Thursday, June 30
Wikipedia - "Mary McCaslin (born December 22, 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American folk singer who wrote, recorded and performed some of the most beautiful contemporary folk music of this era. Her tunes, with their sensitive finger picking, the piquant lyrics, and memorable, moving imagery remains unparalleled in the singer song writer and folk traditions."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Mary McCaslin Profile, Prairie In The Sky, Back to Salinas w/ Wake the Dead, Dust Devils, Last Cannonball, Way Out West
"Bookstalls is interesting in that its footage looks old and is thus clothed with a feeling of nostalgia. It is also interesting as an exercise in putting pieces of film together. A boy leafs through volumes at a Paris bookstall and he imagines faraway places."
Wednesday, June 29
Wikipedia - "Gamelan gong kebyar is a modern style or genre of Balinese gamelan music. Kebyar means 'the process of flowering', and refers to the explosive changes in tempo and dynamics characteristic of the style. It is the most popular form of gamelan in Bali, and its best known musical export. Gong kebyar music is based on a five-tone scale called pelog selisir (tones 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the 7-tone pelog scale), and is characterized by brilliant sounds, syncopations, sudden and gradual changes in sound colour, dynamics, tempo and articulation, and complex, complementary interlocking melodic and rhythmic patterns called kotekan."
Wikipedia, GSJ Ensembles Overview, YouTube - gamelan gong kebyar
Wikipedia - "Emma Goldman (June 27 (NS), 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century."
Wikipedia, PBS, Emma Goldman Papers Project, YouTube - Emma Goldman, Emma Goldman Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9
Monday, June 27
Wikipedia - "Babel is a 2006 international drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The multi-narrative drama completes Iñárritu's Death Trilogy, following Amores perros and 21 Grams. The film portrays multiple stories taking place in Morocco, Japan, Mexico, and the United States."
Wikipedia, amazon, amazon - Various Artists, YouTube - Babel, Endless Flight
"Fake or Fortune is a remarkable new BBC series. It explores the processes involved in authenticating artworks to determine their value as well as gain acceptance as part of a particular artist's body of work. The first episode focused on an alleged Claude Monet presently owned by retired Royal Navy Officer David Joel."
three pipe problem
Wikipedpa - "I'm Your Man is the eighth studio album by Leonard Cohen, released in 1988. The album marked Cohen's further move to a more modern sound, with many songs having a synthpop production. The song 'Everybody Knows' was one of Cohen's first writing collaborations with Sharon Robinson, who would become a frequent collaborator in the future."
Wikipedia, YouTube - First We Take Manhattan, Ain't No Cure For Love, Everybody Knows, I'm your man, Take this waltz, I Can't Forget, Tower of Song
Sunday, June 26
Wikipedia - "The Lost Salt Gift of Blood is a collection of short stories by Canadian author Alistair MacLeod. It was originally published in 1976. All of the stories contained is the collection were later republished in the book Island, together with other works by Alistair MacLeod. According to the blurb of the book; 'The evocative and haunting collection is set Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and in Newfoundland, a remote region where Gaelic is still spoken, old legends live on, and the same cold sea that washes the Hebrides beats against the granite cliffs. With a tearing lyricism, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood lays bare the joys, the fears, the darkness, and the shining hope of communities whose isolation is at once a curse and a blessing.'"
Wikipedia, W - Alistair MacLeod, Google - The lost salt gift of blood, amazon
"With every new wavelet of contemporary cinema turning directors, in effect, into authors, it took the surprising author of Film, playwright Samuel Beckett, to become, not too surprisingly, its real director. Not that I wasn't always around, red director's cap flying, riding the camera dolly, or telling Buster what to do."
UbuWeb - On Directing Samuel Beckett's Film, UbuWeb - Film (1965)
Saturday, June 25
Wikipedia - "The Sopranos is an American television drama series created by David Chase that revolves around the New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the often conflicting requirements of his home life and the criminal organization he heads. The series also features Tony's family members and Mafia associates in prominent roles and storylines, most notably his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and cousin and protégé Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). The many conflicts in his life lead to an on-off professional relationship with psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco)."
Wikipedia, W - The Sopranos Episodes, HBO: The Sopranos, A&E, amazon, The Italian Grocer, YouTube - The Sopranos intro, 9 Nine Minute Sopranos
"Dancers, shown in photographic negative, perform a series of ballet moves, solos, pas de deux, larger groupings. The dancers glide and rotate untroubled by gravity against a slowly changing starfield background. Their movements are accompanied by music scored for a small ensemble of woodwind and percussion."
Friday, June 24
"Reissues is excited to launch an online archive of Alcheringa, the trailblazing ethnopoetics journal edited by Dennis Tedlock and Jerome Rothenberg through Boston University from 1970 to 1980. Commisioned for Internet distribution by Dennis Tedlock and Jon Cotner in 2010, with site design and information architecture by Danny Snelson, the Alcheringa archive presents a robust network of resources including searchable PDFs, high-resolution images, rapid magazine browsing, and full information on each issue and disc insert of this essential journal operating at the crossroads of translation, ethnography, performance, and contemporary poetics."
jacket2, Alcheringa: A Journal in Ethnopoetics, 1970-1980, PennSound
"Mixing Engineer : Ossie Hibbert & Pat Kelly & Prince Douglas & Brad Osbourne. Producer : Brad Osbourne. Backing Band : The Revolutionaries & The Aggrovators."
Roots Archives, amazon, YouTube - I And I Land, Rocker's Almighty Dub, Dunza Dub [Money Money Dub], Storm And Lightning, Something Nice 'Bout Da Dub, Ten Pieces In One, Freedom Joy Dub, Upful And Positive Dread, Hold This Dub, 21 Gun Salute To Brother Marcus
A Paris Street in May, 1871 (La Commune)
Wikipedia - "Maximilien Luce (March 13, 1858 – February 6, 1941) was a French Neo-impressionist artist. A printmaker, painter, and anarchist, Luce is best known for his pointillist canvases. He grew up in the working class Montparnasse, and became a painter of landscapes and urban scenes which frequently emphasize the activities of people at work."
Wikipedia, artnet, YouTube
Thursday, June 23
"Lynn Behrendt is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Acquiescence and This is the Story of Things That Happened, both as part of the Dusie Kollektiv 5. A full length collection, petals, emblems, is available through Lunar Chandelier press. She co-edits the Annandale Dream Gazette, an online chronicle of poets' dreams, as well as Peep/Show, an electronic journal of innovative contemporary poetry."
Wikipedia - "The Shadows are a British pop group with a total of 69 UK hit-charted singles: 35 as 'The Shadows' and 34 as 'Cliff Richard and the Shadows', from the 1950s to the 2000s. Cliff Richard in casual conversation with the British rock press frequently refers to the Shadows by their nickname: 'The Shads'."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Apache 1964, F.B.I., Wonderful Land
Wednesday, June 22
Wikipedia - "The Ghost of a Flea is a small tempera mixture with gold painting on mahogany type tropical hardwood panel by the English poet, painter and printmaker William Blake, held in the Tate Gallery, London. Completed between 1819 and 1820, it is part of a series of works depicting 'Visionary Heads' commissioned by the watercolourist and astrologist John Varley (1788-1842). Fantastic, spiritual art was very popular in Britain from around 1770 to 1830, during this time Blake often worked on unearthly, supernatural panels to amuse and amaze his friends."
Wikipedia, Great Works: The Ghost of a Flea (c.1819-20) (21.4cm x 16.2cm), William Blake
Wikipedia - "Robert Farris Thompson (born December 30, 1932, El Paso, Texas) is the Colonel John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. ... He lived in the Yoruba region of southwest Nigeria for many years while he conducted his research of Yoruba Arts History. He affiliated with the University of Ibadan and frequented Yoruba village communities. Thompson has studied the African Arts of the Diaspora in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Peurto Rico, and several Caribbean islands. Robert Farris Thompson is also an authority in hip-hop culture."
