June 2016

For fans of vibrant and consistently engaging Hot Chip, Alexis Taylor’s name will be enough to give this one a listen. Piano is a striking exercise in musical and personal introspection, and the voluminous quiet that comes with it. For everyone else, perhaps Piano’s novelty will do the trick, but Hot Chip lovers won’t get the pulsing synthonic power they’re used to. Taylor has challenged himself here giving himself offering nothing but a piano, some expectedly adept songcraft, and his endearing McCartneyan vocal clarity. On Piano, those three things are done with taste and control and the result is a pleasant and challenging and softly honest musical release. Taylor’s chosen intimate setting is the perfect one for his self-proclaimed “atheist’s gospel record,” a blissful song sequence of beautiful ballads.

If the underground grunge babes of the ’80s and ’90s merged and birthed an angelic musical child in the 21st century, Dream Cult would be that babe. This eclectic quintet of indie-pop-rock cuties collaborate to shed a dreamy light on their devoted followers. With influences like Elton John, The Cure, The Killers and a myriad of others, Hayden Boyd (vocals/guitar), Salar Almakky (vocals/bass), Travis Bass (guitar), Cody Bass (drums) and Justin Moreira (vocals/keys/guitar) provide a kaleidoscopic view of the icons who paved the way for them.

Jackson-­based hip hop artist SilaS dropped his latest album The Day I Died (a.k.a. TDID) in February of this year, giving listeners a nostalgia­-fueled journey into the life and times of SilaS as an artist and an individual. It is a tale of finding yourself, chasing your dreams and living life the way you’ve imagined you always could.

The Hip Hop Trumpeter is not new to the scene. TDID is actually his third official album with three mixtape releases prior. Many consider this latest release to be his magnum opus, showcasing all the growth and evolution he’s experienced since he began his career as an artist in 2009. It feels like we are getting SilaS in his most honest creative mind. His story is relatable to many, which helps people connect with this project in a way that brings to mind the highs and lows of leaving childhood and becoming an adult.

The Prickly Hippie is a full-service florist based in Madison, sought after for specialty succulent and cacti arrangements planted in vintage finds that have been repurposed. Owner Jenni Sivils specializes in Mississippi grown succulents and cacti. She also teaches classes on creating succulent/cacti wreaths and arrangements. Brides request her handmade centerpieces, floral crowns, boutonnieres and bouquets for weddings and special occasions.

Arrangements can vary in price from $8 to $200 depending on the order. And there’s a bonus for your green obsession — each month, a portion of the proceeds from The Prickly Hippie sales are donated to a local Mississippi charity.

Photography by Blackbird Creative

It’s said often that we live in a “materialistic” culture, but that implies that we actually value material things. Our culture is less materialistic than it is disposable — instead of investing in material goods built to last, we buy cheap things and toss them when they inevitably break down.

Businesses like J. Parker Reclaimed Furniture are a counterstrike against disposability. Owner Jacqueline Parker’s beautiful, clean-lined creations are made from 100% reclaimed wood, and their durability and aesthetic appeal set them apart from big-box plywood desks and tables.

Where does your trash go once you’ve thrown it out? Have you ever wondered? Do you even care? Although NASA is (thankfully) discovering other inhabitable planets, you should. Each year humans generate about 230 million tons of trash — that calculates to about 5 pounds per person every day. That’s why 36-year-old Gabriel Dishaw decided to sculpt your useless rubbish into intricate creations.

“My passion for working with metal and mechanical objects has been essential in the evolution of my art. It provides me an avenue to express myself in a way that brings new life to materials such as typewriters, adding machines and old computers – technology that would normally end up in a landfill,” Dishaw said. “My mission is to create dialogue and help find creative, environmentally sound ways of repurposing e-waste.”
The Indiana based artist allowed us to pick his brain to uncover the reasons, methods and hopes behind his so-called “junk art.”