BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Lady Rizo’s Retro-Cool New Single ‘Hit of You’

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The NY Times described the Lady Rizo stage show as a “…fierce but kindhearted fusion of comedy, burlesque, performance art and rock ’n’ roll.” What’s not to love?

Having veritably invented “caburlesque” with her 2005 show Lady Rizo & the Assettes, she went on to earn a 2010 Grammy for a collab with, of all people, Yo Yo Ma. Now, in advance of the release of her second album, she’s got a quite fabulous new single, “Hit of You,” which BlackBook premieres here.

Never one to record the obvious, the song comes off like Queen’s “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon,” as produced by Sgt. Pepper era George Martin, and performed in 1930s Weimar. Got that?

She elaborates, “It’s about the feeling of euphoria that you associate with the best lover or a really great audience. [It features a] Lewis Carroll pitter-patter rap, and feels like falling down a rabbit hole.”

Totally.

The follow up to her 2013 debut album Violet will be released this August 18. And it’s fittingly titled Indigo – which is known to be the color of perception and intuition.

“It’s like a tour of a grand old house,” she says of the album, “Every song is a different room.”

We can’t wait to get lost in it.

N.B. Following a three-week run at the Soho Theatre in London, she’ll be back in NYC for a trio of dates at Joe’s Pub.

 

Opera, Naughty Angels and Extraordinary Snails: A Rather Elegant Whirl Through Paris

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What we had always most loved about Paris was its stubborn resistance to change. Vive la ville de la lumière!

But “branded” hipster encroachment has worryingly taken over such districts as the Bastille, Pigalle, and Belleville. And frankly, we’ve already had enough of the goofy facial hair and over-produced cocktails back in New York.

So, upon our most recent visit to the French capital, we decided to skip the hip, and revisit some of the things that for us make Paris so…intemporel. To her we never tire of saying, ne changez jamais, don’t ever change.

 

Tour the Palais Garnier

Sure, there’s La Scala in Milan and Staatsoper in Vienna; but Paris’s oh-so-grandiosely-grand opera house has something more of the intrigue about it – after all, this is where Le Fantôme was born. Fittingly, we exchanged philosophical arrows with our brilliantly eccentric guide and, ultimately, we lost. She also regaled us with the history of seating hierarchy (N.B. Ask about tickets for the “hidden” seats, which can be booked for just 10 euro.)

Revisit Georges at The Pompidou

It was the pinnacle of all Parisian super-fabulousness when it debuted back in 2000 (remember how optimistic we were back then?). But Georges – the crown jewel of the Costes empire – is once again, or perhaps maybe still, tres fashionable…which is very well with us, since we’d go for the view alone. Perched spectacularly atop the Centre Pompidou museum, its space age decor now seems a brilliantly futuristic counterpoint to all that grumpy hipster old-timeyness. But the international menu dazzles like the vistas of Paris, including possibly the most awesome croque monsieur in the city, and the appropriately titled Extraordinary Snails.

 

Take in a Gripoix Glass Jewelry Workshop

Renowned for the Chanel Gripoix jewels, worn by the likes of Rihanna and Emma Watson, this workshop, opened on the gorgeous Place des Victoires in late 2015, sells the brand’s own dazzling collection. Upstairs we watched as bespoke (note correct use of word) pieces were being created for moneyed clients. But on the ground floor, you can buy strikingly colorful necklaces, earrings and brooches for surprisingly approachable prices.

Go “Behind the Scent” at Serge Lutens

He’s the mystical French guru of fragrance. And entering his flagship boutique, hidden mysteriously away amidst the gardens of the Palais Royal, is like being welcomed into a sacred space. There are secret hideaways with astrological references and nautical charts, an upstairs sanctuary done up with Asian wall panels, even a Virtual Reality room…with medieval furnishings. The ethereal signature scents have magically poetic descriptions – for instance “Deliver us from Good! Jasmine petals are as white as snow. Black is my religion.” (La religieuse) and “She’s a rose with thorns, don’t mess with her. She’s a girl who goes to extremes. When she can, she soothes; and when she wants … !” (La fille de Berlin). An experience.

 

Get Bespoke Shoes Made at Non-Bespoke Prices

Tucked away in the charming Passage des Deux Pavillons in the 1st Arrondissement, Derville is an unassuming little shop that makes some of the best custom shoes in Paris. And they can be had for as little as…$700. The trick? They use a machine for the soles – though you’d never know it. And not just for business types, the shoes come in colors like pink, orange and sky blue.

