Yasi Salek

Yasi Salek

likes parentheses.
[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...
[CULT TALK] Clare Kelly on Hesse Press

[CULT TALK] Clare Kelly on Hesse Press

  Since I’m basically a total giddy fan girl when it comes to Clare Kelly and mostly everything she does, from her photography to her writing (she’s even written for Cultist as a result of my begging), it might behoove me not to blither on adoringly in this intro about her newest venture, the publishing...
[CULT TALK] Corners Make Pretty Post-Punk, Are Also Probably Liars

[CULT TALK] Corners Make Pretty Post-Punk, Are Also Probably Liars

  (photos by Alice Baxley) Corners are an LA band who make pretty post-punk music with a serious ghost-of-Ian-Curtis vibe. They are also definitely liars, as evidenced by the below interview where they (almost) all claim to never ever social media stalk. Their new album Maxed Out On Distractions comes out tomorrow October 7th via...
[CULT TALK] Christopher Owens Isn’t All That Tragic, Really

[CULT TALK] Christopher Owens Isn’t All That Tragic, Really

The world is constantly taking me by surprise. (I say “oh” a lot more than most people). Take Christopher Owens for example. The former Girls front man is steeped in his own mythology, which alternately positions him as a tragic hero who overcame the adversity of a difficult upbringing (Owens was raised in the infamous...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Artist Brendan Donnelly

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] Artist Brendan Donnelly

The only thing I hate more than reading about art is writing about art. I should probably use some words like post-internet and self-referential and anti-something, but I don’t know what any of that means. I do know that Brendan Donnelly is a demented fuck hiding in the body of a Connecticut WASP  with the...
[TRUE STORY] The Time Tim Presley of White Fence Met Jackson Browne

[TRUE STORY] The Time Tim Presley of White Fence Met Jackson Browne

One time Tim Presley (currently of White Fence fame) met Jackson Browne. Here’s what happened: I was at the LA Airport and I saw him at the gate giftshop…I had a couple friends who had lived on Laveta Terrace in Echo Park and it was rumored that JB lived there in the 60s. So I...
[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...