Spring is in the air and you know what that means? Yes! Time for Paper Magazine’s annual Beautiful People issue! It’s Paper’s round up of young actors, musicians, artists, designers, and the generally fabulous types who inspire them. Paper says, “Don’t hate them because they’re beautiful. And talented. And downright amazing in every way.” Is there any better way to honor such a stellar group...
PEN World Voices Festival
Karl Lagerfeld Studio by Todd Selby We love books. They are anthologies of history, of photographs and of intellectual properties spanning the centuries. Books tell stories of lives beyond our own, depict worlds within our own and guide us through the adventures that are our existence. We don’t know where we would be without them. This month, New York City welcomes the seventh...
Graphic of the Day: Typewriter
Todays graphic make you re-appreciate all the tender care that went into the making of a typewriter. The image comes to us from Things Organized Neatly, a blog we previously covered in one our “Tumblr’s We Love” columns.
Double Exposures made in Camera
We always appreciate people who still treat their cameras as artistic instruments and know how to trick it out as much as possible. It’s easy to get lost in the world of photoshop, and manipulate all the effects after the fact. We bumped into a body of work from mastermind Dan Mountford who specifically creates his images inside the camera (no photoshop overlays). His colors are edited in...
Night People: Mobroder
Let us introduce Mobroder, the Disco-Concept band of one of our Saturday Resident DJ at Le Bain, Mr Blu Jemz, with pals Spank Rock and Hoff. Scion A/V Presents: Mobroder - Rush (Nile Delta Remix) from Scion A/V on Vimeo. “Mobroder is more than an artist. Mobroder is an icon that stands for something in a world run by nothing. Welcome to Miami, USA, 1983, where we find our...
6 Tumblr's We Love: Themes
In our never-ending column, Tumblr’s We Love, we sometimes like to gravitate towards those that have a specific theme, sorta like an OCD blogger who likes to catalogue absurd things for no reason. Here’s a new list of intriguing Tumblr’s tipped off from Buzzfeed. (1) Christian Nightmares All we gotta say is WOW. This site, very vide-based, is here to remind you that...
Listen to Lunice
The label LuckyMe has presented a young one on to the scene…22 years old to be exact, and his name is Lunice. The debut release of this Montreal rapper is called Stacker Upper. Here’s a little taste test mix to get you in the mood. (Did we mention this rapper is in our music widget all month — look to the right of this page and download for free) ...
Standard Hollywood's Grapefruit Gimlet
The Gimlet was once described in 1928 as “gin, a spot of lime, and soda”, and in 1953, it was described as “half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else”. And just last month, it was described by me as “GIVE ME A DAMN GIMLET AND THROW SOME GRAPEFRUIT IN IT!!!!” And there you go. The Standard Hollywood’s Grapefruit Gimlet was born. This...
Graphic of the Day: Sixteen Candles
Todays graphic is a special design created by the Criterion collection for the re-release of Sixteen Candles. We’re digging the creativity. Also, we’re thrilled the movie has made it in the big leagues now under the Criterion banner.
Standard Sunset Cocktails at The Standard Miami
Calling all locals – this one’s for you! Start your weekend off right at The Standard Miami by unwinding from your work week as you take in the beautiful sunset views and get some much needed chill time. Enjoy the ambient sounds of The Gold Dust Lounge, performing live. The band has been described as sounding, “like a collision between Link Wray and The Pixies.”And of course, happy hour wouldn’t...
There are a lot of things which I do well, but I like to think that the one thing I do best is live well. From fine restaurants, the beach house and the city apartment to great friends, adventurous trips and wild nights on the town, I never let a moment pass without being thankful for it. It doesn’t take much to live La Vie de Stan, but what it does require is amazing life accessories....
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx
Green vinyl? We’re not talking green as in the eco-type (we do love our eco things though). No, this is straight up just plain green vinyl (as in crayola color green). There’s also pink vinyl in this Box set which makes it a perfect gift for the album aficionados to show off on their bookshelf. The best part is of course the music on the album, the latest record that’s been on...
The New York Art Scene in '66
(David Hockney in Brian de Palma’s Experimental Short on NY’s Art Scene) New York. We love it. The art scene is a never ending field of inspiration… yet at the same time, there’s always a few arty farty people with all their intellectual banter. We recently bumped into an intriguing archive of the exact scene in 1966 — just to remind you that the hipster factor...
