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Beautiful footage of Steve Nicks singing Wild Heart

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By Ben Lee in New Music on Friday 22 July 2011

This is Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks backstage in the early 1980s sharing the demo of her new song with her backup singers and make up artist. The final argument for why demos should not be messed with.

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Ayahuasca

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By Ben Lee in New Products on Thursday 26 February 2009

There’s a fascinating sub-culture springing up all over the world full of earnest psychic adventurers, working with this powerful medicine called Ayahuasca from the Amazon. It’s a plant that’s brewed into a syrupy liquid that takes its users on an eight hour journey into the depths of their insecurities, shadows and secret glory.

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Muscles’ Guns Babes Lemonade

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By Ben Lee in New Music on Tuesday 20 January 2009

Muscles is doing a remix of my single I Love Pop Music and I’m really excited to hear what he comes up with. He’s a new electronic artist from Australia and he’s full of piss and vinegar. He’s got that youthful Manchester-esque arrogance that makes rock n’ roll sound life-changing, all set to a surprisingly […]

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Lion of Panjshir

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By Ben Lee in New Music on Friday 16 January 2009

The Los Angeles musician, Ariana Delawari — aka Lion of Panjshir — is half Afghan and half Sicilian and makes wonderfully enlightened weirdo folk rock. I hope she takes that as a compliment! Her music is delicate and powerful and she is a pure artist. Everything she does has that magic light in it. She […]

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Stevie Nicks’ Wild Heart (demo version)

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By Ben Lee in Video on Wednesday 19 November 2008

This is Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks backstage in the early 1980s sharing the demo of her new song with her backup singers and make up artist. The final argument for why demos should not be messed with.

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Vintage Rolexes

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By Ben Lee in New Products on Friday 14 September 2007

I recently bought a 1960 Oyster Perpetual Datejust and I love it.

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Band of Outsiders

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By Ben Lee in New Fashion on Thursday 13 September 2007

Scott Sternberg created the great Los Angeles label, Band of Outsiders, and it’s one of the few labels that fit a little guy like me perfectly. I live in BOO shirts. They are my second skin.

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Weeds

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By Ben Lee in New Trends on Wednesday 12 September 2007

I downloaded the second season of Weeds and watched it on a long plane ride recently. The show is very provocative. It pushes a lot of moral boundaries but does so with an absurd sense of humor. They used my song ‘Gamble Everything for Love’ in a scene where a 16-year-old boy is making a […]

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Rickie Lee Jones

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By Ben Lee in New Music on Tuesday 11 September 2007

Rickie Lee Jones put out an album recently called The Sermon on Exposition Blvd. It’s a concept album — the story of Jesus told from his perspective. But it’s not Christian Rock, it’s sleazy, and real, and full of confusion. I hear she improvised a lot of it. It’s really spiritual. And her voice has […]

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Against Me!

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By Ben Lee in New Music on Monday 10 September 2007

Against Me! put out an awesome album called New Wave last year. It was produced by Butch Vig, who did Nirvana’s Nevermind, and is just brilliant. I fell in love with it when it came out, and covered the whole album, beginning to end, putting it up for free on my website and Myspace page. […]

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Elizabeth Peyton

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By Ben Lee in New Art on Monday 10 September 2007

I got turned on to the artist Elizabeth Peyton last year. She does classic portraiture, but in a very pop way — often painting rock stars and capturing this great mix of the sacred and the profane. We emailed a little bit earlier this year. I was in awe. Every time I saw ‘Elizabeth Peyton’ appear in my inbox I would have a minor panic attack.

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