Penguin Prison is back!

Posted by The G on March 13, 2015 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.

Chris Glover of Penguin Prison

Chris Glover of Penguin Prison

Great news music fans!  Penguin Prison is back!  After touring the world as a DJ and producing remixes for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Imagine Dragons (just to name a few), Chris Glover and his band Penguin Prison have announced their second album “Lost In New York,” which drops on May 5, 2015.  Penguin Prison debuted a handful of new tracks at a sold out show, their first full band show in 2 years, at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade on March 12, 2015.  If you liked the funky and extremely catchy dance/ pop songs on their debut, you will not be disappointed with the material on “Lost in New York.”  Pre-order the new album at this link (which will open in a new window).

You can stream the new track “Try To Lose” below.


After the show, Chris revealed that Penguin Prison will be playing Music Hall of Williamsburg some time during the release week for “Lost In New York,” so be sure you don’t miss it.  Welcome back Penguin Prison!  We’ve missed you!!!

Penguin Prison - Rough Trade Setlist

Penguin Prison – Rough Trade Setlist

The setlist was:

Calling Out (new song) / Golden Train / The Worse It Gets / Try To Lose (new song) / Multi-Millionaire / Caught In A Daze (new song) / Never Gets Old (new song) / Don’t Tell Me (new song) / Show Me The Way (new song) / Don’t Fuck With My Money.




Review: David LaChapelle at the SVA Theater in New York

Posted by The G on March 13, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by David LaChapelle.

Michael Jackson by David LaChapelle

Artist and photographer David LaChapelle gave a fascinating talk (accompanied by an equally amazing slide show of his work) at the School of Visual Arts Theater in Chelsea in Manhattan on March 12, 2012.  The talk was a look through LaChapelle’s life and career that lasted two hours.  LaChapelle covered it all from working for Andy Warhol to his current home in Maui.  I found LaChapelle to be extremely spiritual instead of religious as one would expect from the imagery that is seen throughout his work.  He even said that he doesn’t know what the word “religion” means because (and I am paraphrasing here) once you start to define the infinite, the meaning is lost.

David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle

He also shared stories of some of his infamous celebrity photo shoots and without naming names, he said he has rarely come across someone famous that he’s photographed that he thought was truly happy.  He also spoke of what it was like working with the likes of Britney Spears (though being in the position that so many people would die to be in, she wanted to be anywhere but in her own skin), Hilary Clinton (politicians are some of the most difficult people he’s worked with), Michael Jackson (who knew exactly what he wanted), 2Pac (who was down to earth and trusted LaChapelle’s artistic vision), Whitney Houston (who appeared to be controlled by Bobby Brown) and Michael Jordan (who had so many people in his entourage, his people ultimately put the kibosh on the photo shoot).

The last photograph of Andy Warhol

LaChapelle also talked about his stint in the fashion world, saying that he had to get out of that business because it was destroying everyone around him due to the pressures and control.   As the free talk was primarily for the benefit of students, LaChapelle was sure to give advice he would have liked to have heard when he was at an impressionable age.  He mentioned picking and choosing your battles, but to definitely stand up for yourself when you believe in something very strongly.  LaChapelle also gave the advice to not give up and to pay attention to the subtle signs the universe provides you with constantly.  He also talked about his inspirations to push the boundaries out further by trying to create images that he would want to look at.

From the exhibit "Earth Laughs in Flowers" at Fred Torres Collaborations in NYC

The discussion concluded with work from LaChapelle’s latest exhibit “Earth Laughs In Flowers” which is showing at Fred Torres Collaborations in NYC through March 23, 2012.

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