Sunday, September 30

Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser

"In 1981, film producer Bruce Ricker had a chance encounter with director and cinematographer Christian Blackwood on the streets of New York. Ricker had just released a documentary on Kansas City jazz, called The Last of the Blue Devils, and Blackwood told him that he too had done a little work on jazz. When Ricker went to see the footage, he was stunned. The reels, he would later say, were 'just sitting there like the Dead Sea Scrolls of jazz.' The 'scrolls' were an intimate look into the life and music of Thelonious Monk, the legendary bebop pianist and composer."
Open Culture - Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser, 1:29:22 (Video)
amazon: DVD
amazon: CD

Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper

Romare Bearden. The Return of Odysseus (Homage to Pintoricchio and Benin), 1977.
"Whether centuries old or the latest contemporary creations, works on paper are extremely light sensitive and can only be displayed in the galleries for short and infrequent periods of time before they must be returned to the safety of the dark, climate-controlled vault. Some of these works, however, also make brief appearances in the Prints and Drawings Study Room, frequently requested by professors for their classes to view as exemplars of specific techniques."
Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper
Rounder Studio Art and Stuff

Saturday, September 29

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Weeping Song

"This is a weeping song
A song in which to weep
While all the men and women sleep
This is a weeping song
But I won't be weeping long"
YouTube: The Weeping Song, The Weeping Song (Live)

Under the Roofs of Paris - René Clair

Wikipedia - "Under the Roofs of Paris (French: Sous les toits de Paris) is a 1930 French film directed by René Clair. It was probably the earliest French example of a filmed musical-comedy, although its often dark tone differentiates it from other instances of the genre. It was the first French production of the sound film era to achieve great international success. In a working-class district of Paris, Albert, an impecunious street singer, lives in an attic room. He meets a beautiful Romanian girl, Pola, and falls in love with her; but he is not the only one, since his best friend Louis and the gangster Fred are also under her spell."
Criterion: Under the Roofs of Paris (Video)
MoMA: Under the Roofs of Paris

Post Punk Rare Videos Compilation #1

"Occult Chemistry -- Fire (UK, 1980) ...; The Dykes -- 2 Fingers Wide (USA, 1980) ...; Mother's Ruin - Dreamy Teeny (Suisse, 1981); Barchen und die Milchbubis -- Muskeln (Allemagne, 1981) ...; Nini Raviolette - Suis-je Normale? (France, 1980) ..; Q4U -- Creep (Islande, 1982) ...; Young Marble Giants -- Colossal Youth (UK, 1980); The Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like (UK, 1982); Sort Sol feat. Lydia Lunch -- Boy-Girl (Danemark/USA, 1986)"
YouTube: Post Punk Rare Videos Compilation #1

Friday, September 28

Blu New Mural In Roma, Italy

"After a large-scale mural in Sardiginia last month (featured), Blu is now in Roma where he just completed this new mural. Faking an antique Roman style, the Italian street artist painted this stunning piece depicting some of our modern life syndromes such as Religion, War, Politics etc... If you are in the area, this one can be seen at the the greyhound track, under Ponte Marconi in Roma."
Street Art News

Thursday, September 27

Katz’s Delicatessen - Alan Wolfson

"Katz’s Delicatessen is one of those legendary New York locations. It’s been in business on the lower east side of Manhattan since 1888, and is New York’s oldest deli. Telling someone to 'meet me at Katz’s..,' is almost the same as telling them to meet you under the clock in Grand Central - everyone knows where it is. The collector who commissioned the piece no longer lives in the city and wanted something that reminded him of the many times, when he was a boy, that he and his family had eaten at Katz’s."
Alan Wolfson - Katz's Delicatessen
NYT: Go, Eat, You Never Know
YouTube: Katz's Delicatessen - in "When Harry Met Sally"
Huffington Post: Alan Wolfson's Miniature New York Sculptures
YouTube: ARTINQUIRY: The Art of Alan Wolfson with Molly Barnes, Artist Alan Wolfson

