Has it already really been a week? Yes. Actually, it’s been just over a week since news hit us that legendary Jamaica musician, producer and shamanistic audio-mystic Lee “Scratch” Perry had passed away. Perry’s legacy and influence are massive. He was an indefatigable and prolific music maker, as well as
Maybe. The New York Times is reporting that for some tattoo aficionados and newbies alike, getting a tattoo commemorating the COVID pandemic is a new trend. These are so-called “pandemic tattoos.” A byproduct of our collective slow-burn health and economic nightmare of the past year and a half. We’re personally
Here it is, folks! A brief run-down of our current media diet: Some of the TV shows and movies we’ve been watching, books we’ve been reading, and podcasts we’ve been listening to and more. We usually only list things that we’d recommend and highly rate. Occasionally we’ll list something that’s
. . . . . Travel Oregon‘s newest campaign promoting tourism to the state includes an animated commercial that’s a dead ringer for a magical and epic anime film from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli production company. The ad is part of a campaign called “Only Slightly
The United States Postal Service has announced that this spring they will be issuing a new series of stamps featuring the androids from the Star Wars films, including C3PO and R2D2. It’s a big nod to one of the greatest and longest-running cinematic franchises in motion picture history, one that
The podcast Lost Notes 1980 from the massively influential Los Angeles public radio station KCRW takes deep dives into significant pop-music milestones and the artists involved in the year 1980. These are sometimes well-known, sometimes obscure, bands and songs that shaped the trajectory of music, from punk to soul, from
In a new installment of “media Diet” here we’re sharing some of what we’ve been consuming across the cultural landscape. These are books, podcasts, TV shows, movies, music, and print that have kept us entertained and inspired in our free time while stuck at home during the COVID pandemic. First
In 1988, the artist Jeff Koons created the brilliant porcelain sculptural object “Michael and Bubbles,” a kitschy, super-sized 3D depiction of late man-child and mega-pop-star Michael Jackson and Bubbles, his famous chimpanzee pet-as-sidekick. Michael and Bubbles were kind of like best friends for a while. Human and chimp as pals.
The British jazz-pop singer Sade can be counted in the Pantheon of 1980s music icons. Her music videos for songs like the “The Greatest Taboo” and “Smooth Operator” were a staple of MTV (back when MTV entire programming consisted of music videos). She is among several influential 1980s pop-cultural icons depicted
Within a couple of days of appearing as part of pop singer Katy Perry’s concert at the 2015 Super Bowl half-time show, “Left Shark,” an errant dancer dressed in a cartoonish shark costume, appeared as a chalk drawing in the lobby of an advertising agency.
The U.K. newspaper the Daily Telegraph has just published an excellent interactive feature titled “How YouTube Changed the World” that looks at the profound ways the online video website has impacted not just pop culture, but society, media, politics, celebrity and the world at large. YouTube is the third most-visited
One of our New Year’s resolutions was to sift through our library here and choose books to throw out, give away or sell. Our bookshelves here at GG HQ in New York are overflowing with printed matter. It should be an easy task, but whenever we embark on one of
This example of street art by French artist Invader in Tokyo is probably one of the best we’ve seen in recent months. The pixelated Space Invader videogame icon here has been created on a larger scale than most of the mosaic artworks Invader has put up around the Japanese capital
We recently spotted this truck painted with a graffiti art homage to Oscar the Grouch on West 47th Street in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The trash can-dwelling Oscar is one the iconic group of puppet characters from the long-running and popular children’s television series Sesame Street. Graffiti and street
French street art suprstar Invader (a.k.a., Space Invader) is back in New York City, re-invading the Lower East Side where he’s been putting up some new mosaic artworks the past few days. We spotted this fresh New York-themed “Big Apple” Space Invader piece on a tenement building, above the entrance
Hey, it’s Mr. Miyagi! Ya’ know, the sensei in the “Karate Kid” movies of the 1980s? To be more specific, this piece of stencil street art is the face of actor Pat Morita, who portrayed the Miyagi character in the films series. We began noticing these stencils in SoHo this