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Meet Aren Willingham

You know Aren Willingham as the last Employee of the Month, our bearded friend from Detroit. We've recruited Aren to blog for us, so check back weekly to find out what's going on in the Motor City. In the meantime, read up on him here

Street Etiquette "The Black Ivy"

Street Etiquette's incredible shoot The Black Ivy encapsulates many of fall's biggest trends—varsity jackets, toggles, cable knit and good old fashioned prep. 

Agustina Woodgate


Argentina-born and Miami-based artist Agustina Woodgate seems to prefer to work with two subjects in her art: hair and fairytales.  She sets up mobile hair-dressing stations in busy cities to collect human locks, which she then uses to create shoes, portraits and brick towers. Check out some of her work at the Miami Art Museum until October 17. (Via Nylon)

Reefer Movie Madness Launch Party

Celebrate 75 years of stoner cinema during the launch party for Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide with authors Shirley Halperin and Steve Bloom.  The party kicks off tomorrow at Space 15 Twenty from 7-10pm with DJ Turquoise Wisdom, but you'll have to RSVP at reefermoviemadness@gmail.com to attend. 

Loud Flash

Artist Toby Mott presents his collection of punk-related artifacts amassed over the course of 30 years, like posters and fanzines, in "LOUD FLASH: British Punk on Paper" at Venison until October 30.

Martin Kollar



Martin Kollar is a freelance photographer who lives in Prague, capturing the hilarity that is the human race in his series "Nothing Special" and "TV Anchors."

Secret Generator Series: Boston Venue Hint 3

Neon Indian is playing a free concert somewhere in Boston this Sunday, but we can't tell you where until tomorrow.  We can tell you the show is powered by a generator, so it could happen almost anywhere.  This is a picture clue of the venue– if you recognize it, tell everyone still trying to figure it out on our Facebook page.  Then, check back tomorrow for the official announcement and we'll fill you in on the details.  

NZFW 2010 highlights




The hit list from last week's New Zealand Fashion Week went something like this: layering and fabrics at Zambesi (pictured); the waistlines at Karen Walker; wonder white and coats at twentysevennames (pictured); the all-in-onesies at Stolen Girlfriends Club and the dark cinema of Nom*D. - Nadia

Natalie Rae Richardson

Natalie Rae Richardson's over-sized clothing maintains cuts specific to the '80s and a successful combination of ethically-souced fabrics– any fur you see on her jackets is actually embroidery inspired by the artwork of Ryan Berkley

"Wide Eyes"

A man is stalked by a giant shark in the video for Local Natives' "Wide Eyes," off their album Gorilla Manor.  Check out the exclusive tour blog the band is writing here

Ur Not In Fashion


Gimme some upside down crosses, dirty words and holes and we're in business, clothing-wise. UNIF aka Ur Not In Fashion clearly got the memo. X - Jen

Secret Generator Series: Boston Venue Hint 2

Where will Neon Indian play a free show in Boston this Sunday?  Here is the second clue from our video footage of the top secret venue.  If you think you know where to go, let everyone else in on the secret on Facebook and Twitter and we'll be back here with one last hint tomorrow.

Shwood

Shwood hand-crafts their wooden sunglass frames from fine woods like East Indian Rosewood and Zebrawood.  Good for the environment, good for your look.  

LSTN 11: Neon Indian

Neon Indian is Alan Palomo, a Texas native whose joke band eventually became a real, and a really successful, one. Neon Indian's track "6669" is featured on LSTN #11, and is also playing this Sunday's Secret Generator Series show in Boston. We caught with Palomo recently, right after he'd picked up keys to his new apartment in Brooklyn. 



What prompted you to move to NY? 
Psychic Chasms was written in Austin, and it was this bizarre alienating year. The nature of what I wanted to do after writing that record and being on the road for a while was to be somewhere where I could facilitate my creativity a little better. It made sense because a lot of the people I work with are out here. It’s kind of bizarre in that half the things that have happened for this record wouldn’t have come to fruition if I had already been in New York. 

What do you mean when you say it was an 'alienating year' when you were Austin? 
Well, I’m not dogging on the town itself, but it was weird year for me. I had a lot of friends, and when I moved I thought I had a lot of connections, but I felt like I stepped into a situation where everyone was already established in their own rhythm. I had the sensation of being the fifth wheel and on top of that, I didn’t have a car, so I was just taking the bus to class or spending copious amount of time in my room. From that spawned this lull that eventually came to spawn Neon Indian.

