Terence Hannum of Locrian makes zines an art form. His carefully crafted and immaculately packaged zines are far, far from their photocopied and fucked up predecessors. This month, he released PURIFICATION, a collection of drawings and graphics, presented together using the concept of light, or at least, a departure from the usual darkness of Hannum’s previous publications. PURIFICATION is printed on white paper, and is delivered in a white envelope with a laser-etched acrylic plate as embellishment. It is a image essay of sorts, which Hannum described eloquently as inspired by “an inversion, a reversal of corruptions, a necessary portion to complete the profane and a process toward attaining another state.” After the jump, check out photos of PURIFICATION, and also find out where to pick up your copy, as well as copies of his past publications.
Karlynn Holland has made good on her promise to make Dreams Were Made For Mortals into an ongoing series of group shows, and Dreams Were Made For Mortals II is happening this Sunday, September 25th, at St. Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Holland is curating this one-day-only group show, inspired by and named after the track “Living Backwards,” from St. Vitus’ fifth album, V, and it will be hosted by David Castillo and Samantha Marble. For those of you who didn’t make it to the first of the series, make sure you head out to this show, because the first one looked like an epic time, and this one features some awesome artists, like Dilek Baykara, Karlynn & Sam themselves, and a bunch of other rad people. This is your chance to support some seriously creative people, who create to stay sane, and not to be some celebrity artist douchebag. There also promises to be rad music and cheap beers. Despite the 80 degree weather and incessant sunshine over here, I envy you New Yorkers who have the chance to be a part of something magical. Do my Cali ass a favor and head over to St. Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222, this weekend…
Dreams, frequently, are broadcast across neural pathways in vibrant color. They are so vivid, the dreams feel more real than waking life. It haunts me. Life feels like the dream, a series of passing moments. As I rise from paralysis, they evaporate from memory. How could something so real fade so quickly? I often find myself asking this question. Explore the dawn hours of your fervent mind with work that exposes our perishable nature and echoes human frailness so often deified by gods of rock and roll.
One of the sickest things about being a child of the 80′s hardcore scene was witnessing the explosion of fanzines that was taking place all around the world. This was during a time when there was no Internet or cell phones, so these fanzines acted as life lines that contacted scenes from all over the world. By being able to connect with other like-minded weirdos, you were able to realize that you were not alone. It was so radical, back then I would get new fanzines like Flipside or Maxium Rock & Roll, & read them until the paper wore out! I loved reading about scenes from different parts of the world, then I would go out & find the music from the bands that opened my mind to other cultures! When I first started getting into speed metal, I would get these zines that had Venom, OZ, Raven, Voivod & Exciter interviews that made me say to myself, unholy shit! these dudes are gnarly! Well, in 1985, a Norwegian guy named Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen gave a face to the underground metal scene that was taking place around him. He started a zine called SLAYER – this publication would go on to document the ups & downs of Norwegian black metal. It must be understood that Jon started this zine from the passion he had for the music & the people that created it. It was a truly a labor of honesty, because he would cut & paste for hours to complete an issue. I’m not sure if he understood it or not, but he was a keeper of history, and because all of his hard work, we have documents from this era that we can actually look at & touch. Today is a celebration, because Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen has complied every issue he has produced from 1985 to 2010 into one huge book that we all can purchase (this is what I want my wife to buy for my next b-day hint hint). So after the jump, check out some up-close detailed pictures, ordering details & hear from some of metal’s finest on what SLAYER meant to them!
