Shhh…the generator is humming.
Shhh…the generator is humming.
The Good News: A Place to Bury Strangers didn’t blow my ear drums. Even better news, they kicked so much ass. My experiences with APTBS has taken place at either their home turf of Death By Audio or a venue slightly larger. This was the first time I had seen them at a venue of this size. Usually when you go to APTBS show at Death By Audio, the lights are bright, flickering, and — dare I say it — even at times colorful. During some moments of their performance, the band was swathed in a coat of darkness lit only by a film collage projected over them, bringing down the tone of the atmosphere just enough to invite their audience into their ritual. I’m not trying to be cute by using the word “ritual.” I’ve written about the phenomena of their performance many times, stating that what they do is ritualistic like some violent Druid ceremony to heap worship and offerings to their gods. The thrashing of guitars, the wild-eyed look and the intensity of their sound is always refreshing to experience. It separates our world of social networks and computers and the one that is more attuned with the powers of sonic energy. It is a beautiful thing to witness and the band really proved themselves to be capable of headlining any show rather than opening one up.
The Bad News: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The Kills just seemed kinda mismatched for this gig. Especially when the first band (APTBS) opens up with such ferocity. How does one follow an act like that? Maybe I didn’t drink enough or was too occupied with dodging photographers while entrenched in the pit. I don’t know. Either way, I was glad to see APTBS again.
FOR PICTURES OF THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART AND THE KILLS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
By: Alexis Guerra
Like of the Week: Behold: An Artist who Paints with her Pout!
Red lipstick is riveting. It’s sexy, bold and fun. Other uses for it can now include artistic medium. That’s because Natalie Irish, a Houston, Texas artist, has taken the iconic colored tube of lipstick and created a this stunning portrait of sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, ONLY using her lips.
Since then she has created other works by using this same method and is garnering lots of attention for her impressive method. Truly a visionary, she states that though her work does take some time to create, and often results in weary eyes and a tired pucker, it can’t be denied this talented and gifted young woman has a knack for taking one of style’s most coveted beauty products and using it to produce timeless and dynamic work.
To actually see Natalie creating this visionary work, check out the video below:
Dislike of the Week: Marriage Equality is Not Accepted at Dollywood…
Marriage equality is something that many people in our Country have been fighting for for some time now, and you would think after everything that people are going through to make sure equality is doled our fairly, that more people would have an open mind. State of Tennessee, sadly, I’m looking at you.
Last weekend, lesbian, Olivier Odom, brought her family to the Knoxville theme park, Dollywood, (Yes, as in Dolly Parton) and was forced to turn her Human Rights Campaign shirt with the phrase “ Marriage is So Gay” inside out. What ever happened to freedom of speech or the fact that there isn’t anything remotely vulgar about the message of this tee that should warrant this sort of demand at all to begin with?
Olivier’s wife, Jennifer Tipton had this to say about the incident: “That’s what we found so offensive — that [the park employee] said it was a family park. Families come in a wide range of definitions these days and we were with our family.”
Olivier obliged only to have her family admitted into the park but it still raises questions on an issue that isn’t going to go away. Dollywood spokesman, Pete Owens has said that he will reach out the couple to address the issues brought up. At the end of the day, it’s a t-shirt, this is America and whether or not some people want to admit it, times are changing. Whether it’s spoken aloud, in print or with a fashion statement, equality is not only a privilege but also a personal right that should be respected. What are your thoughts?
By: Alexis Guerra
If you’re like me, then you like hardcore, industrial accessories. I was never a pearls-wearin’ type of gal and always favored bold, statement pieces that both men and women can pull off.
I was the girl in middle school who would beg my parents to buy me hardware nuts and plumbing tubes when they went to Home Depot so I could wear them as rings and would rummage through my Dad’s toolbox for things I could turn into accessories. And now, thankfully, demure jewelry seems to be taking a backseat this season and making way for looks that are modern, chunky and in-your-face.
However, these items don’t have to cost you a pretty penny. While scouring the internet I came across a variety of ‘How-To’ books that let you utilize your everyday household items to create original looks of your own. Hardware jewelry-making is becoming more mainstream and actually requires very little skill to construct. To check out some of these books click on the titles below:
If DIY isn’t your thing (any neither is owning a toolbox) fret not, both B.B. Bellezza (see picture shown) & Additions on Etsy feature “Recycled Wearable Hardware” that’s both eye-catching and adventurous. From hex nut earrings to steel and brass washer chokers, these looks are both edgy and original. So, embrace this trend and give your look the industrial ooomph it’s missing!
