Video: Courtney Love Discusses Watching “Montage of Heck”

Posted by The G on April 20, 2015 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

HD Video, photos and words by G.

Courtney Love

Courtney Love

When Nirvana’s music was new in the early 1990s, I was in a “I will only listen to classic rock and Prince” phase, so I missed out on being present for arguably the last band that really changed the world.  About 10 years after Kurt Cobain committed suicide, I was ready to hear Nirvana’s music with an open-minded ear, and I had a way after the fact epiphany on their greatness.  For those who gave Kurt that crown in his life time, they are about to see a whole different side of Kurt Cobain that until now has only existed in myths and legends.

Courtney Love and Brett Morgen

Courtney Love and Brett Morgen

At the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2015, I went to the premiere of Brett Morgen’s documentary “Montage of Heck,” and if you are even remotely interested in Nirvana or Kurt Cobain, I cannot recommend this movie enough to you.  The film has everything you could ask for – from lots of home movies of a young Kurt Cobain to interviews with mother, father, sister, generous helpings of entries from his journals that come to life (you’ll see!), performance footage and home movies that show him as a loving, but drug addicted father (and apparently 80% of the footage in the film has never been seen before by the public).  You will see that from an early age, Kurt was tremendously talented, yet also very troubled.  From bad family relations to chronic stomach problems, to drug use, Kurt Cobain had the odds stacked against him from the very beginning, but he did not let any of these things deter his love of music and he made his vision of becoming a rock star a reality.  What he didn’t expect (and memo to everyone post 1900 that becomes famous – everyone wants a piece of you all the time!  If you don’t want that, look for a different path in life), was that you can’t just be famous and have people leave you alone.  At the height of Nirvana’s fame in 1991, Kurt canceled a tour to instead do drugs and hang out in his apartment.   Every time Kurt would get his shit together, the moment was fleeting and he would relapse into drug use, even after he and his wife, Courtney Love, had a child.  He was haunted by magazine articles that openly called out their drug use, as Courtney owns up to being on heroin while pregnant.  Coupled with the paranoia that she was cheating, Kurt Cobain overdosed on pills while on tour in Italy and committed suicide a month later at the age of 27.  You’ll probably never hear “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” from their legendary MTV Unplugged appearance the same way again.

Courtney Love and Brett Morgen

Courtney Love and Brett Morgen

“Montage of Heck,” will make you will feel like you are eavesdropping in intimate moments, when you see footage of Kurt and Courtney in the bathroom getting ready (the footage was shot by a member of Courtney’s band Hole) and you might even feel disgusted when you see the shambolic state of their living quarters, riddled with trash, but most of all, when you see Kurt nodding out from heroin use while he and Courtney are cutting their daughter’s hair, you will feel sad for a man who may have had fortune and fame, but had a pretty shitty life in most respects.  After the film, director Brett Morgen and Courtney Love discussed the film and Courtney alluded to the fact that a sex tape exists (it’s thankfully not in “Montage of Heck”).  Much of what they discussed is readily available in articles you’ll see about the film, but I thought the most poignant moment was Courtney Love discussing what it was like to see the film.  Get the tissues ready and check out this clip.

“Montage of Heck” will be shown on HBO on May 4, 2015 and you should not miss it!  Hopefully a DVD release date will be announced soon, because this is possibly the most important document that Nirvana fans could ever own (and if Brett Morgen is reading, please fill it with bonus features!!!!).  Coincidentally, I recently read the book “Heavier Than Heaven” by Charles Cross and I also recommend it as it will fill in some of the gaps that this amazing 2 hour and 12 minute movie didn’t have time to get to.

Montage of Heck Poster

Montage of Heck Poster

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“Metazoa” by ROA at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Posted by The G on April 6, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by ROA.

Metazoa by Roa

Metazoa by Roa

Belgian street artist ROA has a new exhibit at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York entitled “Metazoa.”  ROA specializes in the portrayal of animals, specifically those that have been forced to dwell in the outskirts of urban society, not unlike street artists, whose work once released into the wild can often get them arrested.

Metazoa by Roa

Metazoa by Roa

Within each panel of ROA’s works, you can move pieces around to reveal the carcass of each animal.

Metazoa by Roa

Metazoa by Roa

It’s definitely worth a look if you are gallery hopping.  “Metazoa” by ROA is showing at Jonathan Levine Gallery (located at 529 West 20th Street) in New York through May 2, 2015.

Report: “Best of the Worst” by Hanksy

Posted by The G on March 30, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Most art by Hanksy (see captions for details).

Hanksy - Best of the Worst

Hanksy – Best of the Worst

On March 28 and 29 2015, street artist Hanksy threw one of the most fun pop-up exhibits in recent memory.  Located at 104 Delancey Street in Manhattan, the exhibit was called “Best of the Worst,” and it was housed in a vacant building on the Lower East Side.

Mile E. Coyote by Hanksy

Mile E. Coyote by Hanksy

Whereas a lot of street artists (and I’m not going to name names otherwise we’ll be here until next week) have tasted a tiny bit of success becoming Instagram-famous, their art started to suck (even more than it already did in some cases) while their egos exploded, I think Hanksy really kicked it up a notch and took it to the next level for “Best of the Worst.”

Fake It Till You Make It

Fake It Till You Can Fake It On A Larger Scale (Various Artists)

For those who need a primer on Hanksy, I first happened upon his art on the streets of New York in 2011, where he superimposed actor Tom Hanks’ face over a rat, an image made famous by the street artist collective Banksy.  It was extremely clever and I remember being delighted each time I ran into a new piece as he mixed street art, celebrity culture and puns in a way that I’d never seen before.

