Tuesday, June 18
"Charles Bernstein just made an announcement about an exciting new project that just went live on the web: a 'genetic' critical edition of John Ashbery’s long poem 'The Skaters' created by Robin Seguy. It offers digital versions of earlier drafts of the poem along with the final published edition, so you can follow along and see how the poem as we know it emerged, along with all sorts of other data about it (including an index, word frequency charts, and so on)."
Locus Solus: The New York School of Poets
John Ashbery: “The Skaters” [from Rivers and Mountains, 1966]
"Countless lines of prose, poetry, and music have been written in hopes of capturing the magic of a summer night, but leave it to FIELD NOTES to take an inexplicably transcendent feeling and distill it down to basic science: it’s the stars. If you live in the city, you may often forget that there are more than a handful of ‘em up there. But if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere without light pollution, seeing the Milky Way stretched across the sky on a moonless summer night never gets old."
Field Notes Colors: "Night Sky" Edition (Video)
Monday, June 17
Wikipedia - "The Basement Tapes is a 1975 studio album by Bob Dylan and The Band. The songs featuring Dylan's vocals were recorded in 1967, eight years before the album's release, at houses in and around Woodstock, New York, where Dylan and the Band lived. Although most of the Dylan songs had appeared on bootleg records, The Basement Tapes marked their first official release. ... While some of the basement songs are humorous, others dwell on nothingness, betrayal and a quest for salvation. In general, they possess a rootsy quality anticipating the Americana genre. For some critics, the songs on The Basement Tapes, which circulated widely in unofficial form, mounted a major stylistic challenge to rock music in the late sixties."
W - List of Basement Tapes songs
Robert Christgau - The Basement Tapes: Bob Dylan Goes Public
amazon: The Basement Tapes
W - Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes
The Genuine Basement Tapes Volumes 1 - 5
allmusic - Bob Dylan & the Band's Basement Tapes Influences: Original Versions of the Big Pink Recordings
YouTube: Bob Dylan and the Band: Please, Mrs Henry, Odds and ends, Don't Ya Tell Henry, Million Dollar Bash, Long Distance Operator
YouTube: Robbie Robertson Talks About Bob Dylan and the Basement Tapes
ca.1907-1908, Le Matin, Bruyères en Fleurs (Auvergne)
Wikipedia - "William Didier-Pouget (Toulouse 14 November 1864 - Digulleville 12 September 1959) was a French artist, born in 1864, Toulouse, France, known for his landscape paintings. He focused primarily on the countryside of southern France, infusing his landscapes, always painted outdoors (en plein air), with light and color. Didier-Pouget is associated with the later phase of Impressionism, although not actually identified with the group of artists typically known as the Impressionists."
Sunday, June 16
"It’s just before 7 o’clock on a sunny Thursday morning in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, and dozens of people—a few of them still in pajamas—have lined up outside a sun-drenched bakery. A reporter from a local radio news program roams up and down the line asking why, exactly, they are there. Cronuts, they explain."
The Daily Beast (Video)
"Hoodoo Man Blues is one of the truly classic blues albums of the 1960s, and one of the first to fully document, in the superior acoustics of a recording studio, the smoky ambience of a night at a West Side nightspot. Junior Wells just set up with his usual cohorts -- guitarist Buddy Guy, bassist Jack Myers, and drummer Billy Warren -- and proceeded to blow up a storm, bringing an immediacy to 'Snatch It Back and Hold It,' 'You Don't Love Me, Baby,' 'Chitlins con Carne,' and the rest of the tracks that is absolutely mesmerizing."
W - Hoodoo Man Blues
W - You Don't Love Me (Willie Cobbs song)
Can I Do it Like I Want To? Bob Koester remembers Junior Wells
YouTube: Snatch It Back and Hold It, You Don't Love Me, Baby, Chitlin Con Carne
YouTube: Hoodoo Man Blues (1965) Full Album Plus Bonus Tracks
2011 November: Junior Wells
"This is one of the most important experimental guitar-based titles from avant guitarist and founding Henry Cow member Fred Frith. Frith's second solo album, Speechless, includes appearances by Etron Fou Leloublan, Massacre, and Bill Laswell. This is a studio Frankenstein of live clips and found sounds. While Frith attests to the occurrence of many 'happy accidents,' the album comes across confidently and more often more coherent than merely challenging. This is often cited as Frith's best solo record, and its inspired manipulations hold up under repeated scrutiny. There is a bit of European folk influence here, too, but not as obvious as on Gravity."
