SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS LCD SOUNDSYSTEM!

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http://www.shutupandplaythehits.com/

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with NEW YORK magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is both a narrative film documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.

Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace

http://www.pulsefilms.com/
Pulse Films © 2012

Starmagic 20 Years on ASAP 2012 “Outtakes”

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Star Magic celebrated their 20th anniversary last July 8 on ASAP 2012. It was a pretty big reunion of stars on television, as well as a way to say thank you to their supporters and “kapamilyas”

It was nice seeing the “coverboys” again, I almost forgot how rowdy and sometimes downright silly we can be when combined on and offstage. It was also really touching to see our old handlers and road managers and how much all the different artists have grown and vice versa. Good way to spend a Sunday I think.

As seen in the pictures above are some of the stars during their more candid state, yet still very much in their element. Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I did taking them.

Au revoir for now, off to check out Colette and Kitsune.

Preview | Best Dressed Ball 2012

After rehearsals for the ASAP Star Magic anniversary, I made my way over to 7th High to catch the Preview Best Dressed Ball. Since I arrived pretty late, I was expecting that the party had already died down a bit. Boy was I wrong! Everybody was still there and having a great time in their own translation of sportswear, and showing their mettle on the dance floor.

 Liz and Divine!

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The Terry Richardson thumbs up.

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Everyone had their own sport for inspiration. Nicole’s was… gymnastics?

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The inseparable two again!

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Bang in heavy metals. (yes, focus is off)

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Neil, de quatro’ing like a boss

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Bubbles texting like a boss

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Dong, who coincidentally really is a boss. (focus is off again!)

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Bang trying to explain that his outfit is “sporty”

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Adrianne instantly struck a pose when I pointed the camera at him! Thanks!

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Liz and mysterious dude.

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I really need a flash with a focusing light

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Fifi and Divine

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Cool guy table, err bar.

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Charina doing her best Lana Del Rey impression

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Laureen looking like a dayglowing hipster

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Tres marias

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Martin with his super cool instafilm cam, thanks for taking my photo!

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Ces

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Tim’s jacket was insane!

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So was Nyko’s reaction, insane!

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Even more insanity! 

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Andi

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Totally feeling the wimbledon slash royal tenenbaums vibe!

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Fancy footwear cutting it up on the dance floor

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These guys were chill bros

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Thanks for the great time fellas!

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the magnum pose

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the mixed emotions photo

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incredibly talented photographer Lope Navo! (red mohawk)

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IC!

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Jing Monis!

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Mano, we spoke about fixies and suits

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the sporty boys

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What a great night! Thanks Preview! This one was for the books!

Yahoo! Omg! Awards 2012

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The Yahoo! Omg! Awards 2012 was fun, upon entering the SM Arena I immediately noticed how massive the crowd was compared to last year’s event. If last year could be described as a big party, then this year would have to be more on the concert slash academy award level. Divine and I presented the “It Couple of The Year” (won by our friends Angel Locsin and Phil Younghusband) and she continued on to win the night’s best dressed award courtesy of Magnum. I also well enjoyed the numerous performers who took the stage both in song and speech. Drinks were by 7th High, and applause from the many different fanclubs rooting for their choice of champion. Congratulations Yahoo!

Here is the complete list of winners for this year’s Yahoo! OMG! Awards:

Male Singer of the Year: Christian Bautista
Female Singer of the Year: Sarah Geronimo
Breakthrough Actor of the Year: Xian Lim
Breakthrough Actress of the Year: Kim Chiu
Child Star of the Year: Xyriel Manabat
Male Radio DJ: Papa Jack
Female Radio DJ: Nicole Hyala
Best Radio Show: The Morning Rush
Best FM Radio Station: WLS FM 97.1
Band of the Year: Parokya ni Edgar
Comedian of the Year: Vice Ganda
Comedienne of the Year: Eugene Domingo
Male TV Host: Luis Manzano
Female TV Host: Bianca Gonzalez
Female Newcomer of the Year: Solenn Heussaff
Male Newcomer of the Year: Daniel Padilla
Most Promising Actor: Enrique Gil
Most Promising Actress: Kathryn Bernardo
Fan Club of the Year: KimXi (Kim Chiu-Xian Lim fan club)
Love Team of the Year: Kim Chiu and Xian Lim
It Couple of the Year: Angel Locsin and Phil Younghusband
Major Impact: Vilma Santos
Movie of the Year: Unofficially Yours
Actor of the year: Coco Martin
Actress of the Year: Angel Locsin
Celebrity of the Year: Anne Curtis
Magnum’s Royalty Award (Best Dressed): Divine Lee

TDK Boombox finds a new home!

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I’ve always wanted a “ghetto blaster” for as long as I could remember. Ever since I was recording songs off the radio to cassette (often favorite tracks several times over) The big bass thump and the ability to start up your own block party with some D cell batteries, a boombox and a repetitive mix.  It’s also in this same spirit of repetition that manufacturers have come to recognize this yearning of past wants and improving on the objects of affection to create a truly irresistible product that just begs you to cough up the cash or blindly swipe your credit card and go home with probably the best sounding iPod/iPhone compatible portable speaker system.

