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Seth Bogart Makes Pop Where Life Imitates Art

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Photographed by JJ Stratford

catching up with the former Hunx and His Punx front man

Once you've encountered Seth Bogart, it's tough to get him out of your head. As the former leader of pop-punk outfits Hunx and His Punx, and the creator of off-the-wall art line Wacky Wacko, Bogart isn't afraid to go big, bold, loud, and neon bright. That explains why we're so obsessed with his new solo album, which features earworm collaborations from equally edgy artists including Tavi Gevinson, Cherry Glazerr, and Kathleen Hanna.
 
We chatted with Bogart about beauty school, going solo, and why he might need to leak a new batch of naked pics on the Internet. 
 
 
Can you recall your earliest encounter with music? 
Listening to my dad's Pointer Sisters tapes and doing lip-sync shows for my grandma to Tevin Campbell and Prince.
 
What is your background in music and art? How did you get started doing both? 
Begged for a guitar in high school so I could learn Hole and Smashing Pumpkins songs. Never did much art till I was in my 30s, except for painting video sets, designing record covers and T-shirts, and making zines and stuff. I thought I was too punk for art and felt grossed out by white-room galleries and art people. 
 
How did you develop your technique as an artist? 
From just doing it! I went to beauty school, not art school. Recently, I did take a few painting classes, which was really eye opening. But literally almost zero training, which is pretty obvious. For me, it's way more about doing art than learning to be technically good at it.
Photographed by JJ Stratford.

How is your solo work different from Hunx?
Hunx to me is a punk band. A group effort. Each person had their instrument and their role. This solo album mostly starts from me making songs in my bedroom with a guitar, keyboard, and laptop. And then taking them to my friend Cole [M.G.N.] who transforms them and turns them into pop hits. I kinda think I might never go back to the old way—being in a band. Although I was kinda craving it the other day. 
 
You have a lot of features on this album. How did you go about making those selections?
I've always wanted to do a song with Kathleen and have known her for years from when my old band, Gravy Train, toured with Le Tigre. She is one of my favorite singers. I heard Tavi sing and was kinda blown away by her voice and think she's pretty amazing in general, so I thought it would be fun to have her on a song. Chela is someone I didn't know but was a giant fan of her music so I just contacted her and it worked out. Clementine [Creevy]'s band, Cherry Glazerr, played their first song with Hunx at a skate park in Orange County. I always thought she had such a cool voice and it seemed like a good idea to have a teenage girl play and sing on my album because she would probably do something cool and unexpected—which she did. Jeremiah [Nadya], who sings on "Lubed," is a good friend of Cole's and I'm obsessed with his voice. There was literally a list of 20 people I wanted to work with. Hopefully, I will get to collaborate with a bunch more on the next album. 
 
What was the process of putting your new album together?
Cole and I worked off and on on it for over two years and didn't really stop writing songs till we felt like we had 12 that made sense together. In the past, I always recorded an album in five days or less, so this was a totally new way of working for me.
 
The music video for "Eating Makeup" looked very crafty! Are you generally very hands-on when it comes to the creative aspects of your work?
Yes, always. The creative aspects are my fave parts. I also collaborate with a lot of people. For instance, my friend Christine Stormberg and I did all the sets and props for "Eating Makeup" together. And Peggy Noland did the costumes. 

Photographed by Suzy Poling

Tell me about the Wacky Wacko mag! What's it got going on inside?
The most recent issue is about obsession. I interviewed some of my favorite entertainers, like Dina Martina and Geneva Jacuzzi, wrote about hot gay porn stars and stalking celebs, and asked a bunch of my friends to contribute something.
What is your personal favorite song on the new record? 
Definitely "Forgotten Fantazy,"  followed by "Lubed" and "Sunday Boy." I honestly love every song, though.
 
Your  exhibit looked like an absolute dream. Can you tell me about what that experience was like for you? 
It was an absolute dream. I don't know if I could top it! The exhibition took place in LA at my favorite gallery, 356 Mission Rd. Wendy Yao from Ooga Booga runs the gallery with Gavin Brown and Laura Owens, a painter I really love. I was obsessed with Wendy's band, Emily's Sassy Lime, in high school and interviewed them for my zine. It really felt special and full circle to get to work with her. I can't say enough great things about their space. The important events they always host—always free—the amazing shows, the screenings, the parties, the talks. I worked on the show for over a year and never thought it would be possible for it to turn out how it did. I had help from my dream collaboration team: JJ Stratford, Peggy Noland, Oliver Sweet, Christine Stormberg, and Cole M.G.N. I hope to bring the show to other cities eventually. But I'm also in the mood to work on something new. 
 
What's something nobody knows about you that can't be found on the Internet?
Sadly anything you want to know about me, including what I look like naked, can be found on the Internet. I need to leak some new nude pics because my body is looking so much better these days! 

Photo by Imani Givertz

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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Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"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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Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

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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