August 14, 2008

When Coltrane Curtis needs a break during the workday, he doesn’t linger over a long lunch or head to the gym. He goes shopping. Recently, he picked up a pair of vintage Cazal aviators. One time, he bought a Zero Halliburton briefcase; another time, it was a $7,000 Leica camera.

Curtis, the 32-year-old owner of a marketing firm in New York, admits that he shops for clothes far more than his wife does. Evidence of this comes in the form of 600 pairs of sneakers stacked in boxes in the spare bedroom of his Tribeca apartment. In response to his habit, his wife has given him the kind of order that is usually heard coming from the mouths of grouchy sitcom husbands: Stop buying shoes.

A couple of decades ago, the stereotypical man of the house unwound from a hard day by watching a game with a glass of something on ice. His wife? She went shopping. But whether it’s because ads for moisturizer now target men or because stores have started serving them snifters of brandy while they get fitted for shirts, guys are rewarding themselves in a way they never used to: by taking out their credit cards.

A recent study of men’s buying habits done by WSL Strategic Retail found that guys in their twenties and early thirties visit a greater variety of stores than older men do. “They tend to shop more like women,” says Wendy Liebmann, WSL’s founder and president.

But unlike the classic Sex and the City-style shopaholic, for whom a trip to Barneys is a balm for a bad day, they’re doing it on good days. James Sivco, a 36-year-old private-equity investor in Houston, just got a vintage golf bag to toast himself for having a profitable year. “It’s almost all celebratory,” he says of his shopping.

David Lewis, head of neuroscience for Mind Lab International in England, calls the male desire to pamper oneself with purchased goods “a kind of consumer masturbation.” For a study in 2006, Dr. Lewis took 20 guys, ages 18 to 25, to a high-end lingerie shop and then to a sporting-goods store. When he asked them which experience they liked better, he says, “a number of men said, ‘That sex shop was really exciting.’ In fact, their brain activity was much greater when they were looking at sneakers.”

Luke, a 36-year-old restaurant-chain owner in Houston who’s married with two kids (he asked to be identified by only his first name), regularly shops during his workday. On recent lunch breaks, he’s bought himself perfectly cut khaki shorts and a pair of pajamas. He doesn’t see his vice as a problem.

And few guys with a spending habit do have a problem, technically. But it may not be such a big leap from liberated male shopper to addict worthy of a guest spot on Oprah. The biggest warning sign: seeing suede wing tips on the screen where your boss’s e-mail should be. According to April Lane Benson, the author of I Shop, Therefore I Am, “Compulsive shoppers are plagued by buying thoughts. Whenever you devote so much brain space to shopping, there’s less to use for something else




Today Janelle Monae’s Metropolis: The Chase Suite is in stores!! Go grab a copy and support her new, fesh sound! I am happy it finally came out, the push backs began to scare me!!

Some standout tracks for me are Sincerely Jane, and Many Moons!

So i just happened to be watching the Olympics on NBC and the swimming competition comes on, so all of a sudden i saw Phelps beastin’ on everyone else’s ass and he has once again broken a world record by almost a full second!! This is his 9th career gold medal, since he won this particular event tonight, the 200m freestyle, congrats to him!!! GO USA!!!!!

Petra Marklund aka “September” is a swedish-born singer and is currently blowing up pop radio with her current single “Cry For You.” So far, this single peaked at number 4 in the Dutch top 40. The song is off her album entitled Dancing Shoes. which is currently on sale now.

Below: 1 of the 2 videos made..

Kate Hudson covers the September issue of W magazine, looks great!

Shout out to B.Scott for the pic!

Skype has finally been updated to run of Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. WM 6.1 devices are spawning recently and it was about time to add support for those too. We successfully installed and used the Skype for Windows Mobile client on both the Samsung i900 Omnia and the HTC Touch Diamond.

Chatting over Skype is not bad at all; unfortunately making calls over HSDPA is still a mucky business when it comes to voice quality. It’s much better on Wi-Fi internet connection.

Another drawback is that during calls the touchscreen remains active and you are bound for accidental cheek-and-ear presses on the display. Also the green and red receiver keys don’t seem to work for Skype call management and video calls are not an option despite both handsets have dedicated video call cameras.

