We found – 35 articles for 90s

Suicide Friday – Grunge / 90s Rock / Alternative mit Nape, Mencouch, Pandora’s Bliss

Scheiß auf 2000, fick den ganzen Elektroschiss und die 80er gleich mit, schmeiß dein Handy weg, es ist Suicide Friday!

Livebands:
Die Berliner Alternative Grunger von Nape werden mit ihrem 90er Grunge-Noise-Sound und Liveshow zum Abgehen einladen.
Ebenfalls ein Kracher und für eine wahnsinns Live Show bekannt sindMencouch mit ihrem 90s-Crossover-NuMetal, der an Größen wie Rage, Slipknot und Silverchair erinnern mag, wird gesprungen und genickt was der Nacken hergibt!
Und dann haben wir ganz frisch dazu bekommen Pandora’s Bliss. Diese Grunge Göttinnen (+ einen Drum-Tier) werden euch so dermaßen den Arsch rocken! Ein absolutes Glück diese Band in diesem Rahmen sehen zu können, nicht verpassen!!!

Aftershow:
DJ Pearl Jeans und DJ Masche (Star FM) werden zur Aftershow die verstaubten 90er MixTapes mit Rock, Grunge, und Noise auf das Parkett werfen.

Nape (Grunge-Noise-Alternative)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=RRx4by2NfzY

Mencouch (NuMetal-Crossover)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9OadNTWJY



The 10 Best Street Art Books of 2018

Berlin-based specialized bookshop and gallery Urban Spree releases the list of the “10 Best Street Art Books of 2018“, a compilation of this year’s best titles. Although purely subjective, it reflects several trends playing in the book market:

 

– a renewed focus on the works of the pioneers of the 1960-70s through an academic approach;

– an increase in artist monographs which put more emphasis on their studio works;

– we have entered the era of “post-graffiti”

– but vandal graffiti and underground street art resist well the assimilation;

 

The list of the best publications of 2018 comes in no particular order.

 

1° John Divola: Vandalism

One of the most striking books of the year, “Vandalism” singles out itself by the sobriety of its approach.It consists of a black-and-white photographic series shot over 2 years in the mid-70s by the American photographer John Divola. Divola travelled across L.A. in search of vacant and dilapidated properties in which to shoot his project. Armed with a camera, spray paint, string and cardboard, the artist would produce one of his most significant photographic series, painting abstract constellations of graffiti-like marks, ritualistic configurations of string hooked to pins, torn arrangements of cardboard, and photographing it.

Vandalism” is not per se a “street art book” but rather a photobook crossing over both genres. The best example of a crossover book would be Bruce Davidson’s “Subway“, a series of portraits shot on the gritty NYC subway in the 70s where graffiti abounds but is only a sub-context, not the main topic (unlike Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant’s vernacular documentary photographic oeuvre whose main purpose is to specifically document graffiti).

 

Published by MACK Books, UK, in April 2018

Embossed paper-bound hardback

120 pages, 23.5 cm x 23.5 cm

Buy it here

 

2° Rafael Schacter: Street to Studio

“These are artists who are thus not slavishly reproducing their exterior practice within an interior realm but who are, rather, taking the essence of graffiti – its visual principles, its spatial structures, its technical methods, its entrenched ethics – and reinterpreting them with the studio domain,”writes Rafael Schacter in his introduction of his book Street to Studio.

We have entered the post-graffiti era. At a time where the graphic codes of street art are permeating most spheres of culture and entertainment, street artists have simultaneously enjoyed the favor of galleries and collectors and therefore have strongly developed their studio practice, when it was not in their ADN since the begining. What comes out is a blended space, where the artist works on both surfaces, the wall and the canvas, oscillating between different scales, the large and the intimate. Is this becoming a new paradigm in the art world?

The book introduces the concept of  ‘Intermural Art’ – art in-between the walls – to reflect that transition and has the merit of putting the emphasis on more conceptual players in the game (Brad Downey, Ian Strange, Boris Tellegen…) rather than usual suspects.

 

Published by Lund Humphries in July 2018

Edited by Rafael Schacter with a foreword by Carlo McCormick

Hardcover, 218 colour illustrations

224 Pages, 27 × 24,9 cm

Buy it here

 

3° David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake At Night

Beginning in the late 1970s, the American artist David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, and activism. Largely self-taught, he came to prominence in New York in the 1980s, a period marked by creative energy, financial precariousness, and profound cultural changes. Intersecting movements—graffiti, new and no wave music, conceptual photography, performance, and neo-expressionist painting—made New York a laboratory for innovation. Wojnarowicz refused a signature style, adopting a wide variety of techniques with an attitude of radical possibility. Distrustful of inherited structures, he varied his repertoire to better infiltrate the prevailing culture.

