[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...
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[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...
[KARDASHIAN KORNER] Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons Ep. 5 + 6 Mega Post

[KARDASHIAN KORNER] Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons Ep. 5 + 6 Mega Post

Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons E.5 “Aftershocks”   I decided not to recap last week’s episode on account of the actually important and upsetting global issues floating around. This week, the world is no less dark and this column no less trivial but hey, a couple of people read this thing so let’s get...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Artist Zoe Zag

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Artist Zoe Zag

If I were asked “What is a thing you have done all your life?” (you know, as we often are, by strangers at Starbucks or telemarketers), I would say “write.” Well, that and experience crippling social anxiety in group settings like ballet class or day camp, but I would say that part in a whisper...
[CULT TALK] 9 Questions With Lydia Ainsworth, 2 About Halloween

[CULT TALK] 9 Questions With Lydia Ainsworth, 2 About Halloween

I discovered Canadian artist (and Grimes label-mate) Lydia Ainsworth’s music a few months ago, right around Halloween, and was immediately stirred by her icy, entrancing vocals. Her modern, otherworldly take on classical music (she taught herself to play the cello at age 10) is the perfect accompaniment to the eeriness of a rainy day and the...
[KARDASHIAN KORNER] Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons Ep.3 “Party Crashing”

[KARDASHIAN KORNER] Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons Ep.3 “Party Crashing”

  Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons E.3 “Party Crashing” Previously On: Scott wants to go out and party in order to subdue dark thoughts of his recently deceased parents. But unless he can sober up (or at least compose himself after a night of partying for the sake of his children), Kourtney wants him...
[CULT TALK] Jesse Michaels On Writing, Reading, And Busted Up Old Fuckers

[CULT TALK] Jesse Michaels On Writing, Reading, And Busted Up Old Fuckers

  Jesse Michaels is perhaps best known for his seminal Bay Area ska-punk band Operation Ivy, but the former frontman has in recent years revealed himself to be not only a talented lyric-writer, but also a talented novelist, publishing his first book, Whispering Bodies: A Roy Belkin Disaster in September of 2013. The novel is great: a dark...
[CULT TALK] Blaque Chris (Briefly) Interviews Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Iceage

[CULT TALK] Blaque Chris (Briefly) Interviews Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Iceage

  (all photos by Renate Winter) Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Danish band Iceage has one of those faces that makes you intensely aware of your own mortality. It’s the kind of face that is so otherworldly and pointed in its beauty that you (I) can’t look at it because it gives you (me) far too much...
[KARDASHIAN KORNER] Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons Ep. 2 aka “What’s That Racquet?”

[KARDASHIAN KORNER] Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons Ep. 2 aka “What’s That Racquet?”

Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons E.2 “What’s That Racquet?”   Previously On: Kourtney can not think of a more perfect place for her family to be spending the summer than the Hamptons. Scott and Khloe can’t think of a worse place to be spending the summer than the Hamptons. Unless Scott can get sober,...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Har Mar Superstar

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Har Mar Superstar

Everything is better with a sense of humor. Okay, maybe not EVERYTHING everything, but almost everything, including sweet, sensual R&B, like the kind Har Mar Superstar makes. The velvet-voiced singer does 60s soul with a smile (and a healthy sense of his own contradictions), and while he may have started out as a novelty item,...