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

  • Thanks @KCRW for the shmoke! @tvontheradio
    Thanks @KCRW for the shmoke! @tvontheradio
  • Wookin pa nub in all the right places - @tvontheradio in LA tonight for @kcrw show!
    Wookin pa nub in all the right places - @tvontheradio in LA tonight for @kcrw show!
  • Two minutes to showtime last night in Seattle @tvontheradio
    Two minutes to showtime last night in Seattle @tvontheradio
  • Had a romantic weekend in the Pacific Northwest with @tvontheradio. Next stops this month: LA, Seattle, Colorado, Minneapolis, Des Moines, and Chicago...
    Had a romantic weekend in the Pacific Northwest with @tvontheradio. Next stops this month: LA, Seattle, Colorado, Minneapolis, Des Moines, and Chicago...
  • If you say so
    If you say so
  • Repost from @maxfishbar: Get whisked away by the tropical breeze this evening as you listen to the sweet summer sounds of @smoota live on @know_wave 7:30-9 est. #themaxfishradiohour
    Repost from @maxfishbar: Get whisked away by the tropical breeze this evening as you listen to the sweet summer sounds of @smoota live on @know_wave 7:30-9 est. #themaxfishradiohour
  • Coconut sipping with Dad in Singapore
    Coconut sipping with Dad in Singapore
  • Farewell beautiful Malaysia! The only country with the word LAY in its name....
    Farewell beautiful Malaysia! The only country with the word LAY in its name....
  • Baby's first 🍌 hammock #langkawi
    Baby's first 🍌 hammock #langkawi
  • Birthday bombshell - @amostouchette #langkawi
    Birthday bombshell - @amostouchette #langkawi
  • Cruisin' the Andaman Sea #langkawi
    Cruisin' the Andaman Sea #langkawi
  • The wifi sucks here. #langkawi
    The wifi sucks here. #langkawi
  • Last day of geisha training in Kyoto #smootadoesjapan
    Last day of geisha training in Kyoto #smootadoesjapan
  • Who wants to duet with me on a song about the pleasure of Japanese toilets? #smootadoesjapan
    Who wants to duet with me on a song about the pleasure of Japanese toilets? #smootadoesjapan
  • Old photo of Charlie Chaplin geisha in Kyoto #smootadoesjapan
    Old photo of Charlie Chaplin geisha in Kyoto #smootadoesjapan
  • SARS Chic is growing on me #smootadoesjapan
    SARS Chic is growing on me #smootadoesjapan
  • Anime Amos @amostouchette  #smootadoesjapan
    Anime Amos @amostouchette #smootadoesjapan
  • 🌊❤️Tokyo❤️🌊 #smootadoesjapan
    🌊❤️Tokyo❤️🌊 #smootadoesjapan
  • Japanese therapist #smootadoesjapan
    Japanese therapist #smootadoesjapan
  • Doin' it in Daikanyama! - with @amostouchette and @deinsaki #smootadoesjapan
    Doin' it in Daikanyama! - with @amostouchette and @deinsaki #smootadoesjapan
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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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