2011 April: Alan Wolfson - Miniature - Urban Sculptures

Jazz Parades: Feet Don't Fail Me Now

"Jazz Parades is one of five films made from footage that Alan Lomax shot between 1978 and 1985 for the PBS American Patchwork series (1991). Jazz Parades shows the cathartic Sunday jazz parades of social clubs in New Orleans and an overview of the jazz scene in the convergence of 'the Uptown Blacks with the Downtown Creoles.' In interviews the participants explain the ritual aspect of 'turning loose' the dead, celebrating Mardi Gras, and sublimating violence by dancing in the streets."
folkstreams - 58 minutes (Video)
amazon: American Patchwork- Jazz Parades

Barrington Levy

Wikipedia - "Barrington Ainsworth Levy (born 30 April 1964, Clarendon, Jamaica) is a reggae and dancehall artist from Jamaica. In 1976, Levy formed a band with his cousin, Everton Dacres, called the Mighty Multitude; the pair released 'My Black Girl' in 1977. Levy established his solo career the next year with 'A Long Time Since We Don't Have No Love'; though the single was a failure, the fourteen year old was a popular performer at Jamaican dancehalls."
Barrington Levy (Video)
YouTube: Here I Come, Don´t throw it all away, Black Roses, Send A Moses, Murderer, Under Mi Sensi, Sensimella, Poorman Style, Be Strong, Too Experienced, Ragga Muffin"

Wednesday, September 26

Nicolas Jaar

Wikipedia - "Nicolas Jaar is an US American-Chilean musician. He studied comparative literature at Brown University, Rhode Island. Jaar is also the owner and founder of his own record label and art house Clown & Sunset. ... Jaar’s music is ruminative and emotional (he calls it 'blue-wave'), drawing inspiration from fellow-Chilean Ricardo Villalobos and minimal techno. Most of Jaar’s compositions reside at 100 BPM or lower, far lower than the techno/house standards of 120-130 BPM."
Download Nicolas Jaar’s Essential Mix - BBC (Video)
soundcloud (Video)
Nicolas Jaar (Video)
YouTube: Nicolas Jaar Performs A 5 Hour Improvised Set At MoMA PS1 +1, Mi Mujer (original mix), Space is Only Noise, Encore, Problems With the Sun, El Bandido, Time For Us, With Just One Glance (feat Scout LaRue)

Andrew Moore: 'Detroit Disassembled'

"Tuesday on the PBS NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown talks to Philip Levine about his long career in poetry and about his early life working in the Detroit auto industry. Their conversation took place at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, where an exhibition of photographs by Andrew Moore was on display that captured the lost world of Detroit -- abandoned auto plants taken over by plants, burned out high schools frozen in time."
PBS (Video)
amazon: Andrew Moore: Detroit Disassembled
Andrew Moore
Detroit Disassembled by Andrew Moore: The devastation of a major American city
YouTube: Detroit Disassembled

Carl Stone' DARDA performance Super Deluxe Tokyo

"An excerpt from the benefit/prayer performance for Japan following the devastating events of March 11 2011. Featuring Makiko Sakurai (vocals), Hiromichi Sakamoto (cello), Pearl Alexander (bass), Carl Stone (laptop/composer). Projected images by Morgan Fisher. Video recording by Morgan Fisher."
YouTube: DARDA, Al-Noor

2010 August: Carl Stone
2011 April: Ear Meal with Carl Stone

Monday, September 24

William Duckworth (January 13, 1943 – September 13, 2012)

Wikipedia - "William Duckworth (January 13, 1943 – September 13, 2012) was an American composer who also was an author, educator and Internet pioneer. He wrote more than 200 pieces of music and is credited with the composition of the first postminimal piece of music, The Time Curve Preludes (1977-1978), for piano. His other notable compositions include Thirty-One Days (1987), for alto saxophone, and Southern Harmony (1980-1981), a choral work which uses certain features of shape note singing."
NYT: William Duckworth, Internet Composer, Dies at 69
Lovely Artist: William Duckworth (Video)
Remembering William Duckworth (Video)
YouTube: Time Curve Preludes ~ i-iv, William Duckworth iPod Opera

2008 March: William Duckworth

The Confessions of Robert Crumb (1987)

"Here's a 55 minute long BBC documentary about my favorite cartoonist. This precedes the Terry Zwigoff film bio 'Crumb"' by 7 years. Nowhere near as in-depth or powerful as the Zwigoff film, but probably an enjoyable view for fellow R. Crumb devotees nonetheless."

