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  • Emerging artist of the week: Olivver The Kid

     

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    Meet Olivver the Kid (Bryan Sammis), an incredibly talented 24 year old LA based artist, songwriter, and visionary. Formerly of The Neighbourhood, Olivver the Kid has launched his solo career over the last 12 months releasing amazing singles like "Attica 71'" and "Lucy (Hurt People Hurt People)" and now recently has released his debut EP “Freak" to much acclaim. On the horizon, he has an impressive headlining tour in Russia and looks as though things are only getting better for this drummer turned singer/song-writer. With his R&B and Hip-Hop tinged Alt-Pop, this guy's bringing a much needed fresh sound to the LA music scene.

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    Fun fact: About 10 months ago, I had the pleasure of remixing one of my favorite Olivver The Kid tunes called "Attica 71'". Check it out below:

    You can follow more of Olivver The Kid on his social medias:

    Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Details of his Russia tour below:

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    Samuel Jacob / May 21, 2015
  • OBEY IN DETROIT - Part IV

    Woke up to another brisk morning with a wonderful high of 55. My hands a bit frozen while typing this, so Im getting right to it.

    Back up they go, trying to finish the mural before all the gallery festivities tomorrow. More info on all that at HERE.

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    CJ arrived off a 10 hour red eye and it's straight to work!  It's nice to have a helping hand with all of this stuff, there's so much to cover on the street.

     

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    Officially part of the mural for a few moments.. until it got filled in

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    Took a quick break to check out the panels on The Belt and to say what up to Pose

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    Back to the beast

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    After this shot I finagled my way up on the lift.  Just being up on the 4th floor roof was high enough more me, but being up 16 stories wearing a harness that I'm way too small for had my knees buckling.  Shepard and the guys had some fun messing with me up top.

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    I'll post up more on this with he recap.

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    Putting the final touches today and it doesn't stop there, so stay tuned!

    Opening for the gallery is tomorrow May 22nd, 6pm - 10pm.  Its going to be a blood bath * just kidding.  It is going to be something you won't want to miss, so come on by!

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    Sam Friedman already claiming his spot for the night.

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    Furlong / May 21, 2015
  • DISCONNECTION

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of viewing the work of three incredible girls at DISCONNECTION at UNIT B, Wilding Cran Gallery on Santa Fe St, DTLA. The show was curated by Justin Tyler Close.
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    Amanda Charchian, Artist and Photographer (recently featured in Spain’s Metal Magazine, i-D Spain and L’OFFICIEL ART) showed her new collaboration with Eli Craven that features one of our FALL 2015 Model's Margaux Brooke - Also out now in Oyster Magazine. Not only is she a talented artist with a very unique and exciting point-of-view, but also very stylish and an all around powerhouse.
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    LA Based Painter, Illustrator and Curator, Ariana Papademetropoulos showed her awesome pencil illustration that honed in on nostalgia. She has recently curated some great group shows here in LA and was recently featured in her fellow gal pal and Brooklyn based designer, Samantha Pleet’s new Spring/Summer look book. Her paintings are pretty next level - check out her site.
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    Last but not least is the lovely Nouel Riel. Nouel works with mixed media and is known to slay a canvas while rockin a long black dress. She’s also probably one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.
    Go check out their work - up now through June 13, 2015.
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    OBEYWomens / May 20, 2015
  • OBEY IN DETROIT - Part III

    It has been non stop the past few days, working on murals, the gallery and everything in-between.  Shepard and the crew have been battling some random ass weather, but making good progress.  I'll get right to it and give you some visuals of whats been going down in Motown.

    Shep getting ready to go 200 feet up. Day 1 weather report - 85 degrees and humid as shit.

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    view from down below

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    took a quick walk about to get a feel for the city.

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    Im obsessed with this old train station

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    That being said I decided to hop on the people moving and tour downtown and try to get some shots of the mural.

