Just a few weeks ago I was doing my usual browse around the Netflix streaming app, which is as routine as brushing my teeth at this point and I found the indie gem, Little Birds. The film was released in 2012 with great reviews from the Sundance film festival and other national press outlets.
I’m so glad that I decided to take a chance because it’s easily one of the best films I’ve seen this year. The story follows two girls living in the Salton Sea out in the California desert. Completely bored with their lives and lack of excitement, upon meeting a few skaters from LA they take a chance and road trip to the East side of Los Angeles. Later in the story the girls find the guys, and the first feeling of being completely on your own run throughout their tale.
Another point to highlight would be the main star Juno Temple. Her presence is magnetic and the girls’ style reminds me much of my own when I was in high school. Even now I always find comfort in knowing that in this digital age there are still films that separate from the “mainstream” and follow the hidden subcultures and small desert towns as if nothing as changed.
Please see this film.
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Ok over the past month I’ve seriously enjoyed listening to my fair share of angry girl rock. Call it sign of the times. Then while trying to come up with a post idea I was listening to my Spotify mix and Liz Phair came on. Now, I wasn’t too deep into Liz Phair when I was younger ,but I knew a song here or there. I remember what I was doing when I first heard “Polyester Bride” from her whitechocolatespaceegg album. I was listening to the local alternative rock station, (yes, that we listened to in our rooms ad nausea, because that was where the music was) and was in my room and first heard a taste of Liz Phair.
I delved into her music catalog and found, “Exile in Guyville”, another album much in the vein of “Jagged Little Pill” on the angst level. Now she isn’t textbook “grunge” but she certainly has the spirit of the 90s girl. Doesn’t give a fuck and makes what she wants type girl. Enjoy and discover Liz Phair.
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Moni Haworth’s photography is always so inspiring to me. It’s the perfect blend of the “grunge” aesthetic and Nan Goldin’s ability to capture such real environments and situations. Check out her latest series, “Gross Rules”.
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Time to add another 90s heartthrob to my list, Nick Stahl. He first started as a child actor in ’93 when he appeared in “The Man Without a Face”, however I first discovered him in the late 90s. It was a movie called “Disturbing Behavior” with Katie Holmes and James Marsden. Basically a teen thriller where all the teens in this town start to turn into “goody too shoes” for lack of a better term. Trust me, it’s better than it sounds. After that he was in an MTV movie called “Wasted”, “Twist”, and Larry Clark’s “Bully” earned him some critical acclaim. I’ve always loved his choice of roles and I always look forward to his new projects.
Recently he’s struggled with some drug and alcohol abuse but it seems now that he is back on track and has a few projects to be released this year. Can’t wait.
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Craig Nicholls is definitely one of my favorite frontmen from the past 10 years of music. I have literally been a fan for years. Throughout his time playing guitar and singing with The Vines I was instantly obsessed. He has often been compared to Kurt Cobain when it comes to his stage presence and singing style. There are definite inspirations although The Vines had a gritty garage rock sound all their own. Coming from Australia they dominated the indie rock scene in the early 2000s and became the first Aussie band in 21 years since Men at Work to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. After 5 studio albums under their belt The Vines are rumored to be releasing a new album this year. I seriously can not wait.
Remember how they dominated this performance…
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I got an extra unexpected double the inspiration for you today. They just kept on flowing. We did some shooting yesterday and there is a lot more in store on the blog this week so stay tuned!
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Kirsten Owen has been one of the top models for good reason. She emerged in the 90s, her grunge style and aesthetic is what pioneered the lifestyle and culture publications into the mainstream. She appeared on the cover of i-D Magazine in July of 1990 (the Anarchy issue) and captured audiences alike with her relatable style. Since then she’s worked with Prada, almost every international sect of Vogue and remained a constant model muse for much of the fashion industry. Even now she’s shooting editorials and walking in countless shows around the world. See why she is the quintessential muse of “grunge model cool. “
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Here we are. Number #4 in the series of mixes here. Last night got me thinking about the waves and tides of the ocean. Ride this wave of music for this week.
David Bowie- Boys Keep Swinging
Beat! Beat! Beat!- We Are Waves
Matthew Sweet- Where You Get Love
Nada Surf- Deeper Well
Soul Coughing- Circles
Washington Social Club- Charlie the Russian
Dinosaur Jr.- Turnip Farm
The Black Keys- The Lengths
Sonic Youth- Mary-Christ
Animal Collective- Fireworks
City and Colour- Hello, I’m In Delaware
Die Antwoord- Rich Bitch
Gunnar Jonsson- New Rain
Holy Ghost- Say My Name