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INTERVIEW WITH IAN VALDEZ, THE “BOY HIT BY FIREWORKS IN NYC” AT NEW YORK’S ALRIGHT 2014

Ian Valdez was your normal punk kid at a show, until something magical happened.

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HIGH ON HUNGER: JANE CHARDIET

“High on Hunger” is Jane Chardiet’s new zine, featuring personal essay, photography and interviews with 12 artists, including some of our favorites, about their 2013 and their artistic goals in the new year, along with photographs of each licking fire. It’s good stuff, so I asked Jane about her 2013, because turnabout’s fair play and that’s how the game works.

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DRINKING AND DRIVING IN URUMQI: AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW DEMETRE

Andrew Demetre’s first book, Drinking and Driving in Urumqi, is the account of one full night as he is driven around the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China by two burly, hard drinking Uyghur political heavies and the mysterious and often elusive love interest that drew Andrew to China’s remote Northwest in the first place. Kurt McVey caught up with with Andrew to discuss the book, his experiences, and why Christian Bale would play him in the movie version.

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Superchief Interviews Schwarz

Baltimore producer/dj, Schwarz is doing big things. Basically, he’s the shit [up in this bitch]. We had the privilege of chatting about Bone Thugs, parties, being misunderstood, and what’s up next in the realm of Schwarz; and there’s mad stuff coming; so definitely look out!

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THE ULTIMATE JUICEBOXXX POST

Juiceboxxx is vibrant source of energy, guiding us all to the Thunder Zone, a place where music is good, and parties don’t suck.

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INTERVIEW WITH LEO MINTEK OF NYC’S COMMUNIST ROCK & ROLL CREW, OUTERNATIONAL

Outernational is a band who will fight for what they believe in, and they have, for the better part of 8 years now, as NYC’s foremost Communist activist rock band. I sat down with Leo Mintek from the band to talk about politics, music, Occupy, raising $20,000 for their cause on Kickstarter, taking their fight to the borderlands, and their NYC homecoming show tomorrow night.

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Interview with Cheryl Arent and Vanessa Gill of THE STUDIO AT THE DARKROOM

We sat down and interviewed Cheryl Arent and Vanessa Gill of The Studio at the Darkroom- a new DIY studio/darkroom that’s opening up in Bushwick. These girls are rad, and they’re helping out the community. What’s not to love??

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Interview with RRRoze, Anarchist Author

RRRoze is an anarcho-desperado: a covert renegade waging a silent propaganda war against the shadow government to rescue the mass-consciousness from the hypnosis devices. I met up with RRRoze not too long ago to talk about literature, activism and spirituality. We also discussed his recent novel, So It Ends, which was released on August 2nd, 2012.

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STUDIO VISIT WITH HEATHER BENJAMIN, ILLUSTRATOR OF SAD PEOPLE SEX

We went to Bushwick, Brooklyn to check out the studio of an emerging artist we love, Heather Benjamin. She’s the illustrator and author of Sad People Sex, a comic featuring intricately detailed illustrations of sex and violence.

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Interview with Giovanni Marks, aka ‘Subtitle,’ the Most Stylish & Poetic Rapper in LA

Giovanni Marks’s approach to rapping is as lyrically dense as he is tall. The 6’8” philosophical rapper, who stems from Compton, seems to have more in common with sound poets than his LA peers. I had the pleasure of recently joining Subtitle at ‘Monty,’ his favorite bar in downtown LA. Wearing a button down flannel, necktie and sporting hair taller than Kramer’s, he maintains an appearance that’s as striking and energetic as his music.

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Interview with Weird Luke, a Punk Who makes Action Figures for his Favorite Hardcore Bands

Weird Luke is a teenage looking kid with a mohawk who wears a painted leather jacket with studs. I met Luke after I saw him moshing at hardcore shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan a few times- and he told me that he makes his own action figures.

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Interview with Reed from NYC-Punk-Band, DIPERS

Reed told us about fireworks and knife throwing last night at the show, his radio show DISTORT JERSEY CITY on WFMU, his zine, and why the band is called ‘Dipers.’

