Twenty-seven year-old, NYC-chef-turned-rapper, Action Bronson, can charm the pants off a lady using just a few ingredients. We recently caught up with the Casanova in Los Angeles, where he was kind enough to break down his three-coursed, guaranteed-to-get-you-laid, meal.
Bronson always states his intentions right off the bat, greeting his dinner guest with an amuse-bouche of freshly shucked east and west coast oysters.
Once this love-food has set the mood, Bronson steps up his game and delivers turkey breast, roasted to perfection, then drizzled in Wahaca sauce (a Mexican cocoa based sauce that packs heat).
When I inquire about this adventurous combination, he tells me that I need to trust him, because “this is some next level shit.” And I do.
Dessert is how Action seals the deal; he’ll treat his sweetie to luscious strawberries, pre-dipped in a velvety Aztec chocolate sauce.
What does Bronson’s lady-lover sip on during this romantic dinner date?
When I admit to having no knowledge of what Cisco is (other than the genius behind The Thong Song) this Queens boy is unimpressed.
Later on, my research reveals that Cisco is otherwise known as “liquid crack” thanks to its tendency to trigger semi-psychotic fits in those who ingest it.
If Bronson is fresh out of Cisco, he’ll settle for plain-old “getting twisted on Absinthe and good cheeb.”
The lady-killa claims this is all the wining and dining a woman needs, before proceeding to the sixty-nine-ing.
“That’s all she’s gettin!……And if that don’t work? Then fuck it, I’m out!”
I can’t help wonder how an Action Bronson date unfolds post-nosh and against my better judgment, I ask.
“When we done with the eating, we start in on the massages” says the rapper with a mischievous chuckle.
But don’t waste your
time trying to kneed out the pesky knots in his back. Bronson’s date night rule? “Frontal massages only.”
Action Bronson will be performing at The Rivoli in Toronto this Friday (Nov. 4th).
Purchase tickets in advance here.
Words by Anne M. Louise
This Canadian beauty (birth name, Béatrice Martin) has bestowed upon us the answers to our always red-hot 20 Questions. She was a member of a “post-hardcore” band (if you don’t think what that is click here) at 15 so you can image that this girl has cajones. She is also a true beauty and has been playing piano since she was 3. Oh, and she speaks French. This is who you want to bring home for family dinner and then to Sneaky Dee’s with your besties. Her sophmore album is out on November 8th, titled “Blonde” featuring her amazing vocals. She co-produced it with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, The Dears), so you can imagine the radness that it will hold. Enjoy her answers!
1. What is your dream of happiness?
Besides feeling fulfilled in every possible way and in love with life? I don’t know, unicorns in a meadow perhaps.
2. Blonde or Brunette?
That’s a trick question. Blonde, obviously.
3. What is the quality you like most in a person?
4. What do you fear most?
5. 808s or 909s?
6. What’s your biggest regret?
Not taking spanish in high school.
7. What’s your fav bar or club in the world?
Montana, in Paris
8. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
9. What are the 3 musicians dead or alive you’d like to see perform?
Elliot Smith, Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel
10. What is your favorite decade in music?
11. If you had to choose, would you rather go blind or deaf and why?
Well, knocking on wood for neither but I’d go blind. It’s panicking to not be able to hear anything…
12. How old is too old?
13. Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
In a meadow with unicorns, and hopefully still singing and playing tunes and making songs you’ll want to make love to and stuff.
14. Who’s your hero?
15. What’s your favourite colour?
16. What song could you live without ever hearing again?
TONIGHT’S GONNA BE A GOOD GOOD NIIIIIGHT.
17. Metallica or Madonna?
18. What’s your most hated vice?
Um…not sure i follow but i don’t like it when I get jealous
19. Who is the most tragic figure in history?
20. What are the top three live shows you’ve seen in your life?
Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Bedouin Soundclash
Spank Rock is many things to many people. He is the exceptionally well-turned-out chap from Baltimore who was one half of the dirty hip-hop electro group with XXXChange. To others, he’s a smart fashionable young man having made a cameo recently in some Alexander Wang ad’s with artist Santigold (see below). Pink Mafia was lucky enough to have a chat with Naeem Juwan to find out more about his new album (Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar), the Check Yo Ponytail tour (with the Death Set and Big Freedia) and the music industry.
