Friday, August 31


Wikjipedia - "Marley is a 2012 documentary-biographical film directed by Kevin MacDonald documenting the life of Bob Marley. It was released in theatres on April 20, 2012. The soundtrack to Marley was released four days prior to the movie, on April 16, 2012. It contains most of the songs used throughout the movie, with the exception of 'A Teenager in Love'. The soundtrack's first single is 'High Tide or Low Tide' which was released as a single on August 9, 2011. The soundtrack's tracklist is arranged chronologically as it appears on the film."
Guardian: Marley – review (Video)
NYT: Reggae’s Mellow King, Defined by a Legacy He Couldn’t Outrun (Video)
Netflix: Marley
YouTube: Marley Trailer Official 2012, Marley Trailer # 2 (Documentary Film 2012)

2010 November: Bob Marley and the Wailers
2011 May: Bob Marley & the Wailers Live 1973 - 1975
2011 July: Tuff Gong Studios 1980
2012 March: Bob Marley: Live in Santa Barbara

Hermann Hesse

Wikipedia - "Hermann Hesse (... July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature."
W - Steppenwolf
W - Siddhartha
W - The Glass Bead Game
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

‘Hip Hop Family Tree’ Comics Explain Genesis of the Genre

"They say the story of Jesus is the greatest ever told, but JC didn’t steal a DJ mixer during the New York Blackout of ‘77 or bomb a subway car with Fab 5 Freddy. With his 'Hip Hop Family Tree,' comics artist Ed Piskor delves into the history of hip-hop and gets straight-up biblical, penning a 'who-begat-whom' with a b-boy twist. Subtitled 'A Look into the Viral Propagation of a Culture,' the weekly web comic series, available exclusively at, traces the relationships that built hip-hop during its nigh-ancient formative days around the boroughs of New York."
MTV Hive
Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree
Ed Piskor Report

2012 January: The Hip-Hop Family Tree: A Look Into the Viral Propagation of a Culture

Thursday, August 30

Pina Bausch Costumes

"Bamboo Blues" - Pina Bausch (Costume Design : Marion Cito)
"Visionary choreographer Pina Bausch never followed a prescribed method when conceiving her unique productions. Guided instead by her finely honed intuition, Bausch would let the works develop in an organic, visceral manner and her trusted company of dancers and collaborators at the Tanztheater Wuppertal would fall into step as her creative vision unfolded. For costume designer Marion Cito – who has been in the role since 1980 – this meant designing costumes 'speculatively', relying on a certain amount of guesswork, in terms of the direction she felt each piece might take, in order that her workshop kept pace."
In Pictures
mubi: Dress Rehearsal
Tanztheater Wuppertal: Marion Cito
Tanztheater Wuppertal: Rolf Borzik
What we do
Guardian: Hurts so good
Femininity and Body Language; Reflections on Pina Bausch and Mats Ek - Margareta Sörenson
NYT: Person and Performer, and No Space Between
YouTube: Orpheus and Eurydice (Costumes & lights : Rolf Borzik), Bamboo Blues (Costume Design : Marion Cito)

2008 May: Pina Bausch
2009 June: Pina Bausch, 1940-2009

Einstein on the Blog: Christopher Knowles’ Typings

"The versatile artist, performer, and poet Christopher Knowles caught the attention of the New York art world through his collaborations with Robert Wilson in the 1970s. While still a teenager, Knowles appeared in Wilson’s 1973 production of The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin at BAM. He then went on to contribute to—and to highly influence—many of Wilson’s key early productions, such as A Letter for Queen Victoria and Einstein on the Beach, for which Knowles was the main librettist. In the second half of the 70s, Knowles and Wilson performed everywhere from St. Mark’s Church to Shiraz in their antic DiaLog series, which Knowles co-designed, co-wrote, and co-directed with Wilson."
BAM 150 Years
Nothing to Say & Saying It
Christopher Knowles (b 1954)
Gavin Brown's enterprise
More Christopher Knowles...
Famous people with unspecified forms of autism
YouTube: the sundance kid is beautiful, a letter to queen victoria: robert wilson + christopher knowles, Robert Wilson reads 5 poems by Christopher Knowles
vimeo: Loof and Let Dime

"This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" - Talking Heads

Wikipedia - "'This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)' is a song by New Wave band Talking Heads, released as the second single from their fifth album Speaking in Tongues. The lyrics were written by David Byrne, and the music was written by Byrne and the other members of the band, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison."
YouTube: "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)"

