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It's that time of year when social obligations of the holiday variety outweigh one's attempt to maintain a basic grasp of sanity and reality. Fear not, however, gentle reader... I am here to help you get dressed for these events quickly and in style.
Snowflakes? Check. Inverted pentagram and crosses? Check. Goat skull in a Santa hat? Check. While they bill it as a "sweater" (it's actually just a sweatshirt), Century Media is offering this awesome, "Black Christmas" accoutrement for just $20.
Additionally, if you despise all the Christmas music that's undoubtedly being jammed into your ear-holes, might I recommend an album I recorded a few years ago with The Priestess and The Fool? It's totally free to download and we cover a handful of off-the-beaten-path holiday gems (plus, I love playing The Pogues at a country rhythm).
Click here to visit the site or click here to directly download the zip file.
I've got a little something up my sleeve for all of you indie-pop/synth-rock geeks out there: the 10 butter-slathered tracks of Sex Griddle from NYC's Lucky Ghost (AKA, the quirky mind of multi-instrumentalist, Seth Berkowitz). This album is definitely a must-have for any New Pornographers fans out there - or anyone who wishes that Weezer was still stuck in the 90s and, as a result, still writing great pop tunes.
Playing and recording 99% of the album's instruments himself at his home studio in Queens, Berkowitz continues along the path of his 2008 release (Network Stars), melding 70s prog, 80s pop and the chunky guitars of the 90s. Or, as we've simply come to describe his sound: "like eating sugar cereal and watching Saturday morning cartoons during nuclear winter."
The album is available as a free download at Lapdance Academy and, for those of you who'd like to get a sample, we encourage you to check out the video for "Made In America," pieced together with public-domain footage from my favorite place on the internet, The Prelinger Archives.
I've released three new singles today on Lapdance Academy and, as is always the case, you can download them absolutely free!
First is a re-release of "Lady on the Low" from 2007's Bedlam Nights which has been bundled with a big-beat remix by Bridgeport, CT producer, Touch. Next up is my cover of "Once in a Lifetime" by the Talking Heads (previously released on the Coverville tribute compilation) and last, but certainly not least, is Seraphim - a pair of traditional American spirituals featuring guest vocals from Emily Zuzik, Matt Whyte of Earl Greyhound and even our fearless Editrix-in-Chief.
So quit sitting on your thumbs and head to Lapdance Academy where you can stream, download and, yes, make a donation!
Not too long ago, I was introduced to Gene Priest (above, right), a brilliant musician and tattoo-collector out of Knoxville, TN. He was playing drums for a handful of bands at the time, but I was truly blown away once I heard the demo-recordings of his solo work that he was churning out on an acoustic guitar in his spare time. Fortunately, I was able to convince him to let me produce the tracks (and add a couple of instrument tracks, myself) and just last month, we pushed his four-song EP, "Living To Die" (mixed by Scott Minor of Sparklehorse) out into the ether as a free download on Lapdance Academy Records.
"Free-floating art-folk (think Vic Chesnutt) on the four-song Living To Die... with disciplined songwriting [and] particularly long, billowy melodies that take a while to sink in but are inescapable once they do."
I also got a chance to talk to Gene and his backing band, The Cardinal Sin, about their tattoos. Some questions they took seriously and some, well... let's just say that I've taken the piss out of plenty of journalists over my own musical career...
[interview after the jump]
Brookyln's Galaxy of Tar - who have created a powerful amalgam of 70s-era Santana psychedelia with the prog-rock/metal components of contemporary acts Tool and Mars Volta - recently released a pair of tracks for free download at Lapdance Academy. I was fortunate enough to get a few minutes to sit down with songwriter/drummer Elias Diaz and singer Naima Mora (yes, the winner of America's Next Top Model - Cycle 4) to talk tattoos...
Please describe to our readers your tattoos and let us know what artists/shops did the work.
