Dream of Music…Literally.

Tablet put together a sort of well curated list of hotels for music lovers, so I had to share! Not that I agree with all of them, but here they are…

Nhow Berlin, in well…Berlin, Germany, boasts two recording studios on the premises. Personally, I think this is pretty cool! Berlin has turned into a pretty hip, artistic city from what I’ve gathered so it’s also a brilliant marketing strategy! Inside, it’s incredibly colorful and uniquely modern, thanks to design pro Karim Rashid. The only picture I found to be different than this design aesthetic is this one, and my personal favorite:

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Located in West Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, the Sunset Marquis Hotel has been newly renovated and is apparently very private. Its bar, uniquely named Bar 1200, is reported so strict with admission it only accepts the rich and famous. The more I read about this hotel, the more I think pretentious, and so not rock & roll, but it’s on the list probably because it appeals to mainstream artists and music industry buffs.

As for The Clarence in Dublin, Ireland, well, it happens to be owned by Bono and the Edge of U2. If that doesn’t make it pretty awesome, I don’t know what else does. But again, this seems to appeal more to the music industry people and actors rather than the common folk, with a grand piano located in the penthouse suite. However, as Tablet points out, “The owners have never been much for hedonistic rock star excess…” [this is] more of the sort of place you’d chat with your writer friends than dance on tabletops.”

The Setai in Miami, Florida is an eight-story art deco building located on the beach and surrounded by palm trees. Inside, the only word I can think of using is zen, with its muted, dark colors. Apparently the rooms are so over the top, they top most of the other Miami Beach hotels. Again, I find myself wondering why this hotel is on this list, but it is!

The Alexis Hotel Seattle in Seattle, Washington is a boutique hotel, which is surprisingly not boutique-y! But, it’s apparently the specialty suites that are the most incredible, probably because each is inspired by Seattle’s art community. My personal favorite would most likely be the Experience Music Project suite, which features blown-up black and white concert photos and album covers all over the walls. Pretty sweet!!

Can you see Jamaica without Reggae? Exactly. No. So, the Geejam in Port Antonio, Jamaica is a beautiful fit. Beginning as a recording studio, it hasn’t grown too much since with only seven units. It’s location is incredibly low-key: it’s closer to the beaches than the nightlife of Port Antonio.

Located in one of the epicenters of indie-rock, Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas, also boasts a vinyl library. (Instantly making this another place I must stay.) The place seems to be nothing but hip on the inside. And I think this can express its awesomeness more so than my words:

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The Ellington Hotel also in Berlin, Germany, is named after Duke Ellington the Jazz great. ‘nough said. It’s “golden-age elegance” spans 285 rooms, and the local Jazz station sets up shop by the bar each night for guests listening pleasure.

The Hotel Opera in Madrid, Spain is conveniently located right across the street from the Royal Opera, but besides that and the singing waiters, its not much of a musically inclined hotel.

And finally, the Ace Hotel New York in, yours truly’s beloved city, New York, NY. I’m sold on this one with the vintage turntables and the library adorned with vinyl alone. But this is THE hotel to go to if you’re simply “rock & roll”. It features vintage, refurbished furniture and you can’t go wrong with the lobby bar, which has definitely made a name for itself amongst the hipsters.

Pictures and referenced article courtesy of Tablet Hotels

My Inner Skeptic is Chirping in My Head

I can’t say twitter was much of an asset to me since I had to create my own twitter about a day ago. I understand how it could be an asset to news or sports organizations who can sum up their important, breaking news in one or two sentences, but for me, I can’t see it yet. The only thing twitters regarding music seem to provide me with are new downloads, but considering I am on my cell phone looking at these tweets it makes it difficult to listen to the demos, or download them. I find it much easier to go to the music blogs I enjoy reading when I have time to sit there and listen to demos and download them if I wish.  As for fashion twitters, all they seem to give me are links. Maybe it’s useful during fashion week to instantly post looks as they go down the runway, but even so, I would rather look at the articles and pictures on my own time. Also, the sponsored posts are so incredibly obvious, they are worse than advertisements flashing on a web page.

@nytimesfashion and @harpersbazaarus seems to post headlines, followed by links, while @refinery29 is a little better and adds some enthusiasm to their empty posts also followed by a link, and worst of all @bazaarUK didn’t even write sentences majority of the time, but only hash tags and links. In their defense, it is hard to write a headline with substance for a fashion story because it is a topic that must be shown, or described, which are two things twitter is not good for. @Glamour_fashion was probably the best fashion twitter out of them all.  They summed up what I needed to know about designer collections and trends in a few sentences, of course followed by links but I didn’t feel the desire to have to look at them because they did a great job explaining. Also, @victoriabeckham actually told me something about an exhibit I did not know was occurring at the Met in New York, even though it was not about fashion, but about art. And @thezoereport (a fashion site run by Rachel Zoe) actually told me a little something about music, even though I was on my phone and couldn’t find out whether it was actually good music or not, but the fact they posted “tunes” in a tweet impressed me! @Dazedmagazine shared many potentially good pieces of new music, but again, I was on my phone all day without the time to listen. @RollingStone also provided potentially good and free downloads of music, but yet again, I frustratingly could not do a thing about it. And as for the Sirius Radio sites (@SXMoctane, @siriusoctane, @altnation, and @siriusfaction) only @siriusoctane and @siriusfaction posted tweets about what they were playing at that moment, which again could be good music but if I’m not on my computer, its entirely invaluable to me.