YouTube: Ahead in the Sand (Fred Frith, Cover by Paolo Angeli), Domain de Planousset, Speechless, Navajo, Balance, Women Speak to Men; Men Speak to Women
Saturday, June 15
"I have just discovered a whole new dimension to classical sculpture. If you dress the sculptures as hipsters it gives them an awesome new look. They become contemporary and totally badass. Needless to say, they look a lot more human. They look like people who we can picture in our lives. This beats Madame Tussauds. I am sold."
Today I Learned
"While best known for his sculptures made from metals, positioned flat on the floor and placed in symmetrical configurations, a rich and significant element of Carl Andre’s practice remains largely unseen and unpublished. Throughout his life, language and poetry have been fundamental to the work of Carl Andre. From the beginning of his career, his poems have functioned as entries into catalogues about his work, appeared alongside his sculpture in exhibitions, formed exhibitions in their own right, been published in strictly limited editions, made appearances in scholarly writings about the artist, been repeatedly cited in relation to the development of avant-garde poetry."
Tate - Carl Andre: The Complete Poems
W - Carl Andre
Delia Solomons on Carl Andre
Carl Andre: Mass & Matter
Friday, June 14
Dallas BBQ, acrylic on canvas, 2001
"Working in a range of materials— wood, epoxy, metal, and found materials— I hand-fabricate and assemble objects, signage and tableaux that investigate the mechanics of cultural and social anthropology. Using text and the strategies of appropriation, conflation, and dislocation, I uncover the subconscious and biological human imperatives hidden beneath social, political, religious, and capitalist packaging."
STUFF: Ten Things Walter Robinson Owns and Loves
Art Net: The Life and Times of Walter Robinson
Walter Robinson Studio
YouTube: Walter Robinson "Indulgences" at DORIAN GREY GALLERY, A Walter Robinson and Elizabeth Payton Doubleheader
"There's a new toy at my desk that a certain 20-something in the office wants to play with. Press a button, and a voice familiar to many rings out in an amplified sing-song: 'I have blueberries, I have peaches. I have plums. I have the mango.'"
He's got bananas! He's got okra!
Mr. Okra In Your Pocket
vimeo: Mr. Okra
"No sun will shine in my day today; (no sun will shine)
The high yellow moon won't come out to play:
(that high yellow moon won't come out to play)
I said (darkness) darkness has covered my light,
(and the stage) And has changed my day into night, yeah."
YouTube:The Old Grey Whistle Test 1973, Concrete Jungle, Studio repetition in 1980
Thursday, June 13
Capture of the Pirate, Blackbeard, 1718
Wikipedia - "The Golden Age of Piracy is a common designation given to usually one or more outbursts of piracy in maritime history of the early modern period. In its broadest accepted definition, the Golden Age of Piracy spans the 1650s to the 1730s and covers three separate outbursts of piracy. ... Narrower definitions of the Golden Age sometimes exclude the first or second periods, but most include at least some portion of the third. The modern conception of pirates as depicted in popular culture is derived largely, though not always accurately, from the Golden Age of Piracy."
W - Piracy in the Caribbean
W - Blackbeard
W - William Kidd
W - Anne Bonny
YouTube: The Pirates - Buccaneer
"John Prine won over critics in the early '70s with a string of successful singer/songwriter albums, and won over audiences with his charismatic stage presence. Although live albums have long been available for fans, Sessions at West 54th gave Prine a chance to work his charm on a television audience.
YouTube: Live from Sessions at West 54th 1:06:36
2010 February: John Prine, 2011 October: John Prine - 1, 2012 May: Diamonds in the Rough.
Wednesday, June 12
Red Boat (Imaginary Boys), 2003-04
"A major exhibition of the work of Peter Doig (b. Edinburgh 1959), one of the most internationally-renowned painters working today. No Foreign Lands surveys the paintings and works on paper that Doig has created during the past 10 years, with a particular emphasis on the artist's approach to serial motifs and recurring imagery. These works are exotic in their subject matter, formally spare and monumental at the same time, and show Doig working at the height of his extraordinary powers."
Guardian - Peter Doig: a free spirit captured in Scottish National Gallery's retrospective
YouTube: TateShots Issue 12, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2008)
2009 April: Peter Doig, 2009 June: Compass in Hand.
"Alfredo Jaar has developed a critical practice of call and response through alert and advanced invocations to sites of crisis. Whether about violence and poverty, exile and migration, or other conditions of global or ideological conflict, his work prompts observation and thinking that unsettle conventions and complacency. Representing Chile at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in its temporary pavilion situated in the Arsenale, Jaar’s evocative installation Venezia, Venezia guides visitors along an arching passage—like one of Venice’s iconic bridges—of striking visual and somatic encounters of aridity and liquidity."
YouTube: Biennale Arte 2013 - Chile
Tuesday, June 11
"Mike Brodie's compelling body of work sprang from his journeys walking, hitchhiking and train-hopping across the United States. In 2003, Brodie was a bored 18-year-old living in Pensacola, Florida and working part time in a grocery store when he hopped the wrong train to visit a friend in Mobile - and landed several hundred miles away in Jacksonville. The journey sparked something in Brodie and, with a Polaroid SX-70 camera given to him by a friend (or found behind the seat of an abandoned car, depending which story you prefer), he began an anarchic photographic adventure, documenting the hobos, vagabonds and fellow travellers he met along the way."
YouTube: Mike Brodie: Documenting America's homeless train-jumpers
Wikipedia - "Etron Fou Leloublan ..., also known as EFL, were a French avant-rock band founded in 1973 by actor and saxophonist Chris Chanet. They recorded five studio albums between 1976 and 1985, and released a live album, En Public Aux Etats-Unis d'Amérique recorded during a tour of the United States in 1979. Etron Fou Leloublan were best known as one of the five original Rock in Opposition (RIO) bands that performed at the first RIO festival in London in March 1978. Etron Fou Leloublan's music has been described as a blend of punk rock, jazz, French music hall, comedy satire and 'avant-garde mayhem'."
YouTube: nicolas, Batelages [Full Album] 1976, L' enfance de guigou, Le Fleuve Et Le Manteau, Monsieur Blanc
Monday, June 10
"Rebels: A Journey Underground is an excellent Canadian documentary history of “the counterculture” produced for television in the late 1990s and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. It’s the work of writer/director Kevin Alexander, who did a great job with it. More people should see it. I’m happy to see that the series has been posted in full on YouTube. The six-part series covers a wide swath of historical countercultures moving from William Blake and 1830s Parisian bohemians to mostly 20th century movements like hippie, Jazz, Beatniks, punk, and what was at the time the series was produced, the brave new world of cyberspace."
Sunday, June 9
Wikipedia - "Procol Harum is the self-titled debut studio album by English rock band Procol Harum. It was released in September 1967. The original Deram Records release of the LP included a large poster of the album cover artwork by Dickinson. Though the album was recorded on multitrack, it was issued as mono-only in the UK, and in mono and rechannelled stereo in the US. Despite extensive searching, the original multitrack tapes have not been located and thus a stereo mix of the original ten tracks may never be possible. Several alternate takes, however, have been mixed into stereo and are available on CD."
Art Dudley, Stereophile, September 2003
YouTube: A Whiter Shade of Pale, Conquistador, Repent Walpurgis, Procol Harum (Full album)
2009 July: Procol Harum, 2011 July: A Salty Dog, 2011 December: Broken Barricades, 2013 April: "Homburg".
"Let’s start off with one of our favourite producers! Kenny Dope is know for his excellent production skills over a wide variety of genres, and he’s definitely secured his place in history based on his Reggae / Hip-Hop remixes alone. Listen to Johnny Osbourne‘s classic Buddy Bye and Kenny’s Dondadda Original Rama Jama Mix from 1993."
W - Johnny_Osbourne
W - Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez
Saturday, June 8
Wikipedia - "United States Live was the third album release by avant-garde singer-songwriter Laurie Anderson. Released as a 5-record boxed set (later reissued, slightly truncated, on four CDs), the album was recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City in February 1983. United States was Anderson's magnum opus performance-art piece featuring musical numbers, spoken word pieces, and animated vignettes about life in the United States. Segments ranged from humorous, such as 'Yankee See,' which gently chided Anderson's record label, Warner Bros."
