Photos from Anno Domini’s Art of Zines Show

ArtofZines11, originally uploaded by Marc Arsenault – Wow Cool.

The Art of Zines show opened at Anno Domini Gallery in Downtown San Jose this past Friday. Stacked on shelves along the walls are dozens of zines from all over, including many titles from Wow Cool and old familiar favorites like the latest issues of Fluke, Cometbus and Doris. Stop by if you can. The show runs through March 13th, 2010. Long time friends of Wow Cool will no doubt recognize the late James Kopta on the cover of “That Dog Drives a Go Cart” on the poster art for the show. See some photos from the opening: My Photos | Cherri’s Photos | Brian’s Photos

On the spot reporting by Silvia Chenault

100 Cassettes

100 Cassettes, originally uploaded by Marc Arsenault – Wow Cool.

In preparing for a guest spot on Don Campau‘s radio show No Pigeonholes I decided it would be a good idea to go back through my ridiculously large archive of tapes from the 80’s and 90’s. I slotted a bunch of them (there are sooo many missing from this set, including much of the upstate New York bands, seminal industrial releases, and much Bay Area stuff) into a 100 spot wooden case I grabbed from the local goodwill. It’s an impressive testament to a DIY time gone by.

I feel that this assemblage hints at a need for something to be done with the collection. No idea what. Maybe Don can help me work it out. In the meanwhile, please tune in to 91.5FM in the Bay area (or listen online at Sunday, December 13th, 2009 at 3pm (Pacific). View the case of Brown Cuts Neighbors tapes I’ll be bringing to the session. I’ll be mainly playing CDs and vinyl. Tune in if you can.

Go See The Yes Men Fix The World!

Now! Well, soon. Full list of screenings.

I appreciate the above portrait of Mike from the Yes Men much more now then when I took it six years ago. Alot has happened since. Now this pretty clearly represents where the Yes Men are at. It’s so obvious I wouldn’t do the same shot now.

The Yes Men Fix the World opens local to the larger part of the Wow Cool crew at the Roxie in San Francisco on October 30th, 2009. There is some danger of hijinks occurring.

The Yes Men are anti-corporate pranksters who create phony Web sites to get themselves invited to high-level corporate conferences and media events – where they give hilarious, Swiftian analyses that unmask global injustice and satirize human rights abuses. They are the 21st century’s answer to Timothy Leary’s proselytizing for acid and Ken Kesey’s busload of hipsters. The big difference is that they care less about changing minds than changing policy. But announcing, as spokespeople for Dow Chemical, that they will at last take full financial responsibility for the victims of Bhopal, they create a media sensation that embarrasses the real powers that be. And, outfitted in their wacky “survival ball” getups, the Yes Men address a room full of straight-laced suits who don’t think there’s anything funny about going to insane lengths to assure one’s personal safety in the event of any and all calamities. The Yes Men don’t exactly speak truth to power. But their hearts are in the right place — right next to their funny bones. Written, directed and produced by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano. Co-directed by Kurt Engfehr. Running time: 87 mins.

Trailer and more after the jump.

Lightning Bolt Photos and Videos from 08/30/09 Brooklyn Show

Brian Chippendale

Genius NYC indie promoter Todd P hosted a great end-of-summer bash at Broadway Backyard in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn last weekend and I brought my camera. Against a backdrop of the M and J train line and a martial arts school converted from a bank (with a memorable mural), Hot Box, Talk Normal, Teeth Mountain and Lightning Bolt entertained, thrilled and all that kind of crap.

View the set of 45 photos of Lightning Bolt, Teeth Mountain and the audience on flickr.

Below is my hi-res video of some bits of the show, including the whole soundcheck.

Info on Earthly Delights, Lightning Bolt’s first new album in four years, tour details and more at Brooklyn Vegan.

John Culhane‘s video from the show after the jump.

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Torgo targets the Sydney Opera House

Iron Man?, originally uploaded by mifblip.

Found this great version of Torgo’s severed head on flickr pretty much randomly. It’s next to either Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) or one of the Thompsons from Tintin. More than you want to know about Torgo can be found on Dial H for Blog.

