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Andrew St. James – A new classic

Believe it or not, we listen to 100-percent of the music sent in to NYLON HQ–whether it’s late night, on the train, or over the weekend, every single MP3 gets a spin. When Andrew St. James reached out a while back and asked us to check out his single “Visions,” it was a kind of stop-in-your-tracks moment for the simple fact that the song sounded like some kind of un-released, woulda0-been-hit from the ’70s. The even bigger surprise came when, after the fact, we found out that the sonic progeny was a mere 18 years old. Yeah… needless to say, our collective interest was peaked.

Shortly after our e-mail exchange, St. James showed up to hang in NYC and we sat down to talk about everything from how he started performing at the age of four to his favorite bands. The young songwriter with an old soul talked about The Beatles, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and The Grateful Dead the way most kids talk about Avicii. When asked “If you could have lunch with anyone dead or alive?” St. James replied,” Neil Cassidy.” Needless to say, this dude is a rare find and his music is the product of a steady diet of pure classics.

During his NYC visit Andrew recorded “Live in NYC” at Rockwood Music Hall and is releasing it via Noisetrade to give his fans something to tide them over while he works round the clock on his studio follow up to his 2013 debut Doldrums.

This live record is nine tracks of honest, stripped-down St. James, and we think this is a perfect introduction to him if you haven’t already heard his music. His voice has just the right amount of twang to complement his heartfelt folk songs. There’s something about hearing a jam in its rawest form that makes you feel a connection with the singer. And in the case of this record, you’ll feel like you’re hanging in your living room with St. James as he plays for you.

Follow this incredible artist on the rise on Twitter HERE–even better, check out his Facebook as you listen to this awesome set of songs, which you can download at Noisetrade.com HERE tomorrow!






nylon tv: the chainsmokers “beyond the selfie”

The first thing we’ve gotta tell you about the Chainsmokers is that in the entirety of our NYLON TV hang, not a single cigarette was smoked…instead we got some Los Tacos No.1 and kicked it on the Highline.

Drew and Alex are two pretty normal-seeming, down-to-earth bros who just made “Selfie” while having fun and well…look what it’s become! Check out our hang with the dudes and the video for “Selfie” below, and follow them on Twitter HERE and hit up their Soundcloud HERE for more of their tracks.






Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the cover

Two things you need to know: 1. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a fully awesome dude, and photographer B. Kenneth Cappello rules the school forever. The resulting photo shoot from their time spent together can be seen on the cover of our latest issue and all in its pages.

You may recognize him from some of our favorite movies like Kick-Ass, The IllusionistSavages, or the newest installment of Captain America (in theaters now) but we have a feeling when Godzilla and the new Avengers flick hit the theaters, he’s gonna be “That Guy.”

Check out page 102 of this month’s issue for the full story and some cool insights on how Taylor-Johnson chooses his projects by director instead of the script, as well as his take on doing spontaneous things like dancing around in an R.E.M video (below). Peep some excerpts and the awesome video below, and pick up the new NYLON Guys and become an even bigger fan of this multi-faceted star.

On his self-destructive past: “It was a lot of crazy shit I got up to for a couple years. I was pretty self-destructive at one point. I used to smoke 30 fags a day, used to drink non-stop. I’ve always been able to be on the edge – be on the line, but then I pulled myself back.”

On being a dad: “I’m the only Dad (in my children’s music class). It’s like mums and nannies. And you’re clapping your hands. You’re singing more than the kids are.”

On turning down the role of Christian Grey with his wife: “I think (Fifty Shades of Grey) would have been the wrong kind of hype to bring towards us. It would have been kind of funny that this character that all these women fancy – he’s one in a million – and my wife picks her husband to play the part?”

Photographed by: Kenneth Cappello
Styled by: Christine Baker
Grooming: Lucy Halperin
Sweater and Pants: by Burberry Prorsum






House of Cards’ Sebastian Arcelus

House of Cards star Sebastian Arcelus has been dealing with a pretty lucky deck lately. He plays political reporter Lucas Goodwin on the Netflix hit and soon he’ll soon start filming the Nicholas Sparks adaption of The Best of Me. Next up you can catch him in the Cinemax pilot Blanco. Sebastian was a blast to spend time with so gracious, funny and passionate about his work. Read on as he shares his fascination with politics, theatre and the TV show that gets him every time!

