I can’t help myself, I have to write what I am feeling about the Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress… This is America. You can do whatever you want with a slab of meat. Eat it. Toss it. Protest against it. Wear it. Make your choice and live with the consequences. Lady Gaga chose to wear it. Her explanation for shrouding herself in slabs of blood-red meat were stated on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. I’m sure you’ve seen the quote by now, but here it is:
“Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening … If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat.”
“When you’re the same age as the Prime Minister, you think, I’d better get on with this,” Philip Selway grins as he acknowledges the new sea change in British politics but popularity is generally a passing phase while your first album – that’s forever. Knowing time waits for no one, he has delivered Familial, a collection of sublimely fragile, haunting and heartfelt songs that will surprise many, and not only because drummers traditionally don’t do this kind of thing. Familial is so persuasively good, it sounds like Selway has always been a singer-songwriter.
The full album just came out and I am thinking of downloading it this morning, so I just thought I would share a little music joy with you.
By now everyone is used to me professing my love for this girl or that girl or some songstress, who just won’t stop tugging at my soul. Well, today I am officially changing my tune. It’s not some girl this time, no, I am in serious love with white pale male meat. Oh don’t go rolling your eyes at me, I am still a vegan, and I am not fibbing, its a White Lie. Yes, some London Boys are looking pretty mmmm (not sexy if that is what you are thinking). I mean, like they just may be come my official soundtrack for the rest of 2010.
Like I said, the bands name is The White Lies and the Album is called To Lose My Life. Not the most uplifting titles, but there is something special about these songs. Yes, they lie to you and sing about dying, but you have to give them some credit, they do it all with this amazing driving beat, which seems to be purely addicting to me. Really , trust me, or don’t. Just click play on a few of the videos I have added to this post.
The title song on the Album is called Death (don’t worry, you wont cut your wrist right away) and it’s the first video at the top of the page. It’s a great song, but the song which really pulled me in, was A Place To Hide. This song is just… mmmm, and you would know what I mean by that, if you knew me. But you don’t so, I will let you in on the secret. Mmmm is the way I say, I love you, I think your hot to a certain somebody in my life and to give the White Lies the mmmm treatment is big. Believe me…. Very Very Big.
I have posted three more videos after the jump. Now after watching the videos get your Monkie ass over to iTunes and down load the album, you wont regret it, trust me. Plus, its a bargain at $7.99. I downloaded it about a month ago and it may have saved my life. Okay, I am lying again, maybe it didn’t save my life, but it sure did improve it. Without the song a Place To Hide, I might not have found some bodies loving arms waiting for me. I could still be standing in Central Park, with my bags in my hands, waiting with no hope of someone ever coming to get me. It was this song, yes, this song, which made everything, I mean everything, turn out so perfect. MMMMM perfect. :) Do you think I am lying now?
Not Just A Label, isn’t really a Brand, it’s more of a marketplace for Avant-Garde up incoming fashion designers in need of a place to sell their latest creations. To that end, Not Just A Label has been racking up the launches of new “G” organic collections. The latest is by Fashion talent Patrick Mohr, Aoi Kotsuhiroi and Spon Diogo, who make up Aoi Kotshuhiroi. Wow, interesting names, right? The collection consist of long semi-tranparent wife beater Tees with, you guessed it, cows floating across the fabric. Yes wife beaters, but wait a minute, these are made from some very nice organic cotton. Yes, the price point is a little high for the average Joe Blow, trailer rocking, beer slamming, practicing wife beater, ( £ 55 ) the normal target for this look. But since this is a Brit thing, maybe they have in mind the Euro youth culture, the concert hopping oh so gay-not-gay semen and their lady friends. If that is the case, as it appears to be in the ads, these cows may just be leaving the barn and never coming home.
I personally think its good to look the truth in the eye once in awhile. Re-setting my sense of direction. Grounding me in reality. This movie, Earthlings has always done that for me. It’s raw, beautiful, terrifying, sad, comprehensive, painful to watch, and always emotional.