Wojnarowicz’s work documents and illuminates a desperate period of American history: that of the AIDS crisis and culture wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s. But his rightful place is also among the raging and haunting iconoclastic voices, from Walt Whitman to William S. Burroughs, who explore American myths, their perpetuation, their repercussions, and their violence. Wojnarowicz, who was thirty-seven when he died from AIDS-related complications, wrote: “To make the private into something public is an action that has terrific ramifications.”

 

Published by Yale University Press in July 2018

Hardcover, 384 pages

160 color + 100 b/w illustrations

Buy it here

 

4° BLU: Minima Muralia

Italian street artist BLU is one of the few street artists refusing to compromise with the art market, unwilling to translate his brillant art onto canvas, staying true to the origins of the movement – an underground, non-monetized, ephemeral, illegal & outdoor art practice for which the context and the meaning are the most important elements.

While Banksy excels in subverting the codes of the art world, BLU refuses them and strikes back, erasing the murals he painted to fight their monetization (Bologna, Berlin).

Minima Muralia” presents each mural painted by the artist during the last 15 years, more than 200 walls.

 

 

Published by Zooo Press in March 2018

288 full color pages

17×24 cm, lay flat swiss binding

Buy it here

 

5° One Week With 1UP

Which brings us to the last frontier within the realm of the urban arts: graffiti. “One Week with 1UP” is the second published book by and about the legendary Berlin-based vandal graffiti crew 1UP.  This time, the Kreuzberg crew embarks NYC-based legendary documentary photographer Martha Cooper and Berlin-based photographer Ninja K. in a series of underground actions, through tunnels, rooftops, featuring high pressure fire extinguisher tags, roll-downs, roll-ups, street bombings, whole cars and backjumps in a first-hand account.

1UP is the ultimate modern graffiti crew in the 21st century: large, everywhere, powerful, fearless, defiant, invisible.

 

Self-Published, Berlin, 2018

A project by Martha Cooper, Ninja K. and 1UP

English/German, 144 pages, 31 x 22 cm

Buy it here

 

6° Klone: “Few Moments Ago I Was Here”

Klone is an Ukrianian-born, Tel-Aviv based street artist, a pioneer of graffiti in Israel and a visual artist who was the first to exhibit at Urban Spree and one of the reasons why we did the space in the first place. I stumbled upon his fist published book – “Don’t Sleep”– in 2011 and was so moved by its personal content, poetry, freedom, that I wanted to meet the man and work with him.

8 years later comes Few Moments Ago I Was Here“,  looking over those past 8 years of exhibitions, mural projects, installation, and animations.

“Few Moments Ago I Was Here” is an artist book. By this, we mean a book which is mainly thought, designed, created and published by the artist himself. We always try to get as many self-published and artist books in the bookshop because they are precious and unconventional. Of course they are difficult to source, as we can get our hands only on a small stock, they sell out fast and we need to replace them but we can’t get enough of them.

 

Self-Published, Tel Aviv, November 2018 (Hell No Publication)

Limited edition of 500 copies.

Softcover. Full colour offset print on Munken lynx paper.

Buy it here

 

7° Ian Strange: Islands 2015-2017

Continuing on the self-publication mood and echoing John Divola, the Australian artist Ian Strange  publishes “Islands 2015-2017”, a photographic monograph documenting his interventions on American suburban homes, in the wake of Gordon Matta-Clark or David Wojnarowicz.

Through photography, sculpture, research, found artefacts and drawings, “Island” reflects on the home through the metaphor of the desert island, a place of personal sovereignty but simultaneously entrapment. “Island” interplays the monumental with the intimate and intangible. Exploring the icon of the home as a deeply vulnerable object and personal vessel for memory, identity and aspiration.

 

Self-published

Limited edition of 400 hand numbered and signed books with a concertina print

25 x 34 cm

Buy it here

 

8° Jan Kalab: Point of Space

“Point of Space” is the first published monograph of the Czech graffiti and visual artist Jan Kaláb, covering 25 years of his urban and studio creations, through multiple art forms (paintings, 3D graffiti, bombings, sculptures, installations).

Jan Kaláb started as a pure graffiti writer and achieved fame under the monikers “CAKES” and “POINT”. From there, his practice evolved to murals and studio works, sculptures and canvases and this evolution, patiently documented, is fascinating to follow.

The book was edited by the artist himself with texts by the czech art critic Petr Volf.

