Monday, 3 December 2012

Tales from the Crypt

I've always loved Tales from the Crypt. Since my favorite episode is on youtube, I thought I could do a short article in homage to my favorite devilish twins, April and June from Split Personality.

.. and just because there is never enough of Tales from the Crypt, here are three other great episodes that I love!

See you readers for several great interviews coming soon!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Peaches Christ ♡

Hi there! I'm so happy to post this interview of the fabulous Peaches Christ to celebrate the release of All About Evil, the great horrific dark comedy featuring, among others, the lovely Natasha Lyonne.

The Castro Theatre in San Francisco plays a crucial role in your movie. Can you tell us a bit more about this place? What's the story behind it? 
It's actually The Victoria Theatre, which is a wonderful old theatre in the Mission District of San Francisco. It was the perfect place to shoot our movie in because it already has a naturally old-fashioned creepy vibe. I love old theaters and The Victoria is the real-deal.

One of the girl interviewed in your doc about All About Evil world premiere says that "it is not about watching the DVD at home" but actually going to the movie theatre. I guess you also love the idea of going to the small independant movie theatres and promote them? 
My whole career as "Peaches Christ" has been about creating live, interactive, theatrical movie screenings. I'm a firm believer in the "group experience" of watching a movie and really believe it makes a difference in how you experience a film.

I love the show you put on for the world premiere of the movie! Thomas Dekker's performance for "Welcome to the horror show" is astonishing! Is there a chance we can get the songs of the word premiere somewhere? How would you feel about creating a whole music show with horror songs?
I hope that we can put a soundtrack someday! There's definitely been talk of that. Thomas Dekker is not only a brilliant actor but also a brilliant musician. I told him about how we were creating a "live event" to take on the road and that we'd be performing music and such- I swear to God that 24 hours later Thomas contacted me and said "I wanna play you something" and he'd written and recorded a version of "Welcome To The Horror Show". He oozes talent.

Talking about music, I love the bands you chose for the soundtrack. Swann Danger and The Vanishing are awesome bands. How did you choose the songs to be put into the movies?
I had a fantastic music supervisor, Steve Gizicki, who's taste really lined up with mine and he fully understood what I was going for. Steve wanted to find bands that fit with the aesthetic of the movie and in the case of Swann Danger- were locals. I love the music in the movie and I admire Steve's intense research to track it all down.

I am a big big fan of Natasha Lyonne. I think she is an incredible woman. How was it to work with her for All About Evil? Did you change some things about the main character when you actually knew she was going to play it?
Natasha is another giant force of talent. Both she and Thomas have been working actors since they were small children. They're wise beyond their years and so quick to pick things up. I love Natasha and cannot imagine another Deborah now. I didn't change anything in the script once we locked Natasha in- she was game for it all and really made it work.

You had a small budget for the movie, yet, it looks really professional and high quality! However, if you had the chance to have a higher budget, what would you change?
There were things in the script that I had to cut because we didn't have enough money, i.e. the theatre was originally infested with rats and Mr. Twigs had a pet "King Rat" that sat on his shoulder- but that just wasn't financially feasible. Also, at the very, very, end the marquee tower was supposed to snap off from the building and smash down on top of Deborah, but it was too expensive as well.

I wonder to which extent do you think being a drag queen influence the way you directed the movie (use of the music, acting supervision...)?
I think that because I'm an entertainer and actor who's also self-produced events for years that all of that played a part in how I approached making the movie. All of that is experience I've gained through being "Peaches Christ". Maybe I better understood how actors were feeling? I don't know but writing, directing, and producing my own stage-shows for twelve years certainly helped ready me for directing AAE.

How was it to make a movie with the legendary Mink Stole and to have John Waters at the premiere?! It sounds REALLY cool!
I grew up in Maryland worshipping at the altar of Mink and John so the fact that I get to work with them and have become friends with them is truly surreal and I'm the most grateful fan in the world. Both of them have been incredibly generous with me, supportive, and truly great friends.

What are your best memories of the Midnight Mass? Is there a chance to have all the Midnight mass put together in a DVD one day?
I don't know if we'll ever be able to sell a DVD because, in the great tradition of drag, we appropriate pop music and elements from the movies we send up. So I don't think it will ever be legal to sell it. However, many shows and events show up on my YouTube and Vimeo pages. Although, I was always say it's best to see it in-person if you can.

What are your upcoming projects?
I'm working on a new screenplay and continue to produce events in the Bay Area and beyond. I've also recently worked with Elvira on her "Horror Hunt" film festival which is a blast. Also, Peaches is going to be in a video-game called Dragopolis where you'll be able to play this drag queen video game as "Peaches Christ in Hell". I'm really excited for that to come out. Check out Dragopolis on Facebook.

Last question, do you watch Ru Paul's Drag Race? Any favorite participant?!
I now watch it religiously and am a fan of many of the ghouls on the show. I recently partnered with Sharon Needles on a show called "The Silence Of The Trans" and really ADORE her. I also love Latrice, Yara, Pandora, Tammie, and many many more. It's a wildly entertaining show.

