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The Kempt Five

  • Najib Benouar


Every Wednesday we’re giving you a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick. We call it: The Kempt Five.

Without further ado, the music, interviews and sweaters we’re digging this week.

541366_127733330731691_2014832995_n Finding Stuff from Spring in Your Fall Jacket Pockets. “Concert tickets, movie tickets, business cards, random notes scribbled on napkins, stray buttons, matchbooks, paperclips, the occasional bit of cash... It’s the best.” —P.L.U.

robbie-fulks-bloodshotrecords-1fad8450ce711e12a066cf23047125e735fa71c5-s40-c85 Robbie Fulks, Gone Away Backward. “I know nothing about Robbie Fulks. His was always one of those names that I vaguely associated with ‘Music I Would Like but Haven’t Listened To.’ Well, a chance encounter on the radio (yes, the radio!) led me to streaming his new record on Spotify. It sounds like a million bucks. Steve Albini—of producing Pixies, Nirvana and just about everyone else you like fame—produced this, and it sounds like a bluegrass record produced by Steve Albini: raw, powerful, vaguely menacing, yet somehow wistful. Consider this your fall soundtrack...” —P.L.U.

p01h879s Zane Lowe. Kanye West. The Interview. “That is the actual title BBC Radio gave this. Whether you hate the guy or love him, Kanye is impossible to ignore. And this one-hour interview is just as riveting as anything else the guy’s done recently—especially the moments when things quickly escalate to an unexpected intensity over stuff like leather jogging pants. You can’t deny Kanye’s passion. It’s an hour worth slipping into your podcast schedule, if nothing else.” —N.B

DV1554324 Not Shaving. “It’s finally become the time of year where going longer between shaves—or forgoing it totally—is acceptable again. You might even be able to get away with it with a tux, if your name is Jon Effing Hamm. Gentlemen, start your grizzle.” —N.B.

03323_SW7055_m Shawl Collars. “Neck warmth is nothing to be taken lightly. And since indoor scarves are frowned upon in every imaginable situation, shawl collars are an easy way to remedy such a chilly situation. To that end, I picked up this nautical number from J.Crew last week, and it’s been conquering the LIRR’s unseasonable air-conditioning every day since.” —S.P.