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Archives: September 2007

Useless Magazine Celebrates Its Sixth Issue

uselesss1.jpgWhile BlackBookers feted their Music Issue, several blocks uptown Useless Magazine and Brooklyn rockers Golden Triangle celebrated the debut of their sixth issue. The independent, artist-run art and culture magazine has developed a versatile, enthusiastic following among the art crowd since its creation in 2004.

“Everyday I get emails from all over the world from designers, stylists, illustrators, photographers wanting to be involved,” says fashion director Sarah Maher. “Designers I love and respect are really excited about working with us. [They] know of us already, which gives me great hope for the future of an industry that is currently so economy-based.”

Over 400 well-wishers crammed into artsy Chelsea hotspot Passerby (which owner Gavin Brown says he will soon close). Meanwhile, staffers struggled to figure out how many of them were on the 200-person guest list.

“The people here tonight respect something that’s a little pulpy, a little dirty,” says Joshua Seidner, Useless features editor. “What’s most exciting is that people still care about stuff that’s actually on newsprint.”

Published three times a year and sold at alternative bookstores and high-end boutiques around the world, the magazine strikes an irreverent tone with a range of multicultural content. Half of its essays, interviews, illustrations and photographs are generated in its London office.

“The goal is to have things, designers, people, ideals that all blend as part of the Useless theme, family and philosophy,” Maher says. “It’s based in art, of artists and their creations. [We want our content to be] interesting, aesthetically challenging or beautiful in design and designers ideals.”

While staff members coyly declined to discuss the specifics of the next issue (out in March of 2008), Seidner listed Jonas Mekas, Robert Wilson, Helmut Berger, Sam Shepard and Kenneth Anger as candidates for piece on New York’s male legends.

“They’re each heavyweights, each important, each artists, each useless,” he said. “I can’t say what exactly will be in our future issues. Who knows? It will be whatever we’re most excited about the month before it comes out.”

If Gawker found the party itself to be useless, Maher hopes readers know the magazine is anything but.

“New York has been simmering for quite a while now,” she says. “Artists are nearly being crushed by the big fat asses in accounting controlling the arts industry. I think there is going to be a turning point very soon and I can’t wait for it! The kids are going to riot, tear it apart and give a big kick to abovementioned fat asses. I love the idea of bringing everyone together in the issue, it brings me hope.”

&#151Stephanie Burton



Photos by Mike Garten.

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Roundup: Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Colleen Williams will drink you under the table and then head out on the town. She reports from a week’s worth of media shindigs.

Interior Design Magazine Party
Monday, Sept 24

A redesign of the Charles S. Cohen firm headquarters and the September issue of Interior Design Magazine meant mini-golf and loads of Nicholas Feuillatte champagne at the 59th and Lex offices. The crowd was mainly of the architectural-glasses-frames set, and a little bit older, but the partymaster pumped Goldfrapp and even Justin Timberlake for guests. Highlight? Polenta fried chicken. Otherwise, where’s my copy of the magazine?

Planet Magazine Party
Tuesday, Sept 25

Planet Magazine busted out the new one-quarter bottles of Nicholas Feuillatte on Tuesday night at Sway, piled copies of their Asia Argento-cover issue on tables, and brought in DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen. The party was for… what was the party for? I’m pretty sure it was just for party’s sake, which is pretty much the best kind. They even provided me with the worst hangover I’ve had all year! Thanks, Planet Magazine!

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Graydon Wants Tom and Gisele and Little John Edward


If you’re the architectonically-haired editor of the king of all glossy magazines, cover decisions are based on a complicated arithmetic of scandal multiplied by sheer beauty. So when Tom Brady’s photogenic baby was born to his ex-Bridget Moynihan, it was a no-brainer that Graydon Carter would be calling. Of course Carter would also want Gisele Bundchen to be in on that little photoshoot, no? From The Boston Globe:

”Give Graydon Carter credit: At least he’s trying. The editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair wants to put Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, and young John Edward Thomas Moynahan on the cover of an upcoming issue, but he’s being rebuffed. (What d’ya suppose Bridget Moynahan would say about her baby posing with Bundchen?)”

(image via cnn)

Patrick McMullen Book Launch Party: Glamour Girls


Last night at the Whitney Museum of American Art, party fixture Patrick McMullen held his book launch party for GLAMOUR GIRLS. According to our favorite social chronicler, McMullen turned the book signing ritual on its head and into yet another social. From New York Social Diary:

”The book-signing was in the big subterranean space at the Whitney. Patrick was there surrounded by a multitude of friends, fans and assistants, in his dark suit and white shirt, his locks shorn to the investment banking executive’s level. The room was full of the biggest, widest melange of social characters ever assembled in New York (except maybe once upon a time at Studio 54).

” … The signing ran from 7 — 9, but since it’s not like any other book signing because it’s really just another one of Patrick’s parties which he occasionally hosts, it cudda run all night.”

Among the guests were Michael Musto, David “Abs” Zinczenko, Wilbur Ross, Robin Byrd, Lynn Yaeger, Mary McFadden,

(image via newyorksocialdiary)

Sundown on Sunset: Heaven or Hell

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Halo 3 might make a profit.

