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Happenings: Rock County Folk Symposium Recap

At the end of August each year, the Rock County Folk Symposium takes place in Janesville, Wisconsin - it's a way for locals to celebrate their heritage, experience nature and convene with talented artists and musicians. As each summer wanes the members of the Wisconsin Heritage Foundation gather on the banks of the Rock River to bring their vision of an all-inclusive festival to life. The festival celebrates much more than music - Wisconsin traditions such as butter sculpting, innovative brewing, agricultural prowess and water sports are also at the forefront. Located at the historic Camp Rotamer, artists travel from across the country to transform the camp into an immersive 24-hour experience. Read on to see some pics we snapped at the event to show off the artists, innovators and musicians that gathered there.
Photography by Spencer Wells

Adelyn Rose jamming out during their set.

Artist Gerri Witthuhn returned to Wisconsin from California to create the stage and two other central art pieces as part of Team Forest Freaq.

Tyler Hart of Softly, Dear having a moment with his girlfriend during a break between sets.

Festival organizer Jackie Kursel relaxing on the dock of Spaulding Pond.

Artist Kenny Monroe constructing his instagram diorama installation.

Jackie enjoying a beer in the Parker Lodge.

A big rain cloud came during Sayth’s set but his good vibes cleared up the sky.

Whilden Hughes VI of Double Ewes pounding in stakes to help Dan Ryan of Sperry Tents set up.

Grace, a Minnesota native but longtime Wisconsin resident, proudly displaying her level two antidote.

Captain James Frederick flees angry hornets after a failed extermination attempt.

Surveying the grounds of Camp Rotamer.

Wisconsin Heritage Foundation Board Member Kyle Pfister deep in thought while preparing the Antidote.

Sayth and Wealthy Relative bringing art rap to the stage.

Jerrie and fellow artist Matt Riley (AKA The Butter Devil) circled up in the Lavender Tent late at night.

Festival organizer Wyndham Manning IV helping Thax Douglas board a canoe.

Festival organizer Amanda Kievet basking in the glow of another successful year.

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About a Place: Brimfield Market

In search of vintage treasures, design inspiration, and a good adventure, last week we packed up our bags and headed to the Brimfield Show, the enormous antique market that takes over small-town Massachusetts twice a year.  

Vendors from all over the world flock to Brimfield for the show, which started in the 1950s and has grown into the largest outdoor antique market in the US. Read on to see what we discovered and took home on our trip.
Photography by Trevor Powers

A table of vintage cameras. We want them all!

These roll-up banners were former trolley signs listing out city stops.

Forever perplexed by the purpose of these (slightly-scary) porcelain hands.

Massive metal dome light fixtures in the perfect jade hue.

A View-Master! And a fanned-out selection of reels to choose from.

Rows of treasure awaiting discovery: the show runs along Route 20 for about a half-mile, with vendors stacked blocks deep the entire way on both sides of the road. For most of the year, Brimfield is a tiny, quaint town of 3,000; during the market, population is at 250,000!

Snowshoes! Are these functional?

Summer swimming postcards from the 1950s.

A row of old-school baseball bats.

Some tips for making the most of a trip:

1. Come prepared! Cash, water, and good shoes. Forget any of these and you'll regret it.
2. Our home buying department — longtime Brimfield veterans — told us this strategy for buying and schlepping treasures: if you're purchasing big items, most of the vendors will hold your purchases for you until you're ready to pick them up. Do a full sweep of the sale, and then pick up your buys on the way back when you have a car or can have made arrangements to have items shipped. 
3. To avoid being overwhelmed, come with an idea of what you're looking for. This will avoid getting too sidelined, by, say...a row of creepy porcelain hands. Do as we say, not as we do. 

Antique milk bottles; the best part is the custom wooden box.

Rusty signs: one man's trash...

Model teeth, anyone?

Amazing drafting tools in leather cases.

Jadeite salt and pepper shakers.

So many textiles and rugs to choose from!

Rows and rows of vintage records.

Read more about Brimfield here
The next sale is May 12-15, 2015

Happenings: Afropunk Festival Recap

Afropunk was unlike anything we have experienced - the grounds were full of tons of energy and good vibes for the entirety of the performances. It was great to explore the grounds and check out everything that was available to the fest-goers. We spent more time in the crowd at times than in the designated section for the photographers because being in the crowd was so exciting - the excitement from everyone attending was so contagious. The musicians and artists that this festival attracts are unlike any other, and they truly came to perform and give their everything to the crowd. Watching these artists at a smaller festival was amazing, because we got to experience so many up-and-coming musicians. Overall, Afropunk was a fun-filled weekend of conversing with strangers, photographers, and regular concert-goers who seemed to be in their element in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NYC. It was an amazing experience!
Photographs and words by Emmanuel Olunkwa

Shot of the park

Oso Dope of Loaf Muzik

Kidaf of Loaf Muzik

Anaiah and Mikaiah of The Bots

Kandace Springs

Eaddy of HO99O9 (pronounced "Horror")

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Happenings: Afterfest LA Recap

This past Friday night in Los Angeles, Making Time brought Afterfest to Los Angeles with Kindness and Ramona Lisa headlining. Dave P of Making Time quickly transformed Los Globos in Silverlake into a club straight out of 1977, disco ball and all. Before we knew it, Ramona Lisa had taken the stage all in white, performing one of the most ethereal performances we’ve ever seen. Caroline Polachek and her singers who doubled as backup dancers performed a carefully choreographed set, with matching outfits and eyeball print nail art.

