Friday, January 29, 2016

Head Medicine Weekly vol 3

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Al Lover
Brown Acid Redux

Al Lover has been a Head Medicine favorite for a while now.  his deep, psyched out trip hop is the very finest out there, and his entire catalog is well worth a look.  but i find myself gravitating to Brown Acid Redux, a live set from SXSW 2014.  over the course of an hour, Al Lover shows off his impeccable taste and one of the deepest crates of any dj out there.  he sets the scene with a filthy, unending sex groove and weaves in a tapestry of some of the greatest sounds from around the world... Portishead, Turkish psych master Baris Manco, Butthole Surfers, Tricky, Bollywood legends Kalyanji and Anamdji, Morgan Delt... the list goes on and on... and it is a flawless mix. perfect for a night alone in the womb of your headphones or in a room full of people grinding with their eyes rolled back in their skull.  take yer pick.

Utopia Zukunftsromane
West German Science Fiction Magazine

In 1953, Erich Pabel Verlag first published his science fiction magazine Utopia Zukunftsromane (Utopia Science Fiction) in West Germany.  The series ran for fifteen years and produced nearly 600 volumes, and inspired the equally influential West German sci-fi mag Terra.  I have not been able to find any information on the anonymous artists who created the many amazing covers, but their work easily stands up next to the best of the American pulp magazine sci-fi artists from that time.  here is a small sample of their work, with a nearly complete collection of the Utopia covers on Micky The Pixel's Flickr HERE.

Frank Kozik
Studio Visit for Nerdist Industries

Here's a cool video of the legendary Frank Kozik taking us on a tour of his studio and giving a glimpse into his methodology.  Kozik is one of thee most successful artistic iconoclasts out there, so if that's where you wanna be too, you would be wise to take a look and heed his advice.

 The Head Medicine Reading Room
A collection of interesting reads for your pleasure

Transcending the Blues: An Interview with Legendary Producer Daniel Lanois 

Daniel Lanois is a classic musician and producer, helping create and capture sounds with legends like Bob Dylan, U2, Brian Eno and many, many more.  Even now, he is a creatively restless spirit, constantly pushing his personal artistic boundaries.  Autre recently published a fascinating interview with Lanois, discussing his past, present, and future.  read it HERE

 The Trumpler 14 Star Cluster
Photographed by the Hubble Telescope

"This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image features the star cluster Trumpler 14. One of the largest gatherings of hot, massive and bright stars in the Milky Way, this cluster houses some of the most luminous stars in our entire galaxy."    read the entire piece at HERE

An Insanely Comprehensive List of 260 Pop Culture Oral Histories

thanks to Thrillist for putting this truly insane list together.  movies like Airplane!, Boogie Nights, Dazed and Confused... music with Elliot Smith, Blondie, the Beastie Boys, Soundgarden's Superunknown... tons of tv shows... plenty of reading material for you to dig through HERE.


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Friday, January 22, 2016

Head Medicine Weekly Vol 2

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The Art of Kim Jung Gi

The Korean artist/instructor Kim Jung Gi is easily one of our greatest living illustrators.  He uses no reference photos to create his intricate, brain-blowing, often mural-sized art, and instead relies on his superhuman photographic memory.  as if that wasn't impressive enough, he works without any underlying pencil sketches and dives straight into his inkwork.  It seems to be some kind of unconscious drawing, forming a perfect conduit from the image in his head to the tip of his brush.

check out these time-lapse videos of Kim Jung Gi in action.  

to see more of his work, HERE is his US website, and his European site is HERE.  and a couple of interviews to get a glimpse into his methods are HERE and HERE

Endless Flight
2016 Doomentia Records 

Fargo, North Dakota's Egypt returns with their second full length album, Endless Flight, and builds upon the doomy stoner blues of their classic EP and Become the Sun.  HUGE fuckin riffs, cool grooves, throat-rippin' vocals, and blazing leads... what more do you need, really?  a must have for musical carnivores everywhere.

