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UO Exclusive: Robyn and Royksopp "Do It Again"


It's no secret that over here at UO we love all things vinyl. Now available to pre-order only at UO is the new record from electronic pop trio Robyn & Röyksopp called Do It Again. But there's more to it! This UO-exclusive is made of crisp, white vinyl, and will look fabulous in your collection. Also, how cool is the cover art? Totally loving the throwback to an old CD label across the front.

The album features five massive tracks from the trio that are sure to be your new summer favorites. Each track is a perfect combo of European electronic music mixed with Robyn's superb vocals. Robyn, a futuristic pop-princess in her own right, spoke to Billboard Magazine about the new record saying, "It was an outlet for not having to live up to anything but my own expectations." That's the spirit, right? Do It Again opens with the slower, melodic "Monument" and then ramps the energy right back up with the title track. Do It Again was created, produced, and recorded by all three members from scratch.

Robyn & Röyksopp are on tour this summer, will you be catching them? Pre-order the record here. Maddie

Cult Beauty: Mizon

With a focus on skincare over cosmetics, a commitment to harnessing both natural ingredients and scientific advancements, and a good dose of imagination, the Korean beauty industry is light-years ahead when it comes to innovative products. We fell hard for cult brand Mizon, whose product range includes such peculiar delights as King to the Kong No. 1 Kings Berry Aqua Step-Up Cream,  Ultra Wonder Power Jelly Sun and All in One Snail Repair Cream. To celebrate the launch of Mizon at Urban Outfitters, We called on NYLON Korea beauty editor Lee Bo Mi to give us the 411 on her country's beauty bounty. 



Hi Lee! How would you describe the Korean woman's approach to beauty?
Korean women like bright and glowing skin and natural make up because they want to look young.

Why do you think the Korean beauty industry is so much more advanced than ours in the US? 
Most Korean woman care about how they look because it’s a representation of themselves to others. And they're very curious. Because of that, they always want the new thing. Beauty brands [here] are always trying to catch their attention.


What’s your daily beauty routine? 
I try to keep a simple beauty routine. It’s not always good to use too many skincare products. First of all, I clean my make up with a gentle milk cleanser and then wash my skin with a homemade soap I made without any chemical detergents. After that, I apply a plankton essence—it prevents moisture from leaving the skin. Then I use a propolis ampule that relieves redness. Lastly, I apply a cream with alpine berries to lock in moisture.


What products can't you live without? 
Cushion foundation! It makes my skin glowing and healthy in ten seconds. I think Korea has the only cushion foundation in the world. It’s sort of a compact version of liquid foundation, BB cream and CC cream in sponge, and we use the puff to apply it on the skin. This puff is very special; it has millions of holes (like the skin’s pores) and it absorbs well and spreads the foundation evenly on the skin.


Who is your beauty muse?
Jennifer Aniston. She is a perfect example of natural makeup.

Have you tried Mizon products? We’re obsessed with them! 
Yes. I used Mizon Twilight Essence Mist. It’s great. I don’t like face mist, because when I use a face mist I feel my skin gets drier, but Mizon’s is different—it contains serum and birch water. After I finish my makeup, I often spray it on and it makes my skin glow!


What are your top beauty tips and tricks? 
When I use mascara, I don’t apply eyeliner. I just put tons of mascara on my bottom lashes for a 1960s Twiggy look. 

What are the new advancements in skincare coming out of Korea? 
Skincare with fermented ingredients. It’s a kind of “slow” beauty product that uses Korean botanical ingredients.

Nom Nom November: Sue Chan of Momofuku

Momofuku brand director Sue Chan's world is filled with rotisserie duck, popcorn cake, Lucky Peach and all the wonderful things that seem to spill out of the minds of David Chang and Co. Also, she wrote her university thesis on food deserts! Here she tells us about her entree into the food world and shares a favorite Thanksgiving recipe.

Tell us a little about yourself…
I was born in Taiwan, I grew up in Southern California, and then moved to New York for college. Every step of the way, food was a big part of my life. In Taiwan, I would go to the Night Markets with my parents. In the suburbs of Southern California, I watched an incredible amount of Sara Moulton and Martha Stewart. Chino Farms was our local farmer's market. In college, I wrote my thesis on food deserts in New York City, and I spent five weeks as an extern at The Spotted Pig. Five years ago, I started at Momofuku as an Office Assistant. After six months, I became Dave [Chang's] assistant. Now, I'm the brand director for Momofuku.

How would you describe the world of Momofuku?
We're a big family. Dave and his business partner, Drew Salmon, put their employees first before profit or sales. It is also a world that has grown in the past two years to include locations in Sydney and Toronto.

Is David Chang as weird and wonderful to work with as he appears?
Dave has played a lot of roles in my time at Momofuku: Boss, mentor, brother. It's all been weird and wonderful in the best of ways. The biggest lesson I've learned from him is to challenge the status quo.

Are you involved with Lucky Peach? (We love that magazine!)
I love Lucky Peach, too! And, I love the guys behind it even more: Peter Meehan and Chris Ying. Peter is my intellectual shaman. I hope my sons grow up to be like them. My team oversees their publicity and events, so we get to work with them on a daily basis.


What is your idea of the perfect meal?
Any meal is made perfect with good company.

Winter is upon us…how do you stay cozy?
I drink a lot of tea in the winter. Dave's friend, Tina Chai, introduced me to Fortnum & Mason's Jasmine Green Tea.

