Thursday, April 26
"The Disquiet-commissioned projects Junto, LX(RMX), and Instagr/am/bient got some great attention this past weekend when both createdigitalmusic.com and theverge.com covered them."
Music Making, Shared: Communal Ambient Tracks Explore Instagram Photos, Lisbon, and More - CDM’s Peter Kirn (Video)
Ambient Music Community Finds Inspiration in Instagram and Ice Cubes by Jeff Blagdon (Video)
"Vincent van Gogh was an artist of exceptional intensity, not only in his use of color and exuberant application of paint, but also in his personal life. Drawn powerfully to nature, his works--particularly those created in the years just before he took his own life--engage the viewer with the strength of his emotions. This exhibition focuses on these tumultuous years, a period of feverish artistic experimentation that began when van Gogh left Antwerp for Paris in 1886 and continued until his death in Auvers in 1890."
Philadelphia Museum of Art
NYT: In the Eye of His Storms (Multimedia)
YouTube: Introducing Van Gogh: Up Close - the National Gallery of Canada's 2012
YouTube: Power Of Art - Van Gogh part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4
Wednesday, April 25
Wikipedia - "The Sonic Arts Union was a collective of experimental musicians that was active between 1966 and 1976. The founding members of the group were Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma, all of whom had worked together in the instrumental performances of the ONCE festivals. They initially toured under the name Sonic Arts Group, until, at Ashley's suggestion, the name was changed to Sonic Arts Union."
UbuWeb: THE SONIC ARTS UNION. LP, Electric Sound, Mainstream, LP, 1971 (Video)
Sonic Arts Union Retrospection
Sonic Arts Union Retrospective Takes a Look Back at Electronic Music
YouTube: Re-interpretation of Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley "Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon" 1972, David Behrman - On the Other Ocean (excerpt), Gordon Mumma - 1978 Santa Cruz Saw Festival
2008 March: Robert Ashley
2011 November: Perfect Lives - Robert Ashley
2009 February: David Behrman
2010 October: Roulette TV: David Behrman
2009 March: Alvin Lucier
Tuesday, April 24
Kindskopf (Head of a Child), State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
"There’s only one thing I love more than art installations. And that’s watching an art installation come together. This past year, I had the pleasure to work on a number of complex art installations and learned so much about the works, their structure, the artists’ thinking. Every art lover should have this opportunity."
Wikipedia - "Lewis Baltz (born September 12, 1945 in Newport Beach, California) is a visual artist and well known photographer who became an important figure in the New Topographic movement of the late 1970s. ... He is now living in Paris and Venice. His work is focused on searching for beauty in desolation and destruction. Baltz images describe the architecture of the human landscape, offices, factories, and parking lots. His pictures are the reflection of control, power, and influenced by and over human beings."
George Eastman House
NGA: Prototypes/Ronde de Nuit
vimeo: CONTACTS Vol.2 Lewis Baltz (Video)
Wikipedia - "Gregorian chant is the central tradition of Western plainchant, a form of monophonic liturgical music within Western Christianity that accompanied the celebration of Mass and other ritual services. It is named after Pope Gregory I, Bishop of Rome from 590 to 604, who is traditionally credited for having ordered the simplification and cataloging of music assigned to specific celebrations in the church calendar, although it is known now that he could not have done it as a system for notating music had not been established at the time. The resulting body of music is the first to be notated in a system ancestral to modern musical notation."
YouTube: Deum verum, Canto Gregoriano, Chant of the Early Christians
Monday, April 23
Wikipedia - "The Naked City is a 1948 black-and-white film noir directed by Jules Dassin. Based on a story by Malvin Wald, the film depicts the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, to find the girl's killer. The movie, shot partially in documentary style, was filmed on location on the streets of New York City and features landmarks such as the Williamsburg Bridge, the Whitehall Building, and an apartment building on West 83rd Street in Manhattan as the scene of the murder."