♡ Thank you so much PC for your time and I wish you the best ♡

Monday, 29 October 2012

One Man Metal

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Here's the first installment of One Man Metal, our latest documentary that takes a square look at a shadowy fringe of Black Metal that has never been documented... until now.
We interviewed three enigmatic solo artists—Leviathan, Striborg, and Xasthur—who produce black metal on the margins of society. These are men who don’t just play the music, but embody what it reflects: isolation, misanthropy, and anger.
The documentary includes the first on-camera interview with Scott Connor, AKA Xasthur, who crafts his bleak sounds from a crumbling apartment in the hinterlands of Los Angeles. We also explored the remote environs of rural Tasmania with Sin Nanna of Striborg, and finally traveled to San Francisco to speak with Jef Whitehead, AKA Leviathan.
Now, “One Man Metal” will see the light of day, following a series of delays leading up to Whitehead’s 2011 conviction on one count of aggravated domestic battery. You can watch the trailer here, and keep your eyes open for part three!

See you readers!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Pop Corn Session Vol.4

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So many great stuff that I want to talk about, it takes a LOT of time to organize everything. As I said on the FB blog page, I stop the News of the week articles with a view to something new... I don't want to make this blog boring so let's be creative, stay tuned for more information!

PS: for those of you who speak French/Deutsch, don't miss Fashion!, a documentary broadcast on Arte and streamable for a short period of time. There is nothing new, it's not the best doc ever but it's always nice to see old/rare videos of the fashion big names.Nostalgia ♪ ♫

See you readers, have a great week and listen to Goat, xxx

Friday, 19 October 2012

Our Song ♪ ♫

Our Song, directed by Jim McKay, is a very sincere and deep movie about a friendship between three young women, Lanisha (Kerry Washington), Maria (Melissa Martinez), and Joycelyn (Anna Simpson). They all live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and play in a community marching band (The music sequences in the movie are absolutely awesome!). It takes place at the end of summer, when they are about to make some crucial decisions regarding their respestive lives. 

The whole movie deals with existential themes such as friendship, love and family. What I love the most about that movie, is the authenticity of the portrayal of the girls. The director did a great job to express the complexity of the situations the girls go through. Nothing is exaggerated or embellished, it is just a raw slice of life.

Some critics present this movie as an alternative to Kids but I would say it is much more than that. If you wanna watch the movie, it is streamable on youtube:

See you readers, xxx

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

News of the week Vol.7

"An amazing testament to strength, courage and inner beauty that transcends society's standards of outer beauty. Seriously, brilliant." Tina Carroll about the Scar Project

♡ I watched Baring It All, the documentary based on the photography Scar Project created by David Jay. It was a really interesting doc featuring several women with breast cancer who decided to take pictures of themselves to show what breast cancer is. There is no voyeurism in this doc, it is only based on deep and emotional testimonies from strong survivors. October 2012 is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so spread the word!

♡ Last week, I was talking about George Petros. I had no idea he published a book titled THE NEW TRANSSEXUALS The Next Step In Human Evolution, and... it is available for free on the website! Taken from the website: "In The New Transsexuals: The Next Step In Human Evolution, George Petros, author of Art That Kills, examines the social dynamics of sex changing and rearranging, and presents in interview form a snapshot of the Transsexual Revolution. Fred H. Berger, once publisher of Propaganda Magazine, provides the introduction. Interviewers Petros, Manuel Vasquez, Rio Warner, John Aes-Nihil and Stanton LaVey probe Transsexuals and Transgender-identified individuals (as well as Annie Sprinkle, a gal with a hands-on fetish for Trans guys) about who they are, what they do and what they want. The interviewees range from academics and professionals to hustlers and whores. They include porn stars Buck Angel and Bailey Jay, the "pregnant man" Thomas Beatie, Trans surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers, former Life of Agony frontman Mina Caputo, Punk icons Jayne County and Ginger Coyote, our cover diva Amanda Lepore, and Howard Stern's favorite Trans person, Siobhan Meow.". Some of the interviews come from Seconds Magazine

♡ I was reading an article about Eiko Ishioka and I realized I never talked about her tragic death. She was the super amazing costume designer for great movies such as The Cell, The Fall or Dracula and also collaborated with Bjork for Cocoon. A nice book was released about her work by the way. And I realize I've never really investigated the costume field. I need to google/youtube some big names!

♡ If you love the visceral work of Eiko Ishioka, you'll probably like The Primal Screamer by Nick Blinko. Presented as a "semi-autobiographical novel from the Rudimentary Peni leading light plunging into the worlds of madness, suicide and anarchist punk." Sounds pretty extreme?! I want it. And I want Alice Bag's book. But I said it MANY times before :)

♡ I watched the new Jamie Babbit movie titled Breaking the Girl... and it was really disappointing. The movie looks like a TV film and is pretty much the same as Sex Crimes... sex, manipulation, betrayals, twists and so on and so on... The soundtrack is nice but I cannot believe Jamie Babbit, the director of the great But, I'm a cheerleader released something so not exciting!

♡ I watched Terri by Azazel Jacobs which was much more interesting.  It was a very emotional movie dealing with the difficulty of growing as an obese teenager in a complicated environment. I think the movie is much more than a typical "Sundance" film. The main actor is astonishing, very talented. I did not know that director but he has done some good stuff that I need to check asap.

