Saturday, February 6, 2010

Video: Daniel Merriweather Performs at Intimate Social Media Week Party

"I just want to remind you that this is not background music, so shut the fuck up," says Daniel Merriweather. The platinum-selling singer, 27, is trying to quiet down the 200 hundred-something people at New York's Social Media Week closing party at Kiss and Fly Friday night, but he wants us to know he's joking. Sort of.

"Just kidding," Merriweather tacks on quickly. "About the cursing... I'm Australian. It's part of my lexicon."

Merriweather belted three songs for the tech-savvy crowd, including a moving version of the Mark Ronson-produced "Red" and a whistle-induced version of the Wale-featured "Change."

Whole Foods brought the hor d'oeuvres (two-bite brownies and vanilla cupcakes in the house!), Eclectic Method provided the beats, and Models of the Runway winner Kalyn Hemphill got everybody dancing - taking a break to chat with Poison Ivy about her post-victory plans.

"I'm walking at [Project Runway Season Six Winner] Irina Shabayeva's Fashion Week show Saturday, and hosting the Project Runway show on TV," Hemphill said, also expressing an interest in acting.

Check out a snippet of Merriweather's performance of "Change," whistles and all, below.

Tweet of the Night

"Quote of the night, 'you're going next to Edward Cullen on my wall!' score! Movin up in the world ;) haha"

-Jason Castro Tweets

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tweet of the Day

"Train performed "Hey, Soul Sister" on my show today. I think they're referring to me."

-Ellen DeGeneres Tweets

Museum of Sex Premieres Erotic "RUBBERS" Exhibit

It was an interesting night to say the least!

Poison Ivy visited the Museum of Sex Thursday night to check out the premiere of their new exhibit RUBBERS: The Life, History & Struggle of the Condom, sponsored by Trojan. 

The exhibit displayed some of the most erotic and shocking sexual accessories we've seen - starting with the leather Ballet Boots (top photo), woman in rubberized raincoat and not much else (second photo), and dildo-encrusted ice sculpture (middle photo). ROFL!

RUBBERS was also fiercely educational, documenting the history of sexually transmitted diseases, outlining the evolution of pornography in media and society, and recording one transexual's transformation to womanhood.

The display that blew us away most (ha!) was designer Adriana Bertini's condom dress - structured entirely of 1,200 hand-dyed sewn-together rubbers (bottom photo).

Gorgeous!

I SPY NY: Beyonce, Olsen Twins And More

I spy in NY...

Beyonce debuting new fragrance "Heat" at 15 Union Square West Tuesday evening (top photo), Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen chatting with JCPenney's Liz Sweeney at the launch of their new line Olsenboye at Norwood Wednesday (middle photo), ladies of The City Whitney Port and Roxy Olin mingling with er- ladies of the Jersey Shore J-WOWWW, Snooki and Sweetheart at the MTV "Behind the Screens" Presentation Tuesday, and Ludacris and Wale performing at the Sprite Step Off at Roseland Ballroom last Sunday.

Italian SensofWine Festival Flows Through Cipriani

It's a great night to be a New Yorker.

Poison Ivy headed to Cipriani 42nd Thursday night to attend Luca Maroni and Alta Cucina Society's SensofWine festival. And it was one of the most exquisite affairs we've seen in some time!

The event featured over 100 wines from 70 Italian estates, utilizing both indigenous and international grapes in the fermentation process.

Being a Champagne girl ourselves, we gobbled up tons of Prosecco.

Tosti Asti, a sweet and savory dessert wine, was our favorite (second photo), while the extra dry Prosecco Valdo ran a close second. Our favorite red was Zonin's Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (with 10% Sangiovese), while the Sturm Pinot Grigio Collio served as a crisp, delicious white.

In terms of cuisine, a citrus-cured calamari salad stole our hearts, while an aged Asiago took the cake in terms of cheese. We also fell in love with antipasti Braciola, a Carpaccio-style beef glazed with olive oil (check out a pic on Poison Ivy's Twitter).

