Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I stumbled across this audience video from a recent Blixa Bargeld performance with Alva Noto.
Apparently the two have been collaborating for a few years. There's an unofficial recording of their performance at Recombinant Media Labs from 2007 (info in comments section) and there are plans for an album next year. Many thanks to mutter-nacht for this info.
I would HOPE that anyone reading this is already familiar with Blixa from his work in Einstürzende Neubauten and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I must admit I'm not a big Nick Cave fan but if you need a place to start with Einstürzende Neubauten I highly recommend this collection. Another great intro is the film "1/2 Mensch" by Sogo Ishii. You can watch it here on YouTube but the quality isn't great. I would suggest seeing a DVD version if possible. There is some controversy over the version available here on Amazon (look at the comments) but I don't believe it is for sale in the U.S. otherwise.
Here are the other two parts of the above piece...
There are more segments from this concert here as well.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Richard Garriott appears to be a retardedly rich super nerd. Anyone who spends millions to be a space tourist is selfish to the point of sadism. However, he DOES have a house full of weird and interesting things as the above video from Bizarre Magazine illustrates.
At least he's not a TOTAL loss.
Bizarre has many more videos to check out on their site and their YouTube channel. Sadly most of them focus on their fetish cheese cover shoots.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Andrzej Zulawski's "Possession" is one of my all time favorite films (click here for the trailer). I also quite enjoyed his movie "My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days." I have been eagerly awaiting seeing more of his work since reading Stephen Thrower's book "Eyeball" which dedicates many pages to Zulawski.
Thank the Lords of Cinema for the arrival of the Mondo Vision DVD label. They have released three of Zulawski's films: "La Femme Publique (The Public Woman)," "L’important C’est D’aimer (The Important Thing is to Love)," and "L’amour Braque (Limpet Love)." They are also planning to release several more of his movies including a reissue of "Possession."
You can see trailers and learn more about these films at the Mondo Vision website.
Here are links to reviews of "L’important C’est D’aimer" "Lamour Braque," and "La Femme Publique."
Finally there's a lot more to see over at Andrzej Zulawski's official website.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Corpusse is a musician / performance artist from Canada.
While I was on the Nightmares tour Aaron Dilloway played us the first Corpusse LP "Delusions" from 1988. Mark, David and I were pretty much equally confused and blown away. What's interesting is I can't find ANYTHING about this album online besides mentions from Corpusse himself.
Anyhow, after listening to this obscure little gem we all proceeded to see if Corpusse had anything on YouTube. We were happy to find the above interview and some live clips. The better live videos are below.
What's interesting to note when experiencing Corpusse is that he is SERIOUS. Yeah, I know.
You can check out the world of Corpusse on his official website and MySpace page.
Last but not least here's a short video about Corpusse's art...
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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As I mentioned before I am a big Voivod fan. So, I was obviously very pleased to find out that there is now a book dedicated to the art of Voivod drummer Away (aka Michel Langevin). I have worshipped his artwork since first getting my hands on the "War and Pain" album as a teenager.
Here is a good review of the book from Difficult Music. I will be getting myself a copy of this volume as soon as I can afford it. You can pick up a copy yourself right here.
Below are my favorite Voivod covers with a few comments about each.
"War and Pain" (Released: Aug 10, 1984)
First off, it's important to note that Away not only played drums in the band and did the artwork but created the mythology of Voivod and all it's characters. Here's a pretty detailed article from a Voivod fan site that covers this conceptual ground and the band's early history.
Anyhow, on to the album covers...
It's hard to decide if I like the music on this album more than "Killing Technology" but I can tell you that this is easily my favorite Voivod cover. I assume the quality of this artwork might have to do with Michel Langevin being very excited of the prospect of the first Voivod album being released. You can tell he spent some serious time on this piece.
Buy "War and Pain" on CD here.
"Rrroooaaarrr" (Released: Mar 14, 1986)
This cover is great. Voivod meets Big Daddy Roth. The band seems to have disowned the music from this album but I love it.
"Rrroooaaarrr" appears to be out of print in the U.S. - you can buy one from Amazon here if you can afford it.
"Killing Technology" (Released: Apr 3, 1987)
The world of Voivod expands into space. Excellent, creepy artwork here. "Killing Technology" is also one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time.
Buy "Killing Technology" on CD here.
"Dimension Hatross" (Released: Jun 29, 1988)
What I find interesting is that this is the last Voivod album that I really deeply LOVE and it also marks the last cover done in this hand drawn / painted style. Away switched to computer graphics for most of the subsequent album covers which is a real pity.
Buy "Dimension Hatross" on CD here.
Michel Langevin certainly has a fertile imagination and one of the most distinctive artwork styles I've ever seen. In spite of my focus on the early releases I definitely enjoy his artwork for many Voivod releases especially the most recent album "Infini" (the music is damn good as well).
Voivod will be on a U.S. tour with Kreator starting in March 2010. Click here for tour dates.
Many thanks, yet again, to Rennie Resmini for the heads up about "Worlds Away." Rennie is practically a Colors of the Dark employee at this point. His regular suggestions are MUCH appreciated.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
"Between" is one of the best short features I've seen in many years. I look forward to seeing more from Tim Bollinger in the future. Tim is part of the German graphic design studio / art collective Via Grafik. You can learn more about them at vgrfk.com
Friday, December 11, 2009
My friends at MOPIA are hosting an exhibition of works by erotic artist Jan van Rijn starting tonight...
The Museum of Porn in Art presents:
Jan van Rijn - Mein Leib - New drawings 2008/9
www.vanrijnallnudes.com (not work safe)
Opening: Friday the 11th of December 2009, 8 p.m.
at Edi's Weinstube, Stüssihofstatt 14 in Zurich, Switzerland.
