Singer-songwriter Wrabel struck gold when Dutch producer Afrojack spun “Ten Feet Tall” into an upbeat club single, later to become the artist’s first charting international hit.
The single topped dance charts around the globe, peaking at #12 on Netherland’s Top 50, #16 in Australia, and #29 in Belgium.
But before it became a club hit, “Ten Feet Tall” was an earnest, stripped-down piano tune.
Los Angeles–based Stephan Wrabel’s songwriting credits can be found on Ellie Goulding’s latest album, and in songs by Will Young, Prince Royce, Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert, Pentatonix, Katharine McPhee, and more—but it’s in “Ten Feet Tall” where his talents really shine.
Have a listen to Wrabel’s tender original after the jump…
As the days get shorter and autumn storms and winds whip leaves through the night sky, you may just want to put on a hoodie and stay inside. But that doesn’t mean the party has to die as soon as you walk in your front door. Try this clever fall twist on one of our favorite cocktails, the dark and stormy.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum and lime juice and shake well. Pour the Q Ginger Beer into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with apple cider and then the shaken rum. Garnish with an apple slice and a lime wedge.
“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are.”
John Lennon would have been celebrating his 75th birthday today. His far-too-early death occurred when he was shot in front of his New York apartment building 35 years ago, but his messages of peace and love continue to live on through his music and supporters. “Now that John’s a spirit, he has a different effect on people than when he was alive,” said Yoko Ono. “Spirits talk on a pure level and don’t get distracted by people saying things like, ‘That’s nice, but why’s he wearing that?’ … Of course, it would still be better if John was around.” Currently Lady Gaga along with Yoko Ono are remembering Lennon at the LennonOno Grant For Peace Awards at Reykjavik, Iceland’s performance space Harpa. Ono will also light the Imagine Peace Tower tonight in Reykjavik that will remain lit until December 8, the date of his death. You can watch the lighting live by clicking here.
Visit Yoko Ono’s official memorial page where thousands of fans have shared their messages.
“Hidden cameras capture people’s real reactions to girls imagining everything they might one day become,” reads the caption for a new ad from Mattel, the makers of Barbie.
Do you think the new inspirational ad will help slumping Barbie sales?
Watch after the jump, and pay attention for our jet-setting girl who has visited New York, Transylvania, and Pennsylvania…
These days it seems the words “upscale” and “uptight” go hand-in-hand. However Hotel Zephyr brings a playful, maritime twist to the upscale hotels in the Golden Gate City.
You won’t find white gloves at this property but rather concierges in custom hoodies and designer jeans, ping-pong tables, shuffleboard courts and dart boards throughout the property designed for tech-savvy millennials and happenin’ hipsters who want to actually hang out in the 9,999-square-foot outdoor lounge–The Yard, which includes multiple fire pits, a shuffleboard court and life-sized games such as Connect Four and Jenga.
Given San Francisco’s status at the US capital for tech, it’s no surprise this hotel has an open-door policy for web and software developers looking to test their newest apps. This “Zephyr Lab” concept as they call it serves as a platform for start-ups to bring in their relevant travel/hotel technology and, by doing so make Hotel Zephyr guests’ experience run seamlessly when on-property and in the city.
Find out a special package where you can receive up to 15-40% off a room and a VIP ticket to our Hollyween party by clicking here.
The 90-minute season premiere of the beloved FX horror anthology, American Horror Story was met with a near-record opening of 5.81 million live-plus-same-day viewers on Wednesday night.
The fourth-season Hotel took home American Horror Story‘s second-highest rating, trumped only by last year’s Freak Show premiere (3.1). While this year’s season premiere also matched the second season’s premiere.
By and large, Hotel obliterated its cable and broadcast competition, beating out ABC’s Nashville (1.27 million), CBS’ Code Black (1.52 million), and NBC’s Chicago PD (1.9 million).
Will Ryan Murphy’s latest installment of AHS become a Wednesday night mainstay? The ratings are saying a resounding “yes.”
By Matthew Wexler
I am Italian by association, although the blood that runs through my veins is decidedly borscht by way of Russia. I grew up in a Midwestern suburb that was home to some of the four million Italian immigrants who made their way to the US during the late 19th and early 20th century. While most kids my age were cutting school to smoke a joint under the bleachers, I was taking advantage of my newly earned driver’s license to head to Alesci’s, a local Italian deli that’s famous for their foot-long sandwich of thinly sliced pepperoni, authentic giardiniera, and melted provolone. So it only made sense that my first visit to Italy would be one of culinary exploration, forgoing Milan’s high fashion and Rome’s architectural wonders for a prosciutto-packed road trip through Italy’s food and agritourism epicenter: Emilia-Romagna.
Nestled north of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy’s 20 regions and spans from the Adriatic Sea in the east toward its western borders of Piedmont and Liguria. Like the rest of the country, Emilia-Romagna touts local products, many of which have Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status that ensures they are “produced, processed, and prepared in a given geographical area using recognized “know how” according to the European Commission. Labels aside, I quickly discover that local favorites such as heaping platters of shaved prosciutto di Parma served with chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano and free-flowing Lambrusco are the stuff that a foodie’s dreams are made of.
The long-running BBC show EastEnders today has revealed the show will include a permanent transgender character in its upcoming season, making the show the first to cast a trans* actor to play a trans* role.
Riley Carter Millington will play the role of Kyle, and viewers can expect to see the 21-year-old actor make his debut later this month before he returns as a permanent cast member.
The actor couldn’t be more excited for his role in the upcoming season and said in a statement: “I am extremely excited to be joining EastEnders. I can honestly say that I have now fulfilled my two biggest dreams – to be living my life as a man and to be an actor…I cannot wait to really get stuck in with filming and I look forward to seeing what is in store for my character.”
Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is treading carefully by learning as much as possible about the transgender community. “…we have been so careful to ensure that we cast the right actor for the part. I’ve sat in many acting workshops over the years with our casting executive Julia Crampsie and her team – but never have we been so moved by the incredible life stories and wealth of talent that we experienced over our several weeks of workshops with transgender actors.” [GSN]
The new truTV Adam Ruins Everything is the new viral sensation thanks to the hysterical way the host, Adam Conover, dissects common misconceptions about life in the US. Conover became super-popular from a sketch by the same name on CollegeHumor.com has released an incredible segment on the false sense of security that the TSA makes travelers feel.
Watch as he completely exposes the falsities of the TSA after the jump…
Just a short drive north of San Francisco is Sonoma County, a vast and diverse landscape that includes everything from vineyards to redwoods, from pounding surf to leafy plazas. Every little town has its own character, from the laid-back LGBT environs of Russian River towns like Guerneville to tony Healdsburg, hippie-ish Sebastopol, artsy/agricultural Petaluma, and historic Sonoma, and the land between them is as powerfully beautiful and unimaginably varied as the towns. I’m warning you ahead of time, I’m going to be waxing poetic before this story is over, because that’s the kind of feeling Sonoma County gives rise to: it’s a poetic kind of place.
Well that all sounds amazing, I hear you saying, but how do you actually get there, and what’s there once you arrive? The scenic route is Highway 1, one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world. As soon as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the scenery begins to get spectacular, and as it twists and turns along the coast, it’s pretty sublime (though not exactly quick). This time, though, I head straight up Highway 101, saving the delights of the coast for later, and within forty-five minutes I’m in Petaluma, the nearest Sonoma County town.