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Friday, August 30, 2013

Poster of the Week: Poster by Drew Donaghy

Posted by on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Drew Donaghy has been doing some very cool work for Cairo this summer. Maybe you saw his Sam Flax poster on the streets last week? No? Well, look it up—it's equally great. I'm excited to see what he does next.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

7-Year-Old Yung Lenox's Pyrex Visions

Posted by on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

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"It's really just a 7-year-old kid that draws rappers for the most part."
-Skip Class

Yung Lenox—prodigal son of "copywriter, art director, brand consultant, and wizard of marketing" Skip Class, the literal father to his style—is having an art opening (titled "Parental Advisory") for his works at Alive & Well on Friday at 8pm.

Lenox mostly specializes in portraits of gangsta/d-boy rappers and takes on popular internet memes, rendered thoughtfully in marker. Fall through, meet the artist as a young man, and check his pictures of Killa, Guwop, and Biggavelli. What more could you want?

“It’s cool and nice work. It is better than most art. That’s all.” -Yung Lenox

Friday, August 2, 2013

AmRep Founder/Owner Tom Hazelmyer Is a Proper Artist Now

Posted by on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

So we SHOULD all know who Tom Hazelmyer is. If y'all don't, he was the GENIUS behind the late-'80s/early-'90s noise label Amphetamine Reptile Records. Oh, and he had a kickass band, too, Halo Of Flies.

After shuttering the label, he settled into adult life and ran/owned a Minneapolis bar franchise, Grumpys. Then in the mid oughties, he revived the label, kinda, but then a sudden run in with meningitis/encephalitis hung him up. To save his life he was put into an induced coma for a month. When he woke up he had brain damage and had to relearn everything. Well, it just so happened at that time his daughter had a linocut project for school and as he'd always done graphics, posters and sleeve art, he became fixated doing linocuts. He was relearning to write, so it made sense to him to use printmaking to practice making letters. He's been making them ever since. Watch this short interview/documentary of his current process of integrating printmaking into the process of publishing records.

So much good here; I'm glad to see he found a second wind—lemons into lemonade and all that shit.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Girls Against God and Giant Orange Dick

Posted by on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

This from our friends Bianca Casady of CocoRosie, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, and Girls Against God. G.A.G. is their new feminist arts magazine. Look at that orange dick-chair/back rest!

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  • "Fuck Island" - Kembra Pfahler

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thanks for the Rad Corey Feldman Illustration, Tea Cozies (Plus a Very Important Corey Feldman Poll!)

Posted by on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

This Friday the outer-space pop outfit Tea Cozies are playing the Rendezvous with Charms and Gang Cult. The party is a triple threat of fun—Gang Cult are releasing their new tape, Charms are releasing their new seven-inch, and Brady Harvey of the Cozies celebrates her birthday. But the best part? The show is also a Corey Feldman costume party! If you come dressed as your favorite Corey Feldman character, you get a prize. And just look at this great Feldman illustration/inspiration on the show poster:

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I've been seeing the poster all around town, and it puts a smile on my face every time I make eye contact with the gothed-out child star. It perfectly captures the sadness in his eyes and the subtle, permanent frown upon his thin lips. Thanks, Tea Cozies.

And now, a poll. Which Corey Feldman is the best Corey Feldman?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Party Vibes: The Great Grandy Edition

Posted by on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New "Boys" Shirt on Wacky Wacko!

Posted by on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Just out today, the "Boys" shirt on Seth Bogart's (Hunx and His Punx) online store Wacky Wacko. They're pricey, but Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!: Darby Crash next to Little Richard next to Freddie Mercury next to Lou Reed?!? SWOON-WORTHY.

Click here to see all the Wackies. Stream Hunx & Punx new album Street Punx on Onion AV.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Art of Punk: The Dead Kennedys

Posted by on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

A couple of weeks ago I posted a mini/web documentary from Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art as it was tied into their "Art of Punk" show; the art of Raymond Pettibon. Pettibon is the brother of Black Flag/SST Records founder Greg Ginn, HE is the mofo who created the infamous Black Flag bars logo and, basically, was their in-house/staff artist. Right, well, if you missed that post, have a catch up look-see HERE. The newest episode, released June 25th, is the Art of Punk—The Dead Kennedys. This documentary features visual artist Winston Smith...AND Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra as they were, in some cases, collaborators.

I LOVE that Biafra admits he wanted to take Crass' very serious political stance, which was reflected in their very serious politcal art, and make it funny. Godamn if taking the piss WASN'T the Dead Kennedys' entire angle!!

Also: I hafta say, tho' I was a hardcore kid in the '80s, I didn't do too many things that were text book "punk," however I did make collages, ripped off from inspired by Smith's work.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Most Badass Record Covers Featuring Aviator Shades

Posted by on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM

The iconic coolness of aviator shades is one of those irrefutable phenomena in pop culture. Go ahead—try to refute it. Nice try, Poindexter, but you simply cannot.