Have a Glamorous Dinner at Mini Palais

Part of the awe-inspiring Grand Palais museum and exhibition complex, this is the place to go when you’ve had enough of all those charmingly low-key bistrotheques. Despite the name, it’s a statement restaurant in the best sense. Climb a grand staircase, enter into a dramatic foyer, and emerge into a dining room with arched windows, high ceilings and impeccable style. The menu is by Eric Frechon, Paris’ most exalted chef: lemon potato gnocchi, cod in tamarind crust, roasted scallops with fine truffle muslin. There’s also a plush outdoor terrace amidst the classical columns.

 

Stay: The Hilton Paris Opera

Face it, you’d stay for the name alone. It says to everyone, “Yes, I am staying somewhere grand in Paris.” Recently made over, there’s now a contemporary sparkle to its 19th Century majesty. The rooms have been done up with a stylish, modern elegance – and those looking out towards Gare Saint Lazare offer supreme Parisian-street-life watching.
But we spent most of our time in Le Grand Salon, literally a listed historic monument – with forty-five-foot ceilings, glittering chandeliers and cool, modern furnishings. You can breakfast like the Marquess of Something-or-Other, or try to spot the naughty angels amongst the stunning frescoes over a few rounds of Hugo Saint Germain champagne cocktails. There’s a Le Pain Quotidien on site, as well, should you need something a little less, say, imposing, for an important biz lunch.
And just step out of the hotel in you’re in Lazare, the casual but super buzzy new bistro – also from the many Michelin-starred Eric Frechon – in the station of the same name. The sausages and mashed potatoes are genuinely life-altering.

 

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BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Haunting New Sam Valdez Track ‘Hours’

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LA indie-folk songstress Sam Valdez is going to be breaking a lot of hearts. Indeed, her enigmatic presence and almost gossamer vocal delivery make it almost impossible not to find oneself immediately captivated by her.

To wit, the stunning, haunted ballad “Hours,” which BlackBook premieres here. Evocative lines like “My head’s on your chest / With your lit cigarette” and “Now we’re lost in a perfect haze at midnight” convey a sort of together-but-lonely emotional desolation. And with its bluesy but lush, neo-noir musical backdrop, it recalls the likes of Lana Del Rey, Leonard Cohen and (David Lynch muse) Chrysta Bell.

“This song is about the hold loss can have on us,” Valdez opens up, “while simultaneously being in love with someone who shares a similar experience. I wanted ‘Hours’ to convey the feeling of being aware of pain and the dependencies it can create, and learning to just give into it sometimes and then let it go.”

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until early 2018 for the release of her debut EP. But we’re quite sure we’ll be hearing more from this striking young talent in the meantime.

 

A HiFi Sean Guide to Musical Glasgow + New Crystal Waters Collab ‘Testify’

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As singer of the late, great Scottish band The Soup Dragons, Sean Dickson was living high in the early 90s. Their dance-ified cover of The Rolling Stones’ “I’m Free” became a massive hit on both sides of the pond – followed by yet another chart topper, the impossibly groovy “Divine Thing.”
The group disbanded in 1995. Dickson fell in love with New York club sounds at that time – but went through a difficult period personally. Having come out, and being married and a father, he busied himself with DJing, but made no new music for some fifteen years.
A timely revelation led him to eventually hooking up with Crystal Waters – whose 1991 single “Gypsy Woman” also made her a big star – and producing the exuberant hit “Testify” under the moniker HiFi Sean. Its success has shot him straight back into the musical spotlight. He released a 2016 album, Ft., and is now ready to reconquer America – with the Testify! Remixes collection just out this week.
A Glasgow lad, we caught up with him for a chat, and also asked him to turn us on to his fave spots in Scotland’s hippest city.

You were out of music for quite awhile. What inspired you to come back as HiFi Sean?

I lost confidence in myself after a few major personal issues. So I fell back on what I have always loved doing, sharing music with others by DJng and running club nights. Eventually, I realized that a long period of time had passed and it was time for me to start making records again. I decided to go the collaborative route for my first solo album, Ft.  Working with artists whose music I loved allowed me to regain artistic confidence.

