Friday, May 30, 2008

MV::CAM ARCHER DIRECTS SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE "GOODNIGHT"



This new video for Six Organs Of Admittance is simplistically beautiful. Directed by Cam Archer, it urges a viewer to sit still and take in what you’re seeing. The tranquil tune is a perfect fit for the images onscreen.

ARTIST::SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE
TRACK::GOODNIGHT
DIRECTOR::CAM ARCHER

MUSIC::TV ON THE RADIO TO PLAY CELEBRATE BROOKLYN FRIDAY 6/30

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BAND SITE::TV ON THE RADIO
TIME::6:30 PM
WHERE::PROSPECT PARK BANDSHELL, 9TH ST @ PROSPECT PARK WEST
INFO::718.855.7882
COST::$3 SUGGESTED DONATION

ART::LILLY MCELROY "I THROW MYSELF AT MEN"

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Lilly McElroy is a performance artist currently working on an ongoing series called I throw myself at men,in which she lunges at strangers in bars in hopes of them catching her. The acts are documented as men brace themselves for the flying artist’s impact as McElroy leaps forward and falls into the arms of innocent bystanders.
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“The work she produces is a cross between physical comedy and earnest confessional. She throws her whole body into it and often leads with her chest.” The subject is “examining how easily we make connections and how much can be at stake if we don’t”. Now that’s a way to pick someone up!

ARTIST SITE::LILLY MCELROY

CITY FACT::MANHATTANHENGE TODAY, FRIDAY MAY 30TH

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If you're a New York resident, I urge you to take in the view of NY's semi-annual Manhattan Solstice: A day in which the (setting) sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manahattan's main grid.

MORE INFO::FRIDAY, MAY 30TH MANHATTANHENGE. SUNSET @ 8:16PM. BEST VIEWING IS AT 14TH, 23RD, 34TH, 42ND, AND 57TH, AS FAR EAST AS POSSIBLE.

FASHION/BUY::ACNE SALE!

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ARTICLE/READ::NYTimes Acknowledges Hipster Penny Pinchers

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We’ve all been the person who scrounges for loose change just to splurge on Eggs Benedict for a ritual Sunday brunch with friends, or maybe for that Dior mascara you’re so accustom to using because you really think it makes that much of difference. Or maybe you’re the girl or guy who won’t let Duane Reade hair product get within 5 ft of your intentionally messy tresses, because you swear by Aveda’s organic made products. Yep. We’ve all been “that person”, who really can’t afford it but would do anything not to give up their pricey lifestyle, even if it means eating street meat for lunch.
NYTimes has an insightful article about the lives of twentysomething’s struggling to survive in a city where competition is fierce and the rent is high.

READ::STARTING SALARIES BUT NEW YORK TASTES

Thursday, May 29, 2008

TO DO::MCCARREN PARK POOL PARTIES!

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We don’t have to say farewell to McCarren Park pool parties just yet! The three months of fun in the sun, live performances, beer guzzling, and slip n’ slide fun, will commence June 6th, with a super M.I.A performance kick-off.
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If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket for the already sold out show, go you. As for others less fortunate, stop your whining. The event calendar is filled with plentiful of performances and stuff to do, including my personal fave, Summer Screen, in which a massive projector plays cult classics and classics alike.
This summer, films will include: Wet Hot American Summer, Rushmore, and The Virgin Suicides.
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Welcome, summer!

MORE INFO::MCCARREN PARK POOL 2008

MV::JON LEONE DIRECTS WHITE WILLIAMS "VIOLATOR"



This is a great new video from musical newcomer White Williams. It's refreshing to see new techniques used other than stop motion, thanks to director Jon Leone.
Leone ornaments "Violator" with oil, water, foil, and what looks like glitter. And I assume it helps that singer White Williams is sort of, no definitely, a looker.

Kudos.

ARTIST::WHITE WILLIAMS
TRACK::VIOLATOR
DIRECTOR::JON LEONE

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

TO DO::MOELLER SNOW GALLERY OPENING 6.3.08

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A must-attend. And a great way to support my dear friend, Karline Moeller.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

MV::ANIMAL COLLECTIVE "PEACEBONE" DIRECTED BY TIMOTHY SACCENTI



Photographer-turned-director, Timothy Saccenti, directs this unconventional video for Animal Collective. It matches the "Peacebone" track perfectly for it's oddity and experimental chaos, with a sweet love story underneath it all.

