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Hey Everyone. So now we’re starting to pick up steam! This is awesome. Thank you so much for all of your support. I’m amazed at the amount of readers we have. It’s actually very humbling. As you might notice a couple things have changed on this page. I’m now the sole Editor-in-Chief. Not because of some crazy corporate takeover or anything, but Sasha (who’s still a key player to this magazine) and I realized our roles were naturally heading to where we are today. Sasha is the Beauty and Fashion Director. Which is a perfect fit for her and only makes sense that she directs it. Sasha will still be writing her letter to our readers here, but only on the fashion issues which will switch every month. So you will hear from her in our October issue when she will have tons to share regarding styling our cover model and all that will be happening in that issue. You will also notice that our Managing Editor and Horoscope genius Antoinette Mathews has stepped down. She lives in Seattle and the telecommuting was really hard. A whole magazine worth of edits is a lot to do along with school, a new job, etc. We are so grateful for her hard work and making the first two issues super dope! Taking her place is former Assistant Editor Jackie Suehr who has really taken the reigns and is not only our key editor, but is also a contributing writer as well. Without her this magazine would look like my barely passing “D+” English papers. Hahaha. So this month’s magazine really ended up being a strong one. We have another great article from Corey Manske on professional musicians and their day jobs. Our cover are the brothers from the band ‘Nightmare and the Cat’ who are on our new friends label Capitol Records. We got to hang out with them before one of their shows and do the shoot. We normally like to interview bands in person but this time it didn’t work out, and the interview portion was done by Jackie via e-mail. Surprisingly, it still has that in-person feel which I was so scared was going to be lost. Sam and Django were total sweethearts, mild mannered and polite, but once they got on stage they were like the hulk. They really put on a great show - practically tearing the place down! Django is one hell of a front man and the band as a whole was super talented. Definitely worth checking out. Our September ‘Hometown Hero’ is Meghan from Paradigm Designs. Wow, talk about a beautiful soul! She was so humble about her really unique and beautifully handmade jewelry. We have been so lucky to use her jewelry in the past (Issue Two with Anastasia Ashley). She is going to be a rock star in the world of jewelry design. Good things come to good people. Another feature in this month’s magazine is the band Low Hums from Seattle. I knew Jonas Haskens and Mike Bayer for a while individually because I used to design gig posters for them a couple of years ago. I first listened to Low Hums back then and they are really all over the place musically. I usually like to listen to the bands I’m doing posters for while I work on them, so the bands themselves will inspire the creativity. Man I’ve done some rad posters for that band. Which kinda speaks for itself. It was really cool actually meeting these guys in person, it felt like we were old friends. So glad that their tour fit perfectly into my schedule cause I would have been so bummed if I missed out on seeing them live (for my own personal pleasure) and not featuring them (for your pleasure). ing!

So enough of all this… go check out this month’s issue and thanks for read-

-Paul Rivera Editor in Chief, Pastorale Magazine




editor in chief PAUL R. RIVERA

managing editor JACKIE SUEHR

assistant editor MEGAN TAMBIO

fashion & beauty director SASHA GOLDENBERGER

creative and music director PAUL R. RIVERA


illustration contributors BEN MATSUYA


Pastorale is an online-only magazine, produced with the intent to unify music, fashion and lifestyle into a congruent publication. As individuals, we all possess a variety of diverse tastes; it is our purpose to mirror these variances and to incite reflection and intellect. We are not a men’s magazine. We are not a women’s magazine. We are a human magazine. Our articles are not fluff. We aspire to produce an experience for our readers, to compel thought provoking opinions and to inspire creativity in all. Collaboration is what makes this special. We are you.


You may have noticed Paradigm Design mentioned quite a few times in our last month’s Anastasia Ashley feature. I know personally, I was totally obsessed with the silver pentagon stack bangles on pages 42 and 43 (take a peek and look if you forgot, or if you are like me take a peek again just because they are awesome). Our September 2014 Hometown Hero Meghan Sullivan founded Paradigm Design in spring of 2012. Crafting her designs in Costa Mesa and spreading the love from coast-to-coast, Meghan’s work had me at hello when I first saw her spike post earrings a few months ago (in our chat below she shares with you how to find all of her designs including those scrumptious treasures). Meghan began in the world of art and design as a student of fashion, and has found a home creating jewelry in an independent process that allows her to flourish by revealing all sides of her character. Humble, talented and excited about the future our Hometown Hero Meghan was a joy to chat with……

Are you the sole proprietor of Paradigm Design? (Meghan Sullivan) Yes, I am the one and only owner, designer, manufacturer, I do it all! Currently I hand make everything from start to finish. I hope to be able to take on some help in the not so distant future, but at the moment I’m just working solo.

We were so thrilled to have you contribute to cover model Anastasia Ashley’s August 2014 feature! When working with stylists on such projects, how do you pick the pieces that are worn? (MS) Thank you! I was extremely happy to contribute to that feature. When a stylist does a pull for a shoot I always try to give them a variety of pieces to choose from. Sometimes I’ll get a little insight as to what the overall vibe of the shoot is, but for the most part I don’t get to see the looks the stylist has chosen to use beforehand, so I just try to provide a wide array of jewelry to pick from.

What is your favorite Paradigm Design piece in that feature? (MS) I was elated to see lots of pieces were used in that feature! My favorite shots were of her wearing the V bar necklace and the many others of her wearing the Sterling silver pentagon stack bracelets.

What materials do you favor and where do you obtain them? (MS) Metals I prefer working with are sterling silver and brass. I source them from jewelry supply stores and industrial metal stores. As for stones like quartz and pyrite, I can usually find them at different gem shows.

Give us a little background on you… how did you find yourself involved in art and design? (MS) I studied fashion design in college. Later I went on to intern for LA based clothing lines like Laugh Cry Repeat and Lovers + Friends. It’s always been my dream to have my own clothing line.

What lead you to your work in jewelry specifically? (MS) Other than my background in fashion, I’ve always had a love for jewelry. Every summer growing up my family would go on road trips and the highlight for me was always the piece of Native American jewelry I got to pick out somewhere along our journey. I became most interested in learning how to design and make jewelry while working at The Runway Outlet, an awesome little boutique in Silverlake that sells all LA based designers. I became really inspired by all of the talented local jewelry designers that we carried, so I decided to take some classes at a local Art Center. I kept taking classes until I felt like I’d gotten a good grip on what I was setting to put out there.

Where does your inspiration stem from and what draws you to that inspiration? (MS) Typically I find inspiration in nature, its repetition of patterns and cycles. I like to stay very current where fashion is concerned, but I try not to follow trends too closely when designing. As far as aesthetics go, I’m drawn to opposites. I like to balance organic rustic form with refined qualities, clean lines and minimal 8 | PASTORALE | SEPTEMBER 2014

design with current trends. My aim is not to be only one thing, I’d like to think I can attribute that to my Gemini sign.

