La Night Explorer è un’edizione limitata nata grazie alla collaborazione tra l’azienda automobilistica cinese e la Razer, produttrice di accessori per fanatici del gaming
La Nio è un’azienda fondata nel 2014 con ingenti capitali cinesi e ingegneri americani specializzata nella produzione di auto elettriche. La compagnia è salita alla cronaca nel 2017, quando l’hypercar a batteria EP9 stabilì il nuovo record sul circuito tedesco del Nürburgring fra le automobili da strada. Inoltre, al fine di puntellare la sua specializzazione nel mondo dell’elettrico, l’azienda ha deciso di partecipare al campionato mondiale di Formula E, aggiudicandosi, nel 2014-2015, il titolo mondiale con Nelson Piquet Jr. La Nio, forte dei suoi capitali cinesi, ha poi proposto, esclusivamente per il mercato locale, due suv elettrici: ES8 e ES6.
Quest’ultimo, presentata sul mercato cinese a fine 2018, è un suv disponibile con due diversi tagli di batteria (70 e 84 kWh), che, tra le altre cose, presenta un sofisticato sistema di intelligenza artificiale, chiamato Nomi, che è in grado di rispondere ai comandi vocali.
La Nio, al fine di dare un’impronta ancora più decisa alla sua immagine di azienda “smart” e giovane, ha deciso di collaborare con Razer, azienda specializzata nella produzione di hardware e periferiche per il gaming professionale e gli esport. Il frutto di questa collaborazione è un’edizione speciale della ES6 denominata NIO x Razer ES6 Night Explorer; limitata a 88 unità, è un’esclusiva per il mercato cinese.
La vettura, già ordinabile ad un prezzo di 467.800 yuan (che corrispondono a circa 60.500 €) è stata presenta al ChinaJoy, la più grande fiera di giochi e intrattenimento digitali in Cina. Questa edizione speciale si caratterizza per avere sulla carrozzeria il logo Razer e sulle fiancate le vistose decalcomanie di colore verde con il distintivo simbolo dell’azienda specializzata in periferiche. Sono verdi anche le pinze freno, che completano il “pacchetto” del design.
La Nio ES6 Night Explorer Edition è basata sull’allestimento Performance Edition, che può contare su una potenza di 544 cavalli e su uno scatto da 0 a 100 km/h in 4.7 secondi. L’autonomia è di 510 km. Per quanto riguarda la dotazione tecnologica, la vettura inoltre dispone del sistema avanzato di assistenza alla guida NIO Pilot, del sistema di intelligenza artificiale Nomi Mate e di display migliorati. Essendo un’edizione speciale nata in collaborazione con un’azienda specializzata in gaming, la suv cinese è inoltre dotata delle tecnologie THX Spatial Audio, Hue Lights e del sistema di illuminazione Razer Chroma.
Le due aziende hanno comunicato che, oltre all’edizione limitata ES6 Night Explorer, collaboreranno per abilitare sui modelli futuri di auto elettriche l’illuminazione basata su Razer Chroma RGB, l’ecosistema di illuminazione per i gamer. Grazie a questo, i proprietari di auto elettriche potranno personalizzare gli effetti di luce all’interno dell’abitacolo, oltre a disporre di funzionalità audio, sincronizzazione e integrazioni di giochi utilizzando i controlli RGB dei veicoli Nio.
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The Center Won’t Hold’s release day will be the first that Sleater-Kinney experience as a duo. In July 2019, Janet Weiss issued a statement saying “the band is heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on”. Some social media users pointed fingers at The Center Won’t Hold’s producer, St Vincent. But seeing as the band have often drastically switched up their sound (think of the sonic gulf between party-starting All Hands On The Bad One and the exposed-wire polemic of One Beat), that theory was never entirely convincing. And anyway, the band have since told The Observer that a St. Vincent collaboration was Weiss’s idea to begin with.
