As an 80s kid, I have fond memories of the Garbage Pail Kids. They captured the mixture of horror and hilarity every kid found in bodily functions, and my friends and I would collect and trade the cards, screaming and laughing at the barf, shit and piss references. I’m pretty
I remember when, in grade 6, my music teacher played us the original Orsen Welles recording of War of the Worlds. Listening to his voice in a darkened room at age 11, I understood the fear that swept the nation when he first spoke those words on the radio in
Noothgrush is the best Sludge Band in America. They have been crushing eardrums for over 2 decades. The story of the formation and the progression of Noothgrush is miserably wonderful after all. Tom Choi was one of the first members to be involved in the band, at the same time
Rather than fill our Instagram feed with people’s bad selfies and what they cooked for bae (ok, I do follow this one though…), I love that Instagram has become an online gallery, where artists can curate collections of their work in a public space. Today I’d like to showcase a
In the world of tarot, the cards can be works of art unto themselves. One rare and stunning deck is the IONA Tarot, designed and printed by artist Giona Fiochi, who produced only 12 complete decks using intaglio printing in 1999. Although their history is fairly recent, the quality of
It’s amazingly refreshing when an artist truly comes from their own place, both in style and subject matter. This can be said for Berlin-based street artist Vermibus, who is well known for his anti-advertising street interventions, having altered bus stop and subway advertising all over Berlin.
These were my favorite recordings that were released in 2014. Listed in reverse alphabetical order covering a variety of different artists creating Death Metal, Hardcore Punk, Trip Hop, Underground Rap & Indie Rock. Wreck and Reference – “Want”, (((Experimental Duo from Davis/Los Angeles))) Witchrist – “Vritra”, (((Primitive Death Metal Ooze
Sometimes I like to imagine what researchers will discover of our culture 1000 years from now…maybe nothing, because our hard drives will have wiped long ago. But maybe the descendent of the Internet will carry traces of our past selves, and in some distant university, selfies will be displayed in
UC Riverside put on a fascinating exhibition at their ARTSblock facilities last fall, a collection of MC cuts from the 60s and 70s curated by artist and historian Jeff Decker which he called Hell’s Union: Motorcycle Club Cuts as American Folk Art. With this exhibition, Decker argues that his collection
For better or for worse, the image of the skinhead defines a big part of what many in mass culture see as 1980s UK punk. But like so many subcultures (if not all of them), it is so much more complex than its stereotype, full of subcultures of its own.
SAMO aka Basquiat was a very special artist that created from his own planet when he was alive. I always had a place in my heart for his work because his art seemed to have a punk or die quality about it…mix Basquiat with Glen O’Brien of TV PARTY and
Thank god for the 21st century, because now embroidery doesn’t have to be the domain of needlepointing grannies any more! Dirty Needle Embroidery has taken a pursuit most often used for flowers and puppies and made it rock ‘n fucking roll! His intricate and detailed patches are completely unique, and