TheAwl - Difficult Listening Hour: An Introduction to Laurie Anderson (Video)
Media Art Net
This Week in BAM History: Laurie Anderson’s United States (Video)
YouTube: "United States - Live" Part IV 1/5, Part IV 2/5
2008 June: Laurie Anderson, 2009 December: Personal Service Announcements, 2011 February: Home studio (late 80's), 2011 March: I Don't Need It, I Don't Want It, And You Cheated Me Out of It, 2011 October: Big Science, 2011 October: Delusion
"Getting started can be difficult. When your name draws a blank, it’s unlikely that anyone will buy what you’re selling. Luckily, the attention that worthy unknowns need in order to get noticed has a price. And for fifty years, publishers with books to sell and authors with a name to make have announced their arrival with an appearance in The New York Review: though not, at least initially, under a byline. In the Review’s twenty-ninth issue, dated October 22, 1964, the third of more than thirty books written by the historian Howard Zinn was advertised on page 13."
NY Review of Books
Friday, June 7
Edgartown. Annie C., 1976-1977
Wikipedia - "Martha's Vineyard (Wampanoag: Noepe) is an island (including the smaller Chappaquiddick Island) located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, known for being an affluent summer colony. Often called just 'The Vineyard,' the island has a land area of 100 square miles (260 km2). ... The island received international notoriety after the July 18, 1969, Chappaquiddick incident, in which Mary Jo Kopechne was killed in a car driven off the Dike Bridge by U.S. Senator Edward 'Ted' Kennedy. The bridge crossed Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island (a smaller island connected to the Vineyard and part of Edgartown). As a foot bridge, it was intended for people on foot and bicycles, as well as the occasional emergency vehicle when conditions warranted."
W - Chappaquiddick Island
W - Vineyard Haven
W - Oak Bluffs
W - Edgartown
YouTube: Martha's Vineyard, Driving North Water Street Edgartown, Edgartown
"Button Up is the brainchild of Garry John Kane. Garry is currently the bass player with Scottish legends The Proclaimers and has also played with Marianne Faithfull, The McCluskey Brothers and Justin Currie to name but a few. Button Up first came to life in 1998 when Garry, joined by drummer Ross McFarlane and keyboardist Paul Gallagher, started gigging around Glasgow with a unique hammond driven mod/soul sound that quickly gathered them a loyal following."
iTunes: Button Up
YouTube: If I Could Only Be Sure, Listen To Your Heart Beat, Inhaler, Same Time, Same Place, Keeps On Burning
Thursday, June 6
"... The origins of Agee and Evan's famous collaboration date back to an assignment for Fortune magazine, which sent them to Alabama in the summer of 1936 to report a story that was never published. Some have assumed that Fortune's editors shelved the story because of the unconventional style that marked Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and for years the original report was lost. ... Published here for the first time, and accompanied by thirty of Walker Evans’s historic photos, Cotton Tenants is an eloquent report of three families struggling through desperate times. Indeed, Agee’s dispatch remains relevant as one of the most honest explorations of poverty in America ever attempted and as a foundational document of long-form reporting."
amazon: Cotton Tenants: Three Families
NYT: A Paean to Forbearance (the Rough Draft)
BookForum / artforum
Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by James Agee (1938)
2011 June: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Blue-flowered penstemons. Mt. Harrison.
Wikipedia - "A wildflower (or wild flower) is a flower that grows in the wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted. Yet 'wildflower' meadows of a few mixed species are sold in seed packets. The term 'wildflower' has been made vague by commercial seedsmen who are interested in selling more flowers or seeds more expensively than when labeled with only its name and/or origin. The term implies that the plant probably is neither a hybrid nor a selected cultivar that is in any way different from the way it appears in the wild as a native plant, even if it is growing where it would not naturally."
Wildflowers of the United States
Wednesday, June 5
"'January Song,' the bluesy leadoff track from veteran English folkie Billy Bragg's first solo outing since 2008's Mr. Love and Justice, begins with the lyric 'I'm so tightly wound in tension' and ends with 'This is how the world ends,' signaling a shift from the stalwart political activism of previous outings to a more internalized dialogue that suggests a subtle re-positioning of the magnifying glass. Bragg has always tempered his political leanings with matters of the heart, and the weepy 'Chasing Rainbows' and sad and soulful 'Your Name on My Tongue' rank as two of his more intimate offerings, suggesting a recent emotional upheaval that needed a basement in Pasadena, California to find catharsis."
