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September 9, 2015

Motorhead Vibrators

While Lemmy is convalescing and the band is off the road, this may be a good time to point out that Motörhead now have a line of vibrators. As Dangerous Minds notes, given they have a song titled "Vibrator" on their debut album, this seems long overdue. There are four models, including bullet and full sized versions branded with either their Ace of Spades or Overkill LPs. Lovehoney, the company that released them earlier this summer, have this to say:

We designed these classic vibes for both fans of Motörhead and rock lovers, as well as those who just want a cool looking toy to add to their collection. The range captures the rock and roll lifestyle of the band perfectly, and offers a unique counterpoint to the traditionally pink and purple toys that currently dominate the market
To quote "Vibrator's" lyrics, may this Motörhead Official Pleasure Collection "never ever break your heart."

March 25, 2015

Haim waiting on a plane (via @Haimtheband)

Elevators don't really use "elevator music" anymore but you can still hear bland, instrumental muzak when you board or deplane on various airlines. Not so now on American Airlines who, in October 2014, switched to a "surprisingly edgy mix of indie music" like Real Estate, Bon Iver, The xx, and, uh, Haim. It appears to be a welcome change, according to an article in one of American Airlines' employee newsletters:

The decision to change to the lesser-known indie music was a reaction to customers' complaints, which included boredom. Since the switch, complaints about our cabin music have decreased, and compliments have increased, according to a social media analysis.
Still, AA's criteria for the edgy mix they play is songs that are "upbeat yet not distracting" and "helps American stand out from the competition and appeals to younger generations." Other artists on their playlist include Lykke Li, Washed Out, Future Islands, Foster the People, Hozier, and Moby.

In related news, Nick Cave wrote his new book on the backs of airline barf bags while flying on tour.

March 20, 2015

photo: a hip (sad) day in Hoboken for Maxwell's last show, 2013 (more by Ken Bachor)
A website called FindTheHome recently published an articles declaring they've determined the "19 Most Hipster Cities in America." Topping the list: Hoboken, New Jersey. #2 is Ames, Iowa. Neither New York City or Brooklyn made the list. (Neither did Austin or Portland.) How exactly did they determine what a Hipster city was?

Using our places data, we at FindTheHome determined four important attributes that define a "hipster city" and found 19 cities that fit the bill (and surprisingly, Portland is not one of them). We first decided to only look at cities with over 50,000 people that also had a high population of people between the ages of 20 and 34. Then we looked at the cities with a fairly educated population (a high percentage of residents with at least a Bachelor's Degree), many cafes and yoga studios.
You can check out the full list here.

November 21, 2013

Grimes and her Ben and Jerry's

Grimes, a well-known fashion fan (she co-hosted the red carpet at the VMAs this year), is currently making headlines for saying that she is annoyed at vegans who are annoying and tell she is not vegan enough, because she is a vegan that thinks it's okay to not be vegan 100% of the time. She wrote a tumblr post that reads:

this is something i was anticipating and have been meaning to address for a long time:

Part of the reason I posted the ben and jerry's thing is because I like to encourage people towards a type of veganism that is inviting and accepting. For the longest time I was vegan but I just wouldn't say I was because of the bad reputation of veganism. most of the vegans i know are dogmatic assholes, and it completely turns people off.

I believe more people would be drawn to having more ethical diets if they didn't feel bullied to do so, or if they felt they were entering a welcoming community.

My brand of veganism is one wherein if your grandparents have no idea what you are talking about then you eat their beef stew rather than upset or confuse them. or if you really want to have cake with an egg in it on the holidays then you have that rather than just not being a vegan because you don't want to give up occasionally having something that you love.

Ben and Jerrys is the only brand of ice cream i ever eat. their cows are treated ethically and beyond that they put a ton of money into researching green hydrocarbon freezers that would use alternative refrigerants which (unlike current freezer gases) do not contribute to global warming. they're also working on a bunch of other initiatives like using completely renewable materials in packaging.

this comment is why no one wants to be vegan. unlike this dude, i would like to fully encourage everyone to be vegan rather than scare them away. I love being vegan. my skin is better, i have more energy, i feel really healthy and i get sick way less than i used too and I'm not contributing to factory farming. that said, I also occasionally enjoy things i used to eat because it makes me feel good and i am less discouraged about not eating those things the rest of the time.


This post was spawned by a previous post that said she would put veganism on hold to try the new Ben and Jerry's flavor:
holy fuck there is a new flavour of ben and jerrys

1 day hiatus from veganism is being had starting NOw

also excuse the expletive, i try to keep the blog all ages but this is a pretty big deal plus i dunno honestly i knew the f bomb by the time i was 5 i would be shocked if u didnt already know it and yet have the reading comprehension skills to digest the rest of this post

We say, let her eat ice cream! But please rethink some of those wardrobe choices. And speaking of coats....

Jay Z

Rapper and man of many industries Jay Z has released a new Rick Owens-designed jacket (pictured above), which is obnoxiously made entirely of crocodile skin and which is being sold for $58,000 (though at least they're donating 100% of sales to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation). The jacket is part of Jay's new holiday collection on Barneys, which includes other (slightly) less expensive items too. Happy Holidays everyone!

Grimes, who we recently caught at ACL, plays Mexico this New Year's Eve. Jay Z will tour North America throughout most of December and January.

