Lena Dunham, Lil Jon Team for Rock the Vote's 'Turn Out for What' Video
National Voter Registration Day has passed, and now it's time to get serious about the midterm elections on November 4th. To encourage young voters, the reignited Rock the Vote has recruited an eclectic all-star lineup that includes Lena Dunham, Lil Jon, Devendra Banhart, Fred Armisen, Whoopi Goldberg and more for the video "Turn Out for What," a riff on Lil Jon and DJ Snake's club anthem "Turn Down for What." The parody features voters and celebrities explaining why they've turned out to vote for many of the issues up in the air on Election Day, from education to marriage equality.
In the "#TURNOUTFORWHAT" video, we follow Lil Jon as he makes his way to his closest polling place. "There are voting booths from the windows over to the walls," volunteer "Lil' Ben" jokes. Once there, Lil Jon professes his love of Girls to Dunham before turning the polling place into a dance club. Added bonus: The perfect casting of Goldberg as Lil Jon's auntie.
Dicey Hollows Meditative And Beautifully Cinematic Video for "Silver and Sand"
In a world that's full of clamor and commotion, Dicey Hollow's video for "Silver and Sand" is five minutes to allow yourself a moment's pause. Made up of buddies Petter Ericson Stakee (of Alberta Cross) and Jamie Biden, the musical partnership was born when their friend needed a score to accompany another friend's film. Although this movie never came to fruition, their creative companionship solidified, resulting in their lately released six-song EP. "Silver and Sand" is a spectral, folkish composition, with singer Stakee's vocals spiraling up like a smoke signal over a winning bassline. It's an apt soundtrack for the glimmering slo-mo visuals courtesy of Josh Hartnett (yes, the actor) and director/producer Brody Baker. We're not one to gush about aesthetics, but the lighting in this video is really rather superb.
Hartnett had this to say about the project: "Brody and I responded immediately and independently to 'Silver and Sand' when Petter and Jamie first played us the album. It's an incredibly powerful song with genuine emotional depth and beauty. We just hoped to put some visuals together that could match it in mood and tone."
We'd say mission accomplished and apparently Dicey Hollow agree. "It's a particularly important song to me and Petter," explains Biden. "We were really lucky to have our good friends Brody and Josh direct this video. We filmed it where we wrote most of the record in upstate New York and they captured the feeling and emotion behind the song beautifully.”
Glory Hole: Sex, Violence and Our Growing Obsession with Technology
Using the dystopian concept of the glory hole, a symbol of the voyeur's gaze, feminist artist Kelsey Bennett's latest installation is a meditation on human sexuality within the age of technology. Co-curated with her sister, Rémy, and fellow artist, Kaitlyn Parks, and shown at this year's SPRING/BREAK Art show in NYC, Glory Hole is an immersive project that brings together a diverse body of work, with themes that range from cannibalistic webcam girls to rotting meat. Touching on the notion of sexuality and wisdom, Kelsey's own offering is a series of lenticular prints called, Mother May I, featuring a group of hyper-sexualised angels and a matriarchal saint, and is displayed on an altar built by Kelsey's partner. Here we catch up with the artist to talk sex, violence and our growing obsession with technology.
Danny Brown's "Smokin & Drinkin" Video is the Definition of Turnt Up
Like Danny Brown, we've often wondered whether it's better to smoke a blunt before drinking a 40 or after? Too bad we couldn't get some friends together for a nice house party like the one seen here in the video for "Smokin & Drinkin." But, hey, Danny can afford a big-time director like Alan Del Rio Ortiz and we had zero funds in our blunt budget. After some home experimentation, we agree with Danny: "'Til it's over, never stop." One more thing: We'd also like to give a big shout-out to A-Trak!
Kelsey Bennett On Her Fascinating, Feminist Glory Hole Art Show
Glory Hole, which wraps today, is an installment at this year’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NYC, featuring multimedia works by Rémy Bennett, Michael Bible, Sam Cannon, James Concannon, Maria Candanoza, Brooke David, Anna Del Gaizo, Nick Des Jardin, and Tafv Sampson. Each artists’ contributions interpret society’s collective obsession with technology through a primal lens, creating an “immersive experience exploring the subversions of intimacy, sexual catharsis, worship, exhibitionism, and violence” in our rapidly evolving world. We caught up with Bennett to learn more.
What drew you to the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in particular? What about its message resonates with you as an artist?
I co-curated Glory Hole with Kaitlyn Parks and my sister, Rémy Bennett. The three of us were drawn to the immersive qualities that SPRING/BREAK looks for in an exhibition. With Glory Hole, we wanted to create something beyond the white walls of a gallery and give the viewer an experience that allowed them to interact with the art. When I was about five, my parents took Rémy and I to see the Red Grooms exhibit at the Whitney [Museum of American Art]. My experience was super enhanced by the fact that you could walk through the sets and “sculpto-pictoramas.” I wanted to give a similar unique experience to Glory Hole viewers.
Mariel Hemingway's Daughter pays tribute to her mom as the pair star together in a touching video campaign for Coach
Their family heritage is rich with tradition, and yet also rife with tragedy. But Mariel Hemingway and her daughter, artist Langley Fox, look like nothing less than the perfect functional family in a touching new ad campaign for fashion label coach.
The granddaughter and great-granddaughter of the author Ernest Hemingway are the new stars of a Mother's Day-themed ad for the luxury fashion brand in which they heap praise on one another, while also sharing a number of touching memories from 25-year-old Langley’s childhood.
Mariel, 53, and her daughter are featured in the new video frolicking near a cabin, shooting arrows in the woods and jumping on a trampoline, while exchanging kind words about each other in the voice over, expanding on Langley's statement to the theme of the ad campaign: 'My mom was my first coach.'