Chaos in Tejas 04/18/12As many of you have come to know being unwilling subjects of my constant ramblings on this blog - in addition to making clothes for your bodies - I also make music for your ears. Both of my bands, Cross and King Dude are playing Chaos in Tejas this year and I couldn't be more excited. The line ups for both nights are all-killer and no-filler so I expect to see many of you there!
Grave Babies are a band in the world, specifically my city and they are awesome. Not only are they known as Grave "Babies", I am also proud to call them my Grave "Buddies". Their latest EP just came out on Hardly Art who are also from our beautiful city and are very nice people who put out great records - indeed some of the best.
Anyways, Danny made this classic rap mixtape for us like 4 months ago and we are just know getting it up. So if that gives you any idea of how backed up we are in the mixtape department and also how I treat my friends (sorry Danny).
Tracklist for FUCK ALL Y'ALL:
Brooklyn - Retard Strength 04/12/12
I'll be DJing at the Flat in Williamsburg tonight along with some of my favorite people in the city like this guy and this dude, and oh one of these guys over here from my all time favorite record label. I plan on buying everything I'm playing tonight from Heaven St so that should be great. Oh and we'll be somehow giving away some Actual Pain gift cards. It's free and you might get some free shit, so come out and dance with us!
King Dude - Wierd Wednesday 04/11/12
NYC - I am coming to destroy you.
Seeing Red... 04/02/12
We just restocked the shop with some goods from this season - more on the way including Leggings - as well as the highly sought after I Am Magical in black and cream tees (and in never before seen tanks ). While we were at it we decided to bring out some new red crews. We've resurrected I Am Magical, Sympathy, and Pentangled in this hell-fire red and black colorway. Available in limited quantities and online only!
Tearist just don't give a fuck... and that's why we fuck with them. The Lil' B track with Yasmine is "fucking" great. The "fucking" artwork was done by SHAMS and it "fucking" rules. And Yas if you're reading this we want Tearist to come play our "fucking" Second Sight night soon! FUCK YES.
BAD GIRLS - Blood Orange
We Can Go Down - LIL B ft. Yasmine Kittles
A Ganglion of Lightnings - KOOL A.D.
Water - The Sugarcubes
The Things You Said - Depeche Mode
One In A Million (Klaar remix) - Aaliyah
Everybody Jones - Jim Jones
Kälte Kriecht - Grauzone
Big Empty Field (No.2) - Swell Maps
Cookies & Apple Juice - Cam'ron
Make It Stack - Lloyd Banks ft ASAP Rocky
My Whole World's Coming Apart - John Maus
Alone - Colin Newman
Thumb - Dinosaur Jr
Pony Time // Lori + Judy 03/27/12
Ouroborus Bracelet - Available Now 03/25/12Introducing our newest piece of Jewelry, the Ouroborus Bracelet...
We are so stoked to present this awesome four day fest, the first annual Psychic Circle! Originally I started Second Sight a year ago with some friends to fill the void in Seattle for good underground DIY dance parties. A lot has happened in the past year! We switched venues, started to book national touring bands, and from the very first night we threw Seattle has been dancing their asses off.
So in order to commemorate our one year anniversary, we've gone ahead and booked four shows back to back at our favorite venues in town! And of course with some of our favorite bands in the world! Check it out!
Thursday May 10th - Day 1 - Deth Book Release Party at Pony - We are publishing a new magazine called "Deth Book" edited by the very talented and strange Ozma Otacava. Come to Pony early to get a free copy, stay late and dance the night away with Braxton & Palmer, resident Second Sight DJ Rxch Wxtch and special guest, Actual Pain AKA your's truly.
Friday May 11th - Day 2 - Second Sight at Electric Tea Garden - w/ Light Asylum and Litanic Mask - I am sure you have heard Light Asylum, they had the record of the year last year and the new record is heavy and dark as fuck. Litanic Mask is one of our favorite bands from Portland and they'll open this very special Second Sight along with our three resident DJs Rxch Wxtch, Ozma Otacava, and Sh6rl6s6.
