ItsNotYouItsMe Blog: 2013-10-20

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Itsnotyouitsme Album Spin - V.V. Brown "Samson & Delilah"

V.V. Browns latest full legnth album; Samson & Delilah is a departure from the quirky indie pop sounds and lyrics we grew to know VV for. But now, we can appreciate the new darker and moodier sound that has naturally arisen, as no one ever stays the same physically nor mentally (or as the creatives ones never do)...and in VV's case, it's musically apparent.

We present to you below 7 Itsnotyouitsme Album Spin standout tracks from the creative mind of V.V. that fans of the alternative genre will sure devour. 



Looking For Love

The Apple



Like Fire

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fantastic Man x Dior Homme -- Rotation

To herald DIOR HOMME’s Autumn & Winter 2013 fashions, Fantastic Man has produced ROTATION: a dazzling compendium of modern motion in weekly Friday instalments.

How time has flown! And although it is time for final episode in this series of Fantastic Man x Dior Homme dance films, here is some consolation: now, all five films can now be enjoyed as a glorious pentaptych! WHATEVER IT TAKES is a tour-de-force performance by JON-JO INK PEN, whose outlandish – but nevertheless entirely real and inherited – surname is by no means his only noteworthy characteristic. JON-JO admits that he is unusually tall for a dancer, a trait which serves to intensify the impact and range of his accomplished “tutting”, which he demonstrates here with aplomb. A subdivision of the “popping” style of dance, tutting derives its name from TUTANKHAMUN, the boy king of Ancient Egypt, and consists largely of 90 degree angles formed with the wrists and elbows – although historical purists are quick to point out that the Ancient Egyptians probably did not move exactly like this. Those lacking the confidence (or the talent) to perform JON-JO’s eye-catching maneouvres in public may be interested to know that a smaller-scale variation, FINGER TUTTING, can be learned relatively quickly, using tutorials that are widely available on the internet.

Sky Ferreira Hold's Her Own For Pitchfork

Sky Ferreira lets it all out in a open mouth interview with Pitchfork magazine talking, drugs, body image, sex and growing up in the lime light of it all.

Reaching 21 years of age is considered a rite of passage for most young people, but for Sky Ferreira, who did so just three months ago, the milestone is little more than a marker of where she's been so far. "I've literally been doing this half my life, since I was a preteen," she exclaims, referring to her well-documented origin story as a major-label casualty-turned-major-label outsider (while still being on a major label). We've just sat down at Brooklyn eatery Cubana Social, and Ferreira is extremely amiable, prone to exaggerated facial expressions and gesticulation; she's in constant motion throughout our conversation. Coming off of a busy day that included a photo shoot in Manhattan, she's decked in a backwards leather cap and oversized buffalo plaid flannel—a baggy slacker in fishnets.

"I was told it was never going to happen because I couldn't meet their standards—but their standards are just terrible," Ferreira sighs, talking about the many industry types she's tangled with since uploading her songs to Myspace at 14. "I didn't have anyone looking out for me, just people that wanted jobs at labels." She says she's made around 400 songs with myriad producers during her time as a Capitol Records artist, most of them left on the cutting room floor. "That was the entire fight: I wasn't going to be what they wanted me to be because I couldn't do what they wanted me to do."

Accordingly, Ferreira half-jokingly describes her debut album, Night Time, My Time, as five years in the making. But the truth is a bit more complicated. The record was largely written and recorded just last month, save for the glistening highlights "24 Hours" and first single "You're Not the One", which date back about a year and a half. "I was in a different headspace when I wrote those songs," she explains. "I had been dating someone for three years, since I was 17, and that person guarded me from everything. I never went out or did anything at all—I modelled, I wrote songs, and then I went home and watched TV. I didn't have a chance to discover myself. I wasn't really living." The shininess of those two songs stand in stark contrast with the rest of Night Time, a grime-flecked pop record that's more uniform and confident than last year's grab-baggy Ghost EP. Lyrically, the record zeroes in on themes of regret, co-dependency, abuse, and self-reflection. "A lot happened within the last year and a half," Ferreira says, declining to go into specifics.