What is your process when creating a piece? (MS) Usually I have a design I am trying to execute, one I’ve already dreamt up and drawn out, but a lot of the time I’ll come up with an idea spontaneously and have to bust it out. Each piece varies slightly, but they all incorporate many of the same techniques. I cut or saw the metal, torch solder and go through various forming stages as well as polishing and clean up stages. One little ring can be quite an effort, but it’s so fun. A major reason for my decision to pursue jewelry over clothing was that the process in and of itself is very independent, and that is something I really enjoy and thrive off of.

Speaking of an independent creative process, because of the nature of what I do music is a huge part of what keeps me company while I work (also a Gemini so my music selection can get pretty diverse), is music a part of your creative process during either design or manufacture? If so, how and what you are listening to..... (MS) I’m always listening to music while I work. It definitely helps me stay creative and focused but also keeps me from feeling all by my lonesome in the studio. Lately I’ve been vibing a lot of 90’s hip hop. I like to switch it up pretty regularly though. Some days I’m all about Bowie and T.Rex, others I’m feeling girly and want to listen to The Chiffons and The Shangri-Las.

When you are creating these designs do you have a vision for who will be wearing the piece? If so, what do you see? (MS) I seek to incorporate a balance amongst my designs so that they can be worn by many kinds of women. I’m drawn to all kinds of trends and styles, so I like for my jewelry to reflect that and compliment everyone no matter what their personal style isfrom the beachy bohemian to the more modern contemporary.

Do you have a favorite style icon? (MS) I have to say I don’t have many style icons. I think there are a lot of well-known people with impeccable style, but I’ve always felt more drawn to places and eras in time to derive inspiration from. If I had to name some people, I’d say Wednesday Adams, Diane Keaton in her Woody Allen days, and Yoko Ono in her Lennon days. My modern day girl would have to be Lyyke Li because she’s amazing and Swedish and always dressed to perfection.

What are the current pieces you are working on and where do you see Paradigm Design heading? (MS) Right now I’m working on developing my Fall/Winter 2014 collection, which should be out sometime in September. The best way to see what’s currently in the works is by checking it out on Instagram @paradigm_design and Facebook. com/paradigmdzn. For the upcoming season I’ve been trying to channel my inner mountain girl. I grew up in the Southern California Mountains, so forests and trees and mountain tops are kind of embedded in my soul. The new collection kind of draws from that with the new shapes and forms I’ve incorporated, without being too literal. Lately I’ve been participating in local art and craft shows. My most recent was Renegade Craft Fair, and the upcoming will be Artists and Fleas in Downtown LA on September 20th and 21st. It’s really great to be able to vend at markets like these that provide alternative shopping environments for the consumers and give the artists opportunities to not only meet their customers but also meet likeminded independent businesses.

Any other ways that you get your jewelry wares to the masses? (MS) I sell online through my Etsy shop (, but most of my business is done on a wholesale level. Paradigm can currently be found in specialty boutiques, spanning from here in Southern California to the East Coast and most recently as far as New South Wales, Australia.


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The Ham and Eggs Tavern: A quaint, dimly-lit beer and wine bar located in Downtown Los Angeles hidden between a barber shop and small clothing store. Paulifornia orders a Miller High Life but amusingly the bartender cracks open a Rolling Rock citing reflex as the cause. Paulifornia, being the gentleman that he is, accepts the drink as is. Attempting to keep it classy, I order a Pinot Noir and quickly take several undignified gulps. The tavern is divided into two areas. We make our way from the bar side to the live music area where candle light sets an intimate mood in the narrow room. Several large wooden barrels serve as tables with vintage signage adorning the perimeter. Generic, well-worn signs such as “Made in America”, “F.T.W.”, and “Cold Beer” hang in an overlapping fashion. One large sign affixed to an opposing wall states “Believe in Psychic Visions.” I take the advice to heart.

The image of a small band making their way through the country playing songs with hearts on proverbial sleeves is a story well branded in all our minds. In this moment I know I’ve experienced this before. Not that I mind. The band is both comforting and charmingly divergent of the mainstream sound. I see myself trying to capture such a lovely experience in every venue, where atmosphere engulfs and intoxication leaves your thoughts a beat behind trying to catch up to the emotions of the music presented. Whether it be alcohol-induced deja vu or a foreshadowing of things to come, I see Low Hums continuing to travel the country, releasing new music year after year, testing the boundaries of songwriting and genre and yes, I see hard-ships as well. Lineup changes, failed record labels, etc., but I see many great things for Low Hums and I have to wonder what exactly was said as “ long ago she told [them] so” because I’ve just recently decided to believe in psychic visions. Halfway through their west coast tour, their musicianship is road-tested and it shows in their tight performance and showmanship. Prior to the performance we speak with the band. PASTORALE: We’re sitting here with Low Hums. You guys are on tour here from Seattle. How long is the tour? Jonas: 9 days. PASTORALE: Do you guys have a tour name? Jonas: Tour name? Mike: I think, wasn’t it the “Fuck It tour”? Miles: “Bad Idea.” Chris: The Bad Idea. Miles: It was the Bad Idea tour. (Collective laughter) PASTORALE: How long have you guys had this current lineup?

The band members of Low Hum are scattered on the floor, the stage being too small to contain the quintet hailing from Seattle. It is relegated as a drum riser, but the musicians don’t seem to mind.

Miles: Chris is the newest guy.

The Low Hums are: Jonas Haskins, Miles Panto, Bill Patton, Chris Early, and Mike Bayer.

Jonas: November?

The three guitarists mesh well creating a thick wall of unison rhythms in a dark manner. A sense of psychedelia rises from the song as frequencies sweep across the progression from a tastefully implemented wah pedal. The bass and drums lock in a tight groove, a groove that presents itself with well-matured musicians. Jonas Haskins stands on the floor crowing melodies as he strums along at eye-level to the audience in the dark narrow room. The music shows a more melodic, song-oriented side than one would expect. Jonas being formerly of Earth from the drone genre, a genre famously associated with the Seattle music scene with long oscillating bass frequencies ringing throughout, i.e. droning. While there are moments of elongated tones and slow tempo’d drums, they call forth a sense of mysticism, an eeriness more associated with psychedelia. The garage-y surf sounds of “It’s in the Air” let us know that these boys can craft palatable songs that can make even cross-armed wallflowers attempt to boogie down. Songs like “999” incorporate a melancholy banjo ostinato complemented by airy vocals counting upwards through the verses. Blues notes peppered throughout reminds us that this is ultimately an earthy song, wellmatured in musical convention yet still refreshingly new. The real magic of the Low Hums comes together in the song “Anamoose”. An eastern flavor, this song is a mixture of elements from the folk psychedelic genre complemented by the chimes of the banjo, the drums providing a consistent low end pulse as the bass pushes and pulls us through the scale like an ascending rollercoaster but ultimately takes us nowhere, staying centered around the same chord, the same note, the same emotion. Harping the ghostly refrain “Long ago she told me so” throughout the song, the room slows to a crawl as my second glass of wine hits me. The song of a seemingly prophetic time-traveling woman, it seems perfect that the Low Hums play in such an innocuous venue as The Ham and Eggs Tavern just feet away from their audience. The intimacy of the venue, song, and the performance fills the venue with a perfect romanticism as the silhouettes of the audience sway back and forth.