The artist will be present.
Exhibition: 12.12.2009-7.1.2010, Mon.-Thu. from 12.00-24.00 hours,
Fri. and Sat. from 12.00-02.00 hours and Sun. from 14.00-22.00 hours.
www.porninart.ch (not work safe)
(All the below images can be enlarged by clicking on them. Artwork courtesy of The Museum of Porn in Art.)
UPDATE 12.18.09 - The Jan van Rijn exhibition is now online at the MOPIA website.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Dear Colors of the Dark Investors,
Today marks 200 posts so I want to take this opportunity to say a few things.
First off, thanks very much to all you followers and regular readers. Also, I want to extend a special thanks to all the contributors to this blog. Without your cooperation this would be much more difficult.
I started this blog with the hopes it would grow into some kind of a part time job for me. I was working on ways of expanding Colors of the Dark into a multifaceted online company. With the realities of the current economy came the understanding that to make this into a business would be suicidal for someone of limited means such as myself. Let's hope that one day this will change. In spite of this, I do have some smaller scale plans for Colors of the Dark outside of the blog in the future, so keep your eyes out.
I will definitely keep the blog aspect of Colors of the Dark going. However, I will not be posting EVERY DAY for the fore-seeable future. I will strive to post at least three times a week if not more often than that. I also intend on making the quality of each post better to make up a bit for the lack of quantity.
One thing that YOU can do to help me post more often is - contribute. If you or someone you know does creative work that fits with Colors of the Dark please e-mail me. Also, if you come across any music releases, books, internet videos, or movies released within the last five years that fit, tell me about them. The most time consuming aspect of this blog is tracking down new content. Your help would be huge and I always share the credit.
Also... please COMMENT you bastards.
As usual, if you have any questions or suggestions I will reply to them in the comments section.
Thank you. - The Management
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
It is so beautiful that this was broadcast on TV. There must have been some puzzled channel surfers. Reminds me of the time as a child I stumbled across an SRL performance on Denver, CO public TV (that left an impression).
Monday, December 7, 2009
I have been interested in the Nanking Massacre since learning about it in a college history course in the mid 90's. I tracked down Iris Chang's book on the subject and I have to say this incident in history was a revelation for me personally. I honestly thought I was beyond the reach of moral outrage... the history of the atrocities at Nanking set me straight. Anyone who learns about this subject and isn't moved emotionally is either dead or a sociopath.
A few months back I was astonished to see the documentary "Nanking" was available as a free rental at my local library so I naturally checked it out.
This documentary should be ESSENTIAL viewing for anyone mature enough to take it. We hear about The Holocaust all the time but most people don't even know what happened at Nanking. I am very pleased this documentary was made with such care and quality. Definitely watch "Nanking" but be prepared... it's a day wrecker.
Watch the trailer here.
Buy the DVD here.
Buy the book, "The Rape of Nanking" here.
R.I.P. Iris Chang (1968-2004)
Saturday, December 5, 2009
"The Garden" 2008
Mark Prent is a Canadian sculptor and performance artist currently living and working in Vermont.
You can see much more of Mark's work at markprent.com - make sure to check out this teaser for his performance DVD.
All the following images can be enlarged by clicking on them.
"The Garden" (detail)
"The Last Supper" 2007
"Parasitic Twin" 1983
"For Harry" 1984
"Thawing Out" 1974
Many thanks to Mark Prent for allowing me to republish his work.
Friday, December 4, 2009
The above interview is from the 2007 SPK "Despair" DVD. I recommend you DO NOT buy this DVD primarily because it is a censored version of the original SPK VHS home video of "Despair" from 1982. With that said, the only thing worth seeing on the DVD are the uncensored bits and the above interview. You can watch all the R-Rated parts of the original VHS "Despair" on YouTube here but the quality is really horrible.
(Original VHS Cover)
What was censored was some video of a dead cat being mutilated and, more importantly, footage of dead human body parts being manipulated in a... hmmm... sexual manner (which Tone Generator mentions in passing in the interview). That segment remains one of the most extreme things I have ever seen in my entire life.
I have to imagine that an online greymarket DVDR dealer has the uncut version of "Despair" for sale. If so, let me know and I will post the info. I still have my second generation mono VHS dub from 1992 thankfully.
I count the early SPK releases among the most essential in my collection. If you enjoy dark experimental music and don't already own these you are truly missing out. Here are links to the good available CD reissues (you may be able to fins them cheaper if you look around online):
Information Overload Unit
Leichenschrei (my favorite SPK CD)
Late Addition - Here's a text interview with SPK from 1980.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
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Here's yet another argument for me to upgrade to an HD TV and Blu-ray player. One of my ALL TIME favorite films "The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue" (aka "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" - but with new extra features) has been reissued on Blu-ray. Dammit. Being a broke ass movie nerd can be painful at times. Thankfully Blue Underground was merciful and put it out on regular old DVD as well.
You can watch / download the trailer and order the two versions below:
2 Disc DVD Edition
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The interviewer is easily one of the most obnoxious in the world BUT he brings up Flipper.
You read that right, Flipper has been discussed on Fox News.
Next they will pay for a No Trend on-air reunion and my head will explode.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I am surprised I never heard of this series until now. The latest volume just came out a couple of months back.
Here's the official description: This annual collection of exceptional horror and dark fantasy fiction stories is the essential must-have for horror buffs. The 20th edition of this showcase of horror includes a comprehensive overview of international selections, an impressively researched necrology, and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and aspiring writer of true horror.
You can order "The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20" on Amazon.
I read in a few online reviews that the previous volume might be a better read but judge for yourself.