Wednesday, November 30
"Lee Yanor first met with the choreographer Pina Bausch in Paris in 1993. They have had an ongoing dialogue for 12 years, which resulted in the film 'Coffee with Pina': a 50 minutes documentary on Pina Bausch`s universe. Filmed in Paris in 2002 and in Wuppertal (Germany) in 2005, hometown of Pina Bausch and her company, the film links different elements in order to convey a choreography of state of mind."
YouTube: Coffee with Pina - Lee Yanor, 2, 3, 4
"The TOP Contemporary Art Center gallery is currently holding a reminiscing poster exhibition, under the theme of the entire collection being: "My Communism". The artists included present one to five pieces by using an old fashioned media: the poster. That old school medium that represents the idealist community and the reconstruction of the peoples Utopia."
Wikipedia - "Peter Tosh, born Winston Hubert McIntosh (19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987), was a Jamaican reggae musician who was a core member of the band The Wailers (1963–1974), and who afterward had a successful solo career as well as being a promoter of Rastafari."
YouTube: Bush Doctor, Legalize It, African Live 1983 Rotterdam, Walk & Don t Look Back - Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger, Peter To 1976, Feel No Way, Where You Gonna Run, Captured Live (59:36)
Tuesday, November 29
"Twenty years later, on the cover of Linda Thompson's Fashionably Late, that same woman sits on a floor, near a similar corner, in a calmly lit room. The carpet looks pricey. The walls are painted dove-gray. The woman's gaze is still direct and solemn. And above her, against the wall to her right, stands an easel holding a gold frame, ascending beyond our vision."
Pamela Murray Winters
YouTube: Dear Old Man of Mine, All I See, Nine Stone Rig
topic records (Video)
2008 January: Linda Thompson
"Mimeo'd in an edition of 250 copies with offset covers by Philip Whalen, Twenty-Four Sonnets is Alice Notley's first book of poems. Like with Notley's Chicago to Ted Berrigan's C: A Journal of Poetry, there are parallels here with Berrigan's first book of poems The Sonnets, which was self-published by C Press in 1964. To get a sense of what these cross-currents are, get a copy of Mimeo Mimeo #5 and read Stephanie Anderson's essay on Alice Notley's Chicago."
Monday, November 28
"Earlier this year, after finishing work on TRESPASS: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, we were asked by TASCHEN if we would be interested in curating a series of 2012 Street Art Calendars. Over the years TASCHEN had been approached by numerous museums and bookstores inquiring about urban art calendars."
Wooster Collective (YouTube - Video)
Wikipedia - "Stephen William Bragg (born 20 December 1957), better known as Billy Bragg, is an English alternative rock musician and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, and his lyrics mostly deal with political or romantic themes. His music career has lasted more than 30 years."
YouTube: Between The Wars, Milkman of human kindness, Levi Stubbs' Tears, New England - The Tube 1983, the INTERNATIONALE, Waiting For the Great Leap Forwards, Which Side Are You On?, To Have And To Have Not, Sexuality, Help Save the Youth of America
Wikipedia - "Junior Wells (December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998), born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr., was an American Chicago blues vocalist, harmonica player, and recording artist. Wells, who was best known for his performances and recordings with Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, and Buddy Guy, also performed with Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, and Van Morrison."
Can I Do it Like I Want To?
YouTube: Hoodoman Blues, Cryin' Shame, Trouble no more- Lonesome Pine 1987, Messin' With The Kid, Messin with The Kid, Snatch It Back and Hold It, Junior Wells live at Theresa's in Chicago
Sunday, November 27
"An explosion of architectural little magazines in the 1960s and 1970s instigated a radical transformation in architectural culture with the architecture of the magazines acting as the site of innovation and debate. Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X – 197X takes stock of seventy little magazines from this period, which were published in over a dozen cities."
Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X – 197X
Review> But Never Toss
YouTube: VID_0078: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X - 197X
"One of the most influential films in the history of political cinema, Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers focuses on the events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film vividly re-creates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French. The violence soon escalates on both sides in this war drama that's still astonishingly relevant."
Netflix: The Battle of Algiers
Slate: The Pentagon's Film Festival
Battle of Algiers
NY Metro: Prescient Tense
Roger Ebert: The Battle of Algiers (1967)
YouTube: Battle of Algiers trailer, Best Scene from "The Battle of algiers", Battle of Algiers Parade
2008 September: The Battle of Algiers
Wikipedia - "Dana Schutz (b.1976) is a painter in New York. ... She exhibits at Zach Feuer Gallery in New York and at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin. Her first European solo show, Self Eaters and the People Who Love Them, was in Paris's Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin. Her bright, fantastical works have been compared to Currin, Goya, and Katz."