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Interview with Nathan Kensinger, Photographer and Urban Explorer

Nathan Kensinger is a photographer, urban explorer, location scout, and director of programming director for the Brooklyn Film Festival. Over the past several years, he has thoroughly chronicled and documented abandoned locations throughout the city. He talked to Superchief about his rise to fame as a blogger, getting hired as a location scout for Law and […]

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LISTEN TO: HALEEK MAUL (AFTER-MIDNIGHT HIP-HOP NOIR DOPENESS)

Haleek Maul is a 15-year-old (yep) rapper from Brooklyn who specializes in brooding, cinematic hip-hop, with command of a flow that you wouldn’t expect from a kid that young (but there’s been stuff going around in the water in NYC for the last 20 years, so kids these days are coming out crazy talented, or blind and without arms, or both. Some shit). He’s got a new single coming out on Mishka, so we caught up with him to discuss all the important shizzzzzz.

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Artist Interview: ZOO LION Tells Us All About Her Pornography Filled Collages

Zoo Lion is a 19 year old girl who makes collages out of pornography and old issues of National Geographic, they are weird and pervy and we kind of love them. We stared at them while asking her about her process, her obsession with porn, her favorite era in photographed fucking, and about a time where she thought she was going to be killed.

(jeez its hard not to just say porn porn porn porn porn porn porn when writing this excerpt.)

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SUPERCHIEF EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LIL B + HIS ENTIRE NYU TALK

Lil B’s visit to NYC last week was legendary, with a lecture at NYU and a show at the New Museum; but the internet millionaires at Superchief were the only ones to get a rare interview with the based god himself. WATCH HERE.

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Interview: Jonathan Schipper Ain’t No Technophobe

FEATURED ARTIST: Jonathan Schipper http://oppositionart.com/ (Week 1) Jonathan Schipper is a big fan of destruction, so naturally that’s exactly what he confronts in his work. Schipper’s most recent piece “Slow Motion Car Crash” was on view throughout the month of March in a Newcastle at the Locus+ Archive store/gallery and depicts exactly what the title […]

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Alexander Heir Art Show Opening Tomorrow: Featured Artist Interview

Alexander Heir the founder, owner, manufacturer and everything else of the Death-Traitors clothing brand. I chatted with him about the brand, his artwork, and his opening tomorrow at the Mishka Store.

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INTERVIEW WITH STEVE KONG OF THE EARTHWING SKATE TEAM

Steve Kong is a 22-year-old self-proclaimed “shithead skateboarder” from Brooklyn who rides for Earthwing skateboards; he’s blowing up for all the right reasons, and he’d just like you to SHUT UP AND SKATE.

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Interview with Miami’s Interdimensional Art Clan: METRO ZU

I value real content, so I Interviewed Metro Zu via Skype this past week. You know what I think? It turned out to be interesting and full of substance, not rambling drivel. Plus, Metro Zu is doope, and they need to get big up in New York, so read this. I’m serious.

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SUPERCHIEF SUNDAYS ARE FUCKING ill ill ill- TATTOOS & BBQ & LIVE MURALS & FREE BEEEEER

I AM. SOFA KING PUMPED. FOR SUNDAY. PRINTS AND LIVE PAINTING AND ARTWORK BY Sheryo Sherry Oh Pong Tom Costa Alexander Heir Claudia Ramirez Metro Zu Poshh […]

TRANSMISSION MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY FOR FNT 2014: FOOTAGE OF SXSW WITH MOBB DEEP, BABES, FIGHTS AND MORE (AND 50+ PHOTOS FROM TOD SEELIE)

FNT has been the best underground party in NYC for years now, and it’s spreading to the rest of the country now too, thanks to a successful SXSW event and a magazine with TRANSMISSION magazine. We interviewed Fight Night leader Bekim Trenova to talk about all that and what’s to come. PLUS: footage of the release of the magazine. PLUS: footage of the SXSW event. PLUS: footage of Mobb Deep’s performance. PLUS: photos by Tod Seelie. Yeah, we got all that and more, RIGHT HERE.

The Germans Who Dress Like Native Americans and Refuse to Return Their Scalps

Contributing photographer Jennifer Osborne has been working in Europe on a photography project about cultural appropriation of Native Americans by Europeans. In wake of Pharrell Williams’ controversial “Indian Headress” on the cover of Elle Magazine, this degree of Native Dress-up seems extra offensive.