Tyra Banks takes a stand and declares Cycle 9 of ANTM a no-smoking zone. It’s more fun when everyone goes through withdrawal. Unlike the real world.

Indiana Jones
is shooting right now, in Downey.

Phil Spector is free and the jury foreman is a neighbor; Joe Francis is in jail.

(photo by Anders Brownworth)

Partying With BlackBook

Ari Horowitz with Damon Dash — Photo by Jonathan Feinstein

BlackBook celebrated its Music Issue last night with a swanky fete sponsored by St-Germain liqueur. Director and owner Ari Horowitz graciously opened his penthouse apartment to a glittering crowd that included Damon Dash, former Out publisher and current BlackBook president and publisher Joe Landry and disgraced Project Runway designer Keith Michael (who was kicked off season three for hording illegal pattern books).

“It’s really good to be here,” Horowitz said, who stepped down as Vibe president earlier this year to focus more attention on the lifestyle glossy. “I’m really excited about the brand. It’s great to reach a crowd like this.”

Hitting newsstands last week, this year’s Music Issue boasts sultry Cate Blanchett on the cover. Inside, the Oscar-winner talks about her “gender-bending” role in I’m Not There, the much-anticipated epic on Bob Dylan.

Despite previous rumors of money mismanagement — earlier this year freelancer Mike Albo ranted “getting fucking paid from magazines that owe me money like BlackBook” was the most challenging part about being a writer — the publication seems to be thriving under the leadership of Steve Garbarino. Appointed editor-in-chief in June of 2006, Garbarino “vowed to straighten out the mess and make sure the writers get paid.”

Staff camaraderie seemed to be full force as editors and interns alike gobbled sushi and danced to tunes from The Bowery Riots. Horowitz was at ease as he mingled with guests on his balcony.

“We’re relaunching our guidebooks,” he said, referring to the BlackBook Guide to New York. “It’s going to be a newer, hipper online version of Zagats.”

Along with the usual spew of bar and restaurant recommendations, the hipster mini-books will feature interviews with “eccentrics and fashionistas,” neighborhood maps and signature cocktail recipes. The 2008 edition, out in stores on November 5 for $10.95, offers conversations with The Misshapes and The Brazilian Girls.

Horowitz is also eyeing new media outlets for the magazine. “I’m most excited about what’s going on with video and mobile phone,” he said. “There’s a lot going on with technology and new forms of communication. Lots of things to celebrate and look forward to.”

—Stephanie Burton

Newsweek Magazine Ends Partnership with


It’s more of as media separation than an outright actual divorce. Starting in October, Newsweek magazine, which is regularly hosted on the MSNBC site, will spin off their web site giving them a greater control of its editorial and advertising destiny. From Bloomberg (via Iwantmedia):

”The new contract with MSNBC replaces a seven-year agreement that expired in June. Washington Post is investing in its Web sites to attract advertising revenue lost at the flagship newspaper and at Newsweek. Last month, Washington Post and CBS Corp. said their Web sites will share political content related to the 2008 presidential campaigns.”

(image via newmediamusings)

Electronically Tracking Terrestrial Radio


Later next year the new electronic method of tracking terrestrial radio listeners debuts in New York City. Until then, New York City — market 1 — is still using the quarterly Arbitron paper diary method. In markets where monthly electronic ratings are already being used — like Houston and Philadelphia — it is changing basic assumptions of radio. From Seth Seutel of AP:

”Chris Caldwell, a media buyer at the Houston-based agency Briggs & Caldwell, says that the ‘morning drive’ time slot isn’t as highly rated under the electronic system as it was before, and weekend listening is much stronger than most people believed.

”’Our radio budget hasn’t changed, but the way we disperse that radio budget has,’ Caldwell said.”

Some other curious new findings are: more men listen to radio than women, more workers listen than the unemployed, and the rock format is significantly more popular than was previously thought.

(image via clipart)

Daily Video Content Kicks Off On Monday


Alright, kids. Starting Monday we’re introducing a new feature to FishbowlNY:

360° Daily Angle

It’s daily FishbowlNY video.

The TV production will be hosted by New York 360°‘s Amy Palmer (above). We’re going to have new episodes each weekday that will also appear on NYC TV’s website. Expect top stories, interviews and all sorts of good stuff on the latest in New York media and entertainment news.

Press release after the jump.

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Another Bad Week for The Times


The past few weeks have not been rosy for The New York Times. On September 26th the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to condemn the ad that ran in their pages. Three days before that embarrassing — and bipartisan — House Resolution, the Times’ own Ombudsman had said that the ad violated the paper’s written standards.

On the same day as the House vote — Wednesday — the Times experienced a phone and network failure for three hours. From Thomas Claburn of InformationWeek:

”According to the memo seen by InformationWeek, the backup server management software failed, leaving redundant systems waiting for word to step in and save the network.

”The Times’ IT staff and executives from Nortel, the media company’s equipment provider, managed to restore the newspaper’s systems in New York by 7:30 p.m. in time to publish its Thursday morning edition.”

Yesterday The New York Times was back to publishing on its regular schedule.

(image via clipart)