Review: Class Actress and Penguin Prison at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on December 31, 2011 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Elizabeth Harper of Class Actress

Elizabeth Harper of Class Actress

December 30, 2011 was an epic night.  New York based dance pop bands Class Actress and Penguin Prison got New York in a dancing mood as they performed a double bill of greatness at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg.  2011 has seen the meteoric rise to fame for both groups and I am certain that 2012 will see even higher heights for Class Actress and Penguin Prison.

From the second Class Actress hit the stage, an all out dance party ensued as lead singer Elizabeth Harper’s sexy vocals over lush beats got the crowd ready to groove.  Performing songs from her excellent EP “Journal of Ardency” and her full length debut “Rapprocher,” the crowd went wild as we danced to songs like the ultra funky “Keep You,” “Limousine,” “Let Me Take You Out,” and “Careful What You Say.”

Penguin Prison

Penguin Prison

The crowd was ready to groove by the time Penguin Prison took the stage, and like the music of Class Actress, every song played is catchy and knows how to rev the audience up.  Lead singer Chris Glover jumps into the crowd, plays guitar behind his head and delivers the funk.  His set consisted of songs such as the infectious “In The Way,” “Desert Cold,” “Something I’m Not,” “Animal Animal,” “Don’t Fuck With My Money,” and he also performed his excellent remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans.”  2012 is going to be a huge year for Class Actress and Penguin Prison and for those that got to witness this great double bill, all we can say is thanks for a great night!

I’ve been really lucky to see both bands introduce their new material to receptive audiences and it’s so cool to see that in a few short months, the entire venue is singing along to the songs.  It’s only going to get bigger for Class Actress and Penguin Prison and I am so excited for their futures!

If you don’t know the music of Penguin Prison or Class Actress, I suggest you remedy that right now.  Your body, mind and soul will thank you for it!


Fuck Blogs – A Commentary

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Fuck Blogs, Fuck You

Fuck Blogs, Fuck You


This is going to be long, but I’ve really thought it through and I want there to be no question as to my feelings on this matter, so if you don’t mind, I am about to get up on my soap box.

I started writing a blog for so many reasons – and some of the main ones include the fact that so many times in my life, someone introduced me to some sort of art (music, movies, books, painting) that changed my life in a positive way, but I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise.  As I am blessed to be in a position where I am constantly challenging myself to experience art 7 days a week, I decided to pass on my knowledge and experience with hopes that my readers get something out of it.

I have always tried to write about things I like as opposed to talking smack on the things I dislike.  Of course, this is not always fool proof, but the positivity on According2g far outweighs the negativity and I am very proud of that.  I can tell you from looking at so many other sites out there on the net, I am part of a rare breed.  It takes a lot to write a blog in the way I do it.  Again, of the blogs and major websites out there, According2g is one of the only sites I’ve EVER seen that GOES to the events they write about.  I am not asking for awards or internet martyrdom, but please know that my brain is always in search of a great photo or idea to share with my readers.  If I am not physically writing, you should realize it takes tremendous amount of time to research the events I choose to go to, to spend the time experiencing the event, uploading photos and posting blogs.  A lot of time!  It doesn’t even make sense to me why someone would spend their time and energy only to talk trash about something – especially when they are just an armchair critic who has no personal experiences to draw from!  If I meet a blogger and they don’t even own a camera, I have to discredit them immediately!   If you are that witty and clever, be a stand up comedian!  We can all find something to complain about!  It makes even less sense to me that the masses waste their time reading these types of drivel and can’t even see through it!

I learned a long time ago that you cannot rely on anyone but yourself to take advantage of all the opportunities life puts in front of your face and as a result, I’ve self-funded most of the events I write about.  I’ve been let down too many times by PR people, agents, managers, venues and the artists themselves for events that were really important to me. Rather than let that dissuade me, I make it my mission to have the most fun you can possibly have at EVERY SINGLE event I go to.  I’ve chosen not to write about the incompetence of PR firms who want me to follow up with them multiple times in order to give their clients free publicity. I’ve chosen not to discuss gallery owners talking smack on their clients AND artist roster.  I’ve chosen not to write about celebrity meltdowns I’ve witnessed first hand and I’ve also chosen not to write about some of the idiosyncrasies I’ve personally witnessed by some of the world’s best loved artists.  Why?  I am a lover not a fighter.   Because I have seen and done and experienced so much, if something I write about is negative, believe me – it really left a bad taste in my mouth.   My threshold for what I will and will not accept is extremely generous and I assure you, I could write volumes of “behind the scenes secrets,” and the publishing of such a tome would cause many famous businesses to shut down and a lot of well loved celebrities to hide their heads in shame.  In my time, I’ve been lied to, cheated by and found out first hand that people I idolize are complete frauds.  I feel their bad behavior is punishment enough, though I unfortunately know all too well the reality of the phrase “nice guys finish last.”

