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AFLW Sign and Trade: Master Post
2020.08.03 07:07 tiny_doughnutAFLW Sign and Trade: Master Post
Hi everyone! Going to keep an eye on incoming signings and list changes as we go along, don’t hesitate to post any articles that you see and give me a poke if I haven’t updated! Hope you’re all staying safe and well, and we’ll be back at Ikon Park for season 2021 soon 🍩❤️ Points worth remembering for this trade period:
The trade period runs until Wednesday 12th of August, however players can continue to be re-signed and restricted free agents (new in 2020) can move clubs until Monday, 17th of August.
Players qualify for restricted free agent status if their club offer a lower-tier contract than they were previously on. If a rival club has a better offer, their existing club can either match or allow the player to freely move.
Delisted free agents may still find a new home until 2pm, Friday 21 August, after which the AFLW draft order will be confirmed.
Clubs can sign up to 27 players (including up to three rookies) before the draft, a date for which has not yet been set.
The Victorian draft nomination rule (players could choose Geelong, Melbourne metro or Victoria) will no longer be in effect this year. The rule - which gave players a degree of choice if they were unwilling or unable to travel for the part-time competition - was only in place for Geelong's first two seasons.
For the vast majority of these signings, I’m taking a best guess on the length unless specifically stated by the clubs in their announcements. If I’ve had any slip-ups, pls let me know so I can update!
2020.03.02 18:45 Ghost-Quartet28+ Albums From 2019 You May Have Missed
Promoting music is (I guess) one of my passions so throughout February I challenged myself to do a short writeup on an album that came out in 2019 that went under the radar but I think other people would love, and to put a cap on the series I’ve compiled those writeups here. The albums are many different genres and some of them aren't in English but these are all pop-friendly albums that I feel really good about recommending, so if something sounds interesting don’t be afraid to venture outside of your comfort zone! For the sake of bias I’ve arranged them in alphabetical order.
For Fans Of: Chaka Khan, Lizzo, the girl group challenge on All Stars 4
Description: This album is such a tribute to old-school funk that midway through this album there’s literally a voicemail from Jody Watley and Teddy Riley literally thanking The Apx for making it. The Apx are a husband and wife duo who clearly love the genre and they’ve done their best to revive the sound of the heyday of the disco-funk era with this album. Despite this the album isn’t stale and they manage pay their dues to the legends while still having a slight modern flair that keeps the sound feeling relevant. Songs like “Mirror” lean a bit more into the electronic production side of things and are a more trance-like take on the genre, lending more of a modern appeal to the sound that takes it out of being just a niche product. I personally am not a huge fan of funk but I respect what they’re doing, and I think anyone can appreciate the colorful production and huge vocal melodies on this album. If you want bright, silly, retro fun, this is it. Positives: Great reexamination of a classic genre, brimming with energy Potential Barriers: It’s pure funk so if you don’t like that you likely won’t like this.
Sample Track:“Jupiter” is a funky song with an even funkier music video.
For Fans Of: Kacey Musgraves, Surfjan Stevens, late night vibes
Description: Over sparse accompaniment Faye Webster offers her takes on topics like love, sadness, music and more, and it’s very poignant with just a touch of humor. Her voice is soft but clear, and her cool (somewhat detached) crooning feels effortless, almost as if she’s speaking to us rather than singing. I label this album as alt-country because that’s what it is, but it toys around a bit with genre. Though dominated by wailing steel guitar there are keyboard melodies and some horns that give an almost r&b edge to the songs, with a few (“Flowers” in particular) going there entirely. The result is a dreamy atmosphere for the album, as if the music is pouring out of a radio late at night as you talk with a close friend. It’s a masterwork of honesty and intimacy. Positives: Great lyrics, very soothing, fresh Potential Barriers: It’s a very thoughtful album without “bop” style songs
Description: Bree Runway’s music is characterized by off-the-wall energy and a take-no-prisoners attitude, and she channels her talents into an EP full of eclectic (but explosive) pop songs about sexuality and female liberation. She oscillates between straight up pop songs and straight up rap songs with a lot of interesting pit stops along the way. At her poppiest she offers up songs like the slinky guitar driven “All Night” and at her most legit rap she delivers tracks like the trap laced “Relevant,” however the tracks that lie in between the two styles (“2ON,” “X2C,” Big Racks”) are the real gold of the EP. As she spits quotable line after quotable line her vocals are distorted by autotune and hammered by bubblegum bass, effortlessly fusing together rap and hyper pop. She sounds like a star on every single track, and that’s all that matters. Positives: Slammin’ songs, fierce attitude, crazy vocals and production Potential Barriers: Fractional as an actual EP, potentially annoying
Sample Track:“2ON” is an aggressive, over the top pop rap track.
For Fans Of: FKA Twigs, Blood Orange, arthouse films where women go insane
Description: Kelsey Lu has a cello, and she’s not afraid to use it. Over the course of this album her and her cello are silly, scary, even a bit sexy, but always grounded in a sense of thoughtfulness and delicate composition. While there are a few relatively straightforward pop songs on here, the album is at its best when it’s being weird. She has the ability to be classy and insane at the same time, seamlessly flipping between gliding through songs with intelligence and tearing through them like a madwoman. The subject matter is equally strange, at times cuttingly insightful and at other times pure nonsense. Beneath all of this is a solid foundation of r&b and dream pop that keeps the album eminently listenable. It’s a strange and experimental album from a strange and experimental artist, but don’t let that scare you off from a great album. Positives: Unique, hauntingly beautiful Potential Barriers: Weird, might feel inaccessible at first
For Fans Of: Hayley Kiyoko, Hey Violet, unpacking emotional baggage
Description: A non-exhaustive list of styles touched upon in this album includes pop, rock, electronic, rap, trap, r&b, spoken word, and probably some more stuff I’m forgetting. But it all feels cohesive thanks to the strong aesthetic of the album, which gives everything a somewhat heavy air to match the gravity of what she’s singing about. The songs deal with heavy topics like mental illness and toxic relationships, describing how they feel and, more importantly, how she overcame them. Along the way she provides some snappy one liners and insistent hooks that keep the songs fun and listenable. While there are definitely some missteps on this album, the quality of the tracks that work and the wide variety of styles makes up for them. Positives: Deals with important topics, several really strong songs, wide variety of tracks Potential Barriers: Amateurish vocals, clunky songwriting, "Pretty Girls Don't Cry" sucks
Sample Track:“Intervention” showcases the moody pop-rock aesthetic of the album, musically and lyrically.
For Fans Of: Charli XCX, Alanis Morissette, talking about how Melodrama was the best album of the decade
Description: Sir Babygirl’s self-written/produced album is one of the most exciting debuts from the underground pop scene in recent years, with her spunky take on pop music combining moody vibes with tons of energy and a hefty arsenal of hooks. Her strong, musical theatre trained voice brings so much life to the songs, and when combined with the off-the-wall production of wailing background vocals and guitars we end up with some songs that are extra in the best way. Although the album is fairly brisk there are some interludes/reprises threaded throughout the album that offer a change of pace and give the album a loose Melodrama-esque narrative arc. Her quirky lyrics really capture what it’s like to be super gay and a little bit over everything. A must-listen. Positives: Great vocals, catchy, strong artistic vision Potential Barriers: Weird, you might roll your eyes at times
Sample Track: This performance of “Pink Lite” showcases the song and her talent.
For Fans Of: Noname, Lizzo, old PBS shows like Reading Rainbow
Description: Tank and the Bangas are known for their incredible energy in live shows and their jazz/soul stylings, and this latest album throws trap into the mix as well. However the foundation of their music lies in lead singer Tank’s electric voice and background in spoken word poetry, which allows the group to bounce effortlessly between soulful ballads, hard trap bangers, and slam poetry sessions. Their heartfelt songs are full of quirky lyrics and wisdom about topics like love, drugs, and self-care, and always backed by the lovely orchestrations of The Bangas. There’s a weird balance between “urban” and “childish” aesthetics, almost as if the album is children’s music for grownups that’s uplifting rather than patronizing. Positives: Silly lyrics that deliver great messages, fun vibes Potential Barriers: Songs are weird and vary in style, album is kind of long, “Forgetfulness” accidentally deadnames Caitlyn Jenner.
Sample Track:“Smoke.Netflix.Chill” is probably the track on the album that best combines all their influences (soul, rap, jazz, poetry) and it’s super fun.