Pink Mafia: Let me apologize in advance if I’m coughing or sniffling. I’m actually just getting over a cold.
Spank Rock: Ya, you do sound pretty stuffed up. Kinda mousey too.
Pink Mafia: (laughs) Hahaha. That’s great. I’m going to Check Yo Ponytail tour stop in Brooklyn on October 28. Making the trek all the way from Toronto.
Spank Rock: Really? That’s so dope. We are still trying to figure out Halloween costumes for that show. What should I dress up as?
Pink Mafia: Itchy & Scratchy? You know, going back to the whole me sounding mousey thing.
Spank Rock: (laughs) Yaya. That could work.
Pink Mafia: It has been five years since you released the widely acclaimed electro rap debut album YoYoYoYoYo. Have you been working on the new album Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar all this time? What have you been doing the last five years?
Spank Rock: I’ve spent at least two years touring, all over the country and all over the world. I spent about one year putting the album together. So I wasn’t working it for the entire time. However, with all the label changes and lawyers – things did get pushed back a lot more than they should have.
Pink Mafia: With the album, the sound really drifts between Baltimore, Southern bass, electro and hip hop. But within all of that, you speak to politics, ambivalence and swag. Was there a certain message you were trying to get out through the album?
Spank Rock: You know, for me making the album, I just try to make music that feels right at the moment. It’s kind of an emotional process and a little bit bi-polar. So sometimes it’s harder to make an album that is just one type of album with one type of message. The album ends up being all over the place. It’s just where my influence was at that day.
Pink Mafia: So between the first album and your current album, you were dropped from Downtown Records. I know there is probably a lot of fact and fiction out on the Internet. Care to clear anything up or share your experience?
Spank Rock: You know, the split was pretty amicable. But to be honest, it was still pretty sad. For a lot of new artists out there, you sign to a label and you feel safe and confident. You have this whole new confidence about you and you want to make the best music possible for you and for the label. But then, when people at the label come up to you and start pitching ideas to you about how your music should be behind different advertising campaigns that don’t really align with your music or personal beliefs, you start to wonder “Did I make the right choice?”. That’s really when things started to fall apart. I mean, the music industry is all just a numbers game.
Pink Mafia: It’s funny, I spoke with Freddie Gibbs before and he pretty much said the same thing you are saying. That after being dropped by his label Interscope, he understood what it was like to hustle and work as an independent artist. Now he’s gotten so much more buzz as an independent artist and the labels are back knocking on his door.
Spank Rock: That’s just it. The labels will love you one day when they think you’re going to be able to do something for them. It’s just a numbers game to them. But a lot of new artists are just happy to get a deal. Sometimes though, it’s not the best choice.
Pink Mafia: OK, so I have to admit. I love following your SpankandBlank (@SpankandBlank) twitter account with Amanda Blank. It’s hilarious.
Spank Rock: Really? Thanks. You’ll have to thank Amanda for all the funny stuff. Basically neither Amanda nor myself wanted to do the whole social media tip. But while we were at Miami Winter Music Conference, all our friends were joining Twitter. So I told Amanda, the only way I’m doing this is if you are doing it too. So we ended up making an account together. I’d have to say that Amanda is like my better half. She really gets me. She is definitely one of my best friends.
Pink Mafia: Tell me a little bit more about the Check Yo Ponytail tour. How did it all come to be? The lineup is pretty stacked.
Spank Rock: Well, you know. The Death Set dudes and I have toured together before. We’re kinda like the Partridge Family with Big Freedia in the mix. The shows themselves are a lot of good energy, dancing and craziness.
Meet 23 year old Charlotte Cornfield. Born in Toronto and trained in Montreal, this folk star is reaching new heights with her latest album, Two Horses (out next week).
Two Horses is a clear and well rounded look into Cornfield’s heart . The combination of her intense lyrics and emotion brings to mind classics like Bob Dylan and Neil Young (with a lil’ rock and roll thrown in there).
The album is soulful, her sound is crystal clear and the feeling is genuine and honest.
Two Horses is out on October 25th, and it kicks off her tour through central and eastern Canada. The Toronto release is set for October 27th at The Dakota Tavern, followed by a long list of other great locations. Check out her full schedule after the jump.
