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"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.)
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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
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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.
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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 and www.slavamogutin.com.

J.
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Slava Mogutin - Shower Head (2011)

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Slava Mogutin - Sunny Side (2011)

 
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"klásky" ("spikelets")
Picture by hilarion @ lomography.sk. Camera: Diana F+, pinhole . Film: Redscale XR 50-200 
 
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Album: Urban Traffic Compilation
Artist: various
Label: ajlávmjuzik
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.
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Video: METROPOLA by robertzelenak @ youtube Music: KARAOKE TUNDRA 'trnavské mýto'
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Urban Traffic Compilation list of contributors:

Casi Cada Minuto
Stroon
Ujko
Indianapolis
Emilee
click to listen Karaoke Tundra 'trnavské mýto'
Batcha Demental
Trib
Zaz Ras
Part
Asebest
Stix

 
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for b0bTale no1 click here
 
 
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Good news coming from WARP. 

Two years after his debut album was released, new material by Hudson Mohawke is going to be out on 1st/2nd August this year. 

The EP called 'Satin Panthers' will contain 5 tracks. One of them, 'Thunder Bay' is already available  to buy now from Bleep and iTunes. Customers who pre-order the whole EP will also receive an instant download of the track.

Look for more information here and take a chance to listen to Thunder Bay meanwhile (video bellow).

Enjoy, J.

 
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"na vidieku" ("in rural")
Picture by Button @ lomography.sk. Camera: LC-A. Film: Redscale XR 50-200 35mm.
 
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Artist:       Unit-E
Album:        Beats, Love & Unit​-​E
Release date: May 24th, 2011
Label:        Trust in Dust
Available for free download here

New beats coming out each day... 

Back in 2009 Unit-E put together a collection of 9 tracks that finally have been discovered and released two years later on May 24th, 2011 on Trust In Dust label. 

Luckily Beats, Love & Unit-E did not loose anything while waiting two years for the official release and the journeying beats & electronica that the album is filled with is remaining topical. Nice chilly hip-hop beats accompanied by the elements of soul ('Believe') and reminiscents of late 90's Vienna downtempo movement ('The Rhythm') and occasional descent vocal samples would be a perfect headphones soundtrack for summer evening walks on the river Danube bank even in 1999 as well as these days. 

Well, not much experiments and not much new found here, but if you look for relaxed beats produced with uncompromising skills for the moments when you need to cool down, Beats, Love & Unit-E is definitely worth to try.


Grab your own copy for free here. J.
 
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Artist:       Bandshell
EP:           Bandshell
Release date: May 30th, 2011
Label:        teaandcakerecords

Teaandcakerecords is a small independent label based in Hereford & Blackburn U.K. EP "Bandshell" by Bandshell that they released today is the third EP released on the label, following releases by Brotto, Grassland EP and Brotto Remixes.

5 tracks EP Badnshell's opener "Peel It (Hour String)" won't let you in any hesitation that this guy definitely "wants to make his own fucking music" and that he means it pretty serious. Agressive broken beats surrounded by disturbing sounds are fluently transforming to the amazing beats making lesson in second track "Midas".
Starting with "Memories Of Melting Ice", Bandshell is taking the listener to dark, deep space full of massive beats in somehow slower tempo in comparison to the first half of the EP. In the days when big dubstep labels are investigating the possibilities of mixing beats with even more soul vocals, r'n'b influences and even pop melodies, Bandshell EP is taking the oposite direction to the roots of the broken beats and underground electronic music bringing the term "leftfield electronica" to the game. More than worth to listen!

Grab your own copy available for free download and enjoy this massive ride! J.
 
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Maximus is almost 30 years old guy from Paris, France. Influenced by Dilla, Pete Rock or Quadron he started to cook his own abstract beats something about 6 or 7 years ago. 

Having his pockets way too full of chilly, calm catchy beats full of light and love, Maximus decided to release his very first digital EP "Beats4Her" and make it available for free download through bandcamp.com in 320k mp3 as well as in FLAC.

Find yourself a time and discover beats of Maximus on this warm early summer evening, I bet you'll love it... ;) Enjoy, J.

Btw., = pssst, secret...do not tell to any record label he's still not signed...and even do not tell them he has tons of beats in his pockets still... but if you tell, do not forget to say Maximus can be found and contacted on Facebook as well as by email to maximusbeats1@gmail.com ;)