The Kempt Five
Every Wednesday we’re giving you a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick. We call it: The Kempt Five.
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals. “Amidst the NBA playoffs (and the whole Donald Sterling debacle), I just rewatched this… one of my favorite sports documentaries. It shows the on-court rivalry and eventual off-court friendship between two of the greatest all-around hoops players ever. Their backgrounds, attitudes and playing styles couldn’t be more different, and the way these two fiercely competitive guys find respect, admiration and love for each other is really pretty inspiring. It’s (shh) streaming free on YouTube.” —A.P.B.
A Fleece Blazer. “I picked up a light-gray fleece blazer (not the same, but similar to the above) from Seyrig in the East Village last summer for about 60 bucks, and I’ve already received more mileage from it than probably any other lapel-having garment I own. It’s certainly not the most formal of blazers, but the fact that it’s basically a sweater turned into a blazer makes it more interesting than ‘casual.’ It also folds easily, feels good in just about any temperature and is probably the coziest thing you could offer a chilly date who needs need an extra layer on the walk home.” —J.W.
These Pretty Amazing Swim Trunks. “Our friends at UrbanDaddy Miami hipped us to this swimsuit sold exclusively at the Webster by the always-amazing French brand Ami. I’d been meaning to go full Dickie Greenleaf for a while now.” —P.L.U.
Noel Gallagher, The Dreams We Have as Children (Live). “This story begins the way many good stories do: in a bar. I was at my local, enjoying a pint, when I heard a song both familiar and not. ‘Cold and frosty morning,’ the lyrics began. ‘There’s not a lot to say about the things caught in my mind.’ I recognized it as an Oasis tune, but didn’t place it until the massive chorus hit: it was ‘Don’t Go Away,’ a standout from the band’s uneven third album, Be Here Now. Except this wasn’t that version. It was simpler. Acoustic-er. It didn’t sound like the world’s biggest band (in 1997) trying to top itself by going even bigger. It sounded melancholy, in the best possible way. Turns out, it was from a live solo set, recorded by Noel in 2007 and released under-the-radar two years later. The whole thing’s on Spotify, and is the perfect soundtrack for the kind of rainy day the entire country seems to be having right now. If at all possible, enjoy it at a bar, a healthy pint in hand.” —P.L.U.
A Film About Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars. “Following the release of Cash’s final album last month, French music site La Blogothèque pays homage to the Man in Black with a new micro-documentary featuring LA-based band Local Natives, Brandon Flowers of the Killers and folk singer Father John Misty. The boys come together for dusty, emotive covers of ‘Baby Ride Easy,’ ‘I Came to Believe’ and ‘Out Among the Stars’ interspersed with candid discussions on the effect his music has had on their lives and careers.” —C.G.
— Andrew Payne Bradbury
— Caitlin Ganswindt
— Paul L. Underwood
— Jason Wire