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Video Clip of The Week: Islands, “No Milk, No Sugar”

If a band records two different-sounding albums simultaneously, for impending back-to-back release, does that make them an exceptionally ambitious band? I think so. And that is the case with the band Islands, who have two brand new records due out any day now:  Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea?, which  both have really catchy titles!

Visually, “No Milk, No Sugar” is a non-stop party. The video was directed by Nick Thorburn, who, based on the number of times he is name-checked in the accompanying press release, is a guy you should already know, if you think you are hip or cool, or whatever it is the kids are saying these days. According to Thorburn, the song “deals with a kind of ordinary, domiciliary malaise — the idea that you’d get so fucked up you wouldn’t know you hadn’t left the house (“we got so thrown/we felt lost at home”)  — so it seemed appropriate to set the video in a kitchen”  (and in my personal experience, some of my best times at parties occurred in the kitchen, so there you go). There are also supposedly a bunch of” Famous People” in the video, so, see if you can spot them! Aurally, I especially love the synth riff’s homage to Rod Stewart’s massive, late ’70s hit, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and the insistent, percolating beat that practically commands you to hit the dance floor like the demon of rhythmic movement that you are!

Taste (from which this song is culled) and Should I Remain Here At Sea? will both be released on vinyl, digitally and limited edition cassette, via Manqué Music on May 13th, 2016. Pre-order now at The Band’s Pledge Music Page and receive some Free Goodies! Enjoy!

Islands Video Still

New Works By Kim Joon Featured in Sundaram Tagore’s Natural Selection

Kim Joon Island Alligator
Kim Joon, Island Alligator (All Photos By Gail)

Korean artist Kim Joon has shifted his artistic direction dramatically since last year’s exhibit at Sundaram Tagore, Blue Jean Blues, in which he explored Pop Culture themes of Iconic Films and Classic Rock Bands in sculptures executed on fine porcelain, and pristine photographic renderings of those sculptures.

Kim Joon Island Aligator Detail
Island Aligator Detail

In his latest series, Island, Joon uses the computer software 3D Studio Max to create gorgeous digital prints that explore the volatile relationship between humanity and nature. This dramatic shift in focus of subject matter was spurred by two recent events in Joon’s life: witnessing the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which happened close to his home, and a visit to the volcanic island of Jeju, considered one of the most beautiful and mystical islands in Korea.

Kim Joon Island Snake
Island Snake

Kim Joon Island Snake
Island Snake Detail

For this artist, the juxtaposition of these two experiences provoked an examination of the relationship between nature and humanity and the paradox of the fragility and strength of life. Joon’s stunningly rendered images depict a series of islands seemingly created from fragmented human bodies mapped by exotic animal skins, poised to unfurl as they rise from the ocean. According to Joon, the bodies raise the question of whether damaged lives can be repaired if humanity tries to create harmony with nature.

Kim Joon Island Shell
Island Shell

Kim Joon Island Shell Detail
Island Shell Detail

Natural Selection is an exhibition that brings together the work of four radically different artists who share a deep-rooted connection to the natural world. Other artists whose work is represented in this exhibit include Tom Doyle, Hiroshi Senju and Ricardo Mazal.

Natural Selection Featuring New Works By Kim Joon will be on Exhibit Through December 21st, 2013, at Sundaram Tagore Gallery,Located at 547 West 27th Street (street level) in the Chelsea Gallery District, NY.

Natural Selection Signage

Kim Joon Island Mackeral
Island Mackeral and Detail Below

Kim Joon Island Mackeral Detail