Tuesday, December 18, 2007
An amazing hardcore band from the Midwest back in the mid 90’s.
I found this discography online about a year ago, containing
all the tracks I once had on vinyl 7 inches. The silkscreened cover
art and the craft paper packaging only added to the personal
value of this album.
Lyrically, I was always moved; instrumentally, in awe at their willingness
to explore areas they weren’t necessarily good at—ie. adding a horn
section that, quite honesty, sounded horrible. But I love every minute.
Breaking away from that safe zone is always hard—no matter what
you are doing—but often provides some of the most refreshing results.
‘The moon has given the setting sun its demands, so now we ride …’
Thursday, November 8, 2007
It’s been a lifelong dream to produce a little ‘zine’, but until I get off my ass and do it, I’m left admiring peoples who have. I ordered a copy of One One Nine on an impulse. I saw that Up North curated it and decided to give it a go.
I must admit I was disappointed. The whole thing feels disjointed. At first glance I thought there was a theme that linked the illustrations, but when I received my (pretty beat-up) copy in the mail I was disheartened that there was no common thread. It acts primarily as a showcase for illustrators, some of which are quite good but most feel rather contrived.
I’m left wondering what’s the point.
I respect the fact that they were able to get some names together and ultimately produce something and I understand that they were “curating”. However, I wish more thought would have been put into the final outcome. There isn’t even an upfront piece to explain why they wanted to do this.
Anyway, it was good for a few quick flip-throughs, but this will probably float around my apartment for a while before getting filed into a magazine racks to possibly never be seen again.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Simen Johan first caught my eye with a series of shockingly eerie images that depicts children in (seemingly real) concerning situations. He has since released a series called “Until the Kingdom Comes” which is equally as impressive, and included some sculpture pieces that took me by surprise.
His images are captivating and puzzling. They leave one wondering how this is possible, questioning the situation; and when the realization comes that the work is indeed fantasy, pondering the origin and
intent of the imagery.
Beyond content, Johan’s technique is amazing. One of my favorite things about him is that he works with film. The images are scanned and then manipulated digitally, giving a richer and more honest appearance to the faux-realism.
Check out lifelounges’s interview with him, he describes his subject matter and the motivation behind the imagery far better than I have.