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Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk

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Saturday, January 25th – Saturday, March 15th The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA Source: www.moore.edu FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EXHIBITION-RELATED PROGRAMS, CLICK HERE A survey of the extraordinary diversity of punk and post-punk graphic design, Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk features several hundred posters, flyers, fanzines, handbills, record sleeves and other graphic ephemera from the collection of Andrew Krivine. Emerging in the mid-1970s, punk was truly popular culture on the margins, with new ideas germinating out of a sense of urgency and seemingly random aesthetic collisions. Before it became commercially commodified into a simplified mishmash of safety pins, mohawks and anarchy symbols, punk was as much about its wide range of visual signifiers at it was a kind of music. A do-it-yourself approach and a loathing of commercial slickness were key hallmarks of the punk attitude, informing not just the music, but also the explosion of graphic design that accompanied it. Taking cues from a wealth of influences ranging from Dadaism to the Situationist International to pulp fiction, and communicating the themes of nihilism, black humor and reappropriation, the visual language of punk was a pastiche of imagery that reflected the consciousness and anti-aesthetic of a new counterculture. Featuring several hundred works on loan from New York-based collector Andrew Krivine, the exhibition includes iconic works by some of the most illustrious graphic artists of the period, including Barney Bubbles, Malcolm Garrett, Raymond Pettibon, Jamie Reid, Peter Saville, Linder Sterling, Gee Vaucher and Arturo Vega, as well as pieces created by the hands of talented, yet anonymous, artists. Beyond the ‘holy trinity’ ... Read More »

Orange Goblin

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By Ino Mei Source: www.heartbeatink.gr Heavy guitars, authentic attitude and a strong live presence, Orange Goblin could not but have tattoos.HeartbeatInk had the chance to “interrogate” and take photos of them before their long awaited concert in November in Athens. Ben Ward: vocals Joe Hoare: guitar Martyn Millard: bass Chris Turner: drums How many times have you performed in Greece so far? Ben: Tonight, it will be our sixth time and our fourth here at An Club. We always have a great time in Greece. The fans are very enthusiastic and as long as that continues we’ll keep coming back. Chris: The thing with Greece is that it is part of Europe, but quite far out the bay; so whenever American & European bands travel, not many of them make it this far. So when a band seems to play, everyone seems to give their support. Ben: And great food. Chris: Terrible driving (laughs). Are you familiar perhaps with any Greek bands? Ben: I actually did vocals on an album for a band called “Lord 13”; good friends of mine. I also know Nightstalker who are quite big everywhere. We’ve heard things from the bands that we’re playing with; Stonerbringer tonight and Lucky Funeral tomorrow. We’re aware that there is a descent scene and there are a lot of good bands. How’s the scene currently in London? Ben: The scene in London is great! There’s a variety of shows every week. There’s always something on. Just this week Monster Magnet played last night and Alice in Chains ... Read More »

Red Fang Whales and Leeches – Available Now!

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Purchase the new album from the following locations: Relapse / iTunes / Amazon / Bandcamp / FYE / Best Buy / Buy at a Local Record Store Streaming: Bandcamp / Spotify / Rdio Read More »

Victor Farinelli: Ghost B.C. Album Review

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By Victor Farinelli  Picture this hippy who is tuned in and dropped-out. He has a huge goofy dog and hangs out with this jock, the jock’s girlfriend, and his girlfriend’s bookish friend. He wears the same green shirt, brown bell bottoms and combat boots every day. He must be high as a kite, because he loves to eat dog treats and thinks his dog actually talks. Not in the normal way that someone talks to their dog and the dog reacts with jumping, whining or rolling over. I mean the dog actually talks back. This dude’s friends seem to be just like fucking Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote: trouble always seems to follow them wherever they go, and he is too stoned to figure out that he may not want to hang around these squares any longer. ZOINKS!  Read More »

Theo Mindell’s Orchid Teams Up with CVLT Nation for ‘The Mouth of Madness’ Release

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(Courtesy of Nuclear Blast Records) Doom rocker, Orchid, has teamed up with CVLT Nation to stream the band’s upcoming release, The Mouths of Madness, in its entirety this week. The Mouths of Madness will hit stores today in North America on Nuclear Blast Records… Order album here: http://smarturl.it/Orchid…  Read More »

Dave Waugh: Up The Irons

By Dave Waugh I was asked to participate in an Iron Maiden themed art show at The Pretty Pretty Collective in San Francisco. The show started Friday, March 16th and runs for two months… Read More »

Dave Waugh: This Week’s Record Reviews

By Dave Waugh So I’ ll begin this weeks record reviews from low to high. It was a good score from Emmittsburg this week with both lows and highs. And lows that should have been highs. Up first, a bland 60′s comp of “danger music” movie and TV theme songs… Read More »

Rose Riot: Royal Thunder Album Review

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By Rose Riot  Every year at the new year, I publish a list of my favorite rock shows for the previous year. This year, I titled my list, “I didn’t see it coming.” It was my top five live shows that I didn’t expect to love and did. On that list was the band Royal Thunder. They are fellow Atlantans like myself and I had been hearing for a couple of years some buzz about them through friends… Read More »

TAM Music: Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power 20th Anniversary Deluxe CD/DVD Edition

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Courtesy of Rhino Records: February 25 marked the 20-year anniversary for Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power, a landmark album widely acknowledged as one of metal’s most enduring and influential masterworks. Recorded by singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul, the album has been certified double platinum by the RIAA and features several of the group’s most iconic songs including “Walk,” “Mouth For War,” “This Love,” and “Fucking Hostile.” Read More »

Rose Riot: Melvins Photo Shoot

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By Rose Riot (All photos by Rose Riot) Slow and heavy wins the race for the Melvins. The Melvins started off as a slow and dirty  three-piece in 1983. Currently, with the addition of a second drummer, the band head count is four. The band is touring its latest release Freak Puke. The Melvin’s show on April 25, at The Loft in Atlanta, was the second rock show I had shot in three days…  Read More »

Sailor Jerry Rum to Open Hotel Street Venue in London

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Courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum Company: Sailor Jerry will open its very own London venue later this month bringing rum, clothing, music, film and the original art of tattoo master Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins to Soho. Opening on Thursday 19th April, Hotel Street at 120-125 Charing Cross Road is named after Honolulu’s infamous Hotel Street District where Collins’ made his name. A gallery and store by day, and gig and dive bar by night, Hotel Street will be an all-round good place for bad people – open Tuesday’s to Sunday’s from midday to midnight, serving up the best Sailor Jerry Spiced cocktails in town…  Read More »

Jeremy Justice: How To Build Your Own Record Player

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By Jeremy Justice So you’ve got a few records and you want to delve into the vinyl hobby a little further. One place to start would be your turntable. There are an endless amount of options when choosing record players from $10-dollar yard sale finds to $250,000 ultra high-end reference turntables. Stashed somewhere in the middle, there is the DIY turntable. A DIY turntable is exactly what it sounds like; a turntable you build yourself. There are many options when building your own turntable, in fact you are only limited buy your own creativity. I will layout a couple of different approaches to give you with some basic knowledge of turntable design. Armed with this seed of information and Google you can build your own turntable and have a lot of fun doing it… Read More »

Sailor Jerry Airstream at MUSINK 2012

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Story and Photos by Nate Igor Smith As I write this I am currently on a flight from Los Angeles  to New York City on my way home from shooting the Musink tattoo convention and music festival in Orange County, CA. I was out there working for Sailor Jerry and having some fun along the way. Sailor Jerry once again set up a trailer to tattoo bands, promote the brand and host some serious games of corn hole. Dan Smith was doing the tattoos all weekend and tattooed bands like New Found Glory, Bayside, Paramore, Against Me! and a bunch of others…  Read More »

Still Life Tattoo and The Pretty Pretty Collective Present: Everything Went Black

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By Tim Shelton Everything Went Black: An Artist Tribute to Black Flag, presented by Still Life Tattoo on March 10th, 2012… Read More »

Daniel Albrigo: Interview With Musical Guru “Knick” of Bro Safari (VIDEO)

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By Daniel Albrigo Over the last couple of years, my musical interests have changed, like they have many times over the course of my life and career. A few years ago I was listening to mostly Reggae, Dancehall and tropically influenced music. After a while, this led right back into my interest in electronic music. Throughout high school and my early college years, my older brother went to a lot of parties, raves, skate demos, graffiti expos; all of which influenced and sparked my interest in art. It’s easy for me to say that both music and art went hand-in-hand from day one. Lately, I have been listening to a lot of Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Bass music and Electronic Dance music. During the process of finding new producers and DJs to listen to, I’ve come to realize, like other genres of music, there is a notable interest in tattooing from many big name musicians and DJs. Even one of our own, Billy “The Gent” from Tattoo Paradise in Washington, D.C. is a music producer who is well on his way to becoming a major player in the scene. As the stars align, (the way they strangely do on my daily path) I have been fortunate enough to be able to connect with a few of these people and over the next couple of TAM Blog posts, I will be interviewing them and introducing you to some brand new music. My first interview is with veteran Bass music all-star, Nick Weiller. More ... Read More »