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Two Films by Marjorie Keller

Two Films by Marjorie Keller

“If you put it on tape, you can’t erase it” — Majorie Keller Writing in Artforum in 1981, Amy Taubin praised Marjorie Keller as “perhaps the only major filmmaker that the American independent film has produced since the end of the Sixties.” At the time of her sudden death in 1994 at age 43, she... [ Read More → ]
Simon Grigg Shines Light on AK79

Simon Grigg Shines Light on AK79

Designed by Terence Hogan using an image of The Terrorways’ Dean Martelli, the front cover of AK79 has become one of the best known images of New Zealand rock and roll over the years The defining release of the thriving Auckland punk scene of the late 70s, AK79, compiled by Auckland broadcasters Bryan Staff and John... [ Read More → ]
KKKYLIE + KKKenneth

KKKYLIE + KKKenneth

Hey, she's stroking that car like it's a dick! OMG she has a feather duster, HOW HOT. Is it a car commercial? A commercial for some new type of sexy energy drink for automatons that makes you work out to achieve this level of 'greatness?' [ Read More → ]
2013 in the Rear (View)

2013 in the Rear (View)

  If you are going to read this, you should probably play the most appropriate song to read a ‘year end’ list to whilst perusing. Reissues Peter Gutteridge- PURE (540 Records) Near Paris- S/T (Medical Records) Sandra Plays Electronics- Her Needs 7″ Minimal Wave Scorched Earth Policy- Going Thru a Hole in the Back of Your Head (Siltbreeze)... [ Read More → ]
Nocturnal Digressions: Musings on Peter Laughner

Nocturnal Digressions: Musings on Peter Laughner

Been on a pretty serious Peter Laughner kick in the store lately. After a bootleg CD emerged at the store recently called Nocturnal Digressions, that no one seemed to know where it came from, I have not been able to stop listening to it over and over again. Each listen provides further insight and appreciation... [ Read More → ]
New SEX TIDE Video for 'Laudanum'

New SEX TIDE Video for ‘Laudanum’

Sex Tide’s first full length LP ‘Flash Fuck’ was recently released via A Wicked Company, a New York-based label that rose from the ashes of beloved 90s cadaver Vertical Records. A trio from Columbus, OH the video was shot in the dungeonous basement of a now decade-old building ‘downtown’ that is known for its constant... [ Read More → ]
Xway Vision

Xway Vision

  In honor of our forthcoming Sandra Bell reissue (out this October), take a look at this sickkk video compilation of Xpressway artists from 1992. Originally released as a VHS tape, and then later co-released in the states, this thang has been so out of print, it’s not even funny! A certain someone *cough, COUGH*... [ Read More → ]
Fear of the Blank Page

Fear of the Blank Page

  Any ‘loyal’ reader or internet stalker will notice that the Straight to Video site has atrophied into a dead state over the last year.  Leaving the rest of the content on the site to ring out in “slo-mo backslide, down into the horrifying world that can appear when you combine too much smoke with... [ Read More → ]
2012 Year End List

2012 Year End List

  It’s that time of the year again. As always, I do not believe in hierarchies, so these are in no particular order. New Street Chant- Frail Girls/ Salad Daze 7” (Arch Hill) Lazy- Party City 7” (Moniker) Ruined Fortune Bulls Eye 7” (RIP Society) Sic Alps/ Freekapus New Trawgs III b/w Here Today Here... [ Read More → ]
Jennifer Herrema Participating in New Museum Store's Artist Residency December 5-7, 2012

Jennifer Herrema Participating in New Museum Store’s Artist Residency December 5-7, 2012

Musician, fashion designer, model, stylist and overall creative force-to-be-reckoned with, Royal Trux and Black Bananas‘ frontwoman Jennifer Herrema will participate in an Artist Residency at the New Museum Store in New York next week. The New Museum Store presents “She’s Crafty,” featuring a spectrum of projects by inventive women tasked with transforming the Store’s window... [ Read More → ]
Autonomy and Deliberation: New Film Starring the UV Race

Autonomy and Deliberation: New Film Starring the UV Race

AUTONOMY AND DELIBERATION Official Trailer from Johann Rashid on Vimeo. [ Read More → ]
C'est Normal?