Wikipedia, A Tango with Robert Farris Thompson, Professor of Mambo: Robert Farris Thompson—Master T—teaches “the black aesthetic of the cool.”, amazon, Video: Robert Farris Thompson Speaks: Daughters of the Dust, The Afro-Argentine Legacy of Tango: Robert Farris Thompson and Facundo, Knocking and Kicking (Kugonga Na MaTeke)
Monday, June 20
"Crooked Still's five musicians know how to make traditional songs sound new again, in the process creating a genre fusion in which alternative folk blends with bluegrass and the sounds of string bands."
npr, amazon, YouTube - Sometimes in This Country, The Golden Vanity, Half Of What We Know, Locust in the Willow, Distress, You Were Gone b/w Rainroad Bill, Henry Lee, Locust in the Willow, Cold Mountains, You Got the Silver
"Jenny Holzer was commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum create this work for the exterior of the museum to celebrate it's unveiling after an extended renovation of its facade. The work quotes from the poet Wislawa Szymborska's work. The video was produced by Howard Silver for Bloomberg MUSE. Lindsay Pollock interviewed Holzer. Sam Henriques shot the walk and talk and the Guggenheim exterior."
2008 January: Jenny Holzer
"This is an early film of historical significance by pioneers of visual anthropology, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, circa 1939. It explores the themes of trance and dance in the rituals and religion of Bali. The famous Kris Dance is performed. Narrated by Margaret Mead. Filmed by Gregory Bateson. Converted from 16mm film reel."
2008 March: Margaret Mead. 2009 June: Gregory Bateson. 2011 March: Gamelan.
Sunday, June 19
Wikipedia - "Music from Big Pink is the 1968 debut album by rock band The Band. It features their best-known song, 'The Weight'. The music was composed partly in 'Big Pink', a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, in upstate New York. The album itself was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968. With a distinctive blend of country, rock, folk, classical, R&B, and soul, Music From Big Pink was the first album released by The Band in the summer of 1968."
Wikipedia, Tears of Rage, The Weight, King Harvest, Long Black Veil, Chest Fever, This Wheel's On Fire, I Shall Be Released
Wikipedia - "Stanisław Lem (... 12 September 1921 – 27 March 2006) was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire."
Wikipedia, VITRIFAX: The writing of Stanislaw Lem, First ever direct English translation of Solaris published, IMDb, Stanisław Lem
Saturday, June 18
Wikipedia - "Mario Bauzá (28 April 1911 – 11 July 1993) was an important Cuban musician. He was one of the first to introduce Latin music to the United States by bringing Cuban musical styles into the New York jazz scene. He was one of the most influential figures in the development of Afro-Cuban music, and his innovative work and musical contributions have many jazz historians to call him the 'founding father of Latin jazz'. If so, it is an exaggeration, since Cuban jazz was established much earlier."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Mario Bauzá Corta Historia - 1, (2), Sun Sun Babae, Tanga, Yo soy el son cubano, A night in Tunisia, Mambo Rincon, El Manisero
Wikipedia - "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men is a book with text by American writer James Agee and photographs by American photographer Walker Evans first published in 1941 in the United States. The title is from a passage in the Wisdom of Sirach that begins, 'Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.'"
Wikipedia, amazon, part six: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, YouTube - Let Us Now Praise Walker Evans
Plans for stormwater purification ponds, Petaluma, Calif.
Wikipedia - "Patricia Johanson (Born September 8, 1940, New York City). Patricia Johanson is known for her large-scale art projects that create aesthetic and practical habitats for humans and wildlife. She designs her functional art projects, created with and in the natural landscape, to solve infrastructure and environmental problems, but also to reconnect city-dwellers with nature and with the history of a place."
Wikipedia, Patricia Johanson, YouTube - ecoartspace video archive: Patricia Johanson Interview, Patricia Johanson at Headlands Center for the Arts
Friday, June 17
Wikipedia - "Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer and musician. His landmark recordings from 1936–1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that have influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson's shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including a Faustian myth. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson enjoyed little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime."
Wikipedia, Robert Johnson, The Robert Johnson Notebooks, YouTube - Sweet Home Chicago, Alleged Video Footage Of Robert Johnson, Exposed, Me and the Devil Blues, Crossroad, Stop Breaking Down Blues, Rambling On My Mind, Come on in my Kitchen, Preaching blues (up jumped the devil), Love In Vain Blues, Kind Hearted Woman Blues, 32-20 Blues
"A Hard, Merciless Light. The Worker-Photography Movement, 1926-1939 examines the period during the history of 20th century photography in which photography joined forces with various worker movements (ranging from trade unionism to the creation of 'workers' states' like the Soviet one), motivated by growing working-class consciousness and the idea of taking over the means of production and reproduction of images."
