Wednesday, June 30
"After two very successful New York shows, Brooklyn born artist DAIN, makes his first solo show in europe at the Lebenson Gallery in Paris. His love for old Hollywood glam is evident in all his work. This, along with his roots in graffiti, create a gritty yet classy street art style."
Wikipedia - "Dust Bowl Ballads is an album by Woody Guthrie, recorded for Victor Records during Guthrie's time in New York City in 1940. It was Guthrie's first commercial recording and the most successful album he made. It is sometimes considered the first concept album."
Wikipedia, Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Balladeer, youTube -Dust Bowl Refugee, Talking Dustbowl Blues, Dust Cain't Kill Me
"From 1947, after long struggles, Julius Heinrich Bissier managed to reintegrate color in his artwork. He produced colored monotypes and from 1948 also woodcuts. A short period focusing on geometric pictures on canvas followed in 1953. Around the mid 1950s the artist discovered watercolor techniques. At the same time Bissier produced his 'miniatures' in egg-oil-tempera."
Julius Heinrich Bissier, art.com
Tuesday, June 29
Wikipedia - "Walter Lanier 'Red' Barber (February 17, 1908 – October 22, 1992) was an American sportscaster. Barber, nicknamed 'The Ol' Redhead', was primarily identified with radio broadcasts of Major League Baseball, calling play-by-play across four decades with the Cincinnati Reds (1934–38), Brooklyn Dodgers (1939–1953), and New York Yankees (1954–1966)."
Wikipedia, Radio Hall of Fame, npr, YouTube - Ernie Harwell and Red Barber, Red Barber on Jackie Robinson, Mel Allen and Red Barber on the 1947 World Series
"Tellus 'All Guitars' issue came out in 1985 and was curated by Tom Paine (Live Skull) and a cover art was created by Jane Bauman. As the title suggests, this is a collection of guitar pieces by various New York artists (and some of non-natives, as well). Thanks to UbuWeb sound archive, the compilation is available for download here."
I Heart Noise, UbuWeb
Monday, June 28
Cross Roads Store Bar juke joint. Melrose, Louisiana 1944
Wikipedia - "Juke joint (or jook joint) is the vernacular term for an informal establishment featuring music, dancing, gambling, and drinking, primarily operated by African American people in the southeastern United States. The term 'juke' is believed to derive from the Gullah word joog, meaning rowdy or disorderly. A juke joint may also be called a 'barrelhouse'. It could also derive from the Irish language 'deoch dionta' (drinking roofed place)."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Juke Joint, It Ain't A Juke Joint Without The Blues - Carl Sims, Fats Waller- This Joint Is Jump'in, Boogie Woogie Dream -Albert Ammons & Pete Johnson
Wikipedia - "Nurse with Wound (or shortened as NWW) is the main recording name for British musician Steven Stapleton. Nurse with Wound was originally a band, formed in 1978 by Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heman Pathak. The band ranges in many genres such as avant-garde, industrial, noise, dark ambient, and drone."
Wikipedia, Nurse with Wound, lsat.fm, YouTube - The Bottom Feeder, I've Plummed This Whole Neighborhood, David Tibet live at Donau Festival, Trabendo, Paris - Part 1, Trabendo, Paris - Part 2
Wikipedia - "Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, called Simone de Beauvoir (French pronunciation: [simɔn də boˈvwaʁ]; January 9, 1908 – April 14, 1986), was a French writer, existentialist philosopher, feminist, Marxist, Maoist and social theorist. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues, essays, biographies, and an autobiography in several volumes."
Sunday, June 27
"The history and contents of the magazine Locus Solus provide insight into the type of progressive poetry circles and ideas Burroughs started tapping into with his small scale, textual cut-up works of the early 1960s. A testament to refined taste, Locus Solus was impeccably edited by John Ashbery (Issue 3/4), Kenneth Koch (Issue 2), and James Schuyler (Issue 1 and 5). Harry Matthews published the magazine in France."
RealityStudio, RS -Eureka: Locus Solus V
Wikipedia - "The Shirelles were an American girl group in the early 1960s, and the first to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100."