Dislike of the Week: Evian wants you to revert back to diapers.
So Evian has launched a new campaign to promote their water and its lasting youthful effects. And what better way to showcase this than by creating ridiculous t-shirts and making adults parade around in them for an ad? For only 30 euros you can waltz about like a fool with a screen-printed baby across your chest.
I cannot tell you how utterly absurd I think these shirts are. Not only are they veering toward disturbing but if I actually saw someone wearing this there is no way in Hell I could ever take them seriously. This also just might be the best opposite sex repellent I have ever encountered. Who would sleep with someone in this shirt? Aside from anyone with a freaky baby fetish, and on that note, that’s just sooo wrong…
Nope, I can see no redeeming qualities by sporting this bizarre tee, WHATsoever. And as if it’s not outlandish enough, Evian created a little video that’s sure to stay with you and leave you internally cringing…Enjoy!
Here’s what happens when you’re irresponsible and run your own site:
You think about how you can get free shit out of it like shows so you write to a bunch of publicists, you get on their lists, you end up at shows, you take awesome pictures, they send you awesome music, you make awesome posts and the next thing you know, you’re asking, “Well, how did we get here?”
For over a year we’ve been working with some hard working bands and management who have been so helpful and kind to us but on August 26, 2011, we’re shutting down the doors on the majority of our site to hone some focus in and around literature and photography — just like we did in the beginning and let sites like Pitchfork and Fader do what they do best. We will continue to work with music but in a different capacity altogether. More on that later. Since we’ll be stripped down to our bare bones, the look will change slightly.
The good news is that we want to see your poetry. We want your short stories. We want all the stuff that you don’t want anyone else to read, including publishers. We want the work that is on the outside of everything but so inside, know what we mean? More on this as time passes along…
OH! AND THE OTHER GOOD NEWS IS…EveryNightIsHalloween.net will be arriving shortly. This is a WD offshoot that you can not miss…especially if you can’t get enough of Halloween month.
Anyway, we’d like to thank all of the bands, artists, publicists and everyone else who have been super helpful this last year.
We’ll post some more info about Alexis Guerra’s Fashion Likes/Dislikes a bit closer to the date.
Thanks for everything.
P.S. Don’t forget to submit your stuff!
Again and Again
Due date is July 19, 2011
1. Hey Dan
2. How Much Younger
3. Value Lines
4. ‘Round Your Way
5. Back To the Tricks
6. Cult Face
7. Painting Truths
8. Hitting Traffic
9. Telephone Stories
By: Alexis Guerra
Like of the Week: Wedding Gowns Brought to you by… Charmin?
It’s odd and a little out there, but these stunning dresses are actually made from the one thing you use when you go to the John. Yup, look a liiiittle bit closer. These wedding gowns were constructed from toilet paper!
The 7th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, sponsored by the site Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com may not have been on most people’s radar but it’s a challenge that hundreds of women compete in yearly in an attempt to create the perfect look for that oh-so special day.
These gowns take some delicate maneuvering to create, as well as roll upon roll of the popular paper product and it goes without saying that many of the results are incredibly impressive. Held together by only glue, tape and needle and thread, these garments must be inventive and wearable and are chosen based on three categories, “creativity, originality and overall beauty. “
This year’s winner, Susan Brennan (to the right), constructed her floor-length design from only 4 rolls, winning the $1000 grand prize.
In the end, while most brides will opt for a frock that’s NOT created by toiletry products, it can’t be denied that TP off the roll never looked soooo glam! To see more toilet paper-inspired creations, click here.
Okay, this dress is the shit nightmares are made of. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed countless flicks featuring Mr. Buscemi and his bug-eyes with much enthusiasm, however, that does NOT mean I want him plastered all over my naughty bits.
Now, in my humble opinion, you’d either have to be a very HUGE fan of ‘Empire Boardwalk’ or have had to have lost a bet to don this dress. It’s awkward, creepy and just plain odd. And with a price tag of $100, it’s sort of absurd. Then again, so is the site, Chicks with Steve Buscemeyes, so…I guess, it’s a draw?
Either way, in my book, this is a FAIL.