Friday, September 30
"ANTIVJ is a visual label initiated by a group of European artists whose work is focused on the use of projected light and its influence on our perception. Clearly stepping away from standard setups & techniques, AntiVJ presents live performances and installations, providing to the audience a senses challenging experience."
ANTIVJ (Video), Synthesthetic Illusions (Video)
"We'd like to give a huge shout out to Reggae Magazine for hosting the recent 48-hour film screening of RiseUp exclusively for its online audience. The film was made available to readers for 48 hours only, and hundreds of people logged on to watch. They were also given the chance to see the companion short film about the incredible Jamaican music artist Brushy, the 'King of One String,' and got the opportunity to purchase both films before they are available to the public."
RiseUp, RiseUp - Movie (Video), IN THE SPOTLIGHT
"Prefab77 is a collective of artists based in the North East of England. From an area steeped in a volatile history of unions, struggles and movements we create fast, hard-edged, stripped down artwork; often political, sometimes anti-establishment, always beautiful. We weave small pieces of modern popular culture, vintage NME headlines, pure British rock ‘n’ rebellion into traditional iconic British imagery. Our work has never felt so relevant as it does now, media coverage of student riots, Hung parliments and rising taxes have brought our themes and subject matter to life. As you can see in our PROJECTS page, we’ve worked on various collaborative projects and are always keen to reach new audiences and find new applications for our art."
Prefab77, Art Asyum Boston, Google, flickr, vimeo: Prefab77 'Soul on Fire'
Thursday, September 29
"Composed entirely of film scraps salvaged from a closed Beirut cinema, Beirut Outtakes is a collage of sensational visions. Ed Halter writes in the Village Voice: 'Outtakes appears to be a ready-made, albeit one tailor-made for Ahwesh's career obsessions, pre-filled with her signature elements: gleeful disruptions of high and low, affection for decayed textures, a peeping eye for lurid sexuality, and a fascination with unlikely images of the Middle East. Just one sequence of a go-go-booted belly dancer wriggling in an Arabic-language cinema advertisement for home air conditioners alone has the power to shatter more stereotypes than 500 pages of Edward Said.'"
UbuWeb, The Ubuweb Experimental Video Project - Colin Marshall
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
"5. The library is located at the centre of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The public exhibition hall surrounding the glass stack tower displays contains, among other things, one of the 48 extant copies of the Gutenberg Bible."
Wednesday, September 28
"Paul Resika first came to Provincetown in 1947, at 19, to study with Hans Hofmann. Now 71, Resika himself has become the master of color and gesture, balancing freedom of gesture within tightly organized composition, with an eye as true as a sailor's compass to the relationships and contrasts between colors, shapes, and textures. "
Berta Walker Gallery, Berta Walker Gallery - 1, artnet, NYT: A FRESH LOOK AT A QUARTER-CENTURY OF PAUL RESIKA.
vimeo: LORI BOOKSTEIN FINE ART (Video)
"Janis Joplin performs "Try (just a little bit harder)" Live!! The Dick Cavett Show, July 18, 1969"
YouTube - Try (just a little bit harder), 1969, To Love Somebody, 1969, Get It While You Can, 1970, My Baby, 1970, Move Over, 1970, Half Moon, 1970, Interview (1969)
Tuesday, September 27
Quartet for dot matrix printer, 2004
"[The User] is a contemporary art collective comprised of architect and installation artist Thomas McIntosh, and composer and sound artist Emmanuel Madan. The duo’s collaborative projects re-imagine relationships between technological systems, culture and human experience in striking ways." (Mike B.)
/u, /u - Works, vimeo: Quartet for dot matrix printer, 2004, vimeo: The Symphony for dot matrix printers - Pittsburgh 2001, vimeo: The Symphony #1 for dot matrix printers - 1998, vimeo: Silophone @ The Kitchen (NYC) 2001, vimeo: Coincidence Engine One - Universal People's Republic Time
"In 2005, Berlin was designated 'City of Design' by the Unesco. I looked-up on-line as I was curious to see which criterion and characteristics were taken under consideration by the specialized agency to appoint the distinction. According to them, it is a blend of cultural landscape fueled by design (architecture, urban planning, monuments, public spaces, signage and information systems, typography) as well as design schools, design-driven creative industries and experience in hosting international events. Needless to say that uninhibited graffiti, vibrant street art and vandalism were not part of the list."
