Yasi Salek

Yasi Salek

likes parentheses.
[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...
[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...