Coming out had actually sent you into something of a spiral?   

Yes, I had a nervous breakdown. To some it’s all rainbow flags and unicorns to come out, and for others, not so much. There wasn’t much of a support network for married men with children to help explain what I was feeling and experiencing.   

 

How did you come to work with Crystal Waters? She’s still a big deal in the house music scene, no?

Crystal has ten #1 Billboard dance hits to her name, including last year’s “Believe,” a collaboration featuring Sted-E and Hybrid Heights.  I love her voice and she’s someone with whom I’ve always wanted to work.  My buddy, DJ Ralphi Rosario, connected Crystal and myself.

Are you still DJing around the European dance scene, the big Ibiza clubs and such?

At the start of this month, Crystal and I played Ministry of Sound in London and Glitterbox in Ibiza.  So much fun and the crowds went mad. 

U2 is playing “Testify” before each show on their Joshua Tree tour. Do you know them personally? 

No, I don’t. I think they discovered the track because the club scene in Dublin was quick to embrace some earlier mixes of “Testify.” It’s crazy to think how many people are getting to hear it every night on that tour.  I humbly thank U2 for the support.  

What’s next for HiFi Sean? 

Five mixes of “Testify,” including the original, are being released worldwide this Friday by Defected Records. I’m excited at the prospect of more people discovering the track. The rest of my year will be spent working on a few singles, and at the start of next year I intend to be back in the studio working on a new album.  I’ve already written quite a bit of material for it and I’m pleased to say it sounds amazingly exciting, and unlike what anyone else is doing. That’s my main goal for future projects – musical exploration.  

What inspires you about Glasgow? What makes it such a unique city? 

Glasgow is home and always will be. It has so much artistic energy revolving around music, art and culture.  It’s one of those cities that really does not need to keep justifying its existence to those down south.  Glasgow is happy to do its own thing and that’s what I love about it.   

 

HiFi Sean’s Fave Glasgow Spots

The Poetry Club

A cool arts space designed for dancing and socializing. It is run by artist Jim Lambie, with whom I used to cavort around town attending parties, doing some DJing, and often getting ripped off.  I love the fact that Jim has put something back into the city’s nightlife for all the times we prospered from it.

 

 

Trans Europe Cafe 

I used to be obsessed as a teenager by a cafe called Equi’s up by Charing Cross in Glasgow. It was across the road from Tiffany’s, a ballroom in which I saw many great bands like New Order, Depeche Mode and Soft Cell. We used to stare for hours at all the pen graffiti on the cafe walls from people leaving little messages about shows they had attended. We would daydream and put ourselves into those situations.  Trans Europe Cafe somehow has the same vibe for me. Within the confines of its art deco-meets-Kraftwerk-homage is where I prefer to go when I want to relish a delicious cheddar cheese toastie and a nice cuppa.

Mono CafeMonorail Music

Top UK vegan dining spot, complete with its own essential record store inside and a brilliant live band space for local underground artists. It’s the place to meet everyone on the Glasgow band scene from the past 20 years; at the ship’s wheel is Stephen Pastel of infamous Glasgow band The Pastels.  If you’re looking for something new for your record collection this store is a must.

 

 

Barrowland Ballroom

Infamous and legendary in every way; when I started The Soup Dragons, I could only dream I would ever headline this venue. Eventually I did, in the days leading up to Christmas 1990 – best present ever.  I have seen everybody here from The Cramps to The Beastie Boys to Echo and The Bunnymen, and hundreds more. It just oozes early 1940s Glasgow architecture and that starry ceiling looks as good from the stage as it does looking up at your fave band. The sprung floor ballroom really gets bouncy when the crowd gets moving.

The Berkeley Suite 

The Berkeley Suite – a converted 1980s casino – is now a favorite spot for all things disco and dazzling. Deep red Twin Peaks vibes in this classy club venue. You can see your fave disco DJs and soulheads merge for a cool night out on the town, where “banging” is a term that’s never used.

 

 

BlackBook Interview: Subway Therapy Artist Matthew Chavez on New Loupe Art Streaming Channel

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As the shock of the Presidential election result was still stark, raw and new, 28-year-old Brooklyn artist Matthew “Levee” Chavez made a decision to craft a positive response amidst all the panic and dejection. He set up a table with post-it notes and markers in the New York City subway underpass at 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, offering anyone who passed by to unload their anger, fear, dismay…whatever

He labeled it, simply, “Subway Therapy.”