♡ On my to watch list, Somersault by the Australian director Cate Shortland.

♡ I've never heard about this PaperDoll before but it sure has some great illustrations! Gypsy Rose Lee, Erté, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Esther Williams...

♡ I have a huge "to listen to" list at the moment: new Anaal Nathrakh, new Neurosis, new Iggy Azalea, new Fen... It's getting pretty crazy at the moment with all the new releases!!

♡ And as usual, some beautiful illustration by Leonetto Cappiello and Achille Mauzan... I could spend my whole life looking at these beautiful pictures.

♡ Useless news of the week: the new Toxic Vision collection is out and it's awesome as usual. Sexy as hell!

♡ Just found that serie of interviews with a lot of women involved in the metal scene (singers, journalists, poets...)! Karyn Crisis, Gazelle Amber Valentine, Morgan Lander... sounds pretty cool to me!

♡ To conclude, many of you probably know that I love female MCs and, among others, Salt 'N Pepa. I don't even think it's possible not to love them anyway... they're like... so cool it cannot be expressed with words. So, I discovered a metal remix of their song None of Your Business and it's the most amazing remix I've heard in my entire life! I can just listen to this on repeat forever!! I love it!!! I LOVE IT!!!! It is so funny when they perform that remixed song in front of the most boring audience in the world haha, have a look. By the way, I wonder if this book about SNP is interesting...?! Anyone?

I'm sorry I was quite busy last week and it's a bit late for this article but I hope you like it :)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Womeninspiration Vol.3

Dana Jade is a sexy hot rock 'n' roller wearing blood red dresses. She's involved in many great projects and she was kind enough to answer some questions... I discovered her with her fantastic cover of the M.I.A. song Galang. I advice you so watch it below before reading the interview... to see how awesome she is! You can also listen to the whole album on SoundCloud! I currently listen to She Or I Go on repeat, that's a fucking amazing song.

I saw that you come from Trinidad. Besides Nicki Minaj, I don’t know many artists coming from this part of the world to be honest. How would you describe your home land? How do your roots influence your current work and persona?
It's hard to describe succinctly but it's a very diverse, very rich place culture wise. The rhythms that surrounded me growing up have indeed influenced my music. There are a couple of tracks that have straight up soca beats! Perfect for winin' and ting! ;-)

You said in an interview that there was no rock n roll school in Trinidad when you were younger. Talking about rock n roll education you may have heard of the Rock Camp for Girls project. Many great artists like Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Kathleen Hanna, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Kimya Dawson, and Martha Wainwright visited the camp. If you were invited to talk with little girls willing to explore the world of rock n roll, what would you say to them?
Well, first I'd try not to swear around the little darlings then I'd probably say ignore people who say you 'can't' and try to develop your self confidence because as grrrl players, too often people just assume we can't play. You have to have a healthy sense of self! Practise practise practise and prove them all wrong! Anything boys can do etc. Also, we become who we surround ourselves with so surround yourselves with winners! People who are successful and a positive influence, you'll know them when you meet them.

I saw everywhere that Courtney Love is one of your favorite female musicians. It’s also one of my all time icons. If you could collaborate with her and cover a song, which one would you choose and for which reasons? Have you heard of the documentary Hit So Hard about Patty Schemel?
Yes I really wouldn't exist without her and Hole! If I could cover a Hole song with Courtney I would have to choose Violet because their live performance on the 1995 MTV music awards changed my life! It was in that moment that I knew what I had to get an electric guitar and a distortion pedal ASAP! I saw the Patty Schemel doc at a film festival earlier this year and loved it! Patty was there for a Q&A session, I was totally star struck.

How does it feel now your full album is finally finished and out? Are you satisfied with it and what are the first reactions around you? Are you already working on new songs?
Oh it's such a relief! The launch party was last Wednesday I had a blast with an all new live band I was very blessed to have Laura Kidd aka She Makes War, Daisy Palmer and Cajita onstage with me! I'm very happy with the final product and the fact that it's out there now. I want the songs to have a life of their own. So, if anyone is reading this and would like a copy but is short on cash just email me. Now that the launch is behind me I can finally concentrate on writing/recording new material and yes I've already started.

Can you tell us a bit more about your action in Clit Rock? What are the upcoming projects for the organization?
I founded Clit Rock (music events created to raise awareness and funds for the organisations committed to preventing and ultimately ending FGM) last year after coming across a piece on the news about female genital mutilation (FGM), it quite frankly pissed me off and always has! I said on Facebook, half serious that I was going to create an event about raising awareness and behold "Clit Rock" was born. I borrowed the name from Skin of Skunk Anansie fame. She coined the term when asked to describe her music, I felt it worked here on many levels. My aim is for these events to be empowering and uplifting whilst dealing with something very heavy and very real. We are definitely going to win this fight, it's just a matter of time.