You play a political journalist in House of Cards at The Washington Herald. Is it true it’s not too far from what you aspired to be in your college days?
Not too far, no.  For a long time, I thought I’d end up somewhere in Washington.  I just wasn’t quite sure in what capacity.
I grew up in a very politically-conscious family, and so it was just a part of our every day.  There was a lot of debate, a lot of discussion.  We dig in in my family; we’re not much for coasting.
And as a kid, I have memories of being glued to Crossfire as much as anything else.  I can’t count how many times I’ve watched All the President’s Men.  I loved the idea of that world…the “good” parts of it anyway.  And it seemed (at the time) a very direct means by which one could make a difference.
So I studied Political Science in school, did theater on the side, and then spent my summers all over the map…interning in international business, volunteering at a Presidential campaign headquarters in DC, manning a forklift in a Miami warehouse, backpacking through Europe.  Along the way, I managed to talk my way out of law school and into a career in the arts.
But needless to say, my fascination with that world has never quite gone away.  And then Aaron Sorkin went and fused all that hope and aspiration and art into one perfectly inspiring package in The West Wing.  That I have on a constant loop.
I guess maybe it’s just a part of my DNA.  And somehow, I think David Fincher could just sense that in each of us, in our own way.  Some “of that world” authenticity that hopefully grounded us all even further, in this story.

Are you looking forward to filming season 3 soon?
Beau Willimon and our remarkable team of writers have been hard at work on Season 3 for a few months now, but it’s cloaked in secrecy, of course.  What I can tell you is…I know everyone involved in chomping at the bit to get back to work and see where things are headed.

 In the meantime are you working on anything you could share a few details on?
Yeah actually, there are a few things in the works I’m really excited about!
I’m getting ready to head down to New Orleans to work on a film called The Best of Me.  It’s the latest adaptation of one of Nicholas Sparks’ novels…a beautifully heartbreaking story of love lost and found, starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden.  I play Michelle’s alcoholic husband, Frank.  It’s a complicated, fractured relationship that while based in care is still damaged by significant pain.
And I was just involved in a new CBS pilot called Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni as a newly-appointed, maverick Secretary of State abruptly thrust onto the world stage.  Everyone involved is ridiculously talented, and, as one of her policy advisors, Jay Whitman, I got to sport a couple of choice West Wing-style “walk and talks.”  An actor’s rite of passage into DC politics…
And before that, I shot a pilot for Cinemax called Blanco.  It’s this dark, seductive, contemporary story of a young Dominican criminal (played by Shiloh Fernandez) who gets turned FBI informant and then uses their protection to build his own criminal network in uptown NYC.  It felt like we were putting our own exciting spin on the Whitey Bulger story and telling it in a distinctly Latin way.  It was a very special experience, especially in the trusted hands of our director, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

In the upcoming TV show Blanco you play his lawyer, Andy Silver. How was the experience playing that character for you?
I relished it.  Mark Rosner created this very real, gritty world for us to step into, and, while Andy and his questionable morals fit right in, he also kind of lives above it all.  He has this slick, easy, untouchable quality to him.  He uses some old-world charm to essentially coach Blanco through his transition from victim to power broker.   And, look, it’s always fun to play someone a lot cooler than you are in real life….

You met your wife, Stephanie J Block, during the production of Wicked on Broadway. She’s a very successful actor and amazing singer. With your busy schedules, do you set aside time for a date night?
Haha, yeah, I guess the last couple of years have been more about snagging the spontaneous date night, when it presents itself.  Where we see the unplanned 2-3 hour free window coming up on us, and we grab it before either of us can get called away.  But we’re pretty good at cobbling up some special.
And there’s weekends, of course, when we’re not doing a play.  We dig our down time.  Big day-trippers and overnighters, we’ve found some great spots in every direction to which we can disappear every now and then.

The theatre is where you got your start, do you think you’ll always try to get back there when you can?
Absolutely.  Whenever I can.  There really is nothing like it.

When you have some TV time, what are your favorite shows to tune into?
Oh boy.  Ok….here we go:
Breaking Bad–Unreal.  Every episode was better than the season finale of any show I’d ever seen.
The Americans–Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are too good.
Orphan Black–Can the world please pay more attention to the force of nature that is Tatiana Maslany…?!
The Walking Dead — I want to play Andrew Lincoln’s long-lost brother.  Can we make that happen??
Family Guy– Arguably my wife’s favorite, it’s a staple.
And, again, that trusty “The West Wing.”  Gets me every time.



Clothing By Robert James
-words and photos by Tina Turnbow

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NYLON TV: cookin’ with hannibal buress

We’re not going to lie, we already know how to make eggs–but for real, man, watching funny man Hannibal Buress make eggs is a whole new experience. You may remember Roofeeoo’s Call It What You Want mixtape from last summer featuring Buress and we’ve gotta say, this dude is so hilarious he could talk us through programming a VCR and have the room in stitches.

Aside from being an insanely funny comedian, he stars in Comedy Central’s Broad City and is the voice for Crisco on the animated series Chozen. As if this isn’t impressive enough, Buress has multiple movies in the works and just dropped his Live From Chicago special (which you can get HERE). If you haven’t checked it out yet we recommend you do so…NOW! You can also check out a ton of hilarious clips on his website HERE, see him live HERE, and follow him on Twitter HERE.

Now…watch this entertaining cooking lesson!




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five questions: thomas morton

To call HBO’s Emmy nominated news magazine show “Vice” interesting would be a massive understatement. And if you’re unfamiliar with the documentary-style TV series, let us describe it for you in the most concise way we know how: unpredictable, attention-grabbing chaos.

Immersing themselves fully into every country they visit and every topic they cover, the Vice team encounters some crazy stuff. (Only three episodes into the second season and they’ve already manage to dive headfirst into the Afghan money pit, surround themselves by rising seas, and investigate the effects of drone strikes in Pakistan.) A key member of that team? Vice’s Thomas Morton.

Tonight, the correspondent makes his season two debut, so you better believe we’ll be watching. As for what he’ll be getting into in the episode as well as during the rest of the season? We’ll let him describe that, as only he can, without giving away too much (although, he didn’t hold back when answering our five questions).

Read on below for our chat, check out the exclusive clip of tonight’s episode, and make sure to tune in to HBO every Friday at 11 pm to see the Vice crew delve into the latest issues.



Give us a little synopsis of the episode being that it’s your first episode back since last season.

In tonight’s episode, we went to Syria to hang out with the Kurds, who are this ethnic group who live up in the mountains between Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. They’ve been trying to start their own country for ages, so when the civil war kicked off between Assad’s forces and the Free Syrian Army, they just set up a border and were like, “You two settle this on your own.” While the rest of Syria has devolved into chaos, the Kurdish part of Syria has food, regular electricity, democratic elections, its own army and police force, its own driver’s licenses, women’s rights—they basically snuck their own country into being. Which is the same thing they did in Iraq under Saddam; they sat out the fighting and they pretty much run the place now. Although kind of a mixed blessing, there, I guess.

Can you talk a little bit about what we can expect from the show for the rest of the season?

We’ve got a bunch of new hosts this season so we were able to shoot a lot more stories and cover a lot more ground in a shorter amount of time than last year. Without giving too much away you can expect a nuclear lake, a shed full of ancestral skulls, a bunch of extremely ill people in the Gulf, a tour of Armageddon, a bunch of people who throw salt at God to make it rain, radioactive mutants, stoned investment bankers, and some folks in South Asia who are addicted to snorting rhino horns. I also fall off a train. (That’s in India.)

What’s it like putting yourself in situations that aren’t exactly safe?

The thing with most unsafe situations is they’re only truly unsafe for a couple seconds—when the bomb goes off or the bus skids off the road. So you spend all this time getting psyched up about the danger you’re about to be in then you meet people who live through it on a daily basis and you gradually chill out and realize “Oh, this isn’t that big a deal.” Of course that’s generally the moment the bomb does go off. I find it helps ease the sense of danger if you don’t speak the language wherever you are. Then you don’t even know it was a close call until your translator tells you at the bar later.

Clearly you’re there to get the story, but are there situations that you don’t feel comfortable in and say no to? What’s the dichotomy like of getting the story compared to feeling safe?

Sure, none of us are suicidal. I’d say the average spread is if there’s a 5% chance of something catastrophically horrible happening to us (like being shot through the brain), but the reward is seeing or experiencing something we’d never get to otherwise (like a unicorn pissing), we’ll risk it. Anything over five and we usually wimp out. Ain’t no point in filming something if you’re too dead to show it to anyone.