 

 

Published by Trafacka/Trafo Gallery Prague, in November 2018

320 pages

Hard Cover, 25 cm x 32,5 cm

Texts by Petr Volf and book design by Jan Novák

Buy it here

 

9° Swet: Book of the Year

 

One of the last published books of 2018, “Book of the Year” is a comprehensive monograph encompassing 1 year of walls by the danish graffiti writer SWET.

A graffiti “tour de force”, all the walls depicted in the book were painted in 2017 and amount to over 300 wall pieces, almost one per day, all of them documented in the book, including some sketches.

The book is bound with a piece of a canvas specially painted by SWET for this project and each book has a different binding, which also highlights the precise work of the dutch artisan publishing house Chemistry Publishing.

 

 

Published in November 2018 by Chemistry Publishing

First Edition of 500

240 pages printed on Munken Crystal Rough

Cover embossed with green linen, 24 x 28,5 cm

Buy it here

 

10° Russian Urban Art: History and Conflict

Street art books are usually more about photographs and visual documentation than text. Few history books actually exist on the graffiti and street art movements, let alone about a peripheral movement such as street art in Russia.

It is therefore the merit of the Russian artist and curator Igor Ponosov to examine the power of street art in Russia by exploring its historical background, extending from the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, to the non-conformists and the actionists of the 21st century.

 

 

Self-Published, Moscow, June 2018

Edition of 500

Hardcover, 20 x 15 cm, 96 pages, English

Buy it here

 



Svartanatt, Mourning Ritual, The Steve Burner Project Experience

Easy Tiger and Electric Avenue Music Present:

Svartanatt – Sweden
Mourning Ritual – Berlin
The Steve Burner Project Experience – Sauerland/ Berlin

SVARTANATT (Sweden – 60’s/70’s heavy rock) – This Stockholm based Swedish band has a classic and timeless sound that can be traced back in time to the 60´s and 70´s. With sharp vocals on top of organ driven heavy guitar rock, the songs come alive and tell a story of their own.

Listen: https://thesignrecords.bandcamp.com/album/svartanatt-svartanatt
Watch: https://youtu.be/f2xHQcrmPTE
Follow: https://www.facebook.com/svartanatt/

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MOURNING RITUAL (Berlin – Doom) – Crushingly heavy Doom/ Sludge band started by 4 degenerates hailing from America and England with only one thing on their minds, creating thunderous music that makes the earth shake and faces melt.

Follow: https://www.facebook.com/MourningRitualBand/

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THE STEVE BURNER PROJECT EXPERIENCE – (Sauerland/Berlin – Hot Rock) – Wer sich da nicht die Finger verbrennt ist selber schuld. Wenn Steve Burner mit seiner Project Experience loslegt gibt es kein entkommen. Mit ihrem Mix aus Hard Rock, Punk und Blues zeigen sie, wie man selbst heute noch den Rock der 70er leben kann.
Live kommt man auch schnell mal in den Genuss einer brennenden Gitarre oder findet sich selbst auf einer gestürmten Bühne wieder. Wo die Fachpresse Ähnlichkeiten zu Turbonegro nennt hört der ein oder andere doch eher den Einfluss von Bands wie ZZ Top oder Motörhead. Fakt ist: Es macht tierisch Bock; und dank Selbstironie und Hingabe entsteht etwas völlig Einzigartiges.
Also folgt dem BURNING WAY OF LIFE!!!

Watch and listen: https://youtu.be/YAa_Fj80VGY
Follow: https://www.facebook.com/TheSteveBurnerProjectExperience/

 

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Milk Me Presents: Crack Cloud

 

Crack Cloud is a multimedia collective, comprising members from different cities, ethnicities and origins, who contribute to the sound, visual aesthetic and beyond – but their latest release, Anchoring Point, is helmed by seven key members. Taking its sonic influence from the likes of Gang Of Four, Fela Kuti and Talking Heads, its visuals from hip hop and the found footage aesthetic of the ‘90s, and its political ethos from thinkers like Malcolm X and Lydia Lunch, Anchoring Point is a barbed, lurching thing, a cacophony of punchy fragments, funk-laced bass riffs and experimental soundscapes. “We wanted to be expressive in a way that could be erratic but cohesive at the same time,” explains Choy. “Emotionally, it zig-zags. We wanted it to take a life of its own; a life in flux.”

