Its New Years in Detroit! Are you going to stay home with your family or are you going to bring it in with hundreds of high spirited strangers? I'm the latter (sorry mom)! If you want to dance your heart out check out Funk Night, which is an all out party with live funk bands. For a more rock 'n roll influenced night, check out Gardens at the Lager House. If you are into underground noise or experimental music check out the Bad Party at the Old Miami, and for an all around kind of night, see Marco Polio and the New Vaccines at the Magic Stick. I brought in the New Year at the Magic Stick last year and can confidently say it was the best New Years yet! Don't kick off the new year with regrets (or a lame party). -Aren
The new year is a perfect time to change up your look with some tips from our resident hair stylist and make-up artist Russell Oden. "As this year comes to an end and a new one begins, what better time then now to try some new products or a new look?" he says. "Play around, and happy new year!"
"I love these clip-on bangs. They are 100-percent human hair and they clip in easily and can be styled to seamlessly blend into your hair. Hide the rest of your hair under hat or head scarf, and try a different color for a totally new look."
"It's New Year's Day, you have brunch plans and you don't feel like washing your hair, a few sprays of Batiste Dry Shampoo will get you ready to go. This will absorb excess oil and add volume while extending the life of your style for days."
"Treat your hair to the finest, hand-made brush I have ever used. It smoothes and untangles, massages your scalp and fits comfortably in your hand. This is a brush you will have for a lifetime."
"Don't let the 'perfume' fool you- this is for men. I love these products. They are handmade from small batches and each one has a wonderfully unique smell using recipes from the '20s and '30s."
"New Year's Eve is a great time to try a new color. I love this Stila Eye Shadow Palette. The color options are perfect for achieving a fun new look."
"This is the greatest product I have ever used for treating and preventing razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Use it every time you shave– it's perfect for men and women!"
Abbey Lynch (first photo) lives in a parallel state of Arizona. Her dauntingly beautiful photographs of places I pass everyday here in Phoenix become places I have never seen before. Perfecting her craft at Arizona State University, Abbey hopes to one day share her witchy ways with the world and shoot for National Geographic.- Alyssabeth
Balenciaga motorcycle bag isn't legendary already, I don't know what is. That said, the new release of the bag in a pink dyed crocodile costing $17K is insane but how could you not drool all over yourself for it?! X - Jen
How did you guys meet?
Dave P: Sammy and I met two summers ago at PYT. We were both booked by our friends Matt Gallager and Dominic Palermo to play at their book release party there. We assembled the entire DJ set up and sound system together, which is always a great bonding experience.
Sammy: Nope! That’s what I thought at first, but it was earlier than that. My friend Nick just sent me this picture the other day. It was from when we were first introduced back in 2008 at Snacks at Woody’s. I’m using the wonders of party photography to trace our past. I also look like I’m 11-years-old.
What made you decide to start working together?
Dave P: This past Halloween night, Sammy invited me to play with him at his Sunday night party, “10,” in the basement of Voyeur Nightclub. We started the night playing a few songs each and around midnight a small dance floor started. As the night progressed we started playing together more and the night got more and more wild until about the last hour, when we realized we were playing three tracks at a time for the duration of the night and the entire dance floor was freaking out like crazy people. We knew we have similar tastes in dance music but it wasn’t until we played together that night that we actually thought we should work together. That, and we both share a common interest in fancy button down shirts.
What have you learned from each other?
Dave P: I’ve learned that there’s nothing wrong with playing a little hip-hop in a DJ set and that tempo changes can be pretty rad. I’ve also learned that toasting your bagel with the cream cheese on it tastes pretty good.
Sammy: He’s tried to show me how to open a beer bottle using a lighter probably 50 times. I still can’t do it and I actually cut my hand open trying.
What are your favorite snacks?
Sammy: Oreos by the sleeve.
Dave P: Soft pretzels with the cheddar cheese dipping sauce from the Pretzel Factory on Washington Avenue. Unfortunately, they don’t open until 11pm usually so they end up being a late night snack.
Is there a type of music, artist or particular song that you do not agree on?
Sammy: I bet Dave says rap.
Dave P: Rap! Just kidding, not really, just that Lion King dance track I hear out sometimes.
You guys both are wearing pretty nice sweaters in that photo above. What's your favorite?
Sammy: Me talking about sweaters while doing an interview with Dave is a waste of time. He’s much more versed on the topic. He’ll probably talk about this weird black and white elk sweater he’s been wearing every day.
