Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

"Waiting Until You Get Back To The Hotel Room To Poop".. feel that!


Can't get enough of this shit! Love coming up on good quality footage of hippies in their natural habitat.

Not mad at this

Or this

Especially not this

David Byrne crushing the "future of music" tree game

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pretty positive Aaron worked at Autumn. Definitely positive he's a quiet ripper. This clip definitely needs to get reblogged. Thanks Snackman.


This movie trailer is currently being funded through their indiegogo website. Titled "Dear White People", their mission statement is described as such..

Remember when Black movies didn't neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn...

Well believe it or not there was a time when "Black Art-House" was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn't before.

The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back. But we can't do it without you!

Here's the deal...we're looking to raise seed money that will go a tremondously long way in securing the capital we'll need to produce our million dollar indie feature. With our trailer, script and your help, we believe we can bring this exciting piece of cinema to life! Join us, won't you?

Check out DEARWHITEPEOPLE to learn more and or contribute.

I've always been interested in film and in college I took a few film classes before I got kicked out for having shitty math grades. For me, college was a let down before it even started. So college as a hotbed of self realizations and cliche coming of age milestones never happened for me. It was hard for me to even show up. One of the compelling elements of film to me is always the perspective. Forget the cinematography, brilliant lighting, the acting, the humor, whatever- without worthwhile perspective, everything else is just filler to me. I love all kinds of movies- but I am especially drawn to intelligent story telling. From "the holy mountain" to "she's gotta' have it", and "days of being wild" it's all relative.

Identity as a culture, as an individual, is something that is always changing. It is not idle, it is not guaranteed. Identity can be an observation of truths which are always in need of redefining. But without those continual observations, identity can easily become obscured, lost even to the uncertainty of time. Needless to say, without basic identity it's hard to build worthwhile perspective. That's why exploring racial identity in America is not only a complicated subject, it's also something that is ongoing and worthwhile, and should be considered when understanding ourselves and each other. When it comes to race, it's easy to obsess over our differences, while forgetting the fact it's less about our differences, and more about trying to be less of a dick, respecting others, and leaving people alone when you're being a dumbass.

This is why I totally back creative projects that inspire to question identity, culture, society and it's social cues. Although I probably wouldn't have entitled it "Dear White People", as it suggests that all white people deserve to be sent to the same cultural sensitivity workshop or something. The truth is, a lot of people from all races need to enroll in that workshop. It's hard to tip toe around racism when all some people are forced to digest are the day to day dumbass missteps of ignorant ass people who don't, won't, can't, and don't know how to afford you mutual civility. On the other hand, it's pretty incredible to live in a day in age where you can pursue larger scale projects while bypassing conventional forms of fundraising. You can also bypass the whole being born with "industry connected" family members to bring your dreams to the big screen. For a new set of young people who are driven to carry out the tradition of Black Art-House, all the more power to them. The time is always right. Makes me wonder if the world is ready for an Asian Art-House? Oh shit. One Art-House for everyone! Equal Art-Housing please.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Conan coming through again with a lesson in the Blues! So good! As tears fall..

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I noticed a friend had posted on facebook this article about Aurel Schmidt talking about art and sex on a site called SLUTEVER. Suggested as a "light read" I read it, as I value the suggestions of friends. I'm down for light reads.

What I found though was actually kind of not light. It definitely led to an inner heavy discussion. The following paragraphs are snip its from the article. You should actually read the entire article because these are only the comments that stuck out to me the most. The full article can be found HERE

How much do you cater your art to what you know people want to buy?
It depends. I’m good at making money, but I’m also really good at saying no to people and not giving them what they want, which, paradoxically, I think is a key to making money and being successful. Because if you give people what they want all the time, then what’s left for them to want?

What else is integral to success?
You have to keep having goals. You can’t just hang around with people who think you’re cool; you have to constantly want to expand your peer group–to be around smart and talented people who challenge you.

Something I’ve always admired about you is that you seem like a very sex positive person, and you’re confident in your body and don’t give a shit about being photographed naked.
I’ve always taken explicit photos. When I started getting press, I really resented that most of the press for female artists–and for females in general–was so sexualized. As a woman, even if what you do has nothing to do with what you look like, magazines and newspapers will try to create this image of you as the “cute” or “sexy” artist, because they want to sell issues. Whereas a male artist will just be photographed standing in his studio. That’s such a cheesy double standard, so I thought, “You know what might be better than trying to be cute?–just being complete slutty. You want a sexy picture of me? Well here, have a look at my vagina. I’ll just give you what you want right away. You don’t have to wonder anymore.”

