Roundup of my favorite things this week… follow it, don’t judge it.
Sleigh Bells, consisting of Derek Miller (producer/guitars) and Alexis Krauss (vocals) has been on my lust list for some time. I told ya once. I told ya twice. But a third time in order when a band this kick-ass comes into my life, and finally into my iTunes. They killed it this past Tuesday at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Brooklyn. Derek dropped the bomb backstage that M.I.A wouldn’t be coming out in her PJ’s – he let me cry on his shoulder for hot second. Then Alexis took to the stage like she was ready to rage and dove on top of the drip-sweating crowd. It was magic.
Sweet beats. Vocal funk. Indie vibe. M.I.A. feistiness. Guitar rifts. Smooth vocals. Rocking melodies. Forties flair. Booming bass. Screaming fans. Will.You.Marry.Me?
Architecture. The Hollywood Sign.
While Heffy & his bunnies were planning a “Save the Sign” Campaign, a 28-year-old architect was thinking big – Hollywood Big. Christian Bay-Jorgensen (the dapper Danish-man of Bay Arch Architecture) said screw saving the iconic landmark; lets make it the Hollywood Sign Hotel.
The hotel letters would be twice the height of the current 45ft-tall sign, and include an observation deck. There will be 308 rooms divided into 10 floors plus various amenities such as a movie theatre, pool area, restaurants, a conference room and a museum.
‘It’s a symbol of dreams and opportunity,’ Bay-Jorgensen said. ‘The Hollywood sign will welcome dreamers, artists and Austrian bodybuilders for generations to come.’
Will it happen? Who knows? But a man with a plan… I approve this message.
Hotel. Hacienda Benazuza.
When it comes to food, wine and conviviality, the Spanish seem to have it all figured out, and Hacienda Benazuza (otherwise known as the El Bulli Hotel) is the ultimate gourmet’s paradise. Here, recipes created by famed Catalonian chef Ferran Adrià are prepared by his deft protégé Rafael Morales in the hotel’s two-Michelin-star restaurant, La Alqueria. Many foodies are lured by the connection to Adrià and his famed El Bulli restaurant, but they stay to soak up an authentic Andalusian experience, with countless details that stimulate the senses at this 10th-century hillside farmhouse.
Make your own Vicky Christina Barcelona moment now.
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