Alfred Darlington, 2012
MUSIC + FASHION MUSIC
tailor made DAEDALUS I
f you caught Alfred Darlington walking around Santa Monica, you probably wouldn’t guess he’s a DJ and producer, sweeping the LA beat scene off its feet. With his respectable facial hair and dapper threads, Darlington (otherwise known as Daedelus) seems as mythical as his stage name.
Darlington started his musical trek at the University of Southern California, studying Jazz on Double Bass. His classical knowledge echoes in his carefully constructed sound mixes and improvisation. Darlington is an inventor, a craftsman, constructing his own monomes for his sets. Over the last twelve years, the LA producer has dropped two-dozen full-lengths and EPs. Each is a bespoke cut, tailored from an array of colors and textures. Genres of juke, hip-hop, bossa nova, rave, classical, psychedelic, drum-and-bass all pervade his work. When the world strictly knew the “Low End Theory” as A Tribe Called Quest record, Daedelus helped supply the bedrock for the LA beat scene. His 2008 Live at Low End Theory remains a defining document of the most influential American club night of the last decade. He’s collaborated with Flying Lotus, Madlib, and MF Doom.
Daedalus and his monome
Ashleigh wears a motorhead band tee
vintage tee REVIVAL
There’s nothing quite like a vintage t-shirt. It’s been through the wash too many times to count, making the cotton fabric turn into the softest thing you’ve ever felt. There might be holes, but that just means it’s been around the block a time or two. Back in high school, my dad handed me down a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt that he bought in 1978. This is one of the best articles of clothing I have ever owned. I love that a simple shirt can live through so much, and be bought or passed down to live on through someone else’s adventures. By Victoria Porter
waxahatchee & swearin’ a concert review by Kelsey Rose
win sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield are two of the most exciting songwriters currently raging: Katie tours and records intimate rock pop as Waxahatchee, while Allison fronts the fiery rock band Swearin’. They grew up playing in bands together in Birmingham, Alabama, and now share a house in Philadelphia with their bandmates. While they haven’t had a chance to collaborate in a while, they are currently on tour together. The two acts played this week in Los Angeles, where Swearin’ opened for Waxahatchee in the smalls space of Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock. The smallness of the venue was intimate and rare; although the bands have been gaining a lot of leverage with kick-ass reviews, the atmosphere felt like a comfortable show with friends. Both Allison and Katie hung out in the crowd at times, and Allison stayed by the front row of the crowd for nearly the entire set of Upset, the opening act (a totally rocking, all female band headlined by Vivian Girls’ ex-drummer Ali Koehler. Totally worth checking out!). Swearin’ went on shortly after Upset, and despite some technical difficulties with sound (the unfortunate product of playing at a smaller neighborhood venue), their performance was impressive. While the show felt like a group of friends hanging out, the band’s seasoned stage
presence showed off their experience. Despite her years of experience playing shows, Allison didn’t seem jaded in the slightest, exuding grace even when her microphone was malfunctioning and exhibiting genuine excitement to be playing with her band. With the small venue, a dialogue between concert-goers and musicians was possible, and Allison answered a couple questions before the set and between songs. The loud, energetic sounds of Swearin’ made way for Waxahatchee’s quietly intimate songs of family, love, and longing. Katie came on stage quietly, with just a bassist and a drummer. She smiled meekly and introduced herself, sweetly stating how “happy” the night was for her and how thankful she was to be playing in Los Angeles with her “best friends, Swearin’” before playing some “really sad songs.” And sad songs they were. She played most of her set with her eyes closed, subdued, nearly disappearing into her lyrics, their perfect combination of abstraction and divulsion of details lending themselves well to Katie’s deliverance. Her genuine excitement to be performing at the small venue and with her twin sister and friends was refreshing. Seeing two cool, seasoned acts in an intimate venue was exciting in itself, but to see these two undoubtedly kick-ass twins do their thing with humility, grace, and verve was nothing short of fantastic.
Allison, left, and Katie Crutchfield in Los Angeles. Allison fronts Swearinâ€™, while Katie plays as Waxahatchee.