get Away (LCD Soundsystem)

*Please note: the list is updated constantly. By the time you read this, it will be different than the list above.

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08 DECEMBER 2006
Hot off the presses: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's new EP Some Loud Thunder will hit the shelves 01.30.07. Checkout this blurb on PitchFork and this one on Stereogum.

For those who can't wait, the MP3 version of the album will be available through InSound beginning 01.16.07. If you choose to buy it that way, you'll get the MP3's AND the hard copy of the EP free when it comes out, as well as an exclusive tee.

In the interim, they've posted two of the new songs Satan Said Dance and Underwater (You and Me) on MySpace as a teaser and Love Song No.7 and Underwater (You and Me) available to download from their site.

I've listened to each of the songs a few times so far and they rock, especially Satan Said Dance. It's going to be one of those "I'm going to play this 40 times in a row" type songs.

Don't forget the CYHSY show at the Hammerstein Ballroom on New Year's Eve. Get your tickets while they last. Also, checkout this limited edition Tour EP with songs from CYHSY and their opening acts: Architecture in Helsinki and Takka Takka.

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07 DECEMBER 2006  
Checkout the video for Bloc Party's new song The Prayer. It's directed by Walter Stern, who also did Firestarter (The Prodigy) and Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Verve). More info via Pitchfork.

Also, Arcade Fire is back with shows in January 07. Unfortunately, they're all in London. Click here for an extensive list of AF videos on Merge that you can stream. They also have videos from Dinosaur Jr., Camera Obscura, M. Ward, and Destroyer.

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07 DECEMBER 2006
5.5 Designers/Souvenirs From The Earth/Tracey Emin Works/Bluebird Wish List

1. Recently named Designers Of The Year in France, 5.5 Designers are on the up and up. I was taken by their simple yet stunning presentation at Cite last spring when Montreal-based Commissaires brought the team to New York during ICFF. They did a presentation of Reanim - Medicine Of Objects, which "is actually a series of fluorescent coloured accessories that allow you to ‘reanimate’ abandoned objects". My favorites: chairs rehabilitated with flourescent green plexi seats. Checkout the full review of it on MocoLoco. Make sure to checkout their site too. It's full of pics and info on all the projects they've done, as well as press and a newsletter from the team.

2. Checkout Souvenirs From The Earth. Their concept: to "produce films that will simply be 'there', not intruding on other activities...and being looked at exactly like a piece of art, a painting." Peep their full concept, some of their videos, and info on ArtTv: "since September 15, for the first time in TV history, we are broadcasting a 24/24h art-program on the local cable network of south-west Germany".

3. Bad girl YBA Tracey Emin is on fire. She has just released a new book entitled Tracey Emin: Works 1963-2006. In addition to this book, there are two other books of her work coming out shortly and it's just been announced that she was choosen to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale next year. Checkout a review of the book, her Wikipedia profile, and selected works from the Saatchi Gallery. Weirdest thing about it all: you can buy the book on Walmart's website.

4. London "it" shop of the moment, Bluebird, has a Dear Santa Wishlist out with gift ideas for everyone in the family. Some highlights: Alexander Wang cashmere sweater dress "For Her", Orphans (3 CD Set) by Tom Waits "For Him"; Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie "For Grandma", Martin Margiela scarf "For Grandad", Acne Jeans For Little Brother, and much much more. Get it while it's hot.

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06 DECEMBER 2006  
What ever happened to?! (Take One) / Remember Berlin? I saw the video for The Metro yesterday and it brought back memories of that minute in the early 80's on MTV when the band was new and cool. My other favorite song: Sex (I'm A...). According to their Wikipedia profile, they actually had a #1 song, but it was a bad one, Take My Breath Away, which hit #1 on Adult Contemporary. Checkout this pic of the band, a fansite, and this link to Amazon where you can buy the Best Of EP.
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05 DECEMBER 2006
DFA @ Studio B/A World Beneath/Chapman Brothers @ The Tate/The Editors Video

1. DFA is having their annual Holiday Extravaganza this Friday (12.08.06) at Studio B, which (according to their MySpace page) is a new live music/DJ venue located in Greenpoint/Williamsburg. James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem fame will man the turntables with Pat Mahoney, which equals good times. Checkout the flyer for more info and get tickets online at Ticket Web.

2. Checkout hot hot Stockholm store Beneath. Now through 12.24, they have a different, limited edition gift available every day. Peep the flyer here. And HintMag's Shop Tart feature on the store here. Don't miss the blog Beneath maintains. Designers they carry: Bernard Wilhelm, Commes Des Garcons, Henrik Vibskov, Kim Jones, and aNYthing.