The heartfelt artistic gesture garnered national attention, with major stories in the likes of the New York Times and USA Today. It also turned the previously unknown Chavez into something of a hero, at least for those who didn’t pull the lever for Donald J. Trump on November 8th.

It landed him a major two-book deal – Bloomsbury will publish Signs of Hope: Messages From Subway Therapy for an October release. In the meantime, the exciting new art streaming app Loupe has launched an eponymous channel – so that said “therapy” will be available to all who seek it out.

 

 

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Matthew,” says Managing Partner Karrie Goldberg, “and showcase his inspirational work via Loupe’s streaming Guest Curated Channel.”

The works being streamed will also be available for purchase as prints for the first time anywhere. And a portion of the proceeds will go to Women in Need. “Owning a print from one of the various ‘Subway Therapy’ messages,” Goldberg explains, “allows the viewer to have a piece of a moment in time, embracing the Signs of Hope from real people.”

We caught up with Chavez himself to discuss inspiration, art as education and making art as available to all as possible.

 

Obviously Trump’s election was the catalyst – but what actually inspired you to create the original Subway Therapy wall?

For almost a year before the election I was setting up a table and two chairs for Subway Therapy, but my original goal was conversation. I was curious to explore how people felt better about the things they feel bad about. I am lucky to have family and friends to talk to when I’m not feeling so great, but even so it’s nice to have a stranger to talk to from time to time.  I talked with individuals on subway platforms all over New York and after the election I didn’t think I would be able to reach enough people. I decided to bring writing materials into the subway and simply wrote “express yourself” on the wall behind me. I wanted to give people an opportunity to connect to each other in a divided time, and the response was overwhelming.

Had you ever before considered art as having therapeutic qualities?

I have always thought art had therapeutic qualities. As a former educator I used art as a tool to benefit the lives of students in a variety of different ways. While art can be relaxing to experience, it can be meditative or therapeutic to create.

 

 

Was the response both positive and negative to Subway Therapy?

For the most part the response to Subway Therapy was positive. I’m sure some commuters were annoyed by an increase in congestion created by the buzz and popularity of the project; but for the most part I only talked to people who were happy to have something beautiful to look at during their commute.

What attracted you to working with Loupe?

It’s hard to connect to different communities underground. I think working with Loupe gives me an opportunity to reach a broader audience. I would like to see my work benefit the communities that helped to create it, and Loupe is a way to show more people this incredible experience, and give back by donating some of the proceeds to charity.

How does the collaboration with Loupe further the Subway Therapy mission and message?

I want to help people, and working with Loupe helps individuals to get the Subway Therapy experience in their own homes. My hope is that people will see the channel on Loupe, and feel more connected to people in their community and around the world.

Do you see the Loupe concept of the readily available streaming of art as helping to make art more accessible to more people?

I think any service that allows people to view art helps art to be more visible.

 

 

 

 

An Urbane Day in Brooklyn With Neo-New-Wave Crooner Tenant From Zero

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Tenant From Zero isn’t much concerned about the musical zeitgeist. The cultivated Brooklyn crooner, whose friends know him as Paul Darrah, draws on such exquisite influences as Prefab Sprout and Everything But The Girl to make music of almost ineffable and timeless beauty.

His debut EP,  The Nape of Your Neck, is replete with the lamentations of an irredeemable romantic. From the evocative synths, to the world-weary vocals to the absolutely gorgeous melodies, haunted ballads like “The Things You Never Said” and “Who Painted This Year Blue?” could almost be called “sound paintings,” for the complexity of their emotional and aural ambitions. And throughout, TFZ’s velvety baritone recalls David Sylvian at his most sublime.

But possessing as he is of equally good taste in food as in music, we also asked him to take us around to some of his favorite dining spots in Brooklyn – with one little detour to an exalted fragrance shop.

“Aside from music,” he says, “I’d have to say that food matters to me more than anything. I like to find spots that do one thing very well.”

Your EP The Nape of Your Neck exhibits some interesting influences: David Sylvian, The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout. What were you actually listening to when you wrote the songs?

I’ve been listening to them and similar artists like Everything But the Girl, Bryan Ferry and Style Council for a very long time; so much so that they feel like a part of my musical identity at this point. They represent a core of artists whose work I’ve returned to over many years since I first discovered them.

