Pink Mountaintops at Cine Jóia in São Paulo,Brazil.

Few places in the world would be more exotic for a Pink Mountaintops concert than Cine Jóia in São Paulo, Brazil - an authentic 1960s Tokyo-style Movie Theater morphed into a nightclub near the red-light district at the largest city in the South Hemisphere.

Pink Mountaintops, the LA-based-Canadian post-stone rockers fronted by Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean, were in Brazil, playing in a series of concerts with feel-good chill-wavers Washed-Out. An unusual combination that ended working in the Mountaintops’ favor – with their trance-inducing brand of motorik/garage-psycho rock.

McBean (once called ‘retro rockgod’) holds court, the music evolves from psychedelic-drones into pure garage-krautrock atmospheres while Gregg Foreman (Cat Power, Delta 72) adds to the shadows and reverberation in the second guitar and the metronomic and heavy duo of drummer Will Scott (Mooney Suzuki) and Steve Kille (Dead Meadows) in the bass holds it all together.

The night peaked with ‘Ambulance City’, the best track of the new record (‘Get Back’, out 4/29 via JagJaguwar and a serious candidate of best record cover of the year) - the perfect soundtrack for the fast-moving euphoric chaos that is Sao Paulo.

Band photographs by Melanie Swidrak.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture
- Circa early 2000s, worn by Catherine Deneuve in “Dangerous Liaisons”

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Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk launch their new fall/winter 2014 line, Area. Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk launch their new fall/winter 2014 line, Area. Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk launch their new fall/winter 2014 line, Area. Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk launch their new fall/winter 2014 line, Area. Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk launch their new fall/winter 2014 line, Area. Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk launch their new fall/winter 2014 line, Area. Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk launch their new fall/winter 2014 line, Area.

Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk launch their new fall/winter 2014 line, Area.

PS1 // Starred // Psychic TV/PTV3

Last Sunday, MoMA PS1 celebrated the release of Genesis Breyer P. Orridge’s new book, Genesis Breyer P. Orridge, featuring an enormous collection of biographical photographs. The event was part of PS1’s Sunday Sessions, organized by the museum’s Associate Curator, Jenny Schlenzka, along with P. Orridge and artist Leigha Mason.

Starred opened the event with a half-hour live performance, playing their beautifully somber music that has evolved into a much fuller sound. Liza Thorn’s stage presence was highlighted by her melodic voice as well as her all-white outfit that made her stand out in the otherwise dark stage. Starred’s songs ranged from slow and dreamy to rock-heavy, accentuated by the bass, keyboards, drums, and pedal steel at various times that each have their moment to exhibit the instrument’s musical nuances. Behind both Starred and Psychic TV/PTV3 as they performed their sets were projections of warm visuals of amoeba-like forms, provided by Jeanne Angel and Sam Zimmerman. 

Before Psychic TV/PTV3’s performance, Mason and P. Orridge discussed how they sorted through countless archival documents and photographs to assemble their book. P. Orridge also took a moment to remind everyone of all that had been lost to Scotland Yard seizures several decades ago, losing irreplaceable material that would most likely have made its way into the book. Stressing the importance of art as life and vice versa, P. Orridge left the audience with the open question, “Once you start to censor yourself, where do you stop?”

Psychic TV/PTV3 played an exciting set that didn’t fall short of amazing. Their music echoed throughout the dark domed room as the psychedelic visuals in the background distorted the Psychic TV symbol surrounded by constellations.

Levi’s RED February Pop-Up Shop

Levi’s RED has finally made a return after a seven-year-long hiatus. The collection contains all the principal clothing items from pants to shoes to the prized reversible denim-silk quilt, all of which integrate the classic white and indigo colors (except for the multi-colored rainbow skirt) with an updated curvilinear design. The space itself expresses the curved and comfortable architecture of the clothing with the bent metal rods used to hang the clothing around the shop. These metal branches stem from tree stumps placed along the bubble-wrap-covered walls and emphasize the natural inspiration for this collection of organic materials such as cotton and hemp, along with a wash-and-massage process that give the pieces a softer texture. Clothing aside, the pop-up shop as a curated space alone is worth visiting, ornamented with hanging Levi’s pieces that seem to promise New York warmer weather in the near future as we try to defrost.

(For the month of February, Levi’s Lined REDTM Collection can be found in their pop-up shop located on 9th Avenue between 14th and 15th street)image

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INTERVIEW: ADULT.

By Mary Sucaet

Imagine being snared in that most quotidian and infuriating of modern urban traps: the traffic jam. Resigning yourself to your fate, your attention drifts to the construction crew causing this asphyxiating bottleneck. There amongst the gravel, concrete and clouds of dust the two members of electro band ADULT. are toiling away. Fantastic escapist fantasy, you say? Not so, during the band’s formative years, “It was really exhausting, backbreaking work,” explains vocalist Nicola Kuperus. “[We] would get home and just want to listen to Pet Shop Boys because the work was so draining.”

