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DJ Shadow “Scale it Back”

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
DJ Shadow "Scale It Back" featuring Little Dragon Ah, yes. The single-take music video. So we meet again. Every time, we think you'll change. Every time, we say to ourselves, "Maybe, just maybe, this time things will be different." You always promise us it will be different. But again, just as before, you beat us down with your uninspired Rube Goldberg contraptions, your slow pans, your reverse playback that we once naïvely found so charming. We should have known. We should have listened to our family and friends. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. Well then, for all intents and purposes, we are insane. But what's this? Has it really...happened? A single-take music video unlike any we've ever seen before? They said it was impossible. They said there was no hope. They were wrong. Do not miss out on the incredibly creative, fun, and innovative new video for DJ Shadow's "Scale It Back," featuring vocals from the always-amazeballs Little Dragon. We won't spoil the M. Night Shamalamadingdong-esque ending, but do yourself a favor and watch all the way through. Watch DJ Shadow's "Scale It Back" featuring Little Dragon music video below.

Kate Bush Melts for Snowman

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Kate Bush melts for a melting snowman in her new video "Mistraldespair" Psychrophilia--it's a thing. It means you get sexy feelings from touching cold things or watching others freeze. In her video "Mistraldespair" (which is a 2-minute segment of the 13-minute song "Misty"), Kate Bush gets down with a snowman who crawls into bed with her. "He's full of dead leaves/Bits of twisted branches/And frozen garden," she sings. Definitely a new spin on Frosty the Snowman. The whole album, titled 50 Words for Snow, is winter-appropriate, to say the least. Other tracks include "Snowflake" and "Snowed in at Wheeler Street." More importantly, reviews for the album are through the roof. Check out her "Mistraldespair" video below for a taste of 50 Words for Snow and get your mittens on the rest of Kate Bush's new tracks.


Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
R.I.P. flip-flops We’ve been digging Norwegian lifestyle brand SWIMS ever since they reinvented the galosh, made them desirable and colorful--essentially saving the lives of our leather shoes. We now tromp through puddles fearlessly and look good while doing it. For s/s ’12, as the days get dryer, SWIMS has rethought the loafer, and it’s going to be our new go-to for the beach, dipping in the ocean, the pool/poolside, and for cruising around the city. We can now loaf around anywhere. SWIMS redesigned the classic loafer with a rubber exterior and nylon top complete with anti-bacterial mesh, ventilation, traction, and breathability. But in addition to functionality, they also have strong style points with detailing options including lace front and tassles, in a wide range of hues.  All in all, much better than stubbing your toe on a rock or bailing at a pool party. Take a look at SWIMS s/s '12 collection of loafers below, and believe us when we say flip-flops are dead.

Rodebjer S/S ‘12

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Rodebjer spring/summer 2012--it's like automatic sunshine The Rodebjer s/s ‘12 collection is based on the frantic artist, melding life and work together “under the blazing sun of the Mediterranean coast.” It’s about those moments of intense presence, “when everything is connected, when life feeds art, art feeds life and something unique, yet wholly natural, is born.” It’s a vast and proverbial concept to build on for a collection but it works. Rodebjer references the artist's traditional materials: unbleached canvas, deep clay and nude browns compliment primary splashes of yellow paint, blues, bright red, and some crisp canvas primer white. This artist is cruising down the coastline drenched in sunshine, wearing wide-brimmed hats, palazzo pants, and sand-sweeping skirts, maybe feeling frantic, but looking pretty damn cool. See some close-ups of Rodebjer's S/S '12 collection below.

Jason Mecier’s Pill Portraits

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

So many pills, so little time With news circulating that Miley Cyrus actually is a pothead (Like Kelly said "We thought Salvia was your problem, Miley"), Jason Mecier reminds us there are much worse things she could be doing. The San Francisco based artist's Pill Portraits show us examples of celebrities who've blazed the trail of bad behavior long before Miley. Dealing only in mosaic portraits, Mecier creates intricately detailed celebrity mosaics using trash, candy, beans, lighters, dead mice, and other random junk. His most recent portraits featuring Courtney Love, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, Kelly Osbourne and Michael Jackson are solely made out of pills. These pieces serve as sad (yet colorful) reminders that some celebrities make it out of drug addiction, but others die trying. If Miley knows what's good for her, like her career, she'll keep it mostly PG. See Jason Mecier's celebrity Pill Portraits below.


Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

We divine in your future…your credit card bill is due Hate it or love it, all things witchy and occultist are a go lately. Magic has made a serious comeback after getting a rough wrap back in the 1600’s.  And pop culture buffs from the KLÜP Foundation have put another creative spin on the phenomenon with an over-sized Tarot deck featuring artistic interpretations by the likes of Terry Richardson, Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs. The art project follows Stacey Engman's exhibition, Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The chosen 78 creative icons displayed their new works on their very own tarot card in the forms of collage, photography, and painting, alongside written interpretations that liken each artist with future forecasts and significations. (You know you’ve made it big when...) These stylish decks are now available for purchase online. So when you flip over The King of Wands card at your next tarot reading circle, and Karl Lagerfeld is sitting crossed-legged in a bubble chair, don't be alarmed. Karl’s King of Wands card predicts adventure, new concepts, and a clandestine and in command future ahead. Flip over more of Stacey Engman's KLÜP Foundation tarot cards below.