Time Capsule: Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley
April 27, 2010, 12:04 am
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Tonight I caught a screening of “Last Play at Shea,” a documentary playing as part of the Tribeca Film Festival that chronicles the story of Billy Joel’s rise to stardom alongside the Mets and the history of Shea Stadium, culminating in Joel’s performance at Shea Stadium shortly before it was demolished.  As someone who is neither a Mets nor a Billy Joel fan (or frankly, a fan of Queens in general), I was surprised by how much I liked the movie.  Not even the presence of Mike Piazza and his weird face/hair was enough to turn me off to the film as a whole.  I also decided that my favorite segment of the storied canon of Billy Joel was the late-Eighties, booze-addled, Christie Brinkley period.  At least from a stylistic perspective, it sort of represents everything that is simultaneously wrong and right with the 80’s, and I love those two crazy kids for that.  Plus, it seemed like they were pretty fun back in the day. A few more photos after the jump.

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Hester Street Fair
April 25, 2010, 6:49 pm
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Yesterday marked the opening weekend of the Hester Street Fair, which plays a bit like the Lower East Side’s answer to the Brooklyn Flea.  Although it’s smaller than its outer borough counterpart, the Hester Street Fair doesn’t disappoint, with a surprisingly large number of stands peddling vintage finds and good food packed into a relatively small space on Hester and Essex Streets.  My friend Noelle and I took a stroll down past Delancey around noon yesterday and found we definitely weren’t alone — more than 10,000 New Yorkers swung through yesterday, including quite a few familiar faces from the blogosphere and beyond.  The amazing spring morning was the perfect backdrop for the opening weekend, but if you missed it, fear not: Hester Street Fair will be open rain or shine through December.  Noelle and I each made out with some good gets — see what we got, and more photos from Manhattan’s most charming flea market, below.

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Classics: 8 1/2

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One Shot: Aran Islands, Ireland — March 2006
April 20, 2010, 11:13 pm
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The photos of mine that I like best always have a sense of juxtaposition, whether it’s an object in the foreground slicing through the background, man-made structures in an otherwise natural environment, or, as in the photo above, something rough and destroyed in a beautiful setting. My friends and I came across this totaled car while on a bike tour of the Aran Islands, off the coast of Galway, Ireland in 2006. Whatever damage that may have occurred in an accident was helped along by stones thrown through the windows and garbage piled up inside.  I like how the bay in the background, the stone walls that have been standing there for decades (if not longer) and the general tranquility of the scene contrast nicely with the demolished car abandoned in front.

Style Inspiration for the Week

If you’re going to do it, own it.

(Photo via / StreetPeeper)

Mixtape Monday, Vol. 3

Some new.  Some old.  All good.  An assortment of songs playing on my iPod now.

1.) “Baby I’m Yours,” BreakBot
2.) “Blue Dream Lover,” Elke
3.) “MCs Can Kiss,” Uffie
4.) “Dancing Together,” Dabid Byrne & Fatboy Slim feat. Sharon Jones
5.) “Worse It Gets (RAC Remix),” Penguin Prison
6.) “The Coast is Always Changing,” Maximo Park
7.) “Tighten Up,” The Black Keys

8.) “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” The Sounds
9.) “Human,” The Human League
10.) “Humdrum Town,” Theophilus London

BMW Art Cars: Esther Mahlangu
April 19, 2010, 9:04 pm
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I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it until now.  Earlier this month, when Jeff Koons and BMW unveiled the artist’s (sadly Bubbles-free) concept for his contribution to the auto-maker’s famed art car collection, I took the opportunity to look back at some previous entries, from such contemporary art icons as Olafur Eliasson and Jenny Holzer.  My favorite, though, has to be the car designed by South African artist Esther Mahlangu back in 1991.  Forget Navajo, I want a Mahlangu print jacket.

More photos and a BMW promo video featuring Mahlangu after the jump.  Bonus points to anyone who can understand her weird baboon analogy.

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