Not doing anything this Friday, May 24th? Come hang at Space 15 Twenty with Della, DJ Amy Pham, and see a performance by Faarrow! This week is the last week that our mega cool Zamrock-inspired pop-up shop, BAZAAAAAR, will be open in Los Angeles, so don't miss out! Plus I suggest you check out the exclusive collaboration Urban Outfitters currently has with Della. There are some pretty beautiful pieces in the collection. Stop by from 7pm - 10pm! —Maddie
Even though Rita Leeds came along a bit later in the plot of Arrested Development, she's a very important character indeed. Rita is Michael Bluth's rather childish (or spy-ish) girlfriend in the third season of the show, and also happens to live in "Wee Britain." Rita's outfits always reflect her silliness—as they should! Most importantly, she always wears a hat. Maybe for better spying on the Bluth's activites? Time for you to try Rita's five-year-old meets thirty-year-old look. —Maddie
Get the look:
Deena & Ozzy Ears Bowler Hat
Step one: have an utterly adorable hat that might be able to hide a spy camera inside. I think she'd like this one. I mean, cat ears!
UNIF Cake Sweater
Rita wears lots of colors, and I'm sure this rainbow cable knit would fit right in with her many other crocheted wares.
Kimchi Blue Printed High-Rise Pinup Pant
Polka dot trousers to perfectly mismatch the rest of her outfit.
UO Heartbreaker Sunglasses
It's impossible to forget those heart-shaped sunglasses she always wears!
Wild At Heart Necklace
An adorable bunny necklace, just to top it all off.
Ducktails is Matt Mondanile's rather groovy side project (you might know him from Real Estate)—it's grown from a one man job to a full fledged band for this most recent release, The Flower Lane, on Domino Records. The Flower Lane mixes tons of different sounds that I guarantee you'll want to hear this summer when you're cruisin' to the beach in your convertible—or sitting at home with the air conditioning on. —Maddie
The Flower Lane comes in your standard LP sleeve, with some pretty cool checkerboard album artwork. Getting some real optical illusion-y vibes from it. Aside from the cover, there's an awesome inner sleeve that holds the actual record, and lists all of the people Matt collaborated with on the album in a faux-newspaper sorta way. On the back of the inner sleeve are all of the lyrics, because you're probably not going to be able to refrain singing along to the entire album.
The song that most stands out to me on this album is "Assistant Director," (track 6) because it's just a nonstop jam. It really makes me want to have a disco dance party—I'm not joking. Another good one is "Planet Phrom" (track 5). This song is a little slower, and less dance-y (all while Matt sings hilarious lyrics about another planet), but you'll have to listen to find out!
What it's good for:
Basically this album is great for all those times you're just chillin' by the pool with your pals, but you still want the option to have a dance party somewhere in there. It's also good for when it's summer and 500 degrees outside and you need an album to cool you off. Matt Mondanile's sweet riffs will no doubt do that to you.
Shop Ducktails' The Flower Lane
Peace are made up of four guys from Birmingham, England, that a) know how to dress better than me, and b) know how to make some pretty excellent music. Their new video for the song "Lovesick," from debut album In Love, is a whirlwind true to the feelings of actually being lovesick. Watch Harry and Sam Koisser, Doug Castle, and Dom Boyce do donuts in the parking lot while serenading us with an incredibly catchy tune. These boys are my new favorite. —Maddie
(Photo by Bekah Cope)
Turf War are a band made up of five dudes (John, Cecil, Brian, Brad and Ian) from Augusta, Georgia that have now made a name for themselves with their new EP, entitled The Great Escape. Their sound is heavily influenced by classic rock and roll, which I'm a massive fan of, but there is also a taste of the South, where the band grew up. Below I talk to frontman John Robinson about the importance of that one band Nirvana, how where you live can influence your sound, and how the Strokes are still up there for him, and probably all of us. - Maddie
First off, how did you guys meet and start playing together?
We all grew up around each other with the exception of Ian. A few of us played in crappy punk and hardcore bands in Augusta when we were younger so we knew each other from that scene. We come from a smaller town so you can't be picky about who you play with. There's a small minority of people that are into the music I was into, and they all played in Turf War at some point.
Did growing up in the South have any influence on your music?
Yeah, big time. We like simple pleasures. My parents grew up in rural Alabama so they're some sweet home Alabama chanting motha fuckas. My mom listened to a lot of '90s country, some Clarence Carter and my dad got me into good country and Tom Petty, I also grew up listening to CCR a lot. I always thought they made the perfect music for what I thought of the South. Then I watched "Behind the Music" and found out they're from California. Oh well. Shit happens.
(Photo by Tim Song)
Your new EP, The Great Escape, definitely has some true rock and roll roots. Did any specific artists influence you when writing and recording the songs for it?
