Tuesday, September 30, 2008

He's in Milan!!!

C'N'C Costume National - MFW Womenswear Spring/Summer 2009

Fashion Week gets longer and longer for Sir Gallo ;-)

So, they're touring

Apart from several blog entries, some of them literaly ripping the performance apart some praising them there has finally been a small piece on one of the shows that says more than just "I hate Vincent Gallo anyway" or "I love him whatever he does". Plus, even better, it includes some quotes from the man himself.

Here it is:

RRIICCEE Frontman Aims for Unstructured Sound

Posted on: Friday, 26 September 2008, 00:00 CDT

By Michael Machosky

Vincent Gallo, with his collective creative output as actor, filmmaker, model, painter, musician and general all-around weirdo, doesn't elicit many tepid reactions. People tend to either love him or hate him.

He's probably best known for his film work -- like the stunning indie classic "Buffalo 66" (1998), which he wrote, directed, acted in and composed the music, as well as the semi-coherent, scandalous catastrophe "The Brown Bunny" (2003), which provoked a famous fight with critic Roger Ebert at Cannes.

Whatever he is or claims to be, he's never boring or predictable. Gallo's new band, RRIICCEE, is his current focus, and, like most Gallo projects, it's not easy to describe. The band will perform Friday at Garfield Artworks.
Just don't expect to know ahead of time what they'll sound like. Gallo doesn't really know, either.
"We're trying to stay out of musical cliche as much as possible, and find a way to grow musically to the point where we're on the cusp of new musical forms," Gallo explains. "The only thing I can say that our music isn't, is jammy," Gallo says. "It's not jamming - - not a bunch of solos around a musical form. Don't expect jazz or blues."

The band features twins Nikolai and Simon Haas (brothers of actor Lukas Haas) and Eric Erlandson, a co-founder of the band Hole. For the most part, it's a pretty traditional rock band setup, with guitars, bass, keys and drums. Gallo sometimes plays mellotron, melodica and other things.

It's largely improvised music, and never the same thing twice. That implies a lot of risk for the musicians -- falling completely flat is an option.

"There's so much risk in chaos -- that's how you grow," Gallo says. "You respond to things you've never heard before, that you didn't plan on. Things come out of you that were not intentional.

"What I used to think for the audience is that there's a risk of it being a good show or a bad show. I don't think in those terms anymore. I listen back to some of the tapes I've made of shows. ... Some that I thought were not as good -- they weren't as structured or pretty -- were actually the strongest and most original."

Although he's most associated with the film world, he's been playing in bands since the '80s.

"Most of them were bands where nobody had a background in studying music -- I go back a long way with people who are not necessarily over-trained," Gallo says. "I played in a band with (artist) Jean-Michel Basquiat, called Gray -- a very marvelous experience for me. With Jean-Michel Basquiat, I learned to abandon my expectations, and the stories stuck in my head from the past. I had to really let them go and think on my own -- to be the person I am, not the person I learned to be by listening to other things."

RRIICCEE has no plans to make any recordings for sale. Gallo says the band is only interested in the music created in the room at the time of the performance. For those who come to hear it, keep in mind that the music you're hearing will always be unique.

"They should understand they're going to see a performance that's unrehearsed," Gallo says. "Expect there will be some ups and downs regarding the level of clarity. They should try to forget the more traditional music experiences they have."

Source: http://www.redorbit.com/news/entertainment/1568682/rriiccee_frontman_aims_for_unstructured_sound/

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Interview with Vincent

Interview A Chat With Vincent Gallo
by Robyn Conniff


Last December, the musical group RRIICCEE rolled into Buffalo to play a show at the downtown club Soundlab. One major point of interest for potential audience members was the approach the group takes to making their music—they compose it on the spot in a sort of super-live performance, unwritten and unrehearsed. Another point of interest was the inclusion of group member, actor, filmmaker, Buffalo expatriate and sometime media firebrand Vincent Gallo. (In fact, in the weeks leading up to the date, several potential concert-goers asked each other and were asked if people were going not to RRIICCEE, but to “the Vincent Gallo show.”) Gallo dedicated the show to the recently deceased local artist Mark Freeland. The show sold out.