Wednesday, August 29


Wikipedia - "Grauzone ... was a band from Berne, Switzerland active in the early 80s. At the end of 1979 Marco Repetto (drums) and GT (bass) left the punk band Glueams, to form together with Martin Eicher (guitar, vocals, synthesizer) a new band called Grauzone. Martin had already supported Glueams on their single mental. They gave their first concert in March 1980 at the club Spex in Berne. Martin's brother Stephan Eicher (guitar, synthesizer) and Claudine Chirac (saxophone) supplemented the group temporarily in live appearances and recordings."
amazon: Grauzone
YouTube: Eisbaer, Schlachtet, Film 2, Raum, Träume mit mir, Ich Lieb Sie, Der Weg Zu Zweit, Wütendes glas, Moskau, Hinter Den Bergen, Eisbär

John Wieners - 707 Scott Street

"Uncovered in his personal papers, 707 Scott Street represents the poet at the height of his powers, and in this important work he alternates between the personal and the general, between prose observations and diaristic entries ('Sur-real is the only way to endure the real we find heaped up in our cities.') and some of the very best of his poetic lyrics. In fact, 707 Scott Street might be best described as a series of poems in the form of a journal, which, given Wieners' belief in living as a form of poetry itself, should come as no surprise to his readers."
Lady Day
Green Integer: The Journal of John Wieners Is to Be Called 707 Scott Street for Billie Holiday, 1959 (PDF)

2008 July: John Wieners
2009 December: John Wieners - 1
2011 May: John Wieners: June 21, 1959
2012 May: Behind the State Capitol: Or Cincinnati Pike

Tuesday, August 28

Carl Mydans

Wikipedia - "Carl Mydans (May 20, 1907 – August 16, 2004) was an American photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration and Life magazine. ... In 1936, he joined Life as one of its earliest staff photographers (Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Thomas McAvoy and Peter Stackpole were the original staff photographers) and a pioneering photojournalist."
Remembering Carl Mydans

On Cataloguing Flaubert

"Joanna Neborsky is a book lover’s illustrator. She may be as passionate and romantic about books and bookmaking as anyone I’ve met. She also draws the kind of pictures I’ve always wanted to make. They are deceptively simple due to the naive charm of each wobbly line, and they owe a great deal to the inspiration of mid-twentieth-century illustration—an obsession she and I both share."
The Paris Review
The Paris Review: A Partial Inventory of Gustave Flaubert’s Personal Effects

Monday, August 27

R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection

"Well-known as a lover of old records, the satirical cartoonist Robert Crumb has collected his work on album covers and musicians' portraits in a new book, R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection. The artist spoke to Rolling Stone by phone from the south of France, where he has lived for the past two decades."
Rolling Stone
amazon: R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection
YouTube: R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection

2008 August: R. Crumb
2010 October: R. Crumb, The Art of Comics No. 1
2011 August: Tribute To R. Crumb's Heroes Of Blues & Jazz
2011 October: Pioneers of Country Music Trading Cards by R. Crumb

Mamady Keïta

Wikipedia - "Mamady Keïta (surname sometimes also spelled Keita; b. Balandougou, Siguiri Prefecture, Kankan Region, Guinea, August 1950) is a master drummer from the West African nation of Guinea. He specializes in the goblet-shaped hand drum called djembe. He is also the founder of the Tam Tam Mandingue school of drumming. He is a member of the Manding ethnic group."
amazon: Mamady Keita and Sewa Kan: Live @ Couleur Cafe (2008)
YouTube: Afrikafestival Hertme, Mix Kuku de Maoka Mamady Keïta 2006 Guinea Matoto, "Djigui," Grandmasters' Tour 2012, Bélé Bélé, HAKILI Live Concert Coutances Festival Jazz

Jack Rose

Wikipedia - "Jack Rose (February 16, 1971 – December 5, 2009) was an American guitarist originally from Virginia and later based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rose is best known for his solo acoustic guitar work. He was also a member of the noise/drone band Pelt."
npr - Remembering Dr. Ragtime: Guitarist Jack Rose (Video)
NYT: Jack Rose, Versatile Master of the Guitar, Is Dead at 38
YouTube: Kensington Blues, St Louis Blues, Reckless Records - 1, Reckless Records - 2, Cross the North Fork, Blues for Percy Danforth, Black Pearls From The River, Mountaintop Lamento

