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Here we have a little behind-the-scenes action from the photo shoot for Magic Hour, our new Pop-In@Nordstrom. For the uninitiated, Pop-Ins are recurring boutiques curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim, which exist in selected physical Nordstrom locations and of course online.

Magic Hour refers to the time at a music festival when the sun sets and tame gives way to turnt. Snapshots and a detailed statement from Olivia are below.

Shop: Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom

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Images by Elizabeth Rudge

Bay Area native Hanni El Khatib is an all-around aesthetician, full-time rock bandleader, rap fan, record label owner (Innovative Leisure), streetwear design legend for the brand HUF–speaking of which, have you seen Nordstrom’s new streetwear collection?–and a real pleasure to speak with over a glass of ice water and a Murder magazine.

Right now it’s rock time for El Khatib. He’s playing shows almost every night.

He talked to us about touring, being back in the saddle as a skate/street designer and why most rap-rock songs are atrocious.

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Thumpers L-R: Marcus Pepperell, John Hamson, Jr.; image courtesy Sub Pop

We’ve had “Galore” by London-based duo Thumpers on repeat during this seasonal shift from frost to flowers, an album so energetic and full of life it can make spring cleaning fly by. Peep a snippet of the track “Roller” in our garden-kaleidoscope Spring Field Guide video, and listen to the full song below.

John Hamson, Jr. (drummer, multi-instrumentalist) talked to us from a coffee shop in the English countryside about growing up on Missy Elliott and feeling like most indie rock music is hecka boring.

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L-R: DJ Mursi Layne, Catherine Harris-White, Stasia Irons

Image by Elizabeth Rudge

The ever-stylish neo-soul/hip-hop group THEESastisfaction is back and baring it all on second album EarthEE (Sub Pop), a great spring record that principal members Stas and Cat (Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, based in Brooklyn and Seattle) are calling their breakup album. It’s not a depressing listen, though. Instead it carries hopeful messages of renewal and lyrics about finding new ways to continue on.

Stas and Cat may have broken up as real-life romantic partners, but they are recommitted to their THEESatisfaction project together–now including the smooth DJ Mursi Layne and a community-building series of Black Weirdo dance parties–and the overarching goals of honoring blackness and a queer-positive viewpoint through free-form art. 

We think THEESat is rad, and luminaries agree: Grammy winners/nominees Ishmael Butler and Meshell Ndegeocello guest on EarthEE; feminist indie rock icons Sleater-Kinney are taking THEESatisfaction on their spring reunion tour; and Martin Scorsese said Cat was dope as hell. Basically. 

Here are Stas and Cat on music, Macklemore, Black History Month and working with Scorsese.

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Britpop lives forever! Or at least it lives again, as the inspiration for our current Pop-In@Nordstrom, the recurring shop curated by Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Topshop and Topman are the focus. Britpop is the official soundtrack.

While there’s a fine line between classic and played-out, some Britpop gems from the ’90s hold up exceptionally well, and even massively overplayed hits can be made new again if you switch up your context. To that end, we spoke with Topman Design Director Gordon Richardson while simultaneously watching the two most crucial music videos of Britpop: Pulp’s “Common People” and Blur’s “Parklife”–that’s Blur, the band currently reuniting after a 12-year hiatus.

This is the “Parklife” blog post.

Here is the “Common People” blog post.

Click play on the video and then follow along below. It’s like directors’ commentary.

Sort of. 

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converse andy warhol

converse andy warhol

Britpop lives forever! Or at least it lives again, as the inspiration for our current Pop-In@Nordstrom, the recurring shop curated by Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Topshop and Topman are the focus. Britpop is the official soundtrack.

While there’s a fine line between classic and played-out, some Britpop gems from the ’90s hold up exceptionally well, and even massively overplayed hits can be made new again if you switch up your context. To that end, we spoke with Topman Design Director Gordon Richardson while simultaneously watching the two most crucial music videos of Britpop: Pulp’s “Common People” and Blur’s “Parklife.”

This is the “Common People” blog post.

Click play on the video and then follow along below. It’s like directors’ commentary.

Sort of. 

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If you haven’t swooned today but are open to the possibility, try listening to “Windows” by Shortcircles X Parks Burton. These West Coast knob-twisters are kicked back, laid back and strummin’ on heartstrings. File next to How to Dress Well and the “Portlandia” theme.

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Shortcircles–also a professional video game scorer and recording engineer–spoke to us about how he teamed up with singer Parks Burton by accident in Los Angeles and where to chill on a Sunday in Oakland.

Images are courtesy of Shortcircles and Kristina Kassem.

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The star of all-star jam “FourFiveSeconds” is definitely Rihanna, singing hard and being a badass and crying, performing with Sir Paul McCartney and the current King of Pop, Kanye West. Not the first time McCartney has collaborated with the K.o.P., BTW.

But from a style POV? The star is Rihanna’s jean jacket and leather-belt-tied-like-a-tie combo. Kanye West did the styling, selecting vintage Sean Jean denim. Which means for all you retro trend watchers out there, it’s time dig up your late-’90s/turn-of-the-millennium hip-hop gear like Fubu and Karl Kani.

That’s the fashion tip.

Shop: Men’s Denim Jackets

–Andrew Matson

January 30, 2015

Listen Up! DJ Sliink

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Jersey club is like a funny friend who is always doing the most at the venue–but that’s why you love them. With its anything-goes aesthetic of drums, bass and ridiculous vocal splicing, the musical genre is also perfect to propel you through those last ten minutes on the treadmill.

We spoke with Jersey club king and worldwide ambassador DJ Sliink–he of the Brick Bandits and Cartel Music crews–about his musical philosophy, dancing in New Jersey versus anywhere else in the world and the happy accident of recording a vibrating BlackBerry.

And he fully endorses the Thump documentary embedded below, so go ‘head and get your learn on.


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January 23, 2015

Listen Up! Dainjazone

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ‘tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or, at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.


OK, let’s briefly remember LMFAO from a few years ago, the most annoying band in the world that also seemed to be having the most fun. Dainjazone was their deejay. Turns out his club/EDM mixes are superb for working out. Especially if you enjoy the ego-canceling fury of, say, a good spin class.

Not that the nephew of Motown founder Berry Gordy doesn’t have taste or range. He just understands that music is kinetic. Dainjazone (real name Joseph Hampel) spoke with us on the phone between club gigs from Los Angeles. Topics included health, travel and the baffling power of horns.


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