Michael Schmelling's 'Atlanta' - Thursday, Nov 4

Schmelling is going to discuss images from the book and show some short videos.

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Lance Bangs - Aska Live Video

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Fuck This Life

Tomorrow night Weirdo Dave will be conducting a slide show at Family for his new collection of the zine Fuck This Life, published by OHWOW. Here's some highlights from a great INTERVIEW

“Sometimes if I read the police blotter I won’t even leave the house, I’ll be so fucking scared. This is what people do? They’ll lock you in a car and try to light you on fire. People will cut you up, gut you, leave you in a bathtub, and smoke all your cigarettes. It’s like the more you know the more you get scared of the world.”

"This is really for people who have bad days. Like, Fuck this life. Seriously. This came about after having so many days where it’s not even like fuck the world, because the whole world is all right. It’s this life. Every day, there’s a point where I wouldn’t mind if I were dead. Right? Every day there’s a part where I wouldn’t mind if I was just erased, right now."

Aaron Judah Bondaroff will also be reading from his autobiography, My Life in T-Shirts:

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Fuck You Magazine / Peace Eye Bookstore / Ed Sanders

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Varese/Le Corbusier

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This Thursday!

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mark the date!

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Sun Ra Comics

More More More on Ron Rege Jr's blog, Cartoon Utopia

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Cali's Debut Solo Show

Family Backroom Gallery Presents:

This Natural World
New artwork by Cali Thornhill-Dewitt

October 23 - November 13
Opening Party:
Saturday, October 23, 7 - 10pm

Music by Secret Circuit

Family Backroom Gallery

This Natural World is about the world one truly occupies, nurturing the everyday, and recognizing what joys and greatness can be reaped. Cali says: “Looking at the same thing everyday, the same things over and over again, they can look different each time. This is a show about how one perceives their surroundings, about loving where you live."

Cali obsessively collects photos of mildewed mattresses, traffic cones, and abandoned shopping carts like they’re exotic flora and fauna. His collages depict stunning alien landscapes, images taken from nature, cut up and skewed: the familiar becomes foreign, offering something new.

“This Natural World looks at our landscapes and our nature. Forgotten shopping carts and trash is as much a part of our environment as palm trees and the pacific,” Cali says. “This is a love letter to home, to making your own reality.”

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Fat City

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New Stuff

Anything can be mail ordered! Email: orders@familylosangeles.com

Hipnostasis - by Raymond Pettibon/Y. Okon. Silkscreened and letter-pressed catalogue/artist's book/zine covering the collaborative Pettibon/Okon exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts. Limited to 100 numbered copies!

Utopics - A stunningly designed art book glossary of spaces and communities created by artists and individuals to develop alternative modes of living. Edited by Simon Lamuniere

Self Portraits: Fictions - by Frederic Tuten. Interrelated short stories where a lonely man lectures circus bears on the history of art, and a young man barters with pirates for the soul of his grandmother. Tuten acted in a Alan Resnais film, taught with Paul Bowles in Morocco, and co-wrote the film Possession with Andrzej Zulawski

Gaz's Rockin Blues - Comprehensive book of Gaz Mayall's fliers from London's longest running one-nighter club

Range of new zines published by My Orange Box

Two new collage and drawing zines by Martin Bell, published by Serps

The Genesis - Riso zine by Dave Potes of Hamburger Eyes, published by Swill Children

Condiment Magazine - A publication and project-base exploring the relationship between food and creativity, and food and community

Sherne - Drawing jamz zine by Matthew Thurber and Billy Grant

Stick of Green Candy - by Denton Welch/Jane Bowles. Illustrated by Colter Jacobsen. Bowles (1917–1973) and Welch (1915–1948) share a perceptiveness and surgical lucidity for moods and surfaces that William Burroughs, a fan of both authors, remarked upon: “both writers are masters of the unforgettable phrase that no one else could have written… each has a very special way of seeing things.”

Real Deal Magazines - by Lawrence Hubbard. original copies of issues through the 80s from Hubbard's basement! The mysterious Real Deal Magazine, from Compton Los Angeles is a six-issue masterpiece. One of the rare, contemporary, Black created and published comics, Real Deal depicts L.A. underworld life with visceral, bone-dry humor and gross out violence rendered in Lawrence Hubbard's (aka "Raw Dawg") uniquely gnarly line, and written by H.P. McElwee (aka "R.D. Bone").

Ein Magazin über Orte 7, Sea

Touchable Sound - focuses on rare, labor-intensive, exquisite and unique examples of American seven-inch record design spanning nearly 25 years. Editorial contributors include Henry Owings (Drug Racer Records, Chunklet magazine), Sam McPheeters (Vermiform Records), Tom Hazelmyer (Amphetamine Reptile Records), Kristin Thompson (Simple Machines Records) and more. Designed by Brian Roettinger, the book contains photographs of every record documented.

Heads - by Mat Brinkman. Printed on fine velumn with extra dense black ink which was quick-dried with UV lamps. Watch as marks coalesce, animate, and come alive

New issue of Journal Magazine: David Blaine, Juergen Teller, Harmony Korine & Mark Gonzales, Pablo Picasso (the band), Jason Schwartzman, Bill Saylor etc

Loyal #11 - new issue curated by Joe Grillo and Dearraindrop. Features: Yamantaka Eye, Devin Flynn, Steve Powers, Ron Rege JR, Jim Drain, Mat Brinkman, Brian Chippendale, and dozens more

Writing on Sound - by Bruce Russell. Essays on sound by the Dead C stalwart

Stoopz - by Ari Marcopolous. Early 90s, black and white photographs and Polaroids from this influential period, as well as a series of large scale photocopied images, published by Oh Wow

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What Doesn't Kill You

Courtesy: Anders Nilsen

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Michael Schmelling's 'Atlanta' Launch

Between 2007 and 2009, Schmelling and his collaborators gained unprecedented access to the underground hip-hop scenes (Gucci Mane, Shawty Lo, The-Dream) bubbling beneath the city’s surface and the lives of the young musicians and fans at its core. In a stunning series of black and white photos, he captures the heretofore-undocumented teen party scene – alcohol-free parties catering to the underage crowd, typically thrown by promoters in office parks after dark.

“There were a thousand YouTube videos of kids dancing in their living rooms, beats and songs were being made on PCs and uploaded to SoundClick or SpitYoGame. Something new was happening. And something new kept happening.”

Sanneh puts things into historical perspective, describing how Atlanta replaced New York City as the hip-hop capital “by default – the place where you could hear the next hit first, the place where kids and grown folks alike still seemed excited about hip-hop, the place where you could get the best mixtapes” and taking readers inside its many subgenres."

Michael Schmelling's last book, The Plan (J&L Books) documented hoarder's apartments around New York. The Week of No Computer was published by TV Books and Schmelling's work is regularly featured on tinyvices.com

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Two More New Family Shirts!

Here's our new C.F. and Mat Brinkman shirts!

We guarantee the shirt and image print, to be the most uniquely soft you've ever worn! We went to some pains to make the shirts with a really nice material, cut, and ink that won't feel stiff (they're not American Apparel, Hanes etc). Available in S, M, L, XL. (Note - sizes run on the small side). Limitied run, so get in right here: WEBSTORE

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