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An exciting new website community of artists, writers, cultural producers and more just hit the web earlier this year. Centered in St. Louis, Missouri, but reaching out the the art scenes in Texas, San Francisco, North Carolina, and New York, the exhibition reviews feature several different writers (full disclaimer: one of the writers from YOAW, too).
There are also site and project profiles, interviews, and essays. If you’re an artist or writer and would like to get involved, contact the editors, as they’re currently looking for people to write from various art scenes around North America and the world.

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Thriller! Braddock Badass LaToya Ruby Frazier takes on Levi’s in SOHO

LaToya Ruby Frazier, in collaboration with Liz Magic Laser, makes this fantastic video reflecting upon the gap between commercial capitalist slogans by a giant jeans manufacturer, Levi’s, and the small Pennsylvania community of Braddock, outside of Pittsburgh, PA, where the scene is decidedly different from how the jeans company depicts it in a recent advertising campaign.

It’s a pretty brilliant performance that calls into question Levi’s own slogan, “Everyone’s work is equally important” — especially because some would question what this artist’s work is ‘worth’.

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What CAN’T Putin Do?

Putin on a tatami at the Kodokan Institutein Tokyo on 5 September 2000.

Above, Putin practices judo.  Below, we’ll show you the BEST rendition of Blueberry Hill we’ve ever heard, by Russia’s most accomplished Prime Minister.

Press on, young Pioneer. . . [Read more]

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Jenny Holzer on twitter

Check out Jenny Holzer, famous American text/installation artist, now on twitter. Her art is MADE to be on twitter. Her profile linked here.

For more than 140 characters, and a list of other fun twitterers, see below.

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Girls to the Front, a new book about Riot Grrrl History

I probably stared at this record cover hundreds of times after high school everyday when I was 15 and 16.  I was lucky enough a few years later to take video art classes at my undergrad university with the woman who shot the record cover, Tammy Rae Carland.  Along with Bikini Kill, bands like Huggy Bear, Sleater Kinney, Team Dresch, and other bands like Sister George, L7, Seven year Bitch, and even HOLE, were members of a loose network of primarily female musicians who carved a unique niche in the music scene throughout the 90’s.

Flip the record. . .

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W.A.G.E. RAGE SURVEY! Calling all artists!

Report the bastards in NYC who aren’t supporting their local artists (and us national ones that have to — GASP — fly into New York if we want to visit a certified white cube) with stipends or subsidies when they ask for our artwork in their galleries.

Click on.  We won’t charge you to read this!

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DEATH: Never too late

Punk band named Death, early 1970’s Detriot, badass black dudes:  three volatile reasons why, when mixed, you’ve never heard of this band.

Video of Death single “Politicans in My Eyes”

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Robert Plant Picks Up Some Grammys, Looks as Creepy as a Jethro Tull Album Cover

Robert Plant Looks Like Aqualung

My boy Bobby P Picked up some grammys last night.  Unfortunately, he is cultivating a look that is eerily similar to the cover of the Jethro Tull album Aqualung.  What do you think?  Should Samson cut his trademark locks?

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Tuvan Throat Singing Tutorial - Sound Like You Swallowed a Didgeridoo

Tuvan throat singing, AKA overtone singing, AKA harmonic singing, is a complex form of vocalization, originating from Tuva, Siberia, and Central Asia. This beautiful singing style is generated via manipulation of the mouth, pharynx, and larynx to create “resonant tuning”, or more than one vocal pitch at the same time. This style of music is steeped in tradition and is hundreds, if not thousands of years old.

LETS GENTRIFY IT!!! Now, thanks to the power of the internet, you too can impress your dates and win bar bets. This hilarious video is just meant to whet your appetite. The tutorial comes after the break.

UPDATE:  Just found this… HOT HOT HOT - Tuvan Throat singing hip hop video:

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Nevermind the Swim Trunks

It’s 17 years since Spencer Elden was photographed by Kirk Weddle in a swimming pool in California. The image – with the addition of a dollar bill on a fishing hook – would of course go on to achieve iconic status on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 masterpiece Nevermind.

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