Event Notification: Keely / Auf Der Mar NYC

October 20, 2008

Speak of the Devil… I was just talking about Conrad Keely’s (of Trail of Dead fame) album artwork for The Sword and what do I get in my mail? A notice for a one night only Keely art show.  His Works in Blue Ballpoint will be shown next to Melissa Auf Der Mar’s photography on Thursday October 23rd from 6-9 at 34th East 1st Street @ Second Ave.


Event Notification: Lost: Graffiti in the City of Angels

October 20, 2008

33third has been throwing some great live expos recently and I know they were working on expanding into a gallery space last time I stopped by there.  I’m assuming that Mid City Arts is the fruit of their labor here and I’m glad that this show is going to still be running when I’m back in L.A. again for a minute over Thanksgiving. (Opens Saturday Nov. 1st @ 7 and the show runs until Dec. 1st.)  The exhibit will is curated by Eye One and will feature art from Besk, Bonks, Cab, Goshe, Kopye, Kozem, Mandoe, Neo, 7Dee, and more.  It’s probably worth checking out for the Cab stuff alone.  The book that’s coming out alongside the exhibit features a bunch of L.A. legends like Ayer and Atlas but I don’t know if they’re going to be in the show.  It’s kind of hard to imagine that their names wouldn’t be listed as a major selling point.  You can check out the preview pdf of the book here and you can find out more about lost projects at their site.

Mid City Arts is located at 5113 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019

• Bonks
• Cab
• Goshe
• Kopye
• Kozem
• Mandoe
• Neo
• 7Dee
• + more!

MOCA Contemporaries La Brea Art Walk Tomorrow Night 9/10

September 9, 2008

OddZoo – Unexpected Delight.  showing at the Charmichael Gallery

Sorry about how late this is.  Just heard about it.  This is a straight repost from an e-mail i got from the Carmichael Gallery.  I am super pissed about missing this.  Live it up Los Angeles residents.  (list of participating artists and galleries after the jump.) Read the rest of this entry »

TV ON The Radio Sweeten The Deal, Preview Golden Age & Dancing Choose

August 26, 2008

I love when industry emphasis on opening numbers pays off for the rest of us. As we crawl towards Dear Science’s September 23rd release date the big whigs are probably wondering how they can get those numbers up and make it look like a success, because as we all know winners only buy things that are already established as winners in their own right. “How! Oh how can we dam the stream of illegal downloads?” they murmur through their night terrors.

The answer of course is by offering tiny perks that appeal to and distinguish early adopters from their boring and practical brethren, in this case a limited edition lithograph poster designed by none other than TVOTR’s own Tunde Adebimpe. If you pre-order the album through Insound you get one of these bad boys.

click here for Dear Science tracklist and tour info

check out the box player for two new tracks, Golden Age and Dancing Choose

Two Quarters For Your Thoughts?

July 27, 2008

I took this straight off of Urban Prankster because well I didn’t come by any of this information on my own and I’d have nothing new to add. I think this is just too cool to pass up though as this would have to be the most fun business to run/the most interactive art I could think of. This is the good type of interaction, not like that other thing I wrote about earlier.

anywho, words by Charlie Todd.

“Jake Bronstein recently bought a toy vending machine off the Internet. He filled the toy capsules with ideas of fun things to do and started placing the machine in various spots around New York. For 50 cents you get the original toy, an idea, and a map to guide you to the location for your idea. Each capsule also contains a quarter, refunding half of your purchase price (the machine wouldn’t let him charge less than 50 cents.)”

Heard of Elephants Opening @ Unknown Theater July 10th

July 9, 2008

Herd of Elephants Opening Thursday July 10th @ The Unknown Theater 1110 Seward St. Los Angeles, CA 9:30 PM $5

This is something that I’m very excited for. Heard of Elephants is a multi-media art collective that is being assembled and is comprised of some of my favorite local bands. I haven’t fully understood all of the intricate workings of this group but it promises to be more than just a social network or umbrella term for a set of related bands and will involve tax-write-off eligible donations among other things in order to keep the art flowing from the artists to the observers and support to the artists in a more equal and organic manner. One release from the herd describes the group as “an art collective drawn together around the urge to create an open environment for creation and consumption of free thinking art and the desire to have some laughs while doing it.” Can’t go wrong with that.

This opening event will feature live music and art from

Charts and Maps, Danger Bees, Pride of Kenya and The Nocturnes, Steve Baldino and more.

Herd of Elephants currently consists of

Danger Bees
Charts and Maps (check out the free ep)
Pride of Kenya
Semiconscious Gloria
Random Patterns
Fuckasaurus Rex
Little Things

and art by

John Taylor
Steve Baldino
The Twinz (Brenda & Juli So)
Liz Petersen

I highly encourage anyone that can go to check it out, I really can’t imagine that you’d be disappointed.

*edit* here’s a sample of Steve Baldino’s art I just found