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Friday Download: April 18, 2014


For this week's Friday Download I rounded up a few of my favorite recent tunes and trailers as well as some road trip planning websites that I'm just dying to use again once summer hits. And even though that trip to the Ventriloquist Dummy Museum may still be a ways away, now is the perfect time to get started on those road trip playlists, y'all. Katie



Strand of Oaks "Goshen '97"
I am super into this video and song. Like, I'm probably going to buy a convertible just so I can listen to this full blast with the wind in my hair. Plus, this video was totally filmed 15 minutes from my house so I'm basically famous now. If you're as into this song as me, you'll have to wait until June 24 for the full album Heal to come out, but Strand of Oaks has plenty of other albums to check out in the meantime. They're a lot folkier than the song above, but still just as awesome.



Childish Gambino (ft. Problem) "Sweatpants"
This is the perfect video for this song. (I'm watching it for like the ninth time right now, whoops.) Just watch it.



Roadtrippers/Roadside America/Atlas Obscura
It's getting to be that road-trippin' time of year again, and I can't help but look up imaginary road trip pit stops on sites like Roadtrippers, Atlas Obscura and Roadside America. After you enter your start/end destinations, the sites tell you what cool/wacky/scenic stuff you'll pass along the way. My favorite of the bunch is Roadtrippers, because it's designed well and also has a handy app. Plus, it measures all the roadside attractions with a RAD-O-METER! Neat. Photo via.



Lana Del Rey "West Coast"
Hey, here is another new song from Lana Del Rey and the first single off her upcoming album Ultraviolence. I guess it's growing on me? I'm sure two weeks from now I won't be able to get it out of my head. Just like how I previously thought Ultraviolence was a lame name for an album, but now I'm totally into it because it's like what an angsty 16-year-old would title their album and I appreciate that.



Orange is the New Black Season 2 Trailer
FIIIIIIIIIINALLY.

I'm With the Band: Drowners

Drowners are currently making their way around the West Coast in support of their debut self-titled record. In their downtime between Coachella weekends, they made a stop in Los Angeles to bring their melodic, jumpy jams to The Roxy. Drowners are made up of Matt Hitt, Jack Ridley, Erik Lee Snyder, and Joe Brodie. I had a chat with Matt and Jack to talk about where the band is at right now, their favorite songs to play while DJing, and more. Maddie

Since we last talked you had your debut record come out. How was the recording process and putting it out?
Matt: We finished it about nine months before we actually released it, like a human pregnancy, so when it came out, we were ready for it to come out. It was kinda sitting on the shelf a bit. We did it over three weeks last May in a basement under a bar and Gus Oberg and Johnny T produced it. My 25th birthday passed as we were recording it, and that’s pretty much all I remember about it.

Matt, you've been part of other projects in the past. What's different about Drowners as opposed to your previous projects?
Matt: Literally only that I sing in this one. I do Threats with Jack. I kinda stopped doing all the other shit before Drowners started, so it's really just Threats and Drowners. The only differences are that I sing in one and Jack sings in the other, and he writes all Threats and I write all Drowners. Basically the only thing that switches between the two is who stands in the middle of the stage.

Tell us a little bit about the influences that went into your self-titled.
Matt:
The things we were influenced by to record were like, The Vapors, Gun Club, and we were inspired vocally by like, when you listen to '50s and '60s shit, like when they scream and the mic blanks out. That was kind of a main point of it. Slickness of Vapors, energy of Buzzcocks, yeah.
Jack:
I would say for me, since he obviously wrote the thing in his bedroom, I think it was done with a lot of pain and fun and late nights and such. You play in a different way when all that is going on around. Depending on how you feel you play a bit different. I feel like a lot of long nights and mild suffering in different ways led itself to a nice product.
Matt:
There’s like twenty different versions of the same song, depending on how we feel. Particularly live, it completely changes. Like how hard you want to play or how much you want to scream or how much you want to move, that’s just night to night. When we were doing the record, it was like Jack said, fun and pain; basically two sides of the same coin, where you’re like one or the other.

How would you describe Drowners in three words to someone who has never heard you before?

Matt: “I’d hit it.”
Jack: “Totally fucking awesome.”
Matt: Yeah, do that one.