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    there it is

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    Back down #thebelt Pose Msk and Sam Friedman were working on their murals to add to the collection of insane art surrounding ally

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    some of Shep's pasted panels being installed

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    Even John Varvatos had to get a shot in front of sheps piece.

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    Back towards the mural

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    Quick portrait shoot happening by Tommy Garcia

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    The weather took a little turn and we had a little mishap with his umbrella.

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    look at that gracefully covering of my camera.  Like an all state running back getting in the end zone

     

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    Back to the roof to grab a couple shots before the sunset and it was a doozy!

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    We wrapped up in perfect timing as a lightning storm powered through and by some random ass luck, I was able to snap this shot.

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    More on the mural tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

    Furlong / May 20, 2015
  • SALAD DAYS x OBEY

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    OBEY and Shepard Fairey have been heavily influenced by the DC hardcore scene. Shepard has used numerous DC hardcore legends such as Ian Mackaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi, Henry Rollins of State of Alert and Black Flag, and Bad Brains in his artwork. When hearing that Scott Crawford and Jim Saah were planning a West Coast release of their film Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC 1980-1990, we wanted to get involved and help out. Check out the trailer and our interview with Writer/Director Scott Crawford below:

    Salad Days Official Trailer from Scott Crawford on Vimeo.

    We're super excited for the release of this documentary and got to speak with the Director and Producer Scott Crawford.
    Check out the full interview below:

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    (Singer Keith Morris of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Off! (L) and writer/director Scott Crawford pose at a screening of "Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-1990)" at the Regent Theatre on February 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California)

     

    What was the first DC hardcore show you attended?

    The first hardcore band I saw live was MDC at the Rock Against Reagan outdoor concert on the Mall in D.C. (1983). One of the first DC bands I saw was Void—and they helped change my life.

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    Is there anyone you would have loved to have in the documentary, but couldn't get in contact with?

    There were a few folks that I would've liked to have gotten but either our schedules just didn't work out or it was just too hard geographically. But overall, I'm pretty happy with the material we did get. I reached out to people like Fred Armisen and Thurston Moore to show how far reaching and inspiring the DC scene was at the time.

    Who's your favorite DC band?

    That's too hard to answer! I have many—and for the most part, they're all in the film!

    What was you motivation to make this documentary?

    I just felt like the city hadn't ever had its proper due in a feature length film. It was a decade that inspired so many and helped make me who I am in ways I'm still not even aware of—so in many ways this film was like therapy for me. Some of the people in the film have remained friends with me since I was a 12 year old kid with a fanzine. (Editor, Director of Photography) Jim Saah and I have worked together for over 20 years on different projects and I count him as one of my closest friends. In a since, all of these people were like my big brothers and sisters. I owe them and this city a lot.

    Any current DC bands that you enjoy?

    Priests are amazing (https://priests.bandcamp.com/) and Dot Dash (https://dotdashdc.bandcamp.com/) are a great pop-punk quartet made up of a number of early DC hardcore bands (Minor Threat, Youth Brigade, GI).

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    With bands like Fugazi going strong into the 2000's what made you decide to only cover the DC scene up until 1990?

    It would've been just too hard to cram another 10 years into 100 minutes. Mainly, I wanted to illustrate how DC had come together through the 80's to create a community that was diverse but shared a common aesthetic. By the end of the decade, the proof of that was the success of Fugazi.

    Why do you think DC has always been a more positive scene compared to other places at the same in the 80's? IE: New York City

    I think that has something to do with the fact that DC was so tight-knit and small in the beginning. The folks that started this scene did so with a purpose: create meaningful, powerful and thoughtful art on their own terms. Years later, that created exclusion and tension at times, but it's really about having the strength of your convictions. Not to say NYC or LA lacked that, it's just that there was a much smaller pool here.

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    Best DC show you ever attended?

    That's a tough one. Rites of Spring put on a live show unlike any I'd seen at that point, so they would certainly have to rank pretty high. Having said that, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a DC band from that era that didn't put everything they had into their live sets: Minor Threat, Marginal Man, Faith, GI, Gray Matter, Ignition, Soulside, Holy Rollers, Kingface, the list goes on and on.

