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My New Obsession: Same Picture of Michael Cera by Matt Valerio

This new Instagram account showed up on my radar today. The account keeps it plain and simple. The same photo of Michael Cera, over...and over....and over...and over. 302 posts and counting as of this very moment, and over 2 thousand followers. Internet, you never cease to amaze me. 

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Background Noise, Episode 18: Cameron Gray by Matt Bomarr

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 18,  the focus is on  Cameron Gray .

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 18,  the focus is on Cameron Gray.

photo by Matt Bomarr

photo by Matt Bomarr

Cameron Gray created my favorite art exhibit of 2013. Hands down. Seriously, this man is insane in the most amazing and perfect way. I actually wasn't even familiar with his work as of this time last year, but my friend Ricardo, one of the folks behind the great art site Empty Kingdom, tagged me on Instagram to show me a video featuring Cameron's work. It was a shot of one of Cameron's pieces, similar to the one above. The video showed one of those classic 80s posters that would feature hot blonde bombshells like Heather Locklear or Kathy Smith, but where the bikini top and face were, now stood some absolutely nuts video collage work, moving around erratically, while a slowed-down version of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" played in the background. It was sensory overload. Very much like being on drugs without actually being on drugs. I was in love instantly, and that was just within the first 2 minutes of walking through the door of his "Birth of a Legend" show at Mike Weiss Gallery in Chelsea.

"Ice Cream For John Wayne" via Mike Weiss Gallery

"Ice Cream For John Wayne" via Mike Weiss Gallery

Also given Cameron's treatment were posters of Andre The Giant, and John Wayne. The latter, displayed in "Ice Cream For John Wayne", features the gunslinging actor with ice cream cones on each of his eyes. All of this was directly across from a 7 foot installation featuring 27 video monitors and dvd players displaying 3,000 digitally collaged images like nothing I'd ever seen before.

And finally, the back room....a black-lit psychedlic wonderland filled with dayglo insanity, more digital collages, a blue cherub-like boy, and a gigantic smiley face with life-size turkeys for eyes. It was so incredibly surreal, I could have stayed there all day taking it all in.

I became completely fascinated with this guy, and really wanted to get into his brain. It made my day when he agreed to put together a mix for the series. I still only feel like I've scratched the surface of what this guy is all about. I believe there are many layers.

Check out some more shots of the show here, and a video of the show here.

photo by Matt Bomarr

photo by Matt Bomarr

What was your first concert? 

U2 in Oakland. 1986. I wasn't into live music then. I thought it was better to listen to the recorded music without any "mistakes".  I was a dumb kid. 

Last concert/show? 

Fancy Plastic Space People in downtown LA. The lead singer is my occasional studio assistant and she's amazing. Shout out to Nora Keyes!

First album you bought?

Haha, that would be the Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever. Cassette tape. Wow. Same year I got my Alva skateboard. 

Last album you bought? 

Gonjasufi, A Sufi and a Killer. I get introduced to a lot of music from the amazing artists who work with me at my studio. They're my link to the music world right now.   

Was there one record that made a huge impression on you? 

Led Zeppelin hit me hard. Oh wait, Metallica, Master of Puppets, that was big one for me. I spent a week or two just listening to that all day and night long, over and over and over. That's the way I usually consume music that I love. I binge on it.  

Who is your musical hero? 

My Dad. He was a classical guitar player who travelled and gigged a lot when i was young. He's amazing. He specialized in classical music, but could play anything. I have a lot of sweet memories of him playing for our family. It was better than any TV show or anything on the radio. I am pretty sure my lack of musical talent is a bitter pill for him to swallow, god knows he tried to teach me. Love you, Dad!

 

Check out Cameron's podcast below, download it directly here, or subscribe to Background Noise on iTunes.

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Background Noise, Episode 16: Don Pablo Pedro 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 15,  the focus is on Brooklyn-based artist  Don Pablo Pedro    .

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 15,  the focus is on Brooklyn-based artist Don Pablo Pedro.

I'll be honest, it's been pretty hard to find any information about Brooklyn's Don Pablo Pedro anywhere. The only thing I really found was a mysterious bio that reads:

There once was a beautiful nymph, an amazing creature with five heads and three vaginas. She was seduced by a magnificent satyr, a satyr who was revered as the greatest painter in the small port town in which both beings hid. The nymph bore two sons from this union, although both were extremely unusual. The first son was born with a lavish beard that reached down to the tips of his toes, and had a mysterious eye which resided on his single testicle. The second son was born with a pussy for a face, and had an arm in place of his penis. In an epic battle not long after birth, the long bearded boy killed and raped his mutilated brother. This bearded son lives on today, as Don Pablo Pedro.

After you've seen Don Pablo's art, it seems that this bio is fairly fitting, considering the imagery he comes up with for his pieces.

Don Pablo is sort of in a style all his own. The only artist I could remotely compare him to is Alan Aldridge, the artist responsible for Elton John's Captain Fantastic LP cover, an album that I studied frequently when I would steal the record from my dad when I was younger. That may have even been what drew me to Don Pablo's work in the first place. I'm a sucker for the weird, so when I saw his colorful, grotesque, and sexually-charged artwork, I was drawn in.

He often displays his painted work on muslin scrolls, and is often selling miniature versions of these scrolls, printed from an inkjet printer onto muslin for only $20 via his website. He does some digital illustration (pictured above in the main podcast image), and he's a talented sculptor as well. He's displayed his work at many galleries, from Pandemic Gallery to English Kills Gallery. His work is absolutely fascinating, and you should keep an eye on this guy.

The music he sent me for this podcast was perfect for the day I was piecing it together. An early spring day when the sun was just starting to finally peek out of the clouds here in New York after a long, cold winter. His musical choices, from The Beach Boys to Elvis, David Bowie to The Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" were successful in bringing a smile to my face and they really put me in a good mood. It's fascinating to me that such happy music yields such twisted visual results, but in a way, it sort of makes sense.

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What was your first concert?

Jimmy Buffett 

Last concert/show you went to?

Snow Wite and No Parents 

First album/tape or cd?

Bone Thugs and Harmony 

Last album you bought?

Beach Boys

Is there any one album that made a significant impression on you?

Joni Mitchel's Blue

Who is your musical hero?

Jimmy Buffett

 

Listen to Don Pablo's podcast below, or download it directly here.

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Wild Xmas With Bomarr, Vol. 6 by Matt Bomarr

wild xmas with bomarr, vol. 6 (download)

Volume 6 in my ongoing Wild Xmas series is now complete. This year, I'm requesting a $1 donation to help cover server/bandwidth costs, but this donation is by NO MEANS NECESSARY in order to download the mix. You are more than welcome to download any of the Wild Xmas mixes absolutely free, but if you like what I'm doing  and want to help out, I have provided a PayPal donate button at the top of the download page.

This mix is even weirder than the past mixes. Featuring off the wall Xmas tracks from Treacherous Three, R. Stevie Moore, The Go-Go's (UK), Florian Filsinger (who did the cover art), and more.

Enjoy!!