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Modern Art Monday Presents: David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Face in The Dirt)

Face in The Dirt
Photo By Gail

This photograph of artist David Wojnarowicz (19541992) was taken in late May of 1991 at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico while Wojnarowicz and his friend Marion Scemama took a road trip around the American Southwest. Cynthia Carr, the artist’s biographer, describes how the photograph came to be:

David had been there before and he knew exactly where he wanted stage this. “We’re going to dig a hole,” he told her, “and I’m going to lie down.” They began digging without saying word, a hole for his upper body and a bit for his legs. They used their hands. The dirt was loose and dry. He lay down and closed his eyes. Marion put dirt around his face until it was halfway up his cheeks and then stood over him, photographing his half-buried face first with his camera and then with hers.

This image was also licensed for use as the cover art for the soundtrack recording of the 1995 film, Postcards From America.

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit History Keeps Me Awake at Night, on View Through September 30th, 2018 at the Whitney Museum in NYC.




Pink Thing Of The Day: Pink Panther Film Soundtrack By Henry Mancini

Pink Panther Film Soundtrack By Henry Mancini
Photo By Gail

Pink Panther Film Soundtrack Album By Henry Mancini was Photographed in the Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria Queens, New York.


Video Clip of The Week: Saint Etienne, “Dive”

Hey whats up. You may have noticed (or not) that the Video Clip of The Week took a break last Sunday because I was at sea on a leisurely cruise vacation to ports in Canada and New England. I’m back now, and have admittedly been feeling wistful about the end of summer and the return to the soul-sucking day job. Coincidentally, what I love about this clip from ’90s alternative rock darlings Saint Etienne is how much it reminds me of a travel film for the exact type of holiday I just enjoyed. Because, Lighthouses.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the video, director Esther Johnson said:

“Dive” is such a summery song, and when I first heard it I was reminded of days at the seaside, with fish & chips and milkshakes. I chose to shoot the video in Scarborough, because many of the locations and features I loved there as a child are still intact: the ice-cream parlours, the funicular railway, the (now derelict) Futurist theatre, the signs. These features also link with another of my loves as a filmmaker: French New Wave cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s. The song’s immediacy and in-the-moment-ness suggested that the video’s story should take place in a single day. The boy visits the girl from across the sea; they spend the day together; they part. The various recurring motifs were inspired partly by my own memories, partly by the New Wave, and partly by the history and iconography of Saint Etienne.”

“Dive” can be found on the band’s most recent album, Home Counties, which came out on Heavenly Recordings in June of this year. Enjoy!

Saint Etienne Dive Cover Artjpg

Video Clip of The Week: The Coathangers, “Captain’s Dead”

This week, we bring you more awesome chick rock with the Video Clip for a song called “Captain’s Dead,” from Atlanta’s The Coathangers. The Coathangers first stormed on the scene over a decade ago, with their power firmly rooted in their ability to craft a crooked hook out of a grimy guitar line, a delightfully crass chorus, or an enticingly ham-fisted drum-and-bass groove. And it seems that they are still doing that!

Coathangers Band

The Coathangers’ mastery of pop cannot be contained, as is evidenced by “Captain’s Dead,” with its sultry verses, triumphant chorus, and a bombastic freak-out of noisy guitar.  Visually, the video is all kinds of crazy fun, and what stands out most for me is the ladies’ great skill in applying eye make up like 1970’s-era Alice Cooper! Check it out and tell me you don’t agree.

“Captain’s Dead” is the first single from the band’s upcoming EP, Parasite (on Suicide Squeeze Records), whose cover art depicts the group as sirens of the sea, an image that aptly captures the EP’s nautical themes! On Parasite, The Coathangers explore the space between their initial unbridled expressionism and their recent nuanced song craft. Says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel of the sequencing of the EP’s five songs, “I’d like to think we take you on a journey through the band’s existence.” Awesome. For vinyl fetishists, Suicide Squeeze is proud to offer Parasite as a one-sided 12” on Sea Green Vinyl, with a b-side etching, in an initial limited pressing of 2000 copies! The EP will also be available digitally worldwide on June 30th, 2017. Enjoy!

