Yeezus À La Mode: Kanye’s GQ Cover Story

Miranda: Get me Demarchelier.

Andy: I have Miranda Priestly calling for–Okay. I have Patrick!

I don’t know if Jim Nelson, Editor-in-Chief of GQ, is anything like my beloved Miranda Priestly, but this is how I would like to imagine GQ’s August cover story shoot with Kanye West and legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier was arranged.

I was super excited when I received my copy in the mail yesterday–Yes, I still order print magazines. As controversial and bold as Ye might be, there is one thing you can’t deny: this man has style. And I love everything about his style. Okay, so he’s low key my fashion inspiration of late. I have always been a fan of tonal combinations (white-on-white or black-on-black, etc.) and loose-fitting tops over slim-legged pants, but Kanye just slays it to perfection. Even though he’s been sort-of-but-not-really ex-communicated within the fashion world, he’s doing quite a fine job on his own accord.

West’s style, a neutral and tonal marriage of rock n’ roll and streetwear was illuminated to perfection by Demarchelier in the GQ photo spread:

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If you’re wearing layers, you can be in L.A., New York, Paris, in an airport lounge, or on a plane, taking layers on and off however. And the proportions get emotional. You know how a graphic can express a feeling or an emotion? Layers can, too.

–Kanye West

Kanye currently has a collection with French fashion store A.P.C. Most everything I want is sold out. Sad face.

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Bryce Christian Presents: Neon Sands (vol. 1)

It is almost summer! In honor of the summer solstice this weekend, I am sharing my summer playlist with all of you! I have made playlists for years and thought I should finally share and see if anyone else likes them as well. The concept behind the playlist is EDM meets summer day songs. As a whole, it progresses from day to night. Sadly, three of the tracks do not exist on SoundCloud (1, 7 and 10), but below I included links to all of them! Check it out and let me know what you think!–Good? Bad? I should never make a playlist again?

01. Here Comes the Sun / Smith & Thell (YouTube)

02. Wild Wild Love Ft. GRL (Jump Smokers Remix) / Pitbull (SoundCloud)

03. Problem Ft. Iggy Azalea (Revol-uution Remix) / Ariana Grande (SoundCloud)

04. Standing On the Sun (Country Club Martini Crew Remix) / Beyonce (SoundCloud)

05. Birthday (Cash Cash Remix) / Katy Perry (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

06. Team (Elephante Remix) / Lorde (SoundCloud)

07. Wolves Ft. Youngblood Hawke / Digitalism (Tumblr) (YouTube)

08. Wasted Ft. Matthew Koma / Tiesto (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

09. Sleeping With a Friend (HyperBits Radio Edit) / Neon Trees (SoundCloud)

10. Treasure (Cash Cash Remix) / Bruno Mars (iTunes) (YouTube)

11. Love Never Felt So Good (Fedde Le Grand Remix) / Michael Jackson (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

12. Feel Good (Pierce Fulton Remix) / GOLDHOUSE (SoundCloud)

13. Satellites / Cash Cash (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

14. Rather Be Ft. Jess Glynne (Cash Cash x Valley Remix) / Clean Bandit (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

15. All Night (Cash Cash Radio Edit) / Icona Pop (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

16. Summer / Calvin Harris (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

17. Pretty Hurts (Country Club Martini Crew Remix) / Beyonce (SoundCloud)

18. Live Right Now (Lotus Cocktail Mashup) / Rihanna vs Krewella (SoundCloud)

19. Under Control Ft. Hurts / Calvin Harris & Alesso (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

20. Sparks Ft. Matthew Koma (Vicetone Remix) / Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

21. Bright Lights / Syn Cole (SoundCloud)

22. Young Hearts (Marcus Santoro & JAKKO Bootleg) / Strange Talk (SoundCloud)–Free Download

23. Ahead of Us / Tom Swoon, Lush & Simon (SoundCloud)–Free Download

24. All of Me (Tiesto Remix) / John Legend (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

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Top Ten: Summer Songs

Technically, summer isn’t here yet, but when school’s out, it’s 80 degrees and we’re in June, it’s summer. I said so. While laying poolside the past two days and listening to my summer essentials playlist, I got to thinking: “What are my top ten favorite summer songs?” We all know I’m a freakazoid when it comes to lists and I will agonize and spend countless neurotic hours perfecting these lists until I can sleep tight, so I decided to subject myself to such intolerable cruelty to bring to you my top songs of summer:

10. Let’s Run Away / Haley Reinhart

The former “American Idol” contestant hit such a sweet, tropical jackpot with this song from her debut album, Listen Up. If you don’t find yourself smiling at least once during this song, you’re not human. It’s magical.

9. I Like It / Enrique Iglesias Ft. Pitbull

Auto-tune at it’s finest. This song just makes me so happy as soon as the synthy intro drops. And with the assistance of Mr. I-Can-Name-Nearly-Every-Country-In-The-World Pitbull, it’s like a Miami dance party on the beach.

8. Gin & Juice / Snoop Dogg

I don’t even think I need to explain this one. Classics are classics.

7. California Gurls / Katy Perry Ft. Snoop Dogg

Even though this song has only been out for four years, it is already Billboard’s No.1 summer song of all time. It’s fun, it’s flirty, and a diabetic coma ready to happen. And it’s all about sunny California! What more could you want? A whipped-cream dispensing bra? Yeah, it has that too!

6. If It’s Lovin’ That You Want / Rihanna

Awww, how sweet and innocent were Rihanna’s Barbadian princess days? It’s a taste of the tropical and will forever be one of my favorite Riri tracks.

5. Summer of ’69 / Bryan Adams

Just a summer classic. It has this innate nostalgic appeal that makes you so happy without really knowing why. Maybe it’s because it came from a time when a summer jam could be made without referencing sex, naked men/women and alcohol…

4. Summer Love / Justin Timberlake

Just another great track off of the great Future Sex/Love Sounds album. It’s the perfect daytime cruising song with the windows down and swag all the way up. Does anyone actually dislike this song, though?

3. Standing On the Sun / Beyonce

After being used for an H&M ad campaign last summer, the song never made the final setlist for Beyonce, which I still don’t understand. Regardless, the song is cracked out on major summer endorphins and is so relaxing to the ears. You literally feel like you’re standing on the sun–which doesn’t actually sound relaxing, but whatever.

2. Rock the Boat / Aaliyah

Arguably the smoothest artist of all time, Aaliyah dropped major summer dopeness with this island jam. It’s so bittersweet listening to it though, considering the tragedy that unfolded after filming the video, but it’s still one of those songs that puts me in sunny, breezy bliss.

1. Honey / Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is the queen of summer music: Heartbreaker, Touch My Body, #Beautiful, etc. This woman knows how to make a smooth jam for those chill summer vibes. And how amazing does she look in this video? It’s kind of the first time we saw Mariah bust a move too. This was also the song where she turned black and never looked back.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Hilarious Jimmy Fallon Visit

JLaw is at it again. It seems wherever the actress goes, chaos, laughter and overwhelming feelings of sadness (that we will never be her) follow. Thursday night, JLaw brought the shenanigans bus to the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The interview segment was largely an anecdote of an event the two attended, which ended with Fallon landing on Lawrence’s dark side:

“You made me look like a freak in front of JLo. Do you know what that feels like?!” She yelled at him on the show.

But this is why we love her: she’s still just as socially awkward as most of us, even though she’s super famous and has an OSCAR, as well as every other award made by man. Let’s just recap: JLaw, after downing 10 jello shooters, twirls around to ask JLo to dance with her–and JLo passed. What do you do when JLo shuts down your dance request?! Cry. I would cry. Then again, I cry at everything. Don’t even get me started on the new Eminem music video. Watch Lawrence recount the night’s epic fail:

But that’s not all. JLaw and Fallon also played a game called “Box of Lies,” which is just as entertaining. The two of them have this comedic chemistry that borders on an illegal synthetic stimulant. See who’s a better liar:

Also, JLaw, if you’re reading this: Hi, we should be friends, order Chinese take out from a sketch place with a name like Imperial Duck Three, do jello shooters, bake a cake and prank call people at 3am–or ding-dong ditch–whichever our prefer.

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2014 BBMAs Top Male Artist Finalists Lead By Example

Click: 2014 BBMAs Top Male Artist Finalists Lead By Example

My article I wrote today for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Share! Share! Share! Love ya.

