Yasi Salek

Yasi Salek

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[CULT TALK] Photographer and Writer Jane "Pain" Chardiet

[CULT TALK] Photographer and Writer Jane “Pain” Chardiet

Writer and photographer Jane “Pain” Chardiet is a staple in the punk/hardcore/noise scene that houses the likes of Sacred Bones Records, the Ascetic House collective, and Chardiet’s sister, Margaret, better known as Pharmakon. Chardiet profiles the best and most compelling bands in the genre, both through various media outlets like Noisey and Impose, as well...
[WORKING GIRL] Artist Emma Kohlmann

[WORKING GIRL] Artist Emma Kohlmann

Working Girl is our new segment in which we talk to women about their work.  Our latest subject is Emma Kohlmann, short-hair-of-my-dreams-haver. The New York bred painter and multi-media artist creates work that is abstract and hyper-sexual, visceral and beautiful, and inherently feminist. Kohlmann’s work is fine art in the streets and punk in the streets: the...
[CULT TALK] Jerry Hsu Isn't Really Trying To Make You Sad With His Photos, That's Just His Gift

[CULT TALK] Jerry Hsu Isn’t Really Trying To Make You Sad With His Photos, That’s Just His Gift

I don’t feel like writing an intro to this Jerry Hsu interview because I’m hungry and tired and because Jerry talks a lot so this interview is already really long, but I will mention that Wikipedia says that Jerry was a child prodigy of dark slides, and for about three hours one day it said...
Cash Machine Group Art Show Opens Tonight - Interview With The Curators

Cash Machine Group Art Show Opens Tonight – Interview With The Curators

Here’s what you need to know about Cash Machine, a group art show opening tonight at FatherSons gallery in Los Angeles: 1. I have a piece in it. 2. But do not let that deter you, as so do many many very talented artists, such as the Hass Brothers, Audrey Wollen, Tofer Chin, Zoe Zag,...
[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] We Give Walter TV A Loonie For Their Thoughts

[SEVEN QUESTIONS IN HEAVEN] We Give Walter TV A Loonie For Their Thoughts

Here are a few things I know about Canada: They do not understand Mexican food, however their potato chip game is on point (see: Old Dutch dill pickle flavored heaven crisps). They have a city (Calgary) that is basically like Texas, full of ranchers and cowboys and oil, and there is a great soap opera...
[WORKING GIRL] Clare Kelly, Artist and Founder of Hesse Press

[WORKING GIRL] Clare Kelly, Artist and Founder of Hesse Press

  Working Girl is our new segment in which we talk to women about their work.  Our first subject is Clare Kelly, who you might know from various other gushing pieces of writing I have done about her in the past six months. Clare is an artist who works in multiple different mediums, including dance, photography,...
[CULT TALK] Slutever: Best Friends First, Pop Culture Anthropologists Second

[CULT TALK] Slutever: Best Friends First, Pop Culture Anthropologists Second

  Female best friendship occupies an exalted position in the hierarchy of human relationships. It is arguably more intimate, more demanding, and more supportive than any other; but more than anything it provides unparalleled solace from the horrible, taxing nature of growing up and finding ourselves. There are countless examples of this in pop culture,...
[CULT TALK] Geoff Rickly On United Nations, Collect Records, And His Health Goth Gym Look

[CULT TALK] Geoff Rickly On United Nations, Collect Records, And His Health Goth Gym Look

  Geoff Rickly is really easy to talk to. Like, really easy. So easy that my interview with the former Thursday frontman (which took place backstage before a show with his current band, United Nations) started out harmless and light-hearted, and soon meandered into a mountain range of topics, from enacting social change to creative...
[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,...