I really love your nose chain in the video for Shudder and your head jewelry in the video for Little Sister. What is your relationship with jewelry and what are your favorite designers/kinds of jewelry?
Ahh thank you! The nose chain is called a "nath" and it is traditionally worn by Hindu brides. In my culture, too much emphasis is placed on marriage (in my humble opinion) so this was my way of saying "I'm married to my guitar so fuck off yeah?" or something to that effect. ;-) The head jewellery in the Little Sister video is also bridal. I guess I like really intricate exotic pieces as opposed to high street 'everybody's got them' accessories. I'm also quite partial to silver rings, crosses and rosary beads.

How is it to live in London when you’re a musician? Are you a fan of the local scene and what are you favorite bands? Do you feel like London is, still today, a special place for rock n roll music?
Oh yes! I mean I romanticise the hell out of the punk era because obviously I missed that and it's a big part of the reason I moved here. But yes I absolutely love the city and it's a very exciting place to be if you're a musician. You can find anything you could possibly be into here! I've been to Soca gigs, Reggae gigs, Jazz, African, Middle Eastern, Classical Indian, Rock/Indie/Punk, Hip Hop you name it, it's here! Give thanks…
Favourite local bands right now are She Makes War, Vuvuvultures, Lola Colt and Savages who are blowing up right now, they were on Jools last week, they're going to be huge! Hopefully they spark a new in your face rock n roll revival, we definitely need one of those!

Who’s your last boy crush? Girl crush?
I find myself staring at photos of Hrithik Roshan (Bollywood actor) he's beautiful. Ongoing long term girl crush not very original I know but Angelina Jolie… Purrrrrrrr! Oh and Nigella Lawson, oh and Monica Bellucci and ohh too many to mention.

I’m going to show you some youtube links and I would like you to quickly make a short comment!
Henry Rollins is a hottie! I prefer this work though.
Dark... I like it a lot! Great song. Great voice!

Grunge baby!

Oh my God! I love this! Bluesy, dreamy, bloody! What's not to love?

Anything else to say?
Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me and for turning me on to Monster and Meg Myers. Great idea to send video links! Hope all is fabulous in your world!

Peace, Love & Riddim
Dana Jade

See you readers, xxx!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

News of the week Vol.6

Oh Traci, Traci... I love you.

♡ I decided to put that delicious picture of Traci Lords at the top of the article because I've finally watched her last film Excision. The movie directed by Richard Bates Jr. tells the story of Pauline, a young troubled girl exploring her sexuality and questioning rules/norms/teenage life and parental authority. I love how politically incorrect and non conformist the film is. It is raw, gruesome and totally fucked up. The actors are all really good and it's a real pleasure to see Traci Lords in an unusual and serious role. She has serious actor skills. The movie is a bit all over the place and lacks cohesion though. I expected a bit more considering the great trailer/promotional pictures but it is definitely worth watching.

♡ Another long-awaited movie was Dark Horse by one of my favorite movie director Todd Solondz. I had very high expectations for that movie and I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed. Todd is still very good at portraying the human complexity and the so-called American dream. However, it is obvious that this last movie does not compare with Happiness for example. It is much more generic. I would say that the first part of the movie and the great actors save the movie. Also, the opening sequence features the underrated Kid Sister, and that's awesome!

♡ Currently going through a Paradise Kiss/Nana phase, I decided to watch the Paradise Kiss movie. Trust me, if you like the book, do not watch it! It is so bad that it's painful to watch. The actors have nothing in common with the book characters, the story is totally transformed, the outfits are awful... I was so disappointed with it. Stick to the books, always!

♡ If you like Ai Yazawa and beautiful illustrations, I would advise you to check The New Age of Feminine Drawing, a book compiling works by Akari Inoguchi, Annika Wester (special ♥ for her), Carine Brancowitz (special ♥ for her), Cecilia Carlstedt, Cedric Rivrain, Christina K. Coco, Elisa Johns, (the incredible) Laura Laine, Lotie, Maren Esdar, Jarno Kettunen and more. I've never read it but it does carry some great artists for sure! For more amazing Japanese illustration, try this. It's a never ending spiral of astonishment.

♡ Similarly, I would be very happy to own Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism by Patricia Allmer. The book looks amazing. I guess it is linked to the Manchester Art Gallery based exhibition Angels of Anarchy. If you can't afford the book (very expansive/out of stock on most of the website I've checked) and you don't live near Manchester... you can still visit the website of the gallery and have access to a lot of great materials including the biographies of all the artists and audio files! It's time to discover the surrealist girls, the well known and the more obscure ones.

♡ Talking about weir stuff, I never knew that HR Giger was the curator of an exhibition about cars bestiality titled Carnivora-The Dark Art of Automobile. Since I'm a HUGE fan of Crash by Cronenberg () and I love the aesthetic of old/futurist/concept cars I'm pretty excited! CARNIVORA features an international group of 112 artists and writers! George Petros who took part in the creation of the exhibition book also released Art That Kills: A Panoramic Portrait of Aesthetic Terrorism 1984-2001. I'm pretty curious now!!

♡ Enough with art and cinema, let's talk about sex music! It's a very good time for music as the new Converg album and the new Anaal Nathrakh album are coming soon. After a split with Napalm Death, Converge is finally coming back with a full length album. I've loved all their records until now and I hope the new album won't disappoint. Regarding Anaal Nathrakh, I've also loved all their records until now and they are for me one of the best metal bands out there. I've rarely seen something as violent/visceral/crazy as their music. Plus, the singer is really clever and humble.

