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!! OMG, R.I.P. designer Eiko Ishioka !!


The innovative Japanese art director Eiko Ishioka has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to The New York Times. She was 73. Even if you weren’t familiar with her otherworldly body of work, you no doubt came across it. She created memorable costumes for feature films such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Cell, Broadway productions M. Butterfly and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and collaborated with musicians Björk and Grace Jones.
She also made forays into the world of advertising, most famously for Japanese retailer Parco for whom she created an ad in which actress Faye Dunaway silently peels and eats a hard-boiled egg. Watch that above and check out “Cocoon,” her 2002 music video for Björk, below.

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!! OMG, too hot (or gay?) for YouTube: Perfume Genius !!

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Matador Records is claiming homophobic bias after YouTube rejected a 15-second pre-roll spot for the new Perfume Genius album showing scantily-clad singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas gazing longingly into the eyes of gay porn star Arpad Miklos. The footage is from PG’s new video “Hood,” which we posted last week.
When the label submitted the ad for review, YouTube/Google rejected it for violating its Adult Image/Video Content policy.
“Any ads that contain non family safe material are disapproved,” a rep wrote to the label in explaining the decision. “I noted to the team that the people in the video are not entirely unclothed, but the overall feeling of the video is one of a more adult nature, including promoting mature sexual themes and what appears to be nude content. As such, the video is non family safe. In order to have this video ad approved, you will need to bring it into compliance with our policy.”
A label rep says he asked for clarification about the problematic bits and what edits it would require, but never received a response. He also pointed out that the song used in the ad, “All Waters,” is about “internalized homophobia – how Mike (Perfume Genius) notices straight couples being affectionate on the street, and how it must feel for them to not have to think about it; he wonders if he would do that with his boyfriend if he wasn’t so self-conscious about gay PDA.”
Or gay pre-roll advertising.
Watch the offending clip after the jump.

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!! OMG, it’s been too long: listen to the new Saint Etienne single !!

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Exciting news from the world of pop music: British group Saint Etienne announced today that they are preparing to release their first album of new material in seven years. Its lead single, “Tonight,” is out March 5 and is a classic dance-pop number produced by Kylie/Pet Shop Boys collaborator Tim Powell.
Chatting to Pitchfork, Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanely says the song is “about the anticipation of going to see your favorite artist. For some reason, I imagine this show is at the Forum in Kentish Town. The whole album is about the power of pop, how it affects and shapes your life. People talk about the problem of landfill indie, but there’s so much landfill pop around at the moment – we’re trying to do something about it.”
I’ll drink to that. Listen to “Tonight” below and download it free via the band’s website (email sign-up required).

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!! OMG, listen to the new Trust single: “Sulk” !!

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Our new favorite band Trust have just released “Sulk,” the mega-dance-party-anthem lead single from their forthcoming debut LP, TRST. Someone please organize a gay goth prom so we can dance to it.

TRST is out Feb. 28 via Arts & Crafts. Trust will also play a few gigs in the coming months. Dates below:
Feb. 10 – London, ON @ APK Live
March 3 – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
March 8 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
March 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands

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