Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
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Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Interview // BEST COAST (2)

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Interview from October 2011 via telephone

 

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino is hanging out at home in Los Angeles doing some final writing before going into the studio to begin recording her second LP. It's only been about a year since her debut album Crazy For You was released, and two years since her lo-fi, sun drenched and fuzzed out tracks started permeating into ears. By the blog watch, two years seems like a lifetime; but in terms of palpable success, Cosentino has been using those last two years to steadily climb not only the charts and away from the cat obsessed stoner public image that she herself had built during that time, but also into more rarefied circles of fame and fortune.

 

It was just the other day that she was rubbing shoulders with Tina Fey and being asked by Tracy Morgan to sing 'Respect' with him. She had a video directed by Drew Barrymore featuring a host of young stars including Chloe Moretz and Donald Glover, and in the witheringly backhanded compliment, has been a notorious target for HipsterRunoff's personal brand of caustic and ironic wit.

 

On second look, maybe she is in fact, deeper than just cats and weed. In fact, I might be inclined to think that, on one hand, she takes herself very seriously. And on the other, not seriously at all. Perhaps it's more that she takes her position in pop culture seriously, but herself not so much - though perhaps a little more with each HRO post. Cosentino seems cautious in her responses, and at times even defensive. She's frank though, and even speaks at length to explain her intentions and actions. 

 

Tuesday March 6 2012:

 

We first interviewed Bethany back in September 2010. I did this interview with Cosentino about a year later in October 2011. With the recent buzz surrounding her new range for Urban Outfitters dropping into stores in May 2012, it seemed an appropriate time to let y'all read the unedited conversation. This cat-and-weed-meme-indie girl with the songs about the everyday tragedy of heartbreak and love set to warm and fuzzy guitar has proven far more than a blip on the radar and doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. To be honest, I prefer Best Coast less when she's talking and more when she's singing. Less meme and more music, I say - and it seems, so does she.

 

 

 

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Interview // The Rapture

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All images and media via Popload

 

'How Deep Is Your Love' is a song title claimed by multiple bands. Most recently, The Rapture took it for the lead single from their latest album In The Grace Of Your Love. Its a fun fact to note that self-proclaimed bad boys of late 90s R&B, Dru Hill (which also happens to be a park in Baltimore that the band are named after) also lay ownership to the song title. "Sisqó and I are from the same state," Gabriel Andruzzi, the band's multi-instrumentalist (and the best goddamn cow-bell dinger I've ever seen) announces. "And actually, I was at dinner next to Dru Hill two nights ago." 

 

Last night they played the newest shiniest jewel in São Paulo's venues, Cine Joia. And now seems the perfect time to share the interview we did with Gabe, where he shares his thoughts on Sisqó, frustration surrounding the bands evolution and what he's going to do about being scared shitless to be one of those ageing rocker bros.

 

Since the unexpected announcement of the release of another album, it's been well documented that The Rapture have spent the past few years getting through and getting over lots of stuff. Births, deaths, break-ups, make-ups and finally, an album produced by Philippe Zdar that deals with it all. 'It all' being any number of the hurts and resentments that happened which in turn, enabled the band to find some redemption and acceptance enough to make an album themed with that very process. It's been greeted critically with mixed reviews, but regardless of what people think, the boys are happy with the record. And so they should be.

 

Interview after the jump ----->>>

MTV CK ONE Brazil // ft Sky Ferreira

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There was plenty going on in São Paulo last Tuesday night, amongst which was MTV's CK One Party, featuring none other than CK One poster girl, Sky Ferreira. Open bar aside, I was curious to see Sky in real life. Because even with her fame/notoriety and papp-ability, her music career never really quite happened. Considering her myspace/Michael Jackson hype, her epic record deal signing and the truckloads of money that was thrown at her (and subsequently, squandered by her), the fruits of her talent have yet to appear. Unless you call an oversexualised, over-hyped and eventual flop of a video that looks more like a make-up advertorial, a fruit.

 

One by Sky Ferreira

 

Not that a million plus views are anything to be sniffed at; but when at least that much was spent making an album that was never released, the value of it has to be questioned. And not saying either, that Sky isn't a hard worker (I have no idea whether she is or not), or that any of it is her fault.

 

I'm Just Saying.

 

Anyway, so the music didn't quite happen for Sky; but fashion on the other hand, has always loved her. And girl sure can work a camera angle, as is evidenced with her burgeoning career as a model allowing her to showcase her music somewhat. But in spite of all that: Sky Ferreira can actually sing. And I was curious to see her in the flesh.