I take influences from the wide variety of music I listen to. For The Great Escape EP I wanted to go more roots rock than the first album. I don't think the title song is roots rock but the rest of it is more rock 'n' roll that anybody can get into. Kids, moms, dads, hipsters, druggies, homeless people... anybody.
How did you decide on the name 'Turf War' for the band?
Everyone asks that question. There really wasn't that much thought put into naming the band. I thought Turf War sounded cooler than the other names I came up with, and John Robinson and the whatevers just didn't have a good ring to it.
What is the album that had the most influence on you growing up that you still listen to today?
Nirvana, Nevermind. I can't escape the influence that Nirvana had on my life from age ten on. That was the first band that I knew who all the members were and I studied religiously and dressed like them and wanted to be them. We'll never be Nirvana but it would be nice to influence at least one kid the way they influenced me.
Since you guys are touring and will be playing Hopscotch Festival in North Carolina in September, who would your ultimate festival headliners be?
Man. That's a hard question to answer. I'm so fuckin' excited about Spiritualized headlining Hopscotch. That's a dream in its own. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers would be an amazing headliner.
Last but not least, what album could you never live without?
I would love to lie and say something cool like Exile on Main Street or a Replacements album, but honestly the first Strokes album is a time capsule for me. I can listen to that with some folks my age and for at least half of the record I feel 19 again. I don't get straight outta Compton I get straight outta high school.
Check out The Great Escape on SoundCloud, or get the limited white cassette tape here!
So here's the FYF Fest lineup for 2013, which I personally think is massive! They've got some huge names on there, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Deerhunter, The Breeders, MGMT, Jonathan Richman, and My Bloody Valentine, which is a BIG deal! They haven't been in the states since 2009. FYF this year will take place in Los Angeles on August 24th and 25th, for its tenth year running! This year will be huge! For more info on tickets, check the fest's site. —Maddie
Did Michael actually move to Phoenix? Has Buster had too much juice? Did G.O.B. get a J.O.B.? What does Kitty want now? Who knows. There are so many unanswered questions at this point, but luckily we're just two weeks out from the official premiere of season four of Arrested Development! Now, we have another look inside the new season via this jam-packed trailer. I literally CANNOT wait anymore! I guess I'll just have to watch the other three seasons again, again. —Maddie
If you're in L.A. tonight, be sure to stop by the Bazaaaar pop-up at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.) for a special evening with clothing line Osei Duro and artist Megan Whitmarsh! Come by from 7-10pm to take part in a live fashion meets art show, with live drawing! The audience is highly encouraged to participate! DJ Al Dente and DJ Last Looks will also be there in order for you to get your groove on. RSVP on Facebook! - Maddie
Grimes, aka the greatest woman ever, released a video for "Venus in Fleurs," a song surprisingly not off of Visions, an album you are probably very familiar with by now. What makes me most happy about this video is that she released it herself on her Tumblr, with a note making it clear that she doesn't really care about the press. You tell 'em, Claire! Anyway, besides the politics of the music biz, this video is very nice, and was created by Video Marsh, all using footage from the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in British Columbia, that is beautiful but also super spooky at the same time. —Maddie
Prints are no longer just for your body, pals. This summer, you can wear prints by way of your shoes too. All of the best styles of shoes, flatforms, oxfords, and sneakers come in geo-prints, polka dots, tropical prints, etc etc. Literally so many options for your feet. No excuse for your outfit to be boring ever again! Vans, Converse, and Miista have some of the many brands that have the right idea. Its time to let your feet do the talking. - Maddie
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Mixed Print High-Top Sneaker
Vans Van Doren Leopard Authentic Sneaker
Study Footwear Polka Dot Drop Sneaker
Dr. Martens Castel 8-Eye Tie-Dye Boot
Deena & Ozzy Triple-Buckle Printed Stud Flatform
Fred Perry Foxx Paisley Sneaker
Shop shoes for girls and guys.
