Weapon Of Beauty

Tea Party Tattoo
December 21, 2011, 4:41 pm
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At the moment the term Tea Party brings out all sorts of bad vibes.
But this is the sort of tea party that I do like.
How cool is this tattoo!? (click to enlarge)

(design by Julia Pott)


The Hickey Underworld are under your house
November 30, 2011, 10:20 pm
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It’s no secret that here at Weapon of Beauty HQ we’re big fans of noise rockers The Hickey Underworld.
So the announcement of their second full album is a perfectly valid reason to come out of our hibernation. In true Hickey style the album is mysteriously titled “I’m under the house, I’m dying” and will be released in the Benelux and France in February 2012. Production was once again done by the boys from Das Pop and none other than Dave Sardy (ex-Barkmarket and now  producer to the stars) did the mix.

For the past half year the Hickeys have done a series of small club gigs, road testing the new material. Having attended 5 of them the outlines of the new material became quite clear: there are no outlines. The tracks vary from heavy stomping old-school THU, via surprisingly poppy tracks to a 10 minute psychedelic behemoth. This last one is already a live favourite and reminds us of that other 10-minute live favourite and show closer ‘VRMNSMR’. They’re equally compelling and both are some of the most exciting stuff to have been released in the past decade.  Yes, it’s thàt good.
The gig at Hasselt’s PLAY festival in October proved that the band are now ready to take it to the next step. The gig was an exciting and intricate mix of new and old material and ranked up there with the best THU gigs I’ve seen (30 and counting).

Want a chance to see for yourself? Check the tour dates below:

10/Feb Trix Antwerpen (BE)
11/Feb Rotown Rotterdam (NL)
12/Feb Paradiso Amsterdam (NL)
17/Feb Nouveau Casino Paris (FR)
18/Feb De Kreun Kortrijk (BE)
19/Feb Cactus Brugge (BE)
22/Feb AB Club Brussel (BE)
23/Feb Het Depot Leuven (BE)
25/Feb De Casino Sint-Niklaas (BE)
26/Feb Vooruit Gent (BE)

Marvellous Jean-Michel Basquiat portraits
August 18, 2011, 1:19 pm
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After watching the great  ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat The Radiant Child‘ documentary, I stumbled upon 3 absolutely great photos of Basquiat, which I wanted to share. All photos turned out to be the work of the same photographer, Lizzie Himmel.

The first time she photographed him was with Andy Warhol (pictured below).

The second time he was alone in his Lafayette Street studio. This particular shoot was for the cover of the New York Times Magazine. The year was 1985 and he was at the height of his career and unfortunately the height of his drug use.

There’s a very particular reason why he’s not wearing any shoes.  When Himmel arrived at his studio he was asleep in bed with his girlfriend. Having to also photograph Keith Haring that same day she had no time to waste. With the help of Basquiat’s assistant they got him up, but he was too stoned to function. He kept nodding off so they had no choice, but to dress him. After getting the suit on, Lizzie decided that she had enough of dressing him so she left the shoes off. Three years later he would be dead from a heroin overdose at the age of 27.  (story via brooklynmast.com)

And another great studio shot:

Ladytron vs Goose – the album cover remix
May 23, 2011, 12:46 pm
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A follow-up on the follow-up.
After seeing my previous post, George Yanakiev got his hands dirty and mixed Ladytron’s new album cover with Goose’s “Synrise”. Proportions turned out to be perfectly equal…

(photo via georgetheniteversion)

Hipgnosis versus Neil Krug

A little follow-up post to the previous Ladytron post.  Last week Pitchfork premiered the new Ladytron album  cover (made by Neil Krug) and quite rightly pointed out that it looks quite a bit like something that might have come from the Hipgnosis design team (famous for their covers for Pink Floyd, Muse,…).
They should have put it next to the cover of the 2010 ‘Synrise’ album by GOOSE album which was actually designed by Hipgnosis. The similarities are quite striking.

Ladytron: Gravity The Seducer

GOOSE: Synrise

While I had a further look at Krug’s work I even found a second Hipgnosis rip-off.
Neil Krug:

Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy

Coincidence or not?
That said, I quite like Neil Krug’s work.
It’s heavily based on the whole Polaroid retro color scheme.
Check out his work here: http://www.neilkrug.com

Ladytron release White Elephants
May 20, 2011, 10:41 am
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Ladytron are gearing up for the release of a new studio album ‘Gravity The Seducer’ on September 12.
Last year we got a first track ‘Ace of Hz’, now there’s a second single ‘White Elephant’s. It’s a bit Ladytron by numbers I’m afraid. I’d like to see them push the boundaries again, like they did with ‘Witching Hour’, an album that was quite a shift from what they had released before.
Listen to ‘White Elephants’ here:

Google Art Project
February 10, 2011, 1:22 am
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All the people watching the Mona Lisa from many many meters away just make me shake my head.
It’s ridiculous. You can’t see anything. There’s no way you can enjoy an artwork this way.
And all the people taking photographs are even more hilarious.
Why on earth take yet another crappy photo of a painting when you can find way better shots online?
What’s the point? What are you trying to prove? That you were there? Congratulations, asswipe. Oh and nice camouflage shorts, dude. I really cannot see you.

And watching art from your pc just got even better as Google have launced their ‘Google Art Project‘. The project is actually a website – based on Google Street View software – that lets you stroll around in a selection of museums and look at ultra high resolution images of the artworks in them.
The quality of the photos is so high that, by using the zoom function, you can see the smallest cracks and paint smears. Pretty amazing stuff. To really appreciate a piece of art, it’s always best to see in the flesh, but you will never be able to study these kind of close-up details in a museum without getting in trouble with a museum guard.

Chris Ofili’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ at Tate Britain is one of my favourite pieces in the current selection.

You can almost smell the elephant dung.

They even have a ‘lights out’ photo of the work so you can see the phosphorescent paint (used on a second level) glowing in the dark.