You know, ever since shirts and bumper stickers that said things like “Talk Nerdy To Me” and “Reading Is Sexy” came out it has been impossible to take any art/design/science mashing seriously. You think of Hot Topic sales. You think of bumper stickers on the back of beat-up Corollas. You think of that girl in your AP Biology class who wore a shirt with molecular structures on them. That’s what you think of. Los Angeles’ based Molarchae makes artsy sciency creations that aren’t cringeworthy nor are they annoying because they incorporate great craft.
There Is No Teenage Love was such a huge LA breakout for us. They were unexpected in their style and totally unexpected in following through on being so super fucking great. We loved them so much that they even made our both our 2012 best music list as well as The Fox Is Black’s. They’re so great! Anyway, we got word from them that they have a little *bonus* follow up to their debut. It’s a dreamy ten minute track titled “There Is Only Teenage Love.”
My love of print began in elementary school with the Weekly Reader. Here was a magazine that tailored to my adolescent interests (pandas, weaving, outer space) and you could also buy books from it. Last night I checked out the opening of NYC bookstore Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at MOCA and could barely contain myself. I mean, a museum that I love and you can buy books from it?
With a name like Gräf & Lantz, you would not suspect that this home and lifestyle design brand would be based in Los Angeles. It sounds like a company that has been established in Berlin for a century. You imagine they are very stiff and serious about their work and that it is certainly nothing that would or should be in LA. That obviously isn’t the case. Gräf & Lamtz are actually a very luxurious brand who make fancy bags and bowls and more–and they like to incorporate fancy felt into their work, too.
Cara Harman is a Los Angeles based photographer who sees in black and white. She see details and she sees activity but they’re all within shades of black and shades of white. This simplicity is more than a color scheme but a way of seeing. If life can be distiller into basic colors, what is the reason for taking a photo? Cara answers this in showing exactly what you need to see.