Where are your favorite places to eat out?
I'm drawn to restaurants with simple food, an interesting wine list, and a warm, casual atmosphere. Right now, Estela is my new obsession. It's the kind of place where you bump into all of the friends that you want to see. I also love Marlow & Sons, especially for their Chicken Liver Pate with a glass of wine from their natural wine list. You also can't go wrong with a restaurant from Alex Raji. I order the Uni Panini every time I visit El Quinto Pino.

What is your favorite thing to cook at home?
I like to cook anything that I can find at the farmers market.

Tell us about the Toklas Society for Women in Food and Hospitality you're involved in. It sounds like an amazing project.
There are so many badass women in the food world who are often not in the spotlight, and are still doing incredible work. Through events and digital content, we provide a platform where they can tell their story and talk about their professional experiences. We hope these stories will inspire, educate and promote personal as well as professional growth for other women in the industry.

Saturday nights or Sunday mornings?
Saturday nights.

Milk Bar or Ssäm Bar?
Both, because you can have it all at Ssäm Bar: First, the whole rotisserie duck, followed by Christina Tosi's Milk Bar Popcorn Cake.


Kimchi Apple Salad from the Momofuku Cookbook

This recipe is pretty easy, and it's super versatile for any style of holiday party. For a smaller dinner party, make individual servings, which is always impressive and a big hit. For a cocktail party, make them into canapes by serving bite site portions in a Chinese soup spoon. If you are cooking for a buffet or a potluck, double the recipe and plate everything on one large platter.

Interview: Tepsic Magazine

Tepsic Magazine is the large-format brainchild of Morgan Tepsic, who sends customized disposable cameras to artists and asks them to document their lives. The results are poster-sized spreads of a rarely seen perspective; a trip behind the scenes with musicians like recent cover subjects A$AP Rocky and Toro Y Moi. I spoke with Morgan about the simplicity of disposable cameras, making a DIY magazine and what's next for the mag. Angelo


When did you first realize you wanted to make magazines?
I don't think I ever realized that I wanted to make magazines, really. I just really wanted to share with people great pictures and art from artists that I really respected and liked. I guess magazines were really just the cheapest outlet for me to get stuff I liked out there. The first time I worked on a magazine was in 2009 when I contributed some weird art for a friend's zine. But I wanted to take a concept of a magazine and see how far I could take it.



What drew you to disposable cameras?
The most important thing to me was getting cameras out to as many artists as possible, and so that really left me with no other choice than disposable cameras. But then after I began decorating them for the artists, I really embraced the realness that disposable cameras capture. It can be spontaneously glamorous at times and capture the energy of the night really well, because people aren't afraid of being themselves with a dinky, funky looking camera around. The camera becomes a part of the party and knows that the next night everyone is gonna forget about the pics they took anyway. That's the beauty of it. A camera that's hidden in plain sight.



To me, the large format is nostalgic to when my room used to be plastered with posters and magazine covers. Is that a vibe you were going for? 
Exactly. I remember my brother having a stack of Transworld mags that went up like 5 feet, and I would just spend all day picking out my favorite pics from different issues. I never understood why music magazines were heavily focused on the opinion-side of things. If I had the choice to pay good money to spend on nothing but dope pictures or pages filled with opinions I may not agree with and corny interviews, I'm gonna want the pics every time. I'm doing the magazine for those people who dig looking at pictures.



How do you typically approach an artist you want to feature? How has the response been from musicians?
The approach has always been from the standpoint of a fan. Once the artist realizes that there is a mutual understanding of art in its many forms and how their contribution would be dope, then it's cake. The response has definitely changed since the first issue. I got ignored by a lot of artists that I ended up printing in future issues because THEY contacted me. Just goes to show being persistent pays off.



People like A$AP Rocky, Toro Y Moi, even Anthony Bourdain — those are huge gets. Do you feel like now nobody is out of your reach? Who's somebody huge you would love to feature in Tepsic, or can you give a hint at who might show up in the next issue or two?
Nobody is out of my reach. I may not get an artist immediately when I want to, but I usually find a way to eventually explain to their crew what I'm doing is something they need to be a part of. I'm never going to give out hints of who's in the next issue, but I will say that I would print an entire issue shot by Kanye if I ever got the chance. I need to get that on the record just in case he's out there shopping on UO or something.



The mag is almost entirely image based. Is that a direct refusal of text-heavy publications? Do you plan to feature more writing in the future or is Tepsic inherently an image driven project? 
I'm not going to say I'll never feature writing in the magazine, because at the end of the day it's a magazine created by the artists featured...so if an artist felt the need to express themselves using text, then I wouldn't be opposed to it. But as for now, I like to keep it with as many photos as possible without anything you don't need. I'm creating a personal commentary between the pictures the artists take and the readers of the magazine. 



What advice would you give to kids who want to make magazines but think it might be too hard or expensive?
If you're strapped for cash use a Xerox machine and do what you can. Letting loose of your creative side is the best thing you can do for your mind. Even if the project you're working on kinda sucks, it's still one step closer to another great idea/project/whatever. The first magazines I ever made were used making a simple word-processing app that was free, and if you don't have a computer then I'm wondering how you can read this right now.

Who are 3 artists you're especially digging right now?
Kanye, Drake, DJ Shadow 

Where do you see Tepsic in 3.66 years? 

I'm not gonna stop evolving and changing how I deliver the message of Tepsic. Times change, people change what they like, technology changes how we see things and I change my mind pretty much every 30 minutes. But if you stick around for the ride, I guarantee the journey is exciting to watch.


FilTER Friday: Getting To Know !!!

