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Jai Wolf Loves Pop Punk Just As Much As You Do

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You can hear it now, right?

Sajeeb Saha, aka Jai Wolf, meets us in Chicago in a supremely modern cranberry jacket, white T-shirt, and, perhaps most astoundingly, crisp white sneakers that have evaded every trace of mud, despite the week’s heavy rain. He’s certainly not as flashy as some other artists we've met, but, as he tells us, it’s by design. Saha has honed both his style and sound over the years into something timeless, with his taste morphing from dubstep in his earlier days into his now signature dreamlike sound that nods to pop, downtempo, and indie dance. With an itch to find out more about the person behind hits like “Indian Summer,” we tumble into topics from Game of Thrones to pop punk, each bit giving a glimpse into the journey of his vision to create something enduring.

What famous person dead or living do you wish could have as a roommate?
Michael Cera. I feel like he would not bother you and would be doing weird things. I’d want to observe him for days at a time. I feel like he’s hiding something… what’s Michael Cera’s secret?

What is your favorite driving music?
I think ODESZA’s older albums from way back. Also, for road trips, when I was starting out and we would drive from New York to Boston, Philly, D.C, we would throw on old-school pop punk records, like blink-182.

I would have never guessed you were a pop punk fan.
2007 was a good year for that. There was Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance; Panic! at the Disco just came on the scene, Paramore was blowing up. I really loved the music, but I never penetrated the scene fully. Something about pop punk really spoke to me. I really like the poppier side of pop punk; I wasn’t listening to too much Taking Back Sunday or Good Charlotte. I liked straight-up big hooks.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.
Timeless, classic, simple. I’m trying to dress more simply, where I can look back on photos in 10 years and be able to say, “Oh, I’d still wear that today.” So I always wear solid-colored T-shirts and white shoes. I’d wear black skinny jeans 10 years from now; I’d wear white or black T-shirts 10 years from now.

When are you most relaxed?
When you’re an artist, you have a very stressful schedule that’s nonstop. My ritual for the day, my absolute Zen moment, is watching Netflix and eating food. There’s something about shutting the world off completely and watching a TV show and eating. I know it sounds weird, but as you grow older, you begin to appreciate really tiny things a lot more. For me, I savor that moment.

What was the last thing you binge watched?
I’m currently rewatching Game of Thrones. I’ve rewatched it a bunch throughout the years, but now that we’re seven seasons deep, I need a quick refresher. I started again at Season 4. I get super into it; I keep catching new things after a few rewatches, and I go on forums and read fan theories.

What’s the last good thing you read?
Oh man, I used to read a lot as a kid. Now, I dunno, I guess I mainly read Reddit [laughs].

Okay, so what’s your favorite sub-Reddit?
My favorite one to show people is r/cringe. It’s full of cringe videos of people doing cringe-y things. I love things like The Office where you get second-hand embarrassment—it’s like torturing yourself. I love cringe videos.

What kind of person were you in high school?
I was very dorky. I was in orchestra. I was in all the AP classes. I was shy and kind of quiet. I don’t think I dressed well. My mom would buy my clothes and at some point, maybe 10th grade, way late, I was like, “I think it’s time to start buying my own clothes.”

Do you have any phobias?
I have arachnophobia. I hate spiders. I read somewhere that a true phobia is super-intense? I don’t get super-scared, but I hate pictures of spiders, movies with spiders… close up, even the way they move, I hate it. If it’s a house spider, it’s not that bad, but I definitely don’t enjoy their presence.

If you had to live in a past time, what do you think would be the most fun era and why?

I’m addicted to technology so that’s a hard question.

You could go to the recent past, like the ‘90s.
I feel like so many people fetishize the ‘90s and feel super-nostalgic about it, and I kind of don’t get it. Maybe it’s because, as an immigrant, I didn’t get the full force of ‘90s culture. I wasn’t watching Friends; I missed out on things like Boy Meets World. I was just a kid, doing my thing. My nostalgia is for 2000 to 2010—the aughts? So I guess I’d hop back a few years. They were simpler times, minus high school. Something about that time was super-cool and hopeful.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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