Get a whiff of the group show at Hope Gallery entitled Male Odor Monsters, a collection of experimental comics, distorted illustrations, and psychedelic crayon drawings. Curated by L.A.-based bookstore, Family, and record label, Teenage Teardrops, the show features work from Brian Chippendale, Matthew Thurber (above), C.F., and Carlos Gonzales. (Photo via: Future Shipwreck).
Photographer Todd Selby’s new web-based project, The Selby, showcases photos of people - whom you may or may not recognize - in their homes with their stuff. Scrolling through the site is voyeuristic, compelling, and a refreshing departure from the perfect interiors perpetuated by home magazines.
We thought Yeasayer's All Hour Cymbals CD was the true sleeper of 2007. It's really magnificent. So we were totally in awe of them when they dropped their sonic goodness on us at their FreeYrRadio gig at our Minneapolis store. (More pix here. Donate to The Current.)
Obsessed with every aspect of the 1978 classic Dawn of the Dead, Hannah J. Simpson created a series of mini handknit zombies, a unique homage to the gore-filled, over-the-top film. They're so good it makes you wonder why there aren’t more knitted interpretations of creepy B-movies.
By now, you’ve surely heard how Sir Ben Kingsley makes out with Mary Kate Olsen in The Wackness. Whatever. It’s really the introspective dialogue, mid-90s fashion, and damn good soundtrack that make The Wackness, which follows a just-graduated, college-bound, drug-dealing, hip-hop-loving white boy around summertime 1994 NYC, an obligatory summertime flick.
This Friday and Saturday we're sponsoring Seattle's 2-day music megablast known as the Capitol Hill Block Party. Umpteen bands are playing with big boys like Vampire Weekend (above), Les Savy Fav, Hold Steady, and Chromeo sharing four stages with local acts like U.S.E., Fleet Foxes, Throw Me the Statue, and tons more. It all kicks off at 4 pm today and tickets (sans service charge!) are on sale for $18/per day at each of our 4 Seattle stores. Art lovers bonus: From 2-7pm on Saturday, Greg "Pnut" Galinsky will be at our 4518 University Way NE location painting custom Vans slip-ons. It's first come, first served with a minimum $10 donation that'll be split between the two charities the Block Party is supporting: VERA Seattle and Home Alive.
Listopad is DC's only roving vintage shop/cocktail extravaganza, and this Saturday, July 26, they're taking over Red Onion Records and Books (1901 18th St. NW) for their Summer Sidewalk Party from 12-4pm. Expect carefully edited vintage from the ladies behind the Listopad shop, 10% off all Red Onion's offerings, and music by DJ Baby Donut. Check out Listopad's blog for previews of the goods, and get there early - you wouldn't want to miss the refreshments, now would you?
The first installment of our LSTN series of downloadable mixes is, for lack of a better word, a banger. These 21 songs, sequenced with love by our resident mixmaster, will keep you chilling by the pool and/or dancing til dawn at your friend’s shore house through the end of the Summer. Download it now.
Lately there have been a handful of books and films looking at the roots of skateboarding. SK8FACE is a documentary that looks at one of the more niche elements of skateboarding culture - the progression of the deck graphics, especially between the 70s and today. Many kids aligned themselves with a particular skater simply because his skating was sick and his board graphics were equally as sick. Considering that the first Tony Hawk pro model (in mint condition) fetches upward of $3000 these days it's a niche to take note of.
Great news for art nerds and those who love them: As of July 1, ICA is free to the public for the first time in its history. ICA plans to celebrate this new initiative with a community-wide event Thursday, September 4. This event, which will also be free and open to the public, will kick-off their Fall exhibition schedule and will include the work of artists Douglas Blau, Robert Crumb, Kate Gilmore and Odili Donald Odita. Free art people...get crackin'.
Pretty stoked on these new RVCA x ANP Quarterly artist collab t-shirts! I'll probably be wearing Dash's for a long time to come but it's hard to pick my favorite because Ed Templeton's is awesome too! This is totally affordable art!
We know Salt Lake likes the rawk, but can they chinstroke as well as they can headbang? Well, they might be doing both this weekend since Calico plays some thinking man's music - meditative and woozy, with a hint of bombast. Check out the handsome lads at our Salt Lake store (12 South 400 West St.) on Saturday, July 19. Things get rolling at 8pm.