99 PROBLEMS AND NOW iOS IS ONE
Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal, is facing nothing but upstream battles. After a series of confusing articles about the varied prices for the streaming service, reports of it falling out of the top 750 apps on Apple’s app store, and stinging media reviews, Jay Z took to Twitter, releasing a series of #TidalFacts. The #facts aimed to tell the world that Tidal is, in fact, fine. Turns out it’s not and many of the #facts were patently false. Looks like Mr. Carter may have run into his 100th problem.
IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE
John Lennon once described his former wife, Yoko Ono as “The world’s most famous unknown artist. Everyone knows her name, but no one knows what she does.” But now, thanks to an upcoming retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art entitled Yoko Ono: One Woman Show 1960—1971, we can view her work as a conceptual artist divorced from her international celebrity. The exhibition will explore how she was influenced by the minimalism of her Japanese background and the work of Marcel Duchamp. The exhibition will be on view May 17.
KITTY ON PINK, PRETTY ON FLEEK
Before the seemingly endless stream of YouTube videos depicting what it means to be a woman in public (some, in ironic twists of fate, which turned out to be hoaxes), there was American Reflexxx. Filmed in 2013, but put on YouTube just this week, the performance art piece depicts a dehumanizing mob reaction to a masked woman walking down Myrtle Beach. Much like Marina Abramović’s Rhythm 0, this performance piece shows how easily women or trans-persons can become targets of violence.
As if we needed another reason to procrastinate on Instagram, the photo sharing app recently launched their @music page. Dedicated to exploring the realm of music—from talking to big names in the game to spotlighting burgeoning acts, the page is a space for sharing great new music.
NO GROM ZONE
Ugh, changing from a suit to a wetsuit is such a pain. Luckily, Quicksilver Japan has made 3-piece suits/wetsuits, for the discerning CEO cum surfer. Made from waterproof neoprene, the suit is perfect for office-to-wave wear, and even comes in a tuxedo option for formal occasions. Not one to be remiss on the details, Quicksilver also included a pen and notebook to complete the look. The pen, when pushed, sends a sick day email to the office. Watch the hilarious video of the suit in action here.
A LINEAGE OF LUXURY
Move over, Calvin Klein, 50 Cent is tackling the men’s underwear scene. Collaborating with former Tempur-Pedic president Mathias Ingvarsson, former rapper and current 1%er has created a line both luxurious and stylish. The collection, called Frigo Crown, is already being invested in by notables like Timbaland, Derek Jeter, and Carmelo Anthony. The line will arrive in stores this summer with prices ranging from $39-$100 per pair.
GOING COUNTRY GRAMMAR
It’s definitely getting hot in here. After a long stretch in purgatory, our fav rapper/country music aficionado, Nelly, has announced that he will be releasing new music through yet another collaboration with Florida Georgia Line on a country EP. In 2013, he teamed up with the “Cruise” singers for a remix of the hit song (along with a hilarious music video) and it became the top selling digital country single of all time. Although the EP doesn’t have a release date as of yet, we do know it is entitled Heartland EP.
I’M A SURVIVOR, I RIDE A TIGER
Hey He-Man, there’s a new jungle cat-riding hero in town. Well, heroine, actually. As it is, Priya has already had an epic journey from the pages of the UN-recognized comic book Priya’s Shakti, to scattered murals throughout India. Now, the rape-survivor-turned-protector-of-justice will arrive in New York City at City Lore Gallery on May 7, before taking on the rest of the world.
WAS THE SON OF A PREACHER MAN
With Sam Smith cleaning up at this year’s Grammy’s, Alabama Shakes debuting their new album to glowing reviews, and a wide array of other soul-influenced performers dominating the airwaves, it’s pretty safe to say that the music industry is having a gospel moment. So it should come as no surprise that this week, Netflix shared a tantalizing little trailer for What Happened, Miss Simone?, a brand new fully-authorized documentary about legendary soul songstress Nina Simone. The latest from Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the World), this Sundance darling promises to delve into the highs and lows of the gospel goddess’s personal and professional life. The documentary airs June 26.
NOT READY TO MAKE NICE
Happy 30th birthday, Guerrilla Girls! These masked feminists have been fighting art-world injustice, collecting compelling facts, and creating powerful protest material for three decades now. And they’re not ready to make nice yet. The latest source of their wrath? Big money’s influence on the art world. You can learn more about their upcoming campaign by attending their planned birthday festivities which begin today through May 17 in New York.
I MERELY DESIRE NOT TO GIVE A FUCK
If you’ve felt yourself drifting away from the Canyon spirit, becoming more and more tied to the concrete jungle, don’t worry, the bi-annual Mercado Sagrado fair, which celebrates Canyon spirit, begins tomorrow. The fair, which is held in a private oak grove in Malibu Canyon, boasts fresh pressed juices, healing arts and music, hand-made goods, and plenty of positive vibes.
HER HAIR IS INSURED FOR A MILLION DOLLARS
Every Armani fan’s dream closet is coming to reality. To celebrate the iconic Italian label’s 40th birthday, Armani is showcasing 600 of its designs at the new Silos exhibition space in Milan. The space, formerly a Nestlé factory, is now— and €50 million later—completely devoted to Armani. The exhibition will—in addition to a ridiculous amount of fashion—showcase the designer’s sketches and technical drawings. Opening today, it will be available to the public through October.
Curated by Elaina Ransford.