This week was a return to the normal insanity of my routine. I went out to play, took meetings, and continued to get back on track after a holiday season that seems like months ago mentally, but only yesterday physically. My DJ gig at the opening of the Outlaw Group Art Show at White Box Gallery got severly raided by NYPD who must of thought there were real outlaws in there instead of the art and downtown-chic set. I was entertaining them with old and new-school swill while they were enjoying the visuals, when the boys in blue took exception to the good time. They did have some reasons to be un-cheerful as it was a little crowded and there were hundreds of people clamoring to get inside, but they seemed a little heavy-handed. Well, the art is still up, and there’s all sorts of new things going on over there everyday so check it out.
Collections are getting more and more conceptual as the week goes on. Following a Michael Jackson tribute and a Patrick Nagel wink was Curaçao-based designer Maja Atalita’s out-of-the-box wedding wear. How outré, you ask? Let’s just say the first model was escorted down the runway by a fireman stripper that matched her fireman-printed miniskirt. "This look represents the bachelorette party," she tells me. "The collection then goes into the various stages of a wedding, up until the big day." The black dress above features a white figure hugging its side, complete with a hand imprint on the rear. (Fun fact: the designer also notes that inspiration for the show first sparked during a trip to New York, where she picked up most of her fabric.)
The rest of the night belonged to the boys. NY-born, Netherlands-based designer Carmichael Byfield debuted a range of all-over print suits "for men who dare to dress well but aren’t afraid of color," he explains. Inspired by a flower-printed Moschino suit from 1994, Carmichael really went all out with a semi-wearable collection of bold matchy-matchy blazers and fitted bottoms that could work for editorial or on zany suit fiends like Cameron Silver and Brad Goreski.
The night was capped off with unexpected eardrum abuse by way of LMFAO’s "I’m Sexy and I Know It," which was the opening track to Andrew Harris’ show. But the song was not played in vain: looks were indeed sexy and featured tons of men’s and women’s skin-baring numbers that made the audience squirm a bit, which is always fun to watch. There was even a nip slip moment, which made everyone gasp, laugh and applaud, in that order. Keeping with the designer’s pool-party-in-the-club theme, Rihanna’s "Where Have You Been" hit the speakers mid-show—and the crowd went wild.
End of the year listicles are a weird double-edged sword—yeah, they can be seen as agenda-setting and the discourse around them mind-numbing (“Where is [Album I Liked]?” “Why is [Album I Hated] on this list?”), but they’re also a great way to catch up on the good stuff you might have missed over the past year. For those who can’t stand all that clicking and reading, end-of-the-year mixtapes are a tolerable and dance party-ready substitute.
Hype Machine, instead of doing the whole end-of-the-year listicle thing, enlisted a pair of popular dance party curators to do their 2012 mixes, Major Lazer and the Hood Internet. The former, in addition to the international jamz with which Major Lazer are associated, features hits from Kendrick Lamar, Usher, TNGHT, and Hot Chip, as well as some of their own tracks from this year, including a sped-up “Original Don” and the wub-happy collaboration with Flux Pavilion, “Jah No Partial.” Chicago duo The Hood Internet feature Kanye West, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Future, and Chief Keef, among others, and both mixes feature iterations of M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls.”
DJ Daniel Kim takes a more pure pop approach to his end-of-the-year mix, which features some of the biggest singles of the year, with videos to match. More than 50 tracks from the forgettable (“Payphone,” that Flo Rida whistle song) to some particularly choice jams—you may have forgotten “Call Me Maybe,” Grammys, but the Danthology certainly did not. Fun.’s “We Are Young” gets mixed with tracks from Katy Perry and Nelly Furtado, and what’s amazing is how immensely improved all three become.
The only end-of-the-year mix that seems conspicuously missing is DJ Earworm, who has been delivering a mega-mashup pop music State of the Union of sorts for years along the lines of Danthology. But we’re sure he’ll have something along soon. In the meantime, put these on your New Year’s Eve playlist.
Earlier today, the internet (and myself!) were shocked—SHOCKED, I tell you!—that LMFAO had broken up. It was all based on some comments from the elder member of the band (band? group? collection of two weirdos?), Redfoo, who said that he and his musical partner / nephew (never forget that detail, folks) were focusing on their personal projects, namely his own desire to coach tennis or something. But ha ha! Fooled ya! They didn’t break up after all.
A publicist for the band (band? duo? pair of wackos with bad hair and terrible clothes and horrific songs?) reached out to Spin to let the world know that RedFoo and SkyBlu are still together and partying, rocking, and partyrocking. Welp, now it’s certainly time to drink some paint thinner and call it a week.
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If you weren’t already cowering in a fetal position, covered in animal prints, rocking back and forth, and sobbing while "Sexy and I Know It" blasted from your iPod Nano, you definitely have an excuse. It’s true! LMFAO are dunzo. WTF, guys?
Redfoo and Skyblu, the pair that makes up the electro-rap group, are officially on hiatus, according to Redfoo (he’s the one with the hair, apparently):
Redfoo says he and Sky Blu – who is also his nephew – are taking a break as they focus on their own interests, personally and professionally.
"I feel like we’ve been doing this for so long, five or six years. And we’re kind of like saying, well, let’s just do what’s natural and just kind of explore that, instead of like forcing it all the time," Redfoo, 37, explained in a phone interview earlier this week.
Redfoo, whose real name is Stefan Kendal Gordy, is the son of Motown founder Berry Gordy.
For the wild-haired Redfoo, his explorations have not only taken him to record new music solo, they have also opened up a world in sports.