Kindness, aka Adam Bainbridge, took the stage next to close out the night, and wooed the crowd with his smooth disco-infused music - he even brought his close friend and collaborator Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange out for a few songs, and eventually brought Dev back on stage with the entire Blood Orange crew for a performance of “On the Line.” Kindness is definitely an artist to watch, especially with his swift dance moves that rival that of Mick Jagger and James Brown. Scroll below to see all of our photos from the event!

Photos by Maddie Sensibile

Happenings: Outside Lands Music Festival

One of my absolute favorite things to do every year is head up to the Bay Area to go to Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This year, the festival featured some highly notable names like Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, The Flaming Lips, and The Killers, as well as newer favorites like Jagwar Ma and Woods. While you’re not catching a band play, there are literally so many other things to keep you busy. There’s this incredible stand-up comedy tent called The Barbary, a digital detox zone called summer camp for adults, and not to mention Chocolands (literally all dessert all the time)!

Golden Gate Park is no ordinary park. When at the festival, you feel like you’re surrounded by an unbelievably beautiful forest that you never want to leave. Seriously, I didn’t want to leave. But to commemorate my visit, I snapped a ton of photos over the weekend with my Polaroid camera. Above, you'll see a shot of Woods who I started the last day of the festival with, and one of the many cool homes around the park. See the rest of my photo diary below! Maddie

The food situation was excellent. Above is the giant "Beer Lands" sign and below is my favorite vendor from the fest. They had the best sweet tea.

Two of my favorite acts that I saw at the festival were Jagwar Ma, and Arctic Monkeys, who closed out Friday night.

Here we have the incredible Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips in a tinsel jacket, the beautiful greenery and my favorite spot at the festival, the 2 Bandits booth!

Myself in front of one of the many hand painted walls at the festival.

I carried these flowers around the festival and felt like Morrissey.

About a Girl: Best Friends on the Road

With the long days of summer comes the itch to get up from our desks, get out, and explore—whether that means finally putting our dusty passports to use or just making a point to find newness in the familiar. 

To learn more about the latter, we called on the expertise of Los Angeles-based best friends Melanie Ayer and Kristine Claghorn. The girls initially met through each of their boyfriends (and Melanie's now-husband), both members of the band the Local Natives. Frequently making trips back and forth to see their guys on tour, Mel and Kristine's friendship has been largely built on the road...time spent on long plane rides, car trips, and nights in tour bus bunk beds. 

We caught up with the duo on a rare weekend at home, following them around on their perfect LA day. We asked them to share travel stories, packing lists, and their curated itinerary of what to see and do in their own stomping grounds. It's a timely reminder: sometimes you don't need to go far to find an escape. Photography by Chantal Anderson | styling by Katrina Thomson 

Hello K + M! Can you each introduce yourself, please? 

Kristine: I’m an Indiana native, but I’ve now lived in LA for three years. After graduating from Indiana University, I interviewed at a custom apparel company in LA, got the job, and packed up and moved two weeks later! It was a whirlwind. I’m now doing social media for them, so I spend most of my day on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. 

Mel: I’m a California girl, born and raised. I grew up in the Bay Area, about an hour outside of San Francisco, and I always dreamt of living in LA. It had a sparkle to it. I made the move after college to pursue a career in television. I love living in such a creative city that fuels so many of my passions: writing, photography, and collaborative brainstorms.


Set the scene for us about how you two initially met.  

Kristine: Mel and I met for the first time in 2011 at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. The next time we hung out was on a trip to New York about four months later. It was Halloween weekend and we ended up at a random loft party in Manhattan. Mel and I took over the music and had our own dance party in the living room. It was hilarious because it was just us (and a random guy dressed as a ghost) dancing the entire night.

Mel: That New York trip is definitely what sparked the goofy, carefree side of our friendship. We have so many inside jokes and silly nicknames that stemmed from a series of awkward events throughout that day. We always get into the strangest situations when we’re together.

You obviously have a connection through the band, but how has your friendship evolved through this?  

Kristine: When I met Mel, I was still living in Indiana. We chatted online about our relationships and interests...and that really helped us get close. I moved to LA the next year, and Mel was the head of my welcoming party. She helped me find my first studio apartment and drove me around after my car was stolen...oh, LA. 

When our guys are away on tour, we spend a lot of time together both at home and planning trips to visit them together. When they’re busy with the band, Mel and I have our own little adventures. Once we stayed at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and got massages & facials. It ended up being a couples massage, which was hilarious.

Tell us some stories about traveling together. What trips stand out, both good and bad? 

Kristine: One of my favorite trips was a day we had in Columbus, Ohio last summer. Mel is the master at finding good spots and she had bookmarked a bunch of cute stores, restaurants, ice cream shops, you name it. We had so much fun exploring, dancing around, and taking pictures.   

Mel: Most of our recent travel has been on the road in a tour bus. This means we’ve had nights with little sleep thanks to bumpy roads, strange food in the middle of nowhere, crazy cab rides, and so many airport drop off and pick ups. We’re almost always on the go. I think my favorite thing about traveling with Kristine is that she always shows up with her favorite pillow, which is a green, squishy cylinder shape that she calls “Pickle”...and also a pack of Lysol wipes to clean off the arm rests and tray tables on airplanes.