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WATCH: Usher’s Getting Lippy In “Good Kisser” Video

Time to put your lips to the test. Ursher, baby is turning up the swag in his new music video. The track is the lead single from his upcoming eighth studio album, which is still untitled–or is it? The video opens with a dark room lit only by a neon “XY.” Could that be the name for the new set? Since biology 101 has been a hot minute for most: “XY” are the chromosomes that make up a male human. It’s a pretty dope album title if you ask me. But back to the song, check it out below:

After the “Voice” coach went EDM on his 2012 album, Looking 4 Myself, it appears he is returning to his smooth R&B vibes that we all fell in love with way-back-when. “Good Kisser” features lots of funk, lots of the cool moves and lots of that sweet falsetto that could charm a rattlesnake right out of its pot–not euphemistic at all. Parts of the flick are also reminiscent of D’Angelo’s “How Does It Feel” video–you know, the one where he’s just naked under a shower head the whole time?

What do you guys think? Are we happy he’s getting sensual again?

The answer is: Yes.

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Music Trend: The Summer That Disco Returned

summer_tumblrAs spring is in full bloom and the good vibrations of summer begin to kick in, it’s time to break out those sunny summer playlists. Mariah Carey’s “Honey,” Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat,” Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” are some of my staples for chillin’ poolside with my shades on and a cherry limeade by my side. But this year, we all have some updating to do because it is all about disco. Yes, you heard me right. It’s time to “Saturday Night Fever” our brains out for the next few months as 70’s funk comes surging back in 2014 via a wave of new music that is unleashing the disco ball on pop music. Sure, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk and Justin Timberlake have been paving the way for a year now with their R&B-funk vibes, but it is only escalating–perhaps to an even truer, more authentic disco sound–Barry Gibbs and Diana Ross would be oh, so proud. Now get out there and shake your groove thing to these new jams, but leave the bell bottom jeans at home, please, for our sake.

Katy Perry / “Birthday”

The colorful Cali gurl has just unleashed a possible summer smash with this flirty, sexy and insanely saccharine single. (And my birthday is in two weeks, so it’s like a personal message directly from her to me.)

Blake Lewis / “Disco In Space”

The former “American Idol” runner-up has been keeping busy with the upcoming release of his third album, Portraits of a Chameleon. “Disco” is just one of the many shades Blake is showing off of the set here and it’s groovy, man.

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake / “Love Never Felt So Good”

The King of Pop has posthumously returned to his earlier days with this smooth, disco track, reminiscent of “Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough.” And with the help of modern throwback-er JT, this makes for one fine collabo.

The Saturdays / “Disco Love”

The U.K. girl group have put on their rollerblades and they are skating to Donna Summer all-year long.

Jesse McCartney / “Back Together”

Yes, he is still around! And good for us because this song is pure magic. The song was released on a four-track EP late last year, but will be included on a new album this spring, according to Billboard.

Karmin / “I Want It All”

They just need one more night. And if that night is anything like the lavish 70’s-themed party at the end of the video, I’m so down.

Pharrell Ft. Justin Timberlake / “Brand New”

If “Happy” already has you dripping with infectious swag, this collabo with JT (He is everywhere) will not let you down.

Bruno Mars / “Treasure”

Yes, I know this was out last summer, but it’s just that good. If this doesn’t scream “SUMMER” to you, you must be from northern Siberia, or just flat-out weird.

Foster the People / “Best Friend”

Indie rock does disco. Trumpets and requisite use of falsetto.

 

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Josh Kaufman’s “Voice” performance is EVERYTHING

Last night marked the beginning of the live shows for season 6 of NBC’s hit-show “The Voice.” The night featured some amazing performances from a diverse lot of contestants. One particular contestant came out guns blazing yesterday evening, and that would be Josh Kaufman from team Usher. His cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” was perfection, and the type of performance that gives a singer a sea of popular momentum. (Think Andrew Garcia’s cover of “Straight Up” from “Idol.”)

Kaufman flaunted his radio-ready voice with all the flavor you could want: high and low, rich and silky. The thumping percussion against his dancing falsetto was pure magic. Most of what makes performers great on these singing shows is not just great voices, but great artistry and mass-market appeal. This guy is ready. Usher knows it too; the cameras couldn’t resist capturing the cheesy grin plastered on his face.

Are you currently trying to download the performance on iTunes? Me too.

