Theusaisamonster Is Done Fighting

Your contributing editor learned a long time ago to be suspicious of most white dreads but theusaisamonster guys get a lifetime pass because they make unstoppable songs like “Cocaine Wedding” and create things like the above eight-minute-long forest-prog fantasy animation video. Witness “Fight No More Forever (remix)” and understand why people are bummed that they’ll be playing their last-ever show, this Saturday, May 9, 2009. Go click around on their mySpace page for more about that show.

A bit more info: The film is directed by Peter Glantz and incorporates 150 fresh new drawings by the great Kevin Hooyman, who was recently featured on this site. The song originally featured on THEUSAISAMONSTER’s “Tasheyana Compost” album.

UPDATE: Director Peter Glantz wrote to let us know that you can download yer very own HD copy of the above video — suitable for iPod screenings, etc — for $1.50. Wotta deal! Just click below …

DAILY MAGPIE – January 15- February 13 – Christopher Miner

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Take the Christian anthem Via Dolorosa made popular by Sandi Patti in the late 80’s, this dude in drag dressed Dana Carvey Church lady-style singing with the tune in eerily good falsetto, and put his lifeless, singing body in front of an alter with…  I think I may have said too much.  Some of the photos have an Eggleston quality to them- great Americana color photography depicting the (mostly white) common man/woman/family.  Miner adds extra irony and humor in his photos and video installtions, and with this show Easter for the Birds, a re-born Christian twist.  Good Goddamn.

Date and Time:  Opening Reception January 15 6-8

Venue:  Mitchell-Innes and Nash Chelsea

Address:  534 West 26th Street 

Price:  Free