Category The 405

The 405 Guide To: Grimes

I love BeyoncĂ©. She’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s got a rockin’ bod and an even more rockin’ career. But it’s because of all those things that I can’t relate to her at all. I’m an awkward, often-mistaken-for-teenager (in a few days, I will turn 25) with weird hair and anxiety issues. As such, the biggest […]

My First Love, The Mixtape

Mixtapes are like sex. You always remember your first, but the quality tends to improve (if there is any justice in the world) with experience. Both require patience, intuition and creative flair; you can’t just stick things anywhere and expect good results. I made my first for somebody who played a really important role in […]

The 405 Guide To: Alex G

A few weeks ago, an artist who was largely unsung this time last year sold out two pressings of his forthcoming LP on a pre-order. Philadelphia’s Alex Giannascoli, aka Alex G, has been digitally self-releasing music since 2010 and in that time has quietly become one of the most significant “bummer pop” touchstones. His latest […]

Interview: American Football

It’s been fifteen years since the world last heard from American Football. Their debut and only full-length album, American Football, was released by Polyvinyl on September 14, 1999 and gathered critical acclaim for its melting together of diary-entry lyrics and soft math rock sensibilities. Without meaning to, it touched upon something that rests in the core of […]

Elliot Rodger, Rap Genius & Not All Men

The feelings of grief, horror and discomfort that accompany the aftermath of Isla Vista shootings last Friday will be difficult – impossible, for many – to shake. Elliot Rodger, a 22-year old UC Santa Barbara student, stabbed his three flatmates before fatally shooting two more female students, a man inside an IV Deli Mart and […]

The 405 Guide To: PC Music

Every now and again, something totally unexpected will unleash itself on the music world and force you to re-evaluate everything you thought to be true. In 2011, Vaporwave drifted into consciousness as a critique of 80s consumerism and a parody of the most sterile genres ever to exist: lounge, smooth jazz and muzak, yet ended […]

An Idiot’s Guide to Someone Else’s Suicide

There’s nothing more voyeuristic or self-indulgent than believing you deserve to know anything about the suicide of a stranger. Yet, here we are, twenty years after Kurt Cobain’s death, still asking why a man who struggled with depression and drug abuse would possibly want to end it all. Like, surely not? Something doesn’t add up. […]