♡ Less violent but also cool as hell, I have finally listened to Slash recent albums. I loved Beautiful Dangerous with Fergie when it came out. Objectively, whether you like Fergie or not, you cannot say that it's not a great FM hard rock song. So, I discovered the other songs featuring Fergie, the covers Sweet Child O Mine and Paradise City. And it's really awesome. I've always loved Fergie and I think I'm right when I say that she MUST quit the awful Black Eyed Peas and go for a solo career. One other surprise was Baby Can't Drive featuring Alice Cooper and... Nicole Scherzinger. I really really don't like her but one cannot deny that this is also pretty amazing!

♡ To continue with the surrealist women, I was listening to the Jarboe collaboration with Kirlian Camera, A Woman's Dream. I really love that song and, for once, I managed to find a nice youtube fan video for it! I cannot wait for another Jarboe album. Apparently, she's been touring a lot lately though. If you live in Paris, don't miss her gig with the great Unison on October 17th.

♡ If you love female vocalists as much as I do, don't miss Monster. She's similar to all the very best 90's female singers/song writers but she's amazingly talented. She's not a copycat for sure. In the same style, you can also check the beautiful Meg Myers I presented before on my blog. Both are pure golden treasures. 

♡ To conclude, don't miss Teratogenesis, the new REVOCATION EP available for free at Scion Audio Visual. Check the SAV website as there are many good stuff to grab!

Ok, so basically my project for the week end is to rent a room, put white paper on all the walls, draw on it, listen to Abigor and Godspeed You! Black Emperor and, then, create a book out of my performance. SOUNDS TOTALLY AWESOME, don't you think?!! 

See you readers, xxx!

A Look Into 'The Forbidden Zone'

This is a 35-minute documentary in which THE FORBIDDEN ZONE director Richard Elfman chats with Marie-Pascale Elfman, Danny Elfman, and Susan Tyrell (who reveals she became lovers with Villechaize during filming and lived with him for a year). The documentary is interspersed with huge helpings of archival shot-on-video footage of Oingo Boingo performing live shows related to the film, including another version of Danny's Satan routine.

See you for the news of the weeks!

Monday, 1 October 2012

News of the week Vol.5

The Artist is Present is a fine documentary by Matthew Akers about the grandmother of performance art, Marina Abramovic. Even though Matthew Akers uses some biographical elements, the doc is mainly based on Marina's recent performance at MoMA museum. The doc is nicely edited and rather stylish. The main focus is put on Marina and everything that comes up to her mind before, during and after the performance at MoMA museum. She is strong, beautiful and sensitive. I love her. When she was sitting at MoMA, looking into people's eyes, she says: "I never saw so much pain. People are afraid to express their inner feelings, but when you go inside, you'll see it. People live in so much pain. I understand it." (Harpers Bazaar). Don't hesitate to watch the doc, you won't regret this journey inside Marina's deep and breathtaking art.

♡ If you also think that Tool's third album Ænima is one of the most amazing albums of the 90's...  don't miss the doc Ultimate Review. You won't learn much things if you already like Tool but it's a great opportunity to re discover the band.

Xtina is back! The song is shitty but the whole video is nice and I'm so happy to see her wearing a sexy stripper dress even though she's not as skinny as she used to be! I have always loved her. Stripped and Bionic are amazing pop albums. I love how the divalicious Carmen Electra introduced her back in 2002 on MTV when she revolutionized the mainstream pop world with Dirrty: “A woman who had an incredible year, she transformed herself with a stripped down album and an unforgettable look, becoming a black leather ultra hottie with a powerful voice to match. She is Christina Aguilera!.”

♡ Ok now that's bad but I can't help it... I like Kristen Stewart. I just found that cute short movie starring Kristen and Dakota Fanning (both of them were pretty good in The Runaways btw).

♡ I watched A Home at the End of the World. The movie is based on a Michael Cunningham book. It is not a masterpiece but the first half is really well directed and emotional. The actors are excellent (Colin Farell is very surprising and talented) and the soundtrack, above all, is great. Suzanne by Leonard Cohen, Desiree by Laura Nyro... These songs are so beautiful.

♡ I finally watched Sleep Tight by Jaume Balagueró. I was a bit disappointed by the movie itself. I expected something much more stressful and twisted. Still, Luis Tosar is always perfect and the building where they all live is an incredible piece of art in the Gaudi style.

♡ For the French speakers, don't miss the illustration and graphic literature magazine Hors Cadres. It is a very high quality and professional magazine with great references. They even have a whole issue dealing with the use of the black color. All the past issues are available on the website.

♡ If you love Tori Amos, don't miss her new album with orchestral new interpretations of her songs. Her new face may be a bit disturbing but she's still the one super talented goddess.

♡ On my "to watch" list, Eastern Plays by Kamen Kalev, the Bulgarian film director. He also made a film with the lovely Laetitia Casta. I really want to know more about him.