Stan D'aily Distraction: Imperial History
I am a very firm believer in not only nurturing the body (with designer clothes, bien sur) but also enriching the mind. Knowledge is power and silence is your only weapon, I like to say. With all the turmoil currently happening in the Middle East, I wanted to revisit an interactive map I saw a few years back about the many empires that have conquered and controlled the region since the...
Graphic of the Day: Fresh Prince
Today’s graphic is just a silly walk down memory lane. Before Will Smith was doing blockbuster Summer films, he truly cut his teeth every week with slapstick jokes like this on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Is that Don Cheadle?
Bronx Zoo Cobra Takes Manhattan
As most of you already know, a cobra from the Bronx Zoo escaped the other day. Now the manhunt is on, but in the meantime, the cobra has been exploring the city and tweeting its adventures along the way. It even came by The Standard, New York! For those of you who don’t believe a cobra can tweet on the go, this is what it has to say to you…”Ever heard of an iPhone?...
We love the fact that somebody actually excavated extremely rare black and white photography and managed to assemble them into one list called “50 Unexplainable Black and White Photos”. In the collection, we came across 2 children smokers. We assumed this was a modern day scandal because of that large child on Youtube in India. But apparently, kids have been lighting up since...
Sleep No More
If you’ve been to New York City lately, you’ll know that all anyone is talking about is Punchdrunk’s eerily haunting production of its Macbeth-inspired play, “Sleep No More”. The experience is beyond your wildest fantasies. Set in over 100 rooms through six stories of adjoining warehouses in West Chelsea, Sleep No More leaves the viewer trying to find their way...
Brad Fisher, “Le Bloc-Notes”, 2011 Ever since my formative years, I’ve been carrying Moleskine notebooks in my bag. In them I’ve kept record of my innermost thoughts written from les cafés trottoirs in Paris. I’ve drawn silly doodles from the banks of the canals in Amsterdam. I’ve also gone so far as to fill them with my Dean & Deluca grocery lists...
Friday April 1st, Justin D and Le Bain team up for the LCD Soundsystem pre-party, celebrating the last concert of the New York acclaimed band at Madison Square Garden the next night. Join us on the 18th floor with the DFA crew and artists Shit Robot and Juan MacLean. Hosted by Justin Miller.
Tempted to Visit Mexico?
This video was brought to our attention from our friends at MexNtheCity, who document all things hip in Mexico. If you have the traveling bug now, this video will make you want to pack your bags and dip down to Mexico for the art, architecture, and general forward thinking vibe the country has to offer. The project is entitled 24 hours in Mexico City, and features images from the city during...
Rodarte x MOCA's Sci-Fi Vibe
Because Black Swan is the new Grindhouse and Rodarte’s recently unveiled exhibit “States of Matter” at MOCA’s mid-town outpost is floating our boat of LA inspiration. Just when you thought the sci-fi confines of the Pacific Design Center couldn’t get any cooler. For further details go here: http://www.moca.org/audio/blog/?p=1382
Desert Nights Japan Fundraiser: March 30
Join us this Wednesday for a very special Desert Nights benefiting Japan. We’re going to kick it off a little earlier this week at 7pm sharp and we’re taking our folk international. The first band on the line-up will be the traditional Japanese music group Matsutoyo Kai. Followed by the very talented Farmer Dave Scher, the alluring Jason Simon, and the enchanting duo of Alanna...
Neckbrace by Rat Tat Tat
Todays music video is an arresting piece of visuals. The combination of mosaics, birds, and beats are hypnotizing. It’s also one of the few video we actually get to see one of the members of Rat Tat Tat who are normally on the “down low” opting for concept videos. The piece was directed by E*Vax while the Director of Photography was photographer/filmmaker Patrick Sher....
Triple Threat this Sunday
This Sunday at Le Bain, Nouveau York presents a Paris-NYC Soundclash with International Cool Cats Busy P, DJ Mehdi and Stretch Armstrong. Busy P and Mehdi have just released their new CD Let The Children Techno (on Parisian label Ed Banger Rec.), while Stretch Armstrong was celebrating with his partner Bobbito the 20th anniversary of starting their #1 Hip Hop Radio Show of All-Time. Expect...
