Post #975 – Servant Suburbia

Here’s another new collage,  ntitled Servant Suburbia, which will be included in my upcoming show at the Slingluff Gallery in Philadelphia this October. This piece was created using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera, hand cut with an xacto knife and then adhered to paper using a gel medium.  The matte and framed size for this pieces is 16″ x 20″. It was completed in May 2010.

Servant Suburbia collage by artist Joe Castro



Post #974 – A Deep Sleep

Finished a new collage, in preparation for my upcoming show at the Slingluff Gallery in Philadelphia this October. It’s entitled A Deep Sleep, and was created using images from vintage magazines and other ephemera that were hand cut with an xacto knife and adhered to paper with a gel medium. The matted and framed size is  16″ x 20″ and it was completed in May 2010.

A Deep Sleep - cut paper collage by artist Joe Castro



Post #964 – Skate Videos 101

I was pretty bummed I wasn’t able to make it to Patrick O’Dell’s round table discussion on skate videos at MOMA last fall but, luckily, for those of us who missed it – they just posted a decent recap on youtube. Spike Jonze, Gonz, Lance, Ty, Templeton – lots of heavy hitters. Enjoy.


Post #963 – The Migrant Living In Your Ear

Been working on a bunch of new paintings & getting prepared for my solo show at the Slingluff Gallery this October, and recently finished this one – it’s called The Migrant Living In Your Ear (Christopher).  It’s oil on canvas, 44″ wide by 30″ high.  For those who don’t know, it’s a tribute to my friend and band mate, Christopher Tucker, who passed away in 2008. Rest in peace my friend – I hope I did you justice.

The Migrant Living in Your Ear oil painting by artist Joe Castro



Don’t Knock the Rock, Billy (podcast #1)

Mighty Joe Castro music podcast boombox


It’s been a long time coming, but I’m happy to announce that I’m starting a regular music podcast via this site, with plans on posting a new installment every two months.  There’ll be no one particular music style or anything but each episode will have it’s own theme or vibe to it. And, down the road, I’d  like to have special guests throw a playlist together as well, which should be cool.

So,  for the inaugural episode, I decided to take it back to the roots and drop a rockabilly flavored mix.  As a little kid in the 70’s, I was exposed to lots of early rock-n-roll records, thanks mainly to my parents and the slew of 50’s themed movies (American Hot Wax anyone?) that were popular at the local drive in, and that music has always held a special place in my heart.  Most of the stuff on here’s fairly rare so don’t expect to hear Johnny B. Goode or anything like that.  Much of the vibe takes inspiration from Lux Interior’s infamous Purple Knif radio show, which I first heard a few years ago and immediately fell in love with, so this podcast is also an homage to Lux for all his inspiration. RIP Mad Daddy,

And I know some of you are probably scratching your heads thinking “But Castro, weren’t you called Joey Marr at one point? Shouldn’t you be dropping a classic Brit-pop mix?” or “What about that old school hip-hop!”  Don’t worry – it’s coming.  But, regardless – no matter which way your prejudices swing on rockabilly – give this podcast a chance.  It’s a lot of fun – and this isn’t your everyday bag of oldies but goodies.  I tried to give it that Quenten Tarantino kind of vibe, if you get what I mean.

So here’s Don’t Knock the Rock, Billy – I hope you enjoy it.  And for those interested in downloading it – click here and rave on children.

Dont Knock the Rock Billy rockabilly podcast tracklisting



Post #959 – Bedbugs and Ballyhoo

A few prints of the poster I designed for Echo and the Bunnymen’s April 25th Keswick Theater show are now for sale over at my etsy store – click here for more info. They’re printed 2 color on a really nice 130lb Night Blue French paper cover stock. Only 70 of these were screened so they’re extremely limited and, once they’re gone, they’re gone so don’t sleep on it.

And, if I haven’t said it already, I was extremely honored to do this poster – Echo and the Bunnymen was one of my favorite bands as a teen and I definitely copped a lick or two off guitarist Will Sergeant. I believe tickets are still available for the gig, which shouldn’t be missed.

Echo and the Bunnymen poster by artist Joe Castro



Post #957 – Frightened Rabbit

I recently finished a poster for Scottish indie-rockers, Frightened Rabbit’s sold out show at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. It’s a 2 color silkscreen on French paper, to be printed by our good friends at ABNRML. Below is a sneak preview. They will available for purchase at the show so, if you were lucky enough to score a ticket, then pick one up. I may have a few extra ones up for sale at some point as well.

I also reworked the poster for Echo and The Bunnymen’s rescheduled show at the Keswick Theater. They’re being screened this afternoon and should be up around Philadelphia soon. Hope to have a few extra of those around as well so, if anyone is interested, let me know.

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Frightened Rabbit silkscreen poster by contemporary artist Joe Castro
Echo and the Bunnymen poster by contemporary artist Joe Castro