♡ If you love big beautiful women and weird Japanese illustration, don't miss Namio Harukawa. According to the website: "Osaka artist Namio Harukawa is well known for his drawings of dominant women sitting on the faces of weak and submissive men. The women are generously proportioned and their rounded figures overwhelm the small men. Their faces remain impassive yet pleased." Many art masters are featured on the website: Fuco Ueda, Suehiro Maruo, Takato Yamamoto...

♡ I've been reading a lot of comics lately and I'm really curious to watch Crumb, the documentary by the great Terry Zwigoff. Also, if you like comics, note that the NY Times made available a free pdf version of Daniel Clowes's Mister Wonderful. It may not be his best, for sure, but it's still worth reading.

♡ If you like Black Metal/Drone/Folk with deep and beautiful female vocals... don't miss the new Menace Ruine's release (SIGE Records). Also, I did not know that Geniève Beaulieu had a side project called Preterite. It sounds awesome!

♡ If you want to try something poppier after the Menace Ruine apocalyptic music, try The Lovely Eggs. They're pop punk at its best. It's punk fun, it's cute... I love them.

♡ Also Elizabeth, Javier Varela's new band (former vocalist of the great band Nostromo), offers their new album for free. If you like Converge/Rise and Fall you will probably like it!

♡ I recently fell in love with Jessika Kenney's music. It's amazingly beautiful. 

♡ To conclude, I've been to a local LGBT film festival and I was able to watch a documentary directed by Daniel Lance about Edmund White. I only knew The Farewell Symphony by EW but now I really want to read his other books. He seems to be a very clever and sensitive man.

Have a good week, listen to Marianne Faithfull and enjoy some Seiichi Hayashi illustrations, xxx

PS: Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction second edition with preface by Amanda Palmer is finally OUT!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

♡ Heathers ♡

Ellie and Louise from Heathers kindly accepted to answer few questions for the blog. I feel really excited to post this interview as they are extremely talented and nice. Their new album Kingdom was released earlier this month so it's time to spread the word!

You’ve come a long way since the release of the first album in 2008. I’d like to know how you would sum up all the stuff that happened to you until now. What are the best memories that you keep in mind regarding the past four years?
It’s been an amazing 4 years. We both feel extremely lucky. We have had the opportunity to visit and play in so many incredible places and meet so many wonderful people. There are an awful lot of great memories but some would be, our release show for our first album Here, Not There, the two tours of America that we did with American band Ghost Mice, Recording our second album Kingdom.

I am totally and absolutely in love with the new album and especially two songs: Forget Me Knots and Flight. Could you please tell us a bit more about these two songs (lyrics, inspirations…)?
Forget me knots is probably one of the most important songs on the album. It’s a hopeful song and was written for a friend of ours who passed away 2 years ago when we were beginning to write the album.
Flight was one of those songs that were not going to be on the album and then we all changed our minds last minute. When we write songs we write the melodies first and then work on lyrics so initially we work with made up lyrics that don’t necessarily mean anything. For this song we kept those lyrics. I guess they still make sense to us. I think the meaning and feeling of this song especially comes through in the melodies and we didn’t want to lose it. I this song musically was inspired a little bit by Enya. We both adore her.

Who did the artwork of the album and how was it created? You generally use a lot of blue and purple. What do these colors evoke to you?

The artwork was done by New York based artist Stephen Hawlker. He is so fantastic. We did all of our two-ing and fro-ing over skype which was interesting. We wanted to create something that would illustrate what’s going on in the album and I think that the artwork does that exactly. It’s a little bit eerie and dark but uplifting at the same time. I think blues and purples and dark but calming colors. They’re very mysterious and then the red along side that is very direct and again dark. I think, in a way, the colors used represent the emotions felt in these songs.

I saw you did a Gaelic version of Remember When. Can you please tell us a bit more about it? What does it mean to you in terms of tradition and folklore?
Myself and Louise went to a Gaelic/ or Irish summer course when we were 17 and while we were there we translated one of our other songs into Irish. We’ve actually ended up mostly playing that song in Irish since then. We then had some help to translate Remember when into Irish too. The Irish language is a big part of our culture and tradition. As a child, in Ireland, we are brought up in school learning the language and, as with any language, it’s important to keep the motivation there for learning it and to keep it alive. Music can play such a huge part in this because it transcends language and cultural barriers.

Have you ever done music without each other? Do you feel like something crucial is happening when you work together?
We sometimes work on music separately but it is definitely different when we work together. We are able to be completely honest with each other and we know each other so well. I think that helps!

How does it feel to be covered on youtube
Aw, this is so lovely! It’s very surprising when we see people covering our songs. We get surprised to hear that people even listen to our music so this is just shocking. But it’s incredible! Always puts a smile on my face.

What are the plans for Heathers? Any collaboration?
The plan for the moment is to tour! We’re doing a tour of Ireland in the coming weeks and then we hope to get over to the UK, Europe and eventually the US and further afield. Also, writing bits of new music and possibly some collaborations. We’ll see what happens. We’re very excited to get going again anyway.

I would like to show you some videos and you are supposed to make a short comment on each of them!

