Photographer Michael Jang attended CalArts in the 1970s and he took so many photos that he basically created an unofficial yearbook for the university. The photos are surfacing now and being shared and shared and shared because they captured such a specific, wonderfully careless moment that is in some ways timeless. The images are the subject of a neat little Hamburger Eyes zine and you can read more about it here.
Jacqueline Di Milia
This November Henry Wolfe returns with the release of Encino, a 4-song EP that’s as unexpected as it is anticipated. The collection includes two well selected covers, “Your Motion Says” by the legendary Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson’s, “All I Think About Is You,” and two original tracks, “Miracle Mile” and “Encino,” just released last week. The songs are moody and romantic, well constructed and sincere. Everything we’ve been waiting for since the 2011 release of his debut full-length, “Linda Vista.” In support of the album, Wolfe is currently on the road for 6-stop tour with Dawes and he’ll be at the Bootleg Theatre November 11th, but first we’ve got him cornered.
Sum up your new EP in 5 words or less.
Songs about romance and fear.
How did you choose the two cover songs?
Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson are big influences. Both could write timeless, beautiful songs. But at the same time, the choices they made musically were radical and distinctive. I’d like to emulate that balance.
What’s the biggest change from your previous release, Linda Vista?
These songs don’t swing. The rhythms are straighter, they lean forward a little more. Also, the lyrics in the new songs are less direct. There is more room for interpretation.
What is your first music memory?
I remember going to visit my cousins during the holidays and the only record my uncle played was Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits. There was something about the sax solo on ‘Your Latest Trick.’ It was like looking at the boxes of R-rated movies in the video store.
What’s your favorite chord when playing guitar?
I’m a sucker for the major 7th.
What’s the strangest thing you do alone?
I like to watch PBS. Particularly the Newshour.
Pivotal life-changing moment?
Finishing my first record.
If you performed in costume, which consume would it be?
This is my costume.
What live performance/concert saved your soul?
Phish. New Year’s Eve. 1996. I’d never hear them before and they played a song called ‘Harry Hood.’ I thought they were saying ‘Henry.’ I thought they were singing to me.
Can you explain yourself?
I was on mushrooms.
If you had it to do over again, would you?
Probably. It’s fun.
What’s the best advice you have taken?
Start by starting.
What’s the best advise you have to give?
Or listen here.
Dark, psych folk project, AMINALS reaches the holy trinity with their new music video “SIDES.” Floating on a divine wave of Peter Gabriel, Edward Sharpe and Skip Spence communion, AMINALS channels the evocative nature of music deities before them. Haunting and ethereal, the duo repeat the provocative phrase, “alone in the desert where you have no one, alone in the desert with nothing at all.” The video for “SIDES” executes the concept of fleeting time and wandering memories beautifully, expressing the juxtaposition of a “wrinkle in time” against a world where we are taught neither time nor space really exist, just one long linear spectrum.
Video Shot by Elleree Fletcher
VIA Manimal PR
When Sia released her video for ‘Chandelier' in May of this year, it sent shock waves through the intersecting worlds of entertainment, garnering admiration and praise for a work of art that stuns both sonically and visually.
Responsible for the raw and emotion-inducing choreography of the video is our friend, Ryan Heffington, who created the dance sequence for Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms’ fame. Inspired by his work, as no doubt so many of us were/are, director Andrea Sisson set out to create a piece with Ryan of her own, which was released yesterday on NOWNESS.
Together Ryan and Andrea “condensed [the] Sia dance down to the most visceral and recognizable phrases” and created “not just … a typical tutorial - but a mash-up, poem of these descriptions.” As Andrea told us, “It’s very much an artisan piece that I created, developed, composed over months time. Then filmed/directed. It’s depicted out like a poem - the descriptive words from Ryan teaching the dance. The film itself - created and planned on my end - based on Ryan’s choreography.”
We think it’s absolute magic.
Directed & Created by - Andrea Sisson FOR NOWNESS
Cinematography & Editing by - Pete Ohs
Produced by - Saul Germaine
Styled by - Sissy Sainte-Marie
Pants: Desiree Klein
Shoes: The Palatines
Production Coordinator - Tara Poynter
Sound Mixer - Scott Vance
Production Assistant - Ian Miyawaki
Cellist (Teaser) - Patrick Belaga
Filmed at The Sweat Spot, Los Angeles
As someone who went to an all women’s art college, I have seen my fair share of vagina art. Perhaps a bit too much. However, Megumi Igarashi’s story is very different.
Igarashi, who works under the name Rokudenashiko, which means “good-for-nothing girl” in Japanese, built a kayak shaped like her vagina after raising money through crowd-funding. To thank her donors she sent them all a 3D print of her vagina—and ended up in prison. Thankfully, due to a petition that over 21,000 people signed, she was out in a week. You can’t not love this girl. She claimed to have giggled while being arrested for such a thing.