    So many great frontmen have come from DC hardcore Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, HR what do you guys have in the water there that produces so many charismatic singers?

    I think it really started with HR.  As a frontman, he had no equals and he raised the bar about as high as it could've gone at the time. Ian's a really magnetic, charismatic force of nature onstage as well. Rollins brought a singular kind of intensity that I'm not sure has been matched since his days in Black Flag. Proud to say they all came from DC!

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    You received about $20,000 over what you originally asked for to make this documentary via Kickstarter. Were you overwhelmed with how many people wanted to see this movie come to light?

    Completely overwhelmed. I knew from the beginning I wanted to have the film crowd-funded. It kind of captures the community spirit of the film. We reached our goal in 6 days which just blew me away. The reaction to the film is as humbling as it is surreal for me.

    Any plans for future music documentaries in the works?

    I have several ideas actually—and I'm starting to lay the groundwork now. My salad days are yet to come...

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    If you’re in the Los Angeles area be sure to check out the OBEY Sponsored screening of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC 1980-1990 Friday June 5th and Saturday June 6th at the Art Theater in Long Beach. We will have limited edition OBEY x SALAD DAYS tees that will be available at the screening that you don’t wanna miss out on!

    Pre-order your TEE here now! 

    Purchase Tickets for the SCREENING here

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    Click here for more info on the screening, see ya there!

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    michelle / May 19, 2015
  • Shepard Fairey Details How to Start an Art Collection - Highsnobiety

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    Shepard Fairey Details How to Start an Art Collection - via Highsnobiety

    There are very few of us who will ever be in a position to purchase a work of art like Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘‘O”) which recently sold at auction at Christie’s to an anonymous bidder for $179.4 million USD – making it the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction. For most, art isn’t so much a good investment as it is something we want to live with for years to come. Shepard Fairey has seen his own personal art collection evolve from being forced to be budget conscious, to having the good fortune of being able to trade works with some of the contemporary, American masters. As both an artist and a collector, Fairey is uniquely suited to help those who want to jump into the often hard-to-navigate world of art collecting. Ahead of his upcoming show at Library Street Collective, we sat down with Fairey to get his thoughts on jumpstarting your own art collection.

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    What would be the first tip that you would offer to someone who was looking to start an art collection?

    It’s really important to collect stuff that you like. Don’t think about it like a stockbroker. Don’t think about it like it’s an investment that’s going to give you a certain yield because a lot of art is very subjective and the way that the art world decides whether it’s going to accrue value or whether the art consuming public decides whether it’s going to accrue value is not an easy science.

    I always say to be people, “look, if it’s within your budget and you love it, and you’re going to enjoy living with it and having it on your wall – and the amount of money you parted with to get to live with it is something you’re very happy with – that’s number one.” But then, doing your homework to know if something makes sense in terms of your values – the kind of artists you want to support and [what] that artist’s history is – not only in how they developed and where they’re coming from [but also] their trajectory from a sales standpoint. If you’re the kind of person who has the time to study up on an artist I’d say that’s good, but “number one” is something that’s not going to break the bank for you.

    There are some people that I know who think about art collecting like “flippers.” It’s like, “okay, I’m going to buy this, hopefully it’s going to gain value, and then I’m going to sell it on the secondary market or eBay it.” I don’t think that’s the way to go. There are a lot of artists that make things that are embellished prints or things that combine painting and printing that are less expensive and I think that a lot of those works are really strong works, but less expensive than buying a one-of-one.

    I don’t think any collector should ever be self-conscious if they like the work [and their budget leads them into] collecting a print or variable edition over a painting if collecting prints or variable works is going to allow them to have a broader range of things in their collection that they can afford. For years and years I primarily collected prints from artists because I could never afford an original from a lot of the people I looked up to. Now, my collection has expanded because I’ve done far better than I ever expected to do as an artist and clothing entrepreneur. There are a lot of great artists out there who make great prints.

