They used to say ‘only in America’, but I think the baton has been well and truly passed — or dropped, depending on which way you look at it. Yup, only in Japan would you find a foam pillow imitating the shape and feel of a woman’s legs.
Just when Brooklynites didn’t think they could get any more nonchalantly hip, Brooklyn Fare opened its doors. This local gourmet kitchen, café, market, and cooking school dynamo is a Brooklyn foodie’s dream. Gorgeous take-away meals are prepared in the kitchen making perfect lazy weekday dinner solutions; the café steams with cappuccinos and croissants; and there are enough enticing gourmet foodstuffs and specialty beers in the market to make Whole Foods jealous.
For the next fortnight, independent Sydney publishing collective Rainoff Books has set up a temporary curated bookstore in Surry Hills. The store launched last week with a party celebrating the release of Pretty Telling I Suppose, the new photographic collection by Sydney artist Samuel Hodge. Hodge’s photography allows us short glimpses into his subject’s most intimate experiences, enabling us to experience life as someone else. But only for a moment. Hodge renders permanent those everyday fleeting moments often forgotten: a lover’s admiring glance, a sibling’s warm touch, grandfather’s knowing look.
The allusions are endless. Sydney’s Pocket Bar is tiny, bursting at the seams with people wanting to get at the never-ending supply of stuff (namely the tasty nibbles and a raft of fine vino) and we’re pretty sure that they would have an offering of rubber bands and string if you asked politely. While these [...]
My band shared a bill with Brooklyn neofolk outfit Cult of Youth when we opened for ex-Swans vocalist/keyboardist Jarboe. Though Cult of Youth can trace their lineage to bands like Death in June and Sol Invictus, frontman Sean Ragon’s almost screeching vocals and punkish songwriting made me think of the Pogues, which is a good [...]
Philippe Starck, the famous interior and furniture designer, is a mess of contradictions as of late. Famously stating that ‘Design is Dead’ and announcing his retirement from design, he went on to launch an eco line of mini wind turbines. Now Starck, who admittedly never left the design world, has made another faux-pax while incredulously stating in Florence at the launch of his new eco-conscious line that he ‘will never be idiotic enough to do fashion’.
I learned of the work of New York artist Katherine Mangiardi from the Merchant’s House Museum of all places. So appropriate. Mangiardi’s paintings of lace are unbelievably haunting, like the delicate, filmy fabric of a ghost, or like the painfully decaying lace of an antique dress. I also found her fabric installations at various historic museums around the East Coast rather beautiful. I find the idea of being able to set up an installation in a historic house pretty intriguing.
Amazing Baby have remade the video for their single, Headdress, working in body-painted women running nude through forests, animal masks, a goat, and a creepy old house in a sort of Ryan McGinley-X-Files-Blair Witch pastiche. Nice.
From the Motown archives, this is a rare radio session recorded in the early 70s and featuring the original Jackson 5 — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael — all interviewing one another. During the podcast you’ll hear a very young sounding Michael talk about his favorite sports, bands, even what he looks for in [...]