What is your dream venue or city to play in?
Matt:
I’m gonna sound biased in L.A., but this is only the second time in L.A. and I’ve fucking had a right laugh both times I’ve come here. There’s not like ideal size or whatever. I like playing in front of people who give a shit, because that’s not always the case. That’s my favorite thing. When people give a shit it makes us get hyped on it.



If you could have a tour with anyone, who would it be? Dead or alive.
Matt:
On the top of my head, we did four gigs with Cage the Elephant and I’d want to do another tour with them that was longer. I only had four days of ultimate bliss and I’d like to have like, a month with it.

When you're not playing music, what are you usually up to?
Matt: Sleeping.
Jack: Drawing or skating and walking around. Cuddling with puppies. Cuddling with puppies and watching Law and Order SVU.

What are your go-to tracks when DJing?
Matt: I want to preface this with like, we DJ a lot because we’re absolutely broke and we all need to make money. It’s a job and shit. I started DJing after I moved to New York because I'd sit and listen to Jack and some other people DJ. My favorite three to play I stole completely off Jack. Gun Club "Sex Beat," "Red Hot" by Billy Lee Riley, and "Train Kept A Rollin'" by the Johnny Burnette Trio.
Jack: I would agree with that as well.
Matt: ‘Cause I stole it off you!
Jack: “Love and Desperation" is creeping up on me. That’s a sexy song.
Matt: That is my new absolute favorite song! It’s the singer of Gun Club.
Jack: Jeffrey Lee Pierce.
Matt: It’s the best shit I’ve heard since “Stoned and Starving” by Parquet Courts.

Happenings: Salt Surf Garage Party

This Saturday, April 19, from 6pm-9pm, Brooklyn-based brand SALT SURF will be hosting a garage party at Space Ninety 8 (98 N. 6th St.) in Williamsburg. Along with free grilled cheese and Jarritos, there will be a live performance by The Mystery Lights, a surf movie to kick back and watch, and a raffle to win some of SALT SURF's coolest gear (pictured below). Raffle winner will be announced at 8pm and must be present at the time winners are announced, so make sure to stick around!



SALT SURF has also been working hard on a short, documentary-style film about the brand. Shot by Rapt Studio, the film focuses on SALT SURF's founder Nabil Samadani and the culture surrounding his unique line. Although not being released until next month, a short teaser for the film is available to watch below. To learn even more about SALT SURF, make sure to check out our full feature on the brand.


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Friday Download: April 11, 2014


It is finally warm here in Philly, which makes me feel super nostalgic and like I should be having my hair braided by a robin. Let's all blast "Hands Down" and lie in the grass together as we look at my favorite internet tidbits from the past week.Katie



Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here Trailer
I think this is literally a shot for shot remake of Garden State. And I'm totally going to see it. Sad Dad movies give me the most feelings (no one talk about About Time around me unless you're prepared to canoe away on a waterfall of tears). Also, I wonder if Zach Braff knows that there are, in fact, other bands in the world that are not The Shins. DO YOU KNOW, ZACH?



Betty Who "Heartbreak Dream"
I am obsessed with Betty Who and I am obsessed with this video and if you aren't already listening to Slow Dancing, her newest EP, go do it now. It has the perfect summer songs to listen to when you are feeling infinite in your car. Plus, I love when people dance-jump while singing! And she does that so much in this video! If you aren't enchanted by that, you're a robot and I give up. : (



Girl Meets World
The first teaser trailer for Girl Meets World came out this week, and it's pretty much what one would expect from Disney. Crystal clear filming! Bright colors! Smiles! Even though the internet has been grumblin' about the Disney decision, let's just all remember that Boy Meets World was pretty over-the-top itself at times ("THIS IS A HUG, SHAWN!"), but like, it was endearing. Maybe I'm being overly nostalgic, but I have faith that this is gonna be good. DON'T LET ME DOWN, TOPANGA.



Katy Perry "Birthday (Lyric Video)"

Whoops, I love this.

UO Video Series: Liars

For the first music video in our UO Video Series for 2014, experimental noise-pop band Liars team up with wunderkind director Luis Cerveró on the song "Mess on a Mission" off Liars' new album Mess. Here, Cerveró and Liars’ lead singer Angus Andrew share their behind-the-scenes stories from the UO video shoot, as we celebrate three years of the UO Video Series. Read the full feature here.