Description: This mini-album is gay, not just because the singer is gay and many of the songs focus on that, but because it sounds like the dance-floor ready pop that I always hear “the gays” begging for on twitter. Though short the EP is well-rounded, with each of the tracks offering a slightly different style: “Nar_C” has utilizes deep-house, “I’m Not Afraid” is more traditional synth-pop, “I’m so Afraid” is hard hitting electronic music, “Neverland” is a trap-laced ballad, and “Up” is tropical house. Each of them delivers on their chosen sound well while sounding cohesive to the project as a whole. The production on these songs is fantastic, giving the songs replay value and allowing Holland to work around his weaker vocals. The mini-album focuses on the pleasures and anxieties of being a modern gay youth, with these dance elements cleverly being used to communicate feelings even when you can’t understand the lyrics. Positives: Fantastic dance production, gay Potential Barriers: Lyrics are in Korean
Sample Tracks:“I’m So Afraid” is a great song that showcases both his ballad skills and the album’s electronic elements
For Fans Of: Keke Palmer, Party music, People who didn't turn off "Despacito" when it came on
Description: Since appearing on Love and Hip-Hop: Miami Amara has dipped her foot into hosting, acting, dancing, and she’s just oozed star power through all of it. Her debut album was a respectable attempt to get that presence to translate to music, and while it’s not perfect, it’s a very fresh, modern sounding album from a rising star. There’s plenty of trendy party music on here, but a few unusual breakup songs give the album a more unique identity and lets her show some different sides. The songwriting is a little bit unpolished but that serves to humanize her a little bit, and it gives a bit of edge that just a normal reggaeton wouldn’t. The more I listen to this the more I'm into it. Positives: Short, very easy to listen to/get a hold of, fun Potential Barriers: Clunky lyrics, some obvious filler
For Fans Of: Nina Simone, Indie rock, "best of" lists by respectable (but still edgy) publications
Description: Look, Pitchfork gave this an 8.6 Best New Music review and Bandcamp said it was the 18th best album of last year, so I have it on good authority that this is a quality album. I labelled this album as “rock” because that’s what Wikipedia says but really it has a very loose relationship to genre. While guitars and drums permeate the album the music flows freely, beholden to one thing only: Brittany Howard’s iconic androgynous contralto. She’s got the kind of voice that could make the phone book sound like a sermon, but fortunately she’s an amazing songwriter as well. It’s a thoughtful self-portrait of a modern black queer woman, never shying away from a topic but also never losing a strong sense of poeticism. It’s not pop bops and bangers, but it’s tender and thoughtful in a way that should definitely be respected. Positives: Gorgeous voice, soul healing, topical but uplifting Potential Barriers: Subtle, might take a few listens to fully appreciate
Sample Track:“Georgia” is a sweet song about a young girl with a crush on an older girl.
For Fans Of: Nina Simone, Kendrick Lamar, critical acclaim
Description: This album is such a towering artistic achievement that I’m not sure how to even talk about it without underselling it. Read the spirited description of the album on her Bandcamp page for a far more eloquent take because all I can say is “this album had me shook.” Each track is dedicated to a revolutionary person of color, with Jamila taking inspiration from them and translating their philosophies into some truly forward thinking r&b. She imbibes these songs with gravity that would almost be crushing if it weren’t so inspiring, and power permeates through every note and every word of this album. Her earthy vocals sing the truth, and the collaborators she invites in do great work too. This is an album that makes you think, and keeps you thinking long after it’s ended. Positives: Literally one of the best written albums of the decade Potential Barriers: It’s kinda heavy
Sample Track:“BALDWIN” is one of the album’s poppiest moments and has some great trumpets.
For Fans Of: TWICE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, feeling cute and girlish~
Description: This album just beats you over the head with sugar, yet somehow it’s fabulous rather than exhausting? It stays consistently upbeat and bubblegum but there’s a lot of diversity in the tempos, levels, and styles of the songs that keeps the album from feeling one note. They don’t feel the need to shoehorn a ballad on there or anything (popheads rejoice!) but there are some guitar driven tracks and a slow jam or two that mix it up a bit while still feeling cohesive. They draw on the best aspects of both Jpop and Kpop here, so it’s slightly retro in some of its sensibilities but there’s definitely a modern edge. It’s not the album of the year or anything but if you’re in the market for an album that’s just a bunch of cute, happy pop songs then this could be it. Positives: Unapologetically bright, high energy, feel good from start to finish Potential Barriers: It’s in Japanese, potential sugar overload
Sample Track:“Hwi Hwi” is an impossibly bright, airy pop song.
For Fans Of: Bjork, Allie X, cryptids and liminal spaces
Description: Some fun descriptors I’ve seen used for Spellling’s music include “alien abduction music,” “nocturnal psychedelic witch pop,” and “like Solange looking in a haunted mirror.” It’s difficult to pin her music down in terms of genre, it can be anything ranging from fairly straightforward pop songs to garbled audio experiments, but it’s less about that and more about the moods she creates. The songs on this album are almost more experiences than songs, stringing together synths and vocals into intriguing auditory odysseys that don’t really sound like anything you’ve heard before. It’s as if she’s unchained herself from conventional song structure and is creating pure music that’s spilling forth from some place otherworldly and mysterious. The production and songwriting are too insistent for it to be ambient music though, and she does offer up some memorable melodies and moments that stand on their own without the aesthetic. Positives: Unique, freaky aesthetic, pretty arrangements Potential Barriers: Might be too weird and spacey for some
Sample Track:“Under The Sun” is long but hypnotic, it takes like three minutes for the vocals to come in but they’re great.
For Fans Of: Rina Sawayama, Hannah Diamond, /popheads favorites
Description: I feel like I’ve talked about this album a LOT and I’ll continue to do so until all of the songs on it crack at least 50k streams. Everything this group puts out is gold, but this is definitely my favorite. A visual mini-album, the pop duo challenged themselves to quickly create “mini” pop songs/videos and put them out without second guessing themselves, and the results are fabulous! The album is tied together by a dreamy, synth drenched sonic palate, but within that formula they find room for a diversity of sounds. They evoke the slightly kitschy sights and sounds of the ’90s/’00s to great effect, serving up retro videos and DDR-esque beats. It’s quick, but it’ll have you coming back for more. Positives: Short, every song is great Potential Barriers: ?
Sample Track:“Mine” is the longest and strongest song.
For Fans Of: Charli XCX, Slayyyter, Hyperpop/PC Music
Description: Rakky Ripper is from Spain and this album got little promotion (like, there aren’t even any music videos) so I understand why nobody has heard of this album but that needs to change because it’s exactly what this sub is into. Her and producer eurosanto joined forces to offer their own take on PC Music and it’s every bit as sugary and insane as the London collective is; they take a bit more of a rap approach to the sound but they understand what makes hyperpop so addictive and provide plenty of glossy beats and bubblegum bass. ALSO Rosalía and Charli XCX follow her on Instagram and Charli invited her onstage once so she’s basically popheads approved. If Charli stans, you should too. Positives: It’s a madcap pop album, great production, a fresh take on the hyper pop movement. Potential Barriers: It’s in Spanish, it could be obnoxious if you aren’t into this kind of thing.
For Fans Of: (G)I-DLE, Iggy Azalea, being a tough girl but still having a heart
Description: Chanmina is a fantastic pop-rapper who really nails the balance between the two styles: while her bars are impressive, there’s always a really good pop chorus to latch onto as well. The choices of beats on this album are smart because they sound fresh and fun while still maintaining a bit of an edge, whether the song is moody, fierce, or fun. The album is mostly in Japanese but there are English hooks and she’s such a talented performer I’ll often find myself relating to the songs that I can’t even understand. She’s got aspirations to push into the Western market and I think she has the talent to do it, if you want to get in on a hot new artist early she’s not a bad choice. Positives: Full of bops, strong melodies, good production Potential Barriers: It’s mostly in Japanese, some disconnect between autotuned rap tracks and more traditionally sung tracks
For Fans Of: Solange, Kali Uchis, laying in bed and thinking
Description:Next To The Sun just weaves a spell. Droning guitars and measured percussion leave the album awash with dreamy vibes, a dream we’re guided through by Kaina’s rich voice. It’s soft and subtle, but also very warm. Her work is defined by a sense of optimism; even as she sings about darkness she’s also describing how to be strong and how to cope. It combines music from Kaina’s Latin-American background with the indie-pop, r&b, and soul of her Chicago upbringing, which helps to free the album from the constraints of genre and paint a picture of her experiences. It’s a hauntingly beautiful album, and a really promising debut LP. Positives: Soothing and easy to listen to, uplifting, fresh sound/perspective Potential Barriers: Slow, subtle
Sample Track:“Could Be A Curse” is downright hypnotic and really captures the thoughtful feel of the album.
