Ian Valdez was your normal punk kid at a show, until something magical happened.
“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.
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.
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!
Juiceboxxx is vibrant source of energy, guiding us all to the Thunder Zone, a place where music is good, and parties don’t suck.
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.
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??
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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 […]
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.
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.)
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.