Flyp Notes
Dec 01, 2009
By Susan M. Lee

Viewers tuned in to Monday night’s episode of “Gossip Girl” might have noticed one of Carson’s elegant print dresses from her fall 2009 collection on actress Leighton Meester. In the episode, Meester’s character, Blair Waldorf aka the “Queen Bee of the Upper East Side,” shows up to a drama-filled Thanksgiving dinner donning one of Carson’s stylish designs to complement her larger-than-life attitude.

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Nov 13, 2009
By Susan M. Lee

Andy WarholArt may be eternal, but the business of art has its ups and downs like any other industry. Thankfully, the art bubble that didn’t just burst, but rather exploded when the American economy slowed to a standstill over the past year and a half is showing signs of recovery. Two auctions last week brought in millions for masterpieces, prompting auctioneers to remark…

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Oct 22, 2009
By Lindsey Schneider

Preservation Hall Jazz BandKnown for preserving and advancing the New Orleans jazz sound, Preservation Hall Jazz Band has also been exploring how to make original music videos in keeping with their work. On October 20, they released five small-arrangement performances of traditional jazz and blues standards (available exclusively through iTunes), as well as an animated music video for “St. James Infirmary,” their collaboration with the band The New Orleans Bingo! Show. The classic blues song, reworked by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, was mixed by DJ King Britt, a Philadelphia-based producer of Digable Planets fame.

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Oct 14, 2009
By Daniel Bloomfield and Drew Stoga

Yeah Yeah YeahsAustin, Texas—much like its sister city on the Mississippi River, New Orleans, La.—is a town that eats, drinks and breathes live music all year round. However, things kick into overdrive every fall when the Austin City Limits Festival takes over Austin’s beautiful Zilker Park for three days. Despite a rainy Saturday, crowds of 65,000 once again filled the concert grounds by day and downtown’s numerous nightclubs by night. Austin-based photographer Daniel Bloomfield was there. He takes FLYP through a few of his images from the event-filled weekend.

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Sep 09, 2009
By Mark Joseph Wasserman

Robert Baumgartner“I can’t believe I get paid for this!” exclaims cinematographer Robby Baumgartner. He’s talking about shooting his latest film, Fair Game, a political thriller starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts that’s scheduled for release in 2010. The film is based on the memoires of former CIA operative Valerie Plame, who was infamously outed by the Bush administration in 2003.

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Sep 02, 2009
By Drew Stoga

The Low AnthemThe Low Anthem, featured in FLYP’s special music issue, recently played a remarkable set at the 50th annual Newport Folk Festival—sharing billing with artists as folksy as Pete Seeger and Joan Baez and bands as ‘indie’ as The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes. The trio pulled out literally dozens of different instruments for their one hour set, most of which drew from their recent Nonesuch Records debut, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin.

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Sep 01, 2009
By Lindsey Schneider

Ted Hope“He’s one of the people who wants to make movies for all the right reasons,” states Alan Ball, the executive producer of blockbuster HBO dramas “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under.” Hall is referring to producer Ted Hope, whose movies have played a central role in defining independent cinema for the last two decades.

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Aug 26, 2009
By Lindsey Schneider

Son HouseEven guitar gods like Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge have their heroes. When the three get together in the new documentary, It Might Get Loud, each talks about one song that has absolutely transfixed them their entire careers.

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Aug 25, 2009
By Lindsey Schneider

Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack WhiteIf you could bring together any three guitarists (across time and space boundaries), who would you choose? Who would you most like to see play together? Tell us!

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Aug 19, 2009
By David A. Ross

Steve McQueenA new film installation by the British artist and film director Steve McQueen is one of the highlights of the 53rd Venice Biennale, which runs from June 10 through November 21.

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