Nude Pop

For all of you who were hoping “Nude Pop” would bring about something along the lines of the ever enticing albeit sordid pictures of the latest Miley Cyrus picture scandal, you’re shit out of luck.  Instead, you can thank me for some of the best music to come out of Spokane since opera singer Patrice Munsel (I hope that plug makes me sound sophisticated and not like a douche).  I can honestly say that the first time I heard their song Lurker it hit me like a “wrecking ball.”  Unfortunately this post comes a little too late as the band has decided to call it quits so the lead singer can pursue his love of sustainable agriculture…?  Fear not though young gents, the rest of the band has stated that “We Can’t Stop” and will soon be venturing out with a new lead singer and name.  Here’s to hoping they put on a tour that allows them to “Party in the U.S.A.”

 

KEXP Presents Nude Pop

Nude Pop-  Lurker

photo cred goes to culturemob.com

Because the Internet

Childish Gambino revealed an interesting strategy when revealing his much anticipated sophomore album, he released two singles at a time, twice, before the album dropped. He organized his album into a few mini-EP’s using roman numerals, a possible reflection on the way he used the internet to jumpstart his rap career and a definite shout-out to the Worldstar internet society that he challenges and embraces at different points during his album (most notable on II. Worldstar). This album is as fantastic as it is diverse, a must pick up in my opinion. I found picking a favorite among the singles impossible, so I went with the most popular at the moment, enjoy:

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Chukkas: the Shawn Marion of Your Shoe Game

You may not be aware of this, but the world post-World War II brought with it some pretty heavy developments. Once the specter of a dystopian global Nazi society had been defeated, things were naturally going to be a little different than before. A new world order, a sophisticated military-industrial complex, and a new less homicidal Germany all resulted from The War to End All Wars. All these things put together, however, pale in comparison to the most significant of WWII’s contributions to modern society, the legendary Chukka.

While it’s technically an ankle cut boot the Chukka can resemble a high top shoe. They were originally worn in Africa by soldiers who found that their military issued boots weren’t cutting it, so they adopted the desert boot, a form of Chukka. They found the desert boots comfort and grip to be second to none. Those desert boot wearing soldiers eventually went on to drive the Nazis out of North Africa, and they looked damn good doing it.

Now you too can wear one of the most versatile shoes every made, because Chukkas are back. You can find them nearly anywhere these days, from Aldo to Vans to Nordstroms. You can pair desert boots with any type of pant, though they work best with jeans in my experience. tomahawk, chukka boots, clay bowls 017

 

A Letter of Apology

Dear Gents,

It has been far too long since we’ve last been acquainted.  In our absence it has become abundantly clear that many of you out there are still in dire need of our help.  Fear not lads, for we are back and better than ever.  We here at DYG take full responsibility for your current insufficiencies and are committed to take you from Pauper to  Prince.

In case you’ve forgotten this websites purpose, allow me to remind you.  From Cigars to Scotch, Bourbon to Brew, Music to Mustaches, and from Fashion to the Fairer sex, we are hear to teach you how to live a lifestyle envious of even the most refined men.  In short, we are your guide to the finer things in life.  For these reasons, I implore you to visit DYG as often as possible.

Until later, may both your scotch and your mustache forever remain neat.

Sincerely,

 

The Aristocrat

Austin City Limits Review: Friday

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Each October tens of thousands of festival goers pour into Austin, Texas to experience one of the oldest and most impressive music festivals in the world, Austin City Limits. ACL, as it’s known, usually has something for everyone with its eclectic array of artists spanning nearly every genre and level of popularity. This years lineup was no exception, featuring everything from Kaskade to Lionel Richie, from Caspar Babypants to the Kings of Leon. 

ACL isn’t just about the music, the food and art on display are fantastic as well. The food selection is phenomenal, made up of about thirty popular local spots. The Gentleman grubbed on Freebirds burritos, Torchys tacos, and P.Terrys burgers and snagged dessert at Amy’s ice cream or Tiff’s Treats. Food quality and number of porta-potties are often overlooked, yet crucial, factors in how good a music festival ends up being.

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FUN.

