Future FAULT(S): BANKS, Rolla Olak & Pyyramids

 

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Rolla Olak is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Rolla has released two solo albums and is credited as both songwriter and musician on over a dozen Canadian and UK releases. After touring throughout North America and Japan as a hired-gun guitar player, Olak released his self-tilted debut in 2009. Recorded by Colin Stewart (Yukon Blonde, Black Mountain), the album gained attention from Vice Records in New York and several songs were added to the VBS TV motorcycle documentary “Doin it Baja”. In 2012, Rolla completed Western Heart- Recorded by Tanis Gibbons (Sun Wizard, Capitol 6), the album features duets with Canadian songwriter, Louise Burns. His latest offering Waiting For You is out now a must listen.

Waiting For You

 

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PYYRAMIDS are Tim Nordwind and Drea Smith. They first connected through a mutual friend and the pair struck up an email correspondence that resulted in them finding a lot of common ground in their love for the likes of The Smiths and Joy Division. They soon started sending their own musical ideas back and forth until Drea relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles and the collaboration really took shape. They released their first EP ‘Human Beings’ to much acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and followed this up with their debut album ‘Brightest Darkest Day’ which ‘Invisible Scream’ is taken from.

Invisible Scream

 

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BANKS, is an LA based singer, songwriter that has just released her second EP, London, via iTunes. Her latest effort features four tracks. The talented artist just wrapped a tour with Weeknd and is a very fast-rising star in the indie-electronica music scene. What is often spoken about  BANKS, is her “ability to bring warmth and sensuality to these bass-heavy, mood pieces”.  A MUST LISTEN we heart you BANKS

This Is What It Feels Like

 

 

Dolly Parton & Imagination Library UK

 

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton & Imagination Library UK

 

As if we couldn’t love Music Legend Dolly Parton anymore then we already do. Ms Parton is taking on the UK  with her war on illiteracy, by introducing the UK’s Imagination Library.  Dolly organizes community action whereby kids are put on her library list and from the time that child is born to the time he or she is 5 years old, they receive an age-appropriate book once a month – 60 free books per kid!  Ms. Parton supplies the books and the communities organize the logistics of it all.  Film-maker supporters of  the program include THE YEAR DOLLY PARTON WAS MY MUM, (which is released  today May 27th on DVD) have offered up screenings of the film to fundraisers for the Imagination Library.

 

Dolly Parton declares: “This program is one of the most important ways I know to improve the educational opportunities for children in your community.When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world. I hope you’ll agree to become a champion of the Imagination Library in your community. You will be amazed at the impact this simple gift can have on the lives of children and their families. We have seen it work in our backyard and I’m certain it can do the same in your community too! I appreciate your interest in my Imagination Library and thank you for all you continue to do for children.

 

For more information on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and how you can set one up in your own community, visit here:

