The Crew on 06/20/14
It's not 2002 anymore, so most mashups are pretty lame, but this combination of MJ's vocal from "Beat It" and the instrumental from "We Found Love" is like Peanut Butter and Sex and Chocolate. It's one of those "wow, this is the rightest" moments. Enjoy!
The Crew on 06/18/14
Well, technically they're stickers - the newfangled emoji substitutes all the cool Japanese kids have been using for years that are just arriving on our shores - but OMFG you guys would you LOOK at these Ghostface Killah symbols you can use in text messages? C.R.E.A.M. is above, and here's one you can use to tell people that Ghostface loves them:
These stickers are part of the launch collection from
Hi-Art, an app that aims to "make contemporary art part of everyday conversation."
Relatedly: do you think people are going to miss communicating with words? We're basically all reverting to heiroglyphics. If they're this awesome, not sure it's a problem.
Listen to "RUN!":
The Crew on 06/06/14
I bet you did not realize that you really needed a silky-smooth Disclosure remix of Pharrell's 2003 single "Frontin'," featuring Jay-Z, but quite obviously you did. Pharrell is in full sweet falsetto, Jay is in command like the old days, and the chill poolside vibe is perfect for now. Frankly, this blows everything on
G I R L right out of water. Margaritas all around!
The Crew on 05/21/14
You get that cookie, pig.
The Crew on 05/14/14
1. Indiana is not from the midwestern United States as her name might imply. Instead, she's from Europe (specifically England), which is probably why her debut single has a dark, throbbing, 5 am strobelights dark disco vibe.
2. The track is called "Solo Dancing" but a key lyric goes "I go dancing by myself" and you kinda can't help but feel that this is a response to Robyn, something that's somehow feels darker while expressing a substantially more independent worldview. Anyway: if you liked "Dancing On My Own," you will probably like this.
3. Here's a partial list of weird things in this video, which actually has less dancing than you'd expect: someone rubbing butter onto an ear of corn on the cob with their bare hands. A pork loin. A pork loin being smashed. A FRENCHIE! Indiana twisting a dreidel between her fingers. A jar of pickles! Anyway, listen to the track, it's major.
The Crew on 05/02/14
For the uninitiated:
DUNE is a 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert that became a worldwide phenomenon (it's actually still the world's best-selling sci fi novel). Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean-French avant-garde filmmaker who, for several years in the mid-70s, was planning to direct a film adaptation of DUNE that would have starred Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali. JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is a very very very entertaining documentary about the inspired but ultimately doomed creative process the director and his band of "spiritual warriors" went through on the way to creating one of the world's most legendary unfilmed storyboards. Jodorowsky corralled artists including H.R. Giger (the designer of the Alien), the graphic artist Moebius, and special effects guru Dan O'Bannon (not to mention Pink Floyd) onto his team for the project; after the project burst into flames a great deal of the creative material generated ended up in (or directly inspiring) movies like Alien, Blade Runner, and The Matrix.
Still screening in New York, and almost certainly coming soon to an art house near you, this documentary is a celebration of the creative process and an inspirational depiction of one enigmatic artist in particular. Jodorowsky (who was a cult figure in the 70s art world due to his prior mindfucks
El Topo and The Holy Mountain) at one point tells a story about how he dreamed of casting Mick Jagger as a key character in his film, but had no idea how to reach Jagger ("We did not have the Internet") and was skeptical that he'd at all be interested, given that he was at the height of his fame and glory at the time. Luckily, Jagger and Jodorowsky then ended up at the same party together. Even luckier: Jagger strode across the crowded room specifically to greet Jodorowsky. "I said, 'I want you in my film,' and he said, "Yes." It's a fantastic anecdote, but also believable, because Jodorowsky comes across as intensely charismatic cult leader - driven to create and imagine, but also someone you could imagine leading a compound somewhere, in a different life. The kind of person who says "Sell all of your possessions and move to Paris" and people do it - all in service of an artistic vision, a creative dream. While Jodorowsky's version of DUNE was never produced, a staggering amount of conceptual work was done before the project was scuttled, and this film documents a great deal of the dazzling imaginative work his team did - work which still influences visions of the future and the weird to this day. If you're a person who loves art, you should go see this movie.
The Crew on 04/25/14
Look, this is a video of a teacup pig splashing around in a kiddie pool. It's exactly as advertised. Why you're reading this instead of clicking "play" over and over and over, I don't know. Maybe you just don't love joy and wonderfulness, who can say?
The Crew on 04/24/14
If you're a New Yorker and you read this blog you've almost certainly already seen
PARIS IS BURNING, the totally mandatory 1991 documentary about the ball scene of late 80s NYC. If you haven't, drop everything and get yourself to Netflix. [waits a few hours]. Okay. Now that we've all seen PARIS IS BURNING, I'm sure that we all understand how amazing it would be to see a screening of the film preceded by a conversation between director Jennie Livingston and the legendary Junior Labeija, moderated by Carl Siciliano of the Ali Forney Center. So aren't we extraordinary lucky that that's exactly what's happening on Friday May 16th at the Director's Guild of America. As if that lineup weren't compelling enough, all the proceeds from tickets to the discussion and screening will benefit AFC, NYC's largest shelter and outreach organization for homeless LGBTQ youth. Go grab a ticket and justify constantly saying "REALNESS" for at least a year.
The Crew on 04/24/14
If Norwegian disco don Todd Terje's new record
It's Album Time can sometimes be, as the name sort of implies, a bit too jokey for its own good (there's probably a dash or too much corny nu-lounge in the first half), at least when the time comes to launch the dancefloor weapons it's deadly serious. We're particularly partial to "Delorean Dynamite," half for the precision-machined pneumatic hands-in-the-air whoosh it achieves and half because it reminds us of our gorgeous new Delorean Jacket.
The Crew on 04/21/14
Little did we know, in the days of
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, what DMX was actually for. Note: DMX is for making llamas look even sillier. Ruff Rydin, y'all.