Friday Download: March 28, 2014


If you take only one thing away from this week's Friday Download, then please let that thing be this website for Giggy, Lisa Vanderpump's balding pomeranian. The site is flush with new computer backgrounds for you. Katie



Lady Gaga "G.U.Y."
Listen to me, I have no idea what is going on in this music video, but Lisa Vanderpump halfheartedly shaking a tambourine on the steps of a mansion is everything I never knew I wanted. And any video that lets Giggy the balding pup make an elegant and important cameo gets a gold star in my book.



The Julie Ruin "Just My Kind"
The Julie Ruin put out a new video for their song "Just My Kind." It's basically the exact opposite of Gaga's video but it's just as incredible. I want Kathleen Hanna to be my BFF. Is that so much to ask?



Future Islands Singles
I feel like I've been talking about Future Islands a lot recently (like the rest of the internet), and maybe I already said this somewhere else, but if you haven't listened to their newest album Singles yet, then click right on over to Stereogum to check it out. The site's accompanying review on the album is a good, quick read as well.



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer
"What the world needs is a giant, CGI crime-fighting turtle slamming slow motion into a Hummer on the side of a snow-covered mountain," is apparently something Michael Bay said at one point or another to a person who was too afraid to be like, "No, Michael. Close your sweet, sweet eyes and take a nap." So, I guess what I'm saying is enjoy this trailer for TMNT.



The Office Time Machine
I am obsessed with The Office, so seeing that someone spent like, a really, really long time compiling every single cultural reference ever made on the show makes me incredibly happy. Go watch them all by year here. I put the video for 1999 above because it contains one of my favorite references on the show: Michael's flawless usage of "NOSCRUB" in a Scrabble game.

Friday Download: March 21, 2014


As of yesterday, it's finally spring! You hear that? SPRING HAS SPRUNG! It's been warmer than 40 outside! The sun has been out! Life feels worth living again! Since we never want to think about winter ever again, here are some CHEERFUL SPRING TUNES! LET US REJOICE! (And let's ignore that it is supposed to snow again next week, because R.I.P. R.I.P. to my sanity if it does.) Katie



Kishi Bashi "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!"
Okay, this video sort of makes me feel like I'm in an Oreo commercial, but it mostly makes me feel like skipping through a sunny field with a flower crown on my head and a confetti gun. Happiest tune of 2014, TBH. Also, the song vaguely reminds me of "Send Me On My Way," and since "SMOMW" is literally the catchiest song ever written, this song is in good company.



tUnE-yArDs "Water Fountain"
Any song with a solid "WOO-HA!" in it automatically elevates it to feel-good status. (If you don't believe me, just ask Busta Rhymes.)



Neneh Cherry feat. Robyn "Out Of The Black"
The video for this one from Neneh Cherry and Robyn is like springtime in the '90s. If you're a totally chill, cool guy wearing totally cool Reebok hightops while walking your cool dog in the park, then this is the spring jam for you.



Flume "Space Cadet"
THIS VIDEO MAKES ME SMILE AS WIDE AS THE CHARACTERS ON FRAGGLE ROCK.



Sia "Chandelier"
If you're more like Orin than you'd like to admit, then this is the angsty, party monster ballad for you to groove to this spring. And if angsty spring is what you're looking for, then may I recommend following up "Chandelier" with "Breakin' Dishes"? Blasting "Breakin' Dishes" from a convertible on a delightful spring day is definitely going to be included in the montage of my life, TBH.



After all that, you should be feeling as good as this alpaca (if not BETTER). Happy spring!

Friday Download: March 14, 2014


This week we're doing our usual Friday Download, but in honor of SXSW, we've decided to put up videos from some of our favorite bands that have performed here. Here are some tunes from bands that have won us over this week (and have kept us on our feet and dancing, even when we just want to sleeeeep). Katie



Temples "Keep In The Dark"
After seeing Temples live, we're definitely and forever in love with them. First of all, they sound just as incredible live as they do recorded. Second of all, the lead singer has beautiful curly hair and wore glitter around his eyes. (!!!) And third of all, half of the band had tiny little flare jeans on, so I'm sold. You've won me over, Temples, you li'l cuties, you.



