music video premiere: cumulus


bliss out to nostalgia-drenched indie pop

You know that feeling when you find a song that's so moving, it actually gives you shivers? That's sort of what happened when I first heard “Do You Remember,” the new single from Seattle three-piece Cumulus.

The track opens with nothing but lead singer's Alexandra Niedzialkowski's earnest, lilting vocals, until it quickly transforms into an indie rock explosion of cascading guitars and throbbing drums. It's a nostalgia-drenched ode to youth, filled with lyrics like “Do you remember when young meant invincible?”

The song itself is packed with those bittersweet feelings that could've been lifted straight from any highschooler's diary, and the video stays true to this message. 

We especially love it because it's not flashy or in your face. Featuring close-ups of the band performing to an empty house, it's pure and good and simple…just like the song itself. (Unrelated: is it just us, or does Niedzialkowski bear a striking resemblance to Lena Dunham?) We also love it because it's not particularly sad, like, “Oh no, high school is over so our lives are over.” Even after you've graduated, isn't the best still to come?

Chris Walla loves Cumulus, too– the Death Cab for Cutie guitarist just signed the band to his label, Trans Records, and their debut album comes out this fall. In the meantime, watch the premiere for “Do You Remember” above.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.