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Astronaut Paste Up By Poet

Astronaut By Poet Photo By Gail Worley
All Photos By Gail

If you travel all the way to the back end of Freeman Alley (right by the city’s most secret restaurant) you may still be able to find this Astronaut floating amid a constellation of stickers, stencils and paste ups, accompanied by the phrase “Fly me to the moon!” spray painted in vibrant pink. How delightful. The artist, Poet (#poetwastaken on Instagram) offers that, “the astronaut is both an ode to Ol’ Blue Eyes‘ lyric of love, yet a modern nod to the Coachella Moon Man.” “After all,” he concludes, ” love is out of this world!” Amen to that!

Astronaut By Poet Photo By Gail Worley

 

Lyrics of The Day: Jethro Tull’s “Hymn 43”

Jesus Saves Neon Cross
Photo By Gail

Oh father high in heaven — smile down upon your son
whose busy with his money games — his women and his gun.
Oh Jesus save me!

And the unsung Western hero killed an Indian or three
and made his name in Hollywood
to set the white man free.
Oh Jesus save me!

If Jesus saves — well, He’d better save Himself
from the gory glory seekers who use His name in death.
Oh Jesus save me!

I saw him in the city and on the mountains of the moon —
His cross was rather bloody —
He could hardly roll His stone.
Oh Jesus save me!

Friedrich Kunath: The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts)

I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was hoping it Was a Lie
I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was Hoping it Was a Lie By Friedrich Kunath (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

There’s a lot going on to both look at and think about in The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts)Friedrich Kunath’s fourth solo exhibit now up at the Andrea Rosen Gallery – in that the exhibit is made up of three distinct series of works.

Meloncholy Towers
Meloncholy Towers

In the foyer of the gallery and continuing in the large main space you can see a series of Cat Habitats, adorned with watermelon wedges and other fresh fruits in various states of consumption, all entitled Meloncholy Tower. Melon, Tower, that has to be some kind of a pun, right? And do cats even eat watermelon? Discuss.

Meloncholy Tower 4
Detail from Meloncholy Tower #4
The Inside Of The Outside Of A Dream (Kangaroo)
The Inside Of The Outside Of A Dream (Kangaroo) and Detail, Below

The Inside Of The Outside Of A Dream (Kangaroo)

Elsewhere, Kunath presents a series of emotionally evocative paintings that are what I’d call “Dreamscapes” — juxtaposing bucolic landscape images with a dreamlike scene overlapping or placed within the larger picture, creating a “Daydream Versus Reality” vibe.

I Dreamed It Was A Dream That You Were Gone
I Dreamed It Was A Dream That You Were Gone

I am not usually a sentimental person when it comes to relationships, but this one killed me.

I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was hoping it Was a Lie
I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was hoping it Was a Lie (Skull)

Spreading across the rear wall of the main gallery and continuing into the next room is a multi-panel Rainbow Flag-style series of paintings where each canvas features one small object (ranging from a frog to a candle or a single daisy). This series is entitled I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was Hoping it Was a Lie, which is a lyric from Neil Young’s profoundly melancholy (Meloncholy) song, “After the Goldrush.” So, there’s that.

The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts) by Friedrich Kunath will be on Exhibit through April 26th, 2014 at Andrea Rosen Gallery, Located at 525 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Lyrics of The Day: “Elvis Is Everywhere” By Mojo Nixon

Elvis at Stonehenge
Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E’s
Inside of you and me

Elvis is everywhere, man!
He’s in everything.
He’s in everybody…

Elvis is in your jeans.
He’s in your cheesburgers
Elvis is in Nutty Buddies!
Elvis is in your mom!

He’s in everybody.
He’s in the young, the old,
the fat, the skinny,
the white, the black
the brown and the blue
people got Elvis in ’em too

Elvis is in everybody out there.
Everybody’s got Elvis in them!
Everybody except one person that is…
Yeah, one person!
The evil opposite of Elvis.
The Anti-Elvis

Anti-Elvis got no Elvis in ’em,
lemme tell ya.

Michael J. Fox has no Elvis in him.

And Elvis is in Joan Rivers
but he’s trying to get out, man!
He’s trying to get out!
Listen up Joanie Baby!

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E’s
Inside of you and me

Man, there’s a lot of unexplained phenomenon
out there in the world.
Lot of things people say
What the heck’s going on?

Let me tell ya!

Who built the pyramids?
ELVIS!
Who built Stonehenge?
ELVIS!

Yeah, man you see guys
walking down the street
pushing shopping carts
and you think they’re talking to allah,
they’re talking to themself.
Man, no they’re talking to ELVIS!
ELVIS! ELVIS!

You know whats going on in that Bermuda Triangle?
Down in the Bermuda Traingle
Elvis needs boats.
Elvis needs boats.
Elvis Elvis Elvis
Elvis Elvis Elvis
Elvis needs boats.

Aahh! The Sailing Elvis!
Captain Elvis!
Commodore Elvis it is.

Yeah man, you know people from outer space,
people from outer space they come up to me.
They don’t look like like Doctor Spock.
They don’t look like Klingons,
all that Star Trek jive.

They look like Elvis.
ELVIS!
Everybody in outer space looks like Elvis.
Cause Elvis is a perfect being.
We are all moving in perfect peace and harmony towards Elvisness

Soon all will become Elvis.
Everything everywhere will be Elvis.
Why do you think they call it evolution anyway?
It’s really Elvislution!
Elvislution!

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E’s
Inside of you and me

That’s right ladies and gentlemen,
The time has come!
Time has come to talk
To that little bit of Elvis inside of you.

Talk to it!
Call it up!
Say “Elvis, heal me!”
“Save me, Elvis!”
“Make me be born again
in the perfect Elvis light”

That’s right!
You’ve got that Elvis inside of ya
and he’s talkin to ya
He says he wants you to sing!
Everybody’s got to sing like the king!

Like the king
Get that leg going now
Get your lip too.
Not no fool Billy Idol lip either
Everybody!
Yeah, we’re rockin now!

Elvis is with us.
He’s with us and he’s speaking to us.
He says “Peoples!”
“Peoples!”
“Everybody!”
“Everybody got to sing!”

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E’s
Inside of you and me

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E’s
Inside of you and me

Elvis!

Lyrics of The Day: Elton John, “Better Off Dead”

Elton John Better Off Dead Single Cover Art

There was a face on a hoarding that someone had drawn on
And just enough time for the night to pass by without warning
Away in the distance there’s a blue flashing light
Someone’s in trouble somewhere tonight

As the flickering neon stands ready to fuse
The wind blows away all of yesterday’s news

Well they’ve locked up their daughters and they battened the hatches
They always could find us but they never could catch us
Through the grease streaked windows of an all night cafe
We watched the arrested get taken away

And that cigarette haze has ecology beat
As the whores and the drunks filed in from the street

‘Cause the steam’s in the boiler, the coal’s in the fire
If you ask how I am then I’ll just say inspired
If the thorn of a rose is the thorn in your side
Then you’re better off dead if you haven’t yet died

Better off dead, Better off dead
Better off dead, Better off dead
Better off dead, Better off dead
Better off dead, Better off dead
Better off dead!

Bacon Thing of The Day: Bacon Song Lyrics

Don't Go Bacon My Heart

Thanks to Ida Langsam for the Image!

Lyrics of The Day: Peter Gabriel’s “Here Comes The Flood”


“Or Not”

When the night shows
The signals grow on radios
All the strange things
They come and go, as early warnings
Stranded starfish have no place to hide
Still waiting for the swollen Easter tide
There’s no point in direction we cannot
Even choose a side.

I took the old track
The hollow shoulder, across the waters
On the tall cliffs
They were getting older, sons and daughters
The jaded underworld was riding high
Waves of steel hurled metal at the sky
And as the nail sunk in the cloud, the rain
Was warm and soaked the crowd.

Lord, here comes the flood
We’ll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
And any still alive
It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls
In the thunder crash
You’re a thousand minds, within a flash
Don’t be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there’s only you and me
And if we break before the dawn, they’ll
Use up what we used to be.

Lord, here comes the flood
We’ll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
And any still alive
It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

Smoke On The Water: Fire In The Sky


Rare Photo of the Casino Burning Courtesy of Montreux Music Dot Com Juxtaposed With a Shot of 1,721 Guitarists All Playing “Smoke on the Water” In Unison

On This Date, December 3rd in 1971: During a concert by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention at a casino in Montreux, Switzerland, a fire started after an audience member shot a flare gun at the ceiling. The building burned down but there were no fatalities. Deep Purple were in Montreux at the time to record their album Machine Head and watched the fire burn from their hotel window. At their recording sessions, the band immortalized the incident in their song “Smoke on the Water,” which was released as a single the following year and became a huge hit. Zappa, who is mentioned in the lyrics, lost all his equipment in the fire.

Smoke_on_the_Water

Lyrics of The Day: Bauhaus, "Bela Lugosi’s Dead"


“Ohhhh, Bel-ah, Bela’s Undead…”

White on white translucent black capes
Back on the rack
Bela Lugosi’s dead

The bats have left the bell tower
The victims have been bled
Red velvet lines the black box
Bela Lugosi’s dead

Undead undead undead

The virginal brides file past his tomb
Strewn with time’s dead flowers
Bereft in deathly bloom
Alone in a darkened room
The count
Bela Logosi’s dead

Undead undead undead

Lyrics Of The Day: “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” By Genesis

Lamb Lies Down

And the lamb lies down on Broadway

Early morning Manhattan
Ocean winds blow on the land
The Movie-Palace is now undone
The all-night watchmen have had their fun
Sleeping cheaply on the midnight show
It’s the same old ending, time to go
Get out!

It seems they cannot leave their dream
There’s something moving in the sidewalk steam
And the lamb lies down on Broadway

Nightime flyers feel their pains
Drugstore takes down the chains
Metal motion comes in bursts
but the gas station can quench that thirst
Suspension cracked on unmade road
The truckers eyes read Overload

And out on the subway
Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid
Exits into daylight, spraygun hid
And the lamb lies down on Broadway

The lamb seems right out of place
Yet the Broadway street scene finds a focus in its face
Somehow its lying there
Brings a stillness to the air
Though man-made light, at night is very bright
There’s no whitewash victim
As the neon dims, to the coat of white

Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid
Wipes his gun, he’s forgotten what he did
And the lamb lies down on Broadway

Suzanne tired her work all done
Thinks money-honey-be on-neon
Cabman’s velvet glove sounds the horn
And the sawdust king spits out his scorn
Wonder women draw your blind!
Don’t look at me! I’m not your kind
I’m Rael!

Something inside me has just begun

Lord knows what I have done

And the lamb lies down on Broadway

On Broadway
They say the lights are always bright on Broadway
They say there’s always magic in the air