Screen Vinyl Image & Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

Text by Angela Morrish | photos by Nathan Jurgenson

Galaxy Hut was scraping tater tots off the ceiling and clearing out the smell of a blown PA Monday night after DC’s after Screen Vinyl Image took the stage with Sisters Of Your Sunshine Vapor, in support of the Detroit band’s second full length Spectra Spirit. For fans of the loosely defined Shoegaze genre, that killer bill joined by an extensive list of brews and vegan friendly menu shot thoughts of the looming workday to hell.

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Photos: Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum Benefit Show

all images in this post by nathan jurgenson

The house where Poe lived and wrote many of his stories is in trouble. When the city of Baltimore threatened to cut funding to the Poe House Museum, musicians inspired by the writer took action. There was a benefit show last weekend at the Velvet Lounge in Washington, D.C. Two local bands–Lions and Tigers and Whales as well as Lenorable–captured Poe’s spirit: LTW’s chaotic horror and Lenorable’s dark suspense were the perfect musical embodiment of the brilliant short stories that made Poe so famously influential.

I snapped some photos of the two bands and caught up with Ian and Lisa of Lenorable.

“The city makes millions off of a football team named after the author’s work, but wants to balance its budget by cutting that part of their city’s history?” -Ian, of Lenorable

“E.A. Poe remains to this day the greatest influence in my passion for the macabre, for he exposed the human spirit — in only a few pages at a time — as more terrifying than any horrid other-worldly creature we could imagine. He’s convinced me, as well as notable authors in the horror genre, that the short story is perhaps the most effective medium for telling a suspenseful horror tale that leaves the writer craving more thrills by way of betrayal, brutality and murder.” -Lisa, from Lenorable

“Baltimore’s plan to defund the place where he and his family lived and he wrote represents our country’s disjointed relationship with Poe, and many artists in general.”

“His legacy lives on here and around the world, yet he is still dismissed to an extent, just as he was while living.” -Lisa

getting freaky

The rise of the hook-up app on smartphones is just another foray into our long-time tradition of having sex with robots. Hook-up apps are smartphone programs that blend digital data with physical world geography all in the name of meeting people getting laid.

For example, the SceneTap utilizes cameras placed in bars equipped with facial recognition technology to tell your smartphone, in real-time, the number of people, the male-to-female ratio and the average age of those in a particular bar. (woah)

Via Jenny Davis of Cyborgology.

PHOTOS // LOST TRIBE // WIERD RECORDS // NYC 18MAY2011

Caught Lost Tribe‘s amazing set last week at Home Sweet Home in Manhattan and snapped some pictures. No use writing a review, the pictures tell the story. By the way, the show was put on by Wierd Records, who do this every Wednesday in Manhattan. Fellow ERROR VISIONers Sean and Denman will be spinning records next Wednesday. DETAILS. Enjoy the icy tunes and fogged-out bar stuffed with taxidermied animals. [all photos by, me, nathan jurgenson // full set here]



Marshall McLuhan: Chewing Bubblegum & Kicking Ass

The media profit Marshall McLuhan described the way media, the various mediums by which we receive information, is ultimatly more important that what is actually being said:

The content or message of any particular medium has about as much importance as the stenciling on the casing of an atomic bomb

The new edition of his famous The Medium is the Massage is designed by Shepard Fairey, whose art often conjures notions of the powerful using draconian propaganda to control the masses. Indeed, Fairey’s “OBEY” campaign is a direct reference to John Carpenter’s great They Live (1988), which shows society stufied, passified and controlled via advertising and consumer culture. Special sunglasses reveal the rich as aliens and ads to actually be commanding viewers to “obey,” consume” and so on.

The union of Fairey’s propoganda pop-art and McLuhan’s prophetic theory is apt. The time is right for McLuhan, once a popular public intellectual, to make a comeback as we reconcile how this new medium of Facebook has us so tied to various electronic screens.