2008 August: Robert Crumb
2010 October: Comics No. 1
2011 October: Pioneers of Country Music Trading Cards
2012 August: R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection

Sweet Pea Atkinson

"Sweet Pea Atkinson is one of the greatest living soul singers. A charter member of Was (Not Was) for 27 years, he's also recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Solomon Burke, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Khaled, Keb Mo, Bob Seger, Leonard Cohen, The Boneshakers and Willie Nelson. For the last decade, he's also toured as a regular member of Lyle Lovett's band."
My Damn Channel
SoundCloud: Dance Or Die (Venice Beach Edit)
YouTube: Slow Down, Back In Love, Spy In The House Of Love, Someone could lose a heart tonight, Girls Fall For Me

Sunday, September 23

The Ghost Dance

Wikipedia - "The Ghost Dance (Caddo: Nanissáanah, also called the Ghost Dance of 1890) was a new religious movement which was incorporated into numerous Native American belief systems. According to the prophet Jack Wilson (Wovoka)'s teachings, proper practice of the dance would reunite the living with the spirits of the dead and bring peace, prosperity, and unity to native peoples throughout the region. The basis for the Ghost Dance, the circle dance, is a traditional ritual which has been used by many Native Americans since prehistoric times, but this new form was first practiced among the Nevada Paiute in 1889."
W - Ghost Dance War
The Ghost Dance - A Promise of Fulfillment
PBS: The Ghost Dance Among the Lakota
amazon: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
YouTube: Native American Spirits - Ghost Dance Movement, Wounded Knee - The Darkest Hour, Ghost Dance Wounded Knee

Last Address - Ira Sachs

"Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Norman René, Peter Hujar, Ethyl Eichelberger, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Cookie Mueller, Klaus Nomi....the list of New York artists who died of AIDS over the last 30 years is countless, and the loss immeasurable. In Last Address, filmmaker Ira Sachs (The Delta, Married Life, and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Forty Shades of Blue), who first moved to the city himself in 1984, uses images of the exteriors of the houses, apartment buildings, and lofts where these and others were living at the time of their deaths to mark the disappearance of a generation. The elegaic film is both a remembrance of that loss, as well as an evocation of the continued presence of their work in our lives and culture."
Ira Sachs
vimeo: Last Address

Imaginary Sounds Feature: Einstürzende Neubauten

"Out of fire; Out of chaos. Out of the mud, rubble, metal, rivets, and splintered wood. Ash of burnt food, linoleum and dreams. There is a peace of nothing; absence of movement and breathing. Even the usual current of wind stopped short by rubbled monolithic buildings. Rows of corporate churches stopped short of worship. Nothing where there was once something. Nothing caused by something. Was it in direct opposition; like a revolution or a mutiny? Or was it simply a necessity; a natural progression toward simplicity and ultimately perfection? In 1980 came the storm."
Imaginary Sounds Feature: Einstürzende Neubauten (Video)
'This was made to end all parties', Einsturzende Neubauten
amazon: Einsturzende Neubauten

2010 September: Einstürzende Neubauten

Saturday, September 22

William Burroughs - Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted

"Laurie Anderson profiles one of the most extraordinary writers and thinkers of the 20th century. William Burroughs was a leading figure of the Beat generation, hugely influential among musicians and artists from the 1970s to the present day and responsible for the dark side of American culture entering mainstream consciousness. The programme features recordings of Burroughs's spoken word performances over a soundscape of noise and music from artists whom he inspired."
soundcloud (Video)
amazon: Nothing Is True - Everything Is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin

The Tyranny of the Alphabet Book

"A is for A show I just Assembled About Artists’ Alphabet books. Each letter of the Alphabet is represented by A book. You’ll be Amazed how many different ways that Artists interpret the ABCs. B is for the Books, of course. They were fun to Bring together. ..."
MoMA: Artists’ Alphabets

Friday, September 21

Where Is Cuba Going?

