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...
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?'
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...
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!...
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...
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...
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...
Times New Old Friendship Video

Times New Old Friendship Video

New Video for an old song, with re-purposed footage
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...
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...
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)...
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...
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...
Netherlands Media Art Institute ceasing activities due to lack of funding, announces future plans+ projects

Netherlands Media Art Institute ceasing activities due to lack of funding, announces future plans+ projects

Netherlands Media Art Institute will cease activities due to lack of funding at the end of 2012. A result of the Ministry of Culture’s decision to terminate funding, an announcement was made yesterday that the Institute will receive no further financial support, and will vacate its present premises on the...
Moron Movies and Len Cella

Moron Movies and Len Cella

Initially aired on Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show’ in 1968, Len Cella’s Moron Movies became a regular feature between 1983 and 1985, then eventually surfaced on ‘TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes’ as Len Cella’s Silly Cinema a title which he allegedly despised. Curiously available in every video store in North America...
Bruce Russell on 'Time To Go-The Southern Psychedelic Moment: 1981-86'

Bruce Russell on ‘Time To Go-The Southern Psychedelic Moment: 1981-86′

Really can’t say how stoked I was to stumble 15 minutes late into work today, coffee spilt, phone forgot in bed, and log onto the interwebs to find that Bruce Russell contributed the following piece to Volcanic Tongue on the genesis of the NZ Underground on the occasion of the...
Cash from Chaos / Unicorns & Rainbows

Cash from Chaos / Unicorns & Rainbows

Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith Team gallery 83 Grand Street March 29th – April 28th 2012 Reception on Thursday March 29th at 6:00PM Team presents a collaborative installation by New York-based artists Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith, featuring their rarely shown public access show which ran between 1994 and 1997....
Beryl Korot: Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present at bitforms

Beryl Korot: Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present at bitforms

bitforms gallery presents an exhibition on video artist Beryl Korot. Featuring her landmark video installation “Text and Commentary” (1977), the show also includes two of Korot’s more recent investigations into the medium,“Florence” (2008) and “Yellow Water Taxi” (2003). Recognized since the early 1970s as a pioneer of video art and...
Jud Yalkut 26’1.1499” For A String Player TONIGHT @ ANTHOLOGY

Jud Yalkut 26’1.1499” For A String Player TONIGHT @ ANTHOLOGY

Jud Yalkut is  easily one of my  favorite video pioneers. In conjunction with many other events around NYC celebrating John Cage’s centennial, Anthology will screen Yalkut’s 1973 video 26’1.1499” FOR A STRING PLAYER; a recorded video manipulation of Cage’s composition of the same title.  Performed in 1973, the video features...
Throwing Up: Big Love Tour

Throwing Up: Big Love Tour

Beloved Brits Throwing Up are coming back to the States to play some shows. In NYC, it is a rare treat to see the London-based three piece rip it up live, but I can say that I was blown away after seeing them play at Bruar Falls with Blood Orange...
Screaming Urge in the New Age

Screaming Urge in the New Age

On the occasion of Sing-Sing Records’ reissue of Screaming Urge’s 1980 “Homework” single earlier this year, I touched base with Myke Rock and Michael Ravage about the Screaming Urge days and the beginnings of Columbus Punk. Since I spent a decent chunk of my 20′s in the Columbus music scene,...
TV Party Documentary

TV Party Documentary

In true democratic spirit of cable access TV and DIY ethics so associated with the revolutionary NYC show TV Party, some excellent person has shared the recent documentary of the show on Youtube. Much has been written on the now iconic show, so we’ll leave that at bay for now–but...
Purple Pilgrims Video and Spring Tour Info

Purple Pilgrims Video and Spring Tour Info

Purple Pilgrims.- s/t 8″ It has been said that ex-Christchurch now Hong Kong based sister duo of Clementine and Valentine Nixon is really a live act, with their haunting, heartfelt, carefully layered drone; pure enough to summon goosebumps. This outsider marble-fuzz project has reproduced the same wide eyed simple magic...
Ministry at EXIT in Chicago,1984

Ministry at EXIT in Chicago,1984

Ministry live at Exit in Chicago, IL on December 20, 1984 By: Scott Kiernan   Setlist: Intro All Day Do You Even Like It? Cold Life The Nature of Love Revenge (Everyday Is) Halloween I Will Do Anything For You Work For Love Here We Go Ricky’s Hand (Fad Gadget cover)...
Dispatch from Aoteara #1