For Fans Of: Tyler, The Creator, Mac DeMarco, the background music from Steven Universe
Description: This is stoner music, but like, in the best way. Genres melt together here into an intoxicating haze of r&b, jazz, trap, bossa nova, rap, synthpop, shoe gaze, and whatever else Cuco feels like pulling out at the time. This is perfect for the dreamy, psychedelic themes of the album, allowing Cuco room to croon about love and other (literal) drugs. His lyrics aren’t the greatest but they’re charmingly earnest and his melodies are so strong it often doesn’t matter what he’s saying at all because the vibes are so mesmerizing. Instrumental interludes keep the wavy atmosphere going between songs and make this a great, cohesive listening experience. I feel like this is what the cool kids are listening to. Positives: Great to vibe out to, some really catchy songs Potential Barriers: Lyrics can be clunky and a bit obnoxious
For Fans Of: LOONA, Betty Who, cartoon soundtracks
Description: A tight album of colorful dance pop with strong melodies, they do a good job of reworking existing genres to sound fresh. There are hints of r&b, new jack swing, tropical house, EDM, and more on this album, but they’re filtered through this ethereal, futuristic lens that makes them sound wholly unique and lend the group an almost retrofusturistic sound. Space and dreams are major motifs in their music and you can hear that in the diverse production, which offers up hard hitting drops and layered harmonies in equal measure. Positives: Great production, creative, high energy Potential Barriers: It’s in Korean
Description: Jane Zhang had the potential to be the first Chinese pop girl to break the US back in 2017 after “Dust My Shoulders Off” was used in Hulu ads and she performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. All of the buzz died down by the time the album finally dropped last year, but those of us who stuck around were well rewarded with a fantastic dance-pop album. This album reminds me of the heyday of floor-filler club music, there’s huge early ‘10s energy on here. I’ll put it this way: Timbaland produced some tracks and there’s a Ne-Yo feature. This album is loud, bringing electropop production and huge vocals that make the moody pop girls of today quake. Almost half of this album was released as a single or used on a soundtrack so it’s a bit all over the place in that regard, but the songs themselves are always polished and full of energy. If you’ve been craving some trashy dance diva music, here it is. Positives: Huge club songs, great vocals, top notch production Potential Barriers: Kind of dated, the album drags in the middle with some obvious filler
Sample Track: If you asked me to create the ideal club song it would be “808.”
For Fans Of: dodie, mxmtoon, being gay and emotional
Description: be steadwell made a lot of this album in her bedroom for no money, but talent is a great substitute for budget. She manages to get a lot of mileage out of just simple recording equipment and her voice, using clever vocal arrangements to augment the simple instrumentals. She frequently employs vocal looping as well, so many of the songs pseudo-a cappella sections as well. It gives her music a surprisingly distinctive style that’s calming and a little hypnotic. Her lyrics are, as the title implies, “queer,” but they’re frequently introspective and touch onto spiritual imagery as well. It’s underground, left-of-center chill pop, but it makes for a nice change of pace. It's long so I’d recommend listening to it once through and picking out the songs you like. Positives: Spunky energy, calming, frequently clever Potential Barriers: Low production value, songs are very simple
For Fans Of: (Modern) Mariah Carey, Hoody, a night out with the ladies that ends at a reasonable hour
Description: The track list of Rouge is like a bunch of gems strung together into a beautiful necklace: each song shines in its own way thanks to the diversity of styles and collaborators. The songs are strung together well enough that they feel cohesive but the songs come in different shades of r&b, pop, and dance, all of which feel polished and elegant. Over half of the songs on the album have featured artists and she brings out the best in each of them. She trades bars with Jay Park on a synth pop song, disco dances with G-Eazy and Little Simz, ruminates over thumping r&b with too many others to list, and she shows different colors each time. The solo half of the album is equally worthy, Yuna is a commanding performer with a rich, mature voice that she doesn’t have to raise to make a point. The overall effect is a chill pop album that manages to be silky and mature without sacrificing fun in the process. Positives: Great list of features, solid blend of danceable bops and slow jams, mature perspective Potential Barriers: It has ballads
Sample Track:“Likes (ft. KYLE)” is a chill song that reflects on her place as Muslim woman in the music industry.
For Fans Of: Kim Petras, Hayley Kiyoko, Radio Disney
Description: Titled after the seven stages of grief, this album aims to guide us through a bad breakup with the most powerful weapon known to man: bouncy pop music. Armed with a powerful set of pipes and vibrant production, FRANKIE offers up pop songs that feel almost old-school in their maximalist tendencies. Her sound and aesthetic feel ripped from the ’00s, but in a good way! It’s not dated but rather comforting, offering up modern takes on old tropes like the piano power ballad that remind us why we fell in love with them in the first place. Despite the seemingly dark subject matter the album is never maudlin, instead opting for a more positive approach that gives the album a breezy quality. Positives: Pure pop fun, relatable songs Potential Barriers: A bit basic
For Fans Of: Carly Rae Jepsen, Tori Kelly, overusing the term "bop"
Description: I can’t pretend that Lo Lo is breaking any barriers or blowing any minds, but she’s been consistently putting out catchy pop music and really, what else are we asking for? She has the good sense to keep the tempo up: her debut EP is all bright, breezy pop songs that are fun and don’t overstay their welcome. Her style is refreshingly straightforward, with clean production and vocals delivering the catchy hooks and choruses we expect from good music. The album has a distinctly spunky attitude, but the vibes buried beneath the cheer are darker and lend the EP a bit of an edge. She’s got good energy that helps her music go down easy, I’ve gotten a LOT of mileage out of these songs. Positives: Short and sweet, really addictive pop songs Potential Barriers: A little basic
Sample Track:“Yours” is the kind of adventurous, catchy song pop artists dream of releasing.
Description: While she hasn’t been in the spotlight as much as her contemporary child stars Ashley has been out there living her best life and aging gracefully, and it shows on this album. It’s a more thoughtful album that reflects on her experiences with struggling to find happiness in love, utilizing a gentle approach to electropop that feels very fresh and trendy. You won’t find the trashy club bangers of her youth here, and as much as I love those I’m glad she gave us an album that feels authentic to who she is and where she’s at in her life right now. It’s refreshing to hear a mainstream pop celebrity release a collection of mature pop songs about learning to get in touch with yourself and your emotions. It’s not the most ground breaking album in existence but I find it very cozy and reassuring to listen to. Positives: Wholesome, relatable content, nice chill electropop Potential Barriers: Kind of basic
Sample Track:“Feeling So Good” is the penultimate song of the album, and a mild banger.
For Fans Of: The 1975, Fickle Friends, night drives and neon lighting
Description: Their music is almost impossibly slick, with every synth pad and bass lick perfectly calibrated for their vision of a genre defying album that fuses indie rock, soft disco, synth pop, and jazz. Offering up danceable tracks and slow jams in equal measure this album is radio friendly and welcoming to fans of pop but still has a free spirit and an indie edge that’s incredibly compelling. This is the soundtrack of late nights, both the kind spent out and the kind spent alone. An air of nostalgia permeates the album, both in the ’80s-esque sound palate and in the lyrics, which handle former pain and new beginnings. These songs will touch your heart and make you wistful even as you dance to the bouncy grooves offered but by the band. Positives: Unique dance vibes, emotionally intelligent lyrics (many of which are in English), no bad songs Potential Barriers: Kind of long, some of the songs are in Tagalog
Sample Track:“Never” is a hard hitting, synth drenched track with a bit of a funky kick to it.
For Fans Of: Amy Winehouse, Sade, music to sing along to on a lazy Sunday morning
Description: This album feels like it’s going to become a classic. Every song on here is distinct and memorable, but it’s also the kind of album you can just put on and vibe with. Snoh Aalegra creates r&b at its fullest potential, blending in styles like hip-hop, gospel, and soul to add further flavor to her work. She doesn’t have to raise her voice to make a point (her smoky voice is perfect for the genre), instead bringing songs to life with an emotive, almost theatrical touch. There is something of a thematic arc to the album, beginning with songs about new love and ending with songs about old pain, and she nails it every step of the way with her earnest lyricism and the cinematic production. Listening to this album you’ll find yourself nodding your head, tapping your foot, and feeling all gooey inside. Positives: Super easy to listen to, silky and smooth Potential Barriers: Not everybody likes r&b I guess?
For Fans Of: Halsey, Due Lipa, being kind of burned out on everything
Description: “Generic” is not a dirty word, but Olivia O’Brien still has a few tricks up her sleeve. Most of the album is anchored in a very modern acoustic/trap fusion sound, but depending on the song she can either veer entirely acoustic or lean into full on dance pop. It’s a somewhat scattershot approach to genre that works out well and stays cohesive thanks to the strong lyrical/thematic focus. It’s definitely an album written by a nineteen year old because a lot of the songs concern being fed up with boys, fake friends, and partying, but as cliched as it sounds she actually has a knack for lyrics that make these experiences sound relevant and relatable. It’s dark, but it manages to raise itself above just being depressing through smart songwriting choices. Given the broad variety of songs on this album there are songs to listen to when you’re feeling sad, when you feel like dancing, or both. Positives: Balances moody and upbeat sounds well, relatable content, strong pop album Potential Barriers: Some of the tracks are rough, might be too “generic” for some
Sample Track:“Just A Boy” is a spunky little ’80s disco number.
Edit 4/9/20: The lineup potentially leaked on the official website, bold names denote the names leaked (this may change upon an official release). This is a list of acts that are potentially playing OSLs 2020. I intend to update this list via edit from now until the lineup drop. If you want to add someone to this list just comment below and I will modify the list and credit your handle next to the edit. If you want to find someone in particular quickly I suggest you use ctrl F.
