Guess who this is covering Satisfaction and we’ll send you an Ace Hotel t-shirt in the mail, SWAK. Howie Pyro picked this out for you and, true to form, it’s mildly terrifying. The contest is in honor of Levi’s Pioneer Sessions - artists covering the classic songs that inspire them. We’ll post another song for you to guess next week, and again the following week, except for the third time around we’ll give the winner a Levi’s Pioneer Sessions Limited Edition Crosley Turntable. What a mouthful. The name is actually larger than the deck itself. It’s compact, handsome, and sounds as clear and crisp as all of your records must have 40 years ago. Carry on, contenders! Send your guess to us with “Howie Pyro x Levi’s x Ace” in the subject line.
We’re giving away some signed copies of Jay Greene’s book, Design is How it Works. He likes the way we work design, and did us the honor of including us. Send your best photos of your favorite design and vintage aspects of any Ace Hotel. We’ll confer and nail-bite and debate passionately late into the night, and then we’ll send the winners their booty. Godspeed!
Winnebago Man premiered in NYC this weekend with the man in question, Jack Rebney, and Michael Moore in attendance. And filmmaker Ben Steinbauer spoke with Aaron Hillis from Greencine Daily in a loft suite at Ace Hotel New York about the film and his experiences making it. Here are some shots from the weekend.
Amazing wild soul singer known as Hannibal — The Mighty Hannibal & a bit later here as King Hannibal — returns from heroin addiction & jail to release this funky soul monster testament to the dangers of drug abuse. Nothing comes close to this! Hannibal aka James T. Shaw has made some of my most-played killer 45’s in my DJ sets (like Jerkin’ The Dog), but this is just amazing! It opens with his echofied announcement “I WANNA TALK TO ALL YOU ADDICTS OUT THERE, THAT’S GOT YOURSELF A GREAT BIG JONES, AND YOU TRIED ALL THE METHADONE, AND YOU JUST CAN’T LEAVE THAT “HER-ON” ALONE…I WONDER, HAVE YOU TRIED… .JEEEESUS???” Then it kicks into a funky insane groove with the killer echofied “I was hooked”…I can never get tired of this one…check the video and get the great Norton Records compilation Hannibalism for a career retrospective. I have hung out with the Mighty one & he is super cool & is doing shows that are amazing.