Magnum Photos, RURAL Contemporánea
Thursday, June 16
"A dog-eared page — a folded corner — is the simplest memory system: it marks a stopping point, a favorite passage, a place to remember. Along with marginalia, underlining, and other notational strategies, dog ears map a history of reading and remind us that reading is a physical act: an encounter with words, to be sure, but also a tactile experience with paper and individual pages of a book."
jacket 2, Ugly Duckling Presse, jacket 2: In moveme/braces,
"Live on Night Music. Don't miss my other Sun Ra video 'Retrospekt'."
Wednesday, June 15
Wikipedia - "Hans Richter (April 6, 1888 – February 1, 1976) was a painter, graphic artist, avant-gardist, film-experimenter and producer. He was born in Berlin into a well-to-do family and died in Minusio, near Locarno, Switzerland."
Wikipedia, senses of cinema, ArtNet, UbuWeb - Video
Wikipedia - "Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. Its plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious New York City company. The production requires a ballerina to play both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. One dancer, Nina (Portman), is a perfect fit for the White Swan, while Lily (Kunis) has a personality that matches the Black Swan. When the two compete for the parts, Nina finds a dark side to herself."
Wikipedia, Feminist Spectator, Rolling Stone, YouTube
"Not sure if this is Dixieland or Swing or whatever. Seems “Caldonia’ gets spelled a little differently depending on who releases it. In fact, it’s even spelled two different ways on this label copy alone. The James Brown version was my favorite for years and still is, yet lately I’ve been spinning this. Yeah, it’s very SNL but hey, he was the singer of Them and the single sounds just that little bit better given it’s a wlp."
SO MANY RECORDS, SO LITTLE TIME - Video, Wikipedia - Caldonia
Tuesday, June 14
Wikipedia - "Gaston Bachelard (June 27, 1884, Bar-sur-Aube – October 16, 1962, Paris) was a French philosopher. He made contributions in the fields of poetics and the philosophy of science. ... He rose to some of the most prestigious positions in the Académie française and influenced many subsequent French philosophers, among them Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Dominique Lecourt and Jacques Derrida."
Wikipedia, amazon, gaston bachelard: “the poetics of space” + desire paths., Google - The poetics of space, YouTube - Poetics of Space and Reverie, Poetics Derived and Applied, God of Nothing, Art Language Ambiguity
Wikipedia - "Swing Time is a 1936 RKO musical comedy film set mainly in New York City and stars Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Eric Blore and Georges Metaxa, with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. The film was directed by George Stevens."
Monday, June 13
"On Persian Love, Czukay backs up clips of an Iranian singer recorded off short-wave with lilting guitar and keyboard riffs that sparkle like light. The album is all pleasant, playful textures, with little of the darkness that Can dallied with."
Sunday, June 12
Julius "Dr. J" Erving
"If you can identify any of the pro basketball players and coaches pictured above and to the left, then you remember the 'red, white and blue' league: the defunct American Basketball Association. The ABA existed from 1967 to 1976 -- for nine full seasons. During that time, the ABA fought a bitter war with the established National Basketball Association (the NBA) for players, fans, and media attention."
Remember the ABA, Bob Costas Interview, YouTube - Remembering The A.B.A., 1970s: The NBA vs. the ABA, ABA - Dunk Contest 1976 - Cyberdunk, Connie Hawkins, The Hawk, George Gervin - The Iceman, Fly Williams, David Thompson - SkyWalker, Julius Erving: The ABA Years, "Dr. J" Julius Erving - 1974 Rare Biography, Dr. J - Magnificent Highlights Package, 1976 ABA Finals G6 Nuggets@Nets, May 22, 1975 ABA Finals G5 Pacers@Colonels, 1972 ABA vs NBA All Star Game
The History of the ABA Part 1-6, Part 2-6, Part 3-6, Part 4-6, Part 5-6, Part 6-6
Alexander McQueen, “Oyster” Dress
"I’m Andrew Bolton, the curator of the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. I think the title 'Savage Beauty' very much epitomizes the contrasting opposites in McQueen’s work. As you enter the exhibition, you’re faced with two mannequins—the two mannequins that I think represent many of the themes and ideas that McQueen revisited throughout his career: polarized opposites, whether it’s to do with life or death, lightness or darkness, predator/prey, man/machine."