Oct. 20 @ The Bus Stop Theatre, HALIFAX (**Halifax Pop Explosion Audio Blood Showcase w/ Ben Caplan)
Oct. 21 @ The Citadel Hotel, HALIFAX (*Audio Blood Tweet Up))
Oct. 26 @ The Casbah, HAMILTON
Oct. 27 @ Dakota Tavern, TORONTO (*CD Release Show)
Nov. 1 @ The Spill, PETERBOROUGH
Nov. 2 @ The Grad Club, KINGSTON (w/ The Gertrudes)
Nov. 4 @ Sala Rossa, MONTREAL (*CD Release Show!)
Nov. 7 @ STFX Art Gallery, ANTIGONISH, NS (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 8 @ Bunkers, SYDNEY, NS (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 9 @ Strut’s Gallery, SACKVILLE, NB (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 10 @ Plan B, MONCTON, NB (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 11 @ Capital Complex, FREDERICTON, NB (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 12 @ Pepper’s Pub, ST. JOHN, NB (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 13 @Fusion Cafe, WOODSTOCK, NB (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 19 @ The Pearl Company, HAMILTON (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 20 @ Van Gogh’s Ear, GUELPH (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 21 @ Cafe Pyrus, KITCHENER (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 23 @ APK Live, LONDON (w/ Ben Caplan)
Nov. 24 @ The Phog Loungs, WINDSOR (w/ Ben Caplan)
Dec. 9 @ The Elmdale, OTTAWA (w/ The Gertrudes)
photo courtesy of courtneyleephotography
This dangerous duo is on their Gentlement Prefer Blondes tour, and they were kind enough to share the first bit with us.
Tour Diary #1:
My name is Katie Rox. I live all the way over on the left coast, in Vancouver. I am one half of the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes tour v.2.0. The other half is Lesley Pike. She lives all the way over to the East, in Toronto.
I hopped on a West Jet plane to join Lesley for take 2 of a little tour we did several years ago (side note: it takes just as long to fly to Toronto as it does to Hawaii…I’m not sayin, I’m just sayin…). Lesley Pike and I first toured together in 2008, the original Gentlemen Prefer Blondes tour, and we had such a smashing good time (literally, rear ended disaster in Toronto on our first day which, despite the hair color, was still not our fault).
Off we go again, set out to prove that blondes really do have more fun. I just got back from a tour in Japan and Lesley just got back from touring the UK – jet lag will be what we blame if we live up to our less than stellar stereotype.
Can we first talk about the traffic here in Toronto? WTF? Vancouver isn’t exactly a small town, I am not fresh off the farm and in fact, I have been to Toronto a time or 2…but what on earth is going on around here?? I asked Lesley if she had ever missed a show because she was stuck in traffic.
Day one (of course) did not escape us without incident. Show #1 was at CFB Trenton Military Base to play for the good people who serve our country. We left the military base and as we were driving out, Lesley realized that she couldn’t find her phone, so we pulled over before we got too far away to try to find it. Sure enough – we found it, and were on our way. 5 minutes later, cop lights started flashing behind us – and I looked up to see a sign that said 50km/hr…yet I was intentionally driving 60km/hr.
When the officer came to the window, I said “I know what you are going to say!” and he said “oh really?” and I went on to explain to him “I was sure I saw a sign that said 60km/hr and so I was carefully making sure not to go over that because I knew you were behind me, and then your lights flashed and I looked up and it said 50km/hr but I swear…” to which he replied “no – that’s not what I was going to say”.
Turns out the area we had pulled over was right near some military restricted something or other, so we raised some red flags. After describing that we were on tour, what was in the boxes, and that even though “yes officer, I’m from Vancouver” and “no officer, I didn’t bring any pot with me” and Lesley reaching over to say “Here, would you like some CDs?”, he let us carry on our way.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: 2 Gentlemen Prefer Brunettes: Up for discussion.
The next day we arrived in Guelph to play at a groovy little music club called Manhattan’s. We found Marilyn on the bathroom door. This was our kind of place.
That’s all for now. We’ve got a couple days off until the next string of dates and will be spending some time with our favorite blonde.
My water glass left me a smiley face.
Words by Katie Rox
England’s Metronomy have been a cascade of different styles and members since their formation back in 1999. Founding member Joseph Mount started everything on an outdated computer fashioning glitchy, electronic sounds that made up their first album (Pip Paine) into the tight indie pop quartet that they are now.
