The Roundup

The Roundup

All the most important tidbits of the day, brought to you through the lens of V

All the most important tidbits of the day, brought to you through the lens of V

Text: Ian David Monroe

November 2, 2015

Today on Zane Lowe's Beats1 radio show, Sam Smith debuted what he calls "the saddest song I have ever written," which is saying a lot given the artist's penchant for tear jerking tracks. Perhaps another description would be that the track, "Drowning Shadows," is Smith's least radio-friendly offering since his chart rise began. It's a ballad in a sea of club-ready anthems, but that's ok; sometimes, you need the quiet. Listen to the track:

Sia rarely, if ever, shows her face in performances, so it should come as no surprise that she doesn’t have an Instagram. That is until today. The singer announced @SiaThisIsActing, an account that reveals the release date (January 29) and the cover of her new album, This Is Acting. The first single from the album, “Alive,” was recorded with and for Adele, but was ultimately cut from the artist’s album. This Is Acting is a collection of tracks originally intended for other artists.

Stop animation in the film industry is often relegated to children’s movies, but who says it can't please adults, too? It certainly worked for 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and,—if reviews and a Venice Film Festival Grand Jury Prize are to be believed—it works again for Anomalisa. The film’s first official trailer has just been released along with the announcement of a limited release in December. Anomalisa features Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, and Tom Noonan.

Every month, the Times Square Advertising Coalition and Times Square Arts tap an artist to display their works on dozens of the countless screens that fill Times Square—a refreshing break from the endless advertisements. The takeover is brief, but impactful all the same given the high density audience that populates the area around the clock. This month sees a short film, Servitudes, from Jesper Just featuring Dree Hemingway that focuses on the society’s fixation on youth and beauty. Servitudes will play every night from 11:57 pm to midnight every night this month. (via Times Square Arts)

The piece above is a part of New York’s performance biennial Performa, which kicked off last night at St Bartholomew’s Church with a renaissance dance staged by Francesco Vezzoli. The dancers were outfitted in Prada and guests included Miuccia Prada, Inez and Vinoodh, Cindy Sherman, Carine Roitfeld, Cecilia Dean, and more. (via ARTnews and The New York Times)

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