http://uk.imaginationlibrary.com/

FAULT FOCUS: ARTIST MICHELLE GREEN – What’s Good

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FAULT: Michelle how are you doing?
Michelle: Well I just woke up from an apocalyptic dream. There was a big mushroom cloud and a bridge collapsed, people fell into the water. And all I could think about was how I could charge my cell phone.. So I’m just glad to be alive.
FAULT: Can you tell us more about your latest work: What’s Good, what were some of your inspirations for the series?
M: I guess, I was feeling bored about being blasted with mostly images of beautiful girls in art and media and that homogeneity of imagery. Of course, it sells but I wanted to spend my time working on something closer to my heart which in this case was rooted in African American culture, which is so inspiring. I find it’s representation in fine art to be largely lacking in inverse proportion to the influence it has on society and so I wanted to look at that. Often people ask me, rather suspiciously, why I chose to paint this series of black men, which to me demonstrates that intrinsically there is a standard extant which states that it is acceptable to paint, for instance, a series of beautiful women but a series of black men is atypical.
FAULT: How long have you been working on the project?
M:Approximately a year.
FAULT: Can you tell us more about some of the men featured in your paintings, how did they come to find out about your series and model for the paintings?
M:The whole process was very informal.. a lot of the men were strangers whom I approached around town. I met Lil’ Wayne and his intimidating entourage of escalades and bodyguards at the Berric’s, Steve Berric’s skate park in downtown, LA, he was charming and cordial. The rest were friends and friends of friends. There was at first a mutual sense of nervousness, perhaps appropriately, about portraiture in the home of a stranger but once they got to know me and my concept and I got to know them they were all really interested in participating. Turns out asking people if they’d like their portrait painted is a great way to meet new friends.
FAULT: What has the response been so far for those who have heard about/seen your latest work?
M: In general the response has been very positive and encouraging. one reaction which stands out in my mind was from an old-timer I met who manages youth programs in Compton: he said he couldn’t stop smiling. I thought that was just fantastic. I’ve gotten some curve-balls from galleries telling me the work was too “edgy”- that no one wanted a picture of a “random guy” on their wall. I  had to laugh at the absurdity and small-mindedness of this kind of a reaction from a “proper” art gallery. Others have been truly accepting and the good vibes enormously outweigh the bad.
FAULT: What do you hope the viewer takes from/ learns from What’s Good?
M: I ‘d hope this series in some way causes a reversal of learning- a sort of platonic un-learning of certain assumptions we have made regarding art and, by extension, life in general. really i just want people to feel better. if one could walk away feeling a little bit better about themselves and others, that would do.
FAULT: Can you tell us when & where the opening reception will be?
Friday, May 10th 7 – 11pm at Dilettante Projects 120 N. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012
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Tracks of the Week – TRICKY VS YEAH YEAH YEAHS VS DAVID BOWIE

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Tricky

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

David Bowie

David Bowie

 

TRICKY – Nothing’s Changed

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege

David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

 

Future FAULT: Benny Cassette & Chuck Inglish – Angel Dust EP

Benny Cassette & Chuck Inglish – Angel Dust – Say No To Drugs

Benny Cassette & Chuck Inglish (Cool Kids) have recently released their collaborative EP ANGEL DUST. A short-film of the track “Say No to Drugs” is out now directed by Postas. Stayed tuned to this space for updates on both Benny and Chuck. In the meantime check out the new EP as well as the latest single.

Angel Dust – Tracklist 

1. Shades Of Blue
2. Girl From Inglewood
3. Raw Sugar
4. Empires
5. Ferngully
6. X-Mas Sweater

Portrait of America – Opening Reception Nov 26th, Angel Orensanz Foundation & Joy Wai Fine Art Gallery

Daniel Ash- Freedom Ain’t Cheap (2012)

Opening Reception of Portrait of America starts this even Monday November 26th,from 6:00 to 10pm at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, NYC. The show will continue at the Joy Wai Contemporary Fine Art Gallery 122W 18th St New York NY. 10011 from November 29th – Dec 31st, 2012.

FAULT has had the pleasure of featuring some of the artists’ and their work (whom are part of the group collective) in past Issues including: Will Sergeant, Giuliano Bekor, Jen Starr and Ramses.

One of the featured artists will be Daniel Ash who is a founding member of the groundbreaking Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Daniel Ash distinguished himself in the world of alternative rock during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Ash was born in Northampton, England, on July 31, 1957. As a child, he recalls being driven by a love of rock & roll, Ash began playing in cover bands: “The first gig I ever played was in the Glasgow Rangers Workman’s Club.” That show ended in a fracas. Ash had become friends with Peter Murphy in his teenage years: “We were two oddballs in the class who didn’t fit in.” Ash went to art school and Murphy went to work in a printing factory. They met up five years later and Ash suggested forming a band.

