Wily folkplayer MICHAEL HURLEY (aka Elwood Snock) has charmed hip audiences for over fifty years now with his timeless surrealist tunes and sweetly weird comics, all the while maintaining a certain ornery, outsider mystique.
In the new issue of Arthur, Longtime Snockhead/Arthur Senior Writer BYRON COLEY investigates this Wild American treasure in an enormous 11,000-word, 8-PAGE feature replete with rare photos, artwork, comics… and a giant color portrait by Liz Devine. Snock attack!
Join Arthur co-publisher Floating World Comics at The Waypost on Sunday August 11th to celebrate the release of the new ish. Stop by for some sweet tunes and pick up the new issue a week before it hits the stands!
APAK is Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland. They are husband and wife tag team artists who live among the furry conifer giants in a little cottage on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. They create artwork together as a way of exploring the beauty, mystery, and magic of life as well as expressing their love for life and for each other. It is their hope that their work sparkles your eyes and brings you a warm smile. Click on image for full size.
‘Roots to Fruits‘ is a little limited edition zine made for “Story Motel” @ Owl & Lion Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. An exhibition of zines and multiple publishing.
For those of you who have yet to make it down there, Friday, May 15th is a wonderful occasion to check out the Interdependence Project (or I.D. Project) in the East Village, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to channeling meditation and mindfulness practice into their real-life applications in the arts, ecology, activism, and community service. From 8 to 10pm, longtime Arthur contributor Douglas Rushkoff will join writers Alex Gordon-Brander and Charles Eisenstein in a panel discussion entitled “Beyond the Benjamins: Complementary Currency Systems and Social Interdependence”, followed by a question and answer session. Should be a lively and informative evening for people looking to find out what complementary currency is and how they can get jump-start an alternative exchange movement from the ground up.
A description of the event from the I.D. Project Website:
Alternative currency systems naturally encourage cooperation, reciprocation, self-reliance, and mutual aid. These four elements are the foundation of social interdependence and socio-economic solidarity. Come learn about starting a complementary currency and how new forms of exchange build value in your community.
Join us for a panel discussion featuring Alex Gordon-Brander, Charles Eisenstein, and Douglas Rushkoff. Q&A to follow introductions and explanations.
Friday May 15, 2009, 8pm-10pm
Lila Center, Interdependence Project
302 Bowery @ Houston St., 3rd fl.
F/V, D, 6, R/W trains all nearby
$10 or $5 (students/unemployed/monthly IDP donors)
Money should not keep you away!
Let us know if you can’t afford the cost and would like to attend.
The I.D. Project also has a group in Portland, Oregon!
Video of White Rainbow, ARP and Lichens’ improvisational accompaniment to Doug Aitken’s “Migration” Installation.
Adam Forkner, the guy behind maximum bliss-out drone project White Rainbow, has six different outlets by which enthusiasts of his inner space sounds can follow his activities. For those fans — such as your contributing editor — who were mostly oblivious to this WR media empire, Forkner has provided a digest update of his most recent activities on his old fashioned blog, or “Life Log.” Of particular interest:
• Upcoming shows with drone-happy lovebirds Windy & Carl take White Rainbow up and down the West Coast in late May 2009, with stops in Seattle, his home base of Portland, Big Sur and two shows here in Los Angeles. The Arthur Atwater office is raising its STOKED level to Red.
• Tracks for the next White Rainbow full length, New Clouds, have been delivered to the mastering dude, with a tentative September 2009 release date on Kranky.
• A WR collaborative EP with Stag Hare is due out “as soon as humanly possible” on Marriage Records.
• Stag Hare you ask? Stag Hare is a crunchy fellow from Utah, and his self-released album Black Medicine Music was the best ambient trail mix of 2008. Thanks to Forest Gospel for being the first to hip us to these nuts and berries desert ragas. Don’t sleep. Though its rustling drum pattering and Juniper-scented driftscapes may have pleasantly soporific effects.
• And new White Rainbow music is available RIGHT NOW and FOR FREE by way of audioblog Raven Sings The Blues, which posted its first compilation, RSTB Presents Vol. 1, back in mid-March. The comp also has top ranking earth psych and noisenik sounds from Wet Hair, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Sic Alps and more. Go get it here.
• Forkner is considering “qutting pizza” for his health. We feel you bro.
And that’s just the White Rainbow stuff. Click here to check out the full post with info on all of his doings.
We’ve been hungry for new White Rainbow jams for awhile now, so here’s a few other Forkner curated emanations that we discovered deep in the Gooogles …