Photographers

James Murphy- Renaissance Man

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem by Cara Bloch/ The Hell Gate

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.

The Photography Of Ester Segretto

FKA Twigs

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.

The Photography of Dustin Chambers

Southside, Wocka Flocka Flame and Lex Lugar by Dustin Chambers/ The Hell Gate

Southside, Wocka Flocka Flame and Lex Lugar by Dustin Chambers/ The Hell Gate

We couldn’t be more pleased to include Dustin Chambers on our rooster. His photography of Goodie Mob and Alt Twins is the type of reportage we dream about.  More images from Dustin’s extensive archive will become available for licensing over the coming days. Gallery highlighting Dustin’s work is here, and images are available for licensing on The Hell Gate. 

On Being Childish

Billy Childish by Pat Graham/ The Hell Gate

Billy Childish by Pat Graham/ The Hell Gate

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.

 

Art Of The Power Ballad A La Li

Lykke Li by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate

Lykke Li by Katja Ruge/ 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.

Feature Submission- Jake Bugg by Mattia Zoppellaro

Jake Bugg backstage in Nottingham, UK, February 2014 by Mattia Zoppellaro/ The Hell Gate

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.

R.I.P. Rock Action

Scott Asheton by Tim Bugbee/ The Hell Gate

Scott Asheton by Tim Bugbee/ The Hell Gate

Scott “Rock Action” Asheton–  the real deal, no longer with us, he wasn’t young at 64, but still left too soon. Here’s  a touching tribute by Iggy.

Photographer Spotlight- Leila Morrissey

N.E.R.D. circa 2010 by Leila Morrissey/ The Hell Gate

N.E.R.D. circa 2010 by Leila Morrissey/ The Hell Gate

While she’s not traveling the world Leila is avidly photographing some pretty heavy hitters in music (Pharrell Williams anyone?) She’s poised to have a month long residency in Iceland this Spring in conjunction with her first book release. More about her residency, personal projects, and more from her archive will be made available in the coming weeks.  Images are available for licensing here. View Leila’s gallery.

Photographer Spotlight- Shervin Lainez

Jim James by Shervin Lainez/ The Hell Gate

Jim James by Shervin Lainez/ The Hell Gate

Shervin Lainez is old school when it comes to his relationships with musicians. Evidence is in his portraits. This is just a taste of what’s to come from. More please! View gallery here.

Photographer Spotlight- Andreas Panopoulos

Lana Del Reu by Andreas Panopoulos/ The Hell Gate

Lana Del Rey by Andreas Panopoulos/ The Hell Gate

It’s rare that live photography makes us actually want to run out and buy music, but such is the case with Andreas Panopoulos’s photography. It’s very difficult to do live photography well, and he does it great. View the gallery here.