Wednesday, March 31

Robin Blaser - Les Chimeres

"I do not know what in the hell Robert Duncan was talking about in regard to Robin Blaser’s translation of Gerard de Nerval’s Les Chimeres. Granted I cannot read French and have not read Duncan’s translation, so what do I know, but I can say that I found Blaser’s Les Chimeres (The Chimeras) masterful and moving. I plan on reading much more of his work in the future."
Mimeo Mimeo, Les Chimeres versions - Google, Gerard de Nerval, Les Chimeres


Wikipedia - "Hootenanny was a musical variety television show broadcast in the United States on ABC from April 1963 to September 1964. The program was hosted by Jack Linkletter. It primarily featured pop-oriented folk music acts, including The Journeymen, The Limeliters, the Chad Mitchell Trio, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, Ian & Sylvia, The Big 3, Hoyt Axton, Judy Collins, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Flatt & Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, The Tarriers, Bud & Travis, and the Smothers Brothers. Although both popular and influential, the program is primarily remembered today for the controversy created when the producers blacklisted certain folk music acts, which then led to a boycott by others."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2)


Wikipedia - "McSweeney's is an American publishing house founded by editor Dave Eggers, author of the books You Shall Know Our Velocity, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, How We Are Hungry, What Is the What, Zeitoun, and the novelization of the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are."
Wikipedia, McSweeney's Store, McSweeney's

Tuesday, March 30

Neil Young and Miles Davis

"In the loosely related fields of planetary science and apocalyptic fiction, the phrase 'minimum orbit intersection distance,' or MOID, describes the closest point of contact between the paths of two orbiting objects. Most vividly invoked whenever an asteroid encroaches on our corner of the solar system, that bit of jargon also has its aesthetic uses. Consider the coordinates of Neil Young and Miles Davis on the evenings of March 6 and 7, 1970, at the juncture of East Sixth Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan."
at Length

Red Lake

"Once I got there I connected with Lorenzo who runs the place. I learned later that he lives above the trading post. He said he'd run the place since 1991 and thinks the lower part was built in 1891. (Dig that.) I love old trading posts. The inside of this one is totally old school."
Wooster Collective, yo mama!

Allen Ruppersberg

Wikipedia - "Born in 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, Allen Ruppersberg is one of the first generation of American Conceptual artists that changed the way art was thought about and made. His work includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books."
Wikipedia, Dia Art, LA Times, Santa Monica - Museum of Art

Monday, March 29

Cut-up technique

Wikipedia - "The cut-up technique (also called fishbowling or découpage) is an aleatory literary technique or genre in which a text (or multiple texts) is cut up into smaller portions at random, and rearranged to create a new text. Most commonly, cut ups are used to offer a non-linear alternative to traditional reading and writing."
Wikipedia, The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin - Ubu, William S. Burroughs and Cut-up, An Appraisal of the Films of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Anthony Balch in terms of Recent Avant Garde Theory, Burroughs on Cut-Ups (Historic Audio Remixed to Fanciful Video Visuals), 1965 Paris Review, YouTube - the cut up, (1 - William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, the Cut-ups), (2 - William S. Burroughs), (3 - William S. Burroughs)

The Standells

"Even though they never sought out the image, the Standells are listed in most rock history books as the God Fathers of Punk Rock. Perhaps it was because of their snarly, moody look or their vicious, burning sound. Perhaps it was the us - against - them lyrics found in their songs. Regardless, it's a label that they've learned to live with."
Classic Bands, Wikipedia,, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)

Sunday, March 28

Ann Hamilton

Wikipedia - "Ann Hamilton (born June 22, 1956, Lima, Ohio) is a contemporary American artist best known for her installations, textile art, and sculptures, but is also active in the fields of photography, printmaking, video, and video installation."
Wikipedia, art:21, Ann Hamilton, Interactive Environments UCLA DMA, Ann Hamilton - Visiting Artist, "Largest Gallery to Re-Open with an Installation by Ann Hamilton" - MASS MoCA, artnet, Google - Ann Hamilton: an inventory of objects, YouTube - KQED Spark, YouTube - Human Carriage

Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music

Wikipedia - "The guide uses a graph style layout to roughly depict the chronological order of genres' appearance and contains 7 separate but interlinked pages for various areas of electronic music (house, techno, breakbeat, jungle, hardcore, downtempo and trance)."
Wikipedia, Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music

Saturday, March 27

Music Matters

"Music Matters is a collective of people across the music industry, including artists, retailers, songwriters, labels and managers, formed to remind listeners of the significance and value of music."
Music Matters, Guardian - "Behind the music: Does Music Matters really matter?"

