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INSPIRATION FOUND: LANA DEL REY


Lana Del Rey (née Lizzie Grant) has been getting quite a bit of attention lately in the blog-o-sphere, both for her looks and her for music. She’s the newly proposed ‘it’ girl who music critics love to hate and who fashionable females die to emulate. Del Rey’s throaty voice is unmistakable, especially when paired with downright dirty, Lolita-esque lyrics that add all the more to the mystery behind this woman. After just one listen to Lana’s new single, Video Games, I was instantly hooked—and, admittedly, nearly moved to tears. It’s one of those songs that shakes you to the soul, with, in my opinion, nearly perfect lyrics and musical arrangement to boot.


But whether her melodies strike a proverbial chord with you or not, Miss Del Rey’s style is undeniably on-point and H.O.T. The self-proclaimed “gangster Nancy Sinatra” exudes the perfect mix of 50s lounge singer meets 70s flower child, with a pinch of punk thrown in for good measure. That said, most of her wardrobe consists of vintage, or vintage-inspired pieces, providing ample opportunity to experiment and create looks that are one-of-a-kind and all your own.


For true LDR style, just remember to stick with power period pieces as your starting point– simple shifts, cut-off shorts, tour tees and floral accessories galore. Now, let’s get you out of those old clothes, kitten, and see you slipping into something more comfortable…


1. Rebel Yell Hollywood Rocker Tee, $48*
2. Coco de Coeur Bad Girls Don’t Cry Tee, $35
3. Grey Antics High Rise Denim Shorts, $20*
4. Forever 21 Flower Hair Clips, $1.50* (buy every color!)
5. This Vintage Thing Chunky Gold Chain Necklace, $15
6. Nadanuff Mod Chunky Chain Necklace, $10*

*Items pictured above
–NATALIE OPSITNICK
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STEAL HIS STYLE: THE FATHER OF WEIRD, TOM WAITS


It’s been five years since the ‘Father of Weird,’ Tom Waits, released the epic collection of music that is Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. While there was enough music material on there to last us for quite a while, I know that I speak for all of his fans when I say that his newest release, Bad As Me, really couldn’t have dropped in on us at a better time. After taking advantage of the free, week-long album preview that Waits offered on his website, I am proud to report that his sound is as raucous and wonderful as ever. You see, what has always impressed me about Waits is the fact that he can have a rowdy title track like Bad As Me and a softer ballad like Back in the Crowd all rolled up together in one album. And, of course, the entirety of the album is sung in his signature, irresistable, whiskey-soaked voice.

With Halloween quickly approaching and Bad As Me released just in time to offer the upcoming holiday an eerily awesome soundtrack, why not celebrate to the fullest and sport your best Tom Waits-inspired look for a day? You may not be able to sing like him, but channeling the rock ‘n roll hobo won’t be terribly difficult. ‘Sides, we’ve done the footwork for you with a few key pieces to get you started out:


1. Frye Veronica Boot, $268
2. Quiksilver Open Road Plaid Shirt, $50
3. ASOS Rich Vintage Boyfriend Jeans, $63
4. Mark Totally Suitable Blazer, $52
5. A.OK Black Wool Felt Fedora, $58
6. Fable & Fury Tom Waits Tribute Portrait Necklace, $26

Photo of Tom provided courtesy of antilabelblog.com
–AMBER DANESE GRANDFIELD
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‘PASSER DES NUITS BLANCHES,’ A VERY GLOSSY MIXTAPE BY LES PROFESSIONNELS


It’s Friday, it’s been a helluva long week, and we have a hunch you’re gonna need a little something special to set all those Monday through Thursday wrongs, right. (We know we do.)

Luckily, our good friends at Les Professionnels have heard your troubles and have every intention of melting them all away, with this: Passer des Nuits Blanches, a sweet get-up-and-move mixtape dedicated to all the pretty girls with great taste in music and in fashion blogs too! Enticed? Wonderful. But first, a little background on the talented folks who made this proud music moment possible–and just in time for the weekend…

Les Professionnels is an artist, production and DJ group homegrown straight out of Philly. Comprised of three individuals, the group blends elements from a myriad of influences and genres (including pop, electronic, hip-hop and reggae), to form an eclectic, energetic soundscape that is uniquely their own. Simply put, you’ll soon hear for yourself that their self-invented tongue-in-cheek genre, ‘Awesome Step,’ readily lives up to its name.