C’est Normal?

      Can we talk about this video for a quick second? I mean what the FUCK is going on here, exactly? A better version is here, but it has some lame intro which kills the delivery. [ Read More → ]
Videofreex Symposium on Portible Video

Videofreex Symposium on Portible Video

Changing Media and Social Change from Portapak to Smartphone November 1, 2012, 4–9pm SVA Theatre 333 West 23rd Street New York, NY Free and open to the public www.sva.edu School of Visual Arts presents We’re All Videofreex: Changing Media & Social Change from Portapak to Smartphone, an evening symposium on the genealogy of portable video... [ Read More → ]
The Club is Open at The Library is On Fire

The Club is Open at The Library is On Fire

Earlier this week, Brooklyn Vegan posted a story on the melange of happenings in the world of Bob Pollard. Calling him a “multi-media hit-making machine” the post focused on his new solo record and tour dates, and also discussed his visual art practice, which mainly consists of collage. Bob’s zine, EAT Magazine illustrates these collage... [ Read More → ]
Introducing...Video World!

Introducing…Video World!

It comes as fantastic news that Leah Churner has a new weekly column on the Sundance blog, called Video World! Leah is a regular contributor to the Austin Chronicle and Reverse Shot. Her writing has also appeared in the Village Voice, Film Comment, Moving Image Source and the L Magazine. Her curatorial career is another beast all together!... [ Read More → ]
New NZ Comp Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown

New NZ Comp Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown

Auckland’s Powertool Records, the same label to thank for releasing new works by Sandra Bell, The Puddle, Robert Scott, Bill Direen, ( I could go on)  and generally speaking– the label that actively releases a diverse range of ex-Corpus Hermeticum, Xpressway, and Flying Nun artist’s material;  has a new compilation out called Bulletholes 4: Exploring... [ Read More → ]
From Tony Caro & John to Forever and Ever: An Interview with Tony Doré

From Tony Caro & John to Forever and Ever: An Interview with Tony Doré

By Rob Hatch Miller On the occasion of the forthcoming reissue of  Blue Clouds, here is a recently unearthed interview with TC+J’s Tony Doré, as interviewed by Rob Hatch-Miller. Primitive drum machines, early EMS Synth and lo-tech –but well thought out– four track production make this collection of unreleased (minimal psych?) gems one of my... [ Read More → ]
HOLY BALM...(holy shit!)

HOLY BALM…(holy shit!)

  Holy Balm is Anna John, Emma Ramsay and Yoni Hochman. I was stoked to read on their Tumblr that they will be coming to the states this fall. Their live sets sound and look super fun. CTI meets Wax Trax vibes renders their post-house post-synth party jam haze. Holy Balm was initially put out... [ Read More → ]
A Different Kind of Bats

A Different Kind of Bats

To those who wake up every morning to well worn copies of the Raspberries' "Go All the Way," this one's for you [ Read More → ]
Times New Old Friendship Video

Times New Old Friendship Video

New Video for an old song, with re-purposed footage [ Read More → ]
Liliane Lijn: Collected Film and Video Works 1970-2012

Liliane Lijn: Collected Film and Video Works 1970-2012

Liliane Lijn: Collected Film and Video Works In a two program retrospective, Straight to Video and Spectacle are proud to present the film and video work of visual artist, Liliane Lijn. Widely known for her Poem Machines (invented in 1962 alongside Burrough’s and Gysin’s Dreamachine,) in which Lijn stirred a conversation more relevant now than... [ Read More → ]
HENNE$$EY YOUNGMAN UP IN HERE