A History of the Sky

"Time-lapse movies are compelling because they give us a glimpse of events that are continually occurring around us, but at a rate normally far too slow to for us to observe directly. A History of the Sky enables the viewer to appreciate the rhythms of weather, the lengthening and shortening of days, and other atmospheric events on an immediate aesthetic level: the clouds, fog, wind, and rain form a rich visual texture, and sunrises and sunsets cascade across the screen."
A History of the Sky


"ARTBOOK presents the complete D.A.P. catalog of more than 8,500 books on art and visual culture from the world's most distinguished museums and fine art publishers."

Friday, March 26

Bread and Roses

Wikipedia - "The slogan 'Bread and Roses' originated in a poem of that name by James Oppenheim, published in The American Magazine in December 1911, which attributed it to 'the women in the West.' It is commonly associated with a textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts during January-March 1912, now often known as the 'Bread and Roses strike'."
Wikipedia, Bread and Roses, YouTube, (1)


Wikipedia - "Astrology is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs which hold that the relative positions of celestial bodies and related details can provide information about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial matters. A practitioner of astrology is called an astrologer."

The Future Sound of London

Wikipedia - "The Future Sound of London (often abbreviated to FSOL) is a prolific British electronic music band composed of Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans. The duo are often credited with pushing the boundaries of electronic music experimentation and of pioneering a new era of dance music."
Wikipedia, FSOL,, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)

Thursday, March 25

Cuneiform Press

"Kyle Schlesinger, proprietor of Cuneiform Press, publishes and lectures on topics related to poetics, visual communication, and artists' books."
News, Cuneiform Press

dust science

Music for Real Airports
"Social Networking, you can’t move for it these days and its strange that people often spend more time chatting on it than their actual real-life neighbours. Dust and Dog have a long history of working with networks and not talking to other humans, even before the internet existed."
dust science

Wednesday, March 24

Twin Peaks: How Laura Palmer's death marked the rebirth of TV drama

"It's hard to recall now the excitement generated by David Lynch's Twin Peaks when it first aired on British television back in 1990. But it managed to make staying in seem urgent and exhilarating. There were Twin Peaks evenings, at which fans gathered in each other's houses to watch this revolutionary entertainment, a sort of surreal soap-cum-murder-mystery."
Guardian, John Kenneth Muir's Reflections on Film/TV, Wikipedia, Twin Peaks, DUGPA, YouTube - Angelo Badalamenti

In Which These Are The 100 Greatest Writers Of All Time

"Other lists of this kind have been attempted, none very successfully. We would like to stress that there is a crucial difference between 'an important writer' and 'a great writer'; the latter is at this time our sole interest. We will account for some of the names that did not make this list in a later dispatch. There is nothing bad to say about anyone we list here, except in some cases that they were anti-Semitic or racist, hated women or hated men. Literary crimes are usually relative, the caveats of which we shall enumerate..."
This Recording

The Red Wheelbarrow

Wikipedia - "The Red Wheelbarrow is a poem by and often considered the masterwork of American 20th-century writer William Carlos Williams. The 1923 poem exemplifies the Imagist-influenced philosophy of 'no ideas but in things'. This provides another layer of meaning beneath the surface reading. The style of the poem forgoes traditional British stress patterns to create a typical 'American' image."
Wikipedia, Modern American Poetry, Poetry Foundation, Guardian

Tuesday, March 23

Art and Popular Culture

Drowning Girl, Lichtenstein
"If this encyclopedia were a city, it would feature prominently nightclubs, record stores, red light districts, museums, libraries, second hand book stores and comic book shops."
Art and Popular Culture, Wikipedia

Elizabeth Peyton

Dallas, TX (January 1978), 1994
Wikipedia - "Elizabeth Peyton (born 1965) is an American painter who rose to popularity in the mid-1990s. She is a contemporary artist best known for stylized and idealized portraits of her close friends and boyfriends, pop celebrities, and European monarchy."
Wikipedia, New Museum, artnet, MoMA, YouTube, (1)

Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention

"Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452–1519) was a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer (military, civil, and aeronautical), inventor, anatomist, cartographer, theoretician, and musician. His instinctive curiosity led him to numerous discoveries and achievements, some of which we are still only beginning to comprehend from the thousands of pages of his surviving handwritten notes and drawings."
The Getty

Monday, March 22

Seamus Heaney

Wikipedia - "Seamus Heaney ... (born 13 April 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. He currently lives in Dublin."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), MIT World - Video


"I am Fabien Barral. I am a graphic designer. I am passionate about images and graphic design. I am a house in the countryside of Auvergne, France."

Junior Walker & the All Stars

Wikipedia - "Junior Walker (born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr., June 14, 1931 – November 23, 1995) & the All Stars were signed to the Motown label in the 1960s, and became one of the label's signature acts."
Wikipedia,, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)

Sunday, March 21

The Little Bookroom

"The Little Bookroom’s travel books take readers off the beaten path and provide an imaginative entrée into the world’s best-loved cities, including Paris, New York, Rome, Florence, and London."
The Little Bookroom

The Light Crust Doughboys

Wikipedia - "The Light Crust Doughboys were a Texas Western swing band formed in 1931 by Bob Wills, Milton Brown and W. Lee (Pappy) O'Daniel. The band achieved its peak popularity in the years leading up to World War II. In addition to launching Wills, Brown and O'Daniel, it provided a venue for many of the best musicians in the Western swing genre. It was initially formed to promote the products of a flour mill (Burrus Mill and Elevator Company, producer of Light Crust Flour), hence the name."
Wikipedia, Rockabilly Hall, TSHN Online, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4)

Irving Petlin

Trestle Bridge . . The Next Village, 1990
"Irving Petlin was born in Chicago to Polish Jewish parents who left Europe in the early 1920s right after World War I. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1950s, during the height of the Chicago Imagist movement."
absolutearts, artnet

Saturday, March 20

Perfect game

Don Larsens Perfect, Game 5 of 1956 World Series
Wikipedia - "A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches base. Thus, the pitcher (or pitchers) cannot allow any hits, walks, hit batsmen, or any opposing player to reach base safely for any other reason—in short, '27 up, 27 down'."


Édouard Manet, At The Cafe, 1878
Wikipedia - "Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits, with few permanent ties. Bohemians can be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds. The term bohemian, of French origin, was first used in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities."
Wikipedia, Evolution of Bohemia

Friday, March 19

Rosanne Cash

Wikipedia - "Rosanne Cash (born May 24, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of the late country music singer Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin."
Wikipedia, Rosanne Cash, My Space,, NPR, Metacafe - The Wheel, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7)

And Now Right "Before Your Very Eyes"

"The first (and only) issue of an 'occasional magazine' from Goliard Press that included Olson, Raworth, Saroyan, Koller, Padgett, Hirschman. The correct publishing date is 1967 not 1964 as elsewhere reported."


"Be the first on your block to hear about new limited-edition music and merch, plus get inside info on special promotions and events!"
Rhino, Wikipedia, MySpace

Thursday, March 18

Maira Kalman

Wikipedia - "Maira Kalman, born in 1949, is an American illustrator, author, artist, and designer."
Wikipedia, Maira Kalman, NYT, TED

Trance music

Wikipedia -"Trance is a style of electronic dance music that developed in the 1990s. Trance music is generally characterized by a tempo of between 130 and 155 BPM, short melodic synthesizer phrases, and a musical form that builds up and down throughout a track. It is a combination of many forms of electronic music such as industrial, techno, and house. ... The effect of some trance music has been likened to the trance-inducing music created by ancient shamanists during long periods of drumming."
Wikipedia, Google, YouTube - Donna Summer - I Feel Love, Phuture - Acid Tracks, Fast Eddie - Acid Thunder, KLF - What Time Is Love (Pure Trance), The Future Sound of London — Papua New Guinea, Humate - Love Stimulation, Energy 52 - Cafe Del Mar (Cosmic Baby's Impression Mix), Man with no name- Teleport, Hallucinogen - LSD, Robert Miles - Children, Paul Van Dyk - For an angel(E-Werk Club Mix)

Van Gogh Museum

The White Orchard, 1888
"During his ten-year artistic career, Van Gogh was highly prolific. A full 864 paintings and almost 1,200 drawings and prints have survived. The largest collection of his work – more than 200 paintings, 437 drawings and 31 prints – can be found in the Van Gogh Museum."
Van Gogh Museum, Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 17

Afrobeat Revolution

"A bit more than a Rough Guide, if you ask us -- actually a great little set that capable shows the range of Afrobeat and and funk in a new generation - Dusty Groove"
bongohead, CD Universe, amazon

Artists’ Book Collection

"This database is an illustrated, descriptive index to the Artists’ Book Collection, located in the Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Presently, the Artists’ Book Collection contains over 800 titles. The database indexes approximately 760 of those titles, over 500 of which have one to four images to visually represent the structure and/or content of the book."
Artists’ Book Collection, (1)


"This is sort of a no-brainer. Over the past few years, there have not been many artists who have generated the attention and energy than Mac. Its obvious why: his murals with Retna, as well as his solo work, are unlike the work of any artist today. His last show at FIFTY24SF Gallery in the Summer of 2009 featured eight faces, 7 women and 1 man, all peering over onlookers almost as if they should be hanging in a church. They were dynamic, but as with all of his work, there is almost something holy going on."
The Citrus Report, ElMac

Tuesday, March 16

Pina Bausch: Barbe Bleue (1977)

"Not only movement, but songs, words, snatches of poetry and dialogues among themselves as well as with the audience accompanied by a pell-mell of music, sounds, silence and vociferations abounded in her shows."

Monday, March 15

In C

Wikipedia - "In C is a semi-aleatoric musical piece composed by Terry Riley in 1964 for any number of people, although he suggests 'a group of about 35 is desired if possible but smaller or larger groups will work'. It is a response to the abstract academic serialist techniques used by composers in the mid-twentieth century and is often cited as the first minimalist composition."
Wikipedia,, YouTube, (1)

Candida Höfer

Biblioteca Geral da Universidade de Coimbra VI, 2006
"German artist Candida Höfer will exhibit large and small-scale color photographs describing public institutions in Los Angeles, Cambridge and Madrid."
Rena Bransten Gallery, artnet

Otis Redding

Wikipedia - "Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American soul singer. Often called the 'King of Soul', he is renowned for an ability to convey strong emotion through his voice."
Wikipedia, Otis Redding, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)

Sunday, March 14

Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy

Criterion - "Roberto Rossellini is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. And it was with his trilogy of films made during and after World War II — Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero — that he left his first transformative mark on cinema. With their stripped-down aesthetic, largely nonprofessional casts, and unorthodox approaches to storytelling, these intensely emotional works were international sensations and came to define the neorealist movement. Shot in battle-ravaged Italy and Germany, these three films are some of our most lasting, humane documents of devastated postwar Europe, containing universal images of both tragedy and hope."
Criterion - Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy, the auteurs, AV Club, DVD Talk, Filmwell, senses of cinema, Hammer To Nail, amazon - Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy


The Calling of St Matthew, 1599-1600
Wikipedia - "Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta and Sicily between 1593 and 1610. His intensely emotional realism and dramatic use of lighting had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting."
Wikipedia, Caravaggio, WebMuseum, W - Caravaggio (Film)

Saturday, March 13

Ambient Music Guide

"A history of ambient sound. From Eric Satie through to the Third Millenium, take a short trip through the ambient universe."
Ambient Music Guide, Amhient Music Blog

On the Road with Candide

"The New York Public Library (NYPL) has just launched the online exhibition On the Road with Candide, commemorating the 250th birthday of Voltaire's famous satire. Intended as a companion to the library's in-house exhibition, which runs through April, the digital component includes several stand-alone interactive features for readers."
Independent, NYPL: On the Road with Candide, NYPL: Multimedia

Bertozzi & Casoni

Italian Pavilion, 2009
"Bertozzi & Casoni work with many different ceramic materials, using both tradition and experimentation in a continuous attempt to free themselves from conventionality and cultural stereotypes connected to ceramics and to the so-called applied arts."
Bertozzi & Casoni, Art Hag