Yasi Salek

Yasi Salek

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[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] 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...
[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...
[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...
[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...