For over a decade, artists from around the world have descended upon Stavanger, Norway, for the annual street and graffiti festival and summit, Nuart. This year was no different, and Martyn Reed and team have produced another video to finalize the 2012 edition.
Documentation of this years Nuart festival with Aakash Nihalani (US), Dolk (NO), Eine (UK), HowNosm (US), Jordan Seiler (US), Mobstr (UK), Niels Shoe Meulman (NL), Ron English (US), Saber (US), &The Wa (FR).
El Mac just completed a project with No Doubt, which just upped our respect for the old school Orange County band. Mac notes on his blog that Gwen Stefani and her husband have been collecting his work, again, upped the respect game. This image above will be the album cover. Nice one Mac. He completed four separate acrylic wood panel portraits… Push and Shove is due September 18, 2012.
Today we announce our brand new Capsule Collection for the Spring Season with Alex Pardee, the fine artist of all things grotesque and wonderfully zombified… with a touch of gruesome. Pardee has collaborated with Upper Playground for years, and this season, he has given us a grouping of new graphics with odes to pop-culture and a reworking of our classic Walrus logo.
“I love making sandwiches. The freedom to experiment with ingredients always allows me to create new flavors that I’ve never had before. Working with Upper Playground on this new capsule collection was the art equivalent of being the chef at some weird deli. Upper Playground knows what’s good, but they always encourage me to to take what’s good and play with those ingredients to create new colors, designs, flavors and jokes that I may not have tried before. And because of this freedom, I can draw whatever I want. And if that includes drawing a feminine wizard, decapitating Robocop or even making a public service announcement for irresponsible kids, then so be it.”
First off, if anyone knows what kind of shoes these are, put it in the comments. And second, this new Radiohead track, all sexy and silky, is one of the best songs they have produced in the King of Limbs era. Thom gets dancy, Ed gets vocal, and Jonny lets a beautiful guitar riff flow. Identikit. Brilliant.
So very nice to see in 2012, Radiohead is still making good tunes and having an experimental go at traditional rock music 20+ years into their career. “Identikit,” wherever it ends up, however it ends up, is a simple, beautiful two-part harmony and vocal line with signature Radiohead guitar work. Enjoy.
Radiohead started off the American tour for TKOL with a heavy TKOL songlist, mixed with some absolute classics, a WTF moment in “Meeting In the Aisle,” and then two new tracks in “Cut a Hole” and “Identikit.”
We are loving “Identikit.” Key to Radiohead success in the past: Ed singing. More Ed singing please.
As we mentioned yesterday, our good friend David Choe is on the Howard Stern radio show (get a subscription, just do it now, its cheap and worth it) and he decided to give Mr. Stern a little gift. Um, there are going to be some people who are going to want that Choe for Stern piece in the near future. Stay tuned for more…
Some people have dreams of fame and fortune, and others want to sit next to Baba Booey and a short man with bugged out teeth named Beetlejuice. David Choe is living his dream. Tomorrow, Tuesday February 7, 2012, David Choe will be in NYC making an experience on the Howard Stern radio show, discussing all things Facebook, art, gambling, porn, and perhaps Dave will get naked. If Howard asks, of course. Stay tuned at UpperPlayground.com for an entire week of news of David’s week in NYC, as well as information on his drumming position in South African musical group, Die Antwoord.
For a copy of the documentary, “Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe,” buy it in our webstore.