ItsNotYouItsMe Blog: 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

ItsNotYouItsMe "Back Into The Future" Edition As Tom Hanks Metamorphosizes Into The Pioneer Mr. Rogers In Thee Official Trailer "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"!

ItsNotYouItsMe "Back Into The Future" Edition as Tom Hanks metamorphosizes into the pioneer Mr. Rogers in thee official trailer "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"!

"The trailer for the Mr. Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood dropped Monday morning, giving us a glimpse of Tom Hanks’ transformation into the beloved children’s TV host.

The film also stars Matthew Rhys as a journalist (based on Esquire writer Tom Junod) who was assigned to profile Fred Rogers, and it looks like Rhys might have smuggled one of Phil Jennings’ wigs off of The Americans set in order to help him disappear into the role.

The clip features Hanks recreating iconic shots from the long-running PBS children’s show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, including Rogers changing into a cardigan and gently tossing a sneaker from one hand to the other while singing the opening theme. We also see the various puppets that populated the show’s Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

 Perhaps the most relatable moment of the trailer comes from actress Susan Kelechi Watson when she tells Rhys’s character “please don’t ruin my childhood” as he’s reporting on Rogers. Also, try not to get choked up during the shot where school children on the New York City subway sing the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood theme song to Rogers after spotting him on the train.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was directed by Marielle Heller and hits theaters on Thanksgiving."

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Dig Out Future-Pop Dance Electro Queen Robyn Shake Rattle & Roll Thee Jimmy Fallon Stage With A JawDropping Medley Performance!

Dig out future-pop-dance-electro Queen Robyn as she shake rattle and rolls thee Jimmy Fallon stage with a spellbinding medley performance! Thee innovative songstress came to demonstrate how a real musique entertainer does it! Swapping off tunes from her most recent album "Honey".

Thee medley consisted of songs ‘Between the Lines’ and ‘Love Is Free’. Thee Fallon stage was set ablaze with intricate yet freestyling choreography. Robyn offered up a dynamic intrinsic transition from one style to another so effortlessly.

Decked out in all-white ensemble, thee backdrop aesthetics featured surrealist like vibes between the fingers of a giant white hand and multi-colored sequence as she jazzed-out “Between the Lines.”  and ‘Love Is Free’.

With an accompanying live band, Robbyn brought along just one single dancer, and an impeccable parring with fellow artist Maluca (she was raised on bachata, cumbia, merengue, and mambo, as well as hip-hop and other club music. Maluca is described as "experimental tropical punk, ghettotech, and hip-house").

Without further ado get into thee Robyn groove with her earth pounding electric performance on The Tonight Show featured right below!

Robyn live at Primavera Sound 2019.

ItsNotYouItsMe Throwback Tuesday Salutes & Throws A Million Cheers To The Legendary Black Sabbath As They Ready A Special ‘Vinyl Collection’ Complete With Bonus Rarities!

ItsNotYouItsMe Throwback Tuesday salutes and throws a million cheers to the legendary Black Sabbath as they ready a special ‘Vinyl Collection’ complete with bonus rarities!

"Black Sabbath wrote the book on heavy, and their first decade’s worth of albums represent the Old Testament in the book of metal. From the clanging opening chords of “Black Sabbath” and lumbering siren’s call of “War Pigs” to the demon’s cry of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and proto-thrash riffs of “Symptom of the Universe,” the Iron Man laid the blueprint for the genre on their first eight albums.

Those LPs will now make up a new vinyl-only box set, The Vinyl Collection 1970 – 1978, which is due out September 6th. And because die-hard Sabbaholics likely already own the band’s canon, the group is including a reproduction of “Evil Woman” seven-inch (backed with “Wicked World”) and a new 12-inch compilation of their mono singles, dubbed Monomania (a pun off their Sabotage deep cut “Megalomania”), which includes two previously unreleased mixes. The set will be available only as a numbered collector’s edition, limited to 3,000 copies.

The band played its final concert in Birmingham, England — where they had formed in 1968 — in 2017. After that, they did one last jam session privately, which they filmed for a DVD release. “It was so weird saying goodbye after the sessions,” Iommi told Rolling Stone that year. “Nobody really knew what to say to each other. It was a bit embarrassing really. I think we just sort of said, ‘All right, I’m going.'”

That same year, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich named the band’s Sabotage LP as his favorite from the band, in a list he made of his favorite metal albums for Rolling Stone, and explained why he liked that one more than the others. “The first Sabbath record I got was the one before this one, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” he said. “[But Sabotage] had a little bit more of what I would call an up-tempo energy than some of the other albums, so that’s probably also part of the reason that it’s my favorite. Obviously their sound got a little more advanced as it went on. There’s a simplicity to some of the earlier records, that I’m appreciative of, but sonically, Sabotage is the best-sounding record.”