Chris: Yeah.

Chris: November. Miles: For the rest of us it’s been... Bill: Got us a couple years. Mike: Yeah, I’m going on 2 years ... over 2 years now. PASTORALE: For people who don’t know you yet, when did you guys start? How did you start playing together? Jonas: 2009, 2010, just playing some songs. We played a show with Jay Tillman in Father Jon Misty, and that was kind of our first band show and had to get it together for that, and then ... PASTORALE: So it just naturally came together ... just for fun? Jonas: Yeah, kind of ... Well, yeah, for fun, just to play songs. PASTORALE: Now you guys are on your second full length record. When did you release that? Jonas: It came out on the 15th of August and it’s called “Charm”. PASTORALE: Low Hums ... the name. Is there a meaning behind it? Is there something special tied to you guys? Miles: The cistern trips were kind of inspirational. Jonas: We used to go to this place in Port Townsend (WA) where it’s an underground water tank, and you can rent it out to use it for audio. It’s a 2 minute natural reverb. You can clap your hands and you hear it for 2 minutes. You can do 3 part harmonies with yourself. We went a couple years in a row. SEPTEMBER 2014 | PASTORALE | 13

Jonas: It’s an old army base. It’s like this underground tank. You climb into it. It’s like being in space. PASTORALE: You can record with it? Miles: Yeah. People rent it out. Jonas: They rent it out as an instrument. PASTORALE: That’s amazing. Seattle’s known for a lot of its old drone, heavy low hum sounds anyways, but it’s kind of cool that you guys have this special thing that inspired your name. Miles: Yeah. A reverberation chamber. Mike: It’s really trippy. You can’t be down there for too long because you just start to freak out. Miles: Yeah, there’s no air in there, so you… Mike: Anything you say just keeps wrr-wrr ... like you move a chair, and it scratches on the floor, and it’s like crrrr … echoes over and over.

Jonas: It was unrelated to us. Miles: Absolutely unrelated to all of us. Mike: Despite our astronomical success. Miles: They spent too much on the label... still went under. PASTORALE: We have an article this month basically, talking about how the music industry has changed like crazy in the past 2 decades, where rock stars technically (professional musicians) ... I don’t mean to call you guys rock stars, but just for sake of argument ... where rock stars have to have day jobs, basically, to support themselves to be able to keep doing what they’re doing. Is that the case with all of you guys? Do you have a job that helps pay for your love of music and being able to continue what you’re doing? Bill: Absolutely, yeah Miles: Bill teaches music, so he does music full-time. I manage a bar; Mike’s a landscaper. Jonas: Chris worked at a record label for a while.

PASTORALE: How large is it?

Chris: Still do. Operates one.

Jonas: 2 million gallons, or something like that.

PASTORALE: And then yourself (speaking to Jonas)?

Miles: It’s like the size of a ... It’s 200 feet by 18 feet. It’s the perfect size for just insane reverb. Jonas: It’s a cool field trip.

Jonas: I work in the tech industry. PASTORALE: Yeah. So everybody’s got some sort of day job that provides their bread and butter.

PASTORALE: Speaking of field trips, so, you’re on a big field trip right now.

Jonas: There’s a few people I know that do it full-time.

Jonas: We’re on a big field trip, yes.

PASTORALE: That’s a hard thing nowadays.

PASTORALE: “The Fuck It Tour” aka “The Bad Idea Tour”. You guys have a label. Is it an indie label that’s...? Jonas: It was an indie label. They folded right when our record came out. PASTORALE: Was it your guys’ fault? Haha. Bill: Unrelated.

Jonas: You got to get up to the next level. Miles: Or just exist with no money. One or the other. Mike: Yeah that’s ...It’s one of those things. PASTORALE: How are you guys traveling? Are you guys doing a van thing? Jonas: Yeah, we have a group van. PASTORALE: A van with a U-Haul? Jonas: No U-Haul. PASTORALE: Are you all loading into a van plus your gear? Jonas: Yeah, it’s like 3500. PASTORALE: Every band, I don’t care who you are, should do that at least once. Jonas: We actually have a lot of room. PASTORALE: So what cities are you hitting up on this tour? Jonas: Just to Tucson and then back to Seattle. PASTORALE: So a West Coast tour? Miles: Portland, Eureka. Chris: Davis. Mike: Nevada City.



Jonas: Carlsbad, LA, Tucson. PASTORALE: Don’t you mean LA then “rubber ducky” … (referencing a previous conversation about the world’s largest rubber ducky that’s currently in the port of Los Angeles)? Collective: Yeah. Jonas: Then Tucson. Bill: Everyone’s so taken by its enormity. PASTORALE: I mean it’s special, this thing has traveled around the entire world. It entered the port of Long Beach with several tug boats. Bill: Where is it? PASTORALE: It’s in Long Beach at the Port of LA. You can see it. If you take the Vincent Thomas bridges… it’s kinda hard to miss the world’s largest rubber ducky. Haha. Bill: I’m into that. Jonas: We have ... In Seattle, in fact, we have this thing called the Duck Tours, where you can get on a car-boat and go out in the water. It’s called “Ride the Duck”. LA should check that out. Chris: You suppress all of your pride. You get on this giant vehicle. You drive through all of Seattle. PASTORALE: It’s a bus that’s also a boat right? Mike: An amphibious vehicle. PASTORALE: Getting back to tour talk… How’s the crowd response been? Jonas: It’s been good. Mike: Last night it was great. We played outside in a parking lot across from a Taco Bell/KFC. The crowd was really good. They were great. Miles: Yeah, it was good. PASTORALE: Yeah, that’s awesome. After this tour what’s next? What do you guys have planned? Miles: Looking for a label. Jonas: Yeah, we’re kind of looking to meet up with somebody new. Maybe, re-press our record and put out some new stuff. PASTORALE: Is there any other side projects you guys might all be involved in, individually or together, that you guys want to talk about too? Jonas: Bill has a band, Bill Patton and the Credentials, fantastic band. They have a fantastic record.

Chris: Yeah. We run a really tight ship and it’s... Miles: It’s a little too corporate for us. Mike: A little too corporate for us. Jonas: We’re looking for the hippie label, a lot of weed, the tie-dyes ... a lot of extra Microsoft money. PASTORALE: Extra Microsoft money. That’s awesome. Jonas: Burning Man kind of shit. Crocs. PASTORALE: You guys are going to do another record eventually…Who does the writing? Is it a collective type of thing or is there one sole writer? Jonas: I usually write songs, and we kind of arrange them as a band. Miles: Then we go on tour. Jonas: Test it out. PASTORALE: See how the Californians like it? Jonas: Yeah, definitely. Jonas: It’s our litmus test. Those Washington people will be so surprised when we come back. They love ... Washington likes California. PASTORALE: Yeah, there’s this back and forth love between us (California) and there (Washington). Jonas: Yeah. Mike: It’s all West Coast love. Jonas: It’s all West Coast. PASTORALE: Yeah, that’s true. Miles: We started recording some stuff with this guy Trevor. Trevor Spencer, at The Unknown, which is in Anchorettes, Washington in some old church, and it’s really a cool spot. It’s all analogue. Jonas: Yeah. Miles: No computer in the control room which is really wild. PASTORALE: Oh, no way, so it’s real analogue? Jonas: Yeah, real analogue. PASTORALE: What’s the recording for? Is that just for writing? Mike: We did 4 songs.


