Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Ad on Houston and Lafayette

Posted by The G on March 30, 2015 under Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

I don’t know his music and from what you see in the scandal mags, Justin Bieber seems like a total douche bag.  However, hotness is hotness.  The Beebz’ Calvin Klein ads are on a massive wall on Houston and Layfayette in New York at the moment, so for all my ladies and gays, here you go.

Tell us in the comments section: Justin Bieber – hot or not?

Justin Bieber Billboard

Justin Bieber Billboard

 

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Young Empires to Release “The Gates” on March 30, 2015

Posted by The G on March 23, 2015 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Photo courtesy of Young Empires.

Young Empires Logo

Young Empires

2015 got off to a slow start musically, but as the ice starts to melt in New York, Toronto’s Young Empires are heating things up.  Earlier this year, in association with Coors Altitude, their first new song in quite a while, the ultra infectious “So Cruel,” became a Youtube sensation, chalking up close to a million views.  See video below and you will see why it’s so popular.

March 30, 2015 will see the worldwide release of another new Young Empires song, “The Gates.”  They are offering an exclusive preview of the track on their Instagram page (link will open in a new window).  You can also follow them on Soundcloud.

Welcome back, Young Empires!  We’ve missed you!

A Portrait of According2g by Carl ‘Screwtape’ Paoli

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Photo and art by Carl “Screwtape” Paoli.

According2g by Carl Paoli

According2g by Carl Paoli

Wow!  What an honor to be immortalized by the amazing artist Carl ‘Screwtape’ Paoli.  Carl is a jack of all trades who has found success in Hollywood as a stuntman, is a film-maker and documentarian and he’s also an artist whose work has been shown in the streets as well as galleries all over the world.  He presented me with a painting of myself this weekend and I am both thankful and humbled to be painted by such a great talent.  Please visit his website (link will open in a new window) and follow him on Instagram at IM_Screwtape.  He often posts time-lapse videos that document his paintings and they will blow your mind.   Thanks again Screwtape!!!  I am so honored!

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox at Catherine Ahnell Gallery

Posted by The G on March 20, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Tali Lennox.

"Layers of Life" by Tali Lennox

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox

Prior to her exhibit “Layers of Life” at the Catherine Ahnell Gallery in New York (which opens to the public on March 20, 2015), artist Tali Lennox already has an impressive resume.  In her early 20s, Tali Lennox has had a successful modeling career and she’s also the daughter of one of my favorite singers of all time, Annie Lennox of Eurythmics.  Don’t let those impressive credentials fool you into thinking her art is a vanity project that is only made possible because of her fame.

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

In “Layers of Life,” Tali Lennox reacts to the social media generation by creating a series of ‘selfies,’ but instead of hiding behind a computer to express herself as so many of us do, Tali has used paint and canvas as the medium.  To be so young and to be such a deep thinker is very impressive and this is expressed perfectly in her work.

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Layers of Life by Tali Lennox

Like with things we post online, we can only judge what we see in that moment and what happens before and after is a mystery.  It would be fascinating to hear mother and daughter discuss their thoughts on this topic in relation to the iconic images they’ve been a part of.  And if Tali or Annie are reading this, I volunteer to conduct said discussion.

Tali Lennox poses in front of her work at the "Layers of Life" opening.

Tali Lennox poses in front of her work at the “Layers of Life” opening.

I spoke with Tali at the opening night reception for “Layers of Life” and she was kind enough to pose in front of one of her works.  She was embodying the emotion in her painting, hence her covering up her absolutely gorgeous face.  You can see exactly what I mean after the jump.

Congratulations to Tali Lennox on a great exhibit and I have no doubt that we will be hearing her name a lot in the years to come.

“Layers of Life” by Tali Lennox is showing at Catherine Ahnell Gallery, located at 66 Grand Street in New York, through April 19, 2015.

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“Rebel Heart” by Madonna – The G Review

Posted by The G on March 4, 2015 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G. “I Won The Internet!” art by Troy Gua.

