Thursday, January 31

Gorgeously Decomposed Film Frames from the 1900s

Clip #18088: Barbe bleu (Pathé, 1907)
"Sometimes decay can be as beautiful as perfection. At least that’s the feeling we get looking at these gorgeous 35mm nitrate film frame clippings from the Davide Turconi Project, which we spotted over at 50 Watts. According to Joshua Yumibe, who curated the selection, 'such frames make up a relatively small yet remarkable portion of the collection. As these shapes and hues have tragically faded in disintegrating emulsion, we are left with fragments that, through the workings of time, have transmuted into breathtaking images akin to abstract works of art.' Indeed, each of these images, already art in its own way, has become something mysterious and remarkable — a new life for an old story. After the jump, check out a few of our favorites, and then be sure to head over to 50 Watts to check out the rest of the collection."
50watts: Nitrate-Nocturne
50watts: Nitrate Nocturne 2
Il progetto Turconi

Anselm Hollo

Wikipedia - "Anselm Paul Alexis Hollo (April 12, 1934 – January 29, 2013) was a Finnish poet and translator. He lived in the United States from 1967 until his death in January of 2013. ... Hollo published more than forty titles of poetry in the UK and in the US, in a style strongly influenced by the American beat poets. In 1965, Hollo performed at the 'underground' International Poetry Incarnation, London. In 2001, poets and critics associated with the SUNY Buffalo POETICS list elected Hollo to the honorary position of 'anti-laureate', in protest at the appointment of Billy Collins to the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Hollo translated poetry and belles-lettres from Finnish, German, Swedish and French into English. He was one of the early translators of Allen Ginsberg into German and Finnish."
People Who Died: Anselm Hollo 1934-2013
Poetry, Poems, Bios & More
PennSound: Anselm Hollo
Jacket2: Anselm Hollo (1934-2013)
YouTube: A joyful summit of old savages. "On a traditionally wet and rainy wednesday night in London, on April 18th 2012, one of the most remarkable poetry readings in recent memory saw Andrei Codrescu, Gunnar Harding, Anselm Hollo and Tom Raworth perform excerpts from their work at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury."

Stinkfish New Street Pieces In Uyuni, Bolivia

"Stinkfish and his friend ZAS recently travelled through Bolivia where they dropped a series of new pieces at a train cemetery in Uyuni, Southern Bolivia. The first piece is based on a portrait from 1979 of one of the greatest Mexican photographer: Graciela Iturbide."

Wednesday, January 30


Wikipedia - "A hoodie (also called a hooded sweatshirt or hoody) is a sweatshirt with a hood. They often include a muff sewn onto the lower front, a hood, and (usually) a drawstring to adjust the hood opening, and may have a vertical zipper down the center similar to a windbreaker style jacket. The garment's style and form can be traced back to Medieval Europe when the formal wear for monks included a long, decorative hood called cowl worn a tunic or robes. The hooded sweatshirt was first produced in the United States starting in the 1930s. The modern clothing style was first produced by Champion in the 1930s and marketed to laborers working who endured freezing temperatures while working in upstate New York. The term hoodie entered popular usage in the 1990s."
Rolling Stone
Players Flout the NBA's Hoodie Ban to Stand Up for Travyon Martin

Marianne Faithfull - Broken English: Deluxe Edition

"... That's the thing about pretty faces. We'd much prefer to watch them wilt. We don't expect them to belong to the fighters-- the junkies and monks and cockroaches who'll survive every atomic bomb and suicide attempt and outlive us all. And we definitely don't expect them to make songs as gnarled and candid as the ones on Faithfull's finest record, Broken English, but there you go: the best records are all, in some way or another, the ones that blow a mouthful of smoke in the face of expectation. The world that thought it had tsk-tsked Miss X into submission was probably not ready for Broken English in 1979, and even today as it's released in a deluxe edition, it's still raw enough to make you squirm-- the cracked, undead voice of a woman back from exile to make a record about the simple audacity of staying alive."
amazon - Broken English: Deluxe Edition
YouTube: Broken English 1979, Broken English (acoustic) 2011, Working Class Hero, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, Why d'ya do it 2004, Witches' song, Brain Drain, Guilt (Live on Sunday Night 1988), What's The Hurry?

