Thursday, April 17, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Meredith Graves
Meredith Graves reminds me of Judy Garland—if Judy Garland threw herself around in circles on stage, stomping her feet and manipulating her hands to match her lyrical questions of marriage, love and rejection. The Syracuse-based front woman and her band Perfect Pussy recently signed to Captured Tracks and their critically-acclaimed debut release Say Yes To Love sent them across the country and beyond, a few times over. Always on the road and turning heads, Graves is a pixie dust, banging ball of fury with unique style. I would call her “old-world-charm-meets-early-millennium-pop-punk”. I sat down with my dear friend Graves to talk about fashion on the road and take a peek through her favorite looks in some tour snapshots. —Mish Way
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Chromeo
Chromeo and I go wayyy back. Let’s just say I made a YouTube video of myself dancing in ’80s pumps to their song “Needy Girl” back in 2007 and (very proudly) posted it to my LiveJournal. Yeah, it was that long ago. (Don’t bother Googling it, people. That shiz is on lockdown.) As it turns out, Dave 1 and P-Thugg stopped by the Fonda Theatre right here in L.A. to play a show before they headed off to the desert, and I got to chat ‘em up about all the latest haps—their upcoming album White Women, festival fashion, and their love for JNCOs. (Seriously.) Check it out below. —Chrissy Mahlmeister
Thursday, April 10, 2014 Film: Be Here Nowish
We hope you’re not doing anything this weekend because the first four episodes of Be Here Nowish just dropped, and you’re definitely gonna wanna watch this series. In case you missed it, the show’s co-creators Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their female-driven comedy about “two sexually progressive New York gals who ditch their down-and-out lives for LA in search of a spiritual awakening,” which means, yes, we’ve been waiting nearly a year for this. So, we caught up with Alexandra and Natalia to talk to them firsthand about their highly-anticipated series debut, working with Karley Sciortino (a.k.a Slutever), and what’s lacking in the current TV landscape.
(Photos by Lizzie Hollins)
Monday, April 7, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Yasi Salek’s Take On The ‘Push It’ Exhibition
I know as much about art as my 61-year-old Persian mother knows about Young Thug, which is basically nothing. I took one art history class in college, and I used flash cards with weird acronyms to remember the painters and wrote my entire essay about the way the particular piece of art (I think it was a Degas ballerina or something?) made me feel FEELINGS. That being said, that’s pretty much the way I still look at all art—using an emotional litmus test (with a heavy dose of levity). So, over the weekend I got to see a very awesome group show curated (just so you know “curated” is the worst word in the English language but “put together” didn’t sound ART enough) by Melissa McCaig-Welles that features 21 New York and California-based female artists who focus on confrontational works that mix fine art with a street aesthetic. “Push It” opened on Thursday at ArtNow in New York City, so I went to it and then wrote how I felt about it.
(Photos by Andrew Tyson)
Monday, March 31, 2014 Globetrotter: Hirari Ikeda
When we say Hirari Ikeda is a Tokyo street fashion icon, we ain’t kidding. There are entire blogs dedicated to her ever-evolving style, and her badass look even caught the eye of Diesel Art Director Nicola Formichetti who placed her in the brand’s spring/summer 2014 campaign. When she’s not mean-muggin’ on the streets of Harajuku, she works in one of the most influential shops in Tokyo, Dog. Take a peek inside the store and find out more about Hirari’s daily style inspiration in our interview below!
(Photos by Yuji Murakami)