Sunday, August 26

John Ford

Wikipedia - "John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an Irish-American film director. He was famous for both his Westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and adaptations of such classic 20th-century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ford directed more than 140 films (although nearly all of his silent films are now lost) and he is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers of his generation. Ford's films and personality were held in high regard by his colleagues, with Ingmar Bergman and Orson Welles among those who have named him as one of the greatest directors of all time. In particular, Ford was a pioneer of location shooting and the long shot which frames his characters against a vast, harsh and rugged natural terrain."
W - Stagecoach (1939), W - The Searchers (1956), W - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), W - John Ford filmography
Senses of Cinema: John Ford
Moving Images: The American West of John Ford (1971)
Criterion: Stagecoach (1939)
YouTube: The Searchers (1956), 1, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)Rio Grande (1950), 1.

The Voyeurs - Gabrielle Bell

"Have you ever had one of those days where it’s best, for everybody, that you stay in your room and turn off your phone and promise never to talk to anyone ever again? Gabrielle Bell understands. Her autobiographical comic strip The Voyeurs just rescued one such Thursday night for me. Bell makes social awkwardness verging on phobia look cool, or at least perfectly rational, and even at her most despondent, her pen notices what’s going on outside the window or in a friend’s facial expression—and as often as not, it’s funny and endearing, even beautiful. For an artist who skewers her own fecklesness and self-pity, Bell spends a lot of time secretly celebrating the world. —Lorin Stein"
The Paris Review
amazon: The Voyeurs

2011 September: Gabrielle Bell

Saturday, August 25

Derek Bailey

Wikipedia - "Derek Bailey (29 January 1930 – 25 December 2005) was an English avant-garde guitarist and leading figure in the free improvisation movement. ... Playing both acoustic and electric guitars (although more usually the former), Bailey was able to extend the possibilities of the instrument in radical ways, obtaining a far wider array of sounds than are usually heard. He explored the full vocabulary of the instrument, producing timbres and tones ranging from the most delicate tinklings to fierce noise attacks. (The sounds he produced have been compared to those made by John Cage's prepared piano.)"
Guardian: Derek Bailey
Piero Scaruffi
amazon: Derek Bailey
YouTube: improvisation #1 (1/2) (1985/04/22), (2/2), Derek Bailey and the Shaking Ray Levis at Tonic, NYC, 4/12/2003, Guitar, 1983, Derek Bailey Bill Laswell Jack DeJohnette DJ Disk, 1997, Derek Bailey&Toshi Tsuchitori/ Duo Improvisation recorded at Tokyo 1978, "The Music Improvisation Company" (UK, 1970), IMPROVVISAZIONE

The Blues and the Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson

Wikipedia - "The Blues and the Abstract Truth is a jazz album by Oliver Nelson recorded in February 1961. It remains Nelson's most acclaimed album and features a lineup of notable musicians: Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy (his last appearance on a Nelson album following a series of collaborations recorded for Prestige), Bill Evans (his only appearance with Nelson), Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes. Baritone saxophonist George Barrow does not take solos, but still remains a key feature in the subtle voicings of Nelson's arrangements."
W - Oliver Nelson
amazon: The Blues and the Abstract Truth
npr: Oliver Nelson: 'The Blues and the Abstract Truth'
YouTube: Blues and Abstract Truth, Stolen Moments
The Blues and the Abstract Truth 36:47

Friday, August 24

Walt Whitman

Wikipedia - "Walter 'Walt' Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality."
Poets: Walt Whitman
The Walt Whitman Archive
Walt Whitman Birthplace
LOC - Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass
YouTube - Walt Whitman: American Experience 1:42:35

Thursday, August 23

Word from the Front - Tom Verlaine

"... For 1982’s Word from the Front, Verlaine moved onto new collaborator, enlisting sessionman Jimmy Rip, who would become Verlaine’s principal collaborator to this day. Rip in turn introduced Verlaine to his rhythm section Tommy Price and Joe Vasta, borrowed from Mink Deville. The album is unlike anything Verlaine had done to this point, and indeed, remains an idiosyncratic document in his catalog. It’s not an entirely successful one, though. ... 'Coming Apart' also works well a trenchant guitar rhythm leading Verlaine’s most overt, rockist attempt. But it’s the finale of 'Days on the Mountain' that distinguishes the record. Over the stretch of nearly nine minutes, Verlaine explores a blend of gothic atmospherics and Eno-style ambiance. Ambitious, to say the least."
Collector’s Choice
W - Word from the Front
YouTube: Words From The Front, Tom Verlaine & Jimmy Rip - Words From The Front, FIB Benicassim 2006, Clear It Away, Present Arrived, Postcard from Waterloo, Days On The Mountain