Save as extras in perhaps a Devo video, Nicola and partner Adam Lee Miller most likely won’t conform to your idea of a construction worker. ADULT., their jackhammers and cement mixers now hung up, have been delivering grinding, revelatory performances for the last decade and a half, both at home in Detroit, Michigan and around the world. When asked about their recent European tour, Adam reflects in a grateful tone, “This tour was nice because we made sure we had time to see museums and other shows. We had buffers because our shows, [especially] for Nicola are very demanding. It’s nice,” he adds, “because we aren’t coming home from different jobs aggravated. We are right next to each other, going through the stress and exhaustion together.”

Shows in cities like Los Angeles, Mexico City and at home in Detroit are especially receptive to the chaotic nature of an ADULT. performance, according to the duo. On the other hand, there are cities like London, whose attendees have been known to throw adjectives like “intense” at the band, as if they missed the whole idea. 

Still, no matter the city you call home, ADULT. is not for the faint of heart. With titles like Anxiety Always, "Let’s Feel Bad Together" and "Why Bother", strains of a dark and uneasy melancholy run throughout the group’s oeuvre. Complimenting and balancing this sense of desperate foreboding is a strong current of subversively dark humor, lest ADULT.’s affectations get too heavy, oppressive or "serious". 

This becomes especially clear while ingesting their discography’s artwork and other assorted visual elements, the majority of which comes directly from Nicola and Adam. Having met in art school, the extension of the band’s carefully crafted and succinct milieu into the visual dimension is only too natural and perhaps even an obvious outgrowth of the couple’s artistic evolution. It’s not out of the ordinary for the couple to assemble shows whose emphasis is turned more towards visuals than music. Comprised primarily of videos and photography that tends to focus on common themes and elements like impeccably dressed, yet faceless, women juxtaposed against machines like classic cars and airplanes and assorted masked figures, the work tends towards a haunting-with-a-wink Dario Argento-esque sort of atmosphere. Nicola’s photography has even graced a series of greeting cards, perfect for an ominous and unsettling love note. 

Back to the band’s music, ADULT.’s latest album is a decidedly danceable affair, with a heavier emphasis on melody than previous efforts. Make no mistake, though: this is still an ADULT. party. The Way Things Fall is less grinding than previous incarnations, retaining the beauty and sparse spookiness of past works. Whereas Nicola once intoned about a “kick in the shin”, here the focus is more “down into your throat and straight into your heart”, all atop supple and warm rhythms and sharp synth layers with a directness perfect for any grimy dance floor. ADULT.’s past evolves on The Way Things Fall and takes new form, their rawness translated with deft fluidity into potent and precise capsules of four-minute electro bliss. 

Construction, arresting works of art, domestic and international tours, a rich and ever-evolving discography: what can possibly come next? Does the couple stop here, rest and reflect? Certainly not: pouring every cent and waking hour into their work is the only way they know how to live. In fact, with help from the Knight Arts Challenge grant, they intend to incorporate their everyday lives into their next project, which they’re calling “Detroit House Guest”. The band plans to play host to a series of musical collaborators who will live with them in Detroit while writing and recording a new set of songs to be compiled onto a new album. 

Be on the look out for the industrious ADULT. It’s hard to predict their next move.

Photo credit: Nicola Kuperus

“….. it was written by blixa and anita lane. I’ve always loved to sing that song. since I didn’t write it, I can see it for what it is. it’s really, really beautiful and haunting….” n.caveaccording to the scotsman, the song is about cave….”anita lane, his on/off girlfriend wrote a caustic but eerily beautiful song (“our map of desire.burned in your flesh“) about him, which he often performs as a penance”
nick cave’s grinderman played nyc last night.einstürzende neubauten will be here december 14th and 15th.
pictures below by peter sempel from dandy – a documentary on the berlin music scene in the 1980s….) “….. it was written by blixa and anita lane. I’ve always loved to sing that song. since I didn’t write it, I can see it for what it is. it’s really, really beautiful and haunting….” n.caveaccording to the scotsman, the song is about cave….”anita lane, his on/off girlfriend wrote a caustic but eerily beautiful song (“our map of desire.burned in your flesh“) about him, which he often performs as a penance”
nick cave’s grinderman played nyc last night.einstürzende neubauten will be here december 14th and 15th.
pictures below by peter sempel from dandy – a documentary on the berlin music scene in the 1980s….)

“….. it was written by blixa and anita lane. I’ve always loved to sing that song. since I didn’t write it, I can see it for what it is. it’s really, really beautiful and haunting….” n.cave

according to the scotsman, the song is about cave….”anita lane, his on/off girlfriend wrote a caustic but eerily beautiful song (“our map of desire.burned in your flesh“) about him, which he often performs as a penance”

nick cave’s grinderman played nyc last night.einstürzende neubauten will be here december 14th and 15th.

pictures below by peter sempel from dandy – a documentary on the berlin music scene in the 1980s….)

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