Julian Casablancas, frontman of The Strokes, is ready to speak to power. He’s rallied together a new band – the epicly self-titled Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – and put out his first protest record. So, what’s driving this new radical agenda?
In Huck 47, we sit down with the man they call JC, and get an exclusive insight into his vision for social change, his undying respect for under-loved bands, and his newfound (but profound) distaste for brunch.
Elsewhere this issue, we roll back and forth through time to bring you stuff you’ve never heard of (new music, films, photography and books) and the untold personal stories behind the headlines you know well.
The Forecast gets ahead of 2015 with cultural tip-offs from the best curators in the game:
Norman Records call out the bands you’ll be namedropping come Jan. San Francisco’s City Lights line up your must-read books. LA film freaks Cinefamily bring the popcorn-lowdown for a weird year in film. And Bruno Ceschel of Self Publish, Be Happy gets genuinely overexcited about the revolutionary trends unfolding in photography.
And the new music keeps blaring with our 1990’s Kids special, featuring up-and-comers born in the internet boom:
London rapper Little Simz lays down a recipe for success based on the trusty mixtape; Atlanta’s Raury gets busy stealing other people’s fans; Suicideyear lays down minimalist beats from his base in Baton Rouge. Parisian twins Ibeyi pay homage to their Cuban roots; and Brighton-based rapper Ocean Wisdom proves that overnight success is just a facade.
And the stories keep rolling…
Rave On skips back to 1994 – the year John Mayor put the kibosh on raving with the Criminal Justice Act – and finds a hedonsitic scene that refuses to burn out.
The filmmakers behind Nas: Time is Illmatic tell us why the rapper’s story is still as relevant as ever.
In This is DIY, our ongoing celebration of independence, we head to Brooklyn and meet the artist-activists behind the Interference Archive, who are preserving protest culture history for the masses. And in Rio de Janeiro we spend time with Ballet De Santa Teresa, a non-profit that uses ballet to affect community change in the favelas.
Future Islands dig into their Baltimore roots.
Scandinavian skateboarding springs to life in the geometrically awesome folio of skate shooter Robin ‘Boon’ Nilssen.
Neck Face lets us hang out in his Hollywood abode, and starts necking vodka at the break of dawn.
And in an exclusive piece of undercover reportage, journalist Heydon Prowse – aka activist-prankster of The Revolution Will be Televised fame – exposes the political machine driving the UK housing crisis, and meets the single mums fighting for their right to an affordable home.
The Working Artisans’ Club 2014 welcomes its latest recruit, Racing Atelier from the Bavarian Alps, purveyors of fine handcrafted rucksacks.