When seeking out 1960s-era Stooges, scouting for artistic talent requires a super-human senses, especially amongst a sterile, yet expansive musical climate. The task is even more commendable if one isn’t intimidated by Iggy Pop’s raucous, extreme stage performances. More than just being in the right place at the right time, Danny Fields’ tastes were not only shaped by being immersed early in the New York City Warhol / Velvet Underground scene, but his extensive career has been accentuated by respectively informing the entire history of rock n’ roll. Behind the scenes, yet always a focal point, Danny has been significantly involved in the musical careers of Jim Morrison, Nico, The Stooges, and of course, the Ramones, just to name a few. Danny’s history in trendsetting and shaking up counter-culture is well documented in Brendan Toller’s recent documentary, Danny Says, as well as Jim Jarmusch’s Stooges documentary, Gimme Danger. However, in order to understand the history and plethora of urban legends amidst the early punk rock circles, as well some of the mind-boggling circumstances, we taken a deep dive in our exclusive interview with Danny Fields.
In preparation for our upcoming interview with music business visionary, Danny Fields, we checked out the recent documentary, Danny Says, which chronicles Danny’s career in working with some of the most quintessential music groups in the history of rock and roll. Directed by Brendan Toller, the film recounts some memorable stories behind such groups as The Velvet Underground, Nico, The Doors, Iggy Pop, MC5, and The Ramones. The film is out now in select theaters, On Demand, Amazon Video, and iTunes.
Trailer for the Iggy Pop and the Stooges documentary, Gimme Danger, directed by Jim Jarmusch. This film will be must-see. Also, stay tuned for our upcoming interview with Danny Fields, who helped get the Stooges signed to Elektra Records back in 1968.
Our dear friend, talented musician, and contributor to The Chelsea Tribe, Martyn LeNoble, has just released an all-star cover of the David Bowie song, “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”. Martyn and his longtime collaborator, Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode’s drummer), invited some exceptionally notable talent to contribute vocals to this particular track, including Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Soulsavers) and Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode).
From the words of Martyn himself, “It truly was a labor of love, a farewell and a ‘thank you!’ Everyone’s contribution lifted the track. So long David Bowie.”
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Liver Foundation, the song will only be released digitally, so download the song today.
In our first video interview, legendary Perth artist, Stormie Mills, discusses his latest exhibition in Los Angeles, “A Fish Tale”, on display at Gabba Gallery. Stormie delves into seriously dark themes within his work, as he stylistically deconstructs painting materials and illustrates a narrative of life’s most introspective moments. Spending significant time in New York during his long-spanning career, Stormie also sheds some light into graffiti culture, as well as what keeps him creatively immersed in his refined craft.
Below are some stills from “A Fish Tale” in Los Angeles, including the outside mural:
The innovator of the painting machine and video art, New York based Artist, Anton Perich, chats with Heidi Calvert about his journey from Croatia to Paris to New York, The Seventies, Underground Film, Art, Andy Warhol, Max’s Kansas City, Studio 54, and what it was like being young and free in the mecca of art and pop culture during one of it’s most important times in history, before technology took over.
One of their most powerful tracks off their third album, Who Sold My Generation, Night Beats just released a music video for “Power Child”. The energetic track is co-produced by Robert Levon Been (B.R.M.C.) and the video is directed by Riley Blakeway & Jeremy Asher Lynch. Check it out and catch them live.
Leading German graffiti artists and storytellers, HERAKUT, comprised of HERA (Jasmin Siddiqui) and AKUT (Falk Lehmann), are gearing up for their highly-anticipated exhibition, “Masters of Wrong”, at the Corey Helford Gallery. We interviewed HERA about the duo’s latest artistic series and the profound political overtones.
We also have an exclusive preview of the work to be debuted at “Masters of Wrong”, as well as some behind the scenes photos of a massive mural they just painted for Culver City High School.
The Chelsea Tribe recently chatted with MEAR ONE (Kalen Ockerman), a major West Coast graffiti pioneer, as he spent a week creating his jokingly titled, “Supernova Cosmic Recording Machine”, a large-scale, two-sided mural canvassing a fully functional RV recording studio for Jam in the Van.
Without a doubt, one of the most bizarre activities to do in Los Angeles is to attend a Lucha VaVoom event. For those unfamiliar, Lucha VaVoom is an absurd Mexican wrestling event, exploding with acrobats, off-beat comedy, unbelievable burlesque performers, and ramblings from eccentric hosts. A “feast for the eyes” is an understatement, as you witness strange spectacles one might only see in a Fellini or Terry Gilliam film. We got a lucky chance to check out the Lucha VaVoom madness on their 2016 Valentine’s Day extravaganza, “Crazy in Love”.
Created by the stylish, fashionista, Rita D’Albert, Lucha Va Voom has been at the epicenter of Downtown Los Angeles for years, calling the Mayan Theater its “home”, which is a suitably trip surrounding. The Mayan Theater, with its classic, ornate details, is the perfect backdrop for wrestlers doing shocking acts, while also leaping, haphazardly through the air.