Dec
4

Post #1103 – The Lift Up and The Vacant Lots in Philly

The Lift Up Vacant Lots North Star Philly

Stoked to announce The Lift Up will be playing one last show in 2012 at the North Star Bar in Philly, opening for The Vacant Lots (from VT, onMexican Summer) on Saturday December 15th, along with True Gold and The Tweeds – two excellent psychedellic/shoegaze drone bands from the 215.  The Vacant Lots have a bit of a Spiritualized meets The Velvet Underground vibe – I really dig their new 7″ (listen below) so catch them here before they drop their debut disc and blow up. No, seriously.  Regardless – the line up for the night is pretty solid so a good time is guaranteed. Plus, with 2012 coming to a close, the band is ready to celebrate so come throw down – it’s been a great year and the three of us are really excited to be back playing music together.

Door are at 9pm – we go on first at 9:30 pm sharp so get there early.  No excuses old timers.

Advance tickets here.  Facebook event info here.

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Nov
13

Post #1102 – The Lift Up back at Mojo Main

Mojo Main – November 24

Mojo Main The Lift Up Bik Black Night

Really stoked to announce that The Lift Up  will be returning to Mojo Main for a very special show November 24 (the saturday after Thanksgiving) with our friends The Big Black Night and The Components.

For those who haven’t heard yet via the facebook grapevine, The Components consist of DE music vets Tim Coslar (vocals) and Lance Stephens (guitar) – former members of The Joypoppers (Zowie records), Invasion and The Last Angry Band – who will be playing a special retrospective set of music featuring tunes from all three bands, who, in my opinion, were each criminally under-rated in their primes.  But, hey – don’t take my word for it, check out some of the musical history here. It’s been years since these old friends have played on stage together and as a fan, I can’t wait to check out this special set.  These guys are always high energy on stage and passionately soulful in their performance.  Rounding out the group are K-Rock on bass and PBJ on drums. Don’t sleep on this one – rest up from turkey day or whatever black Friday madness you’re into then come burn some calories at our little rock show.  The Components go on first around 9:30 pm, then The Lift Up around 10:30pm and Big Black Night at 11:30 pm or so.

Mojo Main is located at 270 East main Street, Newark, De.

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Nov
5

Post #1101 – congratulations, you caught the bouquet….

Congratulations You Caught the Bouquet collage Joe Castro

Congratulations You Caught the Bouquet  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 13 inches wide by 17 inches high (not including matte and frame) and was completed November 2012.

Prints and other products are now available via society6. 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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Oct
31

Post #1100 – Happy Halloween – from the crypt!

Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s one from the crypt – this is an illustration I presented as a possible skateboard graphic to Kristian Svitak for his 1031 brand.  I have been a long time fan of Svitak’s working man skateboarding since his classic part in Black Label’s Label Kills video and I always like the idea of supporting core, underdog skateboard brands. In the end though, the graphic was never used for a few different reasons. Being October 31, I thought it was appropriate to share.

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!

Halloween haunted house skateboard graphic

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Oct
24

Post #1099 – Waiting for Lightning

Danny Way Waiting for LightningI was lucky enough to score a free ticket to last night’s Philly screening of the Danny Way doc, Waiting for Lightning – it’s an intensely dramatic and well crafted portrait of arguably the gnarliest skateboarder ever.

Using Danny’s historic Great Wall of China jump as a thematic base, the film follows the process of staging the event, finding the funding, constructing the ramps, etc. while continually looking back and revisiting Danny’s life and career, from his grom days through H-Street/Plan B to the creation of the Mega ramp.  I can still remember vividly watching the DC video when it first dropped and just being completely blown away by the scale and size of the mega ramp.  It was unreal. And it was great to see the older footage again as well (Risk It, Hocus Pokus, Questionable, etc), especially on the big screen,  and especially the street footage, which was also way ahead of it’s time.  And from the ups and downs of his childhood home life, to the passing of his father and Mike T, the personal side of the film is the real eye opener and just as intense as the skating. Danny doesn’t talk much in the film and you get the feeling that he’d rather just let the skating speak for itself. Badass.

