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Kenny Bone Gets Memorialized at Vinnie’s Pizza

Kenny Bone Gets Memorialized at Vinnie’s Pizza

ED. NOTE WE WERE LATE ON THE KEN BONE COVERAGE BUT HERE IS OUR KEN BONE COVERAGE

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Ken. Bone. The sweater-wearing human form of a hug that has been all over every social media outlet this week. From the “We Ken Bone Later” pickup lines to the array of memes, safe to say I hope the media stops interviewing him so he doesn’t ruin himself for all of us.

Not only did Ken Bone capture our hearts during Sunday night’s politics themed Springer episode and reach meteoric media fame over night – he has now reached the pinnacle of “making it” a la he now has a god damn menu named after him. A pizza restaurant in Brooklyn, nonetheless. Basically my end all, be all, I can die happy end goal. However, I can’t be jealous because he is the people’s champ.

Is it wrong that the Italian in me has a strange inkling that Kenny is not well versed in NY pizza and its assorted affiliated delicacies? I have no prejudice towards the Midwest but something about Ken from St. Louis tells me he would not be one to dive head first into his specials at Vinnie’s. When I look at Kenneth Bone I see Land-O-Lakes American cheese single packets. The orange kind. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Tell me I’m an elitist Italian New York asshole – I probably (read: definitely) deserve it. Long live K. Bone.

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down with twift

down with twift

Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston Have Ended Amicably

Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston have broken up after three months together, PEOPLE confirms.

“It was an amicable split,” a source tells PEOPLE.

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Is there such thing as an amicable split when it comes to Taylor Swift’s relationships? I have a hard time finding any truth in that statement. I think the only way this could be a friendly parting of ways (conscious uncoupling? Is that what we’re calling it these days?) is to become a full-on Swift Truther and latch onto the conspiracy theories that claim HiddleSwift never existed at all. Yes, there are actual people who spend actual hours of their day laying out potential theories as to why the twosome would fake a relationship. Side bar, am I just as bad for knowing that these exist? Whatever.

Anyways, the most popular of all of them was that the relationship was staged for a music video that would pay homage to all of Swift’s past boyfriends. Weird. To be honest, I hope for Tom Hiddleston’s sake, that there is some truth to the music video theory. That way, he at least gets an excuse for wearing an “I <3 TS” tank top. YIKES.

I am totally biased when it comes to Taylor Swift. I think I have been gifted with an ESP-esque ability to really read through people’s bullshit – and it’s gotten to the point where I keep it to myself for the most part in an effort to not come off like a 77 year old crotchety old man. However, in Swift’s case, I am SO happy that the rest of the universe is finally catching on that Swift is ingenuous (geared towards her surprised faces at awards shows.) The PR professional in me is hoping that Taylor Swift keeps her mouth shut and doesn’t drag Hiddleston through the mud in an low-blow attempt to make herself look better – but the 24 year old Swift hater that is my true self, is hoping that she continues to bear her true colors to the world and ensues on her usual petty nonsense. Down with Taylor.

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Emily goes sofar

Emily goes sofar

Ed note : I had a very quintessential Brooklyn experience getting blindly taken to a Sofar event back in June by a girl in a sundress and it involved plenty of shitty beer and a cool art gallery and random people from Dubai and some cool tunes and life affirmation and love swirling around in the breeze and such and yeah so i wanted to write about it but i’m very scatterbrained and have too much on my plate but thankfully Emily is a real dope NYC-ite who writes cool stuff for us and agreed to go check another Sofar show out so yeah here it is n’ stuf.

NYC HOMEPAGE HERE

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Ever heard of Sofar? Me either, until semi-recently. The only thing I can think to compare it to is your one friend that has a really cool apartment (rooftop, actual living room, space for more than three people… We all have one) decides to invite up and coming artists to perform in the privacy of their home with a limited amount of people.

Sound awesome? It was.

Perfect way to spend a New York City summer night? Yep.

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Sound too good to be true?

This is how it works: Sofar can be found in cities all over the world (260 to be exact) and carefully selects three up and coming musical acts for small, music-focused (more on that) shows. For NYC, it is broken up into dates/neighborhoods. Once you find the night and the ‘hood you’d like to see some live music in, you click “attend” and keep your fingers crossed that you’re selected. If you are able to secure a spot on the list, an address will be sent out to you a night or two before the show. For the most part, these are BYOB so you can focus on the sounds instead of waiting in line at the bar. Can I get a hell yeah?

What sets these shows apart from most (no opener or headliner -just three expertly curated acts with equal playing time) is that they are entirely centered on the performances and, frankly, all concerts should be this way. That means: no one in front of you documenting the entire set on Snapchat, no drunk girl screaming at her boyfriend during a great song and no “Freebird!” shouts from the crowd.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect the night of the set. My best friend and I were traipsing through the streets of downtown Manhattan on a hazy evening – in search of a breeze, air conditioning, and a potential drink or three. A few winding streets later, we stumbled upon our secret location for the night.

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We were lucky enough to attend a show at Ilegal Mezcal’s homebase in the West Village. First of all, yeah, Sofar grants you the opportunity to hang out and listen to incredible music in the West fucking Village. Think of the living room floors you could be sitting on, people. Upon walking in the space already had fulfilled my dreams as it had twinkly lights EVERYWHERE and free mezcal cocktails throughout the night. In terms of the music selection, our anticipations were high. We had stalked out past sets and the artists looked incredible.  My favorite of the evening was Jojo Abot (CHECK HER OUT), who was able to get a group of people up and dancing from relaxing on the floor.

