August 28, 2015

Nirvana - Lithium (Live 1992)

This is Nirvana teasing 'Rape Me' then performing 'Lithium' at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as accepting the award for Best New Artist.

A little background to the performance from Seattle journalist, Krist Novoselic;

“Kurt wanted to play the tune ‘Rape Me’ and was adamant about it. The MTV people were upset. We were being asked from all corners not to. I thought we should play something off Nevermind, do the gig, and leave. Easy, right? No. Kurt was very stubborn and refused to play another tune. There was quite a swirl around this issue.

I went back to the trailer and had a still-warm beer. Yuk, but I drank it anyway. To resolve the song controversy, we said we were going to do “Lithium,” but we decided among the band to pull a prank and play a few chords of “Rape Me” at the beginning. Even though the issue was resolved, the back and forth between their people, our people, us and them, or whoever—it was draining.”

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Dustin Yellin's 3D Art

Dustin Yellin’s mesmerizing glass sculptures explode collage into three dimensional forms, and have won him accolades from all over the art world. From early works of layered resin, Yellin’s sculptures increased in size (and weight), culminating in the 12-ton, three-paneled The Triptych.

But Yellin’s most ambitious project may be Pioneer Works, a colossal, 27,000-square-foot artist’s complex and foundation in Red Hook, Brooklyn. With its residencies, workshops and on-site science lab, Pioneer Works cultivates cross-disciplinary experimentation regardless of profit potential.

August 13, 2015

Timelike Is The Short Film You Should Watch Now

The above video follows Madeline and her boyfriend at home enjoying a quiet evening when they are interrupted by a visit from a stranger bearing a message from Madeline’s future self. It uses 90s handy cam footage with great editing and sound design to create quite a buzzy and unnerving peice of film.

If you want to make sense of what you just saw you can hit the jump for one possible explanation.

July 24, 2015

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

Johann Hari has seen the current methods on how we deal with addition fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do - and if there might be a better way. Hari's questions took him around the world where he unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

July 22, 2015

A Brief History Of High Fashion Sneakers

Has any garment enjoyed a more impressive rise than the once-humble sneaker? From fitness shoe to high-fashion staple, the sneaker's ascent reflects some of the most significant pop-culture developments of the last few decades -- from the impact of advertising and mass production, to the influence of hip-hop and the NBA.

From July 10, visitors will be able to trace this history at The Rise of Sneaker Culture, a traveling exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum exploring its history and cultural significance.

But Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of the originating exhibition at Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum and author of the accompanying book from Rizzoli, says that its history is more complex than we might think. "When the first sneakers debuted [in the 1800's], they were themselves luxury items," she says, citing the high price of rubber and the working class's lack of leisure time. "We're kind of coming full circle in a weird way."

So, how exactly have we ended up in an age of die-hard Nike addicts and Parisian designer kicks?

July 13, 2015

A Transparent House Filled With LED Lights

This pretty ha-mazing installation titled 'Insideout', was recently displayed at the Triennale der Photographie exhibition in Hamburg. The interactive 360-degree display put viewers inside the house and subjected them to more than three minutes of inclement weather in a dazzling light show that pretty closely resembles what it's like to experience of a real storms. The accompanying sounds were created by musician Andi Toma, one of the founding members of the electronic-music group Mouse on Mars.

July 5, 2015

Look At These Very Impractical Comic Book Cups And Saucers

Swedish artist Cecilia Levy creates cups, saucers, bowls, plates and saucers out of paper. Although she often uses books from the beginning of the last century, she has recently branched out into Spiderman comics for an entire series.

To create each work, she takes apart the comics, tearing the pages and pasting small pieces of them back together. Levy explains her works are, “eggshell thin, yet remarkably steady. The story lives on, but in a different shape.”

June 18, 2015

The First Time Snoop Met 2Pac, Told By A High-Energy Eyewitness Jew.

The first meeting of the two rap icons takes up minute 1 to 7 of this weeks episode of the GNN web series. From there Snoop and Michael 'personal space invader' Rapaport shoot the breeze about songs Dr Dre hates, the Tribe documentary, old ball movies and some eastcoast-westcoast hoops chat with some tig ol' bitties in the middle...and it's fucking amazing. Hit that triangle.

June 14, 2015

June 10, 2015

Garbage Pail Kids - Where Are They Now

Garbage Pail Kids (aka The Garbage Gang), those lovably crass band of misfits from your childhood have been brought to life by Art director Jake Houvenagle and photographer Brandon Voges.  The two have combined their creative talents to construct a fictional photo series portraying specific Garbage Pail Kids characters as real human beings, thirty years later.

June 6, 2015

Third World Hip Hop Doco

Nas recently teamed up with The Guardian to produce a short six minute doc highlighting how Hip-Hop (specifically breakdancing) has had a deep effect on the youth in countries like Uganda, Colombia and Yemen

The clip serves as a trailer of sorts for Nas’ upcoming full-length documentary entitled Shake The Dust, which you can read more about at ShakeTheDust.