Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pharrell Curates Exhibition "G I R L” At Galerie Perrotin

Mad cool as per usual with homie. May 27 through June 25 in Paris.

The roughly 40 works that will be on view, are a celebration of women — and love. And interestingly, more than one artwork focuses on Williams himself: Takashi Murakami painted a portrait of Williams dancing with his wife, Laurent Grasso illustrated a single (“Lost Queen”) from the “G I R L” album and Rob Pruitt took markers to a canvas loveseat, which centers around Williams’s head, topped with his signature Vivienne Westwood hat. Some of these artists consider themselves friends of Williams, including the artist Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS, who created an original work for the show and will also design the bottle for the musical icon’s forthcoming fragrance called, you guessed it, Girl. Here, a first look at some of these commissioned masterpieces, along with commentary from the artists about working with Williams. One thing becomes clear: the artist’s ability to inspire knows no bounds.

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"All The Days" Video Directed By Danny Sangra


A$AP Rocky Remixes Lykke Li's "No Rest For The Wicked"

Rocky does this justice. Song's so good.

Sculptor Lorrie Goulet For NY Magazine

Love this though it's only a minute and a half unfortunately.

NPR Interviews Nas On Microphone Check (Audio)

Really ill interview. Also featuring Tribe legend Ali Shaheed Muhammad.


Louis C.K. Covers GQ Magazine, Full Cover Story

One of the best we have.

When it comes to his own jokes, C.K. is proudest of those for which he must commit with Method-actor rigor to some rhetorical or moral absurdity—and then take his argument several parsecs beyond its "logical" conclusion. He's always striking through the mask, Louis C.K. It's not just a matter of braying aloud what the rest of us only dare to think; he says things we aren't even aware we're thinking until we hear them from C.K. That's his genius. Yeah, that word. I hesitate to use it. First because overuse has cheapened it into a kind of aerosolized cheese, and second because C.K. himself is ruthlessly precise in the way he uses and talks about language. (From his 2010 special, Hilarious: "We don't think about how we talk.... 'Dude, it was amazing.' Really? You were amazed by a basket of chicken wings? What if Jesus comes down from the sky and makes love to you all night long and leaves the new Living Lord in your belly? What are you going to call that? You used 'amazing' on a basket of chicken wings! You've limited yourself verbally to a shit life!") If Louis C.K., nĂ© Szekely, were "merely" the greatest comic talent of his generation, which he is, he'd merit...well, "the most electrifying comedian since Richard Pryor." But not "genius." 

Full story here but for the love of God go buy a $4 magazine.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shirt Featured On Nas #ILLMATIC20 Tribute Album With "The World Is Yours"

Shout to Nahright and UpNorthTrips one time.  Not to forget my man Stan Ipcus either.

We wanted to pay tribute to this remarkable record in a manner befitting a piece of art that has meant so much to all of us and to so many others for so long. So we reached out to the new generation of New York MCs and asked them to join us in paying homage to Nas and his magnum opus over the same timeless tracks that underscored his historic bars back in 1994 (plus a few of the remixes). Needless to say, if you were born or raised in the boroughs, Nas’ music has touched you in one way or another, and an amazingly talented array of artists stepped up to honor Esco.

Featuring contributions from Al-Doe, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Troy Ave, Bodega Bamz, YC The Cynic, Denzil Porter, Smoke DZA, Doley Bernays, Timeless Truth, Euro League, Pete from Bitches Is Crazy, The Incomparable Shakespeare and SHIRT, this project is as much a showcase of the homegrown talent that has been reinvigorating the NY Rap scene over the last couple of years as it is a thank you letter to Nasir Jones. And really, what higher praise is there than that which comes from a generation of artists that cite you as a direct influence?

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Michael White Profile On New Doc "The Last Impresario"



Monday, April 14, 2014

New Banksy Work

Site just went live again.

Lykke Li "No Rest For The Wicked" (Video)

Great video.

New album, "I Never Learn" out May 5th.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pharrell's "Good Morning America" Appearance

Our guy out making everybody proud. Doing the damn thing.

NR has the rooftop performance of "Happy", and 2nd single "Marilyn Monroe".

Bill Gates Gives Great Rolling Stone Interview

From a couple weeks back but fascinating stuff. Take a few minutes.

Do you think some of these concerns people have are overblown? 

There's always been a lot of information about your activities. Every phone number you dial, every credit-card charge you make. It's long since passed that a typical person doesn't leave footprints. But we need explicit rules. If you were in a divorce lawsuit 20 years ago, is that a public document on the Web that a nosy neighbor should be able to pull up with a Bing or Google search? When I apply for a job, should my speeding tickets be available? Well, I'm a bus driver, how about in that case? And society does have an overriding interest in some activities, like, "Am I gathering nuclear-weapons plans, and am I going to kill millions of people?" If we think there's an increasing chance of that, who do you trust? I actually wish we were having more intense debates about these things. 

Should the state be playing a greater role in helping people at the lowest end of the income scale? Poverty today looks very different than poverty in the past. The real thing you want to look at is consumption and use that as a metric and say, "Have you been worried about having enough to eat? Do you have enough warmth, shelter? Do you think of yourself as having a place to go?" The poor are better off than they were before, even though they're still in the bottom group in terms of income. 

The way we help the poor out today [is also a problem]. You have Section 8 housing, food stamps, fuel programs, very complex medical programs. It's all high-overhead, capricious, not well-designed. Its ability to distinguish between somebody who has family that could take care of them versus someone who's really out on their own is not very good, either. It's a totally gameable system – not everybody games it, but lots of people do. Why aren't the technocrats taking the poverty programs, looking at them as a whole, and then redesigning them? Well, they are afraid that if they do, their funding is going to be cut back, so they defend the thing that is absolutely horrific. Just look at low-cost housing and the various forms, the wait lists, things like that. 

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The Roots Drop New Single "When The People Cheer"

This shit sounds great.

Kanye Speaks To Adidas Crowd "Creativity Is My Oxygen"


New Yeezi's for Adidas drop in June.