ELIAS DIAZ: Well, i have one of toxic waste that takes me back to a weird period of my life and three chinese symbols that sum up the meaning of existence. A tattoo of a totem pole that's an incarnation of black magic and dark masks. That one was done by an artist who's first name only i can remember as Patrick. I remember the tattoo shop was somewhere on MacDougal street. I've been looking for him here in NY to no avail.
We'll have to put Patrick's face on a milk carton, I guess. What's the ethongraphic origin of this imagery - the totem pole, black magic and dark masks?
ELIAS: The masks are definitely Latin. In DR [Dominican Republic] - where I'm from - the people celebrate magic goblins in the carnival festivals every year for the entire month of february. My tattoo has a lot of influence from that, and of course a collaborative creative effort of the artist.
NAIMA MORA: My first tattoo was a little star on my ankle, that was randomly done one night out drinking with friends. We all decided to get a tattoo just for the experience. Some place in the the East Village in NYC. I have four other pieces, another star on my head, because I had a big tendency for randomly shaving it at the time. That was done at MacDougal Tattoo by an artist I can't remember, either... I don't think the shop is there any more [ed note: MacDougal Tattoo closed in 2007 and most of their artists moved to a new location at East Side Ink]. I thought it would be "gangster" to get one of "Detroit" on my forearm done by some crazy brazilian guy in the East Village and followed that with another tattoo of the name of my best friend... And i also have a magical spell on my forearm of Mayan hieroglyphics done by Becca Roach.
Where is the star on your head?
NAIMA: The tattoo on my head is above my left ear. Its pretty small. I wish i had gotten something bigger now that i think about it... But if were to do that I would mean I'd have to shave it all off again!
Can you describe the spell? Also, why did you choose Mayan glyphs?
NAIMA: Well I am Mexican and my family is of the Purepecha Indians in Michoacan which derive from the Maya. They still speak Nahuatl in Mexico, which is the same language as the Maya spoke centuries ago. The spell reads the secret words spoken by the Mayan god Quetzalcuatl that a shaman gave to me one trip visiting home and that I can not disclose.
At what point in your life did you both decide to start modifying your body and why?
ELIAS: The age of 14 was my first experience of being ripped open by a needle. I don't why.
That's pretty young - did you have a good fake ID or did you and your pals build a machine or hand-poke?
ELIAS: At that time in Brooklyn, you didn't need an ID out on Avenue U. The Chinese characters were my first someplace on Avenue U.
NAIMA: I was 19, I think, and it was more of a spontaneous thing to try something new. I always thought tattoos were really cool, but I wanted to get a small one first to understand the feeling, the pain and the symbolism of marking my body.
Does your ink have a "deeper meaning" or do you believe in adornment for beauty's sake?
ELIAS: It marks a timeline for me of what i've gone through. The Chinese characters are my own personal version of a latin Bar Mitzvah - my claiming of rights to manhood. My second piece - [the] toxic waste [symbol] - represents a weird transition in my life where I was really disgusted by humanity. And the totem pole reminds of the beauty in cultural history that people share in common versus the negativity that we can be so prone to.
NAIMA: All my ink i got done for different reasons and they remind me of the reasons i got them for. Detroit, murder capitol... A star on my head at the suggestion of a dear friend of mine, my best friend... And magical spells to remind me where i am from. But with that said, I also think tattoos are very beautiful and I love the way script looks.
Naima, how has getting tattooed affected your modeling career, if at all? Do you find it easier to be accepted as a "tattooed rocker" rather than a "tattooed model?"
NAIMA: Thats a good question. As far as a modeling, i've never really cared whether it affected the career or not... I always knew that I wanted to do more than just model, so i was never reluctant to getting ink or worry about how it would affect my job as a model. But I think in the modeling world, I was always that "edgy girl" as the fashionistas liked to call me. So I don't think it affected it that much.
I spent a short stint in Miami where clients hated my tattoos. My agent encouraged me to cover them with make-up, so i left Miami! But I definitely think that being a rocker a person is accepted more for who they are.
Do you both have plans to get more tattoos? If so, what are you looking to get and what artists would you like to be tattooed by?
ELIAS: I'm definitely considering more work. Don't know what i want yet... but it all depends on if I can find Patrick. That's the only man that can touch my body that way.
