OOFJ is Los Angeles duo Jenno and Katherine Mills Rymer. They market themselves as an “electronic Franco-Russo wind gyrating with a symphony orchestra with the sound of expensive lingerie vocals, that could make you cry in a good-looking way.” Pretty intense, no? Well, they really are not that intense because that basically translates to “dark-pop electronic made from a French synthesizer and Jenno’s experience with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.”
Shortly after finishing college–during a period where I self-labeled myself as “misunderstood” in relationship to music–the band Classixx had a big influence on me. It wasn’t even a lot of work by them but instead a handful of truly transformative remixes (which really is the only way to do a remix) that gave a false sense of entitlement because it seemed like no one else had heard them: it was like I was the only person who read the Discobelle posts on the group. Their Summery, dreamy, spacey redoing of Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” and their laid back, contemplative dance version of Holy Ghost’s “I Will Come Back” were both “my songs,” these tunes you can get lost in. Classixx has a way with lighthearted, fun dance songs–and I had no idea that they were LA bros the whole time. The duo (made of locals Michael David and Tyler Blake) recently released a new EP with a music video that gives you a moody, slightly dangerous, tour of Los Angeles.
One year ago Los Angeles was blessed with a gift, so unassuming, so every day, some might just miss its presence altogether, which would be a tragedy, because damn if it aint Handsome. Handsome Coffee Roaster opened it’s doors on a chilly February morning, bright eyed with wonder and adventure and hoping for the best. Apparently their best was more than good enough. Here they are, one year later, flourishing.
The Modern Craft Project is an effort by Wallpaper Magazine and Ketel One to celebrate and emphasize traditional craftsmanship. The brands are all about skill and passion and their products reflect these qualities because the brands enable such qualities. We see Los Angeles as a city full of craft and such a variety of makers. One of our favorite crafts is food and drink, a very creative field that is often not seen as such because the handmade object is ultimately consumed. It’s a wonderfully strange creative outlet that we all love and that is really booming in Los Angeles right now. Catching wind of this, The Modern Craft Project recently visited Los Angeles and held a very special, very intimate dinner to celebrate the art of cocktail making, cocktail pairing, and good food. With some Ketel One master mixologists and food by the genius guys at Animal, it was a pretty rad feast that celebrated LA creativity by and for LA creatives.
Here’s a welcome and admittedly surprising collaboration: Fairfax meat staple Lindy & Grundy have teamed up with Benjamin Escobar of The LA lifestyle brand The Hundreds to make some pretty sweet t-shirts. The combination of butchers and clothiers may be strange but it really is foodie fashion genius–and an illustration that, yet again, Lindy/Grundy know how to enact unexpected, local collaborations. (Here’s a reminder of one they did last year.) If you’ve ever wanted to wear your LA meat loving pride, you are going to want to get your hands on these shirts.