Coathangers Parasite

Video Clip of The Week (Christmas Edition): Kissing Party, “Warren City Christmas”

Merry Christmas, and welcome to our Holiday-themed The Video Clip of The Week! Denver-based quintet, Kissing Party‘s brand new video for “Warren City Christmas” is here to get you in the spirit. Imagine Charles Dickens venturing into the Brit Pop genre to create a full album – think melancholia you can dance to. With origins and inspirations from the gray bleakness of Pennsylvania and Ohio in the winter months, Kissing Party serves up boozy ballads about memories in Midwestern basements, jingling and rebellious carols for drunken gutter punks, mini pop symphonies contemplating the overwhelming grayness of the season, and heartbreaks and hangovers. The band’s new album Winter in the Pub (out now via Northern Transmissions) is an ode to December as the month of alt-cheer!

When you’re ready to move past the typical, uninspired cover collections this holiday season, when the awkward nostalgia of being in your hometown starts to sink in, Kissing Party’s Winter in the Pub has got your back. Kissing Party is: Gregg Dolan, Deirdre Sage, Shane Reid, Joe Hansen and Lee Evans. RIYL: The Wedding Present, The Smiths and The Sundays. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Kissing Party CD Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Hugh Myrone, “Clear Eyes Clear Skies”

There is nothing that I do not love about this video for the blistering instrumental “Clear Eyes Clear Skies” by “soft shredder” guitarist Hugh Myrone. “Clear Eyes Clear Skies” appears on the soundtrack to Drift Stage, an arcade racing game that is coming soon to PC/MAC and PS4, and it can also be found on Myrone’s new album, Drift Stage, Vol 1., which is out now. Recommended for fans of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert, you can follow Hugh on Instagram @hughmyrone. Enjoy!

Myrone Drift Stage Cover Art


Video Clip of The Week: Gothic Tropic, “Stronger”

Oh man, how lucky are you? Answer: So lucky. Just look at what I found hiding in a cluster of neglected emails from earlier this summer: it’s this week’s Video Clip, “Stronger” from  LA-based trio Gothic Tropic. Fronted by wildly talented singer/ guitarist Cecilia Della Peruti“Stronger” kicks off in high energy mode with a locomotive drum intro that pays homage to “We Got The Beat, and then keeps you engaged with its walking bass line that you can take to the bank. Not to mention, but you can see that I am about to, Della Peruti’s  Patty Smythe-esque vocals, which are just sublime. Fuckin’ A! This is some good shit, right here.

Visually, “Stornger” eeks out the very last drops of a summer gone too soon with fun scenes of the band rocking out (see below) juxtaposed with a day in the life of Della Perutti working on motorcycles with her pals (yes, I just typed that) before riding off across the Southland on their next adventure. “Stronger” is a fresh take on the inspiring power anthem that could have fit easily into the vibrant late ’70s /early ’80s Southern California punk scene. I do not think there is any higher praise I can give than that.

Gothic Tropic Band

In addition to fronting Gothic Tropic like a boss, Della Peruti has garnered sponsorships with Fender Guitars, and leading pedal manufacturers. She also works professionally as a touring and session player for Charli XCX and BØRNS, among others. Hot Damn! Like Gothic Tropic on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!

Gothic Tropic CD Cover


Video Clip of The Week: Emily Jane White, “Pallid Eyes”

Sometimes, a Sunday morning — especially one that falls over a long, holiday weekend — begs for a gentle segue into wakefulness. It’s been a while since we featured a folk tune here on The Gig, but that was just because we were waiting for the perfect sweet surrender of Emily Jane White’s “Pallid Eyes.” As you will soon hear, it was worth it. This song is haunting for its soundtrack feel and aural similarity to wildly visual story-songs like Bobby Bare’s “In The Hills Of Shiloh,” which my parents used to play for me when I was a child. The classically understated video is all about serving the song, focusing on White’s face and stellar vocal performance, with just subtle background changes that move the action along without disturbing its seductive, rhythmic lull. White explains that the video “depicts a body, estranged from relational dysfunction, which dwells in patterns of isolation and dissociation. Greys and whites, opaque and frozen, express the heavy and numbing debility of this state.”

