Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Tribe Called Quest - "We The People"

A Tribe Called Quest returned from their hiatus with their 16-track album We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. The well-known conscious group of lyricist are back waking people up with their newest visual, “We The People…”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors

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Following its debut at the organizing institution—Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden—on February 23, 2017, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will travel to four major museums in the United States and Canada, including the Seattle Art Museum (June 30–September 10, 2017), The Broad in Los Angeles (October 21, 2017–January 1, 2018), the Art Gallery of Ontario (March 3–May 27, 2018), the Cleveland Museum of Art (July 9–September 30, 2018), and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta (November 18, 2018–February 17, 2019).
Washington is the first stop of a North American tour for a new exhibit by legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Her “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a collection of psychedelic art that appears to go on forever.

The first 9,000 tickets were reserved in just six minutes. The museum’s website crashed from demand. There is almost no end to the number of people wanting to enter Kusama’s infinite world, reports CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett.

One step into the space, and the experience is quite literally limitless.

From her quirky latest work titled “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” to her earliest mirror display, never before have so many of the 88-year-old artist’s captivating “Infinity Mirrors” rooms been shown in the same place at the same time.

Rarely seen outside of Japan, Kusama, who identifies herself as an avant-garde artist, established herself in the American art world after her move to New York in 1957.

“In the late ‘50s, it’s the post-World War II period in Japan, and I think it was also very much a period where if you wanted to become an artist you really had to go to a place like New York,” Hirshhorn Museum director Melissa Chiu said. “I would say that it started with her arrival in New York … She became kind of enamored with performance art, which was developing at that time,” Chiu added.

As an anti-war activist, Kusama staged what she called “Happenings” against violence at the height of the Vietnam War.

“She wanted recognition. She wanted to be known as an artist,” said Mika Yoshitake, who has studied Kusama’s work for decades. “The young people who were in her studio also frequented Warhol’s studio, and so she had her-- she was very kind of competitive,” Yoshitake said.

As one of the few women in an art world dominated by men, Kusama saw male artists like Andy Warhol as rivals, but the pace of her life in New York was unsustainable.

“She came back to Japan in 1973 and went through quite a dark period,” Yoshitake said. She worked herself mad in “40 to 50 hours at a stretch.”

Kusama has lived in a Tokyo mental institution for 40 years, checking herself out to work at a nearby studio every morning and returning to the psychiatric hospital each evening.

In a video made for the exhibit, the media-shy artist shared her philosophy.

“The effect of infinite, constant repetition leads us to finding our ever-expanding hope,” Kusama said in Japanese. 

“She’s developed a method or a rhythm to stabilize her condition and art really is a way for her, it’s a healing process,” Yoshitake said.

“Is she happy?” Barnett asked.

“That’s a hard question I think. There’s a lot of kind of, dualities in her work,” Yoshitake said. “Some of her work is very dark. She barely smiles when I see her. I think the only time she smiles is when she finishes one of her paintings.”

Kusama has described her art as therapy and her appeal has been profound.

“This is the most visited exhibition in the museum’s history,” Yoshitake said.

Kusama’s “Obliteration Room” started out with no color at all. Museum-goers, who are given sheets of stickers, are encouraged to cover the room in polka dots in every size and color.

More information:
» The Hirshhorn Museum: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir - "In This Cold Place"

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir - In This Cold Place Official video by Steve Cutts.

The new album, More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse, by Moby & The void Pacific Choir is available now as a free download in partnership with wetransfer:

Get all the official gifs from the video here:

Moby says, “working on ‘In This Cold Place’ and ‘Are You Lost In the World Like Me?’ with Steve Cutts has been a creative highlight for me. He's such a great animator and activist, and I'm so happy he agreed to make these two videos.”

Cutts said that these two videos are meant to represent “consumerism, greed, corruption and ultimately our self-destructiveness.”

Last week, Moby & The Void Pacific Choir released More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse, the follow-up to 2016’s These Systems Are Failing. The album is available now on all digital and streaming platforms as well as on WeTransfer via a name-your-own-price model with all proceeds going to a charity of the fan’s choosing.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dead & Company Summer Tour 2017

Set I
Truckin bw jm >
Smokestack Lightning bw >
Spoonful bw >
Smokestack Lightning bw >
Bertha jm
Ramble On Rose bw
Friend Of The Devil (acoustic) bw jm
Loser bw
Brown Eyed Women jm
Turn On Your Love Light bw

Set II
Help On The Way jm >
Franklin’s Tower jm
China Doll ob >
Dark Star bw >
Drums/Space >
Stella Blue bw >
China Cat Sunflower bw >
I Know You Rider all

One More Saturday Night bw jm

More information:
» Jam Buzz: Dead & Company 9/10/17 Full Audio
» June 9, 2017: Live for Live Music Setlist and Full Audio

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lee Fields & The Expressions - "Make The World"

Lee Fields points to this pair of dreams, and the hope it gave him, as the inspiration for “Make the World,” the fiery sing-along anthem off his last album, 2016’s Special Night. Today, Paste is excited to be premiering the video for the track, which sees Lee and his band hit the streets of New York amid an anti-Trump protest, and bringing a little levity and high-spirited soulfulness to the proceedings.

“People are sort of anxious nowadays with all of the stuff that they hear on the news. ‘Make the World’ is giving people a positive outlook on things,” Fields said. “I mean we can make it better if we come together. That’s the answer. Love is the answer. We can remedy everything that’s going negative in the world right now with true compassion for each other. So I think it’s the perfect time to give this song to the world.”

“I’m a very optimistic person,” he continued. “I believe we’ll be here. I believe the world we’re in will be here in a very positive fashion, but I think what we do now for the future generations, for our progeny, everyone just has to do their part in making it better. We have to put that as the number one issue; not only concerned with our time here on Earth, but the future’s. We have to be a little less selfish.”