October 15, 2013

Dinosaur Jr

NYC clothing company Mishka (also known for putting out rap mixtapes) is teaming up with mutual fan/friend J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. to give his band their own clothing line. Above is a picture of one of the hats, and below you can see the Dinosaur Jr. beanies, t-shirts, jacket and more hats. The clothing line will drop on Wednesday, October 23 at NYC's Mishka Store (where Pictureplane just played).

J Mascis will be doing an in-store signing at the store at 6 PM, and afterwards he'll play the previously discussed afterparty with Speedy Ortiz at The Flat (308 Hooper St) at 9 PM. Nick Gazin will also be DJing. More info at the Facebook event. Show flyer below.

Dinosaur Jr. will also open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).

Previously in Dinosaur Jr news, an emo supergroup is releasing a Dinosaur Jr tribute LP and J. Mascis and Sharon Van Etten just made a video for their John Denver cover.

More clothing line pictures and show flyer below...

Continue reading "Dinosaur Jr. gets their own Mishka clothing line; J. Mascis playing release party with Speedy Ortiz"

October 8, 2013


As discussed, M.I.A. is set to release her fourth album, Matangi, on November 5 and she'll be playing release shows in NYC and LA, plus Fun Fun Fun Fest, around that time. The NYC release show happens on November 4 at Terminal 5, but she's just also just added another date happening on November 1 at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (10/11) at noon, and tickets for the previously announced date (same link) are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

M.I.A. also teamed up with Versace for her own line (pictured above, more here), which will be in stores October 16. The Telegraph (via Pitchfork) reports:

"The theme of counterfeits, of those that produce and sell them has always been part of the culture of M.I.A.," the 38-year-old Grammy award winner told Women's Wear Daily. "When I was contacted by Versace, it seemed a great idea to invert the circle. Versace's designs have always been copied, now it's Versace that copies the copies, so those that copy must copy the copies. So this will continue."


Brand creative director Donatella Versace seemingly didn't oppose the counterfeit reference: "I adore the energy of the street, so when M.I.A. proposed to expose the issue of counterfeit Versace pieces by creating a collaboration inspired by these items, I thought it was an incredible idea."
She added: "The collection represents all that I love of the new Versus Versace: it's fast, it's noisy, it's brazen and it blends the world of music with that of fashion. I can't wait to see it worn."

Updated M.I.A. dates are listed below...

Continue reading "M.I.A. got her own Versace line, adds 2nd Terminal 5 date"

October 3, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall


In what's been a busy week for leather jacket action, we've unearthed another super-limited leather jacket linked to The Clash, this one designed by the band's bassist Paul Simonon -- who is actually quite the painter -- for Sailor Jerry. For $2300, you can have one of 50 Lewis Leathers "Limited-As-Hell Edition Leather Jackets" featuring Simonon's interpretation of Norman Collins' (Sailor Jerry) original skull and crossbones design from the '50s. You can read more about Simonon's collaboration with Sailor Jerry at The Independent, and purchase one here if you can afford it.

Paul Simonon and Mick Jones recently teamed up with Sailor Jerry for a Q&A event in support of The Clash's new greatest hits compilation, Hits Back, and the enormous forthcoming Clash complete re-mastered box set.

October 1, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall

Some of those logos look different...

Clothier, dorm room furnisher,  vinyl outlet and soon-to-be-Williamsburg-retailer (maybe with a liquor licence), Urban Outfitters recently released a pair of hand painted leather jackets that have been raising some eyebrows around the Internet. The jackets, a Crass-Sex Pistols-Clash mashup and a Dio-Megadeth-W.A.S.P. disaster, are selling for $375, here and here respectively. For that amount, you could buy two of The Clash's massive $175 Sound System, but you can't wear a box set of complete remastered works.  Mind you UO's website says they're genuine vintage and only have one of each. They've been available for a while -- who would pull the trigger on these babies?

In the spirit of all things apparel, a preview of metal and hip hop themed holiday sweaters that you might actually think about wearing, below...

Continue reading "Urban Outfitters' $375 punk and metal jackets still available ++ metal and hip hop holiday sweaters"

May 16, 2013

and punk is dead again...


September 21, 2012

'Zombie Hipsters' asserting their civil rights on Halloween (more by Amanda Hatfield)

When you think of an outlet with its finger on the pulse of "what's next," it might not be Forbes Magazine. Nevertheless the rag has compiled its list of "hippest hipster neighborhoods" in the US, which lands Williamsburg Brooklyn at #3:

1. Silver Lake, Los Angeles
2. Mission District, San Francisco
3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4. Wicker Park, Chicago
5. Pearl District, Portland
6. H Street Corridor, Washington D.C.
7. East Austin, Austin
8. Capitol Hill, Seattle
9. The Uptown, Oakland
10. Warehouse District, New Orleans
Just as interesting, and hardly surprising, is the magazine's comments on the changing face of Williamsburg:
Williamsburg may have spawned the hipster craze, but the neighborhood is evolving in a direction that's far less hospitable to the patchily employed, fedora-wearing crowd. "The more successful neighborhoods like Williamsburg become in attracting people, the real estate prices go up and a lot of the urban pioneers end up moving on," says David Morley, a research associate with the American Planning Association, a nonprofit educational group for community developers.

Real estate prices in the north Brooklyn neighborhood have been steadily rising...his firm reports that Williamsburg rents in July were 23% higher than a year ago ... [and] the mean rent for a studio apartment in Williamsburg was $200 higher than for a comparable (albeit smaller) apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village

There you have it folks. The Williamsbur hipster apocalypse according to Forbes.