“Pallid Eyes” can be found on White’s fifth album, They Moved in Shadow All Together. The title is a play on the opening line from Cormac McCarthy’s novel Outer Dark, which hauntingly depicts a group of uncanny travelers descending a hill in the Appalachian mountains. White remembers being struck by the vision of the travelers’ collective movement – fragmented, yet whole – and felt its resonance with her record in progress and its thematic exploration of traumatic events.

White’s new body of work recounts for us the terrain of her empathic inner world. The breadth and depth of her maturing voice are evident. Her layered vocals effect a sense of camaraderie, a space populated with voices, angelic perhaps, definitively ethereal. She studied classical singing while working on this album, which enabled her to broaden her vocal range. Like Emily Jane White on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

Emily Jane White

Video Clip of The Week: Dream the Electric Sleep, “Let the Light Flood In”

Hey we’re back, bitches! Did you miss us? Sure you did. The Video Clip of The Week took a hiatus last Sunday, because we were having the time of our lives vacationing in Europe! But today we have a new music video treat for you: “Let the Light Flood In” courtesy of Lexington, Kentucky-based Dream the Electric Sleep. As you will soon discover, it was worth the wait.

So much lately, we find that “heavy music” has a vibrant pulse, but relies on screaming/growly vocals — which, no — or is just whiny, emo rock masquerading as the real thing — which we can spot a mile away. This is extremely unsatisfactory. Happily, Dream the Electric Sleep combine a spacey, heavy post-rock intensity with ’70s AOR and ’80s darkwave. Win win! The no-frills, black and white performance video tells you all you need to know about a super tight band that no doubt bring it on live. And doesn’t lead vocalist/guitarist Matt Page look just a little bit like a bearded Jim Morrison?

The band’s new album, Beneath The Dark Wide Sky, was recorded with Grammy Award-winning record producer Nick Raskulinecz in Nashville at Rock Falcon Studio, following up two independent releases, Lost and Gone Forever (2011) and Heretics (2014).

Beneath The Dark Wide Sky will be released via Mutiny Records on July 22nd, 2016. Enjoy!

Dream the Electric Sleep Cover Art




Video Clip of the Week: Erik Hassle, “No Words”

My friend Geoffreyturned me on to Swedish Soul Sensation Erik Hassle, whose fun and (appropriately) soulful dance song, “No Words” is this week’s featured Video Clip! “No Words” is maybe the only upbeat pop song I’ve heard where the singer starts out talking about a bummer subject like a funeral, but it turns out he’s going somewhere with it, so pay attention.

As a pair of sassy young ladies jam out in their jammies while making what appears to be an ambitious breakfast in their tiny kitchen (are they roommates or a couple? Either works for me) Erik appears at their dining table, and the ladies aren’t quite sure if they should, you know, stab him with a large kitchen knife, or just ignore an apparent home invasion and continue to groove. Clearly it is bit of a conundrum.

It isn’t long before they are charmed and seduced by Erik’s sweet dance moves, as he boogies into their kitchen and not only destroys their breakfast in-the-making, but also makes quite a mess of the place. Will they be left to clean up the considerable detritus? No doubt.

But they are likely OK with that, because “No Words” is just that kind of compelling and contagious tune about loving who you want while you can. When Erik sings the lyrical hook, “No one knows what tomorrow holds / All we’ve got is here and now,” he makes this relationship song the flip-side of “The Living Years,” and turns deep regret into a celebration of possibility. Because the only thing that matters is what we do with the “Here and Now.” Heavy.

See Erik Hassle on Tour through the end of April if you can (dates below). Enjoy!

04/19 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
04/21 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake, UT
04/23 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
04/24 – Imperial – Vancouver, BC
04/25 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
04/27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
04/29 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/30 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Erik Hassle No Words