Attended a rare joint discussion with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin (founders of Def Jam Records, duh) discussing the first 25 years of the label. Rick kicked it off with a 3 minute meditation session..very chill, and then we got to listen to old records and listen to them talk shit. I'm a huge fan of the first 5 years at Def Jam, then not so much, but these two guys are legends in my eyes. Opening Slayers REIGN IN BLOOD lp back in '86 and seeing it had a Def Jam record sleeve was mind-blowing. Now Hip Hop and Slayer both suck, but there was a time when Def Jam made both magical. Oh, and I took some awful pics. Your welcome.
I forgot to mention an excellent show I caught at Primary Photographic Gallery on Christie....SUNDAY MATINEE by BROOKE SMITH. A bunch of pics taken during the NY hardcore scene in the 80s.....PLUS they put out a huge zine to document it all in awesome newspaper style format. Show closed already but maybe they still have the zine if you are into it?
For some reason, people think it's strange that we go to the movies while on vacation. Paris is a movie-goers wet dream and we got to see two films not yet released in the U.S. as well as got to check out new theaters. We saw MELANCHOLIA and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, both of which were AMAZING. PLEASE see MELANCHOLIA in a theater when it hits here...I didn't breath for the last 2 minutes of it...pure art. WE NEED TO TALK was totally fucking disturbing and we went to Cafe de Flore afterwards and talked about Kevin for a long time, a little freaked out but totally buzzing.
Got back to NYC and woke up jet-lagged so I went to see DRIVE.....best "1980s" style movie in a long time.
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- HALLOWEEN WEEK III
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- HALLOWEEN WEEK
- THE STONE ROSES REUNITED AT LAST
- DEF JAM 25 AT NYPL
- SUNDAY MATINEE
- PROTEST AND SURVIVE
- MATHEW BARNEY'S "DJED" AT GLADSTONE GALLERY
- LISA YUSKAVAGE AT DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY
- OCCUPY WALL STREET- WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK OCT. 8 ...
- #OCCUPYWALLSTREET OCT. 5TH
- PARIS POCKETS/LAST TANGO....
- AT THE MOVIES
- RENDEZVOUS IN PARIS
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