And to think that Adam Levine eliminated Kaufman in the second battle round is just mind-blowing. Christmas came early for Usher this year, who snuck in and snatched up a strong frontrunner.

“Stay With Me” is resonating with the rest of America too. The song has already skyrocketed up to number four on iTunes, which will have a multiplying effect of five on his voting results.

Adam, what on EARTH were you thinking?

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One Direction releases shape-shifting “You and I” video

Calling all Directioners! Grab your party hats, tissues, stress balls–whatever it is you need to weather new One Direction material–because the new video is taking you up close and personal with the heartthrobs. If you liked the transformations in the “Best Day Ever” video, you’ll love this one too.

Is anyone else exhausted from walking the never-ending boardwalk to nowhere? Sheesh. And when did Liam age 20 years? Are they doing a “Lincoln” sequel I don’t know about?

After being thoroughly confused and slightly horrified by Niall transfiguring into Liam (Professor McGonagall would be so proud), it all started to make sense. One lyric reads:

“Not even the gods above / could separate the two of us.”

And all of the guys are in one body because they can’t be separated! Whether that means they’re in a five-way relationship or not, I don’t know, but I cracked the Direction code–a lot faster than the Da Vinci code, that’s for sure.

The awkwardly candid section of the video gave way to the presence of all five members (bad break-up?) leap-frogging and jumping into suspended versions of themselves. All-in-all, I’m still a little lost and a little weary from the journey. It’s still one of my personal faves from “Midnight Memories” though, so… yay!

What do you guys think? Love it? Hate it? Whatever, it’s One Direction?

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#Addicted: Trader Joe’s Animal Crackers

One month anniversary.

When you watch as much television as I do, you need a snack. And when you’re a compulsive snack binger, you need a relatively healthy snack to counter the disgusting amount you’re about to consume. After painstakingly criss-crossing the ends of the Earth (the one block that separates Ralphs and Trader Joe’s), I found my match: Trader Joe’s Organic Animal Crackers.

Our relationship began like most others: the first date.

I walked into the alternatively-hip Trader Joe’s on a mission to find a snacking miracle. After getting sucked into the wine vortex in the back (Why does that always happen?), I made it to the aisle of snack food paradise. It’s really unnerving how much unique junk food that store sells. And a lot of it is junk–either calorically-intoxicating, dripping in saturated fat or a sugary trip in a coma. This is L.A. and we do not stand for such health injustices!

At the very end of the row, I came to the animal crackers. I won’t say it was love at first sight–but there was undeniable chemistry. It was love when I read the nutrition label. I saw right into its soul and realized we were meant for each other:

Serving size: 17 crackers (That’s a lot!) / Calories: 120 / Cals from fat: 15 / Total fat: 2g (YES) / Sugars: 6g (Am I being punk’d?!)

There’s even 2g of protein and trace amounts of iron, so it’s like healthy too.

We began seeing each other regularly: Sunday nights for “Looking,” Tuesday nights for “New Girl” and Thursdays for “Millionaire Matchmaker.” Call it the honeymoon stage, if you will. Things were great. I was really happy and I feel like I was putting good energy out into the Universe, which is really important.

But then out of nowhere they became so controlling and so demanding. I was finishing entire containers outside of my television schedule. They went crazy! It’s hard to find a way out when you’re in the depths of a manipulative and sometimes mentally-abusive relationship–or so I’m told. They were there for me when I was sad or happy. But then they would betray me when I was trying to refrain from frivolous snacking. I try so hard to resist but I keep coming back for more. Gimme, gimme more!–And if I keep eating them at this rate, I’m going to look like Britney in her “Gimme More” VMA performance.

It’s even worse now that others are noticing the trap I’m in. Two days ago, when I went to Trader Joe’s to buy my third container in five days, the cashier looked at me and said, “These again?”

“How does he know?! Is it that obvious that I’m spiraling downward and I’m so far removed from reality to recognize it?”

I managed a smile and a meager, “Yup,” as I slowly sucked air into my mouth in awkward tension. I grabbed my lover and ran out of there as fast as I could.

Right now, we’re in a really happy place again. My roommate was super great and assumed the role of a therapist and helped us sort out what each of us really wanted. We actually see eye-to-eye on a lot of things so the future seems really bright. I love them.