Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Meet Cristina Black
When I got to Cristina Black’s Angelino Heights apartment, she is relieved to reveal the project she’s been working on in secret for months: Blake Lively’s lifestyle site, Preserve, which premiered via her Vogue cover story that morning. It doesn’t surprise me that Black was asked to work in editorial on the Gossip Girl star’s venture. Black made a name for herself as a writer in New York as the entertainment editor at Foam while freelancing regularly for Nylon, Dazed & Confused, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York, amongst others. She’s an accomplished woman.
But almost two years ago, she dropped her life in New York and migrated to Los Angeles “in pursuit of the songwriter’s dream,” says Black. “Los Angeles has a vibe. I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but I’m like this super-ultra version of myself in California. It’s letting me be who I actually am and, for once, that doesn’t feel like a fight. It feels like love maybe should.”
Black is also a trained pianist and harpist who has released a string of EPs of ethereal, dark melodies. The Ditty Sessions was critically acclaimed while her latest EP Ides of March is just about to surface. We went over to Black’s place to shoot some photos and talk about style.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Lady DJ: Kitty Cash
We’ve been crushing on Kitty Cash for a while. But with the release of her new EP, Love the Free 2, we’ve fallen even harder. Like her first, the new mix celebrates the intersection of fashion, art and music. On the EP are some of Kitty’s favorite artists, including Kilo Kish, SZA, and Jesse Boykins. But that’s not all. The release party and accompanying weekend-long exhibition are going one step further, recognizing the power of collaboration through multi-sensory experience. EP artwork from Jonni Cheatwood stands near a flower installation by Alison Valentine, all while a video diary is projected onto a blank wall. All in all, the exhibit is an experiment in diverse tastes and the people who curate them. We caught up with the mastermind to talk EP emotions, guilty pleasures, and what exactly happens when Bey shows up to your gig.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: Avery Monsen Gets Emojinal
Emojis are the lifeblood of worldwide communication. When you really think about it, nothing is more important than expressing your ideas through tiny illustrations of really pointless things. Nobody understands that better than Avery Monsen, a comedian / Vine celeb / really funny author out of New York. Avery’s newest creation, Rejected Emojis, puts all those preloaded icons to shame by serving up such creations as “cool pube” and “a bald man reclines on a giant slice of pizza.” We caught up with Avery the other day and tackled important subjects like smiling red ogres, emoji freedom, and the power of evasive texting.