The origins of the the current Los Trachas exhibition at FF-1051 Gallery is a spontaneous, ingenious pairing between Alison Mosshart (The Kills) and fellow artist, Danny Zovatto. The two naturally let their creativity run wild when they first connected by painting together for a few nights in New York City. Impressed with the organic collaboration and to keep the momentum going, Alison and Danny took up shop at FF-1051 in Los Angeles and prolifically created stunning pieces, across many mediums, in a short span of time for a colorful display of their respective, crazy lives.
We took a visit down to the gallery / make-shift studio before the opening to discuss their motivationsamidst the busy demands of music (Alison) and acting (Danny).
Take a look at the behind the scenes video interview. Also, be sure to visit FF-1051 Gallery on Fairfax Ave. for the must-see exhibition, running through December 15.
Bobby and I both agreed that Bowie unquestionably had best output of 2016, but having memorialized his unfortunate death earlier this year and giving “Lazarus” top honors for the best song of 2015. This year’s playlist has been curated to a different theme, mixing significant emerging talent with surprising comebacks from established rock / pop veterans. One pleasant common thread for 2016 is that we see a major dominance of talented female vocalists and musicians, featuring fantastic releases from The Kills, Warpaint, Bleached, Kino Kimono, GOAT, Sunflower Bean, Carla del Forno, etc. On a different note, being that this list is comprised of songs, versus albums, one notable ommission was the album, The Glowing Man, released by the reformed, eponymous group, Swans, led by Michael Gira. Given the controversy surrounding The Glowing Man and its conclusion of this particular iteration of the group, the expectations were high, but solely in terms of composition and songwriting the album is certainly worthy of acclaim, but its long-form structure is not really suitable for this list. However, condensing these songs to a narrower focus has resulted in an eclectic, high-energy mix to try inspire some semblance of hope in 2017, hopefully extinguishing the dumpster fire, 2016.