Of the three bands playing the late show at Empire last Wednesday, it was the first band who seemed to generate the most buzz. It was the first show ever for Real Talk, a Richmond supergroup of sorts featuring Kevin Broderick of The Catalyst on drums; Cole Hutchinson, formerly of Operation Latte Thunder, on vocals; Graham Scala, also an ex-member of Operation Latte Thunder, and currently of Souvenir's Young America and Forensics, on bass; and on guitar, Joe Hunt, best known as the drummer for Brainworms.
Do you like strange video experimentation? Do you like the internet and wonder how it is affecting your daily perception of reality? If you are looking for answers, you won't find them at the new exhibit at Reference Gallery but there are other people trying to figure out the same thing. Maybe you can take comfort in that.
REFERENCE Art Gallery is pleased to announce a show featuring works by AIDS-3D (Berlin), Ben Schumacher (NYC) and Victor Vaughn (Baltimore), curated by James Shaeffer.
As the Internet has increasingly become a source for not only the exhibition of art but also the transfer of artworks so has ideas of dematerialization and issues of originality in artwork come into question again. Now artworks can be created on a computer and sent to multiple participants simultaneously while also exhibited online. Images, 3D models, and videos can all be reproduced ad infinitum and exhibited endlessly. Featuring works by AIDS-3D, Ben Schumacher, and Victor Vaughn; each artist presents pieces that address concurrent issues of originality, distance, immaterialism and reproduction – a theme attended to with the actual exhibition itself. Concomitantly with the exhibition at P·P·O·W, all the work will be available for free download off the Internet and simultaneously shown at REFERENCE Art Gallery in Richmond, VA.
Neu! were a groundbreaking German rock group, active in the early and mid-70s, who have often been credited with the creation of the droning, hypnotic style of music known as Krautrock. Disbanded over 30 years ago, interest in Neu!--never that popular while they existed--built to a fever pitch during the mid-90s, a time when their influence could be seen in such diverse artists as Aphex Twin, Stereolab, and Radiohead. And now, two years after the death of original Neu! member Klaus Dinger, surviving member Michael Rother has launched a wide-ranging project attempting to bring the music of Neu! back into public consciousness. To that end, he formed Hallogallo 2010, featuring Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley on drums and Tall Firs bassist Aaron Mullan, to tour and perform the music of Neu!
With the unprecedented diffusion of music brought on by the internet, it seems like every minute sub-sub-genre can now experience its fifteen minutes of quasi-fame. Power violence – a style originating in southern California in the late 1980s which combined the blazing speed of grindcore, the lumbering dirge of sludge metal, and the stripped down aesthetic of hardcore punk – is no exception.
Mikey Erg plays more music than anyone you know. He was the drummer of arguably the most important pop-punk band of the last ten years, and he’s not stopping now that The Ergs! have run their course. He plays drums and guitar for countless bands between the east coast and the Midwest, and even spent a little time at Hadad’s last Best Friends’ Day working as Lemuria’s set list.
Richmond native Chance Fischer (shown here as Mars Blackmon) has put out a mixtape that is getting mad love up north and we are pleased to be passing this along to the hip-hop heads in RVA. The production is excellent and the kid has a sound that harkens back but is still oven-fresh. The opening track "HERE" makes an old man feel good. Check it out.
Our ugly brothers from another mother are out with their newest effort to take skateboarding back from the masses.
In the last three years, Freddie Gibbs has run and completed a full horrific lap of the mainstream music industry rat race. After establishing himself as one of Indiana’s finest underground artists, he signed a deal with Interscope, endured a painfully typical raw deal at the hands of the media giant, culled together the “failed” efforts from his major label sessions, and released them the next summer as two juggernaut mixtapes--The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs and midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik. He is an unquestionably talented MC, indeed the most fresh and lyrically tight prospect in recent memory, and it’s very cool, as a fan of rap music, to watch an artist come up under hype so huge as to have the New York Times claiming he’s one of the singular MCs “keeping rap alive.” But doesn’t that feel pretty huge? The guy doesn’t even have an LP out yet, but this year he’s rap’s last, best hope? How do you get to this point of hysterical praise, and is it deserved?
I am literally counting down in anticipation of The Expendables, the new action film from Sylvester Stallone that harkens back to yesteryear. (ed. note- Read what Jimmy wrote about it a few weeks ago HERE.) With that in mind, I decided to focus on the man known as Sly’s body of work for this week’s Top 5. This was definitely tough for me as I’m a lifelong fan. My oldest possession is a rusted combat knife I bought at a flea market as child after watching First Blood for the first time. I think I was 5, but I may have been 6. I begged my parents to let me spend a few nights in the woods with this mighty weapon, but they refused. I remember being very upset. I had watched First Blood, after all, and I owned a combat knife. Seriously, what could go wrong? The knife had matches, fishing line, a sewing needle, and some other shit I can’t remember. I still have the knife, but everything that came with it is long gone. There was a compass on the end, I remember that. It was like the cap.
My father said, “You don’t even know how to use a compass.”
I just held it up and said, “You see that: that means it’s pointing North. The E is for East, the W for West, and the S is for South. I’m ready to go survive in the wild now.”
My father then backhanded me across the room. I didn’t make up any of that except for the backhand part. That actually happened the first and only time I ever asked about an allowance. That was also a lie. (ed. note LIAR!)
Anyway, I’ve grown up watching Stallone’s movies, and several of his features are personal favorites of mine. He is a very talented actor, writer, and director, and his talent and charisma have won over audiences across the globe.
This is the first time I’ve ever done a list for an individual where sequels were involved, but I don’t think that hurts Sly’s legacy. He was the driving force behind two very successful franchises that yielded several hits and a number of his best performances. Here then are my Top 5 Sylvester Stallone Films:
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