Jonas: Demos, maybe, a new record.

Chris: It’s really good.

Miles: They sound good.

Miles: And it’s out on Chris’s label which is called Versicolor.

Jonas: Yeah, they sound really good.

PASTORALE: (Jokingly) Wait, why don’t you guys ... Low Hums get on ... Chris’s Label? (Group silence) PASTORALE: (Looking at Chris) you’re thinking like, “Awkward”. Haha. (Group laughter) Jonas: Oh, yeah, we’re kind of ... We’re waiting on that Bill Patton record deal to make a few couple thousand copies, then we’ll think about you guys. See how it goes. They’ve got a lot of suits and ties at that label, so... Chris: Yeah, it’s a lot of ... whatever... Jonas: Corporate stuff.

PASTORALE: End of interview. No just kidding. Thanks so much you guys for taking the time, and stuff. I can’t wait to see you guys (they were about to play). Where is the best place for people to come check you out? Jonas: There’s Low Hums on Facebook, and then there’s Low Hums on Bandcamp. Low Hums new full-length album “Charm” is available on Vinyl, Cassette, and as digital download via their website

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todays rockstar needs a second job.

I’ll bet when most of us think about the word ‘rockstar’ we envision similar things, but the industry has changed so much we should all probably add an asterisk at this point. After seeing so many stereotypical examples of decadence, excess, fame and fortune it’s hard to imagine anything different. For me, I picture some of my heroes as living the good life, driving really nice cars, living in luxurious houses, traveling to wherever they choose and enjoying absolute financial stability. In the traditional sense, the music industry has all but collapsed and everyone knows the economy took a turn, which makes these very strange times for chasing or preserving the rockstar dream. Believe it or not, at least one member of a band you really like probably has a day job when they’re not recording or on tour. Many of my friends, famous and not-so-famous, are living proof of that statement. I am not a name-dropper. That’s not my style. Therefore, some of my examples are specific because they can be found digging around online or watching documentaries, while other examples are more general to honor anonymity but are equally accurate. For example: Easily 60% of my rockstar friends either teach private music lessons, do recording sessions for other musicians or actually work in a recording studio when they have time off from their band. Sure, some of what they’re doing is based on continuing to do what they love to do but let’s face it - they have bills to pay and mouths to feed. Many other musicians get off the road and return to actual day jobs having nothing to do with music.

Before I go any further, I need to be crystal clear that being a rockstar with a day job isn’t a bad thing. I didn’t sit down to write this article in an effort to expose anyone or to show everyone ‘what the wizard behind the curtain really looks like.’ Much of what I write is focused on the current state of the music industry, and this piece is no different. Through the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to become friends with a bunch of musicians I admire. Across the board, they all fall into one of two categories: 1) never has to work another day in their life or 2) constantly hustling, working and promoting themselves in an effort to get closer to category #1. Some have even ping-ponged between the two categories. The Travis Barkers of the world have cemented their status in category #1 by diversifying. They put their money to work. Sometimes with a Midas touch, they invest their money to make even more money by starting clothing companies, opening/buying restaurants, doing reality shows and having product endorsements for anything from shoes to rims to microphones. But don’t forget all of that was made possible by selling millions and millions of records first. The business of selling records has drastically changed during the last dozen years. It has become extremely difficult to sell that many records now that the Internet has become saturated with so much music. Technology has made it possible for anyone to record, release and promote music themselves. That fact alone has started to level the playing field between beginners and pros, which caused most of the big record companies to disappear. (continued on next page)

Before that technological boom happened, the record label used to act like a bank funding a loan. The label would front all the money to buy new musical gear, make the record, make the video and send the band out on tour to promote all of it. In that model, the ‘loan’ from the label was repaid by album sales. For decades, that worked great because once the label was paid back and album sales continued to grow, everyone including the band started swimming in cash. There’s one big problem with that; everything is dependent on consumers purchasing physical product (CDs, tapes, albums etc.). As you might imagine, since the vast majority of music sales now happen digitally, even record deals have changed. Most of the remaining record labels out there had to find a way to make money, so they hatched a brilliant scheme (brilliant for them, not the band). They began signing artists to ‘360 deals’ which basically nets the label a percentage of EVERYTHING above and beyond music sales (hence the term 360) from performance guarantees to t-shirt/merch sales on tour. Everyone’s piece of the pie shrunk considerably and musicians swimming in cash have become a statistical anomaly. That said musicians these days are having a tougher time joining the Travis Barker club.

Many drummers know the name Derek Roddy. He has played in several popular bands like Hate Eternal, Nile, Serpent’s Rise and was also one of seven candidates that auditioned to be the new drummer in Dream Theater a couple years ago. After appearing on the cover of every drumming magazine, he’s well known as one of the masters of the ‘blast beat,’ the foundation of any extreme or death metal band. Since 2006 Derek has been a featured clinician at every drum festival around the world. He has product endorsements, performance & instructional DVDs and has earned the nickname ‘One Take’ due to his rare ability to record super-technical drum tracks from beginning to end in one or two takes. Seriously, this guy is a popular heavy-hitter and a pillar in the drumming community. Now apply the ‘two platinum albums’ rule and you’ll be blown away by the other thing he’s known for around the world. With all that notoriety in the music industry, he makes ends meet by being one of three successful breeders of Black-Headed Pythons in the entire country. By all accounts, that species is particularly difficult to breed and very tricky to hatch. Derek’s snakes are in high demand netting him anywhere from $2,500 to $4,500 a pair and with an average of thirty hatchlings per year, drumming basically takes a backseat. Part of Derek’s snake breeding formula that works is his location. Living in Florida is great for snakes but limits his access to more economically viable music cities like Los Angeles or New York. Sure, breeding snakes is something he’s passionate about but he chooses to live thousands of miles from a vibrant music scene. That choice even after all of Derek’s successes as a musician should be illuminating for anyone planning to make a million bucks playing music.

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In terms of unit sales, I’m not sure what the actual benchmark is for achieving category #1 status. Based on simple economics, my guess is that two platinum records is the key. Having two albums that have sold more than one million copies each seems to be something that really gives the musician the ability to have the band be his sole source of continual income. I used to think it was one platinum record but quickly realized I knew a few guys in bands that had one huge hit. Although the one hit propelled album sales over a million, their popularity dwindled when the follow-up record didn’t catch on. A tragic part of the ‘two platinum albums’ rule is that we all have a soft spot in our heart for a band very few others have heard of. Each of us typically carries a torch for an underground band that truly means a lot to us. Maybe the songs trigger fond memories. Maybe their music got us through some rough times. Maybe we just love the singer’s voice. Maybe their melodies make us smile every single time. Even though I said it wasn’t a bad thing, it still makes me sad to know some of those musicians I love have to have a day job to make ends meet. It boggles my mind that there are so many inspirational artists out there having to punch a timeclock in some way to put milk in their refrigerator.

biochemist for

DuPont, the world’s

third largest chemical company”...

