This past Saturday, I felt like I had power! My childhood homie Jordan Schwartz, along with his long time creative partner Dave Markey, held the opening reception for the We Got Power book (out now via Bazillion Points publishing) at the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica. The event was jam-fucking-packed with mad generations of punks, which was a blast to see. The exhibit was an extension of the book itself, so the walls were covered with rare punk photos dating back to the early 80′s. If you were around in the 80′s, you would recognize many of these photos from the pages of the We Got Power fanzine. I can’t put into words on how proud I am of Jordan and Dave for keeping up the good fight! To add to the atmosphere, there were awesome live performances by the ADOLESCENTS, SACCHARINE TRUST, DEAD ISSUE and WHITE FLAG. Check out an in-depth review of the book HERE. In the meantime, peep the CVLT Nation photo gallery full of the things that got us hyped after the jump!
“Devils Blues” is a 12 page black and white zine by Taylor Smith, and is a series of collage pieces that reflect his influences: occult works, death and black metal and his thoughts. There is something disturbing, and something humorous, in the imagery of “Devils Blues” – the literal surface ideas give way to a deeper subconscious chain of events in your brain, and you’ll find yourself somewhere completely different than where you started. Taylor has given us the opportunity to give the first issue of his zine for free download below, and if you like what you see, you can get your hands on Issue 2 when it’s done by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting him through his blog. Check out a preview of the zine after the jump as well as the download link!
The world is about to be a better place, because an extra epic book is coming out real soon about the Southern California 80′s Hardcore scene. The two creators of the underground fanzine We Got Power, Dave Markey & Jordan Schwartz, are putting out a book of the same name via Bazillion Points Publishing in the near future – PRE-ORDER HERE! Both of these weirdos were fixtures of the SoCal hardcore community, but they were always on their own planets of creativity. They never waited for anyone to give them anything; if they wanted something done, they made it happen! Dave Markey wanted to start a band, Sin 34 was born; and then he wanted to make film, so he made The Slog Movie, and many more followed, including 1991: The Year Punk Broke and more (I won’t mention all of the videos he directed for Sonic Youth). Then there is Jordan Schwartz, the man with the plan, and an all around cool dude. For everyone reading this that was around back in the day, Mr. Schwartz was the mastermind behind those very rare Black Flag decks. More than anything, Jordan was my friend who I learned from through his actions, plus we bonded over our love for skateboarding! Together these two humans are We Got Power, and trust me when I say this book is a radical piece of Hardcore history. Check out some of the kick-ass pictures that will be in the book after the jump. Make sure to stay tuned to CVLT Nation to hear about their upcoming opening reception on Sept. 8th, 6pm – 11pm @ the 16 Track Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, with live performances by the ADOLESCENTS, SACCHARINE TRUST, The LAST and White Flag…Now get some power and peep some flicks after the jump!
A few weeks back, we posted about the Clouds Without Water art show at the Rooz on Park Cafe in Oakland, CA, featuring work by Reuben Sawyer (Rainbath Visual) Bryan Proteau (Natvres Mortes Illvstration) and Tanner McCardle, and live performances by ANTWON and Uncanny Valley. Well, the show was a success – despite it being on June 14th, the same day that BART went down, leaving hundreds of thousands of people stranded in the Bay Area. A crowd still turned out to support our homies and admire some truly epic artwork! Here are some pics of the event, and make sure that when this happens again, you are there! Mark my words – these guys are artists to watch, you should pick their stuff up before you can’t afford it!
Aeon Sophia Press is putting out another stunning piece of esoteric literature – the Qliphoth Journal, Opus 1, The Awakening (Atavistic Path). This laminated 240 gm paper publication is a collection of essays and visual artworks, all inviting the reader into “mysterious gardens,and a secret gate as portal to unknown places, astral races, and shapeless forms” (Edgar Kerval, 111). While the reader contemplates the mysteries and rituals outlined in this work, they can listen to the 50-minute CD of compositions that complement the experience unfolding in their hands and minds. Opus 1 is sold out on the Aeon Sophia Press webstore, but if you contact them they might give you a heads up on the UK and Japanese stockists. Otherwise, you will just have to wait until the next Qliphoth pre-order comes up. Check out the full package details after the jump, as well as a preview of the zine…
Florian Schommer is an artist from Cologne, Germany, whose illustrations would look amazing permanently etched into someone’s skin. Sometimes you just see art that looks like it was meant for the human canvas, and his clarity, details and defined texture work beautifully as vignettes and as a part of an epic scene. As a member of German hardcore band AYS, he also has done their album art and merch, which is truly stunning in vinyl format. One of his recent creations is Journey to the End, a sketchbook he created on a trip around the world, taking inspiration from experiences in Russia, Australia, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom and the European mainland. The result is a story in pictures, and would make an amazing collectable zine. Schommer also animates his work, and has made a couple of videos for AYS and a piece called Skeleton Key – both are visually gorgeous and literally bring his work to life. Check out the videos below and a gallery of his work after the jump…
We received a really cool message from one of our creative comrades, Seattle photographer Alan Hunter, the other day. He just completed a new photozine entitled Under A Grey Sky that focuses on Seattle black metal band ADDAURA. What strikes me at first about this zine is how awesome and otherworldly Alan’s style of photography is. You can totally feel the passion that both he and the band has for what they are doing. Click HERE to pick up this stellar piece of art and peep some photos from “Under A Grey Sky” after the jump! Read what Alan has to say about this project below…
“under a greying sky” is a zine focusing on one of the northwest’s (and in my opinion america’s) most talented independent metal acts, addaura. for the last couple years i have been documenting addaura on stage, at home, in the studio, and on the road, juxtaposing those moments with emotive images from my surroundings, travels, and life.
Mommy, can I go out and kill tonite? Today is 666 and all of the ghouls worldwide will be celebrating! Death by Metal/Galeria de Muerte from Tokyo have curated a vile collection of new t-shirts, all illustrated by some of the sickest artists from around the world. Such artists as Mark Riddick, Putrid Matt, French, Luisma, Ragnar and Ali Horn come through with original pieces that will make your eyes bleed! Death by Metal/Galeria de Muerte have really focused on the details: you get two patches, a pin and a killer zine. Support this ultra creative crew because they wave the metal flag high in Japan. Have a close look at all of the designs after the jump! The tees are on sale now HERE!
Creating a fanzine has become an art form unto itself, and Terence Hannum is a master. His new limited edition publication is entitled XEROMANCY, and is nothing less than mind-bending. Terence can explain what inspired him to create this stellar visual overdose of awesomeness, which can be bought HERE. Peep what he has to say below, plus a video preview and check out all of the details after the jump!
XEROMANCY is a publication that conjures a new spirit utilizing the most common machine for zine creation: the Xerox. In this limited edition different spreads are generated by collaging on the bed of a color copier.
In XEROMANCY slices of hair cascade across the transparent pages and overlap, generating new compositions with the turn of each translucent page. A divination by way of the Xerox. A diaphanous prophecy. An oracle that moves beyond its initial inspiration of the headbang from heavy metal subculture toward a more formal investigation.
Kris Mort brings out a limited 50-page photographic grimoire of pristine scenery, nature rituals and some verbal sacrifices. With each cover handmade. Krist’s poetic photography project takes in images, symbols, and poetic sensibilities that encompass the the darker side of nature. With elements taken from occultism, pagan and ancient ritual all laid out in this handmade book/booklet.