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Friday, March 15th, 2013
On it, on it Apparently, David Brent is back. #TheOffice #RickyGervais [Ricky Gervais Channel] Finally, the documentary about Bikini Kill and Le Tigre's Kathleen Hanna debuted at #SXSW. Read Jenn Pelly's review of "The Punk Singer" and then, wait for it to come to a website near you. [Pitchfork] Sometimes you have to listen to songs and cry. #Waxahatchee [The Pink Couch Sessions] Awkward hair. Cool glasses. [Lady Gunn] Pamela Love interviews a band she likes. [Bullet Media] Dark, Danish punk rock. [Lower]

Q+A: Christelle de Castro

Thursday, June 14th, 2012
Photographer Christelle de Castro takes us behind the scenes of "House Calls" for Opening Ceremony. Opening Ceremony's former Photo Director, Christelle de Castro, teamed up with stylist Daria Radlinski to create a two-part editorial series that captures creative people in their natural habitats. The photos provide rare glimpses of professional artists in less-than-professional poses. In the first installment of "House Calls," we saw Norma Kamali, Tracy Antonopoulos, Chad Muska, M. Blash and Kembra Pfahler. For Part 2, Christelle and Daria visited Betsey Johnson, Patrik Ervell, Kathleen Hanna, Richard Phillips, David Toro and Solomon Chase. These playful and candid photographs are highly indicative of de Castro's style. She shoots everything from lookbooks to bands on tour and her portfolio includes work for V Magazine, Nylon, The Fader and DIS Magazine. Sitting in her studio in NYC, she spoke to us about the conceptualization of "House Calls," the way Norma Kamali made her nervous and her dream house call. Read the Q+A with de Castro below. We love "House Calls"! Where did the concept come from? I was the Photo Director at Opening Ceremony for 2 years and worked side by side with Daria, who is a stylist. We were partners in crime and she hit me up saying she wanted to work on an editorial. We made a dream list of the people we wanted to work with based more on their ability to inspire us than celebrity or something less personal like that. It allowed us to include friends, people we've worked with before, and people doing work we're organically interested in. Did you shoot Part 1 and Part 2 of "House Calls" at the same time? We shot them over the course of two months, it was a very long project. I would say the conceptualization, communication, and general coordination took about a month. The actual execution, meeting and shooting everybody was a whole other beast. What were the benefits of shooting people in their homes? We wanted to shoot them in spaces that that they were most comfortable in, it didn't necessarily have to be their home. We ended up calling it "House Calls" at the very end, but we shot a lot of people in their studios. We wanted to prevent the subjects from feeling awkward, that happens when you're shooting someone for a manufactured activity scene, like eating a taco at a restaurant. People could ham it up for me because they knew their spaces, so they would be like, "What about this?" It was really conducive to having a natural shoot. Was it similar to other work you've done? I do a lot of photo diaries. I've gone on tour with several bands where I essentially become a photojournalist capturing candid moments. The art direction for "House Calls" aimed to recreate that ethos. Some people were nervous and would say things like, "Okay, but my house is really messy right now," and that was actually perfect for the shots. What do you do if someone is awkward in front of the camera? A lot people tell me that shooting with me is very easy. I always find that funny because I'm not a model so I don't know how others work. I'm not stressful on set and I really make it a point to have fun. I'm constantly cracking jokes and I try to get my humor out of the way, right away. I think that puts people at ease. I'm probably the most inappropriate person on set all the time. The shots are definitely playful. We love Norma Kamali squatting with a medicine ball above her head. She kills me, it's verging on obsession. She's 67-years-old and I would seriously date her in a second. What was the shoot like with her? Her photos are a bit different than the other ones because they're in a fitness studio. Shockingly she didn't feel that comfortable with the camera right away. You would imagine that someone who's so stunning would be used to being photographed, but Norma is a centered, humble, energetic woman. She's not about attention and you tell by the way that she modeled. And FYI, she works out at that studio five days a week. We were expecting bar bells and bench presses, but the open spaces and dance bars came as a welcome surprise. That was actually my most difficult shoot of the series because I was so nervous. She's so legendary and I've always loved her work so I wanted to deliver. What was the easiest shoot? Most of the shoots were pretty simple. Some of them were time limited. We only had 15 minutes with Betsey Johnson because of her crazy schedule. Kembra was amazing because she was such a ham. She was living for it and loved the whole thing. Which "House Call" people did you know the best before shooting them? Solomon and David from DIS--they're old friends of mine. I've also worked on a couple projects with Richard Phillips. If you had to live one "House Calls" space for a weekend, which one would it be? I would want to stay in Tracy's room for a weekend because it's my 90s dELiA*S bedroom dream come true. And it's filled with good tapes, Pretty Woman and the Garbage anthology. What's your dream House Call? This is so hard. Probably Missy Elliot. She's such an important contributor to the world of art and music. What are the chances of that happening? In this lifetime? I don't know. Well, we hope it happens for you. Thank you. I'll FaceTime you if that ever happens.

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011
A weekly round up of some of our favorite links and stories. This 10-year-old girl just wrote an awesome zine and she didn't even know it. Best line: "I also hate Barbies, pink, my little ponies, and glitter is okay, I guess." [Jezebel] Jody Rogac kills it with her lens, again. [Contributor Magazine] Every celebrity under the sun loves the Beastie Boys and Fight For Your Right: Revisited proves it with cameos. If you missed it on TV last night, you can find it online here. [New York Magazine] Just a little something for those days when you feel like wearing nothing. [Di$count] Kathleen Hanna blogs about why this generation should try to avoid getting stuck in the binary of "Martyr Artist vs. Fucker Businessman." #sellingout [Kathleen Hanna] The Sex-Ed book they should have given us in high school. [90's Woman]

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Friday, October 8th, 2010
We love and appreciate the hell out of Tracie Egan Morrissey and her critical analysis. [Jezebel] Drummer for Nu Sensae, guitar player in Eating Out and general sex terrorist Daniel Pitout, a.k.a Osama Bin-Laid-en, gets interviewed about his post-coital affairs. [Le Slave] Women experience pain during sex? Do you? #ditchthedomes [Slate] Fat vs. gender. What does this study say about the marriage of bathroom scales and pay checks? [Gawker] Aquilano e Rimondi is every bit of summer colors we wish we happen all year. Peaches and lemons for all. [Trendland] Why do celebs pretend to be best friends for photo ops? Thanks Bronzer. #totesfake [Internet K Hole] Buy us these shirts for our birthdays. [Street Carnage]