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Leonard 04.10.09  
This weekend I'll be filling a void in my soul that has been growing since the first time I heard this song which, coincidentally, was right around the last time he played in the states...

I'm fond of this one too.



I'll have a review next week. Damn, I am so excited!
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Shana & Rob 04.08.09  
This is the first, completely official, roll out the red carpet, Flashdance wedding and we couldn't have possibly set the bar any higher! We kicked it off on Our Labor of Love's home court in the good old ATL. You can learn a lot about Atlanta from these guys, and see things like this there, but let's get back to this wedding...

Shana & Rob's wedding was flawless! I find something great in every wedding I play (well?!). But every single thing was great about this wedding. From the first phone calls with Shana over a year ago I knew this was going to be my kind of party... Then just a few weeks before the big day she called me with surprises that really upped the ante.

#1 We want you to play Gn'R Sweet Child O' Mine after we stomp on the glasses (it was a Jewish ceremony). At first I wasn't quite sure, but you should have seen the way they sold it when Slash's opening guitar solo started. They were jumping in the air with a delight, the likes of which, I haven't seen in years... Brilliant!

#2 Rob and I have a top secret first dance that we had choreographed by Gabriella at MatriMony Mony to "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher. (Yes!) We will just come out on the empty dancefloor during dinner and stand back to back and that will be your cue to start it. They murdered it! Brought the house down, there were twirls, balet moves, air splits, dips, hootie hoos, and a bunch of moves that I don't even have descriptive words for! Stunner.
#3 (This was the part when I really lost my shit!) My bridesmaids and I have been rehearsing every move to Beyonce's Single Ladies dance from the video and we are going to perform it at the reception! Oh yeah, and it's top secret too, please don't even tell the coordinator (I love it!) It was all kinds of awesome. The initial crowd reaction was utter disbelief, shortly followed by ecstacy. More of that nonsense available here VIDEO
One 20 or so minute run of records in particular toward the end of the night had this group hyperventilating by the end, here it is in order.

Poison - Bell Biv DeVoe
Be Faithful - Crooklyn Clan
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Sex Machine - James Brown
Kiss - Prince
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Upside Down - Diana Ross
The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
Think (About It) - Lyn Collins
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Dance To The Drummer's Beat - Herman Kelly
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvels
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson
La La Love You - The Pixies
Stuck In The Middle With You - Strealers Wheel
TNT - ACDC
No Sleep Till Brooklyn - The Beastie Boys
Hypnotize - Notorious B.I.G
There are a million other reasons this wedding ruled but there are some things that just can't be described without diminishing their impact. Let's just say they win and leave it at that.

Here is some video and photos cleverly edited together by our most awesome partner in crime Shanghai...


a few days after the wedding I received an e-mail from Shana and it was so awesome that I wanted to put a bit of it here...

dude!!
i just wanted to send a quick thank you your way -- we are still getting complements on you and your work at the wedding! it was mind blowing!

thank you for doing such an amazing job -- you are a genius at what you do. you made the party what i wanted it to be -- uninhibited, joyous fun.

x, shana (&rob)


Take a second and head over to Our Labor of Love to see the rest of the beautiful photos they shot. It is really stunning how many amazing images came from this wedding.
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the best thing i have ever seen on the internet pt. 2 04.04.09  
Last month I wrote about this while I was in Atlanta and then I hung my head in shame and walked around in a daze, for like two days, feeling incredibly inferior.
Sasha Frere-Jones did a small piece on it in the New Yorker this week (and a less interesting piece on his blog) and while it was a nice description of how it was made he didn't really seem moved by it (but he's kinda wack anyway). Then I stumbled upon a essay about why this piece that has been viewed nearly 5 million times is so important and it made me want to write a follow up, but that essay was so great that I'll leave it to Merlin from 43 corners because his description was so on point...

Unsolicited tip for media company c-levels: if your reaction to this crate of magic is “Hm. I wonder how we’d go about suing someone who ‘did this’ with our IP?” instead of, “Holy crap, clearly, this is the freaking future of entertainment,” it’s probably time to put some ramen on your Visa and start making stuff up for your LinkedIn page.

Because, this is what your new Elvis looks like, gang. And, eventually somebody will figure out (and publicly admit) that Kutiman, and any number of his peers on the “To-Sue” list, should be passed from Legal down to A&R.


Nicely put. Read the rest of this very well written article here. and this one is a highly suggested read for you bloggers (it definitely lit a fire under my ass)!
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Sid Mashburn Atlanta 04.04.09  
When I was in Atlanta last month for THIS WEDDING (more coming this week I promise...) Whitney and I went to his favorite clothing store SID MASHBURN. This store put me back on my heels! Modeled after an old school haberdashery the store harks back to a time when the dandy was king.
The style of the store reminds me of that scene in Don't Look Back where Dylan and Neuwirth are shopping for shirts on Carnaby street. The art is very good, the taxidermy somehow does not seem cliche here, they have a ping pong table, and Sid's HI-FI consists of a beautiful old turntable and a couple hundred Jazz LPs behind the counter! (I like that) These guys rock that style too which I also enjoy because I like beer.

Sid makes bespoke suits that would make the most meager chum appear a bit more Mick like, (67 Mick, not that weirdo running around these days!) he also has a selection of really well chosen pieces from other designers, and some really hot luggage. Above that though, he just seems like a really good guy. Sid and his staff were sharp (both mentally, and aesthetically) funny, and very attentive.

The reason I wanted to tell you this is not really because I loved the store (I really did!) but because I was so pumped that someone who is responsible for doing something this good has been chosen as part of "The 10 Most Stylish Men In America" feature in GQ's March issue. Now I don't put a lot of stock in what GQ says I should be wearing, and I don't think you should either (with this one exception of course!) but this is certainly a good sign of things to come in the men's fashion world. Earlier this month, they were also featured in the Spring 2009 New York Times Style Magazine's "The Get".

Well cheers Sid. Keep it up. Guys, take note.
from the site - Our inspiration draws from Gordon Parks and Steve McQueen, from Johnny Cash to Belle & Sebastian from the 1971 BMW 3.0CS to the Audi A6 - A fresh interpretation of old standards. (I don't know about the Audi A6... but I'm with everything else!)

SID MASHBURN / 1198 HOWELL MILL ROAD / ATLANTA, GA 30318 / T: 404-350-7135

WWW.SIDMASHBURN.COM
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Coachella party at The Ace Hotel 04.03.09  
Just a quick note to tell you how stoked I am that I was booked to play The Ace Hotel's Coachella party! We profiled The Ace HERE back when it opened, and I have got to say it is. by a wide margin, my new favorite hotel! They have style to spare, and impeccable taste. Their venue space should either be open now, or very soon. If I were getting married, or having a big event this would be my first choice, no close second! There are a ton of artists playing with me that are also playing the festival (not supposed to tell you who just yet...but soon!) I hear they have some rooms that they have been holding in reserve for that weekend if you still need a place, tell them you heard about it here...

When I can tell you more about the party I will.
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SONGS FOR APRIL 2009 04.01.09  
Every month I make a compilation of the songs in heavy rotation at my house. I have been doing this since forever for my friends and I thought I would offer it to you guys as well (very limited edition). Email me your mailing address HERE and I will send it to you via the good old fashioned USPS free of charge. Here is what made the cut this month. (please support these artists)
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