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We were also able to catch up with Brandy Cerne, an Assistant Director with Sofar NYC, who gave us a glimpse into what it’s like to work for a company providing such unique music experiences throughout NY (and the world!) As the Assistant Director, Cerne oversees booking, marketing and public relations for Sofar in the NYC area. She started volunteering with Sofar as part of their ambassador program during February 2015 and was thrilled to take on the opportunity to work full-time this past June.

On her what her favorite aspect of working with such a unique organization, “It’s a global community. When we travel, we can link up with Sofar members in other cities – go to a show, stay on their couch or grab a drink together. Everyone is friendly, inclusive and has similar values – we like to say that no one has their ‘cool hat’ on.”

What a breath of fresh air that is from the music scene in the city!

Cerne also shared with us one of her favorite memories of a Sofar show, “There’s something special about showing up to an unknown location without knowing who you’re going to see. When I was still attending as a guest, I was lucky enough to arrive at a Tribeca apartment and have Karen O play a surprise set. Listening to her sing “Moon Song” in a dark apartment, where you could hear the sound of cars on a rainy street outside, remains one of my favorite NYC memories.”

Safe to say I am fully on board with the Sofar concept and will be signing up for as many as possible to get the opportunity to attend again – keep an eye out for more, and maybe we’ll be sitting on the same living room floor sometime soon.

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watch the throne, five years later: no gold without the darkness

watch the throne, five years later: no gold without the darkness

This is the week of Monday, August 8th and the date marks the fifth birthday of Watch The Throne – a beautiful, pulsating, gilded, collaborative musical effort by Jay and Ye. This is an important – near perfectly produced and enunciated album – that’s a biased opinion but regardless this thing deserves a lot of attention so we’re hosting the first annual Watch The Throne week here at The Open Field in honor of as much. A feature a day, maybe more, and fun stuff in between. na na na. 

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I know it’s Watch The Throne week but I can’t talk about Kanye West without writing about My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I still stand by that it’s one of my favorite hip-hop (or all-genre) albums to date. The album’s cohesion, lyricism and production value put this album on the forefront as one of West’s best musical works that I think set the stage for Watch The Throne. After being basically excommunicated by mainstream media after the now infamous incident in where he interrupted Taylor Swift’s (insert snake emoji) VMA speech (Beyonce 4ever,) West went hard to work at creating this masterpiece. His use of creative sampling on this album I believe influenced his albums thereafter, including WTT. Each song on the album varies greatly from one another, however, this work as a whole shows that West is capable of pulling together varying pieces of music into one complete, organic body of art.

First things first, let’s talk about the Phoenix. West’s short film “Runaway” which includes several songs from the album tells the story of his inner struggle. While driving through the woods, West comes across a fallen Phoenix and saves the creature. The Phoenix wakes up in West’s home to the news on TV reporting how a comet has started forest fires throughout the state. West enters and tells the Phoenix, “First rule in this world, baby, don’t pay attention to anything you see in the news.” This could be a form of expression to the audience of not to believe how he was portrayed in the media after the VMA incident. The Phoenix represents West’s muse, his inner creative self. Symbolism surrounding the mythical creature of the Phoenix include wild passion, redemption and fire, things that some may feel need to be tamed. In one scene in the film, West is teaching the Phoenix how to drink out of a teacup. This can be seen as West trying to tame and civilize his inner creative being. After his attempts at civilizing his muse, he brings her to a lavish dinner party that is reminiscent of The Last Supper painting. The guests seem to stare and be uncomfortable at the Phoenix’s presence at the table. West remains happy as he is exposing a form of his self to his acquaintances. However, it seems as though those surrounding him are more critical than accepting.

After a stunningly choreographed ballet performance to the track Runaway, dinner is served to the table. A giant feathered bird is placed in front of the Phoenix at dinner. Disgusted, she begins to scream and scares the other guests away. The Phoenix completely losing control in a public setting is metaphorical for what occurred at the VMA’s with Taylor Swift. His creative self was let loose and offended the public. Afterwards, the Phoenix explains to West that she must burn instead of turn to stone and the two begin to have sex. The camera pans in on the Phoenix straddling West, which is the artwork featured on the album’s cover. The short film Runaway visually presents what the album is trying to say to the audience: explore your creativity and self reflect on the past.

The single thread and theme that holds this album together is the dark and twisted fantasy that West presents in each song as a type of episode. It can also be seen as a response to the huge amount of public criticism and resentment he faced after the VMA incident and prior to the album’s release. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s continuous theme is an aspect of the album that sets a standard for other hip hop albums to be released afterwards. It is how an album should be built and produced. While each track could easily stand on its own individually, the common theme of the dark fantasy pulls them together. Most contemporary hip-hop albums tend to operate on the end of a spectrum that finds each track being more of a separate entity than a part of an album’s whole body of work.

So, how does this bring us to Watch The Throne? To me, at least, there is a huge contrast between these two albums, even though they were produced during the same year. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s genre-bending samples most definitely set the stage for seemingly out of the box features on Watch The Throne. However, and while I am most certainly biased as a mega MBDTF fan, Dark Fantasy provided an entirely different lens for rap. It brought art to the table, it brought self deprecation to the forefront, while WTT at times can feel the opposite as that. Blades of Glory sampling anyone? I mean, I guess it was kind of expected. What would you expect two of industry’s biggest talents to discuss? Yes, it’s a fun album but I think much more taunting and thought provoking lyricism could have been written. While WTT carries over some of the ambitions of MBDTF, we have to appreciate the album for what it is: ‘Ye and Jay epically rapping about what comes naturally to them.

Thanks MBDTF for setting the stage for Watch the Throne – we appreciate you for giving us a proper soundtrack to continue to get ready to post-college. No, track no. 3 will never get old. Ever.

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