Thursday, September 30

Henry Cow Concerts - 1976


Wikipedia - "Henry Cow Concerts is a live double album by English avant-rock group Henry Cow, recorded at concerts in London, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway between September 1974 and October 1975. Sides one and two of the LP record consist of composed material while sides three and four contain improvised pieces."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Henry Cow - Terrible as an army with banners, Beautiful as the Moon, No More Songs

Op-Ed at 40, A Brief History of the Art


Barbara Kruger
"Yesterday’s New York Times celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the op-ed section. Part of the commemoration is a video dedicated to the influential illustrations of the op-ed section."
Columbia University, NY Times - Op-Ed at 40, A Brief History of the Art

Blue Note Records


Wikipedia - "Blue Note Records is a jazz record label, established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis. Francis Wolff became involved shortly afterwards. It derives its name from the characteristic 'blue notes' of jazz and the blues."
Wikipedia, Blue Note Records, amazon

Wednesday, September 29

Sampling


Damian Marley & Nas collaborating & sampling african music
Wikipedia - "In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a different sound recording of a song. The wide spread use of sampling in popular music originated with the birth of hip hop music in New York in the 1970s. This is typically done with a sampler, which can be a piece of hardware or a computer program. Sampling is also possible with tape loops or with vinyl records on a phonograph."
Wikipedia, YouTube - The Art Of Sampling Pt.1, 9TH WONDER INTERVIEW: The Art of Sampling, Sampling Weapons of Choice, The Art Of Sampling 1, The Art Of Sampling 2, etc.

May 1968 in France


Wikipedia - "The May 1968 protest refers to a particular period in French history. During this time, the country saw the largest general strike that resulted in the economy coming to a virtual standstill, the first of its kind for an advanced industrial country. It was also the first wildcat general strike in history and involved a series of student occupation protests. The strike involved eleven million workers for a continuous two weeks, and its impact was such that it almost caused the collapse of President Charles de Gaulle's government."
Wikipedia

The Trip (1967)


Wikipedia - "The Trip (1967) is a low-budget cult film released by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, including on top of Kirkwood in Laurel Canyon, Hollywood Hills, and near Big Sur, California in 1966. Peter Fonda stars as a young television commercial director, Paul Groves."
Wikipedia, YouTube - The Trip, Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda, The Electric Flag - M-23 (The Trip Soundtrack)

Tuesday, September 28

Brian Eno, H.Budd: The Plateaux of Mirror


"Music by Brian Eno, H.Budd Album:The Plateaux of Mirror. First Light. This video takes the point of view of a fly flying in cigarette smoke."
YouTube - First Light, Wind in lonely fences, Above Chiangmai, Steal away, Not yet remembered, An arc of doves

Long barrow


Wikipedia - "A long barrow is a prehistoric monument dating to the early Neolithic period. They are rectangular or trapezoidal tumuli or earth mounds traditionally interpreted as collective tombs. Long barrows are also typical for several Celtic, Slavic, and Baltic cultures of Northern Europe of the 1st millennium AD."
Wikipedia

Count Five


Wikipedia - "The Count Five was a 1960s garage rock band from San Jose, California, best known for their Top 10 single 'Psychotic Reaction'."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube - Psychotic Reaction (live appearance - 1966), Double Decker Bus, Peace Of Mind

Monday, September 27

Pina Bausch - "Cafe Muller":


"Director and choreographer Pina Bausch (July 27, 1940 - June 30, 2009) 'Cafe Muller' (1978, TV version 1985) Cast: Pina Bausch, Malou Airaudo, Domenique Mercy, Jan Minarik, Nazareth Panadero, Jean Laurent Sasportes. Musiс by Henry Purcell / 'The Fairy Queen' and 'Dido and Aeneas'" BAM, 1984
YouTube - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Chapbook


Wikipedia - "Chapbook is a generic term to cover a particular genre of pocket-sized booklet, popular from the sixteenth through to the later part of the 19th century. No exact definition can be applied. The term chap-book was formalized by bibliophiles of the 19th century, as a variety of ephemera (disposable printed material), popular or folk literature. It includes many kinds of printed material such as pamphlets, political and religious tracts, nursery rhymes, poetry, folk tales, children's literature and almanacs."
Wikipedia, Viddler - Anne Waldman Saves the Chapbook, YouTube - What Is A Chapbook?

