MOMENTS Festival 2014: A Celebration of Independent Art & Cuture

Upper Playground favorite, Jeremy Fish is planning to be in Malaga, Spain to lead workshops and and to present an exhibition of his work at the  MOMENTS Festival.  The festival focused on indie contemporary culture includes films, workshops, lectures, music, photography and art.  If you’re traveling through Spain beginning of Nov. stop by to check out the festival:

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About the Festival:

MOMENTS is a multidisciplinary festival aimed at those who love the most daring and independent contemporary culture. It is also a place to enjoy documentary films, workshops, lectures, music, art and photography, underground literature… and be sumerged inside the subcultures of skateboarding and This festival is a unique opportunity to discover the history of these alternative scenes that were born thanks to the Do It Yourself philosophy deeply rooted in punk and hip-hop and has forever changed the concept of art around the world. A pioneer event in Spain that will be held from the 5th to the 7th November at the San Telmo School of Art in Málaga in order to highlight the kind of work that usually has no place either in advertising or in major international showcases. But they are all 100% authentic and truly

Place: San Telmo Art School (Málaga).

Ticket price: Free (except workshops)

Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th of November

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Tree Ring Turntableism – Bartholomäus Traubeck’s YEARS

A record player that plays slices of wood. Bartholomäus Traubeck has found  how Year ring data on a tree can be translated into music.  Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm.


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From the artist:

“A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.”

Years – ‘scratching’ from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

Digital download of recordings of seven different trees are now available. Find it here. And for more information about the artist  his latest projects visit:

Upper Playground @ Outside Lands 2012

This weekend, August 10–12, while thousands of revelers embark on a trek to historic Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for the annual Outside Lands Music and Art Festival, we will be there too, giving you t-shirts and other apparel to make your mission that much better. So when you see Lars, Stevie, Neil, Beck, or Big Boi on stage, think of us, come find our Upper Playground booth, and get yourself something good to bring home with you.

Bonnie “Prince’ Billy reworks “I See Darkness,” premieres video

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One of our favorites, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy/Palace Music/Will Oldham is set to release a new book, Will Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and release a new EP, “Now Here’s My Plan,” made up of “fresh versions of songs from the Prince Billy catalog.” He just premiered the video for his reworked classic, “I See Darkness,” on the NY Times yesterday. And its brilliant. Watch at the link below…

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Anton Corbijn exhitbits “R.E.M. Seen between 1990-2010″ @ Albertinum, Dresden, Germany

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If you have ever been to Dresden, Germany, one of the things that stands out is the fact that Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, and all of its descriptions of fire-bombing disaster, still sort of stands today. Granted, we took a train through in 2004, so surely it has improved, and it has, but remnants of World War II still exist for sure. In a completely different bit of news, famed rock photographer, Anton Corbijn, just opened a new exhibition, “R.E.M. Seen between 1990-2010″ at the Albertinum Museum in Dresden, featuring over 40 large format photos of Corbijn’s documentation of the famed Augusta, Georgia band.

Here is the sweet and lowdown:

Anton Corbijn’s distinctive style is characterised by a clear and realistic perspective. He does not take his photographs in a studio, nor does he use artificial light or a tripod. As a result, remote celebrities suddenly appear close, vulnerable and even sentimental. Using his camera in this way, Anton Corbijn documented the most important phases in the career of the band R.E.M. Rather than being staged images, the approximately 40 photographs in this exhibition authentically show the personalities of the band members and even provide intimate glimpses into their lives.

When R.E.M. disbanded in September 2011 after 31 successful years in the music business, their last album “Collapse into Now” was just a few months old. It was an unusual album, not only due to its musical diversity but above all because singer Michael Stipe took a completely different tack in it. In parallel with the album, he initiated a film project, curating it himself and engaging successful directors and actors to support him. Twelve short films to twelve songs – that was the idea behind this unusual collaboration between the music star Stipe and renowned figures from Hollywood. The film makers included, for example, the Oscar-nominated US actor James Franco, the French artist Sophie Calle, the 85-year old documentary film maker Albert Maysles and the British director, photographer and concept artist Sam Taylor-Wood.

