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Mixtape: July/August

Monday, August 25th, 2014

It’s time for the SaatchiNY mixtape of the month, courtesy of our music producer and all-around tastemaker Christine Hunt. You can download the July/August playlist here, and Christine has written up some listening notes for you below. Happy listening!

 

Saatchi July/August 2014 Listening Notes:

On the playlist: Hear the latest from several recognizable rock acts this season, including Weezer, Ryan Adams, Cold War Kids, and Interpol. The hip–hop world put out some strong summer releases too, from the likes of T.I./Young Thug, A$AP Mob, Black Milk and more. Meanwhile, some exciting new stars are on the rise, so be sure to check out Benjamin Booker, Christopher Denny, and FKA twigs. There were also a few artists that came out of hiding this month, so don’t forget about Zola Jesus, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Delta Spirit; and some classic favorites like Sinead O’Connor and Robert Plant made a comeback recently as well, with more great music for your ears.

Argentine musician, film composer, and producer Gustavo Santaolalla released Camino this month, his first collection of solo music since 1988. If you don’t recognize his name, you’ll surely recognize his work from the soundtracks for Brokeback MountainBabelInto The WildThe Motorcycle Diaries, and many more. This new album includes 11 stunning tracks that combine “traditional Argentinian music with a gentle influence of the complexity of progressive rock… that still retains the cinematic grandeur of his film work” [Allmusic]

Grimes makes a comeback this summer with the release of her new single, “Go”. It’s more melodic and pop-driven than her previous experimental work, which makes sense considering she had originally written the song for Rihanna to sing. When it was turned down by the famous pop-star, Grimes took to the mic herself.

After recently collaborating with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong on Foreverly, Norah Jones has returned with yet another artist collaboration with her new side project Puss N Boots. Aside from Jones, the group also consists of Catherine Popper (best known as the former bassist and backing vocalist for Ryan Adams and Grace Potter) and jazz singer-songwriter Sasha Dobson. The trio decided to create a full-length album together after years of playing small shows around New York City; you’ll hear a mix of both studio and live recordings on No Fools, No Fun, including cover songs originally performed by Johnny Cash, Wilco, and Neil Young.

Meanwhile, a little something you won’t find on Spotify:  actor Michael Cera has surprised fans by creating his own lo–fi album True That, which he’s released to the public digitally. The release doesn’t come as a complete shock, however, as the actor has previously made a presence for himself in the indie music scene, touring with indie band Mister Heavenly and appearing on the soundtrack for Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Check out the full album on Michael Cera’s bandcamp page.

King St. Q&A W/ Courtney Scott

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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Meet our newest Account Supervisor, Courtney Scott.  She is a world-renowned spiked cider mixologist, loves stand up paddle boarding, and can teach you her beauty secrets if you ask nicely. You can get connected with Courtney professionally on her LinkedIn account, tweet at her incessantly at @CourtAScott, or check out her artistic eye on her Instagram account at quartneyscott.  Make sure to come by and say hello when she starts on the 20th!

WHAT DO YOU DO AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI?
Account Supervisor on Tide & Dreft.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
I worked at the Bean Bag – an ice cream stand in the town where I grew up.

WHAT LED YOU ON THE PATH YOU’RE ON TODAY?
A great Talent team – seriously!  After I graduated, I interviewed for a paid search position and unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut (you’ll know why once you get to know me).  However, they called me back and said “we think you’d be a great fit for Account Management”.  So, I accepted the position and have been happy in my career ever since!

WHAT ARE YOUR LOVEMARKS?
Tata Harper (my magic youth serum), Michael Strahan, Sandra Bullock, Diane Keaton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, Whole Foods, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, & New Girl (for a good laugh).

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AD (ALL TIME OR CURRENTLY)?
Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches – it gets me every time

IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO?
I would pursue hobbies and projects that I’ve wanted to do for a while – learn to play the guitar, become a fitness instructor, take a few courses on interior decorating, and learn a new language.  If not that, then I’d go stand-up paddleboarding…A LOT.

FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN TO?
Nevis – a small island in the Caribbean Sea.  Hands down, this was the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever been on, aside from the 2.5 hour hike to the top of Nevis Peak (mud, sweat, and tears).  The people were among the nicest I’ve ever met, the local spots were full of Nevis culture, and the island’s well-known Rum Punch and food were outstanding.  I stayed at the Hermitage, which I highly recommend – especially if you’re into coconut French toast, afternoon carrot cake and tea, and a friendly beagle named Harry.

WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
My collection of physical pictures – they remind me of great memories with family and friends, prior to a world full of digital prints.  

