A Tune from the Tomb: Daniel Johnston, Ron English and Clutter Studios to produce “Jeremiah Grin” NFT editions

It was “Hi How Are You” Day 2021, a day created to celebrate the late great Daniel Johnston, the Vincent Van Gogh of shoegazing pop music, when artist and longtime Daniel collaborator Ron English received a forgotten recording of a song he wrote with Daniel years ago, from producer Earl Norman, who had recorded it and rediscovered it on his computer.

The haunting song, titled “Big Empty Ego,” echoed the emptiness of the strange bubble of fame in which the tortured artist existed.  The question was what to do with such an unusual musical treasure. By a series of fortunate turns of fate, the little recording will soon transform into a white-hot NFT, the ideal vehicle to encapsulate decades of collaboration between the two artists.

Ron teamed up with the Daniel Johnston estate and Clutter studios to facilitate the production of a line of art toys based on Daniel’s iconic characters. Using a 3d model of Jeremiah the frog, Daniel’s signature character, Ron worked with Clutter studios to retrofit his own signature treatment of “the Grin” onto the piece and placed it into English’s iconic Delusionville environment.

The song was delivered as raw tracks to producer Joe Johnson, old friend and longtime producer of both Daniel and Ron’s musical endeavors. Joe gave the same love to this lost song that he had bestowed upon the first Daniel Johnston album that Joe had produced many years ago in Austin, Texas, “Continued Story,” completing the journey from inspiration to execution yet again within the same old circle of friends.

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Ed Zipco of Superchief Gallery, a longtime fan of both Daniel Johnston and Ron English, pounced on the opportunity to release the NFT project through his new platform–the ONLY NFT platform with a NYC Gallery! The series releases May 1, 2021. Stay tuned!

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Superchief Gallery 56 East 11th St, NYC Tel. (213) 538-8260 

Bloomberg taps Oprah Winfrey as his vice presidential running mate for the 2020 election.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made his decision on his running mate for the 2020 presidential election. For his vice president he has chosen Oprah Winfrey, the talk show host and philanthropist. In 2016 Bloomberg flirted with the idea of Oprah Winfrey as his secretary of commerce, this time deciding to make the leap and add her name to the ballot.

Bloomberg has a history of sexist and racist comments, and hopes that selecting the most powerful black woman in America will rectify this. Winfrey, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama for her efforts during the 2008 election, has decided she is ready to help get Bloomberg to the White House.

Despite his patterns of sexual harassment and discrimination against minorities, Winfrey and Bloomberg get along quite well and have become good friends. Winfrey’s work with the Time’s Up movement and her Leadership Academy for Girls will help balance Bloomberg’s past controversies.

Bloomberg is a late addition to the poll and is hoping this move will produce a frenzy of online memes and thus boost his polling numbers.

American Artist Takes Japanese Kaiju To New Heights!

World famous, controversial artist, Ron English, takes the Japanese art of Kaiju to new extremes in his upcoming exhibit in China. Kaiju, or “strange beasts”, originates from the Japanese film genre that focuses on giant monsters attacking cities and militaries.

The exhibit opens Friday, June 21st from 7pm to 10pm at Pop Life Art Space, located Tower 1/ No. 4080 Qiaoxiang Road. Shenzhen, China. 

Mexico Agrees to Pay for Border “Welcome Wall”

A thousand artists are queued up to build the Welcome Wall, an art installation wall running the length of the US/Mexico border. The first section of the Wall was unveiled today in Mission, Texas, at the National Butterfly Center, painted by eight artists, including organizer/creator and world-renowned artist Ron English, a New York-based Texas native.

“The wall is being built NOW, but not by Trump, and Mexico is paying for it, not American taxpayers. And it really is beautiful. It’s environmentally neutral, and we hope it becomes a global tourist attraction and national treasure. Our wall is a welcome, not a rebuff. Our wall has doors and climbing rocks!”

The first section of the Welcome Wall was funded by an indiegogo campaign. Subsequent sections will be funded by the Mexican government, which has also agreed to provide contractor and construction support for the art installation to run from Texas to California along the US/Mexico border.

 

Jay-Z addresses Beyoncé infidelity rumours on new album 4:44

After Jay-Z’s wife Beyoncé Knowles aired details of his rumoured infidelity on her album Lemonade, the US rapper has now addressed the scandal on his new album, 4:44. Released today on the Tidal streaming service that he part owns, various lyrics refer to the trials the couple have experienced.

Read Entire Story Here:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/30/jay-z-beyonce-knowles-infidelity-rumours-new-album-4443184

Trump: Obama didn’t ‘choke,’ he ‘colluded or obstructed’

President Trump on Monday said President Obama took no action against Russia for its actions in the 2016 election because he expected Hillary Clinton to win.

Trump concluded that Obama had not “choked” in taking no action against Russia, as a senior administration official told The Washington Post. Instead, Trump said Obama had “colluded” or “obstructed.”

Read Entire Story Here  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339443-trump-obama-colluded-or-obstructed-in-2016-election

 

 

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BET Awards: Solange does not thank sister Beyonce

What happened to sisterly love?

Solange Knowles seemingly forgot to thank her big sister Beyonce as she took home the Centric Award at Sunday night’s BET Awards.

Solange listed a long roster of fellow female artists that inspired her over the years as well as a generic shout out to “my family” but left out Beyonce. She also thanked her husband and son.

Read Entire Story Here: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/06/26/bet-awards-solange-does-not-thank-sister-beyonce.html1498478571642

‘Grotesque actions’ in Penn State fraternity hazing death

The lawyer for the family of a student who died after falling down stairs during a fraternity initiation has called the group’s actions “grotesque”.

Timothy Piazza, 19, died in February after he became drunk during a “pledge” event for a fraternity, which is a social club for male students.

Mr Piazza, who was left unconscious for hours, suffered internal injuries before he died in hospital.

Prosecutors charged 18 students at Penn State University over his death.

The charges came after months of a grand jury investigation, which included video from surveillance cameras, testimony and phone records from Mr Piazza’s final hours inside the fraternity house.

Read Entire Story Here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39860328

NASA Receives Proposals for Future Solar System Mission

NASA has received and is reviewing 12 proposals for future unmanned solar system exploration. The proposed missions of discovery – submitted under NASA’s New Frontiers program – will undergo scientific and technical review over the next seven months. The goal is to select a mission for flight in about two years, with launch in the mid-2020s.

“New Frontiers is about answering the biggest questions in our solar system today, building on previous missions to continue to push the frontiers of exploration,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

“We’re looking forward to reviewing these exciting investigations and moving forward with our next bold mission of discovery.”

Read Entire Story Here: http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_Receives_Proposals_for_Future_Solar_System_Mission_999.html

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