"I had a lot of anger in me." That mercurial sense of being—somewhere between angst and anguish, between feeling like a victim of your own circumstances and owning your flaws—is reflected in the record's slyly iridescent textures created by Ferreira and her creative collaborators Justin Raisen (Charli XCX, Little Boots) and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim). After the trio decided on the album's tone, Ferreira and Raisen "slammed out" the record over several weeks.

Night Time's quick-and-dirty genesis extends to its controversial cover art, which features a topless Ferreira standing in a shower with a drowned look on her face, a beaded streak of condensation separating her from the camera's leering lens. The photo was shot by controversy-baiting French director Gaspar Nóe, who Ferreira met at a party in L.A. earlier this year. "There was a point where I was in Paris every two weeks for about six months, so we'd always meet up and gossip," she says. The unnerving portrait was shot at Paris' Hotel Amour, where Nóe and his girlfriend were staying at the time. And, according to Ferreira, the nudity was a result of practicality rather than salaciousness. "Initially, we thought, 'I'll stand in the shower because the green wall looks cool,'" she explains. "And then it was like, 'Why is she dressed in the shower? This looks fucking weird.'"

The album cover drew mixed responses, especially from Capitol. "They sent photos of me from two years ago and were like, 'Can you use this as the album cover?'" she says. But the singer held her ground: "It's hard enough to be a woman making music at all, but I'm not going to start covering myself up just to seem more credible—I'm going to embrace my sexuality because I have every right to."

Even with the hubbub surrounding the cover, Ferreira's recent arrest for drug possession with boyfriend and DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith has proven far greater a distraction leading up to the album's release. "People think it's just another publicity thing, but the timing couldn't have been worse," Ferreira sighs. "I've been working so long towards putting this record out, but the arrest overshadows it. No one pays attention to any of my achievements, but the moment my mug shot ends up on the internet, people actually paid attention." In the weeks following the arrest and the subsequent fallout, Ferreira found an unexpected shoulder to lean on: Cat Power's Chan Marshall, who met the singer this past summer at a music festival. "She reached out to me the night I got arrested, and I told her what happened. It was nice having some support from someone who obviously I really admire—a woman, too. I don't really have someone to look up to in that sense." "People take anything I do the wrong way— I tend to bring out the love/hate thing with a lot of people."

Pitchfork: Self-deprecation seems to be a theme that runs throug your music.

Sky Ferreira: It's a personal issue of mine, for sure. This record is really honest. In some ways, I was trying to make it universally relatable, but it's obviously about myself. I felt like it needed to be personal—otherwise, it would've sounded like every other pop record.

I wouldn't say I'm a negative person, but I certainly read into things pretty hard. I'm self-destructive in some ways, so with each thing that happens to me, I observe and try to fix my flaws. I'll be like, "What's wrong with me? What's wrong with my life? Let me obsess over it!" I'll be really upset about it. That's why I have to make my music sound airy.

Pitchfork: "Omanko" is one of the more dissonant songs on the album. How did that one come about? SF: Justin and I were messing around, and we were like, "We like Suicide, let's do a Suicide song for fun." Then we were like, "Wait, it's actually kind of good." So we put it on the record.

Pitchfork: That song takes its title from Japanese slang for female genitalia—are you worried about people thinking that you're just going for shock value? SF: Oh, I'm sure. People take anything I do the wrong way. [laughs] I tend to bring out the love/hate thing with a lot of people. It's fine. For some reason, a lot of these people who have been following me for so long feel like they know me and own me. Because I'm in public or on the internet, they feel like they have some ownership over me, so they're allowed to do and think whatever they want towards me—and I certainly don't help the situation. I could see how some things I do annoy people. But people don't really know me as a person, so I try not to take it too personally.

