GOLD SOUNDZ theringer.com
The Infinite Radness of Pavement’s Breakthrough Album
A quarter-century after the release of their landmark sophomore album, members of the quintessential ’90s indie-rock band reflect on their big moment,...
Ask Chris Black: What Are Your Top 5 Amazon Fashion Staples?
Plus: the best men’s moisturizers and workout gear.
Ask Chris Black: What Are Your Top 5 Amazon Fashion Staples?
Plus: the best men’s moisturizers and workout gear.
One of life's greatest pleasures wsj.com
In New York City, Restaurants Welcome Tables for One
Bookings by the party-of-one at restaurants are on the rise in New York City, and some restaurants take extra steps to ensure solo customers get the m...
The secret history of midcentury modern design–as Cold War propaganda
Before midcentury was a household name, the State Department used MoMA’s “Good Design” exhibitions to sell the American vision of consumerism abroad.
December Boy: On Alex Chilton theringer.com
The Letter of Alex Chilton: On the Most Underappreciated Singer of His Generation
The late lead singer of Big Star and the Box Tops had a trove of unreleased music unearthed. What can we learn from the gifted, self-destructive geniu...
The Family Business That Put Nashville Hot Chicken on the Map
An African-American-owned restaurant began making the spicy dish eighty years ago. Now it’s a viral sensation. Who’s getting the big money?
Shelved: Fiona Apple’s Extraordinary Machine longreads.com
Shelved: Fiona Apple’s Extraordinary Machine
How the songwriter’s abandoned third album became two albums.
How Apple’s white earbuds changed the game forever gq-magazine.co.uk
How Apple’s white earbuds changed the game forever
The History Of Cool: How Apple’s white earbuds changed the game forever.
The Enduring Fight Over the First Ironman Triathlon
A simple box of papers delivered to a couple in the early years of the swimming, biking and running event in Hawaii set off a legal skirmish over what...
If you are in London, go to @SomersetHouse and see this show curated by my brilliant friend Shonagh Marshall vogue.co.uk
Somerset House's New Exhibition Explores That "Lost In Translation" Phenomenon
A new photography exhibition invites the viewer to question individuality
Mike Skinner's Favourites bbc.co.uk
BBC Radio - The Takeover, Mike Skinner's Favourites
Mike Skinner from The Streets shares with you his favourite new and old tracks.
Exploring Hip-Hop’s Love Affair With Bape pitchfork.com
Exploring Hip-Hop’s Love Affair With Bape
The rise and resurgence of the Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing Ape 25 years later.
Where Have All the Music Magazines Gone? longreads.com
Where Have All the Music Magazines Gone?
Inside music journalism post-2008 recession, and how media consumption in the 21st century offers a road map for the continuation of the once-robust m...
How Much of the Internet Is Fake?
Turns out, a lot of it, actually.
Joan Miró’s restored studio reopens in Mallorca wallpaper.com
Miró’s studio in Mallorca designed by Josep Lluís Sert reopens after restoration
Throughout his artistic career Joan Miró had dreamed of the perfect studio, his ideal workspace where anything was possible. Yet it wasn’t until he wa...
How About a $300 Parka with that Toothpaste? The New Wave of Hotel Shops
By stocking branded merchandise alongside designer trinkets, trendy hotel chains like the Standard, the Ace and the W are reimagining the traditional ...
2018: The Year in Stuff nyti.ms
2018: The Year in Stuff
Cardi couture, genderless handbags, CBD skin care, natural wine and more: 11 wearables, massagables and drinkables that defined a strange, fractious y...
WE ARE BACK: ~The Boy~ (aka @brrybnds) and I list off our Top 20 songs of 2018. Put in your AirPods™ and enjoy donetodeathprojects.com
2018's Top 20 Songs
2018's Top 20 Songs, by Amardeep Singh and Chris Black.
Best of 2018: Arts and Culture longreads.com
Longreads Best of 2018: Arts and Culture
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in arts and culture.
You must go listen to @theprophetpizza's new podcast, FIT TEA garage.vice.com
FIT TEA: Madonna Invented the New Age Celebrity
In the premiere episode of our podcast Fit Tea, we dissect Madonnas “Ray of Light” period, which ushered in the age of wellness and mysticism in Holly...
