I just joined Tindr to see what was up. I wasn’t expecting material this good, this quickly. Man, does he really try to get laid with that opener??
give em the ol razzle dazzle
by Natasha Aftandilians
Wye Oak have released the latest single “Logic of Color” from their excellent album Shriek, and it’s full of the echoing vocals and synthesizer loops the Baltimore duo are known for.
Lead singer Jenn Wasner refers to “Logic of Color” as “the most straightforward…
Graffiti? Who cares? Everybody, apparently. Some people love it enough to donate time and resources to painting it. Some people hate it enough to donate time and resources to painting over it. Really the graffiti writer and the buffman (and it’s always a man) are more or less the same. They both make a mark on a wall that doesn’t belong to them, they don’t make it better or worse, just different. Writers are winning in that theirs is the mark of humanity that says “I’m here.” The buffers are losing because theirs is the folly of humanity—to try and sweep waves off the beach.
Graffiti in Philadelphia hasn’t changed much in 40 years, but the attitude of the public toward graffiti has changed in several ways since the halcyon days of Cornbread. First everybody loved it, then everybody got tired of it, then Mr. Blint and Razz and the class of 1980 made it cool again. By 1984, it was hated enough to get a guy who promised to get rid of it elected mayor. And that hate persisted all the way until after the National Guard came to Kensington and buffed walls in the run up to the Democratic National Convention—I think the entire city got buffed once and for all. And once graffiti was gone, people got nostalgic for it, and now in 2014 people like it again. The Mural Arts program has gotten fewer and fewer complaints about it over the years, and now my application of a medium to a surface, once hated, is now appreciated. Progress!
Jane Golden has been watching this change in attitudes as long as I have, and we’ve talked it through. In the 30 years since the Anti-Graffiti Network started, people have come to understand that graffiti is no big deal. All the walls got clean and it’s still easy to cop heroin and die in the street, proving the “broken windows” theory is broken.
On saturday a guy named Lee, misguided about graffiti and out of his mind, buffed the wall ICY SIGNS painted for Kurt Vile’s Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze record. Misguided because he thought our commissioned album design was responsible for the graffiti in the neighborhood. Out of his mind because he was using a crappy 1/4 inch nap roller and interior paint. ICY SIGNS recommends 3/4 inch nap and KILZ exterior primer/sealer.
Lee got caught mid-buff, and was washed out by a wave of internet indignation that was hilarious to me and every other writer I know, past and present. None of us can believe anybody gives a care about spraypaint on a wall. As I’ve been telling the buffman since the 80s, graffiti isn’t permanent—the sun is going to take care of it, eventually, and sooner than you think. So, buffman, go solve a real problem, how about shutting down the open air drug market a mile away? Too hard? Tell me about it, you know how long it took me to get a good hand style?
When we first painted the wall, we left the tags that were already on the wall when we started. I thought they were kids from the neighborhood and I wanted to leave them up and make them part of the design. I painted the lower half of the wall as fast and as fun as I could, with the same joy as I painted graffiti when I was 17 and free as I will ever be. Turns out the kids were from Baltimore, but a few Philadelphians snuck prints onto the wall and consequently onto Kurt’s album and in doing so returned graffiti to its rightful place on the Philadelphia cultural landscape, dead center where it doesn’t belong.
We’ll fix the wall, it will be better than it was in the first place (it’s ALWAYS better the second time). Lee the buffman is retired, now he’s Lee Major Crimes Unit. We forgive Lee, we don’t want anybody in trouble for painting a wall. And graffiti will come and go as it has since the caves in Lascaux. Let’s all go back to not caring too much either way.
I spent the weekend finishing the painting for our next print, which of course speaks implicitly and explicitly to the situation at hand, you know how I do. We are taking orders for this 24” x 24” hand pulled screen print on 334 gram Coventry Rag paper. It will be a signed and numbered edition of 50 in black and coral (or Chanel peach, whatever looks better). It’s $200 plus shipping, email email@example.com with your location and we’ll send a Paypal invoice. Proceeds go to spray paint and loosies from the corner store on Front Street, buy now, we’ll ship on July 14. Oh the painting is on hold, but thanks for asking.
photo by Colin Lane
The debut album from Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Tyranny is set to drop on September 23 via Casablancas’s own Cult Records, and you can pre-order the album right now for only $3.87.
It seems like Casablancas is making a not-so-thinly veiled commentary about the…
They Want My Soul #spoon
by Natasha Aftandilians; photo by Jeff Elstone
Zola Jesus’s new album is titled Taiga. For those of you who don’t remember learning about biomes in middle school, Taiga is a kind of snowy forest. While the snowforest may seem like an esoteric name to choose for a new album, it makes…
My first post for the new Anthemic mag…
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Elliott Smith Documentary Unearths New Unreleased Songs
‘Heaven Adores You’ will include more than a dozen tracks brought out from record label vaultsMay 24, 2014
A new documentary about Elliott Smith will feature more than a dozen previously unreleased songs by the late singer-songwriter. NME reports that more than half of the songs used in Heaven Adores You were dug out of record label vaults just for the film.
The documentary’s director, Nickolas Rossi, worked with people close to Smith, including his high school friend Kevin Moyer, who put together the benefit album Live From Nowhere Near You. “I’m one of the few people who have been able to look into both the Universal and Kill Rock Star vaults,” Moyer said. “Elliott’s masters are split between two labels. It was fun to be able to get in there and listen to songs and try to get some of that music that had never been heard out there and into the fans’ ears.”
The film is reportedly the first full-length documentary allowed to include Smith’s music. According to Moyer, some 15-20 of the 35 songs in the film are previously unreleased tracks covering his entire career, starting with his youth in Texas up through his death in 2003. “The biggest part of his music is the connection it makes,” Moyer said. “Somehow when you listen to his music he just connects with your heart and your brain.”
Heaven Adores You, which bills itself as “an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith … threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in,” premiered in early May at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
New. #Interpol. Announced. #ElPintor
Photo by Natasha Aftandilians
Remember that time Arctic Monkeys came to chat with us at our office? Watch the video to relive the moment!
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