by Oliver Sheppard
Visual artist Aeron Alfrey has furnished illustrations for books about horror authors like HP Lovecraft, Stephen King, and Thomas Ligotti. Alfrey’s meticulously detailed nightmare worlds are crammed with denizens of all varieties, densely peopled with black and white monsters like an unholy mash-up between the medieval apocalypses of Heironymus Bosch and the spooky imagery of Stephen Gammell (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). Although Alfrey has primarily provided artwork for horror fiction, he’s had dozens of exhibitions over the globe in the past few years, and has recently started doing artwork for bands. I recently asked Alfrey about the inspiration behind his morbid fantasies, the process he uses to create them, and what his plans are for the future. Included are samples of his artwork as well as links to check out more of his nightmarish creations.
Check out the CVLT Nation exclusive interview with Aeron Alfrey and more of his art after the jump below!
Lele Saveri is a prolific photographer, investigative journalist of sorts, and just a rad guy! He’s done a ton of freelance work for publications like l’Uomo Vogue and Rolling Stone, and has also been on staff at VICE Italy, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. He recently published a book of his photography entitled Incubi et Succubi, and it is a journey through his worst fears and nightmares, full of mysterious and creepy yet beautiful imagery. Incubi et Succubi is out now via Seems Books, and to accompany the release of his crimson-bound tome at Family bookstore in L.A. in December of last year, Lele screened the short film he filmed and directed with Giulia Maria Venturini, To Lie Under, with an original soundtrack by No Age. Today CVLT Nation is lucky to be the exclusive internet home of To Lie Under, which you can view below, and after the jump check out my interview with Lele Saveri about his background, his book and his photographic travels, as well as unpublished photos from Incubi et Succubi and some of his upcoming projects…
FULL INTERVIEW AFTER THE JUMP…
Text and photos by Adam Murray
Woke up at the crack of 5pm. Walked into town a little worse for the wear, took down a couple slices of pizza, forehead-slapped myself for missing Mauser at Beerland, but I check out a Japunkcruster band called Zyanose – two basses noised out to the maxx, releasing soaring banshee feedback bursts between songs that were also very bursty. If the pizza didn’t wake me up (which it didn’t), these guys certainly did. I enjoyed it considerably. Then it was back down the street to Mohawk to see Thou give everyone a supreme sonic headbutting, followed by a very rousing performance from Ceremony.
Here’s where it started getting tricky – there were just too many good shows happening this evening. I darted a mile or so out of the main venue area to Hotel Vegas. Lineup here was unreal: Theories, Batillus, Cross, Whitehorse, Cough, and Dragged Into Sunlight all under the same small roof, a lil’ converted house/bar with a nice backyard to relax in. Theories and Batillus totally killed it. Time to head back to Red 7. Knowing I would see Whitehorse in L.A. a month later, I sacrificed them and Cross so I could try to get as much at Red 7 as I could (two stages = more bands for the buck).
Ghoul put on a fantastic show: a plentiful helping of blood, banter, creeps and chords. Moshing upon moshing ensued, Killbot busted some heads, riffs and leads whipped and ripped. On the outside stage, Ringworm was making it look easy, giving everyone the tough stuff. They had one of those big open pits where most people just watched and “sat this one out” but you know they were just scurred. Keeping constant watch of the clock and schedule, I figured I could take in most of Midnight’s set and then jam back over to Hotel Vegas for the last two bands. Not an easy decision – I always have a blast seeing Toxic Holocaust, but I knew this time I would have to skip it.
This is beyond killer – Brian Stefans has done the world of underground music a great favor. On his L.A. Post Punk blog he has compiled a sonic portrait of the weird music that was taking place during the post punk era. CVLT Nation salutes you Brian! Check out what he has to say below and peep the track listings and download links after the jump!
“All the bands, with the exception of The Minutemen, haven’t appeared in any of the previous volumes, so these notes are going to be sketchy because I don’t have the time to ruminate in any serious way on the tracks. They are also in (roughly) alphabetical order. For what that’s worth.
I don’t know much about 3D Picnic, who produced two LPs. Their first, Dirt, contains a mix of styles from Paisley Underground folk rolk to more post-punk fare, though none of it too dangerous. This track is from a compilation called Ultraviolet and doesn’t appear on either disk.
A Produce was the person behind the band Afterimage which appears in early volumes of this series. His own music tends toward the ambient, though this track and a few others have something like a kinky energy. He was the creator of the label Trans Port which specialized in what came to be known as “trance music” though in fact most of what I’ve heard of his work doesn’t sound like later trance music (which is more beat heavy). A Clearing is available in its entirety at CDBaby, though most of his other material appears to be out of print. He passed away in 2011.
Battery Farley is still pretty much a mystery to me, though it appears an “underground” producer named Jeff Farley is behind it all. There is a YouTube video the band performing an unreleased track, “Bagman on Sunset,” which if anything has an unforgettable snarkey resonance. The LP Dress for Obscurity is pretty interesting, and they seem to be symptomatic of one aspect of “New Wave” here in LA, which is that for all the synthesizers and dance beats, much of it is completely uncommercial. There’s a cheap copy of Dress for Obscurity sitting in the stacks at Amoeba Records that I want to snag when I have some cash.
Download link & track listing after the jump!
A lot of our readers are creative people; we know this because some of our most popular posts feature DIY clothing like hand-patched, studded and painted battle jackets, vests and crust pants. This post is going to focus on leather, because I love leather, and painted leather specifically. Painting on a beautiful leather jacket or vest adds that extra dimension of love that I really appreciate. It’s amazing to see the effort that has gone into creating a truly unique piece, especially when it’s a detailed back patch in vibrant colors, or a band logo that has been lovingly painted in the perfect spot. It takes a while to achieve the perfect look with painted patches – the jacket I made for my husband took me three months to complete. And above all, each piece shows the individuality of the wearer, in the placement, colors and images chosen to adorn this priceless garment. After the jump, check out a selection of leather battle jackets found on Tshirtslayer…
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…
All photos by Alexander Zaitchik
I have been lucky enough to travel around the world in my life, and one thing that has stuck out in my mind is the way that different people use their city’s walls as a way to express themselves with street art/graffiti. Something that took shape on the streets of New York decades ago has now spread across the world, and means so many different things to many different humans. When you walk the streets of Berlin it’s everywhere, and when you skateboard the hills of San Francisco you see street art as a part of the landscape of the city. What’s a trip is the way that this medium of creativity has crossed gender, class, race and political lines to include a wide array of weirdos. By looking at the graffitti of a city, you can catch a vibe of what’s going on – case in point, we all know that all is not good in Greece right now. This is evident on the walls of the Athenian neighborhood of Exarchia, where the art speaks to what the anarchists are going through under an oppressive and unresponsive government. Check out this eye-opening street art photo essay transmitting from the concrete of Athens!
“Double Helix” video by Death Grips is double left field while hovering above surreal. This Sacremento group not only make some of my favorite Hip Hop right now, but their visuals are so fucking on point. Death Grips are able to take things we look at on a everyday basis and turn them into something that we have never seen before. Peep their “Double Helix” video below and have a triple spazz!
I can never, and will never, get enough of looking at photos that tell a story. That’s why tumblr is so sick – because people can put up flicks that describe an era in one moment caught on film. I get lost in images because I can hear and feel what was taking place around the subjects. Checking out pictures from the early 80′s will always be some of my favorites, and this is why CVLT Nation’s favorite tumblr this moment is 33RPM – it’s full of rare photos from post punk Britain and beyond! Peep a stellar photo gallery after the jump!