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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.
HIYA // Cat's Eyes (Faris Badwan + Rachel Zeffira)

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The Horrors have come a long way in their career. From being that band only recognized for their visual mix of goth and emo to finally being praised by their sonic mix of 60s garage and 80s art noise bands; it took them a few years, two albums and the best underground references in the overground. While the third album is still in talks, Faris Badwan used his free time to come up with a conceptual new band that is just something else.

 

Cat’s Eyes features a Canadian opera soprano and multi-instrumentalist by the name of Rachel Zeffira and makes a sound that is so holy and brilliant that their first gig ever was inside St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican. According to the press release “it was attended by seven high-ranking cardinals”.

 

If you weren’t lucky enough – or Catholic enough – to be at the church when that happened, Farris and Rachel took some friends who managed to sneak in with cameras and recorded ‘I Knew It Was Over’. The video is really captivating, but nothing there will be as impressive as the dance that Farris does in order to control the massive pipe organ.

 

Cat's Eyes - I Knew It Was Over (Performed Live at the Vatican)

 

Heading to the Cat’s Eyes and leaving your e-mail there will give you a link for the song ‘Not a Friend’. Less epic and more sweet, it sounds like Little Joy slightly more reverberated, but just as sunny.

 

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Both these stunning symphonic pieces of music will be featured on the duo’s EP Broken Glass, which will be released on February 28 by Polydor. The debut album will be released on April 11 and features production by Steve Osborne, who has worked with New Order and Happy Mondays in the past.

 

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The visual concept of the band was directed by the great Chris Cunningham, who has worked with Faris in the past, though not many images have surfaced yet.  

 

With information by Pitchfork.

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