Boston Hassle is proud to present the New England Underground Music Festival ‘14!!!
Last year marked the inaugural run and this year NEU MF rises once more bringing together representatives from New England’s many different music & art communities, as well as some far flung weirdos from out in the various NE woods, in an effort to raise a finger, or a fist (or even some more polite hand gestures) and scream at the top of our collective lungs that New England is WEIRD, INSANE, BEAUTIFUL, and in the end just plain AWESOME. CELEBRATE IT!
9/5 NEU MF Day 1 - **6pm – 12:30am**
9/6 NEU MF Day 2 - **3pm – 12:30am**
AFTER PARTIES (w/ more live music) will occur if we’re able to find suitable homes for such in the general zone of CeL… if you have suggestions we’re all ears. We’ve tried a few spots already.
$12 – $15 Sliding Scale
NO BAGS, per venue. If you bring a bag you’ll have to check it.
and don’t you dare miss:
THE OFFICIAL HARBINGER of the NEU MF 14’
9/4 »NEU MF 14’ COMMENCEMENT RITUAL« @ Cantab basement/ Club Bohemia **8pm - 1:30am**
NEU MF 14’ confirmed performers as of 8/11/14
(performance schedule announced soon):
MA: World Domination
VT: Grape Room (Danny Bisette & Joe and Peter from Great Valley)
MA: Gracie Jackson
VT: Glitter Pen (w/ Kurt and Chris Weisman)
+ more TBA
***Keep your eyes glued to this page for the latest and most up-to-date news and set times!***
http://neumf.com/ <——- more info
the following electronic weird friends playing the
»NEU MF 14’ COMMENCEMENT RITUAL«
9/4 @ Cantab basement/ Club Bohemia
**8pm - 1:30am**
YES. THE OFFICIAL HARBINGER OF THE NEU MF 14’
1020-1040 LOS GREYS
11-1130 DVA (fr. Czech Republic)
1130-1150 JOEY PIZZA SLICE
1150-1210 NICK NEUBERG
1210-1230 LORD NATHANIEL
+ DJs spinning tunes between sets
Look up and look forward as Boston continues to establish itself as a Boss in public art innovation. Juxtaposing art with commercial and informational content via an 80-foot-tall LED multi-screen is ART ON THE MARQUEE, a public art project that screens multi-media work by local artists and students on a daily basis @the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. For the full enchilada, head to Southie on a Sunday from 8-9pm to watch the entire collection of art on loop or go to their website.
This is one of the first urban screens in the country and a very conscious attempt to create more platforms for digital art in public spaces. Of course, muchos gracias are due to the Dream Team, MASSACHUSETTS CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY and BOSTON CYBERARTS, for making these kind of projects/opportunities a reality for our city.
“By broadcasting this amazing media art as part of our marquee content, we hope to provide a model for future signage and urban screens in both Boston and North America – pushing the marquee content in new and unexplored directions that will please our guests and events while helping establish this program as one of the most creative and iconic in the country,” -James E. Rooney, executive director of the MCCA
If you’re a new media artist, get submittin’ those 30-second videos/animations/computer-generated works to the marquee’s eleventh call for new media art! The deadline is Sunday, August 31st at midnight.
Every first Friday of the month, the SOWA Boston Galleries at 450 Harrison Ave stay open late, a great chance to check out the openings of all the new shows!
Find & Form Space (524 Harrison)
My first stop was Find & Form Space (one of my new favorite galleries) to check out Tim McCool‘s show “Look No Further.” I always look forward to seeing more of McCool’s fantastically witty work and this show was “Everything I’d Hoped It Would Be.” In “Look No Further,” McCool plays with archetypes of advertising and wall text. McCool takes the oft overlooked medium of wall text and injects it with life. Interspered with McCool’s paintings are blurbs of wall text written by artists Ario Elami and Hisaya Ishii that comment on McCool’s paintings. The language of the text is an enjoyable combination of mocking and heartfelt use of stereotypical “art speak.” His work is bright, fun, and deliciously self-referential. The paintings comment on their own content and there is even wall text commenting on other wall text!
Ars Libri (500 Harrison Ave)
Ars Libri, in association with Robert Klein Gallery on Newberry Street, is currently showing Gohar Dashti‘s photo series “Iran, Untitled.” Dashti places her subjects in a tight cluster in the middle of a location-less desert. Dashti explores the constraint and isolation of her homeland, using her imagination to paint narratives that question both insider and outsider perceptions of Iran.
Boston Sculptors Gallery (486 Harrison Ave)
The Boston Sculptors Gallery is showing “Ovid’s Girls Boston/Berlin.” The show is a continuation of the mini show that was previously up at Gallery Kayafas. The work is marvelously tactile, unconventional mediums creating unique textures and shadows. The sculptures range from abject, evoking strange bodies and warped skin, to delicate, tracing shadows on the walls.