W - Tooth & Nail
YouTube: Tooth & Nail, No One Knows Nothing Anymore, Handyman Blues, Ideology, I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore, Another Man's Done Gone, Greetings to the New Brunette, January Song
2011 November: Billy Bragg, 2012 November: Strange Things Happen (Live on The Tube 1984), 2012 December: The Internationale, 2013 May: Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
"Curtis Mayfield's visionary album, a landmark creation every bit as compelling and as far-reaching in its musical and extra-musical goals as Marvin Gaye's contemporary What's Goin' On. Opening on the hit 'Get Down,' the album soars on some of the sweetest and most eloquent -- yet driving -- soul sounds heard up to that time. Mayfield's growing musical ambitions, first manifested on the Curtis album, and his more sophisticated political sensibilities, presented with a lot of raw power on Curtis Live!, are pulled together here in a new, richer studio language, embodied in extended song structures ('Underground'), idealistic yet lyrically dazzling anthems ("We Got to Have Peace," "Keep On Keeping On," and, best of all, the soaring 'Beautiful Brother of Mine'), and impassioned blues ('Now You're Gone')."
W - Roots
YouTube: Keep On Keeping On, Get down, We Got To Have Peace, Underground, Beautiful Brother of Mine.
Tuesday, June 4
"HEXEN 2.0 looks into histories of scientific research behind government programmes of mass control, investigating parallel histories of countercultural and grass roots movements. HEXEN 2.0 charts, within a framework of post-WWII U.S. governmental and military imperatives, the coming together of diverse scientific and social sciences through the development of cybernetics, the history of the internet, the rise of Web 2.0 and increased intelligence gathering, and the implications for the future of new systems of societal manipulation towards a control society."
NYT: Suzanne Treister: ‘Hexen 2.0’
Interview: Suzanne Treister, capturing the essence of gaming since the '80s
YouTube: PPOW GALLERY, Hexen2.0 Seance remix, Alchemy
"Sam Durant’s third exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, Proposal for Public Fountain, centres on a fountain sculpted from black marble – a prototype for a larger installation in a public setting – together with a series of related graphite drawings. The structure features a reproduction of an armoured water cannon, which sprays a jet of water onto a hooded figure bearing an anarchist flag. Its note of polemic is a defining aspect of Durant’s art. Poised between detached commentary and acerbic critique, it recasts a contemporary episode of state authoritarianism in the ‘stately’ aesthetics of public stonework."
Wall Street International
Sam Durant on Scaffolds, Fountains, and Abstracting the Political
"His names were many: christened Herman Blount, he reinvented himself as Sonny Blount, H. Sonne Blount, Le Sony’r Ra, and, finally, what he called his 'vibrational name,' Sun Ra. Ra’s band, too, was rich in appellation—one could compile a dizzyingly poetic list of its nearly fifty names, including the Myth Science Arkestra, the Intergalactic Research Arkestra, the Cosmo Drama Arkestra, the Transmolecular Arkestra, and the Love Adventure Arkestra. As many names, Ra might have said, as there are stars in the sky. This jazz visionary was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and not on Saturn, as he often claimed; in Chicago, in the late forties, a young Sonny Blount played piano with Fletcher Henderson, sharpening his formidable skills as a composer and arranger with the big-band legend."
2008 September: Sun Ra, 2010 August: Disco 3000: Complete Milan Concert , 2010 August: Sounds from Tomorrow's World: Sun Ra and the Chicago Years, 1946-1961, 2010 October: Sun Ra on Artbeat, 2010 November: The Magic Sun (1966), 2010 November: Space Is the Place (1974), 2010 December: Sun Ra in Egypt and Italy, 2011 April: A Joyful Noise (1980), 2011 August: Lanquidity, 2012 Thursday: BBC Documentary: Sun Ra, Brother From Another Planet, 2012 July: The Paris Tapes, 1971, 2012 November: Sun Ra Arkestra - Points On A Space Age, 2012 December: Super-Sonic Jazz.
Monday, June 3
Wikipedia - "Colors is a 1988 American police procedural crime film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, and directed by Dennis Hopper. The story takes place in South Central, North West and East Los Angeles, and centers on Bob Hodges (Duvall), an experienced Los Angeles Police Department CRASH Police Officer III, and his rookie partner, Danny McGavin (Penn) who try to mitigate the gang violence between the Bloods, the Crips, and the Hispanic street gangs. Colors relaunched Hopper as a director 18 years after Easy Rider and stirred some controversy over its depiction of gang life and gang violence."
