October 2009

Nicholas Haggard | Photographer

I don't know much about this guy except that he's Brooklyn based. He has a gentle aesthetic. And seems to spend his time in a really nice world. There's an interview with him at Fecal Face that has more photos and the additional information that you're looking for.

Nicholas Haggard







Categories: art, Artists, Photography

Geribara 5 (Nobuyoshi Araki, Yoshio Takase, and others)

Highly sought after and extremely scarce third book in Araki's Sentimental Journey Series is being auctioned at Christies is expected to fetch $6180!  A few years back I  spent a week in LA with Keith from the criminally overlooked band Soviet. He was working with a producer on some new songs for a Hip Hop artist in Silver Lake. Coincidentally, that producer was also producing some tracks for the Jesus & Mary Chain.  One of the Reid brothers, not sure which one, had left a handful of Araki books at the studio and looking back, I believe this was one of them. There was alot of very potent Czech beer involved that night, so I could be mistaken but had it been this book and had I known how valuable this book was, I would scanned the whole thing. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

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Categories: Shopping, Photography, Books, art

Movie Posters from Ghana

Ephemera Assemblyman has assemblyed quite a collection of movie posters from Ghana. In the words of his great blog...

"In the 1980s video cassette technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and VCR onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.

In order to promote these showings, artists were hired to paint large posters of the films (usually on used canvas flour sacks). The artists were given the artistic freedom to paint the posters as they desired - often adding elements that weren’t in the actual films, or without even having seen the movies. When the posters were finished they were rolled up and taken on the road (note the heavy damages). The “mobile cinema” began to decline in the mid-nineties due to greater availability of television and video; as a result the painted film posters were substituted for less interesting/artistic posters produced on photocopied paper."






Categories: Movies, art, Movie Posters

Neil Krug & Joni Harbeck Give You Pulp

Pulp is a collaboration between supermodel Joni Harbeck and photographer Neil Krug. The vintage look of the photographs was created using expired polaroid film and feature shots of landscapes, horses, hippies, indians, models and bloodbaths. The images (and there are alot more of them) are for sale on the Pulp website along with mesmerizing short films. If you like these you may like the work of Don Snyder & David Hamilton.








































Categories: Photography, Babes

Behind the doors of 98 Bowery

98 Bowery is the web project of Marc Miller and the best way to tell you about what he does is to let him say it. Below is Marc's mission statement and an assortment of images that can be found on his amazing site.

Telling stories with pictures, with ephemera and with a few carefully chosen words is what I enjoy doing best. Over the years I have been lucky to create many visual narratives during a varied career as an artist, journalist, curator, art historian and publisher. "View from the Top Floor" brings together some of these stories in a chronicle of my life and the creative world I experienced during the twenty years I lived in the top floor loft at 98 Bowery.

The Bowery from 1969 to 1989 was a low-rent refuge for artists and free spirits willing to tolerate the alcoholics and homeless men who lived on the street. These pages show this vie de bohème as remembered through pictures accumulated at the time. "View from the Top Floor" has no hard and fast rules. It is autobiography and art history. It is a stage for my friends and me. While it does not strive to be complete or objective, it unavoidably takes its place in the bigger world, tracking in part the greater story of art and music in the 1970s and 1980s, an era when culture strove to be more real and expressive, and the East Village and Lower East Side emerged as one of the world's most potent creative centers.

- Marc H. Miller








Categories: art, Music, punk, No Wave

From the Stone Roses to John Leckie to Love to Bob Pepper to Phillip K Dick Without Saying Anything Too Important

Those paint splattering menaces are at it again! The Stone Roses released their box set a few weeks back and I just had the chance to pick up my copy. The package is absolutely essential to people who forgot just how good this band was.



Those who have seen the band and have seen Ian Brown sing live, know just how important the high profile production work of John Leckie was to creating the sound to these recordings.  I was recetnly reading Love's Forever Changes Wikipedia page, when I noticed that the partnership between The Roses and Leckie was apparently solidified when both parties agreed that Forever Changes was "the best record ever made", which explains alot when it comes to explaing the Turns Into Stone sound.



Forever Changes was Love's third record and certainly their best.  The album art was done by Bob Pepper, an artist whose ties with Elektra gave him the opportunity to work on some of the most iconic album covers of the late sixties.



Pepper went on to create book covers for Ballantine's Fantasy series, most notable the work of Phillip K. Dick.


Via John Coulthart

Morrissey's Muse | The Post Punk World of Linder

Linder Sterling, or just Linder is an English artist, radical feminist and cult figure in the Manchester punk and post punk scenes.  She dated Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks (also Magazine) and is probably best known for creating the Album art for The Buzzcocks semianl album, Orgasm Addict.

In 1978 she created her own band, Ludus, which survived as a post punk, experimental pop band until 1983 and secured their spot in history by becoming the favorite band of both Morrissey and The Smiths.


Listen to Ludus - "She She"


She is one of Morrissey's very few close friends and was immortalized in The Smiths' song, Cemetary Gates. She was the photographer of the record sleeves Your Arsenal and Beethoven Was Deaf.


Below are a collection of the artist's (mostly collage) work






Stereolab Album Covers and the Mystery of Hotcha!

I've always enjoyed the handmade approach to the Stereolab album art. The covers above the dotted line pretty much look the way they sound.  You can almost hear the soothing political weirdness oozing from the gooves beneath the sleeve.  An interesting tid bit on their Wikipedia page points out a mystery that involves the covers beneath the dotted line. The figure on those covers, whom the band nicknamed "Cliff", is a reproduction of a comic strip character from the 1970 Swiss undergound newspaper, Hotcha!.  I can't find any information on this paper.  If you know anything about it, or better yet have scans of the paper - please let us know. Muchos Gracias!







--------------------The "Cliff" Files----------------------





Categories: Music, Design, art, Album Art

Vintage Citreon Ads | The Original French Hippie Car


















Way more at Citrobe
Categories: Cars, Design, Hippies