2010 November: Marianne Faithfull

Back on the Shelf: At the Seminary Co-op

"Nostalgia is a dangerous feeling to indulge. It transforms other people, including old versions of one’s self, into figures whose lone purpose is to lend texture and credence to a diorama of the past. And just as an elementary-school diorama of, say, a Roman frontier fortress, no matter how meticulously researched and constructed, can never convey the totality of what it would have been like to stand sentry in Germania circa 70 A.D., so the version of the past constructed by nostalgia is a distortion, albeit one that relies upon memory (itself a kind of distortion, as neuroscience tells us) and experience to weave what is in essence a fairy tale."
The Paris Review
Seminary Co-op Bookstore - Chicago Theological Seminary (vimeo: Co-op Tour)
Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Tuesday, January 29

The Real George Orwell

"Of course there is no real George Orwell – it was the pen name of Eric Blair – but he was a writer and political commentator who is very hard to pin down. Ever since his early death in 1950, he has been at one and the same time the darling of some on both the left and the right of British politics - whilst being reviled by others. For all the beautiful simplicity of his writing and storytelling Orwell/Blair is a complex mass of confusions – an anti-establishment, pro-English, ex-Etonian ex-policeman and socialist, who was ardently anti-authoritarian. He was as anti-fascist as he was anti-communist, a former Spanish Civil War soldier who was anti-war but pro the Second World War, and so on and so on."
BBC - The Real George Orwell (Video)
George Orwell at the BBC
YouTube: The Real George Orwell (1/6), (2/6), (3/6), (4/6), (5/6), (6/6)
W - George Orwell

2011 July: Spanish Civil War - 75 Year, 18 July
2011 August: Down and Out in Paris and London
2012 March: 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)

Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown

"If you had to pick one album that best represents the pinnacle of the art of dub, you'd cull the candidates down pretty quickly to ten or 12, and it would get very difficult after that. Few would fault you for ending up with this one, though, which stands as perhaps the finest collaboration between two of instrumental reggae's leading lights: producer and melodica player Augustus Pablo and legendary dub pioneer King Tubby. Among other gems, this album offers its title track -- a dub version of Jacob Miller's 'Baby I Love You So' -- which is widely regarded as the finest example of dub ever recorded. But the rest of the album is hardly less impressive."
YouTube: 01 - keep on dubbing - 02 - stop them jah 03 - young generation dub 04 - each one dub 05 - 555 dub street 06 - brace's tower dub 07 - king tubby meets rockers uptown 08 - Brace's Tower Dub No. 2 09 - corner crew dub 10 - Skanking Dub 11 - frozen dub 12 - satta dub 13 - black gunn 14 - 1 ruthland close 15 - 1-2-3 version 16 - silent satta

Please Feed The Meters: The Next Parking Revolution

"There’s plenty to hate about driving—traffic jams, car accidents, speeding tickets—not to mention the endless headache of finding a spot to park. So what if you discovered an invention that could wean us from our vehicles, combating suburban sprawl and making city streets less dangerous, congested, and polluted? Well, that device has been around for nearly 80 years: It’s called the parking meter. Contrary to popular belief, the parking meter was originally designed to keep traffic moving and make more spaces available for shoppers, a measure often lauded by local businesses as much as the public who paid their hourly rates."
Collectors Weekly
W - Parking meter

Monday, January 28

The American Circus

"The circus is a source of nostalgia for Americans of all ages, either from memories of attending P. T. Barnum's 'Greatest Show on Earth,' or through the colorful evocations in many movies, television programs, and books. Interest in the circus phenomenon is unflagging, yet there have been few publications that look closely at how the circus's European origins were refashioned for an American audience. Lavishly illustrated and carefully researched, this volume explores how American culture, values, demography, and business practices altered the fundamental nature of the European circus, and how, by the end of the 19th century, they had transformed it into a distinctly American pastime."
Huffington Post (Photos)
Yale: Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010
History Extra: The American circus (Photos)


Wikipedia - "Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of paper or other material. It usually involves attaching a book cover to the resulting text-block. There is no way to be certain where book crafting originated; it was an evolving art encompassing techniques from a variety of cultures and civilizations."
YouTube: Bookbinding

Sunday, January 27

Patti Smith - Hey Joe / Piss Factory (1974)

