FETISHES - Debut Album - Out now!

 

Fetishes review by Other Music

"I'm psyched to be offering up this great release by local provocateur Smoota...who steps out on his own for a killer album that combines the slinky DIY funk grooves of Shuggie Otis with the offbeat, trippy psychedelic stoner charm of James Pants, all topped off with a sly pervy streak that winks toward Serge Gainsbourg and the P-Funk mob.... The twelve songs on Fetishes offer up a killer platter of smooth, laidback soul and funk that's slightly gritty at the edges; he's a skilled musician with the chops to pull this off, playing everything himself and singing every note, and his take on this sound offers riches that reward with multiple listens. It's definitely one of the year's most surprising records...and if you dig soul sounds that keep one foot in the pocket with the other out to lunch, you'll definitely appreciate what Smoota's offering here. This one definitely gets top marks all around from me!" - Mikey IQ Jones

Official Videos from the Fetishes LP

Smoota Live Footage

  • Hanging with Takuya and Tada - plotting the Smoota/Marianne tour of Japan this June!
    Hanging with Takuya and Tada - plotting the Smoota/Marianne tour of Japan this June!
  • Afterparty tonight in LA at Dirty Laundry. From 12:30 til very late!
    Afterparty tonight in LA at Dirty Laundry. From 12:30 til very late!
  • In LA, toasting, dubiously @wilderzoby @jaleezy
    In LA, toasting, dubiously @wilderzoby @jaleezy
  • @davesitek v. Giant Squid
    @davesitek v. Giant Squid
  • DJ 3 STOOGES, now available for your next party @tadebimpe @roofeeo - pic by @sirreeves
    DJ 3 STOOGES, now available for your next party @tadebimpe @roofeeo - pic by @sirreeves
  • Chicago church door
    Chicago church door
  • New @tvontheradio exhibit at Madame Tussaud's wax museum in Kansas City. Vid by @davesitek.
    New @tvontheradio exhibit at Madame Tussaud's wax museum in Kansas City. Vid by @davesitek.
  • Playing Old Maid in Dallas with a stacked deck (circa '78)
    Playing Old Maid in Dallas with a stacked deck (circa '78)
  • Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys telling us that seeing @tvontheradio live was like the moment of simultaneously being born and seeing pussy for the first time. And who are we to argue?
    Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys telling us that seeing @tvontheradio live was like the moment of simultaneously being born and seeing pussy for the first time. And who are we to argue?
  • Eyewitness blues @tvontheradio taping Austin City Limits tonight. Stream at 8pm on ACL's youboob channel or watch on the boob tube in the fall! @roofeeo @jaleezy
    Eyewitness blues @tvontheradio taping Austin City Limits tonight. Stream at 8pm on ACL's youboob channel or watch on the boob tube in the fall! @roofeeo @jaleezy
  • New Orleans St. Patty's Day
    New Orleans St. Patty's Day
  • Surf's up! DJing tonight at Night of Joy! 9-2am. 667 Lorimer at Meeker.
    Surf's up! DJing tonight at Night of Joy! 9-2am. 667 Lorimer at Meeker.
  • Admiring the fine art by the restrooms at 5 Star Indian Diner in Long Island City
    Admiring the fine art by the restrooms at 5 Star Indian Diner in Long Island City
  • It's all in the thigh muscles.
    It's all in the thigh muscles.
  • Excited to say I'm now officially an album cover photographer! I took the pic for the new album Cosmetics by @diamondrugs, released today. Badass supergroup featuring @johnjmccauley and @robbietick from Deer Tick, Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, @deadhardy from Dead Confederate, Ian St Pe from The Black Lips and @ga_ha_oose from Six Finger Satellite.
    Excited to say I'm now officially an album cover photographer! I took the pic for the new album Cosmetics by @diamondrugs, released today. Badass supergroup featuring @johnjmccauley and @robbietick from Deer Tick, Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, @deadhardy from Dead Confederate, Ian St Pe from The Black Lips and @ga_ha_oose from Six Finger Satellite.
  • DJing tonight before bed at Union Pool 10pm-3am! Fun bands playing in the back room too!
    DJing tonight before bed at Union Pool 10pm-3am! Fun bands playing in the back room too!
  • Recording of second SMOOTA album continues... at maximum sensitivity.
    Recording of second SMOOTA album continues... at maximum sensitivity.
  • Used the thesaurus yesterday and stumbled upon this erotic poem
    Used the thesaurus yesterday and stumbled upon this erotic poem
  • Putting the cuchi in cuchifritos - at La Isla on Broadway
    Putting the cuchi in cuchifritos - at La Isla on Broadway
  • Tonight I'm DJing happy hour tonight at Union Pool tonight 8-11pm!
    Tonight I'm DJing happy hour tonight at Union Pool tonight 8-11pm!
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Averages 

People (mostly virgins and idiots) say there is no such thing as bad sex or bad pizza. More accurate is to say that average sex and average pizza are both satisfying, especially when you're in Italy. 

Perhaps inspired by this idea, Chicago artist Jason Salavon found the average look of Playboy Centerfolds for the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s by digitally averaging the images. The result, Every Playboy Centerfold, The Decades (normalized), from 2002, is below. It's a cool idea, and the results are beautiful, but apart from the gradual slimming of the body and the use of brighter lighting over the decades, there is not much to conclude other than that, on average, centerfolds have great posture.

The 1960s--->70s--->80s--->90s













Perhaps more relevant is Salavon's 2001 piece 76 Blowjobs, his averaging of 76 "found" fellatio photos. It's a great representation of how even though you may never forget your first time, by the 76th, it all becomes a blur. Plus, of course, that an average BJ is better than no BJ at all.

















 

Johannes Kahrs and the erotics of framing 

In most still-photo erotica, as exemplified by the Playboy centerfold, the composition is well-balanced. The sexual object is perfectly framed. The face, the torso, the crotch are centered. The object of desire is laid bare - there is no obscurity in what the viewer sees.
 



























One reason erotica is so important is to give us this unobscured view of bodies - a view we so rarely get in real life. Even with a fully-nude lover, lights are often dim.

But this perfectionism to much erotica is what makes it so often seem clinical and unerotic. Unless you're a gynecologist or a bodybuilder, you rarely see bodies so well lit and well-framed in all their glory. It's the dim light, the obscured view, the accidental glance, the quick flash that arouses us in real life. 

German painter Johannes Kahrs shows how the unbalanced frame creates more sexual tension than the centerfold. It's the combination of what we can and can't see that drives us wild.

This is why the peeping tom has more fun than the gynecologist.

Man Ray's Mr and Mrs. Woodman 

It is always enlightening to analyze human sexual behavior through another form (e.g., Fritz the Cat and other R. Crumb comix), so I'm grateful to my friend Margaux for telling me about these strange wooden sculptures by the great Man Ray, one of the most sensual of all 20th Century artists. Made in 1947, these figurines give new meaning to the term sex toys, and like the most effective sex toys, these are simple and elegant and innocent enough to not be recognized for what they are by your grandmother.

Keep in mind these figurines are married - Man Ray named them Mr. And Mrs. Woodman.

The male gaze 

Putting a woman on a pedestal is never the best strategy for winning her long-lasting devotion, but gazing at her often as if she belongs on a pedestal is rarely a wasted act.

For guidance, check the gaze of this man in Larry Fink's 1977 photo inside New York City's Club Cornish.





 
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