Gazing at the works of LA artist and former South Park animator Eric Yahnker who creates twisted, lightly perverse coloured pencil and pastel drawings, satirising American popular culture and politics.
Yahnking your chain with these catalogue selections...
Installation image from Ebony & Benghazi, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, 2013
Super talent Ta-Ku's Songs To Break Up To shows the cool shoulder, finding harmony with heartbreak. A drama free alternative to deleting your address book, plotting revenge and making public scenes.
The self-professed "genre killer" eclipses expectations of more club bangers with 10 matured tracks that source inspiration from cinematic score icons Hans Zimmer and John Williams, dissolving his orchestra with downtempo emotion to soul mending results. Minimal compositions, maximum effect. Not relying on profile features to tell the story, Ta-Ku uncovers amazing new vocal talents from Ebrahim, Atu and Sydney-based Thandiwee Phoenix.
Buy the moody mini-album direct from the artist's own label Huh What & Where (aka HW&W).
10 years ago, avant-garde Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto joined forces with the technical expertise of Adidas to launch the first Y-3 collection. The sleek label is now synonymous with the sports-meets-luxury aesthetic.
To celebrate this milestone, they've commissioned a compilation of original works from some of the most exciting producers in the underground electronic world. The 14 tracks include Maurice Fulton sampling a frenzied game of ping pong, sophisticated lounge music with Daniel Wang and Jules Etienne, a mental deep house massage from Mano Le Tough and a new slice of Rub N Tug's trademark slow-mo disco, all ascending into a mixed version by it's curator Alex Prat (aka Alex From Tokyo).
Originally released as a special-edition vinyl box set, both the mixed and unmixed versions are now available as free downloads.
Toronto-based Bad Day was founded in 2007 by Eva Michon and Colin Bergh (later joined by publisher Jackie Linton) and has since grown to become one of the best rising arts and culture publications around. Published biannually, Bad Day's conversational and frequently humorous interviews with diverse subjects such as Gaspar Noe and AA Bronson (along with our own ceo and Azari & III) veer away from stodgy biography and towards the reflective and personal.
The team have just published Issue #16 including chats with Neville Wakefield, Paul Morrissey and Asger Carlsen (who recently produced some literally face-melting shots of Cut Copy). Issues disappear quickly so make sure to grab yours here.
Unreal vibes coming out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Locals lovingly nicknamed it "No Fun City" after the closure of almost all of its accessible live venues but as usual, things just go underground. Known most recently for breakout punk successes such as White Lung and Nu Sensae, Vancouver also has a softer, smoother, sexier side.
Upstart label Mood Hut pushes things forward with the release of some incredible records and cassettes from Cloudface, Aquarian Foundation, and Pender Street Steppers that are proving to be catnip to the Discogs hoarder set. Dance music that toes the line between raw and elegant paired with impeccable design sense, what more can one ask for?
Athens-based biannual Kennedy Magazine makes its maiden voyage. Alongside photographic essays and style guides, the self-proclaimed "Journal of Curiosities" shoots the breeze with intriguing creatives including cosmic wanderer and descendent of pop art legend Eddie Ruscha, The Last Days of Disco director Whit Stillman, sculptor Erwin Wurm and the best beard in dance music Andrew Weatherall.
Beautifully bound into a compact size fit for travel, the tidy operation has plans to publish each European summer and winter. Issue 1 is available now through their online store and select boutiques and book stores worldwide.
Carlsen's imitable style of absurd figure manipulations, which evolved from working in crime photography and shooting magazine ads, binds and perverts images of bodies and limbs as 2D sculpture. In the Vice documentary below, the Danish-born New York-based artist explains, "I wouldn't except the photograph just to be a photograph. I want it to be something else...to escape its origin."
After a friend of a brother of a friend turned out to be Junior Boy Jeremy Greenspan, Jessy put down some vocal parts for their record It's All True. Given his pedigree, it comes as little wonder that Pull My Hair Back sounds like an exercise in vintage, arpeggiating luxury; a study of silky pristine, emotive elegance. All class.
Eyes basking in the work of up and coming Dutch artist Jordy van den Nieuwendijk. Fun, clean, chromatic line illustrations. Some detailed by hand while others are humanised computer drawings, sliding between sophisticated figures and goofy cartoon imagery. A simple style that empowers white space with incidental parallels to Australia's own Ken Done.
Jordy currently works on freelance, collaborative and autonomous projects from his studio in The Hague. He's enlightened Colette Paris, Apartamento Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Plant Journal, as well as exhibition spaces around the globe. Slowly scroll through his folio here, with some of our favourite selections below.
Chilean maestro Nicolas Jaar colludes with Dave Harrington for another trip to the Darkside. The duo tease the first 11 minutes of their forthcoming LP which was previously mashed with Random Access Memories as Daftside. A spectral masterpiece that invites you to enter the sound system with hints of rock opera, sci-fi soundtrack and the most minimal techno. Not one to do things by halves, Nico even burnt a house to the ground for the youtube visual.
Grab it for free from their official site.
Mountain Sounds Festival , Central Coast, NSW
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Marathon Music Works , Nashville, TN
Upset, Nagoya, Japan
Echostage, Washington, DC
Shangri-La, Osaka, Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
Cable, Hiroshima (Fukuyama), Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
Phoenix, Sydney, NSW
Bar Caezar, Ehime (Matsuyama), Japan
Crow Bar, Tokushima, Japan
Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
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