The Vinyl Collection 1970 ­– 1978 contents:

Black Sabbath (1970)
Paranoid (1971)
Master of Reality (1971)
Vol. 4 (1972)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1974)
Sabotage (1975)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)
Never Say Die! (1978)

Monomania track list:

Side One

1. “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)” *
2. “Wicked World”
3. “The Wizard”
4. “Iron Man” (Edited Version)

Side Two

1. “Paranoid”
2. “Into The Void” (Edited Version) **
3. “Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath” (Edited Version)
4. “It’s Alright”
5. Radio Spot For Black Sabbath

* previously unreleased in North America." -

The Number Ones: The Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together”

According to one of our musical sources:

The Captain & Tennille – “Love Will Keep Us Together”

HIT #1: June 21, 1975

STAYED AT #1: 4 weeks

Some things just don’t translate. Up until now, I have written more than 350 Number Ones columns, and all of them have been about songs that came out before I was born. In most of these cases, whether or not I like the tracks, I can at least piece together some idea of why these songs managed to resonate the way they did. I can find the appeal, or I can locate them within their eras’ musical trends. It’s usually not that mysterious. But with “Love Will Keep Us Together,” I’m just utterly at sea. This one baffles me. People really thought this shit was cool?

Of course, “Love Will Keep Us Together” has its own context, too. That part isn’t hard to figure out. Soft rock was absolutely huge in the mid-’70s. Early-’60s pop artisans like Neil Sedaka, who co-wrote the song, were coming back; Sedaka had just scored a big hit with “Laughter In The Rain.” Stevie Wonder and Elton John were introducing synth sounds to mainstream pop, and there are plenty of those in “Love Will Keep Us Together.” As a duo, the Captain And Tennille were industry-connected; both of them had worked as touring keyboardists for the Beach Boys. This was also an era when every pop star seemed to be auditioning to host a variety show, and these two were apparently likable enough that they got their own shot at it in 1976.

I know all that. And still I look at this piece of unbearably chintzy gloop, sung by this toothy and sparkly Broadway-voice lady while this boating-hat doof plays piano and looks on, and I feel like I’m staring at a relic of some alien civilization. People willingly subjected themselves to this! How? Why?

Things weren’t going so well for Neil Sedaka when he and his old co-writer Howard Greenfield wrote “Love Will Keep Us Together.” Sedaka had fallen so far that he couldn’t even keep an American record deal. He and Greenfield had co-written countless songs over the years, including “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” the doo-wop jam that had been Sedaka’s first #1 way back in 1961. Sedaka and Greenfield were both creatures of the Brill Building era, but that era was long over. It didn’t make financial sense for them to keep working together. They wrote “Love Will Keep Us Together” in 1973 — during their last-ever co-writing session, before Greenfield moved to California. The song is about a couple fighting to keep their flame alive, but Sedaka says that he and Greenfield were really writing about each other. Sedaka also says that they were crying when they finished writing it.

That’s a sweet story, but it doesn’t come through in the song at all. When Sedaka recorded “Love Will Keep Us Together” for his 1973 album The Tra-La Days Are Over, he sang from the perspective of a man constantly worried that his female companion will find somebody else: “Think of me, babe whenever some sweet-talking man comes along / Singing his song / Don’t mess around / You just got to be strong.” There’s some passive aggression in there, too: “Young and beautiful, someday your looks will be gone / When the others turn you off, who’ll be turnin’ you on?”

A year before Sedaka wrote that song, the Captain met Tennille. The Captain was Darryl Dragon, a touring keyboardist for the Beach Boys. Mike Love had nicknamed him “Captain Keyboard,” and he’d steered into the nickname, wearing captains’ hats onstage. (Imagine having a name as cool as “Darryl Dragon” and opting to go with “the Captain” instead.) The Beach Boys were on a break from touring, so the Captain auditioned to play keyboards in a rock musical called Mother Earth that was set to open in Los Angeles. Toni Tennille had co-written the play, and she hired the Captain. When the musical ended its run, the Captain put in a good word and got Tennille hired as a second keyboardist for the Beach Boys. They liked playing music together, and they started doing it in clubs after that Beach Boys tour ended. They signed with A&M, and “Love Will Keep Us Together” was their first single. On the fade-out, Tennille worked in a “Sedaka is back” ad-lib, which was nice of her.

