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31 OCTOBER 2006
Band Briefs

1. Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear. Fresh off tour with TV On The Radio. Checkout their blog for info on that. Also more info on their recently-released album Yellow House. Euro tour dates on their MySpace profile. And finally, a set they performed for NPR.

2. Elliott Smith. Died an untimely death in 2003 from a alleged self-inflicted stab wound. Indie god who was nominated for an Academy Award for his song Miss Misery which he penned for Good Will Hunting. Originally, a member of Heatmiser. Checkout tracks from Either/Or and Basement On A Hill. My favorites: Angeles, Needle In The Hay, and Speed Trials.

3. Antony And The Johnsons. Two (2) days of listening to I Am A Bird Now. The jury's still out on this one. There's something to it, but I'm not sure what it is. Parts of it I love. Parts of it I don't like at all. Checkout: My Lady Story, Free At Last, and Spiralling (with Devendra Banhart).

4. LA oldschool punk rockers X. If you can get your hands on a copy of The Decline Of Western Civilization (the punk rockumentary from 1981), there's concert footage of the band that's a must see. Songs of note: White Girl, W're Desperate, Johnny Hit and Run Pauline, and Los Angeles.

5. The Sounds. Next to Canada, everything hot seems to be coming out of Sweden right now. They're playing Webster Hall in New York on 11.24.06. Checkout their tour dates here. They're playing a "secret" show tonight in Miami. Checkout the Secret Shows MySpace page for more info.

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31 OCTOBER 2006
Shows You Should Checkout

1. Patti Smith. A Pythagorean Traveler. 12.01.06 through 01.13.07 at Robert Miller Gallery (New York).
2. Yayoi Kusama. Through 11.25.06 at Robert Miller Gallery (New York).
3. John Currin. 11.11.06 through 12.22.06 Gagosian (New York/Madison Avenue).
4. Rauschenberg. Scenarios And The Ancient Incident. 10.27.06 through 11.26.06 at Pace Wildenstein (New York).
5. Jannis Kounellis. 11.08.06 through 01.06.07. Cheim & Read (New York).
6. Ellsworth Kelly. Drawings on a Bus—Sketchbook 23, 1954 11.11.06 through 01.27.07. Matthew Marks (New York).
7. 5,000,000,000 Years. Through 12.06.06. Palais de Tokyo (Paris).
8. Defamation of Character. Through 01.08.07. PS1/MOMA (Long Island City).
9. Dan Flavin. Through 12.22.06. Paula Cooper Gallery (New York).
10. Cindy Sherman. A Play Of Selves 11.11.06 through 12.16.06. Metro Pictures (New York)
11. Jeff Koons. Through 12.22.06. Gagosian (London).
12. Jonathan Borofsky. Human Structures. 11.02.06 through 12.23.06. Deitch (New York).

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30 OCTOBER 2006
In Brief

1. Super hot men's wear designer Thom Browne is moving. His appointment-only Meatpacking store is headed south to Tribeca. This shop will not be appointment-only and will feature ready-to-wear pieces, as well as his custom suits. Read more on DNR's site.

2. One of our favorite bands--Secret Machines is playing two (2) shows this weekend at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Checkout their MySpace profile for more details and for links to buy tickets. After seeing them at Irving Plaza, I assure you, this is a must see and one of the last times you'll be able to see them in a venue this size.

3. Checkout the 5,000,000,000 Years exhibit on now at the Palais de Tokyo. "Visually, nothing (or almost nothing) allows one to distinguish a mutant from a human being, and nothing (or almost nothing) allows one to distinguish a work of art from an ordinary object. The difference lies elsewhere." A bit heady, but Palais de Tokyo is always way ahead of the curve.

4. I finally listened to underground wunderkind Antony And The Johnsons's "I Am A Bird Now". It's like nothing else I've heard. It makes all this other indie music seem very mainstream. There are duets with Devendra Banhart, Boy George, Lou Reed, and Rufus Wainwright. I'm not sure if people are into this because it's so weird or if it's really warranted. I'll keep listening and write more shortly.

5. Checkout this piece on GQ's blog. Art world hotshot Stuart Semple tells his story of sneaking a work into the Saatchi galleries, which would later be thrown out by the staff. If nothing else, it got him a show at the Saatchi after party during the Frieze Art Fair.