Noir of the Week
YouTube: The Naked City (1948), Williamsburg Bridge 1948 from The Naked City
King Arthur lay dying at Avalon. (Painting by Edward Burne Jones)
Wikipedia - "Le Morte d'Arthur (originally spelled Le Morte Darthur, Middle French for 'the death of Arthur') is a compilation by Sir Thomas Malory of Romance tales about the legendary King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. ... First published in 1485 by William Caxton, Le Morte d'Arthur is perhaps the best-known work of English-language Arthurian literature today. Many modern Arthurian writers have used Malory as their principal source, including T. H. White for his popular The Once and Future King and Tennyson for The Idylls of the King."
W - The Once and Future King, T. H. White
"The launch of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang's first West Coast exhibition went off with a bang Saturday night as 40,000 rockets exploded in the sky above the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. In this video uploaded by Sarah St. Clair Renard, a gathered crowd counts down to the rocket launch and then cheers at the massive display of smoke and fire."
Huffington Post (Video)
2008 March: Cai Guo-Qiang
2009 October: Cai Guo-Qiang - An Introduction
2012 March: Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe
Sunday, April 22
"For years I have been following the work of Gregg Kowalsky, first under his moniker Osso Bucco and later with his normal name. His break through must have been his first album on Kranky “Though the Cardinal Window” in 2006, after which a stream of releases on Root Strata, Kranky and other labels got released. In the beginning Kowalsky was mainly active with laptop-based music (as far as I know the source of the sound) but after his first one on Kranky he switched to manipulated tape sounds. Which is since end 2006 he has been exploring."
Collecting Records (Video)
SoundCloud: gregg kowalsky - battery townsley (Video)
Gregg Kowalsky (Video)
senufo edition (Video)
YouTube: The Sound of Battery Townsley
"Jake Burns formed Stiff Little Fingers In 1977 after seeing the Clash play in his hometown Belfast. (The band’s name was taken from a 1977 Vibrators lyric 'If it wasn’t for your stiff little fingers nobody would know you were dead'…) Gordon Ogilvie, a local journalist, caught their live show and was impressed. He encouraged them to write their own songs about what they knew best--life in Belfast."
YouTube: Alternative Ulster, Suspect Device, Belfast 1980 -1, 2, 3. Tin soldiers.
2009 February: Stiff Little Fingers
Saturday, April 21
"This site is devoted to Marcel Proust's novel À la recherche du temps perdu- known in English as In Search of Lost Time and Remembrance of Things Past—for an audience of general readers. While my interest in Proust is broad these pages focus on the novel rather than on biography. I believe a genuine homage to Proust, to paraphrase Alain de Botton, means looking at our world through his eyes, rather than looking at his world through ours."
"The Threat to Proust" by Roger Shattuck
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust - Translated from the French by C. K. Scott Moncrieff
amazon: In Search of Lost Time: Proust 6-pack (Proust Complete)
Lydia Davis's version of Swann's Way
2008 June: Marcel Proust
2011 October: How Proust Can Change Your Life
Wikipedia - "Big Bill Broonzy (June 26, 1903 – August 15, 1958) was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly black audiences. Through the ‘30s and ‘40s he successfully navigated a transition in style to a more urban blues sound popular with white audiences. In the 1950s a return to his traditional folk-blues roots made him one of the leading figures of the emerging American folk music revival and an international star."
Big Bill Broonzy
npr - Big Bill Broonzy: History's Musical Chameleon (Video)
YouTube: Hey Hey, 1957: 3 Songs, Just A Dream, Roll Dem Bones, Key to the Highway, Baby Please Don't Go, I Can't Be Satisfied, Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down, You Drink Too Much, Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday
"Isabella Stewart Gardner was one of the great patrons of the arts in the early 20th century and counted the artists James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent and the writer Henry James among her friends. Because she disliked the dark, cold, institutional spaces typical of the American museums of her day (the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, for example — a short walk from the Gardner), she designed her home/museum to look like a 15th-century Venetian-style palazzo with three stories of galleries around a central courtyard filled with flowers."
