Hurts So Good

Hi – I hope everyone’s Monday is off to a great start! I had inspiration from so many sources over the weekend…fashion music photography movies travel magazines food (the roast chicken at El Malecon!)…I thought I would share a few of my weekend obsessions with you.
Hurts are one of my very favorite groups at the moment. I’ve never heard a modern group that sounds more authentically 80’s – as though they were time-warped from the age of Bronski Beat and Soft Cell. Their self-described “slow disco” sound would have provided the perfect soundtrack to a late night at the Blitz club circa-1982. They’re in the studio currently working on their debut album due out mid-August 2010. You can find “Wonderful Life” and two other great tracks now by clicking on the “Mr. Record Store” link on my sidebar and searching MP3 blogs via The Hype Machine. (Hurts currently have no tracks for sale in the UK iTunes store – where I usually get most of my music.) I’m a bit obsessed with the minimal black-and-white video they made for the track as well!
Oh and speaking of music and video – this weekend I watched Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways. I’d seen the Dakota Fanning/Kristen Stewart movie (twice) recently and really liked it and wanted to know more about them. I watched “Edgeplay” via Netflix streaming (another obsession)…though if you search on Youtube someone has recently posted it there in like 12 parts. (Actually it’s really hard to find there – search for “Runaways documentary” and you’ll see what I mean. Here’s the link though.)
Finally – though a blogger I may be – my obsession with print and with magazines and with collecting magazines will never end! I spent some serious quality time this weekend with the brand-new self service No. 32 – believe it. xx

Blitz Club Covent Garden

Self Service No. 32
self service photo by Ezra Petronio

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Breakfast With Karl

Hi – I flew to Paris on American Airlines, got a hotel room in Montmartre, set the alarm on my Blackberry for 8:15am, woke up, ate an orange that I’d bought at my local food shop the day before, got on the Metro, and arrived at the Chanel show nice and early. If you go to Paris Fashion Week, you’ll learn that this show tends to be one that people are often late for…it’s an important show…but a morning one…and it comes late in the week…so after days of racing around Paris (and hopefully hitting some of the better after parties)…it’s not uncommon to see people making a frantic dash for the Chanel show. I’m not much of a morning person so I was pretty proud of myself and my early arrival this season. Hope you guys like the photos! xx Mr. Newton

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Fly Me To The Moon

Up early today and getting some work done at home…already listened to this about 4 times this morning…thought I would share. Super excited for the new Goldfrapp album on Tuesday! I’ve been out of town for much of this year so far but I’m heading out soon to shoot street fashion today in Manhattan for the first time in 2010. I’ll be sharing those shots with you here soon of course. First though I’ve got well over 100 more photos to post from Paris Fashion Week! xx (P.S. – The weather here is insane today and has been for the last few days – 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky – loving it. Went out yesterday evening to Ryan McGinley’s photo opening in Soho which turned into a big downtown NYC street party with people blocking Grand Street on skateboards and bikes and drinking in the street until the cops and fire dept. came – yay SPRING! “Oh oh oh I got a rocket…”)

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