Roots & Revolution: Reggae on Film: One of my favorite genres of music on my favorite streaming platform and I’m here for it. The Criterion Channel has just released a collection of 11 reggae films made from 1972-2008 and I can’t think of anything more thrilling to binge watch on a weekend. From the Jimmy Cliff classic The Harder They Come to Rockers to The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry, it’s a real exploration into one of the most influential and authentic styles of music. If you don’t subscribe to The Criterion Channel, you can still watch the trailer here.
Tomory Dodge at Philip Martin Gallery: My friend Tomory Dodge, a ferociously talented painter, is having a solo exhibition at Philip Martin Gallery in Los Angeles from February 19th-March 22nd. Art Forum calls it a “must-see” and I’m on board. Tomory’s recent show at Miles McEnery in NYC blew me away with chaos and color and I’m so looking forward to having my senses delighted.
This Much I Know to be True: I’m waiting with much anticipation for the release of this documentary that chronicles the making of Ghosteeen, the album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds as well as Carnage, the album from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Directed by Andrew Dominick, who also shot the Nick Cave documentary One More Time with Feeling (a real heartbreaker), the film is said to be “a portrait of the lives of all of us as we move from innocence to experience, attune to the world and its attendant loss, and eventually confront our own mortality." This is out and it’s incredibly moving to catch a glimpse of Warren Ellis playing conductor to the hauntingly beautiful song, Lavender Fields, from the Carnage album.
Secret Sound: I recently found out about this brilliant podcast by Matt Marble and I am hooked. It focuses on the history, process, and spiritual traditions of marginalized American musicians from the 18th century to the 20th century. There is much to explore and listen to but I highly recommend starting with the Alice Coltrane episode. WOW.
Bode Los Angeles: NYC-based designer Emily Adams Bode Aujla just opened a Los Angeles flagship store on Melrose in Hollywood, filled with her luxurious and inspiring collection of men’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. It has been exhilarating to see the journey of Bode the past few years and Emily’s success is so well-deserved.
Inga’s: My dear friend and fashion designer extraordinaire, Caron Callahan, is opening a restaurant in Brooklyn with her husband Sean Rembold later this month. Sean was the executive chef at Diner and Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg back in the day and has been nominated twice for a James Beard Foundation award, which means Inga’s is sure to be a real chef’s kiss. Knowing Caron’s discerning eye, it’s also certain to be aesthetically pleasing. Follow @ingasbarnyc for the opening date.