Dave P: Swish! Sammy, you win! I stole it from my girlfriend actually, it’s Limited Express. Oops, maybe I shouldn’t have said that? I’m not sure if it’s an elk but I’ll just go with that. That’s my girlfriend in the sweater in this picture, not me. That was the last time she got to wear it…ever.
You guys also smelled pretty good that day. What cologne were you wearing?
Sammy: This YSL cologne in a black bottle. I don’t know the exact name, but it smells fancy.
Dave P: C’mon Sammy, we all know you love Drakkar. Maybe he wears YSL sometimes too when he wants to be fancy. Recently I’ve been wearing the new Marc Jacobs, which has a terrible name–"Bang." I like it but it’s not my favorite and I really hate saying the name when people ask what it is. I always feel like I need to make up an excuse for it. I’d have to say my favorite cologne is Commes Des Garcon 2, which I need more of by the way. I was really into the special edition bottle they did with purple glitter.
Cat videos on YouTube: Love 'em or leave 'em?
Sammy: This should answer your question:
Best perk of being a DJ?
Dave P: Hmm, maybe all the Amtrak veggie burgers I eat going back and forth between Philadelphia and New York? Honestly though, for me it’s all the great people I’ve met along the way—actually some of my best friends I met because of DJing.
Sammy: You’ve been talking about those veggie burgers all week. Best perk though? Doing the same thing I’ve been doing since I was 12 and never getting tired of it.
Sammy, use a metaphor to describe Dave.
Sammy: Trick question. You can’t describe Dave P without using his patented word “rad.” If there’s a good metaphor with rad in it, I’d happily answer, but until then I can’t be of any help.
Dave, if Sammy were a fictional character, who would he be?
Dave P: I’d say Don Draper from Mad Men, minus the alcoholism.
What's next for you guys?
Dave P: We’ll be ringing in 2011 together at the Making Time/R5 New Year’s Eve Freakout at 90 Degrees, which was formerly Transit, in Philadelphia!
So...what are you guys gonna wear?
Dave P: You know what’s sad? We both already know what we’re going to wear but we’re not going to tell you because that would take all the fun out of it.
Fabien Cappello is offering new life to the almost one million Christmas trees that will be thrown away in London alone– customers can arrange for the January collection of their tree, which will then be hand-carved into a stool.
Salvador Dominguez is a L.A. implant specializing in the sculpture and narrative of dark-whimsical tales– with the experimentation in a large number of mediums. His B.F.A. from The Art Institute of Chicago and the rejection of being pigeonholed into a specific genre of artist has helped Salvador win over gallery owners, art enthusiast, and his artistic counterparts. The latest works, featured at Urban:Sanctuary in the "Fractions" exhibition, dove into the idea of "using familiar structures of narratives to explore individuality versus the masses." - Justin
Jordan Askill also turned it into an incredibly beautiful bracelet? To die for. X - Jen
porftolio, nestled nicely between family portraits and wedding albums, is evidence of a photographer with a little something extra. -Kyle
Prommunism 2010 features Flight to Mars, Ghetto Hackers, and many others, so come in your most pompous bourgeoisie attire or Pro-Regime Party wear. The kountdown to victory has already begun. - Krista
Michi, created by Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock, got so many inquiries about fashion that she decided to write a book. What on Earth Are You Wearing is a cheat-sheet for the industry, full of beautiful watercolor illustrations and an encyclopedia of important terms, from "acid wash reflux disease" to "galloon."
Morgan McNally has headed several humanity-based ventures here in the Valley including her thousandforathousand project. Morgan has created 1000 paintings priced according to the time a buyer spends volunteering– no receipt necessary. Check out her other projects: Take a Fear, Leave a Fear and Project: Uncomfortable. -Alyssabeth
Toby Jones new deadlock pendant, for his Lonely Hearts Club collection, of the classic key necklace with a little surprise inside!! X - Jen
Haley Scott (top photo) is a local photographer who has been making a big impact in a very short time! She describes her art as "anti-art post/post modern/morbid/heroine-chic/bizarre and questionable." and if you check out her work you'll get what she's talking about. Between photographing for 944 magazine and being a full time art student, Haley has been flown out to L.A. to model for photographers like Bree Kristel Clark. Oh, and she occasionally plays with wolves which makes me insanely jealous! -Aren