The blog has seen a lot of highs and lows.  On a positive side, I have experienced first hand around 99% of the things I’ve written about (and again, I challenge you to find a website with as diverse topics as According2g with the same approach).  In essence, I’ve created my own news network and I’ve been able to post an average of 5 blogs a day, 7 days a week with events and art that I’ve personally experienced!  That’s pretty impressive, even for my own standards.  I’ve gotten to meet a lot of the artists I’ve written about, many of them know me personally now and I have been thanked by many of my idols for my dedication!  You can’t put a price on those types of amazing experiences, and believe me, the word gratitude doesn’t even begin to cover the feelings I have!

But let’s face it – we live in a dollars and cents world.  It is not cheap to live in New York City.  Since According2g began, I have experienced many financial ups and downs and as of this writing, many more downs than ups.  Writing as much as I do also hinders my free time dramatically.  Many times, I stay in and write while the rest of the world is out having fun, but I realize this is my choice and at this time in my life, so I am not looking for sympathy. What I am looking for is for people to wake up and support quality and not just accept mediocrity!

Flash forward to a trip to Los Angeles in November 2011.  I was on a street art expedition with a writer friend of mine.  My friend shares many of the same ideals as me and in addition to being a cool person, has a work ethic as strong as my own, which in and of itself is a huge inspiration!  We hit the streets and had observed that it was strange that in a time where street art has started to dwindle a little from the public eye, and also in a time of great civil unrest, there’s not much exciting art out there.  Rather than voice the opinions of the people who are too afraid to speak out, we’ve been noticing a lot of self-promoting logos.  Of course, that’s fine and well with me, but it brings up another gripe I have in my list negative things associated with blogging.  Many artists/PR firms drop off the face of the earth until they need something from you and then all of a sudden, they are your best friend – and since you are their friend, they want you to write all about their next item they want promoted!  It’s really irritating and again, if you don’t think I see through it, YOU are even dumber than you think I AM!

But I digress, a walk down a popular street art spot in Los Angeles and my heart dropped.  I saw the really shitty graffiti you see presented above – “Fuck The Blogs.”  Fuck the blogs?  Fuck the blogs?!  Why don’t you walk a mile in my shoes before you go running your spray paint can, you piece of shit!  Further down the alley was the tag “these walls are our blogspot,” which is an obvious attempt to whine that your art has not been featured on one of the sites.  I’m disgusted!  The amount of people in the world that care about street art is sadly very small and  the voices that help to broadcast your message to an international audience are even smaller.  HOW DARE YOU?  You can rest assured that rather than write up a blog about how ridiculous these so called artists are, a much worse punishment is not writing about them at all!  If only this theory could be carried over and applied into the realms of celebrity and politics, some folks would not be able to make a career out of being horrible. I survive on my own natural talents and perhaps you should too.


These Walls are Our Blogspots

These Walls are Our Blogspots


According2g’s 2011 Man of the Year: Mark Kostabi

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G with Mark Kostabi

G with Mark Kostabi

In 2011, I was extremely blessed to meet so many talented people in the world of the arts.  One of the coolest people I was fortunate enough to meet this year was artist Mark Kostabi.  I’d been a fan of his work for a long time and our places of birth are in the same state – California.  It took living in New York to get the chance to meet Mark and the bond we formed has been a true highlight of my year.  Aside from the fact that Mark Kostabi is a very talented artist, he is also an accomplished composer, game show host (yes, that’s right!), and has been the subject of many fascinating documentaries.  His uncompromising position about telling the truth in the art world is nothing short of inspiring.  He’s done it his way and while that has resulted in many career ups and downs, he currently lives a fabulous jet setting life in both Europe and the United States!

Speaking with Mark is a pleasure as he is so knowledgable about art.  By the end of a conversation with him, your brain jots down mental notes of artists to research and if you do the work, you’ll tremendously expand your artistic vocabulary.  I am so grateful that Mark Kostabi has made me feel so welcome in his Chelsea studio, Kostabi World, which is filled from ceiling to floor with his great art.  I’ve had the pleasure to visit Kostabi World several times this year and I really look forward to spending more time there in 2012.

During a visit earlier in 2011, Mark signed one of his coffee table books for me with such a beautiful message, it is one of my most prized possessions (and coming from me, that is saying a lot!)  You must see the film “Con Artist” which is a great document of a great man – According2g’s 2011 Man of the Year – Mark Kostabi.

Thanks Mark!  Words can’t even express how grateful I am!  If you don’t know the work and life of Mark Kostabi, I encourage you to change that right now and I hope your life will be as enriched by his work as mine is.

Thanks Mark!

1% by Alec Monopoly

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Photo by G.  Art by Alec Monopoly.

1% by Alec Monopoly

Is there a better way to start off 2012 than by thinking about the current state of affairs in the world and what you are going to do about it?

Stand on the sidelines and complain or get out there and take action.
The choice is yours.  Nobody is going to do it for you.


I F*cks W/ Jimmy Age

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I Fucks with Jimmy Age

I F*cks w/ Jimmy Age

I only bleeped it in the title because that’s the way it’s written.  Trust me, if I could converse exclusively in the F-word, I would!

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