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An Interview with Bunny Boy

As soon as I heard the odd mixture of savagery and sugary imagery contained in Bunny Boy's lyrics, I was hooked. More underground than his talent deserves, Bunny Boy is one of the most original artists I've encountered. The music itself is light and airy, a melt-in-your-mouth delicacy like cotton candy. But his real talent lies in the "completeness" of the worlds he creates through song. This effect is not effortless, however. It didn't come as a surprise that Bunny Boy's process as a musician is more similar to that of a scientist than it is a creative, relying heavily on in-depth research of his subjects. Read on to find out more about his methods.

Where do you get inspiration for your songs?

Inspiration often comes from a very specific feeling with very vague images, stories, or ideas surrounding that feeling. "Your Blue Sky" came about while I was walking through a Marshalls store. There was a song that was playing that I could barely hear but I s…

An Interview with Rachel Trachtenburg

I honestly don't remember how I came across the name Rachel Trachtenburg. All I remember was being completely absorbed by her angelic voice, her unprecedented creativity, and her charming fashion sense. Each of her projects enthralled me, from her family band (The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players), to her admittedly saccharine but undeniably convivial teen band (Supercute!) to the delightfully surreal and twee TV pilot for Rachel Trachtenburg's Homemade World, and finally the dreamlike melodies of her current band, Wooing.

Although Rachel will no doubt have other projects in the future that will continue to amaze, inspire, and captivate me, Wooing's EP "Daydream Time Machine" seems like the current epitome of Rachel's creative achievements. Inspired by a documentary about LSD experimentation, the EP is an amalgam of influences that, through Rachel's vision/direction, come together euphoniously. She was as careful and articulate with her interview answ…

An Interview with Andre Hyland

As the 4th of July approaches, there's only one movie appropriate for the occasion: Andre Hyland's The 4th. The film follows protagonist Jamie through his seemingly unambitious quest to have a cookout in LA on, as the title implies, the 4th of July. It is in the same vein as his Sundance nominated short film "Funnel," which essentially consists of the protagonist delivering an intriguingly mundane rant whilst he searches for (you guessed it) a funnel after his car breaks down.

"Funnel"and The Fourth describe the complexities of the human experience through hilariously specific, workaday anecdotes, whereas Hyland's earlier projects employ an almost antithetical technique, veering more into the surreal and non sequitur. However, the ideology behind them has remained much the same. In addition to being a mostly self-taught filmmaker, Hyland is also a graffiti artist and performance artist; these disciplines intersect at their boldness, and have helped Hylan…

Obligatory Travel Post (pt 1?)

As annoying as it is to look through other people's vacation photos, I do feel obliged to post some pictures from my recent trip to Japan -- if not for a current audience then at least for posterity. I'll also include all the locations I went to in case anyone is planning a trip! I might do a haul in the future (at least of the zines that I bought). Although haul posts always feel a bit gluttonous. Maybe a shopping guide too. We'll see.

I should mention that it's been a dream of mine to visit Japan for nearly a decade, so the experience of finally being there really transcends words and certainly transcends a shallow blog post, but whaddyagonnado ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I spent a week in Tokyo, a few days in Kobe, Osaka, and Kyoto. Before I left I also went to Seoul for  few days, totaling 2 weeks abroad. Here's the highlight reel:

Nara Deer Park was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life and I say that free of irony. There's something about the abundance of deer comb…

An Interview with The Report of the Week

I'll admit to initially watching Running on Empty Food Reviews ironically. The seriousness with which The Report of the Week approaches his work achieved a sort of profound comedy. Although it seems ironic by nature to be consuming fast food with such precision (critiquing it as though it was worthy of a legitimate critique) to watch his videos purely for comedic value undercuts the true genius of fast food vlogger John (who is better known by his uncharacteristically informal nickname, Reviewbrah). As I gave up all pretensions of watching this gentlemen's food reviews in a sarcastic manner, a more poignant appreciation for him and all of his work -- including his shortwave radio show and non-review videos -- emerged.

First of all, concealed in his delightfully articulate reviews lies intriguing commentary on classism. Fast food is the cuisine of the common man, why are the vast majority of people who devour McDonald's and Pizza Hut not entitled to reviews of the same calib…

An Interview with Hailey Wait

It's hard to find an angle on Hailey Wait that hasn't already been taken. The 18-year-old "pro pizza face" Instagram personality and artist has been the subject of numerous articles boasting clickbait headlines dissecting her Instagram feed and proclaiming her inspirational for breaking the boundaries of what carefully curated Instagram accounts are allowed to present. Her albatross, according to many of these stories, is her acne. They range in perspective and depth, from writers who offer a mere paragraph about her message of self confidence, to stories that challenge the conventions of beauty using Hailey as a catalyst. I'd be hard pressed to find a facet of her physical appearance that hasn't already been explored.

Of course, Hailey is more than an uplifting headline. Her triumphs and problems are beyond skin deep. She's an immensely talented artist, her surreal and otherworldly-yet-enchanting paintings are not posts that can just be scrolled through (…

An Interview with @oceau

Bella's Instagram page is a bit like a siren's call. Judging by her follower count, I am not the only one that had the instinctual reaction to tap the follow button as soon as I caught a glance of her doe-eyed selfies, absolutely incredible makeup skills, and unconventional yet always charming ensembles. But I learned that there was more to her than just aesthetics. I also became captivated by her powerfully gory artwork, her strength and determination, her willingness to speak up about the traumas she's endured in order to help others. Although it's impossible to have a full picture of someone just through social media, Bella's compassion and heart shines through in the brief yet beautiful glimpses she gives her followers into her life. However, I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about the rosy-cheeked starlet that graced my feed every morning.

What work are you most proud of?

I have a series I created called "pretty girls do ugly things." Each draw…

A Deconstruction of My High School Self

May was the month I graduated high school. In this box lies the few tenuous connections I have to high school Hannah. Here lies an abstraction of my past self.

I don't believe in the concept of reinventing yourself, not that I would want to anyway. I could participate in numerous end of the year bonfires but I think I'd prefer to keep this junk boxed up for a little while longer. I like to view my past (and the physical manifestations of my past) as an artifact in a museum, something no longer in existence (or rather, no longer with existent