Earlier this month, he was in the stands at the US Open rooting on new BFF Victoria Azarenka, who came in second to Serena Williams for the women’s championship. He’s also been performing on some dates with the Fierce Five of women’s gymnastics as the gold-winning Olympic team tours the nation, and he’s been spending time on the tennis courts in Las Vegas as a coach for a junior player.
Redfoo said he recently began coaching Ayaka Okuno, practicing several hours a day with her in Las Vegas.
Five or six years, huh? Who knows where the time goes? Thank goodness Redfoo (I don’t want to stop typing that! Redfoo Redfoo Redfoo!) got that Tennis Coaching minor in case his BA in Electromusical Studies didn’t pan out.
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It’s not just the candidates at the national level sweeping the Internet with election-season insanity. One state senate candidate based in the 21st District, which includes a nice-sized chunk of Brooklyn, has raised eyebrows with a campaign that paints the American Dream not in red, white and blue, but in leopard-print Impact font subheads.
With an electric pink background and blingee-font declaration “I’m Senator and I Know It!,” 22-year-old Republican State Senate candidate Mindy Meyer’s website has led to some collective cringing over its design and diva-licious framing. Her platform includes highly relevant issues, to be sure—promoting school choice, fighting racial profiling within the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, providing more resources for unemployed youth and survivors of domestic violence—but the points of said platform are lost in a page declaring her “DIVA OF THE DISTRICT” in bright leopard-print type and including a photo of her as Katniss Everdeen, bow drawn, demanding “No More Hunger Games for our District!”
Meyer defended her campaign website’s aesthetic to Politico, citing Elle Woods from Legally Blonde and her ability to balance her valley-girl appearance with serious intelligence and drive.
“One person’s response was, ‘Is this a joke?’ I’m like, absolutely not. If you see me in the Senate, you’ll know this isn’t a joke. It’s not like when I do my speeches, I’ll wear young, juvenile pink. Everything’s going to be substantive, just like every other candidate for Senate. The only difference is I’m trying to make it an exciting campaign."
You’ve got to hand it to Meyer for being so civically-minded and ambitious at 22 to try to make a run for Albany, all while sticking to her convictions and color palette of choice. And her campaign may not go anywhere other than meme status, far stranger things have happened than a 22-year-old running for State Senate with a pink website. Remember, this is America, where porn stars have run for governor, comedians inspire SuperPACs and a man won a Senate election three weeks after his untimely death. That’s the beauty of democracy, folks.
Jimmy Fallon closed out his week of Bruce Springsteen by donning a cowboy hat and picking up a guitar for his impersonation of Neil Young. The Boss himself, rocking a bandanna and shades, joined the late night host for a duet of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.” Wiggle. Wiggle. Wiggle. Wiggle.
The pair have a history of goofy song covers, previously performing Willow Smith’s "Whip My Hair." Springsteen and his E Street Band also performed "Death to My Hometown" and "Jack of All Trades" off his new album Wrecking Ball and ended with "E Street Shuffle."
Kelly Clarkson nailed the national anthem, Madonna got her “Vogue” on with some Greco-Roman gladiator dudes, and M.I.A. flipped the bird on camera, which means someone, somewhere is probably upset and hopefully this won’t become another "wardrobe malfunction" and lead to another near-decade of safe and mostly-mediocre Super Bowl halftime shows. Outside the game and its pageantry, there were plenty of notable musical moments in the commercials, too. Here are just a few of ’em.
NBC paid homage to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with an all-network rendition of "Brotherhood of Man." As with any big production number, there were some low notes (Donald Trump) and some high ones (Ken Jeong’s committed shimmying, Tina Fey’s "Does a Clydesdale kick a beer at Betty White’s head?," and Ron Fucking Swanson).
Just as the world was beginning to wonder, "Hey, whatever happened to those guys who sang ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love?,’" lo, Samsung brought them back. In their ad lampooning of the Cult of Apple, The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins, with the same neon unitard but a new and slightly sinister ‘tache, leads a gleeful crowd in their signature hit. Don’t lie – you were singing along too.
Leave it to OK Go to be involved in some complex and probably hazardous obvious viral video bait. Their catchy "Needing/Getting" served as the background for an entertaining spot for the Chevy Sonic, in which the compact car bungee jumps and does kick-flips. It thinks it’s people.
An Audi ad featuring a throng of young, sexy vampires partying in the woods got the perfect soundtrack in Echo & The Bunnymen’s "The Killing Moon."
Speaking of vampires, Vampire Weekend made an appearance last night. The track "Campus," from their self-titled debut, appeared in a trailer for the upcoming CGI retelling of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.
X Factor winner Melanie Amaro faced off against a very regal-looking Elton John in a medieval-themed spot for Pepsi. Her performance of Aretha Franklin’s "Respect" was spirited, but it was Elton who shone in his kingly role.
And finally, LMFAO made a number of appearances throughout last night’s festivities, most notably in this M&Ms ad, where in introducing the new female M&M (she’s "sexy smart," because she wears glasses, get it, you guys?), Red strips off his candy coating to "Sexy And I Know It." Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Yeah.
Nicolas Cage owned a Bavarian castle, ingests animals according to their sexual habits, could possibly be a vampire and was once woken up by a naked, fudgiscle eating burglar. In short: everything about or relating to the actor is hilarious. Odd and eccentric, only he could take something actually intended to be funny and make it even more comedic by doing it in the most serious way possible. Click through to hear his rendition of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.” C’mon, it’s Saturday. I promise you’ll giggle.
Cage appeared on radio station Capital Breakfast this week as part of his promotional tour for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance when a caller requested he read the song lyrics. Check it out, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeah.