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Me and My Opinion

Real girls in their own place.
Not too crazy and just a pinch of naughty...

MIMP favorite Katelyn has a brand new music video out that she’d like to share…Give it a listen and say something sweet.

ALSO…

Check out Katelyn’s new set shot by her bestie and fellow MIMP star Nicole happening now on the site and app! Here’s a little teaser:

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But you can find it all RIGHT HERE

 

Get ready for She’s Ryan bitches… because this chick wants it so bad she’s going to be the next fucking @Oprah.

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Words by Sophie Saint Thomas (@TheBowieCat)

Images by Michael Edwards

Get ready for She’s Ryan bitches, because this chick wants it so bad she’s going to be the next fucking @Oprah. Except rather than Spanx and a cardigan she rocks a pink weave and leather tube tops. 

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It’s 9:45PM on a Monday night. I’m squished in the backseat of a Jeep next to Michael Edwards, founder and photographer for Me In My Place, and Slimmy Neutron, founder and recording artist for Hello HVLO, (pronounced Hello Halo) a music production company and independent record label. We’re darting around cars on our way from their studio on West 30th Street to Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg. There’s a plastic cup of margarita flavored Four Loko in my hand. In the front seat sits @ShesRYAN with her own can of Four Loko, peach, her favorite. Slimmy prefers watermelon. Ryan is much smaller than the two men accompanying me in the backseat, but the honor of shotgun goes to her without debate.

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Confessions of a Narcissist: What is a Woman?

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True to form, I am WAY behind on all things music. Not having a car has severely limited my ability to stay up on the “hot beats.” I suppose I also never really learned how to search for new music because friends always introduced me to the hotness of the moment. That’s how I “discovered” The Knife, M83, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Weeknd, among many, many others.

Otherwise, my natural tendencies lean heavily toward old school R&B (which is making a comeback!) and R&B/hip-hop collabs. In a stroke of good luck, I got tickets to see Jay-Z and JT at Yankee Stadium (SQUEEEEE!), and decided to update my playlists to prepare for what promises to be the best summer of music I’ve probably ever had. JT’s new album is….ok, but, bien sur, Hova brought it with Watch the Throne (I told you I was way behind).

In a brilliant move that I can only assume escaped my attention through some massive failures in online communications – Frank Ocean, Kanye, AND Jay-Z created “No Church in the Wild.” While the song itself “explores themes of religion and decadence,” the lyric that got me (and I’m sure a lot of other people) was Frank Ocean’s hook:

Human beings in a mob/What’s a mob to a king?/What’s a king to a god?/What’s a god to a non-believer?/Who don’t believe/In anything

Specifically, it made me think of the place women hold in society. What is a woman to everyone who knows her? Where does she fit in the grand scheme of things? There is a clear hierarchy in the song – mobs are of no consequence to a king who controls the police power of the state and can easily suppress the will of the people (Hello, my name is Bashar Al-Asad); kings are of no consequence to gods who are all-knowing and all-powerful; but ultimately, the individual is still able to exercise his free-will to deny the power these other forces may have over him.

Sadly, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that women are just part of the mob. Not to be alarmist, but there are women around the world who can’t even learn without the ever-present threat of violence against their minds and bodies. Unfortunately, men tend to have positioned themselves as the kings and gods of these towns and villages – utilizing whatever power available to disempower those around them. Even in the U.S., the marketing towards women tends to be rather patronizing. Many young women are no longer able to distinguish between their own wishes and the things they’ve been told to want; the things that will make people like them.

But, if you know the right places to look – you can find the women who have rejected the idea that they need to fix anything about themselves. They’ve become the “non-believers.” Take MIMP, for example: real girls (no touchups!) in their own place (they are people too!). The women of MIMP are calling the shots and taking their place at the table. What could be more empowering than that?!

JJ’s story of rejecting others’ negativity was great. In honor of National Women’s History Month – tell the real women in your life how amazing they are and not to let those who would seek power to deny them theirs. India.Arie said it best:


I am not my hair/I am not this skin/I am not your expectations

 


xo,

Valarie

What do you get when you mix Pisha, MIMP, and the Avett Brothers?

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An Awesome (and Asinine) Conversation With An Avett Brother.

Words by Pisha Warden

Pictures The Avett Bros

If you’ve heard of The Avett Brothers, you’re probably a huge fan. At least, that’s the general consensus I’ve come to, based on my extensive internet research (does Facebook count?) in preparation for my interview with Seth Avett. He’s one half of the duo (and brothers) that lead this, folky, bluegrassy, rock ‘n rolly, and enigmatic trio (Bob Crawford’s their bassist and only non-brother) from North Carolina. And while I’m only kidding about the Facebook research (sort of), their music, which has been described as “epically genuine” can move even the most critical musicphile. But again, you have to know them first to love them. I’m not a hardcore music reviewer, I don’t speak that language, but I can certainly give you a vivid description of their latest album “The Carpenter”—which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart last month.

They have managed to channel the spirituality of Mumford & Sons, the spunkiness of Ben Folds, the intimacy of Bon Iver, with a raw energy that feels more like listening to a live performance than a studio album. It’s eclectic and joyous, in the best ways possible. 

A few noteworthy highlights from their career so far; Rolling Stone Magazine called them the “Artists to Watch in 2009,” with the album “I and Love and You” peaking at #16 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums (#1 on the folk album chart). Paste Magazine also crowned it their Album of the Year. In 2011 they performed at the Grammys, joining Bob Dylan and Mumford & Sons for a rendition of Dylan’s counterculture war cry “Maggie’s Farm.” Which I can only describe (with all journalistic integrity) as AMAZEBALLS! So how is it that they’ve managed to remain relatively under the radar for over ten years? With the new album released last month and the exposure they’re receiving from their new Gap ad, that won’t be the case much longer. (Side note to my ladies—have you seen the blue eyes and dimples on these boys?!? Hubba hubba!) I had a chance to speak with Seth, as the band was putting the finishing touches on the album. His North Carolina drawl and easy conversation immediately charmed me, while making me extremely self-conscious about how much I curse when I talk. (Don’t fuck this up, Pisha, he’s clearly a gentleman!)

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Me In My Place is proud to announce the collaboration between former MIMP beauty Marcelle Pallais and newly discovered musical talent, Vickie Avery.

From Marcelle:

"Me and Vickie Avery found each other on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s open collaborative production company Hitrecord.Org and now we are going to start making videos together for MIMP. Vickie’s song and voice touches me in the very depths of my soul and I had to make something with her song. I have struggled with anxiety disorder and this song perfectly articulated what its like when you have an attack, but the way I’ve kept myself healthy is to just take it as it comes and breathe and think positively, and it was really cathartic for me to make this video. Now we are going to start making things for you guys… "

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Very excited about this.  Marcelle filmed and edited this video of herself and put it to Vickie’s music.  Vickie is a mother of two who has started recording original music and covers from her home in Mississippi…  Can’t wait to see what is next.  Hit them up on the facebook page and let em know what you would love to see/hear…

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Welcome to Indianapolis, boys and girls! Indy, Naptown, Circle City. We’re no Big Apple, but for this weekend, we’ve got your team, and everyone who’s anyone has landed in the Midwest. Let me tell you this for sure, Lucas Oil is a fortress. I live about 2 miles from the stadium, and since the super bowl events began (a full week ago), I’ve been running down at sunrise just to enjoy the empty streets. I’m proud of us. We’ve done well. And the party is still getting started.

Party rock was in the house Friday night: LMFAO brought it to an absolutely packed street. Overheard: “It’s LMFAO, not U2.” What can I say, the people wanted to get down. Also, the weather has been spring-like. Perfect. There’s no reason NOT to be in the street. The center of the city is lined with food trucks: everything from fried fish to gourmet tacos to cupcakes. Sure, the crowd is thick, but there’s something hilarious in that Jimmy Fallon is filming in a theatre on the same corner where street preachers are delivering “the word” and Shaq is running around in a pink bikini after a lost bet. I don’t know, maybe this is all pretty normal for bigger city weekends, but Indy is soaking it up: stay tuned. 

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Me In My Place - Music Reviews - The Black Keys

Artist: The Black Keys

Album: El Camino

Drinking: Kirin Ichiban

From: Future Me In My Place girl, Micah

 

I saw The Black Keys open for Kings of Leon a year and a half ago, back when they were still (sort of) an opening band. I was definitely more excited to see them than the Kings (c’mon, I’m trying to be hip). I have to say, I was disappointed. It was summertime and we were outside and they just didn’t hold their own. I’m going to call that a fluke. These guys rock. They will turn you on. They’re turning me on. It’s getting on in the afternoon and I’m on deadline. I’ve got a 1,200 word article due and even though I’ve gone running, cleaned the apartment and opened a Kirin and some take-out sushi, it’s still just not coming together for me. So, underwear dance-party time. What can’t that cure?!

 

The first time I actually saw these guys, on one of the late-night shows, I couldn’t believe it. They’re super nerdy! I mean, in a really, really hot way, but still. A friend of mine turned to me at the summertime let-down show and said, “What the what?!” Yeah, their sound doesn’t quite match their look. But good for them. Also, they’re from Akron, Ohio. Not exactly the heartland of cool. Or is it?

 

Boys and girls, we know that I’ve got a thing for the drums, and well, it’s no wonder Patrick Carney is turning me on. He dominates his kit. It really looks like playing the drums is easier than not for him. Like, he might have trouble just walking down the street, but he can play those drums without thinking.

 

This album is doing it. I don’t want to get back to work, but I will. And even though it’s an older hit, “Tighten Up,” will forever be the song that makes me weak: it’s dangerously hot. Meet me at the playground. 

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Me In My Place - Music Review - Richard Swift

Artist: Richard Swift

Album: Walt Wolfman

Drinking: Guinness

From: Future Me In My Place girl

I’m just getting the hang of Twitter; I know, okay? I’m a little behind. But for a long time, I just didn’t GET it. Like, GET it, get it. Now I do. Now I’m following people likeRichard Swift, and I feel like I know him. (I also follow most of the writers for Family Guyand several sports mascots…and Charlie Sheen, duh). But Richard Swift “tweets” conversations I’d like to have. And his music is the same way. Like, you want to play Walt Wolfman, and just keep turning it up a little more, the later it gets. I’m learning how to play the drums (like I said, I’m a little behind: I never got to be in a garage band in high school). So, Swift plays the drums throughout this album, and that’s the thing I keep noticing. Maybe that’s like when you buy a new car and then all of the sudden you’re like, “What? EVERYONE has my car: I’m SO hip!” Or, maybe it’s just that Swift is really good at the drums, and is doing crazy-interesting stuff with percussion. Yeah, it’s probably the latter. Swift is with Secretly Canadian, and if you don’t know them, you should. They’re an indie label out of Bloomington, Indiana, and more and more, it seems like they’re signing some pretty amazing musicians.

 

This album is so fun. It has me dancing around the apartment feeling like I should be getting ready for a party. A party set in any of the past 4 decades. But probably one with a record player. I just got mine fixed: I’m all vinyl again. Because, damn, it just feels sexier to put a record on. “Laugh it Up” is such a funky song. I’m snapping along; are you? 

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