HENNE$$EY YOUNGMAN UP IN HERE

HELLO WWW, THIS YA BOY HENROCK ALLAH AND IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. WE ALWAYS SEEM TO MEET IN PLACES LIKE THIS. ANYWAYS, THIS PARTICULAR ART THOUGHTZ IS MORE OF LIKE A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT OFFERING A PAID SERVICE TO YOU AND YOURS. BUT IMA LET MY VIDEO DO THE TALKING, BECAUSE IF YOU... [ Read More → ]
Dirty Looks: On Location- Queer Interventions in NYC Spaces

Dirty Looks: On Location- Queer Interventions in NYC Spaces

Dirty Looks: On Location is a month-long series of queer interventions in New York City spaces. Over the course of July, Dirty Looks, a roaming series– which typically hosts screenings on the last Wednesday of the month–will install film and video work in queer social spaces and former sites of queer sociality (like shuttered bars,... [ Read More → ]
US Premiere of 2 New Street Chant Vids, 7" Pre-Order + Interview

US Premiere of 2 New Street Chant Vids, 7″ Pre-Order + Interview

I can’t say enough how great Street Chant are– as a band, as people, as artists. I, for one have been waiting for these two songs to be released since hearing them live months ago. And now these two videos (comprising a double A-side 7″ available via Arch Hill soon) enhance the potency of the... [ Read More → ]
Notes from MoMA and Frieze

Notes from MoMA and Frieze

A turbulent 72 hours, making the rounds at three NYC art events Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Personally, I try to keep my phone at bay for the most part in an attempt to socialize with old friends, and meet new ones. But I would be lying if I said that the urge to rip... [ Read More → ]
Harry Dodge's Recent Videos and Solo-Exhibition

Harry Dodge’s Recent Videos and Solo-Exhibition

Made with urgency over the course of a six-month period, the video trilogy of Ipse Dixit (2011), Unkillable (2011), and Fred Can Never Be Called Bald (2011) explores the space in between language and image, as well as the inexorability of narrative progress or momentum itself in different tonal and formal registers. [ Read More → ]
Carmelo Bene Retrospective at Anthology

Carmelo Bene Retrospective at Anthology

By Troy Swain THE FILMS OF CARMELO BENE Beginning this weekend, Anthology will present this retrospective encompassing all five feature films (as well as a couple shorts) directed by the vanguard filmmaker, actor, and playwright Carmelo Bene, one of the greatest figures in Italian avant-garde culture. Renowned for his work in the theater, Bene turned... [ Read More → ]
Straight to Video: Ohio Music Video Comp #1: Columbus

Straight to Video: Ohio Music Video Comp #1: Columbus

Straight to Video: Ohio Music Video Comp #1: Columbus 4/18/2012 @ Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn 8PM A screening program of live performance footage, music videos, and cable access appearances with bands from the underground music scene in Columbus, Ohio. Featuring bands/artists such as: V̶-̶3̶, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, True Believers, Mike Rep+the Quotas, J̶i̶m̶ ̶S̶h̶e̶p̶a̶r̶d̶, Tommy... [ Read More → ]
ESAD Production's History of Bloomington Music

ESAD Production’s History of Bloomington Music

    Somewhere between video diary and music nerd tribute jerked on video–like Bill Nye, but cool– this gem of a CATV special maps out and documents the somewhat subjective, vastly complicated network of musicians and bands in the Bloomington Music Scene from 1977 through 1993.  ESAD Production’s History of Bloomington Music was hosted, taped,... [ Read More → ]
NZ's Real Groovy Records will release a Toy Love: Live at the Gluepot 2XLP for Record Store Day

NZ’s Real Groovy Records will release a Toy Love: Live at the Gluepot 2XLP for Record Store Day

Epic Auckland record store Real Groovy Records announced they will be releasing a double LP by NZ favorites, Toy Love in honor of Record Store Day 2012. The recording captures the band’s legendary –and one of last live sets at the famous Gluepot in Auckland, September 12, 1980. Transferred and prepared for vinyl mastering  from... [ Read More → ]