The loudest buzz at this winter’s Art Basel in Miami was centered around Avant Gallery . Their roster includes some of the biggest and boldest names in the art world, as well as notable comers. Skyler Grey, for instance, is only 19 years old, and known for pop transformations of iconic brands into cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse as Karl Lagerfeld.
One of our fave collabs of 2018 was Foster the People ‘s thrilling single with The Kooks “Ride or Die” – for which we had them interview each other about the creative process. But last November we were equally thrilled to premiere the FTP video for “Worst Nites,” taken from their hit 2017 album Sacred Hearts Club
Image by Inga & Lilja Birgisdottir Yes, yes – it’s become a shopworn cliche…bands from Iceland make music that is seemingly not of this Earth. Yet since the first appearance of Sigur Rós in 1994, we have wondered if anyone would ever again achieve a sound as gossamer, as ineffable as had they. Admittedly we say it with caution – but the Icelandic twosome HUGAR have indeed captured our aural imagination, with their blissful but abstruse intersection of classical and (for lack of a better word) ambient inspirations
Of all the binge-worthy shows coming out on Netflix these days, Russian Doll has risen quickly to the top of everyone’s list. Created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, the series takes us on a wild ride with Nadia (played by Lyonne), who finds herself stuck in some kind of tripped out universe glitch.
Though they only made it to 11 years and eight months before John Lennon was infamously assassinated by Marc David Chapman on December 8, 1980, Yoko Ono and the Beatles legend would have been celebrating their 50th anniversary today, March 22, 2019.
In the perhaps overambitious lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a zealous program of hotel development left the city afterwards with too many places to stay, and not enough people to stay in them. Especially as Shanghai was emerging as the new hub of contemporary Chinese finance and business. Eleven years on, that situation has carefully righted itself – and so the arrival onto the scene of the plush new Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing is being met with the requisite enthusiasm
We can veritably feel the electricity in the air, as the annual arrival of spring approaches (though admittedly, this was a wimp of a winter). Extended daylight, warming temperatures, and let’s face it, serious FOMO, make for the perfect inspirations to spend these more pleasant evenings sipping your way through seasonal cocktails at the newest downtown tippling hotspots. Soho’s hotel bar scene, for one, just got much more interesting with the opening of A.L.B.
Mostly marginalized in the States, in Europe, jazz still retains a particularly high level of cache amongst the cultural cognoscenti.
If you’ve obsessed on Charlotte Gainsbourg ‘s career as have we, you’d surely hardly ever be surprised to find her conceptualizing in the most exquisite and rarefied of ways. And indeed, her brilliant 2017 album Rest (NPR called it “a testament to the power of immaculate, effortless-sounding pop songcraft” – and her synth poppy single “Such a Remarkable Day” was one of BlackBook ‘s 2018 faves) will be getting a beautiful, contemplative and very limited edition companion book, released this March 25 via Classsic and Because Music
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