Diversions + Tunes: June 2017

This month we race some pigeons, explore Oman in a way that you will have to see to believe and travel back in time to 1986 New York - It's all in this month's Diversions + Tunes.


1. New YORK CITY, 1986 – THE GRIT, THE GRAFFITI, THE GLORY. Hurtling down the tracks of a New York City subway train line with the Twin Towers on the horizon, the camera suddenly plunges into the Hudson River. This is the startling opening to Dream City, the little-known experimental documentary that the US filmmaker and photographer Steven Siegel made in 1986. Frenetic camerawork and kinetic editing catapult us from scene to scene across the city as teenagers weigh in on topics ranging from the psychology of graffiti to income inequality and street harassment. The result – an absorbing confluence of time, place and visual style – is a distinctly New York jaunt that brings to mind the words of the poet Dylan Thomas: ‘I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.’/AEON

2. HOUSE OF WORSHIP. Before pro wrestling was a national pay-per-view spectacle it was a regional affair. For his 1971 book Friday Night in the Coliseum, photographer Geoff Winningham immersed himself in the scene at the Sam Houston Coliseum, one of the key stops on the Southwestern circuit. His images not only capture the action—Gorgeous George II getting dropkicked in the head, or Mil Mascaras leaping from the top rope in a luchador mask—but also expertly reveal the intimacy and intensity of the crowd's relationship to the unfolding drama./Victory Journal

3. HOW CHRIS MCCANDLES DIED. Twenty-five years ago, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other backcountry visitors./The New Yorker

4. ARC OF THE SUN. Revealing history with one of South Africa's greatest spectacle's as our guide./The Activist Magezine

5. A CONVERSATION WITH BRIAN ENO. Ambient pioneer, glam rocker, hit producer, technological pioneer,worldbeat proponent, and self-described non-musician - over the course of his long, prolific and hugely influential career, Brian Eno was all of these things and much, much more. Determining his creative pathways with the aid of a deck of instructional, Tarrot-like cards called Oblique Strategies, Eno championed theory over practice, serendipity over forethought, and texture over craft; in the process he forever altered the ways in which music is approached, composed, performed, and perceived, and everything from punk to techno to new age bears his unmistakable influence./Pitchfork

6. OMAN OFFROAD. Little Big World turns the most beautiful, interesting and awkward locations on earth into adorable miniature models using tilt-shift photography./VIMEO


Here's what we were jamming out to at Dude Awesome HQ for the month of June. Don't forget to follow us on Spotify and YouTube to check out all our exclusive playlists.