Brighton festival also features Savages, Courtney Barnett, Goblin
By Evan Minsker
Post-punk legends Wire are the masterminds behind a series of festivals called Drill—they’ve previously taken place in Seattle and London. Drill: Brighton (co-curated with One Inch Badge) will take place across several venues in Brighton, and awesomely, it features a one-off collaboration between Wire and Swans.
It’s no secret that James Brown had a dark side. This summer’s biopic Get On Up left out many of the weird, uncomfortable, and simply violent incidents that Brown instituted or participated in. But it wasn’t until now that we’ve been able to get a look at just how frightening the singer could be. Earlier this month, his daughter Yamma Brown published a memoir titled Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me (co-written with Robin Gaby Fisher) that details her life growing up with her often volatile dad. In the excerpt below, Yamma flashes back to a moment when Brown beat her mother in front of her and her sister, then writes about how that violent legacy stayed with her into adulthood.
It is impossible to ignore Itchy-O. At full capacity, the band comprises 32 members, all dressed in matching costumes, all masked, delivering truly alien vocals and playing marching-band instruments along with guitars, basses, taiko drums and electronics attached to portable amplifiers. There is also a Chinese lion named Larry.
“I was pretty overwhelmed and blown away,” recalls Jello Biafra of his first time seeing Itchy-O, at warehouse venue Glob in January 2013. “They entered from several different parts of the building. It was almost pitch dark, so all you could see was whatever lighting they had attached to their bodies. I hadn’t been in the middle of anything like that since Crash Worship, and they have some of that same tribal hypnosis going on, but [with] more melody. It’s a wider palette of music they’re using here.”
Blondie, the Debbie Harry-fronted band that broke onto the scene in the mid-’70s, is turning forty years old. In celebration, Jeffrey Deitch has curated an exhibition featuring images of the band, and taken by some equally famous photographers, including Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz, Roberta Bayley, Mick Rock, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bobby Grossman, David Godlis, and Blondie’s own Chris Stein.
The Source Family were a spiritual, meditation based hippie cult and rock band from the early seventies out of L.A. Run by Father Yod, the long, white haired, bearded former marine and speed addict, who decided to put down the black beauties and booze at age 43, to follow a healthier life of yoga, raw foods and of coarse, marijuana. He was against drugs and alcohol, yet saw pot as a ceremonial herb that aided his deep, spiritual practices. The love of a 19 year old Parisian girl fueled his ambition of health as he healed her sick body just by changing her diet. They eventually married and were to become the father and mother of their followers.
“We’ve suffered enough as human beings and as women,” Lydia Lunch said one bright morning in Ojai, Calif., as she gazed beneficently around her. Sixteen women, most of them middle-aged, had gathered at Ananda Verandah (“Ananda” is Sanskrit for “bliss”) to take Lunch’s Post-Catastrophe Collaborative workshop.
Riot grrrl icon recently reached out to pop star about creating an album only Cyrus would be “daring enough to make”
Earlier this week, riot grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna turned a few heads when she asked Miley Cyrus over Twitter if she’d be interested in making an album “that only you are daring enough to make.” The offer, though surprising, wasn’t out of left field as Cyrus had posted two pictures on Instagram of Hanna from her Bikini Kill days, including the famous shot of the frontwoman with the word “SLUT” painted on her stomach, along with the pop star’s caption: “coolest ever.”
Intimate moments from New York City’s peculiar side
If there is a photographer out there that thoroughly embodies modern-day New York City’s DIY ethos more than Tod Seelie, I have not met them. I recently sat down with Tod to discuss his new book, Bright Nights, [one of our 2013: Photobooks of the Year] in addition to such topics as future funding models for the arts, the challenges of photographing naked people, tall bike jousting and the joys of stumbling upon really really flat road kill. Tod is truly a genuine individual, so it’s no wonder his book is filled will all sorts of fascinatingly intimate moments.
“As a co-founder of an independent zine of the same name, Legs documented the likes of The Ramones, Patti Smith, and Dead Boys in their heydays. We caught up with Legs to discuss being at the forefront of the avant-garde nearly four decades ago, and the legacy of the culture he helped to define.”