Weiss leaving was a surprise to me. Meeting in east London this May, the trio had seemed chipper, despite being squeezed for time and Tucker needing to slip out part way through our chat. We laughed at the bar staff’s odd decision to noisily rearrange the furniture, an interruption from a pink-haired hair stylist, and the arrival of a boisterous gang of city boys (Brownstein zeros in on one of my passing remarks: “I love that English term for men – ‘lads’”). Weiss was a little quiet; though she warmly reflected on the band’s past, she seemed detached when we discussed The Center Won’t Hold.
Had the band known in London that Weiss was unhappy? “Uh, no,” says Brownstein, speaking on the phone from Portland in July. “It definitely came as a surprise. By all witness tests, everyone was really on the same page.”
Weiss did not respond to a request for additional comment, but it would be callous to cut her contributions from our interview. Below are edited and condensed versions of two wide-ranging conversations with Sleater-Kinney, spanning the band’s evolving musical canon, the future of gender politics, and their favourite fan tattoos. In the first QA, they speak as a three-piece; in the second, as a duo.
LONDON, MAY 31
The promotional images for “Hurry On Home” show you alongside the song’s key words: “Unlistenable,” “Unloveable,” “Unfuckable.” What were your intentions with that?
Carrie Brownstein: The album speaks to a time where what is now normal should really be abnormal. So we wanted something a little disjointed. The song is kind of a choreography of grief and sadness. It’s couched in a domestic setting, so a feeling of despair and betrayal by someone you love, but in my mind, “you got me used to loving you” – it can be (that) you start to trust in people, systems, government, a country. Like, “Oh wow, you got me used to loving you, America.” All of us have realised that the things you have faith in are letting us down.
That image also came to mind when listening to your new song “Love”, which goes, “There’s nothing more frightening and nothing more obscene, than a well-worn body demanding to be seen.”
Corin Tucker: Part of that is reclaiming ageing for yourself, and redefining the societal norms of how you’re supposed to be seen when you’re an older woman, or middle-aged. With the words “Unfuckable, unloveable, unlistenable”, we’re taking them on ourselves. It’s almost like, “There’s nothing that you can say to us that we’re not gonna say to ourselves. We’re gonna own that.”
It falls into a tradition of what women and queer people have always done, which is to take what’s levelled against us and turn it into armour.
Is the record title based on the WB Yeats poem? “Things fall apart / The centre cannot hold.”
Carrie Brownstein: Yeah. It’s from that poem, which was of course written in post-wartime, about the fact that world was a fractious, tumultuous place. Certainly that felt à propos to this current time. We wanted to take that broader idea of breakage and posit them in personal narratives.
And to your point about “Love”, and to where the body is a place of resistance: there’s only so much that a body can withstand. (On the album) there’s a lot of moments of despair, but also people embracing the corruption of the times. People take advantage of times of disinheritance, of times of tumult. There are people grasping at the grotesqueness. But there’s so many ways right now that bodies are under attack. Trans bodies, brown bodies, queer bodies, female bodies. There’s a lot to hold steady against. But you don’t always feel like you can.
“There’s not a lot of precedent for three women to make the kind of music that we make, this far along” – Carrie Brownstein, Sleater-Kinney
Corin, you sang about being fearful for the safety of your body on Heavens to Betsy songs like “Playground” and “Monsters”. How has the way you feel about your body evolved?
Corin Tucker: I feel so much more loving towards my body now than I did when I was young. I’ve lived a really good life in here, no matter everything that the world has levelled against it. I feel like I’ve been a warrior in it. And I’ve produced two human beings out of it that are perfect and amazing. My fear though, is that now I have a daughter I’m so worried about her. I’m so angry and sad that she is going to have to fight all the battles all over again.
There’s a fearlessness to your recent imagery. Why did you want to show that?
Carrie Brownstein: We’ve been a band for 25 years; this is our tenth album. There’s not a lot of precedent for three women to make the kind of music that we make, this far along. Shonen Knife, that’s the only other female band that’s put out this many records. There’s not a lot of precedent! So we have to lay down tracks behind us, to say, “Come join us! You don’t have to stop!” There’s plenty of outrage, as a vernacular. We need to be vulnerable – vulnerability is its own language. So we had to approach it with fearlessness.
