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THE INTERPRETER: DIMITRI SIMAKIS (EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!)

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Photo designed by Dimitri Simakis Dimitri Simakis, a.k.a. “Ghoul School” is an excavator of lost and terrible VHS gold and co-founder of Everything is Terrible!, the blog that edits down video for found footage freaks worldwide. With a monstrous library of clips of awful movies, unintentionally hilarious infomercials and bizarre instructional tapes, EIT! trolls all—sometimes in person in cloaks or monster suits. Here are some of his best VHS finds. Curated by Lainna Fader. DEADLY PREY (DAVID A. PRIOR, 1987) “A delicious Rambo sundae with The Most Dangerous Game sprinkles, Battle Royale fudge and a homo-erotic cherry on top. Every line … Every goofy face … You have no idea what’s going to happen next, and it constantly reminds you of the fact that…

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TOKIMONSTA: DRAW FROM THE OPPOSITES

May 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Tokimonsta is a piano-student-turned-producer who makes beats for Brainfeeder. Her new Creature Dreams EP is out now and fans of her All City and Art Union releases will be happy to know that she picks up where she left off. Toki speaks now about girls, touring, and the danger of knowing too much. This interview by Kristina Benson.

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FANCY SPACE PEOPLE: BUSY SCREWING EARTH PEOPLE

May 12th, 2011 · 5 Comments

The Fancy Space People are supposedly led by No-Ra Keyes (of the Centimeters) and D’on Bolles (of the Germs, Celebrity Skin and 60 million more) but they’re TRULY led by space aliens who direct No-Ra and D’on to deploy glitter rock toward the total fancification of Earth. This interview by Dan Collins and Chris Ziegler.

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WIZ KHALIFA: I WAS A NINJA TURTLE

May 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Dressed in a denim blue letterman jacket, a white hoodie emblazoned with the image of James Dean, and red Converse, Wiz Khalifa looks as American as apple pie. After the Venice Beach shoot for ‘Roll Up,’ a single from his upcoming debut album on the label, he talked about Ninja Turtles, the paparazzi, and, of course, women and weed. This interview by Rebecca Haithcoat.

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AUSTIN PERALTA: ENDLESS PLANETS

April 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Endless Planets is the 20-year-old’s first album released stateside, and one that more readily recalls jazz history written by Charles Mingus and Max Roach than records spawned in the alternate reality of Madlib’s Yesterdays New Quintet. More often than not, Endless Planets laces up its desert boots and treads the same territory as McCoy Tyner’s Sahara.

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AMANDA JO WILLIAMS: MARY’S BIG FEET EP

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Migrating from the populated and frenetic, sweaty plains of her recent live performances, Ms. Jo Williams has descended into dank, wooded forests; the sun is fading. Here, there’s a walloping loneliness in her voice, as if there may not be anyone out there anymore, and even the crickets have gone quiet.

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FAUST: IN A CHAOTIC STATE OF MIND

April 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments

If German prog rock bands of the early 70s were members of the Weasley family from Harry Potter, Can would be Ginny Weasley, Cluster would be Bill, Kraftwerk would be Percy, Neu! would be the one who studies dragons, and Faust would be the twins. Faust have always been known for musical larks, marketing scams, and instrument destruction across a career that’s spanned 40 years and seriously nurtured redheads in the process. This interview by Dan Collins.

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DAEDELUS: ALL OF MUSIC IS A FAILURE

April 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Daedelus is a perfect Victorian gentleman who makes beautiful records about wars no one cares about and the virtues of handmade clothing. 2011 marks ten years of his recording, celebrated now with the release of his latest Bespoke, as well as a third Magical Properties tour, and shows at SXSW and Coachella. This is truly his year, as it should be. He speaks now about this world’s many failings and the oncoming alien battle we’re all going to face. This interview by Lainna Fader.

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MEN: MONEY IS THE NEW LOVE

April 18th, 2011 · No Comments

We sat down with MEN at a coffeeshop. JD Samson, Michael O’Neill, and new member Tami Hart are on a mission and so their songs are happy and exciting but the message is serious. They keep it very real. We tune into this interview shortly after the band discussed sticking pot cookies up their butts. This interview by Daiana Feuer.

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WIRE: EVIL GENIUS OR AN IDIOT

April 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Wire did a million things by taking guitar-bass-drums music as close to the minimum as they could and then rebuilding it according to rules of their very own. Their newest Red Barked Tree can stand resolutely beside their classic first three LPs and they will be performing on Saturday at Coachella. Singer Colin Newman speaks now from an Italian hotel. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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