Filmmaker Brendan Jay Sullivan compiles a Summer Song Supercut of every major hit since 1985.
How do you remember your favorite summer? Maybe the warm months of your sweet sixteen? It’s always the music. For some it was Madonna’s ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ in 1986. For others it was Nelly back in 2002— ‘Getting Hot In Here’ anyone?
As an a form of cultural critique, the “supercut” has emerged as one of the most powerful ways survey the audio-visual memes that define the pop landscape. Check out 30 years of Song of the Summer, from Tears for Fears to Madonna, to Beyonce, Nelly, and Nelly Furtado. (Remember her?)
There’s still time left to find it: filmmaker Brendan Jay Sullivan explains his path to finding the 2015 Song of the Summer.
Every summer has one. Whether you like it or not. The song of the summer is just as likely to be heard on the dance floor as it is coming out of the rolled down windows of any passing car. With the way we listen to music changing so much over the past 30 years–half of them in the digital music era–you’d think that would change how we get to song of the summer. But it hasn’t.
For the past several years I have packed up my records and headed to the Hamptons. Usually just for a few days. Parties. Rich people’s weddings. Funded launches. It’s fun and usually the staff are rad people and afterward you can get down like you’re at the staff housing from Dirty Dancing. But one thing that unifies locals, renters and even their kids: is Song of the Summer.
Earlier this fall, in SoHo House’s Club Room, artist and painter Kate Schelter hosted a delightful Watercolor Painting Party. Inviting a fabulous group of friends and family for a “dream come true” evening spent sipping cocktails and getting a taste of her creative world, the event was hosted by historical brand Cointreau–as one of several event activations that have taken place throughout the year in support of other creatives.
Schelter treated her guests to an instructional watercolor class as they sipped delicious “Cointreau Rickey”s and tested their artistic skills, painting her favorite things like elegant lipsticks, bright citrus fruits, and beautiful flowers. David Gruning, Frances Tulk-Hart, John Derian, Jennifer Sample, Jeanann Williams, Hanu K Hanuk, and Michaela Doamantes were just some of the wonderful guests in attendance who proved that a tasty and refreshing Cointreau cocktail is the first step to creating a masterpiece.
Get a closer look at the collaboration between Kate Schelter and Cointreau below.
COINTREAU AND KATE SCHELTER PRESENT WATERCOLOR PAINTING PARTY from BlackBook on Vimeo.
John Derian (far right)
Frances Tulk Hart
Kate Schelter and Frances Tulk Hart
Luigi Tadini and Hanuk Hanuk
Kate Schelter, Nicky Balestrieri, Frances Tulk Hart
Photos by Ryan Kobane
As the daughter of legendary singer Tom Petty, director Adria Petty knows a thing or two about music. In addition to feature films and television commercials, Adria has directed over two dozen music videos for some of the biggest names in the business, from Beyoncé and Rihanna to Coldplay and Regina Spektor.
So in celebration of Adria’s work, life, and outlook, we’ve put together her 5 of her best videos for you to enjoy.
COLDPLAY – PRINCESS OF CHINA ft RIHANNA
MACY GRAY – “BEAUTY IN THE WORLD
BEYONCE – “SWEET DREAMS”
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – “I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN”
REGINA SPEKTOR – “ALL THE ROWBOATS”
Those who attend classes at The Shack Yoga in Bridgehampton have the good fortune to practice yoga in the creative space where Isabella Channing grew up and later opened the school. Isabella welcomes her students to breathe and move in the same spaces where she cultivated a heightened passion for being present, for sharing spirituality, and where her celebrated father Walter Channing made so many memorable artistic works. The Shack Yoga’s students, like Isabella, grow and move “under the flying sawdust” of artist Walter Channing. It’s the kind of space where inspiration is hard not to catch.
It’s tough to leave New York, and tougher create a cultural hub in the middle of a desert, but that’s exactly what Fairfax Dorn managed to do in 2003 when founding Ballroom Marfa, a vibrant contemporary art space in a Texas town of 2,000. With Ballroom Marfa, Fairfax explores film, music, performance, and visual art in a city where little else exists. The ultra remote Marfa might be little remembered if it weren’t for spaces and big thinking like this; now the town’s history, thanks in part to Fairfax, begins with art.
Continuing in its tradition of supporting creative individuals, Cointreau partnered with Eye-Swoon founder Athena Calderone for a beautifully prepared dinner party at her home in Dumbo. Spilling onto the terrace, guests and friends like Cynthia Rowley, Jennifer Fisher, Mara Hoffman, and Pari Ehsan, enjoyed bites by Franny’s chef Jonathan Adler — a favorite of Calderone’s — and signature Cointreau Rickey cocktails. Said Calderone of the evening, “I’m incredibly grateful to Cointreau and to this partnership because I’ve been dreaming of putting forth an Eye-Swoon dinner, and they’ve really allowed me to create this beautiful environment. The brand’s philosophy is right in line with what I do.”
Photos by Winnie Au