A smart homage to 1980s horror movies, It Follows is a refreshing contribution to 2015 cinema from writer and director David Robert ... More
Film by David Robert Mitchell
A smart homage to 1980s horror movies, It Follows is a refreshing contribution to 2015 cinema from writer and director David Robert Mitchell. Maika Monroe turns in a great performance as a teenager in a supernatural, claustrophobic fight for her life after having sex with her new date. Monroe, supporting actor Keir Gilchrist and the rest of the young cast of It Follows are showcased for future stardom. The film’s Sofia Coppola-esque hues set to an appropriately haunting soundtrack intensify an incredibly anxious storyline. Using scant special effects and a sparse script, Mitchell creates one of the sharpest and most indelible horror movies of recent years.
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In celebration of its twentieth anniversary, “Exactitudes” reemerges in an expanded reprint of its cherished original. Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler ... More
Book by Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek
“IN 20 YEARS, THE WHOLE WORLD WILL MOVE FROM DEMOCRACY
TO IDENTITY POLITICS IN A NEW AND PERMANENT STATE OF ACTUALITY
– TRIBAL, RELIGIOUS, NATIONALISTIC OR SEXUAL.
—ARI VERSLUISAA FUNDAMENTAL SHIFT OF FOCUS” — ARI VERSLUISA
In celebration of its twentieth anniversary, “Exactitudes” reemerges in an expanded reprint of its cherished original. Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek first conceived “Exactitudes” (“exact” + “attitudes”) by noting the rhetoric and social coding embedded in the distinct wardrobes of various social groups. Since 1994, the pair has systematically documented group identities on city streets around the world. Each group member is photographed against a white background, resulting in an empirical study of individuality meeting volitional conformity. In this, “Exactitudes” effectively coalesces and subverts traditional street photography and documentary. Critic and photographer Gil Blank calls it, “August Sander and Eugène Atget turned on their heads by Bernd and Hilla Becher.” With no credence given to street environment, the photographs examine the purpose of an individual wearer exclusively as it pertains to their commitment to a social category. For this twentieth-anniversary edition, Versluis and Uyttenbroek have produced 19 new series taken from Rotterdam, St. Petersburg, Zurich, Milan, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Casablanca, Praia (Cabo Verde), New York, Bordeaux, London and Paris.
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The Canadian singer-songwriter has certainly been missed since his work first appeared last summer via YouTube. His cracked vocals, clever lyrics, gentle ... More
The Canadian singer-songwriter has certainly been missed since his work first appeared last summer via YouTube. His cracked vocals, clever lyrics, gentle piano ballads and super smooth songwriting bearhugs the foolishness in all of our broken hearts. His first studio album, “Goon,” features production from Girls’ Chet “JR” White, The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and studio lord Ariel Rechtshaid.
“Goon” is out March 17th via True Panther
Stone Jack Jones has lived the life of a proper rambler – raised in a West Virginia coal-mining town, he was once ... More
Album, “Love and Torture”
Stone Jack Jones has lived the life of a proper rambler – raised in a West Virginia coal-mining town, he was once a carny, a lute player, an escape artist and finally settled down as a folk musician in Nashville. Jones’ new release, “Love & Torture” comes on the heels of his miraculous recovery from a rare blood condition, one that dipped him in and out of death. The album features some venerable Nashville friends – producer Roger Moutenot, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and singer-songwriter Patty Griffin – all no doubt in wonder of Jones’ capacity to come back more honest and alive, but still taking the time to let his songs unravel slow, moody and intimate.
Love & Torture is out March 17th via Western Vinyl
A slow-burning thriller with a memorably freaky twist, Faults explores the world of cults and cult psychology. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and ... More
Film by Riley Stearns
A slow-burning thriller with a memorably freaky twist, Faults explores the world of cults and cult psychology. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and written and directed by her husband, Riley Stearns (making his feature debut), it’s a claustrophobic small-scale indie magnified by some riveting performances and a masterful grasp of pace and tone. Leland Orser is a cult member deprogrammer and Winstead the target for deprogramming. Much depends on their uneasy interaction, which takes the viewer off in many directions before arriving at the chilling conclusion.
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Since her solo debut in 1993, Björk has reimagined music to its most dynamic, experimental and unpredictable forms, all while striking out ... More
Book by MoMA
Since her solo debut in 1993, Björk has reimagined music to its most dynamic, experimental and unpredictable forms, all while striking out boldly in fashion, film, art and technology. The Icelandic artist is now being honored with a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, an immersive multimedia exhibit slated to run from March 8 to June 7. To accompany the exhibition, MoMA has teamed up with design agency M/M to create an interactive slipcased book of Björk. Composed of six parts, “Björk” contains four booklets, a paperback book and a poster. With words, pictures and tributes from contributors and collaborators – such as curator Klaus Biesenbach, Jeurgen Teller, Nan Goldin, Michael Gondry, Spike Jonze, and Icelandic poet Sjón – the set charts Björk’s many incarnations over two decades and eight major albums, from “Debut” to “Biophilia.”
Published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Over the past decade, Casja von Zeipel’s art has evolved from daily selfies and sketches to massive statues. And while the Swedish ... More
Book by Casja von Zeipel
Over the past decade, Casja von Zeipel’s art has evolved from daily selfies and sketches to massive statues. And while the Swedish sculptor has fashioned the occasional boy smoking a cigarette or jacking off, her primary interest is specific: the pubescent, slender female body. Dressed in leather, mini skirts, panties and platforms, Zeipel’s girls interact in commanding, sexual, and at times spiteful ways. Founding editor of Adult Mag, Sarah Nicole Prickett describes their presence as “a stage on which you become an extra in a mob scene, gathered here to see sanctity in action. When you look into their eyes—you can’t. A blackness snaps back. Not since Kate and Naomi have fasting girls looked more like furies.” Featuring writers Andrew Durbin, Chris Ford, Stefanie Hessler and Prickett, “Pro Anatomy” chronicles the spirit of Zeipel’s work, capturing the current cosmetic and social discourse surrounding the human body, its imaging and its actualisation.
Published by Capricious
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Chicago singer-songwriter Erik Hall, known by his moniker In Tall Buildings, is back with the long-awaited followup to his 2011 eponymous debut. ... More
Chicago singer-songwriter Erik Hall, known by his moniker In Tall Buildings, is back with the long-awaited followup to his 2011 eponymous debut. Hall specializes in layered bedroom recordings and delivers here with rough electro-guitar, steady tambourine and super smooth multi-tracked vocals. Influenced by psychedelic folk and synth, “Driver” embodies its title with a tempo reminiscent of a drive down the highway, gradually building momentum with each track.
Driver is out Feb 17 via Western Vinyl
In the 90s, New York City crime and drug rates soared and squatters were moving in to refurbish tenements on the Lower ... More
Book by Ash Thayer
In the 90s, New York City crime and drug rates soared and squatters were moving in to refurbish tenements on the Lower East Side that sat vacant, uninhabitable and forgotten by the city. Ash Thayer was a 19-year-old photography student at the time and could no longer afford school and rent. She found herself taken in by the squatter community at See Skwat, where she lived with punks, outcasts and others like her who were poor and needed shelter.
Thayer moved freely among the residents of the squats, who were forced to isolate themselves or else face eviction. For a total of seven years, she photographed their homes, construction projects and punk shows, capturing the DIY spirit and idealism of their community. “Kill City” is her memoir of those years and an intimate documentation of the fringe-dwellers who took a neglected city into their own hands.
Published by powerHouse Books
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