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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


Mike!//Dan!


Gerrit!//Dan!


Post-show//Sam & Corey from Birmingham


Mike & Sam backstage


Graceland


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.