Overall, I cannot say I am enjoying my twitter experience and look forward to being rid of it, until I am actually being paid to deal with it. But you never know! Maybe it will grow on me!

Attitude is Everything

Age is nothing but a number. This is (hopefully) true for everyone, except probably models, in which they are thrown to the wayside by the time they turn 28. But this was not the case when a flash mob occurred in Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. No, it was not dancers. No, it was singers. And no, it was not PETA angrily making a statement against the use of fur in fashion. It was a group of elderly women putting on their own fashion show organized by Ari Seth Cohen, of Advancedstyle.blogspot.com, and included this very stylish woman here among others:

Photo by Ari Seth Cohen

Fashion week in New York is probably the best time to stage any kind of fashion statement, let alone by the age group that seems to be continuously ignored and put down in our society. According to the photographer Brandon Stanton from HumansofNewYork.com, “…the real fun began when security moved in and tried to break the whole thing up. These ladies had long past the age of being ordered around, and weren’t taking any crap. My favorite moment involved this 95 year old woman chest-bumping a 300 lb security guard.” Only in New York.

Sharing is Caring!

With so many amazing blogs with various different perspectives focused on the same topics I am choosing to write about, I figure I should pick their brains.

DazedDigital.com has been a favorite of mine for the past few years. It focuses on not only music and fashion, but also on arts & culture, photography and video. This website is incredible because not only do they have multiple collaborators and contributors, but their entire team is allowed to post their own insight and blog posts. I highly recommend checking out Lucy Morris’ posts, as they follow the same theme I will be! While their fashion image galleries are less than stellar compared to other websites and blogs, Dazed Digital is highly descriptive when discussing collections, they inspire curiosity in the reader forcing readers to go to google, or the designers websites for a peak. Their music section is much more elaborate features profiles of artists and music events, as well as album critiques, new artists to check out and downloadable playlists created by Dazed Digital. However, be warned, the music airs on the extreme indie side.

Refinery29.com is definitely more of a mainstream and pop culture website compared to Dazed Digital’s indie perspective. Fashion lovers everywhere probably agree their composition and categorization of street style and home decor photo’s are incredible.  From what to wear to certain restaurants, to “back to school” style shots, to wardrobe essentials for the season; if it involves fashion, this site has it. While they do not feature a specific music section, but (disappointingly) bunch it under the term “entertainment”, they do feature downloadable playlists and new artists to check out.

Obscuresound.com is amazing for record reviews and interviews, and it has a huge collection of mp3 downloads so readers may sample music as they please. Brooklynvegan.com is great for tour dates and reviews, and includes comedy shows if you’re into them.

 

Photo (cc) by Ariellie Calderonie under a Creative Commons license

Finally, Fashionologie.com is, as is evident in the title, all about fashion. It features designer and model interviews, runway recaps and reviews and contains tons of photos ranging from runway, to street style as well as “best of” lists. This site is an absolute must for fashion lovers everywhere.

What is the “Dark Side”?

The unusual. The unique. Punk. Self expression. While these categories could encompass a wide variety of things, I will be focusing my blog on two topics that have always gone hand in hand under these categories for me: music and fashion. The world of fashion is always filled with music. Amazing music is found at runway shows, at every after-party and models are constantly transitioning to be DJ’s or artists. Music itself has always been a dominant influence in the fashion world as well. The music itself transformed punk, metal and rock into not just musical phenomenon’s, but clothing phenomenon’s.

While not every post will focus on how the two are joined at the hip, the overall theme will focus on the bouts of self-expression and variety that can be found within these two intertwining subjects and the ways in which they affect us as individuals and as a culture. Traditional blogs such as Fashionologie.com and obscuresound.com have remained loyal to their original topics of fashion or music. Websites such as Refinery29.com began featuring fashion and branched out to include music and other forms of entertainment, while blogs such as DazedDigital.com went the opposite way; starting with music and entertainment and branching out to include fashion.

It is the blogs and websites, such as those named above, that paved the way for the revolution of the music and fashion industries. New artists and designers have it easier now than ever before to get their product on the web, where it proceeds to be viewed or listened to by thousands of people. It is a beautiful world now that new musical talent can be discovered everyday, with a weeding out process of bands similar to Darwin’s survival of the fittest, and street style from around the world can be seen at any time of day, creating more of a world style than a regional one. With this widespread global sharing, people must appreciate everything others in this world have to offer, because even if it is on the dark side, people really do create beautiful things.