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“The Purge” by Chris Whiteburch

I came across an article on Colossal about Austin based artist collective “Ink Tank“. They recently created a large scale installation entitled “Last New Year”, which interprets the human reaction to the impending doom of the apocalypse, as predicted by the Mayan Calendar. Below are images of one the installations, titled “Purge” by artist Chris Whiteburch, who is currently finishing a BFA in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

The fluid movement of the debris being vomited from the bowels of this foreclosed home is delicate and balanced. The abrasive violence of the scene unexpectedly evokes a sense of calm. The artists describe “Last New Year” as a celebration of the end, a study of crisis management, a search for meaning, a chance for closure, and “an unwavering column of truth in a desert of confusion.”

I really want to see this while we are in Austin for SXSW.

New Track: “Runnin” by Sinkane


Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) is a Sudanese born musician who’s played in the past with Of Montreal, Yeasayer, and Caribou. Check out his new track “Runnin”, which is available for purchase as a name your own price.



“Wahala” by Blitz the Ambassador Ft Keziah Jones, Baloji and Bocafloja

Great song. Great video.

Vice Presents: Faustino’s Patagonian Retreat

As a production person, I am always enthralled with Vice Tv’s production capabilities. I can only imagine what a feat it was to convince this guy to allow a film crew to follow him around.

Tremble Interview: Grass Giraffes

We chatted with Athens, Georgia band Grass Giraffes when they rolled through Schubas in Chicago. Check out what Eddie and the gang had to say about giving their creations away for free.

Tremble Interview: Mates of State


Husband wife team Tremble chatted with husband wife team Mates of State the last time they came through Chicago. They were so gracious, and had a lot of good advice for us as a new couple working together.

Maddie On Things


Awesome series of Maddie the coonhound standing on atypical things. From Theron Humphrey. He is currently traveling across the country documenting everyday people, a series entitled “This Wild Idea”. Check it out  Here



His prints are available for sale.

Tremble Interview: Turf War


A few months back, Atlanta, GA rockers, Turf War came through Chicago. We were lucky enough to catch up with them before and during their show. Check out the interview above.


These guys just finished up a South East tour. Be sure to check them out at SXSW, as well. I guarantee they’ll be one of the best acts you see there. Click on through to their blog over here. It’s really well done, and features some video of recent performances including a rowdy cover of “Wooly Bully” from the Soul Bar in Augusta, GA. Very tight.







Back to the Future: Irina Werning

Irina has some really wonderful ongoing projects, including this one “Back to the Future”.  I think what impresses me so much about “Back to the Future” is how every attention to detail is considered in the remake. Everything from lighting, temperature, costumes, expression, angle. Man. It’s impressive.


Make sure you check out Irina’s website. I spent a lot of time on there recently.

He says of this project:

“I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.

by the way, this project made me realise Im a bit obsessive…

(If you try this at home email it to zefrank’s wonderful young me now me project (2006) at http://www.zefrank.com/youngmenowme/) ”


MARITA & COTY IN 1977 & 2010, Bueno

TOMMY IN 1977 & 2010, Buenos Aires

Lulu & G in 1980 & 2010, Buenos Air

Nico in 1986 & 2010, Buenos Aires

Oscar 1978 & 2010, Buenos Aires

The Sunday Hangover: Manuele Atzeni – The Death With Modugno


No one could figure out how the dog got on top of the bookshelf. It wasn’t like there was a couch nearby. The doors had been locked when they left, and they were locked when they returned.


“Well, I just can’t get past it…I mean, I know you’re probably sick of hearing about it, but she was ON TOP of the book shelf… just up there curled up in a little ball.”


“That’s the craziest thing I ever heard of… I mean, what’d she do when you walked in?”


“She just kind of looked up at us kind of annoyed we had woken her up… I swear, I just can’t get past it.”


Lina and Craig had been friends when they were younger, but just recently they started hanging out together again.


“It sure is great to spend some time with you again.”




“I said, it’s nice we’re hanging out again.”


“Oh. Yeah, definitely…. on top… of the book shelf, dude… crazy.”



Author : Manuele Atzeni
Title : The Death With Modugno
Album : Sleepwalkers Walk Alone
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