Carroll and Sons is currently showing the photo series “Where We Find Ourselves” by Justin Kimball. Kimball’s gorgeous photos show young people interacting with different bodies of water. The images are lush and filled with rushing water and bared skin.
At Bromfield Gallery I checked out “Black/White,” a show united by color palette rather than theme or medium (although a few shades of sepia did creep in here and there). I especially loved the needlepoint rivers by Ted Oliver and the spliced photos by Lisa Olson.
At Kingston Gallery, I enjoyed the modernist-inspired book sculptures by Conny Goelz-Schmitt, the painting “Satellite from the Afterlife” by David Kinsey, and the ethereal paper sculpture, “After Waterfalls of A Mother’s Soul” also by David Kinsey.
My last stop was the group show at Miller Yezerski Gallery. My two favorite pieces both gained their impact through incredible details. Chris Jordan uses images of 50,000 cigarette lighters to create a van Gogh and Frederick Lynch uses pend and ink to divide a simple shape into a dizzying tessellation.
That’s all for this month folks! Photos by Suzi Grossman. When I’m not writing for the Hassle, you can find me over at Suzi Looks at Lots of Art.
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The AMADEUS kids have got one foot on each coast as they bring forth choice words, images, ideas, and inspiration from The Inspired, and they’re laying it out in zine form.
The sequel to their new quarterly magazine (of the same name) is coming out later this month and it’s gonna be siiiick. Back in March, they released Issue #01 which is almost 40 pages you’ll want to revisit again and again. The artwork and pics alone make this a go-to for perusal, while the conversations and features will engross you with stories of insight and influence in the creative process.
Needless to say, we’re pretty stoked for issue #02 which will be featuring creativity catalysts like GIANNI ARONE, DANA WOULFE, WILL WILSON, WITCHORIA, L.A. WITCH, TSONS OF TSUNAMI, EMILY LUBANKO, HELEN POPINCHALK, MORGAN GRENIER, KEELY MURPHY, KELLY RULE, MATT ZAREMBA and KATE MITCHELL.
On 7/26, they’ll be unleashing all this goodness with an affair to remember @Lilypad in Inman Square, 7/26, 7-10pm with Tsons of Tsunami there to stimulate your auditory glands. Make sure to grab your own copy of Amadeus #02 for $10 a pop. It’s worth it.
Minimal bleakness from underground America stalwart RICK WEAVER. Known well for his video work, though perhaps not as well as he is known for his musical output, with “BLACK MEDICINE: PART ONE” Weaver gives us the descent of a man trying to find himself. With disastrous consequences. Lynch and Cronenberg echo through the chambers of RICK WEAVER’s tale, visually surely, but musically as well, in ways. A chilling reverb doused guitar riff meanders through the dimly lit, corroded corridors of this video release. It is eventually obscured by a growing static, but the reign of noise is only temporary, and the riff returns by the piece’s conclusion to roam once more.
BLACK MEDICINE is a film cycle, and above what we have is, yes, the first piece of the puzzle. When will we receive more for our journey to continue? No one is talking. The music that is found and will be found as part of this film cycle comes from several of Weaver’s recent releases: the amazing BLACK MEDICINE (MORE RECORDS), THE PERFECT MAN, and the upcoming BLUE SKY. Based out of Chattanooga and having used a number of monikers over the years for solo and collaborative projects (DINNER MUSIC, NEW FLESH (coincidence?)) it’s good to see RICK WEAVER going completely strange under his own name (he also currently plays in FORM A LOG). A real weird one this guy, I will be looking out for future installments of this series, as well as whatever other dispatches come from this man’s direction. Giving me the creeps over here. And I like it.
More heavy as is humanly possible Rhode Island infected sludge from DEAD AIR. Late last year they released a s/t record via beloved pillar of scum LOAD RECORDS. Sludge rock, noise rock TAKE YOU’RE PICK. Now defunct, DEAD AIR leave behind them piles of steaming heaviness that several random strangers may come across and shove into disgusting garbage barrels on their way to sitting down to eat delicious dinners sometime in the distant future. Members of BLACK CLOUDS and that band THE TRAPS that just got reissue treatment by CASTLE FACE RECORDS.
Before they passed DEAD AIR dropped off a smidge of vid for the song “Master of the Universe” from the LOAD record. LESS THAN A YEAR later I am finally getting around to mentioning it here (to be fair I only came across the vid maybe 3 months ago). What movie is the vid footage from? You got me, but I’d like to know so I can watch it. Directed by J.X. Williams.