An urban garden, Matanzas, 2012
"On the plane, something odd but also vaguely magical-seeming happened: namely, nobody knew what time it was. Right before we landed, the flight attendant made an announcement, in English and Spanish, that although daylight saving time recently went into effect in the States, the island didn’t observe that custom. As a result, we had caught up — our time had passed into sync with Cuban time."
NYT: Where Is Cuba Going?
NYT: Reinventing Cuba (Slide Show)

Jeff Greinke - Cities in Fog

"Jeff Greinke is a musician, composer, performer, sound sculptor and visual artist known worldwide for his unique sound. Through a highly developed process of layering, Jeff composes and performs music rich in texture, depth, mood and subtle detail. Using various acoustic and electronic instruments, found sounds and extended studio techniques, Jeff sculpts sound worlds that conjure a strong sense of location, hovering somewhere between the familiar and the exotic. Key elements include mood, texture, space, motion and a perception of place, with no one element being primary."
Mutant Sounds
amazon: Cities in Fog
Review Revue: Jeff Greinke – Cities in Fog
YouTube: Moving Through Fog, Low Ceiling, Among Icebergs

2009 December: Jeff Greinke

Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings : By The Mark (2004)

"This song is one of the earliest performances by Gillian and David in the online archive. This performance was recorded in 1999. 'By the Mark' is the first gospel song that Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings have written. Garrison stated he remembered 'thinking that it sounded like something people had passed on for generations. It sounded like something that had come down through the churches.'"
A Prairie Home Companion

2009 February: Gillian Welch
2011 March: Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings NPRP
2012 July: Harrow Harvest

Thursday, September 20

Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011)

"In the early 1960s, Conrad Schnitzler met Joseph Beuys in a bar in Düsseldorf. Beuys was at the start of his legendary run as a professor of ‘monumental sculpture’ at Düsseldorf’s Kunstakademie. Schnitzler was a sailor, who specialized in fixing the engines of merchant ships in nearby ports. Beuys took a liking to Schnitzler, inviting him to be one of his students. Schnitzler enrolled at the Kunstakademie, but dropped out a year or two later, much to Beuys’ dismay."
frieze: Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011)
WFMU: Remembering Conrad Schnitzler (Video)
Conrad Schnitzler, Interview by Carlos M. Pozo
Conrad Schnitzler  
YouTube: Live 1977 (better image & sound), Big in Japan: Live in Tokyo 2010, Rheingold. Alberich, Live at Loreley 2008, Schatten - Stuhl, KratzRhythmic, Cluster '71, Cluster & Eno 1977, Cluster - "21.14" ('71), Mut, Zug Berlin - Köln 1978, Krautrock, Electric Garden

The Lathe of Brooklyn

 "The great Touch Radio podcast has uploaded audio from just a few days ago. The concert in question was a show at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Eleh was the headliner, and the opener was Lary 7 (pictured above in a photo of the event from Touch). Charactertistic for the Touch Radio series, there’s close to no information about the event provided. What there is is half an hour of increasingly violent chafing, noises of mechanisms in action, echoed in a reverberant space."
NYT: In a Dark Church, Nuances of Sound Turn Symphonic Eleh (US Debut) + Lary 7