ZE Records


Wikipedia - "ZE Records (originally always written with two capital letters) was a New York-based record label, started in 1978 by Michael Zilkha and Michel Esteban."
Wikipedia, ZE Records

Sunday, September 26

Sun & Moon


"The collection documents the publishing history of the press throughout most of its 28 years of operation and maps the literary careers and, in some cases, the personal lives of numerous American and international literary figures and artists. The bulk of the materials documents Sun & Moon's publishing activities from 1991-2002."
OAC, The Register of Sun and Moon Press Archive, 1976 - 2002, The Argotist Online, YouTube - Douglas Messerli by Charles Bernstein, amazon, Green Integer

Black Orpheus


Wikipedia - "Black Orpheus (Portuguese: Orfeu Negro) is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus. It is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes, which is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, setting it in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during the Carnaval. The film was an international co-production between production companies in Brazil, France and Italy."
Wikipedia, Criterion, YouTube

Saturday, September 25

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance & the Camera


"Exposed offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects."
Tate, Guardian - Prying eye: Tate Modern's Exposed uncovers the art of secret photography, Voyeuristic Exhibitions

Horses ~ Patti Smith Group


Live 1976. Stockholm.
YouTube

Friday, September 24

Field Hollers, Work song


Wikipedia - "Field Hollers as well as work songs were African American styles of music from before the American Civil War, this style of music is closely related to spirituals in the sense that it expressed religious feelings and included subtle hints about ways of escaping slavery, among other things. Slaves in New Orleans had a field area called Congo Square in which they were allowed time on Sundays to dance and sing more freely than they could on the plantations."
Wikipedia, W - Work song, Slave Work Songs, YouTube - Work Songs in a Texas Prison, Gandy Dancers, Poor Boy - Lomax Prison Recording, Negro Prison & Blues Songs Black Woman

Poetry by Pablo Neruda - Poema 20


Poetry by Pablo Neruda - Poema 20

Delaney & Bonnie & Friends


Wikipedia - "Delaney & Bonnie – later called Delaney & Bonnie & Friends – was a rock/soul revue fronted by husband-and-wife singer/songwriters Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube - Comin' Home, Delaney and Bonnie with Eric Clapton 1969, Getting To Know You So Well, Poor Elijah, I Don't Want To Discuss It, When The Battle Is Over

Thursday, September 23

Peter Hutchinson


"Peter Hutchinson, born in England in 1930, has been living and working in Provincetown, Massachusetts, since 1953. As one of the pioneers of Land Art, he is represented in such renowned collections as the Musée d’Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basle, the National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Museum of Modern Art in New York."
Peter Hutchinson, Movie, artnet, amazon

Hot Hot Hot


Wikipedia - "'Hot Hot Hot' is a song by Montserrat musician Arrow featured on his 1982 studio album Hot Hot Hot. Written by Arrow himself, the song became an instant dance floor hit and was later covered by artists around the world, most notably in 1987 by American singer David Johansen under the name Buster Poindexter."
Wikipedia, Repeating Islands, YouTube - Hot Hot Hot, Buster Poindexter - Hot Hot Hot

Wednesday, September 22

Arena - Robert Mapplethorpe (1988)


"Profile of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most controversial of American photographers, which accompanied an exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery in the year before he died. Contains interview with Mapplethorpe himself, along with critic and author Edmund White, and with several of Mapplethorpe's subjects."
UbuWeb

Soft Cell


Wikipedia - "Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s. They consist of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo is most widely known for their 1981 worldwide hit version of 'Tainted Love'."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube - Tainted Love, Top 100 One Hit Wonders of the 80s

Mulholland Drive


Wikipedia - "Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir psychological thriller written and directed by David Lynch, starring Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, and Justin Theroux. The surrealist film was highly acclaimed by many critics and earned Lynch the Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director Award) at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Director."
Wikipedia, Film Comment, September/October 2001, YouTube

Tuesday, September 21

Greater New York


"Greater New York, the third iteration of the quinquennial exhibition organized by MoMA PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art, showcasing some 68 artists and collectives living and working in the metropolitan New York area, will open at MoMA PS1 on May 23 and run through October 18, 2010. The 2010 exhibition will not only present recent work made within the past five years, but also will foster a productive workshop where artists are invited to experiment with new ideas within MoMA PS1’s building for the duration of the exhibition."
PS1, MoMA, (1), WNYC, Village Voice, DLK Collection, YouTube - Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1, YouTube - Greater New York at PS1 RUSHES, YouTube - Greater New York at P.S.1 Part I, Part II

Monday, September 20

Jimi Hendrix


Wikipedia - "James Marshall 'Jimi' Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix, November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is often considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music by other musicians and commentators in the industry, and one of the most important and influential musicians of his era across a range of genres." Sept 18, 40th anniversary.
Wikipedia, Jimi Hendrix, last.fm, YouTube - Purple Haze, All Along The Watch Tower, Voodoo Chile, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Little Wing, Killing Floor, Foxy Lady, Fire, Spanish Castle Magic, Red House, Rock me baby, Band of Gypsys

