Saturday, July 31

Acousmata


"Acousmata is dedicated to no particular genre, style, or aesthetic. Most of what is covered here can be called, in a broad sense, '20-century music.' But I am not a partisan: to paraphrase Apollinaire, 'I have not made my mind up to admire everything new. I am trying to distinguish the good from the bad so that the energies liberated by the good should not be lost.'"
Acousmata, twitter

The Artful Pose: Early Studio Photography in Mumbai, c. 1855-1940


Sepia sisters: A photograph from The Artful Pose collection.
"A melancholy young woman sits on the steps of a crumbling building, a pile of glistening fruit beside her. The folds of her white robe seem to glow. Do her garments symbolize purity? Is she a representation of the chaste goddess Diana? Instead of a toga, though, the snowy fabric swaddling her looks suspiciously like a sari—draped in the Gujarati style favored by the Parsi community in Mumbai."
Artforum, The Artful Pose - Early Studio Photography in Mumbai 1855 - 1940

The Syndicate of Sound


Wikipedia - "The Syndicate of Sound was an American garage band that existed between 1965 and 1970. Originally from San Jose, California, the band had an edgy style that some critics have considered to be a forerunner of psychedelic rock."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Little Girl

Friday, July 30

back to geography (PoemTalk #34)


Charles Olson
"Bob Perelman, Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Charles Bernstein converged on Al's office-studio to attempt what Al in his intro dubs a 'daunting' task - to talk somehow about one of Charles Olson's Maximus poems in such a way that would make the poem make sense and might serve as a good introduction to The Maximus Poems more generally."
PoemTalk - back to geography (PoemTalk #34)

Richard Dumas


Miles Davis
"Richard Dumas is not a portraitist, but a photographer. In contrast with another photographer named Richard (Avedon, to be exact), Dumas is not a socialite or a star because he shoots celebrities or fashion photographer. This distinction is not intended to tarnish this celebrated photographer's essential role but to better understand Dumas's personal talents."
Agence VU

Thursday, July 29

Draft dodger


Wikipedia - "A draft dodger is a term that refers to a person who avoids ('dodges') the conscription policies of the nation in which he or she is a citizen or resident by leaving the country, going into hiding, or other attempts at fraudulent means. Avoidances involving nonviolence or conscientious objectorships are sometimes referred to as draft evasion or draft resistance."
Wikipedia - Draft dodger, W - Conscientious objector, W - War resister

Planet Patrol


Wikipedia - "Planet Patrol is an American electro group from the 1980s. The members were Arthur Baker, John Robie, and a quintet of vocalists led by Herbert J. Jackson: lead singer Joesph Lites, Rodney Butler, Michael Anthony Jones, and the late Melvin Franklin."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube - Play At Your Own Risk, Cheap Thrills, I Dint't Know I Love You

Wednesday, July 28

Elodie Lauten


Wikipedia - "Elodie Lauten (born October 20, 1950) is a composer described as postminimalist or a microtonalist."
Wikipedia, Elodie Lauten, MySpace, Sequenza21, Dusted Reviews, YouTube - New Museum on September 11, 2009, The Death of Don Juan - Death as a Shadow, Sonate Modale part 1 of 3 - Live at Music Gallery, (2), (3)

SHINDIG! - Soul


James Brown
"Shindig! Presents: Soul ... James Brown, Joe Tex, Booker T & the MGs, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Major Lance, Marvin Gaye..."
YouTube, (2), (3)

Late Renoir


Bather with Long Hair
"Late Renoir follows the renowned painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir through the final—and most fertile and innovative—decades of his career. At the height of his creative powers and looking toward posterity, Renoir created art that was timeless, enticing, and worthy of comparison to the greatest of the old masters, such as Raphael, Titian, and Rubens. He devoted himself to joyful subjects—frolicking bathers, domestic idylls, the drama of classical mythology, and the brilliance of Mediterranean landscape and sea."
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bloomberg - Nude Bathers, Homebodies Dominate ’Late Renoir’ in Philadelphia, NYT - Avant-Gardist in Retreat

