Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tues 22nd April: Record Store Day

I joined the pilgrimage of vinyl lovers to the capital's hub of LP life (Berwick Street) to celebrate Record Store Day.  I ran straight down to Phonica Records to acquire my main purchase for the day which was the double gate-fold release of the new Africa Express album "Maison Des Jeunes" recorded in Mali and now compiled with extra tracks by Transgressive.  I then headed over to the Sounds Of The Universe sound system to catch BoilerRoom's Thristian's set before the crowds totally took over the streets of Soho for Fourtet at Four!  I ended the day at my fave place for an afternoon of digging for gold - The Music & Goods Exchange where I got a canvas tote version of their classic carrier bag!

Head over to the Line Of Best Fit for a comprehensive account of how the "Mason Des Jeunes" shortlist came about - here.

Tues 22nd April: Matisse "Cut Outs" at Tate Modern

For the first time since 1953 all of Matisse's paper-cuts have been reunited for this spectacular specific showcase at the Tate Modern.  His use of colour is glorious and a real testament to the fact that creativity never runs out, as it was all conducted in the later years off his life.  He transformed the hindrance of his ill-health to invent and develop a totally unique new medium of mark-making by using scissors to create shape in the same way a sculptor moulds with tools.  There is a clip of footage showing this process in his heavenly studio which he had covered with plans as a physical proto-type of a design for the interior of a chapel.  The vast gigantic wall size pieces are so breathtakingly beautiful and totally timeless that you just want to sit there all day to take it all in, as you can't take it home!  The best bit is the collection of off-cut scraps which he never threw away and were turned into a record for reference of the variations of colour which he mixed up in Gouache.  That's something I did take away from the exhibition - I never knew that the coloured paper was all hand tinted rather than using existing stock.  GENIUS and so, so adorable.  Go Matisse!
Watch Goldie's guided tour for The Culture Show on iPlayer here.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Thursday 17th April: London Marathon via Teo Connor & RunDemCrew

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Here is the reason that my life has become run-centric of recent times .............. Teo Connor.  She introduced me to the game-changing experience of discovering the untapped skill of speed in your feet and the family tree of RunDemCrew.  I never knew I could run further than the bus stop and now I'm running all over the world, finally getting the chance to check out and check off cities I might not have ever had the opportunity to see.  For the latest race, Teo brought it home and signed up to tap up the 26 miles around the town she grew up in and join the masses for the London Marathon.  She's been training like a trooper thru the grey cold winter ........... and the scorchio hot holiday we had in Mexico  ........... and emerged ready for the final challenge in this optimistic stage of Spring.  Well, not only did she raise  £1825 for Refuge but also completed the course in an unearthly time of 4hr11 mins (that's fucking fast to those that aren't familiar with times).   We awaited her fresh face at Mile 21 where the RDC confetti canons clocked her arrival and she jumped around like a new puppy you've just come home to.  The crew clapped a deafening peal and Rosy patted her peachy bum to push her into the remaining five mile feat.  As you can see from her photos, she's been a grinning Cheshire Cat from start line to finish and made the whole endurance test look so appealing we are thinking of signing up next year : / ............... 
If you are reading this with scepticism and have any stigma attached to the joggers you see at the side of the road in spandex, watch this beautiful film to truly get a glimpse into what I'm banging on about and the reason we love to run with RunDemCrew and why Charlie Dark has changed our lives: 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Weds April 16th: Kate Moross "Make Your Own Luck" at Cob Gallery

If you have passed thru Camden Town and noticed a ridiculously fun filled window and wondered what it is, you can now experience and discover that candy-colour world for yourself.  Moross Studio have momentarily moved down the road to the Cob Gallery for Kate's inaugural exhibition / pop-up shop to launch her book "Make Your Own Luck".  The space is brimming with bright merchandise and a nostalgic insight into the history of her practise with Polaroids pinned up from past moments capturing the personalities that she has worked with.   This visual treat is all testament to the fact that there is opportunity to found and develop your own unique vision in the design world............... how? ............it's all explained in this new annual on Prestel Publishing.  It's going to be an indispensable guide for any aspiring graphic design students with plans of world domination!  The venue for this book launch is holding a host of events so be sure to check out the schedule to plan your trip.  You can also hear Kate talking specifically about her role in the music industry at the ItsNiceThat evening for Secret7" tomorrow at Mother London.

205 Royal College St, London NW1 0SG
14th-24th April

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tues 15th April: Secret 7" 2014

SECRET 7" is back! 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians from past and present are pressed 100 times to 7" vinyl. Then creatives from around the world interpret the tracks in their own style, resulting in a one-of-a-kind sleeve for every 7”. All 700 sleeves are now on show at Mother as an exhibition, awaiting to go on sale this Saturday for Record Store Day.  Some of the artists included in this year's line up include The Chapman Brothers, Antony Gormley, Jeremy Deller....... so get down to join the que early doors!!!  Each record is priced at £45 with 100% of all proceeds going to WarChild.

Open from 10am - 6pm, and it's free to view.
Downstairs At Mother, 10 Redchurch St, London, E2 7DD.