On Fridays we'll be teaming up with our friends over at FILTER Magazine to share stories they have coming up that we think are totally awesome. This week we're sharing their article on the band !!!.

!!!
By Kendah El-Ali

Sometimes the simplest plan is the most successful. More than 16 years ago, some young men from Sacramento dreamed of a simple future. Fueled by old friendships and a few hits of LSD, the idea was to make strange, high-energy dance music, using live instrumentation rather than machines. Five albums later, the once-novelty band called !!! (Chk Chk Chk) has managed to become a staple in the arts scene.

“We didn’t start playing this because it was trendy, we just played this way because it was what we wanted to do. At first it was like, ‘OK, great—there are more models backstage,’” says singer Nic Offer over a coffee in New York’s Bryant Park. “And then we figured it would taper off and we would be considered uncool, and that definitely happened, but we weathered that. Through all of it, though, this was our sound. We were just doing what we liked.”

Led by Offer’s charismatic stage presence—not to mention his ability to pogo around onstage for an entire set, nonstop—!!! are now more known for their sweaty dance parties than the curiosity of their moniker. And though the formula might seem strangely uncomplicated, it never fails to be not only fun but also a solid musical performance.

Caught in the tide of the dance-punk scene that evolved in the early 2000s, !!! were able to ride a fairly simple wave to success. Their first break came during a party at Miami’s Winter Music Conference in 2003. At first, the most compelling part of the act was Offer’s then-curly mop, as a sizeable chunk of performances that March sounded remarkably the same. But the game changed when a building alarm went off, and the band somehow managed to make it a part of their set.

“I remember someone opened the backdoor while we were on stage and it set off an alarm. We just thought it was a part of the jam and kept going with it,” says Offer. The crowd went from drunk-and-dancing to thrashing in minutes. And in terms of “making it,” !!!’s experience following that show was similar. Everyone knew how to pronounce the band’s name afterwards.

“We were all, ‘Holy shit, we’re in Miami!’ at first,’” smiles Offer. “And I was in some fashion blog after that. And all our friends from back home in Sacramento were shocked. That was when our moment definitely began.”

!!! recently kicked off a tour to support their new release, THR!!!LER. The album brings heavy doses of what the band have always promised to deliver: good times, oodles of sweat and the occasional sonic curveball. “Slyd” sticks out as an odd disco gem, oozing with sexuality, while opener “Even When the Water’s Cold” almost sounds like a danceable folk song. A secret ingredient in the band’s success formula is this penchant for variety, which is no doubt sprung from Offer’s own inquisitive mind, not to mention his genuine, deep love for all types of music.

“Everything I do, though, every book I read, I hope that it just changes a little something inside me so I write a better song,” he says. “I’m good at music because I love it and I’m obsessed with it.

“Whenever I travel, I carry a transistor radio with me to see what’s happening. The radio recently led me on a journey in West Africa. I ended up in a studio in Sierra Leone, recording with these guys completely randomly by just following the music and asking them what was up. And next thing you know, I’m there.” Behind this hyperactive front man, the group of friends from Sacramento will continue to dance on—through sirens, West Africa and beyond.

F Nic Offer picks 3 !!! RELEASES you should already own


Out Hud/!!! [split 12-inch]
(1999)
We were pretty proud of this when it came out and I think it stands as a testament to where both bands were at that moment. I swear it was radical at the time. Indie bands didn’t use drum machines or a “disco” kick drum, but none of that matters if it doesn’t sound good now... And maybe the first half where I sing isn’t so hot, but when Justin turns the second half of the song into a disco dub mix, it gets pretty good. He did that in two takes and we all sat there and watched. Would’ve been longer if the tape hadn’t run out.


!!!
(2001)
Our first album and made just before we left Sacramento for New York. Sometimes when I hear songs off this album, I’m mystified as to why there are, say, four verses and one chorus in a song, but whatever. We were trying to break all the rules.



Myth Takes
(2007)
If THR!!!LER is our “classic” album then the one that rivals it is definitely this one. They’re comparable, I suppose, in that they were probably the two records that were the funnest to make, and both times there was a real feeling in the band like we had something to prove. I’m sure there are those who will say this is better, but I like THR!!!ER more. But what do I know? Don’t the Rolling Stones always try to convince you the latest piece of shit is as good as Sticky Fingers?

This article originally appeared in FILTER 52: "The National: Emotional Transit," available now on newsstands and digitally in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

NSO Interview: Sarah McNab from Columbia, SC

We wanted to learn more about the city of our NSO (new store opening) in South Carolina, so we spoke with sales associate and Columbia-native Sarah McNab to get the dish on the local scene.

Introduce yourself!
My name is Sarah McNab, I'm 20 years old and currently a fashion merchandising student at USC, as well as an intern for Jasper Magazine, Columbia's flagship art's publication. 



Are you from Columbia? How long have you lived in Columbia?
I am from Columbia, lived here my whole life.

What is your background like?
I am a junior at USC, studying Fashion Merchandising and Art History.

Where are you favorite places to shop?
Where to begin! Columbia makes up for what it may be lacking in big name brands with local vintage shops and tucked away thrift stores. I shop most frequently at thrift stores, including Stepping Stones, Revente's Last Call, St. Paws, Palmetto's Thrift and His House. Columbia also has some great antiquing spots, including City Market Antique store and Tri-City Pickers. Bohemian, a boutique in 5 Points, is the best place to shop for brands including Wildfox and Free People, while Sid n Nancy is a Buy-Sell-Trade shop in 5 Points that always has gems hidden in their racks.

