Late Monday night, word quickly got around that the beloved DIY arts and music venue on the border of Queens and Brooklyn, Silent Barn, had been burglarized. $15,000 of musical equipment, handmade art and valuables was taken from the venue, and the place was violently trashed.
This week … why are the Coptic churches of Egypt burning, Paul Goldberger is cynical of Rem Koolhaas, video of Alexander McQueen at the Met, profile of Cory Arcangel, tour of the 2011 Contemporary Furniture Fair, want to live on a houseboat on the Gowanus, Luna Park’s Berlin pics, an interview with the Met Opera’s conductor and 8 NYers are suing Baidu for censorship.
Screaming Females are one of those bands who are just that good; they have an unwavering idea about who they are and what they want to do, have worked relentlessly to get where they are and have retained their weirdo aesthetic throughout. In the past two years, the band has gained the attention of indie icons like Henry Rollins and Jay Mascis, and they have played to huge auditoriums and basements alike, sharing the stage with bands like Dinosaur Jr., Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Yo La Tengo as well as dozens of local musicians just starting out. The band doesn’t stop at concerts either — on March 30th, Screaming Females teamed up with frontwoman Marissa Paternoster and LNY’s new art collective, called Doodle Drag, for a multimedia show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey.
A group of enterprising Oxford musicologists have endeavored to recreate the musical instruments found in the Bosch’s famed 16th century painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” a painting that’s well known for its unreality. Conclusion? “Whatever Bosch’s painting depicts, it’s not possible to play a flute with your bottom.”
One of the most fun parts of Asia Society’s Yoshitomo Nara retrospective is that the galleries are soundtracked: the artist’s paintings, drawings and sculptures are accompanied by a selection of handpicked tunes. Music more than anything else drives Nara’s work, from the rebellion of punk to the navel-gazing of blues singer-songwriters. Below, find the exhibition’s two playlists.
This Friday is the last day for artists to submit their sounds to the DJ Battle record you’ve all been waiting for: The Sound of Art. This record, which is being produced by Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City, compiles and organizes art sounds by gallery location — Manhattan (side A) and Brooklyn (side B) — for one giant DJ face off this November!