Dispatch from Aoteara #1

  Joe Stumble ran my favorite blog, Last Days of Man on Earth for five years, before moving to NZ from the [American] Midwest in 2010 to pursue his Masters degree at Auckland University. He will be writing regularly for Straight To Video about life in New Zealand, primarily with...
Graham Lambkin's new improvisation recorded in a Honda Civic

Graham Lambkin’s new improvisation recorded in a Honda Civic

For nearly two decades, Graham Lambkin has been redefining our concept of domestic disturbance. From his time in The Shadow Ring to his solo ventures (2003’s Poem for Voice and Tape and Salomon Run, from 2007) to his collaboration with Jason Lescalleet (2008’s The Breadwinner), he has continually transformed everyday...
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Moron Movies and Len Cella

Moron Movies and Len Cella

Initially aired on Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show’ in 1968, Len Cella’s Moron Movies became a regular feature between 1983 and 1985, then eventually surfaced on ‘TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes’ as Len Cella’s Silly Cinema a title which he allegedly despised. Curiously available in every video store in North America in the mid 90s, even... [ Read More → ]
Bruce Russell on 'Time To Go-The Southern Psychedelic Moment: 1981-86'

Bruce Russell on ‘Time To Go-The Southern Psychedelic Moment: 1981-86′

Really can’t say how stoked I was to stumble 15 minutes late into work today, coffee spilt, phone forgot in bed, and log onto the interwebs to find that Bruce Russell contributed the following piece to Volcanic Tongue on the genesis of the NZ Underground on the occasion of the latest FN comp he organized.... [ Read More → ]
Cash from Chaos / Unicorns & Rainbows

Cash from Chaos / Unicorns & Rainbows

Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith Team gallery 83 Grand Street March 29th – April 28th 2012 Reception on Thursday March 29th at 6:00PM Team presents a collaborative installation by New York-based artists Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith, featuring their rarely shown public access show which ran between 1994 and 1997. The weekly cablecasts were twenty-nine-minute... [ Read More → ]
Beryl Korot: Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present at bitforms

Beryl Korot: Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present at bitforms

bitforms gallery presents an exhibition on video artist Beryl Korot. Featuring her landmark video installation “Text and Commentary” (1977), the show also includes two of Korot’s more recent investigations into the medium,“Florence” (2008) and “Yellow Water Taxi” (2003). Recognized since the early 1970s as a pioneer of video art and of multiple channel work in... [ Read More → ]
Jud Yalkut 26’1.1499” For A String Player TONIGHT @ ANTHOLOGY

Jud Yalkut 26’1.1499” For A String Player TONIGHT @ ANTHOLOGY

Jud Yalkut is  easily one of my  favorite video pioneers. In conjunction with many other events around NYC celebrating John Cage’s centennial, Anthology will screen Yalkut’s 1973 video 26’1.1499” FOR A STRING PLAYER; a recorded video manipulation of Cage’s composition of the same title.  Performed in 1973, the video features Charlotte Moorman and Nam June... [ Read More → ]
Throwing Up: Big Love Tour

Throwing Up: Big Love Tour

Beloved Brits Throwing Up are coming back to the States to play some shows. In NYC, it is a rare treat to see the London-based three piece rip it up live, but I can say that I was blown away after seeing them play at Bruar Falls with Blood Orange a year ago. Tantrums, riffs,... [ Read More → ]
Carter Tutti Void premiere video

Carter Tutti Void premiere video

Transverse, the exclusive collaboration project between Factory Floor’s Nik Void and Chris and Cosey will be out on Mute Records March 27, 2012. Earlier post on Transverse here. Transverse is an experimental collaboration between Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti (TG) and Nik Void (Factory Floor) created especially for the Mute festival at the Roundhouse in... [ Read More → ]
First David Lynch solo show in NYC since 1989

First David Lynch solo show in NYC since 1989

…and it looks pretty good! The show opens today, but the reception for Lynch is on March 16th–and he’ll be there. No events planned, sadly- but you never know what impromptu shenanigans the maven might craft between then and now, time and schedule permitting. Most Lynch fans already know that he began his career as... [ Read More → ]
Sand, Skin, Water, Light-- Woman in the Dunes, 1964

Sand, Skin, Water, Light– Woman in the Dunes, 1964

Celebrated Japanese avant-garde filmmaker, Hiroshi Teshigahara’s 1964 film Woman in the Dunes is available in it’s entirety on youtube. With its psycho-sexual undercurrent from the beginning, the film presents a seamless unity between reality and metaphor in terms of  its subject, style, and concept.  Suna no Onna‘s literal translation– “Sand Lady” registers much more as... [ Read More → ]
Moving Image: Contemporary Video Art Fair 3/8-3/11