 

With MTV's gorgeous Gaía Passarelli and DJ duo Database on the decks, as well as Brazil's own Copacabana Club in support, Sky came onstage superbly late. She looked more than a little dead-eyed, though with freshly straightened and possibly touched up roots. She did a few unmemorable songs with an acoustic guitar played by her boyfriend (so I was told) before singing to a backing track a number of songs including the very CK appropriate, 'One'. But she could definitely carry a tune. And work a diva hand. What more does a pretty girl need?

 

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Here are some pics of the sets, first up with Copacabana Club, then Sky:


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Diplo gets his Vogue on
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HIYA // Wes and MikeQ

 

So aside from the terribly old news of his contribution to taking the third world to the first, Diplo is now trés mode with such first world accoutrements as GQ and Vanity Fair (though it pains me somewhat to identify him as 'that 'Paperplanes' dude – guys, for me, that was a totally mediocre tune. Go listen to some of his less lamestreamed stuff). In fact, he's actually a columnist at the latter. Diplo's latest column exploits a night out at Vogue Knights Tuesdays – and I don't mean the rival magazine kind.

 

I'm kinda fuming – just a little – out of jealousy, here. A Vogue Ball/Night was one thing I really had trouble trying to get a hold of last time I was in NY. Like most people who see the film, ever since I encountered Paris Is Burning, the Vogue Ball scene and culture has held great fascination for me. Earlier this year, I met father of the House of Ninja, Benny Ninja, survivor of the legendary Willi Ninja when he hit the runway in Sydney for Australian Fashion Week (I squealed when he glided out) and that only fueled my desire to get my Cindarella on and be at a damn ball.

 

Anyway Diplo, despite his modest claims of not knowing a lot about being black/gay/cool, having gleaned all his knowledge of that particular Bermuda from DJ MikeQ and Maluca, was the white/straight/'uncool' guy, perfect to go to a vogue ball in Manhattan a little while ago. Documented by Vanity Fair contributor Shane McCauley, Diplo takes us through his Knight on a Vogue Tuesdays (though unfortunately, the exact location and club isn't disclosed, except that it's right next to the Comfort Inn somewhere in Midtown, amongst a bunch of emtpy warehouses. Respect though, it'd not only get shit if that littled secret got outed online at Vanity Fair, but it'd probably have already moved on anyway by the time anyone hauled ass over there).

 

Check some of Shane McCauley's pics from the story below and in the gallery, but head over to Vanity Fair for Diplo's full commentary (or full MikeQ plug, as it were, scene aggregator extraordinaire that he is). And you should also totally read Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Krisanne Johnson's story on NY's next gen Vogue scene for The Fader too, from earlier this year.

 

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"...what makes a good party isn’t the fashion, the clientele, the hipness of “D.J. current hit,” or the club’s interior. They see that a really good club is built by the community, and that a community breeds the creativity in the music and the dance. You’d think that, on first look, when the dance competition starts, that these guys hate each other. The new-school vogue style is built on a lot of hair whipping (if you have the extensions or real thing — Willow Smith’s song got played a lot in different forms) and a lot of falling down backward on the offbeat. This part of the dance is amazing. It seems the more violent the hair whipping and the falling, the crazier the crowd goes." – Diplo

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"...always, the weird scream/snare on the fourth beat is used to precision. It’s the sound that you might hear in Psycho, when Janet Leigh is being stabbed to death in the shower. It’s the sound that all the dancers mark to do a special move: an enormous fall, a deadly hair whip, and hip-dislocating side thrust. Or many other very violent moves that would not be allowed on So You Think You Can Dance." – Diplo

[Ed's note:True, no pure Voguer has ever reached Top 20 on SYTYCD – trust, I know. And they haven't yet exhibited actual Vogue style as a number on the show. YEAH, I'm a fan, haters to the left.]

 

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MIX // How To Make It In America 2

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Season 2 of How To Make It In (New York City) America made a welcome return this month! I missed these guys. Everyone's kind of vaguely annoying in their way, but infinitely lovable despite this; probably because they very much reflect you or someone you know. Especially the duo of single syllable shmucks that headline the situation, Ben and Cam, who not only have you sympathetic to their causes, but rooting for them.

 

Unlike Eddie Kaye Thomas' interjection after Blood Orange's excellent 'Sutphin Boulevard' on the mix, I don't particularly want to be friends or hang out with any of the lead characters; though I am very happy and entertained watching their pain and their joys, their embarassments as well as their triumphs.

