1.Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky
Artist Pyotr Pavlensky has made eyes water all over the world with his protest against Russia’s descent into authoritarianism – nailing his testicles to the ground in Red Square on Sunday to denounce Vladimir Putin’s “police state”. Yet connoisseurs of performance art are probably already saying: “Meh, seen it all before.” For Pavlensky’s protest is the latest in a long line of performance art pieces that have endangered life and limb. Here are our top 10 …
If someone asked what state produced the weirdest bands of the 80′s, I would have to say Texas. Like I have said before, groups from this part of America flipped Punk Rock on it’s head and created an alternative universe where there were no rules! The first time I heard Scratch Acid, I felt like I was listening to the Lone Star State’s version of the The Birthday Party high on LSD. Then there was the Butthole Surfers, who just made my fucking jaw drop when I walked into their show by accident in 1984. Both of these bands went on to transform unground music into something all their own and I totally respect that. Today CVLT Nation celebrates Scratch Acid & Butthole Surfers with full sets from the mid 80′s.
A lot of people are happy with their white bars of Ivory Soap, but some of us prefer something a little more kvltvred when it comes to our bath products. Not to mention, many of us like to support smaller companies and craftspeople in general rather than buy our sundries from the parents of these guys. So when I got an email from Nouveau Riche Soaps introducing me to their Bathory Blood Line of soaps – who will be at the upcoming Heavy Metal Flea Market at Strange Matter in Richmond, VA – it inspired me to look for other crafters of products that could wash my innocence away. Have you ever had a weird dream about Anton LaVey’s face intimately exploring every nook and cranny of your body? Then check out Bizarro Au Gogo‘s line of satanic soaps. And for the metal man who takes great pride in the lush beard the gods have bestowed on him, Bath Sabbath has the perfect combination of musky beard oils and waxes to maintain it in all its manly glory. How pleased will your houseguests be with a beautiful bar of crushed beer can soap to lather up with, or a bar made from the ashes of hell? Fuck that, if people came over I would hide these babies, they are all mine! Check out some of their beautiful wares below!
During the golden era of hip hop, mad trends would come and go! One of them was “horror core” rap, and more than any other group, NYC’s Flatlinerz dug deep to create some dark shit. There was also GraveDiggaz, Esham, 3 Six Mafia, and in their own way, the Geto Boys. This trend never really caught on because the African American community felt it went against their Christian morals. In my book, some of these albums were classic mainly because they explored subjects that most groups of the era would never touch. Take a step back in time with CVLT Nation to when hip hop was creating on the dark side!
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.