Thursday, March 31

David Hykes


Wikipedia - "David Hykes (born 2 March 1953) is a composer, singer, musician, author, and meditation teacher. He was one of the earliest modern western pioneers of so-called overtone singing, and has developed since 1975 a comprehensive approach to contemplative music which he calls Harmonic Chant (harmonic singing)."
Wikipedia, Harmonic Presence Foundation, YouTube - Harmonic Chant / le Chant Harmonique by founder David Hykes, David Hykes and Timothy Hill "Brotherhood", David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir - Arc descents, David Hykes-Kyrie Fragments (Part One), (Part Two))

The Hurricane of '38


"As the storm made its way across the Atlantic and up the eastern seaboard, there was little warning. Radar had not been invented. The National Weather Bureau predicted it would blow itself out at North Carolina, but it didn't. No one had ever seen a storm like this."
PBS, Wikipedia, South Station, Quogue Library, Google, PBS/Video - The Hurricane of '38

Wednesday, March 30

Frontier Press - Ed Dorn


"Twenty-Four Love Songs was designed and printed by Graham Mackintosh in San Francisco, 1979. If there's an unsung hero of this era in American printing, it's Graham, who designed books for many prominent publishers in the Bay Area. I would love to see a carefully conceived exhibit of his work accompanied by a thorough bibliography."
Mimeo Mimeo

Ethnomusicology


Ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore recording Blackfoot chief Mountain Chief for the Bureau of American Ethnology (1916)
Wikipedia - "Ethnomusicology is defined as 'the study of social and cultural aspects of music and dance in local and global contexts.' Coined by Jaap Kunst from the Greek words ἔθνος ethnos (nation) and μουσική mousike (music), it is often considered the anthropology or ethnography of music."
Wikipedia, UCLA Gateway, Eric Charry’s Homepage

Clyde Stubblefield


Wikipedia - "Clyde Stubblefield (born April 18, 1943 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is a drummer best known for his work with James Brown. Stubblefield's recordings with James Brown are considered to be some of the standard-bearers for funk drumming, including the singles 'Cold Sweat', 'There Was A Time', 'I Got The Feelin'', 'Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud', 'Ain't It Funky Now', 'Mother Popcorn', and the album Sex Machine."
Wikipedia, NYT: "Living Legend Tries to Make a Living", YouTube - Clyde Stubblefield/ Funky Drummer

Tuesday, March 29

Larry Wright


Wikipedia - "Larry Wright (born c. 1975) is a well-known New York City busker. He's credited as the first major drummer to use five gallon plastic buckets instead of a normal drum kit. He uses his foot to lift the bucket changing the sound patterns."
Wikipedia, BucketBeats, YouTube - More of amazing street drummer in New York subway, The Subway Drummer from New York, NYC street bucket drummer 1990, Interview with Larry Wright, NYC Bucket Drummers NYC Subway performance, Larry Wright bucket drums subway broadway station

The Spring Issue: Pavel Zoubok on Collage

David Poppie (1969–), Rabbit Hole, 2010, colored pencils on panel.
"Pavel Zoubok, the curator of our spring portfolio, opened his first gallery space in New York in 1997. Fifteen years later, it remains the only gallery in New York devoted exclusively to collage, though it has, over that time, helped nurture a broad revival of interest in the cut-up for the digital age, as artists and admirers turned on by remixing and repurposing have discovered again the appeal and the craftsmanship of the truly handmade. Earlier this winter, Pavel sat down to discuss his gallery, the portfolio, and the expansive medium to which they are both devoted."
The Paris Review

Monday, March 28

The Clash documentary - Joe Strummer


"The late Joe Strummer."
YouTube part 1, part 2

Fahrenheit 451 (1966 film)


Wikipedia - "Fahrenheit 451 is a 1966 film directed by François Truffaut, in his first colour film as well as his only English-language film. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury."
Wikipedia, amazon, YouTube, Dailymotion

Tellus #15: The Improvisors


"Excerpts from The Stephanie and Irving Stone Festival of Improvisors recorded at Roulette, NYC on November 8, 9, and 10, 1985."
UbuWeb