ARTIST::ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
TRACK::PEACEBONE
DIRECTOR::TIMOTHY SACCENTI

ART/NEWS::OLAFUR ELIASSON WATERFALLS, NYC

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This summer, Danish/Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson, will install various waterfalls throughout the city, including New York's East River. The artist, who is currently exhibiting at P.S.1, plans on creating these site-specific installations, which will be funded by Public Art Fund. These freestanding falls will be as high as 60-70 ft, as tall as the Brooklyn Bridge.
Hopefully we'll be able to catch some of that refreshing mist during a hot New York summer day!

MORE INFO::NEW YORK CITY WATERFALLS
ARTIST::OLAFUR ELIASSON

Boys Who Like Boys...

My favorite boy toy informer, Daniel Sinisterra, recently gave me some insight on content traversing the web that fancies some boy-on-boy action, but all with artistic intent, of course.

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PHOTOGRAPHER:: SLAVAMOGUTIN

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WRITER::EAST VILLAGE BOYS

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MAGAZINE::KAISERIN

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

MV::ARIEL PINK "GRAY SUNSET" DIRECTED BY TRAVIS PETERSON



I devoured Ariel Pinks extreme experimentalism, back in the day when musician Dino Felipe of Schematic Records introduced me to him. It was then, that I was jolted into this bizarre sort of dream-like appreciation for this unique artist. He’s a bit glam rock, but at the same time, not definable. He purposely sounds distant and faded, like listening to an old 8 track or record. He’s androgynous and oddly sexy. This music video is very recent, but the track is off Pink’s The Doldrums album, which released in 2004. The video is directed by Travis Peterson. Also, I think he's hypnotizing me. I keep watching this video over & over again!

ARTIST::ARIEL PINK
TRACK::GRAY SUNSET
RECORD LABEL::PAW TRACKS
DIRECTOR::TRAVIS PETERSON

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

FILM/DVD::THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE

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Benten Films releases director Todd Rohal prized film The Guatemalan Handshake . The untraditional narrative film won Special Jury Prizes at Slamdance and Torino. The film centers around a power outage in small-town America and the effects it has on its somewhat disturbed, yet charmingly quirky residents. Despite it's title, the film really has no relation to Guatemala.



BUY::BENTEN FILMS
OFFICIAL SITE::THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE

Monday, May 12, 2008

EVENTS/FILM/IN-THE-KNOW::FESTIVAL DE CANNES MAY 14-25

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61 years later, the Festival De Cannes is still one of the most talked about, attended, and prestigious festivals in the society of film. This year, the festival will live up to its name with over 50 films to be screened by well-known and emerging filmmakers. And if you don't have the fortune of attending, view below for a link to entire 2008 program, so you can keep up-to-date with the soon to be talked about films.

MORE INFO::FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2008

MV::ROISIN MURPHY "OVERPOWERED" DIRECTED BY JAMIE THRAVES





This isn't a new video, but still a good one. Thanks for the introduction "you know who you are".

ARTIST::ROISIN MURPHY
TRACK::OVERPOWERED
DIRECTOR::JAMIE THRAVES
PROD.CO::FACTORY FILMS

BOOKS::TASCHEN RELEASE, STUDIO OLAFUR ELIASSON:AN ENCYCLOPEDIA

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If you haven't made it out to Olafur Eliasson's current retrospective at P.S.1, then here is the next best thing.

BUY::STUDIO OLAFUR ELIASSON.AN ENCYCLOPEDIA $150-

Friday, May 9, 2008

MUSIC::EL PERRO DEL MAR & LYKKE LI, BOWERY BALLROOM

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Last night’s El Perro Del Mar/Lykke Li concert exceeded all expectations. Lykke Li was vivacious and full of non-stop energy that kept the crowd enthralled with the petite artist, who jumped around tirelessly while singing and occasionally slamming a snare with her electric hand. While headliner El Perro Del Mar quietly came on stage afterwards. So quietly, that the talking crowd didn’t even notice she was there until she opened up with “party”, only to be followed by “Dog” and other songs which were later on accompanied by the rest of her band.
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The emergence of a firecracker like Li and a subtle and obviously shy Sarah Assbring (El Perro Del Mar) was the perfect mix to keep you amped through out the show. And if you were there early enough, you didn’t miss the performance by up-and-coming songstress Anna Ternheim, who was just as quirky as her fellow vocalists, and will surely headline a show in the future.
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Ending the night, Lykke Li popped back onstage and joined El Perro Del Mar for a rendition of Wendy Rene’s oldie “After Laughter (Comes Tears)”. The delightful duet ended the night gleefully, as one crowd member put it “the teacher and the rebel student finally come together in the end”.

