[LISTEN] PURE X Release Gem From Forthcoming Album

Posted May 26th by in Music

Pure X (formerly Pure Ecstasy) is the latest incarnation of a long-standing collaboration between Austin, Texas musicians and long-term friends Nate Grace, Jesse Jenkins and Austin Youngblood. Acéphale is to release their debut album, Pleasure, out July 5th in the US and worldwide August 22nd.  Looseness was a key concept for Pure X in recording Pleasure, and all songs were recorded live without overdubbing.  The aspiration was to capture songs in their purest form, mistakes and all, as they were being written.  Chasing a vibe in the studio allowed the songs to form themselves; structure and formula lost their rigidity as the songwriting process became more about meditative evolution than meticulous intent. www.acephalerecords.com 


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[FILM] They Shoot Movies, Don’t They?

Posted May 26th by in Film

“Patti Astor” Photo by and courtesy of Maripol from Blank City

Blank City tells the long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. From the late 1970′s through the mid 80′s, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today. Film is out now. www.blankcityfilm.com


Tania Shcheglova & Roman Noven are Synchrodogs

Posted May 26th by in Photography

Ukrainian photography duo Tania Shcheglova & Roman Noven, otherwise know as Syncrodogs, are part lo-fi revelers and bored kin of Eastern Europe’s “nothing to fucking do but take photos” ethos and by turns protegès of Jurgen Teller’s point and shoot philosophy–graceful saviors of analog’s unpredictable thrills and bygone days of grainy erotica. READ MORE >>>>>


Riding the Hoods With Maripol

Posted May 25th by in Culture, Photography

Maripol moved to New York from France in 1976, where she became a part of the New York club and music scene, styling Madonna and working on films such as Downtown 81 (starring Jean-Michel Basquiat and Deborah Harry). In the mid-1980s, she opened her own boutique, Maripolitan, in the NoHo area of New York. Maripol has also been art director on music videos for Cher, D’Angelo and Elton John, among others. Riding the Hoods With Maripol, a collection of her photographs, are on view at the Clic gallery in New York until June 19. www.clicgallery.com


Ghost Town by Stephan Würth

Posted May 25th by in Photography

Ghost Town, a book by photographer Stephan Würth will be available this Fall, published by Damiani Editore, www.stephenwurth.com


We Used To

Posted May 25th by in Photography

New photography by Abbey Meaker


Vivienne Westwood Shoes at the Sursock Palace in Beirut

Posted May 25th by in Culture, Fashion

Vivienne Westwood’s collections of shoes since the seventies have been on whats shaping out the be a world wide tour after the success of a show in London last year. You could also contribute the success to the rash of designer retrospectives. Right now the exhibition is on view at the Sursock Palace in Beirut. Vivienne Westwood Shoes, An Exhibition 1973 – 2011, which has opened in Beirut, will be followed by a stop in the north of England then on to Hong Kong, China and Japan. www.viviennewestwood.co.uk


RICHARD PRINCE, first solo exhibition in Asia

Posted May 25th by in Art

Since the late 1970s, Prince has been mining images from mass media, advertising, and entertainment. Working in the tear-sheet department at TIME/LIFE in New York, he took magazine ads for jewelry, furniture, fashion, and cigarettes, and gave them new potency by cropping, removing ad copy from the images, reshooting black and white images on color film, and configuring them in generic groups. With these “rephotographs”, he redefined the artistic act and its related concepts of authorship, ownership, and the aura of the image. Applying his understanding of the complex transactions of representation to the making of art, he has crafted a unique signature filled with echoes of other signatures but that is unquestionably his own. READ MORE >>>


Resurrecting PECK

Posted May 24th by in Fashion, Style

Frames by Oliver Peoples designed in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the release of the literary novel written by Harper Lee in 1960–inspired by the signature optical frame worn by Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the classic film To Kill A Mockingbird. www.oliverpeoples.com


The Erotic World of Harri Peccinotti

Posted May 24th by in Photography

Harri Peccinotti, who is nearly eighty years old and looks almost exactly like a wizard, is most well known for his erotic images of women–often cropped and close up focusing in on the delicious details, instead of giving away the whole picture. Peccinotti also has the distinction of shooting the Pirelli calendar two years in a row and is oft credited with upping its raunch factor to the level it stands today. This June 14 marks the opening of an exhibit at the Tethys gallery in Florence, Italy–the exhibition will run until July 4 2011. www.tethysgallery.com





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