Video 1: La Dispute - Such small hands
I’ve never heard La Dispute before. This is really cool! I feel sad listening to it. But in a nice way.Very powerful song.

Video 2: Bonfire Madigan
There’s something very haunting about this!

Video 3: Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
Her voice is absolutely stunning. The video is really simple but gorgeous.

Video 4: The Jezabels
The Jezabels are a band I’ve heard lots about but have never heard. This song is amazing!! Hayley's voice is beautiful!

Video 5: Lovers Love Haters - Poison
We are liking this. The lead singer has a sweet, interesting voice. Nice video too.

Video 6: Arcade Fire - Sprawl II
We are big Arcade Fire fans, and this is by far one of our favorite songs. We got very excited when we clicked on this link. This is also probably one of our favorite music videos ever. Régine's movement and dancing in the video is mesmerizing!!!

Video 7: RVIVR: Edge of Living 
We're also big RVIVR fans & were delighted when we clicked on this link. We saw them play for the first time last year in London when we were recording 'Kingdom'. Love this song! Great band!

Last but not least I read on your Wikipedia that David Guetta would like to work with you. Is that true?!!
We were approached by David Guetta’s US A and R team who had heard ‘Forget me Knots’ on a US blog and they asked if we would be interested in trying to write for his new album. So we’re working away at the moment. It doesn’t necessarily mean that anything will come from it but it’s so great to be asked! We’ve always been interested in writing different types of music and for other people.

Thanks again girls, I wish you the VERY best for the future ♡
You deserve it ♡

See you readers, xxx!

Monday, 24 September 2012

News of the week Vol.4

In the Clothes Named Fat scans by Anno Moyoco

♡ For those of you who like Velvet Goldmine, Hedwig and the Angry Inch or Almost Famous... you should try Breakfast on Pluto by Neil Jordan. It's a really emotional politically-charged movie about a young gender troubled man who's going to go and explore London to find his mother who abandoned him at birth. The glam rock ost is great, the clothes are beautiful and the whole movie, even though it is a bit unequal, is pretty cool. By the way Neil Jordan is also the talented director of three worth watching movies, Butcher Boy, High Spirits and Mona Lisa.

♡ Talking about Hedwig, I haven't watched it in AGES and I still love that movie so much. The original soundtrack is fabulous, I love every second of it. Everytime I watch this movie, it's like injecting rock n roll straight into my brain. You finish it and you feel totally revitalized. Hedwig is John Cameron Mitchell's master stroke. Here's to Patti and Tina and Yoko, Aretha. And Nona and Nico and me. And all the strange rock and rollers. You know you're doing all right. So hold on to each other. You gotta hold on tonight ♪ ♫

All Ages The Boston Hardcore Film is a new documentary film that explores the early Boston Hardcore music scene from the years 1981 through 1984. The community, culture, straight edge and DIY (do it yourself) ethic of the time are all explored in the film. I have no idea about the quality and the interest of that documentary but I think I'll watch it soon.  

♡ If you like Cube and Pi, try and the Spanish movie Fermat's Room. It's a claustrophobic movie with mathematicians stuck in a room that is slowly closing in on them unless they solve a mysterious enigma. Not amazing, not bad... lots of good ideas to explore. What's going on in Spain?

♡ I have always loved Converge and the whole aura surrounding the band. I was really pleased to watch this interview of the Jacob Bannon during their last gig in Paris. He is so down to earth, clever, talented and humble. The interview made by the French webzine Pelecanus is very well done and beautifully edited. Also, it is illustrated with intense live videos. 

♡ Talking about great interviews, a friend of mine sent me this very cute interview of Royal Thunder made by two 11-year-old little girls. This was really well done too, the questions are excellent and the band was really enthusiastic. Royal Thunder is awesome and this was fun to watch.

♡ I have always loved the French actress Chiara Mastroianni. I can't wait to watch Carnages that was so difficult for me to find! I also want to watch Le Journal du Séducteur starring CM by the great Danièle Dubroux.

♡ I was totally hooked by Kentucky, the new Panopticon album, including some banjo elements. The use of this instrument in various musical genres is always very interesting. I recently found a new documentary about it... why not?

♡ I did not know that the underrated Amerie collaborated with the K-pop sensation 4Minute! Surprising and refreshing. I wanna see Dana International collaborating with 2NE1 and my life is complete.

♡ The new Deftones single is here! Here's a band that never disappointed me. They remain fucking amazing throughout the time. 

♡ I keep on listening The Butcher's Ballroom by Diablo Swing Orchestra. How come I never tried this band before? That album is a masterpiece!

♡ Talking about great musicians, I was finally able to listen to the new No Doubt album. It was a real emotional roller coaster for me! I went from "Oh it's a boring album!!" to "I love it!!". You really need to listen to the songs carefully to get into this new album imo. I think it misses one strong up tempo hit though. Undone, Heaven and Easy are my favorite ones at the moment. Don't miss the bonus tracks because the acoustic/live versions are really cool! I just don't really feel the El Mac artwork... a bit disappointing.

♡ I'm so in love with this performance by Alphabeat, such a nice 80's Cyndi Lauper style. The new album is on the way... wait and see. I hope it will be cheesy and cute as always!

