Monthly Archives: May 2009

no fighting in the war room…

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while i was in baltimore this past weekend, i got a copy of Jordan Bernier’s zine “Dream House”. the zine features the 40 piece series Jordan created while he had no place of his own and was sleeping on friend’s couches. you can get your own at Nudashank.
here are some of my favorites, click for up close!….
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so this summer im interning at two different Richmond galleries and one of my tasks last week was to go through old local periodicals looking for articles about the gallery…tedioussss
anyway, while i was looking through an issue from 2007 i noticed this article about then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama visiting Plant Zero gallery in Richmond for a fund-raiser. apparantly Obama’s aides checked out the space before hand and asked that two pieces by Jamie Boling be covered up…
what what whaaaaat? beloved Barack involved in a censorship scandal?!
these are the pieces…
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“Honest Abe”
(im totally digging this…its a painting from a still from Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
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“Snake Charmer”

ps these are fucking huge oil paintings, 6×10 feet…can you imagine anyone involved in government giving a speech in front of Britney Spears’ twat?
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and so i actually don’t blame Obama for asking for the pieces to be removed, and in the end, the artist didnt either…

The artist was offended at first. But after thinking it over he decided the request wasn’t censorship, but an understandable attempt by the Obama’s people to avoid trouble. Boling said: “It’s not Obama to blame, or his people, but this society and culture that participate in tabloid culture, and a political culture that isn’t far from tabloid culture. Which is the subject of my art, anyway.”

the article mentioned other examples of politicians covering up art during press conferences and one instance did strike a chord with me. apparently when Colin Powell gave a speech at the United Nations making the case to go to war in Iraq, they took down a tapestry reproduction of Picasso’s “Guernica”…..
i mean thats the whole point of the piece! to remind us of the horrors of war…and they took it down so people wouldnt be cued to think of the negative consequences….
…….******miiiiind control control control*****….everyones drinkin that kool aid in their heavens gate nike dunks*****………

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Philadelphia!, part 2, in which we get grossed out and eat sandwiches

*MEMORIAL DAY! make the boys get up, check out of the Windsor Suite (with the best concierge in the world) and walk to the Mutter Museum!!!!…..its the human medical anomalies museum, and i was so giddy and excited to be theeere…LOTS of fetus skeletons and skulls and babies in jars etc. this one was a conjoined twin…look, its so perfect and symmetrical…and then this other guy, had fibrodysplasia, which is a disease where instead of repairing correctly, your damaged tissue ossifies, or turns into bone….he looks like drift wood….click for the up-close, gross-out!
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elijah insisted that Rasputin’s penis was at this museum…it wasnt but Rasputin’s penis does indeed have its own tale to tell,

“Having this exhibit, we can stop envying America, where Napoleon Bonaparte’s penis is now kept. … Napoleon’s penis is but a small ”pod“ it cannot stand comparison to our organ of 30 centimeters…”

ps: thats a link

*so then! we continue on to Jim’s Steaks! cheese steaks! get double whiz and peppers on top! we waited in line for 20mins, and they were pretty worth it, i guess…none of us had ever had a cheese steak before so we didnt know how to compare it…honestly though, the texture of the meat kinda got to me, it was so chopped up it was kinda gritty….pukey

*and then on to the next leg of the trip! to baltimore! we go to loch raven reservoir and get some nature in. we dress up and wade….
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and david skips rocks…

(i have no video editing software…but skippin looks trippy on its side)

*and then 2 for 1 margaritas at Holy Frijoles and then Jameson and dancing at the Zodiac…
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…….the end!……….*see the rest of the pics from the trip!!!*……..the end!………

Philadelphia!, part one: in which we decide it is a beautiful city

so i drove up to philly this weekend to meet up with some friends from good ole nashville.
some highlights from the first day include!:
*delicious chicken souvlaki from Zorba’s Greek Tavern! tzatziki is sooo gooood.
*roses are blooming everywhere!
see:
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*David and i go to Philly Flavors for water ice, we try pink grapefruit and get orange Dreamcicle…and laugh at penis shaped pretzels…
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*we wander around and see all these awesome murals and community projects…
these are two of my favorites:

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*Jeff and Turbo Fruits are in town! the boys and i jump in a cab to get to the show! and its full of cougars and fat jersey chicks! bizarro! Jeff and Turbo Fruits rock hard as always, but the cougars dont care….theyre there for 100 monkeys, a band with zero zero zero going for it. however, their frontman is some Twilight dude, sadly, not R Pats but this guy, Jackson Rathbone
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*so whatever, we go outside to leave and see Danny Bonaduce!