If you are in the NYC vicinity this weekend, and need a cold beer and rad art to recover from a nasty hot day, here is an event you can’t miss…and if you are in Manhattan, that means getting your ass to Brooklyn, no matter how intimidating that seems (no cabs is not an excuse!): ‘Dreams were made for Mortals’ is a one day group show happening this Sunday, July 24th, at St. Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The show is curated by the multi-talented Karlynn Holland, and is hosted by St. Vitus Bar‘s David Castillo and CVLT Nation’s favorite photographer, Samantha Marble. This show is a haven for the underground artists of NYC; Holland describes it as an “anti-art show” – no shee-shee white walls, dainty wine-sipping or obscure commentary. This is a down and dirty, beer drinking, black-walled bar show, where you will meet real awesome people and see some amazing and probably under-appreciated works by some established and some up-and-coming artists. The artists showing are Mick Barr, Lee Bartow, Dallas Erl, Jamie Foster, Grey Heart, Karlynn Holland, Suren Karapetyan, Victoria Lui, Gerry Mak, Samantha Marble, Nicholas McMaster, Brian Montuori, Angel Nacol, Nicholas Palmirotto, Owen Rundquist, Sierra Seip, Nathaniel Shannon, Nikki Sneakers, Erin Utzig, Justina Villanueva, George Wilson…these artists will be showing a whole bunch of unique and disturbing works. Some of them I have already covered on CVLT Nation, and many I will be covering in the future now that Holland has given me the heads up. Also, there will be a ton of DJs from excellent bands and blogs and I have a feeling that if you miss them, you will feel like a big loser. Below, read the inspiration behind the show, and after the jump check out a selection of preview images from the show and also get all the info you will need before you go.
Dreams, frequently, are broadcast across neural pathways in vibrant color. They are so vivid, the dreams feel more real than my waking life. It haunts me. Life feels like the dream, a series of passing moments. As I rise from paralysis, they evaporate from memory. How could something so real fade so quickly? I often find myself asking this question. Exploring the dawn hours of your fervent mind, please choose or create work that exposes our perishable nature and echoes human frailness so often deified by gods of rock and roll.
Esoterra was a zine which existed from the early 90′s up until the year 2000 chronicling the far-out of the far-out in culture. Emphasizing the importance of hidden and obscure voices, Esoterra easily found its self lodged on many bookshelves snugly between Simon Dwyer’s ‘Rapid Eye’ series, V. Vale’s ‘Re/Search’ books, and Adam Parfrey’s seminal ‘Apocalypse Culture’. Not many zines have been able to claim these important and controversial works as neighbors.
After Esoterra stopped publishing physical copies in 2000 they continued with online content. I’m not sure how many copies of each issue ever got printed but those that were became difficult to get. Lucky for us, earlier this year Creation Books published an anthology of “the best material from the magazine” – according to creator and editor Chad Hensley. Unfortunately, it’s not everything but what remains is pretty damn cool.
Esoterra: The Journal of Extreme Culture is packed to the brim with reflections on society from voices rarely heard and often ignored to the point of subtle silence. Highlights include a interviews with Adam Parfrey, Alan Moore, Iain Banks, Genesis P-Orridge, Peter Whitehead, Iain Sinclair, Boyd Rice, and Thomas Ligotti. There is also a pretty good piece on the Process Church, a piece of fiction by Thomas Ligotti entitled ‘The Nightmare Network’, Adam Parfey’s ‘Weird Sex Cults’, a short piece on necro-ethics by known necrophiliac Leilah Wendell, and some pre-Lords of Chaos pieces on Black Metal my Michael Moynihan.
Not everything within is amazing, I found myself skimming over a couple of pieces, but overall this book is fucking great. There are a couple of interviews that veer off into sketchy (or possibly sketchy) areas, but fuck, we’re talking about a book with an interview with a necrophiliac in it, so it shouldn’t come as a shock. I think that’s part of what I like about it. If you’re gonna explore “Extreme Culture” you don’t turn away because someone said something offensive. And I know people will disagree, wishing in some way to eradicate the voices and opinions that cause tension and challenge the nice, neat world we want to live in. If you feel that way, this book isn’t for you. What I really mean is that Esoterra is a well rounded exploration of the far-out, so next to the anarchist voice you have the elitist voice, next to the humanist you have the misanthropist, and next to the underground, writer/artist/musician you have the fucking necrophiliac.