...”The superstar famous for singing about coffee, food and farts pays the bills by working for

Recently, I watched a documentary about Fishbone called ‘Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone.’ I was shocked to learn that for a period of time, near the height of the band’s popularity lead singer Angelo Moore lived at home with his mother. Four or five albums into their career, I vividly remember seeing their energetic performance as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Back then it seemed unfathomable to me that a magnetic front-man for a popular band wasn’t a zillionaire. After a bit of research, album sales looked to be consistent but mediocre. In the eyes of the industry, Fishbone never really ‘made it.’ To me, that’s bullshit since huge bands like No Doubt and 311 cite Fishbone as a major influence. Even so, according to the ‘two platinum albums’ rule they never pierced the barrier between category #2 and category #1. While I don’t think you’ll find Angelo working the counter at Kinko’s, I know he’s continually hustling and promoting. Last I checked, Fishbone just released their thirteenth studio album while touring constantly and Angelo is six albums deep with his side project Dr. Madd Vibe. It seems like all that activity combined with the possibility that he may still live at home are a huge reason Fishbone is still around. For all the music and inspiration, it would be more fitting to see Angelo (and all his bandmates) driving around in a dope, paid-off Bentley.

the company credited with developing

polymers such as Corian, Teflon

As if that weren’t enough, when you think of the greatest, most influential punk bands of all time, who’s on your list? Pose that question to the members of Bad Religion, Rancid, Green Day and Blink 182 and they’ll include Decendents in their answer, I promise. When I think of Decendents, I picture them as pioneers of modern punk with money in the bank and icon status. In 1982, when their debut album ‘Milo Goes To College’ came out, I had no idea how literal the title was. At the time, lead singer Milo Aukerman, known for his unabashedly nerdy persona and self-deprecating, anti-rockstar demeanor was literally attending college to pursue a degree in biology. Although he typified the anti-rockstar he sang about, many fans (myself included) classified him as a rockstar. I always thought with all those albums, all that touring and all that time spent paving the way for so many other punk bands Milo was sitting on top of the world. Then I remembered the ‘two platinum albums’ rule and quickly realized financially, that wasn’t the case. Even though the band is still active today, it’s a lot more challenging to find time to play shows with Dr. Aukerman’s busy schedule. Yep, you read that correctly. Holding a doctorate in biology from UCSD, Aukerman now works as a research biochemist for DuPont, the world’s third largest chemical company. So there you have it. The superstar famous for singing about coffee, food and farts pays the bills by working for the company credited with developing polymers such as Corian, Teflon and Kevlar. Wait. What?!?

All three examples are personally shocking to me and based on what I hear, they’re literally the tip of the iceberg. Last month we saw Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at a sold out show in Los Angeles. They come around infrequently, so watching the spectacular show I couldn’t help but wonder what some of his bandmates have to do to put food on the table when they’re not touring. I think the same of James. I think the same of Dredg. The list goes on and on. Maybe our definitions for words we used to know should be amended. Or maybe from now on, we should just add an asterisk.

and Kevlar.”










In 2013, Nightmare and the Cat found their home at Capitol Records, released a four song EP titled Simple produced by Eric Valentine (Taking Back Sunday, Queens of the Stone Age, Hot Hot Heat), and spent a large part of the year touring with record label companions Bastille. This year they show no signs of slowing down. Their full length debut also titled Simple was released just over a month ago, and while they are touring with the famed Neon Trees they recently revealed their autonomy in a series of headlining shows at The Roxy (LA), The Constellation Room at The Observatory (OC) and The Casbah (SD). I am sure you have already guessed by now…..there is SO much more to come! Formed by brothers Django Stewart (lead vocals) and Samuel Stewart (guitar) in 2010, Nightmare and the Cat who also include: Claire Acey (backing vocals, guitar and drums), Scott Henson (bass), and Brandon “Spike” Phillips (drums), have steadily built a fan-base over recent years by doing the two things that seem to be the most important one-two-punch for artists looking for success in the current music industry domain. One, drop the notion that being a successful musician comes easily and put the work in. Two, give this modern day listener (no matter how nostalgic) the respect of holding their attention by any means necessary. In a world where we can purchase a song, review it, and share it across social media all within 30 seconds of its mention by a friend, hearing a snippet on a commercial, or (and I know this is a stretch) hearing it on the radio, it seems naïve of any band to think that they do not have to grab and most importantly maintain a listener’s attention by using a combination of tools i.e. visuals, keen marketing and a great live show. This is what Nightmare and the Cat is doing-and doing well. Nightmare’s live show has become the band’s not so dirty little secret revealed. Catching the eye of The New York Times and impressing our humble little magazine here on the West Coast their stage presence, dance moves (Django seems to have quite the online following in this category), and live performance art during their show is where one really gets the opportunity to see Nightmare come alive.



Django and Samuel Stewart are not new to this industry machine. Parents Dave Stewart of Eurythmics stardom and Siobhán Fahey of Bananarama and Shakespeares Sister notoriety seemed to have influenced the brothers in a way that spills into not only the songwriting and content, but the strong opinions regarding the respect that a musician’s art should be shown. They don’t shy away from the subject of having grown up in this environment which is refreshing given that some artists will go out of their way to keep their family ties – well, tied up, but they don’t allow for it to be the platform on which they achieve success. Hard work and dedication to something they enjoy doing take to the foreground in their story, and while it may have a bit of a past they prove to be undoubtedly forward thinking. The band’s self-released DIY Nightmare and the Cat EP from 2011 was a sure sign that determination would become a theme to their work. After building a solid YouTube following around performance videos including covers (my favorite being the almost unrecognizably young band covering Brian Eno’s “Baby’s on Fire” in 2011) they produced the EP themselves, and with it they began receiving recognition from record labels. In this market, creating and producing your own EP, having a strong online presence and staying connected with your fans – does not a unique act make. Here’s where Nightmare and the Cat show once again that determination, the willingness to do the work and adaptability is key. One of the most unique collaborations that Nightmare has produced is their work with Gary Baseman. Baseman, an artist categorized as a pop surrealist has been riding the same fine line for many years. Remaining true to fans by representing his art at an accessible level while also seeing (and allowing for) commercial success in mediums ranging from illustration to television. In our interview Nightmare explain how they met Baseman, but what has come from this four year collaboration with each other is something spectacular. While Baseman is the creator of the cover art for Simple, he also created an original image (drawing) for each one of the album’s eleven songs and has performed live with the band on several occasions adding a stunning dimension to Nightmare’s live shows. (continued on next page)


Pastorale Magazine recently took in a Nightmare and the Cat live performance and caught up with them for an interview. With slightly shy yet welcoming candor offstage and incredibly strong and fun appearances onstage, Django and Samuel Stewart were kind enough to answer a broad range of questions – even some silly ones:

PASTORALE: Nightmare and the Cat has been touring for a while now with names like Bastille and Neon Trees. With the release of your new, full-length album Simple, will you now be touring extensively in support of your own album? (Nightmare and the Cat) We cannot wait to start touring this record extensively and traveling all over the world.

