Friend of the site and Ontario-based naturalist psych-folk artist Man meets Bear returns with a new album, Huronian Cadence, May 5th via his own Ur label. Following the band-ready Buffalo Comets and the folkier, mostly-acoustic Waagaaskingaa, Huronian Cadence finds Man meets Bear in fairly adventurous, experimental form, playing around with his usual aesthetics as well as new electronic and drone elements.
I was at MOCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) Fest last weekend and it was glorious. There were two or three floors of independent comics, a little exhibit of great comic artwork, and a beautiful rooftop where everyone could chill, read, talk, and enjoy the spring. I would’ve loved to just stay there and soak it all in for hours but unfortunately my law school reading doesn’t read itself 🙁 But while I was there I picked up a couple comics, including one that I loved too much to pass up: Jeremy Nguyen‘s Stranger Than Bushwick. (It didn’t hurt that he said I looked like Liev Schreiber, who I think is a super cool actor)
Stranger Than Bushwick is a short, humorous comic of little vignettes depicting life in Bushwick in 2015. So basically, yeah, it’s making fun of hipsters, but it does so from the ground floor of hipsterdom – which is basically what Bushwick is right now – so it’s not just the general stereotypes, but specifically Bushwick hipsters under the microscope. It also pays a lot of attention to the hook up culture in Bushwick, and let’s be honest, that’s what most peeps in their 20s (or early 30s) are most concerned with.
While Nguyen is poking fun at everything from the increasing ‘whiteness’ of the neighbourhood to the never-ending issues around paying rent in New York, he also can’t help but capture some of the beauty of Bushwick life, like the scrappy way in which life functions, especially with regard to parties, dating and art.
You can see many of Nguyen’s comics here at Bushwick Daily.
The Woodheads are back.
A little over a week ago, Airick Woodhead, released his second full-length album as Doldrums on Sub Pop. I haven’t made it all the way through that album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, but the couple songs off it I heard sounded pretty badass. Moon King – Daniel Woodhead‘s dream-pop project with Maddy Wilde – also just put out their album Secret Life the other day (the 14th) via Last Gang. Both Torontonian bros (admittedly Airick is based in Montreal these days…) are playing with their respective outfits in New York/Brooklyn this weekend. I’ll be part of the Canadian ex-pat attendance crew at one of those shows, provided I can get a ticket or something.
Also here’s music…
Every now and then something comes out of Tel Aviv to remind the rest of the world that it’s actually a pretty cool place. ZOHARA‘s new indie-electro banger “Bass & Drum” and its hipster-y accompanying video take on that task this week and do a fairly good job.