Call me a lazy blogger...
The truth is I am a bit more busy these days with my professional life at work. The forthcoming audit at the company I work for is a pretty time consuming issue and therefore not even that I do not have enough time to finally finish and publish the artickles I work on, I even had to postpone the start of my private summer to a bit later term. :)
Surely, that does not mean I do not walk the streets of my city with eyes open and I do not listen to sounds that surrounds us and that I do not pick up the interesting stuff from the pavements anymore.. Therefore, I collected a few small picks I have collected within last week and offer them to you for a lazy summer Sunday...
Make you a nice comfortable place in the garden next to the pool, wet your lips with a cold tasty wine, relax and have a look on a few recommendations of what to LISTEN to, what to SEE and what to READ.
What to LISTEN
a collection of tracks, sounds and mixes I liked recently
A pilot single from forthcoming album of Bjork is scheduled to be released on 30th June and Bjork is offering to her fans a small teasers, so that they have some clue what to expect. Check the video bellow to see how inovative in sound enginnering Bjork still is. They gutted Bjork's old celeste and replaced the notes with custom made bronze notes and made it midi-compatible so it could be played remotely by an ipap... amazing.
Even sooner than Bjork, on 27th June a debut album of a french musician Quentin LaRoux, I don't want to be an Emporer is going to be released on Bellring label under the name of Quentin's alter ego Hugo Kant. If you already read my review of this amazing album and had a chance to listen to some of the tracks of Hugo Kant, you already know that Quentin is more than a gifted producer. Listen to his last mix called "Daylight" on Mixcloud and you will learn, Quentin is an excellent DJ as well. The Daylight mix is a perfect jazzy soundtrack for lazy trippy summer afternoon. Enjoy! (And do not forget to read the review of Hugo Kant's album if you missed it here
What to READ
a collection of artickles and interviews I liked recently
The hottest bunny painting the bunnies...
Andrej Dubravsky is a slovak queer artist born on 30th July, 1987. At his age of 24, Andrej (currently studying at Academy of fine arts and design, Department of painting and other media, 4th studio of prof. I. Csudai, Bratislava, SK) is becoming a worldwide known gay artist whose works are positively received by critics as well as by art fans.
Read an interview with Andrej in last issue of Doopler magazine at http://www.doopler.com.ar/
. Do not forget to check some of Andrej's paintings in the What to SEE section of this post.
It is not a long time ago that I have posted an artickle about last photo exhibition of siberian born artist Slava Mogutin, Suddenly Last Summer
If you're interested in how it comes that a writer and poet turns into visual artist or why was granted by political asylum by USA back 1995, what inspires him and which young artist he likes, read and interview with Slava in last issue of DIRTY magazine at http://dirty-mag.com/v2/?p=468
What to SEE
a collections of photography and fine art stuff I liked recently
In the galleryt bellow you can find the paintings of Andrej Dubravsky, that you can read about in the "What to READ" section of this post. In addition, you can find some amazing shots by a slovak amateur photographer, a very good friend of me, Tatiana Siskova. See more of their works at ANDREJDUBRAVSKY.COM
Album: I don't want to be an emperor
Artist: Hugo Kant
Release Date: June 27th, 2011
Label: BellringArtist web page: click here
Bandcamp Buy: click here
It is just one month ago that the very first EP of Mr Quentin Le Roux staring his solo project under the name 'Hugo Kant' was released. Three tracks EP 'Searching London EP
' was well received by the listeners and up to day Hugo Kant is approaching 20000 listens and 1500 downloads on Soundcloud. Pretty good start for the beginner, one would say. Honestly, the fact is Mr Le Roux is no beginner in music scene at all... Who's Hugo Kant then...?
Quentin Le Roux (Hugo Kant) was born on June 15th, 1976 in Marseille, France. At the age of 5 he started to study piano, guitar and music theory at the national music school and 13 years later he created his first music band 'Güs Weg Watergang' together with Simon Fayolle (aka Braka), Sébastien Smither, Olivier Dumaine and Richard Rozembaum.
This psychedelic jazz-rock band was already introducing Quentin as a gifted multi instrumentalist playing keyboards, flute, clarinet and sampler. Since 2002 when he left 'Güs Weg Watergang' he played in many different bands. Currently he's a part of Samenakoa, Picture Shop and electro-jazz band Nuestra Cosa and playing even more instruments including drums, flute, clarinet, flugelhorn and bass guitar.
