01. LikeATree (ft Jiddu Krishnamurti) - Bodhi 02. Pier Bucci & B.A.D. - Poem 03. Nu - Soltero 04. Itamar Sagi - Little Helper 36-3 05. Lowbard - Sine Hops 06. Lineas de Nazca - Le 2 Noviembre 07. Mark Henning - The Right Time (Dub Mix) 08. Kryptic Minds - The Things They Left Behind 09. From Karaoke To Stardom - 20 10. Breakage - Untitled 11. Mark Henning - Me, You & I 12. Francis Harris - Close Air 13. Tomzn - Magma 14. Sven Laux - Laws & Errors
Due to charges pressed against me by both Condé Nast Publications and IMG, I have been forced to temporarily shut down this blog. I was hoping to somehow return during fashion week, but unfortunately, I can not. My anonymity has been blown. I will be shutting down the blog for good within a matter of days. This was a marvelous journey and I’m glad a lot of you were here with me. Thank you, darlings.
Something a little different. Ambient post-dub mixtape recorded for Montreal’s hottest style and music blog, Little City. This will be the sixth installment of their project Speaker Sessions, check out the other episodes for some of the best dance music from Montreal and Toronto.
Tracklist 1 :: Artificial Sweetner - Daisuke Tanabe 2 :: Just Us - Shlohmo 3 :: True Romance - Phaseone 4 :: Video Games (Jamie Woon Rework) - Lana Del Rey 5 :: Love What Happened Here - James Blake 6 :: Morning (Ill-Esha Remix) - The Weeknd 7 :: Miranda - Ifan Dafydd 8 :: Another Girl - Jacques Greene 9 :: Fuck U All The Time (Deo & Z-Man Edit) - Jeremih 10 :: Forget (Shlohmo Remix) - Lianna La Havas 11 :: Touch My Body (Cyril Hahn Remix) - Mariah Carey 12 :: Basic Space (Mount Kimbie Remix) - The xx
proud and very, very happy to announce that little-city.tumblr.com has finally graduated to its own digs! after a lot of work, some tears, a ton of frustration and many celebratory self high fives, i am super stoked to present the launch of little-city.ca
meet this week’s music monday post features the newest addition to americana folk music, nashville duo, the civil wars. i was first introduced to the civil wars when they opened for adele’s 21 tour last year. they opened, with no introduction and not even a hello, with barton hollow (for which their album is named) – and shit, that song is the kind of twangy dolly parton would be proud of. they had my attention from the get-go.
hi friends! please excuse my lack of posting recently, i’m super busy and important and 100% swamped with work these days! but, after this week i plan to be completely back on track!
better late than never: here is today’s music monday post! probably 2 of the best (i don’t even know what genre to put them in) down tempo electronic producers of our day (serious business), burial + four tet have teamed up once again to offer up a really phenomenal collab, dubbed nova. mc caesar, this one’s for you <3
on my early morning bus ride/twitter troll i came across a pretty dopeness blog (vlog?) (no. blog. i hate the word vlog) by soundcloud (which, if you know me at all, is basically my one true love aside from coffee and cigarettes). sound+ is content based outlet from soundcloud that explores the different ways that we interact, listen to and understand music. kind of like the book this is your brain on music .
last week on music monday, i featured UK spoken word/dub project she is danger! i figured this week i would spotlight my new faves, swedish DJ duo rebecca & fiona. warning: this may be a bit too electro pop bubblegum infused for some, but if you like swedish electro pop gurl robyn, then you’ll love rebecca & fiona. and since i’m big big fan of both…and i call the shots around here, meet rebecca scheja and fiona fitzpatrick!
these ladies hail from stockholm (because that is where all amazingness comes from, clearly) and are currently tearing up the club scene in sweden. they’ve been in the game for a minute now and since releasing some of their bigger hits like bullets (my roomie's favourite tune) and luminary ones - they’ve been climbing up and up and up. they’ve opened for our girl robyn, played coachella and are currently in the midst of recording with kaskade. don’t let kaskade’s cheesemo rep precede them - these girls are all about hard electro fused with upbeat silliness and all kinds of vocal madness. it’s pretty sugary at times but all in all, they create dancefloor bangers and fast paced electronica that so speaks to me. in that kind of “i love being a girl” way. duh.