Sunday, March 27

Kraftwerk - Documentary


"Made by Malik Bendjelloul for Swedish TV:s Pop i fokus in 2001. Interviews with Karl Bartos, Wolfgang Flur, Bjork, Moby, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Peter Saville."
YouTube - Kraftwerk documentary part 1, part 2, part 3

Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood


"Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood, also known as Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, is a short film produced by BBC Omnibus in 1978 on the subject of Hunter S. Thompson, directed by Nigel Finch."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood - Hunter S Thompson Documentary

How to make a cigar box guitar


"This is a rough how-to on how to make a cigar box guitar. Since each box is different I can't give you exact instructions. Hopefully you'll get creative and improvise."
YouTube - How to make a cigar box guitar, 1953 Wild Cigar Box Guitar Footage, Original Delta Blues Legend on his Broomstick cigar box guitar, Devil Got My Woman Blues by Skip James Cover / 3 String Cigar Box Guitars / Bottleneck Delta Slide

Saturday, March 26

Sing Out!


Wikipedpa - "Sing Out! is a quarterly journal of folk music and folk songs that has been published since May 1950."
Wikipedia, Sing Out!, FolkLib Index, The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, YouTube

Before I Die


"One month and seven hours of intense stenciling later and it’s up! With a lot of support from old and new friends, I turned the side of an abandoned house in my neighborhood into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them in life. Before I Die transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us."
Candy Chang

Friday, March 25

RAW Music International


"RAW Music International is currently preparing to film a pilot episode in Kisumu, Kenya in December 2010 — exploring the world of East Africa’s Rastafarian population, and seeing what happens when a rich heritage of traditional music meets modern rap and dance in a packed nightclub."
RAW Music International

Broadway: A Poets and Painters Anthology


"Of Charles North's poetry, Schuyler himself once wrote, 'His joy in words, and the things words adumbrate, is infectious: we catch a contagion of enlightenment. To me, he is the most stimulating poet of his generation.' North met and befriended the psychologically troubled Schuyler in the early 1970s. Together they edited Broadway: A Poets and Painters Anthology in 1979 and Broadway II in 1989."
EPC - James Schuyler: Charles North Interview, amazon, amazon - 1

"An Underground Movement: Designers, Builders, Riders", Owen Smith


"In the mezzanine is a large three-panel mosaic entitled An Underground Movement: Designers, Builders, Riders, by artist Owen Smith, which were installed in 1998. The mural depicts the design, construction, and riders of the subway. Two other mosaics above the stairways depict amusement rides at Coney Island framed by the stairway of a Brooklyn brownstone house, and the New York city skyline with Rockettes and a paper tape stock ticker."
NYT Subway

Thursday, March 24

The Making of "Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene 1940-1970"


"Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene 1940-1970 is a 1972 documentary directed by Emile de Antonio. It covers American art movements from abstract expressionism to pop art through conversations with artists in their studios. Artists appearing in the film include Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Barnett Newman, Hans Hofmann, Jules Olitski, Philip Pavia, Larry Poons, Robert Motherwell, and Kenneth Noland."
YouTube, (2)

Jack Kerouac on The Steve Allen Show


"A clip from the 1985 documentary 'Kerouac, the Movie.' Jack Kerouac interviewed by Steve Allen in 1959."
YouTube

Conserving Bronze: The Lamp with Erotes from Vani


"In the summer of 2007, four bronze lamps were discovered in a rock-cut pit near the walls of ancient Vani. Much ancient bronzework is lost to us, so the discovery of these remarkable objects in such a well-preserved condition is of immense value. Two of these lamps were recently conserved at the Getty Villa in collaboration with the Georgian National Museum. Watch conservators use a range of approaches to study and clean the Lamp with Erotes from Vani in this short film from the Getty Museum."
YouTube

Wednesday, March 23

Fred Frith And Evelyn Glennie : The Sugar Factory


"Produced and released by no other than John Zorn and his Tzadik label, this is another special project from multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser, Fred Frith, who has been bravely crossing musical borders since the early 1970s. No doubt dynamic and astonishing in their scope, these remarkable duo sessions were recorded during the filming of Thomas Riedelsheimer's exquisite documentary, Touch The Sound, which is about Scottish virtuoso percussionist, Evelyn Glennie."
AvaxHome, amazon, W - Evelyn Glennie, YouTube - A Little Prayer , Evelyn Glennie & Fred Frith improvising
Touch The Sound Part1, part2, part3, part4, part5, part6, part7, part8, part9, part10, part11, part12