Still Going is Tonight
This Friday March 25, Le Bain presents Still Going, aka Eric Duncan (from Rub’n’Tug fame) and Liv Spencer. The New York duo released a few weeks ago this classy disco remix of Bryan’s Ferry “Shameless”. A perfect track to dance to, late at Le Bain. And a sexy cover featuring Kate Moss.
Meet Rachel Dean
Rachel works at The Standard, Hollywood as a Food and Beverage Manager. She also sings in a band called Rachel Dean and War Children and sometimes we talk her into singing a bit during Desert Nights, our weekly acoustic event, and she always kills it. (This is Rachel Dean, you should like her band on Facebook) Full Name: Rachel Dean Exact Title: F&B Manager Sun Sign: Sagittarius ...
Robert Whitman's Passport
Yesterday we mentioned an organization named Dia who is exhibiting The New York Earth Room, but we thought we’d also mention a stunning installation to take place on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, 2011. Not to be missed, the Dia Art Foundation and Montclair State University present Passport, a new theater piece by artist Robert Whitman (American, b. 1935), a pioneer of multimedia...
The New York Earth Room
Behold one of the longest standing art installations to exhibit. The New York Earth Room has been on long-term view to the public since 1980. This work was commissioned and is maintained by Dia Art Foundation. (Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room, 1977, at 141 Wooster Street) If you visit, this is what you will view: An interior earth sculpture, 250 cubic yards of earth (197 cubic...
Kanon Vodka Takes On Bryan Boy
This past fashion week, our friends over at Kanon Vodka asked us to help with their livestream adventures in the city with Bryan Boy. Remember? Well, if you don’t, they’ve finally compiled a video featuring that historic day. There are too many of my friends in this to keep track but make sure you keep your eyes peeled for Billy Farrell of Billy Farrell Agency, Mickey Boardman...
RIP Liz Taylor, The Original Black Swan
(Elizabeth Taylor) Ok. So Elizabeth Taylor was never in a production of Swan Lake, but we dig this photo of her dolled up in ballet gear, at almost the same age Natalie Portman was during Black Swan. During her early career introduction to film with National Velvet (1944), Elizabeth’s beauty was almost alarming in one so young. She was intense with her all commanding eyes even as a...
Opening Ceremony helps Japan
On Friday night, The Standard New York was host to an event held by Opening Ceremony. The event was simple — to rally the coolest and most supportive of friends and family to cough up $20 bucks at the door for Japan Relief. Hosts Jen Brill, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim pulled their resources together to make a coveted raffle with prizes like a Proenza Schouler bag. Approximately 200 raffle...
Rap Party with A-Trak & Friends
We got another rowdy party coming up in The Standard Miami tomorrow night. Come and bring your friends (and don’t forget to drop $2 at the door for Japan). DJ’s A-Trak joins tons of DJ friends including Sammy Bananas whose remix we posted last week. A-Trak gave us a few minutes to answer some questions on his favorite rapper and why started DJ’ing… The Standard: How...
King Tubby vs Wu-Tang
(Classic Wu verses over Tubby’s legendary Dub Sound) We thought we died and went to heaven with the first mash-up, Jay-Z vs the Wailers, but the Macro Dubplates outdid themselves again with the Wu-Tang vs King Tubby Who are they? It’s a guy named Chris Macro from New Zealand. If you haven’t heard of the reggae-hiphop-mashups, go to the music link to listen to each tune. If...
Legs Legs Legs
Photographer/Filmmaker KT Auleta is a friend of The Standard family, so when she first rang to borrow a room in order to film a crazy sexy concept, we said “why not”? The result is a kaleidoscope of hotness. She was first to introduced to fashion photography while working at Interview Magazine, and since shot for tons of mags including T Magazine, i-D, Self Service, and Dazed...
Whoa. We bumped into this piece of 1980 rare clip found on a channel called Fab TV. The clip has Bea Arthur (otherwise known as the genius comedian in Maude) on a variety show with Melba Moore and the old dirty lady puppet you always saw on The Love Boat called Madame. There’s alot of undertones here with Rock Hudson obviously. It’s a parody of the fundamentalism against gay...
Graphic of the Day: Books
Who said books were not toys? Remember when you had to study for final exams in college and spent all night procrastinating with mindless games like this? Add this one to your list.
