Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This morning rebel/activist/dissident/badass Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released a heavy metal single and music video on his website. The video and song, entitled Dumbass, features re-creations from his 81 days of detention. Also portraying the rock star fantasies he imagines his guards having, Ai Weiwei told the Guardian that his country was one of "crazy menace and inhuman conditions" and that the video shows an "inch-accurate" recreation of the cell, down to the wallpaper. "...stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker. The fields are full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere... Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible." - Dumbass
Music // Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Queens of the Stone Age have been pumping the promotion of their new LP, ...Like Clockwork, all over the web over the past month, and we have been excited to see one of our favorite artists, Boneface, get the attention he deserves. The artist created the album cover artwork for QOTSA, and now has over 15 minutes of animation going along with Queens' new music. Epic.
Music // Friday, May 17, 2013
San Francisco-based graphic artist Scott Hansen goes by the name ISO50 when he works on his photography and design works. And much of it has the look of this video. When he does said video as a musician, he is Tycho, the music producer who makes what we would call "summertime ambiance." This is the video for his new track, "Ascension," directed by Charles Bergquist. Enjoy the psychedelic flourishes.
Music // Thursday, May 16, 2013
Get ready. It will be the Summer of Daft Punk. We have been streaming the new album, Random Access Memories in the office all week, and we admit, this is will be a good soundtrack for a mellow night out or something more Parisian disco if you so want to go Parisian Disco. Daehyun Kim, who we have featured in the magazine this year, just did an illustration in honor of Daft Punk's new album, and shared with us the final piece and some detail shots.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Our Beastie Boys issue is now out in the world, and today we look at the contributions of Todd James, known sometimes as REAS, to the BBoys canon. James created a few animations and graphic works for the Beasties, including the Dusted Elephant. He also created the animated sequence for the 1992 B-side, "The Skills to Pay the Bills."
Music // Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Trapped in Suburbia has produced a new interactive print, Sounds Poster 1.0, that you can play like an instrument. The poster is the "first design in a series of 'analogue meets digital' experiments." The user places one finger on a tab at the bottom of the poster and then can move the other hand over the different shapes in the poster to create different, very abstract sounds. Watch a video after the jump...
Juxtapoz // Monday, May 06, 2013
Well, if you want to know about a certain artist, personality, or politician, you let Charlie Rose break them down for you. Known for his interviews with an assortment of celebrities and policy makers, Rose scored an interview with the Beastie Boys in 2007 while in support of their tour for the all instrumental albume, The Mix Up. Because the Beasties rarely gave interviews, this remains one of their best, most playful, and insightful.
Music // Monday, May 06, 2013
Nothing says let's wake up on a Monday morning and see some weird like watching two naked bodies get all lab tested and futuristic along with the music of The Flaming Lips. "You Lust" is a track from the Lips' new LP, The Terror, is a long, winding, 13-minute epic, but thank you to Oklahoma's finest, this is along 4 minutes long. NSFW because this contains a full 4-minutes of nude bodies going all Matrix on you.
Juxtapoz // Sunday, May 05, 2013
All month, we will be enjoying videos, interviews, artist perspectives, and outtakes from our June 2013 Beastie Boys issue and tribute to MCA. Today, we look back at one of mainstream culture's first interaction with the Beasties, and the classic 1986 single, "Hold It Now, Hit It."
What's The Time?: Antiques Roadshow Appraisal of World B Omes' 1986 "Licensed To Ill" Beastie Boys Cover ArtJuxtapoz // Friday, May 03, 2013
We continue our month of Beastie Boys with a fantastic behind the scenes story. Yes, you the reader will get to know the mystery of World B Omes in the coming days and the tale of Licensed To Ill's now iconic album cover. Antiques Roadshow, being one of the best programs of TV, did this fantastic little bit on someone getting their Licensed To Ill artwork appraised. In conclusion, PBS is going to show up a lot when it comes to the Beastie Boys this month.