Left Bank Art Blog
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
REDUR: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (Video)
YouTube: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Webisode (3)
Friday, April 20
"Mark Lavon 'Levon' Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American rock multi-instrumentalist and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and frequent lead and backing vocalist for The Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of the Band's recordings, such as 'The Weight', 'Up on Cripple Creek', 'Ophelia' and 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'."
YouTube: The Hawks - Farther Up The Road (1961), Up on Cripple Creek, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, A Fool in Love, Promised Land, Mystery Train, When I paint my masterpiece, Atlantic City, Only Halfway Home, Poor Old Dirt Farmer, Anna Lee - Levon Helm 2011 Ramble at the Ryman
Hannah Hock, Raoul Hausmann, Dada
"Jack Kirby had choices to make, especially considering he could do it all: writing, penciling, inking, coloring. Along the way he found it prudent to concentrate on what he could do best: dream big and render those flights of fancy in graphite. Why then would he choose to break his stride and search through various magazines in search of the right image, rubber cement in hand?"
Jack Kirby’s Collages in Context
Thursday, April 19
"Here is another excerpt from the superb work entitled '1980-A PIECE BY PINA BAUSCH' which was filmed at The Sadlers Wells Theatre in London." Montreal, Place des Arts, 1985
YouTube 1980 - A Pina Bausch (another excerpt), 1980
Guardian: Dancing in the dark
NYT: Premiere Of '1980, A Pina Bausch'
YouTube: Wim Wenders on Pina Bausch
2008 May: Pina Bausch
2009 July: Pina Bausch, 1940-2009
Wikipedia - "Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! is a funk album by Bootsy's Rubber Band, released on January 14, 1977. It reached number one on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Soul albums chart, the first P-Funk release to achieve this goal. The album was produced by George Clinton and William 'Bootsy' Collins and arranged by Bootsy and Casper (names William Collins uses to refer to his various roles)."
YouTube: Ah The name is Bootsy baby/Disco to go, Rubber Duckie & Psychoticbumpschool, I'd Rather Be With You, The Pinocchio Theory
Wednesday, April 18
"Welcome to a living archive featuring narrated performance videos professional musicians, students, and performers from all walks of life. Watch, listen to, and compare artistic interpretations. Get an up-close look at rare John Cage manuscripts housed at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Most important, submit your own video: how do you bring Cage's music to life?"
John Cage Unbound: A Living Archive (Video)
WNYC: A John Cage Web Reliquary
John Cage Online
UbuWeb: "Writing Through Finnegans Wake" (1977) and "Writing for the Second Time Through Finnegans Wake" (1977)
"When First Unto This Country traces the emergence of roots music in America from its European and African origins through its maturation into American musical genres such as spirituals, blues, country and gospel. For the first time, American 'folk' music is defined as scholars and music industry entrepreneurs travel throughout the nation to record authentic cultural expression through field recordings, photographs, early newsreels, and ethnographic footage. "Hillbilly" and "race" records become profitable recording industry genres that popularize regional music. The emergence of radio broadens audiences and helps the crossfertilization of various musical forms."
YouTube: Episode 1: Chapter 1: Fisk Jubilee Singers
Wikipedia - "Roberto Musci (b. March 27, 1956 in Milan, Italy) is a music composer, performer, saxophonist and guitar player. Musci studied saxophone and guitar. From 1974 to 1985 he travelled around the world to study African, Indian, and Near & Far Eastern music, to make field recordings and collect musical instruments. He recorded LPs and CDs for different European labels (including Raw Materials, Recommended Records, Victò, Lowlands, and Island Records)."
YouTube: Water Messages, Dialogue Between A Dreamer And Others, Urban & tribal, Broken Oxygen, Keep tree funeral march, Alchemy
Tuesday, April 17
"My favourite thing about the internet is how it facilitates communities coming together around any number of specialist and obscure interests, so that whatever floats your boat you can easily find and connect with like-minded obsessives. The mapping community (my new favourite community) was a flutter with excitement a couple of weeks back when superb San Francisco studio Stamen released the second part of their city tracking project, particularly with regards to the eye-meltingly gorgeous watercolour style."
