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Diplo Gets His Vogue On
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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.
Wayne Coyne shoots Ariel Pink

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I’m sure by now you all have a friend (or five) that's addicted to their iPhone. You talk to him and there isn't any eye contact, he's always typing something or refreshing his e-mail/Facebook/Twitter. You start eating or do something ridiculous and he'll start 'recording the moment'. You get ready to go out and he wants to take a picture - in the hipstamatic fashion, of course - to update to his Twitpic. It’s very traumatizing, especially if you, like me, use your mobile only to call people – and perhaps play a quick game of that Snake (classic).

 

Ariel Pink suffers from the same problem as you, except his friends are cooler than yours. They are people like Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne. And instead of recording stupid things, he'll collect donations of human breast milk to put in a bowl while you lip synch your biggest hit from your latest album. And even the effect he used to record the video (some sort of VHS filter) is better than the ones your friends use. And after that, he'll publish the video and it's so great that you're able to start using it as the official one and can then say that Wayne Coyne directed it.

 

[Editor's note: the video was shot by Wayne Coyne when the bands were touring together and the effects were later added by Delo Creative.]

 

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round & Round

 

 

By the way, my iPhone addicted friend loves ‘Round and Round’ and plays it on the same playlist containing disco classics and new synthpop songs - which I think fits perfectly well – especially when there is coffee and random X-Box games involved. It also sustains my previous theory centering around the impossibility of putting Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s Before Today into any musical genre.

 

While I’m struggling to put (or not, as it were) Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti in a genre, I think inevitable to use chillwave to describe the Little Loud remix. And by that I mean it sounds like something the adorable Californian duo Kisses would do, messing around lovable 80’s synths. Too cute to ignore. 

 

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