Have you seen this Mars One thing yet? It's literally the most terrifying prospect I've ever seen, and for once in my life I am not being hyperbolic. Basically people are applying to go to Mars and never come back. If you need to take a minute to lie down and have a panic attack, I understand. If you're selected for the mission, you'll fly off to Mars to live in an inflatable pod until you die because scientists don't yet have the technology to bring people back. AUUUGH. I know. It's terrible. Earth is full of too many delightful things that make me never want to leave. Here are some of them. —Katie
Friends What if you get to Mars and you realize you don't like any of the three people you're going to be living with forever? Every two years, four more astronauts will be shot up to Mars to chill with you, but, man, that is some slim pickins. What if no one gets your humor? Or likes to talk about the movie Twilight? You'll be forced to talk to a volleyball, a la Wilson. French Fries I bet diehard Mars fans will be like, "Whatever, I don't need french fries. I will be fine crunching on this dehydrated ice cream sandwich. Space exploration rocks! McDonald's is the downfall of America, anyway."
All of those people are liars. Cuties Mars wouldn't have an abundance of cute people to crush on. It would have approximately eight people to maybe crush on. This is considered a fate worse than death to some (me).
Air You know how sometimes you're like, "I'm going to step out for a bit of air"? Not gonna happen on Mars, buddy. On Mars it's like, "I'm going to step out in my gigantic spacesuit to go stare at this planet that looks exactly the same all over and imagine the wind blowing through my hair and also I will try not to cry because wiping my tears through my space helmet is pretty much impossible." And then you cry anyway.
Netflix Well, maybe Netflix would work on Mars, but it would probably always be buffering like crazy. So there you are, sitting in your inflatable house, watching the buffer screen go from 23%, down to 19%, and back up to 23%. Again you will try not to cry. Again you will fail.
Anything Fun If you're like, "Boy, I sure am getting a little stir-crazy here in my pod..." then your options are 1.) Go to another pod that is the same and probably occupied by someone you hate or 2.) Put on your giant spacesuit and go walk around in Mars dust. Gravity is lower on Mars so it might be fun to kick a rock for 20 minutes, but then the rock flies away and you're left with nothing but despair and the grim realization that you'll never again enjoy the simple things in life, like consuming a 64 oz. soda at a movie theater.
Join us this Friday at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in LA for the opening of the mega cool Zamrock inspired pop-up shop and art show, Bazaaaaar, presented by Dossier Journal and Urban Outfitters. Open from May 3rd until May 27th, the shop will bring together many different cultures, all in the style of an old fashioned marketplace, hence the title of the shop. Bazaaaaar will be carrying lots of interesting things, including sustainable pieces, which I'm very excited for! Come and see treasures from Della, Now Again Records, Android Homme, and lots more. During the evening there will also be a DJ set by Kilo Kish, a live performance by Theophilus London, and a Zamrock Live! performance, featuring WITCH's Jagari Chanda. If you're not familiar with Zamrock, it is a type of rock music that came from Zambia in the 1970s. If you're able to attend this Friday, make sure you RSVP on Facebook or by email to RSVP@Space15Twenty.com. —Maddie
Oh hey, is a 55-year-old dad writing this post? Nope, just me! Because guess what? Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket touring together this summer means an exciting time for everyone. The Dylan/Wilco/MMJ tour is called the Americanarama Festival of Music, so it'll probably be a good ol' laid-back, folky time. It looks like there will also be an appearance by Ryan Bingham (who's great), so you should definitely buy some tickets (on sale today). Everything kicks off June 26. COWBOY BOOTS, Y'ALL! —Katie
Meet Jade: Model, yoga lover and Sigur Rós enthusiast. Here, she talks about traveling the world, searching for great vintage and what you might catch her doing when she's not too busy working.
Interview by Ally Mullen
Introduce yourself and tell us where you’re from originally and where you live now. Hi! I am Jade McSorley. I’m from the North of England and I’m here in New York just for a few months.
What are you doing in New York? I’m here with my agency, One Management.
Before the interview, you mentioned your blog. Can you tell us a little bit about it? Yes, I have a blog called Sold Out. Basically it’s about vintage clothes because I get to travel a lot, so when I go to Italy or Paris there’s always amazing vintage shops and I’m a bit obsessed with vintage. I worked in a vintage shop, before I started modeling, for three years. My collection is a bit mental now. It’s kind of gone beyond me. I’ve got too many clothes! So yeah, I just blog about all the fun finds that I see on my travels. There are some amazing pieces out there.