In between eating The Gentleman actually found time to catch a few shows, starting with the tail end of Fun’s set. I think it’s safe to say we all remember the time, about four months ago, when radio stations made it clear they felt we should be listening exclusively to We Are Young (They just finished doing the same thing to Radioactive). Fun though was surprisingly good live, especially when considering the length to which they rely on frontman Nate Ruess’ aggressively poppy vocals. I personally didn’t think he would sound the same in person but I was wrong, he delivered and the only two songs we saw (We Are Young and Some Nights) were awesome and had the crowd of about 20k singing along.

I can’t believe I’m putting up a link to We Are Young, but to the one guy who was studying abroad in Antarctica studying penguins or something and missed this, here you go. As far as catchiness and get-stuck-in-your-headability (not a word I know) this song is up there with Day Man, with the only difference being that We Are Young only has 211,000,000 more views.

Here’s the slightly less abused Some Nights, boasting a measly 83,000,000 views.

Local Natives

Mumford & Sons. Explosions in the Sky. The XX. These are just some of the bands I can think of that at one point or another were infected with the “indie virus”. There are people out there who really value their music and are proud of the bands they’ve found on their own, I happen to be one of those people, and I’ll admit I’ve been known to douche it up about my music from time to time. There is, however, a segment of the population who seem to find self-worth in finding a band before YOU did, and they desperately want to remind you of that every time a song from “their” band comes on. These people seem fine at the beginning, but after about the tenth time they’ve reminded you that they started listening to Kings of Leon in, like, fifth grade or that they were “totally raping the replay button” on Levels years before you were, they begin to border on insufferable. The Local Natives, for whatever reason, attract these kinds of people like moths to light. There’s a reason for that though, these guys are fantastic. When I hear songs like Wide Eyes I can completely understand why people want to be associated with these guys, their sound is unique and they’re really talented. The bottom line is the Local Natives are just plain old fashioned cool. They make the perfect kind of music to relax to with a cigar and beer in hand, preferably next to some body of water. When I heard they were playing at ACL I was pumped to see them and so right after Fun played I pretty much jogged my way over to the other end of the park to catch them in the middle of the set. Here are a few of their jams I recommend for anybody who hasn’t given them a listen:

Wide Eyes is just a laid back introspective awesome jam, I dare you to not download this.

They mix up the pace to great results on Breakers

Vampire Weekend

In my experience people tend to underestimate Vampire Weekend, they probably have a lot more songs you’ve heard than you realize. These guys have an interesting sound, kind of an alternative take on pop. They’re versatile too, they have the ability to stretch across several genres on a given album. I noticed the audience seemed to warm to Vampire Weekend more and more as their set went on, which is one of the supporting factors to my statement above, if you see these guys live you might be surprised by how many songs you know. Honestly these guys are simply a real solid festival band, I can’t think of much more to cover in my write up. Go see these guys, you’ll be glad you did.

A-Punk was the first song I caught from Vampire Weekend and it’s a jam

Giving Up the Gun really exposes the pop influence in their music

 

Kaskade

Here ladies and gentleman, we have the first entry into The Gentlemans coveted Top Five Sets of the Weekend! I’m sure Kaskade will be ecstatic to hear of his inclusion. I was absolutely looking forward to seeing this guy but he still surpassed my expectations by a vast margin. I’ve always felt that electronic concerts have a certain edge to them that other genres don’t, the upbeat nature and pounding bass help keep the crowd pumped up the whole time, if you haven’t been to a proper one you’re missing out. When it comes to Kaskade specifically, this guy gets it. He knows how to work a crowd, surprising everyone by leading off with his latest hit single, Atmosphere (off the album by the same name). He did a great job of keeping the energy level through the roof the entire set. What set him apart though was the way he finished, he rattled off three absolute heaters in a row, people were getting pretty weird out there. I actually took a few videos of the drops in between losing my mind, I’ll post those along with a few links to the songs he played.

He led off with this.

Second to last song was this incredible remix to Lana Del Rey’s Young & Beautiful

He finished with a classic jam of his that has to be one of my favorite electronic songs of all time.

Here are a couple of videos I took of his set.