2007 November: Tom Verlaine
2010 March: Tom Verlaine - 1
2011 October: Warm and Cool

Joe Higgs

Wikipedia - "Joe Higgs (born Joseph Benjamin Higgs, 3 June 1940 – 18 December 1999) was a reggae musician from Jamaica. In the late 1950s and 1960s he was part of the duo Higgs and Wilson together with Roy Wilson. He was a popular artist in Jamaica for four decades and is also known for his work tutoring younger musicians including The Wailers and Jimmy Cliff."
Joe Higgs
YouTube: There is a reward for me, Let us do something, Upside Down, Captivity, Songs that my enemy sings, Life of contradiction, There's A Reward For Me, Come On Home, Change of Plan

Wednesday, August 22

The House of the Rising Sun

Wikipedia - "'The House of the Rising Sun' is a traditional folk song from the United States. Also called 'House of the Rising Sun' or occasionally 'Rising Sun Blues', it tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans. ... Like many classic folk ballads, the authorship of 'The House of the Rising Sun' is uncertain. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as the Unfortunate Rake of the 18th century and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting. Alan Price of The Animals has even claimed that the song was originally a sixteenth-century English folk song about a Soho brothel. The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence 'Tom' Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it for Vocalion Records in 1934."
House of the Rising Sun - 401 Houses
New Orleans Legend May Prove to Be Reputable
Beneath the Rising Sun:“Frenchness” and the archaeology of desire
YouTube: The Animals, Georgia Turner, Tom Clarence Ashley & Gwen Foster, Texas Alexander, Woody Guthrie, Nina Simone, Josh White, Libby Holman, Leadbelly, Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley, Andy Griffith, Henri Mancini, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, The Ventures, Marianne Faithfull, Jimi Hendrix, Frijid Pink, Sinead O'Connor, Dolly Parton, Robotic Orchestra, Musical Tesla Coils

George Hendrik Breitner

Lunch Break at the Building Site in the Van Diemenstraat in Amsterdam
Wikipedia - "George Hendrik Breitner (September 12, 1857 – June 5, 1923) was a Dutch painter and photographer. ... Breitner saw himself as 'le peintre du peuple', the people's painter. He was the painter of city views par excellence: wooden foundation piles by the harbour, demolition work and construction sites in the old centre, horse trams on the Dam, or canals in the rain. With his nervous brush strokes, he captured the dynamic street life. By 1890, cameras were affordable, and Breitner had a much better instrument to satisfy his ambitions."
Second Sight: The Photographs of George Hendrik Breitner
George Hendrik Breitner masterpieces

Tuesday, August 21

Red Star in Orbit

"Red Star in Orbit is the fascinating and often surprising story of the Soviet space effort. Written by one of the leading Soviet space watchers, James Oberg. In Red Star in Orbit James Oberg penetrats the secrecy-shrouded Russian space program - not only telling of its unpublicized disasters and giving credit to its recent successes but also showing that its cosmonauts, like our astronauts, often indeed have the 'right stuff'."
amazon: Red Star in Orbit
W - James Oberg
W - Sergei Korolev
W - Soviet manned lunar programs
Venera: The Soviet Exploration of Venus
YouTube: Red Star in Orbit. 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4
The dark side of the Moon 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4
The mission 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4

Tales Of Dr. Funkenstein – The Story Of George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic

"Still in the spirit of documentaries with Detroit as a main cast following yesterday’s Motor City’s Burning, Tales Of Dr. Funkenstein is a typically brilliant and informative 60 minute documentary produced by the BBC. The narrative, as you might have guessed, tells the story of George Clinton from being a doo-wop barbershop singer in Plainfield, New Jersey till he became one of the biggest icons of funk and psychedelic music during his Detroit Days, through his creation of Parliament and Funkadelic."
Whiteboard Journal (Video) 58:20

2009 January: George Clinton
2010 December: Mothership Connection - Houston 1976
2011 October: Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove
2011 October: "Do Fries Go With That Shake?"

