Photo, video and words by G.
If you aren’t already familiar with the 4 piece band Mainland, here’s a quick primer: Jordan Topf, Corey Mullee, Alex Pitta and Dylan Longstreet have been making a splash on the New York rock scene, releasing two well received EPs, before taking a little break from touring to get signed to a major label and record their first full length album (in Los Angeles). To celebrate the release of their upcoming single, which I am told will be out in about two weeks, Mainland played an intimate set at a pop-up space located in the historic Chelsea Hotel. The scene looked like something out of an Andy Warhol film as the space was half art gallery, half living room and a whole lot of fun. Their 45 minute set included a rockin’ cover of Velvet Underground’s “I Found a Reason,” and the video which you are about to see, the infectious party rock anthem “Leave The Lights On.” Discover all you need to know about Mainland on their official site (link will open in a new window).
Now get ready to party… just by pressing play.
Photos by G except where noted.
Takashi Murakami and Geoffrey Dicker
On the first day of June 2014, I attended the New York City premiere of Jellyfish Eyes, the directorial debut of artist Takashi Murakami at the Film Society at Lincoln Center. It had long been a desire of mine to meet Murakami and the universe gave me a freebie as I arrived for the premiere to find Murakami standing in the lobby of the venue meeting fans, signing autographs and taking photos! (and see below for a really awesome photo of Gail getting Murakami’s autograph). Thanks Universe! Murakami was wearing a Kurage-Bo hat and after seeing the film, you realize that Kurage-Bo (translated into English – “Jellyfish Boy”) is one of the main characters of “Jellyfish Eyes.”
Kurage-bo and Geoffrey Dicker. Photo by Gail.
Set in a post-Fukushima world, “Jellyfish Eyes” follows young Masashi who, after his father’s death, moves with his mother to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But when he discovers that their new apartment is already inhabited by a pint-sized, gravity-defying creature that he names Kurage-Bo, Masashi begins to pull back the curtain on this sleepy town and finds that very little is what it appears to be.
Luxor and Geoffrey Dicker. Photo by Gail.
The kids all have cellphone like devices that control these strange creatures called F.R.I.E.N.D.s and before long, you realize that a battle of good vs. evil is about to unfold. I won’t tell you what happens, but I will tell you that during a Q&A with Murakami after the screening, he revealed that this story will be part of a trilogy, so look out for those to hit theaters in the future.
Without further delay, an awesome photo of Gail getting Murakami’s autograph!
Murakami and Gail
Thanks again to Murakami, Kurage-Bo and Luxor!
Photo by G.
Elijah Wood and Geoffrey Dicker
Many people fell in love with actor Elijah Wood for his role as Frodo in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I have loved Elijah ever since I saw him at a Garbage concert in Los Angeles on their Version 2.0 tour! I’ve since seen Elijah at other concerts including Prince. The point is, the brother has great musical taste, according 2 g! Elijah is all over New York this week promoting his new slasher film “Maniac” and he was anything but a maniac when he was kind enough to pose for a pic with me. Thanks Elijah! Love ya man!
Photo by G.
Bette Midler and Geoffrey Dicker
Bette Midler is currently starring on Broadway as the legendary Hollywood Agent Sue Mengers in the one woman show “I’ll Eat You Last.” It’s filled with juicy stories, humor and most of all, it stars Bette Midler! After the show, Bette was gracious enough to sign a few autographs and although it looks like I am photo-bombing, she took a picture with dear ol’ G. You have until June 29, 2013 to see “I’ll Eat You Last,” before it closes, so get thee to The Booth Theatre in NYC immediately!
Photo by Vanilla Ice!
Vanilla Ice and Geoffrey Dicker
EPIC! I’m not gonna lie. Not only did I love Vanilla Ice back in the day, I also saw him in concert at Disneyland (and Take That with Robbie Williams was the opening act!). On a wet and rainy New York night I went out in search of adventure (and found it!) and ran into fucking Vanilla Ice! He’s much taller than me, which doesn’t take much. When I asked him for a photo, not only did he say yes, but he grabbed my camera and took the pic! He did a pretty good job, if the ‘king of selfies’ may say so! Vanilla Ice is still rockin’ the mic like a vandal, with a new album in the pipeline and he’s also doing some reality TV. Glad to see Vanilla Ice is still around and living large! Thanks again for a fabulous encounter!