Corin and Carrie, you wrote “One More Hour” after your break-up. How have your feelings about playing it changed over the years?
Corin Tucker: The Sleater-Kinney world… it’s kind of multifaceted. There was a romantic relationship. There’s a friendship which is really strong. There’s a whole community of people, and there’s all this music that we’ve done. Although the song itself is still is a bittersweet memory, it’s surrounded by this whole garden of other things that are really beautiful.
At this point, Tucker leaves – she has a gig with her other band, Filthy Friends, tonight – and I continue the conversation with Brownstein and Weiss.
This summer you guys are coming back, and so are Team Dresch and Bikini Kill. Do you think there’s something about our current moment that creates a hunger for these voices?
Janet Weiss: I think that people are looking for a way to do something, to somehow rebel against what’s happening. For us, it’s music. I can’t speak for Team Dresch, but I imagine they’re feeling despondent and desperate about what’s happening in America as well. And you’re like, “What can I do?” And then you think, “What am I the most powerful at?” And for a lot of us, it’s music.
Do you think Sleater-Kinney would have been the same band without riot grrrl?
Carrie Brownstein: Probably not. I came up under the tutelage of Bikini Kill, their sound, I was a big fan of Heavens to Betsy – that’s how I met Corin, at their show. It gave us something to embrace, but also something to deviate from. You know: “Here’s what riot grrrl gave us, and how can we expand on that?”
Carrie, I didn’t know that The Hot Rock was about your relationship with a woman until I read your book. Why did you choose to keep the album’s lyrics vague?
Carrie Brownstein: I don’t think I’ve consciously denied pronouns. In the aftermath of heartbreak or a relationship, to me it becomes a story that’s more universal. I’m only myself, and, especially in the last five or so years, I’m very open about my sexuality. I like songs that anyone can see themselves in. I love that we have a lot of queer fans, trans fans, and non-binary fans. We always have, so I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong. We’ve only wanted people to feel seen and heard by our music, so I think that’s more important to me than hitting the nail on the head too hard.
I heard that when The Gossip supported you on tour in 2000, Beth Ditto would do your hair in bouffants?
Carrie Brownstein: We were just talking about this! Corin was talking about Beth doing her bouffant somewhere in the Midwest.
Janet Weiss: We have a lot of funny stories from that tour. We would do dares. One of ours was that we had to wear Cats makeup. We had to dress up as characters from Cats and wear it onstage. But no explanation at all to the crowd! We just had that make-up.
Carrie Brownstein: It was amazing watching Beth explode onto the scene, from the first night. There’s still no one like her.
Would you rather step into Lady Gaga or Beyoncé’s shoes? If you bid high enough you could just purchase both.
A new online auction is underway, including hundreds of items that have been worn, owned or signed by a premium selection of modern musicians and Hollywood icons, including Beyoncé and Gaga. RR Auctions’ Pop Culture sale started last week and is accepting bids until August 15th. The catalogue of items was pulled together from a number of private collections, including the Yossi Dina Collection in Beverly Hills, and has been designed to attract pop culture fans with cash to spare.
“And I was just thinking about this today: one can’t underrate the light that his friend Harmony (Korine) brought to his life around that time. I would say that they had a lot of common ground on the extremes of being and deadly accurate radar for comedy in the dark corners. I’m picturing a bat with a clown nose sweeping up the spotlight.”
In the same email chain, the film’s director Michael Tully responded: “I guess the only thing I’m thinking is how you initially proposed this as documenting the journey in words, Matthew, and when David didn’t balk you suggested actually shooting it, and when he didn’t balk at that either, then you called me and we decided to take the plunge!”
Throughout Silver Jew, Berman cracks jokes (“It’s like Footloose – I come into town and liberate the feet of the teens”) and seems genuinely thrilled to meet new people. When jittery fans pluck up the courage to request an autograph, both sides are visibly moved by the interaction. It’s comforting, then, that Berman wasn’t always the pessimistic introvert he claimed to be in interviews. After all, Berman’s songs weren’t just catchy, they were often laugh-out-loud funny. Take this verse, from “The Frontier Index”, which is a comic short story on its own:
“Boy wants a car from his dad, Dad says, ‘First you got to cut that hair.’ Boy says, ‘Hey dad, Jesus had long hair.’ And dad says, ‘That’s right, son, Jesus walked everywhere.’”
