Premiere: Born Cages “Bigger Than Me”

Indie Rockers Born Cages have a knack for orchestrating refined yet easily-accessible Pop Rock. Previous tracks like “Rolling Down The Hill” have helped to put the up-and-comers on top of the blogosphere, which has since propelled them onto a tour with Dreamers, another one of our favorites.

Premiering today on BlackBook, Born Cages’ new track “Bigger Than Me” is reminiscent of The Killers’ work back in their heyday, when songs like “Somebody Told Me” ruled radio stations. The liberating and infectious single has us feeling ready for summer, although its inspiration stems from a darker source. About the track, which will be on their upcoming album I’m Glad I’m Not Me (out 6/2), singer/guitarist Vlad Holiday says the following:

“I’d been noticing a fan of the band make some rather dark and depressing posts on his Tumblr blog. I suppose I didn’t think too much of it. One day I saw him post a picture from the hospital, with a caption that led me to believe this wasn’t just an accident. When I reached out to him, he told me he attempted suicide by jumping off a five-story parking garage. He told me he was now in recovery, in miraculously good condition actually, but that mentally he was still broken.   He told me how music has helped him get through rough times, and specifically how one of our songs did just that. As a musician, I guess that’s one of the greatest goals you can aim for with the music itself – to have it play a role in helping someone get through a terrible time. But in that moment I thought, no – that song didn’t do enough, then.  So I started working on ‘Bigger Than Me,’ which was to be the fastest song that’s ever come out of me. The verses describe the specifics of this person’s story (and his then-username “the devil dressed in white”), while other parts of the song reflect things I personally struggle with each day. ‘I wanna lose control of everything I’ve ever known,’ or ‘I wanna be a part of something bigger than me.’ This song ended up becoming very therapeutic for me. The lyrical themes started with this very specific story of a young kid just trying to make it through the next day with his head still screwed on, and ended up with something even broader and more relatable (to me at least) than anything I’ve ever written.”

 “Bigger Than Me” is the sixth IG track from the forthcoming album and will be available for sale with the pre-order on May 4th at iTunes here: http://geni.us/borncages.

Weekend Trip: Six Romantic Getaways To Book Right Now

Even in the best cities in the world, there are times that escape feels so desperate a necessity that any borrowed friend-of-a-friend’s dilapidated cottage upstate seems like it would do the trick. From dreamy and not-too-far-away to dreamy and across-the-pond, these six romantic getaways are sure to get your imagination, and your heart (and libido) stirring. Book one now. You won’t regret it.

1. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Montauk

Just a quick Jitney trip away lies Montauk–which sheds the pretension of the neighboring Hamptons, but keeps the pristine oceanfront real estate. Thanks to a spa, salt water pool (with ocean views (!)), and yoga classes offered, you can get the perks of a tropically detoxifying retreat in just a 2.5-hour trip. End the night watching the sunset or sipping champagne by the fireplace.

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2. Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs

For a west coast romantic getaway, look no further than Palm Springs: this desert mecca of mid-century modern architecture doubles as a hip destination for anyone who wants California weather, sans the glitz of L.A…and should you want for just a hint of glitz, The Ace Hotel might just be the perfect resolution. If it’s pure, unadulterated relaxation you seek, “The Feel Good Spa” offers couples packages–in fact, anything from facials and seaweed body wraps, to earth clay wraps and body brushing can be done in twosome form. And, since no vacation has ever felt long enough, couples can indulge in a personal massage lesson to learn inspired, professional techniques to use at home. Outdoorsy types can soak up the SoCal sunshine via bike rentals–even better–the hotel can arrange a private dinner on the stargazing deck, which overlooks the pool and mountains.

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3. The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, Round Top, TX
Looking for a romantic American getaway that’s truly off the beaten path? Try Texas. Just 75 miles from ultra-hip Austin lies mecca, as told by the queen of shabby chic. Each cottage offers privacy and comfort. Couples spend time reconnecting with long walks and quality time spent together.  Trying to win some extra boyfriend/girlfriend points? Flowers can be added to the room for an extra special touch.