Quilt "Tie Up The Tides"
Quilt is another band that totally won us over this week. On top of being an incredible live show, the band is also charming and genuinely funny, and weren't even phased when, at their last show, we interviewed them in a small equipment closet to block outside noise. Our interview with Quilt will be up early next week, so keep your eyes peeled. We love these guys.



Matrimony "Obey Your Guns"
We saw these guys from a rooftop over, but found ourselves dancing even just watching them on a screen. We're excited to see their new album!



Leverage Models "Sweep"
I'm not sure how to describe Leverage Models' sound, so I'll just call it "GOOD." Even "VERY GOOD."  Everything I've heard from this band has been crazy catchy, and the band themselves are so full of energy that they're fun to watch. It's impossible not to dance when seeing these guys.



Future Islands "Seasons (Waiting On You)"
Just watch this video (SO MUCH EMOTION) and you'll understand our obsession with Future Islands.

(Top image via Mexican Summer)

Friday Download: March 7, 2014


This week I am going to overload you with a lot of pop trash, so consider this your warning. Also, as a bonus very important FYI, everyone should know that Ke$ha is out of treatment and back on Twitter. She changed her username and everything, and I am personally very excited to see what New Ke$ha does in 2014. Sending nothing but good vibes her way. Okay, now with that out of the way, the rest of this week's pop news is below. Katie



Iggy Azalea "Fancy"
I am mostly here for Charli, but I can't deny how incredible this music video is. Can someone please do a Mean Girls music video remake next? Or a Scream remake? Can you make this happen, Lorde?


Photo via Elite Daily

Spritz Speed Reading App
TECHNOLOGY IS AMAZING! This Spritz app (not out yet, sadly) essentially tricks your brain into being like, "Cool, I can speed read." If you hit the "Click to Spritz" button on their About page, you'll be able to see what I mean. It makes reading 600 WPMs totally possible (if not a little exhausting). The fuuuuuture.



Lindsay Lohan in general
Listen, we love LiLo over here and want nothing more than for her to succeed in life and acting. That's why we're super excited for this Oprah documentary about her, because that means 1.) more Lindsay on our TVs and 2.) she gets to make the rounds on the late night TV shows. While on The Tonight Show last night, she played a game with Fallon that involved getting water thrown in her face and she was totally laid-back about it all. And she looks good! Here's hopin' this is a sign of more good to come for our gal LiLo.


Picture via Vulture
March 1999 Top 40 Chart
Dave Holmes is great over on Vulture and this week he wrote about all the pop singles that were poppin' in 1999. Even if you don't read the actual words he wrote, the songs make one heckuva playlist. (But you should read it, because he's funny.) I miss you, late '90s, you beautiful disaster, you.



Mad Men final season trailer
This is literally a trailer of nothing, but at least Mad Men will be coming back soon.

Friday Download: February 28, 2014


This will forever be the week that fashion trend "normcore" struck planet Earth, so my brain is too filled with images of tube socks and Crocs to think of much else, but here are some other things that happened this week that were also pretty cool. (Normcore is the takeaway from this, though. Because you're not normcore unless you live normcore.) Katie


Photo via NYMag
Normcore
Okay, so have you heard of this new FASHION called "normcore"? Of course you have, because it's all the internet can talk about this week. But it makes me feel so sad in my heart. So very, very sad. We have evolved too far. (Unless this means I can now wear Tevas and leggings to work and be thought of as "cool" and "fashion-forward" and "definitely not lazy." If that is the case, then I welcome normcore with open, fleece-clad arms.)




Wolf Pupy on Rookie
Wolf pupy is hard to explain, but basically he's a Twitter user posing as a baby animal, and his tweets are just delightful nonsense about life. He wrote a very important article for Rookie this week about how to be a teen girl, and I don't think anything has ever resonated with me more. Printing out my License To Be Sassy, ASAP. We should all be a little bit more like wolf pupy.



HAIM "If I Could Change Your Mind"
It sure must be nice being a beautiful pop star, because you can make videos with choreographed dancing and still look cool. If I tried to do this with two of my friends, it'd look more like this.