Do you have a favorite memory from last season or this season or any powerful moment that really stuck with you?

We filmed at a crater in Kazakhstan that had been made by a Soviet nuclear bomb test. To get to it you had to cross this crazy granite footbridge that was about a foot and a half wide with no handrails, like something out of Quake, and once we got across all our Geiger counters immediately jumped into the red and before us was this perfectly circular lake blasted out of the earth like a giant popped zit. It was one of the most surreal places I’ve ever been. To one side of the crater the sun was setting behind the hazy Degelen mountains, to the other the moon was rising in a gorgeous crescent, and above us two or three flocks of geese were flying wildly in every direction like something was shorting out their sense of direction. When we got back across the bridge our Kazakh drivers pretended they were going to leave us in the middle of nowhere because they were scared of our radiation. That was a good one.

When you immerse yourself in other cultures, I imagine things are quite different from what you’re used to. Is there anything you’ve been exposed to that you’re just really taken back by? Anything you really miss while travelling?

Again, the Kazakhs. They, like many cultures, like to break the ice with visitors by pounding shots of vodka together. Unlike other cultures, however, the Kazakhs like to chase their vodka with a warm cup of fermented horse milk. I still get little phantom burps occasionally that have the aftertaste of the horse. They’re like acid flashbacks.

Are there some crazy parts that get edited out that you wish viewers had been able to see?

No, we leave all the crazy parts in. That’s what makes the episodes good. Most of what gets edited out is just us pissing around between shots and leaving abusive messages on camera for the associate editor who has to watch all the footage when we come back. His name is Clyde.

What was the first album you bought?

I’m going to exercise a little historical revisionism here and say it was NOT Green Day’s Dookie Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me by The Cure. Technically the third or fourth album I bought but the first album I really bought. That pretentious enough to prove my goth bona fides?

What posters were hanging on your bedroom wall in High School?

I was pretty “over it” in high school, so my bedroom décor remained a thumbtacked pizza pie of pictures I’d ripped out of issues of SPIN when I was 12 and promotional postcards for seminal albums like Bowie’s drum and bass outing Earthling and the Geraldine Fibbers’ Butch.

What was your first car?

A 1990 maroon Volvo 740. Also, the last known whereabouts of my virginity.

Best or worst advice you ever received?

Take care of your hands and fingernails. Seems like the absolute height of preening, metrosexual vanity for guys until you realize how much women pay attention to them. Ditto your teeth and hair, but that should be obvious.

Favorite TV show/cartoon growing up?

I subsisted on a steady diet of Voltron, Duckula, and Thundercats until Ren & Stimpy came along and blew my mind open like the Strawberry Alarm Clock or something.



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Gillian Jacobs in NYLON Guys

The Luckiest Dude in the World award goes to photographer Ted Emmons this month, because he’s the guy who filled four pages of our latest issue with incredible photos of Gillian Jacobs.

The Community star delivers the classic one-two punch combo of insane comedic timing and incredible beauty as the show enters its fifth season. Not only has Jacobs appeared in every episode of the hit series, but she’s been killing in features like Hot Tub Time Machine, The Lookalike, and this month you can catch her in Walk of Shame as it hits theaters!

Check out the full story with this Pittsburg-born cutie in our current issue–and keeping true to her hot girl-funny girl style we’ve coupled her outtakes above with some hilarious Community outtakes below! Don’t forget to check out  Walk of Shame in theaters nation wide later this month!








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Joining the Apocalypse with Moby

Moby is my neighbor. Being a recent transplant from Chicago, saying things like that still sounds ridiculous- but because this is LA, there’s really no need to explain. Serendipity makes out with Chaos on a daily basis, paving the way for a myriad of attitudes and beliefs to infect the lunatics on a daily basis. Mind you by “neighbor”, I mean he lives within a mile radius- because, you know, HOLLYWOOD.

Moby has wasted no time becoming synonymous with LA after moving here from NYC only a few years back. He provincially walks around Hollywood and the outlying areas and takes beautiful photographs, sharing his adventures with everyone on his Flickr. He’s an expert and participant in its politics, arts movement and social strata. He even bought a castle atop the hills that serves as his perch as if to study the madness that exists below while creating increasingly beautiful albums and art. He is also smarter than most people I’ve ever met and yet delivers all the information in a way that never insults, but rather draws you in and makes you crave every mental morsel he serves up.

