Sunday, November 15, 2009

DâM-FunK Will Melt Your Bones

DâM-FunK's Toeachizown is a debut record so huge it's coming out on five (5!) LP's in 2010.  For now, a double CD treatment will have to suffice.  "Brookside Park" should be a permanent part of any successful weekend.  As much material as there is, you just can't get enough of this.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Red Bull

The NY Times has a fascinating look today into the publication next month of Carl Jung's literally beyond crazy Red Book.  The article discusses how Jung would self-induce hallucinations in an effort to tap his unconscious mind but it fails to mention exactly what he did to make himself hallucinate.  Jung taking drugs a hundred years ago in order to free his mind is something not mentioned but, looking at his drawings and dense German text, it's impossible to conclude otherwise.

The actual original Red Book, previously only seen by members of the Jung family, will be exhibited at the Rubin Museum starting October 7th.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Clash on Cassette

An original collection of cassette tape inspired art can be found here.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Going Underground

About twice a year Soul Jazz Records releases something that doesn't leave your turntable (or iPod) for weeks after you first buy it. Right now there's no escaping Subway. If you're ever in London then be sure to hit Soul Jazz's wallet-emptying shop Sounds of The Universe.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Right One

Like most of humanity, I'm bored by vampires.  Yet Let The Right One In is so elegant and artful it's worth diving into the genre once more. It's probably the most quiet vampire movie ever made. And one of the best. If you have a chance, check it out. Director Tomas Alfredson maintains an atmosphere of tension in the penultimate scene that rivals Michael Haneke's best work. Alfredson has a better sense of humor . . .

Bonus points for naming the movie after a Morrissey b-side.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Francis Bacon, Real Friend

There is a knockout exhibition of Francis Bacon at The Met that must be seen if you are in NYC this summer. The paintings he did of George Dyer (above) are so emotionally satisfying you'll find yourself lingering longer then you ever have in a museum. Even his self portraits (below) are mesmerizing.
Also worth checking out is the movie Love is the Devil with Daniel Craig as George Dyer. Derek Jacobi is uncanny (and campy) as Bacon. It may have been a TV movie made for the BBC (and only available in 4x3 on DVD right now) but it plays like the real deal.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Polly Jean Harvey, Light of the World

PJ Harvey's strong new track, "Black Hearted Love", with John Parish on some serious guitar, is out now. The unreliable Chapman Brothers, who occassionally do good work, directed the official video but, sadly, it doesn't do the song justice. So instead check out when Parish and a barefoot Polly did Leno.

"I want to take you, I want to take you to a place I know . . ."

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Close Encounters

Werner Herzog is on a roll, not counting the Rescue Dawn disaster. Encounters at the End of the World is a must-see movie he made about Antarctica. It's beautiful and extraordinary (not to mention funny) and it will change your life a little.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

I Can Feel It

The Breeders' Mountain Battles is my favorite album released in 2008. Kim Deal is forever.

And here's the band shopping for inspiration in Dayton, Ohio back in December 2007.