Photo via Amtrak
Amtrak Writer's Residency
This one's title is pretty self-explanatory, but basically Amtrak is going to be offering up writer's residencies to riders now, either for free or for a small amount of money, and the idea is that the majestic countryside and the fact that you're locked inside a train will make it possible for you to write 1,000 pages of a best-selling book. The idea was suggested by writers Jessica Gross and Alexander Chee on Twitter and Amtrak was actually like, "Yes, let's do this." Which makes me feel like maybe I should tweet at Pizza Hut about sending me on a Very Important taste-testing journey across America.

Friday Download: February 21, 2014


Friday again, y'all! And a foggy, sort of warm one at that. How exciting. It almost feels like the rest of our lives won't be spent in the soulless crush of winter. A true miracle. Here are some of my favorite internet tidbits from the past week to keep everyone feelin' as posi as the weather. Katie


Photos via FILTER

FILTER Magazine Issue 55
We love FILTER Magazine here, and the newest issue features the long-awaited return of Beck, which is pretty cool. FILTER is available on newsstands everywhere 2/28, and Beck's new album Morning Phase is out 2/25. For a stream of Beck's album, click here, and to get a peek at what else is in this month's issue, click here (SPOILER ALERT: TONY HALE FEATURE!).



The 1975 "Rather Be"
Okay, so The 1975 can literally do no wrong in my eyes, but this cover of Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" is especially great. The song segues into a cover of The Weeknd about halfway through and let me tell you, the whole thing is sensual. Like, so sensual I'm surprised they're not playing this in red silk pajamas with red roses in their mouths. Or at least multicolored silk pajamas blowing gently in the breeze, a la TLC.


Photo via CityPages

"I Chaperoned a Middle-School Valentine's Day Dance"
I just love Shea Serrano so much, and this week he wrote up a little piece about what happened when he chaperoned a middle school dance. Go read it, it's funny. Kids are a delight. (You should also go read his Grantland column about coaching middle school basketball. It's hilarious, even if you aren't a Sports Enthusiast.)



#SINGITKITTY
Apparently this face-morphing thing by Three doesn't even work in the U.S. (which I should have guessed, because I didn't even know that Three was a cell phone company until 40 seconds ago), but I don't even mind because this commercial for it is enough. SMILIN' ALL THE WAY UNTIL 5PM.



Will Ferrell Figure Skating
And here's a little Will Ferrell "skating" as a Downton Abbey butler on The Tonight Show with Fallon to keep the good times going. Thank you for this treasure, Jimmy.

Friday Download: February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's day, y'all. Is everyone having a good one so far? For me, the most exciting part of today is the fact that all the baked goods in the cafeteria are HEART-SHAPED and PINK, and I am going to get suuuuch a good Instagram picture of them. Other than that, I'm excited to eat romantic sandwiches later. My real Valentine's Day dream is a convertible filled with diamonds and a boy band, but for some reason, I don't think that's going to happen today. (SOB.) If your Valentine's Day plans are also lacking, here are some of my favorite V-Day treats from the past week(-ish) to keep your spirits up. Katie



Angel Olsen "Hi-Five"
I can't actually tell if this song is a happy love song or a sad one, but it sure is good, and I sure will play it as loudly as possible while cramming my face with chocolate hearts.



Tumblr Valentines
The actual best thing about Valentine's Day is all the Tumblr Valentines. They are filled with puns and Comic Sans and idiotic jokes, so they're the best things on the internet. That one above is from our pals over at IFC, but just browse the "Valentine's Day cards" tag on Tumblr for endless terrible laughs.



Valentine's Day history
Valentine's Day isn't all SweeTart thongs and chalky sugar candy. It's also history and old dead guys. But for real, this post over at History.com is totally interesting and compiles a great list of things you didn't know happened on Valentine's Day. It'll fill you with knowledge instead of sugar.



Vintage Valentines
Vintage Valentines have been compiled in a number of spots over the years, but they're always worth looking back on. My favorite ones are the ones that look like someone is about to get murdered. Thanks for this special gift, all you weirdo artists from the '40s.



Bob Dylan "Most of the Time"
This song isn't recent, but if you are having the worst Valentine's Day ever and really want to make it even worse, then I absolutely recommend putting on this Dylan jam from the '90s. It'll make you want to curl up into the fetal position forever. And then you can put on the classic sadsack tune that is "Dear Chicago" and weep for the rest of your days. Have fun!

Friday Download: February 7, 2013

Okay, so I'm like, way too old to be getting excited about festivals, yet here I am, getting excited over festivals. I'm like an overstimulated baby this week, just barfin' and clappin' and barfin' over all these festival announcements. Mostly because my brain has now tricked my body into believing that summer is just around the corner and it's not, but whatever. Here are some fun things announced this week that give us a little bit to look forward to, even if they are six months away. Katie



Newport Folk Festival rolls out lineup
I love the Folk Festival. It's in Newport, RI, so it's not unbearably hot, and the crowd is a mix of young folk and nice granddads in straw hats, which rules. (No one will barf on you!) The festival is also small enough that you're not going to kill yourself going from stage to stage. NPFF started announcing their lineup this week, and they're going aaagonizingly slow, but Jenny Lewis has already been announced, as has Mavis Staples and Houndmouth, so I'm excited to see who else will be announced in the coming days.



Sasquatch! double weekend
Whoa
, look at all that. Sasquatch! Festival is happening two weekends this year, and each lineup is different. Pretty cool idea. For $550, you can get tix to both weekends, and for a mere $10,000/pair, you can get tix that come with a furnished safari hut! (If I were a teenage millionaire, you better believe I would be buying those.) Get a closer look at each of the lineups here.



Bonnaroo lineup announcement
I like that people hype up announcements. It makes me feel very millennial, very 2014, y'all. And it's exactly what Bonnaroo is doing with their lineup announcement this year, which is also what they did last year, I guess. This year they'll be announcing everything February 19th. There will even be a pre-show leading up to the announcement, so hold on to your hats, everyone.



Billy on the Street season 3
If you don't watch the incredible show that is Billy on the Street, please start. The new season starts up March 12, and you can watch the trailer for it here. (Paul Rudd will be on it, so that should be enough to convince you.)


 



Portlandia shoots in Urban Outfitters
You should totally watch until the end of this exclusive Portlandia clip because we are in it. (Faaaame, we're gonna live forever.) And if you haven't heard, we love Portlandia so much that we're currently doing a giveaway celebrating the return of the show. You can win a trip for two to Austin, as well as invitations to a Portlandia panel with Carrie and Fred. For more details and to enter, click here.

UO Beauty: Do The Twist

Braids don't have to be uptight and complicated. With the help of New York hairstylist Sera Sloane, we embrace a simple, lived-in braid that feels fresh for spring. "The messier, the better," says Sloane of this relaxed, updated take on the style. "You don't want to see perfect lines." Watch our video and see the rest of the feature here.

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Friday Download: January 31, 2014


This week, there was an abundance of glorious music videos. HALLELUJAH. Even if January has been a barren wasteland of zero degree days, at least we can go out on a high note. Smell ya later, January. Katie



St. Vincent "Digital Witness"
Seriously, I'm thrilled with how many great music videos came out this week. Obviously St. Vincent's video for "Digital Witness" is one of the greatest. Crying over how endlessly cool and pretty and talented she is. I am leaving this song on repeat until I expire.



"Don't Wanna Dance"
Oh, looking for another badass pop video? Let's take a look at this one from Mø. Her pop star game is on lock, and if I don't get my hands on a fluffy pink coat soon, I'm going to throw myself into the ocean.



Flappy Bird
This simple little game blew up this week, and if, like me, you've already downloaded it, then you also know how it makes you want to burn down every single building within a five mile radius because it's just so damn hard and OH MY GOD, BIRD, JUST GO THROUGH THE TUBES.



Shakira ft. Rihanna "Can't Remember To Forget You"
This song is haunting me because I still don't like it very much, but the video is pretty spectacular. I mean, Rihanna's fringe-covered leotard is something I need ASAP to swan around the house in.



Vin Diesel being awesome
We are all Vin Diesel. Vin Diesel is all of us.