And, of course, he's also staring his solo project 'Hugo Kant' with debut LP 'I don't want to be an emperor'
that is due to be released on Bellring label on June 27th, 2011. I was lucky to get a copy of this album from Quentin and listen to this very fresh stuff already. Curious about what to expect...? Read further... ;)
Hugo Kant (Quentin Le Roux)
According to Hugo Kant's official web page and official profiles on social networks, you should be prepared for a big portion of downtempo, nu-jazz, acoustic music and trip-hop. Frankly spoken, do not believe that.
The portion is even bigger than it could seem and cooked out of much more ingredients than mentioned above. Hip-hop, breakbeat, nu-jazz, acid jazz, downtempo as well as uptempo, trip-hop, psychedelic rock influences, electro, heavy sampling, touch of symphonics, and lots of acoustic music ... All these genres Hugo Kant mixes together with an ease like if it was the most natural thing. 13 tracks of the debut album could easily fit into The Herbalizer's or Dj Shadow's sets as well as into jazz or rock festivals, side by side with music of Jaga Jazzist, The Cinematic Orchestra or polish Skalpel .
The first listen to 'I don't want to be an emperor' recalled few years old memories in me. Can you also remember the amazing debut LP of Xploding Plastix 'Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents' LP? Than probably you will face this dejavu the same as I did. Not that there is nothing new on Hugo Kant's release, but the style and ease of browsing various genres and tempos are very similiar.
Anyway, there's much differences there still and that's only good. Where Xploding Plastix' debut were going wild and rough, Hugo Kant is keeping a typical french elegance and groovy flow. The excellent sounds of flute presented in the album are also definitely not letting you hesitate, that this music has been born in France and will make you ask yourself "Fuck, how could I forget about Ludovic Navarre already?".
Le Roux' lots of experiences from other bands (as an instrumentalist as well as the composer) and his love for technology and solid knowledge of studio work is relflected in the precise production of all tracks. Each one of them has it's own particular mood and orchestration but the album is remaining consistent and keeps listener's attention from the begining till the end providing him with colourful, dope picture of these days' jazz and electronic music.
With a bit of luck, this album should become really big one day... Do not miss that.
Enjoy the free samples to listen, J.
I don't want to be an emperor
1. This old tune 05:13
2. June 04:21
3. Thou shalt not kill (scratch by Zé Mateo - Chinese Man) 04:09
4. Ranjia (scratch by Zé Mateo - Chinese Man) 04:01
5. Awakening 00:49
6. 5 for you and 5 for me 04:41
7. Leonids 05:44
8. No Jazz 04:17
9. I don't want to be an emperor 05:24
10. The Chord Cracker 05:03
11. Delirium 03:56
12. Nocturne 01:22
13. So Why ? 04:22
Album I don't want to be an emperor
by Hugo Kant
is due to be released by Bellring
on June 27th, 2011. Buy it here
Well, looks like there are some people out there that liked my yesterday post about my first Spinner 360 gallery :) so for the ones that liked my new pics - here you have some pictures in 360 panorama remix in my new gallery. Enjoy! CLICK HERE to enter new ZOOM BACK CAMERA gallery.For orginally posted on.a.road.in.and.out.gallery CLICK HERE
on.a.raod.in.and.out. is nothing more than a road trip story. photo story. collection of pictures taken on different places over one half of year in my life. on the roads and highways between Topolcany, my hometown, Bratislava, the place I've lived for last 4 years, Vienna, the city that I thank for so many beautiful memories and faitfull looks to future and Linz, home town of my hase. in and out of a car.
on.a.road.in.and.out. is a collection of my very first pics I have taken with my Spinner on my very first 10 rolls of KODAK 35 film. gallery of pictures of me and various places that I liked for some reason, pictures of architecture, of people and of the ones i love for some reason. I know there's much to improve heh, but I hope some of you could maybe like some of my first tries and if so I would be glad if you will not feel to be shy to leave me a comment at bellow of this post and if you would feel absolutely free to share my pictures further :).hope you'll enjoy. J.click to enter the gallery
"The first European show of my EU tour this June
was in Graz Austria for the Springfestival. I played alongside Dorian Concept, Martyn and Samiyam on Thursday and ended up staying an extra day on Friday.
That extra night the good people over at FM4 asked me to come in and do a short interview and dj set. It seemed like most of the other djs coming into the studio were playing more danc-y type sets. So, given the gentle mist of rain outside, the proximity to rolling hills and a massive river, I figured I would go a more gentle route. (I admit this mix is more of something my alter ego “Welder” would put out, but the world is a weird place, you never know what can happen.)
