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Pharrell: Lady Luck

By Laura Studarus; photos by Cass Bird on April 17, 2014

 

Pharrell: Lady Luck

IT MIGHT BE HARD TO BELIEVE, but Pharrell Williams is 41 years old. In both quantity and quality, the musician’s CV reads like someone’s twice his age. There are the production gigs. (Among his credits is work for Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Marr and Robin Thicke.) There’s time spent as a member of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D. There’s his solo work. Even as a guest musician he has the knack of landing once-in-a-lifetime spots. (Perhaps you’ve heard Daft Punk’s ubiquitous single “Get Lucky”?)


But for all his headline-worthy accomplishments, Pharrell bounds along in conversation with the enthusiasm of a teenager. Each statement, no matter the question, is peppered with mentions of his main interests and delivered with the intensity of a well-crafted pop hook. Life is good. Unique equals special. And ladies? Yeah, he loves ’em.


Pharrell has plenty of reasons to celebrate the fairer sex these days. His sophomore album G I R L is a tribute to the women in his life—wrapped in the soulful grooves, pop hooks and funk-filled swagger of the songs of his youth. A sharp turn away from the bombastic rap of his previous solo album, 2006’s In My Mind, the sunshine-infused song cycle breezes by with such ease that it might be easy to miss all the high profile collaborators. (Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, Timbaland, Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, JoJo, Alicia Keys, Tori Kelly and Leah LaBelle, to be precise.)


The Guide recently sat down with Pharrell for a closer look at what makes up his sunny disposition. Like one of his catchy singles, the musician moved from topic to topic, filling us in on some of the music, philosophies and women that have inspired his life to date. And like one of his albums, it’s a potent blend.

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Tony Hale: Amazing Grace

By Colin Stutz; photos by Liesa Cole on April 9, 2014

 

Tony Hale: Amazing Grace

That first year of Arrested Development was a rough one for Tony Hale. Today, the actor who hilariously filled man-child Byron “Buster” Bluth’s mother-loving Buster Brown shoes in a generation’s favorite sitcom says that big break initially greeted him as a let down. Beyond his disappointment, he was so overwhelmed he hardly remembers the year at all.


“It couldn’t match all the weight that I’d put on it,” says Hale, who recently won an Emmy for his role in the second season of HBO’s political satire Veep. “And then when it came, the whole time I felt like I should be feeling something different.”


 

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You Should Already Know: Priscilla Ahn

By Priscilla Ahn on April 7, 2014

 

You Should Already Know: Priscilla Ahn


 

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You Should Already Know: Jimi Goodwin

By Jimi Goodwin on April 2, 2014

 

You Should Already Know: Jimi Goodwin

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Getting To Know: The War on Drugs

By Adam Granduciel; photo by Dusdin Condren on March 28, 2014

 

Getting To Know: The War on Drugs

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London Grammar: The Flickering Flames of Youth

By Laura Studarus; photos by Mads Perch on March 25, 2014

 

London Grammar: The Flickering Flames of Youth

London Grammar are still a young band. Listen to their restrained music, comprised of delicate cobwebs of keys, guitar and Hannah Reid’s soprano slur, and it might be hard to believe that the band’s members (vocalist Reid, producer/drummer Dot Major and guitarist Dan Rothman) are still in their early 20s. Couple that with their debut album If You Wait’s complex themes of youthful awkwardness and the encroaching melancholy of adulthood, and it becomes dangerously tempting to trot out the cliché and label them “old souls.”


Inspired by If You Wait, which sees a special US-edition release this March, the Guide asked Major about some of the lighter events of his child and teenage years. He told us about his heavy-metal phase, the dangers of time travel and what American invention has had the greatest impact on his life.

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Days In The Lives: Dum Dum Girls

By Photos by Malia James of Dum Dum Girls on March 21, 2014

 

Days In The Lives: Dum Dum Girls

Malia James is a professional photographer and director, and bassist for Dum Dum Girls. She shared some of her beautiful shots with FILTER so we could get a glimpse of life on the road with the band.


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You Should Already Know: Hauschka

By Volker Bertelmann of Hauschka on March 20, 2014

 

You Should Already Know: Hauschka

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Full Circle: The Art and Music of Scott Hansen of Tycho

By Breanna Murphy; art by Scott Hansen; photo by Marc Lemoine on March 17, 2014

 

Full Circle: The Art and Music of Scott Hansen of Tycho

Over the past decade or more, two artistic sides of Scott Hansen have been operating in a state of evolutionary convergence. As ISO50, he is a graphic designer employing a mixed-media technique to his pieces, combining digital and photographic elements to create lush, saturated compositions that are both vivid and vague, blurring the line between reality and dreams. As the musical project Tycho, Hansen crafts cinematic landscapes, utilizing a mixture of live instrumentation and electronics that echo and resonate across open, beautiful spaces, soundtracking interstellar roadtrips as easily as deep-sea diving.


 

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Getting To Know: Wild Beasts

By Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts on March 14, 2014

 

Getting To Know: Wild Beasts

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