le knot remains on top (part II)

Why, hello there! I haven’t been updating this old thang as much as I should lately, but what better way to dive back into the blogosphere than with a dancing  feline and copious amounts of music?

Here are a couple of songs I haven’t blogged about, but that are still worth a listen. So listen to them. Or don’t. I can’t tell you what to do with your life.

Oh Land – White Nights (Twin Shadow remix) Panda Bear – Last Night at the JettyBoy & Bear – Blood to GoldOf Monsters and Men – Little Talk Alexander – Million Years

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new video | edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros ’40 day dream’

Our favorite group of hippies is back with a brand spankin’ new video for summer 2010’s anthem”40 Day Dream”, the third installement of their twelve part music video series SALVO!.

40 Day Dream finds Edward and Brother hiding out in the desert after their violent jail-break. Jade, having received a telepathic message from Brother, brings them to meet the rest of the Magnetic Zeros. Edward is welcomed by his new family and his troubles are briefly lifted by a healing vision of togetherness. After a night of revelry, Edward is awakened by Angel.

Take your shoes off, and prepare for some serious hand clapping.

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Menswear Is The New Black

Our latest fashion installment paid tribute to the always klassy with a K Nicole Polizzi. We discussed poof-sleeve sweaters, Mystic Tan pants, and beer-goggles-sunglasses. The whole point of the exercise was to channel our beloved pickle-eating guidette in a fashionable way. Impossible? Think again.

Sadly, we now fist pump wave Snooki goodbye and say hello to our new inspiration… [anticlimactic drum roll]… Charlie Chaplin! I know, I KNOW, he ain’t no Shore guido, nor has he ever been the star of a hit reality show on MTV. Why even bother, right? Right? Wrong. 30’s menswear is the new black.

Menswear has been around for a while now, but it’s here to stay. Not convinced? Just take a look at these:

Yigal Azrouël Fall 2011 ready-t0-wear

Jason Wu – Fall 2011 ready-to-wear

Ralph Lauren – Fall 2011 ready-to-wear

The Row, Michael Kors, Rachel Roy Fall 2011 ready-to-wear

Thanks, NYFW. Now that I have proven my point, we can start our five step transformation.

Step 1: Suit up!

Stella McCartney Ivory Wool Tailored Orchid Jacket, 1 895,00$

Rag & Bone Lace-up jersey skinny pants, 495$

A wise man once said “To score a ten would be just fine, but I’d rather be dressed to the nines. It’s a truth you can’t refute, nothing suits me like a suit and this also applies to you, sista. Take good note!

Speaking of irrefutable truths, nobody does men’s clothes for women like Alexander Wang. Case in point:

Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2011 Image via Style.com

Straight from Charlie’s black and white closet! AW sure knows how to dress ’em ladies. Over-sized boyfriend blazer? Check. Drop-crotch pants? Check. White turtle neck sweater? Un-necessary, but check. This leads us to step numero dos : Oxford shoes.

Alexander Wang Ines Oxford – 425$ – Barneys.com

Oxfords will wake the man lying dormant within you. (And yes, these shoes were designed for woman – notice the heel).

Step 3 : The cane

Alexander McQueen 
Alexander McQueen ring, 345$        Dominic Jones ring, 790$ 276,50$

Dannijo DANNIJO Tova necklace, 345$

Unless you’re planning a hiking trip to Vermont, you shouldn’t be rocking the bamboo cane. You should, however, substitute said cane with accessories that provide equal protection such as jewelry that resemble violent weapons (think self-defense).

Step 3: T-shirt tiiiiime (I can’t help it)

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The Reformation Patti Top 

Behold the Pryus of button-up shirts: the Patti Top. Half cropped, half not. This shirt doesn’t particularly scream Charlie Chaplin, but then again, it doesn’t have to, and here’s why – Silent. Film.

Step 4: Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather, 1995$

Proenza Schouler doesn’t need an introduction, but my birthday is coming up. Just sayin’.

Step 5: The derby hat

Madrid Wool Hat, 38$, shopnastygal.com

Finish off the look with a fedora, the modern day version of Chap’s famous derby hat. Avoid all eye contact with the camera for a dramatic effect, and some well-deserved hipster points. Just kidding. We’re not gonna go there.

Who would have known that coming up with a look inspired by a men from the 30’s would be easier than emulating a 21st century reality star?


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new video | gold panda ‘marriage’

Gold Panda
‘s debut, Lucky Shiner, was one of the best electronic album of 2010. On March 1st, the British producer will release “Marriage” as a digital single, and it  will come with remixes from an array of talented artists like Baths, Star Slinger, and Forest Swords. “Marriage” also has a beautiful new video that was shot on location in Germany, India and Israel. Check it out.

Listen to the entire album here. It’s worth it.