The following have appeared at OSLs once before but have not released new material since their first stint and are therefore less likely to appear in 2019 (To date only Beck and Vance Joy have returned WITHOUT new material, making the following acts much less likely)
Al Green (2010)
Animal Kingdom (2012)
Benevento/Russo Duo (2008)
Big Audio Dynamite (Not currently a band) (2011)
Big Grams (Not currently a band) (2016)
Billy Idol (2015)
Bleachers (GB) (2017)
Bomba Estereo (2017)
Curtis Jones (2015)
D'Angelo (2013) (& the Vanguard (2015))
Dirty Dozen Brass Band (2012)
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem! (2016)
Duck Sauce (Co) (Playing the Midway May 9th) (2014)
Dum Dum Girls (2014)
Duran Duran (2016)
Empire of the Sun (Playing BottleRock and Sonoma Harvest) (2017)
Extra Golden (2009)
Fleet Foxes (2017)
Future Islands (2017)
Grace Mitchell (2017)
Hall & Oates (Playing Mountain View June 10th) (2013)
Hamilton Leithauser (Playing August Hall in May) (2017) (new album 2020)
Heron Oblivion (2016)
Hiatus Kaiyote (2016)
Jack Garratt (2016) (New album May 29th)
James Vincent McMorrow (2017)
Jurassic 5 (2013)
The Last Shadow Puppets (Not currently a band) (2016)
Lewis Del Mar (2016)
Lionel Richie (Playing Smukfest in Europe OSLs weekend) (2016)
Manu Chao (2008)
The Meters (2011)
The Mighty Underdogs (2008)
Miike Snow (2016)
Mondo Cozmo (2017)
Nate Ruess (2015)
Plump DJs (2013)
Rag'n'Bone Man (2017)
Real Estate (Playing the Fox May 7th) (2017) (New album February 28th)
Royal Blood (2017)
Sam Dew (2017)
The She's (2017)
Sky Ferreira (2015)
Sleigh Bells (2017)
The Soul Rebels (2014)
Steve Winwood (2008)
Stevie Wonder (2012)
Swet Shop Boys (2017)
Thomas Jack (2016)
Thundercat (Fo) (New album April 3rd) (2017)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2013)
The following is a list of bands that have played OSLs more than once and the gaps between return performances, considering only five acts have ever played OSLs three times, all acts in this section should be considered less likely than acts that have played OSLs once or never. Note that no act has ever returned quicker than a three year gap, Givers, Fantastic Negrito, and Big Boi were all makeup performances for prior year cancellations. Headliners
Radiohead 08 & 16 (eight year gap)
Metallica 12 & 17 (five year gap) (Headlining Aftershock)
Twenty One Pilots 13 & 19 (First time as undercard, second as headliner, six year gap) (Played last year)
Beck 08, 12, & 18 (Played two years ago)
The Black Keys 08, 11, & 15 (First two appearances as undercard, third as headliner) (Playing the Greek in July)
Chromeo 10, 14, & 18 (Played two years ago)
Dawes 10, 13, & 17
Portugal. The Man (GB) 09, 12 & 18 (Played two years ago)
Toro y Moi 11, 15, & 19 (Played last year)
Three year gap
Anderson .paak & the free nationals 16 & 19 (Played last year, Playing BottleRock this year)
Arctic Monkeys 11 & 14
Bleachers (GB) 14 & 17
Foals (GB) 13 & 16 (Playing Grape Festival in Slovakia, Playing BottleRock)
GRiZ (Ok, Co) 13 & 16
Grouplove (Fi) 11 & 14 (Playing Sonoma Harvest)
Lyrics Born 08 & 11
Mac DeMarco 15 & 18 (Played two years ago, Playing Frost Theater this year, In Europe OSLs weekend playing a festival)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 11 & 14
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers 11 & 14
Odesza 15 & 18 (Played two years ago)
Phoenix 10 & 13
Pretty Lights 10 & 13
Tame Impala (GB, Bo) 12 & 15 (Playing Chase Center March 13th)
Vance Joy 14 & 17
Warpaint 14 & 17
Zedd 13 & 16 (Playing BottleRock)
Four year gap
Andrew Bird 08 & 12 (Playing Oxbow Riverstage in Napa)
Band of Horses 09 & 13
Caveman 12 & 16
Leon Bridges (Os, Bo) 15 & 19 (Played last year)
Matt and Kim 09 & 13
The National (BKS) 09 & 13
Regina Spektor 08 & 12
RL Grime (Ha, Fi) 15 & 19 (Played last year)
Sean Hayes 08 & 12
Two Gallants 08 & 12
Tycho 14 & 18 (Played two years ago)
The Walkmen 08 & 12
Young the Giant (Bo) 13 & 17 (Playing Sonoma Harvest)
Five year gap
Atmosphere 09 & 14
Bomba Estereo 12 & 17
The Devil Makes Three 10 & 15
Electric Guest 12 & 17
Flume (GB, Bo, Co) 14 & 19 (Played last year)
The Growlers (Bo) 13 & 18 (Played two years ago)
Kacey Musgraves 14 & 19 (Played last year)
Lord Huron 11 & 16 (10th to 12th billed at BottleRock last year)
Major Lazer 11 & 16 (Playing Sziget OSLs weekend)
The Mother Hips 08 & 13 (Playing the Chapel in May)
Nahko and Medicine for the People (Fo) 14 & 19 (Played last year)
Phosphorescent 14 & 19 (Played last year, Playing August Hall this year)
Rebelution 12 & 17 (Playing the Greek September 3rd)
Six year gap
Big Gigantic (Ok) 12 & 18 (Played two years ago, Playing the Greek May 2nd)
Father John Misty 12 & 18 (Played two years ago)
Little Dragon 11 & 17 (Playing The Fox May 8th)
Seven year gap
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 08 & 15
Cold War Kids (Fi) 08 & 15
Empire of the Sun 10 & 17 (Playing BottleRock this year)
Marco Benevento 10 & 17
Santigold 12 & 19 (Played last year)
Eight year gap
Avett Brothers 09 & 17
Cage the Elephant (Ha, Fi, Fo) 09 & 17
Janelle Monae 10 & 18 (Played two years ago, Playing BottleRock this year)
Mavis Staples 11 & 19 (Played last year)
Rogue Wave 08 & 16
Ten year gap
Bon Iver 08 & 18 (Played two years ago)
Broken Social Scene 08 & 18 (Played two years ago)
The following are past lineup drop dates, all lineup drops from 2012 to 2019 have occurred on a Tuesday:
2019.11.21 03:22 PRCritiquesMeet the Designer: Sergio Guadarrama
Sergio Guadarrama, 36
https://preview.redd.it/tq2tx02l8yz31.png?width=300&format=png&auto=webp&s=74b90ca81cde334a9543bdba0f53c1d964efcb75 New York, NY Instagram:@celestinocouture Article Bio: Sergio Guadarrama’s roots are in the Lone Star state, as he grew up outside of Austin. He describes himself as the odd one out in his family because the rest of his siblings are soccer players. At four years old, he asked his mother for a fur-lined trench coat and began creating couture looks for his cousin’s Barbie dolls out of his grandmother’s discarded lacy undergarments. His mother recognized this knack for creativity and supported him by buying a sewing machine. This passion led him to attend both FIDM and FIT. In 2005, two years prior to his graduation from FIT, he began his line, Celestino. The aesthetic of Celestino is a classic silhouette with a modern twist. Sergio has been designing everything from menswear to avant-garde couture pieces on his own, and he has not put any limits on himself as to what he creates. Sergio also wants to bring awareness to sustainable and ethical fashion in a world where fast fashion dominates. Celestino has appeared in an impressive amount of national and international publications such as Vogue, Vogue Italia, People Magazine, Forbes, and New York Magazine. His clothing has graced celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, and Indya Moore, and most recently he designed Billy Porter’s 2019 Tony Awards show-stopping red-carpet look. Bio and picture are provided byBravoTV.comand can also be seenhere.