Forbidden Words: Selected Poetry of Eugenio de Andrade

"Eugénio de Andrade’s poetry has always exhibited a carefully evoked simplicity. Through naked word and image, he strives to convey what he calls 'the rough or sweet skin of things.' Distrustful of abstractions, he focuses on the world of matter, proclaiming a love for 'words smooth as pebbles, rough as rye bread. Words that smell of clover and dust, loam and lemon, resin and sun.'"
Poetry International Rotterdam
amazon: Forbidden Words: Selected Poetry of Eugenio de Andrade

Wednesday, September 19

Ghost Signs

"A ghost sign is an old hand-painted advertising signage that has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. The signage may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner. Ghost signs are found across the world with the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada having many surviving examples. Ghost signs are also called fading ads and brickads. In many cases these are advertisements painted on brick that remained over time. Old painted advertisements are occasionally discovered upon demolition of later-built adjoining structures. Throughout rural areas, old barn advertisements continue to promote defunct brands and quaint roadside attractions."
The Basement Geographer
Ghost Sign Project (Video)
Ghost signs: Jersey's commercial history is written large in faded paint on city buildings
Ghost Signs Part 1, Part 2
Portland's ghost signs
Ghost Signs
American Ghosts : About Ghost Signs
San Francisco Ghost Signs: A Tour of SF's Historical Advertisements
NYT: The Handwriting on the Wall Says, ‘GiGi Young Originals’

Trampin' - Patti Smith

"Patti Smith kicks off her ninth album, Trampin', with what sounds like a call to arms: 'Come on, girl/ Come on, boy/ Be a jubilee.' That word, 'jubilee,' hangs heavy with meaning. Commonly connoting a commemorative celebration, this Biblical term also refers to a period of emancipation for Hebrew slaves. It was adopted by the abolition movement in the 1800s and by the civil rights movement a century later."
W - Trampin'
YouTube: My Blakean Year, Mother rose, Trampin', Peaceable Kingdom, Trespasses, Cash, Cartwheels, Gandhi

Ultimate Dr. Sir Warrior

"Christogonus Ezebuiro Obinna (1947, Imo State, Nigeria – June 2, 1999), the Ultimate Dr. Sir Warrior, was the leader of the Oriental Brothers International Band which ruled the Nigerian highlife music scene for several decades. He modernized highlife music. His style remains an epitome of defined music with meaning, direction, and purpose."
amazon: Oriental Brothers
YouTube: Uwa atuola m ujo, Nwanyi Di Ya Bu Eze, Onye Tara Nye Ibe Ya, Otu nwa, Onye Oma Mmadu, Nwa da di nma, Chi awu otu

Tuesday, September 18

Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years

"For decades, critics have observed that Andy Warhol exerted an enormous impact on contemporary art, but no exhibition has yet explored the full nature or extent of that influence. Through approximately forty-five works by Warhol alongside one hundred works by some sixty other artists, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol's paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
About the Exhibition
Reuters: Warhol’s art influence shown at the Met (Video)

"Naima" - John Coltrane

Wikipedia - "'Naima' is a ballad composed by John Coltrane in 1959, and named after his then-wife, Juanita Naima Grubbs. It first appeared on the album Giant Steps, and is notable for its use of a variety of rich chords over a bass pedal. It is mainly made up of a slow, restrained melody, though there is also a brief piano solo. One of Coltrane's most famous compositions, he recorded it numerous times."
John Coltrane: Naima
YouTube: Naima (Belgium 1965), Naima (alternate take)

Monday, September 17

Vollmond - Pina Bausch

"It’s been over a week since I saw Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch perform Vollmond (Full Moon) at Brooklyn Academy of Music, yet many of the images from the piece – and the endless downpour of water – still linger in my memory. ... But the twelve dancers were utterly mesmerizing as they frolicked, climbed, kissed, yearned, tumbled, and flung themselves through a nonstop array of dream-like vignettes set against a rainstorm. A large boulder and a dip in the stage to create a flowing river transported the audience to a separate, mystical setting far from earth. At full moon, these fierce spirits let themselves go."
Dancing Perfectly Free
Interview Working with Pina Bausch
Tanztheater Wuppertal
NYT: Swimming Through Bausch’s World
YouTube: Vollmond (Full Moon), Dominique Mercy solo 2007, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at BAM

