Aug
12

Post #1123 – The Lift Up’s debut album

The Lift Up Without Dreams We Are Only Sleeping

As many of you know, my new band, The Lift Up, will finally release our debut full length, Without Dreams, We Are Only Sleeping. The digital release will be available in most media outlets world-wide (iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Amazon, etc) on Tuesday, September 10th . However, we’ve also got a special, limited edition CD version of the album that is available NOW for $10 american (while supplies last) at the mightyjoecastro.com store or at one of our shows. We greatly appreciate your support. The cover artwork features my collage Everything We Love Is Slowly Becoming Fiction.

And for those curious to know what the record sounds like – here’s a little taste….

And speaking of shows, we’re playing Mojo Main this Friday, August 17, with The Bullbuckers and Mark Thousands. Rumor has it that it’s the official afterparty of Accent Music’s 25 year celebration, so it should be a good time. Here’s the facebook event page.
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Aug
1

Post #1122 – The Artists Catalogue

Artist Catalogue Joe Castro

Very honored to have been chosen as the featured cover artist for the  Fall 2013 issue of  The Artist Catalogue .  Besides having  my collage backhand appearing on the cover, the mag also includes a short interview as well as a six page spread (see below).   The whole issue is chock full of great work from a very diverse group of artists including Sarah Carman, Yael Eban, Alex Gelatt, Michael Harford, Jed Helmers, Miho Hiranouchi (back cover artist), Gemma Lopez, Molly Rapp, Roy Rochlin, Christian Wilbur & Sanghyuk Yoon. But don’t take my word for it, you can check out a web-friendly PDF of the entire issue for free by clicking here. Or, if you want to support the cause and purchase a print-ready copy for 3 dollars american, click here.

About The Artists Catalogue:

The Artist Catalogue is a quarterly fine art publication that enables emerging artists to showcase their current body of artwork and gain recognition. Each issue has its own submission and selection process. Twelve artists are selected each issue. Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter issues are available digitally, and a complete volume of the four issues is available for print at the end of each year in December. Submissions are open to any artists practicing in the U.S. and are free of cost.

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Jul
23

Post #1121 – Intergalactic….

Intergalactic collage Joe Castro

Intergalactic is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 22 inches wide by 19 inches high and was completed July 2013.

Prints and other products are now available via society6 and saatchionline.  Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

Jul
18

Post #1120 – Do The Sprawl

Do the Sprawl collage Joe Castro

Do the Sprawl is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 16 inches wide by 16 inches high and was completed Julye 2013.

Prints and other products are now available from society6 and saatchionline. Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you have not done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.

Jun
23

Post #1119 – Silent, in Silver

Silent in Silver collage Joe Castro

Silent, in Silver is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 16 inches wide by 16 inches high and was completed June 2013.

Prints and other products are now available via society6 and saatchionline. Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you have not done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter.

Jun
5

Post #1118 – The Lift Up & schroeder

schroeder The Lift Up

Schroeder and The Lift Up to perform at Mojo Main in Newark, Delaware

Super stoked to announce The Lift Up will be playing a very special show Friday June 14th at Mojo Main with one of my favorite 90s bands, schroeder. If you follow this site, you know I go way back with those guys – first as a fan, then as a friend. Their guitarist Nick D. has always been a huge inspiration – he co-produced a few tracks on Nero’s Sanguine record, which their band also helped us release on their Zowie Records label. I’ve played on stage with them numerous times over the year. This is their first show with a new drummer, and I’m told they’ve been working on a new record so I’m anxious to see what they’ve got cooking. Also playing are Troubled Hips, featuring another old friend, Rock Martel, who used to play in the Young Vulgarians, whose album cover I designed years ago. So it’s going to be a fun night with some great music. And did I mention we’ll be debuting a new tune as well? This will be our last Newark, De show for a while so don’t sleep on it.  RSVP facebook style here.

We will be playing Baltimore in July though – more on that soon. And be on the look out for the band’s new website in the coming months. And yes, we are finally mixing the record. Keep your fingers crossed and wish our ears luck.

May
30

Post #1117 – Backhand

Backhand collage art Joe Castro

Backhand  is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 20 inches wide by 26 inches high (not including matte and frame) and was completed May 2013.

Prints and other products are now available via society6 and saatchionline. Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

May
20

Post #1116 – Thank You (and a brief update)

Thank you:

It’s been a while friends, so I thought an update was slightly overdue….

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First off, the influential collage blog, Feru Leru, was kind enough to recently post some of my work over on their site.  Thank you for that. Much appreciated.

And the kind folks over at The Weird Show  featured a few of my collages as well – you can view them here. Stoked on that as well – there are some amazing artists/works highlighted over there – definitely worth checking out.

And thank you to everyone who made it out to The Lift Up’s recent show at Mojo Main. For you townies who missed it – no worries, we’ll be back playing there again on Friday June 14th with schroeder.  more info on that to come.

And for those still waiting patiently for the release of The Lift Up’s debut album – here’s an update: we finished recording all of the tracks at the end of March, and are now trying our best to patiently wait for everything to be mixed by Jim Salamone over at Cambridge Sound Studios.  It’s kind of like being stranded on the runway, and you’re cleared for take off but there’s a long line of other planes ahead of you, so you sit quietly, try your best not to get frustrated over missed connections and hope that the stewardess will come by with complementary drinks again.  So, yeah – everything’s a bit pushed back.  The key word here is patience, as we are apparently the low man on the totem pole. But once we know something, I will pass it along.

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Apr
30

Post #1115 – The Lift Up at Mojo Main Friday May 10

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Live at Mojo Main

Very excited to announce The Lift Up will be playing our first show of 2013 at our home base (AKA Mojo Main) with Baltimore’s favorite sons, Lush Farm, as well as Gozer and Stallions. It’s been a while and we’re eager to get back on stage where we belong. Friday May 10th – hope to see you there.

And we’ve been dropping heavy hours at Cambridge Sound Studio with Jim Salamone, putting the finishing touches on our debut record.  We’re finally at the mixing stage and we’re looking forward to leaking out a few tunes in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned.

RSVP via facebook here.-

And just a reminder – for the latest on The Lift Up, follow us on twitter.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

Apr
24

Post #1114 – The Nerium Spring

Nerium Spring collage Joe Castro

The Nerium Spring  is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 30 inches wide by 22 inches high (not including matte and frame) and was completed April 2013.

Prints and other products are now available from saatchionline.com and society6.com.  Inquiries about the purchase of the original piece should be sent directly to mightyjoecastro@gmail.com.

And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to follow Mighty Joe Castro on instagram and twitter. Thank you for your support!

 

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