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Meet Weaves, Your New Favorite Band

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Their thoughts on hair, sound, and shitty tattoos

For the past two years, Weaves has been working non-stop, shooting videos, recording new music, and touring across the world. The Toronto-based band consists of Jasmyn Burke (vocals), Morgan Waters (guitar), Zach Bines (bass), and Spencer Cole (drums). Together, they have somehow managed to create a sound they can distinctly call their own while still maintaining a pop foundation at their core. In basic terms, the band's sound is a mixture of pop, rock, and dynamic guitar riffs. 

Two summers ago, Weaves released their debut self-titled EP. This past March, the band shot a music video for "One More" in the City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico. The track will be featured on the band’s self-titled album, which recently dropped on June 17 via Kanine (US), Buzz (CA), and Memphis Industries (RoW).

A few weeks ago, we had the chance to talk to these guys on a big comfy couch in Brooklyn. Unfortunately Spencer couldn't make it, but he was there in spirit. Check out the interview below to learn more about Weaves and their eccentric sound.

So how did you all meet?
Jasmyn Burke: I was out of a band and didn’t know what I was doing. So I started playing solo shows, and Morgan came to the second one.
Morgan Waters: We had sort of met years before because she acted in this comedy video that I was working on, and she did this thing where she was in my bed shaking a weird tambourine. It was a really bizarre piece. I didn’t know her musically, and then I saw her show three years later. I was fresh out of a band too, so I asked, "Do you want to collaborate and make music?" She didn’t know me, so we had awkward first music dates.
JB: We tried figuring out if we got along or if our music would work. Then, we started recording some stuff and started working on the EP pretty quickly.
MW: It was the two of us, and then we brought in Spencer, who’s on drums. Spencer knew Zach because they played together in a band. No one was friends before this band. Now we’re like some dysfunctional family.
 
Have you always been interested in music? What projects were you involved in before the band came about? 
JB: I played guitar secretly from 15 to 19 in my room. I didn’t let anybody hear. Then, my friends and I started an all-girl band. None of us really knew what we were doing, but we started playing in the city pretty much every week. Leading into this, I had my main band, which was called Rat Tails, another hair band.
MW: I played guitar in fiddle groups, which is crazy. It’s just kind of weird. Later, I was in a band called Sweet Thing, which was a straight-up pop band. I was playing bass in that. I usually was a bass player, but in this band, I get to play guitar and really go nuts.
Zach Bines: I started playing bass in a really weird way. I got a gig on a cruise ship six years ago, and they needed a bass player, so I lied and said I played bass. I bought a bass; the bass that I use today. I ended up falling in love with it. I’ve been playing bass ever since.
 
What inspired the name of your band?
JB: Hair is interesting and it grows. You can cut it. You can shave it off, and you can dye it. I always liked having that association with something that’s malleable. It was a natural progression from Rat Tails. Morgan and I debated for a while. He wasn’t a big fan of the name, but then he came around. Now it’s here.
MW: Here to stay. Hair to stay!
 
You don't fit into one genre, so how would you describe your sound?
JB: I think with the name we did like the idea of weaving in and out of genres and being open to different styles. There was no particular sound that we wanted to have.
MW: It’s pop music with soul in the vocals and some punk elements, but at its core, it’s structured like pop music.
ZB: If somebody asks me, the short answer is noisy pop music.
JB: I think everybody likes a variation of music. It wasn’t like, “Hey! We’re a bunch of punks trying to make punk music.” There was never really a specific idea. There never has been. I think it helps us to make whatever song feels good. In the future, we just want to be able to release anything that we feel proud of. Sometimes having labels puts you in a box.
MW: It's more personal because it's centered around Jasmyn's voice and the crazy rhythm section. Everyone has their own room to be expressive and when you put all those different voices together, it kind of makes Weaves.
 
Has growing up near Toronto influenced your sound at all?
JB: I don’t think it’s impacted the particular sound. I think by way of living there, you’re in a place that’s very vibrant with music. For me, I turned 16, and there was already a place that I could go and listen to music and feel part of a community. So, maybe that’s a particular thing to our city that I’ve always enjoyed, but I don’t think our sound necessarily stems from the scene. None of us were even in the same scene. Spencer and Morgan grew up on the West Coast.
MW: It’s a different energy. We’ve got that Earth Mother energy.
ZB: We’ve got that real metropolitan vibe.
 
How does your upcoming album differ from the EP?
ZB: The album is definitely a different sound than the EP. It sounds more like a band, which makes sense because we’ve gotten so much more comfortable playing with each other. In that way, it’s certainly changed. It’s more honed in.
MW: Everything is just a little clearer.
JB: I think touring has really helped us. We love to challenge each other on stage, and there's a lot of improv that happens. When we were recording, we realized the EP didn't sound like what was happening on stage. So we decided to record live off the floor and improvise more in the studio. One of the songs "Two Oceans" is completely improvised.
MW: She just made up all the words on the spot about drinking wine. It's a wine anthem.
 