What are some tips for traveling with friends and not going crazy?

Kristine: My biggest advice is to make sure you like your friends! Mel and I are both good at going with the flow and taking moments as they come, but also like to have a little list of things we’d like to do. There have been times that we’ve had to wait in long lines at the airport, which can be infuriating. Instead of getting annoyed and impatient, we just laugh it off. If you remind yourself that you’re with someone you love, you can make any situation fun. Don’t take anything too seriously!

Mel: I have to say that I love a good bike tour. It’s a great way to take in a city without worrying about maps and directions. Everyone can just follow the guide and have fun together. And I agree with Kristine. It’s really important to go with the flow and remember that sometimes the plan isn’t going to work out exactly how you thought it would. And the cool thing about travel is that it’s always reminding you that the spontaneous, unexpected moments usually end up being the most memorable.

What items are always in your travel bag?

Kristine: a chunky sweater, a fully-charged laptop, face elixir by Caudalie, and vitamin E oil as a moisturizer.

Mel: Batiste dry shampoo, Yes to Cucumbers facial towelettes, and a swim suit — just in case!


What destinations are on your travel wish list?

Kristine: I’m dying to go to Spain. I majored in Spanish in college and didn’t study abroad, so I would love to be able to go use what I’ve learned. I also want to go to Tokyo, Paris, and South America. It’s pretty hard to narrow down because I’d be happy to go just about anywhere. I’ve been able to see a lot of the U.S. in the past few years and I want to eventually visit all 50 states.

Mel: Bali, Morocco, Melbourne, and I’d love to spend more time in London and Paris.

Walk us through the recipe for an ideal LA “staycation”

Kristine: I’d begin the day with yoga at Yogala in Echo Park or a hike up to the Griffith Observatory. There’s a great little café at bottom of Griffith, Trails Cafe, where you can grab coffee or tea before making the walk up to the top. After, I’d go grab brunch at Local on Sunset. On Saturdays, you can walk down the street to the Silverlake Farmers' Market, which is the place to go for vintage finds on a budget. Painted Bird is another vintage store favorite of mine. For dinner, I’d make the trek downtown to Bäco Mercat and to The Pie Hole for dessert. Make sure to get slices of the Mexican chocolate and the Earl Grey pie. They’re to die for.

Mel: I would start with a massage at The Raven Spa in Silver Lake. It’s so peaceful there, and it’s the perfect place to de-stress and get inspired. From there I’d visit Atwater and grab a burrito at Tacos Villa Corona, and stop at Individual Medley, one of our favorite local shops. For a dinner date, I’d go to Canele. On day two, I’d drive to the West side. The Getty is a great spot for checking out art and amazing views of the city. For dinner I’d want to try one of the many restaurants still my list to check out, like Superba Snack Bar or Son of a Gun. Lastly, I love going to the movies at the Arclight in Hollywood. The chairs are super comfy and the screen in the Dome is massive!

What is it about LA that keeps you there?

Kristine: Since moving to LA, I’ve met so many inspiring people that have helped pave my way into the creative world here. I have collaborated with Kate Miss and Katrina Thomson on lookbooks for their handmade jewelry. I also worked with Wade Koch on a music video for Mister Goodnite.  I do freelance graphic design and styling, and I just started my own blog. Being surrounded by such a supportive community of creatives has really helped me grow into my own. It’s nice to connect with friends that give you the push you need to get started. 

Mel: What I love about LA is connecting with creatives on projects, big or small. I’ve written articles for a friend’s magazine, modeled for a friend’s knitting bookand danced in a friend’s music video. There are so many inspiring people to talk to and it’s really fun to see what a conversation with a new person will lead to. I also love connecting my friends with other friends when they’re looking for a certain skilled person to work with on any particular type of project. It’s exciting to find that perfect match—the missing link—that fits right into the puzzle, and see them all create something awesome together.

Recap: Afterfest Chicago

At this time last year we were holding our first ever Afterfest in the ever-charming Chicago, and now this year, with a few more successful Afterfests under our belt, we were happy to return to The Mid for our second Chicago Afterfest! For our triumphant return, we headed back to Chicago Friday night where we had Liars, one of our favorite bands, and Vatican Shadow, one of our favorite electronic artists, play to a packed house. As always, Dave P. and Sammy Slice from Philly collective Making Time were on hand to DJ throughout the night to make sure everyone was dancing their little hearts out. (We seriously wanted to hand out medals to the intrepid partygoers who made it all the way until 4am.) The whole show went off without a hitch and was a perfect end to our otherwise super hectic Friday! If you're bummed you missed out, keep your eyes peeled for more of our upcoming Afterfest events, because chances are we'll soon be in a city near you. Photography by Evan Jenkins

Dave P. and Sammy Slice...UNITED.

The awesome graphics from Klip Collective.

Vatican Shadow taking the stage.

Liars on stage.

Read our recent interview with Liars!

Summer in the City: Rooftop Party with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

In New York City, as the sun goes down and the sweltering city heat subsides, the best gatherings are on the rooftops, where you can party all night and take in the view from above. We spent a summer evening on a Brooklyn rooftop, where we watched a live set by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart against a glowing Manhattan backdrop. Here, the band’s leading man, Kip Berman, chats with us about NYC and what’s on his current rotation.

