[CULT TALK] Photographer and Writer Jane "Pain" Chardiet

[CULT TALK] Photographer and Writer Jane “Pain” Chardiet

Writer and photographer Jane “Pain” Chardiet is a staple in the punk/hardcore/noise scene that houses the likes of Sacred Bones Records, the Ascetic House collective, and Chardiet’s sister, Margaret, better known as Pharmakon. Chardiet profiles the best and most compelling bands in the genre, both through various media outlets like...
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[WORKING GIRL] Artist Emma Kohlmann

[WORKING GIRL] Artist Emma Kohlmann

Working Girl is our new segment in which we talk to women about their work.  Our latest subject is Emma Kohlmann, short-hair-of-my-dreams-haver. The New York bred painter and multi-media artist creates work that is abstract and hyper-sexual, visceral and beautiful, and inherently feminist. Kohlmann’s work is fine art in the streets and punk in the streets: the...
[CULT TALK] Jerry Hsu Isn't Really Trying To Make You Sad With His Photos, That's Just His Gift

[CULT TALK] Jerry Hsu Isn’t Really Trying To Make You Sad With His Photos, That’s Just His Gift

I don’t feel like writing an intro to this Jerry Hsu interview because I’m hungry and tired and because Jerry talks a lot so this interview is already really long, but I will mention that Wikipedia says that Jerry was a child prodigy of dark slides, and for about three hours one day it said...
[TO DO] Win Tickets To See Swans + Angel Olsen At The El Rey Theatre on 4/14

[TO DO] Win Tickets To See Swans + Angel Olsen At The El Rey Theatre on 4/14

  A legendary show is hitting Los Angeles on April 14th and we’ve got the hook up for any die-hard fans out there. Like we’ve done in the past, we’ll be doing a ticket giveaway contest for anyone who wants to see Swans and Angel Olsen this Tuesday the 14th at the El Rey. To...
Cash Machine Group Art Show Opens Tonight - Interview With The Curators

Cash Machine Group Art Show Opens Tonight – Interview With The Curators

Here’s what you need to know about Cash Machine, a group art show opening tonight at FatherSons gallery in Los Angeles: 1. I have a piece in it. 2. But do not let that deter you, as so do many many very talented artists, such as the Hass Brothers, Audrey Wollen, Tofer Chin, Zoe Zag,...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] We Give Walter TV A Loonie For Their Thoughts

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] We Give Walter TV A Loonie For Their Thoughts

Here are a few things I know about Canada: They do not understand Mexican food, however their potato chip game is on point (see: Old Dutch dill pickle flavored heaven crisps). They have a city (Calgary) that is basically like Texas, full of ranchers and cowboys and oil, and there is a great soap opera...
[WORKING GIRL] Clare Kelly, Artist and Founder of Hesse Press

[WORKING GIRL] Clare Kelly, Artist and Founder of Hesse Press

  Working Girl is our new segment in which we talk to women about their work.  Our first subject is Clare Kelly, who you might know from various other gushing pieces of writing I have done about her in the past six months. Clare is an artist who works in multiple different mediums, including dance, photography,...
[CULT TALK] Slutever: Best Friends First, Pop Culture Anthropologists Second

[CULT TALK] Slutever: Best Friends First, Pop Culture Anthropologists Second

  Female best friendship occupies an exalted position in the hierarchy of human relationships. It is arguably more intimate, more demanding, and more supportive than any other; but more than anything it provides unparalleled solace from the horrible, taxing nature of growing up and finding ourselves. There are countless examples of this in pop culture,...
[CULT TALK] Seattle Noise Punks Stickers On The Gnarliness Inherent In Cuteness

[CULT TALK] Seattle Noise Punks Stickers On The Gnarliness Inherent In Cuteness

On their debut LP Swollen, Seattle’s Stickers sounds dissonant and detached – like they’ve just returned from an acid trip and are trying to communicate their spiritual epiphanies through heavy no-wave guitar riffs and saxophone skronk (a word I wasn’t familiar with until my chat with the band). In a live setting though, the band...
[CULT TALK] Geoff Rickly On United Nations, Collect Records, And His Health Goth Gym Look

[CULT TALK] Geoff Rickly On United Nations, Collect Records, And His Health Goth Gym Look

  Geoff Rickly is really easy to talk to. Like, really easy. So easy that my interview with the former Thursday frontman (which took place backstage before a show with his current band, United Nations) started out harmless and light-hearted, and soon meandered into a mountain range of topics, from enacting social change to creative...
[CULT TALK] Danny Kroha of The Gories

[CULT TALK] Danny Kroha of The Gories

I remember the day I was first introduced to The Gories. You would think it would have been in Detroit, the band’s hometown and just outside the city I grew up in, but in fact it was in somewhere a bit more remote: Salem, Oregon. I had just turned nineteen and was visiting my soon to...
[CULT TALK] Char-Man Carry the Torch of the Great American Bar Band

[CULT TALK] Char-Man Carry the Torch of the Great American Bar Band

November 25th, 2014. VENTURA, CA–The dance floor of Billy O’s tavern is a whirlwind of crashing bodies as Char-Man belt through their opening instrumental, “Surf Jam”.  To the untrained ear, the song could be a rock and roll standard–one searing guitar hook after the next, each one catchier and more driving than the one before....
[WORDS] "threading" a Poem by Alanna McArdle

[WORDS] “threading” a Poem by Alanna McArdle

threading I pound my legs so hard so that they start to swell walking downhill, quick, will take the wind out you deserve cold air, train tracks, busses, cars other people have said it much better than I have done. I am the only thing. I am the moon I am a lier and also...