YouTube: Dana Schutz Missing Pictures at ZACH FEUER
Saturday, November 26
"Sixty years ago this week, the Photo League fell victim to Cold War witch hunts and blacklists, closing its doors after 15 intense years of trailblazing – and sometimes hell-raising – documentary photography. From unabashedly leftist roots, the group influenced a generation of photographers who transformed the documentary tradition, elevating it to heady aesthetic heights. Yet with the accusations leveled against the group and Sid Grossman, one of its founders and legendary teachers, the narrative, such as it is known, was a flawed tale."
The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951
Wikipedia - "Bembaya Jazz National is a Guinean jazz group that gained fame in the 1960s for their infectious Afropop rhythms. They are considered one of the most significant bands in Guinean music. Many of their recordings are based on traditional folk music in the country and have been fused with jazz and Afropop style."
YouTube: Tama tama. 1979, N'gnamakoro. 1979, Petit Sekou. 1979, Mami Wata, Alla Lake, Diabaté
"The melody circles like a centrifuge, a delicious heaviness spun into every second syllable. It lopes in my head, imparting a beautiful weight into my limbs and my evening and my feelings. If I could hook his nervous system to an amplifier, this is exactly how it would sound."
A Month In Music, YouTube: All Along The Watchtower, All Along The Watchtower - 2
Friday, November 25
"P.S.1 presents the first museum retrospective of American artist and writer Joe Brainard (1942–1994), featuring more than 150 collages, assemblages, paintings, drawings, and book covers made in the 1960 and 1970s. Known for his humor and use of exuberant color, Brainard's collages involve everything from comic strip characters to individually painted flowers. Assemblages made from costume jewelry, shampoo bottles, and match books draw attention to the formal qualities of these mass-produced objects while celebrating their popular appeal."
The Brooklyn Rail
Wikipedia - "'Watching the Detectives' is a 1977 single by English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello. It was his first single that credited his backing band, the Attractions, and gave him his first UK hit single."
"Watching the Detectives"
YouTube: "Watching the Detectives"
"John Coltrane Quartet, TV program 'Jazz Casual'. 1) Afro Blue (M. Santamaria) 7:11; 2) Alabama (J. Coltrane) 5:54; 3) Impressions (J. Coltrane) 13:51. John Coltrane : Tenor and Soprano Sax. McCoy Tyner : Piano. Jimmy Garrison : Bass. Elvin Jones : Drums."
YouTube: "Live at Jazz Casual" (29:20) Full TV Concert
Thursday, November 24
"Against the backdrop of Isla Negra — the sea and wind, the white sand with its scattering of delicate wild flowers, the hot sun and salty smells of the Pacific — Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda sets these joyfully sensual poems in celebration of his love. The subject of that love: Matilde Urrutia de Neruda, the poet's 'beloved wife'."
"Raised in industrial Pittsburgh but now based in a small Adirondack Mountain town near the Canadian border, photographer Aaron Hobson has a keen eye for beauty in rural decay. Hobson has created a series of images that have gained international attention with their original and unique approach to the traditional genre of panoramic photography."
Wednesday, November 23
Wikipedia - "The Lewis Chessmen (or Uig Chessmen, named after the bay where they were found) are a group of 78 12th-century chess pieces, most of which are carved in walrus ivory. Discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, they may constitute some of the few complete, surviving medieval chess sets, although it is not clear if a set as originally made can be assembled from the pieces."
The British Museum
YouTube: In Focus: The Lewis Chessmen
Wikipedia - "Terrence Vance 'Terry' Gilliam (... born 22 November 1940) is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe."
The Animations of Terry Gilliam
YouTube: Monty Python animations, Monty Python's Flying Circus Animation Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. Conrad Pooh's Dancing Teeth.
Wikipedia - "The Everly Brothers (Don and Phil, born Isaac Donald Everly, February 1, 1937, and Phillip Everly, January 19, 1939) are country-influenced rock and roll performers, known for steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing. The brothers are the most successful US rock and roll duo on the Hot 100."
