September 2007


TORMENTA – 9li’s solo exhibition at ROJO®artspace BarcelonaBruno 9li travels to Barcelona for his first solo exhibition in Spain.Everything boils in the flames of now – chaos, myths, streets, frenesi, trance, death and rebirth, what is natural and supernatural. The newest works by brazilian artist Bruno 9li. Artworks printed on textile exposed in a new gigantic format that allows you to adquire a limited edition print in any size you want. The vernissage event includes the presentation of Bruno 9li’s first monographic book called “Agora Eterno” printed by ROJO®.Links:> ROJO®> ROJO®artspace Barcelona> Pre-order Agora Eterno/book> Preview Agora Eterno/bookROJO®artspace Barcelonac/ Girona 61. Local 02. 08009 Barcelona. Spain.+34 934 673 598This interview from le cool magazine –BRUNO 9LIWho are you and what do you do?My name is Bruno 9li from Brazil and I’m very happy to be in Barcelona for a while. I spend my time contemplated and trying to understand the complex mysteries of the world. Sketching is the best way I’ve found to express my thoughts.What is the idea behind your covers?In Barcelona, new ideas spring up everywhere, and I can see amazing images right in front of me. They are feeding my imagination while I’m spending time in the city. Everything is new and intense for me. And that’s why the ideas behind my covers can put across the impression that I have of this incredible genetic and cultural mix that exists here. This is one of the most important places on the Mediterranean, all of the stories that emerged from here, the mix of cultures, fauna and natural ambience, everything influences me and it is all codified in these covers through my illustrations.If Barcelona was the hero in a children’s story, who would it be?It would be a mythological mix of man and fish with wings, that lives between the sea and Montjuic. Very friendly and filled with positive energy, always changing its form and doing what would make people feel happy in its presence.

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Notable on this mix: Jeff Buckley now ten years gone. This Orange County native continues to have relevant music. Another from Smog is next from his 2000 release, Dongs of Sevotion. Girls Are Short, the happy, young suburban Canadian duo is on 5th. Yung Joc representing our disenfranchised urban-Atlanta youth comes in 6th. Silly song. Fun times regardless. Check out the video link below for his visual accompaniment. Madlib, hailing from LA, graces us with another brilliant snippet from his 2006 Beat Konducta Vol. 1-2 release of killer beats. His newest in the BK series is out and it’s chock full of wonderful beats taken from Bollywood cinema. Damn it’s tasty. Los Shakers are 9th with their take on the early Beatles sound. These Uruguayans tried to ride the wave of the early British invasion and were wildly successful in the Spanish-speaking world. Tom Waits shows up again on this mix, in the 11th spot, with something beautiful from 1977 release, Foreign Affairs. It’s certainly one of my favorites of Tom’s “bar piano” years. 14th place is song I grew up listening to, as did just about every other kid in a Bolivian family. It’s a bit of folk music from the Andean region my family hails from. It’s also the name of the folk dance that goes along with the music. Immediately following is a Hank Williams Sr. tune giving us some early Americana to help round this heavily diverse mix out. The Rosebuds of North Carolina are in 16th with a song from an earlier release. It’s a current favorite of mine. No doubt fans of Death From Above 1979 will hear in the 18th spot, where they may have “borrowed” their sound from. Way before their time, Trans Am was putting out some top-of-the-line stuff. This tune is from their 1998 release, Surveillance. Yes, 1998. 19th is The Retaliates, a hardcore punk band from the Mexican barrios of Los Angeles. Catch them in the film Wassup Rockers. Love to hear that good punk is still getting produced. Calling themselves electro-punk rockers, A.R.E. Weapons comes in 20th with something from their 2003 self-titled release. Finally we end with a song from Los De Abajo from Mexico City. As I mentioned last time, great things coming out of this hemisphere’s largest city.— this post has moved to: apmunoz.tumblr.com


This past weekend myself and the family walked around the Renegade Art Fair here in Chicago. There was lots and lots of cool stuff, although much of it was the same. One of the telling standouts was the gobs of baby stuff. Those Baby Boomers out there are demanding grandkids! Well if you are like me, you aren’t going to be satisfied with dressing your little tyke in something from Walmart. Check out these cool duds from Brooklyn’s Wolf-e

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Ric Stultz, Milwaukee-based artist working predominately in gouache on paper. His work moves to cotton tee-shirts equally well.

“Record Lover”

“New Vigil”

 

“Back Up”

 

“Owl”

 

“Tape”

 

“Tokyo”

 

“Tree”

 

Also check out his images of retro-futurism @ Future Passed.

— Anthony P. Munoz

Foregone Conclusion

Coming up with names for compilations, much less designs, is really, really hard. Some of them may make some sense because of specific songs or particular assembleges. Others are just random stuff that popped into my head and then immediately back out again through the computer.

Case in point: Forgone Conclusion is my 112th mix tape I’ve designed for friends. This comp. starts out with Bikeride, my new favorite band, and a song from their release Morning Macuba from 2002. Second up is Cake and a song from their 1996 release Fashion Nugget. This band is still around and just released a LP of rare tracks and B-Sides. Not wanting to break from the Music Swap trend, this mix sports some excellent tunage from up North. Hawksley Workman is up third, with a song from For Him And The Girls. Originally from rural Ontario, Hawksley has put out albums both in Canada and his sometimes home of Paris. He’s also produced some amazing albums for other artists, including the darlings, Tegan & Sara. Montreal’s Islands are on sixth, with a song from their 2006 release, Return To The Sea. You may recognize their sound as members of the Unicorns & Elephant 6 (see MS037 & MS046) started this talented off-shoot. Dual violins and some happy keyboard-action give these guys a bubbly, indie pop polish that is the helping fuel the tsunami of talent pounding our shores from up north. Geez Canada is really putting out these days. Hall & Oates are back, again. What can I say? They have a classic sound that is irresistable. Taking the far north on in musical output is the far south – Mexico. Cool stuff from Mexico City’s Mexican Institute of Sound from their second release, Piñata. MIS actually is Camilo Lara, who pulled samples of funk, hip hop, and latin rhythms stirred them with ample break beats – all from the comfort of his bedroom. The sound is a bit “comfortable” at this point, but it’s good summer music. The Presidents of the United States of America, the Seattle band which had a string of hits in the mid 90’s, shows up here with a song from their self-titled debut album. Their back after breaking up for a few years and are on tour right now. Some classic punk in the 10th slot – Manchester UK’s the Buzzcocks to be exact. This 1977 single release got buried because of it explict adolescent subject matter. In the punk spirit, Atlanta Georgia’s Black Lips fill the 11th hole in our comp. with a song from their Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo release earlier this year. Lo-fi recording in a drunk-filled Tijuana bar make for a great album. They are on tour in the UK and all over the US of A the next couple of months. Catch them while they’re hot. Next on the mix is Hammamatsu, Japan’s bubble-gum, punk-pop outfit, Spookey, with another song from their Spookey Cat album. Think Rockabilly muppets with powdered sugar covered balloons of helium. You can catch them the next 4-5 weeks all over Europe. Old favorites, the Butchies are here with a song from their 2004 release Make Yr Life. The Butchies went on hiatus after this album. We hope they come back soon. Oakland California’s Desoto Reds are 15th on the list with something from Hanglide Thru Yer Window. Still more from great bands fill in the gaps – Clyde Federal, Andrew Bird, Field Music, Midlake, Amon Tobin, The Foundry Field Recordings, Dressy Bessy and Bound Stems.

 

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