Vincent GalloGallo spoke with AV from his home in Los Angeles. His experiences with the media, especially some of those in his hometown, still leave a bitter taste in his mouth, in case anyone was wondering. However, his message now is one of hope for the city (and, yes, its media) and that we should learn we can be proud of our own. (He, perhaps wryly, asked how the death of Tim Russert was handled here. With apologies to Russert’s loved ones, I wryly told Gallo that Russert was being nominated for sainthood.)

AV: Hello, Mr. Gallo?

Vincent Gallo: Yes, this is “Mr. Gallo.”

AV: You’ll be coming to Buffalo in a week?

VG: Yes, I’ll be coming with RRIICCEE.

AV: Where did the band get its name?

VG: I made it up. I made it up as a logo [so as] not to get stuck—usually when bands name themselves at some point in their lives they in some way outgrow their sensibility they were attached to when they identified themselves. In that way I was trying to do something that’s like a logo or had visual sense like a logo.

AV: I caught your show in December…

VG: Oh, you did? It was, nice, to me, that people were very warm and open-minded.

AV: You’ve been asked many times to define what your group is doing, i.e., this is not a jam band or an improv: Does this ever get any easier to do?

VG: Hmm…no, it doesn’t. People seem to be really jaded, or confused in that way. It’s not a jam band because it’s not people soloing around a musical form or key or progression. It is improvisation—spontaneous but with a goal of creating composition. It’s a form of songwriting.

AV: Are there rules against stumbling upon a previously spontaneously composed passage?

VG: No, there are no rules against anything, but the goal is to get out of the way of fear, or ego. So, if you’re not in fear and you’re not in ego, you’re not self-glorifying or you’re not falling into cliches because you’re afraid to be open. There are no rules whatsoever, and in fact, I’ve been in ego during performances where I don’t pull into myself but I certainly don’t feel comfortable, when I knew I [was] doing things that are self-glorifying, or soloing, or things that have worked for me in the past. I’m at the point where that doesn’t feel right and I quickly move away from that as soon as possible.

AV: It sounds as if there is a metaphysical aspect to what you are doing.

VG: Yes, there is. What people seem to do when they go onstage is to create expectations for themselves—what they sound like and how the songs should go, etc. We simply remove that expectation, and we haven’t replaced it with fear and ego, but replaced it with openness and open heart, and that’s all.

AV: People do come to shows with their own expectations—but with this group, do you think you bring the audience into that sense of openness and lack of expectation?

VG: Immediately, I think, they get a sense that the experience for them is, at least partly, the same as it is for us. They’re getting to watch a creative process, but also getting to wallow, or enjoy what’s going on sonically. There is a sonic wall or landscape, and they can sit back and enjoy it and also notice how it’s being created, and enjoy that. If you didn’t know the music wasn’t rehearsed or written, you wouldn’t know it just by listening—you’d have to be told that. If you can get past however that makes you feel now that you’ve been told that, then you can enjoy [the show] in a basic way.

AV: Knowing the players come from a background in rock or experimental music…

VG: Just for the record, I love rock music, and some of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen in my life were done by bands who go on tour and play their pre-recorded music. So, we’re not reacting to anyone and we’re not putting anyone down. We’re just saying, here’s another way to think of a live performance, here’s another way to be part of a musical group. One where we’re trying to grow continually and not get too attached to one thing that’s happening.

AV: Do you know of any other groups doing anything similar to your group?

VG: I’ve never seen anybody else, because even “noise bands” or any of the electronic bands, they’re still going out there and performing. They have an expectation of what they’re trying to do—basically no different than the John Mayer band, except their musical form is either a bit more jaded or original or spontaneous, whatever word you want to use. I don’t believe in those words, because I don’t think one person is better than another person just because what they’re doing is, let’s say, less popular. I remember as a kid really digging Earth, Wind & Fire, you, know, they were like the number one band in the world—and at the same time I had King Crimson albums, some experimental music, the classics. But I didn’t feel the more experimental artists were cooler, more important, or more valid than Earth, Wind & Fire. In fact, I just drove across the country with Sean Lennon, who was listening to Earth, Wind & Fire’s greatest hits, thinking how fucking brilliant they were…

All music is beautiful, all film is beautiful. I’ve never been to a movie in my life that I didn’t like. There are some I liked more than others but they’re not all by Tarkovsky, or Godard, or Bresson. I mean, the Wizard of Oz is still my favorite film—how much more classic can a film get?

AV: Have you had any film ideas come to you through this project?