Sex as social commentary.
Right. And sex as something you can create an atmosphere around. I find it weird when people are so set on what they think “sexy” is, as if it’s carved in stone. The standard of what society deems “sexy” is so molded by capitalism–it goes in and out of style, just like everything else. But this freaks me out, because ideally sex should almost be sacred, because it’s free, theoretically. It’s not a commodity, like clothes. Or art.

In the 70s Germaine Greer promoted the idea that women should start fucking like men, so more objectively–an idea that Madonna adopted in the 80s. Do you think it’s inherently harder for women to view men as sex objects?
A little bit, but I’ve done that, too. For a while when I was single I just fucked under twenty-five year old skaters. Sometimes the young ones aren’t so good in bed, but they’re so energetic and excited to be fucking you that it makes up for it. Whereas some older guys are really good at eating pussy, but their energy spans are really low and they’ve had sex so many times that they’re just like, “Yawn…”

First off, I think Aurel is an incredibly talented artist. She sounds intelligent but I also happen to be confused and probably disagree with some of her outlook.. I can understand that when you are in the industry of art in today's world, it is probably beyond fucked and you have to sell yourself and not look back to reach a certain level of monetary comfortability. Once upon a time maybe you could be an artist that sold your work, whereas I think today, the artist and his/her work can be sold as one singular, lifestyle unit to more consumers. While she points out that the industry is prone to molding women as cute or sexy- instead of being painted as cute, you'd prefer to seem like a big slut? And I only say slut because she describes opting to be slutty in said situation. But maybe that's just how she'd rather represent herself- shock the system rather than sit stagnant in some grey area where people might not notice you. In the same spirit, she says "If you give the people what they want all the time, then what's left for them to want?" With that motto, one is only left to wonder what that means exactly. Fortunately for those who are talented enough, in an ideal world, talent should be indicative of the kind of success one experiences. Oh wait, that's not true because there are plenty of incredibly talented people that are super shy, or just not as lucky or as marketable, that don't get noticed at all.

I also disagree that sex goes in and out of style. To me, sex doesn't change, the people selling it do. That's the only difference. No matter the era, sexy doesn't sell, sex does. Sexy is the illusion that sex awaits. Partial nudity is the insinuation that full nudity lies ahead. Even if body types and skin colors vary from decade to decade, sex is a commodity. A particularly valuable commodity to an economy that consumes visually.

I think when it comes down to it, "eccentricities" sell. Especially in New York City; the hub of commerce for everything and anything. America is still relatively taboo about sex and nudity, so sex is seen as an eccentricity that will always manage to sell itself. If people think men have the upper hand because they get to stand in their studio and look cool for interviews, it just gives women willing to go nude all the more opportunity to market themselves by being "edgy" and "eccentric", "not giving a fuck". And I think it's worked for a lot of females. Real talk. But I also think that decades of pioneers with unparalleled "downtown edge" and who were exploring less defined territory, has yielded a newer generation of individuals who are a lot more aware and keen of what sells than ever before. It almost suggests that even now "edge" can be more calculating as a comfortable career direction. I'm not saying this pertains to this artist in particular- just in general. Look at how many 17 year olds today have tumblrs that make them look like jaded digital art curators.

As a female, the interviewer opens the article with "If you hang out in or around the New York art scene, you’ve probably been intimidated by the presence of Aurel Schmidt at some point or another." The interviewer then asks further into the interview whether she is a lesbian? Because she has "lesbian vibes". HAHA! Lesbian vibes. Why? Because she's talented and doesn't care? Because she has relentless armpit hair swag? Is that all it takes to intimidate people these days? Anyway- I'm just wondering if "slutting out" before the media gets to, makes posing nude more intellectual or empowering? At the end of the day, who besides me and five people are actually reading the text? Uh, I guarantee you most dudes aren't. Just trying to figure out how that one works. Maybe if the individual feels empowered that's all that matters, and if they continue to feel empowered forever then that means something. Either way I think she spends more time on her art than getting naked so that's chill. Because I do like her art. But I'm pretty sure some of her answers and outlooks made me go "uhhhh....weird." I sure as shit can never relate to experiences like, "Wow, I’m sleeping with someone cool and hot and famous… I want to hang out with him more!” or "For a while when I was single I just fucked under twenty-five year old skaters." Damn. She can do her, and I'm gonna just be like "uh, bummer. one of those chicks." But hey I guess if you didn't go through a phase where you haven't fucked "under 25 year old skaters", you just can't really say you've actually "lived". Dot dot dot, question mark ? All possible human sarcasm here included.

Sunday, June 10, 2012