Where are you favorite places to eat?
Columbia has an awesome underground foodie scene happening, and my all time favorite restaurant is Cafe Strudel, located in West Columbia. Best brunch spot, hands down! Try the Hangover Hashbrowns, I promise you won't be disappointed. The best burgers in Columbia can be found at Pawley's Front Porch, and the pimento cheeseburger is a southern classic and personal favorite. I also love Menkoi Ramen House, Columbia's only Japanese style Ramen restaurant, which is especially tasty late at night, as it's one of the only places open till 3 AM on weekends.

And finally, the food truck scene in Columbia is legit. My favorite is the 2 Fat 2 Fly wings truck which has a mac n' cheese stuffed chicken wing that IS what dreams are made of.



Best place to people-watch?
Drip Coffee in Five Points is my favorite combo coffee and people-watching spot. It's locally owned and just has good vibes all around. I have to say it's easily one of my favorite places to be in Columbia.

Top five must-see tourist atttractions for those visiting?
1. The River! You can ride a tube down the Saluda River, bring a picnic to the Riverwalk, or venture and find your own hidden away spot located up and down the Saluda and the Congaree rivers.
2. Riverbanks Zoo. Gotta feed the giraffes and see the penguins.
3. The Horseshoe on USC's campus. Filled with lounging students in the fall and spring, the Horseshoe is a beautiful spot for picnics and naps throughout the year.
4. Soda City Farmer's Market, every Saturday morning on Main St. has everything from local produce, artwork, and rhubarb flavored popsicles.
5. The Nickelodeon Theater, an independent movie theater and local institution that always shows off-beat movies that Columbia doesn't always get in the big theaters.

Coolest neighborhood to live in?
5 Points or the Vista.

What's your favorite part about living in Columbia?
Columbia has grown on me. You may have to search a bit for things to do, but they're out there. Whether it be sitting by the river in the summer or ice skating on Main Street in the winter, Soda City has more to offer than meets the eye. I love how Columbia has a tightly knit arts community that is really supportive of local talent. The Student Designer Showcase held each year during USC Fashion Week is a great way for young and aspiring designers to get exposure. Interning for Jasper has opened my eyes to how the arts community in Columbia supports itself, from theater shows produced by USC students to local bands playing shows in resident's houses, Columbia has talent you can't ignore. Because the city is so small it is able to showcase artists in a more intimate and approachable way, which I think makes Columbia a "suburb-city" in the best way possible.



FILTER Friday: Getting To Know TEEN


(Photos via Ray Lego)

On Fridays we'll be teaming up with our friends over at FILTER Magazine to share stories they have coming up that we think are totally awesome. This week we're sharing their article on the band TEEN.


Teen: The Whole Everything
By Breanna Murphy

"We’re not always in the places we’re meant or want to be. Suspended from one familiar place by choice or chance, the limbo can be maddening while waiting to find new, solid footing upon which to land. Neither here nor there, the feeling of being stuck leaves us floating uncomfortably in the places in between. And these spaces can be the darkest, grayest—and most influential—experiences.

“When I wrote the record, I was in between everything: I was about to turn 30, my father had just died, I was in this tumultuous back-and-forth relationship, I was in between bands; it was like the whole everything.”

Speaking about her debut record from a landline in New York City, Teeny Lieberson happens to be, at this moment, residing in between existences much less tempestuous, if not exhausting: tours. She’s fresh off the first European travels of her band TEEN—a solo-turned-four-piece outfit in which she plays with her two sisters, Lizzie and Katherine, and longtime friend Jane Herships—but will soon leave again for a Stateside outing.

“It’s funny to feel so emotional about something, an idea, that’s kind of convoluted,” she continues, discussing the circumstances surrounding the making of In Limbo. “It was really scary because it felt like it was time to start making big decisions. I was trying to help myself out of that feeling and move towards making big changes. Writing and making music is a helpful tool for me. Change, I think, is really difficult for people.” 



The Lieberson sisters grew up in Nova Scotia, in a household and heritage flush with noteworthy musicality: their paternal grandmother, Vera Zorina, was a Norwegian ballerina and choreographer; their paternal grandfather, Goddard, was a composer, as well as the head of Columbia Records in the late ’50s through the ’70s; their mother, Ellen Kearney, played rock and roll in the ’70s; their father, Peter, was a respected and esteemed classical composer. Katherine played piccolo; Lizzie played flute in addition to piano, as did Teeny.

“We did a lot of standing around the piano and singing; Gershwin tunes and old jazz standards, actually,” she says. “I always played jazz and was really into R & B.”

In her early 20s, Teeny moved to New York, where she transitioned away from traditional music and began playing keyboard in various groups, including a short-lived project called Amazing Baby with her younger sister Lizzie and Jane as bassist. “I started getting into a different scene and then I started writing different music; it happened pretty organically,” she explains. 



A few months after Amazing Baby ceased, friend Baptiste Ibar introduced her to the current band he was playing bass with, which was in need of a keyboardist. The group in question was the first incarnation of Here We Go Magic, the Brooklyn psych-pop outfit led by Luke Temple. Teeny became a member in January 2009, touring extensively with the band, as well as playing on two of Here We Go Magic’s LPs, Pigeons in 2010 and A Different Ship in 2012. During some time off, she began experimenting with her own songs on a four-track recorder, culminating in a rough album she describes as “crunchy” with “a million synthesizers on it.”

“It was cool, but it was so lo-fi there was no way I could ever do anything with it. It kinda sounded pretty bad,” she laughs.

Stuck with a feeling, Lieberson left Here We Go Magic after three years of playing and reunited with both Jane and Lizzie as bandmates, as well as recruiting her older sister Katherine, who had recently left her job working at a nonprofit, for TEEN. They recorded In Limbo in a barn in Connecticut, along with original drummer Maia Ibar (Baptiste’s sister) and Here We Go Magic member Jen Turner, who additionally aided in the engineering of the record.

“Musically, it’s the easiest thing in the world,” Teeny remarks, on working with her sisters. “It’s kind of insane, actually, because it’s very compatible and I feel like we all speak the same language. But when it comes to, like, if someone’s really tired and hasn’t eaten enough that day and needs a snack, and turns into a total asshole,” she laughs, “then it just turns into the biggest fight in the world. Jane’s not too annoyed with the sister thing, which is lucky.” 

 

The tracks on In Limbo are lush and complicated, beautifully so. Dreamlike, they hang like a mysterious fog with songs that vary from playful taunts (“Better”) to groovy acousticals (“Come Back”) to 
slow-moving meditations (“In Limbo”), each intertwined in countless knots of gauzy vocals, distorted beats and masking, melodramatic synths. As obscurely as the 2012 LP presents itself musically, the band’s new EP, Carolina, demystifies the haze with still-heavenly efforts, yet points the way toward a more direct approach for TEEN, demonstrating a desire to build out a full-realized new occupancy, no longer up in the clouds in between things, but decidedly settled.

“When you write a song that means something to you, it’s such a specific feeling in that time, it feels weird to perform it later when you feel like you’ve outgrown it,” Teeny explains, speaking to the past. “I think you can find new meaning in songs. If it’s a song that’s so personal and then you’re over that feeling, then that’s hard to relate to. But I think if it’s something that you’ve written about somebody that’s gonna be special to you forever, then that feeling never goes away.”

This must be the place."

This article originally appeared in FILTER 52: "The National: Emotional Transit," available now on newsstands and digitally in the iTunes and Google Play stores. See more here.

Intern Magazine

If you're a wannabe magazine writer like me, the question of whether or not to intern for free is one you'll have to answer at some point in your life. Lately, unpaid internships have been questioned for their ethics (intern life can be a little Devil Wears Prada, depending where you are) and whether or not they actually lead to jobs (aka, the Hannah Horvath situation). A cool new magazine called Intern is hoping to stylishly answer that question and showcase the work of unpaid interns across the globe. It looks very cool and props to them for taking a relevant debate and turning it into an awesome magazine. You can pledge to the Kickstarter here! Hazel

The Worst Wax Museum

Excuse me for being a little late on this, The Worst Wax Museum in America, but I couldn't manage to write anything about it because I've been cackling over it for the last 3 days. Go on over to VICE and check out their experience at Hollywood Wax Museum. Because it is hilarious. Because all the wax figures are terrible. Or the wax figures are okay, but they're from the worst movies ever. OMG, never have I wanted to go to L.A. more. —Katie


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FILTER Friday: Getting To Know Peace

On Fridays we'll be teaming up with our friends over at FILTER Magazine to share stories they have coming up that we think are totally awesome. This week we're sharing their article on the band Peace.



Peace

By Zachary Sniderman

“Music to fuck you in the heart.” That’s the first thing you might see if you visit Peace on Facebook. “Yeah, that was the first thing we ever wrote on our Facebook page,” says lead singer and guitarist Harry Koisser. “That’s the level we operate on, I guess.”

The second thing you’ll see there, though, is a picture of the band cuddled up on the cover of their debut album, In Love. Peace, made up of brothers Harry and Sam Koisser, Douglas Castle and Dominic Boyce, have been on a bit of a tear as the brightest, shiniest thing to happen to Brit-rock in a long while. Peace have been favorably compared to The Strokes and Foals, and In Love was named debut of the year by NME before the damn thing even hit shelves. And all this from a quartet of kids raised in the musical dead-end that is Worcester, England.

“It was all kind of a surprise,” says Harry on the phone from Paris, where the band have stopped on their 50-date world tour supporting In Love. It’s his birthday today, and he has tonsillitis, which he’s been battling since day two of the tour. “We’re kids of the Midlands and there’s no music industry surrounding us. We had no plans; we didn’t know what you did to be a real band. It feels like luck was involved, or fate.”

Peace are very much a real band, with a real record, and real songs that are earning them real fans. They channeled that rural spirit when recording In Love, driving out to a middle-of-nowhere studio that used to be a chapel. “There were no shops or anything,” says Harry. “There’s no phone signal there; you can’t call anyone. I think for your first record where you want to experiment and be neurotic about it, you need to be completely locked away and go insane for five weeks, and that’s exactly what we did.”

The album itself is a grimy romp of guitar rock. There are elements of punk, math rock and a little bit of psychedelia. Harry sings with a snarl and a yelp, but the real heart of Peace is their ability to flip a song from something sharp into something sweet. Songs like “Follow Baby” and “Toxic” belong in a dive bar but open up to a kind of romanticism more associated with modern indie. Anyone looking for a synth-line, however, need not apply.

Even though the band—and Harry himself—sound like hard-charging animals, they’re curious and eager to keep things moving, even if it’s just to avoid getting bored. “The thing to do is to keep spending all your money on new toys—new guitars and new pedals and new amps—so that you never get bored,” says Harry. “I bought a very expensive Hofner from 1961 as a warm-up guitar. I used to have a £30 acoustic back in the day.”
Back in that day, he worked holding promotional signs for a club called The Rainbow in Birmingham. Now, Peace is selling out The Rainbow and playing big-time festivals like Glastonbury, Leeds and North by Northeast.