For a period of three months, these short films are being shown in the Albertinum – for the first time alongside photographs by Anton Corbijn.

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@ FIFTY24SF Gallery: Michael Miller “West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures”

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FIFTY24SF Gallery, in association with Upper Playground, are pleased to announce West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures, a special two-day exhibition and book signing featuring the iconic hip-hop photos of Los Angeles photographer, Michael Miller. The exhibition opens Friday, April 27, 2012, followed by a special book signing of Miller’s West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures on Saturday, April 28 from 2—4pm.

Michael Miller’s photographs capture a unique era of West Coast culture, combining the emerging genres of gangster rap, skateboard culture, Los Angeles street culture, and the iconic personalities who help turn West Coast rap into a global phenomenon. Capturing intimate portraits of hip-hop legends 2pac, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Cypress Hill, as well as iconic advertising campaigns with street fashion giant, Stussy, Michael Miller photographs hearken back to a pivotal moment in history where he took rap, surf, skate, punk, and street fashion fused into one image. The Los Angeles-based photographer has worked in the entertainment and music industry for over 25 years, with a portfolio of over 300 major record covers, iconic supermodels of the ‘90s, and some of the biggest names in rap and jazz.

Influenced by the techniques of Peter Lindberg, Paulo Roversi and Javier Vallhonrat, Miller has developed a unique method of cross-processing film and different chemical baths for his black and white photographs. A graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in Film and Television, Miller moved to Paris after university and met top agent Rene Bosne. With Bosne’s mentorship, Miller began to shoot photographs, gradually gaining jobs shooting models for John Casablancas’ agency. After moving to Barcelona to shoot campaigns fro Cacharel Paris, Miller returned to Los Angeles in 1988 to shoot for Herb Ritts’ agency, Visages. Gaining recognition within the fashion industry, the music world took notice, and by the end of 1988, Miller photographed his first rapper, Arabian Prince.

For West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures at FIFTY24SF Gallery, Michael Miller will be presenting a series of his iconic early 1990′s hip-hop photographs, including numerous photos of 2pac, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, as well as photos of unique historical perspectives on Los Angeles street culture. Coinciding with Miller’s exhibition, we will have famed San Francisco musicians, Tommy Guerrero and ORB DJing the opening on Friday, April 27, 2012. On Saturday, April 28, from 2—4PM, Miller will be signing copies of his West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures at our FIFTY24SF Gallery.

The exhibition will be on display from April 27—28. 2012, with a special book signing event on Saturday, April 28 from 2—4 pm. The book is Miller’s West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures collection.

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The Science Ficition Albums Covers of Dan McPharlin

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Australian science-fiction and otherworldly album cover maker Dan McPharlin has been on our radar for quite some time, mainly because he takes musicians like Prefuse73 and makes their covers feel exactly like their music should be visualized. If we are going to be going 70 years into the future with the sounds, let’s get the artwork right. (via juxtapoz)

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“The Blame” by Gonjasufi, directed by Neil Krug

Gonjasufi – The Blame from Neil Krug on Vimeo.

Neil Krug, whether it is in his music videos or photograph series, creates visuals that are the closest thing to a wonderful mushroom trip that we have ever seen. Moments seem to freeze, the colors twist, all without any sort over the top special effects. It … just … feels… right. This is Krug’s new video for the Warp artist, Gonjasufi.

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Bon Iver makes a “Towers” video

Bon Iver – Towers (Official Music Video) from Bon Iver on Vimeo.

Looks like Justin Vernon, director NABIL, and the rest of the Bon Iver group like Old Man and the Sea and other tales of past lore. What the hell did that mean? We don’t know, just enjoy another song off the stellar Bon Iver album, with the track “Towers.”

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