Do you think a period of boredom is necessary for creativity? 
Oh, absolutely. There’s this situation where people perpetuate who you are back at you, and you hang out with your friends, who are always sort of reminding you how you fit into this community. So when you lose that, you’re thrown into your own head for a while and are forced to rummage around. 

What kind of influences do you have? 
Todd Rundgren is one of then. He’s one of those guys that personifies perfect knowledge between writing pop singles but then also having this other side who writes this 30-minute epic synth/instrumental track. To have that dichotomy in sounds is really impressive to me. More contemporary influences are Ariel Pink and the Doldrums. When I listened to that stuff in high school, it got me thinking about recording lo-fi music and how it’s really more of a narrative process–that idea of creating that other dimension where the music isn’t dictated by the lyrics. There is something weird about the sound that makes you feel like you’re listening to it from some lost AM radio broadcast or hearing a song reverberating from another room.


And the name Neon Indian came from one of your friends' joke band? 
Right around the time I had my project Ghosthustler, almost in mock retaliation, my friend was like, “Oh well, if you have a band called Ghosthustler, I’ll have one called Neon Indian.” If I had to theorize, it would be a reference to that Indian festival “holi.” What resonated with me was that so much of the subject matter when I was writing was centered around that time in my life lyrically, so it only made sense to name it after this high school band that was conceived as a weird inside joke. 

Were you making music in high school? 
Not really. I bought an acoustic guitar like everyone did in high school. I was more of a film guy, which is what I studied in college before I went on my permanent hiatus touring with Neon Indian. I remember my main frustration in film school was that I was picking up theory and not using creative concepts. You never get to do anything until you have the resources, and my school definitely wasn’t giving me those, so music had this immediacy that let me finish a song in a week and gave me a feeling of accomplishment. I ended up needing that sensation all the time.


How do you name your songs? 
There’s always a play on words I guess, because punning is something I do with my friends. My band and I rip on anything from porno-parody movie titles to seeing street signs and ripping with it. So titles are some all-inclusive short phrase that summarizes all the feelings in that song. “Terminally Chill” is so sarcastic. If I can coin it, then it becomes a song title. It’s a summation that sets up what’s going to happen. “6669” is an inside joke about the most brutal of sexual positions. 

Your album Psychic Chasms was recently re-released with new tracks. What prompted that? 
It was never really all that available to begin with, it was always on backorder on Amazon.com. There’s nothing more frustrating than playing Jimmy Fallon and then anyone who’s seen that has no idea where to buy the album. So you’re forced to type in “Psychic Chasms + rapid share” on Google. I always wanted to have a proper tangible packaging for it because it's such an intimate thing. With the remix record, it’s really the result of a year of travelling and meeting bands and creating connections there, and having a communal friendly approach to let these people I love rework these songs. That’s really to me the purpose of this. Everyone’s already heard the record, so that’s not really my objective. To have it be in this particular incarnation that also comes coupled with all these remixes–I’m excited about it.

Neon Indian
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"Barbara Streisand"

Duck Sauce is back with their second single: "Barbara Streisand."  DJs A-Trak and Armand Van Helden just dropped the disco-house dance mash-up in a video New York City travelogue that makes us want to move there, like, now.  

The Crayon Fields

Melbourne's The Crayon Fields are bringing their blissed out pop to the States late October. If you haven't heard them then please put on your headphones, click above and close your eyes. - Nadia

Two for the Road

Two for the Road is an "editing experiment" that places seemingly unrelated pictures next to each other to create a totally new meaning.  

Todd Fisher




It can take a few seconds before you have that "oh, I see!" moment of clarity when looking through Todd Fisher's portfolio– he's one of those people that can turn boring situations into incredible photographs. 

Metropolis Vintage



Metropolis Vintage couldn't have made a better couple commercials to get me in their store, especially shooting in front of all those sick boots. I'm so there. X - Jen

Blandine Bardeau Abacus Rattle


Blandine Bardeau's Abacus Rattle bracelet is good enough to eat, especially when served up in multiples.