Saturday, October 8, 2011

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Lisa Bonet


Daniela Montoya

New York

Eliana Weirich

Songs in the key of my life: King Crimson - Lark's Tongues In Aspic, Part I

I found King Crimson through the book 'Zoom Boom' by Raoul Hoffmann, the same source that led me to Frank Zappa. The chapter about innovative 'avantgarde' rock music described King Crimson's album 'Lark's Tongues In Aspic' in length, and since I was very much interested in what you now call 'prog rock' I was instantly convinced. I was in for a surprise, since this music was quite different to what I had expected. In fact, the first piece 'Lark's Tongues In Aspic, Part 1' starts in near silence, and if you're not patient you might have the impression something's wrong with the record. The piece is a swooping 13 minutes long, and there seems to be no apparent structure, although it does have that long silent 'build-up' and there are different parts, even some you could call 'heavy'. Later on the album there is a 'Part 2' with no coherent connection to the first part. Nevertheless, it consistently keeps up your interest and leaves you wondering about the concept of it as a whole. I still don't really understand it, but love to listen to it every so often - since more than 30 years. And yes, the whole album is great, but that first peice has stuck with me ever since.

Fernanda Tavares

First Lines: Pauline Reage - Story of O

Her lover one day takes O for a walk in a section of the city where they never go - the Montsouris Park, the Monceau Park.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Michelle Alves

A day in the life, Oct. 7 , 2011

A day in the life, Oct. 7 , 2011, view from our living room

Skye Stracke

The Third Man (1949)

A pulp novelist travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend,  a black-market opportunist.

A true classic, meticulously executed post-war drama with extraordinary expressionist cinematography and a plot which echoes on many levels.

Christy Turlington

ph: Steven Meisel

A day in the life, Oct. 6 , 2011

A day in the life, Oct. 6 , 2011, in front of our house

Who's That Girl?

Art: Simon Bisley


Kate Moss irrégulière

From my vaults: Lilian Bond


Caroline Francischini

New York

Iris van Berne

ph: Bella Howard

Songs in the key of my life: Snakefinger - The Picture Makers vs. Children of the Sea

When mentioning The Residents, Snakefinger (real name: Philip Charles Lithma)always comes to mind. He's the guy who plays the manical guitar solo on their cover version of 'Satisfaction', and he was their off-and-on guitarist for nearly 2 decades. The Residents also contributed to his solo albums, which contain amzingly original and quirky music. 'The Picture Makers vs. Children of the Sea' is on his album 'Greener Pastures' and is a wonderful 9-minute sci-fi mini-opera. When I bought the album in 1980, this song immediately fascinated me and I couldn't get it out of my head. More than 30 years later it still doesn't sound dated.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Emily Ruhl

A day in the life, Oct. 5 , 2011

Eva Herzigova

First Lines: Larry Niven - Ringworld

(art: Richard Fraser)

In the nighttime heart of Beirut, in one of a row of general-address transfer booths, Louis Wu flicked into reality.

Masha Tyelna

ph: Joost Vandebrug

New Stuff: The New Yorker

Letícia Birkheuer

A day in the life, Oct. 4 , 2011

Raschelle Osbourne

New Stuff: O.S.T. - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Found this by accident and ordered it straight away.

Julia Juju Ivanyuk

New Stuff: Rocket From the Tombs

A completely new album by the legendary band!

Solange Wilvert

ph: Renam Christofoletti

Monday, October 3, 2011

Malgosia Bela

ph: Steven Meisel

A day in the life, Oct. 3 , 2011


Valeria Dmitrienko

From my vaults: Danny Bonaduce


Daul Kim

New York

Esmé Wissels

ph: Pamela Hanson

Songs in the key of my life: The Residents - Satisfaction

The Residents is another band that has been accompanying me since the mid/late 70s and the one I've seen most often live in concert. When Punk rock became popular, I must admit I hated most of what I heard; to me it was mainly rehashed rockabilly with Bryan Ferry wannabee vocalists. The whole attitude concerning 'old' rock music, the 'boring old farts', seemed contrived and insincere, because rock wasn't really that old and what these bands were playing wasn't really that new either. Therefore, when I first encountered The Residents' cover of 'Satisfaction', it was so much more the real thing: a malevolent crazy destruction  of a classic rock song that sounded like nothing else I had ever heard before. It had mean ugly vocals and probably the most otherworldy guitar solo of all times, an ingenious new kind of music! All of their albums (and those of guitarist Snakefinger) in the 70s underscored this first impression and I've been collecting thier work ever since, they're still as prolific as ever. It's diificult to describe their music, at the time I would have said they were reinventing music with toy instruments, but with continuous listening you'd recognize much more finesse. Luckily I was an early fan and was able to see them with Snakefinger live several times, before he died in 1987 (on the day of his death his single, "There's No Justice in Life", was released). There will be many more songs on this list from both The Residents and Snakefinger to come. oh, and I still have that 7" single in yellow vinyl.