I’m a wheat-free guy, and though I’ve never been into sweets, I love Sweet Sin, the only gluten-free bakery in Baltimore. Aside from their wheatless treats, they also serve a wide range of savory meals such as snapper, goat, and greens.
Berlin-based American ex-pat Daniel Kingery, an old college friend of mine, ditched his homeland almost a decade ago and has become a rather amazing artist. I hope to drop in on him sometime. I hear Berlin and Baltimore have a lot in common.
My friend Shaun Flynn designed one of the best show posters I’ve ever seen, a lattice portrait of Asa Osborne of Zomes and Lungfish, for a recent show headlined by a Daniel-Higgs-fronted Skull Defekts.
Word On The Street is a fascinating, frequently updated blog of street interviews mainly of random people in New York City. I’d love for Peter Madsen, the freelance writer behind the blog, to come down to Baltimore sometime. There are some really interesting characters around here.
James Pobiega aka Little Howlin Wolf was an iconic figure in Chicago, playing sax and blues on the streets of the Windy City for decades until he moved to Baltimore. Now he’s a fixture here, and he’s quickly become one of the many unforgettable characters that makes this city so amazing.
My good buddy Jake Freeman has his first ever tape out on Ehse Records. It’s a little sampler of the layered, tantric, psychedelic textures and feverish compositions Jake’s been working on for the past few years. Get it! All tapes come with hand-made inserts made by Jake himself.
Sewn Leather is the one-man noise-punk project of Griffin Pyncant, who moved to Baltimore not too long ago. This shit is more punk than punk, designed to irritate and infuriate. If you want to know what’s going on, this is what’s going on.
Shameless self-promotion: Baltimore artists Jordan Bernier and John Bohl are working on a silkscreen book that will feature art by an array of other Baltimore artists, including yours truly. Each copy of the book will also come with a limited edition silk-screened poster.
I’m surrounded by really amazing people here in Baltimore. One of them is Bethany Dinsick who does ethereal loop-pedal folk (I posted about her before). The other night, she performed with the Baltimore Experimental Dance Collective. It was really amazing. Check it out in the above video.
Dan Deacon has somehow managed to become a divisive figure without actually doing or saying anything controversial. Apparently, the cartoon voices, his psychotically happy and celebratory music, his big glasses, his physique, his whole vibe pisses off a lot of people. Good. That’s what punk rock was all about.
I just saw the Eugene von Bruenchenhein exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. It was incredible and I fully believe he was channeling some ancient, alien memory from millions of years ago when we were all stardust.
The guy who I replaced in my apartment was a great multimedia artist who sadly committed suicide. It really affected my friends and everyone around me, and it was a great loss for the Baltimore art community. Nudashank Gallery recently had a retrospective and celebration of the life of Waltr Carpenter, who made some really kick-ass shit while he was still with us.