• John Newman Tribute

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    Occasionally there's an album that you discover and it hits all the right notes. It’s the right amount of soul. The right amount of angry. The right amount of conviction. The right amount of guts. The right amount of "damn you."

    John Newman's Tribute is that for me. From the get go, it knocks you on your ass and keeps you dancing off that break-up until the last note on “Day One” in which he screams “I have been broken since day one, you’re vicious like them all!” Not exactly get-pumped-for-that-first-date material. Better sung over a fresh wound. The kid makes no apologies—this is about singing his peace.

    Newman, a baby faced English crooner, redeems his throbbing heartbreak with conviction and a palate decidedly more seasoned than his 23 years. "Love Me Again" and "Cheating” are lip-biting-fist-pounding standouts. Although the latest in a long line of 60s revivers, Newman gives guys the break-up album we never got with Adele or Winehouse...and that’s something we can all ugly cry to.

    Jan 10, 2014 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

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    Fred, I care about what you’re doing here.

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  • The New York Times, 36 Hours, USA & Canada: Northeast.

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    I have a friend with a Type A personality who says, “I adore spontaneity…providing it is carefully planned.” Oxymoron? Perhaps. But I get it. Weekend getaways need practical itineraries.

    I recently picked up The New York Times, 36 Hours, USA & Canada: Northeast for the nightstand in my guest bedroom. The unconventional guidebook takes readers on a carefully researched, uniquely designed two-night excursion to an embraceable place in the Northeast. It’s perfect for the uninitiated, the revolving door of guests I host…and my friend. What exactly can you do when you have three days in the Northeast? Everything from checking out the Brooklyn music scene at Union Pool to picking up used vinyl at Princeton’s Record Exchange to strolling Newport’s Cliff Walk (I can personally vouch for all three). Although absent from the book, drop by Noch’s (Pinocchio’s) for a slice if you’re in Cambridge. The Winklevoss twins introduced me to the hole-in-the-wall institution that’s been feeding Harvard students for over 30 years. It’s still one of the best sicilian slices I’ve ever had.

    Consider this a spontaneity manual. From Brooklyn to Bar Harbor, 36 Hours lays out 31 different well-plotted itineraries exploring the possibilities of the Northeastern weekend getaway. Pick a town you’ve always wanted to visit, randomly flip to one, or throw a dart at ‘em—but book a ticket and just leave.

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    Emma left a comment on 1/10/2014 at 1:53 AM:

    First time commenter, biggest fan. I follow everything you do and frankly think you’re brilliant.

    Jude left a comment on 1/8/2014 at 12:23 PM:

    I love these books!

    Mac left a comment on 1/7/2014 at 6:54 PM:

    That’s like fabulous!

    Jess left a comment on 1/7/2014 at 6:38 PM:

    Great addition!

    James left a comment on 1/7/2014 at 6:27 PM:

    I love Union Pool.

    Lindgren left a comment on 1/7/2014 at 1:43 PM:

    Fred…...your taste level gives me chills. I love this idea.


  • December 2013 Playlist

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  • Born Ready

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    The first magazine I ever read on a regular basis was the A&F Quarterly. It was the lifestyle periodical published by Abercrombie & Fitch back in the late 90s. The avant-garde magalog tip-toed the fine line between editorial and catalog content so effortlessly that to my 15 year-old eye, it was cool...unbelievably cool.

    Printed on cougar vellum paper (unique for a catalog), the Quarterly felt ambitious. It introduced me to more than just clothes, food, travel, sex, and all the controversy that came along with that. More importantly, it introduced me to the work of photographer Bruce Weber. That introduction in 1997 would serve as a major influence on my photographic development a decade later.

    Still, to this day, I love Bruce Weber's photographs. He captures groups like no one else. Loose and yet connected, often with a sense of occasion, shot in that moment between the moment. His new coffee table book, Born Ready, is a collectible volume of essays and images that reveals a very personal and original vision of America today. Weber gets up close and personal with a unique assortment of talented and courageous individuals...and does what he does so beautifully, share a sliver of their story.

    Pick up a copy on eBay for your own table well below the Amazon price of $83.80. I also pulled together an eBay collection* of my essential coffee table books for those looking to simply discover new titles or start a collection of their own. Follow me on eBay to check out the rest of my shoppable collections ranging from music to clothes to a few of my favorite things.

    *My eBay Collection was created as part of my collaboration with eBay and Style Coalition #FOLLOWFINDIT

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  • The Wes Anderson Collection

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    Abrams Books just released Matt Zoller Seitz’s The Wes Anderson Collection, the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography. The coffee table book showcases the creative process of one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. It is chock full of never-before-seen photos, behind the scenes notes, original illustrations, and ephemera, all centered around a book-length conversation between the director and Seitz (the foremost critic on Anderson’s work).

    Seitz is not one to shy away from pulling back the curtain on Anderson’s sources. In fact, Seitz goes in depth in analyzing what exactly influenced what in the director’s evolving signature style. Below you can see exactly how The Royal Tennenbaums was informed by Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.

    It is Francis Ford Coppola who says, “We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can’t steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice. And that’s how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you.”

    Watch the trailer below as Seitz guides you through his approach and structure of what is sure to be one of the most visually intimate books of its kind.

    Sep 25, 2013 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Leith left a comment on 10/31/2013 at 3:40 PM:

    How did people survive pre-Wes Anderson?  Honestly.  This book is definitely going to be a part of my collection.  Thank you.  - Leith


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