Meet our new favorite band, The Roses.
(pictures by JayTee Barbour)
Having never heard The Roses before, I was hesitant about venturing into a Loyola University house show to see them, mostly because the average college house show (especially in New Orleans) runs the gamut of underage math rock/jam band/hell on earth vibes. Needless to say, frontman Nick Corson and crew were one of the most captivating bands to watch, dance, and party along with.
After creepily finding him on Facebook and asking if he’d like to chat about the band, Nick and I met up at Loyola’s library to talk loudly while people stressed out over mid-terms:
DR: Where are you from & how did you end up in New Orleans?
NC: I’m originally from San Francisco, CA and came here to study classical guitar in Loyola’s Music Industry Studies program.
DR: How did The Roses come about?
NC: Gabe Todaro (producer/guitarist) and I met at Freshmen Orientation, bonded over San Francisco, and immediately decided to start working together. I had been writing for a while, so we got into the studio and a year later, put out the Until Tomorrow EP. Micah Jasper (of YUGEN) and Ben Polito (of Paper Bison) joined in towards the end to play our first show.
DR: What was the inspiration behind Until Tomorrow?
NC: Well I knew that I wanted to put out a traditional A-side/B-side to show my full range of capability between ballads and scuzz fuzz madness, but other than that it’s all drawn from personal experience, relationships, etc.
DR: What are you listening to now?
NC: A lot of older stuff, solo Beatles records like All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band, as well as the Nuggets compilations, T-Rex, Slowdive’s Souvlaki, and Phil Spector girl groups. As far as local bands, I’ve been listening to Pope, Yelephants, and Yo También a lot.
DR: Any plans for a full-length album?
NC: We’re actually recording it now, it’s definitely inspired by a lot of 60s pop, although the rowdy garage aspect will still be there. I think it’ll be a more wide screen version and not as narrow of a vision in a good way.
DR: Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day? If not, what would you have done?
NC: Not really, but I would have asked Ben to be my valentine. Maybe take him to the skate park, drink 7-ups, have a first kiss? Except neither of us would actually make the first move so none of this would probably happen.
Stream/Buy Until Tomorrow Here: http://bit.ly/1c30hWP
I first caught (and by caught, i mean drunkenly stumbled into some nameless venue) NOBUNNY at SXSW last year only to pass off my can of Four Loko and storm the pit with my friends.
Although I don’t remember much of SXSW, I do remember NOBUNNY.
I remember looking up into the wild eyed stare of a half-naked man wearing a rotting bunny mask.
I remember him flailing around yelling “little bo bitch" over and over again.
And most importantly, I remember seeing a nutsack or two.
Mixing hard details with soft feminine line work, Amanda deLeon’s Fall 2014 collection is every rebellious girls’ ultimate school uniform. I mean, let’s be real, if the nuns at my elementary school were wearing latex collars, I probably wouldn’t have gone through that awkward hardcore/emo phase and would have probably listened to more Jay Reatard.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign to take her work to New York Fashion Week, Amanda and her phenomenal experimentations in traditional ready-to-wear pieces continue to push the boundary both here in New Orleans and abroad.
Check out the promotional video for her Fall 2014 collection below:
Last month, we kicked off our DIALOGUE series with Boyfriend interviewing New Orleans based photographer Akasha Rabut, and we’re pleased to present the second installation featuring Zaily Keiffer of hi lo, a mix and match womenswear line featuring hand dyed silks as well as original, digitally printed textiles. After debuting hi lo’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection during New Orleans Fashion Week, her limited edition pieces are now available online and at select retailers in New Orleans.
Exploring the realms of fashion, music, and female sexuality in the entertainment industry, Boyfriend proves she is as eloquent as she is brazen.
ZK: Ok, first things first. Why do I want to date you? What makes you my boyfriend? Where did this name come from?
BF: At any given hour, via any web-hosting device, I’m there with you, dancing about, humping trains, bathing in pennies and drinking blood. Speaking of, have you ever had a Boyfriend who really understands your period? And as for the origin, no one has a non-opinion about this word “boyfriend.” Whether you want one or hate hers or are his, it’s powerful.