Friday Download: January 24, 2014


In this week's Friday Download, I call out a video that revolves around animated, jetski-ridin' aliens, and another video that revolves around a dancing, life-size Barbie doll, so basically it's business as usual here on the internet. Katie



Ryan Hemsworth tour
So, last summer I saw Ryan Hemsworth at Pitchfork, and his set was pretty awesome. This year, he's setting out on a little tour of his own (dates above). If he's heading to your town, definitely check him out. You'll be able to dance embarrassingly and stare at his cute face, so it's a win/win.
(Above photo via Acclaim)



Yakutsk, the coldest city
Hey, it's cold, right? Sucks, man. But if you want to feel better about your current frozen self, just check out these articles about the Russian city Yakutsk. (Or don't, because they're really stressing me out.) For example, Yakutsk is so cold that unless you're properly bundled, you'll only make it about ten minutes outside before your body is like, "Nope," and starts to shut down. It's so cold, that people don't even turn their cars off when they're at work! If this is at all tempting, this Yakutsk travel guide will help get you where you need to go. (Their Cryogenic Laboratory does sound pretty badass.)



D/A/D "Orion Beach"
There's just something about this D/A/D video for "Orion Beach" that makes me feel like fist-pumping my way onto a spaceship or something. I don't even remember how I came across this (Twitter?), but I'm feelin' pretty good that I did. To hear more video game-esque jams from D/A/D, click here.



Life-Size 2
Life-Size is apparently getting a sequel, and all I can say is IT'S ABOUT TIME.

Friday Download: January 17, 2014


Man, January is such a wasteland. Everyone's cold, and cranky, and there are barely any new pop songs for me to listen to. (Luckily it's almost February, month of discounted Juju hearts and everlasting love.) Here are some things from this past week that make everything a liiittle bit better. Katie



1. Kate Moss is 40

Kate Moss turned 40 yesterday, and both her and Jennifer Aniston need to let me come drink from whatever Fountain of Youth they're guzzling from. Kate Moss especially, because she smokes like a chimney, and has the skin of a newborn babe. This is a perfect time to look back through her old campaigns. (And look at how many presents she got.)



2. Charli XCX "Allergic To Love"
Our gal Charli has released a new song titled "Allergic to Love". It's super short, but it's just enough to hold us over until her new album comes out.
(via Pitchfork)



3. 15 of This Year's Most Intriguing Sundance Films
To offset all that Oscar buzz, Vulture put out a list of movies they're looking forward to seeing at Sundance. Curious to see the reviews on these. (Like, remember that Zach Braff Kickstarter movie? That's happening.)



4. Final 285 Kent Shows

If you're in BK, might be worth it to check out some of the final shows happening over at 285 Kent. RIP, buddy.



5. Shakira "Can't Remember To Forget You" (Feat. Rihanna)
Not sure how I personally feel about this song yet, but it feels wrong not to mention the collab between these two ladies. Listen to it here. Maybe once the video comes out, I'll start feelin' it a little more.

Friday Download: January 3, 2014

It's officially 2014, which means we will all finally be getting flying cars, phones surgically attached to our eyeballs and pizza that regenerates itself. Or, at least, that's what I'm hoping anyway. Is this the 21st century or not? Jeez. Anyway, here are some great internet happenings to help ring in the new year. Katie



1. The tweet that broke the internet
Safiyyah Nawaz, a totally normal and hilarious teen, tweeted out a joke on New Year's Day (posted above) stating how the earth is now 2014 years old. Randomly and in true internet fashion, that tweet blew up until people were literally telling her to kill herself. She handled the whole thing adorably, and even got a tweet from her idol Snoop Lion in the process. Looks like internet trolls lose this one, and hilarious teens come out on top. As it should be.



2. Sky Ferreira & Ariel Pink "My Molly"
Will never pass up a chance to post about our angel princess Sky! (I am still missing the blonde hair, though. RIP, RIP.)



3. New on Netflix
There's not much happening in the way of new music this week, so instead let's turn to ol' reliable: Netflix. Vulture compiled a nice list of shows and movies that have been added to the site this month. All the better to waste away 2014 with, my dear. (American Psycho is one of those offerings. Score.)



4. Tavi interviews Lorde
Longread, longread! Over on Rookie, Tavi interviewed Lorde. The whole feature is eleven pages long and very conversational, so it's pretty awesome. Love interviews like this, especially between two peers. (And props to whoever sat down and transcribed the whole thing.)

