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Video Clip of The Week: Deaf Radio, “Anytime”



As we continue to creep as slowly as possible towards the day when Americans will either vote to dodge the world’s biggest bullet and move forward with progress, or just blow up the fucking world, it’s almost comforting to indulge the feelings of impending doom with the seductive, atmospheric dirge that is Deaf Radio’s “Anytime” — a song so good, it almost hurts.

Hailing from Athens, Greece, Deaf Radio (seriously, what a great name) serve up four all-killer-no-filler minutes of lush, woozy minor chord gloom with a tune that’s favorably reminiscent of Bauhaus — all menacing and alluring simultaneously — as well as one of my absolute favorite obscure bands from California, Starflyer 59 (if you are as fond of that band’s 1999 album, Everybody Makes Mistakes as I am, you probably have little stiffy right now). Visually, “Anytime” is a hallucinatory fever dream of enigmatic and captivating random images that tease and taunt. Personally, I want to  know what is up with that sink full of Goldfish“Anytime” is the first single from Deaf Radio’s upcoming album Alarm, which is due this winter, so keep your ears open for that action, because I bet it’s just insane. Like Deaf Radio on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

Deaf Radio Anytime

Video Clip of The Week: Σtella, “Picking Words”



Hey what’s up. It’s Sunday again and time for another fantastic, personally selected by me, Video Clip of the Week. Today we bring you yet another great tune — accompanied by an engaging video — from our friends at Inner Ear Records in Athens, Greece, where the hits just keep on comin’.

This week’s clip comes from Athenian Electro-Pop sensation Σtella (pronounced “Stella”), who takes a slow-burn approach to blowing your mind with her latest single, “Picking Words” (from her self-titled album, which has been out for a few months). “Picking Words” puts an understated spin on the ages-old boy/girl entanglement drama that’s been done to death, and breaths life into the scenario in a way that recalls a Florence & The Machine-meets-Steve Nicks epic mash up. Pay close attention at about the 53 second mark to see Σtella do something borderline obscene with a clutch purse. Enjoy!

Stella Picking Words Still

Corrupted Luxury by b. at Allouche Gallery

Lucy
Lucy By b. (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

I’m a Little late getting this review posted, so unfortunately the already short run of this exhibit (which opened on March 7th) means you only have a few days left to see Corrupted Luxury, a fantastic exhibit by Greek artist b., who is showing for the first time at Allouche Gallery on Spring Street. We love this exhibit!

Installation View

Over the past few years, b. has developed a body of work recognizable by his use of colorful and detailed characters and “sea of objects.” b.’s figures have taken over the urban landscape of the city of Athens. Mermaids, girls with anchor tattoos on their arms, colorful hamburgers and humanlike octopuses constitute the universe of b. and come to life on the walls and broken windows of abandoned houses.

Shit LOL
Shit LOL

b.’s work is inspired by the social and political situations that have encompassed Greece’s landscape over the past few decades. Growing up in such a densely populated urban environment such as Athens has been a determining element in b.’s life and work. The artist views the city as an open studio: a big canvas without limits where his creatures are winking playfully to the viewers and challenge them to discover his world.

SOS
SOS

The new paintings featured in Corrupted Luxury comment on the dead-end lifestyle of humankind, such as overconsumption of earth’s limited resources, social inequality and failure of the economic system. At the same time, they attempt to inspire the real values of life, such as unity, peace and love.

Detail from Party is Here
Detail From Party is Here

When looking from far away at the different works in the exhibition, you may not be able to make out the individual forms and how they interplay with each other, but as you get closer you can see Christmas trees, stuffed animal characters, military tanks, birthday cakes, hamburgers, etc. – anything and everything that people consume or throw away. His paintings introduce this contrast, which his home country faces at the moment, between the superficial and imaginary optimistic reality of its situation, and people’s lifestyle through an imaginary and optimistic world

I Love You
I Love You

Corrupted Luxury by b. will be on Exhibit only until March 21st, 2015 at Allouche Gallery, Located at 115 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012. Hours are Monday-Sunday, 10.30 AM – 7.00 PM.