Midweek. It had been a while since Nipper had been able to collect his thoughts in his kitchen. Outside, the rain continued it’s relentless fall as it had done now for close to two solid weeks. More was on the way...... Far away the wider city was awash with litter, fools, drunks and enough water to drown a Camel. Not to mention four foot tall blondies with crazy massive insane fucking furry hoods playing with phones and eating kerbabs. But that’s another story...... 👀 In his kitchen Nipper himself was currently embedded. Nipper was tired. Nipper was weary. Nipper was tired and weary of the rain, the cold, being alive, fighting a hostile universe, the internet, thoughts of his parents, his past, living in a consumerist society that put buying above all else. Nipper was tired and weary of SJW’s and what they had done to pretty much everything at this point in history. He was tired and weary of being told he had privilege and every event, well every bad event in history was personally HIS fault. He was angry, pissed off and fed up. In other words Nipper was his usual self. The last few weeks had been draining and that continued unabated. The very latest outrage just a few hours ago was the Google Chrome 71 update that fucked up the tabs. Sure this had first come about months ago but there was a flag that could put it back to normal then. Now that, as Nipper knew it would, had been taken away like so much else in this life and he was stuck with this new bullshit. He got mad, he hopped on Reddit and headed straight for the Chrome page to make an angry post but when he got there he found others as in all areas of his life had beat him to it. Nipper carefully read all the comments looking for a way to put it back. There was of course none. Nipper was ready to go Nuclear and then...... he caught himself. He remembered. It didn’t matter. In a few months/years it would be changed again and so would everything else. YouTube. Facebook, hell even Reddit. It happened every single day. Change and no way to stop it or put it back. So instead of screaming the place blue he instead just accepted it and moved on. He made no angry post and he did not start smashing stuff up. Tomorrow something else would be different and the day after that and the day after that and so on and so on. This is how it was and would always be in a never ending universe in constant flux. Nothing could be held on too and it was SHEER AND UTTER FOLLY TO TRY. It was like trying to catch the wind. Let it go people. You’ve got to let it all go. Everything you are afraid to lose in this life you have to cut out anyway because lose it you will sooner or later. Sure this was only a little thing but when you’ve got lots of these little things day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year it piles up. First world problems right? Right but a problem is still a problem same way a pork pie hat wearing arsehole is still an arsehole no matter the colour of the hat. Nipper had come to understand that to survive in this life you had to basically die first. What he meant by this was that it was madness to form any kind of attachments to anything. Pets, chicks, places, possessions, people, anything. All would blow away on you in time and you’d be left alone. Better to cut the anchor yourself before the universe got the chance. Nipper learned this lesson far too late in life to put it to any meaningful use but still he had finally learnt it and now it allowed him to let things like this wash over him rather than kicking up a firestorm. Nipper had also hoped his recent battles with reality would be a hit and run attack, but alas he had since come to understand that was not going to be the case. Oh no. The universe was once again going all out on his ass. Nipper had been through cycles as he liked to call them like this before. It never ended well. When cycles like this targeted you all you could do was run and that wouldn’t do any good, but it was all you could do, well that and scream ( which again wouldn’t do any good.... ) Cycles like this could go on for six to eight months before finally lifting. It would seem this is where Nipper now found himself in a cycle of unrelenting fuckery. Nipper wasn’t happy about this but he wasn’t as mad about it as he should have been either partly because every single day people younger and older than him were dying and would continue to do so. Then he remembered that he lived in a universe that itself was dying and nothing he did or didn’t do would count for a single atom of shite in the end. And finally he remembered he didn’t like being alive on an overcrowded planet full of arseholes he had nothing in common with anyway and so knowing his luck he’d survive. He always survived while others fell. Nipper was also long past caring about chicks, even chicks with jet black hair..... and even the thought of pursuing one hadn’t entered his mind in weeks. True, that could be down to the non stop fucking rain and cold that he was currently dealing with or it could be he just didn’t give a fuck anymore. Ah whatever, right? So here he was reflecting and catching up on semi recent news stories that once again demonstrated the ironic and sinister nature of a cruel and unforgiving reality. In what seemed like a rare moment of having a WORKING internet Nipper began documenting the key ones that caught his eye....... Kim Porter was dead! Who? That had been Nippers first reaction as well. Turns out she was some sort of Instagram ( oh my fucking God!!!! ) famous model and had turned out four kids before leaving this planet behind at the age of 47. See, this, THIS is why Nipper was more laissez fair about reality. It was all pointless. For everyone. Cause of death was so far unknown. Never a good sign. Suicide. Unlikely he thought. More likely some other horseshit that would come out months from now. Either way her story was done. She came. She copied part of herself four times. She died. The end. When the last atom of reality burns away it will still have all been for nothing. Next up........ Missionary killed by crazy ass tribe on a remote island for trying to teach them about Jesus. Good Lord thought Nipper! Or maybe not in this case it seemed..... 👀 Turns out a brainwashed fool ( thanks to his parents....... ) thought it would be a good idea to spread the word of the lord to this primitive and highly aggressive tribe that had killed before. And got away with it. Even though it was forbidden to go on to the island by fucking law. Of course this guy knew better. Damn, thought Nipper, last time he’d seen arrogance like that he’d been looking in a mirror. That wasn’t one of this guys better ideas as it turned out though and he got an arrow or twenty to the chest for his trouble before being dragged to shore and then buried on the island. Guess God didn’t want these guys to know about him after all....... Oh well what is it that they say thought Nipper, those who can’t teach. ( Wait, do people really say that??!!?.... ) On the plus side in death he had become internet famous. He would live on now as a meme on Facebook and forever be inducted into the hall of fame there. Nipper had seen dozens of these memes already. Truly we live in a golden age he thought as he rolled his eyes. The real culprits were of course the parents for brainwashing their kid to believe in fairy tales ( and folks better hope they are fairy tales cause if they aren’t blood really will flow should Nipper ever meet any of these deities... ) This was the end result. You couldn’t make it up thought Nipper as he shook his head. Next...... Spongebob Squarepants was dead! “Man, what the actual fuck!!!!” Screamed Nipper. Or at least his creator Stephen Hillenburg was. “FFS sake said Nipper, fifty seven, all that cash and he was only fifty seven.” “Fucking hell bastard son of a bitch universe that you are.” Again this drove home the point that it was pointless getting worked up about this reality. It would do what IT wanted and YOU got NO say in it. It was like you are in a car but the car was driving YOU, not the other way around as it SHOULD BE!!!!! Women in Russia were living to 108 and they had lived lives harder than diamonds. Yet a multi millionaire was dead at 57. It don’t make no fucking sense boi!!!!!! Finally the curse of Grindr had reared it’s ugly head once again. The gay sex app was well known for a string of high profile serial killer style murders in the past and that trend now continued only this time with a twist....... Seems a hubby was tired of his wifey and so having got on Grindr via his SMARTPHONE he had hooked up with a guy in of all places Oz ( Nippers eyes almost shot out of his head!!!!! ) The end result of all this gay sex was that hubby killed the wife and made it look like a robbery to cash in on her insurance policy worth a cool two million quid. Man what the actual fuck thought Nipper. My arse ain’t worth shit and dis bitch was worth two million, man fuck me!!!! It don’t make any sense. What the actual fuck!!! Of course the hubby was a total fuckwad because if he’d had just ONE atom of sense in his head he’d have known that NO insurance policy ever pays out NO MATTER WHAT! As a result the hubby got caught and was now heading his arse not to Oz to get fucked but to jail to get fucked by pipe of a different caliber........ 👀 Nipper couldn’t hep but raise a smile. He knew this made him look bad but really some of these people really did bring it on themselves, they didn’t need any help from the universe and this arsehole was one such fool. There are RULES in life and the absolute NUMBER ONE rule is this.
Don’t fuck with insurance companies.
You CANNOT and WILL NOT win. Wanna kill the wife/hubby, go ahead but don’t go taking out dat life insurance before hand Boi cause they will have yo arse. I’m telling you son. Don’t fucking do it. Nipper felt there were more news stories to be found but it was silly late as usual and he was tired as usual so he felt it best to wrap up here like Meg Ryan had once said....... Ah, it was a crazy ass universe and yet this is where Nipper found himself. Here, in this Charnel house waiting for his turn to come around and boiling mad enough to tear reality in two if anything should survive death. This is just how it was. Crazy, yes. Stupid, oh yes. Pointless, most certainly. But humanity just couldn’t and wouldn’t stop fucking so it would go on until the last day and no one seemed to be able to make the connection about that. Nobody seemed to understand it was pointless and futile. Nipper shook his head once more. What a strange place to wake up and find ones self in he thought........ As Nipper scanned the weather reports it seemed days more of rain was forecast and Nipper was pretty fucking mad about that. And indeed a LOT of other things. But he refused to give the universe what it wanted. He refused to rise to it’s baiting. After all even when this current cycle passed there would always be something else in it’s place. There always was. The human animal could never be at peace. Should it even find itself in such a place the boredom of it would drive it to seek out problems or actively create them in order to occupy it’s mind. This was the true madness of being alive. You always, ALWAYS had to be in motion. Hence Nipper’s chick chasing back when it was 56 days of dry in the so called summer in his country. If problems weren’t chasing you, you would just go out and chase problems. Rest was never an option. You, like everything else in reality always had to be changing and in motion. Nipper had always felt like he was just passing through this life like a traveller. For so long he had weighed himself down trying and failing to get reality to bow down before him. Now he just tried to survive each day. As he discarded as much as was humanly possible. More problems awaited him, of that he knew. He would fight them. Win or lose it didn’t really matter because win or lose other problems would await further ahead and so on until death. Then.... well then the real game would begin............ The City. Three AM in the morning............ The mist hung low and the cloud almost touched your head as the fine rain continued to fall as it had done now for over twelve hours straight. The city was in a rare state of near silence. If Nipper had been there he would have loved it but he remained many miles away deep in thought..... A milk wagon was heading out to deliver it’s milk even though this was the 21st century and things like FRIDGES and 24 HOUR SHOPS had been invented this strange pursuit had somehow stuck like LP RECORDS!!!!!!! The Milkman ( odd how women didn’t seem to want THIS job..... ) was of course wearing earbuds and listening to his SMARTPHONE. He had the Spotfly app on and was rocking to Republicas non hit album Speed Ballads. Earlier that day his long term GF had broken up with him because she felt he wasn’t giving her enough attention. But what he didn’t know was that she was secretly fucking his married brother while he was out delivering all this fine quality milk. Perhaps that was for the best. After all if he had known, well lets just say that Grindr guy could well have had an extra room mate........ Far below in the sewers the rats were running wild as the rain water poured endlessly down on them from the drains high above. In one corner a mother rat gave birth to a litter of newborns and the cycle of life continued. Other rats hurried about, their only goals being to CONSUME and REPRODUCE.............. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6410375/Kim-Porters-cause-death-listed-deferred-death-certificate.html https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-46286215?fbclid=IwAR2MyAc3Tth21eD-p6cbG0e50NCYqvKnDjOzBC3eNCzsq0kH-XqUqG2_974 https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/nov/27/spongebob-squarepants-creator-stephen-hillenburg-dies-57 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-46453025
15 - Norelle Van Herk (@norelle_griffith) - C3 - 550
16 - Brittany Hatch (@corinnehatch) - C8 - 500
17 - Christina Murphy (@christina_fashion) - C4 - 260
18 - Michelle Babin (@michelle.babin) - C7 - 97
19-21 - Heather Kuzmich C9, Katarzyna Dolinska C10, Elina Ivanova C11
*Technically, Heather & Katarzyna have an Instagram (@heatherkuzmich - @katarzynadolinska) but I'm pretty sure they're fake. *Elina did have an IG (@elinavasilyevna) but it got deleted. *If I counted Cody & Tash's joint account (@tashandcody), they would be 6th with 25.4K. *Kesse is strange. Her account page isn't available if I use one of my accounts, but mskesse is there when I try to use my second account. Probably a glitch.