Tell us a little about yourself.
My name’s Kip, I play guitar and I sing in The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. We’re from here in Brooklyn, I live up the street actually. I could’ve biked over if I didn’t have to carry my guitar!

Your new album just came out, that’s exciting!
That’s right, yeah, our album just came out in May, it’s called Days of Abandon. We were on tour in America with this band called Fear of Men, and we’re leaving tomorrow to go to Europe to play another month of shows with them, so it’s super exciting. We’re really excited about the new record.

How does it feel now that you’ve put it out into the world, is it like having a new baby?
It’s really different, actually. If you did have a new baby out in the world, you’d be really responsible for it and attend to it all the time. It’s kind of the opposite; it’s almost like you’ve put it up for adoption. It’s out in the world, and there’s almost nothing more you can do to help it grow and achieve its full potential. It’s really a relief, the release of the album. We recorded it last summer and we mixed and it’s been sitting around waiting to be released for so long. Now that it’s out there, it’s really exciting. People know the songs when we play them and seem to be excited about it.

When you set out to make Days of Abandon, did you know what you wanted it to sound like or do you feel it out as you go?
I think with our last album—it’s called Belong, it came out in 2011 and we recorded it back in 2010—we were really trying to make this big, heavy guitar rock album that was inspired a lot by the bands we loved when we were growing up: Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, Ride. It was all about making big and overwhelming guitar rock. That was so awesome and we were so happy with how it turned out, but we didn’t want to do the same thing again and try to be bigger just for the sake of it. I think it’s a real trap when bands try to make each album sound more massive than before. I think a record should be about songs and songwriting. So there was a conscious effort in trying to refocus and trying to write really good songs that we could play on a guitar for people and not worry so much about how it would sound in an arena. If we do end up in an arena at some point, I hope it sounds alright! [Laughs]

Can you tell us about the experience of recording last summer?
It was a really wonderful experience, making this record. It was a lot of fun. We did it up the street in Greenpoint, at my friend’s recording studio. He’s a guy I’ve known forever and I’ve recorded songs in his basement before. His name’s Danny Taylor. It was wonderful to work with someone who I’ve known for so long and we have such a good rapport. The thing that comes out of working with people you know and love is always… maybe 3% better. Maybe even four! [Laughs]

Do you have a favorite song on the new record?
I wrote a lot of songs after Belong came out, probably like 40, maybe 50. There’s only ten on the record, and that’s because I really believe that almost everything I do is terrible and you really have to look at yourself that way and be merciless and not think everything you do is special. We did a lot of throwing songs away after they were done, because it wasn’t up to what I thought the record should be. So if they made it to the record, they are all songs that made the cut!

One of the first songs I wrote on the record was called "Massokissed" and I really felt that it captured the spirit of the record in a lot of ways. It sort of captured the sound I wanted in a surreal, natural way. It wrote itself; I was working on another song that didn’t make the record, and I was working really hard on it, a really traditional Pains Of Being Pure At Heart-sounding song. I wanted to make it really good and it just wasn’t working, so I just put the guitar down for an hour and picked it back up and I wrote "Massokissed." It was really fast and easy. I know a lot of people like to talk about artistic struggle, but I tend to think the best things that you do are the things that come naturally and almost out of a sense of accident. That song, and I love "Art Smock" as well. It opens the record and it’s a very simple and subdued song.

You live here in New York. Do you have more fun playing shows here or elsewhere?
I think it’s a different kind of fun! I love getting to play music for people and I never take that for granted. I played in a lot of bands for a long time and I never really played outside of the zip code we lived in. To get a chance to travel and to play music is like a dream come true—but like a dream I didn’t even know I had. It’s awesome, but of course coming home and playing in New York… all your friends are there, they get to see you do what you’ve dedicated your life to, and it’s so fun to hang out. Usually when we play in New York it’s at the end of a tour, so there’s a real sense of excitement and relief, and just happiness having gone out into the world and made it home again. It’s a real thrill and I love it.

Is there a recent show that stands out as exceptionally fun?
There were so many great shows on this last tour! Chicago, at The Empty Bottle, The Troubadour in Los Angeles. It was really special for me to play in Philadelphia, because that’s where I grew up. My mom was there, my friends were there, it was at Johnny Brenda’s and was really packed and there was really good energy there. Getting to play and have your mom see you and realize you’re doing something with your life is an awesome feeling. Plus, then I got to go home and do some laundry! [Laughs]

What are some of your go-to spots around New York?
There are so many great places to go have a beer or a coffee. Maybe I’m just really stereotypical, but I really like bagels a lot. There’s this place called Baker’s Dozen on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint that I always go to for bagels.  There’s a great place on Franklin called Spina, and the Pencil Factory is right there, which is a great place to have a drink. Bagels, booze and coffee!

What are you listening to right now?
There are a few new bands that I think are awesome. One is from Gothenburg, Sweden, and they sound like they should be a really abrasive, hardcore band or a metal band but they’re not. They’re called Makthaverskan, it’s really emphatic, righteous, almost like punk pop. I love then a lot, and their record just came out this spring. There’s also Fear of Men, who we just toured with, and they just released their new record this spring. It’s called Loom. It’s really gorgeous. It’s really melodic guitar-centered pop. I think they’re great. There’s another band that I like right now, this band from the UK. They’re going to put out their record this summer, and we’ve toured with them a bit. They’re called Flowers, which is a very hard name to Google! There’s a lot of really good stuff happeneing right now, and the internet makes it easy to find your new favorite band, even if they’re from Gothenburg.