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Modern boombox, check!

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Kinda like that new car smell, only better. (some may disagree with me)

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The unwrapping!

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Goofy looking grin in shiny new toy’s reflection, check!

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Time to wake the neighbors!

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Product Features

 Two powerful 6-inch coaxial drivers deliver full range sound

 Play your iPod/iPhone music while charging using the USB to 30 pin Apple cable

 Using the rotary dial and front facing screen, play and control music directly from storage devices including USB flash and external hard drives

 Shoulder strap and soft-touch handle let you take your music along

 Input options let you connect most audio devices and mix with an instrument

TDK doesn’t just put life on record; it puts life in every adventurous music lover.

Y Style | Cross-pollinating style stereotypes to find your current persona

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All in: Play your style combination cards right and be faced with the “problem” of hanging out with an attractive woman.

MANILA, Philippines – We’ve seen the usual suspects at pretty much every high school, mall, gig and local gathering showcasing the best of what’s been done, and what isn’t exactly broken, so why fix it? Sure, it’s perfectly fine to fall into the categories and go about your merry way. You may be feeling like this year you need a little change or you just can’t seem to wear your old threads after your eye-opening trip to this one boutique store in a neighboring Asian country, in addition to the overwhelming influences from this website and that fashion blog hinting that this season completely contradicts the one that you so apprehensively “invested” in. So what to do when seasons change so quickly and you don’t want to be stuck with a wardrobe of played-out getups? Try crossing stereotypes eclectically to arrive at a new unique style persona at your own pace.

With any fusion of styles, a lot of lines can blur and mix, so it would be wise to expect overlapping between the four crossovers below.

Indie Jock

A combination that will appeal to the general populace considering the recent trend of sportswear and at the same time serving up classic and unwavering styles such as varsity jackets, pique polos, and white sneakers — all go-tos for the jock. Adding this to the quirky, unique and retro appeal of indie gives a whole new dimension to the otherwise predictable style of jocks. Mixing a sport coat (indie staple) with a pique polo is oftentimes frowned upon sartorially, but considering how unpresuming a sports-oriented person can be towards fashion, the combination can work very well.

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Industry-approved: Amare Stoudemire looking very collegiate at the front row of Tommy Hilfiger, with Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles.


Skate Artist

Many times we see people wearing styles that we would often categorize as skater or streetwear. These are styles that fit in very well in the urban setting and lifestyle, mainly because they have a very utilitarian angle that isn’t too flashy and does not make you feel out of place or overdressed in most environments. It is appropriately fashioned after and by youth culture with a grown-up appeal that attracts the increasingly more discerning clientele. Combining this with an artistic approach to texture, color and composition can elevate this new class immensely. Tonal ranges and color combination mixed with the right denim combined with restyled classic workwear staples such as a denim shirt can make this a top choice to shop for and wear this year.

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Destination denim: A restyled workwear staple will immediately make you the envy of your friends. Available at Mossimo, Glorietta 4.

Preppy Hipster

A burgeoning breed that is already seen on many campuses. I am sure you’ve seen the oxford shirts, boat shoes, V-neck tennis sweaters, and one too many horn-rimmed glasses (with or without lenses, clear or of the UV-blocking variety) that people are sporting these days. No, they’re not going to a boat race on a lake, or a tennis match at the club. They’re more likely to be off pondering their existence and life cause over some bubble tea in their free time, catching an obscure (DJ) gig, going to an ironically-arranged hipster party, sparsely hanging out at The Collective, or taking some pictures for their friend’s start-up label look book. To pull off this look is pretty simple: think collegiate staples and your dad’s old shoes. Penny loafers may go a bit overboard, but if you’re bold enough, it can look very put-together. In an ironic, tongue-in-cheek way, of course.

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Dock and cover: Nautical meets preppy with a braided belt, whale-embroidered shorts and slim jacket


Sporty Nerd

I believe that there’s a nerd in all of us. No matter how cool or “in” we pretend to be, there’s always this one interest that we like that is out of the ordinary, outdated, obscure or unpopular. Some popular interests can also be “nerdy” if focused on obsessively, such as films, television programs, comics, sci-fi and even sports (sports nerds are not to be confused with sporty nerds). One might presume that nerdy styles are similar to the preppy style, just not as well-coordinated. Still, I believe that there’s much use in this area for aesthetic ascension. Combine select sport-specific styles (such as tennis, or even baseball), mix in some surprisingly awkward checkered shirts with forethought, and diverting one’s attention to clothing detail to an obsessive level can help achieve a look that is grounded in origin yet forward enough for a second glance.

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Turning Japanese: Basketball star Russel Westbrook dons the nerd specs, yet makes it look good. Available at Comme des Garcons, One Rockwell, Rockwell Complex, Makati City.

These are only a few examples of cross-pollinating known stereotypes or styles of dressing, but these should help give you an idea of how mixing ideas and trying out new things — regardless of how far-out they may seem — can help you arrive at your unique style persona for the year.