Tuesday, July 27

Elysian Fields Quarterly


Wikipedia - "Elysian Fields Quarterly (EFQ) is a literary baseball journal of 'writing on baseball from the fan's perspective', published in St. Paul MN. It features articles on baseball history and lore."
Wikipedia, Elysian Fields Quarterly

Dieter Roth


Daily Mirror, 1961; Artist's Book, 2 cm x 2 cm
Wikipedia - "Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 - June 5, 1998) was a Swiss-German artist best known for his artist's books and for his sculptures and pictures made with rotting food stuffs. He was also known as Dieter Rot and Diter Rot."
Wikipedia, MoMA, P.S.1, Dieter Roth Foundation, artnet

Material World: Sculpture to Environment


Karla Black
"Working in a range of modest, industrially produced materials -- from plastic sheeting to fishing line -- Michael Beutler, Orly Genger, Tobias Putrih, Alyson Shotz, Dan Steinhilber, and collaborators Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen engage the former factory spaces of our second and third floors, creating extraordinary environments from ordinary things."
MASS MoCA, Living large, Material World: Sculpture to Environment - PDF, ARTINFO

Monday, July 26

Punk zine


Wikipedia - "A punk zine (or punkzine) is a zine devoted to punk culture, most often punk rock music, bands, or the DIY punk ethic. Punk zines are the most likely place to find punk literature."
Wikipedia, Operation Phoenix Records

Once Upon a Time


Wikipedia - "Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 epic crime film directed and co-written by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. The story chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York City's world of organized crime. The film explores themes of childhood friendships, love, lust, greed, betrayal, loss, broken relationships, and the rise of mobsters in American society."
Wikipedia, YouTube, amazon

Cheba Zahouania


Wikipedia - "Halima Mazzi, alias Cheba Zahouania (also spelled Chaba Zahouania) is an Algerian-born singer known for raï music. She has lived in France since her singing partner was murdered."
Wikipedia, Rhapsody, YouTube - Mazal Galbi, Bakitouni Bakitouni, Rijal El Allah, The Sheltering Sky

Sunday, July 25

The Chiffons


Wikipedia - "The Chiffons was an all girl group originating from the Bronx area of New York in 1960."
Wikipedia, last.fm, W - He's So Fine, YouTube - One Fine Day, George Harrison - My Sweet Lord

The Skatalites


Wikipedia - "The Skatalites are a ska band from Jamaica. They played initially between 1963 and 1965, and recorded many of their best known songs in the period, including 'Guns of Navarone'. They also played on records by Prince Buster and many other Jamaican artists who recorded during the period. They reformed in 1983 and have played together ever since."
Wikipedia, The Skatalites, last.fm, YouTube - Guns of Navarone, Ska Ska Ska, Simmer down, Rude Boy Dreams, Little irene

Saturday, July 24

The Adventures of Tintin: Breaking Free


Wikipedia - "The Adventures of Tintin: Breaking Free is an anarchist parody of the popular Tintin series of comics. An exercise in detournement, the book was written under the pseudonym J. Daniels and published by Attack International in April of 1988 and then republished in 1999."
Wikipedia, amazon

Rem Koolhaas


Wikipedia - "Remment Lucas Koolhaas (... born 17 November 1944) is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and 'Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design' at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA."
Wikipedia, Lava, WIRED

Friday, July 23

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg


"In the first scholarly exhibition of American poet Allen Ginsberg's photographs, all facets of his work in photography will be explored. Some 79 works on display will range from the 1950s 'drugstore' prints to his now celebrated portraits of Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, snapshots of Ginsberg himself taken just before he achieved literary fame, and his later portraits of the Beats and other friends made in the 1980s and 1990s."
National Gallery of Art, The New York Review of Books - "The Beats: Pictures of a Legend", Edmund White, amazon