On our way out, we chatted with artist Fabrizio di Nardo about his sand-encrusted interpretation of Italy (middle photo), with whom we shared the little Italian we know: Bellisimo!

See you guys next year!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tweet of the Day

"You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can't have it"

-LL Cool J Tweets

Sarah Silverman Talks Equal Rights, Weed at SoHo Apple Store with Todd Barry

Sarah Silverman attended Apple SoHo store's "Meet the Actor" series Wednesday night with the intention of discussing her upcoming season of The Sarah Silverman Program, premiering tonight, 10:30 p.m., on Comedy Central.

That train derailed.

"Religion is something we made up to cope with life," Silverman told a pair of children in the front row, after a fan asked what Silverman was dressing as for Purim.

"I have no faith, but I love Jesus. He was a hippie," Silverman went on. "You're gonna grow up really fast tonight."

Actor and comedian Todd Barry helped moderate the Q&A, at one point calling Poison Ivy out when he saw us taking notes in the front row.

"What's your URL?" he asked, mishearing the answer. "PoivyIsyJones.com?"

"You heard PoivyIsy and couldn't figure out it was PoisonIvy?" Silverman laughed.

The comedienne also discussed her beginnings during the hour-long Q&A, noting that she was at least in third grade when she knew what she wanted to be.

"My mom showed me something I filled out that said... [I want to be either] a comedian, an actress or a masseuse."

That's when a fan in the back asked if Silverman wanted to smoke weed with him after the show.

"I have my own," Silverman retorted. "And when I smoke my own, I don't have to hang out with you!"

"I love you," offered another fan in the front.

"You look possibly lovable yourself," Silverman replied.

When the snark and shoutouts died down, it was back to activism for Silverman, who spoke out - unprompted - about equal rights.

"How does anyone who's for equal rights get married right now?" she pondered. "That's like joining a country club [which] doesn't accept blacks or Jews."

"What are you dressing as?" Silverman finally asked the fan who inquired about her Purim costume.

"A sexy Sarah Silverman," the fan replied.

Silverman laughed loudly before going deadpan.

"Hahaha. That's redundant."

Motion City Soundtrack Storm New York

"There's a song that says 'Everyone's your friend in New York City'," says Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre, referring to There Might Be Giants' "New York City."

"I'm feeling like that's true tonight," he concludes.

Pierre had no reason to believe otherwise. New York's Irving Plaza was beyond sold-out for MCS' show Wednesday - with fans packed two-levels high to jump along to their favorite tunes. MTV was also on-hand, filming a webisode of the concert for MTV.com.

"We're going to play some new songs," Pierre announced, before diving into tunes "Disappear" and "Her World Destroyed My Planet," off of the Mark Hoppus-produced My Dinosaur Life, released Jan. 19.

Poison Ivy watched MCS from the soundbooth, which legit feels like it's going to collapse whenever there's a high-energy crowd on Irving's second story. The box got extra wobbly when MCS ventured into their past - performing killer versions of "The Future Freaks Me Out," "Attractive Today," and "Last Night," off of their first three records, respectively.

Check out a snippet of MCS' best NYC performances: "Pulp Fiction," off of their new record, and closing jam "Everything is Alright," below.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tweet of the Night

"New York is like a giant slush puppy tonight. The whole city has brain freeze."

-Sean Lennon Tweets

DKNY Spring 2010: "White is the New Black"

With Fashion Week kicking off Feb. 11, Poison Ivy was in a fierce state of mind as we trekked over to DKNY's Madison Avenue store in the Upper East Side Tuesday night to attend a special trunk show featuring highlights from DKNY's Spring 2010 Collection. Most exciting was that a portion of the night's proceeds benefitted New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit founded by Bette Midler, which revitalizes parks and gardens in neglected areas of Manhattan.

"White is the new black," said presenter Curtis Farnham, showcasing Karan's Grecian "chalk" dress (top photo) that he suggested for anything from a summer white party to a wedding.

"You can be an urban bride," he told attendees.

Other prevalent themes in Karan's Spring collection were grays and pumices (middle photo), and we personally fell in love with an Adam Lambert-esque white denim jacket with chunky collar.