For all of Peace’s devil-may-care image, Harry and company have come this far by caring very much about their music. “Dom, our drummer, did grades on drums, but me and Sam and Doug are completely self-taught, we just started when we were really young. I mean, I have a lot of trouble with music theory, but I don’t think that’s cool. I’d really rather have a clue about what I’m doing.” This is Harry, of course, underselling himself. “When it comes to recording and writing, we [take] as much time as we can. That’s the other purpose of the Hofner, I can write on it every night.”

Peace are dedicated to the study of music, even if their focus is just on some cheesy pop song. As part of a series with BBC’s Radio 1, the band decided to tackle a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat,” which, they discovered, isn’t a half-bad tune. “Yeah, the bass line’s amazing,” says Harry. “When I was listening to it, I was like, ‘Shit, we should do a cover of it.’” He admits that at least a part of their intention was to undo the harm that pop songs have inflicted on music. “They’re really well-written songs and they do have something in there, but the production on them is fucking awful, so I guess we’re doing it in our own way to try and polish it…to fix something.”

Peace are a band to watch because their war against boredom has continually produced unexpected gifts. Take In Love; take the NSFW music video for their song “Wraith”; take their desire to get out and just play, doctors be damned. “I’ll play the show and probably have a few drinks,” says Harry of his gig in Paris, “but I’ve got tonsillitis so I might be a bit…I don’t know, fuck it. Somebody sent me a bottle of rum, so we’ll see.”

3 albums that inspired Peace’s Harry Koisser to make music:


The Who Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
It was a collection of singles that my dad had and it was the first record that I could remember that I loved. All the songs are really teenage on it. It got me really into music.


Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
It’s not just straightforward rock, there are a lot of weird sounds that are really inspiring. At the beginning of “No Quarter” it’s got the Wurlitzer sound with a phase on really fast… I get a strong reaction every time I listen to it.


James Brown Sex Machine
I got this one when I was really young and it was the music that I liked to dance to.

Skateboarder Magazine "Boys' World"

Skateboarder Magazine's spring look book "Boys World" features a hot babe (Amanda Mondale) in dude clothes from brands like Vans and Brixton. The editorial is an obvious play at the basest interests of the magazine's hyper-sexualized mostly-young male audience! But like, oof, amiright? No complaints here.  Angelo 





Marfa Journal #1

The inaugural issue of Marfa Journal, the new mag named for and inspired by the enigmatic arts hub of Marfa, Texas, is now available. FYI their awesome splash page is probably NSFW if you work at some square-ass office (so many acronyms.) The first issue includes features on Odd Future's visit to Marfa, Rachel Korine, Lindsey Lohan and photographer Tim Barber. —Angelo







Patterns by Bobby Doherty

Bobby Doherty has a talent for pattern. In his editorial work for the New York Times Magazine, the Brooklyn-based photographer finds the geometric connections between organic and man-made objects most of us miss. Saturated colors and tightly cropped points of view aid the sense of infinite repetition that make Doherty's photos, and the phenomena of pattern in general so intriguing. Angelo














Coachella: Day Negative-One

The Thursday before Coachella is basically one long pre-game to get ready for three days of festival fun. Driving in from Los Angeles, we made some requisite stops at In-N-Out, where a burger, fries and a shake officially announced to our stomachs that we had arrived in California.




The Cabazon Dinosaurs. We weren't going to pay to get in, but then the promise of 'robotic dinosaurs' made us pony up the $7.95 admission fee really fast. Check out our Vine for shots of them in action. 


After that, our first 'official' Coachella stop was the Filter Yacht Club Kick-Off Party, which featured live sets from St. Lucia and Penguin Prison in a dreamy setting around a small lake (idea: next year guys, remote control boat races?) and some DJs who won us over by showing a fondness for Stevie Nicks. 


We also bonded with Filter's online editor, Bailey Pennick, who became our new BFF when she showed off her 'Bluth Company' iphone case. There's always money in the banana stand, right, Bailey?—Kate

Designed By: V::Room


Matthew Henson is the Market Editor at Complex Media, and since casual style is his passion, we thought he'd be the perfect guy to tell us what he thinks about our exclusive V::Room sweatshirt. —Katie



How would you describe your day-to-day style?

My style is very simple, and more importantly comfortable. I basically have a uniform so it's really easy for me to get dressed in the morning. It's usually layered with an overcoat, followed by a sweater or sweatshirt, a button-down shirt, and a tee shirt, black or navy pants, and sneakers (shoes only at market appointments). When you are running from showrooms, to photo shoots, and to the office all day, you need to be prepared for anything.

What clothing item do you consider a must-have for every man out there?
A must-have clothing item for every man out there is a great jacket. It's one of the first things people notice about your outfit when they look at you, aside from your shoes. Your jacket should not only be nice, but it should be functional—think in terms of having a removable lining, or being waterproof.

What's one fashion tip you wish men everywhere would adhere to?
I think fashion tips in general should be ignored and purposely broken, but I would say you should not have on more than eight articles of clothing on at any time (that includes socks, underwear, and your watch, so choose wisely).

Who or what influences your style?
My style is influenced by my inquisitive nature in regards to fashion, constantly learning, working with new brands and designers before they become mainstream, and learning how to make fashion actually wearable. My parents are both very stylish individuals so it is also something I always had an interest in growing up.