PASTORALE: With some members being from England and others from Los Angeles, where is home now?

(N&tC) Scott and Spike (Phillips) both played in Django’s former project and Claire was involved in Sam’s brief solo project.

PASTORALE: Nightmare and the Cat the name…where did that originate? (N&tC) The name comes from a song that we love written by an obscure singer/songwriter by the name of Anthony Harwood. He vanished without a trace 20 years ago.

PASTORALE: Your founding members have family ties to the entertainment industry. What are those ties? (N&tC) Our parents are both successful musicians.

PASTORALE: Django has been quoted in previous interviews as saying some of Nightmare’s songs were inspired by “the frustrations of growing up in the music industry”. What frustrations specifically? (N&tC) We have grown up with a rare insight into the roller coaster that is the music industry. We recognize that it takes extreme dedication, perseverance and patience in order to be successful. The frustration comes from witnessing value in artist’s work decreasing rapidly.

PASTORALE: Bands are always placed in a category by critics, fans even a label. Nightmare and the Cat has received the “indie” label to generically describe their music, but how does the band themselves describe their music? (N&tC) It kind of varies from song to song. We don’t want to put ourselves in a box so we make music based on how we feel and our collective influences.

PASTORALE: Five members – that equals a lot of different influences. Do you all share the same tastes in music? (N&tC) No, we all have very different tastes.

(N&tC) Home is not a priority for us at the moment but Los Angeles is where we are currently based.

PASTORALE: Founding members Django Stewart and Samuel Stewart were active in other projects in the past. Tell our readers a bit about them. (N&tC) Sam played in an indie rock band called ‘Blondelle’ throughout his teen years in London while Django fronted a Bowie-esque glam rock project called ‘Django James and the Midnight Squires’.

PASTORALE: What led Django and Samuel to begin working together and subsequently form Nightmare? (N&tC) We’re siblings and both musicians who complement each other’s abilities. It just seemed like the natural thing to do really once we were old enough to realize it.

PASTORALE: Beyond the two founding members connecting through obvious family ties as brothers, how did the other members find their way to this project? (N&tC) We hired them because they are great musicians and friends.

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PASTORALE: What are the influences each member brings to the project? (N&tC) We (Django and Sam) write all the material so it’s really a blend of our influences which are varied and eclectic.

PASTORALE: How does the process of writing happen? Music first? Words first?

(N&tC) There isn’t really a process. It’s always different. Sometimes a phrase or a melody just comes out of nowhere and you have to pluck it out of the ether and go with it.

PASTORALE: With a self-released, self-titled EP in 2011, the Simple EP released in 2013 by Capitol Records, and now just this past month Nightmare and the Cat’s first full length album Simple was released (also by Capitol), explain the differences between recording your self-released EP and the newly released Simple LP. (N&tC) The first EP consisted of the first 5 songs we ever wrote together. It was more of a DIY project, we co-produced it with our friend Dan Burns and recorded the bulk of it in his apartment. The ‘Simple EP’ is made up mostly of songs from the album. There is definitely a very noticeable evolution in our sound when you compare the releases.

PASTORALE: How was the experience of working with Eric Valentine to produce your 2013 Simple EP? (N&tC) Working with Eric was a wonderful experience. He is a scientist and a WWW.PASTORALEMAGAZINE.COM

super talented musician. We learned so much from the process and feel very close to him as a friend.

PASTORALE: Talk to us about the collaboration with Gary Baseman both in the band’s artwork and also in live performances. How did you meet? How do feel Gary enhances your live performances? (N&tC) We met Gary at a friend’s birthday party. He was dressed in a large pink costume and was dancing around with all the girls. Soon after we met, we invited him to our studio and played him some songs, he started sketching like a madman and we all agreed that a collaboration was in order. Having him on stage while we play is so much fun. He is like an excited child when he gets into the music!

PASTORALE: Speaking of performances, Nightmare gained momentum after a heavy online presence with the posting of video performances. Do you feel like making a visual connection through that presence played a big part in gaining your growing audience? (N&tC) It just seemed like the best way to put ourselves out there. When no one knows who you are, it can be tricky to get their attention with music alone.

PASTORALE: How important is social media and updating fans through online connections? (N&tC) It’s very important nowadays. We feel very lucky to live in an age when it is so easy to connect fans and artists and the barriers have been broken down.

PASTORALE: Who do you envision your fan to be? (N&tC) You.

PASTORALE: How do you share your music online? What do you think about online sharing and do you give your music away for free? If not – why? (N&tC) If we gave our music away for free, that would kind of insinuate that it has no value whatsoever and that it costs nothing to make. A lot of people don’t realize how much work and money goes into making music.

PASTORALE: Agreed! Now a few fun questions….. What connection does Nightmare and the Cat have with the circus? (N&tC) Django started attending trapeze lessons at a place called Cirque School LA right around the time that we started the band. He quickly befriended the owners and soon after, we were collaborating with them on a live show.

PASTORALE: You recently had the chance to perform “Undercover” on David Letterman. So how was the David Letterman experience? (N&tC) It was totally nuts because we had not slept really at all. We had played the night before in Pittsburgh and then had to drive straight to NYC for a 4:30 AM load in at the Ed Sullivan Theater. It felt unreal, like it was a dream or a scene in a Fellini film.

Take the time to listen to Simple before hunting down (I know you will) Nightmare’s many videos, visuals, collaborations, and such. You will immediately recognize that they are something different. Beginning with an idea that is very rare when coming across a new album in this genre – it’s clean! Yes, no explicit lyric warning. An emotionally available album that will have you singing along without offending your mates. Admittedly my favorite track off of Simple is “Mae” towards the end of the album and by no means one to be missed! As they mentioned in the interview, Nightmare and the Cat are looking forward to touring extensively to promote their new full length album Simple out now on Capitol Records. Check them out at the upcoming Sunset Strip Music Festival on September 20th. Tickets for the festival can be purchased at: and follow Nightmare and the Cat on Facebook and on their website Simple is available NOW on Capitol Records! SEPTEMBER 2014 | PASTORALE | 25

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Photography by Kristina Borgstrom