♡ I've always been a huge fan of Paris is Burning and I love watching dance videos on youtube for hours... it always makes me feel happy haha. It's just crazy when you see all the energy that people put into it. I've been watching some Alloura videos and I am astonished when I look at her moving her body. There are so many girls that I could name but I also love the Legendary Leyomi whipping her hair. Check this youtube account for more.

♡ Movie on my "to watch" list: Brand Upon the Brain! by Guy Maddin.

Stay fabulous readers, xxx

Monday, 17 September 2012

News of the week Vol.3

Loving the Alberto Juan online Shop.

♡ I am currently going through a neo metal revival. I'm still totally moved when I listen to KoЯn debut album. It's so emotional and raw. Watching Jonathan Davis recording Daddy in the studio is so hard considering the meaning of the song... breathtaking. Talking about neo metal, you guys need to check The Human Abstract. The album called Digital Veil is a real treasure in the Deftones style.

♡ I totally forgot how much I loved Lords of Acid when I was a teenager. Lust, Voodoo-U and The Little Secrets... 3 albums that I really adored back in the days... sexy, trash, hot, vulgar and funny. The perfect mix to dance like crazy in your room. The first singer, now called Cherrie Blue, released a solo album in the style of LOA and TKK, maybe a bit more easy listening. But they ALL have done SO MANY stuff, it's just crazy and impossible to find/know everything! If you like them, you should also check Alice in Videoland

♡ The current line-up of the all star band Bomb Gang Girlz accompanying My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult just released a full length album and it seems really cool! You can find more information about both bands here. So many great girls were involved in BGG at some points: Carmen Marusich, Christina Petro, Jacky Blaque, Laura Gomel, Louanne Ponder, Lydia Lunch, Pepper Somerset, Rhonda Bond, Ruth McArdle, Sekret DeZyre, Shawn Christopher, Sinderella Pussie, Viva Nova... HOW COOL IS THAT? SUPER COOL! I love all star bands

♡ Do you remember Fatima's old school super hit Warm Eyes? Well, the lovely woman is back with an awesome song titled Phone Line. Don't miss it... she's gonna get big one day. 

♡ I found some old CD's in my room and I was really happy to listen to Munshy again. I loved this band when I was younger. The female singer, Faustine Berardo, is a talented person, a kind of mix between Portishead and KoЯr. Apparently, the singer released several decent albums with a new formation called Orchester.

♡ Did you guys listen to Cadaveria's album Horror Metal? To be honest, considering the artwork and the title of the album, I was not SO excited about it... but I was wrong it is an awesome album! You guys need to check this out asap!

♡ I just found one of the best music blog of the entire blogosphere: Nathannothinsez. Seriously, so MANY amazing stuff have been posted on that blog, it's just crazy. Times Square OST, Invisible Chains, The Geraldine Fibbers, Brainiacs, The Twits, Enigma Variations, Alley Cats, Frightwig, Sick F*cks, Pussy, Suckdolls, Retardos... AAAAAAH!!!!!!!

COUP DE COEUR OF THE WEEK: Death Ride '69 and everything related to that band!!!

♡ I have finally seen The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The movie was really hard to watch, very emotional and moving. Mathieu Amalric is perfect as usual. The whole movie is a very beautiful ode to life. Sometimes it gets a bit cheesy with the very dramatic voices and the images of landscapes and all but, well, I loved it anyway. Plus, the music is really beautiful. I am a huge fan of Mathieu Amalric, imo he's the ultimate incarnation of the sexy French intellectual and sensitive man. My favorite movies starring MA are L'Histoire de Richard O., Rois et Reines and Comment je me suis disputé ma vie sexuelle.

I also watched Les Anges Exterminateurs by Jean-Claude Brisseau. Many people talked about it with me for the past years so I finally decided to try it. And I was pretty disappointed to be honest. The whole sexual thing of the movie is pretty boring, the philosophical stakes are not so interesting, the actors are not always convincing... I admit that some scenes are well directed and there is definitely something special about the atmosphere of the movie but I was not impressed.

♡ The surprise of the week was Breathing by Karl Markovics. It's a deep movie about an incarcerated young man, working at the morgue, who tries to build a new life to come to terms with the crime he committed. The actors are really good, the atmosphere is deep and moving. The story of the young man is quite emotional. I was really into that movie and thought about it the whole night after watching it.

♡ Another very VERY good surprise was the Danish movie Nothing's all bad by Mikkel Munch-Fals. This is a chorale movie (and an excellent one, which is quite unusual!) involving four different persons. They all can be considered more or less as misfits in the normative society but they end up finding something positive to link them. I loved it. It's a wonderful movie about loneliness, maybe one of the best I have ever seen dealing with this delicate subject. A MUST SEE.

♡ I'm currently reading Women of the Underground: Music - Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves. This is an AMAZING book, it makes so happy to read what all these fabulous women have to say. It is very, VERY inspiring. Can't wait for the second volume about Women in Art to come out!

♡ To finish, I just found the documentary made by Ulrich Seidl called Models. I am very very excited so I wanted to it for you guys! 

Love you readers, xxx