High Waisted’s Jessica Dye Makes Music You Can Dance Badly To


Exactly what we need

“I'm a terrible dancer, but I can dance to surf-rock really easily," Jessica Dye, the frontwoman for Brooklyn-based surf-rock band High Waisted, told us when we spent the day with her recently. That promising realization, and the fact that she became obsessed with the genre during an expedition to the Rockaways, was part of what led her to start her own band.

The other inspiration? A boy. “This is so cliche, but I had a really terrible breakup and needed some sort of artistic outlet," she said of her first foray into songwriting, “and that's sort of what triggered my initial start into music."

Those post-breakup feels, along with other insecurities and fears, are given a positive, airy beat that we can all very easily dance badly to. Now, Dye writes songs about everything in her life (so, not just the run-of-the-mill cliched breakup song) and brings an upbeat spin to whatever she may be feeling—the negatives turn into positives, and bright times get even happier. She puts a pastel lens over all those feelings, making them not only easier to handle but giving cause to celebrate even life's banalities.

To Dye, staying motivated is easy: All she has to do, she said, is “to remind myself that I have such great fortune in getting to do what I do." With the buzzy style of her music, that doesn't seem too hard for her. Looks like she takes any excuse now to pop a bottle (of Segura Viudas Cava, of course) and celebrate her killer career and the music she gets to make.

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.