This photograph of artist David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992) 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!