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4. The Berkeley Hotel, London 

Here’s one for the sartorially inclined couple. If you missed the jaw-dropping Alexander McQueen retrospective when it debuted at the Met’s Costume Instutute in NYC in 2011, fear not–the corsetry, the chance to be thisclose to pieces from the groundbreaking Highland Rape collection is just one reason to head to the UK. It’s now at the V&A–a British institution, if you’ve never been. (Plus, even if you’re going for just an extended weekend, a flight to England is a solid hour less than almost any other country in Europe and the same goes for the time difference). If the exhibit isn’t enough, revel in the quirky spirit of English fashion at The Berkeley Hotel (that’s Rachel Zoe’s favorite to you) where you can enjoy Pret-a-Portea–proper high tea that pays homage to McQueen favorites. Of course, The Berkeley is more than just cookies and tea sandwiches…there are the balcony suites overlooking Hyde Park, duos can enjoy treatments at the Bamford Haybarn Spa, and unwind from the buzz of London by the rooftop pool.

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5. St. Regis Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico

Though leaving the premises of the St. Regis Bahia Beach would be, by no means, necessary, the couple who likes their vacation with a healthy mix of the highest-end luxury (think: a Jean-Georges restaurant on the premises) and a bit of authentic culture, look no further than this gorgeous Puerto Rican retreat, where the ocean is warm, the pool is massive and the cabanas are made for making out–but the charm and pastel colors of Old San Juan are just a short drive away. Kayak in the on-property lake, hike holding hands through the nearby El Yunque rainforest, or simply read by the pool, you’ll leave having enjoyed a restorative serving of both piña coladas and Vitamin D. Though adventure on and around the premises abounds, rooms come equipped with sun-drenched patios and walk-in showers. Even better, giant baths that are an insanely simple dial-zero to the butler away from filled with bubbly–in the bath and your glasses. Prepare for 24/7 romance.

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6. KiCHIC Resort, Peru

Located on the edge of a traditional Peruvian fishing village, Mancora is fast emerging as one of the world’s best beach destinations (you heard it here first)! KiCHIC offers a unique hideaway where guests find call rooms, located between gardens of coconut palms and maye pepper trees facing the northern ocean breeze, home. For an especially romantic indulgence, spring for the Piedra room which has its own open-air bathtub on a private terrace made out of local flagstone, or the Himalaya. Should you decide (and no judgement, if not) to ever get out of bed, you can take your pick of surf lessons, kayaking, and outdoor movies every weekend.

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Frank Wilder + Ugo Mozie Team up to Change Jewelry One 3D Tech-Made Piece at a Time

Jeweler Frank Wilder is taking the term “technical approach” to new heights with its new Eagle collection, in collaboration with celebrity stylist Ugo Mozie. The line is distinguished by ‘digitally native’ design process, which begins with designs rendered and conceived digitally. Then, 3d printers produce prototypes, and finally lost wax casting create the final pieces. “Ugo was an early supporter of my work and I have always admired the bold yet elegant touch of his styling. It was a natural step for us to partner for the Eagle Collection,” Wilder (a pseudonym) said, of the partnership in a press release.

1. How did you get into jewelry design?

My dad. I am a fourth generation jeweler.

2. How has technology influenced your process?

I had an accident when I was 17 in my dad’s metal foundry when a liquid molten cast went wrong. After that I started looking into alternatives to casting and

re connected to digital design from my days as a video game designer.

3. Did you have previous experience using 3D technology?

Yes. I worked on the animation engine for Lord of the Rings while living in New Zealand.

4. For what reason have you chosen to be anonymous?

Every piece I co-create is with a different artist. It’s not about me. It’s about the work and giving a new creative medium to the artist I’m collaborating with.

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Premiere: Hear UPPERMOST’s ‘Angels (Lemaitre Remix)’

After achieving a noteworthy amount of attention and success in Europe for his debut album Action, French Electronic artist UPPERMOST has set his eyes on America. Having announced the upcoming release of his next EP New Moon, the producer (whose real name is Behdad Nejatbakhshe) is ready to release a new wave of intoxicating Dance tracks, hoping to spread his notoriety beyond the Atlantic Ocean.