Dark Matter/Dunkle Materie is the July publication by artist/musician Terence Hannum of Locrian, a collaboration with German photographer Alexander Binder. Both artists share a dark and mysterious aesthetic, and have combined their talents into a split zine accompanied by a DVD of Hannum’s video art, titled Epiclesis, from which he took stills to populate the pages of one side of the zine. The other side features the haunting photography of Binder, a self-taught photographer who makes most of his lenses out of old Soviet cameras, prisms or optical toys. Together, they take us into a word of frozen landscapes and mysterious rituals, where we witness altars, sacrifices and wonderful abstractions. The 40-page zine comes in a printed black envelope and was printed in a limited run of 200. After the jump, check out some preview images of Dark Matter/Dunkle Materie and find out where to pick it up…
I’m pretty happy calling myself a creative weirdo; I really love so many different forms of creativity. I also appreciate so many different forms of creativity from other humans. Ever since I saw my first fanzine when I was like 12 or 13, I have always had a thing for them – to me, they are time capsules of history. I give them the same reverence that some people give ancient books. I think there is something awesome about someone who takes time to make a fanzine that might not have wide distribution, but they do it because it keeps them sane. One of the coolest aspects about CVLT Nation is that we get to seek out other fellow weirdos or better yet they seek us out. Simon Fowler is a rad British artist who works in pen & ink; trust me, his work is off the chain, he been commissioned by Sunno, Earth, Boris & the list goes on. More about his art styles in another feature, today I want to talk about Cataract Publishing Company, run by Fowler & Cataract, which puts out these amazing art books with thought-altering text. Take a journey with me & after the jump check out some of his awesome work!
If you don’t know, now you know…if it’s not D.I.Y, it’s not the foundation of punk rock. When you hear people say punk’s not dead, they are right, because the ethos of doing it yourself has not died, it’s only multiplied. On one of my recent journeys to the BLVD club in East L.A., which I think is the best club for awesome music in the city of dead angels – but that a whole other story – one person really stood out to me: Sergio Amalfitano. He was attacking the stage with his camera & capturing some epic moments of hardcore history. We struck up a conversation, & I told him about CVLT Nation & our photographer feature Seven Stories. He checked out the web zine, & the rest is history, stay tuned for his Seven Stories. This dude is a D.I.Y wizard & a very important part of the real underground music scene in Los Angeles. With many of the rad photos he has taken all of over California of some of the gnarliest touring & local bands, he has created his own self-published photo fanzine called DOCUMENT. It’s a real honor to be able to offer to all CVLT Nation Readers a chance to download all three issues. Here is the trick: the third issue is actually a mixtape with 30 epic Cali bands (really off the chain, trust me!!!). The countdown is 1,2,3…after the jump, download all three DOCUMENTS, plus check some selected pages of each zine & the mixtape tracklist.
Athens-based Viral Graphics has become a new never-ending source of joy for me. Their gig posters are truly stunning, and capture the spirit of the bands they represent. When I saw the amazing Utech Records Music Festival poster, I had to find out who was behind it. So I found Alexandros Pyromallis and Konstantinos Psichas, the co-creators and founders of Viral Graphics, who have done amazing work for bands like The Melvins, Electric Wizard, Sons Of Tonatiuh and Trap Them among many many others. Pyromallis and Psichas are serious about the art form of the gig poster, and each piece is created as a collectible, which is so awesome in the day and age of internet flyers. They also appear to be working on an art zine called Bacteria, and from what I have seen so far, it is packed with beautiful yet sinister renderings of animals and insects. They work in a psychedelic realm of inspiration, whether in color or black and white. Their fonts are highly original and perfectly in tune with their graphics, and their choice of colors is simple but they play off each other harmoniously. After the jump, check out a selection of their gig posters, album artwork and some sneak peak pages of their Bacteria zine…
What was the sickest hardcore photography for my generation? It was MY RULES! The mastermind and photographer behind this epic piece of history was Glen E. Friedman. OK, I will try to keep it brief about this dude, but I will say he has had a tremendous impact on rebellious American youth culture for over 30 years. At the age of 14 in the early 70′s, he started documenting the rise of the Dog Town Z-Boyz in Venice Beach, California. Something major happened to all of the Venice locals in the late 70′s & early 80′s – we all discovered punk rock & the rest was history. The interesting thing about Glen is that he never changed the way he dressed in order to fit in, because the important thing to him was taking photos. Sometimes I’m not even sure if he was a big fan of hardcore music, but he loved the energy that came through from the movement into his photos. With MY RULES, he had this vision to document the rising hardcore scene from coast to coast. When he took photos, you never got the sense that these pictures were taken by an outsider. Glen captured some amazing moments in hardcore history; actually to me, these moments are priceless. On a personal level, this was one of those books that I looked at over & over – anyone in our crew who had this book was the shit. MY RULES has been out of print for many years now, so it’s our honor at CVLT Nation to offer our readers chance to have it for themselves. You know the RULES – after the stage dive, download this fucking gnarly slice of history!