Esther Kim is back! As it turns out, illustrating is not her only forte. This time around, Esther graces the NG blogosphere with a kick-ass playlist on K-Pop. Thanks to her, we now know that not all Korean pop stars are as ridiculous as Psy, and that America seriously needs to step up its game in the music video department.
If you’ve turned on the radio, been to a club, or gone pretty much anywhere with music in the past few months, you’ve likely heard Icona Pop’s wildly popular single, “I Love It.” Now Aino and Caroline, the swedish duo behind Icona Pop, have turned out yet another super catchy dance tune. “All Night” delivers the same feel-good vibes as Icona Pop’s first hit, but the music video adds an entirely new dimension to the song. Taking nods from Paris Is Burning and the 80’s ballroom scene, the duo created a video that promotes freedom of expression, acceptance, and going a little crazy with friends. We chatted with Aino to hear about Icona Pop’s style, plans for the future, and groupies! Yeah, they have groupies.
For many of us, the first cult we ever join is the cult of fandom that hits when we discover our new favorite band. For me, that moment hit in high school when I discovered the Jesus and Mary Chain, and I’m not sure I ever full recovered (not that I wanted to, of course). So because every cult needs a soundtrack, here are a few tracks that never fail to lull me into trance, and will totally seduce you into drinking the Shoe Cult Kool-Aid. You can thank us later. -Cat
Though Los Angeles is a city of blue skies and sunshine, it still loves the occasional trip to the dark side. And for that we turn to Tamara Sky, the dark horse DJ and producer behind Lil Death, one of the wildest parties in the City of Angels. Tamara DJ’d our second No Bummer Summer Party this past weekend, and we caught up with her for a few minutes to talk snack foods and why she likes her music like her rollercoasters.
(Photos by Rony’s Photo Booth)
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In honor of our Instagram dance contest, we tapped Cat to put together some dance jamzzzzzzz. And guess what? She was more than up for it. So get ready to shake something…
First known for her dub-stepped interpretation of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs,” Mr. Little Jeans has since won over fans with her dreamy, dancey music, and her cover of “Single Ladies” didn’t hurt, either. Her new single, “Oh Sailor” (and its accompanying music video) has us lost in a world of kaleidoscopic, cosmic genius. We got a chance to catch up with the Norway native, who has since relocated to L.A., after she DJ’d our No Bummer Summer party while simultaneously keeping the dance floor packed and trying to stay out of the sun.
On this too-hot-to-stop Independence Day, I stand for the right to wade under palm trees while wearing some stars and stripes and clutching a cold can of premium American Beer. So you, too, can let freedom ring with this mixtape that I hereby dedicate to the patriotic babe who just wants to party. Because, as Cher Horowitz puts it, ‘… may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much.’ Happy 4th of July! -Cat Roif
In light of our recent collaboration with Lazy Oaf, we decided to revisit some other songs where one + one = totally awesome.
“Walk This Way” by Run-DMC ft. Aerosmith
Throw it all towards the sky: your notebooks, your graduation cap — hell, maybe even your gown — to celebrate the end of school and the beginning of a long, hot summer ahead. Here, our seriously superlative brainy day graduation soundtrack.