Charles le Brigand
Monday, September 26
"Welcome to The Medieval Garden Enclosed, a blog dedicated to the plants and gardens of The Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Enter and explore the role of plants and gardens in medieval life and art, learn how to find and grow medieval herbs and flowers, discuss the long histories of many familiar garden plants, discover which roadside weeds were once valued medicinals, and encounter legendary plants like the mandrake (Mandragora officinarum.)"
MetMuseum: The Medieval Garden Enclosed, YouTube - The Cloisters Museum and Gardens: The Gardens, The Cloisters Museum and Gardens: Behind the Scenes with the Director, A Brief Look At The Cloisters
Alone in New York
"Filmmaker and editor for many years, director with a big passion for filmmaking and photography, since he was a child Giuseppe demostrated a strong interest in videomaking and editing."
Giuseppe Vetrano, Inspiration – Giuseppe Vetrano (Video)
"But Ponge's isn't a rigorous, pedantic obsession. This isn't a book that considers everything that soap is and means; indeed, it is exhaustive only in the most limited way. It's nothing like the currently popular books that consider a very small subject in all its detail and history. Instead, Soap is a playful-poetic (and personal) variation on the theme -- some froth and bubbles, a good deal of repetition (as he warns there will be), and certainly very little technical or historical information about soap."
the complete review, Google - Soap, amazon, Powells Books
Sunday, September 25
"The Last Waltz was a concert by the rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as the end of The Band's illustrious touring career, and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles and Neil Young."
Wikipedia, amazon, The Last Waltz, YouTube - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Don't Do It, Ophelia, It Makes No Difference, The Shape I'm In, Van Morrison - Caravan, Dr. John - Such a Night, Coyote - Joni Mitchell, Neil Young - Helpless, Baby Let Me Follow You Down - Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan - I Shall Be Released
Wikipedia - "Dub Colossus are a band from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Their sound fuses traditional ethio-jazz with dub, and reggae. The band was formed by Dan Harper (Invisible System) and Nick Page - aka Dubulah, who drew inspiration from working with singers and musicians in Addis Ababa in August 2006. Harper was an aid worker with a studio in Addis also recording the successful Invisible System project with founding members of Dub Colossus."
Wikipedia, npr: Dub Colossus Brings Reggae To Ethiopia, YouTube - Uptown Top Ranking, Yeka Sub City Rockers, Azmari Dub, Black Rose, Dub Colossus
Saturday, September 24
"Even if you were watching the innovation called cable TV in 1977 and 1978, what are the chances that you saw a show titled Public Access Poetry? Produced by Poetry Project stalwarts Greg Masters, Gary Lenhart, David Herz, Didi Susan Dubelyew, Daniel Krakauer, Bob Rosenthal and Rochelle Kraut, PAP programs featured half-hour readings by a wide range of poets and performers who could roughly be categorized as 'downtown,' more often than not linked in one way or another with the Poetry Project. The cable TV series lasted two seasons (one live, the other recorded for later airing) and was produced with little-to-no broadcasting experience by the PAP personnel."
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
Wikipedia - "Take the 'A' Train is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra. It is arguably the most famous of the many compositions to emerge from the collaboration of Ellington and Strayhorn. ... The song was first recorded on January 15, 1941 as a standard transcription for radio broadcast. The first (and most famous) commercial recording was made on February 15, 1941. The title refers to the A subway service that runs through New York City, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn up into Harlem and northern Manhattan, using the express tracks in Manhattan."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Take the A Train
Wikipedia - "Don Drummond (March 12, 1932 – May 6, 1969) was a Jamaican ska trombonist and composer. He was one of the original members of The Skatalites, and composed many of their tunes."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Confucious, Love In The Afternoon, Garden of love, Rocket Ship, Aliphang, Further East, Scrap Iron, Ska Town, Burning Torch
Friday, September 23
Wikipedia - "A Very Long Engagement ... is a 2004 French romantic war film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou. It is a fictional tale about a young woman's desperate search for her fiancé who might have been killed on the battle of the Somme, during World War I. It was based on a novel of the same name, written by Sebastien Japrisot, first published in 1991."
Wikipedia, amazon, Roger Ebert, YouTube - A Very Long Engagement, A Very Long Engagement - Reunited
"This video takes you wayyyyyyyyyyyyy back. A lot of us weren’t even DJ’n back in those days. This video is way to basic compared to what we do these days but its a very interesting video to watch."