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29 OCTOBER 2006
Like Kim Jones and Bernard Wilhelm, Henrik Vibskov adds a breath of fresh air to men's wear.

Danish-born Vibskov went to the star-producing Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, shows in Paris and London Fashion Weeks, sells at the hottest shops around the world (Colette/Paris, Pineal Eye/London, Midwest/Tokyo, Shine/Hong Kong, Aloha Rag/Hawaii), and has been covered by some of the best magazines: Numero, Vogue, ID, The Face (RIP), Dazed, and Wallpaper, to name a few.

Checkout pics from his men's Fall/Winter 2006 here. You can get an idea of how the show went from the aerial view on the homepage of his site, which is to be updated shortly. It's obvious he's not your run-of-the-mill designer.

Checkout bios on him here and here.

Just a few weeks ago, he opened a flagship store in Copenhagen. You can see more of his collections and buy pieces at No-one Store and Aloha Rag.

In addition to design, he's also made films (The Monk and The Egg),plays the drums, and has exhibited artwork at Palais de Tokyo/Paris and v1 Gallery/Copenhagen.

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28 OCTOBER 2006
A Few of My Favorite Magazines / Part One

1. Fantastic Man / from the makers of Butt comes this hot quasi fashion magazine.
2. Arkitip / original, site specific artwork in every issue
3. PIN-UP / hot new magazine "for achitectural entertainment", but more like a hipster mag than an architectural one. great interview format.
4. V & V Man / from the makers of Visionnaire
5. Gus / highend glossy fashion magazine catering to gays.
6. Purple / it's how the french see fashion
7. Tema Celeste / in depth art at its best
8. SUPER SUPER!!! super edgy London magazine /
9. Another Magazine / contrary to its name, this is not just another magazine
10. Self Service / hot hot hot!
11. Milk / what's hot in Hong Kong
12. Pig / super hip Italian magazine

To be continued...

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27 OCTOBER 2006
Album Club Picks, from super cool Miami store BASE.

1. Hotel Costes 9 / Back again with the ninth installment of Hotel Costes, Stephane Pomougnac again demonstrates why the Hotel Costes series is the ultimate in cool lounge.
2. Enigma (A Posteriori) / Michael Cretu returns with his signature sound, which means more spiritual, beautiful grooves and hypnotic chilled house and trance.
3. Amp Fiddler (Afro Strut) / Seriously soulful and sensitive funk are what Detroit's Amp Fiddler is all about.
4. The Rurals (Nettle Soul) / The UK's finest purveyors of deep and funky sounds, return with this year's album and it's a keeper. It's filled with the same deep house bliss and soulful lounge.
5. PMJ feat Roy Ayers (Love Not Truth) / Brand New Heavies co-founder Jim Wellman moves in a decidedly different direction on his latest project, PMJ (Post Modern Jazz). Dance, funk, soul, jazz, it's all here and wrapped in a brilliantly retro package. It's a new sound that will be music to anyone's ears.
6. Bossa N Stones 1 & 2 / Who would have thought the Bossa Nova revolution would go this far? On this double disc set--devoted to the rock band of all bands, the Rolling Stones--the originality of the Stones and the lovely Bossa Nova sound form a perfect fit.
7. Electro Dub Tango / Electro Dub Tango is representative of the new Miami sound-vibrant, funky, Latin-infused and full of life.
8. Bob Sinclair (Western Dream) / Bob Sinclar simply makes great dance music that anyone can relate to: joyous, positive, life affirming messages combined with disco, Caribbean beats and a little bit of reggae.
9. Pretz (Sound Castles) / "Emotional instrumental music" is the buzz behind Pretz, the new disc from Neil Cowley, aka one half of the brilliant mind behind Fragile State. It's laid back lounge music with classical, jazz, keyboards and strings mixed in with a heavy dose of electronica.
10. Afterdark:Miami The stellar Afterdark series finally hits one of the most vibrant and enduring music scenes in the world: Miami. It's a two disc set full of funky house music to satisfy anyone's club music itch.

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27 OCTOBER 2006
PS1's got a hot exhibit opening this weekend (10.29.06) that runs through 01.08.07.

