Monthly archive for April 2011

Block party = Square People

Part espionage, part get-off-da-grid, part an Immediatist Potlatch (re: Hakim Bey) but all party.

The other week Blacktooth Records threw a Happening that was co-occurring with the Nashville moped chapter The Dead Ped’s annual rally: R.I.P. One-million solipsistic fractions came together after weeks of scouting out a location that would be hidden to those governing authorities, and made known to the appropriate sources only by its google coordinates. The individual tribal leaders communicated between each other and then to their people, and we all convened at the appropriate local in a psycho-kinetic skill known as Freedom. Hendrix blared from a radio, drinks were in hand, and no cars were present (save the one acting as a jukebox). 150+ mopeds, bikes, skate boards and pedestrians all dancing on the outskirts of Metropolis, surrounded by bricks and left to our own outpouring.

Pictures by Mary Nell Jr. and co. below.

 

More Happenings will be happening. Keep our feelers out.

Sincerly.

BTR.

 

meanwhile, in other realms————————

Square People will be putting out Cosmic Sans vol. 2 on Cicada Shell. This compilation acts as a “best of” for Chris Murray’s more recent, non-Jazz Maturity releases (of which there are many. One must be supremely fastidious or extremely fool-hearty to undertake this task alone). Adjoining the compilation is a video, shot by our good friend Drew Mayard and designed by Sam White, for the song Unfettered. As Square People’s official biographer, I’ve always said Unfettered was the hit that never was. Check it out below.

Square People – Unfettered

The State of Kuwait

When we get to drinking (anything), we the people get to talking. It’s a Monday morning, Friday night. No big deal. In this reoccurring segment here on Black Tooth, The State of Kuwait gets into the grind of the mind, or rather offers signs and symbols of people pushing and pulling it; political, illegal, fun, and radical (Latin:radix) in nature.

The first of two recent radar blips takes us to the ever-lovin’ border between USA and Mexico, where the insanely awesome street artist Ron English, who has been “hijacking public space worldwide for the sake of art since the 1980s,” struck on April Fool’s day. And did a damn fine job of pointing out the obvious to everyone who would never see it (or care, even if they did), which is basically what culture jamming accomplishes. But we love it here.

RON ENGLISH. VIA.

For those of you who are burnt out on all they hype and mainstreamitization of BANKSY, Ron English is your man. You too can feel cool again by liking subversive works that not everyone has seen a hundred times, having lost their semiotic pertinence and sensational shock, rendering a Duchamp-like indifference from the general public. Ron English is funny and pretty good at his job. The world is his cubicle and canvas. Check him out.

Our last stop today on The State of Kuwait is an important one: The Reverend Billy/Bill Talen.

Rev. Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping asks the great questions that leave us heavy hearted today:

 

IS THERE LIFE AFTER PERFECT TEETH!?

WILL WE SURVIVE GOOD GRAPHICS!?

 

In a fantastic article by Jill Lane – Reverend Billy: Preaching, Protest, and Postindustrial Flanerie – the moves and plays and semi-ironic acts that Talen sets off in the public sector are brilliantly expounded upon. Lane interprets Talen in such a clear-eyed, lucid way, no matter what your opinions are on the subjects the Reverend is tackling, one can’t help but be moved to an AMEN! and a wink after reading this article.

Reverend Billy: Preaching, Protest, and Postindustrial Flanerie – (click for download)

By entering into contested spaces, Rev. Billy stages things like “shopping interventions,” “Spatathons,” and (my favorite), “Cell Phone Operas,” risking the “poetics of Embarrassment” in the same Mise-en-scène that corporations do every day, breaking the routinely disciplined daily structure that they make for us (or we make for ourselves), and, literally re-members the stories and spots (and even lives) that are run over in the modern world and forgotten.

I can’t praise this article enough – as well as the work of the Reverend – because it’s more than the protesting of Globalization and Predatory-Capitalism, it’s more than an ironic rip at the religious right, and Jill Lane is brilliant as a guide through his world. It’s worth every minute you have to not shop and read this. You too can be delivered.

 

And that, friends, is the State of Kuwait. For today.