[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...
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[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] 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,...
[CULT TALK] A Cry-y Chat With Lou Barlow Of Sebadoh And Dinosaur Jr.

[CULT TALK] A Cry-y Chat With Lou Barlow Of Sebadoh And Dinosaur Jr.

  A cool thing happens when you get to have a conversation with someone who was the architect of a lot of the music that cradled you in its arms and carried you through hard times: you get really fucking emotional, and act super weird. So hats off to Lou Barlow, of Sebadoh and also a...
[CULT TALK] On The Art Of Performance (And Feces) With Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family

[CULT TALK] On The Art Of Performance (And Feces) With Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family

  Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, GG Allin, Gene Vincent, Screaming Lord Sutch. These are just a handful of front men I wish I had the privilege of seeing in their heyday. These men all brought a certain charm, charisma, and unsurpassed insanity to the stages they ungracefully sullied with their presence. The crowds went wild...
[KARDASHIAN KORNER] Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons Ep 1. aka "Grab-a-gun-and-kill-yourself life?”

[KARDASHIAN KORNER] Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons Ep 1. aka “Grab-a-gun-and-kill-yourself life?”

  Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons E.1 “Trouble in Paradise”   Everything I know about the Hamptons, I learned from that beach episode of Girls (S3.E7). That is to say, YES, I watch Girls, and NO, I don’t know much about the Hamptons. I do know that people in the North Fork think it’s...
[LISTS] Things I Did Today Instead Of Make My Writing Deadlines (Part 2)

[LISTS] Things I Did Today Instead Of Make My Writing Deadlines (Part 2)

  1. Took the “Which Character from ‘Gilmore Girls’ Are You? Quiz. 2. Researched photos of the actor who played Luke on Gilmore Girls (he’s still pretty hot). 3. Researched the career of the actor who played Michel on Gilmore Girls (he opened a Spin Class in Canada). 4. Researched apartments in small Connecticut towns. 5. Researched the...
[TRUE STORY] Purgatory Playground: An Ode to Beach Goth 3

[TRUE STORY] Purgatory Playground: An Ode to Beach Goth 3

  The Growlers’ third annual Beach Goth Festival took place October 25th, 2014. I attended the event for the first time this year. Here is my account. (photos by Michael Cukr)   Begin Scene  9 a.m. It’s way too goddamn early to wake up for a music festival. I promised Warren Thomas (of The Abigails)...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies

  (photo by Alice Baxley) I’ve written about Chad Ubovich and/or his (formerly “and the”) Meatbodies (he’s come a long way from his first Cultist interview) so let’s just say that the new self-titled album is full of some of my most favorite things: fuzz, reverb, and psych-soaked rock and roll (ergo, it’s awesome), and...
[BEST VIDEO EVER] Stickers "Sacajawea" *PREMIERE*

[BEST VIDEO EVER] Stickers “Sacajawea” *PREMIERE*

I like music with a sense of urgency. That is to say, I prefer songs that feel like they are constantly pushing themselves to the point of rupturing, but always holding just shy of actual explosion (in turn, these songs have the same effect on your heart, creating a three minute sensation of near rupture,...
[CULT TALK] The Growlers Take Everything And Nothing Seriously Almost All Of The Time

[CULT TALK] The Growlers Take Everything And Nothing Seriously Almost All Of The Time

(photo by Taylor Bonin)  The Growlers talk a lot so I have to keep this intro short in the interest of the almond-sliver-sized attention spans that make up our readership (I tried to include a lot of pretty pictures, okay?). Most of what I knew about The Growlers before this interview was gleaned from attending...