Guardian: I was Dennis Hopper's henchman
NY Times: Police vs. Street Gangs In Hopper's 'Colors'
YouTube: Colors Official Trailer #1 - Robert Duvall Movie (1988) HD, The Car Chase Scene, Intro - One Time One Night In America
2009 November: Easy Rider (1969), 2010 May: Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010), 2010 November: The American Friend (1977), 2012 November: Dennis Hopper Documentary (90s), 2013 May: The Lost Album.
Wikipedia - "The Cedar Tavern (or Cedar Street Tavern) was a bar and restaurant in New York City last at 82 University Place between 11th and 12th Streets. It was famous as a former hangout of many prominent Abstract Expressionist painters and beat writers. The establishment was located at 24 University Place in its heyday, but closed in April 1963 and reopened three blocks north in 1964 in a more upscale pub style."
Nostalgia (or Not) for The Cedar Tavern
NY Times: Bye-Bye Bohemia
An Inside Look at the AbEx-ers
WNYC - Audio Download: Downtown at The Cedar Tavern (Video)
Wikipedia - "'You're The One For Me' is a 1982 dance/soul single by D. Train, a New York based duo. 'You're The One for Me' was a number one dance hit for three weeks early in 1982. The single also made it to number thirteen on the soul singles chart."
W - D. Train
YouTube: You're The One For Me, You're the one for me, vinyl 12" extended version
Sunday, June 2
Wikipedia - "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is the 1998 album by singer-songwriter and guitarist Lucinda Williams, her fifth professional release. Issued by Mercury/Polygram Records, it was recorded in Nashville and Canoga Park, California. Williams co-produced the album, which includes guest appearances by Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris."
YouTube: Right In Time, Drunken Angel, Lake Charles, Still I Long For Your Kiss, Greenville, Metal Firecracker, Can`t Let Go, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, Concrete and Barbed Wire
2008 January: Lucinda Williams, 2010 May: Lucinda Williams - 1, 2011 March: Blessed, 2011 November: Austin, Texas, 1989, 2012 May: World Without Tears, 2012 October: Honky Tonk Women: The Changing Role of Women, 2013 January: "Can`t Let Go", "Pineola", "Changed the Locks"
"After a quick stop by London, UK, Nunca is now in Germany where he just completed this massive Berliner Punk mural for the Urban Spree Festival in Berlin. Nunca's frank and figurative work is characterized by a bright spectrum of colors and his use of hatching lines to give the forms volume and definition. Traditionally seen in old prints like etchings and woodcuts, the artist resourcefully uses this technique to cover large surfaces with skillfully spray-painted lines."
"A just released, amazing film clip brings back to life the colorful life on the streets of New York City - from the summer of 1939, that's right you read right that's 1939. The color footage, which comes from Romano-Archives and was recently released on the Web, is 74 years old."
1939 New York in HD Color (Video)
Saturday, June 1
Wikipedia - "The Rite of Spring ... is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company; the original choreography was by Vaslav Nijinsky, with stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich. When first performed, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation and almost a riot in the audience. Although designed as a work for the stage, with specific passages accompanying characters and action, the music achieved equal if not greater recognition as a concert piece, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century."
W - Igor Stravinsky
W - Sergei Diaghilev
Guardian: How Stravinsky's Rite of Spring has shaped 100 years of music (Video)
The Rite of Spring at 100 | Carolina Performing Arts (Video)
BBC: Did The Rite of Spring really spark a riot?
YouTube: "The Rite of Spring", The Mariinsky Theater Orchestra and Ballet, Maurice Béjart, Joffrey Ballet, Vaslav Nijinsky, Georges Momboye
2009 September: The Rite of Spring - Pina Bausch
"The strongest album of Aswad's CBS period, a powerful roots-and-culture program entitled New Chapter, was followed shortly by what would turn out to be the strongest dub album of several that were produced during the group's career. A New Chapter of Dub was produced by Aswad in collaboration with the up-and-coming dubmeister Mikey Dread (credited here as Michael [Reuben] Campbell), whose work as a radio DJ had made him a household name among London's West Indian expatriate population even before he began establishing himself as a top studio producer."
YouTube: Dub Fire, Ghetto in the sky, Truth, Bammie Blow, Tuffist, Zion I, Shining Dub
Friday, May 31
Wikipedia - "Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 film written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski as the title character. It portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman known as Fitzcarraldo in Peru, who has to pull a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory. The film is derived from the real-life story of Peruvian rubber baron Carlos Fitzcarrald."