The Captain played almost all the instruments on “Love Will Keep Us Together.” (The only other musician on the song is the wizardly session drummer Hal Blaine.) The song has a weird bounce to it, a sprightly-but-clumsy clippity-clop rhythm. Those early analog synths were capable of all these great warped sci-fi sounds. But in layering them up, the Captain makes them sound cheap and chintzy and lifeless. His solo sounds like a happy robot doing a soft-shoe routine. Meanwhile, Tennille yowls out every line without anything even resembling subtlety. That delivery style — grand, stagy, brassy — betrays absolutely no anxiety that the Captain will stray to the next sweet-talking girl. And, I mean, fair enough. Look at him. If you were married to the Captain, you probably wouldn’t be too worried, either.

It’s all just singularly unappealing, that combination of demonstrative showroom belting and synthetic gurgle-burp. It’s a competently written song, and a competently delivered performance. (Blaine is really on one with those drums.) It’s also a blight upon humanity. And it became the biggest single of 1975. I don’t even know. Nothing makes sense.

Later that year, the Captain and Tennille got married, and they would stay married for the next 39 years — until love stopped keeping them together, or until Tennille decided that she didn’t want the Captain to do that to her any more times. They kept cranking out hits until the end of the ’70s. We will hear from them again. We’ll hear from Sedaka, too. He really was back.

GRADE: 2/10

BONUS BEATS: Here’s 84-year-old screen legend Mae West and future James Bond Timothy Dalton singing a disco version of Love Will Keep Us Together to each other in the 1978 movie Sextette:

BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s the long tracking-shot opening of the 2001 movie Get Over It, where Vitamin C serenades a forlorn Ben Foster with “Love Will Keep Us Together”:

BONUS BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s Joy Division’s video for their 1980 song “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” which was presumably meant as some kind of answer to “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and which has aged considerably better:

THE NUMBER TWOS: Linda Ronstadt’s cover of the Everly Brothers nugget “When Will I Be Loved” peaked at #2 behind “Love Will Keep Us Together.” It’s an 8. Here it is:

(The Everly Brothers’ original version of “When Will I Be Loved” peaked at #8 in 1960. It’s a 9.)

PROGRAMMING NOTE: I’ll be on vacation next week, so this column will return the following Monday." -


"Cyrus Amini is front and center for a black and white story, shot for Man About Town. The French model and Jacquemus regular is a style chameleon with an aptitude for bold fashions. Posing amongst black balloons, a quirky attitude pervades with images lensed by photographer Bartek Szmigulski. Meanwhile, stylist Adele Cany curates a graphic black and white wardrobe. A certain playfulness is executed with varying aesthetics that tap into the vast styles offered by brands like Balenciaga." -

Dior Men Beachwear 2019 Capsule Collection

Inspired by the artistic collaboration at the heart of the Dior Men Pre-Fall 2019 collection – in itself influenced by Monsieur Christian Dior’s personal history as a gallerist, and his love of avant-garde art – Dior menswear artistic director Kim Jones collaborates with Japanese contemporary artist Hajime Sorayama to create two unique print universes, utilized for an exclusive summer capsule collection.

"Sorayama’s iconic figures – his organic-robotic women and animals – populate fantasy panoramas of water and foliage in two exclusive visuals. ‘Seascape’ and ‘Hawaiian Robots’ are both lushly colored, contrasting Sorayama’s glossy futurism with wild nature, oceanic ripples and tropical vegetation. The artwork serves as dual homage, to both Sorayama’s aesthetic and Kim Jones’ love of travel and wildlife.

This capsule encompasses a tight edit of sportswear pieces: easy aloha shirts, swim shorts, lightweight jackets in fluid rayon and nylon. They are accompanied by leathergoods: a trio of bag styles – a cabal, a belt-bag, and the Dior ‘roller’ – a duo of pochettes and a new version of Dior’s oblique sneakers, as well as silk scarves and beach towels. Modern and fresh, colorful and playful, the Dior men’s beachwear 2019 capsule is a youthful expression of the Dior esprit." -

MMSCENE PORTRAITS: Alex Fritz by Tarik Atallah

"The handsome Alex Fritz at Ford Models LA updates his portfolio with the recent session captured exclusively for MMSCENE PORTRAITS by fashion photographer Tarik Atallah. For the story Alex is wearing selected pieces from Calvin Klein, Zara, and Gucci.

Discover more of the session below:" -

Andres Zurru Spring/Summer 2020 Campaign

"Andres Zurru unveiled his Spring/Summer 2020 campaign photographed by Joaquín Saccone and styled by Francisco Ugarte.

Hair & Make-up: Maida Cardemil & Paula Medinaceli
Production: Carlos Marán / Blend Showroom
Photo Assistant: Pablo de Pastors
Models: Dmytro Babenko, Sergio Vega, Chausson Yohan, Romain Kwame, Gerard Albajar, Miquel Madrid, Joan Pedrola.
Special thanks:
Hats: Barret Addictes
Boots: Nu Sabates
Jewelry: Onirik Ibiza
Location: Recinto Modernista Sant Pau" -

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