Friday, April 30
Wikipedia - "Sexton is seen as the modern model of the confessional poet. Aside from her standard themes of depression, isolation, suicide, and despair, her work also encompasses issues specific to women, such as menstruation, abortion, and more broadly masturbation and adultery, before such subjects were commonly addressed in poetic discourse."
Wikipedia, Poets, YouTube - Anne Sexton at home - 1 (VOSE), Anne Sexton at home - 2 (VOSE), Rare Film Clips Of The Poet Anne Sexton
"The Beauty Of Maps looks at the art of maps, their historical significance, their relevance to modern map-making, and how they shape the future of cartography. Each programme will focus on one specific map and use human stories and testimony, original sketches and artistic impressions, private journals and historic archive sources to tell its story."
Wikipedia - "SimCity is a city-building simulation game, first released in 1989 and designed by Will Wright. SimCity was Maxis' first product, which has since been ported into various personal computers and game consoles, and spawned several sequels including SimCity 2000 in 1993, SimCity 3000 in 1999, SimCity 4 in 2003, SimCity DS, and SimCity Societies in 2007."
Wikiedia, Simcity Societies
Thursday, April 29
Wikipedia - "The Ethiopians is a ska, rocksteady, and reggae vocal group, founded by Leonard Dillon (born 9 December 1942, Port Antonio, Jamaica), Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris. The group started out recording for Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd in 1966."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)
Wednesday, April 28
"In 1992, I went to Paris to see some movies that weren’t turning up on these shores, at least not as quickly as I wanted them to. At the time, it meant something particular to be going to Paris to see movies. Paris meant 'cinema' and all that the term implied, as distinct from movies or film. To a certain extent, it still does. And cinema meant a response to the world, as opposed to a distraction from it, an engagement with the present and the past, historical and aesthetic—in essence, a dismantling of the barrier between the two."
Tuesday, April 27
Wikipedia - "After providing the incidental music to a 1980 biopic of Hunter S. Thompson entitled Where the Buffalo Roam, Young released Hawks & Doves, a short record pieced together from sessions going back to 1974. 1981's Re-ac-tor, an electric album recorded with Crazy Horse, also included material from the 1970s."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Powderfinger, Mr Soul, My My Hey Hey Farm-Aid '85, Phoenix Festival 1996 - Hey Hey My My, Goin' Home, El Dorado (Amsterdam 1989), All Along The Watchtower (NYC) Steve Cropper, Rockin' In The Free World - Acoustic 1989, (1), Blowin' in the Wind (Uniondale, 1991), Cry, Cry, Cry, Interstate, Dead Man, Nashville, (1), Sample & Hold, Willie Nelson - Working Cowboys, Four Strong Winds
"Seven artists have been invited to transform MASS MoCA’s second and third floor galleries into a series of site-specific installations. The selected artists, Michael Beutler, Orly Genger, Tobias Putrih, Alyson Shotz, Dan Steinhilber, and collaborative team Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, are known for their innovative investigations of both space and material. Each tend to use a single, simple material in a given work."
MASS MoCA, (1)
"As I have done with Sigmund Freud, Lenin and Handke (his goal keeper book), I I'm kicking the book of Karl Marx to its full destruction. I don't do that out of hatred for the authors but out of a reminder that books were destroyed in the past (particular those of the firsts 3 authors). I do that also because it is quite an intense act of expression that transcends reading. The relationship between violence, destruction and (re)creation is quite challenging and provokes interesting questions that go beyond my pure will to 'just make art'."
Monday, April 26
"The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally."
Record Store Day, Pitchfork
"In 2008, the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired the definitive record of Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, a major early work by world-renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Running Fence, the culmination of 42 months of collaborative efforts, was 24 1/2 miles long and 18 feet high, with one end dropping down to the Pacific Ocean."
Sunday, April 25
"iri5 is an imaginative painter and sculptor who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art. Her works are often noted for their unique and innovative style that focuses on recycling found materials, such as old cassettes and used books."
Erika Iris Simmons, flickr
Wikipedia - "Sir James George Frazer (1 January 1854, Glasgow, Scotland – 7 May 1941, Cambridge), was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion. His most famous work, The Golden Bough (1890), documents and details similar magical and religious beliefs across the globe."
Wikipedia, The Golden Bough, YouTube
Saturday, April 24
Wikipedia - "Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter and musician, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly / country & western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube - Oh Pretty Woman (1964), Blue Bayou, In Dreams, It's Over, Running Scared, Crying, Goodnight
Wikipedia - "According to the Hollow Earth hypothesis, the planet Earth is either wholly hollow or otherwise contains a substantial interior space. The hypothesis has long been contradicted by overwhelming observational evidence, as well as by the modern understanding of planet formation; the scientific community has dismissed the notion since at least the late 18th century."