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

"Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)" - Pet Shop Boys

Wikipedia - "'Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You)' is a 1991 single by UK synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. The song is a medley of covers of U2's 'Where the Streets Have No Name' and 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You', the 1960s single by Frankie Valli, though in an arrangement informed by the 1981 disco version of the song by Boystown Gang rather than the original."
YouTube: Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You) 1991 album, Live - Performance, Live - Mexico City

Christopher Felver

"Even a partial list of photographer/filmmaker Christopher Felver’s subjects reads like a roster of America’s mid-century avant garde. The collection presented here is new work—photographs of structural elements transformed through his critical eye into lyrical mosaics. There is a mysterious nature to these images, and when juxtaposed into a grid system, the division of space and contrasting tonal values result in a new language, functioning almost as an ancient alphabet—agents of a short story."
Natural Curiosities
Christopher Felver
amazon: Christopher Felver
vimeo: Ferlinghetti - Trailer
YouTube: BEAT Book, John Cage - Talks About Cows & One/Seven
musica: Cecil Taylor: All The Notes

Sunday, September 16

Talking Heads: Live at Wembley Arena 1982

"Intro, Life During Wartime, Big Blue Plymouth, Once in a Lifetime, Mind, Big Business, I Zimbra, Slippery People, Psycho Killer, My Big Hands, Swamp, What a Day That Was, Crosseyed and Painless"
YouTube: Talking Heads: Live at Wembley Arena 1982

Ghosts in the Machine

"... The works assembled trace the complex historical passage from the mechanical to the optical to the virtual, looking at the ways in which humans have projected anthropomorphic behaviors onto machines that have become progressively more human. In place of a traditional, chronological approach, 'Ghosts in the Machine' is conceived as an encyclopedic cabinet of wonders: bringing together an array of artworks and non-art objects to create an unsystematic archive of man’s attempt to reconcile the organic and the mechanical."
new museum
new museum: Time Machines (Video)
NYT: Technology Advances, Then Art Inquires
TimeOut: "Ghosts in the Machine"

Gangnam Style

Wikipedia - "'Gangnam Style' is a 2012 Korean pop single by the South Korean rapper PSY. It is widely praised for its humor, catchy rhythm as well as Psy's unusual dance moves. The song was released on July 15, 2012, where it debuted at number one on the Gaon Chart. The music video has been viewed over 180 million times as of September 15, 2012, making it the most watched K-pop video in YouTube history."
YouTube: Gangnam Style
Wired: William Gibson on Punk Rock, Internet Memes, and ‘Gangnam Style’
The Atlantic: Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation

Saturday, September 15

Biutiful - Alejandro González Iñárritu

Wikipedia - "Biutiful is a drama film directed by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. It is González Iñárritu's first feature since Babel and fourth overall, and his first film in his native Spanish language since his debut feature Amores perros. The title Biutiful refers to the phonological spelling in Spanish of the English word beautiful."
Guardian: Biutiful – review (Video)
NYT: Biutiful (2010)
YouTube: Biutiful, Birds, Arrest

2011 June: Babel

Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice) - John Fahey

Wikipedia - "Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice) (or simply, Fare Forward Voyagers) is an album by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey, released in 1973. It contained three songs, one comprising a complete side of the original LP. ... In reviewing Fare Forward Voyagers for Allmusic, music critic Eugene Chadbourne compared it to Indian ragas, but diverging from ragas in that "\'the compositions are something in the order of unpredictable miniature symphonies, each with different sections, variations, and developments.'"
YouTube: Fare Foward Voyagers, When The Fire & The Rose Are One, Thus Khrishna On The Battlefield

