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Background Noise, Episode 78: Clayton Brothers by Matt Valerio

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 78, THE FOCUS IS ON CLAYTON BROTHERS.

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 78, THE FOCUS IS ON CLAYTON BROTHERS.

Rob and Christian Clayton have collaborated on their artwork for years. Rarely working on the same canvas at the same time, the Pasadena, CA brotherly duo have perfected their psychedelic abstract art by taking turns, adding layer upon layer to what's in front of them.

It's not easy to say who does what, whether one painting is more Rob than Christian, or vice versa, but it is said that they both have very different styles. They do share inspiration though, often taking queues from local businesses and local regulars. Watch this great video of the two of them in a thrift store talking about some of these inspirational objects, sayings, etc.

You can learn more about the Clayton Brothers over at claytonbrothers.com.

What was your first concert?
CC: The Clash, Red Rocks Colorado
RC: My first concert was the Kamikazi Klones at the Rainbow music hall in Denver Co.

Last concert/show?
CC: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
RC: The last show I went to was with Christian we saw a band from Denver Co. called
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, two of the band members Daniel Grandbois and Todd Moore are childhood friends of ours. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is a truly amazing group of talented musicians.

First album you bought?
CC: The Clash "Give em’ Enough Rope”
RC: Elvis Costello “ My Aim is True” 1977

Last album you bought?
RC: Morgan O’Kane “Pendulum”
CC: Bob Dylan "The Times They Are a-Changin"

Was there one record that made a significant impression on you?
CC: Tom Waits “Rain Dogs”
RC: I would have to say The Pogues “Rum, Sodomy And The Lash” Every song on this album is great!

Who is your musical hero?
CC: Nina Simone
RC: That would be Joe Strummer

How important is music to your creative process?
CC: When in full-working mode; I would say very important… I love listening to a variety of music when Im in the studio.
RC: I think a lot of the ideas that find their way into our paintings come from the eclectic music we play at the studio. We also make ambient noise recordings from around our neighborhood that we use in our installations.

1. Bob Log III - Six Stringer Kicker
2. The Damned - Dozen Girls
3. Daniel Johnston - Funeral Home
4. Doo Rag - John Henry
5. The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
6. The Pogues - Navigator
7. Rocket From the Crypt - Ditch Digger
8. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club - Pine Box
9. The Clash - This Is England
10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms

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Background Noise, Episode 12: Futura by Matt Bomarr

My new "Background Noise" podcast series focuses on the music that artists listen to when they work, what music inspires them, or just music they like. This week, in Episode 12, the focus is on     Futura.

My new "Background Noise" podcast series focuses on the music that artists listen to when they work, what music inspires them, or just music they like. This week, in Episode 12, the focus is on Futura.

Futura is a legend. He's been around forever, and he's done everything. Starting out in New York in the early 70s tagging trains, and then graduating to gallery shows with the likes of Haring and Basquiat, he built a name for himself due to his unique style. He was also documented in the cult classic Style Wars film.

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He's always had his hands in music in one form or another. In 1982, he released a 12" single called "The Escapades of Futura". He was close with The Clash and worked with them often. Whether it was painting live on stage during their shows, designing the cover art for their single "This Is Radio Clash" and even recording some vocals on their song "Overpowered By Funk". He also provided artwork for numerous records on James Lavelle's Mo' Wax Records, including "Psyence Fiction", by James and DJ Shadow's group UNKLE.

I've been a fan of Futura's for years. I can honestly say that I had no idea who he was in the 80s, but in the early 90s, I believe at Lollapalooza 93, he had a booth there, and the artwork blew me away. At the time, he was sitting in a wheelchair, and for years, whenever someone would mention Futura, I'd always think to myself "Oh yeah, that handicapped artist, right?" I said it out loud to a friend once and he said "Uhhh....Futura isn't handicapped". All these years, I had thought he was, just because I saw him in a wheelchair one time. For all I know, he wasn't even hurt, and was just taking a break from the blistering sun in the closest chair he could find. I still laugh at myself for thinking that for all those years.

Photo via Arrested Motion (arrestedmotion.com)

Photo via Arrested Motion (arrestedmotion.com)

Back in 2012, I checked out his Future Shock show over near Tribeca. It was a huge space, and packed with people on opening night. It was a truly memorable show. In addition to the gigantic and very impressive pieces of work he had on display, I met Fab 5 Freddy, Gibby Haynes, had my picture taken with Kool Keith, and chatted with Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn for a while. It was great.

In the past couple of years, he's branched out even more, doing things like designing a bottle for Hennessy and working with the NBA and Sprite to design a series of basketballs to be auctioned off to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America.

I've never met him in person, but just seeing him interact with people at that Future Shock show, and how nice he's been over email, makes me realize how great of a guy he is.

I'm truly honored to have him take part in this project. As expected, he has an extremely eclectic mix of songs on here. Very much worth a listen.

photo via fashionablypetite.com

photo via fashionablypetite.com

What was your first concert? 

that I never saw. hahaha.

in the SUMMER of SIXTYNINE . . . when I was a radical FOURTEEN year old . . . I along with a large group; headed up to WOODSTOCK.

unfortunately . . . we broke down ENROUTE. cool stories told about THE MAN on the MOON and LSD.

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What was the last concert/show you went to?

PUSSY RIOT at BARCLAY'S.


What was the first LP/tape or CD you bought?

JACKSON FIVE . . . ABC.


The last album you bought?

THE SOUNDTRACK from MYST.


Is there one record that made a signifiant impression on you?

THE BEATLES . . . WHITE ALBUM.

 

Who is your musical hero?

that's too easy . . . MR. JAMES MARSHALL (JIMI) HENDRIX.

 

How important do you think music is to your creative process?

not that important.

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