Support This Project: Secret City, Butt Kapinski.

Beyond having amazing art  The Secret City has an enviable roster of performers. One of them being the hilarious Butt Kapinski.

Read more about Butt below and take a moment to watch her at work.

And then help the SC with your Nikwels and Diwums.

About Butt:

Deanna Fleysher (not only the mind behind Butt but helped direct Red Bastard) is a performer, director and teacher. Inspired by clown, improv comedy, commedia dell-arte and bouffon, she creates comedy which tackles the thornier topics of being human. Deanna relies on improvisation and collaboration as tools of creation. She has performed at various seedy joints around New York City including Galapagos, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center and many others. (READ MORE.)

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THE MAST: “Wild Poppies” by Matt Mowatt.

ALBUM REVIEW:
THE MAST
“WILD POPPIES”
by Matt Mowatt
RELEASES: June 21, 2011
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CD RELEASE SHOW:
THURS, JULY 7, 2011 @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC, 7PM
CD RELEASE SHOW, get tix HERE


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I had always thought that the djembe was an instrument solely relegated to the living room of a stoned and nude Matthew McConaughey. To the sandal clad college kid; or perhaps set in the corner of some ecologically sound mansion as a decorative gesture of cultural awareness. It’s refreshing to have one’s stereotypes shattered. The Mast’s new album Wild Poppies -and their djembe- did just that.

The ethereal vocals of Haale, whose riffs conjure scenes of panoramic deserts, compliment the unfolding complexity of Matt Kilmer’s poly-rhythmic drumming (using not only the djembe, but also a frame drum a bass drum, a floor tom, and cymbals) and invoke a sort of blooming, colorful landscape of layers, organically grown. I think of a toned down Kills, a hyperactive (or perhaps simply active) Mazzy Star, a straightforward Blonde Redhead. In spite of these comparisons, and in a music world saturated with tuned glossy duos, The Mast has carved out a niche all their own, weaving together a sound both simulated and organic.

Song titles like “The Lake” and “Hummingbird,” and lyrics such as “gold dust of the sun has settled, brightens my mind,” or “rolling over the reeds, rolling over mounds of earth, from my head to feet, oh land, the grand masseuse,” reinforce the earthiness of the sound. Despite the fact that the cover art, a fractal image of poppies grown in the band’s backyard, invites the psychedelic, to label their music as simply psychedelic, electronic or rock/pop would be off the mark. Much like their self-proclaimed symbol, The Mast’s strength lies in its ability to merge the best of all three in symbiotic sound.

WATCH THE ALBUM TRAILER. 

The Mast will play THURS, JULY 7, 2011 @ Le Poisson Rouge for the release of their album “Wild Poppies.”

ABOUT MATT MOWATT: Matthew Mowatt is currently working as a freelance editor and English teacher in Paris, France. He’s  searching for publishers to accept his first finished novella and in the meantime, he seeks out musicians and writers for entertainment of the inspirational kind. He occasionally contributes to his own fanless blog (fairweather chronicles) when he’s licked by life.

Jack Smith @Gladstone Gallery.


Jack Smith
“Thanks for Explaining Me”

Curated by Neville Wakefield
515 West 24th Street
May 6 – June 16, 2011
GLADSTONE GALLERY

Gladstone Gallery is pleased to announce our first exhibition of works by Jack Smith. Following his arrival in New York in 1953, Smith became one of the most influential members of the American avant-garde and a central figure in the cultural history of the film, performance, and art of downtown New York. Continue reading

Matt Lavelle & Francois Grillot @ Brecht Forum SUNDAY.

One of GAF’s favorite parings. Matt Lavelle and Francois Grillot tomorrow night at the Brecht Forum.  They wrote a beauty a while back for GAF’s series on emotions and it’s no mistake that it’s called Love.

This collaboration is unmissable AND is topped off with Ras Moshe. Ras helped GAF be a part of this year’s MOVES Festival with Timepiece.

From the Artist~
Francois and I have been playing music together since the early 90’s and he’s on almost all my records.This will be a duo,.with Flugel,Bass Clarinet,and Bass..Acoustic.Ras Moshe has some other stuff happening the same night,.so look out for that to.

 

The 22 is an online arts and literature digital magazine that seeks to explore connections and intersections between the works of artists, musicians and writers. In some portions of The 22 the structure is presented as a diptych or triptych, allowing the viewer to actively participate in the task of opening the hinge that links conversations between the pieces.