April 9, 2015

RATSKIN RECORDS TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY





RATSKIN RECORDS - TEN YEARS OF "FUCK YOU, PIGS
AND "FUCK YOU, ESTABLISHMENT"

We'll be screening something special this Friday, in honor of RATSKIN RECORDS and its ten noble years of wild sound for the noisy soul. - SP

RATSKIN RECORDS is turning a wily ten years old, and wants to celebrate in only the highest fashion, by thrashing its sonic headquarters with sound abound for the restless independent.
It also happens to be the birthday of co-founder Malocculsion Proto, so the Diamond Dawgs will be off their chains to mangle bummers amid running feedback.
Come celebrate birth, death, loud music, and anti-police sentiment.

We are all looking forward to putting the first 10 years of RATSKIN down the portal to hell and beyond with every single RATSKIN release at 50% off listed price just for this night.
Take it or leave it, but do come out of computer coffins for harsh moonlight.

Doors open at 7pm, Music begins at 8pm 
$5-9 donations accepted
Every 5th person through the door gets a surprise, as will probably most everyone!

(Oakland - warming it up before their US tour in May ) 

(harsh defectors from an alternate dimension)

(the blam is plural when the rage is pure audio)


plus a very surprise guest... 

VIDEO BY 

Tape / CD / Record giveaways. 
Food. Dranx. Butts. Insanity. 
How can we fret when The Devil knows our names?

DJs 
DIRT COLLAR
(Sabreteeth / Ratskin Co-Founder ) 
BOBBY GANUSH
(Lower Bottoms / Intl Freakout-A-Go-Go / Voltage Drop)





ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD






HOMERO HIDALGO

















The "ladies" in the office got together last week to weather the traffic and hit the streets of Oakland, California on one of those tremulous First Fridays when the Oakland Art Murmur eclipses the Oakland Art Murder.
Aside from a few spells of passing out, grandiose fits of rage, and a couple solid rumbling tummies watching the long lines file along the sides of the food trucks on every available corner - the night proved quite thrilling. We also had a bit of a energetic discussion on whether Patricia Sweetow was the proprietor of a high concept knick knack shop, or a sophisticated art gallery acting the part of sleeping cultural predator. Dodo says its a inedible cafeteria, but I'm on the fence that naming things these days means less and less. Personally, I'd say it's merely "a gallery, unannounced".
Shalo P wasn't allowed outside the office due to his tight schedule, working out schematics for the top secret GAMES FOR MAY celebration next month. The silhouette he leaves in the window to his studio look likes a man in deep contemplation with his palms or in utter uninterrupted sorrow with his white hot melting eyes. 
A lot of business folks have been making the rounds these days to visit him, wearing fancy dresses and suits, so we're thinking that GAMES FOR MAY is going to be a big hit this year. It's a yearly concern for us when we see him become more involved in his elaborate "celebrations", and if you've ever started a conversation concerning Syd Barrett with The Creature, then you TOTALLY know what I mean.
The stand out show for Oakland Art Marr Marr was Homero Hidalgo's exhibition at LESS SPACE. HIdalgo - a longtime colleague of Mr. P - was in fine form as ever, filling a small room to the brim with froth and fright from his ingenius palette to the optic nerve. 

I asked the boss for a blurb, and he offered this with neither a look nor a flinch on his face (although he did immediately specify that the pen ink be only blue or red).

FROM THE DESK OF SHALO P

if you love the beauty of paintings, then love this beautiful painter.
i cannot suggest it any more than to simply state that it is essential to know Homero Hidalgo's work if you have, in any way, opted for the strikingly visual as your personal life format.
heart emoticon. 
period.
sp

update: I was handed this little curiosity yesterday. 





April 4, 2015

TEENAGE CHAIN












http://teenagechain.bandcamp.com/releases


OVERTURE





Here we present some weird scenes inside the gold mine that is KROWSWORK.


The three salons were filled to the brim with this year's marvelous 2015 residencies (of which we haunt the misty month of October with V A L L E Y) to offer a taste of what's to come. 
It is simply a pleasure to sink into a place of this level, with its evolving ethos and personal mythology ascending to complement the determination of its wild art intentions.
Here we have view of a room I shared with the amazing artist Torsten Zenas Burns (video projections on the right, second and fifth images down), whose forthcoming collaboration with video / installation artist Darrin Martin is set to sizzle poor ole' August.

unlike standard galleries, which usually run in stodgy clockwork, locked in step to the template bestowed unto us by "the industry", this venue does not run on perennial fear nor marketable imitations of the run of the mill, but on imagination and visionary insight.

info@krowswork.com
Saturdays 1-5 & First Friday 5-9
 otherwise by appointment


p.s.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Duane Deterville, whose fascinating "Afriscape Cartography: Sight, Sound, Space and Ritual" left me in enlightened awe. It also granted a few sharp knots to my gut in viewing the meticulously detailed depictions of slaves bound in preparation for The Middle Passage, inserted into mysterious drawings depicting symbols of The New World Order.


February 22, 2015

RATSKIN RECORDS Presents







come on down to OAKLAND town 
to fry your mind this tuesday before boom of blare and bounce of lit to shit.
brought to you by MALOCCULSION & SHALO P

LETS FADE INTO LIGHT

RATSKIN RECORDS Presents 
OCCULAR EYEPLUGS: A NIGHT OF VIDEO SHORTS 

FEATURING A FEW HOURS OF SHORT FILMS / EXPERIMENTAL VIDEOS FROM LOCAL, NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AND VIDEO MAKERS!

$3-7 DONATION 

free snacks...

Curated by MALOCCULSION with Shalo P

new and recent works by:
SHALO P
SHANA MOULTON
JASON WADE
BRYAN BOYCE
ADRIAN S. 
MOREDRUGSMOREOFTEN
STEPH LISTER 
STYROFOAM SANCHEZ 
DOUG KATELUS
SAMUR KHOUJA
POSTCOMMODITY / RAVEN CHACON 
KENT LONG 
ZEEK SHECK
DAVID LIM
FLETCHER PRATT
AND A SPECIAL LIVE VIDEO PERFORMANCE FROM ORACLE PLUS!!! 
and lots more tba.... 

LIFE CHANGING MINISTRIES
(located between Peralta and Campbell on 8th St, Oakland)
FEB 24 9PM



work by FLOWER PATTERN aka ADRIAN SAENZ



work by BRYAN BOYCE



work by SHANA MOULTON

work by SHALO P

February 6, 2015

V A L L E Y







We're happy to announce that V A L L E Y will be presented in full this OCT at the prestigious KROWSWORK in Oakland, California.
There will an Overture exhibition for the next two days (Feb 6-7) to preview this year's "residencies", along with an interesting new perspective on modicum of message.

The full V A L L E Y exhibition will be a sensational affair that hopes in all its true blues to enthuse synergistic licks between sexual ecstasy, the colossal cosmic void, and a lowly hysterically mental aberration that serves as Melody Tension to our Surge Gainsbourg, or perhaps as Vigil / Ovid to our olive oil eternal limbo of maniacal laughter*. It's an opera concerning low lying lands, where ensnared cleverly concealed dour hours transcend the sorrowful. 

Personally, we're quite thankful to work with Krowswork's Jasmine Moorhead again, whose kind support has been instrumental to all this coming together, and whose openness to daring video artforms, innate Bay Area weirdness(es), and really conceptually far-out ideas truly sets her apart from her seemingly lifeless colleagues.

She's one of the most fearless curators out there, 
and we're honored to present another fine production at her establishment.