Moving Image: Contemporary Video Art Fair 3/8-3/11

Moving Image, Contemporary Video Art Fair 3/8-3/11 Thursday– Saturday, 3/8–3/10, (11–8 PM) Sunday, 3/11, (11-4 PM). Opening: Thursday, March 8, 6–8 PM. Located in the Waterfront Tunnel event space between 27th and 28th Streets with an entrance on 11th Avenue in Chelsea.  In its second year, Moving Image presents a selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions... [ Read More → ]
Lo-fi/Sci-fi: Midnight Screening and Video Party at Spectacle Theater

Lo-fi/Sci-fi: Midnight Screening and Video Party at Spectacle Theater

Transport over to Spectacle Theater in the Williamsburg sector of Brooklyn on March 10th for a special midnight screening of Sci-Fi video shorts presented by Straighttovideo.org. In this not-to-be missed assemblage of lo-fi/sci-fi video art, music videos, and cable access oddities, we will be presenting shorts from as far back as the 70s to some... [ Read More → ]
Brakhage + Godard @ MoMA

Brakhage + Godard @ MoMA

As part of MoMA’s current exhibition Contemporary Galleries: 1980 – Now, films by Stan Brakhage are being screened daily at 3pm in the Time Warner Screening Room on the 2nd floor of the Museum’s Lewis B and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building. The program changes once a week, on Wednesday. Meantime, in another black-box... [ Read More → ]
TNV touring with The Clean

TNV touring with The Clean

The Clean begin their first American tour in over two years on May 30th at The Echo in LA and continue eastward, finishing up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on June 8th. Times New Viking will be along for approximately 71% of the dates.  I heard the infoz on the phone a few weeks ago–... [ Read More → ]
Screaming Urge in the New Age

Screaming Urge in the New Age

On the occasion of Sing-Sing Records’ reissue of Screaming Urge’s 1980 “Homework” single earlier this year, I touched base with Myke Rock and Michael Ravage about the Screaming Urge days and the beginnings of Columbus Punk. Since I spent a decent chunk of my 20′s in the Columbus music scene, I wanted to hear their... [ Read More → ]
Recent NZ Gems Uploaded in Youtube-Land

Recent NZ Gems Uploaded in Youtube-Land

‘Slammerworm’ has been uploading more NZ gems and segments from the Onset-Offset VHS compilation. Hopefully he will be uploading the rest of the tape soon. (Yes, I asked.) The Policy in their practice room, 1984. Original video filmed and edited by Campbell McLay and Ritchie Venus for the Onset-Offset video compilatiion ‘Get Up and Go’.... [ Read More → ]
Artprojx Cinema presents Luke Fowler and "Mystery Show" at SVA Theatre NYC

Artprojx Cinema presents Luke Fowler and “Mystery Show” at SVA Theatre NYC

  In association with The Modern Institute, David Gryn’s London-based ArtProjx Cinema will present recent works by Luke Fowler and “Mystery Show,” a selection of work by four Finnish artists. (Liisa Lounila, Erkka Nissinen, Pilvi Takala, Timo Vaittinen) at SVA Theatre in New York. Each program will be screened twice: Friday March 9, 2012 at... [ Read More → ]
Velvet Underground: Under Review and Recently Released Super 8 films

Velvet Underground: Under Review and Recently Released Super 8 films

  The Velvet Underground Under Review is a documentary reviewing the influential collective, a band that Lester Bangs claims started modern music. It features performances as well as “obscure footage,” interviews and photographs of and with Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, Sterling Morrison and John Cale. I keep falling asleep watching it, personally–but maybe someone out... [ Read More → ]
Fugazi: Instrument

Fugazi: Instrument

Someone recently recommended I revisit Jem Cohen’s documentary on FugaziInstrument. Released by Dischord Records on VHS in 1999, the film documents the band, its followers and also traces Cohen’s personal relationship with Ian MacKaye back to the 1970s DC, where the two met in high school. Shot between 1987 through 1998 on super 8, 16mm... [ Read More → ]
TV Party Documentary

TV Party Documentary

In true democratic spirit of cable access TV and DIY ethics so associated with the revolutionary NYC show TV Party, some excellent person has shared the recent documentary of the show on Youtube. Much has been written on the now iconic show, so we’ll leave that at bay for now–but check this well-executed documentary out!... [ Read More → ]
Pre-Order Eric Erlandson's book, "Letters to Kurt"

Pre-Order Eric Erlandson’s book, “Letters to Kurt”