Igarashi is known for her work often based on vaginas as an artistic expression to both women’s rights and the double standard in female genitalia in Japanese society. Check out more of her work!
Unless you are North West, us plebeians are still digesting the deluge of shows and media coming out of this year’s Fashion Month. Rodarte got a bit shipwrecked with their latest collection, Viktor & Rolf put a vacuum on their clothing, sucking everything to the side, Chanel decorated the feminism soap box, and both Dolce & Gabbana and Saint Laurent provided their own interpretations of what modern bullfighters should wear. A lot happened.
While those are wonderful, one designer is a must check every season as he’s gone from indie maniac designer to “ready to wear” oddity, vacillating between bizarre-but-common to the absolutely brilliant in its unwearability. This man is Gareth Pugh. He is a next level neo-goth with an eye for the absurd and a color palette of black, dark black, light black, and some white. His work in recent years has drawn critics who have nay’d his work for being too pedestrian, making it easy to wonder if he’d be able to bring the heat back to his looks.
Well, he may no longer have the ability to create another hell rabbit or sexy Battlestar Galactica villain—but he does have the ability to make a cohesive wow moment. How? He *finally* decided to acknowledge a giant reference point and style influence: Satan. Yes, the Dark Lord’s presence was the number one takeaway from his Spring 2015 RTW collection. It may not seem like it at first since his harlequin checkers and furry fabrics remain, used in the same-old, same-old draping styles that his high-waisted cinch-jackets and tailored bell sleeves have displayed since 2006.
What you will see are backhanded messages to the eternally damned: boney spines outline the form of a tall hat, sharp origami-like harnesses strap women to dresses, casual hoods remove the hair (and sometimes the entire face), and stylized animal skulls make for fancy hats. Yes, they are all signs that the devil does wear Gareth Pugh: the hats look to be made from graveyard tilled textiles, the harnesses are the interior of a Pentagram, the hoods recall that of dark monks, and the headdresses are none other than casual (literal) nods to Baphomet.
Many (i.e., Moms) may be alarmed by this discovery that Pugh has a thing for the dark arts but this is a triumph of both self-reflexivity and the “Oh no he didn’t." mentality. Unlike designers who tiptoe around reference, Pugh finally went there, giving the finger to passive commentary: he loves him some Lucifer and he isn’t afraid to force you into his den of wickedness. That fact has brought forth his strongest collection in years and something so sinister and so incredibly fun that it cannot not be praised. It would be one thing if he embraced devilish direction and didn’t get weird—but he got weird again. Quite a bit, too.
Thank you for that, Goth Gareth.
And hail Satan.
When a cool dude wants to make a film, you should probably listen to what he says and help him make said film. That is what is happening with all around rad guy Jimmy Marble's recent effort to raise money to make two little films.
You see, Marble is an ace director, photographer, muralist, and more, one who oozes positivity and cool while also having great hair. He’s a win-win type of guy. He’s hoping to leap from the Internet screen to the semi-big-screen with two film efforts: Polar Blades—”an old nature documentary” turned “action move”—and End Of Babes, a “New Wave influenced short film.”
To make the (very stylized) films a reality, Marble turned to Kickstarter…and he *just* achieved full funding. Rad! The good news is you can still pay it forward to Jimmy—and take advantage of the rewards he has (a signed copy of his upcoming book LAtopia, Christmas cards illustrated by Jimmy, a mural painted on your home, and even a portrait session…for only $50!).
Today we bring you an exclusive video premiere from Professor Possessor, an LA-based band that crafts affectional, dance-worthy garage wave that holds subtle similarities with greats like Ace of Base and The Motels. Their newest video, ‘Mystics,’ is inspired by feelings of loneliness, and is a representation of looking for answers on how to cope with mediocrity.
Also available today is the release of their brand new EP entitled ‘Mystics and Passion.’ These songs remember a time of change and growth within the band’s internal dynamic as lovers, friends, and everything in-between. You can have a listen on Soundcloud and purchase the EP on Bandcamp or iTunes .
Professor Possessor is Jess Imme, Hayden Hall, Jacob Summers, and Scarlet A. Newman-Thomas.
Hair is a dichotomous thing, a piece of our own living identities while it itself, is quite dead. In Guido Palau’s new book, Hair, he explores its function, pushing the boundaries of what this material can become in the hands of a skilled artist. The images shot by David Sims are both raw and refined, the pages gleaming with qualities ageless, timeless and above all, genderless. The pallor of the skin looks as if it’s been dusted with chalk - toneless, almost clear. Seemingly simple yet wholly pre-meditated and designed, Palau has created a race of alien-like forms that exude futurism while retaining elements of both the contemporary and the classic. Published by Rizzoli, it is available now.
"The world I’ve created in this book is strange and dark, and it’s populated by a tribe of ambiguous, almost asexual young people. You sense something of the past, and something of the future. I want people to wonder where these creatures could possibly have come from." - Guido Palau
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