With their upcoming North American tour leading them into Toronto on October 26, 2011 at the Mod Club, I had the chance to speak with Joseph Mount over the phone during a heat wave in England about their latest and most successful album The English Riviera, being nominated for a Mercury Prize and the upcoming tour.
Pink Mafia: Tell me about English Rivera. You’ve had a great response so far from fans & critics alike. What was it like working on the album and creating the sound?
Joseph Mount, Metronomy: We were all really excited in putting this record together. We had different techniques that we wanted to use. Frankly, we were all in a different environment (musically) than we were when we made the first album. But making English Rivera, we can really stand behind it and say we’ve made a record and music that we enjoy and not just a studio record.
Pink Mafia: You just released the music video for “Everything Goes My Way” from the album. The video is very light and airy. How did the treatment come about.
Joseph Mount: Most directors assume we want something really clever to go along with our music. Some kind of different expression of the song within the video. We had just been on tour for awhile and we received the treatment from director Alexander Orlando Smith. We noted in Alex’s treatment that while the concept was very simple, it also didn’t feature us that much and we really liked that. (laughs) But we wanted our fans to at least get a feeling from it.
Pink Mafia: English Rivera was just recently nominated for a Mercury Prize alongside some big acts like Adele, PJ Harvey, Elbow, Katy B and Tinie Tempah. How did it feel to be nominated and what has changed since the nomination?
Joseph Mount: You know, being nominated was strange and also interesting. Once you’re nominated, record labels really get excited. It brings new life to your album and people who didn’t once know who you were start to recognize you. Plus, the Mercury Prize brought a lot of international exposure that has been really useful for us.
Pink Mafia: You have a pretty extensive remix catalogue having done remixes for Goldfrapp, Gorillaz, CSS and Scissor Sisters (just to name a few). Are there any remixes you’re working on currently or any artists you would like to work with in the future?
Joseph Mount: Well we just finished up the Lady Gaga – You & I remix. I couldn’t say no to Lady Gaga. Thinking about the legacy that that one remix could leave behind. Someone else that I would really like to work with that I know others might be surprised with is Britney Spears. I know she’s in the UK right now but of course, when she starts her tour, that’s when we leave for our tour.
Pink Mafia: So tell me a little bit more about the upcoming tour. What can people expect from the show?
Joseph Mount: Well, this will be our first time in North America so we’re hoping to really surprise our fans. We don’t want to replicate the album. We want to create something that isn’t perfect sounding but fans can walk away knowing that was the first time that sound was created. We’re really excited about this tour.
To find out more about Metronomy, check out their website: http://www.metronomy.co.uk/
The Princess of Pop teamed had some of the world’s greatest and most well known DJs to remix a number of her tracks, and create her newest album, “B in the Mix”. The crazy awesome beats on every track, only help to enhance the album’s contents.
Criminal (which is the first track on the remix album) is also Britney’s latest single. The song was first featured on ‘Femme Fatale’, but has now been re-released for your listening pleasure. The song’s video release has yet to be announced, but a lil’ birdie told us they just finished filming it across the pond, in the land of Union Jack.
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Here is the radio mix of Britney Spears’ newest single:
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The line-up of B in the Mix is as follows:
1. Criminal (Radio Mix)
2. Gimme More (Kaskade Club Mix)
3. Piece Of Me (Tiesto Club Remix)
4. Radar (Tonal Club Remix)
5. Womanizer (Benny Benassi Extended)
6. Circus (Linus Loves Remix)
7. If U Seek Amy (U-Tern Remix)
8. 3 (Manhattan Clique Remix Club)
9. Till The World Ends (Alex Suarez Club Remix)
10. I Wanna Go (Gareth Emery Remix)
From Left to Right: Brian Oblivion, Nathan Aguilar, Gabriel Rodriquez, Madeline Follin
If I can remember the Poutini’s orders correctly, Gabriel had the smoked meat, Nathan had the bacon, and the duo shared the maraschino cherry. I mean, the cigarette. I mean, the small regular.
Outside my reservations of speaking on camera, interviewing Cults was as close to the life of Barbara Walters I ever thought one could get. Sure, it took a solo head count down a bottle of grigio, followed by an hour of pacing and scribbling outside the margin of a Moleskin, and a meltdown on Gorevale to prepare, but no one got hurt, so let’s move on.