Les Prof’s latest oeuvre includes a remix of Chromeo‘s Hot Mess featuring Grammy Award winning rapper, Dice Raw of The Legendary Roots Crew (bonus Philly points), and a remix of Shwayze and Cisco Adler‘s Drunk Off Your Love (available on the Drunk of Your Love Single EP on iTunes), while their in the works production has them collaborating with a gamut of artists located throughout Europe, Africa and across the North American continent. Les Prof’s forthcoming releases are set to include EPs of their own production, remixes from their wide-ranging network of allies, and Les Prof remixes of a laudable selection of emerging artists.

Looking to get your fix locally? Les Prof has performed weekly as the house DJs for Dice Raw’s Jam House and also hold down a monthly residency at Silk City with their party Lip Service. Stay tuned because both parties will be announcing dates for future events at the end of this month, but until then, you can catch Les Prof at their monthly party at Arrow Bar on Avenue A in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

For a glimpse into the collective hive mind, take a peek at their Tumblr at lesprof.tumblr.com; shout at them on Twitter @les_prof; and ‘like’ them on Facebook facebook.com/lesprofessionnels. Most importantly, direct your ears to their SoundCloud which contains a veritable treasure-trove of free downloads of their original production and streaming audio of standout remix work at soundcloud.com/les_prof.

Without further ado, we bring you the awesome:

Passer des Nuits Blanches
A Mixtape by Les Professionnels for VERY GLOSSY

Do You Want the Real ThingRichard Sen & Cazbee edit (b/w Les Professionnels Dedicated to All the Pretty Girls re-re-edit)
London BridgeAeroplane 
Talking About LoveNicholas
So Fine All the TimeWolfram featuring Legowelt
Le Troublant AcidKZA
ThrillerMichael Jackson (OOFT! Phazed edit)
Cloud - Sia (Plastic Plates remix)
Juicy FruitDoctor Dru & Adana Twins
Sex Au BureauLes Professionnels
Disco LightsToomy Disco
Wings of a Galaxy KnightMurphy Jax
Da FunkDaft Punk
Gentle FireIlija Rudman
DystopiaYacht (The Jackals remix)
Sister SaviorThe Rapture (DFA dub)
We Are Your Friends (Acapella) – Simian
BedcatHonom
You Got The Look - Long Distance Analog
Baby Can’t StopLindstrom & Christabelle
Tonight’s the Night - Pete Herbert
In My ArmsMylo
KilometerSebastien Tellier (A-Trak remix)
Dirty GirlNico’s Gun
How Deep Is Your Love - The Rapture
ShhhhaaaDeeen1n0
Love Is The DrugRoxy Music (The Starkiller’s Intravenous Disco Re-drip)
My Feelings For YouAvicii & Sebastien Drums

–STEPHANIE KAO
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SONG OF THE DAY: ‘GO OUTSIDE’ BY CULTS


Song of the day? Okay, I admit that’s a bit misleading considering I’ve been (obsessively) listening to this track and the rest of the Cults 7″ for weeks on end, and will continue doing so until their Debut LP hits in the spring. In the meantime I suggest you sit back and let this one soak in; it’s everything I’m feeling right now and I have a hunch you too will be swaying alongside me to the contagious sing-song melodies of this talented fledgling duo. 2011 U.S. tour dates? Here’s sincere hoping.
–STEPHANIE KAO
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HIP HOP (HOORAY!)


In case you have been living under a musical rock, November is a hip hop month for the ages. Seriously, it’s like there was some sort of underground convention and everyone decided November was 2010′s Month of Hip Hop. If it felt like there has been a draught in urban bangers, you are right. It’s like the phrase When it rains it pours. Well, here comes the deluge. Recently, we’ve not only seen some outstanding releases, we’re also anticipating some of the biggest hip hop releases of the year–NAY, OF OUR TIME–in the next couple weeks.

