Oh, what we’d give to visit the studio of Bianca Hester! Hester is an artist/handywoman/creator across all platforms living output is so varied and so unexpected that we can’t quite wrap our heads around the whole of it.
For starters, Hester makes and modifies instruments, orchestrates fruitful installations and collaborations, produces lovely art books, writes with great insight, creates video, turns leftover installation materials into light fixtures for her friends, and, need we say it…MUCH MORE.
Recognize the name? Hisham Akira Bharoocha is known for his legendary status as founding member of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice. But oh, he’s so much more: a photographer, an image-melter, a collaborator with Doug Aitken and Boredoms and Gang Gang Dance on sound pieces, and a creator of works “that show the absurdity and logic of how each mind works, what kind of relationships it creates between experiences and images that we absorb through our senses moment by moment.” (That’s from his artist’s statement.)
At the moment we’re particularly enthralled by Bharoocha’s photography. As the old cliché goes: every picture tells a story.
So it’s rare that we use WLYS to talk too much about the lives of the writers over here but we feel like this is a pretty rare happening, and anyone in Los Angeles with kids would be stoked to hear about it. As many of you might already know Roky Erickson is touring with Okkervil River- what you might not know is to help celebrate in an amazing way they are playing a secret FREE kids show at the Center For The Arts Eagle Rock. As if this weren’t already cool enough, WLYS co-creator Dallas Clayton is going to be reading and giving away copies of An Awesome Book as he sets off on a tour of the West Coast. Amazing? Amazing! Bring a kid, have some ice cream and enjoy!
What’s this? The new video from the Barcelona based band Delorean?! Rad! “Stay Close” is the first single off the upcoming Subiza due out June 8th on True Panther Sounds (Girls, Tainlines) Delorean have been putting in work for quite some time now but on this record they’ve really come into their own with a nice mix of Spanish-influenced dance music and contemporary pop. It’s a memorizing release.
You can order it HERE and get an instant MP3 download of the entire album so you don’t have to wait till June.
Adam Gnade’s (say it “guh-nah-dee”) describes his work as “a series of books and records that share characters and themes”, in which fiction and song mingle in an attempt “to compile a vast, detailed, interconnected, personal history of contemporary American life.” Solid theory, no? What this looks like in practice is equally as exciting.
First there’s “The Darkness to the West”, Gnade’s 42-page novella zine which you can scope out at our favorite zine distro, Microcosm. Then there’s “Hymn California”, a full-length novel that wound up a bestseller at Powell’s Books. Gnade also records cassettes on a 4-rack machine and has a CD called “The Wild Homesick”, which he calls a “strange, warm, troubled summer record full of doom and affirmations.” So much good work emanating from one soul is always an inspiration.
L.A. band The Soft Pack’s rad new video features an increasingly absurd, awesome and insanely messy cafeteria food fight with the kids from Kick-Ass: Chloe Moretz, Clark Duke and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Directed by Mean’s Kashy Khaledi. This is just the latest installment of Mean’s ongoing series of cinematic mash ups– more to come!
Discovering Shary Boyle’s work is like biting into a pretty little pastry, only to realize, as your taste buds tingle and your mouth starts to water, that what you’ve actually sunk your teeth into is a sumptuous three-layer cake.
Maybe you’re been beckoned by her vibrant yet vexing illustrations. You surf to her website and take them all in, reveling in these seemingly sacrosanct tragicomic scenes from some distant galaxy’s breathtaking fluorescent apocalypse. An instinct in the back of your mind warns you to run, RUN– but it’s too late: you’re been ensnared in Boyle’s wild world. Next it’s her sculptures that catch your eye, those oddly silent, secret-filled sculptures, and before you know it you’ve discovered her creeping, carefully understated paintings. And what’s this– she does live projection? Yes, you discover, she tours with Toronto musician Doug Paisley in a group called Dark Hand and Lamplight, accompanying folk singing stallion Will Oldham to taverns in Big Sur where she lights up an overhead projector and makes magic with entrancing illustrations.
Once you’ve digested all the sickly sweetness and savory sensations of Shary Boyle’s work, a deep satisfaction settles in your belly– followed swiftly by an insatiable craving for more.
As beautiful as the album cover above Luke Temple has taken his 4 track project and enlisted some more musicians to take his music to the next level. This first single “Collector” from Here We Go Magic’s new album Pigeons which will be available June 8th on Secretly Canadian (one of my favorite labels) and is his most driving upbeat track I’ve heard yet from him so far.