18 07 2007


18 07 2007

Banks Violette @ Gladstone Photos 1






pics via Rodolphe Fenart

18 07 2007

Banks Violette @ Gladstone Photos 2




pics via Rodolphe Fenart

18 07 2007

O))) vs Supersonic 07




17 07 2007

Kindertotenlieder & KTL vs Berlin

KTL w/ AuxRaus, The Locust
Visual artists: Optical Longings, Joshua Zucker
August 25th 2007 / Festsaal Kreuzberg

Skalitzer Str. 130, 10999 Berlin, Germany
tickets: EUR 12 (pre-sale) EUR 15 (box office)


August 26th and 27th 2007 / Tanz im August / Sophiensæle

Sophienstraße 18, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
U-Bahn Weinmeisterstraße, S-Bahn Hackescher Markt, S-Bahn Oranienburger Straße
Kartentelefon: 030 283 52 66

13 07 2007



No Context
By Zach Baron
from Village Voice 12th July

In a tiny room just south of Chinatown that serves as the exhibition space for James Fuentes LLC, twelve knives are jammed into a wall. To their right is a grid of framed drawings—actually the same drawing, repeated twelve times. The series of portraits is called “Young Bob Dylan” (2007), and they are all by Brian DeGraw, who as his day job spends nights onstage with his band, Gang Gang Dance. The knife arrangement is titled “Love Comes in X's like marking ‘em out instead of #’s. I also can't give any love 'cause everyone is dead or I can do this to your house.,” (2007), and a second look shows that the knives on the wall form the shape of a heart.

“Love Comes in X’s” is by Lizzi Bougatsos, who fronts Gang Gang Dance. At the Boredom's 77BOADRUM installation last Saturday, Bougatsos and another GGD member, Tim Dewit, could be seen DJing and playing drums in the wilds of Brooklyn’s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. The band’s last release was not a CD but a DVD—a video shot and edited by DeGraw and entitled Retina Riddim.

Dilettantes or otherwise? Looking on at 77BOADRUM was BARR’s Brendan Fowler, who also works as a curator, and as editor for the ANP Quarterly, an arts and music mag. Playing drums a few spots down from Bougatsos was the artist and DJ Spencer Sweeney. Not, maybe, his normal thing but then again, it wasn’t really anyone’s. Call this territory no man's land: a kind of bleed between one art world and another, cloudy but definitely demarcated. And it goes both ways.

Chelsea's Gladstone Gallery is currently filled with the faux-chorale chant and “evacuating” low-end of Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, soundtrack to the fourth major installation he’s collaborated on with the artist Banks Violette. At Gladstone, Violette’s salt and resin casts of soundproofing, speaker parts, and cables form a decaying visual corollary to O’Malley’s elemental drones. Both share space with clanking nitrogen refrigeration tanks, their pipes pumping smoke out from behind wall-length, shattered mirrors. It is the sort of nightmarish church of florescent tubes and broken glass that might have O’Malley and his crew for acolytes, and indeed, Sunn O)))-like subaudible frequencies clog the air in an already unsettled space.

Churches aren’t new to Violette. His untitled 2005 Whitney show recreated a burned-out church in salt, and had Thorns’ Snorre Ruch create a motion-sensitive wall of noise to aurally map the sorrowful terrain. February of this year, vaguely terrified, I ate mixed nuts and drank red wine in Ruch’s Trondheim, Norway apartment as he vouched for Violette’s fascination with Norwegian Black Metal and its excesses. There is no more reliable word about this stuff than his.

Violette has more work at Team Gallery, and both shows will run through August 17th. At MoMA, there’s “Automatic Update,” where as artist Cory Arcangel’s bio puts it, “technology and art ride together on a tidal wave of imagination.” Well, OK: catch Arcangel’s collabo with Providence animation demons and noise artists Paper Rad there on July 24th.

So what's it all about? Nothing really—the blend between a and b is inescapable in this city, New York, where hustles multiply by the dozens. Still, as far as hustles go, theirs—GGD, O’Malley, Violette, and their like-minded, in-between peers—ain’t bad.

Lizzi Bougatsos at 77BOADRUM. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne

11 07 2007


Sep 16 The Bakery, Perth
Sep 18 The Toff In Town, Melbourne
Sep 20 The Factory Theatre, Sydney
Sep 21 The Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane
Sep 23 Metro Club, Kyoto
Sep 24 Unagidani Sansui, Osaka
Sep 25 Ikeshita Club Upset, Nagoya
Sep 27 Shibuya O-Nest, Tokyo
Oct 1-4 CCA lecture & concert, Kitakyushu

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11 07 2007


hiya Stephen

obviously when you have the time and all and if yr interested i was wondering if you may have any left over sunn shirts from the last tours that i may be able to add to this collection [attached photo] 15 altogether which i think is pretty swell. got some nice tees in there but unfortunately most are medium and dont fit too well anymore! i have one of the recent ones on its way to me also, the new justin bartlett design i think to add



08 07 2007







July 6 - August 17

515 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

Attila Csihar and I did sound for this... its amazing

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