Deodorant/antiperspirant and body odor is such an awkward and touchy subject in our American society. Dates back to about 5th grade for me. Right around the time hormones are changing, and when nobody wants to be the smelly kid. I actually remember in the 5th grade when my teacher had “the pit talk” to the class one day after recess. Can you imagine our faces? I also remember her anti-makeup talks too. My-oh-my how that worked out for me (Oh to grow up in the Pacific Northwest)! Well now I’m giving you my “pit talk”. I’m sure you have heard that deodorant/antiperspirants are now giving you cancer just like everything else. If you have not heard this, let this be a PSA. It takes great social strength to forgo those products and say “I’m going to let my BO linger!” which is quite admirable, but will never be this gal’s reality. It’s totally easy to just throw up your hands, use these products, and be like whatever! I’m not going to be stinky! I’ll get cancer one way or another! This is a HUGE mental battle for most, but then again maybe just me. There has got to be a better solution than stinking. I’ve tried what I like to think is a wide variety of natural deodorants, and I have not been happy with any until now - which sparked my interest to write this article. I endured smelling worse than any BO I could handle, squeaky, slightly-sticky underarms, and my favorite to date.... a rash because apricots and my skin do NOT get along. I have triumphed and come out on top smelling better than ever before! Let’s get scientific for a minute. (Hope I didn’t just lose you). I did a little light reading and research on this subject. Let me give you a little background. Aluminum found in antiperspirant forms a temporary plug in sweat ducts stopping you from perspiring. Parabens are then added as preservatives that help keep the shelf life of the products. Seems simple enough right? Researcher’s hypothesis state that when antiperspirants are left frequently on the skin near the breast area some of the product is absorbed into the skin causing estrogen hormonal effects. What is found in cancer cells? Parabens and estrogen. What is found at high levels in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients? Aluminum. There was a study done in 2004 by Pub Med, which found parabens in every 18 out of 20 samples of tissue taken from breast tumors. I would say this seems like a no brainer! We should probably stop using parabens and aluminum in products. Well every study I’ve read contained this same info however, this study was technically inconclusive and cannot be proven. Boy am I a torn slightly hippie (by my PNW associations) girl! So what I found, is that there has been no confirmation or direct links to cancer or Alzheimer with the use of deodorant and antiperspirants. So what Dr. Scientist PHD is really saying is “Maybe, kinda, sorta, could be”. Some more food for thought; there is a warning on all deodorants containing aluminum that reads “Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease”. Well, I don’t have kidney disease but I’d rather not give my kidneys a work out so I can smell better. In my book, any beauty product should NOT come with a warning. It’s beauty, vain, and not necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in the beauty business and I’m not saying we should all rub dirt on our cheeks for bronzer. Let us never underestimate the power of a shower people! Until someone can get back to me with more solid information on if my romantic rose scented Teen Spirit deodorant was a bad choice in my early years, I will be using and loving my lavender scented EO organic deodorant just to be on the safe side. Next time you smell someone with killer BO applaud them for being so bold. I know I will, and then I will hold my breath.




Fall and winter makeup trends of the past tend to play more to rich mauves and red. Mixed into every fashion house’s F/W 2014 show you will find a continuing trend of nude but color is making a bold come back. With the recent launch of Urban Decay’s Electric palette and Makeup Forever’s new vibrant color range of two hundred and thirty “artist shadows”, this is the season to explore a brighter look. But what color is right for you? First, it’s important to understand that color is an attitude. It’s an instant statement and can be a mood booster in inclement weather. While color choice should enhance eyes and skin tone, sometimes a hot pink lip and bright yellow eye can lift even the thickest of fog. If a full color look doesn’t work in the office, you can cheat it by exploring colored mascaras or wearing a punchy lip stain with a nude eye look.

HOW TO GET HOPE’S LOOK: Eyes – Prime with Urban Decay Primer Potion. Pat Makeup Forever’s Aqua Cream in “24 Yellow” across the mobile lid. Color in the inner corner of the eye with Makeup Forever’s Aqua Matic “Iridescent Lime Green”. Finish the eye with a coat of your favorite mascara, and one extra coat on the outside lashes for a touch of winged drama. Lips – For a less structured look, line the lips last. This technique helps define the lip, straighten the lip line, and blend into your lipstick shade better. Hope is wearing MAC “Show Orchid” Lipstick, a great blue-based hot pink. We chose this to compliment her eyes. 30 | PASTORALE | SEPTEMBER 2014


Pant and Jacket - Elizabeth and James Bra - Dolce and Gabbana

Pant and Jacket - Elizabeth and James Bra - Dolce and Gabbana

High-Waist Brief - American Apparel

Blouse - Equipment Necklace - H&M

Dress - Valentino

Dress - Valentino

Scarf - Hand made by Alisha Rivera Jumpsuit - NOE undergarments

Head Piece - Hand made by Gabriela Serigatto Lace Tank - Pavon NYC Cuffs - Tiffany Kunz Body Chain - Recharte Pant - How Very Dare

Crown and bodice - hand made by Gabriela Serigatto Jewelry - Tiffany Kunz

Crown and bodice - hand made by Gabriela Serigatto Jewelry - Tiffany Kunz

Jewelry - Tiffany Kunz Shoe - Jimmy Choo Dress - Hand made by Gabriela Serigatto

Scarf - hand made by Alisha Rivera Jumpsuit - NOE undergarments Booties - Jeffery Campbell Cuffs - Paradise Metal Art Body chain - Recharte

Scarf - hand made by Alisha Rivera Jumpsuit - NOE undergarments Booties - Jeffery Campbell Cuffs - Paradise Metal Art Body chain - Recharte



Dress - Free People Boots - Frye Socks - K. Bell

Romper - Free People Belt - stylist’s own Scarf - Lauren Vidal Hooded Jacket - BB Dakota Bracelet & Ring - Chanour

Top - Free People Pant - Nic + Zoe Boot - dV Dolce Vita

Dress - Velvet Vegan Moto Jacket - Free People Rings - Madewell

Bra - Free People Top - Free People Jeans - Free People Cardigan - Free People Boots - Frye

Tee - Susana Monaco Jeans - Free People Jacket - Free People Necklace - Maslo Jewelry Sneakers - Keds

Skirt - Blaque Label Sweater - Free People Double Gem Ring - Radiant Bangle Bracelets - Columbus Accessories

Sweater - Free People Dress - Blaque Label Socks - Free People Boots - Frye

Dress - Black Swan Cuff - Paradise Metal Art Tiffany Kunz necklace

Jewelry - Paradise Metal Art Bottoms - Triangl Men’s Button Down - Brooks Brothers

Necklace - Tiffany Kunz Sweater - Krew Swimsuit - Kaohs

Leggings - Black Milk Clothing

It’s a good year to be a geek: there are more geeky movies than ever before, with new titles constantly being announced, and comic conventions and their influence continue to grow. Pop culture has fully embraced its geek side, and I love it. The most surprising element in the rise of the nerd has to be its influence in the fashion world. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see such homage to geekdom on the catwalk, yet this year’s fall/winter collections have done just that—both blatantly and subtlety. Earlier this year, Star Wars made its debut in a bold way in two designer collections. Starting with Rodarte’s collection by Kate and Laura Mulleavy (both self-proclaimed science fiction nerds), images from Star Wars were the subject matter of multiple dresses. The stars of the show were the collection’s Death Star dress and Tatooine’s Moons dress; each beautifully crafted, the dresses showcased scenic Star Wars images without going overboard. Although many pieces from the collection evoked the spirit of the 1970’s (Star Wars was released in ‘77) and elements of fantasy and science fiction without using images directly from the film (in particular, their solid color dresses, evoking shades of an earthy desert and delicate sunset, embodied the desert planet Tatooine), Rodarte’s collection faltered with the use of Star Wars characters. Rather than keeping to the whimsy elements, the use of characters created a disconnect—too much emphasis on the characters and not enough on the fashion. Regardless, it was exciting to see such overt nerdom appear on the runway.

