Photos & Text by Adam Murray
So as we’ve all heard by now, Eyehategod decided they’d rather hang out in Southern California than mandance through a prison colony. The result, with a large helping hand from promoters Thee Static Age, was booking a slew of last minute shows in and around Los Angeles and various outlying areas. I had a chance to catch a couple of these shows: one at Five Star Bar with Nausea (who had to cancel out of the original Los Globos gig), and then the very next night at the Down N Out with D.I.S. Apologies to any/all opening bands that I have failed to mention or take pictures of. As shooting the same group of dudes several nights in a row can often grow tedious, I ended up messing around a little with the flash stealing. Enjoy!
If you see a whale fly out of the mist over the tree tops in a cold autumn morning, you know something is wrong. Terribly wrong. Somehow Martin Vlach has envisioned such a scene and made it come to life, among many other visions that seemingly clutter his brain and incredibly they come together with his master-level skill of image manipulation. Martin Vlach’s images are frightening and surreal visions of the absurd, pieced together so well, and with such visionary skill, that as you gaze at his work you feel the cold, emptiness, silence and vastness of the world overpowering you and plunging you into a state of silent and baffled reverence. Check out more about Martin’s work on his social media outlets.
When I first saw Daikichi Amano‘s photography, my immediate reaction (after my stomach finished churning) was one of respect for what I saw as his commentary on the consumption of women’s bodies. His subjects, all nude women, are being trapped and dissected like seafood, bringing a whole new perspective to the naked lady sushi bar. Just as the octopi are netted, chopped and eaten, so are womens bodies caught in the nets of patriarchal media and fed piece by piece, lifeless breast and thigh, to the masses. I started to dig deeper into Daikichi Amano, and found his book Human Nature, which looks pretty cool. Then I found his website genki-genki.com, a collection of crazy-ass roach, maggot, octopus, worm and choking porn. Now I am confused. Anyway, check out some of these striking and disturbing images below…and I guess if you are into maggoty vaginas you can check out his videos, although in my worst nightmare I couldn’t figure out why the fuck you’d want to.
Come take a journey with us into the sleazy, weird, obscene, profane universe where underground photos RULE. This photo essay will have you saying damn non-stop!
Text & Photos by Adam Murray
Five bands (well, technically four) descended upon Los Angeles on this night like the various strains of flu virus that have been penetrating and violating everyone’s immune systems for the past couple weeks.
Strong Intention ground up a fine blend of grindy punk sludgecore like a batch of fresh n’ oily coffee beans! This was the only band I had been previously unaware of before the show, but by the second song they piqued my interest and brought my ass up front to take a few snaps and listen.
Obliterations boinked and crammed through their set like Black Flag on acid. The level of light on stage was very low, but these dudes made up for it with the amount of energy pumping through their tunes. They shot fireworks of angry juice into the crowd!
Our comrade Ralph of the Planks turned us on to Sarah Kastrau, who is an amazing photographer with a very interesting style. We just got word from her about the new photozine she created entitled Like Ghost. The zine is a collection of concert photos taken in 2013, featuring ██████, Amenra, Birds In Row, BLCKWVS, Celeste, Coliseum, Colaris, Downfall Of Gaia, Goldust, Gottesmorder, In The Hearts Of Emperors, Light Bearer, Omega Massif, Planks, Sundowning, Syndrome. Check out the preview on CVLT Nation, and you can buy Like Ghost by Sarah Kastrau HERE!
Trick photography was a new and extremely popular invention in the early 20th century, and one man who gained notoriety as one of the best in the US was William H. Martin. He created dreamlike scenarios, inspired by the tall tales people often tell of their daily adventures. Massive rabbits, incredible hunting hauls and humongous crop yields became some of the top selling postcards of the 1910s. The fantastical images he created were amazing to behold at the time, when photographs were, even more than now, taken as realistic portrayals of actual people and events. Check out some of his most famous postcards below…
By Jeremy James
I must say, this theater has history. It’s been known by a bevy of names in the past and has housed many varied acts. Hell, this was even the place where I photographed my first band; but tonight, the now named Observatory was housing four very well cemented acts to close out the year with a bang.
Helen Money, a solo cellist who might be best known for her previous work with Verbow, opened the night. Armed with a slew of pedals, she created dizzying spells and a crushing ambiance that shook anyone who listened to the core. Wave after wave of bowed perfection smacked across the listeners chests as she soothed and swayed, driven to create perfection via amplification, repetition, and distortion. Her set was unfortunately short lived, but the energy she put into her performance was fantastic, and I would definitely recommend seeing her perform if you get the chance.
Being a child of the 70′s, Stevie Nicks’ voice was always around me and was a part of my days growing up in Venice. Even now, at least once a week or more we have her voice blasting out of our speakers. As parents, when we see our little girl Sinead dancing to the sounds of the white witch, we get stoked! Stevie Nicks is more than just a great singer, she is also an unreal songwriter whose talent transcends generations. This is why today CVLT Nation’s favorite Tumblr is Belladonna aka Fuck Yeah Stevie Nicks. So take a journey into a portal where this icon reigns supreme. Check out some killer photos, documentaries and much more…Much respect due, Belladonna!