Yasi Salek

Yasi Salek

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[CULT TALK] Girl Tears: A Feel Good Story

[CULT TALK] Girl Tears: A Feel Good Story

(photos by Alice Baxley) I met Skrillex once and he was the nicest person on the entire planet. Just genuinely warm, kind, and humble, even though he is like the third highest paid DJ in the world and could probably sell out the entire city of Las Vegas. This is really not hyperbole. I think...
[BEST VIDEO EVER] Pink Mountaintops ft. J. Mascis "Shakedown"

[BEST VIDEO EVER] Pink Mountaintops ft. J. Mascis “Shakedown”

  This video new video from Pink Mountaintops has everything a good video should have: a beautiful girl (played by the lovely and talented photographer Mandy-Lyn), cool special effects, a train, Pac-Man, and double-vision J. Mascis. In short, it is awesome but you will know that as soon as you use your eyeballs to watch...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] The Coathangers

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] The Coathangers

(photos by Jayne Min) I’ve already written extensively in praise of The Coathangers (like HERE and HERE and HERE and also HERE), and have let my single white female tendencies shine bright like creepy, adoring diamond, so I won’t blather on anymore here except to say this: The Coathangers, with their well-crafted punk songs and...
[BEST VIDEO EVER] The Mystery Lights "Flowers In My Hair, Demons In My Head"

[BEST VIDEO EVER] The Mystery Lights “Flowers In My Hair, Demons In My Head”

  I watched this Mystery Lights video a few times this past weekend and really enjoyed it (whilst concurrently storing some of the images for future nightmares) but last night I went to see Counting Crows (yes really) and it was glorious (yes really) and psychedelics (maybe) so now I’m not really in the correct...
[BEST VIDEO EVER] White Lung "In Your Home" Plus Interview With Director Justin Gradin

[BEST VIDEO EVER] White Lung “In Your Home” Plus Interview With Director Justin Gradin

Is there anything better in this world than a two-person horse costume? I know you didn’t even open your mouth to answer because you know that this is in fact a completely rhetorical question, as there is absolutely not anything better. No, not even nachos. Not even nachos with real cheese AND nacho cheese. Not...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Tim Cohen of The Fresh & Onlys

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Tim Cohen of The Fresh & Onlys

It’s my belief that sad songs truly make the world go around, or at the very least they help shepherd some of us out of bed and through our days and maybe back into bed but still, with their melancholy melodies and wistful words, they shepherd us nonetheless. By this logic The Fresh & Onlys...
[BEST VIDEO EVER] Pink Mountaintops "The Second Summer Of Love"

[BEST VIDEO EVER] Pink Mountaintops “The Second Summer Of Love”

The new Pink Mountaintops video for “The Second Summer Of Love” is full of cool things like fire and skateboarding and destruction of property, interspliced with grainy shots of a shirtless Steve McBean showing us cue cards of various song lyrics, which I can only hope is some sort of artistic homage to a similar...
[BEST SONG EVER] Riff Raff "Jody 3 Moon"

[BEST SONG EVER] Riff Raff “Jody 3 Moon”

  I guess this is technically more of a skit than a song but who cares because really we should be referring to it as a goddamn masterpiece. “Jody 3 Moon” by Riff Raff, from the forthcoming album Neon Icon (out tomorrow on Mad Decent), is so good that I have stopped my three day...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Calvin Love Has A Lust For (A Nomadic) Life

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Calvin Love Has A Lust For (A Nomadic) Life

You know what I love? Yes, french fries, and yes, also baby goats, and yes, okay the television drama Nashville, but aside from all that? I love driving music. I love the kind of album you can put on in its entirety to soundtrack aimless driving, preferably at night, most preferably through winding roads and...
[CULT TALK] Audrey Wollen on Sad Girl Theory

[CULT TALK] Audrey Wollen on Sad Girl Theory

I’m not going to go into detail trying to describe Audrey Wollen (aside from telling you that I would like her to be my best friend so that we can discuss feminism, make art, and cry together in public places – is that creepy?) because the incredibly intelligent artist does a damn fine job of...
[BEST VIDEO EVER] Premiere - Ice Cream "Plastic"

[BEST VIDEO EVER] Premiere – Ice Cream “Plastic”

You know how when you watch an old movie, like say something with Lauren Bacall in it, and afterwards you find yourself speaking a bit more deeply and saying things like “What’s the big idea here?” and gravitating towards high-waist trousers and impractical hats (okay so maybe I watched The Big Sleep the other night...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Artist Eric McHenry Loves Originality, Creativity, and Reggie Miller

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Artist Eric McHenry Loves Originality, Creativity, and Reggie Miller

Anyone who has ever had to endure the mundane while trapped in a seated position (during class, at boring office jobs, in the back row of musical theater) has surely called on their inner Picasso and sketched random shit on paper. As for me, I used to draw scary man faces with question mark foreheads,...