What are some of your favorite fashion magazines and blogs?
Complex is of course my favorite website and magazine. Outside of that I am a huge fan of Fantastic Man, 10 Men, i-D Magazine, V Man, Sneeze, and Monocole if I want to give myself a headache. The blogs I visit often are Highsnobiety because my friend Jeff Caravalho works there, and Four-Pins is by far one of the best men's blogs around right now.

What is it you like about the V::Room sweatshirt?
The V::Room sweatshirt is great because it has a great fit, and the details are amazing. It's rare that you can find sweatshirts made in speckled cotton, so you almost immediately notice the tiny pops of color woven into the fabric. It's also done in two tone navy and grey colorway with raglan details, which is a big trend for Spring '13.

How does V::Room fit your fashion aesthetic?
V::Room fits my aesthetic because the brand is based upon simplicity. They make necessities like tees, sweatshirts, and knitwear that are all made very well in great materials and have this lived-in quality, so they end up being really comfortable, and that is why they are so successful.



The Designed By collection will be available in select stores starting 4/11. Check out our Remi Relief and Garbstore previews, and come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks from the collection!

The HIGH TIMES US Cannabis Cup

Fuck all these festivals, how do I become a Colorado medical marijuana patient in time for the First Annual HIGH TIMES US Cannabis Cup?!  Attendees of the sold out event can drink beer, smoke weed and watch Cyprus Hill and Slightly Stoopid perform on 4/20, and possibly mingle with some of Mary Jane's celebrity pals. (With friends ranging from Snoop Lion and James Franco, to Parks and Recs' Nick Offerman and the cast from Trailer Park Boys, you might just get to toke up with some of America's—and Canada's—favorite stoners.) -Ally

Bad Day Magazine Online Archive

Bad Day, the Toronto-based interview and editorial magazine, has made its archive of back issues available online. The issues, which feature style icons like Glenn O'Brien and Charlotte Gainsbourg, actors such as Jason Schwartzman and James Franco, and low-key fashion shoots with skinny naked chicks, are mostly out of print and being made available digitally for the first time. Check out the archive for some of the best, minimalist print design I've seen in awhile. —Angelo






Franco and Korine in Filter Mag

Franco and Korine just sounds like a moniker that will go down in history, like Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis, or Hepburn and Tracy. Filter talks to them both in this interview, and even unearths some pretty amazing footage of a post-Kids Korine on David Letterman in 1995.—Kate

Interview: Jesse Pearson of Apology Magazine

Jesse Pearson is making a magazine on his own terms. The Manhattan-based writer and former VICE editor is currently working on the second issue of Apology, the literary and arts quarterly he founded, edits, art directs and markets almost entirely by himself. And though he resists prods to take shots at his former employer, Pearson acknowledges the motivations for creating Apology are partly in response to the media's growing investment in irony and indifference. A labor of love with simple aims to give people something beautiful, valuable and worth their time, Apology is a reminder of the subtle pleasures print can deliver.

Pearson took time from his hectic schedule to talk to me about the new magazine, the state of print, daring to be pretentious and how his cat helped him find the light of veggies. — Angelo


(via NYT)

Starting simply, aside from Apology, are there any magazines you're particularly digging lately?
My most satisfying magazine reading is archival. As I mention in my Editor's Notes in the first issue of Apology, I've been really into the classic New American Review (later known as American Review) these days. It was a paperback-sized magazine of fiction, poems, and essays. Really smart, great stuff. It was published from 1967 until 1977.

Similarly, what's your most played album of late?
Lately I've been in one of my big Grateful Dead periods. These have come over me a couple of times a year since I first got hooked on the Dead, via my mom and stepdad, when I was seven years old or so. This week, I've been listening a lot to a Dead show from May 8th, 1977. It happened in Ithaca, New York and it is, as they say, a heavy one. Other than that, I have been just pretty much leveled—every day since it came out—by the new My Bloody Valentine. It's perfect.

 

Every artist interview asks the inspiration question, so let's flip it, what are some things that don't inspire your work?
The dominant culture to be found on the Internet is the opposite of inspiring to me.

In a New York Times interview you mentioned Apology addresses some of the things you see as problematic with the magazine industry. Could you elaborate on some of those problematic things? 
I'm trying to talk less shit lately. Sorry. As the maker of a small magazine, I need all the friends I can get.

 

Every once in awhile the mainstream media does a piece on the print resurgence, but high-end, niche print has been strong for a decade in a variety of genres. Why do you think that is? I'm broke and buy $20 magazines. Am I an idiot or a valuable patron of the arts?
What you are is a saint. But the story (which, I agree, keeps getting told) that print is dead is not true. Print is evolving, that's all.

Though, while niche fashion, music, etc. mags have done well, literary journals are still kind of out there in their own world. Did you intentionally want to bring a stronger literary element to a more mainstream audience? (not that Apology is mainstream, per se, but here it will be available at Urban Outfitters, so will be seen by more than just magazine nerds.)
I wouldn't necessarily say I'm aiming for a mainstream audience, but maybe more for a… slipstream audience? I don't know.  But I absolutely want to make short fiction and also poetry accessible to a different readership than the ones to which those things are usually targeted. For me, that doesn't involve dumbing anything down. It's more about saying, "Look how rewarding this stuff is to read. It can provide you with elation, thrills, laughs, and sobs. Don't let weird ideas of audience demographics keep you away from it."