Later on in Silver Jew, Berman explores the Old City of Jerusalem on a guided tour. According to an introductory subtitle, Berman’s decision to perform live was spurred by a “newfound devotion to Judaism” in 2005. When he reaches the Wailing Wall, he reads a prayer and openly weeps for two minutes. But then he laughs, wiping tears from his eye, as if he’s found some sort of cosmic clarity. Berman had just released an album that concluded with him bellowing, “I saw God’s shadow on this world.”
Robison adds that “I don’t think David ever left God behind (if that’s a thing). When we talked, if he detected a hint of faith or ‘presence’ or something, he’d get right into its construction or possibility.”
In 2009, Berman announced Silver Jews would be no more. On Drag City’s message board, he revealed his father was Richard Berman, the union-busting lobbyist nicknamed “Dr Evil” by 60 Minutes. “I decided that the SJs were too small of a force to ever come close to undoing a millionth of all the harm he has caused,” the singer wrote at the time, adding, “I thought through songs and poems and drawings I could find and build a refuge away from his world. But there is the matter of Justice. And I’ll tell you it’s not just a metaphor. The desire for it actually burns. It hurts. There needs to be something more. I’ll see what that might be.”
While these characters’ fates diverge sharply, Meg choosing to live an “ordinary” life, and Hermione well on her way to becoming the hero of the wizarding word (no offense, Harry), this costumed nod is, perhaps, a subtle wink between literary icons, and an invitation to embrace the power and beauty of a perfect pink dress.
Below, find more Meg March– and Hermione Granger–approved pink party dresses and accessories to wear the next time you find yourself descending a staircase to embark on a magical evening.
Jeans and a tee might be the most underrated outfit to ever exist. Editors and stylists are always calling these items the building blocks of any closet. There are so many directions to go with the simple pairing. From piling on fun jewelry and throwing on a pair of heels to dressing it down with clean sneakers and an oversize blazer—this easy outfit combo is timeless, versatile, and belongs in everybody’s closet.
The reality is, most of us don’t have the ability to constantly add new items to our closets. We hold on to things that serve us well—like great fitting denim and a relaxed comfortable tee. The beauty of this shopping roundup is that you can give your old favorites a refresh to make you feel like you’re wearing something entirely new. It’s an effortless-chic way to get dressed in the morning that takes seconds to throw on. Scroll and shop ahead for seven jeans and a tee outfit ideas that will upgrade your closet’s best basics.
Before we jump in, let’s remember that you should always (repeat: always) wear whatever you love and feel confident in—despite any fashion “rules” out there. On that note, celebrities seem to be particularly on board with this philosophy. Whether they’re stepping out in their off-duty life or on the red carpet, they simply wear what works best for them. And that’s that.
For those casual fall outfits specifically, there are actually seven fashion “mistakes” A-listers such as Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Gigi Hadid seem to disregard completely. But naturally, they all totally work in their own way. Keep scrolling to check out the fall-fashion “don’ts” celebs are ignoring, and shop their key autumn essentials if you’re looking to push the sartorial boundaries a bit as well.
It seems like everyone on Instagram right now is away on some fabulous or exotic vacation along the Amalfi Coast, in Mexico, or simply living it up in the Hamptons. My feed right now is a virtual fashion show of influencers, editors, and friends living their best peak-summer lives before the fall season quickly sweeps in.
Instead of impulse-booking a vacation, I’ve decided to break down exactly how to create these curated swim looks we’re seeing all over the internet right now. Let this shopping roundup be your packing resource to dress for where you’d rather be. Just like the old saying, “Dress for the job you want,” I’m saying dress for the vacation you want. May this form of shopping manifestation will make your end-of-summer travel dreams come true. I’m buying it (literally). Scroll ahead for six ideas on how to accessorize your swim look by destination.