Well, today’s the day – The Lift Up’s debut album, Without Dreams, We Are Only Sleeping, is now available digitally worldwide via mondotunes. Co-produced by the band and Grammy-nominated producer, Jim Salamone at Cambridge Sound Studios, the songs I’ve written on Without Dreams…alternate between aggressive, modern rock garage stompers and quiet moments of equally intense sonic reflection, all the while remaining short and to the point. Lyrically, the songs deal with the pressures of adult life, of trying to survive under the constant weight of one’s past. Nine quality tunes in 32 minutes.
And to celebrate, we’re playing a very special early show tonight at the Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia with Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra (with former Situation alumni Jared Styles on bass) and Heyword Hawkins. The show starts at 8:30pm and we hit the stage at 9pm sharp. Five dollars gets you in the door. Come on, you know there’s nothing else keeping you in on a Tuesday night so brush the rust off and help us kick things off something proper. I hope to see you there.
In the meantime, please give the record a listen, which you can stream in it’s entirety on bandcamp, spotify and Rdio. And if you like it, please pick up a copy on iTunes, Amazon or bigcartel because we’d really love to make enough money record another one. And if you love it, please spread the word. We put a lot of time, sweat, love and money into this album – I sincerely hope you give it a chance.
I was very excited to come home from much needed vacation to find my copy of The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art collage book waiting for me at the door. The entire book looks amazing and I am beyond stoked to be included with so many great artists. Seriously. Many thanks to Dennis Busch and the folks at Gestalten for all your hard work. Well done.
About the collage book:
Spontaneous, irreverent, personal. Collage fits more perfectly into our current age than almost any other artistic technique. The technique of collage fits perfectly into our current age. Raw visual material is collected by an artist and then combined in such a way as to abstract the individual elements enough that the artist’s own vision becomes prominent. Because collage’s references range from other artistic works and techniques to scientific images, pop culture, and erotica, these raw materials reflect humanity’s collective visual memory and context. It’s collage’s broad scope—and irreverence—that make this technique so interesting for both artist and audience. So it comes as no surprise that a lively scene has developed around contemporary collage in the last few years. Our book cutting edges was the first to document work by this scene, which has continued to expand the possibilities of the genre. Beyond the lowbrow movement, which brings a fresh perspective to figurative surrealism, more and more established artists are now embracing this medium. Their work bridges the historical gap between the classic pioneers of the technique from the 1920s and today’s vanguard of contemporary collage. Showcasing outstanding current artwork and artists, The Age of collage is a striking documentation of this new appetite for destructive construction. The book also takes an insightful behind-the-scenes look at those working with this interdisciplinary and cross-media approach. While illustration, painting, and photography continue to fundamentally influence collage, the featured work also plays with elements of abstraction, constructivism, surrealism, and dada. Collage gives artists more room to stake out diverse artistic positions than almost any other existing technique. Through confident cuts, brushstrokes, mouse clicks, or pasting, collage gives the impossible a tangible form—while turning our worldview on its head along the way. In their visual confrontation with reality in our digital age, which has already made geographic, temporal, and artistic boundaries obsolete, these artists celebrate and exaggerate simultaneousness.
Big Game 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 15 inches wide by 18 inches high and was completed in August 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.