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Sunday
Mar152015

Jealous God 06

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01. Pre-order exclusively through Mount Analog.
02. Special edition package, limited to 300 copies.

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Jealous God is run by Silent Servant, Regis, and James Ruskin, arguably the three most celebrated, multi-faceted producers in the history of techno, and the output very much reflects that in both quality and diversity. The latest installation is a split 12-inch that has New York-based noise artist Lili Schulder, aka 51717, joining Silent Servant on what might be the label's most disconcerting release yet.

Pre-order from Mount Analog

Sunday
Mar152015

Weekend Viewing: Stop Making Sense

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—01. Directed by Jonathan Demme, 1984.

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Stop Making Sense is arguably one of the the best and most universally acclaimed concert films ever released; the only other options I would personally single out for top honours are Don’t Look Back and The Last Waltz when taking into account the scope and innovation that all these films exhibit. This fresh take on the somewhat worked over concert documentary owes a huge debt to the filmmaking mastery of director Jonathan Demme, but Talking Heads are equally responsible for steering this document, comprised of three separate nights of concerts, to entirely unique and interesting places. The film starts with David Byrne bringing out a boom box, announcing "I've got a tape I wanna play," and then launching into 'Psycho Killer.' Subsequently adding a band member and more set pieces to the stage over the next few songs, it's an entirely individual introduction to one of New Wave’s most distinct acts. Complete with cinematic nods to Dr. Strangelove, Breathless and Japanese Noh theatre, Stop Making Sense even includes some delightful continuity errors that were unavoidable due to performances being edited down from the multi-night takes. Keep your eyes out for Tina Weymouth’s transforming bass guitar and a beach ball that never touches down.

Palm Pictures

Saturday
Mar142015

Sam Falls at Ballroom Marfa

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—01. Video still from Untitled (Now), 2014.

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Considering Marfa's size, there's always an inordinate amount of interesting contemporary creative expression happening in the tiny, out-of-the-way artist’s community made famous by Donald Judd. Ballroom Marfa, founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization and arts space, is currently involved in two such events. The first is an exhibition of new works from the multidisciplinary artist Sam Falls that feature sound, video, sculptural and wall works which address his consistent investigation of time and transformation. Falls states, in relation to the works he’s created, "I was taken by Donald Judd’s outdoor work Untitled (15 Works in Concrete) at the Chinati Foundation, impressed by how fixed and changeless the works appear compared to the landscape and passing time. As a result I have created several works based off of my love for minimal form but replaced its defiance of nature with an integration of the environment and change. It should prove to be an exciting visual experience to see these pieces in a dynamic relationship to Judd’s works.” Alongside the opening of this exhibition, the venue is also co-presenting the Marfa Myths Festival with New York-based label Mexican Summer from March 13th to 15th. In its second year, with the likes of Grouper, Dev Hynes, Steve Gunn and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma on the bill, the festival’s roster is impressive enough to warrant a spur-of-the-moment trip to this high desert art oasis.  

Ballroom Marfa

Saturday
Mar142015

Design Furniture from Italy

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01. Cover.
02. Interior spread.

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Highlighting a broad range of pieces from 1950 to 1980, including the work of Roberto Menghi and Mario Bellini, among others, Design Furniture from Italy is a re-edition of the catalog featured in an exhibition held between November 29th, 1980 and January 25th, 1981 at the Köln Stadt Museum in Germany.

Available from Table of Contents

Friday
Mar132015

Kamau Amu Patton at Callicoon Fine Arts

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Callicoon Fine Arts
49 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002
March 1 – March 29, 2015

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Another artist from the Callicoon Fine Arts roster will appear in the pages of our forthcoming twelfth issue, but the Lower East Side gallery's current show by artist Kamau Amu Patton is also worth bringing to your attention. Personally, I'm looking forward to returning to New York next week, after the intense magazine production schedule, and unwinding my mind by standing in front of glitches, canvases, wires, static, feedback and wall-mounted hardware. I've very recently embraced wiring as an art form. In a world of wifi and wireless, it's amazing how many things still require plugging in. And the desire by many to hide away the tangle of bright cords and power supplies surely says something about our ever-growing collective OCD. At home I've found myself staring at the wires coming from the stereo, snaking behind the television and admiring their unintentional sculptural form. Pretentious, I know. But with this in mind, Patton's first solo show with Callicoon offers another representation of technology as art.

Callicoon Fine Arts

Friday
Mar132015

PF Flyers 1965 Archival Reissues

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01. Natural All American 1965 High Tops.
02. Black All Court 1965 Low Tops.

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There is a steadily growing array of options available for those seeking classic 20th century vintage-inspired sneakers, and PF Flyers are certainly one of the more historically rich companies treading this ground. The release of American-made models for the spring have been hinted at for months, but these high and low top models, made exclusively in Japan from premium canvas, featuring the iconic Posture Foundation insole, are my pick of the premium PF Flyers models that are currently available.  

Available from Superdenim

Thursday
Mar122015

Richard Serra by Alfred Pacquement

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Hardcover
9.5 x 12 inches
296 pages

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I feel like I could share some exciting new Steidl publication almost every week. The German publisher has been having a banner 2015 so far, with books from Cartier-Bresson, Eggleston, Parks, and Teller. While all of these are photo books, this volume is something for fans of the brutal and humungous works (in both size and scope) of Richard Serra. "Instead of retracing Serra's career chronologically, as is usual in the artist's exhibition catalogues, this book comprises eight thematic chapters that do not aim to investigate all of his work. Rather, this organization facilitates a closer examination of the development of specific bodies of work and thereby a fresh understanding of Serra's overall oeuvre. Each chapter is built around the works shown at the QMA Gallery and Alriwaq Doha, as well as 7, installed in MIA Park in Doha in 2011, and East-West/West-East, installed in 2014 at a site chosen by the artist in the Brouq Nature Reserve near Zekreet."

Available from Artbook

Thursday
Mar122015

Bal Amazigh Long-Sleeved T-Shirt

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01. 100% Cotton.
02. Made in Japan.

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Based on what the youth appear to be wearing today, you might be under the impression that C.E and P.A.M. are the only brands producing acid trip inspired T-shirts, but you would be wrong. My favourite of the season is this long-sleeved iteration from Bal, because its wild design looks like it was inspired by Bruce Conner's work. Even though I'm sure it probably wasn't.

Available from Love

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