Didier Comes
The Wandering Ergun:  The Living God

Didier Comes (Belgium 1942 -2013) began work on his comic Ergun l'errant: Le Dieu Vivant (The Wandering Ergun:  The Living God) for the French comic magazine Pilote in 1974, but the series was canceled and revived in the Belgian magazine A Suivre in 1980.  This Spanish translation was released that same year.  Didier creates a bold mix of Kirby and Steranko filtered through his more lush European sensibilities, with masterfully designed costumes and set pieces.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium
"Cricket and the Genie"

word of an unexpected collaboration between Primus' Les Claypool and Sean Lennon emerged this week, and their first tune, "Cricket and the Genie,"  sounds pretty damn close to what you would expect.  Sean's DNA inevitably comes through in his voice and melodies, which is obviously not a bad thing, and it fits perfectly with Claypool's  bass lines.  Lennon impressively handles all of the non-bass instrumentation on the project.  "Cricket and the Genie" sets the stage, and it will be interesting to see what else emerges from this unlikely collaboration.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme
Post Pop Depression
2016 Rekords Rekords 

speaking of unlikely surprise collaborations, it was also revealed this week that the legendary Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme have been secretly working for the last year on Iggy's 23rd album, Post Pop Depression.  while holed up in Homme's Joshua Tree desert studio, Iggy consciously tapped into his Bowie-era albums of the late 70s and the two brought the sound into the future.  the new album is released March 18th and should be a pretty interesting experience to say the least.  a short theater tour will follow, and good luck getting tickets for that.

here's the album track

and here is their debut performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 
with a short interview clip HERE as well.


A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
Through American Movies

In 1995, the British Film Institute produced a documentary series with Martin Scorsese where he walks us through his experiences with the history of American cinema.  It is one of the most informative and wide-ranging documentaries on the subject that i have ever seen and is well worth your time.  here is the first chapter, and the entire documentary can be seen HERE


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Friday, January 15, 2016

Head Medicine weekly vol 1

Head Medicine Weekly
vol 1

the first installment of a new feature, a weekly dose of various sights and sounds, 
comics and culture for your eyeballs and earholes. 
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too many memorials recently...

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister   1945-2015

David Bowie 1947-2016

  Nigeria Rock Special
 Psychedelic Afro-Rock and Fuzz Funk in 1970s Nigeria
2008 Soundway Records

when Ginger Baker, drummer of Cream, arrived in Nigeria in 1970 and hooked up with Fela Kuti, two amazing musical ambassadors' worlds collided.  Baker brought Western acid rock with him and it melded seamlessly with Kuti's Afro-funk sounds and traditional African rhythms. the young people of Nigeria went wild for this concoction, and countless bands sprung up playing a brand new style of psychedelic, fuzzed out afro-rock.  there are several great compilations to wade in to that document this rich musical era, and Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970's Nigeria will give you plenty of material to sift through.  buy it HERE.

here are a few of my favorites:

The X-Ray Audio Project

In the Soviet Union during the Cold War, music and records that were not controlled by the state were highly sought after but hard to come by.  an underground market formed, and bootleggers needed to use their ingenuity to create the product.  armed with a record press but suffering from a lack of supplies, these bootleggers used repurposed x-ray plates to fill the demand. 

these albums were forbidden treasures, and their ghostly story is only now starting to emerge.

click HERE for more information on The X-ray Audio Project 

The Runaway
  video directed 

a scuzzy, down n' dirty track from James Lavelle's long-running UNKLE project, off of their 2010 release Where Did the Night Fall.   vocals by Elle J, with a darkly seductive video by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.  very, very cool stuff.

Volumen Uno
Fabian Rangel Jr, Alex Ziritt, and Ryan Ferrier

created by Rangel Jr and Ziritt
written by Rangel Jr
art by Ziritt
lettered by Ryan Ferrier

Space Riders:  Volumen Uno collects the entire introductory 4 issue mini-series, and, from one look at the cover, you know exactly what you are going to get.  there are no subtleties here.  this is a 1970s black light poster hallucination exploding to life.  Rangel Jr's story is properly unhinged, flowing like a stream of consciousness Fletcher Hanks creation, and Ziritt's art looks like a mix of Jack Kirby and Paul Pope on a steady diet of LSD.  it's a perfect blend.  buy the book HERE

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