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WHOA GROSS OUT!!!!!JK!!!!!!!!
honestly, we DID see Danny Bonaduce, and David did indeed get his picture….that poor specimen up there had Recklinghausen syndrome and is a hint at whats to come in PART 2!!!!!

im gonna grind your bones to make my bread…

first off, Nashville fave JEFF the brotherhood has a diy video for their new song “Bone Jam”, due out on lp in sept….

check some behind the scenes shiz on their own brother blog
the song sounds like summer summer!
the boys had a show here in Richmond the other day with Turbo Fruits…double dose of Nashville…
heres the flyer! made by TinderBox proprietor Maximillian…

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click for the up-close…psych-kitties…
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speaking of psych, just watched Wonderwall, a film from 1968 with music direction by George Harrison…

that clip also has some scenes from “Reflections on Love” a short film that accompanied Wonderwall.
it was a pretty film, fun to watch, but i felt like it was too short, or relied too much on the visuals to care too much about the story. this scientist (the old dude in the clip) realizes that he can see through one of his walls into his neighbor’s apartment, his neighbor being Jane Birkin from 66’s Blowup…so he becomes obsessed with looking through the holes in the walls, watching her swinging parties, modeling shoots, love making and fights.
bottom line: hot hot hot swinging london. lots of sexy people doing sexy drugs in sexy clothes.
heres how hot Jane Birkin is (ps the Hermès Birkin bag is named after her)

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the set design for Wonderwall was directed by the Fool design collective….i could hardly find anything about them on the internet…but this is a pretty good idea of what they look like, your basic 70s liquid art…
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bonus far-out dance moves:
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and bonus Birkin with Serge Gainsbourg:

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workin that mesh and wicker girl…..tits dont hurt either….

street’s heat…

so i went to petsmart and saw these little robo dudes…

videos a little long but honestly it felt kinda zen to just stare at a box of cute for a while

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more hair inspiration…see more of Prager’s ladies at M+B….
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Susie and Friends
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as well as some Hunter S. Thompson
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Hell’s Angels, Kissing Guys
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Sandy and Agar
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and Hugh Holland’s Z-boys…
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Reach Out
1976

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have always had a serious crush on Z-boys…

cryin out for attention….


so i think this has been making the rounds for a while….but i felt compelled to comment on it….
cuz REALLY?! Rivers, REALLY?
i mean we all knew weezer had become a sad, desperate vestige of what it once was 4 albums ago, but there they are again, up on stage wanking off in the desperation parade. did you check them rep’n T-Mobile? did you see Rivers dancing like a drunk cool-dad? and whats that stage show? they want to be Kanye? WHY ARE THEY SINGING MGMT?! uuuuuuugh Rivers WHY?!
…however…im going to begrudgingly give a thumbs up to the Kids/Poker Face mashup. thats actually a fun idea…
but then whats with this reinventing their image via the Village People every album?


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i mean with the Green Album, it was kind of acceptable…its an homage to your debut, cute, we get it…but what is this? Brian Bell is some dapper Devendra, Patrick’s who cares, Rivers got fat and who the hell is that GUY?!

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WHY? why couldnt they have just stopped after Pinkerton and crystalized themselves forever as geek rock gods, as a perfect corner of middle school memories, idolized and adored forever on the inside of locker doors. this is an old rant. i think most everyone in my generation  has had this conversation before. “yeah, i loved Weezer, but BEFORE….”
before….
i’ll admit it, i went and saw the Green Album tour…with Ozma and Saves the Day….i still keep a piece of glitter in my wallet that fell out of the ceiling of the arena while the concert ended and they played “Only In Dreams”….sigh.
do yall remember Matt Sharp’s side-project? The Rentals?…new-wavey pop from ’95….youve definitely heard this….the rest of the albums actually pretty good…I think….
those weezer guys were ahead of the times with their glasses fashions…ray bans and child molester glasses in the early 90’s? pretty hip

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in space, everyone can hear you girl talk

fuck the post apocalypse, i want warp speed and red matter. i wanna be beamed up onto the enterprise to hang out with the steamiest dream boats of the star fleet. i want star trek. and i want Zachary Quinto as Spock……
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LOOK at him! omg ladeeeez, so into future alien hotties….ps: i vote that Spock might be an Aquarius…or perhaps Aries?
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only problem about the future? earth becomes l.a.m.e
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its boring! people live in Iowa? in the future? they go to bars and drink pussy pints of pale beer? in the future?
well i guess thats why everyones in SPACE, where every shot has a lens flare and the girls are doing this psuedo-sixties, retro-futurist look.
into it.

also check out Rachel’s serious crushin over at pecanblog
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bonus!: Z Quinto as Jason Schwartzman’s vaguely aggro-yuppy older brother
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he def looks like him….

double bonus!: WTF
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