From Hobby Horses to Moose


"The prodigal son returns. On my trip I read Anne Sanouillet's expanded edition of Michel Sanouillet's Dada in Paris. The chapters on Dada publications were my favorite parts of the book. While in Rangeley State Park in western Maine near the Wilhelm Reich Museum, I read about Paul Dermee's Z, the second issue of which was a four page mimeo."
Mimeo Mimeo

Thursday, July 22

2010 Tour de France


Wikipedia - "The 2010 Tour de France is the 97th Tour de France. It started with an 8.9 km prologue in Rotterdam on 3 July, the first start in the Netherlands since 1996, and ends on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 25 July. The first three stages passed through the Netherlands and Belgium on routes designed to replicate some features of the spring classics, including seven cobblestone sectors totaling 13.2 km, the longest distance of cobblestones in the Tour since 1983, on stage 3."
Wikipedia, W - Tour de France, Guardian, steephill, SBS, WSJ

Remix


Wikipedia - "A remix is an alternative version of a song, made from an original version. This term is also used for any alterations of media other than song (film, literature etc.). A remixer uses audio mixing to compose an alternate master recording of a song, adding or subtracting elements, or simply changing the equalization, dynamics, pitch, tempo, playing time, or almost any other aspect of the various musical components."
Wikipedia, Remix, Slate - "The Remixmasters", remix.vg

Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design


"Scenic vistas, winding paths, bucolic meadows, and rustic retreats suitable for solitary contemplation are just a few of the alluring naturalistic features of gardens created in the Romantic spirit. Landscape designers of the Romantic era sought to express the inherent beauty of nature in opposition to the strictly symmetrical, formal gardens favored by aristocrats of the old regime."
The Morgan Library & Museum

Wednesday, July 21

Pere Ubu


Wikipedia - "Pere Ubu is an experimental rock music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. Despite many long-term band members, singer David Thomas is the only constant."
Wikipedia, The Ubu Projex Web Site, Breath, Waiting for Mary, Birdies (Urgh! A Music War), Final Solution, Love Love Love, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, Heart Of Darkness, The Modern Dance, Non-alignment Pact, Dub Housing, On The Surface, Dave Thomas of Pere Ubu - Part 1, Pt 2

Joyce Theater


Wikipedia - "The Joyce Theater is a 472-seat dance performance venue located in the Chelsea area of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The Joyce Theater Foundation, the organization founded in 1982 that operates the theater, also owns the Joyce SoHo dance center located in a former firehouse on Mercer Street between Houston and Prince Streets."
Wikipedia, Joyce Theater

Old-time music


St. Regis String Band
Wikipedia - "Old-time music is a genre of North American folk music, with roots in the folk music of many countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland and countries in Africa. It developed along with various North American folk dances, such as square dance, buck dance, and clogging. The genre also encompasses ballads and other types of folk songs. It is played on acoustic instruments, generally centering on a combination of fiddle and plucked string instruments (most often the guitar and banjo)."
Wikipedia

Tuesday, July 20

Surrealist cartomancy


"Reworking the illustrations of the standard fifty-two card playing deck has become quite a common thing in recent years with numerous themed decks being produced in costly limited editions. The same goes for decks of Tarot cards which have now been mapped across a number of different magical systems and produced in sets that often add little to the philosophy of the Tarot but merely vary the artwork."
{ feuilleton }

Mark Bloch


Venice 2006: Everything Right
Wikipedia - "Mark Bloch (born January 23, 1956), also known as Pan, P.A.N., Panman, Panpost and the Post Art Network, is an American multi-media artist from Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Since 1982 he has lived in New York City. He is a conceptual artist in the tradition of Dada, the Surrealists, Marcel Duchamp, the Fluxus group and Ray Johnson."
Wikipedia, Welcome to P A N M O D E R N . C O M

TED


"Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world"
TED

Monday, July 19

What the Hell Just Happened on Letterman?


