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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. 

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.

2014 Grammys- We Actually Watched It

Macklemore And Ryan Lewis by Nicole Fara-Silver, The Hell Gate

Macklemore And Ryan Lewis by Nicole Fara-Silver, The Hell Gate

For the most part the Grammys didn’t suck as bad as we’d thought they would this year. Could not get enough of Daft Punk and having Stevie Wonder perform with them and Pharell Williams was definitely a highlight. Also really, really loved Kendrick Lamar’s performance with Imagine Dragons, he didn’t get enough props if you ask us, it was SO good. Giving  the late great Jim Marshall the respect he deserves, and the applause when he was mentioned was a great moment. But what about giving Lou Reed more than just a 2 second live performance during the In Memoriam? Seriously, WTF?!!! Have to give props to Kirk Hammett for wearing a Transformer T Shirt.. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a class act all they way, and it was great to see couples getting married.. Nice touch Grammys. Besides the Lou Reed snub, it was alright. Here’s a little gallery– Winners, performers and sometimes both. It’s really great to see an act blow up and know that our photographers were there at the start, or to have an archive that includes music legends still killing it while performing.

Nirvana Season

Kurt Cobain at Redding Festival 1991.  Steve Gullick/ The Hell Gate- image is copyrighted not for use without permission

Spin’s August issue on the stands now is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Nevermind. It’s well balanced and the recollections span those that were on the scene with Nirvana and those who were heavily influenced by them. If this is a sign of what’s to come leading up to the actual anniversary of Nevermind in September, we are in for some truly great coverage.  The Hell Gate/ Steve Gullick image is on page 62.