Special thanks to Brooklyn Brewery, The End., Pies 'n' Thighs, Sips and Bites and Luke's Lobster!

Summer in the City: Northside Recap

This past Saturday, we made the trek from Philadelphia to Brooklyn for Northside Festival to catch some of our favorite bands playing the Space Ninety 8 stage during the day. The event took place on Bedford Ave., and we were pretty pumped to see the street was closed off and covered in (temporary) grass, which made it perfect for lounging in the sun. After we got our fill of the stage, we made sure to hit up each of Space Ninety 8's For The Record signings, explored the shops along Bedford and admired all the well-dressed Brooklynites, taking Instax pics along the way. Read on for some of our favorite shots and to learn more about the amazing stage our store team built from scratch!Katie

The stage just starting to come together

Getting the stage ready the day of the event

Our finished stage ended up looking incredible and we have our talented store employees to thank for that. Bryan Metzdorf, one of our display artist mentors, told us, "The stage took several weeks to plan; I had to come up with a modular system that could be adapted to the different stage options that were talked about with Northside." Since Bryan hadn't seen the stage beforehand (and knowing that set-up time was limited), he had to come up with a simple stage construction using only triangles made from dowels, eye screws and dichroic window film that changed colors depending on lighting conditions, which was then assembled with zip ties.

Closeup of the finished product

Neighbors performing

Four days prior to the installation, Bryan had a team of seven local UO display artists come out to help with the fabrication and troubleshooting. To ensure a smooth build, the team broke the backdrop into eight large pieces that were easier to handle. "Overall, the display went up pretty smoothly considering all the variables, and the whole team was really excited to see it come together," said Bryan. The finished, seriously impressive product was the perfect backdrop for our performing bands. Seeing the crowd's positive reaction to the stage (and their selfies in front of it) showed that Bryan and his team's hard work didn't go unnoticed.

Mas Ysa performing on the finished stage

Stage installation in action

Top: Space Ninety 8 stage / Bottom: Bedford Ave.

Top: Loungin' / Bottom: Our first band Teen Girl Scientist Monthly waiting to go on

Left: Eagulls signing a fan's chest / Right: The best spot to hang

Top: Views of the city skyline / Bottom: 6th and Bedford

Top: The cutest bike / Bottom: Eagulls at their For The Record signing

Left: Checking out the Space Ninety 8 stage / Right: Eleanor Friedberger

Top: Flowers along Bedford / Bottom: All hands in at Space Ninety 8

Special thanks to all the bands and store employees who helped make this day a success!

Photo Diary: California Dreamin'

This month we're all about the easy, laid-back vibes of California. The carefree attitude, artsy atmosphere, desert landscape and bright blue waters: we'll take it all, please. Here's some of our favorite Cali inspiration to give us all that west coast feeling, no matter where we may actually be.

Movies to watch: Clueless (1995), Gidget (1959), Chinatown (1974), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), American Graffiti (1973), Valley Girl (1983), Rebel Without a Cause (1955).

Books to read: Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Play It as It Lays, Cannery Row, Big Sur, Sweet Valley High series, Less Than Zero, Weetzie Bat, The White Album, Valley of the Dolls.

Music to listen to: The Beach Boys, Dum Dum Girls, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Eels, Local Natives, Rilo Kiley, The Germs, Weezer, Love, The Bangles, Best Coast, Haim, The Byrds, Phantom Planet "California" (because of course).

Happenings: The Impossible Tour

Impossible made a stop this week at Urban Outfitters Costa Mesa to set up their unbelievably cool portable pop-up shop in the form of a silver Airstream trailer. Impossible USA is traveling around the country until October 2014 to share the power of the Polaroid. I met up with two of the guys from Impossible, Kyle and Mitch, to learn a little bit more about what's going on inside the trailer, nicknamed "Silver Shade."

Inside Silver Shade you'll find tons of film, cameras, and an even cooler photo booth. Mitch and Kyle also lead workshops in the little nook on the left side of the trailer (which looks like it came straight out of the 1960s). Curious individuals can step inside and try out the various films and cameras as well as learn all about what Impossible is doing. While there, Mitch taught me how to use the brand's new iLab, which allows you to take a photo on your iPhone, attach it to a Polaroid camera and then print a true Polaroid. It's totally cool, so definitely give it a try if you find the tour stopping in your town.

Silver Shade just got back from Coachella and will be stopping at various UO locations throughout the year. Visit Silver Shade when it comes to your town and give analog film life again! Maddie

On The Road: Woman's Hour

Meeting up with one half of London-based Woman's Hour at the tail end of SXSW showed just how exhausting the whole experience can be, not only for the festival-goers, but for the bands in attendance as well. After a nonstop week of playing shows and shooting Instax pics for us at SXSW, singer Fiona and keyboardist Josh were totally wiped, but chatted amiably with us on their day off about the magic of breakfast tacos, their American debut and their killer Super 8 motel party. Katie

Choosing the quietest time of day to carry equipment through the streets was advisable.//Josh's birthday - his mum and his girlfriend both bought him comedy sunglasses. Obviously.

Do you guys have any rituals you like to do before going on stage?
F: I just like to be on my own. I try to find a quiet space, because I like to feel peaceful and calm, and I warm my voice up. But we all get together before we go on. Have a hug.
J: Nothing crazy. We might have a beer. Just one [laughs].

How many tacos do you guys plan to eat down here?
F: We've been having breakfast tacos! We're staying with someone who lives here, so he introduced us to breakfast tacos.
J: We don't have breakfast tacos in the U.K.
F: To me it was such a strange idea, but now I'm totally into it.
J: Our breakfast today was actually hamburgers. [Laughs] They were really, really good.

Our show for BBC Introducing at the British Music Embassy.//Catching some sun on Chad's back porch.

Is there something you made sure to bring?
J: Power adapters! Toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, passport…
F: Oh, dry shampoo. That’s an essential.
J: Many pairs of socks [laughs]. Nothing too specific.

What’s been your favorite part about being here so far?
F: For me personally, it’s been hanging out with our label [Secretly Canadian], because they’re American. We signed with them in October of last year, so it’s really cool to be in America and spend some time with them. It’s nice to meet a lot of our label mates, too. It’s felt really nice to have a kind of…
J: Family.
F: Yeah, we’ve spent a lot of time with those guys, just getting to know them. It’s been great. That’s what I’ve enjoyed the most.

A building site.//On sixth street before our show at Flamingo Cantina for Under the Radar.

What did you guys do last night?
J: Last night we went and partied in a motel which was so surreal. A proper motel with a pool in the carpark. We’ve seen that in films so many times, I kept being like, “Take a picture of me! I’ve got to show everyone at home!”

Was it a cool motel or was it something like a Super 8?
J: It was a Super 8. It was really cool [laughs].

Nick moving his hips.

What do you hope people take away from your shows?
F: I guess it's more about presence and giving people an idea of how good you can be if you're playing a headline show. I would just want people to connect with what we're about. I don't think anyone is here to judge on sound precisely, it's more a feeling. I'd like people to connect with the feeling that we create.

Hanging out with the Secretly Canadian team after our showcase.//Josh taking his dream car for a spin.

UO Exclusive: Matthew Dear & Autre Ne Veut x Afterfest

At 11pm on a balmy Saturday in Austin, Texas during South by Southwest 2014, a line-up of misfits, music lovers and movers and shakers filed into the stately Scholz Saengerrunde Hall beer Garten downtown to witness a magical evening of sonic supremacy and free beer. DJs Dave P and Sammy Slice of Philadelphia’s legendary Making Time club night enlisted singer Autre Ne Veut and electronic whiz kid Matthew Dear to entertain the hundreds of party goers who RSVP’d on the Urban Outfitters website. There were strobe lights, smoke machines, disco balls and dirty dancing. The first AfterFest of the year gives a taste of what’s to come as AfterFest tours festivals across the country this summer…keep your eyes peeled for details of our next installment. Check out the full feature here.

On The Road: Future Islands

Standing on a grassy knoll in the sunshine, surrounded by trees, day drinkers and taco trucks watching Future Islands play at the Pitchfork day party, was my highlight of SXSW. Fresh off their legendary Letterman performance, the band were in high spirits, burning through a 20-minute set that mixed old favorites like "Walking Through That Door," with a few tracks off their new album Singles. We gave the band a Fujifilm Instax Camera and film to chart their Austin tour and asked them to turn over their pictures for an intimate look at life on the road. Natalie

Sam's chillin'//Mike's chillin'

Gerrit, William and Dan//Sam post-show

Setlist for 4AD showcase, plus all our hands//Gerrit and Sam

Sam & Hannah//SXSW wristbands

Bill lent us his bass amp for SXSW//Our manager Ben

Signing posters//William and Dan's foot



Post-show//Sam & Corey from Birmingham

Mike & Sam backstage


Elvis' plane, the "Lisa Marie"

UO DIY: Converse Customization

Down in Austin, we had two of our favorite local artists, Sophie Roach and Josh Row, customizing shoes for two days at our downtown store. While shoppin' around one morning, we had Sophie customize some Chucks just for us, and we love how they turned out. (They might even inspire some ideas for your very own DIY kicks.) Now that we realize how easy it is to do ourselves, we're about to buy some sneaks in bulk and get to CRAFTIN'. To customize your own Chucks, all you'll need is acrylic paint, fabric paint or paint pens. That's it! (The acrylic and fabric paint will hold up better than other paints on the shoe, and the paint pens are good for details.) Anything else you'd like to add is up to you. We stuck some pins on ours because we're unable to resist the call of anything Breakfast Club related, but adding studs, colored laces and glitter is an option as well. Check out our kicks below. Katie

Employee creations

Sophie hard at work

Our custom shoes by Sophie (and our totally fake Polaroids)

So many choices

We loved Josh's cat shirt, as well as his "DANG" shoes

On The Road: Quilt

While down in Austin this past week, we caught up with Quilt, a Boston-based psychedelic-folk band comprised of Anna Rochinski, John Andrews, Shane Butler and Keven Lareau, and a band that we are now totally obsessed with (like totally cool, normal adults). We were lucky enough to catch their show twice, once at a bigger venue and a second time at a more intimate backyard gathering, and we were blown away each time. Even with a million shows going on and the general crushing nightmare of SXSW, the band was nice enough to shoot some pictures for us for an exclusive photo diary of their tour, which makes us feel like we're all very best friends now. Katie

How did you guys get down to Austin?
Shane: We used to have a van but then we crashed it, so now we have a rental car. It's much smaller so we are very squished in the van now. [Editor's note: To help them offset the cost, Quilt has started a donation page to help them purchase a new tour van. Every little bit helps!]