Carnation - Lucinda Childs


"Lucinda Childs may have been offering a bit of dance history at the Joyce Theater on Thursday night when she performed 'Carnation,' a solo she created in 1964 for the ground-breaking experimentalist Judson Dance Theater. But it was vibrant history, and revealed a side of Ms. Childs that we seldom see these days."
NYT, YouTube - Carnation, Lucinda Childs

June 2008: Wikipedia, Lucinda Childa

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within


"The film features never before seen footage of William S. Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues including John Waters, Genesis P-Orridge, Laurie Anderson, Peter Weller, David Cronenberg, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Sonic Youth, Anne Waldman, Hal Willner, James Grauerholz, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, V. Vale, Diane DiPrima, with narration by actor Peter Weller and soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth. The film investigates the life of legendary beat author and American icon, William S. Burroughs." William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, Netflix, YouTube - William S. Burroughs: A Man Within William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

Tuesday, March 22

Gamelan


"A gamelan is a musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Bali or Java, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included. The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable."
Wikipedia, Indonesian Gamelan, American Gamelan Institute (AGI), Balinese Gamelan Rhythms, Gamelan Galak Tika, Google, Bali Beyond, YouTube - gamelan gong kebyar, Gamelan Cudamani, Javanese Gamelan: Gamelan Kusuma Laras New York, Legong Taksu; Gamelan Burat Wangi

The Responsive Eye (1966)


"A short film documenting the opening night of an OP ART exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1966. It contains many interesting art works, contemporary at the time of filming, and even some quick interviews with some of the artists, such as David Hockney. Sometimes it comes across as a poke at the so-called art experts and New York in-crowd."
UbuWeb

Bottom Line


"The Bottom Line was a music venue at 15 West Fourth Street between Mercer Street and Greene Street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. During 1970s and 1980s the club was a major space for small-scale popular music performances."
Wikipedia, THE BOTTOM LINE (15 West Fourth Street)

Monday, March 21

Bukka White


Wikipedia - "Booker T. Washington White (November 12, 1909 – February 26, 1977[1]) was a delta blues guitarist and singer. 'Bukka' was not a nickname, but a phonetic misspelling of White's given name Booker, by his second (1937) record label (Vocalion)."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Aberdeen Mississippi Blues, Poor Boy Long Way from Home, Got Sick And Tired, Bukka White and Howlin' Wolf - Blues at Newport, Baby You're Killing Me, Jelly Roll Blues, Sic 'Em Dogs On

Rupert Garcia


"Rupert Garcia is an artist committed to creating artwork not only as a means of achieving aesthetic ends, but also as a viable way of addressing social and political concerns. Through his bold silkscreens and layered pastels and paintings, Garcia hopes to catalyze discussion and debate in a broad audience about the pressing issues that have faced the late twentieth century (and the beginning of the twenty-first)."
Magnolia Editions, Rena Bransten Gallery, YouTube

Sunday, March 20

"The Harvesters", Pieter Bruegel the Elder


"This is one of six panels painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder for the suburban Antwerp home of the wealthy merchant Niclaes Jongelinck, one of the artist's most enthusiastic patrons—Jongelinck owned no less than sixteen of Bruegel's works. The series, which represented the seasons or times of the year, included six works, five of which survive."
Art Projece, Google - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, YouTube

Brian Eno & David Byrne "Strange Overtones"


"I wake up every morning
I hear your feet on the stairs
You're in the next apartment
I hear you singing over there--"
YouTube

Saturday, March 19

Gang Of Four


"Gang Of Four is one of the most radical, and radically important, rock groups of the last 30 years. Their music, starting with 1978’s ‘Damaged Goods’ EP, offered a danceable solution to the problem of where four-piece guitar bands could go next after punk. They also provided the perfect answer to the question: how to be polemical without being po-faced, ponderous, banal or doctrinaire?"
Gang Of Four, YouTube - To Hell With Poverty, I Love a Man in Uniform, He'd Send In The Army, Damaged Goods, Anthrax, Not Great Men