"Patti Smith released a cover of the song as the A-side of her first single, 'Hey Joe' b/w 'Piss Factory', in 1974. The arrangement of Smith's version is based on a recording by blues guitarist Roy Buchanan that was released the previous year (and dedicated to Hendrix). Smith's version is unique in that she includes a brief and salacious monologue about fugitive heiress Patty Hearst and her kidnapping and participation with the Symbionese Liberation Army. Smith's version portrays Patty Hearst as Joe with a 'gun in her hand'. Tom Verlaine on lead guitar. 'Piss Factory' is a protopunk song written by Patti Smith and Richard Sohl, and released as a B-side on Smith's debut single 'Hey Joe' in 1974."
Daily Motion: Hey Joe (Video - 1976)
YouTube: Piss Factory

Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers

"Funky sounds have taken us by storm the past weeks and months with a constant flow of outstanding releases from Dojo Cuts, the Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers Souljazz Orchestra, Antibalas, Elikeh and even bass-driven glitch-hop producers like Opiuo and KOAN Sound. However, more than anyone on the list Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers dive far back into the history of the genre to craft new, irresistible tunes. Here it is slow, brutish soul that overpowers and considering Hannah’s impressive, hoarse, earth-shuttering vocals that is not a bad thing at all, even for skank-rhythm junkies like us."
Freegan kolektiva (Video)
amazon: Hannah Williams & the Tastemakers
YouTube: I'm A Good Woman, Work it out, Don't Tell Me, Deep Fried Funk Computer, I've Been Waiting

Allan Kaprow

Wikipedia - "Allan Kaprow (August 23, 1927 – April 5, 2006) was an American painter, assemblagist and a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art. He helped to develop the 'Environment' and 'Happening' in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as their theory. His Happenings - some 200 of them - evolved over the years. Eventually Kaprow shifted his practice into what he called 'Activities', intimately scaled pieces for one or several players, devoted to the study of normal human activity in a way congruent to ordinary life. Fluxus, Performance art, and Installation art was, in turn, influenced by his work."
Allan Kaprow (1927–2006) - The Brooklyn Rail
MoCA: Allan Kaprow–Art as Life
frieze: Allan Kaprow
How to Make a Happening
YouTube: Allan Kaprow at Zwirner & Wirth, NYC (Sept 2009), Fluids: A Happening by Alan Kaprow's, Interacting in Allan Kaprow´s Vacuum Cleaner Fluxus Happening Space. 2010, Allan Kaprow, Meters (1972/2007) Version by Nina Langensand

Saturday, January 26

Paris 1914

"As surprising as this may seem, there are many photographs of Paris shot in direct color from 1907 to 1930. The Autochrome process was developed by the Lumière brothers in 1903. The technique was based on a composite of black and white emulsions passed through a series of color filters (red, blue and green) designed based on potato starch."
PARIS 1914

2009 October: The Lumière Brothers

The Chantays - "Pipeline" (1963)

Wikipedia - "The Chantays are an American surf rock band from the early 1960s, known for the hit instrumental, 'Pipeline' (1963). Their music combined electronic keyboards and surf guitar, creating a unique ghostly sound."
YouTube: "Pipeline"

Xu Bing: Phoenix

"Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, Phoenix. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today's China."
Xu Bing's 'Phoenix' takes flight at Mass MoCA
Google - Xu Bing: Phoenix

Friday, January 25

Vicki Bennett

Vitrine, Leeds College of Art (2012)
"Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett has been an influential figure in the field of audio visual collage, through her innovative sampling, appropriating and cutting up of found footage and archives. Using collage as her main form of expression, she creates audio recordings, films and radio shows that communicate a humorous, dark and often surreal view on life. These collages mix, manipulate and rework original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film, television and radio."
People Like Us (Video)
UbuWeb: Back to People Like Us in UbuWeb Film (Video)
W - People Like Us
vimeo: Vicki WFMU, A Selection of Works by People Like Us (Vicki Bennett)
The Wire - Collateral Damage: Vicki Bennett
WFMU: Something Engaging & Trasformative: An Interview with Vicki Bennett
YouTube: vicky bennett people like us
archive: We Edit Life (2002), Story Without End (2005), Resemblage (2004)

69 “Rabbit Foot Blues” by Blind Lemon Jefferson

"There are three tracks from Blind Lemon Jefferson on the third volume of the Anthology and this is the first one. He was a very popular recording artist during his time and his success launched the standard of the male Blues singer with guitar. The blind Texas street singer remains a mythic and influential figure of the Blues, even if his style was so unique that it was rarely imitated by others during his time. With his high and expressive voice, his creative guitar style, full of licks up and down the neck, his music is one the most lyrical ever recorded in the Blues idiom."
The Old, Weird America (Video)
W - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Where Dead Voices Gather: The Anthology of American Folk Music Project - "Rabbit Foot Blues" - Blind Lemon Jefferson
amazon: Blind Lemon Jefferson
YouTube: Black Snake Moan,He arose from the dead, Match Box Blues, Bakershop Blues, Jack of Diamonds, Southern Woman Blues, How Long How Long