Karan also filtered a few prints and stripes into the collection (bottom photo), as customary, which her three models showcased effortlessly.

We love it!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tweet of the Night

"I've found in my life when I'm totally lost and at rock bottom, it's always the best place for me to start, happens to every1...Good Night."

-Benji Madden Tweets

Ne-Yo Opens Up About Childhood Domestic Violence, Premieres New Single "Heroes" in NYC

"It's a shame it took the Chris Brown/Rihanna situation to pay attention to this problem," Ne-Yo told an intimate crowd at New York's SL Monday night. The 100-something folks gathered to hear the singer world premiere his new single "Heroes," a soulful piano ballad that addresses domestic violence.

"My father was abusive to my mom," Ne-Yo revealed to Poison Ivy, "which inspired me to become a part of the Give Respect [organization] and write this song."

"'Heroes' is not the traditional song about domestic violence," Ne-Yo added. "I wanted to take a different approach. I feel like in a respecting and loving relationship, you should be a hero to your husband, to your wife, to your boyfriend, to your girlfriend... The song is about giving respect to those heroes in your life."

Also showing their respects were models from Ne-Yo's Alfani RED campaign (pictured below) and sponsors Ciroc, who donated bottles of new flavors Coconut and Red Berry vodka to Monday's party.

Check out a video of Ne-Yo premiering new single "Heroes," along with a moving speech, below.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tweet of the Day

"dog doesnt eat dog.. (u CAN make it being kind)"

-Rev Run Tweets

Cold War Kids Seduce New York at Terminal 5 Set

We only recently got on the Cold War Kids bandwagon.... but we have to say, it's been a smooth and gorgeous ride!

Poison Ivy went to Terminal 5 Friday night to check out the California-based band for the first time, and it was a night of rock, soul and romance.

"This is not rowdy music, it's about love," said frontman Nathan Willett, when a pair of kids starting brawling in the front row.

Willett's intervention about summed up the night.

CWK entertained the sold-out crowd with powerful, piano-decorated versions of "Hang Me Up to Dry," "Something is Not Right with Me," new jam "Audience," and a moving cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Long As I Can See the Light." They kind of reminded us of a cross between Radiohead and Kings of Leon. (Check out their performance of "We Used to Vacation" below, and let us know if you agree.)

"Thank you so much. It's a beautiful feeling to see you all dancing and singing," Willett said, closing out the show.

Mutually.

Video: Lady Gaga, Elton John Rock Grammys with Piano Duel


Sunday's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were filled with powerful moments - Drake, Eminem and Lil Wayne's "Forever," Prince and Paris Jackson's thank-you to their late father's tribute, Bon Jovi's first Grammy's performance in their 25-year career - but no performance stood out in our minds more than the opening piano duel between Lady Gaga and Elton John.

"I hope you don't mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is with Gaga in the world," John sang, during their mash-up of "Your Song" and "Speechless."

"Thank you, love you, sir Elton John," Gaga retreated.

Check out the magic, above.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Beyonce Breaks Record With Six Grammys, Wins Song of the Year for "Single Ladies"

Beyonce Knowles became the first woman to collect six Grammy Awards in one night at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night, including the esteemed Song of the Year award for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)."

Taylor Swift trailed not too far behind with four wins, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album awards for Fearless.


"This is for my dad, thank you for all those times you said I could do whatever I wanted in life," the 20-year-old said.

Jay-Z, Kings of Leon and Black Eyed Peas each collected three awards, while Kanye West and Lady Gaga earned two trophies (Gaga for Best Dance Recording for "Poker Face" and Best Electronic/Dance Album for The Fame, and West for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Run This Town" with Jay-Z and Rihanna.)

Record of the Year went to Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," while Best Rock Album went to Green Day for 21st Century Breakdown.

Zac Brown Band earned Best New Artist, and we were really excited to learn that Phoenix won Best Alternative Music Album for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix!

Check out a full list of the winners here, and congratulations to everyone who was nominated.

Tweet of the Day

"Don't count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count."

-Drake Tweets

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