Friday Download: December 20, 2013


2013 is almost over, and what a wild year it's been. Here is a very unrelated collection of videos I've been watching on the internet this past week. Their common denominator is that they all rock. Especially Beyoncé's video. Like, it's obviously the best. I'd actually like to go ahead and make a "best video of all time" joke here, but I'll refrain. For Christmas. Katie



1. Beyoncé "XO"
Sure, I mentioned her entire album last week, but this was one of the first videos from Beyoncé's album available on YouTube, and I really need to talk about it. Turn this up as loud as it goes, throw it on an HD setting, and prepare to weep profusely from your cryballs, because this song makes me feel as infinite as Beyoncé when I listen to it.



2. Pop Danthology 2013
This mashup is incredibly soothing to listen to, because everything blends so well - I found myself excited to see what song would be coming up next. It's also a great compilation of all the guiltiest pleasures from Top 40 radio this year, which is good to have on hand just in time for NYE.



3. The Pizza Underground Concert
I still don't really understand the appeal of Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, because they're not like, good, but there's something magnetic about them. For instance, I'm going to absolutely spend $15 to see them when they come to Philly in January, and I have no idea why. Bless you, Culkin.



4. Ali Lohan "Christmas Magic"
My actual favorite Lohan Christmas song is "Lohan Holiday" (currently only available on Spotify), but I already wrote about that one last year, so here's another hot Lohan jam... because it's not Christmas without a Lohan singing, y'all.



5. Mariah Carey "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Posting this classic to make up for the last video. Enjoy!

Best Albums of 2013: Rhye


Rhye, the mysterious band best known for their make out-worthy tunes, is number three on our Best Albums of 2013 countdown. We spoke to singer Mike Milosh about the band's highlights of 2013, and what he and Robin Hannibal, the band's second member, have in store for next year.
Interview by Katie Gregory



Tell us a little bit about your band.
Rhye is an interesting thing as it’s a potentially oscillating, undefinable thing that we have been creating, and that given the opportunity can be bigger or smaller depending on the performance. We didn't want to give Rhye a face as we wanted it to just be an experience, wanted to let people have their own unbiased opinion of the band as much as possible and have their opinion of it be solely based on whether or not they liked the music. That being said, Rhye was Robin Hannibal and myself, Mike Milosh, writing songs together about things going on in our lives. It was recorded for the most part in a bedroom and not a studio.

Is there one moment from this year that sticks in your mind as your favorite or most surreal?
We played a show at a festival in Ireland (a place I dearly love), got about an hour of sleep and then had to get our sprinter to the ferry in the early morning. We disembarked in Wales and drove at ridiculously high speeds through the English countryside in order to get to the show on time. It was a lot of land to traverse in a short amount of time. But once we got there it was so calm. We put our gear into this tiny boat and were taken over in this barely afloat creaky, wooden creation. We could barely hear the festival, too. There was just the silence of the bow cutting through the perfectly still water. It was the most gentle little moment in the midst of an otherwise incredibly busy couple of weeks that just sat perfectly for me. I wouldn’t have been even the slightest bit surprised if a little elf was at the dock waiting to receive us.



Woman has been on multiple "Best Of" lists this year. How does it feel knowing that you were able to make an album that resonated so well with fans?
It feels really amazing. It’s a very beautiful thing, putting tons of time and energy into making a record and to have it received so well. We feel truly thankful that it’s resonating with people, because it’s a very nice place to be. It's very encouraging in an otherwise very tough business.

When you set out to make the album, did you know that you’d be making the perfect make out album?
Definitely wasn’t in our intention as I don’t think we really thought about what people would be doing to our songs; we were just focused on the writing of them. It’s a very nice thing, though...

What’s your favorite album of the year?
My favorite album is Jon Hopkins Immunity.

What’s next for you guys?
We have a lot of projects that both Robin and I are doing at the moment. I just released another record called Jetlag [under the name Milosh] so I'm busy shooting videos for that and putting together the live set. We will continue to play Rhye live, as long as people want to hear it in a live environment. Robin is currently working with Usher, Jessie Ware, Niia, Francesco, Little Dragon, Say Lou Lou, Purple Ferdinand, Laura Welsh, Jamie Woon, FKA Twigs, Yuna, Selah Sue, Sineah Harnett and Seal.