Sometimes when a person looks deeply into things, society at large labels them an outsider. So was the case with Paul Laffoley and the art world who labeled his magical art as outsider. I cannot say I understand Paul’s work, but I will say that it moves me to the edges of my imagination. When I gaze at his pictures, I feel as if he is answering questions about the universe that I have not been able to articulate. His work is so many things at the same time – cosmic, scientific, ancient, earthbound and otherworldly. Check this out: have a look at his work and find out for yourself how you can be moved by a Paul Laffoley painting…SPACE IS THE PLACE!
Text & Photos by Jorge Silva
Just a mere three weeks after Scott Kelly played in that very same room, it was time for Michael Gira to grace the stage at Passos Manuel (a venue that once was a cinema and that maintains its’ seated places). The rain that had been plaguing the town for days wasn’t enough to keep everyone confined to their homes and so the place was sold out.
Although the Swans played in this same town before, this was the first time as a solo performance for its’ founder and mentor. Michael Gira arrived with his trademark cowboy hat, having his guitar as his only companion – if we exclude the sheer volume being delivered by his amp, although he was playing an electro-acoustic.
Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) was a postman by day and a pebble-dashing architectural artist by night. One day he literally stumbled on a strangely shaped stone, picked it up and took it home. From then on, if he found any stones he liked on his daily mail based wanders he would pick them up and take them home.
Ferdinand Cheval lived in Châteauneuf-de-Galaure, in the Drôme département of France. He left school at the age of 13 to become a baker’s apprentice, before changing careers to become a postman later in life.
Humans can be separated by distance but can be connected by a shared creative spirit. Just is the case with Sangre de Muerdago & Novemthree, who have come together to create a dreamlike split.If you are a fan of music that will make you think of the beauty of mother nature, this album is for you…Avant! joins forces with German Sick Man Getting Sick, French Boue and Pablo’s own imprint Música Máxica to release a one-time pressing of 500, coming in a thick gatefold sleeve with dedicated artwork courtesy of domestic artist and friend BlutTanzt, and it hits the streets on March 10th. CVLT Nation has been given the honor of sharing with you the full stream of the Sangre de Muerdago & Novemthree split…Now press play and allow both bands to enchant you with their otherworldly soundscapes….You can pre-order this magical record from all of the labels NOW!
What’s that smell? It’s the rotting, putrid riffs from the vaults of BLEEDING FIST. On March 4th, the band released a compilation of their unreleased songs from 2011- 2013 entitled Deaths Old Stench via Moribund Records. Today CVLT Nation is streaming the BLEEDING FIST song “Brotherhood Of Chaos And Death” below heaven!
Watching the GONZ skate has always made me think of skating as a cycodelic art form, but watching Gou Miyagi do his thing makes the way the GONZ skates seem normal. He does things with a skateboard that will have you saying to yourself, how the fuck does he think of this shit – because it’s just that bugged out! Gou’s part in Heroin’s Video Nasty is the most original skate video you will see all year!
About a month ago, someone messaged me about a very special band from Olympia that now reside in Oakland. The name of the group is RAGANA and the person was right – their record Unbecoming is the shit! When I listen to them, I feel the Northwest rain falling onto my head, but at the same time I have visions of enchanting California sunsets. RAGANA’s music is full of passion that will sweep your imagination away to a place where the clouds are used for magic carpet rides. I can hear mother nature in their organic, angular riffs that resonate with the pain of our daily existence! Lyrically, RAGANA is on point, but it’s the stories that both the music tells that will leave you transfixed. On certain songs, it seems like early early Cat Power has come to life as a black metal artist, which is totally my type of bong load, because I love them both. Check the download link for RAGANA Unbecoming, plus peep a full set filmed by our comrade Kevin Hobbs…I’m so excited to hear more from them, but for right now, RAGANA is one of my favorite bands!