Thursday, January 24

Cafe Au Go Go

Wikipedia - "The Cafe au Go Go was a Greenwich Village night club located in the basement of 152 Bleecker Street. The club featured many well known musical groups, folksingers and comedy acts between the opening in February 1964 until closing in October 1969. Originally owned by Howard Solomon who sold the club in June 1969, to Moses Baruch who closed the club in October 1969. Howard Solomon became the manager of singer Fred Neil. The club was the first New York venue for the Grateful Dead. Richie Havens and the Blues Project were weekly regulars, and the Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt played frequently."
Café au Go-Go 1964 - 1967
YouTube: Cafe au Go Go Documentary Trailer

Cronopios and Famas - Julio Cortazar

"Saturated with the starkness of the pampas, Cronopios and Famas is at once a disturbing and exhilarating collection of short, short vignette-proclamations. Containing little to do with anything and yet much to do with everything, I'd call this a surrealist's fairy-fragments, a lazy Sunday afternoon sundae that at once calls to be slurped in a gulp and teases us into enjoying it languorously."
From "The Instruction Manual" by Julio Cortazar
Google: Cronopios and Famas, Julio Cortazar/Paul Blackburn

Paul Laffoley

Wikipedia - "Paul Laffoley (born August 14, 1940) is a U.S. artist and architect from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following his formal education in the classics at Brown and architectural studies at Harvard, Laffoley came to New York in 1963 to work with the visionary artist and architect Frederick Kiesler, and was also recruited to view late-night TV for Andy Warhol. ... As a painter, his work is usually classified as visionary art or outsider art. Most of Laffoley's pieces are painted on large canvases and combine words and imagery to depict a spiritual architecture of explanation, tackling concepts like dimensionality, time travel through hacking relativity, connecting conceptual threads shared by philosophers through the millennia, and theories about the cosmic origins of mankind."
Official Paul Laffoley Website - Visionary Art Galleries (YouTube)

Wednesday, January 23

Wrapped Floor and Stairway, 1969 - Christo and Jeanne-Claude

"The installation of Wrapped Floor and Stairway was completed on May 20, 1969, and remained in place until June 6, 1969. The entire floor of the gallery, which had been emptied of everything and then painted white, as well as the Flemish staircase with its banister and handrail were covered with house painters' cotton drop cloths. Although the transformation was minimal, it drastically altered the space, generating an atmosphere of silence and spiritual tranquility. As visitors walked on the fabric it changed into rhythmic ripples and folds with a high degree of textural surface and nuance."
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Chicago, 1968-69
vimeo: Christo during the installation of Wrapped Floor and Stairway

 2007 November: Christo & Jeanne-Claude
2009 November: Jeanne-Claude
2010 April: Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence
2010 September: Christo and Jeanne-Claude - The Gates
2010 November: Over The River - Christo and Jeanne-Claude
2012 January: 5 Films About Christo & Jeanne-Claude
2012 June: The Pont Neuf Wrapped

Timelapse-icus Maximus 2012 "A Burning Man for Ants"

"A Miniature Journey to the Black Rock Desert, Home to Burning Man. A whimsical time-lapse film about the Art, People, Mutant Vehicles and Playa that makes Burning Man such a unique place on this tiny planet in our tiny solar system in our tiny galaxy in our tiny universe. Audio Playlist: 1. Passion Pit 'Swimming in the flood' 2. Clams Casino 'I'm God' 3. Tipper 'Puzzle Dust'"
vimeo: Timelapse-icus Maximus 2012 "A Burning Man for Ants" Tilt-Shift Time-lapse by James Cole, Byron Mason & Jason Phipps

2007 November: Burning Man
2009 August: Burning Man - 1

30 Under 30 Women Photographers

"In photography, the traditional place for women is in front of the lens. Visit a modern photography tradeshow like Photokina in Cologne, and most of the visitors you see swarming past are male, with their photography gadgets slung round their necks; whilst the models posing at each booth waiting for you to take their picture on new, state-of-the-art cameras, are predominantly young and female. You could say this is a picture of photography convention: as it has always been, and as it still is now."
30 Under 30 Women Photographers

Tuesday, January 22

The 30th Anniversary Of MIDI: A Protocol Three Decades On

"... The MIDI manufacturer's association, or MMA, is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface - a protocol, a specification, a language spoken amongst music-making machines. MIDI was developed in the early 1980s by a group of five synthesizer manufacturers - Sequential Circuits, Roland, Yamaha, Korg, and Kawai - and quietly conferred in 1983. In January of that year, along with MIDI's chief engineer Dave Smith of Sequential Circuits, electronics pioneer Bob Moog demonstrated a MIDI connection between two synthesizers, a happening Moog recorded in a 1986 article as taking place 'without formality or ceremony.' But 30 years is a significant milestone worthy of ceremony for a standard that has endured in its original 1.0 dialect, while other networking languages are updated and replaced with exponential speed."
The Quietus (Video)
BBC: How MIDI changed the world of music (Video)
roland: 30th Anniversary of MIDI (Video)

Of Gods and Glamour

"This fall, the past returns as over 550 works from 4,000 years of artistic achievement in the Mediterranean region come together in the beautiful new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art. With over 150 exceptional loans from private collections and public institutions around the world complementing the museum’s own rich holdings, this inaugural display allows the Art Institute to present for the first time the origins and early development of Western art from the dawn of the third millennium B.C. to the time of the great Byzantine Empire."
The Art Institute of Chicago
Conservation Station
Chicago Tonight (Video)

Bar Kokhba and Masada - John Zorn

Wikipedia - "Bar Kokhba is a double album by John Zorn, recorded between 1994 and 1996. It features music from Zorn's Masada project, rearranged for small ensembles. The Allmusic review by Marc Gilman awarded the album 4½ stars noting that 'While some compositions retain their original structure and sound, some are expanded and probed by Zorn's arrangements, and resemble avant-garde classical music more than jazz. But this is the beauty of the album; the ensembles provide a forum for Zorn to expand his compositions. The album consistently impresses'."
vimeo: John Zorn - Bar Kokhba & Acoustic Masada @ Jazz In Marciac 2007
YouTube: Sippur - 01. - Live '99 (Masada String Project), Bikkur - 02., Malkhut - 03., Meholalot - 04., Khebar - 05., Teli - 06., Kisofim - 07., Gevurah - 08., Paran - 09., Shihim - 10., Karaim - 11., Beeroth - 12., Kochot - 13., Lahum- 14.

2009 March: John Zorn
2010 August: Spillane
2011 October: Filmworks Anthology : 20 Years of Soundtrack Music 
2012 September: Marc Ribot

Monday, January 21

Wanda Jackson - "Let's Have a Party", etc.

"Wanda Jackson was only halfway through high school when, in 1954, country singer Hank Thompson heard her on an Oklahoma City radio show and asked her to record with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys. By the end of the decade, Jackson had become one of America's first major female country and rockabilly singers."
YouTube: Let's Have a Party, Mean Mean Man - Queen for a Day, Pick me up on your way, Fujiyama Mama, Hot Dog That Made Him Mad

2009 August: Wanda Jackson
2012 October: Honky Tonk Women: The Changing Role of Women

Black History Pearls of Wisdom

"Black History Month, wasn't always a month. At first it was a single day, then two dates, February 12th and 14th -- Abraham Lincoln's and Frederick Douglass' birthdays. In 1926, historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson organized, as it was then called, 'Negro History Week'."
NYPL - Schomburg Center Black History Month 2012 (Video)
Debunking the 10 biggest myths about black history
Pearls of Wisdom Storytellers

Sunday, January 20

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

"One of the most visionary writers of his generation, Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997) was also a photographer. He began photographing actively in New York City in 1953, having his film developed and printed at a drugstore near his apartment on the Lower East Side. After looking through the snapshots and perhaps giving a few to friends, he tossed them to the back of a drawer or the bottom of a closet. Ginsberg later said that these photographs were 'meant more for a public in heaven than one here on earth—and that’s why they’re charming.' Between 1953 and 1963 he took numerous, often exuberant portraits of himself and his close-knit group of friends—such as Beat writers William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, and Jack Kerouac."
NYT: A Beat Poet’s Colorful Crew, in Black and White, NYT:
‘Beat Memories’