Entitled Defamation of Character, the show "explores the relationships between face and fame, notoriety, disclosure, and erasure." It's right up our alley.

Organized by curator Neville Wakefield, the roster of artists is staggering: Matthew Barney, The Chapman Brothers, Warhol, Richard Prince, Gianni Motti, Chris Burden, Karen Kilimnik, Sue Williams, and Gordon Matta-Clark.

My favorites: Matthew Barney's Vaseline Portrait of Julianne Moore and Hélio Oiticica's Cocaine Hendrix, a portrait of Jimi Hendrix, his features traced with undulating lines of cocaine.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure which of the Chapman Brothers pieces will be in the show, but I'm pretty sure it won't be Doggystyle (pictured right), which is one of their better known works.

Click here for a list of other upcoming PS1 exhibits.

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26 OCTOBER 2006
Because the internet, blogs, and indie bands move so fast, don't forget about:

1. SpankRock. I listened to them on my iPod on the subway tonight. Amazing. They're the new M.I.A. who is/was the new Peaches. Get SpankRock now before the suits catch on. They're still so indie, I can't even get any MP3's off Bit Torrent.

2. TV On The Radio. Their new album Return To Cookie Mountain on sale now. And it rocks. Find tour dates and become their friend on MySpace. Read an article and an interview on Pitchfork.

3. Secret Machines still rule. They're playing at Warsaw in Brooklyn on Friday 11.03. Check here for more tour dates and here to watch some videos on MTV's website.

4. The new Decemberists album just out, The Crane Wife. After a week straight of listening to it, I've decided I like it. Not quite as much as I like Castaways and Cutouts and Picaresque, but definitely worth checking out. Not everyone agrees. Checkout this glowing review on Pitch Fork. They think it's the best yet.

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25 OCTOBER 2006
LA designer Rick Owens has always been an industry favorite. Critics love him. Celebrities and rock stars wear his clothes.

In 2003, he moved from LA to Paris to be Creative Director for Revillon (centuries old furrier) and to produce his own line, now sold in over 200 stores worldwide, up from a dozen or so when he lived in LA.

In the process of outfitting his first Paris showroom, he needed benches. This was the first step in creating his furniture line.

The stuff looks super hot. Comfortable and minimal yet impractical in a way that makes it seem luxurious. A mix of high and low: felt, cashmere, mink, plywood.

Checkout the interview with him from his luxe 5 story Parisian townhouse in the super hot new New York magazine PIN-UP. (The site isn't up yet so you'll have to buy the magazine.)

The look and feel of this mag are hot. Kinda like index before it got more produced and mainstream like Interview.

Other notable interviews in the first issue out now: Zaha Hadid, Daniel Arsham, and Jurgen Mayer.

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24 OCTOBER 2006
In Brief // Fashion

1. Tom Ford's eponymous website is now live. It's currently at a bare minimum with images of his sunglasses and eyewear and information on his beauty products. The men's wear line is slated to release 04.07 and eventually the site will be ready for ecommerce, as reported in DNR.

2. British designer Paul Smith soft launched his new Soho store at 142 Greene Street the weekend of October 14. The original location is still open at 108 Fifth Ave. The new store has jeans, shoes, accessories, men's wear, books, women's wear, furniture and the cult Red Ear collections. Checkout his Wikipedia profile here. And pics from Spring/Summer 2007 here.

3. Super popular Japanese brand UNIQLO has plans to open a Soho store too. They had a "container store" floating around the city, but now it's gone. The new store will feature a collection of Japanese artist designed tees that will available only in New York for Fall/Winter 2006, after which they'll be available worldwide. Artists include: Yayoi Kusama (I bet hers has polka dots), Osamu Tezuka, and Takashi Honma, to name a few.

4. More UNIQLO. The store has enlisted some hot indie designers to give it that Target/H&M edge. First and foremost, which I think is kind of amazing, Alexandre Plokhov of super hot Cloak, Alice Roi, Phillip Lim and luxury purveyors Lutz and Patmos. Get in line now. The Cloak collection hits the store in April.

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24 OCTOBER 2006
Legendary photographer Diane Arbus, who ended her life at age 48 with a mouthful of barbituates before slicing her wrists, is finally getting her 15 minutes.