Libreria Acqua Alta

"My favourite place in Venice, the Libreria Acqua Alta. It’s a bookshop right on the canal that floods every year, so the eccentric, stray-cat-adopting owner keeps his books in boats, bathtubs and a disused gondola to protect them. There’s also a staircase made of books outside that you can climb up and get a gorgeous view of the canal, and a courtyard of seats made of books where you can sit and read. Seriously, books, canals, cats and boats. Can a place get any better?"
With Rainbow Eyes
Libreria Acqua Alta: the Most Beautiful Bookshop in the World
YouTube: By the Alta water library ... Venice, Italy #6

Monday, August 20

2010 | Jazz in Marciac | John Zorn

"ProShot: Mezzo August, 2010 Setlist: 1. Little Bittern 2. Anulikwutsayl 3. Exodus 4. Karaim 5. Lilin. John Zorn- direction, saxophone. Marc Ribot - guitare. Jamie Soft - piano, orgue. Trevor Dunn - bass. Kenny Wollesen - vibraphone. Joey Baron - drums. Cyro Baptista - percussion."
vimeo: 2010 | Jazz in Marciac | John Zorn

2009 March: John Zorn
2010 August: Spillane
2011 October: Filmworks Anthology : 20 Years of Soundtrack Music

Charles Ives - Symphony No. 2

Wikipedia - "... Although the work was composed during Ives' 20s, it was half a century before it premiered, in a 1951 New York Philharmonic concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein. The symphony premiered to rapturous applause but Ives responded with ambivalence. Indeed, he did not even attend the concert in person but had to be dragged by family and friends to a neighbor's house to listen to the live radio broadcast. The public performance had been postponed for so long because Ives had been alienated from the American classical establishment. Ever since his training with Horatio Parker at Yale, Ives had suffered their disapproval of the mischievous unorthodoxy with which he radically pushed the boundaries of European classical structures to create soundscapes that recalled the vernacular music-making of his New England upbringing."
W - Symphony No. 2
amazon: Symphony No. 2
YouTube: Charles Ives - Symphony No. 2 (Leonard Bernstein) 1/3, 2/3, 3/3

2008 September: Charles Ives
2010 December: Holidays Symphony
2011 November: Three Places in New England

Brixton murals

Wikipedia - "The Brixton murals are a series of murals by local artists in the Brixton area, in London, UK. Most of the murals were funded by Lambeth London Borough Council and the Greater London Council after the Brixton riots in 1981. The murals portray politics, community and ideas. Many are now in a state of disrepair and some are no longer there. The remaining murals are within walking distance of each other."
A Brixton Mural Walk with a Difference!
BBC: Brixton's famous windmill mural restored (Video)
YouTube: Windmill Mural Revamp

Sunday, August 19

The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 Vol. 2

"Songs: Bye Bye Bird, My Younger Days (Sonny Boy Williamson), Come On Home Baby (Sunnyland Slim), Nervous (Willie Dixon), Mojo Hand (Lightnin' Hopkins), Black Snake Blues (Victoria Spivey), Everyday I Have the Blues (Memphis Slim), Don't Throw Your Love on Me so Strong (T-Bone Walker), Tall Heavy Mama (Roosevelt Sykes), Sittin' and Cryin' the Blues (Willie Dixon), Murphy's Boogie (Matt "Guitar" Murphy), Stranger Blues (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee), Shake for Me, I'll Be Back Someday, Love Me Darlin (Howlin' Wolf), Down Home Shakedown (Big Mama Thornton)"
amazon: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 2 (1962)
YouTube: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 Vol. 2

2012 June: The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1

The Once and Future King - T. H. White

Wikipedia - "The Once and Future King is an Arthurian fantasy novel written by T. H. White. It was first published in 1958 and is mostly a composite of earlier works written between 1938 and 1941. The central theme is an exploration of human nature regarding power and justice, as the boy Arthur becomes king and attempts to quell the prevalent 'might makes right' attitude with his idea of chivalry. But in the end, even chivalry comes undone since its justice is maintained by force."
W - The Sword in the Stone
W - The Queen of Air and Darkness
W - The Ill-Made Knight
W - The Candle in the Wind
W - The Book of Merlyn
W - T. H. White

Saturday, August 18

Cuba Feliz

"Seventy-six-year-old Cuban street musician Miguel Del Morales, known as El Gallo (The Rooster), travels around Cuba with his guitar, making music in the homes of friends, in bars, and on street corners, in courtyards and stairwells. His rich voice, colored by a lifetime of cigarettes and rum, weathered by the sun and rain, bespeaks the joys and sufferings of his countrymen."
amazon: Cuba Feliz
YouTube: Cuba Feliz 1:32:16