It's Nice That
"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."
Reality Studio Archive
Reality Studio, Floating Bear 24
Jacket2: Bibliographic Bunker
ZineWiki: The Floating Bear
Monday, April 16
Wikipedia - "Kate and Anna McGarrigle is the self-titled 1975 debut album by Kate and Anna McGarrigle. The album includes 'Heart Like a Wheel,' the McGarrigles' most famous song, which was first released by Linda Ronstadt in 1974."
YouTube: Talk To Me Of Mendocino, Foolish You, Go Leave, Heart Like a Wheel (Caffe Lena, 1990), Kate & Anna McGarrigle and Linda Ronstadt : Heart Like A Wheel, Complainte pour Ste Catherine, Be My Baby, My Town
2008 July: Kate and Anna McGarrigle
2010 January: Kate McGarrigle 1946 – 2010
2012 January: Entre Lajeunesse et la sagesse
"Kelly DeLay: This is Year Three of the Clouds 365 Project. I started the Clouds 365 Project on July 1, 2009, as a commitment to do something creative every day. My goal was, and still is, to shoot an image or video of clouds every day for 365 days. On days that are cloudless or rainy, I have to stretch creatively to illustrate the day. There are no rules; I just want to react and see where this project takes me."
Clouds 365 Project
Clouds 365 Project - Year 3(Video)
Clouds 365 Project - Blog
Wikipedia - "Dub Syndicate is a dub band, formed by Adrian Sherwood, and it became a showcase for Adrian Sherwood's collaboration with Style Scott, former ace drummer with the Roots Radics and Creation Rebel. Dub Syndicate initially evolved out of Creation Rebel and had a classic dub sound until the third album, Tunes From The Missing Channel (1985), where Dub Syndicate gave birth to a highly experimental more technological dub sound. Dub Syndicate's new sound centered around the interaction of Scott, Sherwood, and members of Tackhead, Skip McDonald, Keith LeBlanc, and Doug Wimbish."
Dub Syndicate biography
YouTube: Brighton's Stanmer Park, 30th May 1994, Lee Scratch Perry & Dub Syndicate - Jungle, Brancaleone 10 Nov 2011, Ravi Shankar Rootsman (Rare Version), Forward Not Back, Bim Sherman & Dub Syndicate, Let the Spirit Rise
2011 September: Adrian Sherwood
Sunday, April 15
Kids playing jump-rope on the sidewalk in NYC, 1946
Wikipedia - "Jump rope (American English) or skipping rope (British English) is the primary tool used in the game of skipping played by children and many young adults, where one or more participants jump over a rope swung so that it passes under their feet and over their heads. This may consist of one participant turning and jumping the rope, or a minimum of three participants taking turns, two of whom turn the rope while one or more jumps. This is called long rope. Sometimes the latter is played with two turning ropes; this form of the activity is called Double Dutch and is significantly more difficult. Jump-rope rhymes are often chanted beginning when the skipper jumps in and ending when the skipper is tripped up."
W - Skipping rope
W - Skipping-rope rhyme
W - Double Dutch (jump rope)
W - Clapping game
YouTube: Jump Rope Cinderella, Jump rope tricks, Hand Clapping Game "Sevens"
"Introduction: The Rise of the Black Atlantic Visual Tradition. Listening to rock, jazz, blues, reggae, salsa, samba, bossa nova, juju, highlife, and mambo, one might conclude that much of the popular music of the world is informed by the flash of the spirit of a certain people specially armed with improvisatory drive and brilliance. Since the Atlantic slave trade, ancient African organizing principles of song and dance have crossed the seas from the Old World to the New. There they took on new momentum, intermingling with each other and with New World or European styles of singing and dance."
amazon: Flash of the Spirit: African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy
Flash of the Spirit: Big Freedia’s Sissy Bounce & Sierra Leone Tribal (YouTube)
Mashpedia: Kongo people (Video), Haitian Vodou, Oshun
Saturday, April 14
"In Istanbul, one hot, sun-soaked day this past summer, the novelist Orhan Pamuk leaned back in his chair, a writerly throne in an overfull study, and looked out the window. He trained his eyes on the unblemished vista before him, where the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn run into one another and emerge as a perfect muddle of turquoise. Today, he announced, he was depressed."
NYT: The Objects of the Exercise
amazon: The Museum of Innocence, (1)
W - The Museum of Innocence
npr: Orhan Pamuk's 'Museum' Of Obsession, Innocence (Video)
Guardian: Orhan Pamuk on The Museum of Innocence (Video)
"'There is something occult and mysterious and unexplained about the Incredible String Band,' mused Lilian Roxon way back in the Counterculture's famous long ago, 'as if it were conjured out of nowhere with a magic spell, and perhaps it was.' Words of a similar cadence might well be uttered by many of us about the year these ones were written: 1969."
Perfect Sound Forever
Five Thousand Spirits Singing and Gladly Dancing
YouTube: Ithkos and Rehearsal (1972), The Letter - (Live at Woodstock 1969), When You Find Out Who You Are, Everything's fine right now, Empty Pocket Blues (Live 1970), Gently Tender, Red Hair
2008 August: Incredible String Band
Friday, April 13
"... Except for that letter, for years I kept largely to myself and have had a limited correspondence. That has begun to change recently but for the most part I still remain wary of my idols despite all the wonderful insight they could bring. Charles Olson would have been an exception to that rule had I been fortunate enough to have been born a full two decades earlier. From all accounts, Olson was one of the great talkers of all time at home, in the library, looming over the lecture hall, sitting at the kitchen table, or holding forth in the barroom."
Poetry Foundation: I, Maximus of Gloucester, to You
Poetry Foundation: Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld]
The Battle of Gloucester: Vincent Ferrini Meets Charles Olson
2009 January: Charles Olson
2009 April: Rockport Harbor
2010 March: Charles Olson: August 1963
2010 September: Charles Olson: The Art of Poetry No. 12
2010 December: "In Cold Hell, in Thicket", NET film
2011 January: Woodberry Poetry Room Oral History Initiative
2011 July: Charles Olson: February 21, 1957
2011 October: Photograph Database
"Strut announce the return of their pioneering ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation series with an exclusive new third volume: ‘Sweet Times: Afro Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos’ compiled again by series curator Duncan Brooker. Excavating another choice batch of rare grooves from Nigeria’s label archives, the new edition places the spotlight on some of the deeper fusions happening across the country during the 1970s as traditional guitar highlife blended with jazz and funk, hypnotic juju grooves became more progressive and young Nigerian bands came through with their own heavy West African take on U.S. soul, funk, disco and rock."
Duncan Brooker on Nigeria 70: Sweet Times
Nigeria70-Sweet Times (Video)
YouTube: Nigeria 70 - Sweet Times preview trailer, Chief Commander Ebeneza Obey and his International Brothers - Ajoyo
Thursday, April 12
"Botanical painting has a long and specific history, cataloguing plant species in excruciating detail, often abstracting them against a plain paper void away from their natural context. Moving away from this conventional approach to botanical art but continuing a tradition of valued documentation of flowers that has earned her five Royal Horticultural Gold Medals, artist Rosie Sanders creates contemporary and striking portraits of backlit blooms in the less than perfect phases of degeneration."
It's Nice That: Contemporary botanical painting in Rosie Sanders' exhibition Against the Light
YouTube: Part 1: The inspiration behind her work, Part 2: Rosie at work in her studio
Wikipedia - "Speaking in Tongues is the fifth studio album by the band Talking Heads, released in 1983. The album was a commercial breakthrough that produced the band's first (and only) American Top 10 hit, 'Burning Down the House', which was accompanied by a promotional video."
YouTube: Burning Down the House, Making Flippy Floppy, Girlfriend Is Better, Slippery People, Swamp, This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Wednesday, April 11
"In 1936 a group of young, idealistic photographers, most of them Jewish, first-generation Americans, formed an organization in Manhattan called the Photo League. Their solidarity centered on a belief in the expressive power of the documentary photograph and on a progressive alliance in the 1930s of socialist ideas and art. The Radical Camera presents the contested path of the documentary photograph during a tumultuous period that spanned the New Deal reforms of the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War."