OCT 2015

M O U T H
T O
M O U T H
W O R T H
D R O W N I N G
F O R




COSMIC BUMMER FUNNIES II / VALLEY VOLUME II






right now we're low on books but high on meth.
Kat has the papier-mache totem pole of crack addicts in the back room on a lean on me sorta stance.
it looks like a young river phoenix.
no, it's actually "math". we're steeped in integers.
did you know that that's where the word "integrity" gets it root meaning - "how it all adds up"?
well, around the ranch we think that two plus two equals one.


this here is an entwined volume within our series of stifled screams called V A L L EY.
likewise, it also represents the second volume of COSMIC BUMMER FUNNIES (transformed).
in this case two books became one like arsenic and "lace" at an ole' country buffet.

below is a colored "Big Numbers" segment from Manic Panic / Silent Partner.

your humble servant,

Shalo P

p.s.
there's this handsome guy that works beside the coffee machine that says that Penny's always going on about:
"LEGALIZE IT"

BIG NUMBERS - PROLOGUE : ONE ON ONE






BIG NUMBERS #1 : LOVE IN VEIN






BIG NUMBERS #2 : YOU MAY HIDE






BIG NUMBERS #3 : LAFF NOW CRY LATER






BIG NUMBERS #4 : BIZZY BEE







BIG NUMBERS #5 : LADDY ISSUES






BIG NUMBERS #6 : SMITE NIGHT







BIG NUMBERS #7 : PEEP






BIG NUMBERS #8 : CONVENTIONAL DETECTIVE






BIG NUMBERS - EPILOGUE : SUM DUM SUM






w i l d e r n e s s






January 22, 2015

SLAVES




and on the horizon on the horizon
"SLAVES" 
(featuring Churlee Brunne)

COSMIC BUMMER FUNNIES
by Shalo P

#CosmicBummerFunnies

"where fertile tears make our faucet taut, eh?"
- Dordery Marks


THE MARTYR






minds get blown at the Hamburger Museum.
i say listen to Black Doug.
he knows finks.

COSMIC BUMMER FUNNIES
by Shalo P

(new things coming soon, tell ALL your friends or ELSE. 
LOOK, i bought the opposite of "star maps" with all your addresses on it and i'm getting to knocking wood on porches around America, starting with the SouthWest and them crawling my hand up The Grand Canyon, and possibly leaving a stain for the paper boy to step over before he shits onto the welcome mat. 
LOOK [yes, again], awesome things like me die all the time. it's a hostage situation for smart businesses like mine that demand only your perpetual servitude in advertising and telling every Tom Jane, and Harry Nilson Anders about the immense war of attrition waged by staunchly independent creative endeavors pitted against the corporate dominators of our contemporary age. WE BRING THAT FUNK, DEAR CHUM.
[SIGH]
but at least the rent's paid this month. send candy send pizza please don't forget I'M VEGAN*.)

#CosmicBummerFunnies


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we love you and thank you so much for your support!

"oh hell prevails oh my aching burning skin oh it does!"
- SHALO P

*not actually vegan

January 14, 2015

COSMIC BUMMER FUNNIES



I AM CHARLIE HEBDO'S HEAVEN'S HAMMER



I'm seeing a lot of folks I love, respect, admire circulating variations on distancing themselves from the content of CHARLIE HEBDO and the really vicious cartooning they thrived upon—a French tradition, I'll remind you.

No, I won't post/share David Brooks' NY TIMES "I AM NOT CHARLIE HEBDO" because I don't share those sentiments. I've seen and faced and spoken to and fought with those kinds of apologists—including the smug Florida prosecutor who railroaded Mike Diana back in the 1990s (whose bile one could almost taste over the phone when he spat back, "You'd make Diana a poster-boy for art?" "No, you're already doing that yourself," I replied).

Given the absolutely dead-earnest venomous extremist patriarchal/pious/sexist/racist/corporate pro-greed Lord Ha-Ha rhetoric we tolerate from politicians and pundits—and the various and often extremist religious "faith-based" tsunamis that flood the airwaves (and dominate some broadcast regions)—every day, every hour, every minute, I consider savage satiric outrage of the most extreme as a corrective diarrhetic.

Brooks is a timid apologist at best, and would shut down the S. Clay Wilsons, Mike Dianas, NATIONAL LAMPOONs (in its heyday) and all the rest of 'em while tolerating everyone from Spiro Agnew to William F. Buckley to Morton Downey Jr. to Rush Limbaugh to Bill O'Reilly.
No, thanks.


JIM WOODRING