Kanye Brest (sic)

Kanye Brest (sic)

I wasn’t the only one to enjoy his art, and in less than one year, Hanksy was not only showing his art in the streets but also in galleries.  Flash forward to 2015, where Hanksy obtained a vacant space in the Lower East Side and turned it into Hanksy-world.  With lines around the block to get in for the duration of the 2 day event, once inside you were treated to quite a fun little scene.

TGIF / FML

TGIF / FML

The Gag-osian Gallery

The Gag-osian Gallery

There was art, not only by Hanksy, but by a host of hot street artists (such as Handed Wave, Frank Ape, Magda Love, Clint Mario, Gilf!, Hue, CB23, Don’t Fret, Lexi Belle, Nda, Elle, Roycer, Joseph Meloy, Beau, Claw Money, Tony Depew, and Col Walnuts) in a gallery within a gallery, appropriately called the ‘Gag-osian Gallery,’ but also, a DJ spun tunes, there was a photo booth, video games, a skateboarding ramp, a balloon artist who was making balloons shaped like penises for guests, free beer and dumplings!

Hanksy - Best of the Worst

Hanksy – Best of the Worst

Approximately 20 Hanksy originals were on display and very inexpensive prints were for sale as well.

Get Rich or Nye Tryin'

Get Rich or Nye Tryin’

Drake-O Malfoy

Drake-O Malfoy

Dicki Minaj

Dicki Minaj

Doing It For the Likes

Doing It For the Likes

Because Hanksy’s identity is not disclosed to the public, he was able to wander about the gallery anonymously to enjoy seeing the fruits of his labor without being mobbed for selfies.  He told me that it took about a week to set up and once the show is over, he has just a few days to take it all down. On the final day of the show, I was filming an Instagram video of the exhibit (“for 10 likes,” I joked, and as of press time, I was not wrong) and Hanksy reminded me that his suggestion to me via Twitter inspired me to sign up for an account.  So for all of my great and not so great Instagram pix, blame Hanksy!  Follow us both, just click on the links and hit follow!

Hamuel L. Jackson

Hamuel L. Jackson

To all the street artists out there that are just taking the most recognized images of famous icons and doing little to alter the image and then claiming the work as their own, “Best of the Worst” should serve as a nice little reminder of what bringing your A-Game looks like, or in this case – your H game.  Well done, Hanksy!

Rated H for Hanksy

Rated H for Hanksy

“Cyclicscape” by Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly Gallery

Posted by The G on March 24, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Mariko Mori.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

In Cyclicscape, Mariko Mori’s sculptural works play with the infinite loop of the Möbius strip as a visualization of our universe’s never-ending renewal of invisible energy. Futuristic and ethereal, the large-scale aluminum and stainless steel works seem to transcend their physical matter. With no beginning, middle, or end, the forms symbolize an eternal cycle of existence — of nature and the universe in perpetual motion.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Partial Gallery View of Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

I copied that entire paragraph from the press release because nobody reads this shit anyway.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

But that is your loss, isn’t it?

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Check out “Cyclicscape” by Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly Gallery (located at 475 Tenth Ave) in New York through May 2, 2015.

Here’s a bonus photo of the artist in a rare performance at the opening night reception, in which we all braved a snow storm to experience!  Lucky us!

Mariko Mori performing  at Sean Kelly Gallery for the opening night reception.

Mariko Mori performing at Sean Kelly Gallery for the opening night reception.

Review: Erik Hassle live at Pianos NYC

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Photos and words by G.

Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle

On March 23, 2015, Sweden’s Erik Hassle played a sold-out show at Pianos in New York.  The show was announced at the last minute, making it even more impressive that fans packed the house for the criminally underrated pop/soul singer.  Erik Hassle is currently supporting New Zealand’s Broods (see video I shot at one of their first ever US shows here) and decided to book a solo gig where he showcased several new songs in front of an adoring crowd, which also included his parents and many of his friends from Sweden.  Erik Hassle has a hell of a voice, very soulful and his dance moves on stage will make you fall in love with him.

I would normally be posting a video I took at the show, but sadly the Youtube police are after me at the moment for copyright infringement – despite the fact that I don’t make a penny from my Youtube account AND I post concert videos with the intention of turning my readers onto music they probably would not be exposed to without my site.   Thanks for sticking up for me (and all the others that are in a similar position) bands, managers, etc – NOT!  Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?!

Erik Hassle - Pianos

Erik Hassle – Pianos

So in the absence of a live version of “Innocence Lost,” which I would have loved to have posted, you should definitely check out that song.  It’s amazing!  If you want to see the video, you can come over to my place.  Ha!  As an alternate plan, for my international readers, you can see a little clip of “Fuck The Pain Away” on my Instagram account.   In addition, you can hear samples of many Erik Hassle tracks on his official website (link will open in a new window).  Before his final song of the night “No Words,” Erik mentioned that the song will be available as a single in the next few weeks, so be on the look out for that song.  It was great!  Follow him on his Soundcloud page for updates.

Erik Hassle is supporting Broods on the following dates, so make sure you don’t miss his set (because it will likely be as good if not better than the main act).

03/25 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
03/26 – Trocadero Theater – Philadelphia, PA
03/27 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
03/28 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
03/29 – Masquerade (Hell Stage) – Atlanta, GA
03/31 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
04/01 – Trees – Dallas, TX
04/02 – Emo’s – Austin, TX

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Thanks for a great show Erik.  Can’t wait to see you again!

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