Yesterday was a big release day for music lovers. Not only did it mark the highly anticipated return of one Miss Jenny Lewis—did you see her star-studded new video for “Just One Of The Guys”?—but it also introduced fans to the debut album from Bleachers, the alter ego of singer/guitarist Jack Antonoff. Called Strange Desire, the LP features the alt-pop anthem “I Wanna Get Better,” which is a call to arms for anyone who has a permanent case of the Mondays and can’t seem to shake the black cloud overhead.
In recent years, Antonoff has become best known as one-third of the band fun. and one-half of the world’s most creative power couple (his girlfriend is actress/writer/director/goddess Lena Dunham). However, for anyone who was obsessed with the rock scene coming out of New Jersey in the early ’00s—coughmecough—then you’re probably well familiar with the singer/songwriter from his time as the lead singer of Steel Train.
It’s so great to see Antonoff back in front of the mic and fans should check out Bleachers when they roll through a town near you this summer/fall. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of Strange Desire out now.
If you’re still not convinced you should give Bleachers a shot, then allow me to present the following five-point case. Keep reading »
On Friday I went to a Fun. concert. Like, the band Fun. And it was really fun. And all this fun talk is getting very confusing. Anyway, to the point: lead singer Nate Ruess put on a great show, and his look was on point: rolled skinny jeans, white oxfords, and a classic navy blazer. After the concert not only did I have “We Are Young” stuck in my head for the rest of the weekend (and possible the rest of my life), I was dying to steal Nate’s preppy/hipster style for myself. I’ll totally be rocking this look with a messy bun and hot pink lipstick. Shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
If you thought Alexander McQueen’s exquisite designs were fantastical enough without being constructed entirely out of candy, now is the time to reevaluate: TWELV magazine, whatever that is, will certainly debut with a bang thanks to this saccharine take on McQueen’s ethereal winged creation (the original at left). Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Marakumi used no less than 50,000 gummy bears to build this 220-pound dress, which required three assistants just to move around the studio, with steel wire and vinyl as support. I wonder how many other bears were originally involved but vanished mysteriously during the process? I, for one, could never be trusted with 50,000 of those things. However, I’m brand-loyal to Haribo, so that’s kind of a prerequisite. [Styleite]
This past weekend, Amelia and I, plus 15 of our friends, went tubing down the Delaware River. Tubing is about my favorite thing in the world. I consider it the best “sport” for lazy people because you can be outside and on the water, but you don’t actually have to do much. And as Amelia and I found out, you can learn a lot from tubing, the river, and hanging with friends in your skivvies.
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Today is February 29. It happens only every four years, which means you get a pass to do something really weird, out of character or totally irresponsible today. So go ahead and live it up! Today doesn’t count! And in case you’re not sure what to do with your newfound freedom, we’ve got some ideas for you, after the jump.
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There’s playing with your food, and then there’s taking that play to an artform, which is exactly what Brittany Powell over at Low-Committment Projects did. Here, she made a sandwich in the style of Piet Mondrian. After the jump, check out her sandwich-y takes on Damien Hirst’s dot paintings and the work of Jasper Johns. [Low-Committment Projects]
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It’s around this time of year that things just start to feel heavy. No one wants to go out. The social season hits a lull. The novelty of snow has gone from being charming to irritating. Your flights are delayed. Your skin is dry. Your pipes are frozen. Life. Sucks. And if you tell me to go to Sharper Image to get myself a light therapy box, I will slap you.
We know there’s not a lot to do to get around winter (save for moving to a tropical climate) and most of the ideas people start throwing around this time of year is stuff you know you won’t do or something so corny (like putting up a picture of a beach in your cubicle), it wouldn’t even fool a 5-year-old. So here are some of our slightly less conventional ideas to get out of that seasonal funk. Share your own in the comments below. Keep reading »