‘We Are Enough’ by Melt Yourself Down

Holy smokes! Let’s kick this week off on the right foot, eh! Are you with me? … Well good, because I’ve got the right track to start your week with. Allow me to introduce Melt Yourself Down. They’re a newly formed band from the UK who, at present, only have one track released but that track is a so much fun that I’m gonna have to demand you give it a spin.

Called “We Are Enough”, the song is a sweet little nugget of Funkadelica with some down-and-dirty horns and plenty of fizzy African vibes. It’s exactly what you need to blow away the Monday blues. The band is made up of a number of talented folk including – on vocals – Jushal Gaya of Zun Zun Egui, Zero 7‘s Tom Skiller on drums, Acoustic Ladyland‘s Ruth Goller on bass, the great percussionist Satin Singh, as well as Pete Wareham and Shabaka Hutchings both playing sax. It’s a great sound and I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.

Philip Kennedy

October 29, 2012 / By

Wind Map: Tracking The Invisible Force In Real Time

Wind Map

With Hurricane Sandy slowly making it’s way to the east coast you may want to check out Wind Map, a website that tracks the directions and speeds of the wind in the U.S. As you can see in the image above the wind is pretty strong right now, about 20 to 30 mph, but it’s expected to pick up as the day progresses. It’s a rather beautiful way of visualizing such an unseeable part of nature. Be safe east coast friends!

Bobby Solomon

October 29, 2012 / By

Space Suit of the Week

Cameron Smith - DIY Space Suit - Jose Mandojana

Cameron Smith - DIY Space Suit - Jose Mandojana

I always wished that NASA sent an civilian artist into outer space, so they could tell us what its really like up there. To really know what it was like to be a civilian gazing back at that pale blue dot is a grandiose effort.

The ability to translate the experience of floating above earth takes special skill. I am currently rooting for Portland State University Professor Cameron Smith. This Professor of Anthropology in the Pacific Northwest has built a fully functional space suit in his living room. He will use it to reach the lower stratosphere via balloon, approximately 50,000 feet above our humble vantage point. With a DIY manifest destiny sort of feel to it, Smith has taken it upon himself to be part of this human experience of hovering above planet earth. Smith has constructed a fully operational space suit with salvaged materials and finds from EBay. Hopefully an anthropologist can relay back the human experience of floating above.

Alana Zimmer

October 29, 2012 / By

Top Five From LAIY: Week Of October 22

Top Five From LAIY: Week Of October 22

The New Horror Maker, Part One: An Interview With Simon Barrett
Since it’s Halloween time, we figured we’d do some ~*~sPo0Ky~*~ interviews. The first went up this week and it is with fantastic new horror writer Simon Barrett. Barrett is known for his real and raw scary stories which are totally in vogue now in the horror world since V/H/S hit screens earlier this year. He is super smart and has some great things to say about creating, writing, Hollywood, and how it all comes together.

Greta Waller’s Blurred Vision
Greta Waller is a local painter currently pursuing her MFA at UCLA. We’re totally in love with her blurry, often humorous paintings that deal with the temporary put into permanence in her paintings. We’re also super, super, super in love with the above close-up painting she did of a Pomeranian. I even e-mailed her to enquire about purchasing it.

The New York Times On Jeffrey Deitch
The New York Times published an article a week ago about Jeffrey Deitch and all the drama surrounding MOCA. It’s a fascinating read and very, very accurate: it all boils down to a lot of LA art people being gossipy, fickly, cocktail party chatters who tainted his name. We’ve had that happen to us (They called us the “Art Tea Party,” which we love.) and we know this to be true. It seems like a karmic loop is coming full circle for the LA art world…

ReCut Supply
Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake is one of our favorite places to shop and they are increasingly getting better and better as they are carrying more and more random, exclusive stuff. Local outwear makers ReCut Supply are a good example as Mohawk are carrying their first collection of vests made from vintage military material online. They are some pretty rad wears.

Barack Hussein Obama
Graphic novelist Steven Weissman e-mailed us about his great new book Barack Hussein Obama. The book is a satirical and funny and dark look at an alternative universe Barack Obama. It’s fantastic. If you are in Los Angeles, Steven will be speaking at Skylight on Sunday.

Oh! If you missed our pop-up at Meltdown, check out how it went here!

KYLE FITZPATRICK

October 26, 2012 / By

Happy Accidents, a group exhibition at Mike Perry’s temporary art space, Wondering Around Wandering

Happy Accidents, a group exhibition at Mike Perry's temporary art space, Wondering Around Wandering

Happy Accidents, a group exhibition at Mike Perry's temporary art space, Wondering Around Wandering

Happy Accidents, a group exhibition at Mike Perry's temporary art space, Wondering Around Wandering

I recently had the chance to check out the second exhibition being held at the Wondering around Wandering space, “Happy Accidents,” featuring a diverse range of work from a select group of international artists. Curated by Manchester-based art and design studio DR.ME, the show brings together sculptures, drawings, prints, installations, photography, and video-based work, all tied in some form to something unexpected in its creation. Artists featured include Linus Bill, Rhys Coren, Ryan Doyle, Daniel Eatock, Mark Edwards, Jonathan Flanders, Sebastian Haslauer, Steve Hockett, Hannan Jones, Joseph Manning, MVM, Benjamin Rawson, Ellery Roberts, SAVWO, and Rasmus Svensson.

Looking at the work presented together, it isn’t immediately clear what the thematically ties the work together without knowing the premise of the collection, but it does all feel at home together. There’s a thread of experimentation and a contemporary sensibility of image-making running through the work that is exciting and confusing in a good way, much like a mistake that turns out better than the intended outcome–a happy accident.

Happy Accidents, a group exhibition at Mike Perry's temporary art space, Wondering Around Wandering

Happy Accidents is the second of three exhibitions happening at Wondering Around Wandering and will be on display until Sunday, October 31. If you’re in the area, definitely check it out and keep an eye out for the last few events going on in the space, which you can find here.

Skip Hursh

October 26, 2012 / By

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