Have you ever wished you could go out and get a little bit of culture, but are in a constant uphill battle with laziness? The Autumn Society of Philadelphia are allies in your fight, bringing culture to your fingertips. They have taken studio directly to you and packaged it neatly in the form of a blog. Bringing all types of art ranging from paintings and graphic art, to toys and custom skateboards, The Autumn Society has something for all interests. Not to mention they will keep you posted on artists and galleries to watch out for, and you can find it all in one place.
Established in 2006, The Autumn Society is made up of a little over 200 artists posting ideas, videos, and art on the internet for feedback and basically just to share the wealth. Although the Society started in Philadelphia, it is rapidly going national and always looking for new talented members to share their work. No matter wh at type of art you are into, they have something to offer to everyone from the closet nerd to something more along the lines of an elegant canvas painting.
Not only is it a place for people to view an artists work, it is a place for people to connect and collaborate on future projects. Perhaps one of the most unique examples was the Mario Kart Collaboration.
This is easily one of the coolest pieces of pop culture art on the internet right now, and it is a great example of artistic interpretation
This is the point in the article that I would usually ask you what you were waiting for and to get off of your couch and check it out for yourself, but with The Autumn Society, you don’t even have to. If you are reading this, you are already on the internet, so click the link at the bottom of this article and see what you have been missing.
Dawn of Correction
In 2008, 94 WYSP named Dawn of Correction one of the best bands of 2008 and since then they have kept their reputation. Two years later, Dawn of Correction has been making a name for themselves worldwide by playing textbook metal in the same vein as Pantera and Metallica pre-rehab going to rehab. The combination of influences makes for a sound that will keep you interested throughout any album.
Rich Tornetta and Guilio Kitoa are basically the glue that holds the band together. The guitar and drum work would rival that of any modern metal band, delivering technical leads and beats so hard you can feel it in your chest. Singer, Chris Natalini can hold his own as well, with a singing style very similar to slayer. Joined together with bass lines by a man simply known as “Ech” the band delivers a hard hitting sound that will keep any metal head satisfied.
Their latest album, Dead Hand Control, is a nine-song half hour of pure metal gold. There is noticeable progress throughout each album, so Dead Hand Control is yet a another big step forward for the band. It is an extremely well rounded album, and the band really comes into their element. Singer Chris Natalini shows a great amount of progress on this album as well, giving the band a huge boost. The album is available online, so even if you aren’t from Philly, it is easy to get into this band.
Since their start, Dawn of Correction has made quite an impression on the metal scene. If they are in your area, it is absolutely in your best interest to check them out and if you are from Philly, you have no excuse to not get out and see them. www.myspace.com/dawnofcorrection
The Minor White (Prairie Queen Records)
The first time I was faced with The Minor White, I didn’t know what to think. I was not exactly sure how to categorize the band, but I was definitely sure that I was into it. I give any band that attempts to mix so many conflicting styles and actually achieves it without shitting the bed an incredible amount of respect. No matter what spectrum of the indie music scene you fall into, The Minor White has something to entertain everyone. The five piece band from Scranton is a big hit around the city and is making big strides toward becoming more nationally known.
Their latest album Old Theatrics, released this past October, is suitably named because every song sounds like a cabaret of music. There is so much going on but at the same time, the album finds order and comes together in a remarkable fusion of musical talents.
The band has been getting a lot of buzz on the internet and their album is available for sale on Prairie Queen’s website. If you did not get your hands on it in 2009, Old Theatrics is an excellent way to start off the new year. The band can be seen at clubs, bars and colleges all around the greater Pennsylvania area and from what I understand, put on quite an impressive live show.
Offering such a classic sound and bringing together so many different styles, the band really is a breath of fresh air in a very stale scene. If you live in the area and are interested in seeing what it would be like if the piano player from an old Charlie Chaplain movie got into a band with The Avett Brothers and Tom Petty, you might want to see The Minor White sometime soon. [Dave Quaile]