Fur, the biopic of her life starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr is set to hit theaters 11.10.06. The film is produced by Steven Shainburg, who also produced the indie hit The Secretary starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader.

You can checkout the trailer for Fur on YouTube.

Arbus favored untraditional subjects, often taking pics of painfully average folks and freaks/outsiders like these two or this hemaphrodite with his/her dog. Also popular subjects for her photos: tranvestites, dwarves, giants, and prostitutes.

There's a great article in the Washington Post that reveals the identity of the baby in the photo entitled "A very young baby, N.Y.C. 1968" as CNN's own Anderson Cooper--son of Gloria Vanderbilt, who was a friend of the photographer.

Fur is a definite must-see for anyone interested in the history of photographer and the life of an influential, yet somewhat obscure photographer such as Diane Arbus.

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23 OCTOBER 2006
It looks like someone took a shop out of Tokyo and dropped it down on Melrose.

SURU, co-owned by Joe Hahn (DJ for the band Linkin Park) and Noel Aladadyan, is one of LA's hottest stores.

It's a super sleek minimal white shop that carries a rotating line of tees designed every few months in limited quantities by select artists and designers, as well as a stock of lines like PRPS, Y-3, and the store's own brand aptly named SURU.

New for Spring/Summer 2007: Kenzo Minami, Ju$t Another Rich Kid, Maharishi, and House 33.

In addition to tees, they carry jeans, toys, and, of course, sneakers.

And in true LA style, the roster of celebs sporting tees and other goods from the shop is impressive: from Ashton and Demi to Dave Navarro and Kanye West, to name just a few.

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22 OCTOBER 2006
In Brief // Movies

1. I finally went to see The Science of Sleep. Gael Garcia Bernal plays a character unlike his usual tough guy character and nails it. Michel Gondry has managed to followup Eternal Sunshine with another quirky indie film with a sweet romantic twist. Instinct Blues by the White Stripes is used in a scene, which was a nice touch.

2. Augusten Burroughs's super popular book Running With Scissors has been made into a film, which from the trailers, looks like a hit. With a cast like Annette Benning, Joseph Fiennes, Brian Cox, Evan Rachel Wood, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jill Clayburgh, could it really be that bad?? Some have said the book is too good and don't want to ruin it by seeing the movie. I'll see the movie first and go from there.

3. Finally, I saw a trailer for this new indie coming out, Flannel Pajamas, and it looks killer. Starring Justin Kirk and Julianne Nicholson, it's being hailed by Roger Ebert, who's taste in movies is generally right on, and was compared to Cassavetes by one reviewer. Coming soon to a theater near you.

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20 OCTOBER 2006
"Promises are shit. Stupid fuckin words." I just remembered how much I love Fugazi.

Side note: And after hearing about Bit Torrent last week from three different people, I finally got around to checking it out. It's better than Limewire, which I was using, as it has no spyware and you can get full albums at once. The interface is a bit weird at first, but it's easy to figure out.

Checkout the Fugazi's profile on Wikipedia. Their name is short for a Vietnam era backronym (look at the Wikipedia profile for definition of this one) that stands for "Fucked Up, Got Ambushed, Zipped In".

Childhood friend of Henry Rollins and DC native Ian McKaye was the ring leader of Fugazi, which he formed after his previous band Minor Threat broke up.

Checkout 365sing for another great bio and for all the lyrics to their songs.

Also checkout a discography, their record label and a 2005 NPR interview.

Songs of note: Repeater, Shut The Door, Promises, and pretty much everything from 13 Songs. It's clearly one of the best albums of all time.

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19 OCTOBER 2006
In Brief

1. Columbia MFA grad and rising art star Barnaby Furnas. Another USA Today Saatchi artist. Describes his apocalyptic work a bit in The New Yorker. His Wikipedia profile.

2. Black Mountain. Was once Jerk With A Bomb. Is now Pink Mountaintops. Video for their song Druganaut on YouTube. Discography from all this guy's bands.

3. Short pant wearing designer Thom Browne. Winner of CFDA men's wear award this year. Object of article in today's New York Times. Soon to add some life into not so hip Brooks Brothers. Owns a store on West 12th Street with $3,500 suits.