Rigging up a makeshift rehearsal space, Ash played an echo 12-bar blues, while Murphy sang a series of newspaper articles. “After 15 seconds,” Ash says , “I knew we’d have some sort of success. Four weeks after, we formed Bauhaus, and we recorded ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’.” That song, issued in 1979, became the cornerstone of the goth rock movement. After nearly five years of trailblazing recording and performing, Bauhaus broke up and Ash put together Tones on Tail with Bauhaus drummer Kevin Haskins. After several EPs, the full-length Pop, and a club hit in “Go!,” the group mutated into the highly influential Love and Rockets in 1985, when Bauhaus bassist David J came on board. The band became one of the biggest alternative bands of the ’80s, issuing respected LPs like 1986’s Express and 1987’s Earth, Sun, Moon, and finally enjoying a worldwide Top Ten hit with 1989’s “So Alive.”

Daniel Ash has been creating sound art and visual art work for over 30 years. His artwork has graced the covers and inside sleeves of the records he has recorded including Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets. He is a participating artist in the New York City group exhibition ‘A Portrait of America’ presented by the Joy Wai Gallery in Chelsea, curated by LA-based conceptual artist Ramses. In Daniel Ash’s mixed-media painting ‘Freedom Ain’t Cheap’ (2012), the artist appropriates a U.S. flag image and infuses the right-hand portion with a cluster, bordering on chaotic, of stars and blemished tripes, supplemented by a single flying saucer, referencing his own alien status in the U.S.

FAULT is pleased to be one of the Media Sponsors as well we will be covering the show and interviewing Daniel Ash for FAULT issue 14.

Joy Wai Gallery – “Portrait of America” – Opening Reception November 26th

 

New York, NY – Following the momentous occasion of Barack Obama’s re-election, the Joy Wai Gallery will proudly present A Portrait of America: Commemorating Visions of Hope, Loss and Celebration: 2008-2012, a group exhibition curated by LA-based conceptual artist Ramses Granados. Bringing together an eclectic international group of visual artists, musicians, photojournalists and cultural luminaries, A Portrait of America will offer a unique window into our past and present states of mind, and a time when hope bettered our fears. Opening reception will be taking place Monday, November 26th, from 6:00 to 10pm at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, NYC.

Giuliano Bekor, One (2012). Photography, 30X40 inches

Comprised of 45 works by 19 artists, this exhibition is a celebration of the country’s vast perspectives and experiences, and the political climate that has been shaped in the last four years. Joy Wai and Ramses Granados have curated a selection of artists who collectively speak to the American experience like no other, with a mix of adoration, loss, critical analysis, and tongue-and-cheek humor. The roster includes Daniel Ash (painter/musician, of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets, UK), Will Sergeant (painter/musician, of Echo and the Bunnymen, UK), Shawna Ankenbrandt (photographer, US), Giuliano Bekor (photographer, US), Courtney Chavanell (photographer, US), Wen-Chi (painter, US), Cheryl Farber Smith (sculptor, US), Julius B. Fill (painter, Czech Republic), Jeff Forney (photographer, US), Victor Holt (photojournalist, US), Christian Hooker (painter, US), Phantom Street Artist (graffitist, US), Ramses (conceptual, US), Xany Rudoff (mixed media, US), Paul Seftel (mixed media, US), Jen Starr (photographer, US), Aki Takematsu (photographer, Japan), Bruno Tamiozzo (photographer, Italy), and Joy Wai (photographer, US).

Austin Psych Fest 6 Line-up April 26-28th, 2013

 

 

Austin Psych Fest has revealed its preliminary lineup for 2013 and acts include Deerhunter, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Warpaint, The Black Angels, Clinic, The King Khan & BBQ Show, DIIV, Boris, White Fence, Acid Mothers Temple, Black Mountain, Vietnam, Spectrum and Dead Skeletons.

The festival runs April 26-28th, 2013 at Carson Creek Ranch. Weekend passes are currently available via the festival’s website

FAULT had the pleasure of featuring Austin Psych fest 5 in our Summer Issue 11.