Ephemera

Life is Now: The Art and Music of Michael Alan by Mark McCawley

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Life is Now:

The Art and Music

of Michael Alan

 

by Mark McCawley

 
 

 
 

“Mostly figurative, and based on the performances, the drawings here suggest an artist enthralled by improvisation. Alan’s thread-like lines are manically impulsive; they barely go an inch without detouring. Short, jagged strokes, tiny loops, and quick arcs make jittery, skeletal outlines of distorted human forms. Hasty daubs of blues and pinks wrap the frames with translucent skin while also conveying the blur of movement. Alan loves motion…”

-Robert Shuster, The Village Voice, Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Arklight: a musical overview — by Mark McCawley

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Arklight:

a musical overview

 

by Mark McCawley

 
 
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Danny Kolm, Gregory Kolm and Max Kostaras are three twentysomethings who’ve lived their whole lives in Queens, NYC. Danny and Greg are brothers who started playing music together in 2003 under the name Arklight, releasing dozens of cassettes and Cdrs on small independent labels. Their early sound was a harsh mix of no wave noise, free jazz energy and punk psychedelia. Various friends filled in the lineup, with Danny playing guitar and Greg manning the drums, until 2013 when Max, a childhood friend and sometimes collaborator, became a permanent member on lead guitar. It was then that their sound shifted to reflect a burgeoning interest in songwriting, structure and improved musicianship. For inspiration, Arklight looked to the music they grew up on and loved, including Neil Young, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, Nick Cave and Beat Happening. They hope to continue their development and follow the muse wherever it may lead them.
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Kate Crash — in conversation with John Wisniewski

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Kate Crash

(Kate Crash & The UFO Club)

in conversation with

John Wisniewski

 
 
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“Musician, glam punk alien cross-dressing renegade
robot from the future, multi-media performance artist,
novelist, poet, director — Kate Crash is a punk
feminist with a DIY ethic. Whether it’s her music, her poetry,
her spoken word performance pieces, her fiction
or her documentary filmmaking — Crash’s glitter-speckled allegorical art
holds a unique mirror up to the present day decay and decadence of Los Angeles
in her search for her own personal authentic amid L.A’s streets of broken dreams
and almost realized celluloid fantasies.”

~Editor

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Urban Graffiti Mix #15

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Urban Graffiti Mix #15 by Mark McCawley on Mixcloud

Urban sounds. Urban vibes. Urban verse. Urban tribes. Urban Graffiti. Songs of the city. Past and present. Old and new. The city keeps singing. Los Angeles. New York. San Francisco. Watts. Amsterdam. Auckland. London. Toronto.
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Selected Discography of Rick Miller — review by Mark McCawley

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Selected Discography

of Rick Miller

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
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Self-taught Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Rick Miller has released thirteen individual albums since his 1984 debut release, Starsong, moving from ambient, techno electronic synthesizer based music (Paradox-Electro Leftovers) in the mid to late 1980s and 1990s (Interstellar Passage) towards more progressive rock oriented music (Dreamtigers, The End of Days) around 2000 and beyond.
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