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Muse

I’m gonna come clean here gentlemen, I was not a Muse fan before seeing them at ACL. I only went and saw them because my friends wanted to and because I had no one better to see at the time. I’m not saying they’ve magically converted me into a lifelong fan or anything after just one show but I will say this: they are all kinds of incredible live. I can only imagine how good that concert would have been had I been a fan prior to having seen them. They played all their hits but even the songs I didn’t know (I only know about five) were really enjoyable because the effort level they brought was through the roof. Leaving the concert I couldn’t stop thinking about how unbelievably talented Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy is. The guy plays four different instruments during their set and sings like a borderline opera singer. Their performance just missed making it in to The Gentleman’s Top Five Sets of the Weekend (only Kaskade from Friday made it) but I would still highly recommend seeing them if you’re lucky enough to get the chance.

Some classic Muse:

The Muse song I loved before I saw them:

How to Date a 10

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A week ago I was sitting in STK Steakhouse in West Hollywood, when a “10” walked into the restaurant and sat at the bar. She had a few friends around her, all of which were strikingly pretty, and for the next few hours they proceeded to turn heads, drink for free, and fight off man after man. One of the guys at our table who had been caught in their tractor beam for the past few minutes finally broke his rape-stare and sputtered,

“I could NEVER, get a girl like that.”

At the time, I absolutely agreed with him. Then I started thinking more about it; why couldn’t this guy ever get a 10? What is the necessary criterion to date a 10?

Well where to begin…

Physical

DISCLAIMER: If you think my below advice is too critical or too demanding, please refer to the title of this article. This is not advice on how to get an average girl, although these recommendations would apply there too, this is advice on how to be considered datable by a 10 (out of 10).  While you may think some of this is unfeasible, rest assure some guy somewhere is doing these things and will be dating your perfect woman.

While some women, 10’s included, may not care what you look like they are the exception not the rule. In general, if a girl looks like she takes pride in the way she looks then she is probably looking for a guy who equally cares about his physical appearance. You don’t have to be a fitness model, but this is a lot easier if she is initially attracted to you.

  • Get A Gym Membership – I’m not talking about the dusty Bowflex or a Total Gym hidden in some guest room of your house. Be honest, the only workout you got from those was putting them together. You need to pay to go to this place, and go there to work.
  • Work Out for One Hour 3 to 4 Times A Week – There are literally millions of workout tips and tricks online; so look a few up. The harder you make your workout the quicker and more drastic the result. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what you pick to do just be doing something for 1 full hour (sitting on the padded seat of a machine doesn’t count).
  • Get a Haircut Every 2 to 3 Weeks – And you should style your hair, or at least try to arrange it in some fashion, every single day before leaving the house. Men fear change in this area, but if you have had the same haircut for years and get very few compliments if any on it, then change it up. Go to a nice place and trust their judgment.
  • Shave Every Week – Most likely you’ll need to shave multiple times a week. A little growth when uniform and kept is acceptable, but you should manage your facial hair like your fantasy football team. Make changes before the weekend.
  • Destroy Any Visible Nose-Hair & Eliminate The Unibrow
  • Smell Good & Wear Deodorant Daily – Try your best to never be sweating or smelling anything but good around women.
  • Clean Teeth – Brushed, flossed, whitened, and if anyone ever offers a piece of gum immediately accept.
  • Buy 5 Complete Outfits, Head to Toe – Each outfit should be at least $100. Your pants may be interchangeable but each date/time you see her you should be wearing a different top that is appropriate for the situation. No Affliction or Ed Hardy ever for any reason Jersey Shore.

For more advice on personal style, or anything you just read about, scroll up close your eyes and click. That’s what we are here for. The Gentlemen would be honored to be the Sherpa in your quest to find your inner man, and net yourself a keeper. So have a look around and borrow from some of the knowledge The Gents have to offer.

Financial

This area is important, but not the most important. There are some financial basics you need to have covered to date a 10, but you shouldn’t have to be a millionaire to get your dream girl (if you do, then she probably isn’t worth it).

  • Unless Your Dad is Mark Cuban, You Need a Job – “What is it you do?” She asks. “Nothing.” You respond. Door slams shut. If you are not studying for a degree or playing a professional sport of some kind, then you need to have a job. 10’s want an interesting man that has a career; it gives you depth. Be passionate about something, anything. Pursue some goal and have a meaningful purpose for your days. Be a secure option for her and your future together.
  • Do Not Live in Your Parents Home, Get the Hell Out of There – No, no, no, no.
  • Clean Inviting Place to Sleep – This may sound basic to you, but everyone’s definition of clean is different, as evident by my college roommates. If she is visiting your place, have a friend come over before and check out your digs. Vacuum, organize, and clean all surfaces. Save up a few bucks, visit Target or World Market and get some decorations so she doesn’t think your Ted Bundy. Buy a bottle of wine while you’re at it.
  •  Drink or Dinner 4 Times – You should have enough money saved up that when you go on a date with her you’re not worried about whether she is getting a $10 martini or a $3 draft beer. Four authentic dates are enough to show her what you’re really about, and for those four dates you should focus solely on her and not the price of her Thai salad.
  • You Need a Car or Means of Transportation – Unless you live in city with a fantastic public transportation system you need to have some safe, reliable, non-embarrassing transportation to pick her up in. If you currently own a P.O.S., borrow a friend’s car at first or find some other creative way to pick her up.

 

Personality

When it comes to women there is no doubt a man’s personality is the most important quality. 10’s are no different, but they don’t want an average predictable Joe. If you feel like this is you, that’s ok. We are made the way we are, but nothing is stopping you from letting a few of the more attractive traits of your personality shine through. It is easier than we make it. Look at 90% of the male romantic interests in chick flicks. There is a cookie-cutter staple persona underlying every single one of these beloved characters: aggressive, self-sacrificing, and passionate. Maybe you are not Ryan Gosling, but here are a few other things a 10 is looking for in your personality:

  • Listen More, Talk Less – I’m not saying to go Helen Keller when she asks you something about yourself, but rather to try to focus the dialogue around her. This is actually a selfless act that conversationally raises her to a level of high importance. The more you can know about her the better. Pay attention to what she says and explore more about each subject. Find out what makes her feel appreciated, what she does and doesn’t care about. Avoid politics and religion at first; if you looking for a subject Yahoo.com has plenty of popular subjects every day. If she is a 10 she will help you out and the conversation will be free flowing.
  • You Don’t Have To Be a Good Dancer – You just have to be willing to try.
  • Don’t Be Overly Sarcastic – A good sense of humor is high on almost every girls list, but don’t be too clever because too many jokes covers up who you really are.
  • Have Unique Taste & Be Willing to Try New Things – If she asks you where you guys are headed for dinner don’t even think about saying Applebee’s, Chilies or Red Lobster. Take her somewhere special and unique. If she likes something you don’t eat, be willing to try it.
  • Don’t Cuss Unless Appropriate – If it completes a fantastic punch line or joke; go for it, other wise 86 those four letter words.
  • Smile, Laugh, & be Confident – Your lucky to be on a date with her, try to enjoy it. Women are attracted to confidence so take a deep breath, risk it, and introduce yourself to her.

 

 

In other words, to date a 10 take a deep breath, risk it, and introduce yourself to her.

 

“Hi, my name is..”

D.Y. Gennings
 
 

P.S. Some sample outfits that will help inspire you to make a good first impression.

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Jam Session: The Grand Theft Auto 5 Soundtrack

The evil geniuses over at Rockstar Games are notorious for making the biggest, baddest video games, whether we’re talking about their Grand Theft Auto series or their one-off projects like L.A. Noire. Like them or not, and there are plenty of moral crusaders who HATE Rockstar, they’re at the top of their industry right now. GTA V is setting sales records and raising the bar for video game developers everywhere, and part of what makes it such a great game is it’s soundtrack.  The Grand Theft Auto series is well known for putting out phenomenal soundtracks but Rockstar really outdid themselves this time, the game is chock full of absolute jams from nearly every genre.

Looking for one of those indie-electronic-pop songs that are all the rage these days? Look no further than Sleepwalking from The Chain Gang of 1974.

How about the gangster rap one most closely associates with GTA? They’ve got that in spades.

Alternative Rock? Yup. (For whatever reason this video is quieter)

These three are just a sample of the dozens of great songs from the newly released GTA 5. Check out the soundtrack on iTunes or play the game for yourself to find the rest.

The Lions Mane

The Lions Mane

Maintaining Your Man-Fur

 

Gentlemen,

Today I wanted talk about a critical issue that is rather close to my heart; more accurately, covering it and most likely almost every area of your body: coarse, brittle Man-Fur. In specific, today we are taking a detailed look into how to correctly shave, cut, and tame that beard of yours to work for you. So before you raise your banners and wage another battle in the crusade between your face and that old disposable razor take a minute to read a few tips from us.

The Electric Razor – The Microwave Oven of Shaving

It’s not a bad idea these days for gents to own both a true bladed razor and its electric speedy cousin. Electric razors work well, but will never give you as close a shave as a razor. They are quick, leave little to no razor burn, and can be a money saver. Honestly these babies are the best for trimming body hair. This article isn’t really about that but since we are on the subject…

Your man coat is a lot like a yard or lawn. Have you ever driven by house who’s lawn is overgrown, desperately needs mowing, and looks like there may be something hiding in the tall grass? Not appealing. Next door is the house whose bushes are well shaped, the grass is trimmed, and the lawn looks welcoming. Let’s face it gents if you are letting the grass grow to 4-5 feet nobody wants to rummage around in there. Twenty or thirty years ago it was the norm for ole’ Dad to go Lion King and let that mangrove swamp grown in one seamless line from toe-knuckle to upper back, but thankfully those days are gone. I’m not saying we should all go for the fifth grader look and scorch the Earth, but every now and then you may want to edit that low budget kung-fu movie you have going on down there. Also while we are on this note, whatever you expect from your lady friend should be reflected in your own grooming; equal is equal (they can vote too you know). More likely than not these sweet amazing women have put their “jenny’s” through some form of cruel torture in the past few days that we would never dream of doing so the gentlemanly thing to do here is compliment, find out what they prefer, and reciprocate.

So remember whether you’re shaving down by the Hardy Boys or upstairs it’s no mystery, always use an electric shave solution, shoot for symmetry, and please be very, very careful.

The Razor Blade – Hair or Flesh I Cut It

The gold standard of shaving is a straight blade (or nowadays several blades stacked on a gel handled vibrator). This form of shaving definitely gives the closest and cleanest shave, but is also a great way to leave the bathroom looking like you just FaceTimed with Freddy Krueger. If you scroll down a bit I discuss the 5 S’s of shaving, but a sneak-peak will tell you to shower before shaving, use a sharp razor, and shave with the grain initially. If you are repeatedly the guy walking around the house with Quilted Northern stuck to gushing wounds, we here at The Gentlemen wanted to provide you with a few quick life-hacks to overcoming that never ending red stream:

 

  1. Ice – This should constrict the blood vessels and stop the bleeding, but it will melt and drip down and ruin your button –up.
  2. Witch Hazel – This oddly named substance can be found at most local grocery stores and is a known astringent. It will stop the bleeding.
  3. Pressure – Old school and time consuming but it works.
  4. Lip Balm/Deodorant – Lip balm is a sealant and will clot the cut but you will put a gleaming target on your face for everyone to stare at. Deodorant has differing amounts of aluminum chloride (or a substitute) and once applied will form a clot.
  5. Sugar (Pepper & Cayenne) – This last resort will work to stop bleeding as well as kill any bacteria present, but if you are debating whether to put pepper in your face or just walk around with a little blood, really weigh the pros and cons.
  6. Aspirin & Water Paste- Works and has a soothing effect.
  7. Hot Water – If you can bear the pain, extremely hot water essentially cauterizes the blood vessel and can stop the bleeding. Not my go to.

(There are also a number of products designed for this purpose.)

So before we jump into the art of shaving let’s talk quickly about what facial hair is appropriate for a gentleman to wear and what says “bush-league”. Generally the business standard is clean shaven; has been and always will be. If you do choose to grow out a certain style of facial hair, always make sure it is trimmed, clean, and well kept. Facial hair, attire, and physical presentation may be more lax of a subject for our generation, but typically in older circles what is acceptable and what is not is viewed with a strict eye. So if you notice your boss has never grown out any facial hair whatsoever, you may want to think twice before participating in No-Shave-November. There are a few styles of facial hair that need particular attention. No one our age should wear just a mustache ever; unless you’re a cop in which case you should always wear a mustache. The super-hipster Grizzly Adams style full beard is definitely rising in popularity amongst artists, stylists, and people who Instagram pictures of their food. But before you wrap a scarf around your neck throw on those black frames and beanie, please know that this style is usually totally unacceptable to anyone in a management role. We at The Gentlemen do not push conformity; always be yourself, but personal expression and “swagger” are hard to communicate when you don’t have the job that generated the income for those leathers and skinny tie.

Slice and Dice

So what is the textbook way to do this every day activity? The first thing to remember about facial hair is that is usually more sensitive than the hair anywhere else on your body. If you are shaving twice or more a week, you need to carefully negotiate a treaty with your face, and respect it’s boundaries. Have a routine and schedule for your shaves (every two to three days). Why? Because if you don’t wait for your face to recover before beginning another confrontation, then you risk ingrown hairs, skin irritation, razor burn, or those damn little nicks/cuts that seem to have a direct line to your aorta and never stop bleeding.

The next thing you have to remember is the 5 S’s of shaving.

  1. 1.    Shit (if you have to)
  2. 2.    Shower
  3. 3.    Shaving Cream
  4. 4.    Sharp
  5. 5.    Shaving Direction

Your skin needs to be soft and moist so post shower is the great time to crush a quick shave. If you are not going to be showering, but still need to shave hold a warm towel on your face for a few minutes before applying your shaving cream. Speaking of, if you have always used just the 1950’s Barbasol, try branching out a little. Jack Black makes a full line fantastic pre and post shaving creams (try the Beard Lube), but if you need to pick up something quick grab a bottle of Gillette – ProGlide Irritation Defense.

Next you need to make sure you’re using a sharp razor. Try to change to a fresh head every 5-7 shaves. It seems every year they add some weird feature to our razors, be it another blade, a vibrator, or some strange gel coating, but whatever your preference is just remember: small strokes and don’t push too hard. Also if you have the time and patience try to shave once with the grain of your hair and a second pass the opposite direction (for a closer shave). Lastly if you do use after shave, try to pick a non-greasy one and go easy on the volume.

So Gentlemen, best of luck this week gliding that razor sharp blade around the many curves of your face. Remember to always lube up before shaving, and keep it right here for the latest tips and tricks when it comes to being a Dapper Young Gentleman.

 

Cheers,

D. Y. Gennings

Matt Damon Really, Really Cares About Water

The vast majority of celebrities give money to charity, some celebrities even have side projects or foundations that involve putting a lot of their time and effort toward a cause they feel is important, but only a handful of celebrities attack a cause with the tenacity and vision that actor Matt Damon has brought in his fight to bring water to everyone on Earth. When Matt and Gary White co-founded Water.org in 2009, they did so with the incredibly ambitious goal of solving arguably the biggest issue that faces humanity today, nearly 1 billion people do not have access to clean water. Now it’s imperative to note that his organization is not just about giving water to people who are thirsty, it’s also about sanitation. A fact that keeps getting repeated both on Water.org and on any of their related videos is that the majority of illness is caused by fecal matter. You read that right, more than 50% of all sickness is caused by inadequate sanitation. Matt Damon discusses several aspects of this massive issue in this interview:

We at the Dapper Young Gentleman have applauded the way Damon has leveraged his celebrity into helping create a consciousness about the importance of getting water to the people who need it. Some of you may remember this hilarious cameo on Entourage in which he parodied the in your face, shaming style of charity marketing that he has gone out of his way to avoid (watch all the way to the end, trust me):

 

Diplo- Revolution (feat. Imanos, Faustix, and Kai)

Gents, if this absolute heater from Diplo doesn’t have get you pumped you don’t have a pulse. Diplo’s been on fire the past year, releasing a wide variety of jams from the relaxed About That Life to the face melting Boy Oh Boy (check out both of those as well). Revolution will have your next pre-game feeling like it’s a post game, and that’s a good thing right?