YouTube: Bye Bye Love, Walk Right Back, Till I kissed You, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Wake Up Little Suzie, Cathy's Clown, Crying In the Rain
Tuesday, November 22
Wikipedia - "The Last Emperor is a 1987 biopic about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo Bertolucci. Independently produced by Jeremy Thomas, it was directed by Bertolucci and released in 1987 by Columbia Pictures. Puyi's life is depicted from his ascent to the throne as a small boy to his imprisonment and political rehabilitation by the Chinese Communist authorities."
2008 July: Bernardo Bertolucci
Monday, November 21
"The wine it was drunk, the ship it was sunk,
the shot it was dead, all the sorrows were drowned.
The birds they were clouds, the brides and the shrouds
and as we drew south the mist it came down."
YouTube: Late November, 1971, Crazy Lady Blues, 1971
2009 March: Sandy Denny
Wikipedia - "Tamikrest (Tamashek for junction, alliance, the future) is a group of musicians who belong to the Tuareg people. The band was founded in 2006. They mix traditional African music with Western rock and pop influences and sing in Tamashek. Main songwriter and leader of the band is Ousmane Ag Mossa. Their music is characterized by electric guitars and vocals, youyous, bass, drums, djembé and other percussion instruments."
YouTube: Aratan N Tinariwen, Fassous Tarahnet, Elhoriya, Adagh!
Obscure Sound (Video)
"Paris street art gallery WallWorks and Singapore art dealer Fortune Cookie Projects present a special exhibition featuring some of the best contemporary urban artists from France: Kongo, Geet, Alex, Colorz, Fenx, Gilbert, Lazoo, Sonic, Tilt; and from Singapore: Antz, AshD, Glogtwo!, The Killer Gerbil, Mimer, Myow, Scope, Slacsatu, Trase, Zero, Jaba One."
Off the Wall
YouTube: Off The Wall #Voilah2011
Sunday, November 20
Wikipedia - "Kecak ... is a form of Balinese dance and music drama, originated in the 1930s Bali and is performed primarily by men, although a few women's kecak groups exist as of 2006. Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of 150 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and throwing up their arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana where the monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. However, Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance."
Soundcloud: Ketjak The Ramayana Monkey Chant (Chong X RMX)
YouTube: Ramayana Monkey Chant, Balinese Ketjak - Ramayana Monkey Chant
"The Decemberists return to Austin City Limits to showcase their latest LP, The King is Dead. Gillian Welch joins them for 'Down by the Water.'"
"The nude figure was critical to the art of Edgar Degas from the beginning of his career in the 1850s until the end of his working life, but the subject has never before been explored in a Museum exhibition. 'Degas and the Nude,' co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, features paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, and sculpture, and calls attention to the evolution of the treatment of the nude from Degas’s early years, through his triumphant offerings from the 1880s and 1890s, to the last decades of his working career."
amazon: Degas and the Nude
NYT: An Unblushing Career of Undressing Women
WSJ: Stolen Moments and Persistent Poses
The Hub Review
vimeo: Boston mfs "Degas and the Nude"
Saturday, November 19
Wikipedia - "Charlie Don't Surf is a famous line from the film Apocalypse Now, spoken by Colonel Kilgore as justification for taking a beach at the Mekong Delta so the American Soldiers could go surfing. 'Charlie' is slang for Viet Cong, the enemy."
YouTube: The Clash - Charlie Don't Surf, Tokyo 1982
"Glass mosaic on platform walls. '...The mosaic is composed of 40 'portholes' that depict scenes and historic sites of the neighborhood (Grace Church, Washington Arch, Cooper Union, Astor Place, the vista of Broadway). ... The loose gestural rendering and free use of color with simplified imagery injects a light moment in the hectic schedule of the commuter passing through the station. ... Spreading the elements around the station in an architectural format ... integrates the artwork with the space ..."
MTA, NYT Subway
Wikipedia - "King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown is a dub album by Augustus Pablo and King Tubby, released in 1976. It features Carlton Barrett on drums, Robbie Shakespeare and Aston Barrett on bass guitar, and Earl 'Chinna' Smith on guitar. Pablo produced the album and played melodica, piano, organ and clavinet. The album was recorded at Randy's in Kingston, Jamaica."