The EP, out May 25 via UPPWIND Records, will also contain a remix of UPPERMOST’s “Angels” by Norwegian duo Lemaitre, another BlackBook favorite. Waning in and out of sonic focus, the remix stays true to the original with a beat that is continually revitalized and altered, preventing any possible dullness of premature lethargy. Piece by piece, Lemaitre works the track into a euphoric anthem, creating something reminiscent of Daft Punk in its symphonic prowess that practically begs for vocal accompaniment. Check out the rework below, as well as more on UPPERMOST here + pre-order New Moon HERE.

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Happy Earth Day! Save Water: Wash Your Face Without It

Photo Credit: “Earth Day – Earth from Space” by TheOriginalSoni 

Happy Earth Day!

One–two, sometimes even three times of day we find ourselves using the most water is standing at the sink washing our faces–splashing our faces with cold water to wake ourselves up pre-coffee, and then vigorously scrubbing off a long day’s work, and makeup at night. But maybe it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s a more portable (added bonus) and very eco-friendly school of products we can turn to instead. Meet cleansing water(s)–the product of your dream if you’re trying to conserve water, didn’t have time to shower, prefer to keep your beauty routine on the glam side of lazy (we don’t judge).

Clockwise from Left: Simple Micellar Cleansing Water, REN Rosa Centifolia™ 3-In-1 Cleansing Water,  Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear™ Micro Water, Elemis Rosepetal Cleanser  Bioderma – Crealine H2OValmont Water Falls Cleansing Spring WaterDolce & Gabbanna Essential Cleansing Water

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Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson! Watch 13 of His Best Performances

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Jack Nicholson: national treasure, cultural icon, and one of the most fiercely talented and wonderful actors to emerge from Hollywood in the last century. For over fifty years now, the man known for his devilish grin, cunning charm, and unparalleled acting style has weaved his way through the American movie system, not only performing in some of the best films ever made, but writing, directing, producing, and helping to lead a movement that would later become cherished as a golden age of American cinema. “We were the first people in America who weren’t buying the American Dream,” Nicholson recalls of the early days of New Hollywood, alongside Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda, Robert Towne, Warren Beatty, and Monte Hellman.

And when you look the scope of young talent today, there’s surely no shortage of male actors with promise, but there will never be anyone quite like Jack. Imagine seeing him in Five Easy Pieces for the first time in 1970—this explosion of charisma and skill wrapped up in a man who could break your heart with single wink or slight of smile. Henry Jaglom once said, “A funny thing happened to Jack Nicholson on his way to becoming a director. He became a star instead.” And throughout his incredible, varied and vast career, he’s has lent his versatility to directors from Antonioni to Kubrick, Scorsese to Ashby, and Polanski to Hopper, taking on every genre with ease, embodying every role to utmost human ability but always with that signature magic that makes him Jack.

So let’s take some time to appreciate the beacon of brilliance with the most enticing set of pointed eyebrows and the greatest laugh in the world, Mr. Jack Nicholson, in some of his best performances. Enjoy.


Robert Dupea in Five Easy Pieces (1970) – Available to watch on iTunes


David Locke in The Passenger (1975) – Available to watch on Vudu

Eugene O’Neill in Reds (1980) – Available to watch on iTunes / YouTube


Col. Nathan R. Jessup in A Few Good Men (1992) – Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon


J.J Gittes in Chinatown (1976) – Available to watch on Netflix


R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon


Melvin Udall in As Good As It Gets (1997) – Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon


Buddusky in The Last Detail (1973) – Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon

Frank Costello in The Departed (2008) – Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon


George Hanson in Easy Rider (1969) – Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon


David Staebler in The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) – Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon

Jack Torrence in The Shining (1980) – Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon


The Joker in Batman (1989) – Available to watch on iTunes / Amazon

Jenny Slate: A Comedic Voice Captures The LOL Zeitgeist

Photo by Eric Ray Davidson. Jenny wears black slip by Prada and denim jacket by Rag & Bone. Styled by Rachel Pincus.

