Sunday, June 29, 2014

Chloe-Pop in the LBC

Bitches gotta represent! Or it's game over man, game over! (paraphrase of I. Cutler & L. Hurst)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Brad and Raffi from Wounded Lion on LARZ!

Los Angeles painters Raffi Kalenderian - whose exquisite, highly personal figurative paintings are currently on view at Suzanne Vielmetter Projects - and Brad Eberhard, both members of the mighty WOUNDED LION collective, will be my guests on Less Art Radio Zine this Sunday, June 22nd at 12 Noon, KCHUNG radio 1680 AM or

Raffi and Brad will probably talk about their latest paintings, spin some tunes - with a healthy dose of WL if I have any say, and debut new WL material live in the studio! It promises to be an action-packed hour, so be sure and tune in Sunday at noon! You might want to prep yourself by watching some of their awesome videos on youtube:

After the Jump are a couple of the articles I've written about WL: 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Outsider DIY Cinema at its Most!

Celebrity can be problematic. In fact, celebrity is one of the most poisonous influences on individual and collective human psychology at work in contemporary society, undermining the concept of individual creative autonomy as it unilaterally erases millennia-old collectively authored cultural traditions in the blink of a botoxed eye. Scientists believe that global warming is directly linked to celebrity emissions. Fuck celebrity. I wasn’t even going to participate in this “Celebrity” themed issue. But then I heard about Giuseppe.

In the late ’80s, Giuseppe Andrews was living with his Dad in a van in a grocery store shopping lot in Malibu, when his Dad—former rhythm guitarist for the Bee Gees and Andy Gibb—got a $50 gig in a hair infomercial. And it turned out they needed a kid for one scene. One thing led to another and Giuseppe was soon appearing in major Hollywood productions like Independence Day, Pleasantville and American History X, culminating in a costar role in the 1999 Eddie Furlong coming-of-age at a KISS concert saga Detroit Rock City.

This is where things start to get interesting. Detroit Rock City tanked at the box office, but director Adam Rifkin kept in touch with Giuseppe, who—increasingly dissatisfied with Hollywood and its fussy micromanagerial production methodologies—put his acting career on the back burner in order to do what he really wanted, which was to direct. But rather than entrench himself further in the Industry, Giuseppe reinvented himself as the ultimate DIY auteur. By this time, he and his dad had settled in the Ramona Trailer Park in Ventura, and Giuseppe began writing, directing, shooting, editing, scoring and acting in absurdist fictions starring the elderly fringe-dwelling denizens of his compound, on budgets that only occasionally rose beyond three figures.

Seven years and 23 rough cinematic gems later, Rifkin took a camera to Ventura to document the making of #24—Garbanzo Gas, Giuseppe’s attempt to set a record by shooting a feature in two days for $1000. Giuseppe Makes a Movie—which has its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14th—successfully boils down the outsider weirdness and outrageous scatological and sexual humor of Giuseppe’s oeuvre into an accurate, if necessarily superficial, précis.

Unexpectedly, it also unfolds as a moving meditation on creativity, community and the true purpose of art. And Giuseppe emerges as the improbable bastard grandchild of the most radical cinematic positions of the ’60s. “All that means anything in any kind of art form,” he proclaims early in the doc “is a vibe—if the vibe is important, if you’re digging the vibe of the whole thing—by which I mean the idea… then that’s all that matters. All that other little shit, it’s absolutely worthless.” Although he comes across as something of a gutter savant, Giuseppe’s influences are film-school impeccable. Garbanzo Gas, for example, was inspired by a graphic slaughterhouse scene in Rainer Fassbinder’s In a Year of 13 Moons—Giuseppe thought to himself, “If I just picked a random cow and I sent her on an adventure, what would that be? So I started writing this story about a cow that the slaughterhouse sends on an all-expense-paid vacation to a motel.”...

Read the rest of Giuseppe's Factory online at or in the forthcoming "Celebrity" issue

Giuseppe Andrews’ films, music, visual art and writings are available at

Giuseppe Makes a Movie
Directed by Adam Rifkin
U.S. Premiere: LA Film Festival
Saturday, June 14 at 10 p.m.
Regal Cinemas 10;
Tickets & for more info: LAFF

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ott on LARZ as a Youtube video

So since the KCHUNG archive is continuing its torturous hejira to a new server, I figured I'd upload this corrected mp3 of the show in time to promote the premiere of Lake Los Angeles this Saturday at the Los Angeles Film Festival. (I know, I still have to get Elliott Hundley's show up somewhere, but it needs considerable editing to clarify Lindsey's triumph over Stevie).

I've never put up a video this long on youtube, but it seems to have gone alright. And I believe it demonstrates my mastery of the intricacies of that most intimidating of digital video editing platforms, iMovie. Check out those dropshadows, suckas!

Saturday, June 7, 2014


This week's guest on Less Art Radio Zine on KCHUNG will be local independent cinema auteur and micro-label mogul Mike Ott, whose new film Lake Los Angeles has its US premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sat, Jun 14th (7:30pm at Regal Cinema, L.A. Live, Theater 10 if you must know but there's only rush seats left).

LLA is the final chapter in his Antelope Valley Trilogy, preceded by the award winning features LiTTLEROCK and Pearblossom Hwy -- who owe their success in no small part to the presence of hot indie star/model Cory Zacharia, whose casual, half-improvised dialog buoyed Ott's hypnotic realism.

We'll be asking Mike why Zachariah only appears in a single bar scene in the new movie; why the whole damn thing's in Spanish, and why he didn't take my soundtrack suggestion of "Oh Mickey (Spanish Language Version)" for one of the pivotal scenes.

We'll also hopefully be listening to some of the music from his films -- much of which derives from his involvement in the independent music community, most significantly via his label Sound Virus, which issued sides from Liars, !!!, Hello Fever, and A Trillion Barnacle Lapse.

Who the hell are those people?! I don't know. Perhaps we'll find out. Tune into Doug Harvey's Less Art Radio Zine at 12 Noon on Sunday June 8th, 2014, and join me as I learn the answers to these and many other questions on Doug Harvey's Less Art Radio Zine. Doug Harvey's Less Art Radio Zine! Doug Harvey's Less Art Radio Zine! Doug Harvey's Less Art Radio Zine! Thank you.