Hip-Hop Had a Surprising Secret Weapon in 2018: Acoustic Guitar rollingstone.com
Hip-Hop Had a Surprising Secret Weapon in 2018: Acoustic Guitar
Guitar loops are the foundation of new singles from established stars like Travis Scott and the breakout year of Lil Baby & Gunna
Very happy to be on Babe? with @LarzMarie this week. We discuss cocaine, Tumblr, Straight Edge, and beauty products itunes.apple.com
"Episode 23: Keeping It Cool w/ Chris Black" from Babe? by Lara Marie Schoenhals on Apple Podcasts
Lara's doing something a little controversial and allowing Chris Black (a straight man!!!!!) to be on the podcast. But you know what? It's chi...
The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly
An exploration into the music of skateboarding.
The @AquaDrunkard Year In Review aquariumdrunkard.com
Aquarium Drunkard : 2018 Year In Review : Aquarium Drunkard
Here it is. Our obligatory year-end review. The following is an unranked list of albums that caught, and kept, our attention in 2018. Let it blurb. – ...
What is lost when we “watch Netflix” rather than shows and “listen to Spotify” rather than songs? reallifemag.com
Cold Discovery — Real Life
What is lost when we “watch Netflix” rather than shows and “listen to Spotify” rather than songs?
Because I put my art above everything, I wore Kenzo and wrote about it. I also did the unthinkable and took (GULP) selfies to flesh out the piece ssense.com
Market Research: Kenzo
Is brand sensitivity a thing? Chris Black’s Kenzo odyssey answers the age-new question.
Buzzcocks - "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" youtube.com
Buzzcocks - Everybody's happy nowadays 1979
Buzzcocks - Everybody's happy nowadays 1979 I was so tired of being upset Always wanting something I never could get Life's an illusion love i...
Real Christmas gift hours shop.a24films.com
A24 Zine Collection
Collectible box set of 8 zines published between 2016 and 2018. Scored and folded 2mm thick chipboard with silver foil deboss.
The Internet Boy Band Database pudding.cool
Internet Boy Band Database
Every boy band to chart the Hot 100 since 1980.
What a big tune songexploder.net
Song Exploder | Episode 150: Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckhingham of Fleetwood Mac breaks down "Go Your Own Way" from the band's seminal album "Rumours."
The End And Beginning Of Amen Dunes stereogum.com
The End And Beginning Of Amen Dunes
After years of cultish fascination, Amen Dunes gained greater prominence in 2018 with 'Freedom.' Damon McMahon looks back at the year, and f...
We’re All Drowning in Entertainment. Who’s Going to Rescue Us? rollingstone.com
We’re All Drowning in Entertainment. Who’s Going to Rescue Us?
What the avalanche of new music means – from overwhelmed listeners to algorithms that seek out unsigned talent for labels
Discovering the Diversity of Atlanta’s Restaurant Scene bonappetit.com
Eating My Way Through Atlanta, I Learned It’s Much More Than Black and White
How getting lost in my hometown let me see a side of it I had long chosen to ignore.
Menil’s New Drawing Institute: A Full-Service Home for Fragile Art
There’s more to love, with reservations, in the Houston museum’s Drawing Institute and its extraordinary inaugural show of Jasper Johns works.
'It was like working in a mill, but with drugs': How indie labels reinvented British music theguardian.com
'It was like working in a mill, but with drugs': how indie labels reinvented British music
It’s 40 years since Rough Trade, Mute and Factory Records used an anti-industry attitude to give a voice to the likes of Joy Division and Depeche Mode...
The Rapid Rise and Sudden Fall of 6ix9ine
A year ago, the rapper seemed on a path to hip-hop stardom. To bolster his street cred, he partnered with a Bloods street gang. Now he is under indict...
How the Myth of the Hedonistic Artist Lost Its Allure
These days — despite longstanding clichés about art and excess — the creative impulse can actually be more closely tied to asceticism.
Great niche content: How a Label Merger, the Existence of U2, and the Rise of Nu Metal Altered the Trajectory of One Band vulture.com
New York City Covers from the Archive newyorker.com
New York City Covers from the Archive
Iconic images from New Yorkers past, by Saul Steinberg, Charles Addams, and more.
The Pre-Internet Phenomenon of Boys Hiding Their Porn in the Woods - MEL Magazine
I grew up in a New Jersey suburb called Basking Ridge, so named, we were told in elementary school, by the British Presbyterians who bought...
Big Athens Energy youtube.com
The Glands - Livin' Was Easy
from their self-titled record
Boygenius: Tiny Desk Concert
Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers are all Tiny Desk alum, but here they play together at NPR for the first time as boygenius, one of this y...