GOOSEBUMPS “SCARED TO SEE A DOCTOR” RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT 538 JOHNSON (FULL SETS FROM GOOSEBUMPS, AJAX, MERCENARY, LIBYANS, AND LA MISMA)

Like an episode of Jerry Springer, but with more fireworks.

FIGHT CLUB: THE BEST OF FRIDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN

Following the news of Throwdown’s return at SXSW this year with a Texas vs. NYC event, it seems only appropriate to take a look back at the history of Friday Night Throwdown, and the coverage we’ve had of it here on Superchief over the years. For the uninitiated; Friday Night Throwdown wasn’t just NYC’s best underground boxing event, it was NYC’s best underground party.

TEXAS VS. NYC: THROWDOWN RETURNS AT SXSW THIS YEAR

The organization that brought Ford models, Marines and Bloods together for New York’s best underground party is bringing their business to Austin, and bringing with them a Texas vs. NYC event…and Superchief will be covering the whole thing, from start to finish.

THIS APRIL: SUPERCHIEF GALLERY NYC PRESENTS JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III’S “EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE”

From the world of UNSTOPPABLE TOMORROW, Superchief Gallery NYC returns this spring with John Felix Arnold III’s EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE, an exhibition of new works in painting, drawing, mixed media, installation, and sound. The exhibition will run from April 3 through April 13, and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 3 from 6-10pm at CultureFix on 9 Clinton Street.

HIGH ON HUNGER: JANE CHARDIET

“High on Hunger” is Jane Chardiet’s new zine, featuring personal essay, photography and interviews with 12 artists, including some of our favorites, about their 2013 and their artistic goals in the new year, along with photographs of each licking fire. It’s good stuff, so I asked Jane about her 2013, because turnabout’s fair play and that’s how the game works.

12 O’ CLOCK BOYS (BALTIMORE STREETBIKE REALNESS)

Whatever your city is doing, what the homies out in B-More are doing is 10x as crazy. 12 O’ Clock Boys is one of the hardest movies we’ve seen in a long time, hands down, exploring a city and a culture that just doesn’t give a fuck (and featuring Baltimore himies like Schwarz on the soundtrack) the film gets more done in it’s 75 minutes than most documentaries do in twice that.

TAPE BAG #1: I HAVEN’T GOTTEN OFF MY COUCH IN DAYS.

Talking shit on random tapes cuz I wanna. Round one: Mongrel, Skinny Puppy, Madonna, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, Temple of the Dog and MORE.

R.I.P RICKY LUANDA OF CHAIN GANG

Ricky Luanda of the experimental NYC punk band Chain Gang, one of the coolest bands ever, passed away earlier this week from esophogeal cancer. Watch 10 minutes of the bands’ rare, legendary, batshit crazy 1980’s film “MONDO MANHATTAN” right here.

ALWAYS KEEP THE CAMERA RUNNING: MAKS SUSKI’S VIDEOS OF THE NYC MUSIC SCENE

Maks Suski has been hard at work documenting live music in NYC on video for the last 4 years; we asked him to compile a list of some of his favorite videos that he’s shot, a list that includes Japanther, Action Bronson, Death Grips, Culo, Crystal Castles, Limp Wrist, Black Pus and more.

THERE IS A TINY LEG A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW YOUR TENTH RIB.

“Although Tiny Leg’s sound owes much of it’s inspiration to the Oakland glucose and thumbtrack scenes of the mid-nineties, and has been called by HotFridge magazine ‘a thumbcore homage to the sound of Velvet Curtis and Taco’ and ‘a slick-stale, neo-juicy, post-hipster alchemy, somewhere in between gluke-wave and puke-base’ by PeckerwoodsToday, those sentences are too journalistic and not souague enough, if one may permit my french.”

DAWN OF HUMANS, HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS, AND PHARMAKON PLAYED PS1 SATURDAY NIGHT (FULL SETS)

PUNK NOT ART NOISE NOT MUSIC ACK ACK ACK ACK

TOD SEELIE’S “BRIGHT NIGHTS” BOOK RELEASE & PHOTO SHOW AT SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT CULTUREFIX (VIDEO)

Tod Seelie’s book release and photo show at Superchief Gallery at CultureFix was a celebration of the last 15 years of New York’s underground, for sure; but it also kept an eye on the future.