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Jun. 5th, 2008

Nightmare/Trippin' on Acid WOWNESS....!!!

o.K  so does anyone one else think Mark Ryden's art is like a nightmare/trippin' on acid WOWNESS!! Mark Ryden's art is a "wonderland-fairytale concoction of morbid dreams".  And the sound track playing in the background just made it much more creepier. You have to watch this video Mark Ryden's art is amazing! Enjoy. :]

Mark Ryden, a retrospective



Am I Dreaming...??

I happened to stumble across a painting by the artist Wary Meyers. His art is very dream like and whimsical. I saw a print of his (krakatoa) on canvas for sale at Urabn Outfitters and as soon as I got home I had to google his name. Here is a few of my favorite paintings of his. Please enjoy! :]

~ Joy of Cooking ~

~ Krakatoa ~ (Urban Outfitters has it for sale)

~ Mole going to play tennis ~

~ Zeppelin ~


The Yard Austin, TX Opening 6/9....

 My good friends Airica and Marc are opening up a store thats in a really awesome spot. It's a place where Marc will be able to display and sell his art work and customized kicks. But don't you worry the store will have more than just art and sneakers.

Here is the world's first sneak peek of the shop. Airica and Marc will be busting their ass's trying to get it ready for Monday. I just wish I was there to lend a helping hand.

The Yard
211 e. 6th st.
Suite B (@ 6th and Brazos)
Austin, TX

Shop Hrs.
Mon - Sat 2-10pm

Marc and Airica are waiting to make a trip up north to San Antonio to pick up the freash new items. You can go into the SA shop today and tomorrow and ask to buy these pieces (shown below), but only if you ask nicely, cause they will not be out on the shelfs, they are going to Austin for the Launch.......

San Antonio
529 San Pedro



The One Up Above.... I Want It!!!


New New Era
Only 12 of each piece

Go and check out Marc's myspace to see his art work and customized kicks.


What's On My "Summer" Playlist...?

MGMT : Oracular Spectacular

01_mgmt.jpgWell, although we’ve never mentioned them once, we’ve been outed by a commenter for preferring the likes of groups like Of Montreal better than mindless crotch rock like Alter Bridge. We suppose they’re correct.

In that case, may we recommend MGMT, who are currently touring with Of Montreal.

MGMT would never recycle big pop rock hooks for the sake of selling albums. Oh no siree. In fact, the duo’s much-anticipated first full-length album, Oracular Spectacular, frolics through fields of originality — bursting with buttery dewdrop melodies and sunbaked choruses.


An interview with the Gray Kid
words by: Ali Bey


One spring night after drinking like five or six red alize’s and grey goose, which James so rightly named “preppy passion,” my man Ruddy Rock put me on to someone, who in his mind was “a star.” This someone turned out to be the Gray Kid. I soon found out what all the hype was about, not only was he a real person (far from a Prima Donna) but when I heard his four song CD sampler I was impressed (and I don’t get impressed that easily mind you.) The music was a perfect mixture of electronica, hip hop, rock, soul, & “pop.” Songs like “Lonely love,” “$ Clip” and “Shine” didn’t sound like anything I was hearing at the moment, they felt honest, which was refreshing to me. In his live show he sang the falsetto part from the record and it SOUNDED LIKE THE RECORD, not too many R&B singers sound like their record on stage, so I had to give him props. Fresh from hosting the PLUG independent music awards and rocking the French Alps I was able to ask the young man a few questions; you might find his answers interesting.

How would you describe what you do?

The Gray Kid record is basically the introduction to me as a writer, a producer, an MC and an entertainer. It runs through a wide spectrum of musical influences, based mainly in cranking Jeep beats, Rock-n-Soul hooks and melodies, and the crazy raps. It’s people sh!t, with the bulk of the content centering around hope, truth, sex, love, warring and uniting.

What type of music did your parents play in the home?

In the house my parents started me off with all the classic oldies, from the Beatles to all the old soul stuff like the Temptations, etc. That oldies radio station was all I knew at the beginning

What was your introduction to hip hop culture?

My 3rd grade bus driver, who drove bus #318, is the prophet who put me on to hip-hop and most other contemporary, popular black music. She used to keep WPGC on blast in the mornings, and the afternoons. Before long it was strictly Mary J., then Jodeci, then of course the harder rap sh!t - as soon as it dropped heavier on the East Coast... I could wrap my head around it. My schools were always diverse culturally so I was blessed with exposure to so many different perspectives, music and other [stuff] from the jump.

Were you nervous hosting the plug awards?

It wasn’t "nervous" for me, in terms of being shook like I was going to look bad or say the wrong thing. I was just hopeful for the event organizers that they would get what they wanted out of it, which was primarily ensuring that everyone had a good time and that they were extended the opportunity to make it an annual event (by the venue, and the general response). The second year is always bigger with those sorts of things because you can add more sponsor money and hopefully more acts and more fans. In the end, everyone seemed overjoyed.

You recently performed in the French Alps, how was that experience?

Man, they treated us like kings over there. We ended up staying in a chalet with some of the event organizers and announcers for the Snowboard Competition so we were constantly in the mix, heading to the right parties and dinners at the right time. The show was bananas. 10,000 people was easily the biggest crowd I’ve played for, and there was even a huge 40x40 projection onto the face of the mountain with the graykid.com logo during my show--Majestic is really how to describe the sight of the mountain in general, and especially that freezing cold night with all those kids out there and me trying to look cool cracking chemical hand warmers. The fans in Europe are incredible, I was blown away because I would give a kid a CD on a Tuesday and have them approach me on a Wednesday saying they’d listened to it, played it for their friends, and wanted more. They’re so hungry for this.

