Friday, December 9, 2011

Can't You See


St. Vincent "Cruel" from Strange Mercy (2011, 4AD)

The Line


Early '60s Dior lingerie packaging.

Totally brilliant.

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out


Peaking Lights documentary

Crazy talented. Can't wait to hear what they do next.

(yet again via Suspence)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

You Always Gotta Have a Plan


Ice Cube on Charles & Ray Eames for
Pacific Standard Time. Read an interview with Ice Cube about this project at

(via Suspence)

Best Foot Forward

Alexander Wang Chloe sandal,
$525 at

Image of the Day

Francesca Woodman: Caryatid, New York, 1980 (Diazotype) – on view in the first major American museum exhibition of Woodman's work in 25 years, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through February 20. Get info here and read a review by Ted Loos at

via SFMoMA / © George and Betty Woodman)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Image of the Day

Peep the line-up for Cairo's fourth annual Expo.
Quite fantastic, I would say. Info here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Need vs. Want

This happened to appear in my inbox this morning, courtesy of an email from Matches. I'm not generally one for floral prints, but this is lovely.
Preen Akiki dress, $1169 at Want.

Image of the Day

Ten of them, actually – classic photographs by the great Alfred Eisenstaedt, who was born today in 1898.

Monday, December 5, 2011

There Is A Darkness


Stills from
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981).
A new print is showing this week at Film Forum in NYC.

"A movie that has to be seen to be believed! Starts as an unusually violent breakup film, takes a turn toward Repulsion-style psychological breakdown, escalates into the avant-garde... and ends in the realm of pulp metaphysics... Adjani gives the performance of a lifetime – a veritable aria of hysteria... At once a dread-inducing ordeal, a bloody arabesque, and a swooning celebration of Adjani's long, cloaked form in perpetual motion."
–J.Hoberman, The Village Voice

"Rewards repeated viewings... With its blood-and-gasoline-drenched apocalyptic ending, Possession joins the recent Melancholia in portraying the sense that it must be the literal end of the world simply because it feels that way." –L. Caldoran, Cinespect

"Looks creepy and chic to the max. Can't wait to see it if it ever comes out on DVD." –Pacific Standard

Here's the trailer:

If you're in NYC go see it here.



Micachu & the Shapes/London Sinfonietta "Everything"
Chopped and Screwed (2011, Rough Trade)

(photo: Lake Union, Seattle, WA, yesterday)

Image of the Day

Bo Muller-Moore in his studio in Vermont, where he screenprints t-shirts with the slogan "Eat More Kale." The fast food chain Chik-Fil-A, which sells 537 chicken sandwiches a minute, alleges that Muller-Moore's t-shirts violate its trademarked slogan “Eat Mor Chikin.” “This is corporate bullying,” Mr. Muller-Moore said. His lawyer, Daniel Richardson, sent Chick-fil-A a letter in November, contesting its claim that the slogan “is likely to cause confusion of the public and dilutes the distinctiveness of Chick-fil-A’s intellectual property." ... "We believe it’s pretty clear, the issue of dilution and confusion aren’t really triggered here,” he said. “There’s no one out there that’s going to come forward and say, ‘I thought I was buying a Chick-fil-A product but I got this T-shirt.’ ”

Read more at the
New York Times and Like Eat More Kale on Facebook.

(photo Joseph Sywenkyj/NYT)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Morning

Oddly enough, Ahmad Jamal came up in conversation at a party last night so that's my pick for this week's Sunday record. It would be tough to choose a favorite, but The Awakening, his 1970 recording for Impulse, is definitely on the short list. Some cuts:

The Awakening by Ahmad Jamal Trio on Grooveshark
"The Awakening"

"Dolphin Dance" (written by Herbie Hancock)

"I Love Music"

"Wave" (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

"Stolen Moments" (Oliver Nelson)

(Photos by the great and underappreciated Chuck Stewart)

Almost all of the songs on The Awakening have been sampled in different ways for some true hip-hop classics:

Nas "The World Is Yours" (produced by Pete Rock) from Illmatic (1994, Columbia)

Shadez of Brooklyn "Change" 12-inch (produced by Da Beatminerz, 1996, Pandemonium/Tape Kingz)

Pete Rock & CL Smooth "It's On You" from The Main Ingredient (1994, Elektra)

DJ Premier beat for Jeru the Damaja "Me Or the Papes" from Wrath of the Math (1996, Payday)

So, um, there you have it, what I'm listening to this bright and sunny Sunday morning.