But most importantly, Moby has begun showing his photography. And the results of his DIY approach to creeping you out with animal masked figures in seemingly normal settings have taken the LA art scene by fire. Here’s an excerpt from the Official Press Kit to give you a better idea:

“In Innocent’s lush and ominous large-scaled photographs, captured in garish color, Moby invites audiences to step into the scenes in which individuals and groups, wearing masks and white robes, attempt to make personal and collective sense of the apocalypse.  Plastic masks, some store-bought animal faces and others Day of the Dead inspired, all take on a more ominous feel in the context of these images. Covering not only the face, they mask the darker emotions and motivations that we hide even from ourselves – fear, shame, and a hedonistic willingness to try anything to succeed and fill the voids. Reinvention – spiritual, physical, psychological – is carried out in the extreme in these documented rituals.”

As his show “Innocents” closed in LA at Project Gallery this week, there wasn’t anything left on the walls. The Cult of Moby had arrived and bought everything. I introduced myself to my neighbor at the opening of his show and discussed his constantly evolving, and always verbose, take on Los Angeles and its cults.

NYLON Guys: So, as a recent transplant to LA, one of the first things I noticed looking at your photography is the fascination of Los Angeles and its cult appeal. I was wondering, have you done some backtracking into the history of these groups?

Moby: In a half-assed way. Meaning, its also that question of when is something a cult? And when is it just a bunch of oddballs in the hills with a similar belief? Like the Vedanta Society? Its certainly odd- they have their own lexicon, their own dress, their own leadership…I don’t if its technically a cult. The Source Family? That’s a cult. They would be one of my favorites. Largely because they were so benign. Compared to say, the Manson Family. The Source Family, they just did yoga and then Father Yod at some point declared himself God and decided he could sleep with all the people in the cult. Which might not be super responsible, but its not nearly as bad as killing people.

Right.

So, in my dilettantish half assed way I’ve been studying cults… but then there’s the Besant Lodge, the Theosophists? Its not a cult but they’re like an ideological group.

Ha. Our neighbors. They’re carrying positivity….which is great… but I’m more interested in this feature I saw today on Don’t Tread on Me Media’s youtube channel about the relationship here in LA with Aleister Crowley and John Parker? Jack Parker? uhhh..

Jack Parsons.

Yes thats the one!. JPL. Jet Propulsion Labratories.

The weird thing about JPL is the name is kinda his initials!

Correct! Jack Parsons…LIVES!

Did he blow up testing new rocket fuel or did he blow up doing black magic?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Parsons_(engineer)

Or was he killed for selling secrets to the Israelis? Who knows…

Yes. There’s just this strangeness…especially in our neighborhood…theres the Theosophists, there’s the Vedanta Society, the Scientologists, there’s the Russian Orthodox, there’s that convent where they sell banana bread, there’s the Source Family over there…and then there’s Bill Pullman- he and his wife have the Hollywoodland orchard where they gather up lemons and grapefruits and make juice for the neighborhood. Its so strange, benign and then there’s the mountain lions, rattlesnakes, coyotes.. In terms of big city living- One of the reasons I moved here, is that in all of my travels I haven’t found a place as odd as Los Angeles, and specifically, Beachwood Canyon.

I couldn’t agree more. There’s this weird attraction to living on a mountain where the concentration of people believe in aliens, monsters, gods and awesome conspiracies. There’s no cell signals in our hood- crazed locals tell me their NWO buddies are monitoring us. Are the hidden saucers blocking them? Then a major investigative journalist (Michael Hastings) is killed mysteriously..possibly by someone remotely controlling their car?! After my first  month I was just like “Jesus, Is this place for real?” I fucking love it.

I have this deck that overlooks everything and I kept coming back to the is word “apocalypse.” It’s funny because its clearly a loaded word- and has a very specific meaning to a lot of people. But its funny cause in the ancient Greek I think it just means  “to reveal”. Yeah-The etymology of apocalypse- and I should check it cause thats what the show is about.. (Both laugh) is like “to shine a light..to reveal”…its where the word revelations came from. Its not benign nor is it malignant. Its simply a revelation…And I feel like we live in this weird crack.. Its both a literal crack (because of the tectonics) and a figurative crack – a broken area where stuff just comes through. I like the fact, and this gets a little esoteric and odd like when you were mentioning aliens and blocked cell phone signals,  but the fact that you grew up in Chicago and I grew up in Connecticut and where we grew up its flat. Very nice, but flat. Very stable.

