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The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Jason Wire


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


The State of Utah. “Sure, it gets a bit of a bad rap with the religious zealots and statewide alcohol restrictions, but following the steadfast logic of ‘if it’s good enough for Redford, it’s good enough for me,’ I took a trip out last week. And it’s fantastic. In one day I woke up to 80-degree sunshine, saw the leaves change to fall driving through Little Cottonwood Canyon, felt the flurry of fresh powder in Albion Basin and got caught in some spring showers (while actually watching bison/antelope roam free). Plus, you know—my big brother lives out there, which is the real draw. One turn of the screw and you could have been reading my rant on the glories of Idaho.” —C.G.


Supple Leather. “Could be the crisp air, could be the fact that I’m still pining after Schott’s 100th Anniversary Exhibition—either way, I broke out my leather jacket for the first time this season. And after five loyal years, I still feel like a new breed of tough when the time comes to bring her out of summer storage. She’s a good woman.” —C.G.

1009KMT_Five_3 Psychic, the New Album from Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside project. “It’s equal parts ethereal space-rock and head-bobbing beats, with some added jazziness you’d expect from Jaar (if you don’t know him, get to know him). It’s perfect for gray-sky days, which are becoming more numerous. The album came out yesterday, but here’s a streaming single to get you in the mood.” —J.W.

1009KMT_Five_4 The First 15 Minutes of Gravity. “Not the most original pick, sure, but Jesus Christ. It’s fantastic—both in a ‘how the heck did they do that’ way and in a ‘I am really enjoying the sounds and images that are being projected at me’ way. People will be studying this movie for decades to come. (And yeah, the other 75 minutes are pretty good, too.)” —P.L.U.

1009KMT_Five_5Note which one became the icon (hint: not the guy with the rolled-up jeans).

Not Rolling Up the Ankles of Your Jeans. “I know it’s still cool to roll ’em up and show off the selvage and maybe a little sock. I get it. I’ve done it. But for whatever reason, today I didn’t feel like it. And you know what? I think it looks a little extra badass. (Or at least as badass as jeans can look on a guy who works at a computer in an office.)” —P.L.U.