Metropolitan Museum of Art, YouTube
"C215 once called himself a streetart junkie, surrounded by stencil and grafitti everyday. If that’s so, no need for rehab Christian, you’re just fine as it is. C215’s college education in History of Art didn’t keep him captive of art in its classic forms, but stirred the fire within him to travel around the world making his own art. His urban pieces have left his mark in many countries and also in many hearts, making his work a definitive chapter in the History of Urban Art, if ever that discipline may come to exist."
Wooster Collective, flickr, Artists by curfew
Saturday, June 11
Wikipedia - "'All Tomorrow's Parties' is a song by The Velvet Underground, written by Lou Reed and released on the group's 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. Inspiration for the song came from Reed's observation of the Warhol clique; according to Reed, the song is 'a very apt description of certain people at the Factory at the time. ... I watched Andy. I watched Andy watching everybody. I would hear people say the most astonishing things, the craziest things, the funniest things, the saddest things.' The song was Andy Warhol's favorite by The Velvet Underground."
Wikipedia, SO MANY RECORDS, SO LITTLE TIME, YouTube - All Tomorrow's Parties, 2 - All Tomorrow's Parties, 3 - Nico, All Tomorrows Parties
Wikipedia - "A Woman Under the Influence is a 1974 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes. It focuses on a woman whose psychotic behavior leads her confused husband to commit her for psychiatric treatment, leaving the family even more dysfunctional than before."
Wikipedia, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE Review – Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk d: John Cassavetes, amazon, YouTube - A Woman Under the Influence, (2), (3)
Friday, June 10
"Put on your red dress, baby
Ya know we're goin' out tonight
Put on your red dress, mamma'
Lord, we're goin' out tonight
And-a bring along some boxin' gloves
In case some fool might wanna fight"
YouTube - High Heel Sneakers - Oct 28 1964, Roll over Beethoven, 11/18/1964, Jambalaya, On the Bayou, 2/03/1965
70s, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Black Ark Studio. Kingston, Jamaica.
"Dub started in Jamaica in the late '60s with engineer Osbourne Ruddock, aka King Tubby. Either way, Jamaica has always been a sanctuary for this type of music, and hundreds of great dub records have been produced and mixed there. Jamaican producers have been pioneers in sound engineering, with an exceptional and daring capacity to innovate in sonic terms. They all shared a fresh approach towards the use of tape machines, mixers, effects and experimentation, never scared to pick up a screwdriver and open up the equipment to fix it or alter its sound."
SOS, Wikipedia, YouTube - The History Of Dub - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8
Thursday, June 9
Wikipedia - "Jalacy Hawkins (July 18, 1929, Cleveland, Ohio — February 12, 2000, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France), best known as Screamin' Jay Hawkins was an African-American musician, singer, and actor. Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as 'I Put a Spell on You', Hawkins sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him one of the few early shock rockers."
Wikipedia, YouTube - I Put a Spell on You, I Put A Spell On You (Okeh) 78 rpm
I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone, Alan Price, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bryan Ferry, Bette Midler, David Gilmour, Marilyn Manson, Nick Cave / Bobby Gillespie / Glen Matlock / Johnny Depp / Chrissie Hynde / Paloma Faith / Eliza Doolittle - Haiti
The Avid Reader 1949
"Hauser & Wirth Zürich is delighted to present an exhibition of major new works, including three lightboxes and one film, by the Canadian artist Rodney Graham. Graham’s art examines the complexities of Western culture through strategies of disguise and quotation. Casting himself as a succession of motley characters, Graham inhabits different personae, genres and art forms, working with diverse media such as film, photography, installation, painting, music and text."
Hauser & Wirth
Untitled (There is a consciousness we all have...)
Wikipedia - "Glenn Ligon is an American conceptual artist whose work explores race, language, desire, and identity. He engages in intertextuality with other works from the visual arts, literature, and history, as well as his own life."
Wikipedia, Whitney, YouTube