The Fader

Articles from No. 68, June-July

All for One: We Are Handsome Takes a Dip
* An aesthetically pleasing one-piece swimsuit is an enormous breath of fresh air in a market otherwise strangled by teeny weeny forgettable bikinis. For graphic designer Jeremy Somers, co-founder of Australian swimwear line We Are Handsome, covering...
Ariel Park
Ariel pink lost his virginity when lie was 13 and living in Mexico City. His parents shipped their diminutive son there when junior high back home in Los Angeles became socially unbearable. On his last night before returning to California, his cousins...
Born to Be Wild: Tame Impala Emerges from the Valley of the Beyond
About four hours from Perth, Australia and close to nothing is Margaret River. Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker is holed up on a farm there recording a psych-prog epic for his fellow Aussies in Pond. There's so much equipment jammed into his cabin...
Brick by Brick: Azari and III Are Rebuilding House with Their Own Blueprint
Chicago house music began in the early' 80s, the outgrowth of a new generation of synthesizers and drum machines. It emerged from the same scene as disco, a similarly integral part of gay club life. Though often instrumental, many of the songs were...
Bummer Jams: From the Bottom of a Bong, Wavves Is on Top of the World
EARLIER THIS YEAR, Nathan Williams went to Oxford, Mississippi, the site of Ole Miss and numerous Faulkner tragedies, to record King of the Beach, his third LP in two years as Wavves. Oxford is distinctly different from his hometown San Diego, where...
Butcher's Block: Mzoli's Meat Has South Africa's Best Braai
* A visit to Cape Town, South Africa, this summer for the World Cup should include at least one side trip for some local barbecue. Known as a braai in Afrikaans, this version of global meat grilling is a relic from the Dutch Cape settlers who used...
Che Summar Issue
TODAY, MIA IS NOT AS YOU WOULD EXPECT. She looks tiny eating a chocolate and vanilla cupcake while perched on a heavy tapestry couch, her dark brown eyes massive and watchful. She isn't wearing the clashing melange of colors and fabrics that normally...
Dig Your Own Home: The Chemical Brothers Take Respite from Group Living
* In terms of UK dance music's genealogy, the Chemical Brothers are the cousins who disappeared after high school only to reappear once every five years to regale the family with songs of triumph and tomfoolery. They have lived outside of the fitful...
Editor's Letter
In my experience, summer has always been about making as few decisions as possible. Not being indecisive, per 30, but being deoisively unambitious when it comes to all things not fun. Some work must ooour in between leisure activities, of course, but...
Friends Forever: Carissa's Wierd Tiptoe out of the Closet
* During one of the first conversations she ever had with Mat Brooke, a cricket hopped out of Jenn Ghetto's hair. The two were 16 at the time, shy and shuffling their feet inside The Fine Line, a goth club in their hometown of Tucson, Arizona. He wore...
Good Luk: Exploring Northeastern Thailand for the Lost Pop of Isaan
* Isaan is where Laos becomes Thailand. Technically the northeastern region of Thai kingdom, its inhabitants are mostly of Lao descent, and the majority speak a Lao patois. I recently developed an interest in the old syrupy pleng luk thung (literally...
In the Beginning: Active Child Makes a Home Away from Home
Digging through old photos last year. Par Grossi found a faded snapshot of himself as a kid on Halloween with his two brothers, their arms flung around each other. They're standing in front of the family house on Curtis Lane, the street in Moorestown,...
La Reine Maripol: A Downtown Legend Is Reborn with Marc Jacobs
* Though 1980s downtown Manhattan produced some of the world's most celebrated artists and aesthetes, a lone creative ingenue named Maripol was the scene's standout style muse. A French expat photographer, stylist, designer, him producer (of Downtown...
Party in the USA: Best Coast Is Every Girl's Dream
It's an open secret that teenage girls basically run the country. Armed with a lethal combination of surging hormones and disposable incomes, they target demographic of ad executives, development heads and senior brand packagers alike. Captains of...
Pop Will Eat Itself: Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple Explains Pigeons' Cannibal Feast
* My mum lives in Miguel, in Central Mexico, kind of in the mountains. She's a painter and has a studio there. I knew I was going to be down there fur three weeks and I took the opportunity to use the downtime to work on the album art. I did a bunch...
State of the Art: Kathy Grayson Plans for Post-Deitch Downtown
* Kathy Grayson was a sophomore in college when Barry McGee, Todd James and Stephen Powers assembled Street Market at New York City's Deitch Projects in 2000. Strewn with upturned trucks and illuminated signage, the artists built a streetscape that...
The-Dream
Just As THE-DREAM Steps out of his pearl Mercedes convertible in front of the home he owns on a wooded corner lot in the toney Buckhead section of Atlanta, a white lunatic leaps from the shrubbery. He bounds toward the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum...
The Incredible Hulk: Oguchi Onyewu Brings Real Talk to the World Cup
* Five years ago, Oguchi "Gooch" Onyewu experienced an unusual career moment. The United Stales men's national soccer team was locking horns with Mexico in Mexico City, lord-knows-what being hurled at them by fans through the thin, smog-chocked air...
Titan of Industry: Freddie Gibbs Is Building a Legacy ARIEL ZAMBELICH
Freddie Gibbs was once on his back. He was gulping pills, stranded in Atlanta after losing not just his recording contract with interscope, but a child to a girlfriend's miscarriage. This wasn't where he expected to be. Gibbs is from gray, Indiana,...
Too Cool for School: Sleigh Bells Goes Its Own Way
It's impossible to tell who's doing whom the bigger favor in Sleigh Bells. On stage, singer Alexis Krauss clearly gets a massive cathartic jones out screaming to be heard over Derek Miller's crushing riffs and thudding digital beats. "I just push myself...
View from Below: Delorean's Party Night Is Breaking Barcelona Bass
* Barcelona clubs have been thick with minimal electronic music for years--good for thinking, not so great for liberated dance parties in the summer heat. Last year, wanting wilder times, the Barcelona-based, live-instrument quartet Delorean and friend...
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