After getting fired from Saturday Night Live in 2010, Jenny Slate was understandably feeling pretty low. It was fellow comedian Nick Kroll who brought her confidence back, and brought it back fast. “He was the only person in the comedy community who wanted to hire me — for the pilot of his show,” says Slate, who went on to co-star in his sidesplitting avant-garde comedy, the Kroll Show, quickly earning a devoted and meme-laden following for her vacuous public relations girl Liz B. on the recurring sketch “PubLIZity.” Those memes kept flowing, thanks to the success of her own animated Web series Marcel the Shell, which she co-wrote with her husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp.

But it wasn’t until summer 2014 that audiences saw what an incredible force Slate could be on the big screen. Thrust into the spotlight for her starring turn in Gillian Robespierre’s abortion movie wrapped in a romantic comedy, Obvious Child, Slate gave the most dramatic and vulnerable performance of her career. “Being in the public eye because of something that I did on purpose, and something that included a refinement of my skill set as an actor, was really nice,” she says. “Also it being a project that addressed social issues and how women are portrayed in the media — it meant twice as much to me.”

Taking her cues from comedic geniuses like Gilda Radner and Madeline Kahn, Slate has complexity and passion behind her tireless demeanor. Over and over she’s nailed the moment in pop culture and seen where it’s headed. A lot of times this has something to do with finding depth where you would expect only superficiality. When it comes to the Kroll Show, Slate brilliantly describes the series as “taking garbage and making an actual useful statement out of it.”

“I’m just not interested in being the nice but plain girlfriend who gets a joke here and there. Or the wife rolling her eyes because her husband wants to smoke pot or something stupid,” Slate says. “I don’t know that person, I don’t like that person, and I don’t want to play that person.”

Read our extended interview with Jenny Slate HERE.

Check Out the Cannes 2015 Official Line-Up: Todd Haynes, Joachim Trier, Gus Van Sant + More

With less than a month until the start of the Cannes, today the festival announced their full lineup. This year’s slate is a real mix, disappointing us by leaving out filmmakers like Arnaud Desplechin (whose new Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse will be released in France this May ), Miguel Gomes’ A Thousand and One Nights, or Maren Ede’s Toni Erdmann.  But for all the films that have been left out of the slate, there are certainly plenty we’re looking forward to seeing, and a couple of our most anticipated features of the year. Joachim Trier’s first English-language drama Louder Than Bombs and Todd Haynes’ Carol will screen in competition alongside Justin Kurzel’s rendering of Macbeth and Hou Hsiao Hsien’s The Assassin. Woody Allen’s new film, the aptly titled Irrational Man will show out of competition with George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and Barbet Schroeder’s Amnesia will play in the midnight screenings. Check out the full list below and see the first photos from Louder Than Bombs as well via The Film Stage / Montages.

IN COMPETITION

Opening Film
Emmanuelle BERCOT LA TÊTE HAUTE (STANDING TALL) Out of Competition 2h00
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Jacques AUDIARD DHEEPAN  (TEMPORARY TITLE) 1h49
Stéphane BRIZÉ LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (A SIMPLE MAN)  1h32
Valérie DONZELLI MARGUERITE ET JULIEN (MARGUERITE AND JULIEN) 1h50
Matteo GARRONE IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI
(THE TALE OF TALES)
2h05
Todd HAYNES CAROL 1h58
HOU Hsiao Hsien NIE YINNIANG
(THE ASSASSIN)
2h00
JIA Zhang-Ke SHAN HE GU REN
(MOUTAINS MAY DEPART)
2h00
KORE-EDA Hirokazu UMIMACHI DIARY
(OUR LITTLE SISTER)
2h03
Justin KURZEL MACBETH 1h53
Yorgos LANTHIMOS THE LOBSTER 1h58
MAÏWENN MON ROI 2h10
Nanni MORETTI MIA MADRE 1h42
László NEMES SAUL FIA
(SON OF SAUL) 1st film  
1h47
Paolo SORRENTINO YOUTH 1h58
Joachim TRIER LOUDER THAN BOMBS 1h45
Gus VAN SANT THE SEA OF TREES 1h50
 Denis VILLENEUVE SICARIO  1h45