Saturday May 12th - Day 3 - Demdike Stare, Tropic Of Cancer, S4NTA_MU3RTE, A Story Of Rats, at the Black Lodge - Demdike Stare travel all the way from Manchester UK to bring you the nauseating pitched sounds that only they bring. This amazing duo is responsible for some of the most authentic horror scores available for films that are only in your nightmares. Demdike is on tour with LA's Tropic Of Cancer and their minimal synth dance sounds should be a nice precursor to the evenings terror. With A Story Of Rats, one of Seattle's best ambient drone duo SF weirdo music pioneer S4NTA_MU3RTE playing records throughout the night, this should prove to be the most eclectic show of the fest!
Sunday May 13th - Crypts, Nightmare Fortress, Ononos, Vox Mod, at IN Arts NW - Crypts may be much hated but they are also much loved. These boys have carved themselves a niche here in Seattle as being one of the loudest, rudest, crudest, electronic groups to smash guitars since the days of Cobain. Nightmare Fortress (Sweating Tapes) brings one of the best live shows I've seen replete with fog, lights and musicianship that doesn't need either fog or lights. Ononos are of course Seattle's answer to the early Waxtrax sound and we couldn't be happier about that. Finally, Vox Mod is an amazing dance outfit comprised of one of the most talented producers in town. We are stoked for this show!!!
Recently I had the pleasure to play a show with Ensemble Economique here in Seattle and suffice to say, we became fast friends. So it makes total sense for EE to compile this sick tape with the help of his current muse Petite Danseuse from Russia.
Ensemble Economique & Petite Danseuse: Désir, Desire
1. Mellow Grave, Melatonin
2. Unison, Outside
3. Past Desires, Heathers
4. Jesse Ruins, Shatter The Jewel
5. Ghost Animal, In Your Room (Golden Axe remix)
6. Mellow Grave, Wood Grain
7. Purple, I Will Never See You Again
8. Boy Friend, Egyptian Wrinkle
9. Prince Rama, Golden Silence
10. Hybryds, La Première et La Dernière
11. Happy New Year, Winter Sun
12. Psychic Ills, Mantis
This Saturday the good folks over at Ouroboros Press are releasing their latest book Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum by Elias Ashmole and have been kind enough to ask King Dude (aka me) to perform a solo acoustic set.
Spring is here. Go get it...
Thanks to Danae and Rio for modeling this season and if you like the song it's called "Bloody Mary" by Perpetual Ritual, you should go buy a tape from him or go see his band play. They rule.
All photos shot by Emily Denton with a vintage Nikon 35mm.
It was a hell of a party! Thanks to Cold Cave for playing! Thanks to Chris for doing lights! Thanks to Alice for doing sound! Thanks to Seattle for coming out an dancing the night away! You guys all make it a better city for us to live in, thank you.
See you next month for N|GHTCH|LDE resident DJ from LA's best dance night Slow Motion (formally Killing Spree). Don't sleep on this one! Check out his mixtape he made for us last year, it's one of our all time favorites!
The Milan Review Book Premiere 02/09/12
This is the second issue of The Milan Review and it features 224 color pages inside a dark blue cover. Divided in twelve chapters, each named after a sign of the zodiac, each containing a short story and a portfolio by a different artist. The artists and the authors were paired arbitrarily. I got Gemini.
The writers: Iphgenia Baal, Amie Barrodale, Chiara Barzini, Blake Butler, Matthias “Wolfboy” Connor, Seth Fried, Amelia Gray, Shane Jones, Robert Lopez, Clancy Martin, Francesco Pacifico, Lynne Tillman.
The artists: Massimiliano Bomba, Carola Bonfili, Milano Chow, TJ Cowgill, Joe DeNardo, Francesco de Figueiredo, Roope Eronen, Frédéric Fleury, Christy Karacas, Taylor McKimens, Brenna Murphy, Toony Navok.
