Man or Astroman?

Man or Astroman? is a surf rock group from the 90s.  True to their name, the group is wholly dedicated to marrying punk rock/new wave sounds to science fiction themes, audio samples, obscure electronic devices (such as theremins and tesla coils) in over-the-top live performances.



In its standard form, the band generally consists of Star Crunch (aka Brian Causey) on guitar and sometimes vocals, Birdstuff (aka Brian Teasley) on drums, and Coco the Electronic Monkey Wizard (Robert DelBueno) on bass guitar and electronics.  Over the years, however, the line-up has changed and the band actually sent both Alpha and Gamma Man or Astroman? Clone groups out on tour.

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They are super cool, super talented, and super out there.  Check out their website, and go see them on your for an out of this world, super sonic experience!






RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground, explores the art and influence of punk rock on design and culture. Curated by Cesar Padilla, artist, musician, collector, punk rock enthusiast, and co-owner of CHERRY (one of the best vintage stores in NYC).   What started off as a book has expanded into an exhibition opening this week at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum in Los Angeles.  RIPPED includes 150 band T-shirts, photographs, posters, and related ephemera from the punk, post-punk and indie rock eras.  Should be good …








Michael Clark: Punk Ballet

When I think of the ballet I imagine an overwhelmingly civilized, conservative event at Lincoln Center – men wearing tuxedos with their wives in Chanel and Herrera, and everyone watching the dancers moving gracefully, and quietly in a very tight, well-mannered sort of way.  Michael Clark was an insanely talented dancer, accepted to the Royal Ballet School in London at the age of 12, who identified the same characteristics in the world of ballet.  But while most dancers grow into the constructs of the academies, Clark enmeshed himself with the anarchy of 70s London and ran with it.

He created Michael Clark and Company in 1984 when he was 22 years old.  Clark did ballet a different way – the music was punk or rock n’ roll, with Clark consistently collaborating with The Fall, the costumes were Vivienne Westwood, Leigh Bowery, or Bodymap, the sets were beautifully simple, and the dance was wholly unique.

Clark has said, “I strived for a long time to uneducate myself, because punk was about working with very little. But I was really well trained and I had to find a way to work with that rather than against it. I found I could do better working with people who didn’t dance, like Leigh Bowery. But Leigh was absolutely determined to do everything really well. He wouldn’t want to do something badly. His appreciation of the technical content of what I did was a real eye-opener to me, because I thought that in order to communicate with people who didn’t know about dance one had to simplify things; Leigh taught me that you didn’t, that it’s not about that.”

Michael Clark’s genius is pretty undeniable.  He changed the world of dance for those that lived within it, and for the rest of us who considered it from the outside.  There was a great article written about him in the Observer, to read more just follow the link.