The new Skype however failed to make use of the full Samsung Omnia screen real estate in all application windows. Yes, it gets used properly when you are viewing your contacts list or the settings page, however most of the other windows leave an unused white or black band at the bottom of the screen. At least it doesn’t hurt functionality.


Today’s video comes from So You Think You Can Dance IV. The dance is called “Pas De Deux” and it was performed by Katee & Will (who I still think SHOULD have won..but that’s another story) Anywho…they did a great job, and their movement was “almost” flawless and very fluid! This dance is one of my favorites to watch

Enjoy Below:

Although the first cut on Solange’s sophomore album, Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams, is called “God Given Name,” the singer says she doesn’t want to talk about her family. However, on the song she addresses comparisons to Bey (”I’m not her and never will be / two girls gone in different directions, traveling towards the same galaxy / let my star light shine on its own / No, I’m no sister, I’m just my God-given name”), and she even may have recently released a street track entitled “Fuck The Industry (Signed Sincerely),” which begins, “I’ll never be a perfect Beyonce…” Thank God for us, if you ask Solange about the super-stardom rivalry between her and her big sis, she’ll definitely tell you why she’s mad, son.

Parlour: Why’d you pick the Pharrell-produced, “I Decided,” as your first single?

Solange: Instantly after we finished song, I listened back and it felt good. Whatever emotion it evokes, most of it has to do with the way we recorded the song. We wrote it, I went in to test the mic and did a run through. Then Pharrell said, “OK come out, that’s the song. We just need to build a few backgrounds.” As a vocalist, I thought he was insane because some notes were sketchy. But he said, “Ignore your ear and hear the emotions behind it.” I definitely felt like I captured the soul probably because I wasn’t trying.

P: Who else did you work with on Sol-Angel?

S: People who inspire me like Cee-lo, who was probably the most influential. I wanted to merge 60’s and 70’s music with hints of electronica. He and Danger Mouse have been the first to popularize the merging of the two. I had to track down Boards of Canada to work with them, like literally stalk them, but I’ve been a fan of them forever. I also worked with Mark Ronson and Q-Tip is on the second single, “Sandcastle Disco.”

P: How’s Sol-Angel different from your 2003 debut, Solo Star?

S: Then I just didn’t know how to execute what I wanted. I was 15, and made a record with no identity. I was at a label [Sony] that didn’t develop me, they just got all the big heads together and hoped to formulate a big song.

I started writing all these Sol-Angel records three years ago but no other artists wanted to cut them. It wasn’t cool yet because it was before Amy Winehouse, Adele and Duffy. A few people asked, “why aren’t you cutting those records yourself.” Geffen gave me the opportunity to record, turn it in and sign when I was done. I thought for sure I’d do an indie record, where I am happiest, but the key and the challenge now is trying to work with label and get them to know me.

P: Do you think people will get your music?
I have never felt at home in one demographic. That’s my struggle with management and my label, getting everyone to identify that just because I’m African-American, that doesn’t mean that I’m an urban artist. I make music for people that have a sophisticated ear and are brave enough to support something non-traditional. People complain about the state of music, but there are alot of diverse and talented artists with people that support them. But their fans aren’t the ones calling the radio station, they just want to see a good show. So I said, we should just do a tour and all of the artists that are going to be a part of it will have the same voice and stance on music. So, we, Janelle Monae, Chester French, the Knux and I, got all of our managers on the phone and started making a tour happen. It’s in the very early stages, but we’re trying to put something together.

P: You’ve already been married, divorced and become a mother, do you think those experiences have helped or hurt you?

S: It helps. People expect women, especially in R&B, to be very prim and proper and this sort of model. The artists with the best albums have been inspired by situations of pain and growth. I’ve definitely been through a lot in the past few years, so I’m very proud to say that I’ve matured. A marriage, a divorce and having a baby will do that to you.

P: How do you deal with the comparisons to Beyonce?

S: At first I didn’t want to make people uncomfortable in interviews, I didn’t want to come off rude or arrogant. Now, I just really don’t care.

P: Closing words?

S: I want to do things on my own terms and only want to do media where people respect the art form and understand what being an artist is about, without talking about irrelevant things. Those are the outlets I want to be a part of, but right now I have to play the game. I still have challenges because some people feel you only have one shot. But I’m going to continue to make music, no one’s going to tell me this is my last shot.•

Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams hits shelves on August 26.


This is just amazing!!

One of my favorites!

It’s my current ‘driving song’ lol