DJ Knockz, YouTube - How to do a Break Mix 1983 Grand Master Flash
Thursday, September 22
Les Pas Silencieux
"born in china but living much of his life in paris until his death at 45 years old, chen zhen is one of the most recognized artists of the chinese avant-garde, investigating the sites of engagement between east and west even as he explored extremely personal and spiritual questions through his art."
DesignBoom, CMOA, YouTube - Les pas silencieux
Wikipedia - "The Skillet Lickers were an old-time band from Georgia, USA. When Gid Tanner teamed up with blind guitarist Riley Puckett and signed to Columbia in 1924, they created the label's earliest so-called 'hillbilly' recording. Gid Tanner formed The Skillet Lickers in 1926."
Wikipedia, W - Gid Tanner, YouTube - Dance All Night With A Bottle In Your Hand, The old gray mare, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Ya Gotta Quit Kickin My Dog Aroun, Dixie, Bonapart's Retreat
Wednesday, September 21
"A rich selection of articles, stories, book extracts, poems, plays, cartoons, and covers from the first decade of America's premier avant-garde magazine of the 50's and 60's (Evergreen Review lasted until 1973, but its importance as an iconoclastic voice waned with the arising of the 60's countercultural movement)."
Wikipedia - "Faro Annie is the 1971 solo album by British Folk musician John Renbourn. On this release, Renbourn ventures into Folk Rock and Blues territory. There is also heavy use of the sitar on this album, played by Renbourn himself. He is joined on the album by Pentangle bandmates Danny Thompson and Terry Cox."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Teaches "Buffalo", Kokomo Blues, Faro Annie, Little Sadie, The Cuckoo
Tuesday, September 20
"For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet — David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) — has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. ... Kronos then began building a compellingly diverse repertoire for string quartet, performing and recording works by 20th-century masters (Bartók, Shostakovich, Webern), contemporary composers (Aleksandra Vrebalov, John Adams, Alfred Schnittke), jazz legends (Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk), and artists from even farther afield (rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, Azeri vocalist Alim Qasimov, multimedia performer Meredith Monk)."
Kronos Quartet, Nonesuch, amazon
YouTube: Kronos Quartet live (a film by Jean-Marc Birraux) - 1/8, 2/8, 3/8, 4/8, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8, 8/8, Foxy Lady, Jimi Hendrix, Four For Tango, Astor Piazzolla, Sesame Street - What is a String Quartet?, Wu Man and Kronos Quartet Perform Tan Dun's Ghost Opera, Uniko, Kronos Quartet & Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Noam Chomsky, MIT, Gamelan Electrika
vimeo: Jon Rose / Music From 4 Fences, "Lullaby" live at Barbican Hall's Ramadan Nights Festival, Alim Qasimov Ensemble - Getme, Getme (Said Rustamov, Azerbaijan), Ram Narayan: Alap from Raga Mishra Bhairavi
2009 January: Wikipedia
"The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present."
The American Folk Art Museum, The New Yorker: The American Folk Art Museum: Don’t Blame the Architects, Wikipedia, Google
Wikipedia - "The High Priestess (II) is the second trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. This card is used in game playing as well as in divination. In the first Tarot pack with inscriptions, the 18th-century woodcut Marseilles Tarot, this figure is crowned with the Papal tiara and labelled La Papesse, the Popess. Some say that it referred to the legend of Pope Joan."
Monday, September 19
Wikipedia - "Richard Gary Brautigan (January 30, 1935 – ca. September 14, 1984) was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. His work often employs black comedy, parody, and satire. He is best known for his 1967 novel Trout Fishing in America."
Wikipedia, Richard Brautigan, the brautigan pages, Literary Kicks, NYT: A Homecoming for Richard Brautigan, Poetry Foundation, YouTube - Richard Brautigan in a hammock
"Artists' Books Online is designed to promote critical engagement with artists books and to provide access to a digital repository of metadata, scans, and commentary. The project serves several different communities: artists, scholars and critics, librarians and curators, and interested readers."
Artists' Books Online
"With staggeringly catchy electro-pop riffs, Devo carved a niche that set them apart from the mish-mash of rock, punk, and new wave that surrounded them in the late 1970s..."
We Are Devo!, amazon, YouTube - Jocko Homo, Secret agent man, Mongoloid, Uncontrollable Urge, Peek-A-Boo!, Beautiful World, Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth, Pink Pussycat
2009 December: Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube - Whip It, [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction
Sunday, September 18
Wikipedia - "Piece By Piece is a documentary film directed by Nic Hill. The film documents San Francisco's graffiti culture from the early 1980s to 2004. It is narrated by San Francisco graffiti artist Senor One, better known as Renos."