Friday, April 23
Journalists, cameramen and fashion designers relax in the Beat Hotel in 1960
Wikipedia - "The Beat Hotel was a small, run-down hotel of 42 rooms at 9 Rue Gît-le-Cœur in the Latin Quarter of Paris, notable chiefly as a residence for members of the Beat poetry movement of the mid-20th century."
Wikipedia, The Beat Hotel, Gallery Package - The Beat Hotel, The Beat Hotel. Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1958-1963, YouTube - The Beat Hotel, The Beat Generation (Part 1), The Beat Generation (Part 2)
Third of May, 1808
Wikipedia - "Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (30 March 1746 – 16 April 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and as the first of the moderns. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown and a chronicler of history. The subversive and subjective element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet and Picasso."
Wikipedia, WebMuseum, Met Museum, Francisco Goya, YouTube
Thursday, April 22
Wikipedia - "Drone music is a minimalist musical style that emphasizes the use of sustained or repeated sounds, notes, or tone-clusters – called drones. It is typically characterized by lengthy audio programs with relatively slight harmonic variations throughout each piece compared to other musics. La Monte Young, one of its 1960s originators, defined it in 2000 as 'the sustained tone branch of minimalism'."
Wikipedia, amazon - "The best of drone music, "Stars Of The Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline", The Platypus Affiliated Society
"In 1968 Stewart Brand launched an innovative publication called The Whole Earth Catalog. It was groundbreaking, enlightening, and spawned a group of later publications. The collection of that work provided on this site is not complete — and probably never will be — but it is a gift to readers who loved the CATALOG and those who are discovering it for the first time."
The Whole Earth Catalog, Wikipedia
Wikipedia - "SST Records is an American independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by musician Greg Ginn. The company was initially called Solid State Transmitters through which Ginn sold electronics equipment."
Wikipedia, SST, Perfect Sound Forever, SST Records
Wednesday, April 21
Wikipedia - "Stand by Me is the title of a song originally performed by Ben E. King and written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller."
Wikipedia, You Tube - Ben E. King, John Lennon, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Cassius Clay, Mink DeVille, Andy, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora & Friends, Spyder Turner, Playing For Change Song Around the World
Wikipedia - "Humberto Solás (14 December 1941 - 18 September 2008) was a Cuban film director, credited with directing the classic film Lucía (1968), which explored the lives of Cuban women during different periods in Cuban history."
Wikipedia, film reference, Guardian, Fandango, YouTube - Lucia, amazon, Cuba Now, In Praise of a Famous Cuban: Humberto Solás and the Power of Melodrama
"In the early 1950s while at Black Mountain College, Charles Olson had a dream of an atomic holocaust. The threat of the bomb hovered over Olson. Between the death of FDR and the bombing of Hiroshima, which Olson considered the end of history, Olson revised Call Me Ishmael and wrote his first mature poems. Out of death and destruction arose Olson the creator."
Tuesday, April 20
Monday, April 19
"The terse, typewritten note slipped under my door in a sealed envelope confirmed my appointment with India’s Gravest Internal Security Threat. I’d been waiting for months to hear from them. I had to be at the Ma Danteshwari mandir in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, at any of four given times on two given days. That was to take care of bad weather, punctures, blockades, transport strikes and sheer bad luck."
"Walking With The Comrades" - Arundhati Roy, Arundhati Roy on Obama’s Wars, India and Why Democracy Is “The Biggest Scam in the World” - Democracy Now
Wikipedpa - "Frith has used a variety of picks with his guitars, from traditional guitar picks to violin bows, drum sticks, egg beaters, paint brushes, lengths of metal chain and other found objects."
Wikipedia, YouTube, solo concert from MÓZG, sound. at REDCAT pt. 1/2, sound. at REDCAT pt. 2/2, Knitting Factory 1992
John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark, 1778
"From the colonial period to the present, Americans have been inventing characters and plots, settings and situations to give meaning to our everyday lives. American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915 includes seventy-five paintings, from before the Revolution to the start of World War I, that tell these stories in scenes of family life and courting, work and leisure, comic mishaps and disasters."
LACMA, (1), Met Museum
Sunday, April 18
"Many great men and women have written entire books about every aspect of the game; however, other than 'Casey at the Bat,' few know about some of the other great poems that have appeared honoring our national pastime. Here are several that honor the game of baseball."
