Who’s down to start an FP skate series? Killian Martin and Brett Novak are inspiring figures. Here’s a great new video, short and sweet.
I was struck last week with a sudden and unmistakable urge for a piña colada–a drink that I probably have not considered for several years. Time slipped away and in an instant I was reminded of that first silken, refreshing gulp of an icy piña colada. And then I obviously had to read through the lyrics of Jimmy Buffett’s infamous ode to the creamy cocktail. I did not know it had an actual plotline! One that’s borderline sweet, borderline wacky. Perhaps a little like the piña colada itself?!
To be sure, the ingredients you need for this beachside beverage can be bought at most corner bodegas. Canned pineapple juice, canned coconut milk, and ice (and maybe a paper umbrella) are all you need to be on your way to getting caught in the rain–and liking it.
"The Chicago Band Who Disappeared for 30 Years Only to Return Weirder and Louder. ONO." - The Huffington Post
I like boxes, because a lot of good things come in boxes—things like chocolates and speaker cabinets, a combination I highly recommend when it comes to enjoying box set albums. The word itself, “box set” is a shortened version of the fuller expression “boxed set”—a set of contents packaged in a box. Using space to curate content, box sets attempt to answer important questions. How should artistic content be experienced? And in what order? How does additional content add to the image of the artist? Why is this box better than no box? Hence the thrill of unboxing—you experience discovery in very interesting ways. That is why music box sets, generally speaking, contain extensive printed material, such as booklets, posters, and multiple discs of exclusive content (like DVDs) aimed at the fan bases of artists. It is a way to re-present the artist anew to an already familiar audience. This way, the true fan gets to know the artist more deeply and expansively than your average listener, especially considering the extensive liner notes, unreleased materials, and behind-the-scenes videos that accompany so many box set releases. Box sets also signify an important milestone in an artist’s career by providing the fan with a kind of retrospective look that contextualizes the artist and his or her oeuvres. [read more]
New-ish contributor Kekeli Sumah discusses the box set for Actress’ 4th LP, Ghettoville, available now on Ninja Tune and Werkdiscs. Art by William Stein. Design by Inventory Studio. Images courtesy of Hard Format.
About time the world caught on to the brilliance of Joyce Manor. Never Hungover Again, out today on Epitaph Records. Get it.
If you read the Goodreads reviews of Green Girl, you will notice the polarizing nature of Kate Zambreno’s recently re-released novel. It is a love-or-hate book. I am writing this review because I loved it. People hate it because they found it unrelatable, or that “not much happens,” though that should never dissuade someone from liking a book. Couldn’t the same argument be said about a Steve Reich composition or a Rothko painting? Couldn’t one say everything happens in their minimal pieces? But Zambreno didn’t create a minimal work of literature. Green Girl is literature that screams and stabs. It’s sordid and sincere. Where some see nothing, I see a profound use of negative space that supplements the existential crisis in which Zambreno’s protagonist, Ruth, an American expat in London who sells perfume, is absorbed.
This abstraction of the relationship between violence and archaic feminine home life allows Sarloutte to touch in the viewer a different sense of the act occurring, the substance of what is in front of us. We love to snuggle with a blanket, turn on our favorite show and escape into a world of fantasy portrayed, more so now than ever as our devices enable constant access. But there is flesh beneath and beyond, everyday seeking at the very least another meal, at the very worst the blood of another in pursuit of power.
Such color combinations and painterly realism are by no means easy. While not as skillfully bewildering as Chuck Close (is anyone?), the way that Sarloutte is able to render a photorealistic face, hand, suit jacket, an anatomic heart, surgeon’s mask and more using thread is impressive. Looking through the “Broderies” section of her website, over time her skill developed from simple square-by-square matrices into the large focal piece of her thesis show, Pour l’honneur. En Toute Inutilite.
French artist Julie Sarloutte combines television and embroidery, carefully stitching together multicolored, painterly portraits of action heroes and leading characters in dramatic scenes taken off the screen. Read our full analysis of her work here.