image via houseofkaos.wordpress.com
rebecca & fiona are very of the moment and super up and coming. outside of the music realm, they’re definitely fashion trendsetters! the video above is for their newest single, jane doe, which features some pretty silly outfits with a lot of european and, i feel, tokyo girl inspired looks. they have very distinct style, often super weirdo which obviously i love - military hats, lace trimmed jackets, lennon sunnies, ombre hair, heavy jewelry, peter pan collars and everything in between.
keep an eye out! these girls are on their way up! xx
one short year ago, when i was visiting my good friend dj e.steriA in my hometown of toronto, she convinced me to go to the (rather sketchy) toronto afterhours, comfort zone - but only by letting me know that my longtime dj crush, alicia hush, would be spinning with toronto’s nathan barato at an event called weird science. my first time at CZ was an experience, to say the least, and i owe a lot of that to alicia! the first time i met alicia, only about a month ago at laika montreal, she was profoundly kind and quick to compliment my recent interview with nolan brown (who was quick to ask “are you sooo dying right now?”). it’s always a pleasure to know that the people whose work you admire are actually incredibly down-to-earth. so it is with much much happiness that i introduce this week’s friday feature, the one and only alicia hush! alicia is a toronto-based DJ/producer and one half of toronto promo and productions company, hushlamb productions. she is one of the driving female music forces in toronto - with beats that range from smooth and mellow, to full of bass and boom, to genuinely fuckin’ weird, alicia hush is the kind of artist that controls the dancefloor effortlessly. i’m stoked to have had the opportunity to chat with alicia about the power of music, her future plans and the inevitable montreal vs. toronto debate! more after the jump!
this week’s music monday features UK dub/sub dub/spoken word/electronica duo she is danger! made up of UK producer/deep house DJ (and one of my many DJ lesbian crushes) miss maya jane coles and lena cullen. fuckn guurlll powaaa to the maximus decimus aurelius. she is danger is a weirdo kind of project that feels kind of pop-ish the first time around. then you have a second listen and realize it’s not pop at all, even though it’s got that kind of cheese feel that makes you feel a little guilty. but once you accept that, you can really hear the dub-esque, almost two-step like quality that’s hidden so nicely in the background, you’re not even really sure it’s there. and then the vocals drop - anything from an ellie goulding remix (that, for the record gets suuuuper dubby and groovy) or eurythmics cover (you’ll be singing this one all day long) but always, always deep and sweet. like gogo from kill bill sweet. you know, stab you in the genital region and then giggle as you bleed out on the floor, kinda sweet. and maybe a little 90s cheesey. so spot on.
image via nme.com
she is danger have been releasing tracks for what looks like a little over 2 years now (they’re pretty underground at the mo, so it’s hard to find much info). the track above is a bit sugary cheesemo for my taste and yet…it’s stuck in my head constantly and i can’t stop listening to it. definitely a project to watch, as there’s nothing i like more than 2 ladies that know how to keep it real! be sure to follow she is danger on soundcloud!
fashion film house SHOWstudio has launched a new project called fashion fetish, a series of fashion films produced and performed entirely by women in the industry! girl powaaa! london filmmaker ruth hogben produced this steamy video, called fuck me starring my main girl, the one and only karlie klossthe series itself explores the fetishist tendencies of the fashion world. what can we say about this video? well, the fetishist side of fashion is pretty evident in every realm from the industry itself to the nature of consumer purchasing. obsession with products, with fabrics, with people and an infatuation with not only the female, but, of course, the male forms. fashion advertising makes this pretty clear.
or…we could simply say that this video is the sexed up version of american horror story mixed with soft core porn in the best way possible. kloss is pure sex.
back for another quick quick music monday post and this week i’m proud to feature my new obsession, montreal house producer/DJ jacques greene. at only 21, jacques greene is the kind of artist that makes me really ashamed of the nothing i’ve accomplished at 22 (only half kidding) – his is the kind of success that is clearly not taken for granted, despite his young age. after a bit of research, i quickly discovered that greene is a pretty low key dude, and by that i mean that not much is known about him, which definitely makes him all the more interesting.
greene has been a hot topic for a couple years now, when he released edits of radiohead and katy b back in 2010 (edits that are still retarded popular today). it was, however, his more recent releases, motivation and another girl (remixes of kelly rowland and ciara respectively) that he really started to blow up – at least from what i can tell. i discovered greene through my friend charlie, who mentioned motivation in her interviewfrom a couple weeks back. i was already acquainted with the track itself but once i listened to it and dug a little deeper in the jacques greene vault…well, needless to say, i’m pretty obsessed. there’s nothing wrong with the original versions but greene’s soulful rhythms and tricky, sneaky, subtle but powerful min-house beats take these songs to the next level. he’s a weirdo mix of burial-esque sounds with sex appeal and R&B inspired vibes. next level shit. yo. these are the kinds of tracks that make it okay for you to listen to swank, super cheese R&B hits that would otherwise be too embarrassing have on your ipod.
greene, along with co-founder joe coghill, recently debuted their new record label, vase - which is as sneaky and powerful as the beats themselves. while still, not much is known about vase aside from what little there is to find out about its lay-low founder, vase showcased its second release from mystery duoarclight. vase released a new album from greene called container back in january, which features the slow, sumptuous banger flatline (another fave of mine)
keep an eye on this youngster – he is most definitely going places. it’s artists like jacques greene that make me so proud to be a part of the electronic music scene in a littlecity like montreal.
the recent hot hot hot topic going viral in the fashion web world, is the infamous fashion internship. this has been a subject of debate for some time now and people just can’t seem to agree on who is in the wrong. i work in the fashion industry in montreal and it’s really interesting to see it from this perspective. obviously, we’ve all seen the devil wears prada (albeit not an internship but you get the idea) and are subject to the so-called horrors of working at a glossy, a design house or a stockist – but how much of this can we really rely on as truth?
life is so tough and dowdy for anne hathaway in the devil wears prada - image via moviemail-online.co.uk
this is part of a new thing i’m trying out — music mondays? gonna post some new music i’m discovering or digging at the mo every monday! keep an eye out boys and girls! check check click click!
recently discovered NGUZUNGUZU (en-goo-zoo en-goo-zoo), an LA DJ duo and the core talent at DJ kingdom's digs, fade to mind(the american answer to UK label night slugs). made up of daniel pineda (DJ na) and asma maroof (DJ phantasma) (the former tour DJ for MIA), their music is a blend of R&B, house, cumbia, grime and tribal music with a pretty sweet bassline and some heavy-hitting percussion. this mixtape is from last year - inspired by theart of noisetrack of the same name. nguzu also mixed the runway music for kenzo (run by the founders of opening ceremony); the set was 15 minutes of pure funk and so incredibly unlike any other runway music i’ve ever heard. at times weird and at other laugh out loud silly (hello dolly parton samples!?), it was a super refreshing take on runway music for what was, ultimately, a really dope collection.
next week, they’re actually in montreal for a show at bluedog with slava, so i’m thinking about checkin em out!
super epic stuff so definitely clicky cilcky on soundcloud aaaand on tha twitter, yo!
marketing has taken a very strange turn. that’s not to say that marketing hasn’t always been kind of a strange phenomenon in and of itself (check check these vintage ads) but these days, consumerism has hit this weird plateau, wherein it’s not entirely that difficult to sell junk to the overly indulgent public. or maybe i’m watching too much mad men. i heard this really spot on quote a while back, right after when apple CEO steve jobs had passed away, that steve jobs didn’t know what people wanted, he created things and then made people want them. or a more eloquent version of whatever i just said. whatever. the point is, branding has a lot to do with it – slap the mac apple on it and immediately, people are sleeping outside futureshop in tents living off beef jerky and vitamin water for weeks just to get their grubby hands on it. that’s not to say that apple hasn’t produced some really incredible gadgets, ones that have changed the way we live our lives (and by that, i obviously mean “changed the way we encounter reality..aka not at all”). but seriously, i digress because this really wasn’t the direction i was heading, in fact, what i wanted to talk about is the celebrity label. and i guess mac is kind of related because apple is pretty much a celebrity label itself, even more so with the death of steve jobs. buckle up, kids, this is gonna be a bumpy one!
(fake) ipod ad featuring michael jackson via pulsarwallpapers.com
she is easily the most famous sex symbol of the 20th century – and, in fact, she can arguably be called the first sex symbol of the 20th century. before madonna, blondie and cyndi lauper made being blonde fierce, she spearheaded the platinum blonde movement with a turned-out, voluminous ‘do that is so quickly associated with her, no one else could ever wear it better. professional impersonators use her look to this day, countless movies have been made about her, her face still appears on clothing and accessories (unfortunately); there are at least a handful of girls dressed up in her famous white dress and a blonde wig every year on halloween. as if we could get any more obsessed with her, 2012 has seen a spike in our infatuation with the one and only marilyn monroe.
GABRIELLA WILSON is an artist and tattooer from montreal! after a year of freelance tattooing, gabby made the switch to studio work, and now resides at montreal’s mandrika tattoo. when you first meet gabby, you’d never guess that her artistic style would be so dark and twisted. once you get to know her, you wonder how you ever thought her style would be anything different. i mean that in the best way possible - gabby’s version of distorted, creepy realism is so bizarrely beautiful that the only way to describe it is sublime. her ability in both tattooing and art is effortlessly flawless, and there is a fire behind it that is truly inspiring. gabby has taken showcasing her art to the next level by using her friends as a canvas. almost every single person in our circle of friends has been inked by her, and i can say with experience that each piece has a uniqueness in both style and quality that make getting tattooed by gabby a really amazing experience. there is so much love in her work - and i’m very stoked to have been able to chat with her about art, tattoos and how it all began for her.
i know i’ve been touching on a lot of serious issues these past posts (interviews excluded) but i just can’t help myself. it’s more important to me to talk about real issues in the real world than just gab on about what i’m wearing, what celebs are wearing or how i’m painting my nails. although…trust me, you’d all totally wanna hear about how i’m painting my nails. on the real though, this post has been something i’ve been considering for a while now and it’s a bit of a touchy subject (pun totally intended!)- it’s been all over the news recently (at least in the fashion world): infamous horndog/pervert fashion photographer terry richardson.
terry richardson making out with chloe sevigny as terry richardson - via terrysdiary.com
CHRISTINE NOBLE is a tattoo artist and all-around badass hailing from my sister city, toronto! i met christine about 5 months ago on a trip to toronto with my boyfriend. she and one of my closest friends and DJ miss esther benoit (aka DJ e.steria) had just started dating, and i was super excited to meet the motorcycle riding, tattoo covered chick that esther had been talking about for weeks. after meeting her, she was quick to join in our group’s social dynamic (which basically consists of making fun of each other, chain smoking, dancing and talking about how in love we all are). i loved her immediately. outgoing, positive and, above all, incredibly kind,christine is not only one of the most talented tattoo artists i’ve had the pleasure of meeting, she is easily the most down-to-earth girl i know. she has a lot to say about life, tattoos, music and what it’s like to be a chick in an industry dominated by men - read all about her manifesto after the jump!
NOLAN BROWN (formerly known as charlie choke) is a deep-minimal-tech DJ based out of montreal. nolan’s sound is simultaneously deep, dark and funky - hers is the kind of bounce you don’t always know how to handle, the kind of sound that makes you groove no matter what kind of mood you’re in. there’s something incredibly passionate and, moreover, incredibly intelligent about the way that nolan speaks about music, and about life in general, that resonates with me in the best possible way. there’s no sound that quite compares to hers - - at times it vibes slink and sex appeal, while at others it’s pure funk, bursting with as much life and passion as the DJ herself. i’m very, very honoured that miss nolan brown took the time to answer some questions for me! we chat about music, montreal and the progression of her career, exclusively here at littlecity! whoever said good things come in tiny packages was definitely telling the truth.
If You Where A In The Lime Light & People Looked Up To You & You Got A DUI (for ex) Would You Want People Bashing You Or To Just Move On ?
hi! thanks for reading!
i am definitely not an advocate for driving under the influence. regardless of celebrity or status or success, i feel that everyone, including me, is responsible for their actions. hypothetical me would deserve whatever bashing i got. limelight has nothing to do with it. my opinion would remain the same no matter who the person in question is (even if that person was me). if i was someone people truly looked up to, then my actions would negate any “role model” position i was in.
however…this situation is tricky. according to your question, i didn’t hurt anyone during my joyride on e, so i think retribution for this would probably be short-lived. it’s not realistic to suggest that people would bash me forever and ever. but if they did, of course i’d want them to move on. no one was hurt (mentally, physically, emotionally or otherwise) in this situation and i think that’s what makes the difference.
i’m going to try to really hard to ease up on the sarcasm, swearing and general mischievousness with which i handle some (all) of my other posts, as this is a pretty serious topic. last week, the grammys caused a pretty huge scandal when r&b singer/”rapper” (haha) (serious tone) chris brown performed on stage. unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the scandal here is due to the fact that just 2 short years ago, chris brown was involved in an incident involving then-girlfriend, r&b/pop singer rihanna. and by that i mean, on their way to the grammys, an altercation arose which ended with brown beating and attempting to strangle rihanna. this story made headlines, and rightly so. police reports and photos appeared online shortly after (no doubt you’ve seen the evidence photo of rihanna’s bruised, cut open and bloodied face) - disturbing to say the least. so, my question is, should chris brown have been allowed to perform at the grammys this year? more after the jump.
when the internet world (read: tumblr and every fashion/music blog on the planet) started blowing up about someone called LANA DEL REY, i was completely dumbfounded. who is this person and why does everyone love her? likewise, LDR started popping up all over tumblr and facebook - people were posting her videos for “born to die” and “video games” almost as much as people are posting that fucking video for “somebody i used to know”. in any case, i was unimpressed and refused to give in to the obvious trend of LDR. as my good friend arthurscott put it: fake bitch is fake. am i right?! but then a weird thing happened…she appeared on SNL and everyone started hating her. i was intrigued. needless to say, LDR quickly became my guilty pleasure.
potentially world’s most irritating photo ever (from straight.com)
last week i reviewed her album BORN TO DIE for the online newspaper that i write for, timessquare. it was actually kind of a hard review to write, especially because i totally forgot about it until the day it was due. that being said, i was not lost on things to say! i have so many opinions about lana del rey, and to be honest, they change every day. what’s up with that! i’ve never felt this way about an artist before, honestly. i’m very torn between loving her or hating her…or loving to hate her. probably more of the latter. i love judging people. (oh shut up, you know you do too!)
so, without further ado, here is my review of born to die, after the jump!! trust me — this is just the tip of the iceberg people. i suspect we’ll definitely be seeing more of del rey, and in the coming weeks, i’ll definitely have a lot more to say. stay tuuuuned!
with new york fashion week getting started today (tweets direct from BCBG/max azria fw’12…yes please), i had a little look-see back a couple weeks at couture collections for spring 2012. this story went viral a week or two ago, but it never really dawned on me to write about it until now. i’m always a fan of jean-paul gaultier. always. no matter what he does, he is fabulous. but he caused a pretty big scandal when his most recent couture collection paid tribute to the late miss amy winehouse. too much, too soon?
while exploring online fashion mecca, women’s wear daily, i came across an article about newsstand sales for 2011. not surprisingly, sales were down by an extraordinary amount. “the entire magazine industry was down an average of 10 percent”, the article states - and while a mere 10% may not seem like a lot, it is a huge loss in revenue, interest and well, general love for printed media. is this the death of print?
just thought i would share that i am now on the twitter. and that apparently, i sound like an old person when i call it “the” twitter but isn’t that what it’s called? regardless, i’m very confused and i’m not really sure what to do or say. i also don’t understand how to find people so i can “follow” them. it’s all very silly. i feel like my mother.
however, you (all my 11 followers on tumblr!!!) (i know, right?!) should all follow me and stay tuned for me probably making a right ass out of myself.
the other day, while slacking at work (sidenote: if my bosses ever read this and find out how much time i spend trolling the internet….at least i can claim it’s research!!) i started reading up on one of my favourite models, ANDREJ PEJIC. pejic is an androgynous male model from australia and, i know what you’re thinking. but if you’ve never seen pejic before, whatever you’re thinking is wrong. that’s not to place some over-arching veil on the general stereotype of androgyny - - well, okay maybe it is. but come on, you know you were thinking it too. and that’s why i decided to write this post! androgyny is beautiful, and this is why.
ANDREJ PEJIC: photo from glamcheck.com
androgyny is not really anything new but today, more than ever, it is everywhere. especially in a city like montreal, personal style can go in any direction you want it to - that’s what’s so fucking rad about this city. and for the most part, we montrealers don’t judge. i have genderqueer male friends that rock out in skirts and it’s perfectly acceptable (read: awesome). but here in MTL, we’re pretty privileged. there are a lot (A LOT) of places (some parts of the USA, most if not all of the middle east, i could go on here..) in the world where queer theory and gender identity are not even “a thing”. i’m someone who is pretty open-minded so maybe that’s why the idea of restricting the way people identify is something completely absurd to me. does not compute.
anyway, androgyny has been around in fashion for, well, forever. miss coco chanel revolutionized the mystery of androgyny in her hay-day (just another reason why we love chanel). girls can wear pants, boys can wear skirts (and i mean that in every sense of the expressions - hello, kilts/kimonos! hello PRADAmen’s skirts!) but it goes beyond all that. fashion can take on any gender it wants to, and as such, be appropriated by whoever wears it. but androgyny has more to do with “having both masculine and feminine qualities” (yes, i just dictionary.com-ed that, just to be sure!) and not just a girl in guy’s clothes or vice versa. maybe it’s a personality thing? in the mannerisms or the way you present yourself? it’s definitely a state of mind or a state of being. personal projections - and apparently, the way YOU choose to present yourself matters a lot to the rest of the world.
being “androgynous” is andrej pejic’s claim to fame. this isn’t to belittle him in any way, but it’s the truth. his look is unique based on the fact that it’s supremely feminine (gorgeous nonetheless). but the fact of the matter is, that pejic raises a lot of issues for people in this industry. in an interview for NY MAGAZINE, pejic states “I want to look like me. It just so happens that some of the things I like are feminine" - apparently this is something that’s really difficult for people to understand. why be boxed in by the boundaries of your gender, it’s just a simple matter of want or choice. the rest of us are entitled to our wants or choices, but for some reason, gender has everyone’s panties in a bunch.
on the real, brazilian transsexual model LEA T caused a huge scandal when she revealed she was born a boy. APRIL ASHLEY's career was ruined when she was outed as a transsexual by SUNDAY PEOPLE. it is amazing to me how much it makes a difference — ignorance is definitely bliss. fashion isn’t about whether you’re a boy or a girl, fashion is fashion, regardless of who’s wearing it. so what’s the big deal, anyway?
on a happier note, i read a really great article about a kindergarten teacher who taught her students to ignore the boundaries of gender identity and helped stopped bullying towards one of her students! a really great read, the article talks about it being “okay” to like “boys’ toys” if you’re a girl and vice versa. the kids offer really sweet little reactions when the teacher is giving the lesson (“my uncle paints his nails black!”) - if kids can be this open minded…why is it so hard for the rest of the world.
my mom showed me an article in the newspaper about a month ago, about a gender neutral baby called STORM (badass name right?). storm is the child of a family who, since storm’s birth have not said publicly whether the child is a boy or a girl - all in order to open the boundaries of gender identity. they will not discern the baby’s sex, and instead, are going to let storm choose for his or herself! pretty cool, eh?
in the end, what’s with the fuss with gender identity anyway? androgyny is okay in fashion, but not okay in life? wake up world, this is 2012 we’re talking about. obviously there’s going to be a LOT of opinions on this subject and i’ve only touched on a few here so…what’s yours?