Peace Within by Spaghetti Eastern Music

With “Peace Within,” Spaghetti Eastern ventures to the ambient sphere of his musical lexicon, with an instrumental chapter of chill that may just be the perfect sonic tonic for these troubled times.  The piece unfolds slowly in a series of waves, an aural mediation in chapters. An echoey piano, vibraphone and phased strings, ones that could be…

Open Eyes To The Unknown by Kristin Garth

A sonnet, illustration and footnote from Crow Carriage:   Open Eyes To The Unknown   Add the footsteps upon the stairs, eighteen at least you are aware before the groan of the unwieldy door, the rattled keys that underscore your confinement alone. Open eyes to the unknown.  Only darkness which amplifies each sound of what…

Art/Heist by K. A. Laity

When I’m not thinking about grifters, I’m probably thinking about heists. There’s a good bit of overlap in the miscreants involved in each, I’m sure. Are we talking fiction or non-fiction? I hesitate to call it reality. Does anything seem real right now?  With news that there’s was another big art theft this week, we…

Overlooked Noir: Crack-Up (1946) by K. A. Laity

No surprise that this one would appeal to me: Noir ambience? Check. Art and art forgery plot? Check. Mind manipulation? Check! Yeah, art and a sort of Hannibal connection, well – I’m sold. Never mind that Crack-Up stars Pat O’Brien, an unlikely everyman as its hero. It’s got Claire Trevor though, with a wild swathe…

Noir Classics: Those Who Walk Away – Patricia Highsmith by K. A. Laity

Don’t let the pull quote form Slavoj Zizek put you off. This too-little read classic by Highsmith is a cracking read. It’s suffused with an existential dread so thick you could cut it with a Derwatt paint knife. It starts in Rome and quickly moves to Venice, currently repopulated with swans and dolphins, which is…

Stumpfer Gegenstand by GROTTO TERRAZZA

Transforming from a blunt object into a smoldering saint, just another day thought on the never ending collage of life, a pattern that continuously evolves like Grotto Terrazza, the Munich based art/music/life project of Thomas Schamann. ‘Stumpfer Gegenstand’ (Blunt Object) is his musical debut for Cut Surface and Maple Death, a beautiful intimate album of…

Post PunkCabaret

Poetry Circus and Voicex present the phenomenal Post Punk Cabaret – an electrifying mix of spoken word, physical theatre and music. Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start. Music Genres: Electronic, Punk The Bongo Club in Edinburgh Friday 27th March 2020 7:00pm til 10:00pm (last entry 7:30pm) Minimum Age: 18 Post Punk Cabaret tickets…

F is for Fake, V is for Vermeer by K. A. Laity

I am probably always thinking about fakes and grifters, but just lately thinking about art forgery (see also this). Of course this is part of my ongoing thoughts about Patricia Highsmith’s Ripliad (so many thoughts), but just in general my obsessions with con artists and fakes. In Ripley Under Ground, Highsmith has her alter ego…

(Almost) 25 Years of Punk Rock Art – K A Laity Interviews S L Johnson

  S. L. Johnson is an artist and graphic designer who works with local radio stations, bands, indie labels, authors, publishers, arts centers and individuals. Her influences run from Saul Bass and Looney Tunes to punk rock flyers & album art; punk and rock & roll fashion; the surrealists Carrington, Fini & Varo; Inuit, Tlingit,…