With that in mind, I would like to present the most badass record covers featuring that devastatingly handsome eyewear. I have a nagging feeling I’m leaving out some great ones, but that’s where you come in, reader.

Here we go.

Giorgio Moroder's From Here to Eternity

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Billy Cobham's Inner Conflicts
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Idris Muhammad's Turn This Mutha Out
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Dennis Coffey's Goin' for Myself
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Bruce Ditmas' Aeray Dust
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(By the way, all of these albums deserve space on your shelves/hard drives. With a little lab time, you could develop a dazzling DJ set with only these five LPs.)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Party Vibes: RIP Bob Collins Edition

Posted by on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Bob Collins house is a house on 13th that just lost its lease and has to shut down. I went to a house party/show there on Sunday, but the cops broke it up midway through the third band's set.

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More vibes after the jump!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Art of Punk: Raymond Pettibon

Posted by on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Right fucking HERE is perhaps the greatest single collection of Raymond Pettibon-designed Black Flag flyers! I really recommend y'all take some time to scroll through 'em. These flyers are from the collection of Bryan Ray Turcotte, the author/compiler of the amazing book of '80s hardcore flyers Fucked Up + Photocopied and Punk Is Dead, Punk Is Everything!

What you see here are the Black Flag flyers that I found with Raymond's art. Some are non-official, but most are straight from the band Black Flag flyers. There’s no real guide to Raymond’s Black Flag flyers that I can find, but I’m pretty sure at this point I have all of them, although I did leave out two insane Black Flag pieces you can see in MOCA's new series, the Art of Punk. I don’t own them.

Also MOCA, via it's MOCAtv Youtbe™ channel, is producing a handful of shorts in an on going video series dissecting the importance of visual design of '70s punk and '80s hardcore. Posted below is MOCAtv's Pettibon/Black Flag episode; godamn, I've been posting a lot about the Black Flags lately.

A Dead Kennedy's episode is due June 18th, followed by Crass on June 25th. I hope they have a Rudimentary Reni episode too.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Punk Rock Flea Market This Saturday

Posted by on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM

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All day tomorrow, the Punk Rock Flea Market is happening at Belltown's Underground Events Center. It only costs a buck! It starts at noon, ends at 10 pm, and the last time I was there there were some adorable handmade food plushies, lots of records, clothes, tapes, weird home decor stuff, baked goods, and so much more.

And! Bands are playing, too! Finger, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps., the Piniellas, and the Witches Titties will be your shopping soundtrack.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

3-D Printers and That Album Cover for Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

Posted by on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

By now you’ve heard of 3-D printers and how they can make a gun or a turkey or a spleen or other junk like that. If they really can make anything, I would like a 3-D printer to print out a couple million dollars, a girlfriend who will put up with all my crap, and two tickets to the Caribbean or some such place. Anyhoo, located over here is a 3-D printer replication of the album cover to Joy Division’s new-wave classic, Unknown Pleasures.

The original artwork was actually a graphic representation of a cut and stacking of sections of the frequency readout of a signal emitted from a pulsar. The band found the image in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy and presented it to artist Peter Saville, resulting in the now very iconic artwork. (See an interview with Saville here.) In other 3-D printer news, NASA is funding a 3-D printer that can print out pizzas so that the shiftless layabouts on the International Space Station, whose muscles don't even have to contend with gravity, can get fat, or something. Thanks for reading about 3-D printers.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Poster of the Week: Poster by Chris Rollins

Posted by on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Two things about this poster: (1) It's always refreshing to come across one of Chris Rollins's linocuts amid the glut of cookie-cutter rock posters out there, and (2) Tokyoidaho is my new favorite band name. Look up Chris on gigposters.com to see more of his unique and charming work.

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Butcher Billy's Superheroic, Post-Punk Cartunes

Posted by on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Brazilian illustrator Butcher Billy has a series of drawings featuring post-punk and new-wave icons recontextualized as superheroes. The set includes Morrissey, Siouxsie Sioux, John Lydon, Ian Curtis, Devo, Robert Smith, and Billy Idol recast as comic-book characters you probably read about as a youth. Gawk at the well-wrought pictures here.

Dunno about you, but this seems to me like a very Derek Erdmaniacal project.

Tip: Jason Pettigrew

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Party Vibes: Chill Summer BBQ Edition

Posted by on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Party Vibes: High School Party Edition

Posted by on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Column!: Name That Band

Posted by on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Poster of the Week: Poster by Julia Bork

Posted by on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM

There are tons of great posters on the street this week, but none as striking and unique as this one by Julia Bork at Mint Design (mint-usa.com). Also, if you haven't heard Zebra Hunt's new EP, Beaches, check it out at zebrahunt.bandcamp.com.

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