In just a few hours from now, voting closes on the Lovie awards. This is, officially, a hashtag major deal in the world of European websites, for which the Lovie is the most-coveted award. It's also voted for by the public. Now, in case you haven't already guessed, we would really, really like you to click through and vote for Dazed Digital. To give you a sense of why, here's some of the pieces of writing of which we are most proud.
And if you've already decided you dig what we do, here's the link to vote:
"The end of 2012 saw him at Mnet Asian Music Awards, onstage in a room packed with the industry’s movers and shakers and call them out on cloning his sound and look for their artists. For the entertainment companies, who pride themselves on their successful product and indeed create the industry that fills GD’s coffers, it was a very public slap in the face. Did he get away with it?" Read more
C IS FOR COP SELFIES
"Alongside with naked mom selfies, cop selfies are the selfie oxymoron. The authority of a policeman, combined with your average banal selfie pose, makes for perfect entertainment. We associate the picture-taking moment of a selfie with fun times, relaxation or some kind of punch-the-air, exceptional occasion. When that applies to a police officer, your mind can't help but conjure up some pretty dark things." Read more
"If Yves Saint Laurent was fascinated with the arts – think of the epic Ballet Russes collection of AW76, though not only – this quartet have a subliminal link in Hedi's exploration of West Coast cultural mythology. Beyond that? They wear it well, a reminder of the magnetic insouciance that separates a rock star with someone who is simply in a band. Vive la difference." Read more
"Giorgio Moroder is waiting for the robots to arrive. The rendezvous point is a beige hotel-suite off the Sunset Strip, a few miles from the Italian-born producer’s home in Beverly Hills. Last summer, Lindsay Lohan set up shop in the very same room for two months, then fled owing $46,000. Decorated like a funeral-parlour waiting-room from the 1970s, it takes granny chic to the next level. I’m tempted to ask Mr Moroder if he agrees, but the man credited with introducing electronic music to the mainstream via Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” is busy, snuggled in the corner of a sofa lamenting his ill-fated venture into sports-car manufacturing." Read more
"In the early 2000s, something unique happened in Peckham. With nearby Goldsmiths University and Camberwell College of Arts producing a greater number of arts and humanities graduates than at any time in British history, and with many alumni faltering on the job market, something had to give. There were too many highly educated people with too many ideas and not enough places to use them." Read more
"Our action was half creative, half political. A massive problem with this country is the absence of a sense of humour. Nobody found it funny, when in reality it was quite humorous. What is happening to us might seem very tragic, and it is of course, but it does not deny the fact that we tried to bring out the humour in the difficult situation our country is in, showing it in a funny and absurd light. Highlighting the actions of the elite but in an absurd way, to make them look at themselves in the mirror...But nobody saw it the same way as us." Read more
"In an exclusive new film shot during Raf Simons SS14 show at the Gagosian gallery in Paris, graphic design legend Peter Saville – best known for the visual identity of Factory Records – and Belgian fashion designer and creative director of Dior Raf Simons speak openly." Read more
"Creative process is everything to Blondes: they tease raw, often ecstatic, house and techno from their analogue set-up, bouncing off one another in the live moment. “What’s nice about working with a lot of hardware is that you’re always expanding and contracting your instrument,” picks up Zach Steinman. That expansion and contraction is at the heart of ‘Swisher’, an album born from an ingrained desire for evolution. Read more
"Circumventing the 'one per family' rule and having ins with all the right people for clandestine releases – it begins to sound like the opening scene of a mafia movie. On the contrary, this is one very true life story of Chris Robinson and his father, who became obsessed with collecting Beanie Babies for their apparent value after their 1993 debut. $100,000 deep in the Beanie Babies craze and the family noticed a problem: there was no return on investment." Read more
"People are blaming the police for all the excessive violence. Hundreds have been injured, while a 20 year old by the name of Kerem Can Karakas, dead. Some photos show that there are even tourists on the scene with injuries.
But despite the heavy policing, an activist in the area tweeted that 10 policemen threw away their badges and joined in the riot. Perhaps blame should rest on the shoulders of those who gave the police power in the first place? The same people who have decided to make our 3G a target, our one and only outlet at this moment. It looks like jammers have been put in place – a device normally used in times of war – to obstruct any communication signal. And it's been said that Twitter will be blocked by the government in a matter of hours." Read more
So, that was the year that was: revolution and robots, rock icons and Raf Simons, selfies and toys.
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