Video Clip of The Week: My Drunken Haze, “Carol Wait”



Man, does this aural morsel of ’60s psychedelia spiked with a garage rock edge, courtesy of Athens, Greece-based Rock quintet My Drunken Haze, ever bring back some seriously fuzzy memories! This is the kind of music that never gets old for me despite its deep nostalgic pull. The video for “Carol Wait” follows a young girl’s “adventurous” evening spent at a house party that features “vintage aesthetics, sexual liberation, hallucinations, destruction and self-destruction.” You might know it as a night that you can’t quite remember, but will never forget. Face it; we’ve all hand them.

Carol Wait Video Still

“Carol Wait” can be found on the group’s self-titled debut album (out now on the fantastic Inner Ear Records) which the band’s bio calls, “an album starring the character of a woman in search of love, longing, separation and redemption, set against a backdrop of daydreaming, drugs and the hot sand of a summer beach.” All good! Enjoy!

My Drunken Haze Band
My Drunken Haze Band Photo by Dionisis Matiatos

Video Clip of The Week: Baby Guru, “Especially When”



There is so much to love about the video for “Especially When” from retro-rock trio Baby Guru, who come to us from Athens, Greece. If you’re all about a cohesive storyline, I’m not sure what images of a fast girl driving a fast car, a wall of flame and troops in gas masks — interspersed with performance shots of individual band members filtered through 80’s-era kaleidoscope special effects — is supposed to say. But the song is a stone groove of surf rock with discernible time changes and a prog rock keyboard solo that just doesn’t quit. Win Win!

Baby Guru’s third album, Marginalia will be out on Inner Ear Records by the time you read this. Visit their website at This Link for more information on the band! Enjoy!

Baby Guru Marginalia CD Cover

Video Clip of The Week: The Noise Figures, “Out of Your Mind”



Proving once again that you can make a big sound with just drums and guitar, The Noise Figures, a power duo from Athens, Greece, bring a sweet rockin’ groove to today’s Video Clip of The Week. I hear a Sixties-era, San Francisco/Garage Rock vibe is this tune about losing one’s mind, and the band’s label, Inner ear Records, seems to concur. They describe the duo’s music as combining, “deceptively simple chords and patterns with hazy walls of feedback” and “Restless fuzz guitars flirting with old-fashioned garage [rock], but also with contemporary blues, amps with plenty of spring reverb and dirty over-driven vocals.” All that sounds right on to me, and I admit it’s refreshing to read a press release that isn’t all full of bullshitty buzzwords and hype. I also liked this recommendation that, “The Noise Figures is best listened loud and is the ideal soundtrack for escaping the urban boundaries by car.” Agreed!

The Noise Figures sing in English-as-a-second-language-stye English and the Asian subtitles are confusing, but you’ll get the gist of the song after just one listen. Hopefully, you’ll hit repeat a few times. Also, if you live in an area where it is currently very cold, this video features the guys driving around in an RV with lots of images of the beach, the desert and swimming pools, so that might make you feel a bit warmer. Find out more about The Noise Figures, and buy their music, at This Link. Enjoy!

Noise Figures CD Cover

Paul Kasmin Gallery, Saint Clair Cemin's Six

Saint Clair Cemin SIX World as Flow
World As Flow By Saint Clair Cemin

Brazilian Sculptor Saint Clair Cemin has six (of course) of his stunning, large scale outdoor sculptures on exhibit now at one of Paul Kasmin’s two locations in the Chelsea Gallery neighborhood.
Saint Clair Cemin Six And Then I Close My Eyes
And Then I Close My Eyes

Cemin’s sculptures are initially created to be viewed and enjoyed in an outdoor environment. Each one is very beautiful and has unique properties.

St Clair Cemin Epimetheus
Epimetheus

The sculpture above especially has a gorgeous iridescence that probably looks amazing in the sun.

St Clair Cemin Greece
Greece

St Clair Cemin Greece Detail
Greece (Detail)

Saint Clair Cemin: SIX will be on exhibit at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W. 27th Street, New York through October 13, 2012.

Saint Clair Cemin Six Maman
Maman