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE YOUTUBE VIDEO?
I love Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd – so this is currently my favorite

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU MAKE REALLY WELL?
Spiked Hot Apple Cider.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WARM-WEATHER NYC ACTIVITY?
Walking around exploring – I genuinely love doing this, no matter the season.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHTIME SPOT NEAR THE OFFICE?
Kaffe 1668 – amazing salads and the Swedish Chocolate Ball is to die for.

WHAT’S YOUR GO TO KARAOKE SONG? (COME ON, WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE).
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, by Elton John & Kiki Dee

WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE EVER HAD?
A vegetarian concoction at El Quenepo on Vieques Island.  I ate it so fast I don’t even remember what was in it!

IF YOU COULD BE THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER OF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Highest number of pogo-stick hops – that would be awesome!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE PURSUIT?
Writing poems and rhymes for my loved ones.  I once wrote a poem for my dad when I was 16 and gave it to him for Father’s Day – he cried when he read it and now it’s framed in our family room!

WHAT BLOGS/MAGAZINES/BOOKS/PAPERS/WEBSITES CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
Mashable, Buzzfeed, Elite Daily, The Last Lecture (by Randy Pausch), Oh She Glows, The Chalkboard Mag

WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT EVENT YOU WENT TO?
Firefly 2014 – The Lumineers, Outkast, Foo Fighters, Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Young the Giant, Third Eye Blind…need I say more?

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
1.  Always be honest with yourself and others, it always pays off.
2. You have a lot to offer.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE STORY?
Humans of New York (HONY) – each street portrait and corresponding interview are truly an inspiration.

Category: King St. Q&A

‘Create & Impact’ 2014

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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Here at Saatchi New York we try to maintain a culture that values and participates in community programs focused on environmental sustainability. Part of that mission is the ‘Create & Impact’ movement, a global initiative of the Publicis Groupe. Launched in 2013, the ‘Create & Impact’ campaign was created to encourage all Groupe agencies around the globe to celebrate World Environment Day and participate in CSR activities in their communities.

For our 2013 event you may have noticed SaatchiNY and our friends biked from home to work in an effort to reduce our overall environmental footprint, and we encouraged others to do the same. Our goal is to diversify our efforts within the four spheres of impact: society, economy, environment, and culture. In order to enhance our sustainable actions as an agency, we think it is important to start in one’s backyard and develop a partnership with our growing community here in NYC.

So, as we begin another month of ‘Create & Impact 2014’, we once again ask ourselves: how can we coordinate our efforts, and follow our mission to make sustainability irresistible within our busy lives in the city? In ‘the city that never sleeps’, we need to take advantage of all the opportunities we have to help others, and the ‘Create and Impact’ movement is just one piece of the puzzle.

We want to hear what you have to say, so if you have a great idea for a creative and sustainable activity that you and your co-workers would enjoy, get your last minute suggestions in to Kimbery Yih and together we will make good things happen!

-May Moribe

Category: Sustainability

KING ST. Q&A W/ KEEGAN FIERTL

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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Meet one of the Assistant Account Executive from our Pampers team, Keegan Fiertl. An aspiring world traveling photographer, a Nintendo fan, and a cat video connoisseur, Keegan is one of those people you need to know!  You can check out his LinkedIn profile here if you want to get professionally acquainted with him, or you can learn more about him below!

WHAT DO YOU DO AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI?
I’m an Assistant Account Executive on the Pampers team.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Selling shoes at Skechers Footwear, we’ve all got to start somewhere right?

WHAT LED YOU ON THE PATH YOU’RE ON TODAY?
My internship that I did with the KFC marketing team back in Sydney.

WHAT ARE YOUR LOVEMARKS?
Nintendo, Spotify, Google and Samsung.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AD (ALL TIME OR CURRENTLY)?
Google Search: Reunion by Ogilvy & Mather India. Perfection!

IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO?
Travel the world with a really expensive camera and take amazing photos. I’m not a photographer but I reckon this would be really cool.

FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN TO?
Florence, Italy.

WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
I don’t really have one. I still have a watch that a friend back home gave me so I guess it would have to be that.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE YOUTUBE VIDEO?
I’m not a big cat video person but this one always makes me laugh.

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU MAKE REALLY WELL?
Friends.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLD-WEATHER NYC ACTIVITY?
Haven’t been here long enough to figure that out yet.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHTIME SPOT NEAR THE OFFICE?
The only place I’ve been to so far in the area is Westville and that was great!

WHAT’S YOUR GO TO KARAOKE SONG? (COME ON, WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE).
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE EVER HAD?
Seafood Marinara in Venice, Italy. That meal changed my life.

IF YOU COULD BE THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER OF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Being the fastest person in the world.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE PURSUIT?

