Image by Alex Michael Kennedy LA by way of New York songsmith SHEARE (née Brandon Sheer) seems to be in possession of a particular gift for crafting evocative atmospherics, as strikingly evidenced by his haunting new single “Sleepwalking” – which BlackBook premieres here. If one thinks back to the likes of Sade or The Blue Nile, the young crooner similarly builds up impressionistic sonic worlds, giving significantly greater heft to the words.
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
Image by Dante Velasquez Still fresh out of university, Daniel Dávila and Cooper Bell, now creatively paired up under the moniker Fabriq , first got the attention of the wider world when Billboard premiered the video for the super catchy single “Get Behind the Feeling.” Since then, the L.A. duo’s consistently engaging videos have wracked up more than 1.3 million views.
“I was made with a heart of stone To be broken With one hard blow I’ve seen the ocean Break on the shore Come together with no harm done…” “Ocean Size”, Jane’s Addiction, lyrics by Perry Farrell We find mystery in the dark of the forests, in the twinkling of the stars…but perhaps nothing so intrigues and mystifies us at once as the world’s plentiful oceans, in all their enigmatic vastness. Photographer Bob Tabor (who was recently part of the inaugural show at the BlackBook Presents Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn) is also uniquely aware of their power to hold us visually rapt.
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.
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
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.
The name Dario Cecchini , who runs his family’s 250 year old butcher shop in Tuscany, has been everywhere recently. Earlier this year, he taught The Top Chef Kentucky crew how to butcher a steak to yells of “Carne! Carne!” In an even more recent episode of Chef’s Table (about him), the Netflix star Samin Nosrat, creator of “Salt Fat Acid Heat,” waxed poetically about Dario’s attitude towards meat: “You can taste the care that he has for the animals.” The shop in Panzano (in the Chianti region of Toscana) has been doing things the same way for eight generations
Seaport District On a drizzly winter day recently, we took a temporary elevator up to the dizzying heights of the elaborate construction project that is One Wall Street .