Heaven 17

Wikipedia - "Heaven 17 are an English synthpop band originating from Sheffield in the early 1980s. The trio comprises Martyn Ware (keyboards), Ian Craig Marsh (keyboards) (both previously with The Human League) and Glenn Gregory (vocals). Although most of the band's music was recorded in the 1980s, they have occasionally reformed to record and perform since then, playing their first ever live concerts in 1997."
YouTube: We Don't Need No Fascist Groove Thing, Lets All Make A Bomb, Penthouse and Pavement, I'm Your Money ("12 Version)", Hands Up to Heaven (Spray Mix), I'm Gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me

Friday, August 17

Russian Punk Band Is Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Anti-Putin Stunt

"A Moscow judge handed down stiff prison sentences of two years on Friday afternoon for three young women who staged a protest against Vladimir V. Putin in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior last February and whose jailing and trial on hooliganism charges have generated worldwide criticism of constraints on political speech in Russia. While a guilty verdict against the three women, members of a band called Pussy Riot, was widely expected, suspense had built over how severe a punishment they would receive. Prosecutors had demanded three-year prison terms, but President Vladimir V. Putin had weighed in on the side of leniency. But the judge, Marina Syrova, showed little sympathy for the trio, and it was not immediately clear whether the sentences would prompt a reaction on Moscow’s streets."
Guardian: Media take a prim view of Pussy Riot
Pussy Riot Jailed for Two Years
Pussy Riot Closing Statements: Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich
"We Are All Pussy Riot": Kathleen Hanna Speaks on the Jailed Feminist Punk Group (Video)
Guardian: Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia's cool women punks? (July 28)

Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets

"This MoMA gallery exhibition and accompanying film retrospective will be the first presentation of the Quay Brothers' work in all their fields of creative activity. Internationally renowned moving image artists and designers, the Quay Brothers were born outside Philadelphia and have worked from their London studio, Atelier Koninck, since the late 1970s. For over 30 years, they have been in the avant-garde of stop-motion puppet animation and live-action movie-making in the Eastern European tradition of filmmakers like Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Svankmajer and the Russian Yuri Norstein, and have championed a design aesthetic influenced by the graphic surrealism of Polish poster artists of the 1950s and 1960s."
MoMA (Video)
NYT: A Universe Like Ours, Only Weirder (Multimedia)
Stopping Time: The Quay Brothers at MoMA
Wired: Puppets, Oddities, Animated Films: Inside the Surreal World of the Quay Brothers (Multimedia)
amazon: Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers (2007)
Quay Brothers - The Short Films 1979-2003
YouTube: Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies 1987 Quay Brothers 14min, Igor: The Paris Years [1982] 25:54, His name is alive - Can't go wrong without you, Day of the Dead (2002), Inventorium of Traces - trailer (2009), Brothers Quay - DVD Picks

2009 August: Brothers Quay

The skinny on Schuyler's line

"I fell in love with James Schuyler’s poetry when I was twenty. Since my beloved has (still!) not received the recognition he deserves, I was initially motivated to write about his work by critical and dismissive readings of it. As an undergraduate I wrote an honors thesis on his great long poems — 'The Crystal Lithium,' 'Hymn to Life,' 'The Morning of the Poem,' and 'A Few Days' — but my interest was in both his long and short line. Almost twenty years later, critics have yet to give much attention to Schuyler’s adept use of line breaks. In an early review of The Morning of the Poem (1980), Stephen Yenser emphasizes the improvisatory feel of Schuyler’s work."
Jacket 2

2012 July: A Schuyler of urgent concern

Thursday, August 16

Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg Visit the Grave of Jack Kerouac (1979)

"Above you can watch a rare 1979 meeting, of sorts, of three hugely influential twentieth-century cultural minds: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, and — in spirit, anyway — Jack Kerouac, who died ten years before. This clip, though brief, would be fascinating enough by itself, but Sean Wilentz provides extensive backstory in 'Penetrating Aether: The Beat Generation and Allen Ginsberg’s America,' an essay fron the New Yorker."
Open Culture (YouTube)
The New Yorker: Bob Dylan, the Beat Generation, and Allen Ginsberg’s America

2009 August: Beat Generation
2009 November: Another Side of Kerouac: The Dharma Bum as Sports Nut
2010 July: Kerouac's Copies of Floating Bear
2010 July: Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
2010 October: "Howl" - Allen Ginsberg
2011 March: Jack Kerouac on The Steve Allen Show