ZK: I grew up with bounce culture in New Orleans and always loved rap and hip hop. The genre is so omnipresent nowadays that I’m surprised you have to make a case for yourself just because you happen to be a white, female participant. How do you retain a sense of authenticity in what you do?
BF: For a moment—like for 8 bars—I made statements about participating in this “phenomenon” of rapping white women. (See “Hits.”) But that’s tired. I’m here to entertain, and there’s nothing inauthentic about that. There’s no wizard behind the curtain at a vaudeville show; the show begins when the curtain is raised.
ZK: Is there an artist who has profoundly influenced you or impacted your direction as a performer? What do you listen to?
BF: There’s definitely a wide distinction between the media I consume and the media I produce. Right now I love FKA Twigs and Kelela, but I’m clearly not taking any sonic cues from them. BF does her own thing.
ZK: It seems like our culture is obsessed with the new and the next—What are the fundamental bread and butter components of your act—and what would you say is at the core? How do you push ideas and limits?
BF: I’m a sucker for entertainment; I love it all. Commercials make me cry. Beyoncé’s outfits literally make me cry, so I go around being pretty pumped about creativity and getting to join in. At the core, BF is playing dress up, a couple drinks deep, home alone with a mirror and the Internet. But put that on a stage and it makes people think, who is this girl and why does she get to say that? I push the limits by refusing to be idle. I’ll be over here, doing this stuff – y’all wanna watch? Awesome. You better.
ZK: Boyfriend wears a lot of awesome, avant garde ensembles. What do you think about the advent of costuming in musical entertainment and how does it relate to your present working process?
BF: My process right now is dictated by resourcefulness, and this rule I set for myself: second-hand only. With a tiny list of exceptions (I literally have a list), everything I wear is thrifted or passed down from a family member. My sister gets the silver and china; I get the hand-sewn bell bottoms from Aunt Susan’s flirty days. Even the more abstract stuff – like the outfits in “Cherokee" – I compiled from my mom’s fabric collection in the basement. All those hags in "Grannyfucker" are wearing clothes from my closet. I think folks get too tied up in the spending game, and they stall out, unable to produce content. In the meantime, I’m over here making a virtual scrapbook of clothes I been had!
ZK: “Sex sells.” How do you feel about that statement in relation to your performative content?
Call it what it is
call it bullshit,
either way, it is the biz.
Sex sells, shit you know it!
Quit? No, it pays the bills, at least it thrills
hear tires squeal,
tires peal in the back,
stack higher bills,
take tired pills,
take fake buyers eyeing hired thrills.
Check out the first installation of DIALOGUE featuring Boyfriend and Akasha Rabut here.
Currently on tour in support of their fourth studio album, Apar, Spanish electronic dance group Delorean will be playing in New Orleans tonight (1/30) at One Eyed Jacks. It’s an early show with doors opening at 7PM, and opener Until the Ribbon Breaks going on around 8PM, so don’t be late. RSVP HERE
Luckily for y’all, we’ve got 2 pairs of tickets to give away on our Facebook page, so take a minute to ‘Like’ us / stroke our egos & enter yourself to win.
“Black Portland is our own world,” Jay explains, “and all of us have some Black Portland in us. It’s where ambition, freedom and being young all roll into one. A never-ending party, just changing the color on your mood ring. That’s the kid in you, that wants to get outside when you’ve been in the house too much, that’s Black Portland. That Saturday when the sun is beaming through your window, that’s Black Portland.”
Gave him the kitten, now that n*gga smitten
Told him to hop in my foreign and then I said “no, I’m just kiddin’!”
Having been in the studio for the better part of three months, New Orleans based collective Yugen introduces the first single from their upcoming album featuring artists such as J.O. of Artifact and remixes from Dante Cannatella.
With the help singer-songwriter Abby Diamond's jazz-influenced vocal range, 'SingleCell' flutters between James Blake-like looping samples and ethereal ambient noise. Hauntingly stripped down, Diamond's voice walks the listener through feelings of revelation via understanding and experience.
You had to have found out by now
My ankle braced
Single celled companion
We learned that the subtler of sounds
Leads us to different friends
"You Stressin’" is the first single to be released from the album, featuring production from none other than Disclosure, who will be playing a [sold out] show in New Orleans January 28th with Vic Mensa and Samo Sound Boy.