Fans of DC's APES will recognize Nilay Lawson's work from the album art for their latest record, Ghost Games. Her first multimedia solo show, If You Didn't Know What This Was, Would You Know What This Is?, opens this Saturday, November 1 at Transformer Gallery (1404 P St., NW) and runs through December 6.
The difference between Halloween and just a regular night out is that most of the time, you want to stay out of trouble. On Halloween, you go looking for it. You can find it here: Bad Newz Productions Nothing But Trouble; 11pm-4:30 am. $20 gets you all you can drink at 1935 N. Front St.. It's all you can dance, too, with DJs Strawberry Mansion, Mason & D-Star, DJ Curlylocks, and DJ Rico; and bands We Thieves, London Victory Club, and Philadelphia Slick.
Don't you sometimes wish there was trick or treating for grown-ups? And you could go door to door in a witch's hat and people would fill up your plastic pumpkin with beer, cab fare and hunks of brie? Oh, well. Kitsune Noir brings us an intentionally horrific mixtape with DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Lil Wayne, and the Ghostbusters theme song.
Ever wanted to watch a bunch of guys in costume consume free drinks and skate a bowl? Here's your chance! The Totally Halloween Skate Jam: Don't Miss the Destruction happens this Sat. at 7pm at the Philly Warehouse, Alter St. between 17th and 18th, with free drinks and costume and best trick contest. Sponsored by Totally, Kinetic, Bones, Exit, and Zola. Final note: Please don't park on Alter Street. Please.
One of the best things about reading blogs in languages you don't speak is that you occasionally come across posts with titles like this " J'avale une bouteille et j'mendors avec du Wu Tang," and somehow it all makes sense. (Photo by kidpaparazzi.)
San Francisco foursome Deerhoof have a new album Offend Maggie, out this month on Kill Rock Stars. We called firsties on the title track video, which was directed by Vice Cooler of Hawnay Troof and xbxrx. You saw it here first.
We think the best thing about living in Philadelphia is all the creative people who chose to call it home, so this is our own paean to the City of Brotherly Love. Philly is a city that thrives on cooperation rather than competition, so from Space 1026, the collective nexus of art happenings, to Diplo’s legendary nights as one-half of Hollertronix, we think you’ll agree that this thing of ours is a good one.
Wearing the Worship Worthy Sex Dress at home for someone special? Good idea. Wearing it out in public? Probably kinda like in that episode of Arrested Development where Lindsay goes to visit her dad in prison while wearing a shirt that says "slut."
Unfortunately, industrial designer Ignacio Pilotto's Rubitone cube is just a concept. If it wasn't, we'd know what all the graphic designers on our list would be getting for Christmas.
The video for David David's SS09 collection, directed by Zaiba Jabbar, showcases David's signature colorful crazy prints, and though we can't say for certain, we're pretty sure there's a halter-top body suit in there (whoa!). The video is also set to a song by Philadelphians Santogold, Amanda Blank and Diplo (holla!).
On August 6, 1988, Lower East Side residents united to protest New York City's attempt to impose a one a.m. curfew in Tompkins Square Park, a move that would have effectively displaced the many homeless living in there. Demonstrators clashed with riot-gear clad police, and the ensuing violence set to boiling a neighborhood already seething with drugs, poverty and social unrest. In Tompkins Square Park, photographer Q. Sakamaki collects many of the photographs he took at the time—they are raw, gritty and entirely involved, and present a valuable history lesson for anyone who's ever bar-hopped their way down Avenue A.
The aural/visual dichotomy of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is half the appeal: Copenhagen-based TAGT is Mette Lindberg, an icy blonde pixie, and scruffy hoodie-and-sneakers clad Lars Iverson, and they make handclap party jams so infectious even your parents might like them. TAGT's first digital EP, Around the Bend, dropped yesterday: Full of Lindberg's sultry pop vocals and soulful, funk horns and snares, it's as much fun as getting wasted at your best friend's wedding and dancing with all the groom's elderly relatives—but then going home with the hot cousin.
This fall, we've partnered with Patagonia to re-release two of their classic Synchilla fleece styles (No, not chinchilla!) in their original, bright colorways and an updated slim fit. Patagonia was one of the first clothing companies to pioneer socially and environmentally responsible business practices, and since 1993, their fleece has incorporated post consumer recycled plastic bottles. The Snap-T is made from 80 percent recycled fleece, and the Zip-Up, 85 percent. Both crepuscular-rodent friendly styles are exclusive to UO.
Let this be the winter that you finally buy yourself a proper coat, like this tuxedo-inspired one from Natalie Wood's Something, Something Else. You'll never have to wear that dress/North Face-fleece-hoodie combo again.
Obviously, no one does it better than the Boss, but check out these two female singers covering of one of our favorite Springsteen songs, "I'm on Fire." British folk singer Catherine Feeny delivers a classic, raw acoustic cover, while the Chromatics' is haunting and electric. Both versions, though, reiterate that Springsteen was one sexy guy, which makes us wonder what Bruce really meant when he sang about "dancing in the dark."
Cooperative Designs is Annalisa Dunn and Dorothee Hagemann's Parliment-Funkadelic-meets-the-Jetsons knitwear label, and this is definitely the most far-out adult onesie we've ever seen.
Granted, we'll probably never find ourselves shouting "OMG, those throw pillows are so punk rock!," but we still like these simple, hand-printed hemp "Punk" pillows from Lina Rennell.
The first Artist's Guide, an illustration zine from designers Sam Spratlin, in Chicago, and Matt Cassity, in Brooklyn, was dedicated to the topic of how an artist could go about making money. Assuming that their readers have now made tons of it, the second issue is titled The Artist's Guide to Dressing Fancy, and includes fancy dress interpretations from a collection of artists, illustrators, and writers. August Heffner illustrates the comments he got when he posted T-shirt designs on Threadless (Example: "This is Horrible!"), Mike O'Brien writes about what to wear to your own firing, and Beth Polark charts her life through the rise and fall of fancy dresses.