B-Boy Limping

Last night I celebrated women…
March 9, 2010, 8:05 am
Filed under: Hey Ladieesss!, Music, New York | Tags: ,

… more than usual anyway, at the International Women’s Day celebration held at the Diane Von Furstenburg flagship store.

DVF’s  Proud to be Woman CD compilation, the DJ, the space, (above which she keeps a pied-à-terre). Not pictured: the drinks, which were delicious, and the little fondue puffs, which were like bite-sized pieces of happiness.

The gorgeous DVF was [always] ready for her close-up,

and Erin interviewed British songstress Estelle, whose song “Shine” was included on the compilation. (Keep an eye out for her third album All of Me, due out in September.)

Interview’s over ladies, time to celebrate.

Back to the fondue puffs!

Last night I went to a listening party for Janelle Monáe…
March 5, 2010, 8:13 am
Filed under: art, Music, New York

…and these guys showed up:

He has a mirror for a face.

They were with Monáe and all but [hilariously] they made me really uneasy. It was probably residual fear from Scream. Or maybe because we were in the Rubin Museum and museums make everything creepier. I dunno. But whatever the reason they were quite pleasant… I think. They didn’t really talk or do much of anything except stand there and look terrifying.

We got there late but managed to catch half of Monáe’s frenetic upcoming album The ArchAndroid with guest appearances by Saul Williams, Big Boi (who also co-produced), Of Montreal, Deep Cotton, and Monáe’s cyborg alter-ego, Cindi Mayweather. It’s out May 18 but you can stream two tracks on her site: “Cold War,” and “Tightrope,” featuring Big Boi.  Both are jams.

Highly recommended.

P.S. Dudes with mirrored faces REFLECT YOU BACK TO YOURSELF. On second thought I don’t think I’m being unreasonable here.

P.P.S. Apparently we missed Diddy via webcam, and Keenan Thompson with sunglasses on. .

[Janelle Monae]

you guys
March 4, 2010, 8:19 am
Filed under: Nature!

The blog just turned one year old and I totally forgot to get it anything. I’m such an a-hole!

But maybe I can redeem myself with this?

Happy Birthday blog! You are everything Internet to me.


Wedding atelier
March 3, 2010, 7:33 am
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[Wedding Atelier]

So, Iggy Pop stage dove at Carnegie Hall…
March 1, 2010, 4:12 pm
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…and nobody caught him.

It was at last Friday’s Philip-Glass-curated Tibet House benefit concert and happened after monks chanted, Glass played piano, Irish balladeer Pierce Turner  covered “Yogi with a Broken Heart,” 15-year-old Tibetan refugee Tenzin Kunsel sang a native song, Regina Spektor was blissfully sweet (and curtsied after her set), and Bajah and The Dry Eye Crew gave an a exuberant but contained performance.

But poor Iggy can’t be the only one blamed/given credit for getting the crowd over-hyped and showing the esteemed and traditionally stodgy Carnegie Hall more action than it’s probably seen in ages. The honor can be shared with Gogol Bordello* who, to be fair, “started it.”

Their acoustic set began reasonably lively, but then a few people started popping up:

And then they started running towards the stage:

And then it was full-on pandemonium:

(Eugene Hutz could have said anything at that moment.)

Then Patti Smith took the reigns and  got down on her knees…

… and Iggy Pop took off his sweater:

Iggy–who’s  gonna finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year with his band the Stooges– also beat up the stage floor with his mic stand (attempting to make a dent), stuck the mic itself down his pants, shot back and forth in front of the audience, and bared his ass-crack to the world.

“Is he limping?” I asked my date at one point. I mean, the man is 62 years old.
“I thought he was strutting,” she replied.

Okay, we’ll go with strutting.

And then:

This is right before he dove off the stage.

* GB’s Rick Rubin-produced new album Trans-Continental Hustle will be released April 27. They’re also playing a Haiti benefit March 9 at Irving.