Admit it – even if you are one of the editors or bloggers or other professionals who claim to be at a fashion show for “work” – lots of times you’re actually just sitting there rocking out to the amazing runway music! I mean you’re probably pretty exhausted anyway…and you can look at the show photos later to verify the details of the clothes that just whizzed by…but the spectacle…the lights…the chills down the spine…the MUSIC…these are the things that hit you in the moment. A great fashion show is like a slightly-understated-and-somewhat-arty-though-still-big-budgeted Broadway musical – only with really tall actresses and an exceptionally talented costume designer. And the music! Nothing is more important to a fashion show than the music – nothing else can lift a mediocre show or kill the vibe on a great show quite like the music – not the casting, not the set design, not the lighting design, not the clothes themselves.
Pre-streetstyle I used to soundtrack fashion shows for a living…and as the season approaches, I still slip into this mode where I’m somewhat subconsciously keeping an ear out for great new tracks. While there are many ways of approaching things when working on show music (familiar tracks? unusual cover versions of familiar tracks? retro/1920s-1990s period music? unreleased/exclusive tracks? remixes? live band playing?), one approach that often works well is this – predicting which brand new artist/which brand new track is going to really blow up in the coming months AFTER the show. Such that everything about the show seems to be looking ahead to the coming season…predicting the future…showing the way forward. “Oh and while you’re at it, could you make sure that it’s just a really amazing tune? That it has the right tempo for the girls to walk to? With some on-point lyrics and chills-down-the-spine atmosphere? Plus it should probably be a remix – something that’s a bit hard to find and wasn’t pulled straight off the album. And please make sure that it’s either unreleased or was only released in the week or two preceding the show. Thanks!” It can be hard to tick all the boxes…but in my estimation, “Royals” (The Weeknd Remix) by Lorde does just that. It’s my choice for “most ubiquitous track of the global S/S 14 collections”. It’s a great track – enjoy it now before you’re sick of it. xx Mr. Newton
Late night – well, early morning really – on Friday March 8th – lying in bed in London after Paris Fashion Week – watching TV because I couldn’t sleep – I came across the video for the new song “Stay Out” by the 18-yr-old Scottish singer Nina Nesbitt. The happy/sad/melancholy/world-weary mood of the track really fit my jet lagged mood at the moment…and I still love it days later…even after getting some sleep…so I thought I should share it with you guys. You can jump on this early – the track is not released commercially for nearly another month – it’s out on April 7th in the UK, April 9th in the US – AND – you’re in on the early stages of Nina’s whole career – she has no full-length albums out yet – and no CDs out period – just a few digital-download-only EPs. (Also – worth mentioning – I was watching my favorite channel, 4Music – though if you have a comprehensive satellite television package in London there are several other all-music-video channels. Blows away our domestic Music Television here in the US…which these days shows no music videos whatsoever.)
Speaking of watching music videos late night in London – what a wonderful experience that is! There’s an undeniably magical feeling – as happened with “Stay Out” – when a video/song comes on that maybe you’ve never heard before but that somehow speaks directly to YOU and YOUR MOOD at the moment. It’s the sort of magical/wistful feeling that is more likely to happen late at night…when the video or radio programmer or club DJ seems to be tapping into the collective unconscious and reading your sleep-deprived mind…AND…these magical-yet-strangely-sad late night moments also happen to be the lyrical subject matter of “Stay Out”…so it all gets a bit too too meta and you should just sit back and let the feeling happen and not examine it too much. x
Here’s Carly Rae’s brand-new video for “This Kiss” – the latest single off of her new album, “Kiss”. And no I’m not being ironic and no this is not a guilty pleasure. It’s a pleasure, but I have no guilt about it! I love pop music…and dance music…and one-hit wonders (though it looks like she may actually have a career now – which is great)…and I love trendy fashion…and music videos…and the 80′s…and the 90′s.
Things that I specifically love about this video?? The 90′s rave/warehouse party setting – especially when she’s performing and people are going crazy behind her (great job video director dude!)…her hair…the synth-y/80′s/electro vibe of the song itself…her hair…the crop top + graphic jeans + neon orange heels ensemble that she’s wearing at the end (so on-trend Carly/Carly’s stylist!)…the clothes throughout the entire video…her hair. I think two Youtube commenters summed it up best when they said, “she’s like really hot. i freakin love her” and “I LOVE HER HAIR OMG”…
This is seriously one of the best music videos of the year! Make sure to watch it in full-screen mode and in full 1080p HD! x
Grum’s new single “Through The Night” is on heavy rotation at the Mr. Newton HQ at the moment. It’s so awesome…it makes me want to DJ at a sweaty Fashion Week dance party just so I can play it at the peak of the night! It’s that kind of jammy-jam. And the video! I mean Taylor, I’mma let you finish, but Grum has made one of the greatest videos of all time!
(P.S. – I’m usually a big fan of singles rather than albums…but in this case (Crazy for You – Best Coast) you should really buy the whole album…most of their songs sound the same…and I mean that as a compliment…the whole album is like one big hazy, sunny, distorted, fuzzy, pop dream…it’s great to listen to the whole thing straight thru.
P.P.S. – Have you ever gone to the beach and laid on your back with your head facing the water and done the upside down “the ocean is now the sky” thing that they do at the beginning of this video? It’s really freaky and cool…it’s like waves are breaking across the sky…I just did it a few days ago at Jones Beach…haha! Yes, I’m a dork. I don’t care – it’s summer and I’m having fun… xx)
Hey – how’s it going? So it’s Thursday afternoon…just hanging around the Mr. Newton HQ in Williamsburg, Brooklyn…listening to some fun music with my interns – the usual. It has me thinking back to earlier this week (Monday to be exact) when I was out shooting street fashion in Nolita…I’d stopped by Ruby’s for their dead-on-authentic-yet-not-contrived-in-the-least Bondi Beach cafe vibe…and for a bowl of perfectly al dente spaghetti pesto and a fresh mint-and-pineapple smoothie (yum!)…and I ran into my Aussie friend M. and she was saying that her family is here from Sydney for the entire month of August and that they had rented a house out in Montauk. All of which got me thinking about summer vacations…and beaches…and surfing (I don’t know how but it looks like it would be amazing)…and Montauk…and Australia (I love it down there)…and about how August is such an awesome month to just lay around and do not much of anything.
Well, if you’re hanging around with friends and family during these last weeks of glorious summer, I thought that I would put together a little 21-track summer playlist for you. I used to DJ full-time for the fashion industry…and still do so occasionally these days. I also want to say – I don’t put any of these songs on here if I don’t genuinely LOVE them! I don’t make playlists to show how cool I am…or to demonstrate how ironic or cheeky I can be. I’m listening non-stop to every single one of these tracks below and they are listed here purely because I think that they are rad…and you should try to find all of them. Speaking of dancing, I’ve got to wrap this up and get out of here soon…I’m heading out to the sold-out Chromeo show at Bowery Ballroom tonight! Talk soon…xx Mr. Newton
Alphabeat – DJ (I Could Be Dancing)
Serge Gainsbourg – Sea Sex and Sun
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Chromeo – Night By Night
Crystal Castles – Celestica
Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight
LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
Felix Da Housecat ft. The Neon Fever – Everyone Is Someone In L.A.
Eddy Grant – Romancing The Stone
CSS – Jager Yoga
Kylie – Better Than Today
Cathy Dennis – Touch Me (All Night Long)
Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
Paul Simon – Late In The Evening
Jackson Browne – Somebody’s Baby
YACHT – Psychic City (Classixx remix)
Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
Sleigh Bells – Run The Heart
Benjamin Diamond – Little Scare
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
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
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