Fitzcardboardaldo: A Classic Film Recreated with Cardboard (Video)
2008 August: Popol Vuh, 2010 December: Aguirre, the Wrath of God, 2011 May: Abschied (1972)
Wikipedia - "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea is the fifth studio album by English alternative rock musician PJ Harvey, released 23 October 2000 on Island Records. Recorded during March to April 2000, it contains themes of love that are tied into Harvey's affection for New York City."
YouTube: Good Fortune, A Place Called Home, Big exit, One Line, This Mess We're In
2009 November: PJ Harvey, 2011 May: Let England Shake
Thursday, May 30
"Hi everyone, so here is the Hand Drawn Map of New York that I've been working on for what seems like FOREVER! It was once again commissioned by the lovely Evermade.com and was just as hard as the Map of London, if not harder... Anyway, I'll let the images speak for themselves as I have lost the ability to think about anything other than buildings."
Jenni Sparks Illustration
Guardian: 10 of the best hand-drawn maps – in pictures
Wikipedia - "Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986), known as Jorge Luis Borges ..., was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator born in Buenos Aires. His work embraces the 'character of unreality in all literature'. His most famous books, Ficciones (1944) and The Aleph (1949), are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, animals, fictional writers, philosophy, religion and God. His works have contributed to philosophical literature and also to both the fantasy and magical realism genres."
Paris Review: Jorge Luis Borges, The Art of Fiction No. 39
The Poetry Foundation
The Garden of Jorge Luis Borges
amazon: Jorge Luis Borges
2009 August: Jorge Luis Borges
"'Shaped on all Six Sides' is a fascinating mini documentary on the philosophy and craft of wooden boat carpentry, as told by boat carpenter Andy Stewart of Emerald Marine in Anucortes, Washington. The film was directed by Kat Gardiner."
laughing squid (Video)
Wednesday, May 29
Memory Ware Flat #35, 2003
Wikipedia - "Michael 'Mike' Kelley (October 27, 1954 – January 31, 2012) was an American artist. His work involved found objects, textile banners, drawings, assemblage, collage, performance and video. ... Kelley was born in Wayne, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, to a working class Roman Catholic family in October 1954. His father was in charge of maintenance for a public school system; his mother was a cook in the executive dining room at Ford Motor Company."
PBS: art21 (Video)
BOMB 38/Winter 1992, ART
NYT: This Ranch in Detroit Is Not for Sale. It’s Art.
Wikipedia - "Saint Dominic's Preview is the sixth solo album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. ... The diversity of the material on the album highlighted Morrison's fusing of Celtic folk, R&B, blues, jazz and the singer-songwriter genre. 'Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)' and the title track were blends of soul and folk, while lesser known tracks such as 'Gypsy' and 'Redwood Tree' continued to display a lyrical celebration of nature's beauty."
W - Saint Dominic's Preview
YouTube: St Dominics Preview (1979, Dublin and Belfast), St Dominics Preview (1996), Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile), Redwood Tree, Listen to the Lion, Almost Independence Day
Tuesday, May 28
"... He began work on his opus, The Maximus Poems, in the mid-1940s, and continued to expand and revise them until his death in 1970. Formally similar to Ezra Pound's Cantos, the Maximus poems are, in Olson's words, 'about a person and a place.' The person, Maximus, represents Olson's alter ego, and is named after the second-century Maximus of Tyre, as well as a fourth-century Phoenician mystic, and may also refer to Olson's impressive stature (he was six feet seven inches tall). The place is Gloucester, Massachusetts, or more accurately, the small town communal American life that Olson struggled to preserve."
Poets - Groundbreaking Book: The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson (1960)
I, Maximus of Gloucester, to You - Poetry Foundation
For The Birds
Arduity: Charles Olson and the Maximus Poems
amazon: The Maximus Poems
YouTube: Charles Olson NET film 1/2, NET film 2/2
2009 January: Charles Olson, 2009 April: Rockport Harbor, 2010 September: Charles Olson: The Art of Poetry No. 12, 2010 December: "In Cold Hell, in Thicket", NET film, 2011 July: Charles Olson: February 21, 1957, 2012 April: A Trip to Charles Olson’s Gloucester, 2012 June: In Which We Lather Our Sensibilities At Length, 2013 January: Mass.Charles Olson.
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