There are a lot of paths the narrative in this book could potentially go. Comprised of 52 prose poems, each a mini elegy for Kurt Cobain, the book will most likely be an explaination/apology to a friend who’s demise was largely caused by Erlandson’s long term bandmate combined with a general assessment of that whole... [ Read More → ]
FG.Ft: Three Part Project Series, A Tribute to Fad Gadget and Frank Tovey

FG.Ft: Three Part Project Series, A Tribute to Fad Gadget and Frank Tovey

FGFt March 1st - April 8th FGFt commemorates the late Frank Tovey's musical and artistic endeavours with a multi-part exhibition including an art exhibition, a screening of Morgan Tovey-Frost's 'Fad Gadget By Frank Tovey' and musical performances by Xeno and Oaklander and Ike Yard(amongst others). [ Read More → ]
Sympathetic Materialism: An Evening with Allan Sekula

Sympathetic Materialism: An Evening with Allan Sekula

Sunday – 02.12.12 – Sympathetic Materialism – An Evening with Allan Sekula Contents: 1. Introduction to Sunday 2. A note on sympathetic materialism 3. Untitled preface to Waiting for Tear Gas 4. Lottery of the Sea: Prologue and Ending 5. The Forgotten Space – screening at MoMA, Monday, 02.13.11 6. Related readings/viewings 7. Filmography 8.... [ Read More → ]
We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-makers' Co-op at Microscope Gallery

We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-makers’ Co-op at Microscope Gallery

2/11/12 to 3/5/12 Opening Reception Saturday 2/11, 7-9PM preceded by special 5PM screening of rare shorts by Jack Smith MICROSCOPE Gallery, 4 Charles Place, Bushwick We Are Cinema is a month-long exhibit and screening series celebrating 50 years of the Film-Makers’ Co-op in NYC. It was in January of 1962 that filmmaker Jonas Mekas called... [ Read More → ]
Happenings: New York, 1958-1963

Happenings: New York, 1958-1963

2/10/2012-3/17/2012 Opening: Friday 2/10/2012 534 W 25th St, New York The first exhibition to document the origins and historical development of the transient, yet pivotal “Happenings” movement from its inception in 1958 through 1963 will be presented at the Pace Gallery this month. The experimental performances forever changed the definition of art and the possibilities... [ Read More → ]
Some like it both ways

Some like it both ways

The first openly gay American popstar– and one of the first AIDS casualties in the music business, Jobraith (who like many glam musicians at the time, went through a bevy of stage names) was working as a prostitute in LA until he David Geffen signed him to Elekra in 1972. Managed  by Jerry Brandt, his... [ Read More → ]
Purple Pilgrims Video and Spring Tour Info

Purple Pilgrims Video and Spring Tour Info

Purple Pilgrims.- s/t 8″ It has been said that ex-Christchurch now Hong Kong based sister duo of Clementine and Valentine Nixon is really a live act, with their haunting, heartfelt, carefully layered drone; pure enough to summon goosebumps. This outsider marble-fuzz project has reproduced the same wide eyed simple magic in these recordings. Songs of... [ Read More → ]
Royal Trux- Live Footage ca. Accellerator

Royal Trux- Live Footage ca. Accellerator

Taped in 1998 at The Point in Atlanta. The set ends with a cover of their now legendary rendition of “Money For Nothin.” Shout out to Marc Masters for this one! [ Read More → ]
Lillian Schwartz

Lillian Schwartz

  *Note the excellent Hippie hangover burnout rock ca. 1974 Lillian Schwartz is best known for her pioneering work in the use of computers for what has since become known as computer-generated art and computer-aided art analysis, including graphics, film, video, animation, special effects, Virtual Reality and Multimedia. Schwartz began her computer art career as... [ Read More → ]
Sacred Bones Records at Spectacle

Sacred Bones Records at Spectacle

Thursday, January 26th, 8pm Brooklyn-based label Sacred Bones Records will present a selection of material and a rare-screening of  Jacqueline Castel’s Twelve Dark Noons at Spectacle Theater. Expect an unearthed collection of underground weirdness, music videos, short films, works-in-progress. The evening will conclude with the presentation of a secret feature film. [ Read More → ]
Charles Atlas at Judson Church and Light Industry

Charles Atlas at Judson Church and Light Industry

“New York City 1988. Raging homophobia. A killer on the loose. Disco dancing till dawn. Performers struggle to survive. Delilah seduces Samson in song. Gender illusionists go shopping.” Samson and Delilah, 1991. Charles Atlas at Judson Church January 25th, 8:30 – 10:30 PM -Filmmaker in Person- Dirty Looks presents an evening of video work by... [ Read More → ]