amazon: King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown Deluxe Edition
YouTube: Frozen dub (live), Rocker's Rock, King Tubby meets Rockers Uptown, Silent Satta, Keep on dubbing, Stop Them Jah, Skanking Dub, Each One, Young Generation Dub, Natural Way
2009 December: Augustus Pablo
2009 December: King Tubby
Friday, November 18
Wikipedia - "Lumière and Company (1995, original title 'Lumière et compagnie') was a collaboration between 41 international film directors in which each made a short film using the original Cinématographe camera invented by the Lumière brothers. Shorts were edited in-camera and abided by three rules: 1. A short may be no longer than 52 seconds 2. No synchronized sound 3. No more than three takes"
amazon: Lumière and Company (1995)
UbuWeb: David Lynch, Peter Greenaway, Wim Wenders
YouTube: Abbas Kiarostami, Costantin Costa-Gavras, Jerry Schatzberg, Spike Lee, Arthur Penn, Fernando Trueba, Juan José Bigas Luna, Zhang Yimou, Ismail Merchant & James Ivory, Vicente Aranda, Raymond Depardon, Patrice Leconte, Gabriel Axel, Claude Miller
Moving Along with Batsumi: "What better way to celebrate South Africa's vibrant democracy than to reveal one of the holy grails of South African spiritual jazz - Batsumi. Contemporaries of Malombo, the Dashiki Poets and other conscious African artists, Batsumi fused jazz, African drums, poetry and words delivering a powerful fusion that was in itself an expression of freedom from physical and mental chains."
YouTube: Batsumi Reissue, ZB
"I work in mixed media. I make assemblage from found objects and I paint and collage with encaustic, and create my artist books from all sorts of various media. My studio is full of beautiful weathered artifacts that I’ve discovered on my travels. Collecting objects for my work is always fun. I never know what I’ll find in the markets around the world. When I travel I photograph the everyday beauty all around me. The old patina of the walls, a carved window in a stucco building, even the tile that lines the streets. All of these things inspire my work. When I get back to the studio I use these images in my collages, assemblages and my artist books."
Julie Shaw Lutts
23 Sandy Gallery
Thursday, November 17
Wikipedia - "Romare Bearden (September 2, 1911 – March 12, 1988) was an African American artist and writer. He worked in several media including cartoons, oils, and collage."
National Gallery of Art
npr: The Art of Romare Bearden (Video)
YouTube: Romare Bearden's Southern Sensibility, Bearden, Romare Bearden
Wikipedia - "The Three Places in New England (Orchestral Set No. 1) is a composition for orchestra by Charles Ives. It was composed across a long span of time (sketches date back from 1903, while the latest revisions were made in 1929), however the bulk was written between 1911 and 1914. The piece is famous for its use of musical quotation and paraphrasing, as explained later in this article. Three Places consists of three movements in Ives’ preferred slow-fast-slow movement order..."
Orchestral Set, Three Places in New England
Pandemonium: Charles Ives
YouTube: Three Places In New England", I. The "Saint-Gaudens" in Boston Common, II. Putnam's Camp, III. The Housatonic at Stockbridge
2008 September: Charles Ives
Wednesday, November 16
"Pina Bausch is a legendary dancer and choreographer. Her unique creations transformed the language of dance and offer a visual experience like no other. This revolutionary 3D film PINA from director Wim Wenders captures the aesthetic of Pina Bausch’s greatest works in a thrilling way."
tiff: Pina, Wim Wenders
NYT, 2009: Wim Wenders to Continue Work on Pina Bausch Project
vimeo: Wim Wenders' 3-D documentary on Pina Bausch coming to U.S. theaters (Video)
YouTube: PINA - Exclusive Clip: Wet, Exclusive Clip: Lean on Me, Exclusive Clip: Strength and Beauty, Exclusive Clip: Obstacles, Exclusive Clip: Love Dance, Exclusive clip: Behind the Scenes
YouTube: Wim Wenders speaks about Pina Bausch's death, Wim Wenders speaks about the use of 3D in PINA, Wim Wenders speaks about how PINA originated
"Duke Ellington and his orchestra playing this awesome tune in 1943. 'It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)' is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills, now accepted as a jazz standard. The music was written and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during intermissions at Chicago's Lincoln Tavern and was first recorded by Ellington and his orchestra for Brunswick Records (Br 6265) on February 2, 1932."
YouTube: It don't mean a thing
Tuesday, November 15
"Tracklist after the jump!
