Entries tagged with: childrens books
by Doug Moore
Death and black metal don't often intersect with children's literature, but oh, what glories when they do. Most Americans probably aren't familiar with the Czech illustrator Helena Zmatlíková, but seeing her work in kids' books is evidently a universal experience for children growing up in her homeland. Fortunately, you don't need to be familiar with the original illustrations to appreciate the awesomeness of the following images. Some wiseass Czech metalheads have paired a bunch of Zmatlíková's paintings with logos and titles from well-known metal albums to absurd/hilarious effect. According to the über-kvlt Nuclear War Now! forum thread that dug the pics up, one of the culprits is both a member of the black metal band Umbrtka and a writer for the Czech version of Maxim. Umbrtka have released 17 albums over the last 13 years, including one called Melša - Frank Zappa Meets Darkthrone, which is pretty impressive in its own right.
Check out more of these below, and the rest over at Deathmetal.org. (The Satyricon one is my personal favorite.)
by Bill Pearis
Kid Koala @ Le SAT, 11/16/2012
In addition to all the other shows during M for Montreal 2012, we were treated to a Friday afternoon performance by Kid Koala at Le SAT. We were handed wireless headphones on the way in and were invited stretch out against long, inflatable tube/cushions that were made just for this performance which was mainly to promote his children's book (and accompanying album), Space Cadet (which he toured earlier this year). Kid Koala (aka Eric San) performed in the middle with a camera on the decks which was projected on three screens around him. He played songs (including a new track with Damon Albarn and Dan the Automator), told stories, read from his book and even donned a Koala suit for his contribution to Yo Gabba Gabba. There were also games and other audience participation moments. It felt more like we were hanging with him in his basement than at a show, and he was an affable host.
Kid Koala is gearing up to tour another project, his new record 12 Bit Blues, and that will hit NYC on November 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and tickets are still available.. Like the Space Cadet tour, it's a multimedia extravaganza and promises puppets, dancing girls, robots, a giant cardboard turntable and more (but no headphones, for the audience at least).
A list of all tour dates, along with a full album stream of 12 Bit Blues is below.