Where do you think is the best country or city to shop for vintage? I’d say that New York is pretty good if you find the right vintage stores, but Paris is amazing for cheap vintage, especially in Le Marais. There are places where you can go and get vintage, but it’s a bit crazy. Like, you’ll find loads of people in this one room—it’s like a cattle market. Everyone’s rummaging around and you’re kind of a bit scared for your life. And then in Milan you can get really good vintage. It’s quite expensive there, but it’s really good designer stuff.
Where’s the best place you’ve been sent for work? I don’t know what the best place is. Istanbul was pretty amazing. It was just totally different than anywhere I’d been before. It was really serene. I went for a job but I asked to stay for an extra few days, so I got to just walk around. That was really different. I went to the Grand Bazaar, it’s like an indoor market but it’s full of tunnels. And everyone said, “Don’t go alone, you’ll get lost.”
Did you get lost? Of course! But I made it out.
Do you get to do any traveling on your own? I do try and travel outside of work. I do a lot of yoga and I surf so I try and go around Europe when I’m home and go and do a bit of surfing and go to like a yoga retreat to chill out. Gosh, I sound like such a model, don’t I? I love doing that, though. It chills me out a bit. But most of the time I’m traveling and working so I don’t really have that much time to travel. I’d love to do something for like six months to a year and just go away and travel. Maybe one day.
Where are some of your favorite surf spots? France is quite good. I’m not a really pro surfer, so I go for small waves. But Biarritz in France is a really good place. I really want to go to this place in Barbados that’s like a surfing school, so I might go this year.
Jade, featured here in our "UO x Kekkon: The Maxi Tube Dress" April Fools video.
What do you do on a weekend night if you don’t have to work? Well, if I’m in Brooklyn I usually just hang out with my friend, another Northern girl named Abi Fox. She’s a model too, so we usually just go out and have drinks and go dancing to a Spice Girls melody or something. I’ve been seeing a lot of Brooklyn and going to different areas. And doing tons of vintage shopping. And I’m going to a gig this week—it’s a Scottish band called The View. They’re kind of like pop-rock.
Is that the kind of music you’re into? Who is your favorite band? My favorite is
You’ve made it all the way out to the desert: Don’t just limit yourself to the festival. Our pals at the travel website Fathom picked the best things to do when you’re in town for Coachella. Joshua Tree to the east, Salton Sea to the south, Palm Springs to the north. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Coachella planted itself in an area of California with lots of distractions. Take a day off from the festival – or better, add a few days to your trip – to check them out.
Borrego Springs Borrego Springs is a surreal alternative to its bourgeois neighbor, Palm Springs. Dig the giant animal sculptures throughout Galleta Meadows Estate, a mini Marfa and a city folk's safari rolled into one. Then ponder the galaxy: Borrego Springs has one of the blackest night skies in the US, so much so that it was deemed California's only Dark Sky Community. It's Disneyland for the stargazer.
Joshua Tree The Integratron in Joshua Tree State Park is an acoustically perfect structure built on a geomagnetic vortex in the 1950s by aeronautical engineer George Van Tassel, who apparently got instructions on how to build it from aliens. True story! Come for a sound bath, an hour-long sonic healing session.
Desert Hot Springs What’s with all the springs around here? For a desert area, they sure do have powerful water. Desert Hot Springs calls itself California’s Spa City, and it’s a great place to come for a restoring soak in rich mineral waters. There are lots of easy options, but we’re partial to Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel.
How much marijuana is too much to be on the road? KIROtv conducted an amazing experiment to find out. They got a few of volunteers super stoned on the strain "Blueberry Trainwreck" and put them behind the wheel (with the cooperation of police, of course). Are you reading this? THEY GOT PEOPLE STONED AND PUT THEM BEHIND THE WHEEL. My question is: how did they get to do this? How do I get to do this?
Our friends at Fathom put together this guide full of critical info, and were kind enough to let us share it here.
Since its humble beginnings in the late '90s, Coachella has become the opening bell for summer festival season, a three-day affair where rock's biggest names hold communion under the endless desert sky, surrounded by swaying palm trees. In 2012, Coachella expanded to two weekends, and it's staying that way in 2013; the lineups will be identical, although last year the second weekend's crowds were a little lighter than the first weekend's throngs.