VG: Just one, which is to make a movie of every performance on the tour, then cut a feature film which is just a straight collection of musical performances without any prose or narration or cutaway whatsoever. That’s what I’m planning to do with the next tour. I have to finish editing my new movie and I have a couple more shots to do with Francis Coppola—I’m in Coppola’s new movie [Tetro]. The movie I directed is untitled at the moment. And for the record, Francis Coppola was the most beautiful filmmaker I’ve ever worked with in my life. I’m really grateful to have had that experience.

AV: Why’d you put Buffalo on this tour?

VG: I booked a tour across the country and I insisted that we try to make another show work in Buffalo, because the last time we played there my band had such a good experience, and we spent a couple of days in Buffalo because we had some down dates. I drove with Nikolas Haas [a bandmate whose fraternal twin, Simon, is also in RRIICCEE; they are the younger brothers of actor/musician/longtime Gallo friend Lukas Haas] all around Buffalo for two days, just trying different restaurants, showing him where I grew up; it was such a beautiful experience. I met two young girls who came to the show—they were so smart and so open, and they were cool, and it was so exciting for me to have a good experience. The only sad note was that I missed seeing Mark Freeland. Kent Weber came. Kent gave me a picture of him and Mark when they were younger, and it’s now my most treasured photograph. It was really so nice of Kent to make that for me.

AV: Bernie Kugel showed me a photo of you and him taken some years ago.

VG: Bernie Kugel is one of the most influential people in my life. Mark was certainly, Kent is certainly—those are some beautiful Buffalonians. They reflect the true nature of the people there—there’s some warm, smart, sensitive [people]. I don’t know why Buffalo gets such a funny rap. I picture a lot of change because of such people.

AV: How long have the Haas brothers been in the lineup?

VG: We’ve been a musical group for about five months. We haven’t played many times together, so Buffalo is going to be only our second show, which should be interesting. [Laughs.] I’m really happy we’re playing Soundlab again, I really like that joint, it’s a very good joint. I’m really excited that they invited us back.

AV: Well, you sold out last time.

VG: Yeah, I hope that’s where we’re at again.

RRIICCEE will be at Soundlab on Thursday, September 25.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another Fashion Week Palin comment

And yet another one on the Palin family - I love fashion week for all the news that go along with it!

"Story" here: http://www.blackbookmag.com/article/fashion-week-vincent-gallo-still-a-sarah-palin-fan/4104/

Clip here:

Fashion Week "Scandal", Part II

As Vincent Gallo is still out and about at the fashion week, he managed to get on the bad side of yet another journalist - and all because of his jacket. The whole story is right here (http://www.blackbookmag.com/article/fashion-week-vincent-gallo-will-track-you-down/4124/) the clip that goes along with it is here for you:

Well, not that bad, right? He sitll looks hot though in that jacket.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It's a scandal, baby...

...and the person enjoying it the most is probably our dear Vincent Gallo.

The New Yorker - who owns the famous tape - now published the said part of it and also wrote a little piece on the whole situation which can be found right here:


And it goes something like this:

In Which We Defend Vincent Gallo’s Palin Proclivities

Earlier this week, one of our reporters caught up with provocative director Vincent Gallo at the Andres Serrano party at the Bowery Hotel. While she was interviewing him, Gawker operative Molly Friedman approached and joined the conversation, without telling Gallo she was a reporter. And after he harassed her for smoking cigarettes ("You look like you've been smoking for 40 years," he said — Friedman is 24), Gallo began to discuss Sarah Palin and her family. Friedman wrote about the exchange on Gawker, and claimed that Gallo called 17-year-old Bristol and 14-year-old Willow "hot." According to Friedman, she asked Gallo if that made him a pedophile, and Gallo said, "I've been called worse things."
After Gawker published their version of the exchange, Gallo found a different reporter from New York and protested the blog post. The Brown Bunny director argued that he never said anything sexual about Palin's underage daughters. He also wrote a lengthy comment on Gawker, in which he called Friedman a "fucking cunt," among other pretty terrible things.
Well, because we're nosy bitches, we tracked down the tape and we're publishing that section of it here. We spoke with Friedman, who said she spoke to Gallo for "five to ten minutes." The entire tape of this conversation with our own reporter lasts 26 minutes, and Friedman is around for only about the first ten, so we've edited it down to the Palin section. In it, you can hear Gallo indeed tell our reporter that Sarah Palin is "the prettiest girl in the world" and that he's "in love with her." (Our gal is the one who speaks more loudly because she's closer to the tape recorder.) Gallo says that the Palin "family is beautiful" and extols the hotness of Ma and Pa Palin, but not of their teenage daughters. He calls the youngest daughter, 7-year-old Piper, "cute." (For what it's worth, he later calls Hillary Clinton a "pig.")

