Okay, this is insane right? Insanely Clever, granted, but, well just insane otherwise. Some creative Ad Exec deserves an award for coming up with this image of a Raid Roach Bait Trap shaped like an Ice Cream Truck with the sign “Sweet Death” hovering over it. That is so awesome. If only the traps were actually shaped like little Ice Cream Trucks. And now I have that Misfits song in my head. You know the one I’m thinking of…
Do you think these guys are fans of Nick Cave? I sure do. There is not much not to love about Psychic Teens dark and lovely tune, “Less” — which is like a greatest hits collection of all of your favorite College Radio-Friendly ’80s band including the aforementioned Mr. Cave. I definitely hear The Misfits, The Cramps and Echo and the Bunnymen, all partying together on top of a bass line borrowed the The Cure’s “A Forrest”, a euphoric wash of minor chord, cascading guitars and…those awesome, growly vocals. Surely the number of nods and winks in this song would leave even the casual listener’s head spinning, but when you’re feeling it, who gives a shit?
“Less” is found on Psychic Teens’ 2013 full-length CD, Come, which was released in August, 1021 via SRA. You should buy it. Even if this song succeeded on no other level, it sure does make you realize what a huge debt Grunge still owes to Punk Rock in its purest form. In a word, “Less” is More. Visit Psychic Teens FaceBook Page at This Link. Enjoy!
Killing Joke, Gang of Four, Bauhaus, Et Al (This Photo by Geoffrey Dicker)
Walking into the Steven Kasher Gallery last night for the opening reception of Rude And Reckless was very much like flashing back to my teenage bedroom, whose walls were plastered floor to ceiling with Punk Rock posters, show flyers, stickers and album cover art until I moved out of my parents house to go to college. Punk Rock – at a time when Punk Rock was really something vital and alive – was everything to me at that time, and I was an avid collector of 7” Punk singles (which I’d pick up by the dozens at Zed Records in Long Beach, California) and punk/new wave badges. A lot of what I collected, and probably still have, seems to have been magically curated into this amazing collection of memorabilia that is sure to delight anyone who has fond memories of the British, New York or LA/Orange County punk scenes in the late ‘70s to early ‘80s. Good times.
Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82 is the first New York exhibition surveying the extraordinary diversity of Punk and Post-Punk graphic design. The exhibition showcases a wide range of American and British artistry, with influences that include the Bauhaus, Futurism, Dadaism, Pop Art, Constructivism and Expressionism. The exhibition features over 200 rare posters, along with fanzines, flyers, clothing, badges and stickers.
Rude and Reckless documents an era that produced a great burst of applied graphic-design creativity, one of the most subversive of the 20th Century. Vivid, violent and frequently acid-tongued, the works in this exhibit represent one of the truly authentic DIY youth culture movements of the Western World. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Punk Rock; both the release of the first Ramones album, and the mythical (and notorious) Anarchy in the UK Tour were seminal punk events in 1976. The exhibition is based on the collection Andrew Krivine, who began collecting in 1977. Curated by Krivine and Steven Kasher, the selection comprises the rarest and finest examples culled from an archive of more than 800 punk/new wave/post-punk posters and ephemera.
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CBGB Bathroom By Justin Lowe (Image Source)
Justin Lowe, an artist known for transforming white-cube interiors into cluttered labyrinths, has recreated the graffiti-covered restroom of the defunct CBGB punk rock club within the stately galleries of Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum. Lowe’s installation, which runs through September 5, 2010 takes over four of the museum’s galleries and features walls papered in Day-Glo collages involving movie stars, vintage book covers and illustrations of insects. The work aims to evoke the Bowery Street venue where punk bands like The Ramones and the Misfits found fame in the 1970s. CBGB closed for good in 2006 and the space is now home to an overpriced but very cool John Varvatos clothing store. Read more about the exhibit at This Link.
I’ll tell you one thing, as gross as CB’s bathrooms were – and the Men’s room was way worse than the Women’s – it was never as horrifying as the Trainspotting-style toilets at the Continental. Man, that place was a hole.
The Wadsworth Atheneum is located at 600 Main Street in the heart of downtown Hartford, CT with easy access from I-84 and I-91.
Thanks to Nick Caruso at The Littlest Winslow For the Tip!