Wikipedia, Piece By Piece, YouTube - Piece By Piece, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Wikipedia - "Saul Leiter (born 1923) is an American photographer and painter whose early work in the 1940s and 1950s was an important contribution to what came to be recognized as The New York School."
Wikipedia, lensculture, Saul Leiter: The Quiet Iconoclast, artnet, YouTube - Saul Leiter/Miles Davis
Wikipedia - "William James 'Willie' Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992) was an American blues musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. A Grammy Award winner who was proficient on both the Upright bass and the guitar, as well as his own singing voice, Dixon is arguably best known as one of the most prolific songwriters of his time. Dixon is recognized as one of the founders of the Chicago blues sound."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Bassology, Sittin' and Cryin' the Blues, I got my mojo working, Crazy For My Baby
Saturday, September 17
"What do you get when you put together afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and rap pioneers De La Soul? You get Fela Soul; a musical tapestry created by Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway. More than just a clever title, Fela Soul is an 8-track, 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs,and classic hip-hop gems. Using dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul, Amerigo seamlessly intertwines the two into something completely new and original."
Soundcloud (Video), YouTube - Gummy Soul Presents: "Fela Soul" by Amerigo Gazaway
Wikipedia - "Red Desert ... is a 1964 Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, written by Antonioni and Tonino Guerra and starring Monica Vitti with Richard Harris. This was Antonioni's first color film. The working title was Celeste e verde (Sky blue and green). Il deserto rosso was awarded the Golden Lion at the 25th Venice Film Festival in 1964."
Wikipedia, amazon, Movie Poster of the Week: “Red Desert”, YouTube - RED DESERT Trailer (1964)
"The Ransom Center has the web exhibition The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925. The exhibition uses a door from a book shop owned by Frank Shay in Greenwich Village in the early 1920s as an entryway into the lives, careers, and relationships of New York bohemians of that era. The door is signed on both sides by more than 240 artists, writers, publishers, and other notable 1920s Village habitués, and the web exhibition uses the signatures to reconstruct the intersecting communities that made Greenwich Village famous as an epicenter of Modernism."
Cultural Compass, U. Texas: The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925
Friday, September 16
Wikipedia - "A Hang (pronounced [haŋ], with vowel sound between those of the words hot and hungry) is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by PANArt in Switzerland. The Hang is made from two deep drawn nitrided steel sheets that are attached together creating the recognizable 'UFO shape'. There is nothing inside the Hang but air. The top ('Ding') side has a center 'note' hammered into it with seven or eight 'tone fields' hammered around it." (Erik B.)
Wikipedia, Odd Homepage (Video), HapiTones, Hang Drum/Pan Drum, Dennis Havlena
YouTube - Hang Drum Solo, Amazing Hang Drum in Amsterdam, hang insomniac jam, hang cousin's best of hang duo 2009, Hapi Drum, E Akebono Scale solo, Hang solo concert by Severin Berz, Street musician with unbelievable instrument!
Thomas Armstrong, The Hay Field
"This exhibition explores the British "aesthetic movement" that, in the second half of the 19th century, set out to move away from the ugliness and materialism of the time, by proposing a new idealisation of art and beauty. Painters, poets, decorators and designers defined an artistic style freed from the principles of order and Victorian morality, and allowing the expression of sensuality."
Wikipedia - "Lesley Gore (born Lesley Sue Goldstein; May 2, 1946) is an American singer. She is perhaps best known for her 1963 pop hit 'It's My Party', which she recorded at the age of 16. Following the hit, she became one of the most recognized teen pop singers of the 1960s."
Wikipedia, YouTube - It's My Party, Judy's Turn To Cry, Maybe I Know, She's A Fool, Maybe Now, 6 x Lesley Gore
Thursday, September 15
Gil J Wolman, Métagraphie, 1954
"Lettrism is a French avant-garde movement, established in Paris in the mid-1940s by Romanian immigrant Isidore Isou. In a body of work totaling hundreds of volumes, Isou and the Lettrists have applied their theories to all areas of art and culture, most notably in poetry, film, painting and political theory. The movement has its theoretical roots in Dada and Surrealism."
Wikipedia, W - Letterist_International, Lettrism, A Man of Lettrism, at the Intersection of Visual and Textual Language: Gil J Wolman, "Why Lettrism?", Guy-Ernest Debord, Google.