Baseball Almanac, Earthlink, The Baseball Poems, Outlaw Baseball, Poetry Foundation - "Baseball and Verse, from Tinker to Evers to Big Papi", Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine, Line drives: 100 contemporary baseball poems, npr - Donald Hall's Baseball Poetry, Extra innings: baseball poems, May Swenson - "Poetry Dispatch No. 111", The Best American Poetry, Hummers, knucklers, and slow curves: contemporary baseball poems
Saturday, April 17
Workers at a protest, from The Battle of Chile. Venezuela /France/Cuba 1973-1979
Wikipedia - "The Battle of Chile is a documentary film in 3 parts, directed by the Chilean Patricio Guzman: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (1975), The Coup d'état (1976), Popular Power (1979). It is a chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. It won the Grand Prix in 1975 and 1976 at the Grenoble International Film Festival."
Wikipedia, amazon, The Rumpus, WSWS, Icarus Films, Patricio Guzmán: The Battle for Chile
Wikipedia - "Satyagraha is an opera in three acts for orchestra, chorus and soloists, composed by Philip Glass, with a libretto by Glass and Constance de Jong. The opera is loosely based on the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, and is the second part of Glass's 'Portrait Trilogy' of operas about men who changed the world, which also includes Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten."
Wikipedia, W - Satyagraha, Philip Glass, amazon, YouTube
Friday, April 16
Wikipedia - "Cluster is a German experimental musical group who influenced the development of contemporary popular electronic and ambient music. They have recorded albums in a wide variety of styles ranging from experimental music to progressive rock, all of which had an avant-garde edge."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5). Interview with Hans-Joachim Roedelius of CLUSTER. Hans-Joachim Roedelius Performance, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13)
Thursday, April 15
Wikipedia - "Meredith Jane Monk (born November 20, 1942 in New York City) is an American composer, performer, director, vocalist, filmmaker, and choreographer. Since the 1960s, Monk has created multi-disciplinary works which dwell in the spaces between music, theatre, and dance, recording extensively for ECM Records."
Wikipedia, Meredith Monk, MySpace, YouTube - Meredith Monk, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8). Book of Days (1988), Churchyard Entertainment, Walking Song, Last song, Facing North, Boat Song (Recent Ruins), Dolmen Music, An Interview with Meredith Monk, Meredith Monk
Wednesday, April 14
Wikipedia - "A pinhole camera is a very simple camera with no lens and a single very small aperture. Simply explained, it is a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. Cameras using small apertures and the human eye in bright light both act like a pinhole camera."
Wikipedia, The Pinhole Gallery, Pinhole Photography, Making a Pinhole Camera
Wikipedia - "Herbert Jansch (born 3 November 1943), known as Bert Jansch, is a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and, in the 1960s, he was heavily influenced by the guitarist Davey Graham and folk singers such as Anne Briggs. He is best known as an innovative and accomplished acoustic guitarist but is also a singer and songwriter."
Wikipedia, Bert Jansch, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6).
Acoustic Routes - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8
"The Belles Heures (1405–1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a treasure of The Cloisters collection, is one of the most celebrated and lavishly illustrated manuscripts in this country. Because it is currently unbound, it is possible to exhibit all of its illuminated pages as individual leaves, a unique opportunity never to be repeated."
Tuesday, April 13
"From his film about the hostage survivor Dieter Dengler, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, to his examination of the life and death of the eccentric grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell, Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog always seems to have an eye for stranger-than-fiction scenarios that make for fascinating documentaries. Over on Roger Ebert's blog, there's news of a new Herzog project that might represent his most important venture into factual film-making yet."
Guardian, Roger Ebert's Journal, Wikipedia
Wikipedia - "The Troggs are an English rock band from the 1960s that had a number of hits in Britain and the USA, including their most famous song, 'Wild Thing'. The Troggs were from the town of Andover in southern England. The band were originally called The Troglodytes (troglodyte meaning 'caveman')."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2)
Wikipedia - "McCarthyism is the politically motivated practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. The term specifically describes activities associated with the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from the late 1940s to the late 1950s and characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents."
Monday, April 12
Wikipedia - "Vexations is a noted musical work by Erik Satie. Apparently conceived for keyboard (though the single page of manuscript does not specify an instrument), it consists of a short theme in the bass whose four presentations are alternatively heard unaccompanied and played with chords above. The theme and its accompanying chords are written using strikingly eccentric and impractical enharmonic notation. The piece is undated, but scholars usually assign a date around 1893 on the basis of musical and biographical evidence."
Shanghai At Last
"BLASCO combines architecture, photography and installation to explore themes of vision and perception in relation to physical experience. His work often references the realm of private or domestic space. BLASCO normally begins by selecting one angle in a room or outdoors and then constructs a new space from the perspective of that vantage point."
DCKT, Isidro Blasco, artnet, Vimeo