Oh yes. Lifestyle and all.

When I was growing up in Connecticut, it felt like it had been this way for awhile, the people who decided what Connecticut should look like were lawyers, doctors and Wall Street people…

Colonial Style.

Everything is in its right place. There’s this German Word: “Ordnen” which means “things as they should be.” And I feel like when you go to Europe, everything is one way- Which is just stability. One of the things that appealed to me about LA is that its so profoundly unstable.

Its like a high tech ghetto.

Yeah- There’s no cohesion. No cultural cohesion, no racial cohesion, there’s no socioeconomic cohesion- There’s nothing cohesive, planned or stable here. Which sometimes I find off-putting. One of my favorite things is when you’re flying in and out of LA, you see from the air this corridor of people that starts in Tiajuana and basically ends in Santa Barbara- and its just a strip of people and you go a mile west and there’s the vastness of the Pacific Ocean and you go a mile east and… its a desert that does not support human life. And its so wrong and so weird…and filled with nice people and farmer’s markets!
How could you NOT want to live here?

And that is it exactly. This observation of the apocalypse- it’d be really hard to base a conceptual art show on the apocalypse in… Brussels.

Exactly. There’s something interesting that happens here I’ve noticed we share an interest in as newcomers to LA is the love of the houses. I’ve looked through your flickr feed and journals and love that you’re going out and taking architectural photos of the Lloyd Wrights, the Gable House, Lautners, everything like that…Does that fascination compel you to keep exploring the city?

Yeah I grew up in a very wealthy suburb but we were really poor. My mom and I were on food stamps and welfare, we lived in the garage apartment but all my friends lived in big beautiful houses. So at an early age I became very aware of people’s homes because I was ashamed of mine- and so envious of everyone else’s. So, I would go to my friend’s houses and I would be like “Oh they have eight windows on the front of their house!”

Wow. (Laughs)

And you walk into the living room and they have a carpet. I became aware of all of these details. It’s almost like a Rain Man OCD thing – like noticing space. I’d go back to our house and say “Oh we only have two windows on the front of our garage apartment! We don’t have a carpet! “ When I moved here, especially living here as opposed to visiting, suddenly the weird dysfunctional randomness of LA, especially the architecture, really struck me. And the utility of architecture- because in most places, like Chicago, architecture serves a very specific purpose.

“Form follows function.”

Yes. Like keeping people from freezing to death in the winter.

Right. Whereas here its like “Let’s build ANYWHERE.”

Yeah. Here its basically the only utility is keeping out the Mountain Lions. And maybe in the winter not being too cold.

Maybe we’ll put a heater in the bathroom!

It means that all of these architectural elements that are just utterly elective…for instance in other parts of the world: a peaked roof. A peaked roof in Switzerland makes a lot of sense to keep the snow from collapsing the roof onto the house. Whereas here, a peaked roof is just an opportunity to trap heat in the summertime. Every element of design here is elective. And that arbitrariness…you know.

Its so strange. The lack of order is such LA thing- it exists in this world of actors and musicians, religious groups, even in the architectural movements- yet these cults are formed around order and control and are synonymous with life here. We live in this great spiritual juxtaposition…

And maybe that’s it. Maybe the response to the otherworldly chaos of this region makes people want to go to the farmer’s market…or sit in the backyard and pet the dog…

Eat a lot of kale!

Yeah! Eat a lot of kale! And then start a cult.

(Laughter)

Maybe its because we look a couple of miles away and see these big mountains where people don’t live and we know on the other side of them is emptiness- and the we look the other direction and see the emptiness of the ocean. And so it makes people (pauses)…I always think of the expression “Whistling in the dark”..you know the expression when you’re scared keep whistling to keep the dark at bay? Its like all these sort of gregarious efforts that people here make keep the existential maw.

And its like everyone here acknowledges how unsettling the situation out here is…we take comfort in it.. and the cults.

