TALKING THE TEXAS PUNK PROBLEM
with legendary photographer Bill Daniel
"Ali Beletic is best known for her work as an installation artist, but she recently poured her energy into a debut album that's been several years in the making. Leaving the art/punk scene and saturation of Brooklyn for the Sonoran Desert to "explore concepts of transformation, personal rebellion, and that which exists out on the boundaries of our humanity," The result harnesses the determination of Patti Smith, the dark drawl of Cat Power, and the beatnik home-is-where-my-harmonica-holder-is vibe of early Bob Dylan. In a world that moves a hundred miles an hour, where instant gratification rules supreme, Ali's work is patient and sensory."
Surfer Chris has literally paddled around Kauai on his 9'0". Multiple times. True Life Freerider, living out of his surf cave on Kalalau fishing and surfing. We met Chris after our first trip hiking back into that most remote of Beaches, and got back in touch to catch up.
To celebrate Cy Dune's upcoming No Recognize EP, a bunch of local musicians, and other various art types, got together in the Arizona desert and shot at some cans of spray paint with guns, which then exploded all over canvases. Sounds like a pretty perfect way to spend the day.
Photographer/artist Kristy Campbell talks to the legendary culture creator about cutting 3 feet off his boards, his anti-culture of surf, bold colors, sneaking into the ranch, what it used to be like before the punks, and how Dick Dale allowed him to show his ideas. Photo: Kristy Campbell
Talking with the founding member of Detroit's proto punk heroes MC5 about the revolutionary power of the electric guitar. Photo: Hugh Candyside
We talk to the guitarist from the Patti Smith Group, creator of genre defining garage music compilation Nuggets, and philosopher sage of rock n roll about the Beginning and End and Beginning of Shred. Photo: Bob Gruen
Sir Richard Bishop, founding member and guitarist of Sun City Girls and rare books dealer, challenges all guitarists to give up their pedals and forget everything to break through. Photo Credit: Karl LB
Barreling through the 7-day La Carerra Panamericana road race in Mexico with vintage Porsche maniac Matt Hummel
With Captain Beefheart cohort Moris Tepper
Poet Ossian Foley interviews Brooklyn light sculptor Jim Clark about rehabilitating his once zoo schoolhouse in 80's Williamsburg, hiding light sculptures in Pennsyvlania ponds, and how these ideas of light synthesize and progress in his latest LA solo show.
We asked some of our resident shredders to talk the future of shred, here's what John Deiterich of Deerhoof had to say...
We asked some of our resident shredders to talk the future of Shred, here's what Ed Rodriguez of Deerhoof had to say... Photo: Paul Costuros
We asked some of our resident shredders to talk Future of Shred with us, here's what Van Carney of Pontiak had to say...
Photographer Patrick Gookin takes a morning run with ultra marathoner Dominic Grossman.
John Melillo, musical impresario behind Algae & Tentacles, phd in sound/text theory and professor at University of Ariz, and novelist and poet Johanna Skibsrud, take a photo/text journey through the desert flat of Jean Lake, a small endorheic dry lake 3 mi east of Jean, Nevada, home to lost earth works by artists Michael Heizer, and Jean Tinguely.
Chris Forsyth talks on the anti-shred
More amazing photos from Bill Daniel
Heli-photographer Brooke LaValley's Desert Race Aerials from the Baja 1000 and Mint 400.
Visionary American improviser Bill Frisell removes his reverb pedal from his pedal board but finds it's Visionary American improviser Bill Frisell talks speed of culture, loving hot rods, wanting to be a race car driver but ending up on the road of the unlimited potential of guitar.
Join us Saturday May 21st for our collaboration with Roaster Chris Owens, where we will install a coffee tasting space inspired by the experiments conducted by artists Robert Irwin and James Turrell with psychologist Ed Wortz, to explore the influence of different frequencies and timbres on the flavor profile of our very limited edition roast.
Hummel talks racecars in Mexico, Record Digging in Brazil, vintage Porsche sourcing, dj'ing small town Indonesia, and skateboarding the way it was. Japan/Oregon/California culture.
Aaron Rose, founder of NYC's famous Alleged Gallery and director of Beautiful Losers, speaks to us about the seeming randomness behind a counter cultural movement in our Culture Creator Series 001 interview.
Do you see this insanely awesome picture of the Pontiac suspended in air above? Read this conversation with brilliant artist Jesse Sugarmann.
Legendary Post minimal Proto No Wave composer Rhys Chatham tells his story first hand. This memoir traces his path from 60's Soho NY with Morton Subotnick, LaMonte Young, Philip Glass, and Richard Serra, to discovering the Ramones at CBGB's, all the way to his current home in Paris.
Legendary documentary filmmaker of Who is Bozo Texino, Guggenheim Fellow, Genius Punk Photogpraher - Bill Daniel opens the vault of his amazing Texas Punk Problem series, and turns the camera away from the bands to explore the scene. Crowd shots from Bad Brains, Husker Du, Butthole Surfers shows, and more….
Long before zip lock bags of Williamsburg air were selling on the deep net for $20k, a host of creative misfits were reinventing culture a few 100 feet east of the east river. Home to many of our favorite Williamsburg artists, including Maya Hayuk, Kayrock printing, and the infamous Oneida Ocropolis studio, musician Andrew Deutsch and myriad friends take us into the legend of Monster Island.
Looking back on how Lightning came together, it’s as if we have been chasing this story, and it’s many threads, for years.
Los Angeles based sculptor Katsuhisa Sakai shows Lightning editor and photographer Patrick Gookin where he has hidden his secret sculptures in the Souther California desert.
Future Jazz Lightning fingers, screaming acoustic revolutions with the new Limited Edition William Tyler album out on Lightning Records.
Life exists tenuously. E.O Wilson writes in The Diversity of Life, “The biosphere, all organisms combined, makes up only about one part in ten billion of the earth’s mass……Michael Yun, landscape architect and guitarist in WL, talks the ecology of design.
Master Tucson woodworker Peter Baer reveals the unknown story of his past, his love for Stanley Clarke's bass shredding and dropping out of school to play Achy Breaky Heart in some Montana wanna be Casino.