Pitchfork: Do you feel like you receive more scrutiny as a woman making music than you would if you were a man? SF: In some sense. If a guy said the things I say, it would be considered a lot more credible: "He's being a rockstar." For me, they're like, "Oh, she's having a meltdown, it's a publicity stunt." Everything I do is an "image thing"—every band has an image, that's not new. It's been that way for 100 years.

Pitchfork: Some have suggested that you shedding your pop-friendly sound for darker, more consciously "indie" sounds was a calculated move.

SF: It's frustrating. I was 14 when I started to make music and I didn't know what I was doing. People change, though. I was learning, and I had to go through a lot. I'm not trying to make people feel bad for me or anything, but it was a process, and I don't regret any of it. The thing is, I could understand people thinking that about me if I tried to brush my past to the corner, but I'm the first one to be like, "Yeah, I made those songs." And they're not bad for what they were—maybe they were bad, but I made them.

I've literally had to go through all my awkward stages in public. I was doing interviews at 16 and I didn't know what I was talking about. I was just joking around. People still bring up things to me that I said five years ago. People want you to stay a certain way because they like you better that way. Then some people don't like that version, so they say, "You're a fake." You're either too ugly or too pretty. Too fat or too skinny. You're on drugs or you're too prude. If you're friendly, you're fake. If you are mean, you're a bitch. I just realized that you can't satisfy everyone. Courtesy of

Extra| Sky Ferreira Talks to Fuses John Norris

Featured Submission| HERO 10 - Dane DeHaan by Hedi Slimane



California is shaping up to be the most exciting place to be in the world right now.

Pinned between mountains, desert and five thousand miles of Pacific emptiness, it’s a smoking hot pit of ravenous dreamers and romantic imaginations running wild. Old Hollywood charm fuses with the intensity of a new, fast-paced generation, delivering an explosion of desire and talent.

Dane DeHaan by Hedi Slimane.

HERO is out October 22nd 2013.

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Brian Shimansky by Paola Kudacki

 American model Brian Shimansky is photographed by Paola Kudacki and styled by Francesco Sourigues for the recent Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Hercules magazine, with hair by Dennis Fei and makeup by Maki H. Courtesy of - Homotography

Dino Sabanovic by Oliver Blohm

 Bosnian model Dino Sabanovic at Fashion Model Management is photographed by Oliver Blohm and styled by Pablo Patanè in the story 'Blind Date with Dino' for KOCK magazine, with hair & makeup by Miriam Günther and photography assistance by Hannes Thun. Dino is wearing Dior Homme, Hugo Boss, Marcella Bracalenti, Pablo Patanè, PANE&Vintage, Perlensäue, Gucci, Lagerfeld and vintage pieces. Courtesy of - Homotography

Billy Moran by Yann Faucher

 British model Billy Moran at M&P is photographed by Yann Faucher and styled by Adam Winder for the fifth issue of Un-Titled Project, with grooming by Ben Talbott.
Courtesy of - Homotography

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Rolling Stones Featuring The Inimitable Christina Aguilera

What can I say about The Rolling Stones that hasn't be said. Not really a lot, as I would be repeating what others have said, yet here it goes! Along with The Beatles, The Kinks, Count Five, and The Animals.

They are among the best that the UK offered to the world in the 60s 70s 80s and till this day. Besides being the rock band with most years of existence, since the 60s(also my mummy's favorite band of all-time sans Bon Jovi haha) and in musical history, they are credited for composing and performing some of the most popular rock songs ever.

Songs such as: "Satisfaction", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Brown Sugar", "Honky Tonk Women", "Start Me Up", and "Paint It Black" are some of their hits.

Here is a photo of the band taken around the late 60s, in which we can see its original members: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman. Each of them wearing outfits that represent fashion during this time in England. Not only have The Rolling Stones set the standard for "the life of a rock star", but they have also had an influence in fashion during these decades.