I’m now imagining that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost take over the Tintin movies and they use the tagline, “It’s Hot Fez!” to promote it. The first true believer who can remind me what damn book the Thompsons wore fezzes in wins a no prize.

CALMS visit Caprona

halfmoonbay19, originally uploaded by Marc Arsenault – Wow Cool.

If you like big rusty metal dinosaurs, then you will want to check out this photo set on flickr of Mike and Nick from CALMS and nickname: Rebel exploring the “Spanish Town” shops on Route 92 in Half Moon Bay, California. We were headed to the marina to shoot a video of the nickname: Rebel song “Rescue Boat” and joked that it should be just like the 1975 film of the Land that Time Forgot. We came pretty close.

Pics + Vids from Ratskin Explastical Monthly #13 up on flickr

Mostly noise show. July 28, 2009 at El Rincon on 16th Street, San Francisco, CA. Featuring CALMS, Cruiser, Hora Flora, Vibrating Garbage, Amphibious Gestures, Lung Transducer and Nerfbau.

Go see the set

A Visit To Children’s Fairyland

On the Pipe, originally uploaded by Marc Arsenault – Wow Cool.

Oakland, California. A lovely flickr set with a couple of videos from this last weekend. A magical fairytale land, originally built in 1950 and very well maintained and smartly updated. Pay a visit…

Ciao My Shining Star: Mark Mulcahy Benefit

Mark Mulcahy, originally uploaded by taswan.

Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

On September 29th Shout! Factory will release Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, a tribute to former Miracle Legion front man Mark Mulcahy. The album features a collection of some of today’s greatest recording artists performing versions of Mark Mulcahy’s songs. Mulcahy’s wife, Melissa, died suddenly in September 2008, and proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Mulcahy to help him continue his music career while raising his 3-year-old twin daughters.

The album features 21 exclusive recordings by Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe, Dinosaur Jr., Mercury Rev, The National, Frank Black, Vic Chesnutt, Frank Turner, and Josh Rouse, among others. In addition, a further 20 tracks, from artists such as A.C. Newman, Buffalo Tom and Laura Veirs, will be available digitally. To coincide with the release, there will be two concert events, one in London and one in New York, details TBA.

Mulcahy was the front man and main songwriter for alternative rock band Miracle Legion in the 1980s to mid 1990s. Shortly after their demise, Mulcahy formed Polaris, the house band for the mid 1990s alternative television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1993–96) and perhaps best remembered for the song “Hey Sandy,” which was featured in the opening credits of the show.
Mulcahy has opened up for many notable artists, including Oasis and Jeff Buckley, and has received homage from Radiohead front man Thom Yorke, who dedicated a song to Mulcahy at a show in Boston. Nick Hornby wrote an essay on Mulcahy’s song “Hey Self-Defeater” (from the album Fathering) in his book 31 Songs.

Mark and his music is an old friend to those of us from the upstate New York/Berkshires/Five Colleges region. This is a heartbreaking loss and everyone here at Wow Cool HQ extends good feeling towards Mark. His is a voice so rare, it deserves the very best. Mark your calendar. grab one of these disks. UPDATE: Stereogum has posted cover art and a preview of Thom Yorke’s version of All for the Best.

UPDATE: Thom Yorke’s version of ‘All For the Best’ will also be released as a limited 7″ single backed with Mark Mulcahy’s ‘Ciao My Shining Star’ to be released on September 7, 2009. Via At/Ease

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Come Join My Gang

Tiena has been the premier events list for the New York State Capital District for over a decade. It’s members come from a wide range of artistic disciplines, interests, hobbies, activities and pathologies. This new tiena SoundCloud group was created to preserve an audio record of the activities by those involved.

Anyone who is, or has been a producer of any kind of sounds in the Albany/Schenectady/Troy area is invited to contribute. You do not have to be on the tiena list to participate. No previous SoundCloud experience required.

Send us your track

In other news… Anyone out there who takes photos and is a fan of Neil Gaiman’s book American Gods is invited to join a group I started on flickr called (wait for it…) American Gods House. I guarantee that the group description is very entertaining.

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