December 20, 2013 |
Had Steve Jobs commissioned a song, it would have felt like Daft Punk's "Get Lucky. " Modern but ageless. Sleek, streamlined, memorable and futuristic. "We're up all night to get some, we're up all night for good fun," Pharrell optimistically declares, imagining joy on the horizon. Released in April, the single went on to soundtrack the year's wedding receptions, bar mitzvahs, drives along the Pacific Coast Highway and hairbrush-as-microphone bedroom singalongs, no small feat for two helmeted Frenchmen.
November 21, 2013 |
Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman has sold his West Hollywood condo for $3.2 million. The buyer is Danish restaurateur Ole Strecker. The chic double unit, created by combining two condos, contains three bedrooms, five bathrooms and 4,000 square feet of living space. Features of the updated home include a media room, an office, a den and a terrace. The building, constructed in 1962, has concierge service, 24-hour valet parking and a rooftop pool. There are city and mountain views.
October 28, 2013 |
Twenty or so years ago, Lou Reed - who died Sunday of liver failure at 71 - published a book called “Beyond Thought and Expression: Selected Lyrics” that casts in stark relief the promise and the pretension of thinking about rock lyrics as poetry. Reed, of course, always considered himself in such terms, tracing a lineage to the story writer and poet Delmore Schwartz , who had been his teacher at Syracuse University, creating with the Velvet Underground (and later, in solo efforts such as “Berlin,” “Street Hassle,” “New York” and “Songs for Drella” )
October 25, 2013 |
To hear the soothing, spiritual sounds coming from 17-year-old Cameron Griffin's acoustic guitar as he gently plucks its strings leaves a visitor feeling as if he has been transported to a sandy beach at sunset amid cool, refreshing waves. Then, seeing a video of the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Griffin sending a ballcarrier crashing to the ground adds to the intrigue of a teenager who's clearly a savant of sorts. How else to explain someone who took up the guitar seven years ago and taught himself to play by listening to music, then became a football standout only after going out for the team as a freshman at Los Angeles View Park Prep and learning how to play by listening to his coaches.
September 1, 2013 |
London-based luxury e-tailer Farfetch.com has a concept that's "why didn't I think of that?" simple: a website that unites the selling power of some of the best independent luxury boutiques from around the globe, including A'Maree's in Newport Beach, Kirna Zabete in New York, L'Eclaireur in Paris and the Henrik Vibskov boutique in Copenhagen. By acting as a kind of global cooperative, such an online hub can offer smaller retailers the kind of high exposure and low shipping costs that were once the sole provenance of the major players in e-commerce and, at the same time, serve up a deep bench of inventory that includes the smaller, emerging designers and hard-to-find pieces that are the heart and soul of a luxury boutique's merchandise mix. José Neves, a Portuguese-born, London-based serial entrepreneur and Farfetch's founder and chief executive, did think of that - back in 2007 while he was selling his Swear footwear brand to retailers that ran the gamut from big-chain department stores and global websites to one-off independents.
August 15, 2013 |
Twitter is blowing up today over One Direction's hit “Best Song Ever,” with hundreds of fans posting messages to the hashtag #donttouchbestsongever -- and that's just in the last 10 minutes. The tweets are flooding in since a blogger in England pointed out a similarity between the opening to the 1D hit and the Who's 1971 rock classic “Baba O'Riley” and suggested that somebody in the British government take the group to task for lifting the musical motif. “Someone should call Trading Standards over the song title as 1D sterilise The Who 's 'Baba O'Riley'," the unidentified contributor at ClickMusic.com wrote . PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners "At a certain point we recognised it had the same type of intro where there's a synth and a piano,” One Direction producer Julian Bunetta has said, “but we really tried to make sure that there was no intellectual property stolen or anything like that.