If you've been paying attention to Daft Punk's social media lately, you've probably noticed their videos featuring "The Collaborators Series" like Panda Bear and Pharrell Williams, that assisted the band on their upcoming release, Random Access Memories. Now, Funny or Die brings us a video with the most important collaborator of all, in my opinion, Andrew the Pizza Guy. I mean, when you're making an album, someone must be there to supply the pizza, right? —Maddie
(Photos by Betty Sze for Models.com)
Opening this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is this year's Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Ah, if only I could make it out to NYC this summer! The exhibit, which will run from May 9th to August 14th, brings together original garments from the beginnings of punk in the 1970s, and high-fashion pieces by iconic designers that will continue to push normal boundaries, like Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen, to name a few. There are several rooms to the exhibit, namely one being dedicated to Blondie, The Ramones, Patti Smith, and Richard Hell, and another containing original items from Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's Seditionaries London boutique, where the Sex Pistols used to get their clothing from in the early '70s. This show sounds too exciting for words (especially if you're a fan of the foundations of punk rock like myself)! —Maddie
"Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster," easily my favorite song off of psych-rockers Thee Oh Sees new record, Floating Coffin, now has a rather dark video to go along with it, directed by John Strong. The protagonist, clearly a murderous fellow, has some trouble getting on with his night, because of well, the other people he runs into throughout the evening. Actions of the dude in the video aside, this song is seriously one good jam, and if you like this one, go listen to the whole album. —Maddie
Join us this Friday at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in LA for the opening of the mega cool Zamrock inspired pop-up shop and art show, Bazaaaaar, presented by Dossier Journal and Urban Outfitters. Open from May 3rd until May 27th, the shop will bring together many different cultures, all in the style of an old fashioned marketplace, hence the title of the shop. Bazaaaaar will be carrying lots of interesting things, including sustainable pieces, which I'm very excited for! Come and see treasures from Della, Now Again Records, Android Homme, and lots more. During the evening there will also be a DJ set by Kilo Kish, a live performance by Theophilus London, and a Zamrock Live! performance, featuring WITCH's Jagari Chanda. If you're not familiar with Zamrock, it is a type of rock music that came from Zambia in the 1970s. If you're able to attend this Friday, make sure you RSVP on Facebook or by email to RSVP@Space15Twenty.com. —Maddie
Last week, Interview Magazine released these incredibly simple yet perfect photos of one of my favorite artists, and the magazine's founder, Andy Warhol. The color portraits, taken by a British photographer named Steve Wood, were taken at the Deauville American Film Festival in the early '80s, and were just uncovered last year. I am personally a huge fan of Warhol, and its really cool to see some portraits of him in a normal setting, rather than The Factory, or even a self portrait. Wood's portraits are now going to be part of a week long exhibition in New York City, running from May 3 until May 12, called Lost Then Found. This seems like something cool you're gonna want to check out! —Maddie
Resident super chill band, Wild Nothing, just came out with this new track, called "A Dancing Shell," plus a seriously eye-pleasing video to go along with it. Definitely more funky than past Wild Nothing releases, "A Dancing Shell" comes from the Jack Tatum-led band's new EP, Empty Estate, out May 14 via Captured Tracks. Can we just talk about how the graphics remind me of the '80s in the best way possible? Anyway, I'm very much looking forward to the new EP. - Maddie
Taking place June 7 and 8 in Los Angeles is the Jubilee Music & Arts Festival, which will feature The Drums, Black Lips, Free Energy, and so many more. This year, for its fourth year as a festival, the event will take place in L.A.'s very own arts district. As a resident of Los Angeles, Jubilee seems pretty cool! Aside from the music, there will be lots of local food, comedy, literary readings, and vendors. I'm mega excited for this, (mainly because of The Drums), but what a great way to celebrate our local culture! Tickets are on sale here. - Maddie
Hey European friends, there's a really nice photo show opening up at the end of this week in Amsterdam that you definitely do not want to miss. The show, entitled Hurry Up & Wait, is a collection of photographs by New York City-based photographers Chad Moore and Pete Voelker, who both have never shown in Europe. Hurry Up & Wait is comprised of intimate photos documenting both photographers' everyday lives in NYC. This show provides a great glimpse into the fast paced lives we can all relate to, no matter what city you're in. Hurry Up & Wait will run from April 26 until May 10, at Oz Gallery in Amsterdam. The video teaser above will give you a perfect idea of what the show is about—now if only I could make it to the Netherlands by Friday! - Maddie
Photo by Chad Moore
Photo by Pete Voelker
What do you know? My favorite psychedelic duo MGMT are finally back with quite the beauty of a song called "Alien Days." The band released the song as a digital mp3 and as a special "cassingle," (a cassette with only one song on each side), appropriately on 4/20, for Record Store Day this past weekend. "Alien Days" sounds like a return to the good old MGMT we know, who once charmed us with mystical and dreamy tunes a few years ago. Maybe a new album will come out sooner rather than later? - Maddie
Let's face it, hats are always in, but recently, I've noticed that billed hats are again everywhere, this time in some of the most eye-pleasing prints and fabrics. For me, the classic billed hat is the essential accessory for the current and upcoming seasons. Yes, this style has been around for ages, but now there is way more reason to wear a hat with your outfits because there are so many options. This is a trend that both genders can participate in luckily! When I say variety, trust me, I mean it. There are printed five-panels, snapbacks with words on them, plus plenty from your favorite labels like OBEY, Vans, and Stussy. There is literally a hat for everyone. - Maddie
Adidas Thrasher Snapback Hat
Stussy 5-Panel Hat
Staring At Stars Embellished Elephant Hat
Vans Casual Friday Snapback Hat
SKULLS Lemonade 5-Panel Hat
Hall of Fame Reflect 5-Panel Hat
Shop hats for girls and guys.