2016.05.31 16:06 brukVcsSelf confidence and the role of society
The Kardashians are ruining children. Maybe it’s not that extreme, but as Kylie gets another lip injection, and as Kim posts another censored naked selfie; the self confidence of teenagers plummets. Nowadays everyone wants to blend in because standing out is not seen as a positive thing in today’s society. As teenagers grow into adulthood, they are majorly affected by what is accepted in society and what is not. Self image plays a main role in a teenagers confidence, and can affect the way one grows into an adult. Society nowadays determines and demands many aspects in a teenagers life; such as balancing athletics, grades, friends and family. Is beauty one of these demands? Teens and young adults are pressured to fit to the qualities that society wants. They are being lead to question whether their body image is more important than their health. Some things that lead them to question this are through social media, eating disorders, and cosmetic surgeries. Is society demanding beauty for teens and young adults? Common citizens change their admirations as decades pass. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, we exercised and dieted excessively to reach the twiggy model image. We now know that this is unhealthy and bad for your body. In the 1990s and present day, we have started to accept our own body shapes. On top of that we also aim to work out and to be healthy and toned. People nowadays realize that being extremely skinny is very unhealthy and has many bad side effects. A few of these are a stop of menstrual cycles, difficulty conceiving children, loss of calcium, and lack of energy. “Thin is in the eye of the beholder.” People may see themselves as skinny and they may be ten pounds overweight. Others may see themselves as fat and they may be ten pounds underweight. A well toned, fit body is found to be the most desireable (Marx). Social media is a huge factor of teens and young adults issues with their body image. Sites like Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. all can lead to eating disorders, self esteem issues and even self harm. Teenagers are very insecure about themselves. With the pressure of being as thin and fit as those on social media, teens can become more and more insecure and self conscious. Because of this, social media mostly has a negative effect on teens and young adults views on their body images. Normal, healthy people look at beautiful thin people on social media and cannot manage to match that ideal body image. In magazines you’ll see skinny women and toned men. On television, women are always beautiful and skinny. Recently, producers have begun to cast women of all shapes and sizes to show that size and shape do not matter. Yet, some producers are against this; especially producers of advertisements. Do these producers think their shows and advertisements will get less popularity if they have bigger women rather than thinner women (Morant)? An example of a social media that has affected women for decades is the Barbie doll, in terms of Barbie websites and Barbie movies. Barbie started as something for children to look up to and show their independence through. Now people are questioning whether it is a realistic role model for the young to look up to. There are many positives about the Barbie doll like giving children the opportunities to choose their barbie’s way of life. Children are able to decide which job their Barbie has, their Barbie’s marital status, family members, clothing etc. On the contrary, there are many negatives as well. An example of this is the Barbie’s unrealistic body image. Scientists have determined that if a human actually had the body of a Barbie doll, they would not be able to perform proper body functions such as menstruating and bearing a child. Do barbie dolls show children that looks will make you successful? The Barbie company has pondered this question and came up with a solution to prove that Barbie is not all about the looks. The solution is the “Happy to be Me Doll.” This doll has more proportional body sizes, coming with different skin colors and heights. The only negative thing about this idea is that when it hit the shelves, it did not sell. The skinnier and prettier barbie doll sold over the one with a realistic body size. While Barbie tried to solve the problem of body image through their Barbie dolls; they may have just made the issue worse. Now there is proof that skinny and pretty doll is more appealing than the short and ethnic doll. Is the Barbie doll encouraging the young to criticize their own physical attributes (Pendergast)? Social media has a huge impact on self image. In the Netflix documentary “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” by Chris Bell, Chris shows a story of him and his brothers growing up. The brothers tell their story of how their role models affected their lives growing up and as an adult. Throughout their childhood and manhood, the Bell brothers watched wrestling religiously. They watched famous people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Spallone win wrestling tournaments on television. By watching their role models beat up people left and right, the Bell brothers aspired to be as strong and famous as them. They began to work out religiously at the gym, multiple times a week. Chris’s brothers began taking steroids to make themselves look bigger and have bigger muscles. Chris never took steroids, but watched his brothers win lifting competitions while he was not able to keep up with their strength. Chris could not achieve muscles as big as his brothers nor be as strong as them because he did not take steroids. This was discouraging for Chris, but he knew that taking steroids was not the right thing to do. Recently, one of Chris’s brothers passed away due to a steroid overdose. Just because he wanted to be as big and strong as one of his role models from his childhood television, he let steroids take his life (Bell). An eating disorder is a disease and can branch from many things such as self esteem issues and social media. There are many different types of eating disorders like fasting, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. In magazines, billboards and on television, producers use gorgeous skinny models to advertise their products. This shows the audience’s that if you are pretty and skinny, you can be one of these famous models advertising beauty products or clothing lines. Females and males have a hard time matching the thin ideal that they see so often. This can lead to starvation, eating disorders, low self esteem and more. Some magazines are beginning to have only attainable body images featured so people do not feel like they are held to the standards of being so skinny (Morant). Does the Internet encourage eating disorders? Many females are being put in the hospital because of eating disorders. These girls are mostly aged from 10 to 15 years old; the age where girls are most vulnerable and uncomfortable with their bodies. The pressure of social media is toxic; people are pressured into posting photos of themselves online. Not only do people compare themselves to famous people online, but they are known to compare themselves to their peers pictures as well. Some social media sites have pro anorexia pages on their websites. These pages affect those who are already vulnerable to an eating disorder. Pinterest has taken steps to stop users from being able to search for content relating to eating disorders. This site has blacklisted a set of words pertaining to eating disorders. One of these words is “thinspo” which is short for “thinspiration,” which blends the worlds “thin” and “inspiration.” “Thinspiration” encourages unhealthy body images and tells young adults that it is better to be thinner. When people search words like these, they receive zero results and the following warning, "Eating disorders are not lifestyle choices, they are mental disorders that if left untreated can cause serious health problems or could even be life-threatening." Tumblr has also gotten rid of posts that promote eating disorders, self harm, and suicide. Most of these concepts have been effective to remove negative content from these websites (Barnett). Along with social media and eating disorders, cosmetic surgeries also affect the need of teens and young adults to be beautiful and skinny. Plastic surgeries are usually performed for medical reasons like to treat birth defects, remove skin blemishes, acne scars, or birthmarks. But nowadays ordinary people are getting cosmetic surgeries to change a body part to look more appealing. Cosmetic surgeries also are used for tummy tucks and liposuction. Nowadays, people are getting cosmetic surgeries to make themselves look younger or enhance their appearance in other ways, usually focusing on the face and areas where fat forms. Famous people involved in acting, modeling, media, and politics are most common to have some sort of cosmetic surgery performed. This raises their attractiveness, which raises their self-confidence, and then they believe that they can have more success in their jobs and in their lives (“Plastic, Cosmetic, and Reconstructive Surgery”). People nowadays see Barbie’s face and body as perfection, and they strive to look like a Barbie doll themselves. Actress Pamela Anderson died her hair blonde and enhance her breasts to resemble A Barbie doll. As she rose to fame, she was seen as being as perfect as a Barbie. Doing this lead Anderson to use her beauty as a tool for success. There is a very bizarre case where a woman named Valeria Lukyanova changed her body so that she is actually identical to a Barbie doll. This woman has undergone multiple cosmetic surgeries to her face and body so that she could resemble a real life Barbie doll. There is also a famous transgender named Giselle Lazzarato, who has not only undergone many surgeries to change from male to female, but also she has had many surgeries to have the perfect face and body shape (Pendergast). Self-esteem is the value and degree of worth that a person attributes to his or her self image, it encompasses both self-confidence and self acceptance. People develop a picture of themselves through their everyday lives; through peers, family, school, society, peer