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See You Next Year, Internet

  • Kempt Staff

2012 has been one helluva ride here on Kempt. And we’d like to take a moment to thank you all for taking that ride with us. (We hope some of that handsomeness rubbed off.)

Now, we’re off to find the nearest bow tie, pair of lips and bottle of champagne, and get started on the year-end revelry. We suggest you do the same, but since we’d never leave you empty-handed, here’s a little bubbly-swashing inspiration. We’ll see you next year, folks.

The icons’ guide to drinking champagne with style.»

A Dozen Photos of the Beatles You’ve Never Seen

  • Najib Benouar

The Beatles’ meteoric rise really happened between 1964 and 1966—spanning from the birth of Beatle Mania in continental Europe to the “bigger than Jesus Christ” tour through America. And during that time, Harry Benson spent nearly every waking hour with the band as their officially unofficial photographer. He was like the fifth Beatle—with a camera strapped around his neck instead of a guitar—even tagging along on George’s honeymoon in Barbados. It gave him unique access to (and perspective on) the young lads in an exciting time—all documented through his lens. Some photos instantly became iconic (the pillow fight at the George V Hotel, the impromptu boxing session with a young fighter named Cassius Clay), but the rest were tucked away, never seen by the public... until now, in this oversized, 272-glossy-paged collector’s-edition book, The Beatles: On the Road, to be released soon from publishers extraordinaire Taschen.

So extraordinaire, in fact, that they were gracious enough to send over a dozen exclusive snaps from the book to share with you here. Enjoy.»

Kempt Liner Notes: “Tomorrow Never Knows”

John Lennon recording “Tomorrow Never Knows” at Abbey Road, 1966

Donald Draper isn’t a Beatles fan, but his creator sure is. The New York Times reported yesterday that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner didn’t blink at the $250,000 price tag that came with concluding Sunday’s episode with “Tomorrow Never Knows,” the first song written and recorded by the Beatles to be licensed for use on a television series. Why this particular track, though? As Weiner explains, “That song to me is revolutionary. [The Beatles] were constantly pushing the envelope, and I really wanted to show how far ahead of the culture they were.” And how far behind Draper had become. Roger Sterling, on the other hand, having recently returned from his jaunt with Lucy in the sky with diamonds, was likely a much bigger fan of the song.

As are we, after discovering some fascinating facts about the psychedelic anthem that changed everything...»

Bambi Norwood-Blyth Is Engaged in Lawn Sports

The End of the Trend: 15 designers weigh in on the future of American men’s fashion. The verdict: trends are over and Americana is complicated. [Gilt MANual]

The Week That Is: Leaked cables from the dark heart of fashion week. What you read may shock you… [The Awl]

Meet the Beatles: The Beatles first U.S. concert is about to get a public screening for the first time in almost 50 years. [L.A. Times]

The Party is Down: A people’s history of Party Down. We’ll miss you, TV show. [Details]

Anja Krvina is Pleased with her Choice of Conditioner


The Shampoo Smile: God bless Eastern Europe. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Power Puff: Bill Cunningham is not immune to the allure of the puffy coat. [NYTimes]

That’s the President’s Plane: Complex counts down the top 50 Air Force Ones of all time. Sometimes we can’t tell if they’re kidding. [Complex]

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Beatles oevre, translated into graphical form. To be honest, George comes out looking pretty good. [MikeMake]

Beatles for Sale


Following in the footsteps of Radiohead’s USB box set earlier this year, the Fab Four’s catalog is being digitally repackaging into a handy USB drive, concealed in this plastic apple along with a few mini-documentaries, rare photos from the archive and digitally enhanced liner notes.

It’ll set you back nearly $300—thanks to the usual New Medium price hike—but it’s handier than carrying around a dozen jewel cases. Still, we might hold out for the Stones’ tongue drive.

Dita Von Teese Makes a Branding Match Made in Heaven


An Uplifting Experience: We don’t know why it took this long, but Dita Von Teese has finally connected with Wonderbra. [The Daily Mail]

Yoko?: Comme des Garcons and the Beatles may be eyeing each other for co-branding. Much as we love them both, we really hope this doesn’t happen. [Selectism]

Billions and Billions of Fans: Carl Sagan gets his posthumous recording career started. [Nerdist]

One Simple Rule: The name says it all. You may never need another productivity blog. [The Ultimate Productivity Blog]

Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore are Good Friends


This Might Count as "Fueling Speculation": There will come a day when Sapphic titillation no longer generates automatic press coverage. But it is not this day. [Marie Claire]

Paul Lives: 45 years later, Google Trends confirms it: the Beatles are bigger than Jesus. [TG Daily]

It’s Ok With Us: Elliott Gould drops a little knowledge from a hipper plane. [Esquire]

Fare Thee Well: Glenn O’Brien eulogizes a departed man of style. [Style Guy]

Shakira has No Time for Backup Dancers


Bonus Round: Vanity Fair shares the leftovers of their session with Shakira. [Vanity Fair]

Working Class Heroes: The Times anoints The Beatles: Rock Band as the Most Important Game of Our Time. In other words, bigger than Jesus. [NYTimes]

Upgrades, Upgrades: Apple’s easy upgrading may be working against them. [Kottke]

Rocket Man: Our old friend Qaddafi just built himself a new whip, adhering to his usual standards of tastefulness. [Jalopnik]

Nowhere Men


The trailer for The Beatles: Rock Band just debuted at E3, and it’s one of the more outright spectacular game trailers we’ve ever seen. Anyone interested has heard all the songs a few dozen times, and the Rock Band routine is hardly news, but the back half of the trailer suggests a level of tripped-out visuals that’s more in line with the Cirque du Soliel.

Which makes a certain amount of sense.

Watch the trailer»