They vaguely call it “sophistipop.” But there is a brand of urbane, world-weary pop music that seems lost to time. Do you recognize any specific ideological peers?

I’m not a fan of the term “sophistipop,” as it suggests a kind of elitism. For me, what draws many of the artists together is a shared sense of melancholy, atmosphere and introspection, as much as production and arrangement. I’ve always referred to these artists as “private music,” or music that is meant for one on one listening rather than for crowds. I aspire to the likes of Bill Withers, Paul Buchanan, Tracey Thorn or Destroyer. What Dan Bejar/Destroyer did with the Kaputt album still leaves me breathless; it became my reason for living for awhile.

What are some of the personal highlights of the record for you?

I’d have to say “Who Painted This Past Year Blue.” Steve Morley’s trumpet work on that one just crushes me.

Who would you most love to collaborate with?

I think I’d like to work with Erland Oye from Kings of Convenience. His sense of pop, especially in his Whitest Boy Alive project, was just so perfect. I would also love to sing a duet with Feist.

 

Tenant From Zero’s Favorite Spots in Brooklyn

Lucali, Carroll Gardens

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that my regular spot for pizza every weekend is Grimaldi’s, which is near and dear to our hearts. But Lucali is quite simply the Platonic ideal of pizza. They don’t do trendy topping combinations or try to appeal to diet restrictions. You arrive at their dimly lit spot, which could easily double as a farmhouse somewhere in Umbria, and you eat what they have or be gone. I’ve never had a pizza either here in the US or in Italy as mind blowing as their pepperoni/mushroom pie with basil. The crust is perfectly crisp, and all of the ingredients – including the sauce and cheese, especially the ricotta – is absolutely fresh. When you’re taking your first few bites, conversation will cease – because you will not just be eating, you will be approaching The Divine.

Ganso, Downtown

Ramen for me is my comfort food on cold and rainy days. Ganso does a beautiful job with their ramen broths, which are all delicious and inventive. The ramen with braised short ribs is outstanding. They also have a great collection of beers – the “Ginga Ninja” pairs perfectly with their Ganso Shoyu.

Rucola, Brooklyn Heights

Including Rucola was only partially based on their food, which is great; they do brunch/lunch really well. The slow-roasted pork sandwich with one of their excellent cocktails and a good book might be one of the best dates-for-one you ever have. But what I especially appreciate about it is the location, because when you’re done eating, you can stroll down Dean Street, quiet, tree-lined, four-story old houses. There is a serenity that’s contained on that street that you can’t quite find in a Brooklyn Heights that’s become strewn with tourists on weekends.

Faun, Prospect Heights

I stumbled upon Faun while strolling through Prospect Heights one weekend, I was intrigued by the menu — the stinging nettle pesto spoke to me. Also the chef came from Vinegar Hill House, which is always good. The interior is dark wood and off white walls, with a lovely outdoor garden dining area. It’s simple but elegant and not too loud. The artichokes are fresh and cooked perfectly, the bacala filled ravioli with a simple butter sauce is insanely delicious. They also have a really interesting Italian wine list, not run-of-the-mill choices; whomever created it has a very good palette.

Botanica, Red Hook

In a city like New York, I appreciate quiet more and more. What I like about Botanica is that late on a Sunday afternoon, you could walk in and have a delicious cocktail at one of the edges of Brooklyn and listen to Sarah Vaughan or Brian Eno and not be disturbed by loud chatter and phones. That’s not to say it’s a church or anything, but that the staff and space itself values quiet. They just want you to relax.

Twisted Lily, Boerum Hill

A couple of blocks from Rucola on Atlantic Ave is one of the finest fragrance shops in NYC. They don’t do the really big names that you can get everywhere, but instead specialize in smaller, more idiosyncratic brands (Andree Putman, The Different Company). And the incredibly welcoming Christa and Carla who manage the shop know the backstory on all of the designers. For instance, Christa knew that I loved Hinoki from Comme de Garcons, and introduced me to a scent called LAVS by UNUM, which smells like an exclusive incense of amber and jasmine from the Vatican. She provided the scent’s fascinating backstory — the UNUM line was created by Filippo Sorcinelli, the former atelier for Pope Benedict, who went on to create a line of fragrances under the acronym LAVS (Laboratorio Atelier Vesti Sacre).  Sorcinelli is also a liturgical organist who plays concerts in churches all over Italy…and what are you doing with your life?

