August 19, 2012
March 9, 2011
If you already have your limited edition Converse/Clash shoes and Sex Pistols oven gloves you’re probably at a loss about what to do with your discretionary income.
Well, fret no more…
“Another boring scarf? More mittens? We’re not gonna take it! And neither should you! Pretty in Punk salutes counterculture fashion with 25 entirely original designs inspired by fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano, and punk legends. Indulge your girly side with the Ready Steady Go mini skirt, rebel with Feel the Pain wrist cuffs, or channel your inner rock star with the very same Mohawk hat Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore wears on stage. Whether you’re new to knitting or a veteran desperately seeking patterns with an edge, you’ll find projects here for every mood and every genre. With step-by-step instructions, helpful technical illustrations and intarsia graphs, plus high-fashion photos of all the finished projects, Pretty in Punk is the only authority on anti-authority knitting.”
“The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.” – Paris Hilton
- “Pretty in Punk” (amazon.com)
- “Pretty in Punk” free download (freshwap.com)
- “Oh, I thought you’d just made them up.” – the official Clash / Converse shoe (blogspot.com)
- “26 Punk Knits” (amazon.com)
March 13, 2010
“There are only two choices. A world with an eight-track museum and a world without an eight-track museum. I choose with.”
– Former Tiny Tim manager, Bucks Burnett.
- Play It Again: Promoter Has One-Track Mind About Eight Tracks (Wall Street Journal)
July 8, 2007
“Crowd Porn 2” by xtrapop (from the “Coachella Porn – Dante’s Orgy” series)
The idea that the Red Hot Chilli Peppers could inspire anything but catalepsy in an audience is beyond both my belief and understanding but, sometimes, it takes a photograph to show you what is in front of your eyes.
For me, this beautiful photo series of crowd scenes at Coachella, by Flickr member xtrapop (a.k.a. Thomas Brodahl), immediately brings to mind the listless rutting depicted in the orgy scene of the movie “Perfume” rather than Dante’s diabolical torments.
- Coachella Porn – Dante’s Orgy (flickr.com)
May 16, 2007
Cover artwork for Whitehouse ‘Racket’, by Stefan Danielsson.
When it comes to album cover art, William Bennett of Whitehouse has the uncanny ability to consistently work with artists whose work I immediately and unreservedly fall in love with – Trevor Brown, Romain Slocombe and now, for the forthcoming “Racket”, Stefan Danielsson.
Luckily for me Stefan has a blog which features lots of high quality scans of his work. Though my art budget is small I presently own a brace of Trevor Brown originals and more Romain Slocombe prints than I currently have room to hang. I look forward to adding some of Stefan’s work to my collection in the near future.
April 2, 2007
An excellent promotional video for “We are the massacre” by World’s End Girlfriend.
I’ve been listening to a lot of World’s End Girlfriend (a.k.a. Katsuhiko Maeda) lately and this video perfectly complements the beautiful track from his 4th album, “The Lie Lay Land” (2005).
There’s surprisingly little of interest/substance out there but here’s a start:
- World’s End Girlfriend at Noble Records (noble-label.net)
“Nothing will delight us more than to see your life and spirit enhanced with our music.”
- World’s End Girlfriend interview (autresdirections.net)
A short interview from the time of the release of “The Lie Lay Land”.
- “Scorpius Circus” live (youtube.com)
Not his most original work but worth watching to see him perform live with a full-size band.
February 4, 2007
“Gaahl of Gorgoroth” by Peter Beste (2003)
“You are what you came from.
It is your mission to go forth and to grow – to stay awake and to whisper.”
- Peter Beste Photography (peterbeste.com)
- The Official Gorgoroth Website (gorgoroth.org)
- “Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground” (feralhouse.com)
The definitive account of the Norwegian satanic metal scene in the 1990’s, written by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind.
“a fantastic realm where Satanism, neo-paganism and National Socialism energized a musical scene in which fantasy was actualized”
- “Lords of Chaos: The Movie” (roadrunnerrecords.com)
A fictionalised movie version of the Feral House book.
“Equal parts music, true crime, occult, and subcultural anthropology”
- 100 Great Photographs (davidwaterston.com)
The rest of the photographs in this series.