On Creating Reality by Andy Kaufman

"... The show presents an extensive collection of ephemera and artifacts from Andy Kaufman's personal and professional life: photographs, correspondence, performance notation, scripts, props and costumes, including his childhood record collection, transcendental meditation materials, hand written drafts of his novel 'The Huey Williams Story,' hundreds of pieces of hate mail he received from women challenging him to wrestle, in addition to numerous personal effects. The exhibition will act as a portrait of an unclassifiable figure in American cultural history whose work has been seminal in the evolution of performance art, new media and relational aesthetics."
NY Art Beat
W - Andy Kaufman
Wrestling Museum
Funny and Fascinating Relics from the Life of Andy Kaufman
Goofing on Elvis: The Short and Extraordinary Life of Andy Kaufman
YouTube: Andy Kaufman performs Mighty Mouse, Andy Kaufman Does Elvis, The Real Andy Kaufman

Saturday, January 19

Guitar Wizards: 1926-1935

"Guitar Wizards: 1926-1935 showcases some of the finest six-string players who resided in the Carolinas and along the Atlantic coast during the period. While it has consistently been afforded less significance than its Mississippi and Memphis counterparts, the area has one of the oldest blues traditions. Still, its recorded legacy remains small in comparison. Many of the musicians here had to make their way to larger cities for recording opportunities."
YouTube: You Gonna Quit Me Blues (Blind Blake, October 1927), Farewell To You Baby - CARL MARTIN (1936, Chicago), BLIND BLAKE (May 1928), Badly Mistreated Man - CARL MARTIN (1936), BO WEAVIL JACKSON - Jefferson Country Blues, Wabash Rag (Blind Blake, November 1927), Memphis Minnie - Bumble Bee, Ragtime Millionaire (William Moore, January 1928), Guitar Chimes' BLIND BLAKE (1929), Sam Butler - Some Scream High Yellow, Carl Martin ~ Joe Louis Blues, Sam Butler ~ Poor Boy Blues, Billy Bird - Mill Man Blues

Meara O'Reilly

"Meara O'Reilly is a sound artist and educator, in residence at the Exploratorium. Current ongoing projects include a curated collection of auditory illusions as found in indigenous folk music traditions, as well as adapting more scientifically established auditory illusions to be presented on homemade acoustic instruments. Instruments under construction include a midi-controlled 18th century pipe organ and a hand-cut glass bell gamelan."
Meara O'Reilly
vimeo: Meara O'Reilly
boing boing: Meara O'Reilly (Video)
YouTube: Chladni Song, Sun Ceremony, Meara's Solo Show, Hemlock Tavern, #2


Möjbro Runestone, ca. 5th century.
Wikipedia - "A runestone is typically a raised stone with a runic inscription, but the term can also be applied to inscriptions on boulders and on bedrock. The tradition began in the 4th century, and it lasted into the 12th century, but most of the runestones date from the late Viking Age. Most runestones are located in Scandinavia, but there are also scattered runestones in locations that were visited by Norsemen during the Viking Age. Runestones are often memorials to deceased men. Runestones were usually brightly colored when erected, though this is no longer evident as the color has worn off."
W - Picture stone
W - Pictish stones

Friday, January 18

Mass: John Wieners

"This segment of Jim Dunn and Kevin Gallagher’s feature, 'Mass: Raw Poetry from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,' focuses on poet John Wieners, and includes contributions from Dunn, Seth Stewart, Ruth Lepson, John Landry, Steve Prygoda, Lewis Hammond Stone, and Wieners himself."

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
2012 August: John Wieners - 707 Scott Street

The Electric Flag

Wikipedia - "The Electric Flag was a blues rock soul group, led by guitarist Mike Bloomfield, keyboardist Barry Goldberg and drummer Buddy Miles, and featuring other well-known musicians such as vocalist Nick Gravenites and bassist Harvey Brooks. Bloomfield formed the Electric Flag in 1967, following his stint with the Butterfield Blues Band. The band reached its peak with the 1968 release, A Long Time Comin', a fusion of rock, jazz, and R&B styles that charted well in the Billboard Pop Albums chart. Their initial recording was a soundtrack for The Trip, a movie about an LSD experience by Peter Fonda, written by Jack Nicholson, and directed by Roger Corman."
The Electric Flag
amazon: Electric Flag
YouTube: Drinkin' Wine (Live), View from the Bottom (Harvey Brooks), 1."Killing Floor" (Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett) 2."Groovin' Is Easy" (Nick Gravenites) 3."Over-Lovin' You" (Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg)4."She Should Have Just" (Ron Polte) 5."Wine" (Traditional) 6."Texas" (Mike Bloomfield, Buddy Miles) 7."Sittin' in Circles" (Barry Goldberg) 8."You Don't Realize" (Mike Bloomfield) 9."Another Country" (Ron Polte) 10."Easy Rider" (Mike Bloomfield) 11."Sunny" (Bobby Hebb) 12."Mystery" (Buddy Miles) 13."Look into My Eyes" (Harvey Brooks, Buddy Miles) 14."Going Down Slow" (James Oden), Fine Jug Thing (The Trip 1967 - Live)