pressure, and interaction with others. Having a high self-esteem is seen as positive, while having a low self-esteem is seen as negative. Those with high self-esteem are likely to have been praised more often than those with a low self-esteem. Being praised too often can be a bad thing because it can lead to a big ego. Those with low self-esteem are more likely to be involved with drugs, alcohol, and delinquent behavior. Self-esteem issues can be related to eating disorders and general health problems (“Self-esteem”). There are many solutions to the issue of society demanding beauty that have taken stand and that can take stand in the future. Some of the past solutions are sites like Tumblr and Pinterest blocking the search of certain words on their websites pertaining to eating disorders and self harm. Another solution is big companies using plus size models to advertise their products. This shows young adults that being skinny will not give you fame and fortune. My solution for the issue of society demanding beauty is more positive advertising by using models whose bodies have flaws instead of perfect, skinny models. Because young adults are always on social media, I believe that fixing this issue through social media will affect the way that young adults act about their weight and size more than any other way. There are many people in my grade that do not necessarily have the most ideal bodies; but they are not ashamed by it. These people love themselves and are confident no matter what people say about them. I believe that if people like this came together and made a club or organization it would get a lot of attention and affect many young lives. These organizations could focus on showing people to be confident with their bodies and respect themselves. Society determines many aspects in anyone's life. Body image and self image are big factors of this. Teenagers and young adults both are affected by society under these terms. They feel obligated to be skinny and pretty like society shows teenagers and young adults are. They want to live up to the expectations of society. With time and reassurance, teenagers and young adults will realize that the way society wants them to look is not the way that they should look. Body image should not affect one’s life to the point where they are having eating disorders or self harm. Self esteem issues from body image are very serious and can be life threatening. Although society does demand beauty at some times, at this day and age teenagers are realizing that body image does not matter; as long as the person is happy with themselves that is all that counts. Teenagers now are stronger and more independent than ever, and will not let a skinny, toned body image control them. Works Cited Morant, Helen. “BMA Demands More Responsible Media Attitude on Body Image”. BMJ: British Medical Journal 320.7248 (2000): 1495–1495. Web... Feingold, Alan, and Ronald Mazzella. “Gender Differences in Body Image Are Increasing”.Psychological Science 9.3 (1998): 190–195. Web... Sara Pendergast. "Barbie." 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I don't really look for people from a specific income bracket when I hire. I am looking for articulate people with a palpable sense of drive/hungefashion knowledge/LUCKY excitement and capability more than anything else. I am a first-generation American, as are many other staffers here. It's more about what you can bring personality-wise versus what your last name is at LUCKY.
Congratulations and applause on your bravery. It's tough to make a change/pivot in that way, I know first-hand. I think there's a way to combine your two passions. There are amazing companies that combine the two—think of brands like Warby Parker, Tom's, Yoobi (a new one), Yes to Carrot, etc. And there are different ways to help people. Sure, fashion isn't curing cancer. But there are so many charities that the industry supports—think of the impact it's had on AIDS awareness, for instance. And think of the way the beauty industry has embraced charities like Dress for Success and Breast Cancer Awareness. I suppose what I'm saying is where there's a will, there's a way. And I know you can do it.
Oh, haiii! Nice to see you on reddit, ladies! Well, honestly, I'm not sure how I do it all but I do? I suppose it helps that I genuinely love social media AND magazines so it doesn't ever really feel like work. And I find time to do both by just being structured about my hours... When I'm in a cab, for instance, that's prime tweeting/Instagram time. When I'm walking down the Lucky hallway, that's prime Instagram-stalking time. Did I say stalking? I meant... savoring :)
On one object? Well, geez, that's a hard question. I'd rather go to ASOS or Topshop and buy many objects: a pouch (use as a wallet or clutch), statement earrings or a cat watch (Charming Charlie has a good one), and a crop-top from Topshop to wear with my high-waisted skirt. The latter is an item I have on this very moment and basically I bought them in every color when I was in London. It was $18!
Master's Degree: Not so much, although I have one. I got it when I was working at ELLE at the time and wanted to go "as a hobby" (that was ill-advised. Craziest 18 months of my life until I got this job at Lucky). It was a good experience though, in terms of learning to write quickly, identify the lede/kicker, etc. And I think if you are dying to go to graduate school, you should. There's something lovely about devoting yourself to learning. I wish I could go back to school still. Maybe for an MBA or Hogwarts.
In terms of the best preparation for working at a magazine, it's interning. It's a tough market for interning now as many companies are re-evaluating their programs. I'd advise starting local/small before coming to NYC for an internship.
And practice makes perfect. Write, write, write. Even if it's for yourself. You'll discover your voice and POV that way.
Ack, that is an impossible question because there are so many! I have been obsessed with the shoe designer Gianvito Rossi lately—his shoes are SO COMFORTABLE, I can basically jog in them. MSGM makes cool street wear that's in-between luxury-luxury and downtown-cool. Dion Lee I haven't had the pleasure of wearing yet, but I love how modern it is. Trademark is a brand everyone-everyone-everyone at Lucky LOVES and everything is under $500.
I never was, like, "Oh, I should give up" but there have definitely been moments where I've been like "Oh my gosh, I am only three steps above a third grader in terms of coherency." I think what kept me going is just knowing that it would work out and knowing that the more I write, the better I'd get. That's the light at the end of the tunnel—remember that always.
Take that leap of faith. It might be tough in the beginning but NYC will likely open more doors for you because there are more opportunities and you'll build a network. It sounds scary but I think you'll find it worth it.
Burnout is a hazard for everyone in this day and age when we're connected 24-7-365. I think I stay sane by doing, um, very little on weekends that involve work. I try to save that time for friends and family on the weekends. Also, I try not to do too much at night. And I get—this is where people are going to like, WHAT?!—nine hours of sleep of night on average. Sleep = the secret.
My toiletry bag is pretty impressive, I have to admit. Basically I have several (huge) Ziploc baggies at home of travel products and they're organized by category at home. And when I travel I put what I need in the toiletry bag and when I get home I resort them. Yes, it's a crazy system. So when I travel, I always bring the following:
Ridiculous amounts of body lotion since I have the driest skin in the world.
Multi-use products like Nars The Multiple or Benetint.
And I often pack products where I'm like 1 inch away from being done with them so that I can toss then while I travel. I don't know why, that makes me super happy.
I think that the editors who cover a product solely based on gifting probably are not exercising their best judgement. At the end of the day, we have to remember the magazine is for the readers/readers' service, not for our own personal closet. Our editors are a smart/sensible/great bunch. I feel Lucky (there's that pun again, sorry) to work with them!
I think life in general is an aggregation of experiences and, of course, working at Teen Vogue and ELLE under great EICs like Amy Astley and Robbie Myers were great experiences. I even think my time as a pre-med student working for 9 embattled months at a law firm were good experiences. Everything teaches you something, if you know to look for the lesson.
I think the secret to creating content is listening to the ideas of staff. Lucky is a great collective of stylish minds and I trust them to have some great ideas! And they never disappoint!
Hi there! Part I of your question I tackled earlier but MSGM, Public School, Trademark, and Etre Cecile are a few more of my favorite new lines! I get my style inspiration from so many places: living in NYC and being lucky (excuse the pun) enough to travel, my coworkers at Lucky have next level style, and Instagram! I love seeing what people around the world—whether I know them or not—are inspired by.
In terms of what made me decide to run a magazine... That wasn't really something I actively sought out, actually. I always sort of just worked hard/my best at what I was doing, whether it was beauty director at Teen Vogue (where Amy Astley the EIC there was a huge mentor) or a freelance writer, and just sort of assumed that things would work out and I'd be happy. I suppose I'm an optimist that way. I never thought I'd be in this position and am so grateful every day to have it.
It was very surreal in the beginning, to be honest. There were moments at fashion shows when I'd ask myself (in my mind, not out loud... not to sound crazy:)) "What am I doing here?" But I've gotten a bit used to it by now and, TBH, it's still pretty amazing/surreal. I would love for there to be more Asian-Americans in media/magazines. I'm involved with the AAJA. And I'm not the only one—there's also Janice Min and Joyce Chang. But hopefully more more more to come. And I know these are not fashion but every woman needs a great concealer (sigh).