 

 

Behind The Shoot: Gaudess + Laduree Getting Glam at the Baccarat Hotel

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What happens when some Uptown cool kids get together with a Downtown style icon at one of New York’s most glamorous hotels, to wear fancy jewelry and eat even fancier cookies? You get a take away of a lot of really fabulous images.

And so it was that the new campaign for the rebranding of Gaudess jewelry came to life. They’re already known, under the direction of CEO-Designer Amy Walko, for decorating such famous necks and wrists as those of Paz de la Huerta, Kristin Davis, Shakira and Addison Riecke (star of Sofia Coppola’s new film Beguiled). But when artist Ondine Viñao turned on her camera at the plush, uber-fabulous Baccarat Hotel, it was to capture the chemistry between fashion doyenne Lauren Ezersky, a trio of young influencers – social media star Eileen Kelly, budding artist-photographer Jude Liana, young fashion scenester Scarlett Hubbard.

 

 

It was all the vision of high-profile Creative Consultant Elizabeth Cohen (her clients have included everyone from Jessica Simpson to Shanghai Fashion Week), who acted as Creative Director on the campaign – uniquely bringing together such marquee luxury brands for the shoot.

Some of the fashions were provided by New York’s most exalted vintage shop What Goes Around Comes Around. But it was the very chic confections provided by the Laduree shop in Soho that everyone seemed most excited about – as they were a perfect aesthetic complement to Gaudess’ dazzling new collection. (And, of course, they’re also incredibly yummy.)

 

 

(Credits: Gaudess – Owner / Designer: Amy Walko; Campaign Creative Director : Elizabeth Cohen; Photographer: Ondine Vinao; Hair Artist: Laurent DuFourg; Makeup Artist: Sandy Linter; Fashion stylist: Jasmine Caccamo; Models: Killer and a sweet thang / aka Eileen Kelly, Lauren Ezersky, Jude Liana)

 

The Horrors Announce Rough Trade Shows; Watch the Freaky New Video for ‘Machine’

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In a time of so much twee indie-folk and predictable R&B, we kind of missed the grandiose, bombastic shock-rock of The Horrors. So news of their return comes with a significant dose of anticipation.

And indeed, new album V, produced by Paul Epworth (FKA Twigs, Adele), will arrive this September 22 on Wolftone/Caroline. To fete its release, the band will be returning to the US for the first time since 2014 – having just announced a two-night stand at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade, September 18-19.

For the time being, they’ll be on the summer festival circuit, from Japan to Mexico to Italy, before embarking on a full UK-Europe tour from October through December. The advance teaser for V, new single “Machine,” bodes very well – a dark, atmospheric anthem that recalls Echo & the Bunnymen and Jesus & Mary Chain – with an appropriately eerie video that’s something like a cross between H.R. Giger and Alexis Rockman.

 

Classic Simpsons Episodes Predicted the Trump Era

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Plenty has been written about The Simpsons‘ uncanny ability to predict major events in culture and politics. But we came across a pair of classic episodes recently that seemed to particularly accurately foretell of some of the more unsettling aspects of the Trump era.

In 1998’s Trash of the Titans, Homer picks a dubious battle with the Springfield Sanitation Commissioner (played by Steve Martin), and decides to run against him. He makes all manner of ridiculous promises (sound familiar?), and actually wins – only to predictably crash and burn once in office. His mismanagement ends in the entirety of Springfield having to be physically moved five miles down the road. (Best scene: While campaigning, Homer gets up on stage with U2, leading to The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. sneering at Bono’s usual self-righteous “save the planet” grandstanding.)

 

 

The brilliant 2000 episode The Computer Wore Menace Shoes finds Homer launching a website under the pseudonym Mr. X, and accidentally scoring a few major scoops – leading to a Pulitzer. When there’s not enough real and juicy news to keep up his site traffic, Homer just starts fabricating stories (i.e. “fake news”). “I’ll just make up some news!,” he enthuses – causing Lisa to reply with a pained sigh, “At least take off your Pulitzer Prize when you say that.”

Want to know what the world’s going to look like in 2030? Watch The Simpsons.