The Jewish Museum
NYT: Artists Equipped With a Social Conscience
NYT: 15 Years That Changed Photography
"Unearthed some 40 years after the fact, this has to be one of the finest blues collections ever assembled on video. Thanks to a couple of young promoters who brought the musicians to Europe--where they were treated with a good deal more respect and dignity than in America--we get an extraordinary lineup of bluesmen and women: Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Sippie Wallace... the list goes on."
amazon: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1 (1962)
YouTube: 1:10:50. 01. T-Bone Walker — Call Me When You Need Me 02. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee — Hootin' Blues 03. Memphis Slim — The Blues is Everywhere 04. Otis Rush — I Can't Quit You Baby 05. Lonnie Johnson — Another Night to Cry 06. Sippie Wallace — Women Be Wise 07. John Lee Hooker — Hobo Blues 08. Eddie Boyd — Five Long Years 09. Walter "Shakey" Horton 10. Junior Wells — Hoodoo Man Blues 11. Big Joe Williams — Mean Stepfather 12. Mississippi Fred McDowell — Going Down to the River 13. Willie Dixon — Weak Brain and Narrow Mind 14. Sonny Boy Williams — Nine Below Zero 15. Otis Spann — Spann's Blues 16. Muddy Waters — Got My Mojo Working 17. Finale: Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon — Bye Bye Blues 18. Earl Hooker — Walking The Floor.Over You/Off The Hook
Tuesday, April 10
Wikipedia - "Here Come the Warm Jets is the debut solo album by Brian Eno. Produced by Eno, it was released on Island Records in 1974. The musical style of Here Come the Warm Jets is a hybrid of glam rock and art rock, similar to Eno's previous album work with Roxy Music but with songs that are more quirky and experimental. The album features various guest musicians, including Robert Fripp of King Crimson and members of Roxy Music, Hawkwind, Matching Mole, and The Pink Fairies. In developing the album's words and music, Eno used unusual methods such as dancing for his band members and having them play accordingly, and singing nonsense words to himself that would form the basis of subsequent lyrics."
YouTube: China My China, More Blank than Frank, Baby's on Fire - The BBC Sessions (1974), Blank Frank, Dead Finks Don't Talk
"The Ex is an anarchist band from the Netherlands. They formed in 1979 at the height of the original punk explosion and have released more than twenty full length albums since. In the early 1990s they collaborated with the late Tom Cora (September 14, 1953 - April 9, 1998), who was a United States cellist and composer, best known for his improvisational performances in the field of experimental jazz and rock."
W - The Ex
YouTube: Lamp Lady, State of Shock, Hidegen Fújnak A Szelek, The Flute's Tale, Hickwall 1993, New Clear Daze, The Big Black
2010 June: Tom Cora
2012 February: Fred Frith & Tom Cora
"Philip Wolfhagen is, quintessentially, a painter of the Australian landscape, one whose work has been exclusively absorbed into his private obsession with Tasmania, the terrain of his personal origins. His work is physical, dense in its application, sombre in mood and tonality, the result of a deeply experienced, enduring engagement with an ancient, yet eternally living subject."
Monday, April 9
"The German Issue (1982) was originally conceived as a follow-up to Semiotext(e)'s Autonomia/Italy issue, published two years earlier. Although ideological terrorism was still a major issue in Germany, what ultimately emerged from these pages was an investigation of two outlaw cities, Berlin and New York, which embodied all the tensions and contradictions of the world at the time. The German Issue is the Tale of Two Cities, then, with each city separated from its own country by an invisible wall of suspicion or even hatred. It is also the complex evocation of the rebelling youth—squatters, punks, artists and radicals, theorists and ex-terrorists—who gathered all their energy and creativity in order to outlive a hostile environment."