"One night after M.I.A.'s disastrous Late Show performance, David Letterman welcomed 'experimental performance artist' (according to her Wikipedia) Laurie Anderson on the program to, well, do some weird ass spoken-word/repetitive thing involving experts, problems, and the oil spill? Video inside."
Gawker, The Awl -"Difficult Listening Hour: An Introduction to Laurie Anderson"

Café Pamplona


Wikipedia - "Café Pamplona, located at 12 Bow St. beside the intersection of Bow and Arrow Streets near Harvard Square, is an unusual and renowned café. When it opened in 1959 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it was the first café in the Square. The owner, Josefina Yanguas, claimed the café had the first espresso-maker in the city. Down a short flight of exterior stairs, past a patio with tables, customers enter the café's subterranean interior. The once austere decor includes bright yellow lights which make the thickly-plastered walls glow under low ceilings, and a black and white checked floor."
Wikipedia,

Streephers


Las Vegas, Nevada - Kenneth Kit Lamug
"We have the ambitious project, to collect, catalog and show images of the best today's Photoreporters and Street Photographers, from all over the world."
Streephers

Sunday, July 18

Maggie May


Wikipedia - "'Maggie May' is a song written by singer Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton and recorded by Stewart in 1971 for his album Every Picture Tells a Story. 'Maggie May' expresses the ambivalence and contradictory emotions of a young man involved in a relationship with an older woman, and was written from Stewart's own experience."
Wikipedia - "Maggie May", W - "Reason to Believe", YouTube - "Maggie May", "Reason To Believe"

Pinball


Wikipedia - "Pinball is a type of arcade game, usually coin-operated, where a player attempts to score points by manipulating one or more metal balls on a playfield inside a glass-covered case called a pinball machine. The primary objective of the game is to score as many points as possible. Secondary objectives are to maximize the time spent playing (by earning extra balls and keeping the ball in play as long as possible) and to earn free games (known as replays).
Wikipedia, Magic City Pinball 1967 - vimeo, 1977 Gottlieb Vulcan Pinball - YouTube, 2010 Northwest Pinball and Gameroom Show - vimeo

My Boyfriend's Back


Wikipedia - "'My Boyfriend's Back' was a hit song in 1963 for The Angels, an American girl group. It was written by the songwriting team of Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer. The recording was originally intended as a demo for The Shirelles, but ended up being released as recorded."
Wikipedia, W - The Angels, DailyMotion

Saturday, July 17

Kulchur


"Onward, as Robert Creeley would say. Let’s move to Kulchur 4. What strikes me about this issue is Burroughs and Kerouac’s picture on the cover. Gilbert Sorrentino guest-edited this issue. In his essay in The Little Magazine in America collection, Sorrentino writes, 'Marian Zazeela, Marc Schleifer’s wife, gave me a snapshot of Kerouac and Burroughs taken in Paris about 1955, and that became the cover; the title page identifies it as a photograph of Inspector Maigret and Sam Spade.'"
Reality Studio - Kulchur 4, Reality Studio - Kulchur, Reality Studio - Kulchur 13, Kulchur magazine, The Little Magazine A Hundred Years On: A Reader’s Report

How To Listen To Dylan


"Those of us that are Dylan fanatics have heard various versions of the above objections throughout our whole Dylan-listening careers. To be sure, Bob Dylan, like great Scotch—is an acquired taste. Yes, his voice is “nasally.” Yes, his inflection is odd. Yes, he can be hard to understand and way off-key. Yet, his sound, his instrumentation and above all his songs can be salvation to the ears of those who learn to appreciate him."
How To Listen To Dylan

Moyra Davey


Greatest Hits
"For anyone in the Cambridge area, artist Moyra Davey's first museum retrospective is currently up at the Fogg Art Museum. Davey's quiet and often mundane subjects exist antithetically to the driving trends of contemporary photography, which promote digital manipulation, large scale printing and staged photography."
Exposure Project, Moyra Davey

Friday, July 16

Pet Sounds


Wikipedia - "Pet Sounds was created several months after Brian Wilson had quit touring with the band in order to focus his attention on writing and recording. In it, he wove elaborate layers of vocal harmonies, coupled with sound effects and unconventional instruments such as bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, the Electro-Theremin, and dog whistles, along with the more usual keyboards and guitars."
Wikipedia, last.fm, Beach Boys Fan Club.