The build up of footage leading to the China jump was very effective and puts you in the moment – you can smell the fear, you can see the danger of the structure and you can really sense what’s at stake –  and even though you know how it’s gonna turn out in the end, it still keeps you on the edge of your seat – which to me is just top knotch storytelling.

Overall, I thought the film did the legacy of Danny Way justice while presenting skateboarding with respect, honesty and integrity.  Congrats to Jake Rosenberg on this one for sure.Definitely check it out when it hits theaters December 7 – you will be stoked.

 

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Oct
3

Post #1098 – Four Corners/Mojo Main (aka double booked on Oct 12)

First is the opening party for Four Corners: Design from Philly Surrounds at Minima . Curated by Royce Epstein and Caroline Tiger, the exhibit is part of DesiFour Corners Design Phillygn Philadelphia and features “an “enactment” of a lived-in loft apartment that will contain a hand-picked selection of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania-based designs” and will include my collage Tornado Alley.  The list of artists involved is pretty impressive (see below) and I feel very honored to be included.  The opening party is free and open to the public and goes from 6-9 pm with libations provided by Art in the Age.  The exhibit itself runs from October 10 – 20. Minima is located at 118 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia. Here’s the  facebook event page.

I’ll be participating in two really cool events, in two different states, on Friday, October 12th. – hope you can make it to one (or both, if you’re the over-achiever type)….

Following the opening, I’ll be hitching a ride down I-95 South to Newark, De where The Lift Up will be playing Mojo Main with Blag’ard (from Chapel Hill, NC, ex-Capsize 7)  It’s been a few months since our last gig, so we’re super excited to return to the stage and will be debuting a few new tunes.  Plus we’ve got new stickers (pictured), so stop by and demand that we give you one.  The show starts around 10pm.  RSVP via facebook if you get down like that. And follow us on twitter if you haven’t already. Either way, don’t leave us lonely.

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Sep
27

Post #1097 – Dylan

I was recently commissioned by a good friend to do a painting of Bob Dylan as a surprise for his wife’s birthday.  He was looking for that iconic, 1965 look so for reference I used a selection of black and white photos taken by legendary photographer Richard Avedon.  This is how it turned out.

The piece is 36″ x 36″.  Oil on canvas. September 2012.

Dylan portrait oil painting Joe Castro

On a side note, I’m really digging the new Dylan record.  Similar in style to his recent work.  A great record for driving around late at night alone. And I can almost hear a little Tom Waits creeping in there as well.

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Sep
7

Post #1096 – Positive Visual Attention Intervention

Positive Attention Visual Intervention:

Sorry for lagging on posts lately – I’ve been on a mission to spend less time confronting the glowing screen and more time living the creative life (highly recommended.)  It’s been a productive summer though – new collages, new paintings, and new songs, all of which I hope to share with you soon so stay tuned. Other than that it’s been trips to the beach, bottles of wine, games of pinball and a handful of books and movies.  I did recently finish Hubert Selby Jr’s masterwork, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which was as good and intense as I’ve always heard.  Also making my way through Christian Hosoi’s new memoir, which is a solid read, insightful and honest.  Highly recommended for any old head 80’s skate rats.

Anyway, I am very honored to be this month’s featured artist over at recylcedminds.com – the collection of work is entitled Positive Visual Attention Intervention.  It’s pretty much a selected greatest hits of paintings and collages but there are a few hidden gems in there that haven’t been seen before so take a look.  And leave a positive comment if you dig what you see.

Thanks as always dear readers – more updates to come….

Jul
25

Post #1095 – tornado alley

tornado alley collage art Joe Castro

Tornado Alley  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 13 inches wide by 15 inches high (not including matte and frame) and was completed July 2012.

Prints and other products are now available via society6. 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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Jul
6

Post #1094 – got Live if you want it….

Live: Darren O’Toole was nice enough to drop off some video from The Lift Up’s show at the North Star last week – you can peep three tracks below.

And just a reminder – tonight, we’re playing at the Chris White Gallery (7th and Shipley Streets in Wilmington, DE) as part of the Art of Rock show.  As previously mentioned, I’ll have a few silkscreen gig posters in the show as well. Free admission, free beer, free air conditioning.  Show starts at 6pm – we play live at 7pm sharp.  Hope to see you there.

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!