Samstag, 8. Dezember 2012

RASHAD BLENDING HIP HOP & ACADEMICS

One of the two artists responsible for one of my most favourite Hip Hop LPs in 2012. Really looking forward to hear more from RaShad, Director of Community Diversity in Natural Resources, North Carolina State College (technicianonline.com) in the future. His new album "Transitions" seems to be in the pipeline...

 

Samstag, 15. September 2012

FOUKAULD - LA DISPARITION MONOGRAPHY & LTD BOX (OUT OCTOBER 10th))

It's all done and prepared: OFFICIAL RELEASE: 10/10/2012 "FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR"



"FOUKAULD - LA DISPARITION" Monography: 22,5 x 28,5, 106 pages, 57 color illustrations reproduced from handprinted analogue C-prints // Fold-out // Linen hardcover embossed // With essays by Inge Marszolek, Wolf Langewitz and Markus Oberndorfer in German, French, Englisch // 2012 // FOTOHOF edition // ISBN 978-3-902675-71-2 //

LTD BOX: FOUKAULD BOX - SET // 1x Signed and numbered book “Foukauld” (see above) // 1x or 2x Handprinted, Limited, signed and numbered “Edition-print” // 1x Limited, numbered Blu-ray “Omega Point” // 1x numbered "Omega Point" accompanying booklet with an Essay by Lydia Nsiah in German, French, Englisch // Edition: 50

WEB & Pre-ORDER DETAILS COMING SOON. Those that already reserved a copy with me over the weeks and months (you're on the list and will get an email soon). The official release with my publishing house "FOTOHOF edition" will be October 10th at "FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR ...

Freitag, 14. September 2012

SANCHEZ & WASHINGTON - P.W. ESQUIRE

Henry Sanchez and Pat Washington rippin' it:



"I glide with the beat, ride with the beat! Sometimes even get high on the beat! ..." - very nice interaction between skateboard- and rap-parts!

From "Got Gold?" Skatevideo, 2002

Samstag, 21. Juli 2012

JORK WEISMANN: ASLEEP AT THE CHATEAU

© Jork Weismann, Asleep at the Chateau
Now please, someone tell me books have died in this digital world like vinyl did! Yeah, yeah right! Keep dreaming!

After Matthias Herrmann who recently released his book "270 West 17th Street #20c NY NY 10011" with Fotohof edition, it's now another friends turn with his book "Asleep at the Chateau" (Jork Weismann).

As I dont know more about Chateau Marmont than stories I heard on the telephone or over coffee with Jork, I'm going to stick with the description provided by artbook.com.

And by the way; my monography "Foukauld" about my work "La Disparition - Le mur de l'Atlantique autour du Cap Ferret" is in print and available Mid-Late-August (with Fotohof edition). There will also be a very, very limited box edition, but more about all that soon.

"Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles is a fantastical folly in the land of make-believe. As Harry Cohn, the founder of Columbia Pictures, said in 1939, “If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.” Several generations of actors, directors, writers and artists have heeded Cohn’s advice, from Dorothy Parker and F. Scott Fitzgerald to Hunter S. Thompson and Jim Morrison. [...] 

[...] Asleep at the Chateau" pays homage to this fabled place by picturing its quieter moments. Here, photographer Jork Weismann portrays a range of celebrities asleep at the Chateau--among them Bret Easton Ellis, Kirsty Hume, Patti Smith, Orlando Bloom, Juergen Teller, Sally Singer and Justin Theroux. Sprawled out in chairs, on couches or across the floor, Weismann’s subjects reveal both themselves and the Chateau as they have never before been portrayed." (taken from artbook)

Order and find more information here (artbook)! Stay tuned and keep buying books and records. Its just great to flip pages, inspect covers and watch records turn.

Freitag, 15. Juni 2012

THE STORY OF YO!MTV RAPS ...

