Wishing Song
  • Wishing Song
  • Paul Bergmann & Emily Kokal

Maybe you got your heart broken this summer, or maybe you just spent it waiting around for a love that never came. Either way, LA folk crooner Paul Bergmann has the cure for what ails you. 

“Wishing Song” is the second single off of the Western Massac​husett​s-native’s forthcoming EP Romantic Thoughts, and it’s a lovely little ode to loneliness with plenty of emotional breathing room that sounds a little bit like what might’ve happened if Sam Beam decided to spend less time covering the Postal Service and more time at the beach. 

If Kokal’s gentle backing vocals don’t goad you into some kind of feels, then you’re probably a cold-hearted monster who doesn’t deserve to be loved anyway. 

Here’s what Bergmann had to say about it: “‘Wishing Song’ is one of the most earnest songs I’ve ever written.  It evokes a sense of longing in me that is very plain and truthful.  It’s also a clear nod at Woody Guthrie, who got me out of a really dark time a few years ago.  While I was working on my Romantic Thoughts EP I ran into Emily at a party. After hanging out til 4 am, we drunkenly made a pact to record a song together.  I immediately thought of 'Wishing Song’ and knew it would fit her like a glove.

Romantic Thoughts is out October 2 and features a number of other SoCal collabs, including work from Kevin Augunas and Nick Waterhouse. *

Bally's Collaboration With J. Cole

The rapper, songwriter and producer Jermaine Lamarr Cole (above, left), 30, who is better known as J. Cole, spoke with Pulse about his collaboration with the Swiss luxury brand Bally for its fall 2015 collection.

Why did you decide to work with Bally’s head designer, Pablo Coppola, on a hiking boot and a backpack specifically?

As I’m getting older, I’m learning more about what my true style actually is. Becoming more confident in what I like. And I love simplicity and comfort. Comfort is king. I feel at home in a pair of comfortable boots, and I always have a backpack with me. I keep my life in my backpack. Current books I’m reading, my notebook with all my rhymes written inside and my laptop that holds all the music I’m working on.

For the introduction you traveled to Jamaica to film a video with Bally. How was the experience?

While I was visiting the Bally office in London, I noticed a black-and-white picture of Bob Marley wearing a pair of Bally boots. I was impressed with the heritage of the company and how many people and places they’ve touched that I had no clue about. Jamaica was already one of my favorite places to spend time, but filming there was a way to pay homage both to Bob and to the brand’s legacy.

I'm Down With That
  • I'm Down With That
  • BOSS

“Dan Carey’s south London studio makes a fast impression. (…) 

His 7” singles label, Speedy Wunderground, prides itself on efficiency; as well as a strict one-day recording policy, it has a charter of principles designed to eradicate over-cooking and faff. (…) 

Speedy’s latest clients are BOSS, the unlikely trio of Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman, All We Are’s Guro Gikling and Sarah Jones, a session drummer for Hot Chip and Yeasayer. 

Last July, at Dan’s behest, the trio convened in Streatham to mess around in the studio, where a boozy, 15-hour jam produced precisely 20 seconds’ salvageable material. Today, that snippet has become a hook, and the hook is doing its best to become a song.”

BOSS release I’m Down With That on November 27th through Speedy Wunderground (pre-order).



“I’m Down With That” is a buoyant groove built from fuzzy synths, an almost tropical guitar line, and Wayman’s hazy vocals: “If you’re gonna walk through hell…and sing angelic…you’re gonna need a little psychedelic.”

In what may be the ugliest #bookchevron ever, I’m displaying my choices for #TopTenTuesday today! The topic was authors we wished would co-write a book together and I couldn’t resist putting my post into a visual form! Here’s my wishful thinking:

Would you like to see any of these authors work together? If any of these happened, it would probably be awesome overload.
#ttt #books #instabooks #bookstagram #collaboration #collaborations #coauthor #dreamteam #squadgoals #ya #yalit #booknerd #bookaddict #booklover #bookphoto #bookphotography #bookphotos

  • Burundi
  • Saul Williams (feat. Emily Kokal)
  • MartyrLoserKing

Poet/performer/muisician Saul Williams has a new album called MartyrLoserKing coming out in July via FADER Label. It includes the single “Burundi” which features Warpaint’s Emily Kokal. The track, and the album as a whole, was produced by Justin Warfield.

Williams said of the song:

“Burundi is one of the 1st songs I recorded for MartyrLoserKing. I initially recorded it in Paris after returning from a month of travel thru Senegal, Swaziland & South Africa. I focused on Burundi as I was studying the coltan trade & black market networks. Also because of the role of the drum/tambour in Burundi & how those drums became the backbeat for new wave… Adam Ant etc. I’m a huge Warpaint fan. Justin [Warfield] mentioned that he knew Em when I was playing him my demoes and I asked him to invite her to the studio. From there, she just sang along”.


So when I sold the ‘Glee’ pilot and started to write down the part, I said there’s only one girl who can play this. We never found anybody else, and then you do the studio and network test, and you’re supposed to bring ten people in, and I said she’s the only one, and then she opened her mouth and sang and all the guys were crying, and they hired her, literally on the spot, in the room.-Ryan Murphy about Lea Michele/Rachel Berry

   “I just thought, wouldn’t it be fun to see Lea play something completely non glamorous and weird? And you’ll see in the second episode of all the characters, she’s obsessed with death. She’s the one that wants to go in and touch the dead body. And then she tried to steal Emma’s boyfriend. So I called her up. I’m like, you can’t wear any makeup, and you’re in a neck brace. And you’re in the worst outfits of all time, but you have a great turn. Will you do it? And she said yes, sight unseen. So she took herself out of pilot season contention. She said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it,’ based on trust, I guess.”  — Ryan Murphy about Lea Michele/Hester