Notably, Gallo does not shrug off accusations of being "a pedophile." When we asked Friedman about the discrepancy between her report and the tape, she said: "I simply struck up a casual conversation with Gallo while with my friends. I found the fact that he called the Palins 'the best looking family' and commented on the daughters' appearance in such a candid way to be funny, so I told a friend at Gawker. I'm not the first girl Gallo has called the C-word, but I may be the first not to care."
We think that pretty much wraps it up.

So if you want to listen to the real thing, just go there and check it out.

My opinion? No big fucking deal.

But the NYmag also caught him and asked him about it (http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2008/09/at_y-3_vincent_gallo_explains.html):

At Y-3, Vincent Gallo Explains His Attraction to the Palin Daughters

When we asked Vincent Gallo what he thinks about Sarah Palin, he lashed out about a Gawker post that he found offensive. “Gawker had some slut named Molly Friedman who quoted that I made some sexual gestures toward her [Palin’s] young daughters. What I said was that they’re a very handsome family. I said that I thought she, her husband, and her children were very handsome, and that the idea of them being the vice-presidential family was delightful in my mind,” Gallo told us at the Y-3 show on Sunday. “They said that I insinuated that I found them sexy. And I never said that,” he insisted. “I said they were a handsome family, and I found her watching her youngest daughter holding the baby very sweet and cute.” Gallo told us how the whole mix-up happened. “The girl who wrote for Gawker was some drunk young girl smoking like a truck driver, some club chick, and she was like eavesdropping on somebody else that I was talking to. I was offended that Gawker would accuse me of something that would be illegal. And I found it shocking that they would send out, like a club whore like that to do their work.” What else about “whores”? “If [Palin] was a left-wing whore, it would be fine that she had kids and a job. Because she’s a good American and a fine, respectable woman, it has somehow infuriated the Socialist media.” He added, perhaps unnecessarily, “That’s how I feel.”

The Ugly Cunt - Palin family, Part II

So Vincent did of course not say that being paedophile isn't the worst thing. He even made a statement, declaring how things actually happened:

"The eavesdropping cunt Molly Friedman and her ugly, primitive mind invented her own view of my conversation. I was polite, casual, and spoke about how nice the Palin family unit was. I said the youngest daughter was so cute holding her baby brother. I was not and would never suggest I was sexually attracted to the Palin family daughters and I resent the whore Molly Friedman and Gawker for creating that spin. Let me remind the Gawker creeps that sex with minors is illegal and suggesting in any way that I am open for that is against the law, ugly, useless, rude, and small minded. The girl from New York Magazine has a tape of the entire conversation and I will shove it up Gawker's ass if they do not retract Molly's dishonest and ugly inventions. Fuck Gawker, fuck that ugly cunt Molly Friedman, and fuck all who have chimed in with their judgments, hate, resentments, and jealousy. I suggest you all read books, stay off the net, put down the chips and dips, and get in touch with what has made you so unhappy. For the record Molly, I will make you wish you were never born, you fucking cunt.
Regards,Vincent Gallo


Monday, September 8, 2008

News news news

The city is buzzing with fashion so everyone has to go out to be seen. This also includs Vincent who had a good time this weekend AND finally made the inevitable comment on the Palin-Family.

You can read how Gallo lusts after the teenage Palin daughters (http://gawker.com/5046111/vincent-gallo-lusts-after-teenage-palin-daughters):

Indie actor and proud Republican Vincent Gallo failed to shock and awe with his in-real-life blowjob scene with Chloe Sevigny in The Brown Bunny. But the scruffy about-town Gallo should be more discreet about what he says to people about how "hot" the Palin family daughters are. Our correspondent Molly Friedman ran into him at the Andres Serrano after-party last night:
Via Molly:
"Ever seen the younger one? Yeah, they're the best looking family I've ever seen," said Gallo. He said something about guns, so I asked, are you are you a Republican? He said "Yes." I said, "Why?" He said, "Why not?" I said, "I asked you first."He said, "Look, have you seen that Palin family? She is so hot. And her daughters are so hot." I said, "Which one, the pregnant one [Bristol, 17] or the younger one [Willow, 14]?" He said, "Both of them. They're the hottest family I've ever seen." I said, "So are you a pedophile?" And he said, "I've been called worse things."

