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The Joy Divisions Of The World Episode 4

The Joy Divisions Of The World Episode 4

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Solomon Sloan
Solomon Sloan. Does interviews, does press coverage and coverage of everything within the creative spectrum. Has the knack and tenacity to get it all down on paper.

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The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. LA’s Madison Ave.

A rainbow with the length my extensive travel across not just across the states but several countries. Who would have thunk it? The pot of gold happens to be where I began my journey. And then my brain digests some pensiveness only to be on the abrupt receiving end of a 50 lb. face-palm. Oohhhhh the GOLDEN State, NO WONDER! Continue reading →

The Joy Divisions Of The World Episode 3

The Joy Divisions Of The World Episode 3

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Solomon Sloan
Solomon Sloan. Does interviews, does press coverage and coverage of everything within the creative spectrum. Has the knack and tenacity to get it all down on paper.

 

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To the East Coast and back again. Blond Draper tells me about how the West is the Best.

How did Don Draper come to be? The answer? Mad Men Season 4 Ep. 6.

Long and short of it, he managed to let intuition take its course in his post-Korean War blues. Especially if he dropped out of high school to join the army and how he stole a dead man’s identity to finagle his way into the ad-world; it’d take quite a bit of gall to become an Executive Creative Director as well as partner of a hear-say, supposedly phenomenal creative agency on Madison Avenue. And then he goes on to win a Clio, his inaugural merit badge in creative excellence amidst a larger pool of different award circuits in advertising. A very Cinderella-like pursuit would make for a more compelling drama.
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The Joy Divisions Of The World Episode 2

The Joy Divisions Of The World Episode 2

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Solomon Sloan
Solomon Sloan. Does interviews, does press coverage and coverage of everything within the creative spectrum. Has the knack and tenacity to get it all down on paper.

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The FORCE of Creative Director X

It’s a very dark and strange time to be a career creative, especially if you’re in a transient state waiting for that other half of season 5. It’s even more so agonizing that Bryan Cranston won a SAG award for an incomplete season not unlike winning a Clio for a Super Bowl ad that’s essentially a teaser designating it to be ‘an ad for an ad’. And in that state of interminable waiting you’re prompted to meditate to channel that creative ‘force’ to have every creative idea in your head gestate into something that can get you by in this period of limbo. Continue reading →

The Joy Divisions Of The World

The Joy Divisions Of The World

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Solomon Sloan
Solomon Sloan. Does interviews, does press coverage and coverage of everything within the creative spectrum. Has the knack and tenacity to get it all down on paper.

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Court Crandall’s Compton

You’re basking in the phantasm of the Breaking Bad mid-season finale. You’re also contemplating whatever comes about in the last eight episodes. Walter White kicking his “empire-business” to the curb, coupled with his DEA agent brother-in-law finally finding out about Walt’s exploits, will conjure up a very cataclysmic finale. Will Walt die? Will Hank die? Will Jesse take on the empire-business or will he turn against Walt for the altruism he’s been trying to claw at? Or would Breaking Bad expand to a feature film? Continue reading →

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW

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Michael Okum
Michael Okum is an L.A. based filmmaker and visual artist. His next project, a featurehorror-thriller titled "Expressway to Your Skull" is currently in development. Michael enjoys the music of the Melvins and Les Baxter...

Film Review
Beyond the Black Rainbow is the uncompromised vision of first-time director, Panos Cosmatos. Like the bastard child of a 3-way between Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker and Solaris, with bits of other vaguely familiar elements from other favorite cult films, like (Blade Runner, THX-1138) peppered in, the film firmly establishes itself as a retro-futuristic curiosity for psychedelic head trip fans everywhere. Continue reading →

Kill List

Kill List

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Michael Okum
Michael Okum is an L.A. based filmmaker and visual artist. His next project, a featurehorror-thriller titled "Expressway to Your Skull" is currently in development. Michael enjoys the music of the Melvins and Les Baxter...

Film Review
In viewing Kill List recently I couldn’t help but have high expectations going in. After seeing the snazzy trailer, and being subjected to a bit of the hype machine that is currently surrounding it I thought I was in for a real rare bird – a film that somehow transcended the pitfalls of genre-bending and muddled narrative. But despite what you might hear from many other sources, this one does not live up to the hype. I found fleeting glimpses of quality throughout this murky, slowly paced misfire. Continue reading →

The 27th Santa Barbara Int’l Film Fest

The 27th Santa Barbara Int’l Film Fest

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Michael Okum
Michael Okum is an L.A. based filmmaker and visual artist. His next project, a featurehorror-thriller titled "Expressway to Your Skull" is currently in development. Michael enjoys the music of the Melvins and Les Baxter...