Desert Nights: March 23
Behold another night of acoustic sounds from our classic weekly party called Desert Nights. This week we have a fresh new crop of bands ready to get raw for you. (Listen to Black Box Revelation here) twitter.com/bbrofficial The Black Box Revelation, also known as the BBR, is a Belgian garage rock band from Dilbeek. It was formed in 2005 by vocalist and guitarist Jan Paternoster and drummer...
OHWOW: Scott Campbell's Noblesse Oblige
Scott Campbell, Studio View, 2011 Los Angeles is a bit of a dichotomy to those who don’t really understand its inner makings. For face value, it’s all about show business. It’s celebrity and it’s fame and it’s fortune. But there’s more to it than just that. Over the past few years, its art scene has been slowly moving to its forefront and bringing with...
Happy Birthday, Twitter!
Graphic courtesy of @YiyingLu I feel like I’ve been tweeting since I was a little kid. I think we all have, and we have our good friend Jack Dorsey to thank for it all! What would we be doing right now, if we don’t have to limit ourselves to just 140 characters at a time. I would have written a book by now! Anytweet, today, Twitter is celebrating its 5th Birthday, and we...
Shrimp Burger of the Week
The Standard, Downtown LA has been on everyone’s tongue as of late. Not just because of the waterbeds on the rooftop allowing you VIP views of the surrounding skyscrapers. And definitely not because of the expansive hotel rooms that only uber-cool insiders seem to take advantage of. It’s because of the new executive chef, Micah Fields, who has found himself taking over the kitchen...
SXSW via Text
(Paul gets the best seat in the house for The Strokes) We’re a man down this week in Downtown LA, since our resident music master Paul Leroy hopped a plane for Austin to run around with Tony Bones and check out the latest and greatest bands at SXSW. Do you hear them buzzing? As anyone who’s been to SXSW can tell you, there’s not a whole lot of downtime (or cabs) for several...
Stan D'aily Distraction - Honey Badger!
It has recently come to our attention that we love honey badgers! I don’t think there really is anything more to say about this. The video says it all! xoxo Stan
French Vogue's New Vibe
Ok. so the world didn’t stop spinning in December after Carine Roitfeld stepped down from her position at French Vogue. We realize this is a major changing of the guards in the industry, but eventually all the gasps subsided. Stylist Emmanuelle Alt (also the magazine’s Fashion Editor the last 10 years) grabbed the steering wheel.. and voila… the new French Vogue it is. Life moves...
Thank You National Geographic
How much do we love National Geographic? The photo spreads are classic top notch photography. That’s why we’re pretty excited the illustrious magazine did an impressive feature on the innovative park that The Standard New York is built upon. The abandoned rail line, known at the High Line, has become an elevated park attracting New Yorkers to come rest, walk, read, or meet friends. ...
Wanderlust at The Standard Spa - Day 1
Terrific vibes fill the air at The Standard Miami this weekend as we welcome the Wanderlust festival. Everywhere you look you see yogis hustling around from one class to the next as they soak up the sun on the yoga dock and various areas transformed into the ultimate feng shui yoga spaces. Elena Brower instructing her class on our Yoga Dock Elena Brower has inspired us with her message of...
Graphic of the Day: Doodle
We love a good doodle that takes the page to another level. In this case, someone converted a math problem into one hot bodacious babe. The power of the pencil.
Full Name: Andrew Phillip Kennedy Exact Title: Front Desk Agent at The Standard, Hollywood Sun Sign: Aries First off, tell us a bit about your background, and what you do at the Standard? I’m 20-something years old and originally from Washington DC. One day I got the bright idea to pack all my stuff and drive to LA. I’ve been living in LA for 3 years and haven’t looked back since. ...
The 120 Minutes Comeback
If you can remember far back, some of us actually learned about new music through MTV. The exact years were 1986 to 2001 through a show called 120 Minutes. Then one day.. poof… all the music was gone. In its place came The Hills. ugh. If you didn’t live the glory years, take a peek at YouTube’s videos for 120 Minutes, and you’ll find a wealth of moments from Afghan Wigs,...
The Night People Begins Saturday
“Five days you work, One whole day to play, Come on everybody, wear your rollerskates today, It’s Saturday, Saturday Saturday, it’s Saturday Saturday, it’s Saturday Saturday, it’s Saturday-aaaaayayayay.” — De La Soul Get your dancing shoes on. Starting this Saturday, March 19th, our new Saturday at Le Bain (top of The Standard New York) is called NIGHT...