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photo: Lilys @ BV CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lilys CMJ

Lilys have a new video for their song "High Writer at Home" from their classic 1994 album Eccsame the Photon Band, which just got an overdue vinyl repress via Frontier. The video was directed by Stephen "ESPO" Powers and Joey Garfield and incorporates footage from their graffiti art documentary A Love Letter for You. You can watch that below.

Stephen Powers, who used to be known as the street artist ESPO and did the artwork seen on Kurt Vile's Walking on a Pretty Daze, has a new exhibit titled "Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull)" which just opened at Brooklyn Museum:

This site-specific installation by artist Stephen Powers recalls the birth of new public art in Coney Island, and the emergence of a uniquely American and wholly "Coney Island" style of painting. As a longtime admirer of the fading craft of sign painting, Powers has revitalized the tradition of colorful, hand-painted signage and advertisements in an age of digitization. In his work, he uses logotypes that have a superficially commercial look, combining them with his own text to create enigmatic meanings that deliver an emotional punch.

Powers transforms our Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery into an immersive environment filled with paintings and signs created in the visual vernacular of the iconic seaside community.

"Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull)" is at Brooklyn Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery through March 13.

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Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile, who has a show coming up at NYU, is set to follow 2011's great Smoke Ring for My Halo this year with a new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze. No release date has been announced yet, but Kurt just teased the album art by posting a video of him and graffiti artist Stephen Powers (aka ESPO) creating the artwork. Check out the video below...

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