What can I say, or ... should I even say anything except:
"Where has my VHS-player gone?!!!!!!!"



makes me reminisce over the
"last show freestyles!" (youtube)

Freitag, 8. Juni 2012

KALHEX INTERVIEW / STARWAX N°23 / PHOTOS: SIRLENSALOT

Interview by Aurelio Levisandri, photos by Markus Oberndorfer aka sirlensalot, lens j. I'll let the interview (in french) do the talking ... (free dwnld) and watch out! Kalhex debut album seems to get a vinyl release and how the rest of all the nice and unreleased tracks and beats, that fill my harddisk are going to be released - "i dont know" - but however its going to happen, you should not miss it!!!! Full support! Great guys!

Coming up:
Kalhex - Kalhex Lp (2012)
Lex de Kalhex & Art Pattern - Organic Extensions (2012)
Pete Flux - S.c.i.e.n.c.e Ep (produced by Parental, 2013)
Lex de Kalhex - Full Circle Instrumental (2013)
Le Makizar - Schéma de Vie (2013)

Montag, 30. April 2012

CRIMES OF THE MIND

by "Mattic feat. Artists of the Beautiful". Brilliant track about possible reasons for leaving personal thoughts - disguised as colorful traces of time - painted on the walls of public space or wherever they might be. An insight and possible access point to what is/could be going on in the mind of someone, that has chosen this surrounding and artform as a way to express him-/herself ... very nicely and sensitively done in my opinion!

"please take a walk through the city at night ...". Exactly what I said in a short radio interview about "night" too several years ago. I for myself had to add: "It can just be as calming as walking through the woods."

"its everywhere!" ... "heaven on the wall ..."



Released on recently founded label Phonosaurus. Also available as official free download via the label's website. Behind the label; Berry Weight. If you were following my reviews on the rotaug blog, you might have read my recommendation about their debut-album "Music For Imaginary Movies" back in 2010. I'm still loving it and am indeed very curious about what is there to come. What I can already tell: I love mood and mixture of singing, rap, sample based music and live recorded instruments, ... and not only on this track. Full support from my side!

Samstag, 17. März 2012

STEVE LAMBERT ON UTOPIA & EXHIB: ENACTING POPULISM

polaroids by SM.us
UTOPIA TRANSLATES TO: NOT PLACE -----------------
UTOPIA IS NOT 
A DESTINATION - 
BUT A - DIRECTION 
-----------------
(Steve Lambert)



this statement origins from Steve Lambert's lecture at "Transmediale 10". He printed an unlimited series of "give what how much you can" posters, one of which i bought at a very interesting exhibition called "Enacting Populism" at Kadist Foundation Paris (currated by Matteo Lucchetti). It opened February, is still running and I had to at least go two times and not even this was enough.
Among his work in this really GREAT exhibition I also want to link to two other projects: "Simba, the last prince of Ba'ath Country" - a work about Syriah, social networks, political visual landscape, ... that kept me reading and digging for at least one hour and the video "Le President" by Alterazoni Video that I wont explain further ... I loved the way he played with the appropriation of subcultures in media-landscapes.



And "last but not least" a link to a short Video with Matteo Lucchetti talking about the Project "Enacting Populism".

Freitag, 24. Februar 2012

TEIELTE - WOODEN LOVE

This one honestly kept me bouncing even after the last of the six tracks on the nicely done picture disc 12" had run out! "Again! Again! A little voice in my head said!" Outstanding "glitchy" Hip Hop beats from "Teielte" on a very interesting label from Warsaw called "U Know Me Records". You don't know them? Get [yourself] Familiar ...



his bandcamp features his first album but not the 12inch. Also check "Galus - Futura Lp" or "Daniel Drumz Ep" on "U Know Me"

Donnerstag, 9. Februar 2012

MYSTERY'S EXTINCTION

Another absolutely incredilbe track from my men Deja Voo (really nice guy as far as I can say) and Blame One from Mystery's Extinction. You might recognize the sounds from some of my former mixtapes. Deja Voo is also featured on one of my most favourite Kankick releases ever called "Observation". It took 15 years for this video to appear; take your time to enjoy! Great vibe!

I observe things ...

Sonntag, 22. Januar 2012

KALHEX, ROB O & GRAP LUVA - PERSPECTIVES / LA FINE LIGNE 12"

News from my homies Lex, Parental & Le Makizar in Paris. After an incredible debut album in 2009 (about which I blogged back then) and a great instrumental 2LP by Lex de Kalhex called "Perfect Picture" from last year, they have been teaming up with "Grap Luva" and "Rob O" for their next and soon to come 12inch.

