Charli XCX made a documentary about being a woman in the music industry. Why? Because she’s a boss ass bitch. In conjunction with the BBC, Charli tackles the ever-buzzing topic of “feminism” head-on, outlining her position as a 23-year-old woman, pop star, and songwriter in the industry. Everything she faces as a woman gets a mention, from going braless to armpit hair, her all-female band, how much she can swear in songs, and even the “Bitch Better Have My Money” video! Plus, she gets the perspective of women behind-the-scenes in the business. Watch Charli XCX The F Word and Me below during your post-turkey blissed out coma. (more…)
During the peak “Hotline Bling” blitz just following release of the song’s meme-worthy video, Erykah Badu dropped her own take on the track. (I’m still obsessed with the Trina edition, personally) Turns out, that was just a precursor to an entire mixtape of phone-themed songs. But You Caint Use My Phone will be out exclusively via iTunes/Apple Music this Friday, 11/27, with wider release scheduled for the following Friday, 12/4. I guess Rihanna isn’t the only one staking her claim on Black Friday. (more…)
According to popular mythology, Thanksgiving is a time to debate immigration reform at the dinner table with relatives that lean to the right of Lou Dobbs. Or, if you’re like me, the dinner table is just another venue for you to defend your questionable career trajectory and uneventful love life. However, no matter what is discussed at the holiday dinner, one thing is certain, at some course over the holiday weekend, you and your family will run out of things to say to each other. Or, conversely, you will wish your family would run out of things to say to you and welcome any possible distraction to an endless Mobius strip of dialogue. Fortunately, streaming services like Hulu and Netflix were practically invented to fill the lull in a long weekend. (more…)
Hey, what are you doing? Preparing to leave New York and wade right into the current traffic apocalypse in order to get to wherever it is you’re going this holiday weekend? Cool. Us too! And are you preparing to do that via a rental car? Ohmigod, US TOO. Well, guess what? We’re all getting fucked. Cool! (more…)
The Broncolada is never a poor choice. (Image courtesy of Donna)
Have you ever heard of decision fatigue? Jeremy Oertel, beverage director at Donna, has.
“Mr. Big from Sex and the City—he wears the same suit every day,” Oertel told me last night at Donna, where a DJ set floats above a surprising number of cocktail drinkers for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. “‘If I could just take some choices out of my life, I could be less tired by the end of the day,” Mr. Big’s clearly on-point thinking goes, according to Oertel.
Drinkers want the same thing: to try less hard. “By the end of the day, you get to a bar, exhausted already, and your brain is slowing down, and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to make choices. I don’t know what to get,” So, to aid the dulled and over-worked brains of his patrons, Oertel conceived of something quite useful: a drinking map. I tried it after having been up since 5am, plus being sick—the perfect test subject. And the results were fantastic.
Annika Zee is a 22-year-old self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Toronto, Zee now lives in New York and is releasing her debut tape Aging Aesthetics in December. It’s a great time for bright new artists to burst forth, since the fourth quarter tends to be more sparsely populated while everyone gears up for the next year — though Rihanna is gearing up to buck that trend a bit. Still, Zee is the kind of artist that cuts through the winter chill; her voice is as warm and empathetic as the heroine in an old musical, but this production melts from simple and sumptuous into something more sinister. “Crazy” offers a shoulder to cry on, a layer of politeness to your mediate twisted thoughts, before twisting in on itself in a crackling zenith of static. Listen below and look for her whole EP coming soon. (more…)
One of the most terrifying parts about the holidays is traveling during the holidays. For example, if you’re driving out of the city today, plunging deep into the traffic apocalypse, I wish you luck, my friend.
But if you are making things easier on yourself, staying here, and just need to get to a friend’s place to drink or (if you want to make things a little more taxing) brave the crowds at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (which I believe is something everyone must do before they no longer live here), then the MTA is your great, dear friend this holiday weekend.
The season of gifting is upon us, and Fab is gearing up to make it a great one with the Fab Holiday Pop-In, a curated store experience from Dec 3rd–6th in the LES. Check it out at 118 Orchard St, on the corner of Orchard and Delancey.
So, what exactly is a pop-in? It’s a chance to shop 150+ of the Fab team’s favorite holiday gifts while enjoying treats from sponsors Pampelonne, Chameleon Cold Brew, Baked by Melissa, Vita Coco, La Maison du Chocolat, PopChips, SimplyGum, and Polaroid. Add a slew of can’t-miss events and workshops to the mix (schedule below), and you’ve got yourself a party!