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On the other hand, I'm totally crushing on KiD CuDi's Domingo this time round, even though I was less than impressed by his shirtless CK ads from last season. Kudos to KiD redeeming his bad self. Anyway. I've been sitting on this one for a while, it's been a busy time, excuse the lack of posting blah blah blah...

 

This is another solid mix, a perfect accompaniment to the series as well as your Wednesday, well curated by the bro behind the music of the equally-Wahlberg–produced Entourage, Broke Mogul, who hooked up with Mick Boogie to make this mix. Tracklist below; stream it or go download it after that:

 

01. KiD CuDi – The New York Intro
02. Future Islands – Balance
03. Theophilus London – I Stand Alone
04. Mugison – I Want You
05. Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard
06. M83 – Midnight City
07. Soul Searcher – Can’t Get Enough (DJ Theory Remix)
08. Agoria – Heart Beating (ft. Kid A)
09. Avicii – Levels (Original Mix)
10. Oliver Koletzki & Fran – Hypnotized
11. The Joy Formidable – Austere
12. Little Dragon – Crystalfilm
13. Meek Mill – House Party (ft. Young Chris)
14. Buddy – Awesome, Awesome
15. Summer Camp – I Want You
16. Duck Tails – Killin’ The Vibe
17. Catcall – Swimming Pool


  How To Make It In America Season 2 - The Mixtape: Volume 2

 

Or you can go download it HERE (direct download link)

 

And if you missed it first time round, here's How To Make It In America Season 1 - The Mixtape

4Play // Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

"I've got one dinosaur fact. It's not even a fact or anything, it's just that someone told me once that a dinosaur called Iguanadon had big thumbs, so that they could go like – "

 

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" – that, and kill someone. And that's the only thing I know about dinosaurs."

In this 4play film for the UK's Channel 4, we get an intimate and endearing look at the calm, quietly frank and enormously talented Orlando Higginbottom.

 

Following his path from his home studio in Oxford through to Melt! in Germany, this is a beautiful and warm short, directed by David Terranova in his first commission for television. And incidentally, I caught the producer's name at the credits, and it turns out that a friend I'd thought was lost in the wilds of Japan was responsible! Hey you, Corvin Dhali! Nice work!

 

Shot through various nostalgic filters and curious angles, the beauty of this film is that it makes you feel like you're discreetly poking through Higginbottom's musical life, with him quietly narrating over your shoulder as you do it. But I think the nicest thing for me is how open and welcoming Higginbottom's attitude is towards making, listening and enjoying music in general.

 

If this doesn't make you excited for his debut album (on top of everything we've posted about him on this blog, and everything we haven't), then Halloween must've come early and just...taken your soul. And your heart. AND YOUR EARS. In the meantime, feast your eyes:

 

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for 4Play

 

Catching up on The Dø
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Helloy Babes // Olivia and Dan

 

We're long time fans of The Dø. It's just a shame that they haven't ever quite gotten the attention they really deserve. We were so excited when a new EP dropped last December with an impressive couple of tracks including the excellent 'Slippery Slope'. I've been listening to a version of their newest LP, now entitled Both Ways Open Jaws, since at least the very start of this year; and here it is finally getting it's full international release starting in Continental Europe on the 28th of October, with Australia, the UK and the US following on November 11th, 14th and 15th accordingly.

 

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And it's a beautiful album. The thing is, a lot of bands only have a certain window in which to release music in - after all, you need to be on the wave to be able to ride it. But with some acts, even if it takes them ages to release an album they wrote seemingly forever ago, the time passing doesn't take anything away from how good their actual music is (plus Olivia and Dan are like, total babes).

 

To catch you up on our lack of keeping you up; here's 'Slippery Slope', the awesome first single off of Both Ways Open Jaws, in it's hypnotic, tribal-folk and addictively odd glory (the video for which we posted last year):

 

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From 'Slippery Slope', The Dø change their tune and show their range in the second track, 'Too Insistent'. The melody, sung by Olivia's aching, childlike vocals, tug at strings you never knew you had, whilst Dan's production is intimately close yet somehow expansive; sweetly warm and jangling in perfect accompaniment to Olivia's voice. 'Too Insistent' is just too lovely:

 

Too Insistent by The Dø

 

[Edited: my bad! Illegal album stream! Let's hope y'all get to hear it proper soon. In the meantime, here's a teaser instead. SORRAY]

 

The Dø Album Teaser


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