Definitely music, I used to play a lot of different instruments when I was younger.

WHAT BLOGS/MAGAZINES/BOOKS/PAPERS/WEBSITES CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
Facebook, Reddit, AdAge and the Harry Potter series.

WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT EVENT YOU WENT TO?
The night before I Sydney left I saw a band called The National perform at the Sydney Opera House.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
You can achieve anything as long as you work hard enough for it.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE STORY?
I packed up everything I owned and moved to New York on a whim, now I’m working at my dream agency three months after finishing university!

Category: King St. Q&A

JP Morgan Chase Challenge

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Saatchi New York is gearing up once again for the annual JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge!

The corporate challenge is a 3.5 mile long running race, and will be held in central park on Wednesday, June 4th at 7:00 PM.  Every year the race is organized to not only promote general workplace fitness, but also to benefit non-profit organizations like the Central Park Conservatory.  if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a look at a video from last year’s race to get a feel for the fun atmosphere that surrounds the whole event.

It has been a long-standing Saatchi & Saatchi tradition to have an excellent and enthusiastic turnout, and we expect this year to be no exception.  Whether you’re a serious runner, a novice, or just want to cheer on your friends, we want you out there!

Each participant must register on the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge site in order to be officially entered and eligible to run.

Space is limited & the last day to sign up for the Corporate Challenge is Tuesday, April 29th at 5PM.

Start hitting the treadmills, the track on the roof, or the West Side Highway to get ready for June 4th!

 

SAVE THE DATE: 7X7 9th EDITION

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Check out America’s Bureau Chief of Monocle Magazine, Santiago Tarditi from Last Fall’s 7×7

Saatchi & Saatchi presents our 9th edition of 7×7 on May 6th during Creative Week at Stage 37 in Mid-Town.  Creative Week is the preeminent festival showcasing the intersection of advertising, innovation and creative thinking, and this year’s theme is “ideas for the greater good”.

The idea is simple – Seven people from seven different backgrounds each present for seven minutes.  It’s fast, engaging and fun.  Check out what went down at our last edition of 7×7 here, and you can look at some of our past presentations on our Youtube channel here.  Stay tuned for when we announce our lineup of amazing speakers!

Category: Events, New York

Spring Cleaning at Saatchi

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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As Punxsutawney Phil had predicted, there were six more weeks of winter here at the Saatchi NY office.  But now that it is officially spring as of last Thursday, we all decided to do some spring cleaning to clear up the clutter as the weather warms up. Check out some of the epic piles on their way out!

Our stream of creativity and content will certainly continue into spring, we just wanted to tidy up the edges as the city thaws.  Depending on your preference – contemporary, classic or comical – here are three people that said it best:

“There’s so much room for activities!”

-Will Farrel, Step Brothers

“It does not come to me in quite so direct a line as that; it takes a bend or two, but nothing of consequence. The stream is as good as at first; the little rubbish it collects in the turnings is easily moved away.” 

-Jane Austen, Persuasion

“If you’re going to make rubbish, be the best rubbish in it.”

-Richard Burton

 

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Category: Saatchi NY Office

King St. Q&A W/ Jessica Nandi

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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Jessica Nandi is an Associate Creative Director here at SaatchiNY.  You can find her on LinkedIn here, and if you’re interested in checking out some of her past work, head over to her website.

WHAT DO YOU DO AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI? 
I’m a creative on Olay

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? 
Served Coffee at a golf course at 5AM

WHAT LED YOU ON THE PATH YOU’RE ON TODAY? 
School of Visual Arts

WHAT ARE YOUR LOVEMARKS? 
Union Square farmers market, painting, MOMA, Spain

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AD (ALL TIME OR CURRENTLY)?
Because I hate GPS…

IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK AGAIN< WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO?
Go to culinary school

FAVORITE PLACE YOU”VE BEEN TO?
A small little beach in Majorca.  Can’t remember the name.

WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? 
My cat Tigger & my husband.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE YOUTUBE VIDEO?
Jim Gaffigan + bacon

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU MAKE REALLY WELL? 
Tacos

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WARM-WEATHER NYC ACTIVITY? 
Leaving NYC and going skiing.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHTIME SPOT NEAR THE OFFICE? 
Need some time to determine that one.

WHAT’S YOUR GO TO KARAOKE SONG? (COME ON, WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE). 
I really don’t have one.

WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE EVER HAD? 
Family Style at La Mela.

IF YOU COULD BE THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER OF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Napping.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE PURSUIT? 
Painting.

WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT EVENT YOU WENT TO? 
My wedding.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? 
Think before you speak.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE STORY?
My husband got me to eat a chicken heart. Ewww.