Interview by Morgan Howard
Tell me a little bit about how you guys formed as a band.
Isaac: The stars. I met Melati in New York whilst travelling the world; one summer later we started writing some music together in Australia. I wandered across Europe and Central America recording solo, then persuaded Michael out of the jungle in Brazil. We all met up again in New York and starting living and rehearsing in empty venue that threw illegal '20s-themed parties. It looked like a Shanghai opium den. We played our first show three weeks later.
How did you come up with the name Young Magic?
A cliché woke up from a dream moment, which popped in from the logos at a time when the world seemed like a series of alchemist’s watercolors. I scribbled it down, and from that morning it became a name to work under.
You just finished up a tour with Quilt, any memorable moments?
We took the long routes down the West Coast, following Highway 1 through Big Sur, chasing the ghosts of Keroac and Miller down one of the most scenic drives in the country. We tripped under stars and skated Burnside, got lost in New Mexico with our friend following us on a motorbike in the dark. We spanned the Dakota badlands and Yellowstone via wild horses, Californian shamans, and orange thunderstorms. We played a show during a hurricane in DC that shut half the city down, and knocked the venues power out halfway through our set. Whispers scattered the room in a pitch dark scene. Ten seconds later light sound power bursts back on and everything continues as usual.
What is it like playing in a store compared to a traditional venue?
Intimate. And bright. Kind of like walking up with the lights on, to someones face hovering just above you. It can be really nice or really awkward, depending on the day.
You are featured on Purity Ring's song "Grandloves." What it was like collaborating with them?
I met Corin in Texas a few years ago and we’d always spoke about working on something. It started life as a remix of "You With Air," but he ended up just sampling the vocals from the song and dropping it on an original joint. I really liked the instrumental, and then Megan added her vocals which just took it to another level. They sounded so beautiful. It is a special song for me.
What are three songs you would like to cover as a band?
Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes – "Paix"
De Frank & His Professionals – "Afe Ato Yen Bio"
Mariah – "Shinzo No Tobira" (Although we do play this in the set once in a while.)
What is up next for Young Magic?
Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, then a tour out in Australia. In the spaces between, recording album two.
Anything else I should know?
Free Julian Assange!
I am loving the look of these ceramic cups, designed by Paris-based industrial designer Patrick Nourguet. McDonald's France commissioned the artist to make these reusable cups for their new range of premium roasted coffees. Simple, colourful and minimal. - Jennilee
"My boyfriend Dan and I headed south to Charleston for his early birthday celebration. Our plans for vacation pretty much consisted of eating, relaxing, and drinking. So, naturally, on our way down we stopped at a rural BBQ restaurant. A $7 all-you-can-eat buffet and large glass of sweet tea really set the tone for the rest of the trip.
On Wednesday, our first night there, it was surprisingly quiet in town, but we stumbled into a tiny, awesome place called the Gin Joint. We sat at the bar and ordered cocktails and appetizers. We got to chat with the bartender, who happened to be the owner. He whipped up a ridiculous cucumber gin cocktail for me while Dan drank bourbon. The bartender's wife is the chef and she made some mean homemade soft pretzels with siracha cheese sauce and an heirloom tomato and goat cheese pie on a homemade crust.
On Thursday, we ate brunch at Hominy Grill. I was obsessing over the walk-up bar window they have outside for while you wait, since there is always a line. After brunch, we did a horse-drawn carriage tour. We were lucky enough to get the route that goes by all the fancy Southern houses along the water and got to see many of the historic cobblestone streets. I learned a lot of fun facts about Charleston. Did you know Steven Colbert grew up there? And that besides Vegas, Charleston is currently the number one wedding city in the US? It also used to have a red light district, à la Amsterdam. All of the homes in the former red light district are only about two stories high so that they can't see any of the church steeples.
That night we went to McCrady's for dinner. We met a chef from Chicago who was sitting next to us, which Dan was more than pleased with. Nice guy, and he even shared some good tips for pasta-making. We had another round of ridiculous, fresh food including a cucumber gazpacho that I'll never forget, and pork belly lettuce wraps which Dan was swooning over. After that we did a bit of a self-guided bar crawl which landed us at a bar with a bachelorette party, where we took shots of tequila, hot sauce, and pickles!
The next day, we went to Jestine's for brunch to cure the remnants of our shots from the night before. My fried green tomato, bacon and lettuce sandwich definitely did the trick.
After that we did a little shopping and stopped by the UO store. I've heard it is an awesome building and it did not disappoint. It is actually an old theater! That day we also went to Folly Beach, hoping to cool off a bit from the hot, hot, Southern sun.
That night was our big dinner for Dan's birthday at Husk. We've been talking about going there for so long, and I'm so happy we finally did. We did as advised by friends and showed up well before our reservation so that we could go to the bar next door which is in a little carriage house. That's where they had a pig’s leg on the bar, literally shaving off pieces to serve to diners and drinkers. Dan's rye flight came with a few pieces.
In the main house at Husk, the decor is simple and nice. I was obsessing over the water glasses which used to be wine bottles and the center pieces that consisted of corn meal and dried okra. And of course, the dinner which was was beyond amazing. We ordered way too much, but couldn't help it. On our menu: fried chicken skins served with hot sauce and peaches, pigs ear lettuce wraps, melon gazpacho, pork, wagyu steak, and bacon cornbread. Needless to say, we couldn't even fathom getting dessert
On our trip home, we stopped at South of the Border for gas and some waters. After our culinary and cultural adventures in Charleston, I was more than eager to get back on the road." -Carolann
California-based artist Steve Harrington's exhibition Insideout is on view at Los Angeles' Known Gallery (441 North Fairfax Avenue) and will be running until September 1. The show looks pretty amazing, I wish I was able to check it out in person! Installation views taken by Quang Le via National Forest. -Bob