Do you have any traditions or rituals when you go on tour?
JB: We get tattoos every time we go on tour.
MW: Zach got an almond.
ZB: Isn't this the shittiest almond you've ever seen? You can say it. It's not even negative for me anymore. It's just like, "Ok, well, there's that shitty almond."
JB: It's the shittiest almond. The tattoo artist was very negative, and he didn't like our tattoo ideas. He didn't like us when we walked in.
ZB: Yeah, I think we were an imposition on his lunch break. 

 

Catch Weaves on tour at the following gigs: 

August 22 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
August 24 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
August 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
August 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
August 27 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Photo by Rachel Dennis

Finally

"What do girls even do together?" This question, or some iteration of it, is frequently posed to me once someone finds out I'm bisexual or hears me mention my girlfriend, or if I make any reference to being interested in girls. I would be annoyed by it, but I have empathy because I know how hard this kind of information can be to find. In fact, the details of how two people with vaginas have sex isn't very widespread information. And, I know that I didn't really have all that much information about girl-on-girl sex before, well, actually having it myself. It's precisely this kind of situation that queer sex educator Stevie Boebi is trying to fix.

Boebi has gained a big following for her informational YouTube videos about how to use a strap-on, how to scissor, how to fist someone, how to choose a vibrator for yourself; any question you could have, she will get you an answer. She doesn't shy away from topics that people wouldn't be quick to ask someone about IRL, either, like BDSM. And she covers the kind of things that are definitely not what we're taught in sex education classes—likely not even in the most progressive curriculums. A study from GLSEN notes that only 4 percent of teens reported learning anything positive about queer sex in their sex ed classes, and points out that in some states, it's actually prohibited to mention queerness at all.

Particularly when it comes to sex with two vaginas, the lack of available public education leads to a general lack of understanding of how we have sex, which then leads to a lack of understanding in the queer community, too. "I just think that lesbian sex is so oversexualized, and we're the least educated," said Boebi when I asked her recently why it's so important for her to spread knowledge about queer sex in particular.

Boebi said that she started out on YouTube making videos about technology, but after she came out as a lesbian, her audience flipped from mostly male to mostly female, though she would prefer a less rudimentary gender breakdown ("the algorithm only deals in binaries, sorry," she quipped).

Ultimately, her sexuality led her to change her content entirely, because she wanted to educate people who couldn't find answers to their questions anywhere else—even on the internet.

"I started getting a lot of what I called 'stupid questions' from very confused teenage girls saying, like, 'How do I do it? Can I get AIDs from fingering someone?'" Boebi told me. They were questions that probably should have had easily Google-able answers, but, when Boebi looked for lesbian sex education content to send to fans who were asking her, she came up empty-handed. "I couldn't find anything. I think I found, like, two articles on Autostraddle, and that was it," she said. "And then I was like, Well, shit! If no one else is going to do it, then I guess I will."

Boebi's audience is mainly comprised of 13- to 24-year-olds, so she keeps in mind that she's helping people who may not be experienced, or even out yet. She uses her own experiences to inform her work sometimes, but also researches extensively and talks to people she knows who "have fancy Ph.Ds in sexology and shit," who can answer her questions or point her to resources she should be referencing.

Boebi's charm is in her relatability; even if she's talking about things we've been conditioned to feel shame around, she does it in such an open and honest way that all that shame disappears—as it should. She does this by perfectly meshing professional talk with jokes and sarcasm, and even uses characters based on star signs. She knows the importance of taking on taboo topics, because there are so many people who won't otherwise find answers to their questions. "I don't actually struggle in my everyday life asking people if they've ever been anally fisted before," Boebi joked with me. "I'll take that burden."

And keeping her tone light and humorous is of the utmost importance to her. "When people are laughing, they're comfortable, and I want people to feel comfortable," Boebi said. "And I want people to know that I'm comfortable talking about sex, and they can be, too." It helps also, Boebi told me, that her audience is separated by a screen, and she's not "in a room with a 12-year-old talking about my labia."

Beyond instructional sex videos, Boebi also deals with other rarely discussed facets of sexuality and physicality. Boebi is polyamorous, and talks openly about it, confronting the stereotypes and the misinformation about the identity head-on. And, she was also recently diagnosed with Ehler's Danlos Syndrome after going years without a diagnosis, and she aims to start working more with disabled queer sex educators to make her work more inclusive of people with disabilities. Though she pointed out to me that her work was already encompassing of disabilities, she "hasn't been a part of the disability activist community for very long," and so she has a lot to learn.

And, though Boebi's happy that she has the platform she does, she wants a more inclusive array of sex educators to join the scene. "My voice is my voice, and it's unique to me, but I think there should be way more," she noted. "Especially people [with intersectional identities]. That would make me so happy if we could diversify sex educators."

And, though Boebi says there's no "ideal way" to educate people about sex, she's definitely on a better track than the public education system, and she makes clear that there's nothing shameful about sexuality—in fact, it's just a part of being human, and a really fun one, at that.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.

BREAKING: JON SNOW FINALLY APOLOGIZED FOR SEASON 8 youtu.be

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It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL - Official Trailer www.youtube.com

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