 

Making magazines is an all encompassing art form, second only maybe to filmmaking, in that you're writing, editing, art directing, designing, marketing. Do you do everything? Are there elements of the process you enjoy more than others?
I do all of the above except for designing. A patient genius named Stacy Wakefield does that for Apology. And I enjoy the whole process, but maybe the best parts are the very beginning (meeting a writer and deciding on a story with them, for example) and the end (doing the final touch-ups on an issue before it goes to press).

You describe Apology as "a general interest magazine for people whose general interests aren't general. It's a sophisticated alternative to sophomoric magazines; it's a sophomoric alternative to sophisticated magazines." — It seems like you're wrestling with a challenge faced by a lot of high-end publications: making something artful, valuable and (relatively) expensive but trying to be self aware, not pretentious. Is finding that balance something you've thought about?
Actually, I am fully embracing pretentiousness now. I think it's almost like a radical act at this point because culturally we're mired in a lot of irony, cynicism, and fear of vulnerability. All that stuff is dark and sad. So I'm actively trying to fight it. Go ahead and be pretentious, take that kind of risk, maybe even get embarrassed. You'll be stronger for it—and you'll learn things. Part of why Apology is called Apology is because it's me saying that I am sorry for having been one of the many architects of the reign of nihilism that sprung up in the early-mid 2000's. 

While creating Grantland (different arena definitely, but cultural force nonetheless) Bill Simmons talked wanting to be the place young writers aspired to write, like The National was to him. I think VICE is that publication for a lot of writers my age, but there are only so many versions "We Took Acid and Went to ______" to be written. Do you feel an obligation, or a desire, to be an aspirational publication?
I love to see people wanting to be published in Apology. I'm already getting a lot of blind submissions and requests-for-guidelines, so I guess it's happening. That's great. It's heartening.

Advertising is the necessary evil of making magazines (or maybe you feel differently, they're a valuable partner?) Apology has some high end advertisers. What does that say about the magazine's audience, or what those advertisers perceive to be the audience?
Advertisers are not a necessary evil. They're just a fact of magazine life. I can't afford to do this thing myself, and I'm not interested in grants. As for high-end ad clients, yeah, there are a couple in the first issue. There are also ads from small record labels. No matter who they are, if a company wants to advertise in Apology, I take it as them saying that they see value in the magazine's mission. So I'm just grateful for that. 

You wrote on the Apology website about being conflicted over social media. It's a boringly hot topic, but one that everyone in media has to deal with. It's an incredibly easy way to get in front of people, but an inherently vapid and egotistic method. Have you given any more thought to the subject, or leaned nearer toward the pro or con, since writing about that conflict?
I feel like starting an Apology Instagram or Twitter account would be like trying to force my infant child (if I had one) or my cat to tweet. Something that is dependent on me, that I pour a lot of love into, and that is incapable of living without me doesn't need to be explicitly involved in social media. I, on the other hand, have a personal Twitter  and an Instagram, and I post Apology stuff on both of those when the time is right—in addition to the usual idiotic jokes and observations.

 

Tell me about your cats?
Thank you for asking. I have two cats—Pickles and Schweppes. I love them both, but my bond with Pickles is just ridiculously deep. I'm pretty sure he's the reincarnation of somebody I knew in a past life. Sorry, I know that's crazy. But I totally, 100 percent mean it. Also worth noting: Pickles turned me into a vegetarian eight months or so ago. I was reading in bed and he jumped up on my chest and just stared at me like he was saying, "Dude. We have to talk." And I had a fully revelatory, Road-to-Damascus moment where I thought, "Wait, Picks, you're an animal and I love you like crazy. Why am I eating other animals?" And then he moved over and lay down. It was like he was saying, "Finally. Thank you." So I haven't had any meat except for a little seafood since that moment, and I'm trying hard to cut that out too. You probably think I'm a huge freak now. Oh, and I quit Facebook right around the same time I quit meat. That was an equally great decision.

There are two pieces, I think, in the first issue that are in some way about the 1980s. In my lifetime the 80s have mostly been portrayed as a kind of novelty of neon and spandex. Are we far enough away now that the decade can be explored more seriously?
In 1980 I was five and in 1989 I was 14, so those were pretty formative years for me. It was a complicated, super weird decade. At 10 years old, I was more scared of nuclear war and AIDS than I was of, I don't know, monsters or bullies. But it was also a decade of crazily amazing art and music—probably much of it in response to fear and anger. There are a thousand examples, but just off the top of my head, let's say, hmm... Black Flag and David Wojnarowicz. Anyway, yeah, summing up a decade like that with just "neon and spandex" would be goofy. And, besides all that, I like neon and spandex.

 

With the cycles of nostalgia getting shorter and shorter along with our attention spans, how can we write about eras in a timeless manner? In a way that's not just "hey, remember this?" but that is important even to those who didn't experience it?
Yeah, I've noticed this compression of the cycle too. It's weird to me to see some of the younger artists that I like being so obsessed with the '90s. As for writing in a timeless manner? If the story has good characters, emotional resonance, and a point, then it'll turn out fine.

Anything else you'd like people to know about Apology?
Issue two is coming in June. I'm working on it now. It will have some really strange surprises in it. The website goes into 2.0 mode in mid-March. It will feature original pieces that will be published according to a relaxed schedule. Think weekly and monthly, not daily.

UO Backlot Sesh 2013: Day 1 Street Style


Yesterday's looks were out of control awesome, but what else would you expect from a DIY craft fest presented by the always stylish crew from Rookie Mag?! Here's some of our favorite looks of the day.  We'd like to post them all, but I don't think a post can hold 200+ photos...-Ally