2009 March: John Fahey
2011 March: Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)

Wilbert Harrison

Wikipedia - "Wilbert Harrison (January 5, 1929 – October 26, 1994) was an American rhythm and blues singer, pianist, guitarist and harmonica player. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, Harrison had a Billboard #1 record in 1959 with the song 'Kansas City'. The song was written in 1952 and was one of the first credited collaborations by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Harrison recorded 'Kansas City' for the Harlem based entrepreneur Bobby Robinson.
YouTube: Stagger lee, Kansas City, Wilbert Harrison - Let's Work Together, Lets Work Together-Canned Heat, The horse, A Woman In Trouble, 1960

Friday, September 14

Sugar Minott - No vacancy + dub Version

"Another tough cultural number that was rounded up for Sugar Minott's 1984 self-produced Slice of the Cake. Here the singer is backed by Roots Radics, who lay down a tough rhythm of big, booming beats and phat bass, but brightened by the sublime brass, whose smokey solos and muted blasts of accents are so integral to the Radics' rich sound. Meanwhile, Minott portrays the archetypal Jamaican -- searching for work, applying for jobs that he's never going to get, his shabby clothes and natty hair two more strikes against him. The pickneys are hungry, but all the stores sport signs reading 'No Vacancy.'"
YouTube: No vacancy + dub Version

2010 June: Sugar Minott

Riders of the Purple Sage - Zane Grey

Wikipedia - "Riders of the Purple Sage is Zane Grey's best-known novel, originally published in 1912. Most critics agree that it played a significant role in shaping the formula of the popular Western genre. ... One of the main aspects of the west highlighted by Riders of the Purple Sage was the distance between towns and the mostly uncharted areas between them. The west was often characterized by little towns approximately 50 miles apart from each other. In these sections, locations like Deception Pass and Surprise Valley are found often. Several thematic elements play a role in Riders of the Purple Sage including the significance of morality, honor, redemption, isolation and religious confrontation."
W - Riders of the Purple Sage
W - Zane Grey
amazon: Zane Grey
W - Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater

Fulcrum Press - Ed Dorn

Idaho Out (Fulcrum Press, 1965). Cover drawing by Fielding Dawson.
"... Clark never claimed to be the author of the authoritative womb to tomb Dorn biography, and A World of Difference certainly leaves plenty of space for others to step forward with their own research on Dorn while providing a lot of helpful primary information, particularly about Dorn in the 50s. As one reviewer notes in the in Edward Dorn: American Heretic, the book on Gunslinger has yet to be written, and of course, it’s the 70s where I see Dorn’s real innovation and brilliance in full form, where he breaks away from the Black Mountain College years and turns toward, what an art historian might call, the ‘mature work,’ while Dorn in the 80s tells me more about that dark decade than Dorn ‘himself.’ But I’m getting ahead of myself."
MIMEO MIMEO: Fulcrum Press
MIMEO MIMEO: Recollections Of Gran Apacheria
MIMEO MIMEO: Manchester Square
MIMEO MIMEO: Some Late Dorn
MIMEO MIMEO: Dorns Views, Interviews, and Other Prose

2007 December: Edward Dorn, 1929-1999
2011 February: Slinger
2011 April: The North Atlantic Turbine

Thursday, September 13

Walden - Henry David Thoreau

Wikipedia - "Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self reliance. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts."
Walden - an annotated edition by Henry David Thoreau - 1854
Walden Study Text
YouTube: Part 1 - Walden Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau (Ch 01), (Chs 02-04), (Chs 05-08), (Chs 09-11), (Chs 12-15), (Chs 16-18), (Ch 17)

2009 April: Henry David Thoreau

Peekskill Project V: The New Hudson River School

"In the 19th century a group of painters who became known as 'The Hudson River School' shared a strong love for the landscape of this region. For them, as for their patrons, it was a love affair with the marvelous landscape of this young country. The period of the Hudson River School was short lived, spanning some thirty years, with Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole and Frederic Church among the most important artists of the 'School.' Several of the artists did not reside in the area, yet continued to be impacted upon and draw artistic inspiration from the beauty of the Hudson River and its surrounds."
Peekskill Project V: The New Hudson River School
Peekskill Project V: Beyond the Museum Walls
Peekskill Project V - Kick Off (Video)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - A short film