Here is the simple gentle set. Enjoy." Eskmo @ www.eskmo.com
Eskmo could not start his last mini-mix with a better choice than Clark's 'Absence'. The opener is immediately setting the listener to a calm, relaxed setting of little rainy hot and lazy summer evening that you won't be willing to leave for hours and after the last track you will become to pray for some more... lovely. Enjoy listening or download from Soundcloud.com. J.
Btw., go to Eskmo's blog if you wanna see few pics from the event in Graz ;)
1) Clark: “Absence”
2) Yuichiro Fujimoto: “Open Window (For Piano)”
3) Aphex Twin: “Tha”
4) Bibio: “St. Christopher”
5) DJG: “BC3″
6) Panda Bear: “Drone”
"Siberian-born artist and writer Slava Mogutin was exiled from Russia for his queer writings and activism at the age of 21. In 1995, he was granted political asylum in the US with the support of Amnesty International and PEN American Center.
He is the author of two hardcover monographs of photography, Lost Boys and NYC Go-Go, and seven books of writings published in Russian. In the past decade, Mogutin’s photography and multimedia work has been exhibited internationally, including MoMA/P.S.1 and Museum of Art and Design in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, The Haifa Museum of Art in Israel, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) in Spain. Mogutin’s work has been featured in a wide range of publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, Whitewall, Modern Painters, ArtUS, Vice, i-D, V, Visionaire, L’Uomo Vogue, Stern, and L’Officiel Hommes" (Bio taken from SLAVA MOGUTIN PHOTOGRAPHY Facebook Fan Page
Slava Mogutin - Sticks and Stoned (2011)
"In Slava Mogutin's Suddenly Last Summer, 25 photographic images of male subjects are set in traces of blurred summer color. They are taken with a Holga camera, whose plastic lens delivers the type of experimental accidents for which Jack Smith and Stan Brakhage strove. The resulting light-leaks and double-exposures allow Mogutin a new impressionist vision where a rich and refracted spectrum is layered into the penetrating light of day.
These images are not erotic per se but emotional – an expression of love's natural freedom as opposed to repression's unnatural grip. In perfect contrast to Sebastian's horrifying noonday martyrdom in Williams' Suddenly, Last Summer, Mogutin's subjects live and perform in the open, in brilliant air, in full color and natural light.
Slava Mogutin's luminous pictures celebrate a polychrome Eden that has actually, largely arrived." Diego Cortez
Slava Mogutin - Sky (2011)
Slava Mogutin presented his last photographic work containing 25 photographic images of male subjects that are set in traces of blurred summer color at AS IF gallery, Harlem on June 4th 2011. 'Suddenly Last Summer' title is inspired by the classic Tennessee Williams play
about repressed homosexuality, lobotomy and cannibalism.
All pictures have been taken with Lomography's Holga camera, whose plastic lens delivers the type of experimental accidents well known for all the analogue photography lovers. The exhibition at AS IF is open till June 25th, 2011.
In a conjunction with the show AS IF presents a limited edition artist portfolio in a boxed set of 25 chromogenic color prints, 5″ × 5″ each, signed and numbered on the verso, in an edition of 25.
Slava Mogutin - Rock Bottom (2011)
If you're lucky to be in Harlem these days, go and check Slava Mogutin's exhibition at AS IF gallery. The few examples of Suddenly Last Summer pictures that you can see are promising you will see arguably most personal and poetic body of work of Slava Mogutin to date. For more information visit slavamogutin.blogspot.com
Slava Mogutin - Shower Head (2011)
Slava Mogutin - Sunny Side (2011)
Picture by hilarion
. Camera: Diana F+
, pinhole . Film: Redscale XR 50-200
Album: Urban Traffic Compilation
Free download: click here
12 artists. 1 extra fine audio ride with 12 stops. CD METROPOLA was produced in limited quantity as a part of diploma work of Lukáš Jakubis, that time student at University of fine arts in Bratislava. The complete result of this unique admirable project includes pictures, video, a book and this music compilation. Twelve slovak music producers used a sound bank full of samples of various industrial vehicles, public transport ticket markers, and other sounds of traffic in slovak capital Bratislava as the base for their works.
The project contributors decided to offer the digital release of METROPOLA CD for free downoload at slovak label AJLÁVMJUZIK. The digital release includes the CD cover, printable pdfs of the cover and the sound bank od the used samples. The contributors are encourage the listeners for free sharing and creative attitude ;)
Must have. j.
METROPOLA by robertzelenak @ youtube Music: KARAOKE TUNDRA 'trnavské mýto'
Urban Traffic Compilation list of contributors:Casi Cada MinutoStroon
click to listen Karaoke Tundra 'trnavské mýto'
for b0bTale no1 click here