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Samuel BENCHETRIT ASPHALTE 1h40
Neeraj GHAYWAN MASAAN
(FLY AWAY SOLO)
1st film
2h00
Grímur HÁKONARSON HRÚTAR 
(RAMS)
1h30
KUROSAWA Kiyoshi KISHIBE NO TABI
(JOURNEY TO THE SHORE)
2h08
Laurent LARIVIÈRE JE SUIS UN SOLDAT
(I AM A SOLDIER)
1st film
1h36
Dalibor MATANIC ZVIZDAN 
(THE HIGH SUN)
2h03
Roberto MINERVINI THE OTHER SIDE 1h30
Radu MUNTEAN UN ETAJ MAI JOS
(ONE FLOOR BELOW)
1h33
OH Seung-Uk MU-ROE-HAN
(THE SHAMELESS)
1h58
David PABLOS LAS ELEGIDAS
(THE CHOSEN ONES)
2h25
Ida PANAHANDEH NAHID
1st film
1h44
Corneliu PORUMBOIU COMOARA
(THE TREASURE)
1h30
Gurvinder SINGH CHAUTHI KOOT
(THE FOURTH DIRECTION)
1h55
SHIN Suwon MADONNA 2h01
Alice WINOCOUR MARYLAND 1h40

OUT OF COMPETITION

Woody ALLEN IRRATIONAL MAN 1h36
Pete DOCTER
Ronaldo DEL CARMEN
INSIDE OUT 1h42
George MILLER MAD MAX : FURY ROAD 2h00
Mark OSBORNE THE LITTLE PRINCE 1h48

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

HONG Won-Chan O PISEU
(OFFICE)
1st film
1h49
Asif KAPADIA  AMY 2h07

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Souleymane CISSE OKA 1h50
Elad KEIDAN HAYORED LEMA’ALA
1st film
1h45
Nathalie PORTMAN SIPUR AL AHAVA VE CHOSHECH
(A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS)
1st film
1h35
Barbet SCHROEDER AMNESIA 1h36
Pavle VUCKOVIC PANAMA
1st film

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Baccarat Unveils Its Gorgeous First Hotel

Apparently, someone at Baccarat looked hard at one of those extravagant chandeliers a couple of years ago, and saw a hotel. After a few delays, as well as the usual real estate dramas, that vision has now been realized in glass and steel on NYC’s E. 53rd St – and the first ever Baccarat Hotel is at last welcoming well-funded guests.

Drama, indeed. The property was already sold by Starwood Capital Group in February to China’s Sunshine Insurance Group. But this hardly need spoil a millisecond of the oh-so-glamorous experience.

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As you may have already imagined, this is not a competitor to The Ace and The NoMad. Rather, it will be unceasingly locked in battle with the nearby Four Seasons, Viceroy and Park Hyatt over all that financial bigwig dosh and all those free-flowing oligarch rubles. Parisian designers Gilles & Boissier (my, even their name sounds expensive) have crafted a veritable paragon of contemporary opulence, with knowing nods to the baroque-mod aesthetic sensibilities of the mothership. To wit, hand-pleated silk wall coverings, stainless ribbed ceilings (for those who occasionally look up from their smartphone screens), parquet floors, marble wall treatments, and (count them) seventeen custom designed Baccarat chandeliers, all of it designed to veritably drench guests in la vie luxe.

All this good taste extends, naturally, to the hotel’s gastronomic Chevalier restaurant, helmed by hot young Michelin starred chef Shea Gallante, and lorded over by Le Grenouille’s legendary Charles Masson. And should you possibly have occasion to forget where you are, the lobby is graced with a 20 x 25 wall of 2000 dramatically lit Baccarat Harcourt glasses.

As for the room rates, well…if you have to ask, this probably isn’t your hotel.

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