Luanda Baldijão

"High quality ecletic mixtapes by Luanda Baldijão. Lounge, jazz & rare finds." - Tom-B. São Paulo, Brazil.
Mixtapes (Video)
Luanda Baldijão

Thursday, January 17

Reggae Soundsystem 45: The Label Art of Reggae Singles: A Visual History of Jamaican Reggae 1959-1979

"The 45-rpm seven-inch single is at the heart of reggae music, the main vehicle by which reggae music has been communicated to the public by the deejays in the dancehalls of Kingston, and to its worldwide audience beyond. Ever since the birth of the Jamaican music industry, over 60 years ago, and through to the present day, these idiosyncratic label designs have helped illustrate, signify and energize the music they accompany. Reggae Soundsystem 45! features 1,000 stunning 45-rpm single designs, reproduced full size, that span the history of reggae music."

WFMU in the Moroccan Desert: Alchemy At Zahar Festival in April 18-21

"In a never-ending quest to dig out the subterranean sounds from all corners of the earth, WFMU has hooked in with the first-ever Alchemy At Zahar festival for what's sure to be a most amazing event in the Moroccan desert province of Zagora on April 18-21st. ... Ahwach N Tferkine (traditional group from the Souss-Massa Drâa Region, featuring a choir of twelve female singers and four male percussionists), Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (experimental/film noir European combo), Lee Ranaldo (w/Leah Singer, and his band), Pelican (post-rock Chicago metal ensemble), Brothers Unconnected (Alan and Rick Bishop of Sun City Girls, also performing solo sets), Master Musicians of Bukkake (playing the Totem Trilogy), AND the legendary Master Musicians of Jajouka, ethno-prog West Coast stalwarts Secret Chiefs 3, Portuguese psych band Black Bombino, Tinariwin d'Mhamid (young Tinariwen covers band!), Abraxas, and more (full lineup/updates here). A dream lineup for both stations."
Alchemy At Zahar (Video)
facebook: (Video)

INTI New Mural In Valparaíso, Chile

"After a massive mural in Paris, France last year (covered), INTI is now back in Chile where he just completed this new piece on the streets of Valparaíso. The Chilean artist delivers a brilliant new piece entitled 'Resistencia NO es Terrorismo' which is featuring one his signature colourful characters."
Street Art News
facebook (Video)

Wednesday, January 16

"A Sailor’s Life" - Fairport Convention

Square rigger Monkbarns
Wikipedia - "'A Sailor’s Life' is an English language folk song which describes the attempt of a young woman to find her lover, a sailor. Eventually she hears that he has drowned and mourns him. ... It is probably from one of these sources that the song was learnt by Sandy Denny who sang it in her solo career and then brought it to the band Fairport Convention, where with Dave Swarbrick on violin and Richard Thompson on guitar, it was released on the band's 1969 Unhalfbricking album. The eleven minute version, regarded as a pivotal step in the development of British folk-rock, was recorded in one take."
W - A Sailor's Life
W - Unhalfbricking
YouTube: A Sailor's Life - Fairport Convention, Who knows where the time goes, Percy's Song, Genesis Hall, Si tu dois partir, Autopsy, Cajun woman, Million Dollar Bash

Being Flynn

"Being Flynn is a 2012 American drama film starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano, released in select theatres in the United States on March 2, 2012. ... The film follows the story of twenty-something Nick Flynn (Paul Dano), who hopes to be a writer. He has an absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro), who considers himself a great writer and who hasn't seen Nick in years. The movie deals centrally with this strained relationship, but also with Nick's remembrances of his childhood with his now-deceased mother, Jody (Julianne Moore), and interactions with friend/lover, Denise (Olivia Thirlby)."
NYT: Long Trip From Skid Row to the Screen
Focus (Video)
YouTube: Being Flynn