JVC Force – Strong Island
LL Cool J – Jack the Ripper
Public Enemy – Don’t Believe the Hype
Kool G Rap – Road to the Riches
Antoinette – Unfinished Business
Jungle Brothers – I Got It Like That
BDP – I’m Still #1 (Numero Uno Re-recording)
Run DMC – Beats to the Rhyme
Krown Rulers – Paper Chase
Tuff Crew – My Part of Town
Big Daddy – Set It Off
Kid N Play – Do This My Way
45 King – 900 Number
Rob Base – It Takes Two
Chill Rob G – The Power
L’Trimm – Cars That Go Boom
The Gucci Crew – Sally That Girl
The 2 Live Crew – Move Somethin
JJ Fad – Supersonic
NWA – Boyz in the Hood
Sir Mixalot – Posse on Broadway
MC EZ & Troup – Get Retarded
De La Soul – Plug Tuning
MC Lyte – 10% Dis
Queen Latifah – Wrath of My Madness
Eric B & Rakim – Microphone Fiend
Juice Crew – The Symphony
Biz Markie & Big Daddy Kane – Just Rhymin With The Biz
Craig G – Droppin Science
Positive K – Step Up Front
Stetsasonic – Talkin All That Jazz"
NYT: A New Pin on the Art Map - "The postwar art of Southern California is a house with many mansions, a great number of which are now open for viewing. I refer of course to the cacophonous, synergistic, sometimes bizarre colossus of exhibitions known as 'Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,' which is rampant throughout the Los Angeles region."
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980
Monday, November 14
""My topic is the shift from 'architect' to 'gardener', where 'architect' stands for 'someone who carries a full picture of the work before it is made', to 'gardener' standing for 'someone who plants seeds and waits to see exactly what will come up'. I will argue that today's composer are more frequently 'gardeners' than 'architects' and, further, that the 'composer as architect' metaphor was a transitory historical blip."
Edge: "Composers as Gardeners" (Video)
Wikipedia - "Petula Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932) is an English singer, actress, and composer whose career has spanned seven decades. Clark's professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II. During the 1960s she became known internationally for her popular upbeat hits, including 'Downtown', 'I Know a Place', 'My Love', 'Colour My World', 'A Sign of the Times", and 'Don't Sleep in the Subway'."
YouTube: Downtown, I Know A Place, You're The One, My Love, A Sign Of The Times, Don't Sleep in the Subway
Sunday, November 13
Wikipedia - "Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conrad. Before its 1903 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood's Magazine. It is widely regarded as a significant work of English literature and part of the Western canon. The story centres on Charles Marlow, who narrates most of the book. He is an Englishman who takes a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a river-boat captain in Africa. Heart of Darknes" exposes the dark side of Belgian colonization while exploring the three levels of darkness that the protagonist, Marlow, encounters: the darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Belgians' cruel treatment of the African natives, and the unfathomable darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil."
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Wikipedia - "The Mo-dettes were an all-female punk band, formed in 1979 by Kate Korris, an original member of The Slits and brief member of The Raincoats, and Jane Crockford, former member of The Bank of Dresden."
YouTube: White Mice, Masochistic Opposite, Foolish Girl, Paint it Black
McSorley’s Bar (1912), John Sloan
Wikipedia - "American realism was an early 20th century idea in art, music and literature that showed through these different types of work, reflections of the time period. Whether it was a cultural portrayal, or a scenic view of downtown New York City, these images and works of literature, music and painting depicted a contemporary view of what was happening; an attempt at defining what was real. In America at the beginning of the 20th century a new generation of painters, writers and journalists were coming of age."
Saturday, November 12
Wikipedia - "Blowup (or Blow-Up) is a 1966 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, his first English-language film. It tells of a British photographer's accidental involvement with a murder, inspired by Julio Cortázar's short story, 'Las babas del diablo' or 'The Devil's Drool' (1959), translated also as Blow-Up, and by the life of Swinging London photographer David Bailey. The film was scored by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, although the music is diegetic, as Hancock noted: 'It's only there when someone turns on the radio or puts on a record.'"
YouTube: Blow-Up Trailer 1966 Extended Version, Blow up Scène Finale
"After my deal to obtain Floating Bear #24 fell through a month or so ago, Floating Bears have been much on my mind. I broke down and bought a run of 31 of these fragile mimeos from William Reese Company. This bookstore is proof positive of the value and importance of the true bookman. I received three catalogs along with my purchase including a two volume catalog of 20th Century periodicals."
RealityStudio: Floating Bear
MimeoMimeo: Returned to Sender
RealityStudio: Floating Bear Archive
Friday, November 11
"This blog is dedicated to the search for the perfect little black notebook. Yes, we're insane and obsessive. But for some reason, the Moleskine, which comes close, still feels lacking. And we can't believe there isn't ANY competition out there."