Rebel Heart vs I Won The Internet

Rebel Heart vs I Won The Internet!

Hello!  Remember me?  Since we last spoke, I released my third book, “I Won The Internet!” which is available now on sites like Amazon.com.   I took a break after the release of the book to do some promotion and also to get my nervous system back.  For 5 years, I’ve been going out pretty much 7 nights a week in search of letting you all know the best art and music you should focus your energies on.  To this day, there is not another website on the internet that has ever done the things I have done – experiencing, photographing and writing about all the content that appears on their site.  It’s really sad to me that the world isn’t any the wiser as they continue to read sites written by people who rip off and re purpose content off the web and try pass it off as their own, but that is not my problem – it’s yours for supporting it!  Readers have kindly been nudging me to return to this site for a few months and the love has been overwhelming.  I thank you kindly for your love and support.  You shouldn’t consider this my full return to According2g.com, but I will try pop in from time to time and let you know what’s up.  You can also follow me on Instagram or Twitter @according2g for updates.

What better way to kick things off than with one of my favorite love-to-hate subjects – Madonna.  I’ve been a fan of her since the beginning of her career and to her death, I will probably always be interested in what she’s up to.  What I despise about her is that she has never lived a “practice what you preach existence,” and pretty much anyone that has been around her that has not signed a non-disclosure agreement rarely has a nice thing to say about her. It’s a shame since she is always singing about love and peace, but it fascinates me that people (myself included) continue to be captivated by someone whose only care for you is how she can carefully take your money.  If you think that sentence is egregious in any way, you are in serious denial and you need help.

Regardless, I go into all of her albums with an open mind, because I will not lie, when her music ‘does it’ for me, it makes my world a happier place and I will always be grateful for that, and this new album has those moments from time to time, although fleeting.  Her 13th studio album “Rebel Heart” has been a disaster since before the album even had a title.  In December 2014, before the record even had a release date or a title, 13 songs in perfect quality, but in demo form, leaked to the internet in full.  To try and do some damage control, Madonna oh so kindly, finished up 6 tracks and let people who pre-ordered the album have those songs instantly.  She called it her Christmas present to fans.  Insulting since her real fans (the people still interested in supporting her career) downloaded the songs for free days before (deny it all you want, but you and I both know that is the truth – not just for her but for any veteran act), but I digress….   In the interim, she announced the full album would be 19 songs long (except for a 26 song deluxe edition) and would be released in March of 2015.  Before the end of 2014, an additional 19 songs leaked in full, so the grand total of songs that were “out there for free” at this point was 32.  Madonna’s PR team went on a manhunt to find the person that hacked into her computer and released these songs into the wild and a person was captured.  Leaks over, right?  Not!   A few days later, the finished version of the deluxe edition (25 songs) leaked onto the internet in perfect quality.  And before the official release of the album, an additional few songs leaked, bringing the grand total number of tracks (including multiple different versions of certain tracks) to over 50!  Makes you wonder – was the leak a publicity stunt?  Is she having trouble with her mega-deal and she wants out?  Rarely any information “officially released” these days is the truth, and so many of her fans are sheep that actually believe she’s a kind hearted person, so we may never know the truth.

It’s a good time to be a fan because there is certainly a lot of material to choose from and some of it is her best work in over a decade.  Whoever sequenced the album and chose certain producers did a really crappy job as many of the demos were great and subsequently ruined by over (or under) production.  Also many great songs were scrapped from the official release in favor of much worse songs.  She’s been pulling the ageism card in interviews to try and gain sympathy and attention for the album, and to some extent she is right – the world caters to the youth and that sucks – but awesomeness always rises to the top.  Frankly I think, Madonna looks amazing “for her age” (since she went there).  Her plastic surgery doesn’t look as scary as it used to and she works out so much, she has a really great body.  I am not really sure if I enjoy seeing her put her tits and pussy on display anymore, but sex sells and that’s always been part of the winning formula for Madonna, so why stop now?

After the jump, see my brief track by track review, as I try and make some sense out of this mess.

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