On the Road with The Kills: Dream and Drive

On the Road with The Kills: Dream and Drive

The Kills just celebrated their ten-year anniversary as a band, but it feels like they’re just getting started. Singer Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince have taken their time on their rise from anonymous newcomers to veritable rock stars. Last year they put out their fourth album, Blood Pressures, and played some of the biggest venues of their career. Now, on September 4th, they’ll release a book of photographs, Dream and Drive, taken by their longtime friend Kenneth Cappello.

Photographer Cappello has gotten to know Mosshart and Hince pretty well over the last 10 years. Through lonely deserts and stages crawling with fans and sweat, Cappello captured many of the band’s most public and private moments. “He’s seen it all, the good and the bad, the broken down and the weird,” says Mosshart in the forward to Dream and Drive, Cappello’s collection of photographs of life on the road with The Kills.

The Kills: Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” (2012)

The Kills: The Last Goodbye

The Last Goodbye is a powerfully emotive music video portrait of the rock duo Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, directed by the Oscar nominated actress Samantha Morton. The Kills celebrate ten years of musical partnership with this poignant and captivating video. The melancholic song The Last Goodbye offsets the usually hard-edged sound that Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are known for, with haunting vocals and a nostalgic piano loop. Shot in monochrome on crisp, silvery 35mm film, the video reflects the beautiful simplicity of the track, while using an old-school photo-booth to provide an intimate backdrop for Mosshart’s intense and heart-warming opening performance. Her introduction is followed by a series of touching poses that casts a tender light on the musicians’longstanding and spirited friendship, as Mosshart and Hince share memories of their first meeting and a decade of collaboration.

The Kills: The Last Goodbye

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Photo-Gallery: The Kills: Dream and Drive

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David Boudia Upsets Chinese, Wins Olympic Gold in 10-Meter Platform Diving

David Boudia Upsets Chinese, Wins Olympic Gold in 10-Meter Platform Diving

Chinese divers had won six of the seven gold medals awarded at the 2012 London Games going into the final diving event, the men’s 10-meter platform. Two Chinese divers, Qiu Bo and Lin Yue, were ranked first and second after the preliminaries and again after the semifinals. But in an upset, David Boudia of the United States won gold, the first gold medal for the United States in diving since Laura Wilkinson in 2000 and the first for the men since Mark Lenzi won the 3-meter springboard in 1992.

Read more about David Boudia’s Gold Medal victory in the New York Times here.

David Boudia Wins Olympic Gold in 10-Meter Platform Diving

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Metamorphosis: A Deliciously Tasty Vengeful Feast

Titian: Diana and Callisto (1556-59)

Titian: Diana and Actaeon (1556-59)

Titian: The Death of Actaeon (1556-59)

Metamorphosis: A Deliciously Tasty Vengeful Feast

The National Gallery in London has acquired three of Titian’s paintings based on Ovid’s myth of Diana and Actaeon: Diana and Actaeon, Diana and Callisto and The Death of Actaeon. As recounted by Ovid in Metamorphoses, the hunter Actaeon, chancing upon the chaste Diana bathing naked with her nymphs, is transformed by the vengeful moon goddess into a stag, who is then killed by his own hounds.

One of the works commissioned to celebrate this exhibition, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, is a beautiful and mystical short film that provides a contemporary retelling of Titian’s Diana and Actaeon. Metamorphosis was directed by the talented writer-director duo, Tell No One, also known as Luke White and Remi Weekes. Instead of the bath scene that Titian depicts, the story unfolds at a countryside estate. The film does a tremendous interpretation of the original myth and painting; at times the film’s visual effects are so stunning they could be paintings themselves.

Metamorphosis: A Deliciously Tasty Vengeful Feast

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A Medley Relay Victory in His Final Race, Phelps Claims 18th Olympic Gold

A Medley Relay Victory in His Final Race, Phelps Claims 18th Olympic Gold

Michael Phelps was honored with a special individual ceremony after concluding his record-breaking career Saturday as the most decorated Olympian. FINA president Julio Maglione presented Phelps with a silver trophy to recognize his achievements.

Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. At these games Phelps won four gold medals and two silvers, more medals than any other swimmer.

Last Tuesday, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games. With help from his American relay teammates, Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 800-meter freestyle. He followed that achievement with three more gold medal performances this week, as he swam to victories in the 200-meter individual medley, the 100-meter butterfly and the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Read more about the amazing achievements of Michael Phelps in the New York Times here.

Michael Phelps Wins Gold in Final Olympic Race, 4x100m Medley Relay

Michael Phelps Awarded His Final Olympic Medal

Michael Phelps Wins Olympic Gold in Final 100m Butterfly

Michael Phelps Wins Olympic Gold in 200m Individual Medley

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The Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History, Advances to 400m Semifinals

The Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History, Advances to 400m Semifinals

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa made history on Saturday morning, becoming the first double-amputee runner to compete in the Olympics when he lined up for a first-round heat in the men’s 400 meters at London’s Olympic Stadium. The crowd saluted Pistorius with roars of encouragement; he sprinted to a second place finish in his heat in 45.46 seconds, a season-best time, and advanced to Sunday’s semifinals.

Pistorius reached the finish line after six lomg years of yearning to achieve a qualifying time and five years of scientific and legal arguments about whether his prosthetic legs gave him an unfair advantage over sprinters using their natural legs.

Read more about the amazing achievements of Oscar Pistorius in the New York Times here.

Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History, Advances to 400m Semifinals

The Blade Runner: South Africa’s Amazing Oscar Pistorius

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Michael Phelps Makes History, Wins Record 19th Olympic Medal

Michael Phelps Makes History, Wins Record 19th Olympic Medal

Four years after he climbed to the top of Olympic achievement at the 2008 Beijing Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games on Tuesday.

With help from his American relay teammates, Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 800-meter freestyle. His teammates threw their arms around him, as the crowd at London’s Aquatic Centre rose to their feet to witness the coronation of the Olympic king.

The record Phelps broke was held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won the last of her 18 Olympic medal at Tokyo in 1964. Until Phelps arrived at Olympic competition, no one had come close to breaking her record in almost half a century. Now the torch has been passed to the 27-year-old Michael Phelps from Baltimore.

Read more about Phelp’s achievement in the New York Times here.

Michael Phelps earns Record 19th Medal at London’s 2012 Olympics

Michael Phelps’ 19th Medal Ceremony at London’s 2012 Olympics

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The Final Song of the Yellow Canary

The Final Song of the Yellow Canary

An enormous clifftop, blue skies, multiple deaths and a yellow canary who matter-of-factly keeps meticulous notes of it all. Yellow Belly End is a dryly absurd, award-winning animated short film, created by Philip Bacon as a unique and compelling graduation film at England’s National Film and Television School and produced at Slinky Pictures. Bacon speaks in metaphors about the tragedies of life and death, as a yellow canary records animal suicides at the edge of a cliff, or possibly the world. The story unfolds in a way that encourages viewers to create their own interpretations of the larger meanings of the film.

Special thanks to Genevieve Okupniak at SOTW.

The Final Song of the Yellow Canary

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