W - Wouldn't It Be Nice, W - You Still Believe in Me, W - That's Not Me, W - Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), W - I'm Waiting for the Day, W - Let's Go Away for Awhile, W - Sloop John B, W - God Only Knows, W - I Know There's an Answer, W - Here Today, W - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, W - Pet Sounds, W - Caroline, No.

Thursday, July 15

Cuban Baseball Cards


Fermin Guerra
"As in the United States, Cuban Baseball Cards began as Trade Cards, Cabinet Photos and promotional giveaways with Tobacco products. But instead of cardboard being the main printing media of choice in Cuba it was a thinner paper with cards made mostly to paste into accompanying albums. Cuban Baseball Cards are some of the rarest and most difficult for collectors to find."
Cuban Ball, Cuban Baseball Cards, npr - "Baseball Cards Tell Story Of Negro, Cuban Leagues"

Jules Bastien-Lepage


Les Foins, 1878
Wikipedia - "Jules Bastien-Lepage (November 1, 1848 – December 10, 1884), French painter, was born in the village of Damvillers, Meuse and spent his childhood there. Bastien's father grew grapes in a vineyard to support the family. His grandfather also lived in the village; his garden had fruit trees of apple, pear, and peach up against the high walls."
Wikipedia, Google

Bruce Nauman - Raw Material (2005)


"Bruce Nauman is one of the most important artists of our time. Early in his career, he abandoned painting in favour of sculpture, performance, installation, film, video, photography and neon. This restless exploration of different media reflects a continual questioning and reinvention of his artistic practice."
UbuWeb

Wednesday, July 14

Life After God


Wikipedia - "Life After God is a collection of short stories by Douglas Coupland, published in 1994. The stories are set around a theme of a generation raised without religion. The jacket for the hardcover book reads 'You are the first generation to be raised without religion.' The text is an exploration of faith in this vacuum of religion. The stories are also illustrated by the author."
Wikipedia, amazon

Kerouac's Copies of Floating Bear


"Jack Kerouac does not appear in a ton of mimeos. Unlike Burroughs and Ginsberg, Kerouac did not flood the little mag circuit with material. He liked to get paid. Kerouac appears most often in Beatitude. He also appears in Issue 34 of Floating Bear ('How to Meditate')."
MIMEO MIMEO

Jean-Léon Gérôme


The Caravan
Wikipedia - "Jean-Léon Gérôme (May 11, 1824 – January 10, 1904) was a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax."
Wikipedia, Getty

Monday, July 12

Freedom Tunnel by Carlito Brigante


"Under Manhattan’s Upper West side, runs the 'Freedom' Tunnel. Built in the 30’s by Robert Moses, the passage boasts legendary graffiti murals and piles of debris remaining of the past homeless city era."
Wooster Collective

Nathan's Famous


Wikipedia - "Nathan's began as a nickel hot dog stand in Coney Island in 1916 and bears the name of co-founder Nathan Handwerker (June 14, 1892, Poland – March 25, 1974), who started the business with his wife Ida Handwerker. Handwerker, an employee of Feltman's hot dog stand, was encouraged by celebrity clients Eddie Cantor and Jimmy Durante to go into business in competition with his former employer."
Wikipedia, Nathans Famous

Astor Piazzolla Remixed


"Perhaps more surprising, but fitting in its own way, is the recent embrace of nuevo tango by a global army of dance-club deejays, many of whom appear on Astor Piazzolla Remixed. After all, tango was originally born as a dance between two men in the bordellos of Buenos Aires, and the deejays on Remixed--hailing from New York, London, Paris, Stockholm, and Helsinki--are simply reclaiming the music’s past while simultaneously propelling it into the future."
amazon, YouTube - Calambre, Vuelvo al sur (Koop remix), El Tango (piazzolla Remixed), Duo De Amor - remixed by Ricochet