SacSix is a Miami born artist now living in NYC. His #SidewalksAndIcons street art series explores pop culture icons, past and present, and their relationship with the streets of New York. This image of the late Amy Winehouse as an enhaloed Statue of Liberty was spotted on a boiler truck parked on Avenue B, across the street from Tompkins Square Park. Get a detailed look at the piece in the photo below.
In the mid-1970s, after skewering American political, social and cultural; mores with his work, Peter Saul (b. 1934) took aim at the art world. Saul executed a number of parody responses to Willem de Kooning’s Woman and Bicycle (1952-53, shown below). Here, Saul’s Woman With Bicycle (1976) spoofs de Kooning’s contorted female figure with distortions of his own, rendering the face as a grotesque cartoon and crowding the composition with lurid Day-Glo forms that both draw upon and satirize Surrealist and Pop styles. At once homage and attack, this painting challenges art history, even while claiming Saul’s place within it.
Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Peter Saul, de Kooning’s Woman With Bicycle
There might not be a more ingeniously clever way for a new band to get their song noticed than to name that song after one of the arguably best/most popular bands on the planet right now. Of course, I’m talking about Tame Impala (AKA Tim & Paula). Being all awash in fuzz guitars and psychedelic feedback, the Sunflower Bean tune “Tame Impala” serves as an emphatic homage to Kevin Parker’s Australian hypno-groove project, whether or not it actually has anything to do with that band. Like I’m saying, what a great marketing ploy!
This video might be best experienced if you still have an acid hangover from last night, but even if you’re stone cold sober you are going to appreciate whoever had the idea to drip what looks like a hot vanilla pudding over a shelf full of sports trophies, after raiding the inventory of prism tape wallpaper from the local art supply store. Strobe lights, mid-1970s Black Light Posters and a Plasma Sphere all purchased from Spencer’s Gifts at the local Mall complete the scene. I could watch this video all day!
Lead vocals on “Tame Impala” are shared alternately by guitarist Nick Kivlen who maintains the mellow, head-trippy vibe and bassist Julia Cumming, who adds her own punk (read: eardrum excoriating) edge. We also appreciate how the song takes off on a Black Sabbath-inspired Stoner Rock sojourn around the 2:26 mark. Heavy. And please note that drummer Jacob Faber bears a striking resemblance to a young Neil Peart! Ah, there is just so much to like about this young (teenage, even), Brooklyn based rock trio!
No word on a new /upcoming album just yet, but you can be their fan on FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!
Ram, Paul McCartney’s first post-Beatles solo album, is a record to which time has been very kind. Released in 1971, Ram contained the #1 hit “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey” and the enduring “Too Many People” as well as FM radio staples like “Long Haired Lady” and the sublime “Ram On.” Actually, even if you don’t own a copy of Ram, if you spent any time listening to radio in the seventies, you probably know every song on the album. While Ram was not critically well received upon its release, fortunately, with the majority of its songs being either good or very, very good, the album sold 2 million copies – and not just because McCartney was in the fucking Beatles. Ram isn’t as epic as George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, but it is not an album that anyone is going to give you shit for owning. Forty years after its original release date, Ram is bulletproof.
Songs from the Ram album were recently covered in their entirety by Portland-based multi-instrumentalist Dave Depper, who’s built a successful career recording and touring with other people’s bands. Never having recorded any of his own, original music, Depper was experiencing a kind of musician’s “Dark Night of the Soul,” I suppose you could call it, when he decided to take on the ambitious project of re-recording Ram, all by himself at his home studio. The Ram Project was completed in just 31 days, and the result is simply amazing. Depper’s interpretations sound like what McCartney’s demos might have sounded like if he recorded the album today. Tribute albums went out of vogue a decade ago, but when you are covering material this solid, and the process has so much invested heart, it’s hard to make a mistake.
All twelve original songs from Ram are given loving homage on The Ram Project and there is not a misstep in the bunch. Depper’s versions stay faithful to the original arrangements and even distinctive flourishes such as Linda McCartney’s backing vocals, which are contributed here by Joan Hiller, and signature instruments like the Ukulele on “Ram On” and the comically menacing piano on “Monkberry Moon Delight” are included. The album was mixed as true to the original as possible by Beau Raymond (Devendra Banhart, Little Joy, Laura Gibson) and expertly mastered by Tony Lash (Elliott Smith, Death Cab for Cutie, Dandy Warhols). As it says in Depper’s bio, “The Ram Project is almost eerie in its resemblance to Ram itself.” I think it serves as a fresh companion piece to the original album. Mostly, it just feels really good to rediscover these songs. Highly recommended.
Track listing for The Ram Project is as follows:
1. “Too Many People”
2. “3 Legs”
3. “Ram On”
4. “Dear Boy”
5. “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”
6. “Smile Away”
7. “Heart of the Country”
8. “Monkberry Moon Delight”
9. “Eat at Home”
10. “Long Haired Lady”
11. “Ram On (Reprise)”
12. “The Back Seat of My Car”
Dave Depper’s The Ram Project is available for purchase from Amazon.com at This Link.
Shouldn’t that guy be covering his tits, or something?
Please compare the cover of Roxy Music’s amazing 1974 album, Country Life, with this promo photo of Hollywood-based electronic Duo, The Valentines, and tell me you don’t see a similarity. While The Valentines get some serious bonus points for visual aesthetics, their music, unfortunately, kind of sucks.