De La’s new album, and the Anonymous Nobody, out today. Instead of dealing with the sample clearance from their past albums, they assembled musicians to jam and recorded over 200 hours of live music. They then launched a successful Kickstarter, while going through the music and constructing new songs.
The album feature some more mature musings about mortality, infidelity, and even royalties. Gorillaz’ collaborator Damon Albarn makes an appearance as well as Justin Hawkins, David Byrne, Little Dragon, Snoop and 2Chainz. The album begins with a glorious intro from Jill Scott:
They’ve also released a documentary chronicling the making of the album called, We’re Still Here (now).
It’s getting really hard for us to order music from distributors, so we’re just linking you…
They have just released the lineup for Hiero Day 2016, and it includes:
A-plus vs Architech
Blu & Exile
Da Boy Dame
Invisibl Skratch Piklz
J Cutt (of APG)
Mikos Da Gawd
Nef the Pharoah
Risky Bizness Crew
Tri-State & OH NO!
Trill Team 6
Shepard Fairey is in SF this week, and he and his crew will be working on two murals to celebrate the opening of American Civics, a collaboration between Shepard and the estate of Jim Marshall. The first mural (image on the left) is Cesar Chavez at 453 Hayes St. The image Marshall took is after Chavez completed his 300 Mile March to Sacramento in support of farmworkers’ rights in 1966.
The image of Fannie Lee Chaney (right) will appear at 701 Alabama Street. Marshall’s photo is from 1964, on the day Chaney found out her son, James Chaney, and two friends were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan for registering African Americans to vote during Freedom Summer.
The opening of American Civics will be on Saturday, August 13th at the San Francisco Art Exchange, 458 Geary. There will be a meet & greet from 2-4pm.
We’re trying to make it to L.A. to check out the new show at Subliminal Projects, Banned In Babylon: The Art and Culture of Bad Brain featuring works by Darryl Jenifer, Lucian Perkins, John Mousheghian, Jeannie “Aunt Jean” Pawlowski, and Shepard Fairey. Open now through August 20th, 1331 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles (usually 12-6pm).
Obey Clothing just dropped a fairly extensive capsule collection with classic Bad Brains designs as well as some new artwork. We have a sampling here.
Don’t miss Hiero this weekend at Stern Grove (19th & Sloat in SF) with special guest Dan the Automator. Show starts at 2pm with dance crews Mix’d Ingrdnts Dance Company and Golden State Breakers opening.
If you’re in the southern California area, be sure to make a stop by Jeremy Fish’s show, where he’ll be exhibiting his collection ‘Los Angelurkers’. The show opens on June 25 from 6-9 pm at Thinkspace Gallery 6009 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232.
For our Hawaii peeps, Mark Oblow is coming for a bunch of solo shows. Artwork will include photography, block prints, and mixed media in resin. Decks are 24″, 40+ year old deadstock original skateboards (a small sampling is below).
Friday, June 24, 2016 – Opening Reception at FITTED
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Open House at FITTED
Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Meet/Greet at Ala Moana Nordstroms, Presented By Electric
Monday, June 27, 2016 – Special Installation at TREEHOUSE
To get prepared for the brand new gallery show that Matt Ritchie and Alex Pardee are creating, they have launched a new website that will be the ongoing destination for all things “ASTRALNAUTS“! Currently, you can read about the inspiration behind the show, as well as read the future-history of The Astralnauts and the extra-terrestrial-ghosts that they hunt.
Stay “tooned”, as they will be unveiling the team, as well as some of the artwork on the site very soon!
“The Astralnauts” art gallery show opens up on June 10th from 7-9PM at
GALLERY 1988: West
7308 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
And remember, these are ‘naut your average ghostbusters…