The Sneaky Way Clothing Brands Hooked Men on Stretch Jeans theatlantic.com
The Sneaky Way Clothing Brands Hooked Men on Stretch Jeans
The genius @theprophetpizza on my favorite decade for @A24 a24films.com
I Lived Through the ‘90s and All I Got Was This T-Shirt
Growing up in the ’90s, figuring out who you were meant getting the right stuff.
American Curmudgeon: On Jeff Tweedy theringer.com
American Curmudgeon: On Jeff Tweedy
The Wilco frontman has just written one of the best and most revealing memoirs in years
Behind the Sound Of American Punk daily.redbullmusicacademy.com
The Brutality and Tenderness of Nick Cave’s Newsletters newyorker.com
The Brutality and Tenderness of Nick Cave’s Newsletters
E-mails from the Bad Seeds’ bandleader include a candid meditation on grief, recalling the sudden death, in 2015, of the singer’s fifteen-year-old son...
Are We Having Fun Yet? On Pop’s Morose New Normal pitchfork.com
Are We Having Fun Yet? On Pop’s Morose New Normal
From Travis Scott’s queasy emptiness to Khalid’s lowkey miserabilism, how did the pop charts become a destination for despair?
What Gives the Logo Its Legs nyti.ms
What Gives the Logo Its Legs
Logomania is an obsession with no end in sight. Here’s why.
This is an excellent shoot gq.com
Will Oldham (aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy) Talks Surviving the Hawaiian Missile Crisis and Planning His Mysterious Next Record
We flew down to Louisville for a fashion shoot (!!) and a long talk with the elusive songwriter.
A T-Shirt For Dog Lovers Without Dogs garage.vice.com
A T-Shirt For Dog Lovers Without Dogs
Our columnist defends the lack of a canine in his life.
Alex Katz: 'The smartest people bought my work' theguardian.com
Alex Katz: 'The smartest people bought my work'
Cézanne? Clumsy. Rothko? Pompous. Banksy? Not boring. At 91, Katz is still a painting powerhouse – and in a new book, he’s got a few choice words for ...
Our Lady of Immaculate Taste @PennyJaneMartin, editor of fashion’s quirkiest indie mag, on nearly a decade of publishing @TheGentlewoman thecut.com
Our Lady of Immaculate Taste
Penny Martin, editor of fashion’s quirkiest indie mag, on nearly a decade of publishing The Gentlewoman.
Shelved: The Sound of Big Star’s Self-Destruction longreads.com
Shelved: The Sound of Big Star’s Self-Destruction
As the band dissolved, they managed to capture their destruction in some dark, powerful music.
Yesterday's @NYTmag was all about candy nytimes.com
These Are the World’s Best Candies. Want to Fight About It?
Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common.
Juergen Teller for @Stussy: 1999-2001 instagram.com
Grailed on Instagram: “Welcome to another installment of @veryadvanced for #grailed, weekly Instagram inspiration courtesy of Jordan Page // “Juergen Teller for…”
399 Likes, 1 Comments - Grailed (@grailed) on Instagram: “Welcome to another installment of @veryadvanced for #grailed, weekly Instagram inspiration c...
Talked to my friend Sean Hotchkiss about his sunny Los Angeles apartment for @ArchDigest architecturaldigest.com
Sean Hotchkiss's Split-Level Apartment Is Every City Dweller's Dream | Architectural Digest
New York transplant Sean Hotchkiss took his time mastering the art of California living
Too Young For Nirvana, Too Old For The Strokes
Mid90s captures something fundamental about Old Millennials—the last gasp of kids hanging out without the Internet, shooting the shit and having to as...
Warhol & I nyti.ms
Warhol & I
Raf Simons, the chief creative officer of Calvin Klein, on art, fashion and admiring “people who have an opinion, even if it’s against me.”
Happy Valentine's Day from my parents
Me and @themjeans at the infrared sauna in NYC this weekend
The only image on my 2019 vision board
Gotta go extra hard at the WeHo Equinox
Me (right) with @themjeans (left) in LA next week
Big birthday mood
I love this album cover @6LACK, so refreshing
yelp is great
Your problematic faves at the @acehotel DTLA tonight. Me and @themjeans B2B (LOL, JK). It's birthday at midnight, VIRGO SZN
This one is a real odyssey. Solid hour. Relentless, tip to tail. James and Chris introduce Audrea Soong, who takes them on an executive team-building adventure, from Niketown to their…
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