James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem by Cara Bloch/ The Hell Gate
James Murphy is a restauranteur- in Williamsburg, BK, no less. Very easy to sneer at this one folks, for God’s sake, Williamsburg! And it’s a wine bar serving lardo. It’s called The Four Horsemen and you can read more about it at Gothamist. Now that you’ve thoroughly mulled over the irony and replay “Losing My Edge” in your head we can turn our attention to his second venture- this one more in line with Murphy and in theory could be kind of cool- He’s petitioning to replace all the beeps while going through the NYC subway system with musical notes.
Read more about his quest to turn rush our into a giant symphony here.
Ester Segretto has the perfect mix of the right music, the right energy and the technical chops to bring some of the best live photography we’ve seen in a while. The above photo of FKA Twigs slays us. Love that she follows the line of her leg, it’s super elegant and shows off her dancing abilities. View Ester’s gallery. All of Ester’s images are available for licensing here. We are thrilled to be working with her.
Congrats to London Grammar for winning the Ivor Novello award for best song. These guy are getting a lot of buzz in the Uk (duh) and momentum is starting to build stateside. Check out Tom Oxley’s portraits here. Images and the rest of Tom’s amazing body of work is available for licensing.
Really entertaining interview with one of our favorite Brits of all time Billy Childish in the Guardian last week. What was so great about the interview was Billy, the tone I could do without. Got the feeling that the author wasn’t buying what Billy was selling. But the truth is, Billy doesn’t have anything to sell. He just may be on of the most enlightened, comfortable-in-his-own-skin humans on the planet, and I say this without an ounce of irony. Childish also gives good quote- “Tradition is the platform to freedom” and “I’m an interesting person with a moustache, rather than a person who’s grown a moustache to be interesting. But it’s a good trick to do that, and good luck to them if they can pull it off.” are just some of the gems you’ll find in the interview here. Also worth reading the comments section, Childish is very honest and cool in his response to the interview. Just fascinating stuff folks. Also a testament to Childish’s prolific life as an artist– when I first started dating my now husband many moons ago I said that I was I huge fan of Billy Childish’s music. He said I thought he was a painter.
In case you missed it last night, Neil Young and Jack White were on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They actually recorded and pressed a vinyl in real time. White found a Voice- O- Graph booth from 1947 after a long search and restoration. The Voice-O-Graph debuted on record store day last year at Third Man Records. Young happened to be there and approached White about cutting an entire album in the booth, which was the result of A Letter Home, Young’s LP of covers due out May 27th. Here’s Jack and Neil explaining it. It make sense, let’s hope it’s actually as amazing as the packaging for this album. In theory this should be mind blowing. Right piece of equipment for this album…..
Let’s hope this collaboration is as good as Jake White’s with Loretta Lynn.
Neil Young at the Berkley Theatre by Ed Perlstein/ The Hell Gate
Jack White performing at Lollapalooza by Toni Francois/ The Hell Gate
Been meaning to give Lykke Li’s third album I Never Learn an earnest listen. From what we’ve gleamed it’s a break up album, which tend to be great and this really fun/ insightful review on Grantland has sealed the deal for us. Any one that that fully embraces the power ballad is aces in our book. Now it’s time for some Foreigner.
Jake Bugg backstage in Nottingham, UK, February 2014 by Mattia Zoppellaro/ The Hell Gate
This is as good as it gets folks. Great reportage- Two days on the road with breakout singer/ songwriter Jake Bugg- back in February 2014, on stage and backstage at Nottingham and the historic Royal Albert Hall, UK. So intimate and just gorgeous photography. View the full gallery here.
Malcom Young 1992 by Martyn Goodacre/ The Hell Gate
Extremely sad news- At present Malcom Young is not able to record or play live due to complications from a stroke suffered recently. AC/DC have decided to essentially call it quits because of this. It’s a HUGE blow to rock fans, but it is the right move. While Angus gets all the attention for good reason, Malcom’s been the machine- the driving force of AC/DC. He’s the Johnny Ramone of the band. And like the Ramones, what’s made AC/DC one of the most beloved rock acts is their “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” ethos. Very few can say they’ve continually delivered the goods for almost 40 years. There will never be another AC/DC and no one will ever play rhythm guitar like Malcom- he was the best. Here’s a great article about Malcom and his significance. He’s always been our favorite- we are shattered over the news.