WRITTEN BY: Terra Clarke Olsen PHOTOGRAPHER: Danny Ysc Photography MODEL: Terra Clarke STYLIST: Catherine Keers MUA: Lauren Young

Following Rodarte, Star Wars made another appearance on the runway in the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-15 collection. Bregazzi’s collection embodied the feel of the time, with bold prints and cuts reminiscent of the 70s. Flowy and feminine pieces were offset with brazen images of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet. The entire collection brings a feel of nostalgia in an exciting and desirable way. The overt use of the iconic image from the best known science fiction film of all time was the hot topic among nerds everywhere, especially after the pieces were worn by celebrities Kirsten Dunst and Julia Roberts. However, the Mulleavy sisters and Bregazzi were not the only designers to find inspiration in science fiction. Though not as flashy as the Rodarte and Preen collections, other designers invoked their inner science fiction geek on the runway as well. Versace’s couture fall/winter 2014-15 collection featured a cosmos color palette, with striking lines and bold cuts that alluded to deep space. Versace’s use of buckles and metallic trim completed the vivid and elegant collection, which any science fiction nerd could easily imagine adorning characters traveling through deep space. In addition, Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall/winter 2014-15 collection also provoked the mystery of the cosmos and the greater unknown. The collection is dark, but when color is used, it’s meant to make a statement. One dress glittering with gold at the shoulders, cascaded into a trail of colors until it burst down into a pitfall of black, simulating an exploding star in deep space. Another dress, complete with headgear, uses sparse metallic lines and honeycomb patterns with statements of red to create a ball gown fit for a royal space ambassador or a Bene Gesserit straight from the pages of Dune. In fact, Jean Paul Gaultier’s entire collection could easily be implanted in a number of science fiction hits, like The Fifth Element, and seem perfectly at home. But it’s not just top designers taking cues from science fiction. Big name brands are taking note that geekdom is hot right now, incorporating items into their collections to satisfy the geeks — Neiman Marcus offers Star Wars cufflinks, Vans launched a Star Wars line, and you can even find Star Wars iPhone cases at J.Crew. Of course, geeks have always known where to find sci-fi inspired fashion, such as nerd-centric stores like Her Universe and Black Milk Clothing, but it’s nice to see the fashion world at large embracing a genre that has often been belittled and denied. With Neil deGrasse Tyson’s hit show Cosmos and the announcement of new Star Wars films in the works, geeks and non-geeks alike are looking toward the sky to ignite their imaginations and inspire their wardrobes. It’s hard to know where this fashion trend is headed, but one thing’s for sure, the future of geek fashion is bright and, like the speed of light, it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.


PISCES (February 19 – March 20)

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)

Oh Virgo, sweet little Virgo. People should start saying “A Virgo never forgets” am I right? But there’s always a downside isn’t on earth are you suppose to forget last weekend’s escapades. A useful suggestion would be to switch it up. Shut your mouth for once & listen. Seriously sshh shhh.. no one likes a bossy pants, especially when you wear those pants..corduroy? Really? I can’t even..

You just think you’re ssoooo smart. Ok ok people tell you that all the time but you think that you would know more about hygiene...what’s up with the breath? You may be confusing daily flossing with daily “flossing”. Yes yes you look great BUT all the bling in the world won’t save you from halitosis. Just looking out for ya. Oh and stop telling people you are Abraham Lincoln’s second cousin twice removed & that’s why you wear that stupid fucking hat and a fake beard.. no one is buying it.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)

Steer clear of anyone named Steve this week. Steve sucks. If you want to avoid any sort of awkward “swinging” situation then do what I say. Unless you’re into that sort of thing..wait are you? Oh man, you think you know someone. Fuck it..get Steve’s number.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)

Let your creative side out. Being spontaneous in anyway will do you well this month. Actually, just eat more fruit & adding fruit to your cocktail counts. OOooo and basil, ya ya add basil too, basil is good in anything. Wait what was I talking about?

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)

Do you remember that time when you kept your mouth shut and just observed life in all its glory? Ya, neither does anyone else. You are too in control 99.9% of the time. How about you let go, grab a few bottles of vodka & call up some people you met on Tinder. What could possibly go wrong, other than NOTHING!

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

Have you been working out? Seriously, you look great. Now that we got that out of the way how about you steer clear of people offering you free home phone service, it’s a trap! I know it sounds “vintage” in retrospect but you are no hipster Taurus. Also, mind your head, the fan on your ceiling is on its last leg, or wire, you get the point.

SAGITARIUS (November 22 –December 21)

Who has two legs and can barely stand after 10PM? YOU!! You need to really accept and follow the advice your friends give you. They say this one a lot don’t they “Go home Sag, you’re drunk..” Yaa We know you expect quick results, but the thing about booze is…it takes a bit to kick in, so having 3 shots, 2 drinks and a bong rip within 30 seconds mmaayyy cause you to end up naked on someone else’s lawn while sending some unappreciated text messages to that certain someone in LA that refuses to love you back.. just sayin.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)

Everybody likes twins, but unfortunately for you, you are both you and your twin. Talking to yourself isn’t all that embarrassing when you’re alone but on a date…that’s weird, even for you. So pretend like there aren’t voices in your head telling you to dine & dash & enjoy yourself for once. Whiskey usually will do the trick to silence your inner monolog, or does it make it worst? Can’t remember…best of luck.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)

Here’s a a fan. No one likes to be sweated on. You have been having a lot of sweaty encounters lately haven’t you? Well, if it makes you feel better no one really knows..except for Karen, and she’s a douche so you should probably make some phone calls and get her that date with Caleb or she’s bound to spill your stinky secret. PS- why are you still friends with her?

Think of a number between 1-100. Nope. See, you need to pay attention more. We both know that you would love nothing more then to sit at home tonight with a glass of cheap wine while reading a history book but step out of that boring box for once and call up one of your crazy Sag friends & tell them you are up for anything, as long as there aren’t costumes, deep sea fishing, or button makers involved..this time. Go get em you moody lil homebody!

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)

Oh man, where to even start. The dog days are over..not talking about Summer either. That “dime piece” you thought you brought home last Sunday was quite the troll weren’t they? A good suggestion might be to lay off the Tequila for a while, at least until you can find out where you parked your car, and your pants.

LEO (July 23 – August 22)

Give someone else the reins this week, you work too hard..seriously. Kick back and watch some primetime talk shows, but not that one. That one will only make you want a lobotomy. OOoo try using the word lobotomy this week. Say something like “Hey that’s a great lobotomy you have there. Is it new?” you will sound super smart and everyone will love you. Trust me.

By Ayla Henderson

Our instruction guide to your life for the month of September.

F*ck it up and it’s on you.














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