There’s a political undertone to much of Anchoring Point – its lyrics, its sound, even the EP’s artwork, which declares itself to be “how they refer to the latest vendible thing from Crack Cloud. For fun and profit!” But if there’s an agenda to their music, says Choy, “the agenda is humanity and compassion. We invite people to meditate openly about their privilege. Their vice. Their pride and their vulnerability.” Both he and partner Mohammad Ali Sharar are immigrants who struggled with addiction – Choy’s triggered by the death of his father, Mohammad Ali from the cultural turbulence that came from the racism he experienced from outside his community, and the rejection from within it when he started to question Islam. They’ve redefined themselves in sobriety and work together in the mental health industry, facilitating safe spaces based on the harm reduction model for vulnerable and marginalized people in Downtown Vancouver. Crack Cloud is informed by these experiences, past and present.

These experiences inform the work in ways Choy and the collective don’t always attempt to tame or control. ‘Empty Cell’, for example, is a “stream-of-consciousness piece,” made up of different voices from different angles. It follows EP opener ‘Graph Of Desire’, a punky duet of sorts, with shades of early Bowie, that comes in at just a minute and a half long, and precedes ‘Image Craft’, which has a melody like a ticking clock and a video that evokes Lynch’s Eraserhead. “Each song on Anchoring Point,” says Choy, “is one piece of the pie.”

And what does the pie as a whole look like? Choy’s not sure exactly. “It creates a messy picture. We hope people can resonate with its messiness. Thoughts and feelings are ephemeral and there is always a new insight to have and a new connection to be sought after, and it’s a celebration of that. Old and new. And the Anchoring Point in-between.”

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This is Nowhere / Able Bodies / Jealous

Einlass: 20:00 // Beginn: 21:00

Baby Satan Records are a minute before releasing their first compilation and having a night of 3 bands that will take part in the compilation:

This is Nowhere (Thessaloniki, GR)
Able Bodies (Berlin, DE)
Jealous (Berlin, DE)

this is nowhere (Nasoni Records)
Starting in 2009, lost in a no man’s land among psychedelia, noise, blues, experimental and desert rock, This is Nowhere released their first recordings via their collective label “Hands in Sand”.
Fast forward a few years and after several recording sessions and live shows, in January 2014 their first full length LP “Turn On/ Tune Down/ Drop D” was released by the legendary “Nasoni Records” label in Berlin.
Their sound has evolved a bit since then, incorporating elements of noise rock, dub and shoegaze through delays, bass and more bass…
The band’s second album “Music to Relapse” was released in 2016, also by Nasoni records.
The same year, their live reproduction of The Velvet Underground’s “White Light / White Heat” was released by Lotus Releases and Melotron Recordings for the 2016 Record Store Day.
At the end of 2017, moving towards even noisier soundscapes, the band recorded their new album “Grim Pop”.
The band, now with the addition of synths and theremin by new member Eva Duru, is mixing their acid rock with dance rhythms, minimal basslines and pop elements.

https://thisisnowhere.bandcamp.com/

Able Bodies (Baby Satan Records)
Four apathetic, noisy men with a general disdain for doing anything the easy way, Berlin four-piece Able Bodies came together at the end of 2016. Writing punk-informed noise-pop jams that are equal parts sing-along melodies, equal parts droning motorik-repetition and equal parts feedback, the band put out a well-received 3 track demo in Spring 2017 before issuing their first 7” single on Berlin-based Baby Satan records in January 2018.

https://ablebodiesberlin.bandcamp.com/

Jealous (Baby Satan Records)
A fresh new Berlin based band from the edges of the desert (Phoenix / Tel Aviv/ Jerusalem), inspired by lipstick and bad relationships. sounds like 90s pissed off cartoons, sassy and stoned cheerleaders, and 70’s trash-glam-kids.
A bit garagey, a bit grungy, a bit bipolar.
Hard, dirty and sticky sweet.

https://soundcloud.com/jealousbabes

Entrance: 10 €

Timetable:
20:00 doors open
21:00 Jealous
21:50 Able Bodies
22:50 This is Nowhere



T’ien Lai • Xenony

GreyZone Concerts & Promotion and Dawn of the Dance are happy to present

T’ien Lai (PL, band comprising Stara Rzeka) + Xenony (PL)

T’ien Lai is an electronic/organic band playing dirty rhythms. The quartet is comprised of musicians from Innercity Ensemble, Hati, Stara Rzeka, Alameda 5. The band played such festivals as CTM (Berlin), Phono (Odense), Mutek (Montreal), Luminato (Toronto) and Unsound (Krakow). T’ien Lai are known for their extraordinary live shows in which they combine radio sets, samplers, sythesizers, effects and vocals with congas, gongs, bells, horns and cymbals.

They are coming along with Xenony, an electronic trio conducted by Piotr Bukowski (Hokei, Stwory, Duży Jack) exploring the pioneer and imaginative fields of electronics of the early 80s and 90s. This will be the band’s promo tour for their upcoming record out on Instant Classic.