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Dov Charney x Terry Richardson

June 24th, 2014 by Giselle
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These two guys are not having a good month. Notorious for some time, American Apparel founder Dov Charney, got the boot from the AA board this week while legendary photographer Terry Richardson currently graces the cover of New York Magazine with the word “Perverse” nearby.

Both these fellas share a high skieve factor, but pop culture would concede, there’s real (and relevant) genius lurking behind their creations. As we well know, American Apparel, basically a cotton line, took the GAP’s “basic clothes” model and cranked it to hip as hell with a higher price point. Between the AA advertising campaigns, store layout, typeface, and “Made in LA” elements, a true brand for modern times exploded.

Sure, Dov Charney is actually a privileged prep-school kid (read the gross reason he made a name for himself at Choate on NY MAG), and most girls would never want to share an elevator with him alone, but on the merit of vision for American Apparel, dude is MAJOR.

Mega-talented Richardson has been mired by recent flurry of accusations about sexual abuse on his photo sets, so it’s hard to see past the explicit image he embodies and perpetuates and not believe it’d transcend real life. Richardson though has clearly influenced brands like Vice and American Apparel, and photographers like Ryan McGinley (who, hey, was the youngest photographer to ever show at the Whitney—validate that), so can Richardson’s work be separated by some pretty disturbing accusations? It’s starting to feel a little dirty in here, and not in a good way…

Both Charney and Richardson are major pop culture influencers within the realm of provocative image making. It’s the rest of their images and public persona that make them so unlikable and ripe for public skewering. Does that negate the bigger picture or take away from their contributions to pop culture? As the Washington Post asks us, “Are the two most notorious men in fashion finally getting their comeuppance?” You decide.

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Stream the new Blonde Redhead “No More Honey”

June 17th, 2014 by Giselle
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Blonde Redhead’s new album Barragán out Sept. 2…can’t wait.

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Mean Tweets NBA Edition @ Kimmel Live

June 16th, 2014 by Giselle
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Your Monday funny…

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Just In Time for Summer: “The 11 Types of A**holes Who Attend Music Festivals”

June 12th, 2014 by Giselle
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Read the handy anthropological guide here, so you can be prepared when you attend Pitchfork and Lollapalooza.

I take offense to number 11. Only because it doesn’t include “she” music journalists. Not all music journalists are dudes, dummy.
Besides that, all this is true.

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Beasties Win $1.7 Million from Monster Energy

June 6th, 2014 by Giselle
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Do not f*ck with the Beasties no-advertisement/endorsement policy. Respek.

See Rolling Stone for this cautionary tale.

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LOL: ’90s “Rap Songs” on Jeopardy!

May 19th, 2014 by Giselle
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I mean…can’t tell what’s sadder/more hilarious, alex trebek trying to rhyme this category or that $2000 stumper, c’mon!

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First Listen: Stream Conor Oberst’s new album Upside Down Mountain

May 13th, 2014 by Giselle
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Still got mad love for this dude.

Click here to listen on NPR.

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Mother’s Day Marshall Mathers Style

May 11th, 2014 by Giselle
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Here’s Em’s new video for “Headlights” Directed by Spike Lee…interesting.

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Inside the Fridges of 11 Top NYC Chefs

May 8th, 2014 by Giselle
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This is the kind of magazine feature I can devour—funny, revealing and totally fascinating! Also, lots of great photos.

Check out the story on the New York Times.

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New N.A.S.A. Video with Karen O.

April 25th, 2014 by Giselle
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Check out the official video for N.A.S.A.’s take on Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff,” featuring vocals by the awesome Karen O (watch above).

And here’s another favorite (almost recent) Karen O. performance below (just cos I love it), singing (with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend) the Oscar-nominated “Moon Song” from the sublime film Her—so beautiful.

Music trivia sidebar: Did you know Spike Jonze (aka Adam Spiegel), who directed/wrote Her, is brother of N.A.S.A.’s DJ/producer “Squeak E. Clean,” aka Sam Spiegel? They are descendants of the Spiegel family, of fashion catalog fame. Now you know!

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