Kalhex, Rob O & Grap Luva rhyming over the instrumentals of Lex and Parental. Each beat an artwork of its own. Rob O gets a nice laid back INI kind of treatment and Grap Luva rocks an uplifting boom bapish beat with nice layers that make only listening to the beat an odyssee. The record includes vocal, instrumental and (yeeeah, we like that!) also the acapellas (I always figured it being really sad, that this kind of early hip hop phenomenon stopped at some point). But that's not all. The record features two bonus beats by Parental and Le Makizar in addition to that and they also really hit my nerves. Heard them all and more of that ... and believe me; this one is going to be a must have aswell as the rest that seems to come in future! What else to expect from my favourite french producers on the mic. Enjoy! Support artists! Buy records!

I filmed a little something with my phone when I joined them for the mastering session last week - its a part of the bonus beat by Le Makizar.



Link: "Perspectives/La Fine Ligne" on Akromégalie Records ...
Coming very soon!

Samstag, 21. Januar 2012

CONSTANT DEVIANTS - FULTON STREET 7"

A brilliant 7" release by Constant Deviants (aka M.I. & Dj Cutt) straight out of Baltimore. I was really looking forward to this track & instrumental getting a physical release. The instrumental was spooking around on my harddisk as an untitled mp3 for quite some time and I just couldn't stop listening to it - same now with the vocal version. "Outstanding; really!" and I actually have nothing more to say than that.



"I put my lifetime inbetween the papers lines"

If you decide to get your copy (ltd 250) directly from six2sixrecords do yourself a favor and also check their other releases, plus the just recently released Amp Boogie, DNA, Sparrow The Movement ...

Sonntag, 15. Januar 2012

ZOE STRAUSS - UNDER I-95

I just got introduced to the incredible artwork of artist and photographer Zoe Strauss (born 1970) yesterday (Thx for that Shelby) and I am already hooked. For 10 years she took images of primarily middle class Americans to convey what she calls "an epic narrative that reflects the beauty and struggle of everyday life". Watch the video to see how she is setting up her show under "I-95 freeway", which she did every year over the last 10 years.

Plus an exhibition of this work at the "Philadelphia Museum of Art" just opened yesterday January 14th and is accompanied by a 270 pages book also named "Zoe Strauss 10 Years".



“I knew when I began to take photographs that the direct gaze was going to be of great importance,” explains Strauss, an installation artist and longtime political activist who, in 1995, established the Philadelphia Public Art Project (PAP), her one-woman organization dedicated to making art an essential part of urban life." (USA Projects)

Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2012

2001: SCRATCH

"A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl." (Imdb)

It has been ten years since this documentary was made and still - and after dozens of times watching - its fantastic!

Dienstag, 10. Januar 2012

1983: STYLE WARS & WILD STYLE

Two of those classic documentaries that make me feel good anytime watching - even if it is the 52nd time and even if they are edited like if there is any time in the world! But its important to take some time for history and that's definitely where history was "written" and "captured".

I can already see the pictures in my head while only hearing the sound to the film and I will never forget the time, when we were trying to copy moves and orientate ourselves on breakdance parts of "Wild Style" because that was the only footage we had to see and find out how this socalled thing "breakdance" works (until the video tape was so fucked at all these key-parts, that you had to copy the copy of the copy). Now you can google, share, find video tutorials of everything and nothing at the same time; crazy!
If you should take the time to watch Wild Style: pay attention to the moonwalk in the end at the stadion party - it just lasts for like two or three seconds, but it is so intense with the sound and the guy blowing smoke out of his mouth at the same time. i have never seen one like it - incredible, aswell as all the writing, rapping, dancing, scratch-beginnings, later-on sampled talking, ... too much to continue and why should I, considering the fact, that there are two brilliant documentaries.





Enjoy the "Total Recall" and I'm sure you can find all further information by yourself as I think it might not be your first time either. Style Wars (Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant), Wild Style (Charlie Ahearn)