4. Long Island native Hal Hartley. He had a run of amazing movies in the 90's that ended with Henry Fool. Video clip from Simple Men featuring Sonic Youth's Cool Thing. Checkout: The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, Surviving Desire, Simple Men, Flirt, and The Amateur.

5. A band I wanted to hate because they sound a lot like Interpol (who you remember sound like Joy Division's Ian Curtis): The Editors. I have to admit, though, they kinda rock. Pitchfork reviewers don't agree. An interview at Coachella and a video for Bullets.

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19 OCTOBER 2006
I remember seeing pics a few years ago (maybe in butt magazine) of asianpunkboy. They were pics of him naked out in the snow wearing nothing but a pair of boots. Perhaps having sex. I don't recall.

Someone told me that this character was the alter ego of artist/designer Tobias Wong, which I found out after meeting Toby was unfounded.

asianpunkboy is Terence Koh, who has a thing for the color white (it signifies death in non western cultures), chandeliers, his own bodily fluids, and for sexual deviance.

Checkout this video: one of my favorite things on his site. It's a performance piece with a masked Koh lurching around a room, a guy playing a super hot paint and twisted wax covered drumset, and a chandelier in the background. Also checkout this sculpture, called Cokehead, which is on display at the Calvin Klein store in New York.

His current site has tons of links to various works he's done, a list of his shows (including an upcoming solo show in 2007 at the Whitney), various things he's made that you can buy, and a link to something he's doing now called A.S.S., the Asian Song Society.

He's been part of the Whitney Biennial, is one of the American artists being championed by Charles Saatchi referred to collectively as USA Today, and currently has a solo show at Zurich Kunsthalle.

Who knew asianpunkboy was such a prolific artist.

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18 OCTOBER 2006
Top 15 Most Played on my Nano

1... I Fuck Mountains (The Pink Mountaintops)
2... New Drug Queens (The Pink Mountaintops)
3... I Am The Sun (The Swans)
4... Jellycones (The Unicorns)
5... Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby (Islands)
6... Munich (The Editors)
7... Andy Warhol (Bauhaus)
8... Legless Love (Devendra Banhart)
9... Druganaut (Black Mountain)
10.. All Neon Like (Bjork)
11.. No Man's Land (Sufjan Stevens)
12.. West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys)
13.. What Used To Be French (The Secret Machines)
14.. Bump (SpankRock)
15.. Trouble (Ray Lamontagne)

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17 OCTOBER 2006
The trendiest shop in LA, Kitson, just got bigger.

The store that gets as much press as some of the celebs that frequent it (think Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, and the bevy of other celebs who are photographed going in, coming out, and doing everything in between) has taken its menswear section and moved it down one block to a store of its very own, Kitson Men.

It currently carries brands like Earnest Sewn, LA-based Morphine Generation, Raw 7, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Lacoste, among others. And given that they just opened in September, they're adding more lines all the time and have just stocked Ju$t Another Rich Kid for Spring/Summer 07.

In addition to clothes, they have colognes from Bond No. 9, shaving creams by the likes of Sharps and Molton Brown, as well as other toiletries, books, CDs, and candles with names like "Casting Couch", "Stoner", and "Two Timer".

In true Kitson fashion, the dressing rooms stick out from the storefront, are backlit, and have only a plate of opaque blue glass between you and the world outside.

Cameras ready. Prepare to flash.

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17 OCTOBER 2006
The queen is dead.

CBGB's had its final show last night with performaces by This Heart's On Fire favorite Patti Smith amid a media frenzy. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (original members of Blondie) performed on Saturday night.

Checkout this article in the NY Times.

It's sad to see it close, even though most of the bands that have played there in the last 10 years have been mediocre at best. It really is a New York institution and one from a period in time that solidified New York's global reputation as the place to be.

Let's just hope they don't rent the space to Starbucks or Quiznos subs.

Most likely, somebody with no taste will try to run on the fumes of CBGB's and open a silly upscale bar in the space with a name close to the original.

Unforunately, that's what New York has come to. To quote Ms. Smith (as the NY Times refers to her): "It’s a symptom of the empty new prosperity of our city."

Ain't that the truth.

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16 OCTOBER 2006
Art-chart by Stuart Semple // London Frieze Weekend Special.

Ok so anyone who's even remotely involved in the artworld this weekend throws everything out the window and gets embroiled in the visual over stimulation that is Frieze! So in honor I've chucked the usual chart out the window to bring you what was hot or not this time round.

1. Victoria Miro Why? Because she's gone and bought the space next to her gallery, all 9000 sq feet of it! It's beautiful. It's not open to the public and it's to house her extraordinary collection. I saw the best of Grayson Perry, Chris Ofili, and Isaac Julian. The only thing this weekend that moved me to tears!
2.) Haunch of Venison Take a massive aircraft hanger type space, chuck in the biggest James Rosenquist paintings you will ever see, like 20m x 10 meters. Borrow some paintings off me and throw the glitziest frieze party you've ever seen with M/M Paris and W Magazine. With galleries set to open in two European locations, this is going to be huge.
3. White Cube I know... lets get Dinos Chapman to paint a z-list celebrity in a booth at Frieze, not demeaning at all Dino... Spectacle sells! That and the 40 something commission hungry white cube-ette sales staff, blackberries perfectly synced! Still with an artist liaison officer to every ten artists, you are sure to get a nice direct relationship with your gallery.
4. The Zoo Art Fair Simply because it's in a zoo and I love warthogs. The work was alright too!
5. Scope For assembling the most car-boot sale offering I've ever seen. A rag tag mix of tat. Lovely. Just appalling. And last year my favorite. Bring back the hotel. It's just too trendy in Brick Lane!
6. Art Review Okay everyone's already talking about their power 100 list. The Armani Party on Thursday was suitable star studded. The cover rocks! It'll be on your shelves at the end of the month...
7. D-Face show at the Truman Gallery Yup, you can't go wrong with subverting an image of Saddam, remixing currency and crushing a life size car with your logo... Unless we're not in the mid nineties anymore and the world's moved on. Still the usual trucker cap combat wearing, vans crowd seemed to get off on it.
8. Martin Summers - 10 gorgeous Basquiats behind a very secret exclusive door in Chelsea. £1million in sales within minutes... Yes it was the word.
9. Gagosian Only thanks to Jeff Koons though. It's impossible to hate Jeff. Even I licked my lips. But Larry... Running into the board room and shouting "YES!! I SOLD 4" just isn't cool when we have our art chart spies in there :P
10. The Frieze Art Fair. Beautiful things surrounded by tat. A perverse glimpse into the art world for the general public. Soulless, limp and irrelevant. Pleased to have you in London, good for the industry, but tasteless. Ugly salespeople peddling wares. You are just too darn BIG!

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13 OCTOBER 2006
Checkout LA-based artist Kehinde Wiley, another Yale MFA graduate burning up the art scene.

Sometimes referred to as "bling bling baroque", "Kehinde Wiley is best known for his paintings which reference specific works by Titian and Tiepolo. He makes figurative paintings that 'quote historical sources and position young black men within that field of power.'"

In addition to his obvious skills in composition, color, and techninque, the works are like nothing else you've ever seen, which makes them even hotter.

In addition to the paintings, he's just completed 2 of 3 in a limited edition series of busts cast in marble and resin inspired by busts from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Deitch Projects showed his work in 2005. He's been interviewed on NPR, had a solo exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and his work is already in demand at auction, commanding upwards of $80,000 per painting if you can even get one.

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12 OCTOBER 2006
Some guys have all the luck. Or skills. Or both.

Like Kim Jones, Bernard Wilhelm adds life to menswear. After working under four (4) of the hottest contemporary designers (Walter Van Beirendonck, Alexander Mc Queen, Vivienne Westwood and Dirk Bikkembergs), he branched out on his own, first with a women's line, then with men's.

Checkout pics from his Spring/Summer 2007 show on Totem's website. They're his Paris showroom and represent other heavy hitters like Véronique Branquinho, Raf Simons, Dirk Shönberger, and Walter van Beirendonck of W&LT fame.

Just released is a Nike/Wilhelm collaboration: a black and white track suit embroidered with artwork from the designer. It's really hot, available in limited quantities, and available on We Sold Out's website.

Get 'em while they last.

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12 OCTOBER 2006
It's all about Canada and indie music.

It seems like every other hot band right now hails from the Great White North: The Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, Broken Social Scene, S.T.R.E.E.T.S., Ladyhawk, and so on and so forth.

My current favorite: Pink Mountaintops.

The "band" is Stephen McBean solo with members from his other band Black Mountain on backup. To make it even more confusing, McBean started out with a guy named Josh Wells in a band named Jerk With A Bomb.

Checkout this list with all McBean's bands, their cds, and songs. Also, checkout their MySpace profile to listen to a few songs and get tour dates.

Songs of note: New Drug Queens, Lord, Let Us Shine, Can You Do That Dance, I Fuck Mountains, & Sweet '69.

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11 OCTOBER 2006
He's the master of low-tech construction.

New York artist Tom Sachs builds stuff: guns, full-scale McDonald's arches, a replica of Le Corbusier's Unite, a Chanel guillotine breakfast nook, guns, and on and on. His favorite materials: ConEd barricades, foamcore, glue, and tape.

One of my favorite pieces: The Deliquency Chamber comes equipped "with state-of-the art media and video game components, a fridge of Stoli and Bud, a bong and full safety features from first aid to oxygen mask to fire extinguisher to shotgun."

Chris Bollen (editor of V magazine) wrote an article in the New York Times Fall 2006 Style Magazine on a custom bar Sachs was commissioned to build for Barbara Jakobson. Stocked with generic labeled liquor bottles (he covered the original labels with hand written ones), its own set of rules, and a selection of music, Gavin Brown's becomes unnecessary when you have your own art bar at home.

There's a great interview with him on KultureFlash here and another one on index magazine's site here.

Make sure to checkout his site. It's full of info on his work, videos, gallery info, and links to sites like Printed Matter, where you can buy books and tees by the artist.

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11 OCTOBER 2006
It's that time of year again.

Tokion is holding its yearly Creativity Now Confernce at Cooper Union 10.14 and 10.15. You can get passes for the entire weekend or for individual days.

The lineup this year is killer and includes two of my favorites Kim Jones and Justin Theroux.

Other speakers of note: Cory Arcangel, Eli Horowitz , Patrick McMullan, Os Gemeos , Christian Marclay, and Jessica Craig-Martin .

Also on the bill as moderators: John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen "ESPO" Powers, Glenn O'Brien, and Greg Foley .

Tickets usually sell out, so get them before they're gone.

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10 OCTOBER 2006
After having broken myself in with the likes of Elliot Smith and Sufjan Stevens, I've finally warmed up to super indie, it boy Devendra Banhart.

With a past as colorful as the music he makes, his rise to indie fame was rapid. There's a great profile about him on Young God Records (his label) and more info on his Wikipedia profile.

Part of something loosely referred to as The New Weird America movement, he's an art school dropout, a self-taught musician, and is responsible for "rediscovering" folk singer Vashti Bunyan, who has provided guest vocals for the singer.

He's been declared a fashion icon by Karl Lagerfeld, played for a pre-show at the New York Chanel store for a celebrity audience a few fashion weeks ago, and is now on his fourth album.

Checkout the video for I Feel Just Like A Child. The song is included on Lagerfeld's recently-released Les Musique que J'Aime cd set. (see below)

You really have to checkout everything he's done. The sound has changed a bit, but it's all worthwhile.

Of note: Legless Love, Little Yellow Spider, There Was Sun, Will Is My Friend, At The Hop, and Wakeup Little Sparrow.

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09 OCTOBER 2006
Not satisfied with the dozen or so other projects he works on simultaneously, Karl Lagerfeld is now a purveryor of hip music.

The man owns over 70 iPods and 60,000 cds and has just released at two-disc cd set entitled "Les Musiques que J'aime", which is available now only in France. Checkout Amazon.fr if you need it right away, as it won't be available in the US until November.

At Home (Disc One)
1... I Feel Just Like A Child (Devendra Banhart)
2... Be Gentle With Me (The Boy Least Likely To)
3... Vigo Bay (Minotaur Shock)
4... Mighty Girl (Lindstom And Prinz Thomas)
5... Slow (Mayer/Aguayo)
6... Too Much Love (LCD Soundsystem)
7... The Proper Ornaments (Super Furry Animals)
8... Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me (The Pipettes)
9... No Satisfaction (Black Mountain)
10.. Yer Actual (Smokers Die Younger)
11.. Eight Steps (Electrelane)
12.. Perfidia (Xavier Cugat)
13.. I Wanna Bite Ya (Planningtorock)
14.. I'm In No Mood (The Fiery Furnaces)
15.. Romceasca (A Hawk And A Hacksaw)

Fashion Show (Disc Two)
1... Medley Igor Stravinsky
2... Spellbound (Siouxsie And The Banshees)
3... Solo Buttons For Joe Meek (Matmos)
4... Lord Leopard (Caribou)
5... Slide In/DFA Remix (Goldfrapp)
6... I Wish You Were Gone (Joakim)
7... I Was A Sunny Rainphase (Stereolab)
8... Cervantes (Kreidler)

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07 OCTOBER 2006
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, maverick of New German Cinema, rules.

He died at age 37 from a drug overdose of cocaine and sleeping pills, which some speculate was intentional. In 14 years, he made a whopping 43 films.

Fascinated with characters living on the fringe of society, he made films such as the three (3) that comprise the BRD Trilogy (The Marriage of Maria Braun, Veronika Voss, & Lola).

The Marriage of Maria Braun, one of his only commercially successful films, tells the tale of a post World War II woman, who prositutes herself to American GI's, eventually rising to wealth and post war recovery as the lover and assistant of a wealthy businessman.

Also of note, Fassbinder's final film, Querelle, which stars Brad Davis star of Midnight Express fame. An adaptation of Jean Ginet's 1947 novel, it is considered by far his best work and was finished shortly before his untimely death.

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05 OCTOBER 2006
Top 15 Most Played on my iPod

1... Horses (Patti Smith)
2... Miss Broadway (Belle Epoque)
3... Young Folks (Peter Bjorn and John)
4... She's So Cold (The Rolling Stones)
5... Wolf Like Me (TV On The Radio)
6... The Dress Looks Nice On You (Sufjan Stevens)
7... Baba O'Riley (The Who)
8... BlackJack Illywhack (The Raconteurs)
9... When The War Came (The Decemberists)
10.. Repeater (Fugazi)
11.. Bullets (Editors)
12.. Better Bring Your Friends (The Secret Machines)
13.. Backyard Betty (Spankrock)
14.. Hey Nineteen (Steely Dan)
15.. Cemetary Gates (The Smiths)

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04 OCTOBER 2006
Street meets chic is how I'd describe Miami boutique Arrive.

Opened in 2005 as a collaboration between Dao-Yi Chow, Max Pierre, and Dennis Jiu, Arrive targets the jet set crowd of Miami Beach, who travel the world and have seen it all.

With an amazing mix of highend items and streetware, the store is on the pulse of what's hot right now.

Think Cloak, Vivienne Westwood, Hussein Chalayan, & Alexander McQueen mixed with PRPS, Ju$t Another Rich Kid, Earnest Sewn & Billionaire Boys Club.

It's the place to go for those with ecclectic taste.

Also factored into the mix: apothocary (Malin and Goetz), books, luggage, accessories (Comme des Garcons), hats (Rod Keenan), and jewelry (Tobias Wong & Ju$t Another Rich Kid's Indulgences).

Next time you're in South Beach, check it out.

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02 OCTOBER 2006
Considered one of the pioneers of punk rock, Patti Smith, has somehow never really managed to cross over into the mainstream.

She started out working in a factory in New Jersey, reading Rimbaud, hating life. It was then that she decided to move across the river to New York.

In a bookstore where she worked, she met her lover/best friend Robert Mapplethorpe, now legendary gay photographer, who financed her first song Piss Factory/Hey Joe in 1974.

Definitely one of the original hipsters, she lived in the Chelsea Hotel during the 70's, dated Jim Carroll and Tom Verlaine of Television, and, rumor has it, used to sit outside legendary Max's Kansas City with Mapplethorpe waiting to see Warhol and company when they weren't yet cool enough to get inside.

Checkout her first album, Horses. It's pretty hot and is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity, giving her some long overdue attention. Best tracks: Gloria, Free Money, and Horses.

Also of note: Rock 'n Roll Ni**er (by far my favorite song), Because of the Night, and Ask The Angels.