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The Nature Of A City: An Interview With Kristi Head

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When you smell Lite + Cycle’s Urban Forest candle, you get a very distinct scent memory. It smells of woodsy winds with Juniper and Fir scents clearly pronounced to the nose. An underlining, kindly aggressive fennel flavor asserts itself much like the clusters of yellow flowers the plant gives, waving to you from the Californian wild. A very small hint of coffee closes the thought, reminding of a post-hike reward from Trails.

If this olfactory experience is familiar, it’s because it is likely something you’ve experience in your Los Angeles life: the Urban Forest candle was inspired by the experience of visiting Griffith Park. The outdoor venue is unique and truly Angeleno as it is an escape to nature folded inside of a sprawling metropolis. Griffith Park represents an abundant natural reprieve we have in this city, like green commercial breaks from the bustle of city life.

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California Nature: An Interview With Ted Feighan

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Outside of Ted Feighan’s windows are palm trees. There are some flowering trees and, if you crane your head in a certain direction, you’ll see the Downtown Los Angeles skyline over Thai Town apartments. The space is bright and warm and is a fitting environment for him to be: it has a great connection with Southern California nature.

“I basically make all of my artwork in the kitchen,” he says, pointing toward a table covered in clippings of men, women, animals, and plants from various cultures and from various eras. Some are arranged in unglued collages while others are piled in thematic movements like purple colored flowers and women in bikinis. There is a distinctly tropical feeling to the pieces.

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Fab, Never Fug: An Interview With Jessica Morgan Of Go Fug Yourself

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“When I was in college, I was the person all my friends went to to ask what happened on Buffy,” Jessica Morgan explains. “I’d send them a really detailed email about the episode. A friend at the time told me I was really good at it, and I remember thinking, ‘I wish there was a job where I could get paid to retell what happened on a television show.’”

“…and there is!” she says, laughing. “It all worked out great.” Continue Reading…

The Valley Boy: An Interview With Jamie Stewart Of Xiu Xiu

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Jamie Stewart sits on a blue velvet couch in his living room. A table of assorted stuffed animals is to his right and a pillow covered with a pattern of naked cowboys in the clouds is to his left. His socks have a cartoon rabbit holding a carrot on them. He sits crossed legged and is very still. It’s a warm sunny day that white curtains try to keep out.

There is a room with a long desk outside of where he sits. It faces an arrangement of plants that spill out of their pots, in all directions, growing and healthily reaching toward the windows and ground and doors and each other. The room beyond this is full of instruments and musical gear. There are synthesizers and keyboards in addition to atypical percussion tools and guitars. A small shelf holds rows of worn effects pedals, some baby pink and others featuring rainbows. One has a sticker of a cat. One is titled “Super Hard On.” One prominently features an upside down pink triangle.

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Costal Symbiosis: An Interview With Will Sharp Of DURKL

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Will Sharp does and doesn’t live in Los Angeles. He runs a streetwear brand called DURKL and has been splitting time between the West coast and Washington, D.C, the city where he founded the streetwear brand. He finds both cities to be valuable and lives a sort of double life in both.

“I’ve been here for two years, which feels like a day,”he says. “It’s nothing! I’m still trying to figure that out.”

The studio space Will occupies is a full service design and distribution facility in Historic Filipinotown, an old brick building that has a historic character to it that most Angeleno facilities lose.  The live/work relationship to Los Angeles and D.C. is quite interesting and necessary: he has to keep both old and new operations alive in order to keep DURKL alive. Both cities are valuable for his business. He’s also readying a new retail concept that he’s very excited about.

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Tsai Shih-Hung 18th Street Arts Center

Taiwanese artist Tsai Shih-Hung is taking 18th Street Arts Center very soon. It debuts in their Curator’s Lounge on September 6 and will be on view through September 26.

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Best Coast Fader Sonos Video

Best Coast was recently featured in a little video on Fader courtesy of Sonos. You get to go inside bandmate Bethany Cosentino’s house. Catch it below!

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LA EigaFest Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood 2014

The LA EigaFest is a Japanese film festival coming to Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre from September 12 through September 14. It’s the fourth annual showing and should be quite great.

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Ryan Pollie Los Angeles Police Department

Local Ryan Pollie’s rock outfit Los Angeles Police Department has a new song and video out called “She Came Through.” It’s great! Catch it below–and catch the new album on September 2.

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