Who: Big names playing this year include French titans of cool Phoenix, winsome twins Tegan & Sara, the ever-explosive Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and "Harlem Shake" crafter Baauer. This year's lineup has a decidedly retro bent, with New Order, Dead Can Dance, Blur, and the Stone Roses among the old-school titans. And, of course, there's the people-watching -- walking around Coachella's grounds is like being in a fashion show, with festivalgoers decked out in a style that combines hippie breeziness with desert temperature-inspired minimalism. Think long, loose skirts, floppy hats, bandeau tops. (This year's New Wave bent might mean that some goth influences will creep in, although they'll likely be kept to an accessories-based minimum. After all, wearing black underneath a desert high noon isn't always comfortable.) And keep an eye out for celebs going incognito: Boldfaced names who spent last April at the Polo Grounds included Emma Watson, Usher, and Kate Bosworth.
What to pack: Sunscreen, breathable clothes, sunglasses, a phone charger, a non-metal water bottle (refillable at on-site water fountains)‚ and, even though it's the desert, something you can throw over your shoulders once the sun goes down. The music's 12-hour-plus span means that temperatures will fluctuate a lot‚ and that doesn't even take into account the parties, which stretch into the wee hours.
But you should probably not bring: Blankets, chairs, musical instruments. (The Coachella website makes particular mention of not bringing drums -- hippie chic only goes so far.)
Be on the lookout for:
1. Date shakes, a delicacy particular to the desert; Palm Springs and the surrounding areas are flush with the sweet fruit, and they're absolutely delectable when blended and served up with a straw. Food vendors on-site will have them, but there are also a few choice sipping spots (like Sheilds Date Garden) on the way to Indio.
2. Metric, who are playing a mid-afternoon set on Friday both weekends. When I saw them in 2008, the combination of frontwoman Emily Haines's sweet vocals and her band's punky punch was great for recharging my batteries and getting ready for the long night ahead of me.
3. Outside parties, to a point. Since Coachella sprung up in 1999, other companies have tried to get in on the action, throwing swag-filled fests at hotels and other venues within driving distance (well, an hour) of the Polo Grounds. A bunch of them are invite-only. Sorry, regular folk, you only get to see the action after the paps have off-loaded their DSLRs! But Spin's SpinHouse poolside bash and Lacoste's Desert Pool Party are open to those members of the public willing to give up their email addresses. Be warned, though: These parties can be a bit of a time commitment, what with the area surrounding Indio being a bit far-flung and the lines having a tendency to get long.
But don't worry about: Being at the center of the "action." Yes, the festival has grown into its own cottage industry, with tickets selling out less than 24 hours after they go on sale and sponsored parties popping up around the periphery. But there's a lot to take in, and going at your own pace for 72 hours is more than OK. Given that there are six stages' worth of bands and tons of art on-site, not to mention a record store (operated by the west coast music outpost Zia Record Exchange, a speakeasy, and food trucks (including the legendary Kogi), finding an experience that's way more satisfying than a VIP glimpse won't be much of a problem.
How to recharge: The Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs is a renovated old-school motel with an on-site spa, a sparkling pool, and a location near downtown Palm Springs. It still has a couple of rooms left for people who want to extend their stay by a day or two, and who can't let go of their memories yet; its Desert Gold festival includes a pop-up record shop from Jack White's vinyl-fetishizing Third Man Records label and a karaoke night for anyone who wants to try and get on next year's bill. —Maura Johnstonvia (Fathom)
I love California with a fanaticism that borders on full-on obsession. I haven't been to every state, but it's hard to imagine that there's one out there that is more beautiful or weirder than this one. That said, if the Coachella throngs get to be too much for you out there in the desert, there are several quick(ish) side-trips you can make to experience some of that signature weird beauty.—Kate
According to its website, the Integratron "is an acoustically perfect tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert." So...basically, it's a dome built according to the principals of sacred geometry, and it offers sound-baths, in which quartz-crystal bowls are played to produce specific vibrations that are supposed to heal and recharge your chakras and who doesn't need that in the midst of some hard-core partying? If you go, make sure to go with an attitude of respect and good vibes.
The Salton Sea is a salt-water lake that sits below sea-level directly on top of the San Andreas Fault. A man-made lake created as a resort destination in the early 20th century, the Salton Sea instead proved to be a total environmental disaster. Driving by, you're likely to see abandoned stores, motels and campgrounds, all of which give the place a post-apocalyptic feel, enhanced by the fact that, in certain sunlight, the ground, water and sky become indistinguishably the color of salt. It also attracts its share of eccentrics, highlighted in a 2004 documentary narrated by John Waters, a noted eccentric himself.
An explosion of color in the middle of the desert surrounding the Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain is artist Leonard Knight's testament to God's love. Using thousands of gallons of donated paint and found materials, Knight built the mountain over the course of more than three decades, even rebuilding it entirely after it once collapsed. There's a yellow brick road and a garden of eden, and the entire site is awe-inspiring and beautiful, and one of the most special places you could ever go.
The Cabazon Dinosaur park includes a three-story T-Rex that's open to the top for you to climb and peer out of his toothy grin, and a gift-shop inside a Brontosaurus. It's also where Pee-Wee stopped in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. When you walk through the park, be sure to read the signs, and you'll soon realize that these dinosaurs are actually all about.
A "living museum of desert lore," Moorten Botanical Garden is a cactus lover's dream. The former home of a family of desert botanists, the garden is full of desert relics living, dead and fossiled. There are more than 3000 different species of desert plants here, and it's also the home of the world's first 'cactarium.'
I've been to Coachella a grand total of ONE time before, which means that I am definitely not an expert and probably not qualified to give advice...but I'm not going to let that stop me! So here are a few tips to help you get through three days of music and fun in the sun with your health, sanity, friendships, and car still intact.—Kate
1. Check the weather and dress appropriately.
The Coachella grounds are all outside and once you're there, it's not easy to leave. A bikini-top and short-shorts is super-cute at 2 p.m. and super-cold at 2 a.m., so stash a sweater and pair of tights in your backpack if you plan on being in it for the long-haul. Also, remember that even if you've had your sunshine-ready outfit planned for weeks, if the forecast says it's going to be cold and rainy—this happened last year—you best pay attention. No matter how cute you look, if you're shivering and covered in goosebumps, you'll be too miserable to enjoy it.
2. Dress appropriately in other ways, too.
Coachella might seem like a fashion fest, but it's not. It's a music fest, which means that ultimately function should trump form. Vanessa Hudgens probably has a team of people waiting to carry her when her feet start to hurt, but I am going to assume that (even though I don't know anything about you) you do not.
For example, this jumper is super-cute, but it will not be your best friend when you're trying to pee and simultaneously not touch anything while locked inside a Porta-Potty in the dark.
Avoid ultra-long skirts or pants that drag on the ground; ridiculous shoes; any garment that's going to present problems in the Porta-Potties; bags that you have to carry and can't throw over your shoulder; and anything that might accidentally expose your boobs while dancing. And for god's sake, just wear underwear if you're wearing a skirt.
3. Seriously, I am so serious about the shoes.
If you insist on wearing heels, at least stash a pair of flats in your bag. Last year I went out the wrong exit and had an unexpected three-mile walk back to the car. [Note to Katie McCurdy: We are not doing that again this year.] Had I not been wearing flats, I would probably still be out in the desert, dead, my bleached bones slowly disintegrating back into the sand.
Also, you'll be weaving through crowds, so wear closed-toe shoes to protect your pretty lil feet from moshing bros.
4. It's all about the hand-sanitizer and small tissue packets.
Possess these two things, and you will be the most popular person in the bathroom line.
Look, we even sell some cute ones!
5. Have a plan for getting to and from the festival.
Coachella is in the middle of nowhere. You can't really walk anywhere from the grounds, and catching a cab is next to impossible, if not totally impossible. So:
• Know the shuttle schedule and where it will pick you up/drop you off.
• If you have a car, discuss in advance who's going to stay sober and drive so that it's not 3 a.m. and you suddenly realize that every single one of you is wasted.
• Snap a pic of the parking lot marker nearest to your car. Without it, you will be quite literally lost, and contrary to what you might think, you are not going to remember "E24" and neither will any of your friends.
6. Don't leave your friends.
Even if your friend got too drunk/high/whatever and is being really obnoxious and yelling that she's not going with you and is instead going with that dude she just met who has corn-rows, a Camaro and a shit-ton of weed, DON'T LET HER. Same goes for the wasted idiot who won't get in the car and insists he's walking the 25 miles back to Palm Springs.
No matter how annoying these people are at this very minute, remember that they are your friends and a definition of a friend is someone you care about and to whom you don't want anything bad to happen.