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    Do you think having a limited budget can actually be an advantage when you’re starting off?

    I think if it makes you do your homework, that’s great. I’ve had some really rich people come to me – and I don’t want to name names because I don’t want to diss anybody – but during the street art bubble, there were a lot of people with a lot of money and less time [who] came to me and said, “somebody told me that I should get this.” [And] I told them that the person wasn’t a significant person, they were a newcomer, their work wasn’t that strong, and they weren’t culturally relevant. People with less money rarely make those mistakes about what they’re going to collect because they will do a little more research.

    In some ways, it can be an advantage. A lot of times when an artist is new, you can develop a relationship with them – or maybe not necessarily a newartist but someone who doesn’t have as established a market [for their work]. There are some people that I love like Ravi Zupa from Denver. He’s in his mid 30’s and his work is completely mature and amazing. It’s super well done technically and very smart, but his work is still very affordable because he’s not in LA or New York or San Francisco. When I started collecting his works, he was so loyal about letting me know what he’s doing. So I think if you don’t have that much money but support someone who doesn’t have that much money, you will form a relationship with them that as their work becomes better known, they’re going to give you a lot of first opportunities to collect the works because of a sense of friendship and loyalty for the support that you gave them – even with a meager budget – before they had the collectors supporting them.

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    Can you expand a little bit on the notion of “doing your homework?”

    Just developing relationships with people where you can ask questions. Because what somebody’s got their work priced for in their most recent show or online isn’t necessarily going to tell you how recently their works evolved to being at that price. Asking peers who are insiders – if you have those relationships – is really great to be able to do. When I’m just talking to friends I’m like, “oh, I just saw this person’s work. What’s their story?” I’m not approaching it from the perspective of, “ooh, how can I exploit this artist’s vulnerability and corner their market!” It’s more just curiosity about things I don’t know about. I think by being inquisitive and going directly to the artist if you can, you’re going to get better answers than if you go to a gallery.

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    What would you consider a “red flag” when making a purchase?

    When an artist is raising their prices very, very quickly – even if their work is strong. Like I said in the beginning, I think that if you like it and you don’t mind parting with that amount of money to get it, then “no regrets…” But, sometimes I think a gallery has gotten into someone’s ear, or they’ve had a little bit of press attention and they’re maybe growing with their prices in a way that is not necessarily going to be legitimized over time. Frequently when that happens, I say, “oh, well, I can either wait and see if things settle and if this person actually puts their prices back in a more moderate place or maybe they really are going to become somebody on the rise [and they] are headed for a bluechip career and even though knowing what their work was just a year or two ago I was foolish not to acquire work then. If somebody’s prices are jumping up too quickly it could be a temporary bubble, so that’s a red flag. That’s a warning sign to proceed with caution.

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    What do you look at in your own collection as your “Mr. Rushmore?”

    I’m really, really lucky because I was able to do a lot of trades with people. I look at a lot of my stuff and it tells a story of who I was hanging out with at different times. I was very lucky to trade with or arrange a little barter withKAWS and Barry McGee that were trades. And then I also have pieces that I purchased by those guys. It’s great that they were willing to trade when I was at that stage and it’s great that I could support them at a later stage.

    Probably my most valued piece is a cluster of Barry McGee works that I bought back in 2008. What I really love about his work is the cumulative effect of the images when there are a series of frames butted up against each other the way he does installations in museums and galleries. I’m looking at it right now in my studio and it’s what I live with everyday and that’s incredible.

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    Do you see any correlation between collecting sneakers and collecting art?

    I think a lot of the people who were into sneakers and toys have evolved into art prints. It’s a little more practical. It’s not practical to have sneakers on a shelf. A lot of art print collectors that I know, the prints have actually turned into good investments.

    Shepard Fairey’s “Creation & Destruction” Printed Matters Exhibition will be on view at Library Street Collective (1260 Library Street, Detroit, MI) from May 22 – August 15. Visit lscgallery.com for more information.

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    michelle / May 19, 2015
  • OBEY IN DETROIT - Part II

    So part II of this Detroit fiasco, I'll be covering the end of The Belt mural and give you a glimpse in The LSC Gallery and a little taste of the ridiculously massive mural.  The weather has been all over the place.  Hot, rainy, humid, then cold back to hot mix in some lightning and more rain and that should sum it up.  Lucky it hasn't held up any progress on either of the murals or any walk abouts for myself.  Enough boomhowering and on to some action.

    I'll lead in with some breathtaking views ( thanks Nic ) and vibe of downtown.

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    Not sure why Wayne Gretzky is in the middle of this building?

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    Back to The Belt. Shep and his old friend Shades

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    one down

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    Quick view into the gallery space. More on this on my next post!

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    Taking it back with some pasted panels for display during the opening

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    Besides all the OBEY action going on, some other artist have been busy getting up in the city. I'll be covering more throughout the week, but I'll start with the Spaniard Aryz

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    I'll follow up with more soon, but for now I'll leave ya'll with a glimpse of the beast!

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    Furlong in Detroit - OUT!

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    Furlong / May 19, 2015
  • Psycho California

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    Last weekend, Thief Presents put on a 3 day festival that was an all-time culmination of every facet of metal imaginable- Psycho California.

    We left our mark on the metal musings via sweet-ass TEES <- get yours here. We've been involved the last couple years from posters to tees, and each year the epicness of the festival has grown. Now in it's third year it ended up to be 50+ bands from around the world, across two stages, over three days, from 2pm-2am.

    Chaos ensued.

    Here's some of our favorite moments.

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    we brought some pastes for posse vibes in the hang out area

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    Author & Punisher

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    sunshine & doom

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    Municipal Waste

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    Wino

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    thank you, goodnight

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    x- Roach..... photos by yours truly.

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    OBEYWomens / May 18, 2015
  • D R U M E T R I C S

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    After a long day in the office last Friday I drove down to San Diego, CA to meet up with the homies Free the Robots, Gaslamp Killer and Phil Nisco for some analog inspiration at the Drumetrics vinyl release and art show.  If you follow the mystery surrounding MRR and the Dirty Drums sound, you know how rare it is to catch a live performance by the Drumetrics collective... and guest performances by the legendary Malcom Catto (Heliocentrics) and Egon (Now Again Records) were the lsd infused cherries to top off the sonically flawless night. Peep some photos below from the night's journey into the wormhole.

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    Malcom Catto warm up session before the night started (courtesy of DRB)

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    Hit & Run holding it down on the press, as always.

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    I knew it was going to get off to a good start when I walked in to Mophono going nuts on the decks

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    William Bennussen (GLK) rockin our Dauber Shirt (shameless self promotion)

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    Danny (DRB) destroying some ridiculous drum breaks

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    Natalie Clarice (NCP) singing the most amazing Portishead cover to ever grace my ears

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    I was crouched down and nerding out pretty hard on Marcus Seiji Knaus (MSK) playing an electric Bağlama

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    The euphony of watching all of these childhood allies vibe out in their hometown for $11 was far greater than any festival you've ever attended. Truth.

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    CJ / May 18, 2015
  • OBEY IN DETROIT - Part 1

    Last Friday I started my journey to meet up with Shepard and the OBEY Giant crew in the land of Motown.  I’ve never been to Detroit and have only heard stories, so I was pretty amped to get on the road.  Of course the four times it actually rains in LA, I had to fly out in it which only delayed shit.  I’m going to try and keep the writing to minimum and let the visuals tell the story of our trip, but I’ll chime in here and there.

    Every time it rains, its "storm watch 2015" and no one knows how to drive. LAX was a beaut.

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    Finally touched down in Detroit and got a surprised walking to get my luggage.  Thank you Anthony, JJ and Matt! You guys rule!

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    I don’t have any photos from my first night, but the night consisted of burgers, beers, cards and The MGM Grand.  Super random and reminded me of Biff’s casino in Back to the Future II.

    Now to the city. My first impression of Detroit, was holy shit.  The architecture, people and over all aesthetic was a bit overwhelming. There is definitely was too much to shoot, so I have to ease my way in. * thats what she said

    The view from our hotel.

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    #TopHatRob and his trash bag in a classy ass hotel.  This dude is the best!

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    The Crew started the massive 200 foot + 4 stories mural, but had a rain delay.

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    So we headed over to The Library Street gallery to check things out and start on the Belt mural.  On the walk over the streets are covered awesome art.

    Vhils

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    Pose and Revok bench

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    Hush

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    Tristan

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    Cleon

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    Time for the Belt mural

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    Library Street Collective crew - Anthony, Peter and Matt

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    Thats a wrap for now.  Check back for some more mural action and a look into The Library Street Collective Gallery.

    - Furlong in Detroit - Out

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    Furlong / May 18, 2015
  • Salvation Mountain

    The last weekend I spent in Los angeles I decided to make a roadtrip to Niland to see the legendary Salvation Mountain. who never heard of it, Salvation Mountain is an art installation covering a hill in the Colorado Desert.

    I rented a car at enterprice and started my trip... it took me about 3 hours, only the drive there is worth it to go, such a beautiful landscapes, a feeling of freedom and happines, its a true fun drive... the road was mine.

    I passed the salton lake, where I made a stop... I walked barfood towards the water, took my cam and made some shots... I walked on white shells ( I thougt) and when I stepped closer to the water, I saw something that lookes like jellyfishes, when I looked closer I saw dead fishes all over! I jumped back, realising that I was not walking on beautiful little shells, I was standing on a field of fishbones broken into 1000 of pieces...  ya, I left as quick as I could!

    I finally arrived Salvation Mountain... I climbed up and sat there in the sun for a while. It was truly magical, sitting on all those beautiful colors and patterns. thinking of all the passion and work the local resident creator Leonard Knight (1931–2014) put in there to spread the message "god loves us all"...

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    The artwork is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint . It encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with sayings and Bible verses. he also lived there with no running water and electricity.Concern has been raised for the future of the site, which requires constant maintenance due to the harsh surrounding environment. Many visitors bring paint to donate to the project, and a group of volunteers has been working to protect and maintain the site.

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    I think it speaks to people from all kinds of religions or non religion, its a visual and sensual experience, go there with an open mind and just enjoy the beautiful creation and love this man brought into this dry landscape.

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    There was a little cave where people write down their wishes and prayers...

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    I was really fascinated by his dedication to this mountain and the message he wanted to spread... really inspiring.I can recommand everyone who lives in California or is visiting, to go there... its a jewel for the eye and a beautiful memory for live :)

    ~Noemi

    OBEYWomens / May 17, 2015
  • OBEY RADIO : DUBLAB @ SPACE 15 TWENTY

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    OBEY is taking over the dublab Proton Drive airwaves for an all-day broadcast featuring: Free the Robots, the Gaslamp Killer, Co. Fee, Pubes, Samiyam, Teebs, Roam & More!
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    dublab’s Spring 2015 Proton Drive is live May 8-29. This Fundraiser Broadcast is your opportunity to support dublab’s positive music mission. Give today at dublab.com!

    This special edition of the Proton Drive is beaming live from a Pop-Up at Space 15 Twenty, a creative hub in the heart of Hollywood that we are activating in the form of a radio studio, record shop and event salon.

    We will broadcast live daily and host special events each weekend. The studio will be open to the public, so if you’re in Los Angeles, swing by Space 15 Twenty to listen, make a donation and pick up exclusive dublab merchandise. If you’re elsewhere in the world, you can enjoy the experience through the Proton Drive portal at dublab.com.

    TWEET FOR US:
    Support @dublab by donating at dublab.com during the #ProtonDrive fundraiser broadcasting live May 8-29!
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    michelle / May 15, 2015
  • Deerjerk

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    Over the years, social media has made it easier and easier to discover rad people doing and creating even radder (is that a word?) things. Years ago, I first stumbled upon Bryn Perrott aka Deerjerk's work via Instagram and have been following her career and pieces of work ever since. Luckily, I've been able to commission her to make a few custom pieces for  myself and gifts for friends. You got a cat(s)? You need a carving of your cat(s)? This is your girl.

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    Bryn was born in Pennsylvania, but has lived most of her life in West Virginia, where she currently resides in Morgantown. She describes her aesthetic as "junk store." She says, "I make such a wide variety of images, but I still see them all together in one place like you would see a variety of objects in a thrift store. I would hope that each of my customers consider their woodcut as precious as a find in an antique store."

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    Although Bryn mainly focuses on her wood carvings, she's been known to throw it down on a variety of formats.

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    Top and Bottom portion of a Skate Deck that hung at the wedding of your's truly and is now living proudly on my bedroom wall, alongside a cat carving..or two.

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    ....aaaaaand the list goes on and on. The best part is, if you're in the LA area you can check out Bryn's artwork in person over at Pskaufman Gallery. Details below:

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    Uprooted strata is the first solo exhibition by Bryn Perrott (deerjerk) on the west coast. Primarily working with wood, uprooted strata expands Bryn's work to prints, original drawings and limited edition items. Bryn aims to broaden her wood carving to include life-size sculptures and large wall pieces.

    Uprooted strata is the inaugural exhibition of the Pskaufman... gallery. The gallery is the newest addition to Pskaufman...'s multi functional secret subterranean space.

    Here's a little peek inside the Uprooted Strata Exhbit:

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    Follow Deerjerk on Instagram @deerjerk and on Tumblr. Email orders@deerjerk.com to commission your own custom carving from Bryn. 

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    michelle / May 14, 2015
  • Emerging artist of the week: L.A. Witch

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    Often compared to early Gun Club, The Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre, L.A. WITCH are Los Angeles natives Irita Pai (bass), Sade Sanchez (singer/guitarist), and Ellie English (drums). The band formed after Irita and Sade met on a blind jam date after being introduced by a mutual friend. L.A. WITCH released their first self-titled EP digitally via Manimal Vinyl in 2014 and have since been touring extensively, including dates in Mexico, Beach Goth 3, CMJ, Burgerama, and Desert Daze.

    L.A. WITCH have just released the first single, "Kill My Baby Tonight" from their upcoming full length LP in support of their current spring tour which includes dates at Desert DazeLevitation, and Levitation Vancouver (both presented by Austin Psych Fest). The track also features the first appearance of their new drummer Ellie English.

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    "L.A. WITCH sport a dark bluesy sound that recalls a pitch-black Widowspeak or, yes, BRMC or J-A-U-know-what. But the band's music is also heavy on smoky attitude which you 100% need with this kind of thing." - Brooklyn Vegan

     

     

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    You can follow L.A. Witch on their social medias below:

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    Samuel Jacob / May 14, 2015
  • Gung Ho in Detroit

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    This Friday I'm heading to meet up with Shepard and the Obey Giant crew in Detroit Rock City! Bags unpacked, camera equipment scattered, and nowhere near being prepared whatsoever.  At the same time, this is how we roll!  Besides that, I'm super pumped for the trip and ready to eat some coney dogs and reminisce on sports hero's of mine, which I'm pretty sure everyone I'm traveling with can give two shits about.  Anyways, Shepard will is having an exhibition at Library Street Collective for his on contiuous series "Printed Matters".   Along with the exhibition Shepard will be doing his largest mural to date at an undisclosed location in downtown Detroit. Click HERE for all the info. This is going to be a pretty wild trip and its just the beginning as we're heading to Europe next month.  I'll be blogging as much as I can, so check back!

    I'll leave you with some clips from one of my favorite movies which happens to take place in Detroit.

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    Furlong / May 13, 2015

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