Here they are most recently, along with vocal genius Christina Aguilera, singing the tune 'Shine a Light' at the Beacon Theatre in New York City

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Video Premiere Azealia Banks Ft. Pharrell- ATM Jam

 Azealia Banks presents ATM Jam featuring Pharrell in a video from her upcoming album Broke with Expensive Taste.  In an interview with BBC Radio Banks revels that while she wrote the track it was initially intended for Beyonce.

ATM Jam" was originally meant for singer Beyoncé Knowles. Explaining how the track then came to be recorded by herself, Banks commented, "She wanted to rap or something and wanted me to write a song, and I couldn't come up with anything that I thought would be appropriate for her just because I'm so raunchy, but I wrote the song. I wrote like some verses on it and he [Pharrell] was just like 'you should just keep it'".

Keep it she did and Stand by Soldier for ATM Jam below!


Rihanna Gets The Boot in Abu Dhabi Mosque

Never a stranger to breaking rules, Rihanna gets pointed to the exit while performing an impromtu photo shoot at a Mosque in Abu Dhabi but hey the photos were worth it!

Rihanna is currently touring in Abu Dhabi, and has already made some pretty big news over there: she managed to get herself kicked out of a mosque for staging an “inappropriate” photo shoot.

Granted,the famously provocative singer actually toned down her stage attire (she wore pants!), and she even donned an hijab, a traditional Muslim head covering, while touring the city, presumably in deference to local culture and traditions. But, she couldn’t quite avoid controversy entirely: She decided to do a photo shoot, lensed by Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold, in front of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, which she then posted on Instagram. According to The Telegraph, the Centre asked her to pack up her crew and leave, and then released this statement:

The Centre strives to ensure that visitors enter the mosque in a decent fashion, and refrain from behaving in any way that is inconsistent with the sanctity of this religious place. In the event of behaviour that violates the moral codes of access to the mosque, or other visit regulations – such as taking inappropriate pictures, posing in ways that are improper in the context of sacred place, talking loudly, or eating – the violators are directed in a polite manner that reflects the civilisational and tolerant attributes of Islam. Usually, the visitors are appreciative of that. Riri received some strong comments on the photos on her Instagram account. While many people–Muslim and non-Muslim alike–praised her for wearing the hijab, some accused her of wearing it as a fashion accessory rather than as a sign of respect to the culture, and many condemned her for shooting what essentially looks like a fashion spread in front of a holy place.

Britney Spears Makes Chatty Mans Staff WORK!

Britney Spears arrives overseas to make some promotional stops for her latest single "Work Bitch" and our favorite Channel 4 host 'Chatty Man' takes the whip to Miss Spears in an interview that starts off by the book then goes S&M in another hilarious interview. 


Robert Pattinson for Dior Homme - Uncensored Official Director's Cut

Robert Pattinson is featured in the lates Dior Homme fragrance campaign with a blarring backtrack of Led Zepplins "Whole Lotta Love" setting the stage for the Rock & Roll short film by director Romain Gavras and also featuring model Camille Rowe.


Monday, October 21, 2013

First Listen Lady Gaga Ft. R. Kelly - Do What U Want

Press play to get a First Listen of Lady Gaga's promotional single "Do What You Want" featuring R&B/Hip Hop veteren R. Kelly off of ARTPOP!

Vladimir Ivanov & Sasha Knezevic by Paola Kudacki

 Models Vladimir Ivanov and Sasha Knezevic are photographed by Paola Kudacki and styled by Francesco Sourigues for the recent Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Hercules magazine, with hair by Dennis Fei and makeup by Maki H. Courtesy of - Homotography

Pedro Bertolini by Paola Kudacki

 Brazilian model Pedro Bertolini is photographed by Paola Kudacki and styled by Francesco Sourigues for the recent Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Hercules magazine, with hair by Dennis Fei and makeup by Maki H. Courtesy of - Homotography

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