Any rituals you do before going on stage?
John: I bring a skateboard on tour. I didn't on this one, but I usually skateboard around the city.
Anna: I try not to eat too much, because playing full sucks. When you're full and playing, you feel like a slug. Oh, and we sacrifice one baby goat [laughs]. Almost forgot!

What did y'all make sure to bring on this tour?
John: I brought a little keyboard. The first two days of tour I thought I was gonna make an electric song every day. I was like, "I'm gonna record a song every single day!" And then I only made one.
Keven: A couple issues of Pork magazine.

What's been your favorite thing about SXSW?
John: There's a band called Trash Talk and they just had a riot outside. That was the best part for me.
Shane: Watching Black Lips play was great. I always love seeing them play. Every single time I watch them, I can stay through the entire set. When you're watching bands every night, even if you love a band, sometimes you need to get away from sound a little bit, but they're so fun that I can't leave.

What's one thing you look forward to when coming to Austin?
John: Torchy's Tacos.
Anna: Barton Springs. Our favorite swimming spot is all dried up so we couldn't go there, but we did a photoshoot there.
Shane: There's this synth store Switched On. We haven't gotten a chance to go yet, but it's so great. They've got really cool vintage keyboards and synths.

How many tacos do you guys plan to eat down here?
John: 300.
Anna: On this tour, I've personally logged like, 75 individual tacos [laughs]. It's been a month, so that's a lot if you think about it. So far in Austin, I've only had four but we've only been here two days. I can't get away from them. I don't think I like pizza in the same way that I used to because tacos have taken over that place in my heart.

All photos shot with Fujifilm Instax

On The Road: Leverage Models

On our first night in Austin we caught up with New York-based band Leverage Models (one of our favorite bands to groove to) as they were setting up for one of their first shows at SXSW. Shannon Fields, lead singer and founder, chatted to us about their time on the road so far, and gave us some behind-the-scenes pictures to let us take a peek into what goes down while on tour.
Interview by Katie Gregory

Hey Shannon! Do you guys have a rider at all?
I mean, we could put together a rider but nobody would read it [laughs]. If I can get some towels and hot water I'm very happy. But that never happens, because who the fuck am I? [Laughs] I can make up something ridiculous for you, though. Like we want all of 2014's general accounting standards from North America, and at every show we want updates and texts for tax purposes. Because that's the kind of band that we are.

Is everyone in the band from the same area?
The band is based in Brooklyn, and they all live in Brooklyn. I lived in Brooklyn for a long time but I moved to upstate New York, rural upstate New York, and I live on a farm. I breed horses with my wife. Or rather, she's doing it, and I'm doing what I'm told [laughs]. But I'm from Kansas City originally and the band is from all over. Nobody in New York is actually from New York.

How did you all get down to SXSW?
We drove in my 2008 soccer mom SUV, packed so full we can't move. That's our style. We've got a little roof rack; we look like a family on vacation. A very long, loud vacation.

How long did it take to get down here?
Well, we toured on the way down, so we did maybe seven or eight shows on the way down. We're out for two months so this is kind of the beginning of something much longer.

This is a good place to start. Do you have any rituals that you like to do before going on stage?
I got a respiratory infection right before I left on tour, so my very un-rockstar ritual is filling this [thermos] up with boiling water and using it as kind of a makeshift humidifier. Throw a cough drop in there and it's like being in a mentholated spa. I close my eyes and imagine everyone around me is naked in towels. There you go. [Laughs]

Is there anything you all brought that you just couldn't leave home without?
Portable electric water kettle. This makes it possible for us to heat up rice and lentils and things like that since we can't afford food, and we also have a little charging station in the van so everyone can charge their computers and they aren't whining at me all the time about that. God, this is boring. [Laughs] Nothing terribly exciting. We had to leave gear at home because we couldn't fit it. It was only the essentials. Pretty glamorous.

What else are you guys planning to check out at SXSW?
We're doing two or three shows a day but Thursday is the one day that I kept free for vocal rest and also because I wanted to hit Barton Springs and go swimming while I'm here. I don't care how cold it is, I'm still going to go. Might take a canoe out on the river. And then some of the carnivores in the band want to have BBQ, so we'll probably do that. I really like Austin outside of the festival. None of us have really made plans, though, because the best-laid plans at SXSW never happen.

How many tacos do you guys plan to eat in Austin?
I have already had at least 26 tacos and I don't plan on slowing down. We go out to get breakfast tacos every morning at the Tamale House on Airport Blvd. It's just a carry-out window on the highway, and there's 99 cent breakfast tacos. There's a huge line but it moves fast. It's fucking awesome.

What do you want people to take away from your shows down here?
Last night was kind of the best case scenario for me. Everyone here is industry and everyone wants something from someone. I'd like to cement a relationship with a booking agent, but honestly I just want to play good shows. And last night, it was bursting to the gills and everyone was dancing, which is something that doesn't always happen for a band that no one knows at SXSW. I don't want anything from anybody, I just want everyone to have a good time and forget that they are here working. Because we're all gonna die someday [laughs]. But we had a blast and that's what I want all the shows to be.