It’s just a film, but its a film which makes me a witness of un-speakable crimes. Displaying before me the daily reality for billions of animals, which I am lucky enough (being human) not to have to experience for myself. It’s the raw truth staring at me, which is more than most of us can handle. We would rather look at the food on our plate as a product, a thing. We don’t wont to think of Veal as a baby calf tied to a crate. We just don’t. We rather pretend its just a product called veal, nothing more.
The average flesh monkie, like myself 13 years ago, doesn’t grow their own food, doesn’t shop at local farmers markets and could careless what a Chicken McNugget is really made of. Which brings me to my point. Watching a film like this is almost un-thinkable for most people. But here it is, living online, just one click away, just one click to see the truth. So, today I am posting the film on G Living, not to scare you or bash you, or even shame you. No, I am posting it here, just so you know, its out there and when your ready, when you think you can handle the reality of this world, the reality nature and the animals of this planet face and the reality of the part we all play in their suffering. You will know, you can reach out, click play and become a witness and then decide where you go from there.
I knew Ellen DeGeneres was a pretty cool woman and had broken down unbelievable barriers to become one of America’s most like celebrities. But I had no idea she had gone Vegan. She explains to Katie Couric, how she just couldn’t fool herself any longer. She loves animals and the industrial food system just doesn’t. She even drops our friends Rory’s book (skinny bitch) as one of the sources of why she chose to become a vegan.
Also, she talks about a film everyone should see called Earthlings (watch it now free). A beautiful produced documentary narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. I must warn you, this film will change your view of Flesh Monkies, and not in a good way. Unless you yourself are deeply infected with Drone Fever, that is. If you think you might be infected, look for someone young to watch the film with. Someone maybe under the age of 7, you know someone who hasn’t been infected yet. Checkout their emotional response and try to mimic it if you can. If you start to feel real emotions, then you may just be on the road to recovery! Congratulations to you and congratulations to Ellen. She has just now became my favorite American Gay Woman Celebrity. Good bye Lindsay Lohan, hello Ellen! You rule girl!
Fact: Unless you’re Justin Timberlake, if you’re a white heterosexual male, chances are you can’t dance and probably shouldn’t. That’s why the smart ones will be drinking at the bar while the not-so-smart ones will be throwing some horribly embarrassing shapes on the dance floor. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule and it’s always a pleasure to discover them.
Scissors for Lefty are an indie rock band based out of San Francisco who have shared the stage with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Blonde Redhead, The Bravery and Panic! At the Disco. Three of the five performed for us at our Venice studios: Bryan Garza on vocals, Steve Garza on bass and James Krimmel on guitar. (It was rumored the other two band members, Peter Krimmel and Robby Garza, were MIA after a mishap involving a very large red helium balloon went awry. Or perhaps they were at work.)
Just when I thought I was ready to move on, she pulls me back in. Yes, I am talking about the soul grabbing little songstress Lykke Li. I have been completely sucked in by her new song, Possibility. I am just so taken by it. And if that wasn’t bad enough, now I’ve discover that she has made a music video (posted above). Great, now I can spend hours looping the video. (Can someone save me)
I can’t explain her hold on me really. It’s the slow, echo of her voice calling to me or something. I find myself listening to this song again and again and again, each time, a little more of my inner self starts to sing along with this mystical woman. If your brave enough, let your guard down, allow Lykke Li in for just a few hours. I am guessing your life may never be the same. It’s a real Possibility.
So, I am out trying to expand my horizons today. No, not in the real world, but online, I did a spin around the other green sites, which I haven’t done in a long while. I have to tell you, I am pretty burned out on the standard green re-hash news headline sites. You know what I mean. Protest this, be upset about that.. so on. I lived that, believe me. I am over it. Now I just want to do things. Hands on, get down and start living. But yes, I am going off track, as usual. Like I was saying, I was out looking around online just to see what the usual suspects are posting about now, when I came across something new. A site by Alicia Silverstone. A newish site called The Kind Life with Alicia Silverstone. I don’t know how long the site has been around, but I have to tell you, I was surprised to see it. The site is a bit like a vegan spin off of GOOP, by Gwyneth Paltrow. Not as polished but you can feel the same vibe going on.