And every woman should have these things in their closet: *a "gee-whiz-I-look-great" dress that makes you feel like a million dollars. One that you can wear to the office and to a wedding, with the right accessories *a pair of high heels you can actually walk in that you can wear to the same events above. I'd suggest a classic pointy-toed pump or a minimalist sandal like Stuart Weitzman's Nudist.
Hello, darrrling (that is fun to type, you're right). Hmm, there are many, many things I love about my job but honestly nothing has been more satisfying than working with the stellar team at Lucky to make the changes to the magazine. Lucky is a magazine that I so loved when it launched and bringing a new perspective of street style and personal style to the magazine has been really gratifying. Every letter I get from a new reader basically is a testament to the team we work with—the photographers, stylists, models, editors... Go, Team Lucky!
I love it when people have original voices and opinions and they're not just, like, reporting on what happened in a straight-forward newsticker way. My favorite fashion writers include Robin Givhan, Cathy Horyn, Leandra Medine, and Imran from Business of Fashion. And, honestly, I love following people on Twitter as well to get a sense of their personality! I've discovered some great potential talent that way.
Well, the new Lucky has a focus on street style and personal style. When Lucky launched, the great Kim France created a magazine like nothing else in the US. It basically had a great, crazy-comprehensive sweeping view of products. Say there was a story about the best shoes of the season. There would be 100 pairs of shoes on a page and—wow—I remember looking at it and being like "yes, please." The difference these days is that e-commerce exists and when you want to see eye candy of 100 pairs of shoes, you go to Shopbop or Amazon.com/fashion and type in "shoes". So what we are trying to do differently is: A) curate and be specific about what we love. B) have a voice. Be down to earth. Editors have had an ivory-tower sort of feeling to them for decades. Lucky editors are NOT this way. We're the ones that you can talk to at a cocktail party and ask "Hey, where's that top from? C) we have a sense of humor (I guess that's sort of similar to B) D) place a premium on personal style. You'll see that in the people we choose for covers, you'll see that on our pages.
I could go on and on on this topic but 100+ questions to answer... :)
Kung Fu Tea is my favorite! And the first luxury item I ever bought for myself was a Gucci (it was the 2000) bucket hat. I actually ended up losing that hat when I was studying abroad in England and one of the signs that my husband was a keeper is that he literally retraced my steps to find the hat for me (and found it). He will probably be embarrassed that I told that story, but there you go.
I think it takes an ability to listen, manage efficiently, and a great team. The last part is the most important. You are only as strong as your team and if you have a team you trust, you are able to work 1000% better. And I think having an open mind and curiosity are important too!
When hiring interns (although Conde Nast is on an intern hiatus at the moment as they re-evaluate the program), I look for someone who clearly knows/loves Lucky and seems on top of things, professional (it's okay to be a fangirl for the magazine but try to stay calm and collected) and can multi-task. A good attitude is key as well!
Well, it depends what department you're applying to. Of course, different departments require different skills (ie: art/graphic design, fashion/a knowledge and love of designers, beauty/a sense of experimentation, etc). But overall, I look for someone with a great passion for communication, efficiency, ability to multi-task, and a sense of humor.
Oooh, so many! I love CatbirdNYC.com, I just discovered a new line called One Six Five jewelry—I got a great super thin band from them—and I have a chain necklace from Charming Charlie that is major. It looks like a giant ID bracelet. I haven't figured out when I'm wear that yet but I'm biding my time...
I think that the best magazines are ones that react to the times—and I hope to keep Lucky that way. We try to work with bloggers and shoot them often—so far we've shot bloggers like Leandra Medine, Emily Weiss, Tamu McPherson, Nicole Warne, Alexandra Spencer, Hanneli Mustaparta, Phil Oh, Susie Bubble... the list goes on. I see it as a symbiotic relationship, 100%
I have a Topshop moto jacket I bought almost a decade ago that I still wear all the time. It was black when I bought it and at this point it's basically a blackish-grey hue from being worn so much. I've worn it to black tie galas, I wear it on the weekends, I've worn it in pouring rain... Everywhere! I think I'll have it forever and I'm sure one day, if I ever have a daughter, she will steal if from me. I also love all the Marc Jacobs in my closet. He is one of my favorite designers of all time... I feel like he perfectly captures the energy and spirit of NYC.
There are things in my closet from Zara and Topshop that I love as much as Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs. I think it's about looking for things that you think will last and you'll be able to wear for ages.
That rumor was a rather silly one, if you ask me, because it came out the same day that a truly storied magazine—Ladies Home Journal—basically did fold. The magazine industry is going through an evolution right now, there's no doubt about that. The reality is that the way people consume media and are entertained is really fragmented these days. Lucky's readers also are on Instagram, reddit, Twitter, Netflix, HBO Go, etc etc... What we as magazine editors have to do is create content you can't get anywhere else. The good thing, though, is that fashion magazines have always provided that—and I think the longterm viability of fashion magazines in particular is great because we are doing exactly that: you won't see a shoot with Candice Swaenpoel and Patrick Demarchelier and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele just on Instagram. That exists in a magazine in 8 delicious pages and it's something to savor and return to over and over.
In terms of paid content, well, magazines have done that in the form of advertorials for decades. It's always been a thing magazines have done. For me, I always just want to make sure it's done in the right way. Luckily, our publishing department/business side does a great job of it.
I would be specific about your pitch, don't blanket the staff with question or email everyone... Know what makes Lucky different from other magazines and what we're looking for. And don't call—email is the best way! The beauty editors are rarely at their desk because they're out at events or desksides or out and about... so email email email!
I love the Miss Peregrine series, Art of Fielding was really good (was not expecting to like a book about BASEBALL), and I keep trying to read the JJ Abrams book but, oh boy, it's complicated and bits keep falling out. I use the hashtag #Saturdaybookclub on Instagram so you can follow along there!
I started using a new line called Aurelia Skincare, it's English/organic/lovely and I am obsessed! I think it's only sold on Net-A-Porter. In terms of masks... so many. I just used Jurlique's Herbal Recovery last night. I don't know why I like it so much—maybe it's the little bubbles that burst on the skin that remind me of bubble tea? But it's very refreshing. Just like bubble tea. Darn, now I'm craving bubble tea.
Thank you so much! Well, I think most people think of magazine editors and picture, well, The Devil Wears Prada, Ugly Better, 13 Going on 30. Sigh, if only life were that glamorous! There are really fun/cool moments in my life but a lot of my job is sitting in front of my desk with my Warby Parker glasses on editing text, running meetings, making things go smoothly!
Being a first-generation American is ingrained in my soul and is a key part of who I am and a big part of what drives me. My parents—immigrants from Taiwan/China—sacrificed so much to give me what I have and I think a lot of my work ethic comes from them. I hope that more Asian youth feel empowered to pursue their dreams—no matter what they are. I work with a group called APEX in NYC to help further that message.
Research, research, research. Don't apply to jobs blindly, think about the places that you would truly be a good fit. Ask for informational interviews. Remember that for every 10 people you email, MAYBE one or two will write back. (Try to) Develop a thick skin. Be patient. And reach out to your school/alumni office to try to find people who might be able to give you an "in" into the industry. And if that doesn't work... make your own way.
I answered the first question of yours a few posts up. In terms of favorite restaurants, oh boy, you asked for it: *Maialino/NY *ABC Kitchen/NY *Shanghai Cafe/NY *Blockheads/LA *Sugarfish/LA *Gjelina/LA *Chipotle/EVERYWHERE :)
I am often at events for Lucky magazine and a lot of people come to meet me and the team at Lucky! So I suppose that's the best way unless you happen to see me on the street. Must-read books for non-fiction... The Things They Carried had a huge impact on me when I was younger. Simple and evocative and haunting.
1) One gets the interview by being persistent and really reaching out to every single person in your network. Your mom's sister's best friend's cousin's dogwalker's hairdressers exboyfriend's sister. That person could work in the industry and give you your big break. You never know. And fortune really favors the bold, so reach out to people out of the blue too. Make your own connections. 1.5) You will likely need to start form the entry level, it is very hard to get a midlevel job without having done the entry level one. 2) The most important part of an outfit is your attitude ;) 3) I always look forward to seeing my husband when I go home. But outside of that, I love seeing Leandra Medine, Karlie Kloss, Liu Wen, Tamu McPherson, and Wendy Nguyen.
I lived in Los Angeles for a hot minute last year when my husband was working on a big project. We lived in Venice and it was glorious. As a student, I think NOW is the time for you to take a leap and to try something new. Once you settle into a careecity in your late 20s, it's harder to break out of your comfort zone. Go forth and explore now, it will never be something you regret.
My parents gave that to me when I was 20 and I haven't taken it off since because 1) I love my parents and it makes me think of them every time I see them and 2) because I physically can't take it off because I guess my hands have gotten bigger (or something) and it doesn't fit over my hand anymore. Ah well, good thing I love it.
My personal POV on how the show will end is Daenarys and Jon Snow: A Song of Fire and Ice. They will live happily ever after and breed dragons for a living. I have a feeling that is not what is going to happen though, given the author's prediliction for sticky endings (case in point: Oberyn Martell)
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