Apr 182024
 

Orbital- The Box

This song is from Orbital’s 1996 album, In Sides. They are currently on tour and playing Coachella on Saturday, 4/20/24.

The stop-motion video above, starring Tilda Swinton, was directed by Jes Benstock and Luke Losey. Benstock did an interview with 909originals for the 25th anniversary of its release in 2021.

 

 

Apr 152024
 

feeble little horse- Tin Man

This song is from feeble little horse’s 2023 album, Girl with Fish.

The band is opening for bar italia at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, 4/18/24. They are also playing Coachella this Sunday.

 

Apr 012024
 

Sofia Bolt- Go Away

This single is from Sofia Bolt’s upcoming album, Vendredi Minuit, which will release on 5/10/24.

She is currently on tour and will be playing with Lætitia Sadier at Zebulon in Los Angeles on 4/4/24.

Mar 252024
 

Mary Timony- The Guest

This song is from Mary Timony’s 2024 solo album, Untame the Tiger. Timony, (who was also part of ’90s band Helium, and currently Ex Hex) wrote the album during a time which saw the end of her long term relationship and the death of her parents.  She talks about the experience here.

The video is directed by Brett Vapnek, who also directed Timony in her short 2000 film, Dream Machine.

Timony is playing at Lodge Room in Los Angeles on Thursday, 3/28/24, with Rosali.

Mar 202024
 

Akron Soul Train supports local artists through a residency program, exhibitions, and a shop in the front of the gallery which sells their work. Currently the gallery is showing work by Matthew Kurtz (work seen above) and Thomas Smith (work pictured below). Both artists are approaching the environment in different and interesting ways. Several of Kurz’s video pieces are focused on his upcoming performance for the solar eclipse. His photographs, for which he’s created additions to scenes he finds, are charming- as is his sculpture- a piano that moves his natural additions when played.

From the gallery-

Performance artist Matthew B. Kurtz presents Drumroll for a Total Eclipse: A Preliminary Exhibition, a prelude to his upcoming live performance with this year’s solar eclipse. Kurtz’s work fuses place, nature, sound, rhythm, and movement to question the mystery of existence. With humor, curiosity, and in tandem with his surroundings, Drumroll explores the process of trying to understand wonder.

For his upcoming performance on April 8, 2024, Kurtz will invite an audience to celebrate the total eclipse. Collaborating with the cosmos, he will perform a drumroll before “totality” passes over Northeast Ohio and creates the natural phenomenon known as “the blackout.”

“When I engage with a site for an art piece, I consider its history, recontextualize its objects, and insert my identity through intuitive gestures. I was raised to believe that humans are supposed to connect the lines between their innate feelings and the unknown. Making art is [my] attempt to reclaim this existential directive. These experiences are documented so outside viewers can participate in my examination of ambiguities, systems, and the sublime.” — Matthew B. Kurtz

Kurtz is also a musician. Check out his Instagram and Bandcamp to listen to his 2021 album 107.

For Thomas Smith’s sculptures he creates natural environments within man-made structures and uses the results as a commentary on the growth and sustainability of suburban development.

From the gallery-

In SUBARIUM II reprise, Thomas Smith combines materials from big box stores with contained terrariums to generate a sense of security and quality. However, upon second look, the viewer may see past the façade of what may look safe to what is substandard. Perhaps it is even denying growth and positive change. Smith’s sculptures dare to ask questions about survival, public image, and the landscape of today.

“Akin to an ecosystem enclosed in a terrarium, my sculptures depict a vibrant but, ultimately, unsustainable artificial environment. As plants within the terrarium grow, competition for space intensifies, turning the once-comfortable space into a struggle for survival. The metaphor extends to suburban America, where curated living conditions prioritize aesthetics over functionality, reflecting an impermanent American Dream.”

— Thomas Smith

 

Both of these exhibitions close 3/23/24.​

Mar 202024
 

Being Dead- Daydream

Every month I listen to the majority of bands/singers/musicians/artists who are playing in Los Angeles and select some for a monthly playlist. It includes a variety of genres and usually newer work by the artist.

The song above is from Being Dead’s 2023 album, When Horses Would Run.

Below is the playlist for February 2024.

Mar 112024
 

The Fourth Wall- Never A Part

Portland band The Fourth Wall released this single in 2023 which will be on their upcoming album RETURN FOREVER, releasing 3/15.

They are currently on tour and will be opening for Typhoon on Saturday, 3/16/24, at Echoplex in Los Angeles.