3. For anyone lucky enough to be in Liverpool beetween 12.15.06 and 03.14.07, The Tate Liverpool has a show up entitled Bad Art For Bad People. It's a seven (7) room show with an extensive array of work from the most infamous YBA's: the Chapman Brothers. Checkout the exhibition guide, an article on the artists written for the museum's magazine, and a listing of work the Tate has in its collection from the pair. There's also an upcoming exhibit of their work that will show at the Tate London from 01.30.07 - 06.10.07. Don't miss it.

4. this.hearts.on.fire. favorites The Editors have uploaded a new video of Open Your Arms, taken from their recent performance at the Manchester Apollo. Become their friends on MySpace to get all the latest news from the band.

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04 DECEMBER 2006
Santa's Ghetto/Little Children/End Of The Century/Galleri Loyal/Wolf Mother

1. London art collective Pictures on Walls has once again curated the annual art show/fair Santa's Ghetto, featuring works by Banksy, Faile, Kelsey Brooks, Invader, and Dolk, among others. Checkout SUPERTOUCH for info and images from the opening party and this article in The Times Of London on Banksy's contribution to the show, which features Michael Jackson lewdly tempting a young boy and girl into his cabin with a candy cane.

2. I saw Kate Winslet on The Charlie Rose Show a few weeks ago doing promo for her new film Little Children. Compelled by her interview, I went to see the film at the Angelika this weekend. In short: it's amazing. It stars Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, rising star Patrick Wilson, and one of the original Bad News Bears, Jackie Earle Haley. Checkout the trailer here, the IMDB listing for the film, a bunch of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and the IMDB listing for the actor-turned-director Todd Field.

3. While Klaus Nomi was dressing up in space suits around town, the Ramones (the original dysfunctional family of punk rock) were at CBGB's making noise and music history. The 2003 documentary End Of The Century delves deep showing the "behind the music" politics and personality clashes within the band. Get all the dirt on facist Johnny, priceless footage of DeeDee rambling on and on about who knows what, and where they got the lyrics to songs like 53rd and 3rd. Checkout the IMDB listing, the trailer, and the Wikipedia listing for the film. It's a must for all Ramones fans.

4. Super hot Stockholm magazine Loyal not only publishes magazines and books, but also runs a gallery. Checkout their roster of artists, info on current and past exhibits, and more info on buying copies of the magazine and other books published under the name Loyal Press.

5. I can't stop playing Love Train by Wolfmother. Listen to it here.

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01 DECEMBER 2006
Klaus Nomi/Dazed 24 Hour Broadcast/Postcards From The Edge/John Waters (This Filthy World)

1. We've all heard stories about how much talent and how many amazing people were lost to AIDS. I've never truly understood what was meant, as I wasn't here during that time. Watching Andrew Horn's documentary The Nomi Song gave me a bit of insight into this matter. East Village-based, German-born artist Klaus Nomi was a trained opera singer with a crazy, futuristic stage show and persona, who rose to fame in the late 70's. At one point, he and legendary New York performer Joey Arias got their big break and sang backup on Saturday Night Live for David Bowie. After this, Nomi's career really started to take off, but, in 1983, his life was cut short by AIDS. Checkout his Wikipedia profile, this fansite, and a review of Horn's documentary, which is an interesting look at what was going on in New York in addition to the much publicized punk scene of the same era.

2. In honor of World Aids Day, London-based magazine Dazed and Confused is showing a 24 hour broadcast of music, videos and imagery made explicitly for the event. Look for work by Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Bjork, Jonas Mekas, Anton Corbijn, Roman Coppola, and many many others. Also checkout the JoinRed site, which is working in collaboration with Dazed on this event.

3. Make sure to checkout Postcards From The Edge (12.01 - 12.03) put on by Visual AIDS. The event is "a show and sale of original, postcard-sized works on paper by established and emerging artists". The preview party is tonight from 6-8pm at Sikkema Jenkins & Co, 530 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues). Look for works by: Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith, and John Waters, among others.

4. John Waters has a new documentary out called This Filthy World. It opened at Cinema Village 11.24 and has already closed for some odd reason. Looks like we'll have to get it on Netflix. Checkout this review on the Village Voice's site, another on BoxOffice.com, and another on Slant Magazine. This one's a must for all die hard John Waters fans.

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