BAND SITE(S)::
EL PERRO DEL MAR
LYKKE LI
ANNA TERNHEIM

Thursday, May 8, 2008

TO DO::BROOKLYN DESIGN FESTIVAL THIS WKND 5/9-5/11

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With ICFF approaching, it's time to kick-off the season with design festivals all around the city!
This weekend, the Brooklyn design festival will exhibit hand picked designers and manufacturers of lighting, contemporary furnishings, and accessories, all made and/or designed in Brooklyn.

SHOW HOURS::
Friday, May 9: 10am–8pm
Saturday, May 10: 10am–7pm
Sunday, May 11: 11am–6pm

**Tickets for the sixth annual BKLYN DESIGNS™ may be purchased at the event ($15, $10 for students with I.D.)

FOR MORE INFO::BKLYN DESIGNS
ADDRESS::VARIES (VISIT SITE FOR MORE INFO)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

MV::DUO NICK BROWN & ALI MORETTI DIRECT CLINIC "THE WITCH"



Clinic will remain masked and enigmatic whether or not for your liking. And with this newest video, even more so. The track is off their new album "Do It". And the video is directed by unsigned duo Nick Brown & Ali Moretti.

ARTIST::CLINIC
TRACK::THE WITCH
DIRECTOR::NICK BROWN & ALI MORETTI
PROD.CO::NONE

PLATFORM'S LOOKING FOR A SKILLED WEB DESIGNER

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Hello, all! So as Platform post(s) increase daily, I realize it's now time to take it a step further. I would like to hire a fantastic and creative web designer to help me with creating a whole new site for Platform to call home.

If interested, please send along links or portfolio samples of your work to Contact@platformmag.net. Also, please make it relevant to Platform, which means no corporate-type sites please.

Thanks!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

EVENT::THE STOLI HOTEL NYC GRAND OPENING, MAY 7TH

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This Wednesday, May 7th, the much-anticipated arrival of The Stoli Hotel will mark its NYC presence for a week and a half long stay.
The Stoli Hotel debut will be set in a chicly designed space inspired by the Hotel Moskva from the Stoli bottle’s label. The space will include a bespoke bar, integrated spa, and individually designed guest rooms showcasing Stoli's wide array of flavored Vodkas. Yum!
Tomorrow's grand opening is undoubtedly destined to meet your every expectation of decadence and entertainment, all while sipping on the best-selling Russian Stolichnaya Vodka.

FOR MORE INFO, VISIT::THE STOLI HOTEL
ADDRESS::330 WEST STREET (NEAR HOUSTON)
DOORS::OPEN FROM 9PM-1AM

Friday, May 2, 2008

LISTEN::PORTISHEAD GUEST DJ ON ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

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Portishead share their influences with NPR host Boilen on All Songs Considered. Tracks from artists include: Jimi Hendrix, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk and British actor and singer Noel Harrison

DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST::PORTISHEAD DJ SET (30min)

MV::RON WINTER DIRECTS GALACTIC "HUSTLE UP"



Greencard Pictures director Ron Winter, collaborates with New Orleans funk band Galactic.
Sort of reminds me of that awful 80's movie with that singing duck...Howard the Duck! For the record, I don't really enjoy "funk" music per-say, but this video was just too cool to not post.

Artist: Galactic
Track: Hustle Up
Agency: Anti Records
Production Company: Greencard Pictures, NY
Director: Ron Winter

WATCH::INTERVIEW WITH JUSTICE VIA PITCHFORK.TV



Electro band JUSTICE sits down with Pitchfork writer Dave Maher for a little one-on-one. And like all French rock stars, I guess smoking while interviewing is appropriated and justifiable. .

TO DO::CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, May 3rd-May 4th!

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Despite a week of dreaded rain, we can look forward to a weekend full of color and nature, thanks to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. With over 100 trees in full bloom, you can engage in endless amounts of activities all set within a vibrant background of Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

MORE INFO::BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN, CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (FREE ADMISSION)

TO DO/ART::FROM ANOTHER SHORE, RECENT ICELANDIC ART

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Scandinavia House located in NYC, has opened their newest exhibit featuring the new works from an array of Icelandic artists. "This survey of contemporary Icelandic art from the National Gallery of Iceland includes: sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and videos by 20 of Iceland’s most acclaimed artists."

And after you embrace Icelandic art, you can pop around the corner to Les Halles for some hardy meat!

VISIT::SCANDINAVIA HOUSE 58 PARK AVE (BTWN 37th & 38th)
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