An Insider’s Guide to the SBIFF 2012 Sponsored by UGG Australia)
“The Arlington Theater is one of the most beautiful movie theaters in the entire world”. This statement was uttered, not only from the mouth of one of the guest moderators at the Virtuosos Awards Event, but from audience members and festival volunteers alike. The Arlington Theater is nothing short of breathtaking – quite simply a film lover’s dream come true and the main hub of events for the annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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Op-Ed: To Bury Caesar, Not To Praise Him

Op-Ed: To Bury Caesar, Not To Praise Him

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Leon Fitzpatrick
Australian born, Leon spent a pinball upbringing in places such as Switzerland, Rhode Island and Los Angeles. He studied Industrial Design on the mean streets of Detroit and cut his teeth as a professional at Motorola in Chicago, where he attempted to make design a bit more sustainable. Following Motorola Leon worked with clients such as Microsoft, XBox, Dell, Nike, Artemide and Steelcase while at MINIMAL, a small but highly influential design firm in Chicago, and since then has relocated to Australia to pursue an interdisciplinary, international and crucially independent career.

On August 8th 2011, Ray Anderson, ‘radical industrialist’ and chairman and founder of Interface Inc. passed away without the world noticing. Barely two months later, the death of Steve Jobs became an inescapable subject of discussion. Canonized by the mass media, Jobs is referenced as the doyen of visionary leadership and Apple products as the utmost examples of purity and perfection. In truth, Jobs’ legacy represents everything that’s wrong with design, manufacturing, and the global economy. Like the soap in Fight Club, our ignorance is being sold back to us; reconstituted hyperbole elaborately packaged under the auspices of good design. Continue reading →

Mario & Vidis

Mario & Vidis

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Rick Heffernan
Rick Heffernan left an Irish design school and moved to a pre-EU Vilnius, Lithuania on the sole basis of running the Baltic's best underground night club. Ever since then he has never looked back and worked full time in all aspects of the music industry including record deals with boutique labels to outdoor Eastern European raves that amassed 30,000 people. Rick learned the ropes of the music industry from Paul Murphy, 80´s London jazz DJ pioneer, many moons ago and worked with such artists as: Grace Jones, Orbital, Nightmares on Wax, et al. Soon after he took on a 3-year management contract with original Studio 54 DJ legend, Nicky Siano. Thus far Rick lived in San Francisco, Vilnius, Helsinki and flew extensively to most corners of the planet, before anchoring himself in Barcelona’s music industry. He now calls the Catalan capital of Barcelona, more specifically the Gracia District, his home.

Interview with DJ Vidis
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The Dance music aficionado, DJ Vidis created a unique partnership in the sphere of the burgeoning Lithuanian dance music scene.  He teamed up with seasoned producer, Mario Basanov in 2007 to form what is cited as a highly influential production duo whose delivery is a fresh approach to electronic music and the art of video making, with a distantly Baltic vibe.  After dropping their debut album, Changed, to critical acclaim across the blogosphere, EM takes some time out to chat with Vidis about their current and upcoming projects. Continue reading →

MELANCHOLIA – Film Review

MELANCHOLIA – Film Review

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Michael Okum
Michael Okum is an L.A. based filmmaker and visual artist. His next project, a featurehorror-thriller titled "Expressway to Your Skull" is currently in development. Michael enjoys the music of the Melvins and Les Baxter...

MELANCHOLIA, Lars Von Trier’s new film, is a complex work from a controversial director with a lot on his mind. It’s a genre-bending, allegorical narrative about the end of the world rooted in melodrama and shrouded in mystery at every turn.

If you are familiar with Von Trier’s past work and especially his major works like Dogville, Antichrist and Breaking the Waves you already know that with each successive film he intends to provoke some sort of extreme reaction from the viewer and Melancholia is no exception. If you are new to Von Trier this film may be one of his most accessible. It’s certainly is one of the most visually ravishing and multi-layered of his career. Continue reading →

Philippine Hip Hop’s Golden Age?

Philippine Hip Hop’s Golden Age?

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Mark Villegas
Mark Villegas is a 90's era b-boy whose windmills include feet slamming on ground. He is also a Culture and Theory graduate student at the University of California at Irvine. When not reading poorly written theory texts or uprocking, he shoots guerilla-style documentary films highlighting Filipino and Filipino American popular culture. You can check him out at Hip Hop Lives: http://filamfunk.blogspot.com/

Communion

“I’m a-I’m a Filipino til I die, til I die,” the “bad” voice repeats as Genius Ears of Paro Paro Beats steps away from the controls and stomps hard at the front of the stage. He dangles his arms and head at the lull of the beat and flexes his neck at the snare in a krump gesture. Children unclasp tiny grips on mothers to commence dance floor bouncing. Continue reading →

Between Revolution and the Spirit

Between Revolution and the Spirit

Interview with Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
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The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo can best be described as musical godfathers of the West African nation of Benin, where successive generations of musicians have been inspired by the sounds of funk and vodoun (voodoo) music which first emerged from the homes of young men living in 1960s Cotonou, the economic capital of the country. Continue reading →

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Impossible Story

One day in 2004 I sat in the auditorium of the Walter B. Ford building at Detroit’s College For Creative Studies watching a video on the electronic waste epidemic in China. Presented to students by the college’s Dean, Imre Molnar, the video showed the horrific results of our disposable culture; mounds of computers, cell phones and appliances of all kinds being dumped in villages and fields under the auspices of ‘recycling’. As the video ended, Imre proposed that the environmental and human costs of consumption and obsolescence were responsibilities of the industrial designer to mitigate. Continue reading →

via Leon Fitzpatrick, 18 April 2013 3:47am | 

Foxygen and UMO


And openers Gothic Tropic and Wampire check their ponytails
The Echoplex, LA
03/15/13

What better way to wash-off post-Valentine’s Day amorous filth than to lose my head in an up-tempo Unknown Mortal Orchestra show with my photographer? Little did I know, I’d be going to a place rife with couples engaging in their post-faux-engagement honeymoon, I was too excited to give into a jealous-rage that would prompt me to vomit out solitude fatigue. Ugh, I’m such a loser… Continue reading →

via Solomon Sloan, 20 February 2013 1:10pm | 

Check Yo Ponytail 2: Unknown Mortal Orchestra & Foxygen


Foxygen & UMO will bring the psych-indie-rock equation to LA
The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
02/15/13

Unknown Mortal Orchestra had recently signed onto the Jagjaguwar label and are currently tag-teaming with new labelmates, Foxygen. By jumping onto Jagjaguwar, they’ve coupled their induction with a forthcoming release of their sophomore album, II, due out in a few months. Along with Foxygen, they’ll tour the country before they jet over to Europe to spread the gospel of psychedelic indie-rock influx that has come as a relatively new development within the past few years when the “thing” can be designated to have cycled back “in” in conjunction with electronic production to complement wandering melodies. Continue reading →

via Solomon Sloan, 12 February 2013 11:53pm | 

Backbeat: The Birth Of The Beatles

Hamburg, hookers, uppers and punk rock meet the Beatles
Ahmanson Theatre LA, CA
2/30/2013

Before they were four, there was five. And before that kerfuffle with Yoko that dismantled the band, are you keen with the fact that it happened before? And before she ground the Fab-Four to a halt, were you aware that a girl by the name of Astrid broke them up first when they known spiritually as the Fab-Five? Continue reading →

via Solomon Sloan, 4 February 2013 5:24pm | 

CMJ Day 5: Chopped and Screwed

Various Venues – NYC
Live Review: 10/20/12

11 PM – Cameo Gallery
12:30 AM – 92y Tribeca
2:30 AM – Arelene’s Groceries

Above the stage at the Cameo Gallery is a sweeping fixture. A cluster of white strips dangle from the ceiling, refracting light and color from the LED system. The artist can control the pace of the colors from the floor.

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via Shibi Murali, 25 October 2012 6:59pm | 

CMJ 2012 Day 4: Where have all the flowers gone?

Rockwood Music Hall – NYC
Live Review: 10/19/12

11:45 PM —  After three days of coverage, and a barrage of endlessly motley acts, cursing, screaming, rap nonsense, CMJ 2012 coverage was starting to give Emily and I a music hangover.

Throughout the course of the night at Rockwood Music Hall, what was a night of dazzling technical guitar work, powerfully soulful vocals and overall highly musically talented artists, was sometimes marred by unnecessary comparisons to the previous night night at S.O.B.’s.

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via Shibi Murali, 25 October 2012 6:58pm |