She gets into all of her own “G” lifestyle things. Everything from her vegan dogs, to her new vegan recipe book, eco home decor and on and on. Yes, she is trying to sell you something, her book, but I think the site is about more than that. She seems to be pretty cool, down to Earth and definitely living an amazing “G” life. About the recipe book, I haven’t seen it yet, but I did watch the behind the scene video from the photo shoot and that looked pretty good. I will have to put her book on my list. She even took the time to make the video I have posted above. In the video she takes us all along for a spin around the hottest vegan food spots in New York City. Some of the places she goes too, I never even heard of. It’s been that long since I have been back to NYC.
(after the jump, video of Alicia explaining what the site is all about)
Way back in 2007 Donna Karan appeared on The Martha Stewart Show to talk about how her husband (who had recently passed away from cancer) had inspired her to change her life and to help others. She decided to try and help people make better / healthier choices, which would hopefully lead to them living fuller lives. Part of this mission, includes focusing on eating for your health. To bring this point home, she treated Martha to one of her favorite morning juice recipes. An Apple based green drink packed with flavor and nutrition. I have included the recipe after the jump.
As we wrote about before, Donna changed her life and diet around and lost a considerable amount of weight in the process. She consumes a diet of healthy organic living foods. She was on the show with Dr. David Hill who also made a healthy and fresh fruit smoothie that Martha said tasted like the best ice cream ever. You can catch the episode online at Martha’s site. Here is Donna Karan’s recipe for her green juice:
Hope you enjoy this flash back and get inspired to start your own juicing habit.
It’s pretty rare here on the west coast to see an out spoken style driven “G” guy. I would say most of the guys on the west coast who lean green, tend to take their style cues from actor Charlton Heston, in the Planet of The Ape movies and not so much so from Brad Pitt. I don’t know what it is about living in L.A. compared to New York City, but style just doesn’t seem to be important. This is why when I came across Joshua Katcher and his site The Discerning Brute, I secretly thought to myself, there maybe hope yet for the vegan / G man. Come on, how in the world, are we ever going to have a “G” James Bond, if we don’t have any out spoken men pointing the way to green fashion alternatives.
The women in the green movement have it made, relatively that is, compared to us guys, the start-up green fashion brands, such as Stewart+Brown, exclusively focus on women. Now I completely understand why, (green guys are cheap) but it just makes the transition from toxic to organic incredibly hard for potential newbie green guys. For example, try buying a suit or some dress shoes which don’t include leather, wool or some other non vegan, organic, cruelty free materials and actually looks good. You will find out quickly you have about 2 options and non of them are in a store near you. Your only real option is to basically gamble by going online and buying from the three or four site that actually exist. But to make it even harder and more expensive, it turns out most of the cooler stuff you might find comes from England, which means higher prices and major shipping issues. Or your second option is to give up and buy some organic T-Shirts and jeans.
This is where Joshua steps in. On his blog Discerning Brute, he does the hard part for us guys. He finds what is cool out there, who are the hot new designers and even breaks down how green this stuff really is. On top of that, he sits down with designers, fashion leaders and even does the occasional street interview in an effort to bring home a little fashion reality to his fellow New Yorkers. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
We put together a full hour long Real G show to test out the concepts of a green lifestyle show with our unique dark green twist. The music for the most part is just temp music and wouldn’t make it to the real show. If some powerful producer likes what they see, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.The show is very rough, and not done exactly as we would have liked. We wanted to create a live audience show, but just couldn’t squeeze them into our studio, which was built into a real green house in Venice California.
The Real G is fast, furious and alternatively fueled.
Darker, cooler and edgier than its cousin green….‘G’ is where mind-expanding knowledge, eye-popping aesthetic, plant-based sustenance and beats per minute collide. ‘Real’ because we keep it that way. We introduce viewers to an organic lifestyle, which doesn’t cost a fortune or look like crap.
Each slick, sexy, sixty minute episode is shot ‘as live’ and features cutting edge fashion, design, cars, news, food, celebrities and music. While guests, bands and green chefs interact with our hosts at The Real G’s modern stylish studios in Venice, CA, our team of roving reporters hit the runways, highways, green carpets and more to bring us the best and the brightest of this emerging lifestyle.