Monday, August 18, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Countdown to FYF Fest! Pt. 1
It’s finally almost here—L.A.’s tenth annual Fuck Yeah Fest happens this weekend! In an attempt hold ourselves over until the actual festivities begin, we’ll be releasing a daily FYF-themed playlist featuring songs by all of the bands on the lineup. So listen up and get prepare your earholes for the dulcet tones of Phoenix, Mac Demarco, The Strokes, Grimes, Kelela, Blood Orange, and dozens of other amazing artists. Fuck yeah, indeed.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: The Coathangers
You know those weirdos who pack up their hemp pants and tie-dye everything into a multi-colored Guatemalan backpack and leave their whole lives to follow Phish around the country? I never understood those people (partly because I left hemp accessories behind in the 6th grade, partly because I have a nagging attachment to responsibility, but mostly because man, does that band suck). That is, not until I first saw The Coathangers play, and decided that I would have no problem ditching out on reality to follow them around the globe (but like, not in a stalkery way, okay?). The Atlanta-based all-girl punk outfit has been touring and playing shows for just shy of a decade, never slowing or losing any of the hell-raising energy that make each and every single one of their performances one to remember.
Monday, August 11, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Meg Myers Heads to Lollapalooza
Pop and EDM and rap are great, but if your ears are asking for something with a little more mood, direct your attention to Meg Myers. The Los Angeles-based artist is often compared to Fiona Apple and Alanis Morrissette, turning out music that is as dark as it is mesmerizing, with captivating music videos to match. Her video for her newly released “Desire” touches on rebellion, brutal honesty, and some pretty serious levitation. Last week, Meg headed out to Chicago to spread some of her magic at Lollapalooza and she was kind enough to snap some photos for us!
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.