"...Cave’s baritone is rich here, a tone more befitting the smooth, heartbroken tone of the song than the strangle he’d been applying to the rest of the Eternity material. The Bad Seeds show early signs of the tender noise they’d perfect over time, with Blixa Bargeld’s guitar feeding back in a sort-of moan while Mick Harvey snaps out a martial dirge. It’s a moving performance, one completely devoid of irony, and Cave’s first naked moment as a solo artist."
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds :: Firstborn Is Dead
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - A short film (PART 1), (PART 2)

Wednesday, September 12

The Turin Horse - Béla Tarr

Wikipedia - "The Turin Horse ... is a 2011 Hungarian drama film directed by Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, starring János Derzsi, Erika Bók and Mihály Kormos. It was co-written by Tarr and his frequent collaborator László Krasznahorkai. It recalls the whipping of a horse in the Italian city Turin which is rumoured to have caused the mental breakdown of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The film is in black-and-white, shot in only 30 long takes by Tarr's regular cameraman Fred Kelemen, and depicts the repetitive daily lives of the horse and its owner."
Guardian: The Turin Horse
Slant: The Turin Horse
YouTube: The Turin Horse - opening scene
YouTube: Béla Tarr Regis Dialogue with Howard Feinstein 1:21:24

2012 January: The Man from London

Heiner Goebbels

Wikipedia - "Heiner Goebbels (born 17 August 1952) is a German composer, music director and professor at Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen and at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Goebbels, who studied sociology and music in Frankfurt/Main, is a composer notable for his mixture of styles, drawing from sources as varied as classical music, jazz, and rock music. He started playing Eislerian music in the Duo Goebbels/Harth (1975-1988) with saxophonist Alfred Harth and has composed music for theatre, film, and ballet, although he has since then broadened his repertoire to concerts. His oeuvre includes the opera Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten (Landscape with Distant Relatives, 2002). Goebbels co-founded the avant-rock group Cassiber (1982–1992) with Alfred Harth, Chris Cutler and Christoph Anders."
Heiner Goebbels
Heiner Goebbels - Biography
Telegraph: Interview with composer Heiner Goebbels
amazon: Heiner Goebbels
vimeo: Heiner Goebbels winner of 2012 International Ibsen Award
A Room for London (Video)
YouTube:Walden - Ensemble Klang, The experience of things, BERLIN Q DAMM(1981), Heiner Goebbels & Alfred Harth - Der Stürzende Mensch, Heiner Goebbels, Alfred Harth: Le rappel des oiseaux

2012 May: Cassiber

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

Astarte Syriaca (1877), Dante Gabriel Rossetti
"Combining rebellion, beauty, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, the Pre-Raphaelites constitute Britain’s first modern art movement. This exhibition brings together over 150 works in different media, including painting, sculpture, photography and the applied arts, revealing the Pre-Raphaelites to be advanced in their approach to every genre. Led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) rebelled against the art establishment of the mid-nineteenth century, taking inspiration from early Renaissance painting."
Guardian - Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde at Tate Britain – in pictures
Guardian: Review

Tuesday, September 11

John Wilcock: New York Years, 1954-1971 (Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall)

Wikipedia - "John Wilcock (b. Aug 4, 1927, in Sheffield, England) is a British journalist known for his work in the underground press, as well as his travel guide books. One of the five co-founders of the New York Village Voice, Wilcock shook up staid publishing in the USA. His influences extended to several continents, including Australia and the United Kingdom, where — in his mild-mannered way — he pushed the boundaries of image and speech. The counterculture was nothing but a dull puddle until Wilcock kicked out the jams and ignited the underground press, which attracted absurd prosecutions that of course boosted circulations. An unsung hero of the sixties, Wilcock also served three years as a travel editor at The New York Times.
The Atlantic - John Wilcock: The Puppet Master of '60s Underground Newspapers
John Wilcock: New York Years, 1954-1971 (Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall)