Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture performed tonight with his new pet project/band, Nickel Eye. They played a number of songs, including “Back from Exile”:
and “Brandy of the Damned”:
Unless I missed something, no other Strokes appeared at the Music Hall tonight.
The first song the band played was my favorite… airy, with beautiful harmonies sung by Joel Cadbury and Jamie McDonald of South. (They flew over from England in order to play the show!)
The crowd was far from packed, but there were a good number of people thereâ€”surprisingly the crowd looked pretty young (were all the older-timers out in Manhattan?) with a disproportionate amount of Asian girls up in the front.
In the midst of watching the new episode of Gossip Girl (Michelle Trachtenberg, really? Vampire Weekend‘s “Campus” playing during a Brooklyn scene?) I’m finding time to log in some quick updates during the commercial breaks.
Last Thursday I headed over to the new Morrison Hotel Gallery, now located on the Bowery in the former location of the CBGB’s Gallery. What for? The opening of rock photographer Bob Gruen’s new show, “Rockers,” which features photos of Blondie, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, the White Stripes, and his famed photographs of John Lennon wearing that “New York City” tshirt.
Some famous faces popped in to take a look at the shots: Yoko Ono dressed all in black with shades and a floppy hat was in and out very early, and later Debbie Harry strolled in, all dolled up in a body-hugging champagne-colored floral dress.
Check out this video from GoldenFiddle.com featuring a 5-second interview with the model who’s buttocks and leather-gloved hand graced (?) the cover of the original artwork of The Strokes‘ 2001 debut album, Is This It. Link from NME.com.
I’m seriously pissed at Juergen Teller. First he made Meg White look a little bit like a dear caught in the headlights in his shots of her for the spring/summer 2006 Marc Jacobs campaign. Now he’s gone and made one of the most stylish and sexiest woman in today’s music scene look drab and lifeless. See the following shots of MIA for Marc by Marc Jacob’s spring/summer 2008 line.
Ugh! It’s like no one involved in this campaign has ever heard of good photography OR Photoshop. It looks like MIA just stumbled into the set half drunk and asleep. I’m not sure how they managed to pick the most unflattering pictures of her as possible, but they’ve gone and done it.
Sorry, you’re just not going to sell me on the whole “ugly is beautiful” thing. I already lived through the ’80s.
Photographer Ryan McGinley‘s new show at Team Gallery, Irregular Regulars, chronicles McGinley’s two years of following legendary performer Morrissey’s tour of the US, Mexico, and UK. The show is running now until February 10th.
Team Gallery is at 83 Grand Street (between Wooster & Green, 6-8)
All the reviews are saying Justin Timberlake‘s new album, Futuresex/Lovesounds, is totally retro because it sounds like an old Prince album.
But how come no one is talking about the other blast from the past factor of the LP? Anyone else think that the cover of his album (shot by Terry Richardson) looks very similar to the cover of the New Order Retro box set, which came out in 2002?