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Nyok Fian Has Lost Her Buttons

Southern Harmony: The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson has a surprisingly solid grasp of style and grooming. [Esquire]

We’ll Always Be a Step Behind Him: A typically mind-expanding interview with Brian Eno. Apparently we’ve got too much grid-based music. [Pitchfork]

Tweed For Life: A gentleman’s guide to the wonderful world of tweed. [GILT Manual]

Not Today: In honor of Election Day, here’s a little history on why it happened to be today. [Good Men Project]

Eliza Sys is Having Trouble Layering

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Outerwear: Disappointingly, this is not from an overcoat ad. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

The Death of the Uncool: Brian Eno says that, in a broad enough culture, nothing is uncool. Maybe this is a good time to get that Aja post ready. [Prospect Magazine]

He’s Got a Knife!: French kitchen knives are actually kind of sweet. [The Shoptometrist]

Tailoring: The tailor’s second fitting may be the most important. So, store that one away. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Silwia Jankowska Slinks

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Hello, There: Fashion Copious checks out the portfolio of Ms. Silwia Jankowska, and we’re beginning to think every model in the city has a “slinking on the floor” shot… [Fashion Copious]

Oh Man: A familiar face takes stock of the “manly advice section of the bookstore. The verdict? You’d better learn to tape drywall. [Slate]

Roll Out: Esquire takes stock of the latest runway trends, as applied to what you already own. Get ready to roll those pant cuffs. [Esquire]

Music for SmartPhones: Brian Eno fulfills his destiny with a generative iPhone version of Music for Airports. Maybe he was too cool for Android? [Gizmodo]

Like a Fox

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Year-end lists are rarely as definitive as they claim, but they’re pretty good at calling winners and losers for the year. And while our post-Talking Heads pals didn’t do as well as we hoped in hipster bible Pitchfork’s Top 50 of the Year, we can’t dispute their #1 pick.

This year, it went to the Bruegel-loving harmonizers Fleet Foxes, a well-timed throwback to David Crosby’s California. Of course, it’s not 1966 anymore and they're representing Seattle, not Southen California, which makes the mood a bit more pastoral and a lot less poppy. And unlike most other songwriters making their way through the blogosphere, the Foxes’ Robin Pecknold has serious music theory chops, so there are a few key changes mixed into the usual folkiness and the harmonies can get downright baroque.

Of course, all that nature means a lot of flannel and a lot of beard. So they should fit right in when they pass through Portland...

See the Foxes in action»

In Bloom

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Although we love a good Blackberry now and then, our heart belongs to the iPhone for one simple reason: the programs.

We got an extra boost today, when our favorite tech-savvy producer weighed in. The last time we checked in he was putting out an album with his old Talking Heads chum David Byrne, but this time around he’s taking the experimental route. He’s put together a music program called *Bloom* for the iPhone that creates music based on the user’s touch. (Those are the high-tech controls on the left; each bubble plays its own sound.) It’s an example of Eno’s pet project of generative music, but all you really need to know is that it’s a musical toy that could only exist on a touchscreen phone, and it’ll only set you back four dollars.

Just the thing to keep you occupied until Google gets its act together.

Together Again

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After a half-dozen pay-what-you-like internet releases, it hardly qualifies as news anymore. But when the album comes from two 70s vets, each with a long, legendary track record, it gets a little closer to newsworthiness.

The duo is David Byrne (occasional MOTH) and Brian Eno (an ambient pioneer and, most recently, the producer of Coldplay’s *Viva La Vida*), and the new album, *Everything That Happens Will Happen Today*, is a career highlight for each.

More importantly, the album has been put up Radiohead-style as an offering to the internet and the nascent New Record Industry. Unlike the others, this one’s offered as an embedded stream and we’ve posted it below, meaning it won’t be taking up space on your hard drive, but you can click through any time you want to hear it.

Stream the album and read our take on it»