Keith Fullerton Whitman

Wikipedia - "Keith Fullerton Whitman (born May 29, 1973) is an American electronic musician who has recorded albums influenced by many genres, including ambient music, drill and bass, and krautrock. He records and performs using many aliases, of which the most familiar is Hrvatski (the Croatian word for Croatian)."
disquiet: KFW FTW (Video)
Soundcloud: Keith Fullerton Whitman (Video)
Mimaroglu Music Sales (Video)
Keith Fullerton Whitman (Video)

Wednesday, August 15

Through Edward Hopper's eyes: in search of an artist's seaside inspiration

"Gail Albert Halaban has identified 16 houses in Gloucester, Massachusetts, that were painted by Edward Hopper over several summers in the 1920s and she reckons there are a few more that have, as yet, escaped her notice. Over the past three years, Albert Halaban, a fine art photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Time magazine, has been tracking down the Hopper houses in Gloucester, a picturesque city on the Atlantic coast, and photographing them from the same vantage points that the great American artist used to paint them from nearly a century ago."
Gail Albert Halaban
Wiki: Houses of Squam Light, Gloucester, Gloucester Harbor, Rocks at the Fort Gloucester, Ryders House, Sun on Prospect Street, Adam's House, Gloucester Mansion, House at the Fort, Gloucester, The Mansard Roof

2008 July: Edward Hopper
2010 October: Finding Nighthawks
2010 December: Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time

Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas on Jubilee USA

"June 1960 - The MC is Eddy Arnold filling-in for Red Foley"
YouTube: Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas on Jubilee USA

2008 June: Patsy Cline
2011 January: Patsy Cline - 1

Tuesday, August 14

The Dante Quartet (1987) - Stan Brakhage

Wikipedia - "The Dante Quartet is an experimental short film by Stan Brakhage, completed in 1987. The film was inspired by Dante's The Divine Comedy, and took six years to produce. ... The Dante Quartet took six years to produce. The eight-minute silent film was created by painting images directly onto the film, though he often worked with previously photographed material that was then scraped away or otherwise manipulated. The paint was applied very thickly onto the film, up to half an inch thick."
IMDb: The Dante Quartet (1987)
senses of cinema: Across the Universe: Stan Brakhage’s The Dante Quartet
b l o g . WAYS OF SEEING

2009 April:Stan Brakhage
2011 December: Burial Path/The Process/The Machine of Eden

King Curtis

Wikipedia - "Curtis Ousley (February 7, 1934 – August 13, 1971), who performed under the stage name King Curtis, was an American saxophone virtuoso known for rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, funk and soul jazz. He was adopted, alongside with his adopted sister, Josephine Ousley Allen. They both grew up in Texas, together. Variously a bandleader, band member, and session musician, he was also a musical director and record producer."
YouTube: Memphis Soul Stew, Them Changes, Instant Groove, Memphis Soul Stew, Watermelon Man, Jump Back, Soul Twist, Groove Me, The Boss

Seen On The Streets Of Kabul, Afganastan

"These are images of Afghan Refugees photographed in Patras, Greece trying to get aboard the ferry boats to mainland Europe. Afghanistan has the world's largest refugee population and I wanted to 'return' these refugees to their homeland in some way. I made traditional black and white prints in the darkroom and travelled to Kabul where the prints were hand-tinted in oil paints by Afghan studio photographer Assad Ullah. Posters were printed and installed at a busy Bazaar junction in the Old City Kabul."
Wooster Collective
Support Bringing the ‘Streets of Afghanistan’ Exhibition to the Streets of Kabul
Streets of Afghanistan
Google - Seen On The Streets Of Kabul, Afghanistan
YouTube: Afghanistan - My Kabul 1 of 3 - BBC Culture Documentary, 2 of 3, 3 of 3

Monday, August 13

William Blake - Isaac Newton, 1795

Isaac Newton, 1795
"Both America: A Prophecy and its sequel, Europe: A Prophecy, deal with the upheavals of Blake's own time. In Europe the troubles are traced back to the misunderstanding of the true message of Christianity. Under the baleful influence of the harsh law-giving deity Urizen, Europe develops a repressive and materialistic society that eventually provokes the violent reaction of the French Revolution. —from William Blake, by William Vaughan."
William Blake - Isaac Newton, 1795
Blake vs. Newton
Pencil study for William Blake’s Newton, 1795

2008 April: The Notebook of William Blake
2009 April: William Blake
2010 December: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
2011 June: The Ghost of a Flea

