Aaron Carter goes for it: "Michael Jackson gave me cocaine when I was 15"
Let’s be honest, the world is awaiting the response from Macaulay Culkin: “Oh yeah, Aaron Carter, MJ gave you cocaine at 15, you don’t even want to know what I got from MJ when I was 13.” Use your imagination people. It starts with an S, and ends in a D.
This is what happens when you give the artists some room, they get painting again. San and Escif have been in our backyard today painting some panels before they open up a gallery show at FIFTY24SF Gallery. We love the look already. Wonder if these will make it into the show.
Not sure what your customs are, but today is the absolute last day you can get shark fin soup in Hawaii before restaurants get a $5,000 fine for serving the dish. It doesn’t even look that good. According to the LA Times, “Shark fin soup, which can cost as much as $80 a serving in restaurants, has been a Chinese delicacy for hundreds of years and often is served at weddings and banquets.”
When your friend sends this to you while they are in Sao Paulo, you can either be A) happy for them, B) Worried about them, or C) Wondering why every state in the union doesn’t have a man to pump your gas for you.
First World Problems... aka "White People Problems"
What is really amazing about this list, is that we actually had about 6 of these problems yesterday, including the last one. Is that bad? Not sure, but sometimes it is really hard to have to get up for your charger. That is why we only had 11 posts yesterday.
We like Aaron Young plenty, a great Bay Area artist who has gone onto big things in NYC, but we think we just really like this photo of the performance piece he created with James Franco for their Venice Biennale installation, Rebel. This photo is just epic. There is an interview to read here.
First the coffee mug, now the folding chair. And regardless, if you put Pantone colors on a product, in this style, then you will definitely have a winner. Designed by Selab Studio for the Italian design house Seletti, these aluminum chair will cost you only $65. And you can have a lime green or purple plum chair in your… kitchen.
It was hard not to love this song when Noel wrote it between LP1 and LP2, in a fight with Liam, broken from the band, and met some lady in San Francisco and hung out with her. According to Wikipedia (yes, this song has a Wiki), “He stayed with a girl he had befriended during a previous show there. According to the sleeve notes to The Masterplan, she talked a distraught Noel “off the ledge” and took him to the park where she played as a child.” And the song was born.
“We were taught in elementary school that the first settlements in North America failed; the colonists disappeared, leaving behind them only the cryptic message “Gone to Croatan”. The very first colony in the New World chose to renounce its contract with the Empire and go over to the Wild Men. They dropped out. They became ‘Indians,’ ‘went native,’ opted for chaos over the appalling miseries of serfing for the plutocrats and intellectuals of London” – TAZ, Hakim Bey
SAN FRANCISCO, CA [6.13.11] — FIFTY24SF Gallery presents “See you in Croatan” a road show by San & Escif opening on June 30th, 2011.
“See you in Croatan” is an experimental research project which will cross the lives and experiences of two friends in a random road trip across the west coast of the United States. As far away as possible from doctrines, imperialisms and linear reasoning. Searching for beauty in errors and fortuitous tools. Working with intuition and hazard; trying to light relations, transitions and processes; working with research as the way itself; understanding chaos as an ideal space for creation.
I’ve spent a few days thinking about the project, and about the way we are approaching it. The idea of generating a third language seems like it’s not working very well, at least not in a practical way. Certainly it is a path that should become stronger during the journey, but so far it has seemed to be more of an impediment than the correct path. We already knew that teamwork is very complex, but I think it is a lot harder when the roles on the team are not well established. Because then the fight between the two egos grow to see who is the one directing the movie (I´m thinking out loud) and its something that gets more complex when the two directors (you and I) have such different ways of working.
I completely understand what you say. I think we have to be practical, although we both like to navigate riskier terrain than we normally would on our own. Team work is hard, and even more so when obsessive perfectionists like us work together, each with our own story, but it is what it is. When I made the two drawings that I sent you, I always thought that what I was doing was twisting my work a little bit to get closer to a new “skin”, not so much trying to invent a third language. I think that´s exactly where the focus of the expo should be, in making an effort to get out of our safe zone and dig into something a little less personal, but using our powers, of course…
Well, this bums us out. The Toronto Sun is reporting that former Beatle John Lennon was, at the time of his death, a Ronald Reagan fan and Republican who loved arguing politics with liberals. Well, shit, why don’t we just vote Romney know for Christ’s sake. This is crappy news. Next thing you know, Thom Yorke is going to enjoy a Palin speech now and again.
Fred Seaman, who worked alongside Lennon in the late 1970s and 1980, says, “(Lennon) met Reagan back, I think, in the 70s at some sporting event… Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that… He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.
"I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.
"He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he’d been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete."
Tom Petty tells Michelle Bachmann, you are not my American Girl
After Tea Party/Republican presidential candidate, Michelle “Palin 2” Bachmann began using Tom Petty’s classic “American Girl” song as her campaign rallying song, the famed musician gave here a cease and desist letter. He is threatening to sue. After confusing John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy in a speech this past week, and now the Petty threatening of a suit, Bachmann is learning quickly that the stupid bullshit that dimwits provide on a campaign trail may prove costly. But America, you get what you ask for…
Somebody in the Tokyo offices of classic streetwear label, A Bathing Ape, decided that they wanted to sell Catholic school girl outfits to Japanese girls by way of a British model by the name of Daisy Lowe. And a bunch of dudes are watching. Go figure.
This 24-year old architect, Dia Haifei built an “egg–shaped pod on the sidewalk to evade Beijing’s extreme rent prices. Apparently Haifei was inspired to design and build the structure after seeing a conceptual project named ‘City’s Egg’ which was held at the Shanghai Biennale Exhibition. With using bamboo as the frame and wood chips for insulation, one can sleep warm through the night. The egg-house uses a small solar panel to power a lamp and a handful of other electrical necessities inside, making it functional and livable.” via Juxtapoz.
Once you get on the topic of a Beer Archaeologist, and then you start touching on Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, this is going to be a career path for most of us. We know, from the major New Yorker article on Dogfish Head, they take beer making to whole other level. We just read this article about a guy named Patrick McGovern, a 66-year-old archaeologist, who also goes by Dr. Pat, “the world’s foremost expert on ancient fermented beverages, and he cracks long-forgotten recipes with chemistry, scouring ancient kegs and bottles for residue samples to scrutinize in the lab. He has identified the world’s oldest known barley beer (from Iran’s Zagros Mountains, dating to 3400 B.C.), the oldest grape wine (also from the Zagros, circa 5400 B.C.) and the earliest known booze of any kind, a Neolithic grog from China’s Yellow River Valley brewed some 9,000 years ago.”
Weakness Wednesday: The White Stripes "Hotel Yorba"
Remember when you first heard the White Stripes and the music just felt timeless and from another era? And, oh yeah, really damn perfect? “Hotel Yorba” was the first White Stripes we ever heard, and it remains our all-time favorite song from the Detroit duo.
When it appeared in 2009, Italian artist Blu’s documentary “Megunica” made it to numerous film festivals and won multiple awards. As you know by now, Blu is one of the leading street and mural artists to appear in the past decade, mixing both politics and locale better than most artist working in his size and stature. After his groundbreaking animation, COMBO, done with American artist, David Ellis, Blu became synonymous with a new brand of progressive street art that used the Internet and technology to take the art form to new avenues and means of viral reach.
Recently, Wired Italy made the 83-minute documentary available in full. Watch Blu travel and paint in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Argentina.
We don’t know squat about this Canadian band, but in terms of music videos, this is like the heyday of the early 1990s. Some odd looking girl who is probably a model, British kids, singing, a school room, and a bizarre turn of events. Fucked Up, good job.
For the recent summer solstice, the residents of Poznań, Poland gathered in the town square, at least we can assume they did, and let off a record 8,000 lanterns to the night sky. The record is a Polish record, the world record, we have no idea about. But it is quite beautiful.
One of our main goals in life was to see the inside of a Mayan rulers tomb 1,500 years after it was sealed up, because, well, we plan to have our burial resemble this get-up.
According to Yahoo News, “A tiny remote-controlled camera peered inside the tomb of a Mayan ruler that has been sealed for 1,500 years, revealing red frescoes, pottery and pieces of a funerary shroud made of jade and mother of pearl. The tomb was discovered in 1999 inside a pyramid among the ruins of the Mayan city of Palenque in the hills of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.”
Drop a camera into a tiny hole, 16 feet down, and you get yourself a view. Seriously though, it makes us really happy that this is the kind of work happening in the world. We can’t even get our iPad to work, and this Mayan ruler in like 500 AD was kicking with some mother of pearl a red frescoes. This dude had it on lock. Good work Mayan Ruler Guy.
Norma “Duffy” Lyon was one buttered up lady. She is the one who used to sculpture tons of “U.S. Grade AA salted butter each year into life-size figures of cows, famous people and, once, a diorama of the Last Supper.” Our all-time favorite Butter-Cow Lady sculpture was her Obama bust. If that didn’t the women of Marshalltown, Iowa to vote for the big BO, we don’t know what would.
This was one of the Thom Yorke solo songs performed over the past few years that we all thought was going to land on a Neil Young sounding Radiohead LP that ended up sounding like a Flying Lotus LP. “The Present Tense” felt very much like an extension of the In Rainbows sessions, but we have been left wondering if this song will ever get a full band workup. Because it is beautiful here.
Everyone at least once in their life should walk through a museum by themselves with no rhyme or reason. Everyone should put on some headphones, find a song to loop, and just walk. When you find yourself in a city by yourself that happens to have a nice art museum, you can waste hours upon hours in this practice. We were in NYC this past week, and went to the Museum of Modern Art without looking at the program or what was on display. Just walked from Alexander McQueen at the MET to not knowing at the MoMA. Everyfew minutes, we snapped a photo, until we got to 15, and stopped. No idea who each artist was, but we did see contemporary South African art, Hungarian posters, Cy Twombly, and some other nice moments of color and light that we just wanted to capture. We looped Supercollider, and made our way. Pretentious as this sounds, sometimes the only way to learn is to walk inside some pre-conceived walls for a bit.
Universal Everything has signed off to do all the lightning and stage direction for Coldplay’s 2011 tours, and they kicked off their stage work at Coldplay’s Pyramid Stage headlining set Saturday night at Glastonbury 2011. From the looks of it, the show is going to be a good one to catch when the band tours, and to be honest, Coldplay sounds pretty damn good, even that Teardrop song that really sucked when we first heard it. It sounds great as a festival set closer.
If you recall, we just mentioned it in the San and Escif post but let’s really talk about San Francisco’s bike route from Market St. to Golden Gate Park. Better yet, let’s go to The Wiggle’s Wikipedia page:
The Wiggle is a one-mile, zig-zagging bicycle route from Market Street to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, that minimizes hilly inclines for bicycle riders. Rising 120 feet (37 m), The Wiggle inclines average 3% and never exceed 6%. The path generally follows the historical route of the long since paved-over Sans Souci Valley watercourse, winding through the Lower Haight neighborhood toward the Panhandle section of Golden Gate Park.
Although the route is primarily used for going up hill (north and west), the city route signs are also posted visible to riders heading down hill. One such rider, pictured, is turning south on Pierce Street from the eastbound direction of Haight Street.
The lower end of the route begins at either end of the Duboce Bikeway in the block of Duboce Avenue just west of Market Street. The elevation is approximately 100 feet (30 m) above sea level. It then moves in a zig-zag toward the northwest along Duboce Avenue, Steiner, Waller, Pierce, Haight, Scott, and Fell Streets to the Panhandle Bikeway, 215 feet (66 m) above sea level. After climbing 50 more feet, the peak of The Wiggle is reached near Stanyan Street at the peninsular drainage divide, i.e., the dividing point between surface water flowing to the San Francisco Bay on the east side and flowing to the Pacific Ocean on the west.
Senior Tory at Glastonbury dies in what is being called a "Suicide situation"
A close ally of Prime Minister David Cameron, Christopher Shale, died at Glastonbury in what is being called a “suicide situation.” According to NME, “Shale, who was chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, the constituency of Prime Minister David Cameron, was found dead in a portable toilet in the VIP backstage area of Glastonbury at around 9am (BST).” We are assuming that he was upset that Radiohead didn’t play “Creep.”
According to London Telegraph, “(Shale) died at the Glastonbury festival shortly after receiving a call from Downing Street warning him that criticisms he had made of the Tory party were about to be made public.”
This is genius. You know that crappy scenario where you try to dip your cookie and you get your dirty hands in your milk? This is where Berta Riera Pomés (produced by Papila) comes in with the Dipit, all for a clean experience.
One of the great productions in the Madlib catalog comes from his alter-ego, Quasimoto, and the track “Come On Feet.” We have said time and time again that The Unseen is one of the great albums of all-time, and this is one of the great tracks from the period. Enjoy.
We stopped by a really cool exhibition in New York City, “The Hottest 100 Yards,” that was done in conjunction with the new T. Adler Book, “Eighties at Echo Beach: The Photography of Mike Moir.” There was a book launch event and exhibition at Partners & Spade this past month, and we stopped by the Andy Spade spot to check out the work. Great surf touches everywhere, including great photos, and some new (and classic) Shawn Stussy surfboards.
Augustus Thompson, Suzannah Sinclair and Annie Vought Opening Tonight at New Image
San Francisco artist, Augustus Thompson (who recently exhibited at FIFTY24SF), NYC based artist, Suzannah Sinclair, and Oakland based artist, Annie Vought are opening at New Image Art Gallery tonight in L.A.
A cutesy and imaginative animation reenacting the bizarre story of when Werner Herzog rescued Joaquin Phoenix from a car crash.
Animated by Sascha Ciezata, using audio from an interview by Herzog himself.