June 2008: Gang Of Four

...OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project


"For three decades, Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko has addressed timely political, social, and psychological issues in his artwork, creating over 80 large-scale public projections around the world. In these works, he transforms the stories, voices, and gestures of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances by projecting them onto public monuments and landmarks. In a new, projection-based work for the ICA, Wodiczko focuses on veterans engaged in active combat in Iraq, as well as Iraqi civilians."
ICA, (1), Galerie Lelong, NYT

Friday, March 18

The Boatman's Call


Wikipedia - "The Boatman's Call is the tenth studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released in 1997. The album, which is entirely piano-based and a departure from the band's post-punk catalogue, remains one of the most critically-acclaimed releases of Nick Cave's career."
Wikipedia, amazon, YouTube - Into My Arms, Lime Tree Arbour, People Ain't No Good, Brompton Oratory, There Is a Kingdom, Are You The One That I've Been Waiting For, Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere, West Country Girl, Black Hair, Idiot Prayer, Far from me, Green Eyes

The Hanged Man


Wikipedia - "The Hanged Man (XII) is the twelfth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in game playing as well as in divination."
Wikipedia

Passages from James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" (1965-67)


"A half-forgotten, half-legendary pioneer in American abstract and animated filmmaking, Mary Ellen Bute, late in her career as an artist, created this adaptation of James Joyce, her only feature. In the transformation from Joyce's polyglot prose to the necessarily concrete imagery of actors and sets, Passages discovers a truly oneiric film style, a weirdly post-New Wave rediscovery of Surrealism, and in her panoply of allusion - 1950s dance crazes, atomic weaponry, ICBMs, and television all make appearances - she finds a cinematic approximation of the novel's nearly impenetrable vertically compressed structure."
UbuWeb

Thursday, March 17

Fela Kuti Live


"What more can I say, this man is a legend, I'm not sure what year this was but as with Fela music, they are timeless. Enjoy."
YouTube - Fela Kuti Live pt.1, pt.2, pt.3, pt.4, pt.5, pt.6, pt.7, pt.8

Concrete poetry


Sigrid
Wikipedia - "Concrete poetry or Size poetry is poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme and so on. It is sometimes referred to as visual poetry, a term that has evolved to have distinct meaning of its own, but which shares the distinction of being poetry in which the visual elements are as important as the text."
Wikipedia, A Brief Guide to Concrete Poetry, Google

Wednesday, March 16

Tsunamis: A Primer


"For those who saw video footage of it, the tsunami that hit Japan’s north coast on Friday and then moved inland with overpowering force was a terrifying sight. Three days later, this wall of water, generated by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake offshore, is blamed for thousands of deaths and untold destruction in Japan. I am neither an oceanographer nor a hydrodynamicist, but I have learned a little about the physics of tsunamis that I would like to share. More learned readers will no doubt have corrections."
NYBooks, Tom Clark: But Not to Worry, Tom Clark: Theodor Adorno: The Veil of Technology, Tom Clark: The Genie in the Bottle, The Nation: "From Hiroshima to Fukushima", Jonathan Schell, NYT: "Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami", NYT: "Map of the Damage From the Japanese Earthquake", NYT: "Video: Japan’s Natural and Nuclear Disasters"

Fresh Stuff From BR1 in Torino italy


"BR1art hasn't created any galleries yet."
Wooster Collective, flickr

Tuesday, March 15

Blessed - Lucinda Williams


"As heard here, Lucinda Williams’ voice seems to be losing shape, a battered piano, muddled at some places, strangely fitting at others, wearing out in its own unique way. Matched with pedal-steel guitars as on 'Copenhagen,' the voice bleeds like watercolor, threatening to lose form and wear out the paper. At such points, the words matter more than ever. On this release, we get mixed signals."
off Beat, Interview: A Conversation With The Legendary And Prolific Lucinda Williams - No Depression, amazon, YouTube - Buttercup, Blessed, BLESSED Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Born to Be Loved, Ugly Truth, Kiss Like Your Kiss

Kling Klang - Kraftwerk, 1971


"Ralf Hütter: piano elèctric, teclats, instruments electrònics casolans, caixa de ritmes, baix elèctric, xilòfon, armònica. Florian Schneider: flauta travessera, violí, xilòfon, instruments electrònics casolans."
YouTube

Gilbert & George: The Urethra Postcard Art of Gilbert & George


Gilbert & George, Buses, 2009
"In 2009, nearly four decades after their first exhibition of POSTCARD ART, and twenty years since their last group of pictures to be made in the medium of postcards, Gilbert & George returned to the form to make the epic and dazzling group of 564 new pieces that comprise THE URETHRA POSTCARD PICTURES. This is the single largest group of art works made by Gilbert & George, and in turn comprises seven individual groups of new POSTCARD PICTURES. White Cube Mason's Yard will exhibit 155 of these works."
White Cube, Independent - Gilbert & George: Urethra Postcard Art, YouTube

Monday, March 14

Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris. Liberty Hall, Texas, 1973.


Wikipedia - "...Before recording, Parsons and Harris played a preliminary three show mini-tour as the headline act in a Warner Brothers country-rock package. The backing band included Clarence White, Pete Kleinow, and Chris Etheridge. On July 14, 1973, the legendary White was killed by a drunk driver while loading equipment in his car for a concert with the New Kentucky Colonels. At White's funeral, Parsons and Bernie Leadon launched into an impromptu touching rendition of 'Farther Along'; that night, the distraught and drunken musician reportedly informed Phil Kaufman of his final wish: to be cremated in Joshua Tree. Despite the almost insurmountable setback, Parsons, Harris, and the other musicians decided to continue with plans for a fall tour."
Wikiedia, YouTube - Streets Of Baltimore, Big Mouth Blues, Sin City, The New Soft Shoe / 6 Days on The Road, Love Hurts

March 2008: Gram Parsons

Cézanne's Card Players


The Card Players, 1890–92, Paul Cézanne
"This exhibition unites for the first time the works from Cézanne's series of Card Player canvases together with their associated oil studies and drawings. Also included is a carefully selected group of Cézanne's related paintings of peasants, several of which depict the same local models who appear in the Card Player compositions."
Met Museum, (1), (2), Slate, YouTube - Cézanne's Card Players

Sunday, March 13

Koko Taylor ft. Little Walter – Wang Dang Doodle


"'Despite the antiseptic setting and lackluster backing, this is a valuable clip. Any blues performance from the ’60s is a relative rarity, and this gives us a look at Koko Taylor when she was young and in her prime, plus a fleeting glimpse of Little Walter near the end of his life. This took place in Copenhagen, 11 Oct, 1967. The guitar player is a young Hound Dog Taylor. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee are in the foreground awaiting their moment to go on. Since Willie Dixon adapted the lyrics of 'The Bulldyker’s Ball' to create 'Wang Dang Doodle,' I always thought it appropriate that a woman should do a successful cover of it. Just as the clip is a rarity, so was Koko herself. There were far too few women in the postwar Chicago blues scene.' – JS"
East Portland Blog (Video)

Adrian Ghenie


The red is on fire, 2008
"Adrian Ghenie is a young Romanian painter whose works demonstrate his fascination with history and the trauma of dictatorship. The sources for his images are derived from a combination of his own personal memories and from historical books, archives and both documentary and fictional film."
re-title, Saatchi Online, e-flux, vimeo

Saturday, March 12

I Don't Need It, I Don't Want It, And You Cheated Me Out of It


Wikipedia - "You're the Guy I Want To Share My Money With is a double album released in 1981. The album is a collaboration by Laurie Anderson, John Giorno and William S. Burroughs, recorded during their 'Red Night' spoken word tour of 1981."
Wikipedia, Discogs, John Giorno

Kronos Quartet - "Requiem for a Dream"


"Kronos Quartet live in Bucharest (May 11, 2008). Clint Mansell's "Lux Aeterna", the soundtrack of "Requiem for a Dream". Video by Cezar Paul-Badescu."
YouTube - "Requiem for a Dream", W - Requiem for a Dream, amazon

Friday, March 11

Arman


Chopin's Waterloo, 1962
"The Centre Pompidou is to stage a retrospective devoted to Arman, one of the major figures of post-War art. The exhibition will bring together almost 120 works from leading museums and private collections to offer a new and distinctive take on Arman’s work, from the second half of the 1950s to the last years of the 20th century."
artdaily, Centre Pompidou Opens Arman Retrospective, ARMAN at Pompidou Centre, W - Iris Clert Gallery, Art Collage Assembly, Paris Update, Google