René Lussier

Wikipedia - "René Lussier (born April 15, 1957) is a musician based in the province of Québec, Canada. He is a composer, guitarist, bass guitarist, percussionist, bass clarinetist and singer. Lussier has collaborated with such figures as Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Jean Derome and Robert M. Lepage. His work, which combines elements from all major genres, is often referred to within the discourse of New Music, or Musiques Actuelles, in French."
amazon: René Lussier
YouTube: Jean Derome & Rene Lussier - Les Aventures De Sacha L'Chat, Clairière Art et nature, J'ai de la chance, L'avis d'un fou, radioKUKAorkest+René Lussier(Kristof Roseeuw-Lode Vercampt-Tom Wouters-Philip Thuriot), Fred Frith Guitar Quartet (Fred Frith -- electric guitar, René Lussier -- electric guitar, Nick Didkovsky -- electric guitar, Mark Stewart -- electric guitar), Jean Derome & Rene Lussier - Les Aventures De Sacha L'Chat, René Lussier & Now Orchestra - Pour Tahani

F is for Fairport Convention

"Sheila Ravenscroft, John’s wife, introduces Fairport Convention and explains why she chose it for the F’s. Founding member Simon Nicol explains the history of the band, with excerpts from John Peel and footage from their 1972 appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test."
John Peel’s Record Collection (Video)
Fairport Convention

2011 April: Fairport Convention - Maidstone 1970

Sunday, August 12

William Heick

Wikipedia - "William Heick (born 1916) is a San Francisco based photographer and filmmaker. He is best known for his ethnographic photographs and documentary films of North American Indian cultures. W.R. Heick served as producer-director and chief cinematographer for the Anthropology Department of the University of California, Berkeley on their National Science Foundation supported American Indian Film Project. His photographs capture the life and culture of Native Americans from the Kwakiutl, Kashaya Pomo, Hupa, Navajo, Blackfoot and Sioux."
William Heick
Dances of the Kwakiutl (1951) - Video

"I Love a Man in a Uniform" - Gang of Four

"The girls, they love to see you shoot
I love a man in a uniform
I love a man in a uniform
I love a man in a uniform
I love a man in a uniform"
YouTube: "I Love a Man in a Uniform"

Saturday, August 11

Brian Eno - Thursday Afternoon (14 video paintings 1981-1984)

"Finally available on DVD, these video installations were produced by Brian Eno to be shown at various galleries around the world. Subsequently released on vhs and laserdisc, this is the first time for these pieces on beautifully crisp DVD. Perfect viewing material for any follower of Eno, the two works are to the video format what his audio pieces were to music; ambient musings on the nature of the medium. They are non linear and have no obvious plotline or direction : 'video paintings' as the title suggests, drifting in and out of focus. Luckily for us, the music is there to support what could have been a lifeless exercise; the first piece on the disc is accompanied by Eno's seminal Thursday Afternoon, a beautiful single hour-long piano track, and the second piece entitled 'Mistaken Memories of Mediaevil Manhattan' is set to tracks from Music for Airports and On Land."
UbuWeb (Video)
amazon: Thursday Afternoon
The Slow Review
amazon: 14 Video Paintings

St. Mark's Bookshop

"St. Mark's Bookshop was established in 1977 on New York City's Lower East Side, a community of students, academics, artists, and other discerning readers. Our specialties include Cultural Theory, Graphic Design, Poetry & Small Press Publishing, Film Studies, and Foreign & Domestic Periodicals and Journals. We are open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to Midnight, Sundays 11 am to Midnight."
St. Mark's Bookshop
WNYC: The Fight to Save St. Marks Bookshop (Video)
Huffington Post: St. Mark's Bookshop Turns To Crowdfunding In Fight For Survival (Video)
NYT: Killer Rent, a Plea and a Petition to Keep Selling Books

Friday, August 10

Pussy Riot

Wikipedia - "Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk-rock collective that stages politically provocative impromptu performances in Moscow on Russia's current political life. In March 2012, during an improvised and unauthorized concert in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, three women from the band were arrested and charged with 'hooliganism' and their trial began in late July."
Free Pussy Riot!, (Video)
NYT: Musicians on Trial Over Crude Anti-Putin Song in Moscow Cathedral
The Nation: Pussy Riot and the Two Russias
TIME - Russia’s Pussy Riot Trial: A Kangaroo Court Goes on a Witch Hunt
Guardian: Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia's cool women punks? (Video), Pussy Riot trial over Putin altar protest begins
YouTube - In focus: Russia's Pussy Riot, Pussy Riot: Opposition saints or spawn of Satan?