Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Music Tuesday

Last night TEAMforton got a surprise in the mail, the new cd by Jónsi (a week early). Now be warned it's not a Sigur Rós album, very pop driven but not in a Justin Bieber kind of way (Bieber is the AntiChrist). 'Go' will be a hard pill to swallow for Sigur Rós fans but what Jónsi has crafted here is a work of art. A free flowing piece that draws the listener in with it's lush musical arrangement overlapped with Jónsi's powerful falsetto. Every track is strong (especially 'Animal Arithmetic') but the only flaw in the album is that it's only 9 tracks long. Soooo if you pick up the album also track down Jónsi's cover of MGMT's 'Time To Pretend' & purchase 'Sticks & Stone' from the 'How To Train Your Dragon' soundtrack (great song & movie) & 'Go' will round out nicely. Great album and check it out over at NPR. Peace


photo by lilja & inga birgisdóttir

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Silent Music Tuesday

This past weekend I took a long ride in the country, up North as we like to say here in Michigan, to the land where I grew up. I wanted to clear my head and try to brainstorm some artistic ideas I have been working on. Most of my 6+ hour journey this past weekend was with my copilot WOXY.com (& their iPhone app).

For the past 10 years I have had the joy of discovering new music with WOXY.com. This station saved my musical taste when it was being blinded by consumerism and bad influences. They gave me The White Stripes, Sigur Rós, Neko Case, Modest Mouse & The National to just name a few. Now (sadly again) they are silent and this time I fear for good. For the past four years WOXY had been backed by LaLa.com and when I heard that LaLa had been purchased by Apple a few months back I feared WOXY's days were numbered. So today that fear has become reality...

"WOXY Listeners, Fans and Friends...
Due to current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY's operations, we've been forced to suspend our live broadcasts as of March 23rd. We're continuing to explore options to keep The Future of Rock and Roll alive. For business inquiries, please contact Bryan Jay (bryan@woxy.com) or John at Future Sounds (john@futuresounds.com).
Thanks for your years of dedicated support.
- Mike, Shiv, Joe, Paige, Brian and Bryan Jay"

Over the years I have gotten to know Mike, Shiv, Bryan Jay and a few other folks that have now moved on. They have always been top notch with me and great people. This is a sad day for me as an artist and as a fan of indie rock. WOXY has inspired and motivated me over the last 10 years & there is no other station out there that can fill those shoes. MPR and KEXP do a great job and are now the only 2 left standing. I wish both stations well (& let me just say this, one of those 2 stations needs to improve their people skills and take some lessons from the folks at WOXY, I won't say who). I hope WOXY can find its way back to us again and to all of my friends over at WOXY I send you my best wishes. Good Luck!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Red West Two

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Music Tuesday

Not much music wise happening this week or next so the blogging will be light. I am working on a few new things and I will have new art work up again next week (one more Kanye piece Wednesday).

Back to the music, here is a new song by Prince called Cause N Effect, good stuff. Check it out.

And the National were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week and did a awesome new song called Terrible Love, new album out May 18th.

until next week PEACE.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Red West One

Friday, March 12, 2010

Silver West Three

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Silver West Two

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Music Part 2

Okay is it me or has Pitchfork jumped the shark. Daily I go to Pitchfork for all of my music needs but lately I have become perplexed by their reviews of music. It seems (tell me if I am wrong) they give positive reviews for albums all print music journalist give a negative reviews to or Vice-versa. The new Gorillaz release is okay at best (Rolling Stone and several others agree) but Pitchfork says its one the years best. Really? Come on you guys, your turning into the Glenn Beck's of the indie world (reference this link). It seems to me just because you make $ or find success doing something you love means you are no longer cool (and now the same thing goes if the print media likes your work). Watch Pitchfork the next few days and lets see what they say about the Broken Bells release. Several music journalist have given the release a positive review so lets see what Pitchfork says. Sad, this is not what indie music is about. Try to get more people to like these artist is the key, promote good music and point out the faults in others (with hopes they make a more successful follow up). If you go about saying something is good when its just okay will not only turn more people off to indie music but it will alienate the artist that need to be rewarded. I respect Pitchfork for what they have done to help indie music but I hope they can turn things around and offer constructive points of view on topics. Peace out and back to the art tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Music Tuesday

So with another week under my belt with the new Gorillaz album and my point of view really has not changed. My advice to all of you this week would be skip Gorillaz and pick up the Broken Bells album. The Shins' James Mercer and Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse have produced a good album that is very gratifying for Shins' fans everywhere. The High Road, Vaporize, The Ghost Inside and October are the strong tracks off this release. Check it out (its cheap over @ Amazon.com right now).

Sad to say I am still waiting for that knock me to the floor release of 2010. Several releases have come and gone now with little to no fan fair and I hope the rest of the year does not continue on this path for new music.

One last thing, Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse committed suicide this past weekend. I am not a huge fan of Sparklehorse but it is sad to see another indie legend fade away in such a matter. My favorite track by Sparklehorse is one titled Sick of Goodbyes, Mark Linkous wrote the track for Cracker back in the early 90's and then re-recorded it for himself with Sparklehorse in 99'. One of the most important tracks of the 90's in my opinion. RIP Mark Linkous.

Until later, PEACE.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mr. West

It's pretty clear cut with Kanye West, you either love him or hate him. I think he's superb. I have always respected his production and MC skills but when I started reading his blog I realized there is a lot more to this artist then we realize. His knowledge of art, design, fashion and music is top notch.

I have produced 3 images of Mr. West, today's piece is titled "Silver West One.jpg."

Friday, March 5, 2010

King James

This is an image I created of Cavs forward LeBron James. Next to Kobe, hands down the best baller in the game today. Title of today's piece is "lBJ." Peace.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Warhol Pins

This is a set of pins I made for the Andy Warhol: The Last Decade exhibition at the MAM in Milwaukee last fall. I have not made pins since high school so it was fun to relive some of my youth. The exhibit was fantastic and in my opinion the MAM is the best museum in the Midwest. We are heading back there in April and we can not wait! Peace.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Self Portrait 3

This is the first Self Portrait for twenty-10 titled "Self Portrait 3."

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Music Tuesday

In these dog days of Winter we long for the beach and warmer weather. At least today on this cold day we can enjoy some sounds from the beach. The 'Plastic Beach' that is. Yes the Gorillaz are back in all of their crazy, funky, goodness with a more lush and deep album then their previous two releases. The only problem with this is at times the album wonders around lost like a seagull in a dump (which is what the album is based on, a garbage dump and our wasteful lifestyle). At times its a pop album, a rap album, a minimalist neu-wave funk album. At times its lazy, or hazy, or synthetic. They are all over the place with this release. Its a good album, a little bit of a let down, but yet a strong release. I guess at this point I am not sure what I want from a Gorillaz album so I will have to listen to it a few more times to see if my feelings change. I do like the Lou Reed track though. The full album is streaming over at NPR, follow the link below and let me know what you think. Peace.

Monday, March 1, 2010


On June 20, 2009 Neda Agha-Soltan was standing and observing the sporadic protests against the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election when she was shot and murdered. In Persian Nedā (ندا) means "voice," this piece titled "Voice" is for Neda.