Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Guest Edit: Yasi Salek @ Pitchfork Fest
I go to a lot of music festivals, partly because it’s my job, and partly because of my intense devotion to living in a state of suspended adolescence. Oh also I guess because I like music? Anyway as I mentioned in my previous music fest post, I’ve been to many, many different iterations, from dusty Southern situations to star-studded Indio affairs, but somehow I had never been to Pitchfork fest, the festival put on by highly-respected (and sometimes feared) music blog Pitchfork. Now in its 9th year, Pitchfork fest (much like the site itself) prides itself on featuring a good measure of “next big things” alongside “already big deals” ; this year that meant buzzy newcomers like FKA Twigs, Perfect Pussy, and Deafheaven played alongside heavy hitters like Grimes, Kendrick Lamar, and Beck. Add in longtime Pitchfork darlings like Dum Dum Girls, Danny Brown, and Sun Kil Moon and 90s cult favorites Neutral Milk Hotel and a recently reunited Slowdive (the first band of the weekend to make me cry but certainly not the last), and there was pretty much something for everyone (except for the everyone who only listens to top 40 radio waiting for that Iggy Azalea song to play again and again, that person would probably be bummed).
I’m no authority on music (I still sometimes spend entire hours listening to that one Lumineers song on repeat don’t you dare judge me), but my personal highlights of the fest were definitely Hundred Waters, a perfectly post-internet cosmic-psych band from Florida that makes gorgeous, emotive music that sounds like what they play in the cool bars in heaven, and the Majical Cloudz set, which despite technical difficulties (i.e their keyboard, the instrument responsible for providing 80% of the music, breaking down completely), turned into one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, an improvised series of spoken word and acapella renditions of the duo’s songs with audience clapping and live computer sound looping as accompaniment.
Okay now here are some photos of the fun.
Friday, July 18, 2014 Top Tens: Things We Loved This Week
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Guest Edit: The Clothing Coven Hits NYC
In the high school of life, Mallory Llewellyn and Tallulah Willis are the girls everyone else wants to be. They’re the ones who look impossibly cool in their off-kilter outfits. They are also the girls that come off super intimidating, but are actually friends with every kid in every clique, from the weirdos to the goths to the jocks to the cheerleaders: that’s just how they roll. At 20-years old, Mallory and Tallulah aren’t that far removed from high school, but they are still the girls that every other girl wants to be. In March of this year, the best friends with “the same taste but totally different style” launched The Clothing Coven (really cool Instagram found here), an online magazine that they intend to act as, in the words of Mallory, “pretty much a helm for every type of girl. It can be a place for the weirdo who doesn’t fit in, the pretty girl who has no friends because everyone is jealous, or the mom who wants to stay hip on what her kids are into.”
The Clothing Coven isn’t just a fashion blog: the site covers everything from style to music to photography to art to travel, all with a distinctly personal touch, like your two imaginary best friends are cluing you in as to what’s up in the world of cool.
Recently Tallulah and Mallory took a month-long trip to NYC and shared with us their favorite moments:
Friday, July 11, 2014 Newsflash: The Queen’s English by Martine Syms and Cat Roif
Martine Syms has already taught us a lot about music and art. But today, we want to spread the word about one of her and photographer phenom Cat Roif‘s personal projects, because they’re doing some pretty cool stuff. From July 13 through August 31, Armory Center for the Arts will feature The Queen’s English, an exhibition and reading room. The exhibition will explore black feminist communities in the ’70s and promote discussions on language and representation. In other words, this is cool stuff and you should go! The opening reception is this Saturday the 12th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm!