ORGAN: “A hummer” so says Fripp, the new King Crimson album that is…

kingcrimson_coverA hummer? A man with a tapeworm in his brain? Never mind any of that, yer man said it was a hummer. A feeding frenzy? Humming?
“A hummer” said yer man Fripp as he described the proposed new King Crimson live album. Of course it will be a hummer, how could it not be? So Robert Fripp has confirmed the release of a live mini-album featuring the latest lineup of King Crimson, and like we just told you, he’s described the 40-minute title, due in January, as “a hummer.”

Apparently the recordings were made on the band’s recent US tour, a tour featuring drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Reiflin and Pat Mastelotto alongside bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins and guitarist-vocalist Jakko Jakszyk. Fripp says in a video clip: “We’re just completing the mix on Starless, live in Los Angeles, and this really is a hummer.”  Jakszyk confirms: “It’s humming like crazy.”

We’re told the album will be released on January 13 via DGM Live. meanwhile we’re still waiting for UK dates from the band who have been busy touring the US this year.

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“At last – the seven-headed Crim Beast is unleashed at The Egg”, Albany, 9th September.
The crowd verdict? ‘It was righteous, it was epic, it was just AWESOME.’The music on the video is ‘Schizoid Fantasia’ by Robert Fripp, the piece is available for download here


For full updates on King Crimson on tour go to https://www.dgmlive.com/

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We were spring cleaning earlier…. whole load of Stiks in the corner over there

Stik, East London (SW)

Stik, East London (SW)

ORGAN: The slow removal of Vincent Van Gogh’s left ear. Harley David, son of a bitch….

Hackney, East London, Aug 2014

Hackney, East London, Aug 2014

Thursday’s child is full of puss, or cake, or piss or hope or fish or oranges or something, anything, does anything much make sense here? Approach with extreme precaution, cultivate with care, never trust your fellow artists, dog eat dog is the way of things now, hashtag something or other, never take precautions, don’t be asking for help around here again, this is not a one way street for you to come riding down again and again.  Coffee time, there goes jimmy C, shaking his cans, I can hear him through the wall. pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my game, god save the Bollock Brothers, they’re a wholesome bunch of lads. The doctor may scare your heart, live by the colour red, that and revenge, never with precaution, always extreme The slow removal of Vincent Van Gogh’s left ear… Harley David, son of a bitch….

Extreme Precautions is apparently the latest accomplishment from a musician who goes by the name of Paul Régimbeau, someone who “likes deep contrasts as much as nuance, and who allows himself to develop radical techno sounds as well as dark melodies with a cinematographic dimension” or so it says here on this piece of electronic paper that has landed here this dull looking Thursday morning. Nice goats. .

“Extreme Precautions is somewhat of a startling turn, influenced as much by the grind of metal and aesthetics of crust as it has been the electronic flourishes that propel his career so far. Recorded in just one week, it was a chance to try something different, and to add harshness to his sound” .

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“After finishing Hadès, I was thinking of doing a techno EP. But I w as mostly listening to Brutal Truth, Assuck, Napalm Death and Pig Destroyer at that time, so grindcore got me carried away and I went blast beat. This was a blast indeed – I did this record in a week total, a big release for me.” so said Paul Régimbeau

Hackney, East London, Nov 2014 (SW)

Hackney, East London, Nov 2014 (SW)

No Feelings,. my beautiful self….  Anselm Kiefer knows about layers and he is today’s flavour, don’t want to go to the sanitised Royal Academy show though, want to go paint in/on his warehouse, push his buttons.  Anselm Kiefer is an artist that really does matter, go watch the imagine documentary three times….. Long live the BBC, besides that bit about them ignoring the Greens and letting that other lot have cheep shot soundbite after soundbite

Anselm Kiefer Tempelhof 2010-11 Oil, acrylic, terracotta and salt on canvas 149 5/8 x 299 3/16 in

Anselm Kiefer Tempelhof 2010-11 Oil, acrylic, terracotta and salt on canvas 149 5/8 x 299 3/16 in

“Do you enjoy the process of making?  It’s difficult, and sometimes it’s a failure. Because in any state of a painting you have one hundred possibilities and you have to choose one. It’s a war in your head you know? And when I look two or three days later I think it’s shit, it happens because you are in a certain situation you think ah, oh now I got something…and then you have to wait, to calm down…and then you see. And sometimes the contrary happens too, you think, oh, its damaged, its not good and then later you see, oh, you’ve found a new thing.”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/…/imagine-winter-2014-5-anselm-kiefer-…

I never throw anything away. It can all be reused or transformed.” Catch up on ‪#‎AnselmKiefer‬ on last night’s ‪#‎Imagine‬, aired on @BBCOne

Hackney, East London, Nov 2014 (SW)_

Hackney, East London, Nov 2014 (SW)_

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Long-bound by a mutual love of making obscene noises, Kent-based Bear vs Manero and Frau Pouch have teamed up to deliver the Yee Naaldlooshii EP [ye-nald-loosh-ee]. A split EP in the very truest sense.

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fraubearcover“Having played on the same bill across many of Kent’s two licensed live venues that haven’t shut down rock shows permanently due to noise abatement orders, BvM and FP recently hatched a plan to share their musical anti-knowledge across a split release. The difference to the usual route being that they actually split themselves up within each other to form 5 brand new bands in the process.

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Centered around a heartfelt tale of twisted lust, interspecies reproduction and inevitable conflict, the first two tracks see each band in their normal form, each performing a song about the other. For the remaining tracks, the names of all seven members were put in to a hat with a random 2-piece, 3-piece, 4-piece and 5-piece formed. Decamping to Sunlight Studios and under the watchful ear of producer and Punching Swans frontman Greg Webster, they then wrote and recorded all tracks over just 2 days with a number of members having to learn a new instrument on the spot. The EP is completed by a press-record-and-see-what-happens ensemble piece involving all members plus Greg.

glene_friedmanBEASTIE BOYS, FUGAZI, PUBLIC ENEMY, TONY ALVA, BLACK FLAG, JAY ADAMS, RUN DMC ALL FEATURE IN PHOTOGRAPHER GLEN E. FRIEDMAN’S FIRST LONDON EXHIBITION IN NEARLY TWO DECADES

MY RULES by GLEN E. FRIEDMAN 

A photographic exhibition of energy, attitude and rebellion – in conjunction with the release of My Rules the book, (published by Rizzoli International).

here comes the hype, don’t say we don’t share these things with you, skip this last bit if you want, or view it as some kind of public service announcement or something…..

Glen E.Friedman has been described as one of the most important photographers of his generation.

“Think of iconic images of Run DMC, Black FlagLL Cool JMinor ThreatPublic Enemy, and Beastie Boys, or the gravity defying, revolutionary skateboarding of Tony AlvaJay Adams, or Stacy Peralta - It is almost certain that Glen E. Friedman was the man behind the camera.

Friedman’s photographs are rich in action and intensity and have stood the test of time – many have become the definitive portraits for their subjects. Since the mid-1970s as a young teenager, Friedman has been chronicling quintessential subjects in underground and counterculture movements like no other. Capturing the pivotal and defining moments in music and street movements that were largely unknown or ignored by the mainstream.

Friedman’s My Rules serves as a testament of integrity for the three powerhouse countercultures of skateboardingpunk, and hip-hop.The energy and rebellion shine through – the accompanying book by Rizzoli features over 300 images; it is Friedman’s 7th published monograph.

This exhibition comprises of over 50 colour + black and white fine art photographic prints – many of which have never been exhibited before. Classic images from Friedman’s last UK exhibition at the ICA in 1997 are also included, now printed larger and better than before. After the premiere in London, the My Rules exhibition will continue to tour worldwide.

For the Rizzoli book, Friedman reached out to some of his subjects to get in their own words what it was like to be at the crux of these cultural movements; these exclusive, often revealing words serve as an education and inspiration. My Rules is not only a remarkable chronicle of beautiful images and a primer about the origins of three radical street cultures recognized worldwide; it is also an artistic statement of inspiration for generations to follow.

The exhibition will include audio installations from Ice-TIan MacKayeAlan “Ollie” Gelfand and an unreleased audio interview between Jay Adams and Glen E. Friedman.This interview formed the basis of Jay’s essay in the book, and was one of the last extensive interviews he gave before his untimely death in August this year”.

The exhibition will also play host to a selection of curated films by Glen E. Friedman & there will be Q&A sessions throughout the opening weekend

14 Henrietta St, is a building steeped in publishing history, being previously inhabited by Victor Gollancz, a British publisher and humanitarian (publisher of George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London and Franz Kafka’s,The Trial) who also ran his business from the premises. 0 14 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H  Theshow is open from November 21st 2014 until January 18th 2015

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More of this tomorrow, maybe……

 

ORGAN THING:Botanist, Making Something Out of Nothing, Red Gallery, green metal, Abstract Geometry, Rook and Raven, Carter USM, Goodbye Ruby Wednesday…

botanist_coverMonday, a whole week ahead of us… nah, forget Monday, I don’t like Mondays, nothing happy about Mondays, skip to Tuesday and, Tuesday bloody Tuesday, goodbye Ruby, what? Baked a cake, strike a light, come home, Do Re Me So Far So Good, have a good time all the time, the big match and “A murder of crows making a glorious racket this morning at the back of the studio, glorious, but I’m pretty happy at the fact, that they seemed to have decided on nesting elsewhere”.  Thing of the day you say, you didn’t get one yesterday you say, you want one today you say? here’s some old Nurse With Wound posted here for no reason what so ever, Soliloquy For Lilith from back in 2003, released on the United Dairies label. Here’s some more  “all positive at the moment” said the northern sounding man on the BBC. Have we got a Thing of The Day today? Are you that bothered about any of this? Never mind Tuesday……

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Never mind Tuesday….. Wednesday bloody Wednesday, all Sheffield and disunited, read about Bill Drummond and ken Campbell instead, far more interesting than anything we have to offer here today, well besides the self-proclaimed “green metal” of San Francisco’s Botanist  .. “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones’ John Cage.  “Post-black metal worship of the Natural world. Enter the Verdant Realm of Botanist

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How about Wednesday then? Will there be a posting here today?  When Did the Art World Get So Conservative? Goodbye Ruby Wednesday, paint cake and feed the mice. Here’s a polite looking conservative show, straight lines can be exciting though can’t they? Can’t always be about contradictions and giant stik figures on the side of buildings.  Now so called street art, how tediously conservative is most of that? Careerist middle age men and their agents and dealers and their limited edition prints.

This November, Rook and Raven Gallery are proud to present Abstract Geometry, an exhibition inspired by the development of the Fibonacci sequence in visual culture. Informing each featured artist’s work, the sequence appears in various manifestations, constant throughout, in a manner paradigmatic of Leonardo Fibonacci’s theorem, published in his 1202 landmark text, Liber Abaci. The text recounts the correlation between geometry and nature, leading to a shift in artistic practice, still evident today, in its similar link to the Golden Section, historically used by many artists as a visual tool.

Rupert Newman, 'Collision' (2014), gouache on canvas, 61 x 50.5 cm

Rupert Newman, ‘Collision’ (2014), gouache on canvas, 61 x 50.5 cm

Line is ‘the sole element of construction and creations… Line is trajectory, movement, collision. Attachment, slicing apart, joining.’ Line is ‘first and last in both painting and in any construction whatsoever.’ (A. Rodchenko, ‘The Line’ (1921), translated in Art Into Life: Russian Constructivism 1914-1932, Seattle 1990, pp.72-3.)
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Bringing together the work of Vanessa Jackson, Rupert Newman and Vanessa Hodgkinson, whose works are concerned with the use of shape, colour and composition, and the sequences and relationship between such properties, Abstract Geometry is the result of the interrelation of mathematics, nature and art, focusing on how the past is present in contemporary abstract art. There will also be a site-specific light installation by Rupert Newman, running for the duration of the exhibition.
Abstract Geometry opens at Rook and Raven Gallery on Thursday November 20th and run until December 20th. Find it at 7 Rathbone Place, London, W1 t.
Vanessa Jackson, 'Fling' (2013), oil on canvas, 132 x 114 cm

Vanessa Jackson, ‘Fling’ (2013), oil on canvas, 132 x 114 cm

So anyway, Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, “Farewell, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine – forgotten heroes of 90s indie”, and there were very few better, especially in the bigger rooms of this land, one of the very few bands worth a day trip to Guildford for. . Good Andrew Collins piece on Carter USM on the Guardian web pages today

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Book launch 20th November • Celebrating 4 and half years of RED‘s cultural revolution in the centre of Shoreditch, RED GALLERY presents MAKING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING – a book and exhibition of prints cataloguing RED’s role as cultural guardians, enabling communities and iconoclasts to transform derelict buildings into the magic of art studios, galleries, live events venues, creative offices, screening rooms, open air venue, street food market and bars.

“To celebrate the launch RED will be hosting a photographic exhibition and in keeping with its anti-hegemonic practice, 2000 copies of the book will be distributed at the launch”

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More tomorrow? Maybe? maybe not…. That was pointless….

 

ORGAN: “Art is boring”, Sunday afternoon, Hackney, creme pies, Paul Sakoilsky, the Angus Hughes Gallery and the final day of the Nuance Outcasts show….

Hackney, East London, Nov 2014

Hackney, East London, Nov 2014

Sunday afternoon, Hackney, creme pies, Paul Sakoilsky, the Angus Hughes Gallery and the final day of the rather good looking Nuance Outcasts show, that and a whole lot of looking at me looking at you.  The afternoon was mostly about Paul Sakoilsky’s close of show lecture come talk, and an invitation to participate in a Kunst-Clown lecture-action….

“Art is boring” said the little girl reluctantly dragged in by her mother, then she saw Kunsty the clown, she didn’t take much notice of his taking about art and the subtext of society falling apart and artists being the enemies, of integrated virtual networks and neo-feudal globalisation, but she soon forgot about art being boring as the pies started to fly on the last day of the rather impressive portrait show featuring the work of John Lee Bird, Bill Bissett, Richard Ducker, Ben Edge, Ian Gamache, Aly Helyer, Sadie Lee, Fred Lindberg, Richard Meaghan, Paul Sakoilsky and Neil Tait.

nuance_showdetails“Figurative work and portraiture are outcasts, much out of fashion, for the most part overlooked. I’m addressing this by presenting artists whose work is challenging because of its direction of investigation, or challenging the world full of invention, creating their own journey through life. Portraiture need not restrict itself to painting, drawing, sculpture, the photographic and film – it can be sound or prose, leading me to think about the portrait meal, the notion of you are what you eat. Portraits relate to the layers of the soul.” – William Angus-Hughes. 

‘KUNST-CLOWN DISCOURSE ON METHOD ≠3′
A Lecture-Action by Paul Sakoilsky
for the Finissage of Nuance Outcasts

A rare chance to participate in a Kunst-Clown performance, and the last chance to see this superb exhibition. Also on show: a new edition of Kunst-Clown photographic/mixed media works, and premier of the film ‘Kunst-Clown: No-Body’ a performance from this summer’s ‘Fete Worse Than Death (20th Anniversary)’ at Red Gallery, London, made by Slack Alice Films.

angushughesgallery39About the performance:  Starting with a reading of a famous section of Rene Descartes’ ‘Discourse on the Method’ (1637), the Kunst-Clown will attempt to deliver an extemporised lecture concerning concepts of art, politics, technology and economics in the age of integrated virtual networks and neo-feudal globalisation. As per usual, the audience will be invited to pie the artist-philosopher-clown with shaving-foam and sequined pies during the performance.

Paul Sakoilsky is a painter and poet, perhaps best known for ‘The Dark Times’ project and ‘Kunst Clown’ performance series. Since the first performance in Budapest, 2006, the ongoing Kunst-Clown series has taken various guises from the simple to the more elaborate. The common denominator is that the audience is invited to ‘pie’ the performer with shaving-foam pies. There have been attempted philosophy lectures, newscasts, portrait painting sessions as well as a banquet in Naples where food took the place of the usual ‘pies.

Some photos from the show at the Angus Hughes Gallery and from Chatsworth Road Hackney, click on a photo to enlarge or run the slide show. All photos S.W

 

 

 

ORGAN: East London, Street art, Vinyl, Stolen Space, Pygmalion, Supermalt bottles and…

Friday afternoon, East London, ….    Today was the first full day of the Winter Spectrum group show at Stolen Space over in Whitechappel, a show featuring new works by Miss Van, C215, Broken Fingaz, Ben Frost, Crystal Wagner, Arth Daniels, Kai & Sunny, Snik, C215, Jana & JS, Hueman, Cyrcle. Curiot, Paul Stephenson, D*Face, Word To Mother, Maya Hayuk, Andrew Macatee, David Bray, Alo and Max Rippon….  Meanwhile over at Hoxton Gallery a show put together by the Supermalt people that made good use of their bottles….  Martial Durou has couple of his continuous line pieces at the rather intimate Tempus Gallery on Brick Lane…. Nicoline Van Harskamp is translating George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion from Swedish to English over at Kunstraum, a small space right by Hoxton railway station…. Today was also the day we said goodbye to Ben Naz, a good guy, RIP Ben…. (SW)

ORGAN: Dog Legs; too good for you, Winter Spectrum at Stolen Space, Reboot Horizon opening at Cell tomorrow, fresh Prawn seven inch…

Wednesday bloody Wednesday, in it all floods, listen to this, so and so likes it already so you should to, being championed my some one on some radio show or something like that, come to that, write about this please, cynical smile, new Armored Saint? Are they still about? Not as good as old 1985 Armored Saint, hang on, even this new stuff is four years old, is John Bush back in the band, delirious nomads, enough of that, in the trash, playing Bloodstock next year or something like that, in the trash, crocodile under your bed?

Have some trash, DOG LEGS are from London or maybe Brighton, there’s two of them, they’re too good for you, all you do is go to sleep, they’re glorious, they’re messy, delirious beasts you could learn to love….

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skinny arsed what? Three cats, one dog, staying on a farm? Four sheep, not much of a farm, four horses? Buzz buzz buzzing bee, cobra snake…. got a new favourite band here, for the next 15 minutes at least….

Reboot at Cell

Reboot Horizon at Cell

Enough of snakes and sheep, surely you need more than four sheep to call it a farm? Cell Project Space have a new opening tomorrow (of the door can be found), they don’t do signs of course and they hide at the back of a building though an almost “secret” door, they don’t like to communicate to anyone that they;re there along the path past the trees and up the metal stairs at the end. Got a love hate relationship with the space, not that they give two flying flipnuts what we think, there they are happy in their hidden art space. And what a fine space it is if you can find it, outside of opening nights it never ever seems to be open, tomorrow night it is, and the show, like most of the shows at Cell, looks rather intriguing …

Reboot Horizon featuring Marte Eknæs, Alice Khalilova, Santiago Taccetti

“The point of departure for the exhibition is when a page freezes on the syncopated browser of a web user; the moment when change in the landscape is marked as a reduced distinction of it’s natural other and has been manipulated by technology. With a desktop tidy approach to the outdoors the exhibition reflects the increasingly conflated physical spaces of retail, business, and leisure. Often based on the criteria that these forms are highly evolved from nature through corporate and commercial branding, this streamlining allows for more efficient circulation”

The show opens at Cell tomorrow night, Thursday 13th November, 6 – 9pm and then runs from 14th November 2014 until 11th January 2015 (allegedly open from Thursday until Sunday 12–6pm, or by appointment). Cell is at 258 Cambridge Heath Road, at the top of Vyner Street, over the road from the Hare pub, in a white building just back off the street, through the yard, just by the neon sign shop, Hackney, London E2 9DA

 

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Stolen Space, Spectrum

Stolen Space, Spectrum

What else? Well Stolen Space have a new opening tomorrow as well. Their month long winter group show, Spectrum, opens tomorrow night, Thursday 14th November, and runs until December 21st   -  Stolen Space Winter Group Show featuring new works by Miss Van, C215, Broken Fingaz, Ben Frost, Crystal Wagner, Arth Daniels, Kai & Sunny, Snik, C215, Jana & JS, Hueman, Cyrcle. Curiot, Paul Stephenson, D*Face, Word To Mother, Maya Hayuk, Andrew Macatee, David Bray, Alo and Max Rippon.  Good looking line up…

STOLENSPACE GALLERY is at 17 Osborn Street, London,  E1 6TD, down in Whitechapel, just behind the Whitechapel gallery

Here’s the new PRAWN single, out as a 7″ – Ltd Edition 7″ ‘Settled’ – Out on 27th November 2014 via Topshelf Records

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Prawn are from New Jersey, and, according to this press release right here,  “on 25th November 2014, NJ indie rock outfit Prawn will digitally release a new EP titled ‘Settled’, featuring two b-sides from their ‘Kingfisher’ recording session. Additionally, the EP will be available on vinyl, as a limited edition 7″ for Record Store Day on Black Friday, 27th November 2014.Band have just kicked off a European tour that hits the UK on November 30th. Here more Prawn here.
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Right, we’re out of here, the paint fumes are killing us today, the fresh smell of Montana is battling Jimmy C’s Belton, here’s some more Dog Legs….. they need more sheep on that farm…

 

 

ORGAN: The English Softhearts under a Blue Oyster Quilt, My Dog Sighs in Portsmouth this week, new Unthanks, Subhumans in Tottenham next week…

blue_oyster_quiltWhere were we?  Does it matter? Half way through the Desert once more? Or Dessert? Searching for 400 Mint choc chips? Kicking our heels once more? Watching Jimmy C panic about a lost painting that needed to go to Rome today? Listening to the beauty of The Unthanks and a taste of their new album while MyDogSighs gets his social media lifeline cut for being too popular so it would seem, guess Facething isn’t making enough money, needs to squeeze a bit more.    Anyway, MyDog has a show in his hometown of Portsmouth with Midge Midge, don’t ask us where these names come from? Bring on the English Sweethearts and their inspired Blue Oyster Quilt, now that’s what we call album tittle (and a quilt!), not since the glory days of REO Speedealer So where were we? Under our quilt eating beans out of cans…

 

So the man from Poertsmouth, the can man with the sighing dog and the thing for old beans cans, and old bits of music manuscript this time around, what’s he doing? Who’s Midge Midge? Portsmouth? ….

mds14_4“After testing the waters with a campaign of street art collaborations, MydogSighs and Midge have decided to join forces in their home town of Portsmouth for a collaborative solo exhibition. Midges quiet and emotive characters blended with the melancholic faces of MyDogSighs are a perfect match” so they say.

“Characters painted on locally sourced antique music sheet, hidden narratives, run through both the music titles and the intricately painted scenes that echo a softness and sometimes sadness, causing thoughts of longing , love and loss”.

The venue is the Coastguard, a Southsea Pub, that’s in Portsmouth, down on the South coast, a pub recently converted into a gallery space. The show will be the inaugural exhibition in this exciting new creative venue.

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My Dog Sighs

“Proud of the city and the support it has given them both, Midge and Mydog have aimed to make this exhibition as Portsmouth-centric as possible. Materials, printing, framing, and kind sponsorship from local breweries, and businesses have meant that the entire show has been planned and produced ,sourced, and inspired within Portsea Island”

Coastguard Studio can be found on Clarendon Road, PO4 0BY, Theshow opens on Friday 14th November (6pm until 10pm) and then from Saturday through until Wednesday, 10am until 6pm (besides Wednesday when it all ends at 2pm)

All work will be available in person only from Friday night. then any unsold work will go online at www.mydogsighs.com on Saturday morning.

The Unthanks

The Unthanks

The Unthanks  have a new album called Mount The Air on the way, the title track is the first single from it – “an arresting revision of the ten minute opening piece, that marks their return in audacious and scintillating style” so it says here..

My Dog Sighs

My Dog Sighs

“When The Unthanks released ‘Last’ in 2011, Uncut wrote that “The Unthanks seem to regard folk music the same way Miles Davis regarded jazz: as a launch pad for exploring the wider possibilities”. Two years in the making and recorded in their Northumberland studio, they take that analogy a step further on Mount The Air, with a beautiful opening title track and single that has echoes of Miles Davis and Gill Evans in their Sketches of Spain period, and climaxes with a euphoria reminiscent of Arcade Fire or Elbow, but without guitars, creating power instead with breathtaking musical colour and beauty.

Written by Unthanks pianist and producer, Adrian McNally, the single is based on the themes of a one-verse traditional ditty, found in a book of Dorset songs in Cecil Sharp House by Becky Unthank, who also co-wrote some of the new words alongside McNally. The video to the track is made by acclaimed animator Nick Murray Willis, whose work with the band on their previous single ‘Last’, earned him a place on the BAFTA judging panel”..

 

Mount The Air – The first single and title track of the forthcoming album by The Unthanks.

“For an album so long in the making, there is considerable anticipation for Mount The Air, and having turned down continued offers from majors, Mount The Air is released on their own label, RabbleRouser Music, on 9th Feb 2015.   Mount The Air (Single Version) is released 8th Dec 2014. The Unthanks put Mount The Air on tour in the UK and Ireland with a 10-piece ensemble in Feb/March 2015 – www.the-unthanks.com

LEAVES, 2013 (SW)

LEAVES, 2013 (SW)

 

Enough of ‘nice’ folk music and ‘nice’ animation.  Some days, a blast of heard it 739 times already punk pop energy is what you need to get things going The strangelt named Bik Galaga could be from anywhere, they’re actualyl from new York City,  They;ve got a whole bag of information here, none of it really matters though,

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subhumans_chaBlk Galaga’s new EP follows 2013′s Rail on the Top Shelf, and was again recorded and produced by Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger at Cannon Sound Foundation (Menzingers, Morning Glory, Catch 22, Man Overboard, Misfits). Rail on the Top Shelf approached sales in the double digits, and their new EP is eagerly anticipated by nearly a dozen people worldwide”.
Never mind no Blk Galaga photo, you don’t care what they look like or where they’re from, just enjjoy their fast food punk pop then forget it once you’ve swallowed the last might. Meanwhile, you Ford Cortina and your household pet needs some attention, Subhumans hit Tottenham on the 20th of this very month
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Today’s imagery, click to enlarge or to run the slideshow….

ORGAN: Gregory Jacobsen, Daniel Knox, Ben Frost….

Daniel Knox by Gregory jaconsen

Daniel Knox by Gregory jaconsen

Friday things….. Saturday things….. whateverday things….

 

I painted this portrait of Daniel Knox for his new record. It comes out January 20th on Carrot Top. You can see this painting at my show that opens tomorrow at Zg Gallery” said painter and Lovely Little Girls frontman Gregory Jacobsen. ZG gallery is in Chicago, this painting is disturbingly “normal” by Gregory’s standards.  Here’s a taste of the new Daniel Knox album.

 

New BEN FROST EP….

 

 

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Taken from the new Ben Frost EP – ‘V A R I A N T’ – out on vinyl and download on 8 December 2014 on Mute / Bedroom Community

A film by Trevor Tweeten.

The limited edition EP features remixes of tracks taken from the latest album A U R O R A by British producer Evian Christ (following his critically acclaimed Waterfall EP and work with Kanye West); Downward label boss and techno producer Regis (previous remix credits inc. VCMG, Terence Fixmer), Good by Air affiliated experimental artist Dutch E Germ (previous remix credits inc. Fatima Al Qadiri and Mas Ysa); Australian duo HTRK and raster-noton recording artist Kangding Ray.

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ORGAN: East London, First Thursday, Martin Whatson, Project Space, “you don’t look like you’re interested in art”, last night’s exploring…

Project Space

Project Space

First Thursday then, for the last thirtyseven in a row, my First Thursday was spent on a busy corner halfway down Vyner Street, frantically Cultivating. Haven’t been able to get out and properly explore an East London First Thursday for over three years now.

First Thursday for me was always about just heading out and exploring, about just going and exploring, discovering, gallery hoping, just go see what you find. The plan is to head out to Vyner Street first then just head along the Hackney Road to Shoreditch and explore whatever we find on the way.

The official First Thursday website was never correct during Cultivate times so why should it be now? Had a quick look but most of the shows we’re already aware of aren’t listed, I see Art Rabbit has started a new art trail, Art Rabbit was always one of the better event listing sites, totally relying on the artists and galleries to list their own shows though, so  even the rabbit can be a little hit and miss. Surely all we need to do is head our and see what we find?.

Project Space

Project Space

Disappointing to see Vyner Street so quiet, it has been gradually getting quieter in terms of spaces actually open on First Thursday, never seen it like this though. Degree Art’s purple neon sign is the only real hint of life from the top of the street, there’s a small crowd outside their space and an officious man insisting we sign the guest book and give an e.mail address just to get in, we’ll skip that then.

The space on the corner, opposite the Victory pub, is in new hands now, formally the home of Cultivate and the place where I’ve spent my previous thirty seven First Thursdays of course. All painted up with shinny red door and gleaming grey floor, the gallery is now called Project Space (although they did call it Street Corner Gallery for a couple of weeks) and a collective of artists gathered together as a group called The Colony Room are using it for the next six months to test their art, test your reactions, explore each others contradictions and generally challenge each other as well as us visitors. The small space is busy in terms of people, in terms of art on the walls not quite so much.  Each of the twelve artists has just one piece up, always hard to get a handle on an artist you don’t know from just one piece, The work is hung so low that you can’t really see it past the bodies filling up the space tonight.  I always thought the best way to use this particular fractured room was to fill it with art and energy, pack the walls with attitude and let those coming in explore and discover, everyone has their own way though and a more formal structured, dare I say art-school approach, still makes for an interesting show.  Of course there are several artists we’re already aware of, Mathew Tudor’s work is always interesting, seen this particular piece a few times too many already, could have done with a fresh piece. Familiar art on wall from Mathew Tudor, Peter D’ Alessandri, Chris Godber, of those new to us – have to say the show is lacking in information, surely a name under a painting is always a good thing in a group show? Of the artists new to us, Elena Dimitrova makes a particular impression, seeing a small piece of her art in the flesh doesn’t disappoint. Names on the wall under the work really would have helped, there’s other pieces of interest in here, certainly a show worthy of further exploration and a daylight daytime visit without the wine drinking crowds obscuring the view

Jonathan Wateridge at Wilkinson

Jonathan Wateridge at Wilkinson

– and that is always how I viewed First Thursday, a kind of scout around and make a mental note of the spaces and shows worth returning to without the crowds and the elbows – mind you the giant Wilkinson space is totally empty, no people in the way of the art in here, I’m the only one in this giant white cube! Of course there’s no signs outside to say the space is open or to indicate to those who don’t already know that the foreboding black door hides a beautifully big gallery space. There’s a powerful Jonathan Wateridge show on at Wilkinson at the moment, on until January apparently – “The gallery will present Monument, a group of paintings developed out of a period spent in Los Angeles in early 2013. These paintings continue the themes present in the constructed scenes of Wateridge’s earlier work, but also combine ideas and impressions from his recent experiences in America. As such there has been a process of emptying out and paring back. Fleeting, incidental, quieter moments have been used to heighten the staged simplicity of each environment…”

None of the once far more alive Vyner Street spaces that Limewharf has now swallowed up are open tonight, they rarely are now, besides their café everything Limewharf is in darkness. No sign of life at Wayward or 47Gallery either, even the usually reliable Hada Contemporary is closed, how disappointing (and no one has paid the unrealistic hire price required to open the two Vyner Street Gallery spaces tonight either). Galleries, you can’t moan about people not coming if you’re not going to bother opening for us when we do come, surely you have to at least make the effort for First Thursday? Besides the Colony Room Group in their Project Space, we’re rather sorry to say Vyner Street is looking a little sad tonight – no longer a street alive with galleries, well worth keeping an eye on developments at Project Space though, let’s hope they keep it busy and refresh the art on the walls often (and label the art so we know who the artists are). Rather like what they’re doing, promising start, let’s see what develops, must go back down there in the daylight.

Martin Whatson

Martin Whatson

Off down the Cambridge Heath Road then, no sign of life at Cell Project, another space that gives you the impression that actually opening for the First Thursday crowds is a little beneath them. There’s a couple of very crowded spaces open on the Hackney Road, there’s a band playing in one, impossible to see the art, we don’t actually encounter anything else until the intended target of a bar called Juno (on Shoreditch High Street) where the Sweet Art Collective have a group show called Guilty Pleasures opening. There’s a couple of familiar artists in here as well, there’s another of Peter D’ Alessandri’s painterly nudes, old school figurative painter with an interesting narrative and an exploring of relationships, he’s an artist getting around and grabbing some deserved attention at the moment, a proper painter. There’s a Quite British Accent piece over there as well.  Guilty Pleasures is a pop up show in a bar though, I suspect it might work during the daylight hours, but in the darkness of the evening, under low key bar lighting, with a DJ in the room banging out dreadfully annoying Queen records while people are sitting at the tables in-front of the very poorly lit art, oblivious to the fact that there’s an art show happening in the chosen drinking hole, almost impossible to see anything of this Sweet Art art in here. Hard to even get a vague idea of what’s on the walls (or again to find names). I assume the bar is open during the daytime? I assume it can all be explored during the daylight hours? We’re told the show is on for a month so guess the art is at least going to been seen during the day on this busy street? And anyway, the last thing a good art show should be about is the opening night social drink up… Shame the ridiculous hire prices actual gallery spaces are charging are keeping the galleries locked while people like the clearly well intentioned Sweet Art Collective are forced in to badly lit bars full of people just there for the pub – there again, it might actually be a good show to explore in the daylight when the bar isn’t so full? They might just reach a few people who would never dream about going to a gallery? Impossible to honestly tell if this is a decent show in here tonight, saw one painting through the gloom and the bar room lighting that I liked, couldn’t see and name .

Andew Graves

Andew Graves

Is there any life left in Redchurch Street now? Last time we made it to a First Thursday in Rechurch street, back in the days before Cultivate, it was so exciting and alive. There’s still the street art of course, the layers of tags and the bits of Ben Eine and such, looks like there’s only one gallery open here tonight though, an Andrew Graves, Stephen Harwood show at Studio 1.1 (open until 30th November), not much happening in Redchurch street then, starting to feel a little down about First Thursday, where did it all go? Off to Kingsland Road and Hoxton Gallery then, we know that one is open, it was always an intended target for tonight – as was whatever was going on at Chrome and Black, as well as Nick Thompson’s opening at Doomed Gallery on Ridley Road – Nick JS Thompson’s documentation of the varied remnant military structures of the Atlantic Wall on the small island of Fanø, Denmark explores the architecture of war – the exhibition runs from 6th November until the 9th November in the Ridley Road space. Didn’t make Doomed or whatever had popped up at Chrome and Black (during the day a sweet-shop of spray paint emporium , in a railway arch down in Bethnal Green, a place alive with so many colours it scrambles your mind as you try to choose). A weekend date with Doomed and Ridley Road then

An East London shop window

An East London shop window

Martin Whatson is at the excellent Hoxton Gallery space on Kingland Road – the beautiful brick walls always bring the work to life in this well lit spacey venue, always like this space Martin Whatson has a show called Hide and Seek, presented by the roving RexRomae team, Martin Whatson is essentially a Norwegian stencil artist, his textures are the things that interest, the tag-like layers, the bold use of colour on what are mostly black and while canvas pieces, his Norwegian flag is a highlight tonight. Some of the actual imagery might be a little seen-it-all before, military helicopters with loveheart balloons suspended underneath and such, the more cynical of us might say that all that’s missing is a stencil of a rat. Can’t help but like this show though, sure, some of it is a bit neat and tidy, the energy restrained by the notion of a “good” frame, do like this show though, alongside Elena Dimitrova’s piece at Project Space (and a very colourful shop window display on Shoreditch High Street that had absolutely nothing to do with First Thursday), Martin Whatson’s show, his exploring of relationships between the colour and the black and white, the “good and the evil” is the highlight of what has been a rather disappointing November First Thursday night. Of course there were shows we didn’t make, heard good reports of performance artist Marnie Scarlet’s first solo show at Resistance Gallery, apparently there was an interesting show of paintings in Beck Road, man on the door deemed me not cool enough to come in, “you don’t look like the sort of person who’s interested in art” he said, wonder what I should look like?  Darren Coffield’s show over at the Residence Gallery was open for First Thursday of course, that, as we’ve previously reported, is well worth exploring.

Martin Whatson

Martin Whatson

First Thursday then, saw some interesting street art in Redchurch street, mostly the accidental layers and textures that continue to build up, saw some awful street art on the Hackney Road, kind of enjoyed Martin Whatson’s show, disappointed not to fit in a visit to Doomed Gallery, encouraged by some of what I saw at Project Space, their first show offers hope, might be worth another visit to that Sweet Art show in that Shoreditch bar (awful selection of beer, reduced to drinking larger!) clearly need to dress a little cooler to get in to some places, old Primal Scream hoodies are clearly not up to standard when wanting to view art. My first post Cultivate Vyner Street First Thursday adventure then, kind of missed the adventure while enjoying my corner, was really looking forward to tonight, where has it all gone? The first adventure beyond Vyner Street in over three years was, shall we politely say, just a little bit of a disappointment.

(SW)

21 photos in random order, from November First Thursday, click on an image to enlarge or run the slide show….

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