I will be showing the original drawings I did for the book but more importantly the very funny and talented author Amie Barrodale will do a reading. You don't want to miss this, we will have copies of the book for sale and there's a bar so if you buy the book and say nice things to me and Amie I will probably buy you a drink.
See you there!
I Want to Live Inside This Video 02/07/12
Music Videos We Love Right Now. 01/25/12
TRUST - CANDY WALLS
MRS. MAGICIAN - THERE'S NO GOD
PERPETUAL RITUAL - NIGHT WORSHIP
Dylan Neuwirth - The Conversation 01/20/12
Dylan Neuwirth is a Seattle based artist who you should probably know about. He recently did a solo show at Punch Gallery called the Conversation, where he weaved his own style of chaotic multimedia into a highly conceptiualized opening. I love the glass and 24 karat gold skull, it's incredible. Check out the full show here on his tumblr and more work from him and other artists at Punch Gallery.
And we put up some COLD CAVE presell tickets online. They are selling super fast so don't wait! Go now and get em'!
This is gonna be awesome! And don't forget we have Pictureplane this Friday! Be there for both!
DARIO // LEATHER GLOVES are the companion piece for the Argento // Folding Knife which we have restocked 13 pieces of. 100% Lambskin, 100% awesome. Available online only.
I might DJ this night too. And Zane from Killing Spree in LA might as well. Gonna be sick, go.
This Friday, I will be playing the shit out of a bunch of Wax Trax records I got in San Diego. See you all there!
Come by Loved to Death for the instore today, I'll have all three King Dude LPs with me if you missed the show last night!
King Dude - SF Show - Tonight! 11/30/11
CA // Covered in Gold 11/28/11
I don't know much about rap music, and to be honest I am not sure that this is rap or not, but anyways check out this new video from SF's CA. I want a ride around in a limo and smoke drugs now thanks.
Black Friday Sale is Here! 11/24/11
I know it says that it starts at Midnight on Thursday but we meant Midnight on Friday PST, you know what we meant. Use the code: BLACKFRIDAY at checkout for 50% off everything, and we mean everything. The sale will rage on now through Sunday at midnight. Good luck and happy hunting!
Here's the latest video from my band (it's just me really) King Dude for a song called "Big Blue Eyes". Alice Cohen directed this and did all the stop motion. She's an incredible artist and I was honored to work with her on this project. I hope you enjoy it!
Also I am heading out for a few select West Coast dates, so if you wanna come see me play these songs or say hello this is where I'll be. I will have some copies of my new record "Love" for sale at these shows too.
WEDNESDAY NOV 30TH - SF - ELBO ROOM w/ WATER BOARDERS, SHAKES GOWN
THURSDAY DEC 1ST - SF - LOVED TO DEATH (instore performance)
FRIDAY DEC 2ND - LA - VACATION VINYL (instore perormance)
SATURDAY DEC 3RD - LA - DEM PASSWORDS w/ BESTIAL MOUTHS, HIVE MINDS
SUNDAY DEC 4TH - SAN DIEGO - SODA BAR
A few months ago we were in Berlin for Drop Dead Fest and the first person we met wearing Actual Pain was Daniel the man behind the Gucci Goth tumblr. Then he played records at DDF so loud that I thought I was going to throw up my intestines. So of course we asked him to make us a mixtape. And of course it's fucking awesome. Enjoy!
Gucci Goth - In His Name
Haunted Horses // Wands 11/15/11
Emily made this amazing video for local Seattle band Haunted Horses this weekend. Mind blowing. She demonstrates the surreal elements of a dream while weaving them seamlessly with the band's nightmarish music. This is one of the many reasons I love her. She is really good at art.
Hat Restocks Online Now! 11/09/11
We've restocked all the best sellers from our summer collection in black on black an cream on black including Pentangled, Beyond the Unholy Grave, Roots Logo, and Script Logo. Also we brought back the Pyamid logo in cream on black and never before seen in black on black. Get em while you can!
Argento // Folding Knife 11/04/11
We're happy to present the Argento Folding Knife. Available in our store now. Limited to 25 pieces.
Second Sight 11//11//11 11/03/11
I am so stoked to be welcoming for the first time ever, S4NTE_MU3RTE to Seattle to play a set with us at Second Sight! And I couldn't have picked a more star-aligning date 11//11//11. See you all there!
Oh and in case you missed the mix he did for us awhile back here it is again! Click the pic to download...
Actual Pain Presents:
A mixtape by Sante Muerte
16 on death row-2pac
big ant tape collage
high for this- the weeknd
lucky- nike7up (thief in the night mix)
in heaven- lady in the radiator
storm column- gatekeeper
it's all forgotten now- caretaker
if you were my man- linda perhacs
who'll fall- coil
lucifer (vocal)- of the wand & the moon
off to the witch- wild eyes
fields of rape-death in june
ea, lord of the deeps- burzum
King Dude "Love" Pre-order 11/02/11Available November 5th, my first proper full length "Love" out on Dais Records. There are going to be a certain number of these pre-orders that will be receiving hand made limited posters and puzzles, created by the cover artist. Don't wait, pre-order now!
Front Cover - with die cuts
Back Cover - with die cuts
Deafheaven hand down this beautifully minimal mixtape titled "You're Everything To Me". It's not exactly what you's expect from the heavy and quite maximal outfit such as Deafheaven but that's what makes us love it. And it makes sense in way, there is an apocalyptic and beautiful tone to this tape and when you hear Deafheaven's music the same sentiments resonate. Check them out, they'll be on tour this November across the US with Russian Circles and from what I hear their live show is as crushing as their as music.
Actual Pain Presents: Deafheaven "You're Everything To Me"
New Hats in Stock Now! 10/19/11
We FINALLY got two new snapback hats in stock. Restocks coming soon! Go now! We have a very limited stock!
We are very proud to present this dance masterpiece from none other than LA's immensely talented N|GHTCH|LDE. You might remember his mix he did for Mishka awhile back called MINDJAIL which is a weed reference, which I love. VOW OF SILENCE is N|GHTCH|LDE's sequel to MINDJAIL, a three part mixtape epic that will burn holes in your brain (the third part isn't out yet, but it will be a brain burner for sure). On VOS, N|GHTCH|LDE takes you on a journey through early 90's microhouse and beyond that is at once hypnotizing and epic. I can see a Party Girl era Parker Posey surrounded by drag queens and drugged out party kids dancing the night away in some NY warehouse to this mix.
Chelsea Wolfe // Mer 10/13/11
IDLM / Interview 10/06/11
We love IDLM because they curate their shop really well and shoot everything better than we tend to ourselves. It's nice to see Actual Pain stuff look so good! Check them out online or if your in the big apple they are located on the LES.
Actual Pain Warehouse Sale 10/03/11
Nathan from Wavves threw together this little jem of a mixtape for us and we love it. It's all over the board, but it makes sense especially if you can imagine how stoned Nathan was when he made this. I mean Fleetwood Mac into Slayer? I hope he was stoned... Enjoy!
Click the pic to download...
King Dude - Paris Show - Aprill 77 09/16/11
I'm really excited to be playing at Candelaria in Paris soon. The only sad part is tour is almost over. We've met so many wonderful people, stayed at wonderful places and have been kissed on the cheeks like a million times. I hate to say it, but touring Europe beats the living shit out of touring the US.
The show in Paris is in the basement of a Taqueria ( ! ) and it has been organized by our dear friends over at April 77. A while back they used one of my songs, White Hands, for their look book video. I am really excited to get to meet them face to face, and get some new jeans to bring back to the US!