I love street posters – they tell you what’s happening in your city, but they’re also artistic wallpaper for our streets. These hilarious street posters may not be “art” in the literal sense, but they are fucking funny. Anyone who has had a bike stolen, or lost a pet to a motorist, should feel free to express their anger via a funny hand made poster. I will enjoy it. Why not make strangers laugh? It will make the world a better place. In that way, maybe art can save the world (see below).
Watching the GONZ skate has always made me think of skating as a cycodelic art form, but watching Gou Miyagi do his thing makes the way the GONZ skates seem normal. He does things with a skateboard that will have you saying to yourself, how the fuck does he think of this shit – because it’s just that bugged out! Gou’s part in Heroin’s Video Nasty is the most original skate video you will see all year!
About a month ago, someone messaged me about a very special band from Olympia that now reside in Oakland. The name of the group is RAGANA and the person was right – their record Unbecoming is the shit! When I listen to them, I feel the Northwest rain falling onto my head, but at the same time I have visions of enchanting California sunsets. RAGANA’s music is full of passion that will sweep your imagination away to a place where the clouds are used for magic carpet rides. I can hear mother nature in their organic, angular riffs that resonate with the pain of our daily existence! Lyrically, RAGANA is on point, but it’s the stories that both the music tells that will leave you transfixed. On certain songs, it seems like early early Cat Power has come to life as a black metal artist, which is totally my type of bong load, because I love them both. Check the download link for RAGANA Unbecoming, plus peep a full set filmed by our comrade Kevin Hobbs…I’m so excited to hear more from them, but for right now, RAGANA is one of my favorite bands!
Check out Primitive Man and Obliteration at the Relapse Records X CVLT Nation SXSW 2014 Showcase, March 12th at Dirty Dog Bar! More info here…
Ethan from Primitive Man interviews Sindre from Obliteration
Who are some individual musicians that have inspired you to do what you do?
Individual musicians have not really meant that much to us as a band, it’s more the work of some bands/artists and general atmosphere and feelings that inspire us to do what we do. But musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi, Chris Reifert, Fenriz, Quorthon and Apollyon have been very inspiring and offered guidance in our search of space.
NINA SIMONE was an artist who changed the world with her voice and views. Without screaming or heavy riffs, this sister was punk rock and doom metal in her own right. With lyrics that spoke about revolution and a singing voice that painted the pain of the downtrodden, she was an inspiration to many different kinds of humans. NINA SIMONE blazed a trail for us all, and this is what true artistry is all about. When I hear NINA’S version of “Strange Fruit,” my whole body begins to shake with tears. Check out this on point documentary about NINA SIMONE, her ups and downs!
via Bored Panda
Our technologically-obsessed society often finds it hard to grasp the reasons behind asceticism: for what reason should one forsake all of one’s earthly possessions and live excluded from society? This stunning set of portraits by Brooklyn-based photographer Joey L puts us face to face with religious ascetics who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.
As far as “supergroups” in black metal go, Twilight has to be one of the more interesting since their formation in 2004 with the line-up twisting and contorting with each album. Their self-titled in 2005 saw N. Imperial, Wrest aka Leviathan, Blake Judd, Malefic (better known as Xasthur) come together for a murky BM odyssey that didn’t exactly set the world on fire but its follow-up, Monument to Time End, now joined by ex-Isis main man Aaron Turner, Stavros Giannopoulos and Sanford Parker (and the departure of Malefic) was exactly as the title may suggest – a monument, where towering melodic doom dirges and spectral ambience collided with the band’s black metal foundation. Fast forward a couple of years and Twilight is once again a different band.
Saint Hoax is an artist whose paintings are a commentary on pop culture and politics. Who is Saint Hoax? That’s a mystery, but whomever he or she is, they have been invited to display this hilarious series of drag portraits of world leaders in London, but were denied a visa due to the tumult in their home country. And obviously revealing their identity may cause problems for them in their home country. It makes you think about how lucky we are to openly laugh our asses off at our political leaders. These drag portraits are fucking priceless, and you can see the process of transformation below. Here is how Saint Hoax characterizes both a drag queen, and it corresponds perfectly to a political figure:
The recipe for an iconic queen:
1- Flamboyant name
2- Fierce persona
3- Defining outfits
4- Personalized hairdo
5- A trademark feature
6- One hell of a PR team
Well, we’re two years into these Deathrock mixtapes, and the fascination that dark postpunk and deathrock continues to hold over the punk scene continues unabated, even if many punker-than-thou bands refuse to acknowledge their own new swing into gothic territory, proud as some would-be tastemakers are. The punk scene’s dipping into the waters of this tradition is producing, to me, some of the best new music around these days. And the best of that is represented in the mixtape below.