Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Bleached
Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin have been making music together since they were pre-teens, banging out their first notes on their dad’s acoustic guitar in their childhood San Fernando Valley home. The two spent high school playing in bands together, most notably Mika Miko, the most interestingly named Dead Banana Ladies, and later played in a few bands apart before they came together to form Bleached. The Clavins took their mutual love of the ’60s era girl-group sound and The Ramones and Misfits-style punk rock and put out a string of beloved 7-inches and music videos before finally releasing their first full length Ride Your Heart (which is now available, along with a ton of other records, on our site) last April.
Since then Bleached has toured the world, playing alongside the likes of Haim, Best Coast, and Black Lips. To celebrate the release of their newest 7-inch For The Feel, which drops today, we talked vinyl, aesthetics, and the importance of a good album cover.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Right Now: Nemesis Babe Shoots London Fashion Week
London fashion week is in full force, which means the style mavens of The Big Smoke are gallivanting from show to show in their best accouterments. As usual, we’re living vicariously through our favorite street style photog, Marie Jensen (aka Nemesis Babe) who’s there to catch every incredible furry, rainbow jacket, sequined sweater, and oversized jersey in real time, just for us.
Friday, September 12, 2014 Top Tens: Things We Loved This Week
When the two were in New York for Jonze’s collaboration with Opening Ceremony during fashion week, they filmed an impromptu music video for “Ooo.” Because these are just the sort of surprises you get when you’re Karen O.
Friday, September 12, 2014 Artsy Fartsy: B6 x Nasty Gal
Remember our chat with über cool artist Brittney Scott? Well, she put her talented finger to screen to create some fun, exclusive, Nasty Gal-inspired pieces for just for little ol’ us. Aw, shucks! Check ‘em out, won’t you?
Thursday, September 11, 2014 Beauty: The Beauty Rebels of NY Fashion Week
Twice a year, my fair city becomes inundated with what appears to be an alien invasion of very chic, very tall people. Beautiful people are always rampant in NYC, but during Fashion Week it becomes like a sartorial Comic Con of fashion editors, models, bloggers, paparazzo, and celebrities, leaving confused civilians like me to suddenly wonder if I’m shrinking or if everyone just got taller and better-looking? This is why I love recapping NYFW looks from the safe distance of my computer, avoiding the Lincoln Center area for fear I may be stampeded by a horde of well-heeled bloggers (to those on the front lines, if not the front row, I salute you).
Since any given garment on the runway costs more than my rent, the beauty looks are where it’s at, personally. Anything you see is fairly attainable with the right amount of wherewithal. This September, those who were expecting makeup artists to bring the FX may have been a bit disappointed to know that the biggest S/S 2015 beauty trend was…no makeup. Or at least so minimal it doesn’t look like the models are wearing anything. But, they are models, so they’re basically woke up like this. Can’t really teach that effect in a YouTube tutorial, can you?
There were however a few rebels who threw convention to the dust and punctuated the collections with brilliantly done up faces and hair, employing shocks of bright color, stickers, fake piercings, and otherwise flying their freak flags high above The Big Apple.