W - Semiotext(e)
Afterall / : The German Issue, Annette Weisser
Re:Print: The German Issue: Still Straddling the Berlin Wall
How leftist intellectuals once approached bifurcated Berlin
Wikipedia - "The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They recorded from 1963 through 1975, and continued to perform until Hatfield's death in 2003. Their emotive vocal stylings were sometimes dubbed 'blue-eyed soul'. Medley and Hatfield both possessed exceptional vocal talent, with range, control and tone that helped them create a strong and distinctive duet sound and also to perform as soloists."
YouTube: You've lost that loving feeling, Unchained Melody, (You're My) Soul And Inspiration, Little Latin Lupe Lu
"This large, lavish journey through the art of the 19th-century French landscape offers a host of masterful works, among them Corot's Forest of Fontainbleau, Millet's End of the Hamlet of Gruchy, Renoir's Rocky Crags at L'Estaque, and Monet's Rue de la Bavolle, Honfleur. As is often the case, however, some of the most wonderful things to see are also the least expected: rare and unusual monotypes by Degas, three states of a softground etching by Pissarro, and numerous works by some of their lesser-known but equally important contemporaries. Unlike previous books on the topic, Impressions of Light presents a unique and stunningly complete group of work that introduces a new level of complexity into the discussion of French landscapes."
Sunday, April 8
"Oud player Brahem has established his own little niche with the instrument; his music, strongly Arab-inflected, has the spare, chamber feel that makes it a perfect fit in the ECM catalog. He's a contemplative player, and this melding with piano and accordion suits his style perfectly, as notes and ideas draw out marvelously. The interplay between musicians is as delicate as lace -- thoughtful, with everyone listening as much as playing."
YouTube: Toi qui sais (Live), Le pas du chat noir, Leila au pays du carrousel, var.
vimeo: 2002 - Full Album, 1:10:39
"New Sounds Live: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble with the Todd Reynolds Quartet from The Greene Space on May 18, 2011."
2011 July: Songs of Acsension
"NYT: The writers of the Beat Generation had the good fortune to give themselves a name and to write extensively about their lives, in novels like Jack Kerouac’s 'On the Road' and William Burroughs’s 'Junkie,' in poems like Allen Ginsberg’s 'Howl' and, later, in memoirs like Joyce Johnson’s 'Minor Characters' and Hettie Jones’s 'How I Became Hettie Jones.' Jones once said they couldn’t be a generation because they could all fit in her living room, but in the popular imagination they were much more than the sum of their body parts or writings. They were a brand."
NYT: The Mad Ones
amazon: The Beats: A Graphic History
Saturday, April 7
Wikipedia - "B-boying, often called 'breakdancing', is a popular style of street dance that was created and developed as part of hip-hop culture among African American and Latino youth in New York City. The dance consists of four primary elements: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. It is danced to both hip-hop and other genres of music that are often remixed to prolong the musical breaks. The musical selection for b-boying is not restricted to hip-hop music as long as the tempo and beat pattern conditions are met. A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. These dancers often participate in battles, formal or informal dance competitions between two individuals or two crews."
npr: Breakdancing, 'Present at the Creation' (Video)
W - Capoeira
YouTube: FURIOUS ROCKERS-BREAKDANCING 1984, The Suns of James Brown feat, NEW YORK CITY BREAKERS OLD FOOTAGE, New York City Breakers on SoulTrain 1984, New York Subway Break Dance
"As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes."
amazon: Alone Together
2011 April: Sherry Turkle
Friday, April 6
"Albert Marcoeur, French multi-instrumentalist/composer, was born on December 12 1947, in Dijon, France. During his formal education of clarinet at the National Academy of Music and Dance of Dijon, Marcoeur actively participated in many straightforward college rock 'n roll bands. Closing an end to his formal training Marcoeur's musical visions had gravitated towards the experimental facets of music, wishing 'to do nothing else but make my own music'."
YouTube: Compte-rendu d'analyse, Simone, Formule 1 & 2, La salle d'attente, Comment Tu T'Sens, Téléphone privé (Celui où y'a Joseph, 1984)