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!! OMG, POTPOURRI~PUNK: Default Genders’ ‘Stop Pretending’ EP !!

With Cover art by Claire -Grimes- Boucher “[who] wants [him] to make sure to tell [us] that her original drawing is much better than it appears to be on the cover because [he] drew over a photo of it and made it look squiggly”, James Brooks presents his Stop Pretending EP [listen below] under his most recent iteration as Default Genders [as of a week ago formerly known as Dead Girlfriends].
On opening track Words With Friends, the first sound we are met with has Enya written all over it IN INVISIBLE INK and 15 seconds in it’s all Ibiza sunset vibe, offset by some heavy words [with friends] and further offset by the featherlight drum’n’bass-y chorus.
Omertà -the name of the second track- refers to a “code of silence and non-cooperation with authorities”…a very punk idea at heart yet quite poetically expressed through the instrumental’s lack of lyrics. The contemplative piano and drawn-out woodwindy tones create a space of silence amongst an otherwise wordy EP.

The title track Stop Pretending has a pop-punk anthem quality to it, although rides the line between an interesting stringy manga child adventure time and a Blink 182 album closer.
His fourth and final track On Fraternity uses Four Tet-esque Gamalan-y plucks and reverse cymbal revs to underscore Brooks’ sing-talky voice’s further exploration of the concept of ‘omertà’:

“who cares if it’s right as long as it’s punk?
so if someone gets hurt and then the cops come then

DG’s ‘Stop Pretending’ EP is an important exploration of how aggressive punk ideals fit with an anti-misogynistic temperament, as Default Genders tussles with the male-centric etymology of the word [from the Spanish “hombredad” or “manliness”]. The soft sensitive sounds he uses in tracks 1, 2 and 4 combined with the concentrated personable lyrics come across as a sort of POTPOURRI PUNK, which constructs his very own arena of musical dialogue around the conflicting duality of ideals.
[via dummy]

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!! OMG, SACK SNAP: Ingrid Berthon-Moine’s ‘Marbles’ !!

Ingrid Berthon-Moine must be some sort of skank-perve or something, she’s been hiking around Europa snapping pictures of statue-sacks and hoarding them for her own private titillations.
I think the photo series is called ‘Marbles’ because tourists in public squares all over Europe must be believing she lost hers a while back and has thus taken to papping stone-stones, and they must all shout “Jezebel” and “harlot” and pelt her with rotting fruit from the local market stalls !

This “work explores masculinity in the 21st century, both the representation of it and the idea of ornamental masculinity which until now had been largely ‘reserved’ to the female gender. It also looks at how masculinity has shifted over time, and how men have had to redefine their identity as society changes.”__Feature Shoot

Hey Ingrid, that’s quite the collection you’ve amounted there…I bet her Sacksnap account is just filthy with stone dust.
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!! OMG, fish fash we’re having a bath: Michał Mrzygłód’s Chin-suru collection !!

“Chin-suru” is a verb meaning “warming up food in a microwave” or “a microwave” in modern Japanese slang. For his debut collection, Michał Mrzygłód looks to explore the changes in cultural attitudes in Japanese society.
Click below to see further looks from Mrzygłód’s fishy collection including:
stencil zip-ups
beaked leather hoods
strapless geta blocks
backless bibbed tanks
vibrant tablet clutches
scuba onesies and
zippered mawashi loincloths

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!! OMG, halted in action: MIA’s docu-teaser !!

Released by director Steve Loveridge on Tumblr, here’s the teaser for “bad girl” MIA’s unfinished documentary:

“This is what happened to a kid who’s dad went off and became a terrorist”

Steve Loveridge quit the project a couple of days ago
, claiming he’d rather “die than work on it,” in the wake of the legal pitfalls that currently riddle it’s completion. In response MIA took to Squarker-twoot to get the hypothetical ball rolling for a Kickstarter campaign to fund and complete the project.
I wonder if they will be accepting right arms for funding as I will gladly donate mine if it means seeing Diplo‘s cheeky mug more and more!

“You wanna see my story ? I’ll show you my story !”

[via papermag]

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!! OMG, wipe that google pap smear: PERSIA’s “Google Google Apps Apps” !!

It’s like Divine David just replaced his dial-up modem with some sort of supranet connection and is going AWOL on what he thinks is GeoCities.
Produced by San Fran Trans Clan Black Glitter Collective and directed by the talentfilled fun-dumpster VAINHEIN, “Google Google Apps Apps” speaks all about all those Caucasian princess-types that are “gentrifying their love” anywhere that’s not gleaming white anywhere everywhere all the time on insta-vine.
I get it, I want to be BLASIAN for Christmess but there’s no app for that, the best I can do is breed in a multicultural snuggle puddle and marriage the afterbirth, then re-breed with that and have myself surgically sewn to that one, then maybe I can be Blasian like in a thousand christmases time…maybe.
“Wanna see, durrrrr ?”
[thanks Produzentin [who btw is “that girl you like”!]

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