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!! OMG, a Q&A with Owen Pallett !!


This year is shaping up to be a big one for Owen Pallett, a.k.a. The Artist Formerly Known As Final Fantasy. The indie violinist has just released his debut album for Domino Records, Heartland, and as we reported previously, it’s an epic orchestral pop record with a homoerotic narrative about a super hot religious zealot named Lewis. He’s also featured in the January issue of Vogue and he just finished working on the score for John Cameron Mitchell’s new film, Rabbit Hole.

In his words: “There’s a part of me that knows that this is a year when I can send out for sushi or a year when I’m going to have to keep cooking at home.”

Pallett is also a big pop music fan. In addition to composing string arrangements for pop and indie acts such as Arcade Fire, Pet Shop Boys, The Last Shadow Puppets and Mika, he also likes to discuss and argue about the latest trends in Top 40 and R&B. We rang him up in New York after he wrapped work on Rabbit Hole to chat about Heartland, the time he got tanked in a club with the Pet Shop Boys, and his thoughts on Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.Read the full Q&A after the jump!

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!! OMG, Visionary Alert: Perfume Genius !!

I’m completely obsessed with this YouTube character named Perfume Genius. I’m not even going to try to describe the stuff; just watch the above video and then click (through your tears!!) over to his (her?) YouTube channel.

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!! OMG, Tweets Come to Life !!

At the Museum of Modern Tweets, artist Odessa Begay turns celebrity tweets into neon, Patrick Nagel-y reality. The site’s a little bare-bones at the moment, cause Odessa’s only posting one tweet a week, but based on the illustrations that are already posted, it’s poised to be one of my favorite online museums ever!

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!! OMG, He Might Be Naked: Jesse McCartney !!

So I just finished reading Jesse McCartney’s Wikipedia page and I still can’t tell you that I totally understand who he is. He seems to be an attractive child young man who sometimes sings and sometimes makes guest appearances on TV shows? Hmm, okay! Do not even talk to me about Justin Bieber because I have no idea who that person is supposed to be.
Back to Jesse McCartney: apparently there’s a naked picture of him floating around the internet, and his lawyer is preemptively threatening to sue anyone who posts it. TMZ reports:

The photo is floating around … showing what looks like a naked McCartney all by his lonesome, laying on a bed with a candy G-string, fully exposed. According to the New York Post, it’s being shopped around by an angry ex. Someone sent it to TMZ on Dec. 22, but we did not publish it.

McCartney’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, has fired off a cease and desist letter to any web site that would dare publish the photo.

Holley warns, “a person is attempting to circulate a nude photo which purports to be Mr. McCartney.” She goes on, “McCartney was unaware of the taking of this alleged photo, did not knowingly participate in the taking of this photo, and certainly did not consent to the taking of such photo.”

Holley says in the letter, “it appears that this photo has been manipulated and doctored by computer software.”

So he was unaware of the picture that is fake because it was photoshopped? This all sounds mighty fishy to me, so if you’re in possession of the picture, go ahead and send it to me at [email protected] so I can make my expert assessment of the situation.
(Thanks to ever-faithful CBEntr for the tip-off.)

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