Let’s go over some of the strong releases you can run to Amazon, iTunes, or your local disc-seller, to cop. If there’s one record to go out and buy today, it’s Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not A Human Being. This much is clear: Mr. Carter, you are a crunked beat-manipulating machine capable of mass-slaying. The title track is strong, as are the Drake guest spots, the Nicki Minaj jam, and the YM Salute and YM Banger, where the whole Young Money crew shows up to rock the mic. If your cashflow is strong, you might as well go ahead and pick up the Kid Cudi joint, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. The man got Mary J., Kanye, St. Vincent, Cage and Cee Lo to show up in the studio. Impressive, Kid. On the indie hip hop tip, there are a couple releases worth digging for, namely Pigeon John‘s Dragon Slayer and Zion I‘s Atomic Clock.

Now, there are a few others worth mentioning that are pretty much purely for fans only: Cee Lo Green‘s The Lady Killer, N.E.R.D.‘s Nothing, and Lyrics Born‘s As U Were. I’m not trying to hate, but in terms of a purchase, you should probably pick up some of these artists’ other records if you’re not a fanboy (or girl) already. Which is disappointing, especially with Cee Lo, because after his Gnarls Barkley records and the ridiculous success of Fuck You, we were ready to be blown away by some neo-soul. Like we were by Janelle Monae. Nah, it’s just a little too corny, and the production is so throwback it feels a little disco-whack at times.

Now, what I’m absolutely pumped-out-of-my-mind for is November 22nd. Not only do we get an Akon record (Akonic), a Lloyd Banks LP (H.F.M. 2 = Hunger For More 2; there’s gotta be at least two radio hits on there, right?), a Ne-Yo disc (Libra Scale) but the two impending titans of the hip hop world finally release their secret work to the world: Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. Nicki’s Pink Friday is going to be everywhere, even though she’s already everywhere. The weirdo emcee and baddest bitch is poised to be the next biggest female in the rap game. And Kanye, well, are you not impressed by Power and Runaway? Do you have a pulse? My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy could be just that. And we’re all giddy to see what it really looks like.

Oh, and before November’s over, we get releases from the Black Eyed Peas, Flo Rida, Chrisette Michele, Soulja Boy, and Jazmine Sullivan. Goodness me! December’s going to feel a little warmer with all these beats to work up a sweat to.
–BILL CHENEVERT
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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW


With 2010 winding down to a close, we here at VG have been taking some time to reflect upon a few of our favorite albums–from this year and beyond. What were you listening to in ’98?

1977 Fleetwood Mac Rumours /Sarah
1998 Massive Attack Mezzanine /Duygu
2006 The Knife Deep Cuts /Jean
2007 Black Lips Good Bad Not Evil /Stephanie
2009 Sin Fang Bous Clangour /Liz
2010 Mark Ronson & The Business Intl Record Collection /Bill
2010 Sun Airway Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier /Gene
2010 Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History /Matt
2010 The Walkmen Lisbon /Joey

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THE SOUND THAT NOVEMBER BRINGS


The sweetness of summer has faded into fall and winter is well on its way once again; here are the albums coaxing us out of our warm beds and pulling us through the darker, shorter days upon us. Mini-marshmallows, anyone?

1. Antony and the Johnsons Swanlights ………………………………………………………..… Matt
2. Deerhunter Halcyon Digest …………………………………………………………………….… Gene
3. Joy Division Let the Movie Begin ……………………………………………………………..…. Sarah
4. Junip Fields ………………………………………………………………………………………….… Bill
5. Midnight Juggernauts The Crystal Axis ……………………………………………………….. Jean
6. The Pixies Trompe Le Monde …………………………………………………………………….…. Liz
7. Belle and Sebastian Write About Love ………………………………………………………….. Joey
8. Thievery Corporation The Mirror Conspiracy ……………………………………………..… Duygu
9. Warpaint The Fool ……………………………………………………………………………. Stephanie

 
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