Wikipedia, lsat.fm, YouTube - Will you still love me tomorrow?, Soldier Boy, Boys, Mamma Said, Dedicated to the one I love, Tonight's the night
Saturday, June 26
"'For your dubious pleasure!' John Lydon proclaimed as Public Image Ltd. started its set on Tuesday night at Terminal 5. That was Mr. Lydon’s famous cynicism. His corrosive mockery made him the voice of anarchy and nihilism for the brief, indelible punk flare-up of the Sex Pistols and then, from 1978 to 1992, a provocateur and post-punk pioneer as the leader of Public Image Ltd., abbreviated to PiL for the band’s logo."
NYT, npr - Public Image Ltd. Returns For A Thrilling Live Concert
Friday, June 25
"Mixing and combining opposites, playing with analogies and ambiguity Jordan Wolfson creates a distorted mix of reality, imagination and cultural critique. He investigates the relationships of technology and media merged with his own personal experience, poetically balanced somewhere between pop and conceptual art."
Thursday, June 24
Wikipedia - "Flower power was a slogan used by the American counterculture movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive resistance and non-violence ideology. It is rooted in the opposition movement to the Vietnam War."
Wikipedia, W - Hippie
Tuesday, June 22
"The music is divine and the ballet, divided into four parts, 'In Mourning', 'Violence', 'Peace', and 'Death' is a masterpiece. Bausch has invented dual roles, representing Orpheus, Eurydice and Love not only by the dancers, but also by singers on stage who form an integral part of the action. Orpheus, the myth goes, equals the gods with his song and music, so when Eurydice, his lovely young wife, dies from a snake-bite shortly after their wedding, the grief-stricken musician goes down into the Underworld to bring her back to earth."
culture kiosque, YouTube - Pina Bausch: Orphée et Eurydice - Paris Opera Ballet
Alio Die :: Under An Holy Ritual
Wikipedia - "Holy minimalism, mystic minimalism, spiritual minimalism, or sacred minimalism are terms used to refer to a number of late-twentieth-century composers of Western classical music, whose works are distinguished by a minimalist compositional aesthetic and a distinctly religious or mystical subject focus."
Wikipedia, Be Still, And Know That I Am God: Concert Halls Rediscover the Sacred, YouTube - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs - Henryk Górecki - 1st movement, Arvo Pärt - Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Monday, June 21
Wikipedia - "Andrea Zittel (born 1965) is an American sculptor and installation artist. In the early 1990s, Andrea Zittel began making art in response to her own surroundings and daily routines, creating functional objects that fulfilled the artist’s needs relating to shelter, food, furniture, and clothing."
Wikipedia, art 21
Wikipedia - "Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally as Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998), was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling female vocalists."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Stand By Your Man, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, I don't wanna play house, Your good girl's gonna go bad, KFT
Wikipedia - "Mercedes Matter née Carles (1913 – 2001) was an American painter and draughtswoman. Her father was the American modernist painter Arthur Beecher Carles who had studied with Henri Matisse. Her mother, Mercedes de Cordoba, was a model for Edward Steichen. Ms. Matter grew up in Philadelphia, New York and Europe."
Wikipedia, Mercedes Matter, M____B__/ ___F _ __A
Sunday, June 20
"This poem achieved great resonance after the events of September 11, 2001—it was widely reproduced, recited on NPR, and interpreted with a link to the tragic events of that day. Indeed, it starts in Manhattan, 'in one of the dives on Fifty-second Street,' which Auden later clarified: the Dizzy Club, 62 West 52nd Street (the premises are now occupied by a Beefsteak Charlie’s, I checked). But it captures Auden’s reaction to another tragedy, namely the outbreak of World War II. The poem expresses anger and sadness towards those events, and it questions the historical and mass psychological process that led to the war."
Choco The New Harlem Sound
Wikipedia - "Celluloid Records, a French/American record label, founded by Jean Karakos operated from 1976 to 1989 in New York, and produced a series of eclectic and ground-breaking releases, particularly in the early to late 1980's, largely under the auspices of de facto in-house producer Bill Laswell."