Fresh Stuff From BR1 in Berlin


"More from BR1 here."
Wooster Collective, flickr

Mississippi Fred McDowell


Wikipedia - "Fred McDowell (January 12, 1904 - July 3, 1972) known by his stage name; Mississippi Fred McDowell, was a blues singer and guitar player in the North Mississippi style."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube - Goin Down to the River, Shake Em On Down, John Henry, Spike Driver Blues, You Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley, Blues Maker, 1969 - Part 1, Part 2, When I Lay My Burden Down

Sunday, September 19

Cyberpunk


Shibuya crossing
Wikipedia - "Cyberpunk is a science fiction genre noted for its focus on 'high tech and low life'. The name is a blend of cybernetics and punk and was originally coined by Bruce Bethke as the title of his short story 'Cyberpunk', published in 1983. It features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order. Cyberpunk works are well situated within postmodern literature."
Wikipedia, The Cyberpunk Project, Cyberpunk Review, Mirrorshades

The Music Machine


Wikipedia - "The Music Machine (1965–1969) was an American garage rock and psychedelic (sometimes referred to as garage punk) band from the late 1960s, headed by singer-songwriter Sean Bonniwell and based in Los Angeles. The band sound was often defined by fuzzy guitars and a Farfisa organ. Their original look consisted of all-black clothing, (dyed) black moptop hairstyles and a single black glove."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Talk Talk, Trouble, Masculine Intuition

Saturday, September 18

Eclipse


"Eclipse is a free on-line archive focusing on digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century. Eclipse also publishes carefully selected new works of book-length conceptual unity."
Eclipse, Tottel's Magazine, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Magazine, THIS Magazine, Space - Clark Coolidge, Men In Aida - David Melnick, Silliman's Blog

The Long Take: Lucy Raven, Thom Andersen


Lucy Raven, China Town
"How do you show what’s not there anymore—or what’s not there yet? Answers run throughout the work of both Lucy Raven and Thom Andersen, who trace processes and places that are gone, hidden, or changing so rapidly that we can hardly keep pace."
ARTFORUM

Friday, September 17

Ephemeral New York


Union Square
"Union Square has been around since 1839, when it opened with a large central fountain, according to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. But when Union Square was ripped up during subway construction in the 1920s, the fountain went with it. This postmarked, stamped 1910, doesn’t indicate what we’re looking at, but I think it’s Union Square West."
Ephemeral New York

The Directors: Martin Scorsese (2000)


"The American Film Institute's Directors: Martin Scorsese profiles the great director and offers insight into Scorsese's working methods, philosophies, and intentions. ... ~ Betsy Boyd, All Movie Guide"
NYT, amazon, YouTube - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Risk


Wikipedia - "Risk is a strategic board game, produced by Parker Brothers (now a division of Hasbro). It was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse and originally released in 1957, as La Conquête du Monde ('The Conquest of the World'), in France. Risk is a turn-based game for two to six players. The standard version is played on a board depicting a political map of the Earth, divided into forty-two territories, which are grouped into six continents. Players attempt to capture territories from other players by rolling higher die numbers. The game is won when one player has managed to occupy every territory."
Wikipedia, Risk, Total Diplomacy, YouTube

Thursday, September 16

Christo and Jeanne-Claude - The Gates


"Drawing 2002, in two parts. 38 X 244 cm. and 106,6 X 244 cm. (15" X 96" and 42" X 96"). Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, aerial photograph, fabric sample and hand-drawn technical data."
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, amazon, YouTube - The Gates, YouTube - The artists behind The Gates Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918–1936


"Following the chaos of World War I, a move emerged towards figuration, clean lines, and modeled form, and away from the two-dimensional abstracted spaces, fragmented compositions, and splintered bodies of the avant-gardes—particularly Cubism, Futurism, and Expressionism—that dominated the opening years of the 20th century."
Guggenheim, amazon, New York TimeOut

When Herzog Rescued Phoenix


"Remember back in 2006 when Werner Herzog heroically rescued Joaquin Phoenix from a wrecked car?"
Coilhouse, Report: Affleck admits Joaquin Phoenix doc a fake

Amrita Sher-Gil


Three Girls, 1935
Wikipedia - "Amrita Sher-Gil ... (January 30, 1913, – December 5, 1941), was an eminent Indian painter, sometimes known as India's Frida Kahlo, and today considered an important women painter of 20th century India, whose legacy stands at par with that of the Masters of Bengal Renaissance; she is also the 'most expensive' woman painter of India."
Wikipedia, Tate, Kamat, Guardian, YouTube