How do you feel about downloading?

I’ve never been a big downloader. I hit that 1998 phase where it was hot and I got my two-to-three CDs full of weird old hits that you would never buy or particularly want to have anyway (“Lady in Red” comes to mind). But, I’m an old school; own the record, read the liner notes to find out who’s playing on the album-type of cat. Inevitably, we’re all going to have to start making shorter, doper records because inside a decade everybody will be pulling MP3s for a dollar each. In the end, the record companies did this to themselves by making the CDs so expensive, I’m not sure if people understand that the labels made that decision collectively, and that if they had not taken advantage of everyone’s exploding interest in home electronics and left the prices around 7 or 8 dollars, not only would they still be filthy rich, they’d still have everyone’s ear. It’s alright though; we’ll just have to write bangers—STRICTLY.

What are the pros & cons of being an independent artist?

For me, being unsigned right now (though I can’t say for sure whether you’ll be slapping that indie-label-sticker or that major-label-sticker on me just yet) allows me to really explore creatively. I’ve got a few other projects going--The Work, a classic-styled hip-hop project with my man Pesky doing the sick production, Sticky, a rocktronica record, and an acoustic record made up of some shorter, bluesier songs—but I’ve been able to load up on The Gray Kid songs and ideas, giving me that confidence to take new songs into new, potentially zany, murky places, while knowing I have the necessary records to achieve what we want to achieve in the end. The obvious downside to this independence is not getting PAID for any of these records yet, but patience and vision are instrumental in getting into the right situation with a label, independent or major.

Are there any contemporary artists you admire? Who would you like to collaborate with?

There are plenty of contemporary artists that I admire, but for all different kinds of reasons. Some people, like Outkast, you just have to revel in how they keep putting it down and forcing people to get with it. This is very inspiring. Then I look at a band like The Mars Volta, and I have to sit back and try to turn off the producer instinct that picks it apart so that I can just listen, because they’re doing truly new things within established, classic frameworks (afro-beat, salsa, metal, etc.) and this is the essence of making records in the new millennium I think—stop acting like you invented the shit or you’re competing with everyone, and start collaborating and acting instead like we should all be versed in the rich musical history we call ours.

What do you think is the biggest misconception of the music industry?

I think truly, the bulk of the huge pop records you see in the videos and hear on the radio DO make sense as the pillars of pop culture, especially in these times of muted consciousness, wayward politics and fear. But the way the entertainment and communications cycles have lulled us into this sense that we, as a mainstream audience, can’t digest or understand anything outside of this routine is inaccurate and just plain unfair. It’s like anything else, when there’s competition there’s innovation, and in the end, we all want more, better choices.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m gonna do my best to keep that curve chasing my ass, and not the other way around.

Check out his website, www.graykid.com. If you’re in NYC or if he’s in your town check out the live show, the last one I went to had drunk girls wrestling in the crowd, ya dig?







Music-wise, we're so lucky here in Minneapolis / St. Paul. So many great bands are making the rounds here at the moment, no wonder Tapes 'n Tapes didn't "catch on" for a while locally. One of these new cool bands is Duplomacy. I think you'll like 'em, I really do.

Here's what HowWasTheShow had to say:

Duplomacy plays with a rare calm and slow beauty that I have not heard for a long time…(they) play off of each other in an almost orchestral way. The song layering and transitions are reminiscent of the Beatles…While sounding very different, Duplomacy’s songs do have a similar dreamlike introspective beauty to some of REM’s earliest work. And their use of minor keys always gets me.


Personally, I think they sound like Death Cab For Cutie minus the "wussiness", mix in a little Pavement, add a bit of Wolf Parade and Dinosaur Jr, and there you go. Highly recommended for fans of bands afore mentioned and: Low, Band of Horses, Xiu Xiu, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Head of Femur, Headphones, Kid Dakota, Happy Apple, etc...

Here's a couple of mp3s for you:

mp3: Duplomacy - Stars
mp3: Duplomacy - Coppertone

The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up

Absolutely Kosher Records   

Alright, let's get one thing straight: there is no one named Jim Yoshii in The Jim Yoshii Pile Up. So put that thought right out of your mind. Now, as for the "Pile Up" part, that's another story. Oakland's JYPU have displayed an impressive collection of emotions and influences in their musical offerings to date. Their releases explore the gentle purity of melancholy, the brittle smiles of the desperate, and the exhaustive chaos of the bitter. By infusing late-period Bedhead and early Mogwai with the kind of vocal confidence and lyrical frankness so commonly misused by the early '80s English goth bands and late '90s Midwestern emo punks, this group brings the intensely personal ballad into the post-Slint age. JYPU unleashes the potency of the minimal and the glory of the extravagant and the epic. They have also been known to rock.

This is their story: they started as a trio called Andymat who played primarily for their friends. When their friends took them seriously they decided they were a real band, became a five-piece, and changed their name. In 1999, they issued their five-song self-titled debut EP. Two years later the band returned with their first LP, It's Winter Here, on Absolutely Kosher Records. On that album, they more fully realized their unique synthesis of moody multiple-guitar instrumentalism and heartfelt emotional rock, perfecting an intelligent and distinct sound for closet emo enthusiasts everywhere.