OK it’s time for me to get my fanboy/nerdbrain on! On sale now is a new book entitles Guillermo Del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections and Other Obsessions and I want it! I dig his movies, but his drawings are pretty fucking cool looking. It’s interesting to see how a character starts as a simple sketch and then becomes a creature that’s a part of your own imagination. You can get Guillermo Del Toro’s book here – plus check out the preview below!
The BODY have done it again and created a very outstanding record entitled Christs, Redeemers that will be out on Oct. 15th via Thrill Jockey. Today I want to share with you their beautiful but creepy visual for “An Altar or Grave” directed by Richard Rankin…pre-order Christs, Redeemers HERE!
Does commanding a rotting horde of minions through the crumbling remains of an ancient necropolis have any appeal to you?
Good, then stick around for a little bit.
Just over a year ago, I was lucky enough to catch Thou and The Body at the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center. After the show was over and most everyone cleared out, Chip (of The Body) and I struck up a conversation about the most metal of all topics: board games and RPGs. That’s when he introduced me to Cave Evil. Everything about it clicked; from the putrescent art, to the absurdity of the creature design, to the in-depth ruleset, I knew I had to nab a copy while it was still available. Days later I went to order a copy. Unfortunately, I was struck with that gut-dropping feeling that inevitably comes when you miss out on a record you’ve been waiting for.
It was sold out.
One thing that has gotten me high ever since I was around four was underground art. When I was younger I would spend hours staring at the Funkadelic album covers, and as I started to get older I would bug out on the Freak Brother comics! I didn’t know it then, but now I can see that I have always been attracted to subversive images. Maybe this is why when I first got into hardcore in the 80′s, the illustrators were just as important to me as the bands. When you saw a flyer done by Ric Clayton, Pushead, Shawn Kerri or Marc Rude you know the show was going to kick ass. Also the covers from CRASS, RUDIMENATRY PENI, AMEBIX and ICONS OF FILTH drew me in just as much as their music. When I heard that The Ajna Offensive was putting out a book entitled ENTARTETE HUNTS curated by Dennis Dread, I was very keen to see it. Once I did, I realized I was looking at underground art history, because this book features works by some of my favorites. Check out this roll call of some of the illustrators that are in this 400 page book: Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni), Ed Repka (Megadeth), S. Clay Wilson (Zap Comix), Erik Danielsson (Watain), Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Dissesction), Sean Taggart (Crumbsuckers), Joe Petagno (Motörhead), Jos. A. Smith (Bathory), Bobby BeauSoleil (Lucifer Rising), Dennis Dread (Darkthrone), Michel “Away” Langevin (Voivod), plus 30 more insane artists not mention here…Now peep an unreal gallery of some their amazing ART!
Stop whatever you are doing and let these 12 minutes and 17 seconds inspire you. You are about to watch The Art Of Punk: CRASS featuring the works of Dave King and Gee Vaucher. CVLT Nation salutes our homie Bryan Ray Turcotte of Fucked Up + Photocopied fame (one of the greatest books about punk flyers ever made!) and Bo Bushell on their killer series about Punk Art brought to the world by MocaTv….My life would not be what it is today if it was not for CRASS. They are more than a band to me, they are a part of my life story…Enjoy this on-point look at their ART!
via Dusted Magazine
Born in Southern California in 1944, and dead in ’79, Judee Sill’s life was brief, yet filled with enough dark drama to satisfy a lifespan twice that long. It would be easy to relegate her life and musical career as a series of interesting footnotes in the biographies of other more well-known personas: her self-titled debut full-length was the first official release for David Geffen’s Asylum imprint; Graham Nash produced her most well known single “Jesus Was a Cross Maker,” which was a minor hit for Nash’s group the Hollies; she penned a hit single for the Turtles. But doing so would deny the power and majesty of the two albums she released during her lifetime. Critics reacted warmly to her music, commercial success never followed. By the time of her death at the end of the 1970s, she had vanished completely from the music scene, so much so that when word of her death due to a drug overdose trickled down, more than a few people were surprised – they assumed she had already passed.
I’m not a video game player, but I am a huge Joy Division fan. So when I saw that the European game developer Mighty Box Games had designed a game inspired by one of my favorite bands I was said, what the fuck? Then I saw the trailer and said to myself, I just might have to start playing video games again. You can check out the preview below and go HERE to start playing!
Via Dangerous Minds
Rebels: A Journey Underground is an excellent Canadian documentary history of “the counterculture” produced for television in the late 1990s and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. It’s the work of writer/director Kevin Alexander, who did a great job with it. More people should see it. I’m happy to see that the series has been posted in full on YouTube.
The six-part series covers a wide swath of historical countercultures moving from William Blake and 1830s Parisian bohemians to mostly 20th century movements like hippie, Jazz, Beatniks, punk, and what was at the time the series was produced, the brave new world of cyberspace.
In the final episode, “Welcome to Cyberia,” I tell the story on camera of the now notorious corporate fuck-up that resulted in Disinformation receiving well over a million dollars in funding from John Malone’s TCI. This sum included $300,000 worth of marketing money—spent by yours truly in late 1996—that saw it featured on the Netscape homepage for five MONTHS. (If you’re too young to know what Netscape refers to, it was a 90s predecessor of the browser that you are using right now, so that was a very big deal. It was kind of like being on the homepage of virtually everyone who wasn’t logging on using AOL or Compuserve).
When Malone (an extreme conservative dubbed “Darth Vader” by Al Gore) saw Disinformation for the first time, his reaction, I was told by two people actually in the room, was “We paid for this anarchist bullshit? Get rid of it!”
Part 1: Society’s Shadow
From Bohemia and 19th century European romanticism, this film looks back through history to uncover the beginning of “new vision” thinking in Western civilization and its links to what is now called counterculture. From 1830s Paris to New York City’s Greenwich Village at the turn of the 20th century, it follows the paths which brought Europe’s most rebellious voices to America. Includes profiles of William Blake, Victor Hugo, Theophile Gauthier, Charles Baudelaire, John Reed and Woody Guthrie.
Who is Dante Augustus Scarlatti? The visionary behind Auris Apothecary, a label that pushes the boundaries of music but also has changed the way I view music packaging. When I receive music from this label, I’m always in awe of the way he presents the tape or cd he’s sent. Hands down, if there was an award for the label with the most artistic product packaging, Auris Apothecary & Dante Augustus Scarlatti would be top contenders. What I recognize about him is his passion for creating something special for the band and the customer. Honestly I’m almost speechless, because my mind melts when I look at this collection of Auris Apothecary releases! Make sure to support him for giving something to the universe, and mad respect to all of the bands that work with him!
Via Dangerous Minds
On the Passage of a few People through a Rather Brief Moment in Time: The Situationist International 1956-1972 is an interesting short film by Branka Bogdanov primarily documenting the work of ultra-leftist French philosopher Guy Debord, author of the influential post Marxist study of 20th capitalism Society of the Spectacle. The film explores Debord’s influence on the Paris riots of May 1968 and the nihilistic aesthetics of the punk rock era.