Wednesday, September 15

K. Leimer


"The music of Lesser Epitomes is derived from the aleatoric reordering of discreet, compatible components in relationships that emulate typical theme and variation. The end results were reprocessed into deliberately modified versions or left as is. The three principal pieces are indexed for random shuffle during replay — and reordering is recommended."
palace of lights, Melliflua, cdbaby. emusic

An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry


"The one Irish poet people used to know was Yeats. More recently it has been Seamus Heaney. And yet 'the standing army of Irish poets never falls below 20,000,' proclaimed Patrick Kavanagh, who was one of them. An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, running to almost a thousand pages, comes from a country with a population roughly equal to that of Tennessee. The book includes upwards of 50 poets— and there's not a dull page in it. Editor Wes Davis's selection is judicious, while his introduction and notes are as informative as they are brief."
WSJ, Eyewear, Wooing the clay, amazon

Rufus Thomas


Wikipedia - "Rufus Thomas, Jr. (March 27, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was an American rhythm and blues, funk and soul singer and comedian from Memphis, Tennessee, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Walking the Dog, Jump Back, Do the funky penguin, The Memphis Train, All Night Worker

Monday, September 13

BBC - 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year


"From back-garden enthusiasts to professional photographers - the Royal Observatory in Greenwich received hundreds of entries for its 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition."
BBC

The Clash - Rudie can’t fail


"Okay, I went to the market to realise my soul
Cos what I need I just don’t have, oh no
First they cursed then they pressed me ‘till I hurt
They say Rudie can’t fail"
YouTube - Rudie can’t fail, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

AVC: Art & Literature Gallery


"As a community that presented itself to the known world over two thousand years ago, may we always continue to keep our Macedonian heritage strong by promoting our history, our traditions and our Democratic spirit throughout the world. We owe it to Eordea our Beloved and Sacred Mother Earth, Aristotle the Philosopher of Macedonia, Alexander the Invincible of Pella, Ptolemy I Soter of Eordea, his descendent Cleopatra VII Pharaoh of Alexandria, and all our great Macedonian ancestors for bestowing on to us, such a priceless inheritance."
AVC Media

Sunday, September 12

Charles Olson: The Art of Poetry No. 12


"INTERVIEWER: Do you enjoy telling young poets what they ought to do? OLSON: Oh, Jesus, God, if I ever did, may the Lord of the whole of the seven saints of India and China Buddhaland, Gangestown, and all takers this side of where the Tartars went—may they forgive me because like I am happy to have some friends here in the kitchen. I mean, wow, I’ve been very lucky, very lucky. I’m sorry, but I was born with a towel on my head."
The Paris Review

Detroit Lives


"Once the fourth-largest metropolis in America—some have called it the Death of the American Dream. Today, the young people of the Motor City are making it their own DIY paradise where rules are second to passion and creativity. They are creating the new Detroit on their own terms, against real adversity. We put our boots on and went exploring."
Palladium Boots

Saturday, September 11

Einstürzende Neubauten


Wikipedia - "Einstürzende Neubauten (German pronunciation: [ˈaɪnˌʃtʏɐtsəndə ˈnɔʏˌbaʊtən], Collapsing New Buildings) is a German experimental band, originally from West Berlin, formed in 1980. ... One of their 'trademarks' is the use of custom-built instruments, predominantly made out of scrap metal and building tools, and noises, in addition to standard musical instruments."
Wikipedia, Einstürzende Neubauten, last.fm, YouTube - Stella Maris, The Garden, Was Ist Ist, Nagorny Karabach, Haus der Lüge, Der Tod Ist Ein Dandy, Blume, Ein Seltener Vogel, 1/2 Mensch

Cid Corman


Wikipedia - "Cid (Sidney) Corman (June 29, 1924 – March 12, 2004) was an American poet, translator and editor, most notably of Origin, who was a key figure in the history of American poetry in the second half of the 20th century."
Wikipedia, Poetry Foundation, Flash Point Mag, Longhouse Poetry

Martha and the Vandellas


Wikipedia - "Martha and the Vandellas (known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were among the most successful groups of the Motown roster during the period 1963-1967. In contrast to other Motown groups such as The Supremes and The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas were known for a harder, R&B sound, typified by '(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave', 'Nowhere to Run', 'Jimmy Mack' and, their signature song, 'Dancing in the Street'."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube - Heatwave, Dancing in the Streets, Nowhere To Run, Jimmy Mack