YouTube - "Lettrisme, letterism, letrismo, poesia sonora", Orson Welles, Lettrisme Centre Pompidou, Lettrisme, Nevada (Lettrism).
"Venom and Eternity", 1951 (UbuWeb, Isidore Isou. Stan Brakhage.)
Wikipedia - "The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term "hobo nickel" is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations."
Wikipedia, Original Hobo Nickel Society, Google, BuzzFeed, History of The Hoboes of America, Jeff Davis, YouTube - Creating the Modern Hobo Nickel
Wednesday, September 14
"Modern cinema can be so obsessed with realism that it leaves questions unanswered, tangential storylines half-told and characters in more-or-less the same situation you found them in. Just like real life. Not so in the halcyon days of the silver screen; back then your character would follow a strict plot and inevitably find love, after which they’d have the good grace to let you know that everything had been happily resolved by dissolving into a giant 'The End' sign, usually with a trumpeted fanfare thrown in for good measure. The End is a beautiful archive of final credits that lets you relive those golden days of predictable storytelling. Ah closure, I’ve missed you old friend."
It's Nice That, Guardian: And finally ..., flickr
"4/22/1979 Patti Smith Group at Rockpalast TV"
YouTube - Frederic, Gloria, Because The Night, Rock N' Roll Nigger, 25th Floor, Revenge, 7 Ways Of Going, Dancing Barefoot, Redondo Beach, So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star, My Generation, Jailhouse Rock
Tuesday, September 13
Wikipedia - "You? Me? Us? is an album by British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson released in April 1996 via Capitol Records. It was Thompson's fourth album for the label, his fifth with Mitchell Froom producing and his second to be nominated for a Grammy Award. Thompson's son from his first marriage (to Linda Thompson) Teddy sings backing vocals on disc 2."
Wikipedia, BeesWeb, YouTube - The Ghost of You Walks, Put It There Pal, Cold Kisses, Woods of Darney, Burns Supper, Dark Hand Over My Heart, Hide It Away, Baby Don't Know What To Do With Herself, She Cut Off Her Long Silken Hair
"French street artist JR partnered with Bronx’s Hunts Point Alliance for Children to present 'Through A Mother’s Eyes,' a community art project which involves inhabitants of Hunts Point in South Bronx, in images taken by and of themselves. Participatory art at its finest."
charles le brigand, Gothamist
Wikipedia - "The Blues Project is a band from the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City that was formed in 1965 and originally split up in 1967. While their songs drew from a wide array of musical styles, they are most remembered as one of the earliest practitioners of psychedelic rock, as well as one of the world's first jam bands, along with the Grateful Dead."
Wikipedia, amazon, The Blues Project and Seatrain, YouTube - Flute Thing , Steve's Song (Live), I Can't Keep From Crying, Wake Me, Shake Me, Cheryl's Going Home, No Time Like the Right Time, You'll Go, I'll Go With You
Monday, September 12
Wikipedia - "Michelle Stuart through her art has created complex, multifaceted investigations of the relationship between nature and culture for over four decades,. Her artworks range in scale from monumental earthworks to intimate talismanic sculptures. In the seventies, Stuart became known as a pioneer in the use of nontraditional materials, introducing into her art earth, seeds, plant parts, ash, fossils and archaeological shards. Her body of work is informed by her interest in archaeology, anthropology, cartography, botany, biology, exploration, literature and history. It addresses the metaphysical while remaining profoundly rooted in its own materiality."
Wikipedia, Michelle Stuart
"Samy Ben Redjeb, founder of the famed German label Analog Africa, is yet another man who couldn't resist the undeniable allure of vintage Angolan popular music. Part of a larger, and growing, trend that has seen popular Angolan music featured in such widely known media outlets as NPR, Portuguese film festival IndieLisboa, and of course Maianga's 2009 realease Comfusões 1, Redjeb's release is one of the most complete and original compilations of the golden era of Angolan music that money can buy, up there with such well known classics as Soul of Angola and Angola - The Greatest Songs from the 60s and 70s."
Caipirinha Lounge, The Quietus, YouTube - Jovens do Prenda, Farra na madrugada, Alliace Makiadi -Passeio por luanda, Jovens do Prenda,Ilha Virgem, Ferreira do Nascimento, Maconga Me Chiquita, Os Bongos : Pachanga Maria