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new video | cut copy ‘need you now’

Here’s Cut Copy‘s video for “Need You Now”, directed by Keith Schofield who’s known for his odd yet colorful videos like Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck’s “Heaven Can Wait”, and Chromeo’s “Don’t Turn the Lights On“. Watch Cut Copy perform surrounded by of a group of raging athletes.

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MNDR | cut me out

MNDR a.k.a. Amanda Warner’s career took off last year after being featured in Mark Ronson’s “Bang Bang Bang” (see video below). Since then, the electro-pop princess has released some solo work, and has rapidly made a name for herself. Spin magazine even featured her in their “Next Big Things 2011” article alongside Lykke Li, Tame Impala, and James Blake, just to name a few. Here’s her latest single “Cut Me Out”, available for free on Green Label Sound. MNDR’s debut album is due this spring – get excited!

MNDR – Cut Me Out

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Bang Bang Bang

Visit MNDR‘s website for more electro-fun.

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beach fossils | what a pleasure ep

After releasing their debut album in May 2010, Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils are back with an 8-track EP entitled What a Pleasure, set to be released on February 22nd via Captured Tracks. Here are three tracks off of the forthcoming EP, including the latest release ‘Out in the Way’ featuring Wild Nothing‘s mastermind Jake Tatum. Enjoy BF’s signature lo-fi pop sound – warm, beachy and somewhat melancholic.

Beach Fossils – Out in the Way (ft. Jack Tatum)

Beach Fossils – Calyer

Beach Fossils – What a Pleasure

Visit Beach Fossils‘ Myspace page for more information.

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noah and the whale | l.i.f.e.g.o.e.s.o.n. (fake blood remix)

On the transfusion chair today: English indie folk band Noah and the Whale’s L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N remixed by fellow brit Fake Blood. The track may not be as brain damaging as some of FB’s other work (i.e. “Mars”), but it’s still pretty explosive. All in all, great build up (as always), unstoppable bass kick, and sick sting intro.

Visit Fake Blood’s Myspace page for more music and faux-gore

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Snooki + Fashion: How To Solve The Equation

When I first started this blog, I didn’t know which direction it would take. Fashion or music? As it turns out, I’ve been progressively leaning towards the world of synths and keyboards (shame on me!), but I haven’t forgotten about my love for frocks and platforms. No. In fact, I’ve decided to pull a JT and bring sexy back (and by sexy I mean fashion, duh!)

What better way to dive back into the sartorial ocean than by paying homage to someone whose style is a constant source of inspiration? You’ve guessed it, I’m talking about the oh so classy Nicole Polizzi.

You’re probably looking at the collage above wondering where the bedazzled sunglasses, and Ed Hardy masterpieces went. Let me explain. You don’t have to look like Snooki  (thank God) to pay tribute to her fancy self.

Here are some key elements that must be taken into consideration when emulating the pint-sized guidette.

Let’s start off with a black Miu Miu puff-sleeve sweater, or should I say poof-sleeve sweater? See what I did there? 595$ of pure guidette-inspired goodness. The resemblance is uncanny. Wait ’til you see the pants.

What color would you say these are? If you answered the color of Snooki’s skin, then bravo!  You’re one step closer to becoming a living, breathing high-fashion version of Jersey Shore’s finest. If these Vanessa Bruno Tapered crepe pants don’t scream Mystic Tan, then I don’t know what does.

Some may say the pant/sweater combination is somewhat reminiscent of a certain October holiday. I say switch the channel to MTV, and watch Jersey Shore.

Behold – Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony mary-janes a.k.a. the deluxe version of the hooker heel. Due to Snooki’s height, heels are a must. However, you don’t have to pay 400$ to look like a lady of the night, 139$ will suffice.

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Thank you, Jeffrey Campbell!
Moving on…

I think it’s safe to say that our favorite guidette will never love someone like she loves her white wine, which is why need a giant tote bag. Huh? Why YES, you need space to carry your booze around! Plus, this YSL bag is called the Lucy Chyc tote bag. Chic with a Y… Need I say more?

It wouldn’t be a “Snooki outfit” without a subtle reference to pickles, so BAM! a Jane Taylor Tanzanian green opal ring. Because nothing says ‘pickle’ like gold jewelry and semi-precious stones. And it’s on sale!!! 45% off! $1,292.50 instead of $2,350.00. What a steal!

Finish off the look with a pair of beer goggles Karen Walker sunglasses, perfect to hide last night’s smeared eyeliner!

There you have it: the most ironically minimalist outfit you’ll ever see.

I think I deserve a fist pump.

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STRFKR | reptilians

Starfucker/STRFKR, the electro-pop band hailing from Portland, OR released two tracks from their second full-length LP, Reptilians, set to be released on March 8th 2011. Even though these songs primarily focus on the general concept of death, more specifically getting buried alive and the end of the world – yikes – they both are upbeat, and catchy dance tracks. And they’re free. YES!

You can pre-order Reptilians on iTunes.

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