Saturday, June 19
"On May 28, 1997, surgeons at Colorado University Hospital in Denver determined that poet Ed Dorn (photo, left) was suffering from a nonresectable (inoperable) adenosarcoma of the pancreas, stage II/III (locally advanced). Dorn had once written that he preferred the warrior figure Hector to the victim figure Christ: 'Hector is not resurrectable. He lives in the manor of the mind and stands for unalienated beauty.'”
Jacket 16 — March 2002
Wikipedia - "Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American soul music singer. Starr is most famous for his Norman Whitfield produced singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit 'War'."
Wikipedia, W - "War", lsat.fm, YouTube - War, WAR (live in TV Show), 25 Miles, You`ve Got My Soul On Fire, Happy Radio
Friday, June 18
"5 Beekman Street has a secret. You’ve probably passed it a million times in your travels through downtown Manhattan. Anyone who has ever visited J&R Row or hit the Starbucks on the opposite corner for a post-Brooklyn-Bridge-walk bathroom break has probably noticed its twin towers, and perhaps wondered how much its wealthy tenants must pay to live behind its beautiful brick and terra-cotta facade."
Scouting New York
Wednesday, June 16
"Titled 10,000 Lives, the Biennale will develop as a sprawling investigation of the relationships that bind people to images and images to people. With works by more than 100 artists, realized between 1901 and 2010, as well as several new commissions, the exhibition will be configured as a temporary museum in which both artworks and cultural artifacts are brought together to compose a idiosyncratic catalogue of figures and icons, faces and masks, idols and dolls."
Gwangju Biennale 2010, 10000 LIVES
"Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition 'Crossing the Channel: Friendships and Connections in London and Paris 1946-1965,' which examines the vibrant exchange of ideas and influences between Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Alberto Giacometti in Paris and London during the postwar years."
Gagosian Gallery, Ars Life, DAILY MAGAZINE, Google
Monday, June 14
Wikipedia - "The Shangri-Las were an American pop girl group of the 1960s. Between 1964 and 1966 they charted with often heartbreaking teen melodramas, and remain known for 'Leader of the Pack' and 'Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)'."
Wikipedia, lsat.fm, Dailymotion - Leader of the Pack, YouTube - Remember Walkin' in the sand, YouTube - Give Him A Great Big Kiss
Wikipedia - "Thomas Henry Corra (September 14, 1953 – April 9, 1998), better known as Tom Cora, was a United States cellist and composer, best known for his improvisational performances in the field of experimental jazz and rock. He recorded with John Zorn, Butch Morris and The Ex, and was a member of Curlew, Third Person and Skeleton Crew."
Wikipedia, MySpace, YouTube - The Passing, Duniis - Paris, State of schock
Wikipedia, MySpace, YouTube - The Passing, Duniis - Paris, State of schock
Sunday, June 13
Saturday, June 12
"Strummerville is a registered charity that aims to create new opportunities for aspiring musicians. Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, the charity seeks to reflect Joe's unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them."
"Curated by Gretchen Langheld and Bruce Tovsky, ŒDance¹ is a gathering of 1) works comissionned by choreographers, 2) instrumental songs based on dance rhythms or even 3) plain, unadulterated dance music. This Tellus issue include the most straightforward music to be found in the entire series."
Friday, June 11
"Several years ago, I wrote on the potential joys of collecting Charles Olson. Olson loomed as a literal giant over the small press and little magazine scene from 1950 until his death in 1970. As a result, his work appeared in some of the most interesting chapbooks and magazines of the period. His books are beautiful and expansive (I am thinking of the Jargon Press Maximus Poems) as objects above and beyond the epic scope of their contents."
"Went to an opening of a photo exposition by my friend Phyllis Galembo last night. I hadn’t seen her new work for a few years, so this was a chance to catch up. Wow. I was knocked out. The show was in a relatively out of the way gallery (Sepia International), that is not on street level, so there won’t be the walk-in traffic of the Chelsea galleries. Worth checking out, as I think it puts a lot of contemporary 'fictional' photo work to shame. Hell, it puts a lot of stuff in other mediums outside photography to shame too."
David Byrne's Journal, Phyllis Galembo, Steven Kasher Gallery
Wikipedia - "Political Cinema in the narrow sense of the term is a cinema which portrays current or historical events or social conditions in a partisan way in order to inform or to agitate the spectator. Political cinema exists in different forms such as documentaries, feature films, or even animated and experimental films."