Don't be afraid to confront them about it the next day, when everyone's calm and sober, and tell them that their being so dumb cut into your fun. Chances are, they'll see you're serious, apologize, and then not do it again. If they DO do it again, remember this when you're deciding who you want to go to Bonnaroo with.
7. Don't get too fucked up.
Even though Coachella seems like a magic neverland floating high above reality, it is not. It's still the real world out here, so beware of creeps, weirdos, and people with camera phones. Also, do you really want to be the person your friends have to babysit all night? No, you don't.
You don't want to be this guy. Or this girl—see, her friends didn't leave her, but they still couldn't get there in time to save her from herself.
Your phone is probably going to die from gramming everything in sight. Even if it doesn't, 80,000 people in one spot, all texting "WHERE R U?!??" at the same time means that networks might get overloaded and it's going to be hard to get your texts to go through. Knowing where you're all going to meet when the show is over means that you can find your friends and get to the after-party that much faster.
10. Get everything you need before you go.
Sure, you can buy food, cigarettes, lip-balm, whatever at Coachella, but it's expensive and often a waste of time. You didn't come to Coachella to wait in line for a veggie burger, you came to Coachella to see music and have fun. Now go!
Now that we're just a couple of short days out from Coachella, you're probably thinking to yourself, is my shopping done? In case it isn't, Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) is hosting a party on Saturday April 6 for you to wrap up all of your festival shopping! There will be tons of goods that are festival-ready courtesy of Bones and Feathers Collective, Cult Gaia, Cotton Citizen, and so many more, plus Kleur will be there to make your fingertips fancy. Turbotito of Poolside will be providing a rad DJ set too, and you can listen to a mix of songs by Coachella 2013 artists that he made just for the event here. RSVP on Facebook if you're coming! —Maddie
Two weeks ago, when a snapshot of Alexis Gross popped up on my Instagram feed of her rocking a full head of cornrows, I should have known SOMETHING was up. Little did I know that "something" was her starring as a female version of Alien in Vice's Spring Breakers-inspired 'Spring Break Forever' fashion shoot, photographed and styled by Miyako Bellizzi.
Three viewings, two interviews and a photo shoot featuring my high school BFF dressed up like a gangster James Franco later, I'm calling it a wrap. Harmony Korine, you've fully succeeded in making your film an all-six-senses mind-fuck of an experience that will stay with me forever, and I am eternally thankful. SPRING BREAK FOREVER, BITCHES!!!!!!!!!! (via Vice)—Ally
Here's a video of Riff Raff trying to review Spring Breakers. Of course, he brings up the Alien and Riff Raff comparison, which leads to a long, nonsensical rant ending with him challenging James Franco to a MGM Grand boxing match. He's out of his damn mind but I have to admit, the thought of James Franco going out and buying a RR Halloween costume and superglueing it to his body made me lol.
99% of the time, I want to grab RR by the shoulders, give him a good shaking and knock some sense into him (or some cents out of him. I wouldn't mind a diamond or two...). However, maybe he's right about this all, y'all. That other 1% of me believes that he is, in fact, the real Alien. Or an actual alien, seeing as how no human being could possibly be this annoying. How do we get his spaceship to come and transport him back to his former planet? Riff Raff phone home.—Ally
Ever wonder what the SpringBreakers characters were texting about when the cameras were "off?" Writer Alex Kazemi takes a stab and I have to admit, it's probably really close. My favorite are his messages between Brit and Candy—he totally gets their friendship and how they were probably glad that boring ol' Faith bailed. I bet they were even texting each other about it while sitting in the same room as Cotty. That's some true-blue BFF shit-talking right there! (via Logo)—Ally
"Love You Like A Love Song" performed by Ashley Benson feat. James Franco
If the rumors are true about Spring Breakers cast-mates James Franco and Ashley Benson dating, then I guess this gives us a glimpse into what their relationship is like. And it seems, umm, fun? I think? Or weird? I can't tell...
I mean, like, it's either really great and they genuinely enjoy making silly videos for their friends OR it's a constant bizarro world where all they do is get stoned, wear wigs and make creepy music videos in the dark using flashlights. Which is it you guys? What the hell is actually going on?? And who is the third person there holding the camera??? AHHHHHH, mindfuck.—Ally
If you are still unsure about going to the theater to see Spring Breakers, this hilarious clip will help you make up your mind: James Franco's grandma gives the film the "OK." So basically, I think you should go and see it—how could you question her stamp of approval?! (via OysterMag) - Maddie