Mark Ward

"Mark Ward does his best to underplay his track, but it’s a wonderfully glitchy bit of atmospheric play, and shouldn’t be missed. In his post, he mentions trimming it down (but it’s still over five minutes long), and he limits his description to the following: 'Electronic babble, guitar drones and stretched voices.' That doesn’t get to the way the pitter patter, pixel-thin, razor-sharp beats prick at the light, ethereal drone of haze that he’s created. Nor does it begin to touch on the track’s structure, the way a deep lull intrudes midway through, tricking the listener into a dark space by suggesting the newfound quiet initially as a luxurious pause, when in fact it’s a tonal shift that flirts with willful, if artful, discomfort."
disquiet (Video)
Flotsam and Jetsam (Video)
Soundcloud (Video)

Tuesday, January 15

Ann Hamilton - Gemini GEL

"Ann Hamilton’s work is founded on the idea of the line – both in its material form as thread, fiber, and hair; and its conceptual form in written and drawn communication. From this deceptively simple beginning point, she creates subtle and profound worlds and objects that stretch our understanding of contemporary life in a technological age and touch upon the deepest reaches of what it means to be human – in particular, our ability to relate to others, build meaningful relationships, and share ideas through communication."
art21: Ink | Full Circle
Gemini G.E.L.
PDF: ann hamilton at gemini g.e.l.: a survey of works 2000 - 2012

2007 November: Ann Hamilton
2009 September: Songs of Ascension - Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton
2010 March: Ann Hamilton - 1
2010 December: Ann Hamilton: An Inventory of Objects
2011 January: stylus
2011 April: indigo blue
2011 December: Objects
2012 November: phora

Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular

"Based on a 2001 symposium at the Getty Research Institute, Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular surveys the artist’s influence on American film, music, and the visual arts. Featuring color reproductions of Smith’s images, as well as essays by scholars, friends, and colleagues, the book explores the life of the 20th-century Renaissance man best known for his definitive Anthology of American Folk Music — a six-record compilation of commercial songs from 1926-1932 that helped facilitate the folk revival of the ’60s. The multifaceted mystic also achieved cult-hero status in the world of cinema for his experimental films, and received critical praise for his rare, freeform abstract paintings."
Mondo Blogo (Video)
Harry Smith Archives
amazon: Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular

2009 March: The Old, Weird America
2010 October: Harry Smith

The Lady of the Lake

Wikipedia - "The Lady of the Lake, Lady of Avalon, is the title name of the ruler of Avalon in the Arthurian legend. There are several related characters in the role which include giving King Arthur his sword Excalibur, enchanting Merlin, and raising Lancelot after the death of his father. Different writers and copyists give her name variously as Nimue, Viviane, Elaine, Niniane, Nivian, Nyneve, Evienne and other variations."
King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table

Monday, January 14

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Wikipedia - "Pier Paolo Pasolini (... March 5, 1922 – November 2, 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual. Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, journalist, philosopher, linguist, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and magazine columnist, actor, painter and political figure. He demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural versatility, becoming a highly controversial figure in the process. While his work remains controversial to this day, in the years since his death Pasolini has come to be valued by many as a visionary thinker and a major figure in Italian literature and art."
Pier Paolo Pasolini
The life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Criterion Collection
Criterion: Trilogy of Life (Video)
YouTube: Pier Paolo Pasolini - The Filmmaker - Documentary (1/3), Documentary (2/3), Documentary (3/3)

Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers

Wikipedia - "Rex Garvin (b. circa 1937) is an American former R&B singer, songwriter, keyboard player and arranger. His writing credits include the 1957 US chart hit 'Over The Mountain, Across The Sea', by Johnnie and Joe, and his own 1966 recording 'Sock It To 'Em J.B.', later recorded by The Specials."
YouTube: Sock it To'em JB - Part 1, Part 2, Emulsified, Believe It Or Not, You don't need no help, Raw Funky, Queen Of The Go-Go, Funky Broadway

Sunday, January 13

Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets

"This ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE NEW YORK SCHOOL POETS—written and compiled by Terence Diggory — is my new (or one of) favorite book(s). Yes it's an expensive hardcover reference book, that could also be used as a textbook, part of the FACTS ON FILE LIBRARY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE series. But it's also one of the best alphabet lists I've ever encountered (and as anyone who has read this blog for more than a few days knows, I love alphabet lists). And I find it totally engaging and—despite my widespread experience in this scene and connections with many involved in it as well as my deep reading of most of the works referred to in it — enlightening."
Lally's Alley
Google - Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets