This video makes me excited. It also makes me want to go lingerie shopping and come right home and put it on and take darkly lit photos of myself and “accidentally” press send.. AGENDER (Romy Hoffman- guitars, vocals, synth / Yolanda DeRose- bass / Melissa Agate- drums) takes the elements of post punk new wave and mix it with a raw performance art element. ( It feels like the love child of ADULT and Lizzy Mercier Descloux to me ) This video holds nothing back. These fearless and powerful woman are giving us a very healthy dose of: “I don’t give a fuck, just play some fucking music and dance!”
"Australian bred post punkers, AGENDER slip into something a little more manic with their single “INTIMATE APPAREL.” AGENDER’S Slit’s-esque, post punk freneticism has a Victoria’s Secret campaign written all over it, as long as the world were similar to the sexual oasis frontwoman Romy Hoffman delivers with Devo inspired, staccato vocals, piercing guitars and a raw prowess that brings forth Ari Up/Exene Cervenka nostalgia." ( Via Manimal PR )
It’s Labor Day and that means relaxing by the pool with a cold drink and good tunes. Get in the mood for your Monday off with this video (directed by Gia Coppola) from Blood Orange.
K-Pop is really hard to get into. The sound requires a specific, high energy, super sweet ear that is okay with high fructose beats entering their brain. That requires a very specific type of listener, which is not me. It isn’t many people, really. It’s the same audience that probably drinks Go Girl as if it were nothing.
What’s funny is both subjects were rife for trolling by futuristic super producer Sophie and A.G. Cook. The two thought up a fictional pop star named QT which is also an energy drink which is also an anglicized version of K-Pop. The debut song “Hey QT” is bright pink near four minutes of Pixy Stick realness doused over a teenage coquette from the year 2424. It features Sophie’s slick and aggressive dance that is borderline grating but, really, works in the same way the Spice Girls and Eifel 65 worked: it’s referential conceptual Europop intended as a joke yet shouldn’t be taken as one.
Who knows if the QT concept is going to be anything more than this song or beverage or idea or whatever. Does it matter? It’s an irresistibly over the top indulgence that you are going to hear a lot more of in the future. Get into it now—and probably think about getting into K-Pop, too.
I also go by the painting alias of TIT. This was my alter ego created by Nick Egan and my self
Photos by Maggie Davis
Today marked the end of 512 Hours, the latest performance art piece by Marina Abramović and collaborator Lynsey Peisinger, which was held at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Said to be deeper and more profound than anything Abramović has ever done before, over 100,000 visitors came and immersed themselves in the performance, following directions to perform simple meditative tasks and in turn becoming the art themselves.
I was lucky enough to attend three times; each session was different from the others but all incredibly moving. To be given the opportunity to explore such profound introspection in the company of strangers created a powerful energy of collaboration and trust. To wash away the bustling world and be silent allowed for transformation in myself and many of the people around me.
Kept strictly void of cellphones and cameras throughout the three-month duration of the show, there has been no digital record of the experience until now. To celebrate its completion today, the Marina Abramović Institute has released a selection of photos (via A Magazine Curated By) and a video of reactions from attendants. Enjoy.
All photos by Marco Anelli
It’s not quite an animated .gif and it’s not quite a still image. It’s not a video, either. It’s a weird hybrid between the three—and it’s called a PHHHOTO.
This new form of capturing is an app that takes “moving images,” storing them inside a stream much like Instagram. It’s origin story comes from the party scene, capturing quick glimpses into an isolated world that you’ll want to remember and share later. You might think that party mode may be more dynamic than the isolated app—but you’re mistaken. The app may outshine—and certainly folds in—the party mode idea.
The thing about PHHHOTO is that it is much more dynamic than any image combing website or application. It’s also much less demanding and cumbersome than video focused apps like Vine. It takes five consecutive shots, loops them, presenting them to you as this endless and inevitably seamless stream of pictures. It’s more of a flipbook, if anything, and because of the absence of sound, you can project and imagine and assume anything you want about said image(s).
The app is available for downloading now—and you should probably get into it now before the inevitable mainstream takeover.
Imagine a day with a warm breeze, lazy lounging near a large body of water, sweat beads lightly rolling down your chest as you take a sip of a cool drink with frozen pieces of melon in each mouth full. Now imagine what that would sound like. That is how Cobalt Cranes make me feel when I listen to them. Like a warm relaxing summer day on the best coast, the west coast.
“COBALT CRANES spent much of 2013 and early 2014 on tour, and began writing new songs in small motels and roadside diners along the way. Their new songs blend vintage California sounds with grungier, raw elements. They just finished recording their new album Days in the Sun with LA underground legend Joel Jerome (Dios, Cherry Glazerr, La Sera), and call their new sound “California Grunge”. The band is releasing Days in the Sun on Echo Park’s rising label LOLIPOP RECORDS, which has quickly established itself as the hub of the new LA scene. Look for Days in the Sun on cassette via Lolipop Records August 5th.” - Via Manimal PR
Stephanie von Watzdorf cut her teeth in the fashion industry under Yves Saint Laurent, had her first paid job for Giorgio Armani, and served as the Vice President of Design for Tory Burch. Now at the helm of her own lifestyle brand, Figue, she is creating a line of luxurious clothing and accessories inspired by her love of travel and the global aesthetic she encounters on her journeys. We sat down with Stephanie and asked her some wanderlust-related questions in celebration of her summer pop-up store in California. Enjoy!
WORK: Sometimes traveling, I see something that is perfect in every way but for whatever reason (not enough space to bring it home, too expensive, a moment of insanity) I leave without it and it then becomes burned into my mind forever as something that should-have-been. Do you have any of those? Does one haunt you more than the others?
SvW: Yes, that happens to me sometimes, but usually I find a way to squeeze it all into my suitcase. There was a blue and green beetle wing mirror in Bangkok I still think about, and there are two beaded talisman dolls I found in the heart of Nairobi (photo below) that I dream of finding again.
WORK: What are your top 3 favorite markets in the world?
SvW: The souk in Marrakesh, the fruit market in Jodhpur and the “Thieves Market” in Goa, India
WORK: List the items you cannot pack a suitcase without.
SvW: I always bring at least two embroidered cashmere pashminas, two pairs of sunglasses (in case one break, which as happened), a small flashlight, my mini iPad, Figue kaftans (good for both warm and cool weather), Weleda Skin Food cream, ginger candies and a book.
WORK: Favorite outfit to travel in?
SvW: I love to wear a long sleeve t-shirt, Figue military jacket, leggings and slip on shoes. I’m obsessed with my Newbarks and Toms.
WORK: If you could rotate living between three places and three places only, what would they be and why? You can divide the year however you see fit.
SvW: I would choose New York in the fall/winter for all the new exhibits, shows and cultural happenings, Marrakesh in the spring for the exotic treasure hunting and inspiration, and the Mediterranean in the summer for peace of mind, good food, sunshine and endless amounts of figs.
WORK: Name one place you think every person should see before they die.
SvW: The bush in Kenya to see all the wild animals.
WORK: Magical cure for jet-lag (or a hangover)?
SvW: There is no magical cure. I try to go to bed for a few hours as soon as I arrive at my destination - even if it is early in the morning. I also drink one liter of flat water on the flight and drink one before I sleep.
WORK: What do you like to read most while you’re home or on the go? Does it change depending?
SvW: I generally read political spy thrillers and biographies/autobiographies. I am a news junkie so I love to read the newspaper and Vanity Fair.
WORK: What makes a magazine great?
SvW: Interesting stories and beautiful photography.
Figue’s pop-up shop at 1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, California, will be open until the end of September. You can also shop for Figue at the flagship store on Elizabeth St. in NYC and online.
- Katherine Aplin
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