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Layers of Culture at Kinfolk

April 12th, 2016

On this episode we talk all things cross culture with Kinfolk's creative director Jey Perie. Having started as a group of friends working on projects in Tokyo, the team has brought their kind of community to New York where they have built a compound of cool in Williamsburg complete with a shop, bar and nightclub. Often confused with the neat and tidy magazine of the same name, Jey assures us the only relationship they have is through their attorneys. Listen as we discuss the idiosyncrasies of translating between cultures, the growth of the brand, the store and the adventures of building a geodesic dome in New York City. 

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Britta Phillips: Luck or Magic?

February 25th, 2016

Britta Phillips is a vocalist, songwriter, and actress, best known for her role as the singing voice of Jem, the title character of the ‘80’s animated TV series Jem and the Holograms. She also starred in the girl band movie Satisfaction alongside Julia Roberts and Justine Bateman and is the bass player in ‘90’s indie pop band Luna. In 2007, she married Luna and Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham.  They have performed together as the duo Dean & Britta since 2003, and have jointly composed film scores for Mistress America and The Squid and the Whale.  In addition, they wrote 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, a series of scores that correspond to a selection of Warhol’s screen tests. In tis episode, we talk to Britta about making her upcoming solo album, how she rescued her waning passion for music, and what makes for a good cover song.  She also shares her thoughts on the joys of performing live, and dispels the current societal panic about a supposed dearth of exciting new music.

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It’s Totally Tierney

February 12th, 2016

Tierney Finster is a writer, editor, and actor who prefers to unify her variety of creative talents and projects under the title ‘storyteller.’ We spoke to Tierney about growing up in Los Angeles, her obsession with video girls, and her undying love for Britney Spears.  


She muses on the importance of mixing analog journalism and social media, and touches on the underrated power of niche followings.  Her insights into today’s corporate-driven media culture ultimately reveal how the relationship between popular musicians and fashion has undergone a dramatic evolution.
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New York, Just Like I Pictured It.

October 3rd, 2015

On this week's episode, documentary photographer Andre D. Wagner pays a visit to The Culture Crush studio just as we are finishing the Gotham City issue of the magazine. For this special issue, we focused on New York City, and Andre took to the streets during the summer months to create a portfolio of images just for us. 

We discuss his arrival in the city and first experiences with the overwhelming qualities of scale and diversity inherent in taking your Leica and pointing it just about anywhere here. Bringing up the inevitable juxtapositions of race, class and all of the other subjects not meant for polite conversation, we go deep into the process of photographing the comic book of society we are experiencing every surreal day here in Gotham.

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Too Big Not To Fail? Talking All Things Retail With Robin Lewis

September 8th, 2015

Robin Lewis is the co-author of The New Rules of Retail and editor-in-chief of The Robin Report. He stops by our Flatiron studio in New York City to talk about everything that's wrong with the direction of the very complicated and broken system that serves as the middle man between the fashion industry and the consumer.

With his 40 plus years on the business side of fashion, unique insight and scathing humor, we discuss much more than just how the industry has evolved, but more importantly, how the consumer has evolved, the blind spot in many retail strategies faltering today. In other words, growth, which has always been the retail endgame, is now sinking a lot of ships.

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The World of How and Nosm

June 18th, 2015

While working on the Creative Class issue of The Culture Crush magazine, we sit down with artists How and Nosm out at their Long Island City studio to talk about their careers. From their beginnings as graffiti artists in Europe, to their arrival in New York City, and eventual breakout into the world of fine art, their work touches so many communities.

Listen in as we talk about our work in progress documenting different aspects of their world, as well as some of their upcoming projects and the characters we encounter along the way. Just don't call it street art.

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Bucking the Trends with Buddhistpunk

June 3rd, 2015

The Culture Crush founder Debra Scherer pays a visit to Zee Polidori and Rupert Meaker high up in the Hollywood Hills to talk all things anti-fashion. With their Buddhistpunk label, they are on a continual search for like-minded creatives, and have many of the coolest up-and-coming artists and designers in their orbit, from Fairfax Queen Sarah Parker to anarchist textile customizer Dr. Noki.

They are featured in the new issue of The Culture Crush magazine, titled The Creative Class Issue, for its exploration of creatives and the communities that form around them. Listen in while they talk about turning away from fashion industry trends just prior to the photo shoot we did together for that issue.

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Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips Talk Luna Reunion

April 9th, 2015

On this week's episode, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips invite Debra to their Hollywood bungalow just as they are getting ready to kick off a special, limited engagement Luna reunion tour. Debra has worked with Dean and Britta many times, documenting their rehearsals and live performances over the past couple of years, and the videos are fun sort of patchworks that capture the vibe in that Culture Crush way.

It's been ten years since the members of Luna parted ways, and a good twenty years since they recorded their first record. Its incredible how they always manage to somehow sit high above the trap that is nostalgia with their ageless sound. Listen in while Dean and Britta discuss all things Luna and how it feels to have the band back together.

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How We Make Our Music With Composer Dan Tepfer

March 26th, 2015

This week, Debra heads out to visit musician and composer Dan Tepfer, one of her most frequent collaborators on The Culture Crush's short film work. Some of the most beautiful scores are original improvisations Dan has recorded in his studio, on the road, and even at The Culture Crush studio, where, of course, there is a piano.

They discuss the changing music industry, the relationship between music and comedic improvisation, and Dan even plays a few tunes of his own. Just off touring with Jazz legend Lee Konitz, Dan took a minute away from working on his latest symphony to sit down with Debra and discuss their working process and some of their favorite projects so far.

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Oh Fashion! Endlessly Chasing Trends and the Resulting Cynicism

March 11th, 2015

On this week's episode, Debra and Mesh are in Paris for the launch of his new brand during Paris Fashion Week. Is it a reaction to the cynicism that has seeped into the industry due to the throwaway nature of endlessly chasing trends? 

Listen in while they compare and contrast the nature of luxury products with the nature of media brands on and offline. Isn't there enough throwaway media too? And how do you deal with the the daunting task of throwing your own hat in the ring when the amount of brands, both in product and media, keeps exponentially growing? Their reaction seems to be a matter of time.

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