Buying records in Philadelphia is much harder than it should be. While we have a few decent record stores, none of them ever seem to actually get new releases (at least in the two weeks surrounding their release) instead offering a friendly “we can order it for you though” in place of the CD/LP/Cassette I want.
So while waiting for ‘The Godward Way’ to arrive from Thrill Jockey I swung by Repo Records on South Street to see if there was anything new and interesting out that I may not have heard of and was surprised to see yet another new Higgs release.
From Wild Sages:
WSR5 DANIEL HIGGS Cassette & Digital Download + 3 Songs @ around 13 Minutes Recorded In A Wintery 2010/11 by Nathan Bell & Re-Mixed By N. Shineywater, Mastered in LA using 1930′s era EQ, this unique combo of Digital Download MP3 & 2 Sided Cassette compliments modern & vintage listening devices. (sold separate)
As the cover art suggests a mighty lion holding the sun, eating floating green diamonds, we bet the track “Throne Of The Kind A Light Upon My Mind“ will get your lion a little more iron!
4.20.2013 MAIL-ORDER FROM SAN FRANCISCO:
The link above has both the cassette and the digital download, for whatever tickles your fancy.
Posted by Shawn Porter on May 8, 2013
For folks into the music of former tattooer/Lunfish singer/poet Daniel Higgs, Southern Records has released a new Higgs project on vinyl and cd titled “The Godward Way”.
From Southern’s Website:
1 song, 23 minutes. Exclusive recording from Daniel HIggs, visionary artist and former frontman of Lungfish. 500 numbered, hand-packaged CDs in foil blocked origami style folder with colour insert. Also available in an edition of 1000 LPs – 180gm white or black vinyl with numbered, hand-packaged sleeves including foil-blocked inner and colour insert. Cover artwork by Daniel Higgs.
I ordered mine from Thrill Jockey, but if you’re a vinyl collector and you want both colors (I think TJ only got white? I may have read it wrong) you can order directly from Southern.
Thrill Jockey Records.
Posted by Shawn Porter on May 5, 2013
Everything about this tattoo kicks ass.
When I got tattooed a few weeks ago by David Bruehl, we were talking about Ron’s aesthetic and it’s influence (sometimes subtle, sometimes less so) on recent tattoo culture. His output could be described as ‘instantly recognizable’ if he didn’t constantly put out work that just goes it’s own direction and creates something wholly new. This piece, for example, is a mashup of two Daniel Higgs designs, filtered through Ron’s negative space style. It’s rare to see something ‘new’ come across my social network feed, but this one… all I can say is wow.
You can see more of Ron’s work (including some new Twin Peaks inspired tattoos.. means I need to update the Twin Peaks entry) at http://laughinghyena.wordpress.com.
Posted by Shawn Porter on March 4, 2013
It’s really great when an artist you respect finally gets his due. Thom DeVita has been one of the most unique American tattooers his entire career, redefining the art and including his personal aesthetic more distinctly than just about anyone that I can think of, a folk style of art that is at odds with what is considered ‘cutting edge’ or special effects tattooing.
Ed Hardy shined the spotlight on him in Tattoo Time V (which you can find as part of a reprint package here. It’s indispensable) which did a lot to expose his ‘outsider’ art to a new generation of young tattoo artists, but it was the release of the five part VICETV Tattoo Age (again: here. Watch it and come back, we’ll be waiting) that will, when all of the cards are dealt, hopefully establish him as an artist who’s work transcends the medium. I’ve heard it said that DeVita always just called himself an artist, not a tattoo artist, and with the public finally embracing (and one might even say consuming) tattoo art as a legitimate medium I can only hope that Thom’s work will get the attention it truly deserves.
Chris Grosso, the producer of the Tattoo Age series, and Mike Rubendall of King’s Avenue Tattoo, set up a DeVita popup gallery a few weeks ago to help Thom’s art get out into the world. The walls of King’s Ave were covered with his distinctly DeVita work; mashups of acetate tattoo stencil rubbings, scrolls… all as interesting as the fella who created them. Dan Meyer and Bernardo Garcia snapped the following photos and I’m pleased as punch to be sharing them with y’all. Daniel Higgs, Civ, Nick Bubash are featured in the ones that are going up today, but check back soon- I’ve also got some really great shots of some of Thom’s most recent work.
Thanks to Chris and Mike for setting all this up, and of course to Thom, for everything else!
Daniel Higgs and Thom DeVita
Thom DeVita and Nick Bubash
Thom DeVita and Daniel Higgs
Recent DeVita work, King’s Avenue Tattoo
Civ, Thom and Nick
Posted by Shawn Porter on February 16, 2013
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his iconic Tattoo Time series, Hardy Marks Publications will be releasing a deluxe two volume set of all five legendary issues available for the first time in hard cover. Priced at $50, this collection is a steal. Even if you have all of the individual issues (My copy of New Tribalism has gone missing!) this will be worth picking up.
The impact of this series was astounding; when Tattoo magazines were published as part of a Biker magazine family, Ed came along and brought his ‘high art’ sensibilities to publishing; The New Tribalism, Tattoo Magic, Life and Death, Music and Sea and finally Art from the Heart all presented a snapshot at various disciplines of tattoo art. DeVita, Deustche, Higgs, Malone, Shaw… everyone who was doing something interesting in tattooing got the Tattoo Time treatment and a whole generation of artists were inspired.
The set is expected to drop in early December, so check Hardy Marks Publications for more information!
Posted by Shawn Porter on November 22, 2012
My friend Robin shared this with me; regrettably I’ll be working that night, but for anyone in the Philadelphia area that might be interested, Daniel Higgs will be performing at the Random Tea Room on 4th Street in Philadelphia August 30th (it’s a Thursday) 2012.
Daniel played an amazing two sets when I saw him a few weeks ago at Zebulon; mostly banjo but a few songs (including one that I had never heard before) thrown in for good measure. Worth checking out if you have the night free!
Random Tea Room
Tea is about nourishing the body, tonifying the spirit and making new friends, but The Random Tea Room isn’t only about tea. Vintage and antique pieces are also available for purchase, not to mention delicious baked goods, French-pressed Old City coffee, and locally made jewelry and skin care products. We also offer free wireless internet so you can surf while you sip. Most of all, we look forward to spreading the good will of Tea and growing with the community, cup by cup, pot by pot.
713 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
Summer Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11am-8pm (closed on Mondays)
Posted by Shawn Porter on August 19, 2012