viernes, julio 22, 2011

jueves, julio 21, 2011

Puños de hierro

Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State

"Steven Heller analiza en este volumen ilustrado el arte, el grafismo y los artilugios propagandísticos creados por los gobiernos totalitarios de la Alemania Nazi, la Italia Fascista y los regimenes comunistas de la URSS y China. “Como cualquier campaña de identidad corporativa, el régimen totalitario exige a sus ciudadanos lealtad a la marca”, dice Heller que con estas palabras resume uno de los principales objetivos del libro: mostrar cómo estos regimenes utilizaron el diseño gráfico como instrumento de poder.

La esvástica y la tipografía gótica de la Alemania de Hitler, los pósteres aerodinámicos y futuristas y las camisas negras de Mussolini, el realismo social de la Rusia de Stalin y el Pequeño Libro Rojo de Mao son símbolos reconocidos en todo el mundo. Todos ellos fueron usados en una gran variedad de propaganda, desde pósteres, revistas y anuncios hasta uniformes, monumentos, banderas y estatuillas. Además, todos los líderes cultivaron unas determinadas características personales (el bigote de Hitler, la calvicie de Mussolini, la perilla de Lenin o la sonrisa de Mao), tratando de transformar sus respectivas individualidades en iconos. Más de cuatrocientas fotografías los recogen en este libro, que cuenta con un capítulo para cada régimen, y que explora además la paleta de color utilizada por cada dictador, las tipografías, y los slogans que se usaron para vender el mensaje totalitario, congregar e influir sobre la población."

martes, julio 12, 2011

jueves, julio 07, 2011

160 Greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

Burning Witch - 4xLP+DVD Box Set

"The BURNING WITCH 4LP boxed set is finally in production after various delays for various reasons. 4LPs will be contained in a black slipcase (heavy printed and side loading black box), with a 42 page 30cm square perfect bound book of artwork and photos, and a few texts.

Towers... & Rift.Canyon.Dreams LPs will have cloned covers (and identical track listing) from the original Slap-A-Ham & Merciless LPs, but printed as Stoughton tip-on style sleeves (and sans inserts).

Towers... LP is cut from the original 1/2" master tape that somehow was missing in all the years between its recording and post 2008 Crippled Lucifer release. Stuart Dahlquist at last managed to unearth said tape a few years ago and the resulting test pressing of this record sounds absolutely incredible. I dont know if I've been involved in a recording before or since which gives me the tactile, tangible satisfaction of said album.

Rift.Canyon.Dreams LP benefits greatly from a remastering for vinyl by Mell Dettmer (who mastered all 4 LPs in fact) and a great cut. Clarity is much improved to these 4 abstruse tracks.

The third vinyl in the set is a 12" with Bleeder & Rift.Canyon.Dreams (2008 mix version) tracks. Fourth LP is an amazing sounding recording of the 1996 live concert at Pioneer Theatre in Seattle (with Greg Anderson also on guitar) with an insert of photos from said concert. That was pre-Towers.. 3rd and 4th vinyls are housed in direct to board sleeves by Stoughton.

We are pleased to announce that Alan Dubin is involved in the project, he is authoring a DVD which contains the 2 known video recordings of the band live: 1996 Pioneer Square Theatre (from original super 8 videotape) and 1997 on Public Access channel 29 "29 Live" (from original super VHS). This DVD will be inserted into a pocket in the perfect bound book. Here is a photo of the capturing process...

All in all this is the complete (and final) retrospective of material from this long defunct group who survived a near miraculous afterlife and memory amongst the faithful. We neglected to include the demo or any rehearsal material as it's not worthy... you can find this all online anyway. We attempt to present it all in its original intention, and the supplementary pieces, in my opinion as art director of the Witch's releases over the past 16 years, follow that original aesthetic closely.

The boxed set will be manufactured in an edition of 1500 copies and available from Southern Lord Recordings this Autumn.

And so, after these long roads, the nails are in the coffin.

—Stephen O'Malley, Paris, July 2011"

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domingo, julio 03, 2011

Pagando por ello

"Just finished reading this one, and I can happily recommend it to you sleazebags. Canadian artist Chester Brown tells about his experiences with prostitutes who don't like being called prostitutes, i.e. escort girls, as a part of his everyday life. From the beginning, it's all very pragmatic -- Chester does not want to be in a relationship BUT Chester wants to have sex with girls. After doing the math, he comes to the conclusion that a $200 date every two weeks would be roughly what he spent just to be in a relationship (with no guarantee of sex).

Brown kept track of when he dated each girl, and they are all accounted for in this book. The monotony of the every-two-weeks-dating is reflected in the art, and since Brown decided to exclude most personal details about the girls, even to the point of not even showing faces, you don't get any of the more intimate side of the john experience. Sexually, Brown comes off as very basic -- blowjobs + fucking, and that's all there is. So, the various encounters with the girls are not what you remember most after reading the book.

* TERB = Toronto Escort Review Board

Throughout the book, Chester discusses various legal/moral aspects of prostitution. He is arguing against the concept of romantic love etc etc, and you do get a lot of talking heads and word balloons... Brown's style is stripped down but effective, I'd say. Brown is 100% clear that he wants prostitution (at least in Canada) to be decriminalized rather than legalized and regulated. In the book, he mainly discusses this with his artist pals Joe Matt and Seth, and his ex-girlfriend.

The last part of the book is a pretty hefty collection of writing on prostitution, as well as a ton of notes explaining minute details of the story. Some of the notes are great, like when explaining that yes, he really did say "I'd like to have vaginal intercourse with you" on his first pay-date, ha ha! Even Seth contributes with his notes after having read the comic. I found this comment of his to be pretty spot on, if you have followed the careers of Brown and Joe Matt (who has never made any secret of being a porn hound)...

All in all I found Paying for it to be courageous, flawed in some ways, but very much worth reading if you are at all interested in probing an analytical john's mind."

Texto: Tommy Carlsson