I remember when I was a philosophy major and took this class on the philosophy of literature and part of it was looking at Camus’s trajectory through his books “The Stranger” and “The Plague” which was his final response to the existential void which is: compassionate solidarity, sort of saying there is the 15 billion gaping maw of otherness out there- And we can either accept its arbitrariness, rebel against it or hold hands and make spaghetti. And I think there’s a lot of that going on here in LA.

words & photos by Tyler Curtis

www.tylercurtis.com




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FIVE QUESTIONS: AFROJACK

With already two Grammys under his belt and a highly-anticipated album set to release this May, Afrojack is setting the stage for a monumental 2014. But put aside his firm grasp on the electronic dance music scene for a moment, if you will, and you’ll learn that the Holland native is known for more than his chart-topping hits.

Launching a second capsule collection with G-Star Raw that will officially debut tomorrow during the Winter Miami Music Conference at the G-Star Raw Miami Beach Store, the line will consist of eight exclusive pieces that deliver a mix of leather and denim pants, shorts, tees, hoodies, and a hat, all of which feature high contrast black and white artwork.

So as the latest from the innovative denim brand and the DJ/producer gets ready to hit stores, along with his album ‘Forget The World,’ we caught up with Afrojack himself to get the scoop on fashion, music, and what posters he had on his wall (and for the record, Afrojack, we’re not sure who wouldn’t grow up with a crush on Beyonce, either). Read on below:

What can we expect from this collection, as opposed to the first?
This is how I want to dress in the summer. It’s fresh. The white denim, the shorts, but the strong graphics holding it in place – it is Afrojack for the summer

Was there anything interesting you learned working on the first collection that made this one easier?
Through the first collection, I learned how similar my approach to music is to the G-Star approach to product. It became clear that we both strive to innovate. We aim to be on the cutting-edge of our industries. By understanding each other’s philosophies and also aesthetics, that made collaborating again even more natural.

Do you have a favorite piece/pieces from the collection?
I have to say the A-Crotch denim–I just can’t get over how well it fits. I’m excited to have a summer version now too.

What are the must have clothing essentials in your wardrobe?
My two must haves are probably a pair of sunglasses and a hat. I can’t travel anywhere without those two, especially my G-Star Raw Afrojack hat!

Can you talk about your forthcoming album?  What went into making it?  Any notable features?
I’ve been working on my album, ‘Forget The World,’ for a really long time because I wanted to deliver my most perfect work. There’s some dope collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Sting and some other really talented artists that I can’t wait to share with my fans, and on May 19th, they’ll finally get to hear it!

What was the first album you bought?
I don’t remember, but I used to listen to a lot of different music so it could have easily been an album by Nirvana.

What posters were hanging on your bedroom wall in HS?
I actually don’t think that I had too many posters on my walls growing up, but I’m sure I had a Beyonce poster or two…who wouldn’t grow up with a crush on her?

What was the first car you had?
Suzuki Swift

What was the best or worst advice you were ever given?

I think the best advice I’ve ever been given is to always push the limit and go after what I want. I’ve had that mindset and mentality working in my favor since I started my career and I think that’s why I held off on sharing my album for so long, I wanted to make sure I was completely satisfied and it truly represented me.

Favorite TV/cartoon show growing up?
The Simpsons. It is hands down the best cartoon of all time.

Anything else you want our readers to know about the album or the collection?
Both my album and my collection fully represent my style and personality, which I’m really excited to share with the world. To finally be releasing not only one, but two extremely creative projects that I’ve put so much time into within the next couple of months is amazing. It will be cool to share all that hard work with everyone.

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B.J. NOVAK IN NYLON GUYS

Even though B.J. Novak may be best known for his role as Ryan Howard on The Office, the 34-year old Newton, Massachusetts native admits that writing was his first love. (He even used to boost so-so math grades in middle school with extra-credit essays about the history of Pi). But his passion for jotting down words and crafting stories didn’t end there. Most recently, the dozens and dozens of notebooks he keeps in his Hollywood Hills home have become the foundation for his new book One More Thing.

In this month’s issue, on page 94, we caught up with Novak to get the scoop on the book as well as a few other projects he’s working on. Continue below:

On his new book One More Thing:
“It has a lot to do with fame and success and whether you feel like you’re getting closer to transcendence, and the answer is always you are and you aren’t.”

On his next role:
“That’s like my dream thing. A friend [Director Marc Webb] emails and says, ‘You want to be in Spider-Man 2?’ Yeah, I’d love to.”