Not only did the majority of the band batman the second they arrived at the Gladstone (a publicist’s nightmare), but Cults traded in their handbags for whisky at the door and were pretty enthusiastic about bird nests, mobiles, cigarettes, poutine, talking to strangers, disrupting hotel guests, bathroom breaks, hugs, etc.
Brow furrowing though, Brian and Madeline are a dynamic most worthy of additional comment – despite Nathan’s approval of my inclusive approach to interviewing – they are WAY fascinating comme deux. Moments with them that might never leave my head: a) endlessly whispering to one another all night long and b) sitting adjacent to their conversation and seeing the look in Brian’s eyes as Madeline’s laughter filled the hotel’s entire fourth floor. Easy. Bake. Oven.
If it weren’t for the fact that I knew Gabriel didn’t drum for the band (because they were in a big fight with the drummer and left him at home for the night), at first I thought Gabriel was crazy enough to be a drummer. Instead of crazy though, he turned out to be really fun! One of those fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kinda dudes. The one who’s always down for whatever but still totally capable of killing someone if you needed him to. You know, the guy who makes you laugh a lot but you’re scared to be alone in a room with (in a good way). That’s Gabriel. He’s also officially now competing for the ‘best hair’ award. Go Gabriel!
Personalities aside, “Go Outside” is a great single, and I think as far as throwback Motor City tunes that meet feminism and hit you like malt liquor and cocaine go, Cults owns the genre. I call it Shoegazer Bubblemint in E Flat, you call it Hipster, Snax calls it lame. Cults 7″ is still music that’s selling records and constantly under the fingernails of youth around the world. No matter how you look at it. Whatever happened to ‘don’t hate the player, hate the game’ anyway?
Sure, the band wouldn’t be where they are today if it weren’t for
cliché dreams art school and the internet, or because somehow California still plays the coolest place on earth in every blockbuster film. But who cares? It’s Cults! They brought bandcamp to life!
Regardless, there’s a lot less irony associated with this band than I think a lot of people would like to admit. Quirky names aside, The Tipping Point sat on their bed stands for years and I bet Silicon Valley references always fly when in-house inspiration bursts. They’re just another great band in America making friends along the way. The music is good. The timing is right. The people are legit. What more do you want? Opie to end it with the porn star? Not going to happen – Jax would never let that happen.
All photography ©Courtney Lee Photography 2011
WORDS BY KATHERINE ALICIA SNACK
After a tense wait, their newest video is finally out. And unsuprisingly, it was well worth it.
Enjoy The New Cities latest video, The Hype.
Clear your schedules ladies and gents, you’ve got a date with an awesome time! To support their self-titled EP, Toronto darlings Jane’s Party are having a release party this Thursday (October 6th) at the Horseshoe and are pulling out all the stops to ensure a simply hellacious time. Among the already RSVP’d guests are Entire Cities, Fast Romantics, and Gramercy Riffs who will each be playing a set of their own.
If you relish Britpop and eternal summers you’ll dig this four-piece hard. Their sunny melodies are garnished with infectiously upbeat hooks and harmonious vocals which makes listening to them with a scowl next to impossible. Stand-out tracks “Alone Together” and “What You Wish For (Doesn’t Always Come True)” deserve a few extra plays, but overall the entire EP is short, sweet and catchy as hell.
I suggest you limber up and get ready to dance your heart out at what I’m going to go ahead and call the feel good time of the week.
Words by Kate Masewich
So, we got our hands on this super rad teaser clip – looks like some sort of fashion show is going on, but something doesn’t seem quite right…what do you guys think? Stay tuned for more little bites of what’s to come. (The Hype is scheduled to be released October 11). Get The New Cities album, Kill the Lights, HERE.
This rockin’ twosome is hitting Hogtown on the 15th at The Pheonix on their “Keep A Breast” tour, the first Breast Cancer Prevention music tour ever!
We’ve got 5 pairs of tickets to give away. That means 5 of you beautiful people get to go, and you can each bring a friend.
All you have to do is go to the PinkMafia facebook and post on our wall that you want the tickets, and you’ll be entered! Winners will be picked on Tuesday the 11th.
We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Foster the People’s Vancouver show on Monday October 10 .
All you have to do is tweet us (@pinkmafia4life) your favourite summer photo with hashtag: #FosterThePhotoVan before the 8th at 8 am – we’ll draw to get you and a buddie set up to see them live at Commodore Ballroom.