All photos shot with Fujifilm Instax

Photo Diary: Art Basel Miami Beach

Photo Diary by Jackie Linton

Art Basel Miami Beach is a mad dash; by cab, foot or rented bike, it’s nearly impossible to see all the absurdity, abundance and amazement that the fairs, events and parties have to offerespecially if you sometimes secretly just want to be at the beach! Banner planes fly overhead promoting energy drinks and club nights, and soon enough, once you’ve immersed yourself in the culture of this art week, it won’t seem foreign or unappetizing, to consider either option. There are certainly more things I wish I saw and experienced while I was there, but I’m already looking forward to next year. Here are some of my highlights from three top art fairs, and my first trip to Miami. 

With UNTITLED. Fair only in its second year, it was impressive to see it located right at the beach on Ocean Drive. My favorite galleries included Cooper ColeBeverly’s, and Rawson Projects, as well as this sculpture by Allen Glatter.

If you take an even casual interest in cars, there’s plenty to see outside the fairs—this '60s Porsche 550 Spyder is a legend for being the car that James Dean famously crashed. It's practically a pop art installation in itself.
On the way into Art Basel Miami, I stopped by Printed Matter, one of the best artist edition bookstores, as well as the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to print culture. Here’s Jordan and Keith manning the booth. They had just released a new art book edition, Sender, with photographer Peter Sutherland.

It was cool to see the latest issue of Bad Day there too.

Art Basel is colossal; the whole thing is so definitive that it's difficult to describe it with any shade of personality. Pretty much every established artist in the world is on display. All of it is very institutional, and yet, here I am taking a picture of my reflection against a mirror with garbage.

Many people were attracted to this optical piece Female Stretch by Evan Penny at Sperone Westwater.

As a lot of the work on show draws attention to the spectacle of art and commodity, there’s no better example than Barbara Kruger, showing Untitled (Value) at Mary Boone.

You’ll hear people tell you that NADA Art Miami is the best art fair to see, and this is fairly true. It certainly shows the most international showcase of emerging artists and galleries. It's also a fair with a great sense of humor, which I like. Here’s an artist edition T-shirt that Andrew Kuo made on sale outside. 

Running through the show quickly, I was most taken by this piece by Margaret Lee at Jack Hanley Gallery. I love her use of dots with a ceramic dalmatian, as well as the sense of utility and playfulness. 

Another great thing about NADA is it backs out onto a hotel pool. Really great to combine these two Miami must-dos in one place!

I ran into UO's Assistant Photo Director, Julia Sadler, down by the beach!

More cars for Piston Head in the Herzog & de Meuron parking garage where a whole floor was transformed with artist-commissioned vintage cars. Here’s a classic Buick, once painted by Keith Haring. 

Later, on the final night of the weekend, Bad Day hosted a party with Petra Collins. It was great to relax, see everyone one last time, and celebrate the insanity. We're already talking about what to do for next year!

Dana’s purse was a real weekend party trick. Woof!

Jackie Linton is the Publisher of Bad Day Magazine, a biannual arts and culture magazine. You can find her writing at Alldayeveryday and you can follow her on Twitter @linton_weeks!

Photo Diary: Kimi Selfridge

Meet Kimi Selfridge, a photographer who shoots exclusively on instant film and expired 35mm film. She's also a cool Brooklyn babe. We asked her for some of her tips and tricks for getting instant film to come out just right, and she shot a wintery tour of Brooklyn, just for us.
Interview by Katie Gregory

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Miami and moved to NYC when I was 19-years-old. I started playing around with disposable cameras when I was a kid, and really got into film photography in high school. I bought my first Polaroid camera at 19, and my obsession with instant film was born. I founded my brand Tan Camera almost two years ago; it's sort of an umbrella of my styling and photography work, my mixed media art, my personal blog, and a still-in-progress line of clothing and accessories.

What are some of your favorite cameras (instant or otherwise) to use?
Fuji Instax Wide, Polaroid 600, and Polaroid Spectra.

What's your #1 tip for getting instant pics to come out nicely?
Practice really makes perfect. With Impossible Project's brand new Polaroid film, it's important to set the lighten/darken dial on the front of the camera slightly to the lighten side. For the older film, slightly to the darken side. And in cold weather, make sure to put the Impossible Project film face down against your bare skin for about 3 minutes. (Not kidding!) For Instax, it's less temperamental. I usually prefer to leave the settings as is, and work more with framing my subject.

Are you more into Instax or Polaroid? What's better for beginners to use?
I love both for different reasons. Instax film is consistently reliable, but Impossible Project's Polaroid film (when it develops properly) is like a true piece of art. I'd recommend Instax for beginners.

You do a lot with double exposure. Is there a secret to getting that to come out properly?
Another example of practice makes perfect. I always try to space out my first exposure from my second and third exposure so you can see the layers, as opposed to everything being piled on top of each other.

If people are looking to develop real film, where's the best place for them to go?
Fortunately, most (if not all) drugstores still develop film, so that's always an option. Otherwise, if the photographer is looking to print their work at a higher quality, I suggest perusing Yelp to find professional photo labs.

Any disposable box cameras that are better than others?
When it comes to disposable cameras, part of the fun is that there are no settings (except a flash) and I like when they are faded or grainy, so in my opinion, it doesn’t really matter. But if you are trying to take bright, clear photos, Kodak or Fuji are good options.

Where can we find you online?
My website Tan Camera, Tumblr and Instagram.