Wikipedia, italica, Celluloid Activism - A short history of political cinema by Julian Upton
Thursday, June 10
""A 'fan' emailed me detailing how I was ruining her son's life because my pieces around town had inspired her son to want to be, wait for it, an artist! I hope they both see this and it furthers his downward spiral into creativity and expressionism."
Wikipediaia - "The Searchers are an English rock band who emerged as part of the 1960s Merseybeat scene along with The Beatles, The Swinging Blue Jeans, and Gerry & The Pacemakers. The band's hits included a remake of the Drifters' 1961 hit, 'Sweets for My Sweet'; remakes of Jackie DeShannon's 'Needles and Pins' and 'When You Walk In The Room'; an original song written for them, 'Sugar and Spice'; The Orlons' 'Don't Throw Your Love Away'; and a remake of The Clovers' 'Love Potion No. 9'."
Wikipedia, lsat.fm, YouTube - Needles And Pins, Love Potion No 9, Don't Throw Your Love Away, Sweets For My Sweet
Wednesday, June 9
Wikipedia = "Orchestra Baobab is a Senegalese Afro-Cuban, Son, and Pachanga band. Organized in 1970, as a multi-ethnic, multi-national club band, Orchestre Baobab adapted the then current craze for Cuban Music (growing out of the Congolese Soukous style) in West Africa to Wolof Griot culture and the Mandinga musical traditions of the Casamance. One of the dominant African bands of the 1970s, they were overshadowed in the 1980s and broke up, only to reform in 2001 after interest in their recordings grew in Europe."
Wikipedia, lsat.fm, YouTube - Cabral, On Verra Ça, Soundcheck At Momo's, Guitar Solo, Battery Park, NYC, Specialist in All Styles/ El Son te llama, Ndeleng Ndleleng
Wikipedia - "A T-shirt (or T shirt) is a shirt which is pulled on over the head to cover most of a person's torso. A T-shirt is usually buttonless and collarless, with a round neck and short sleeves. However, many people incorrectly use the term T-shirt to describe any short sleeved shirt or blouse; a polo shirt or other collared shirt is not a T-shirt."
Tuesday, June 8
Wikipedia - "Nixon in China (1987) is an opera with music by the American composer John Adams and a libretto by Alice Goodman. It is about the visit of United States President Richard M. Nixon to China in 1972, where he met with China's Chairman Mao Zedong and other Chinese officials.'
Wikipedia, Nixon in China, (1987), 'Nixon in China', reviewed by Robert Hugill, YouTube - Nixon in China (Adams/Goodman), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13), (14), (15), (16), (17)
"Winner of multiple awards for literary excellence, writer and educator John Ashbery is a seminal force in modern poetics. In an enlightening installment of Artists On The Cutting Edge, Ashbery reads, and comments on, selected works."
Monday, June 7
Wikipedia - "Tuxedomoon is an experimental Post-punk/New Wave group formed in San Francisco, California consisting of core members Blaine L. Reininger, Steven Brown and Peter Principle."
Wikipedia, MySpace, last.fm, YouTube - In A Manner of Speaking..., No Tears (ADULT. Remix), No Tears (A Montage of Accelerated Memory), Desire, Litebulb Overkill / Jinx (Live 1980), Atlantis
The Rolling Stones – “Their Satanic Majesties Request” (1967)
Wikipedia - "Perfect Sound Forever (est. 1995) is one of the longest-running online-only music magazines. Along with Michael Goldberg's Addicted to Noise (est. 1994), it is one of the very first publications to post recurring, feature-length music journalism online."
Wikipedia, Perfect Sound Forever
Sunday, June 6
"A few months ago marked the 50th anniversary of the end of a storybook run of poetry chapbooks put out by a small press. I haven’t been able to find any special notice of that fact anywhere on the web. So here goes, a bit late but definitely necessary: a celebration of the first ten books of the White Rabbit Press, published between November 1957 and September 1958."
the glade of theoric ornithic hermetica, Granary Books, Mimeo Mimeo