That sounds dirty, bro...
NAIMA: I really want another tattoo! Soon! But i don't know what i want to get tattooed yet either. I should start looking for an artist soon though.
How do you look for an artist? Is it by artistic style, personal recommendation, or do you just go to the nearest place when you have some free time and money?
NAIMA: Most of my tattoos have been walk ins, thats why i don't remember the artists very well by name. But i've been asking around for suggestions from friends. Ultimately, this time i think i'll really research the work an artist has done, check out their portfolio and get some really great work done! I think thats a mature decision and part of growing up.
The two-song release with PDF digibooklet - "Volatile Glass" - is available for free download at lapdanceacademy.com/galaxy. Download your copy today!
Top photo by Cathrine Westergaard.
[Ed. Note: We have located the elusive Patrick - he is the one and only Patrick Conlon who works aside my old friend Sweety at East Side Ink here in New York City]
Not to say that I'm among their ranks, but I happen to know a lot of talented people. People who inspire me through their individual avenues of expression - be it music, acting, writing, painting, tattooing, photography or just bare-bones intelligence. And then there are people like Alex Walker - a guy who has made myself and plenty of my rock-n-roll cronies just shake our heads and mutter, "Shit... I ain't NEVER gonna be that good." Whether he's finger-picking a Leo Brouwer Etude on the subway platform or creating a delay-pedal homage to Michael Jackson in his bedroom, I always have to sit back and drool.
So its with great pleasure that I announce today's official release of his latest track, "Sacrifice," available for free download at lapdanceacademy.com/sacrifice.
You can read Alex's thoughts on the song over here at his blog, but I prefer the opening paragraph from his press release:
How do you release a "Summer Anthem" during a season plagued with monsoons worthy of a January in Jakarta? If you're ALEX WALKER, you don't give a fuck; you just write the song and wait for Al Roker, Al Gore and the rest of the world to catch up with you. SACRIFICE, the latest single from ALEX WALKER, is the track you would have heard bumping from drop-tops in every major city if we had actually had a "summer."
It's free to download, so quit sittin on yer thumbs and get clicking!
Now that we have Passover, Easter and Tax Day behind us, it's time to celebrate with another afternoon of FREE live music at Parkside Lounge!
Saturday, April 18th - 2pm
Lapdance Academy Presents:
"Death, Taxes & Resurrection"
317 E. Houston St. (at Attorney)
New York, NY
We'll be welcoming our newest additions to the lineup (The Celebration of Man, Samuel Barron, Seth Berkowitz of Lucky Ghost and Matt Whyte of Earl Greyhound) as well as performances from all your old favorites (Alex Walker, Emily Zuzik, Dorie Colangelo, Len Xiang, The Knuckleheads and yours truly)!
Everyone is encouraged to dress in the "Easter Best" now that spring has sprung - and what better way to spend a 70 degree, sunny saturday than in a dark LES bar? It's a FREE SHOW, but the hat will be passed and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Save The Music Foundation.
And speaking of FREE...
Odds are you illegally download music from the internets. There's also a strong chance that this racks you with such guilt that you lie awake in bed at night thinking about all of the bloated, soulless industry fat cats artists that you've stolen money from. Well, my friends, I have the question for you: what if artists actually gave their stuff away for free, on purpose, and it was actually good?
Crazy Talk, I know, but that very thing is happening at the newly launched Lapdance Academy.
Lapdance Academy is a collective of musicians who believe that the best things in life should be free: love, fountain-soda refills and DRM-exempt mp3 releases! Head on over to lapdanceacademy.com to download a free copy of Alex Walker's classic crowd-pleaser, "White Gown," and my shanty-town sing-a-long, "Lydia The Tattooed Lady."
We'll have plenty of more releases coming in the near future (including "From Soil To Shale" by Dogs of Winter on 5/12), so be sure to join our mailing list and follow us on the social networking platform of your choice:
Smell that? That's the smell of Free! And in this godforsaken economy, we need to embrace all the Free we can.