Any international news organization that would give the late great John Peel free rein is allright by me. And now, the BBC is even more allrighter by me since they’ve written a feature on the Meathaus. MH head cheese Chris McD spoke with the BBC’s Collective: Interactive Culture Magazine earlier this month, and the results are now online for the world to read. Tear it up!
Artwork pictured above by the very psychedelic Rob Donnelly
If you know about Meathaus then you know about Farel Dalrymple. But do you know about his deepest darkest secrets? Maybe he will post them one day on his Livejournal blog, but probably not. Until that day, you’ll have to be content with the awesome sketches and designs he posts there direct from his current sketchbooks and projects. The internet is awesome!
I have an old friend named Brian Maryansky. We once shared a slanted, shady and shambling little apartment on Rivington Street back when Rivington Street was not a very nice place at all. He played guitar in the Van Pelt and Jets to Brazil and likes ice hockey. He is also a really great photographer and he’s got one of those nifty little photoblogs with an eclectic selection of prints to view. Check it out.
They’re everywhere out here. Maybe it’s a California thing. Having lived in New York City for the past ten years, I’ve been particularly struck by the wide variety of decaying mid century fast food chains still hanging around and very much in business in the Oakland/Berkeley area. At my old job back east, my friend Gary and I would often talk about how in storied and historied New York, you may happen to work in a building that’s over a century old, the city itself may have been settled in the 1600’s, but you’ll never see anything on the streets that’s older than a decade. Real estate is endlessly recycled and refurbished and remodeled. And in post-Giuliani playground New York, the process has only sped up. That’s not to say that NYC doesn’t have its own brand of urban detritus (hat blocking shops and bialy stores and the like), but you don’t often see burger stands unless Danny Meyer is behind them.
Out here in the Berkeley/Oakland environs, for whatever reason, these gaudy emblems of an earlier age seem to be around every corner. Stay tuned in the pages of this blog (does a blog have pages?) for a cataloging and collection of all the curious palaces of fried food to be found in the East Bay, or at least ones I can walk to from my apartment. There will be illustrations, photographs, taste-tests, interviews and random thoughts.
I’ll now return you to your regular, comic-themed programming.
When I was in my last year at the animation program at SVA, Ralph showed up and began teaching 3rd year students. I knew I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from one of the few animation directors whose work really got me excited to work in the medium. Ralph is a true artist, and that was the first thing I learned when I started sitting in on his classes. He cut all the bullshit out of the classroom experience right away. He said something like “I don’t care about grades, I’ll give you all A’s I don’t care. You came here learn or just fuck around, but if you came here to learn you’ll come to class every week and work hard…” …
School ended and I went on to be able to work with Ralph on a variety of different projects including film pitches and his official website. The site has since grown and there are a few more people redesigning sections (front page) and adding more (media page and downloads), etc. It is great source of inspiration and information on one of the great artists and social critics of recent times.
Here we have another amazing pair of art brothers, Thomas Herpich and Peter Herpich. They both create some wholly original work– drawings, paintings and comics. Pictured here, we have a drawing from Tom on the left and a painting from Peter on the right.
Esao has been a Meathaus contributor since the beginning of time. His personal site is a marvel of flash programming and his work just as tasty. Been there before? Well come back again and visit again “for the first time”. Ah memories.
James Jean recently started attending weekly life drawing sessions and has been posting the results on one of his sites, Process Recess. Additionally, he goes into descriptive details about some of his latest illustrations and the process he used to create them, and posts old work from his student days to provide context for the progress in his work. It is like a James Jean retrospective in the making!
Besides the fact one of the dudes in Cause co-Motion! happens to be an old, old, friend of the Meathaus, a bandmate in Ancient Justice, and a coconspirator of the practically defunct but too funky Beard Records, well….. besides that fact, the Cause co-Motion! just happens to be such an amazing band that it would deserve a post here and much of you giving a listen anyways.
Based in NYC, they have a new 7″ four song EP put out by Kevin over at What’s Your Rupture that has been seeing play even out here in old Los Angeles, on the baddest ass of stations, KXLU, which you can stream to where ever you are in the world.
Recently, the group got a nice track review over at Pitchfork. And the track in question you can download here. But head over to the Cause co-Motion! website for more.
What’s Your Rupture also is putting out sexy music from other impressive bands such as The Long Blondes and Love is all. All recommended for you!
Let’s start off the Monday with a new awesome link. Tomer and Asaf Hanuka have a recently new site up called Tropical Toxic in which they post their latest illustrations that they produce for their global array of high profile clients. It’s not just a glorified portfolio site, each Hanuka describes his piece in detail and the process he used to arrive at the final result. It is an excellent window into the world of the pro illustrator(s).