Then he was one of the art lovers to celebrate Serrano:

Even at a civilized dinner party, bad boy artist Andres Serrano doesn't fail to shock. "I never thought I would work with s---," he deadpanned over his appetizer as he sat next to his gallerist, Yvon Lambert, at a fete in his honor at the Bowery Hotel Thursday night.But for his latest show at Lambert's Chelsea gallery, such scatological subject matter is exactly what Serrano focused on: the end product, if you will, of 66 different animals, including himself. The resulting large scale images have names like "Good S---," "Bad S---," and "Holy S---." "It first occurred to me when I was watching the nude wrestling scene in 'Borat'," explained the photographer, who is infamous for the 1987 work "Piss Christ," that sent the late Jesse Helms into apoplexies of rage.Given that controversy, it's slightly incongruous that one of Serrano's close friends at the dinner was Vincent Gallo—a self-proclaimed hard-core Republican. "John McCain invited me to go to the convention, but I couldn't attend since I had to work," said Gallo, who will instead be hitting the fashion shows of Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Rodarte while he's in New York. "I love [Sarah] Palin," he continued. "I think she's hot."

And someone was kind enough to take pics of him at the fashion show (more on getty, as you can guess form the ugly watermarks):

"Where's Waldo - eh, Vincent????"

Friday, September 5, 2008

Tour, Part II

As they are touring, there are several "oh how we look forward to the concernt happening in our humble city"-news.

Here are some:



Anyone who can get tickets, GET them and take the chance to see this amazing band live!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dear Mr Stein,

this is a response to your little comment on the Belvedere Vodka ad (http://gawker.com/news/last-call/vincent-gallo-and-terry-richardson-pimp-belvedere-330199.php) with Vincent Gallo.

The fact that you consider the ad to be "depressing" is a personal impression of your choice that cannot be discussed. I rather save depression for the really big things in life and don't waste it on ads I don't like (as there are plenty, Mr Stein.)

But did Gallo and Richardson become "silly parodies of themselves"? I am not sure about that one. The Gallo I see in this ad has nothing to do with how he is perceived in general (as the drunk party going guy who smashes paintings) by the public, so I don't see what exactly he is trying to parody so badly. The only reason why I consider it to be funny is the fact that Gallo has said several time that he does not drink any alcohol at all.

Gallo also never "concocted a whole movie around Chloe Sevigny giving him head" and everyone who has actually seen the movie knows that The Brown Bunny isn't as much about him getting a blow job as Planet of the Apes tries to be a documentary on the statue of liberty. I understand that it is easy not to like The Brown Bunny and call it boring or too slow or whatever, but anyone who has seen the movie and not only saw the billboard or the scandal it brought upon an ever so stuck up country should know better than it being about a blow job (even though the said blow job was VERY well done.)

Dear Mr Stein, I am sure a bit of research would help ;-)

RRIICCEE (has to be spellt out, not pronounced as Rice!!!) is on tour...

Mr Vincent Gallo and his band are touring again - sadly, only in the US. This is good for the people in the US but bad for me living in Europe but you can't always have it all, can you? Anyway, if I could I'd go so everyone who can go: GO THERE! (More Information & awesome merschandise on the official site of the band: www.rriiccee.com)

RRIICCEE - 2008 Tour Dates:

09.24 - Hiro Ballroom - New York, NY
09.25 - Soundlab - Buffalo, NY
09.26 - Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, PA
09.27 - The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
09.28 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
09.29 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI
09.30 - Turf Club - Minneapolis, MN
10.03 - Mission Theatre - Portland, OR
10.05 - SOHO - Santa Barbara, CA

And if you want to read as well, there is a really good interview with Vincent here (where he talks about the band and iPods) from 2007:


Monday, September 1, 2008

The Asia-Connection

Asia Argento is getting married because some guy got her pregnant or because she's really, truly in love.

See here and numerous other sources:


All these sources mention that she once was with Vincent Gallo, which is probably something most of you know, but you can never mention things often enough. And if only I could find that damn interview she once did about them, I'd post the excerpts but it seems like the fanpage that had it published and that had called itseld the best source ever bla bla on her has vanished.