Famed fashion photographer and frequent SPIN contributor Ben Watts welcomed friends, fans, and a certain famous sister named Naomi to New York Citys Hudson Bar at the Hudson Hotel Wednesday night to toast the release of his latest book, Lickshot, with complimentary Moet et Chandon champagne.
One part scrapbook, one part travel diary, Lickshot gives readers an inside look at many familiar faces, including the late Heath Ledger, Lenny Kravitz, and Lou Reed. Interpol front man Paul Banks, also featured in the book, took a break from his newest side project, Julian Plenti, to play DJ and give guests at the event a listen to his favorite tracks.
Also featured at the event was the fourth annual Morgans Hotel Group compilation, whose album art was designed by Ben Watts (music curated by Ben Pundole). The collection includes two discs of songs from artists like Papercuts, Jamie T, Peter Bjorn and John, Micachu and the Shapes, Mos Def, White Rabbits, and Miike Snow.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »