4.30.2008

WE'D ALL SEEN BETTER DAYS





Friday night is a busy night if you like good art. Personal favorites of mine are showing work in three different places all on one night. Get on your bike and get 'er done.

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Best and Brightest: The Chief Spring Showcase
FRIDAY, MAY 2nd

7pm-10pm
hosted bar

exhibited photography by:

Jeff Barnett-Winsby
Jaimie Warren
Brad Troemel
Maxim Ryazansky
Santiago Mostyn

music provided by:
DJ Rev McFly

@ The ARM
281 N.7th St & Havemeyer/Meeker
BKNY

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Ad Hoc Art proudly presents...

THE THREAT OF CHANCE

starring:
Josh MacPhee
Billy Mode
Chris Stain
The Polaroid Kidd

May 2nd through June 1st, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, May 2nd, 7pm - 10pm

The Threat of Chance art exposition is based on the temptation of possibility. The possibility of change in the face of stagnation, the possibility of hope in desperate times, the possibility of alternative thought and lifestyle in the doldrums of complacency.

For this installation a railroad shanty town will be recreated to further emphasis the struggle between hope and despair. Amidst a gallery filled of shacks made with found material and walls decorated with freight trains and decaying industry you will find photographs by boxcar culture enthusiast the Polaroid Kidd. Proletarian signs, flags, prints, and banners from author/activist Josh MacPhee. Interactive sculptures, drawings, paintings and stencils, from graffiti artist Billy Mode, and the sociological display of hand cut stencils by Chris Stain. The Threat of Chance art exposition is pure socialist propaganda , (at least that's how the mainstream will see it) , so stop by opening night and they'll tear you a new asshole.

-pollock johnny

Ad Hoc Art
49 Bogart Street
Buzzer 22, Unit 1G
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Afterparty from 10pm until 4am at:

Wreck Room Bar
940 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Busy As A Rainbow
Photographs by Lauren Silberman
ICP-Bard MFA Thesis solo show

Reception: Friday May 2nd, 7-11pm

ICP-Bard Studios
24-20 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY

Take the E/V train to 23rd St/Ely Ave, the 7 train to 45th Ave/Courthouse Square, or G train to Court Square

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MP3:

Wow. When someone uses this song in a movie it's going to be pretty great.

• Band Of Horses - St. Augustine

A band's place in myspace.

4.28.2008

EVERY DAY IS A NEW GOODBYE











(photos from the Miss Rockaway Armada's time in North Adams, MA)

Going to toot my own horn for a second (cause like my friend says "Who else is gonna do it for you?"). You can see a photo spread of my medium format work from China in the new issue of Death & Taxes. It's a nice mag, with fine design and production quality.

Also this is kind of interesting, seems like the RIAA's era of organized-crime-style extortion may be in for a challenge. Although I have to say it's been a long time since my faith in our justice system had even a scrap of evidence to support it. Hopeful, but not holding my breath.

Here's a video Dark Dark Dark performing at the same backyard BBQ as in the photos above:




MP3:

Wanted something with the right amount of dust and grit in it to match some of the characters in the photos above. This seemed to fit just right.

• The Devil Makes Three - Old Number Seven

A band's place in myspace.

4.27.2008

YOU'RE BUILDING A GHOST TOWN














(Monotonix, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Double Dagger, and Power Douglas at Death By Audio this past weekend)

The Monotonix show was pretty fun. I was really curious to see what the TV On The Radio/Dragons Of Zynth collaboration, Power Douglas, would be like. Besides not featuring members from either band at all, it was kind of noisy, jangly, but more than anything it seemed to be a cathartic exercise for two of the members. About midway through their set the bass player grabbed a mic and ranted about the miscarriage of justice (or abortion, if you will) that was the recent Sean Bell verdict. After that it got more chaotic, with him falling into the crowd, and eventually smashing his bass and throwing himself into the drums/drummer. The tension in the room was almost palpable, although it didn't seemed to have anything to do with the crowd. It was more just two extremely expressive and unabashed performers exercising demons and not giving a damn what anyone thought.



MP3:

Double Dagger has been getting some press love just very recently, but these guys have been killing it for a long time. I remember back when they started and most (if not all) of their songs were about graphic design. If you haven't caught them before, and you appreciate something with teeth, don't miss them next time. And if you wear glasses and don't like people messing with them, you might want to put them away during the set. Just sayin'.

• Double Dagger - Luxury Condos For The Poor

• Double Dagger - Form Function

A band's place in myspace.

4.26.2008

KIDS WITH POWER TOOLS















(photos from Being Here Is Better Than Wishing We'd Stayed, and installation by the Miss Rockaway Armada at Mass MoCA, larger photo gallery of the installation here)

Well we have finally finished our stay and installation at Mass MoCA. Being Here Is Better Than Wishing We’d Stayed is now open through April 2009. We all had a blast, and are extremely grateful to the museum and it’s staff for offering this opportunity. Spending time together with some old, and old-new friends in North Adams was also pretty great. Hopefully I'll have some photos from our non-working moments (and they were just that, moments) to share soon.

Here's a video walkthrough:


And here's Dark Dark Dark performing with Long Gone Gabe at the opening:




MP3:

This was the official/unofficial theme song of the installation, the refrain should sound familiar. The title is also appropriate for this post seeing as I am finally returning to NYC to stay (for a while, anyway).

• Dark Dark Dark - New York Song

A band's place in myspace.