““Cats Purring is intended to be vague,” says May. “It really could be anything, but it’s mostly just to make Missisippi a better place, and to show some love to the people who are making creative and weird things down here.” For now, the crew is focusing mainly on organizing shows, while jointly promoting locally grown music on the Cats Purring blog. “It can be anything,” he admits. I’d just love for there to be better art here, and we just want to encourage that.””
Dent May in an Altered Zones interview about the DIY art collective in his home of Oxford, Mississippi. It’s awesome to hear that DIY alive and growing beyond the borders of Brooklyn and Baltimore. (via hardlyart)
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RIP 285 Kent, the Last DIY Music Venue I’ll Ever Truly Love
Sometimes, while I was queuing for a bathroom so notoriously filthy that it has its own Twitter account, or fighting my way to the bar to get served the entirely wrong drink by cheerfully incompetent bartenders, I’d start to get a feeling that maybe I was part of something. I’d stop and look around — at the murals on the walls, at the terrible old couch, at the condensation (hilariously dubbed “rave rain”) that would sometimes fall from the ceiling — and think about how much I’d come to love Williamsburg’s 285 Kent Ave, warts and all. And how sad I’d be when it closed. It was a day everyone knew was coming; DIY venues with questionable legality in the middle of yuppieville sadly have limited lifespans. But that doesn’t make it any less disappointing.
Every city needs places like 285 Kent. They’re spaces for bands to play, sure, but they’re also places for people to meet, for people to congregate, for people to start bands and hook up and snort questionable drugs or just get heinously drunk and sleep on the couch. I only knew the 285 crew tangentially (although I did make an arse of myself playing basketball with them in the DIY Basketball Association tournament, where we lost to a bunch of people in hot-pink uniforms from Flux Factory), but I do know that the place literally changed people’s lives.
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