Thursday, March 27, 2014

future islands on letterman

so happy that a band as soulful, strange and wonderful as future islands has made a splash in the mainstream - they deserve every human eyeball and every splice of attention span they get.

the song that really made me fall in love with future islands was TIN MAN watch HERE when came across them in 2011 along with a few other bands (such as mutemath and their album ODD SOUL - actually, come to think of it, I'd alternate endlessly between ODD SOUL and Future Island's In Evening Air - the albums went so well together)

By the way, a slight detour ON the topic of 2011, my brain always comes back to: WHY was that such a great year for music??? were people trying to crank out their magnum opuses (opi?) before the then-pending apocalypse? keine ahnung. future islands' growly charm wasn't for everyone - in fact I tried recommending the album to several friends who said they 'couldn't get past the weird vocals' - their loss, really, - that was

now FF to the present: last week I came across future islands letterman performance (hard to avoid since a co-worker asked me if I knew who they were) I'd only ever seen still photos of the band but never video so was overjoyed when I finally watched it ( as usual, about 3 weeks after the rest of the internet)- it is a romantic, genuine triumph one is unlikely to see online or anywhere for that matter- something to both make you dance and/or bring you to tears...
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You) [Live... BUT just in case that link disappears here is a link to the youtube video minus the Letterman intro FULL ALBUM 'SINGLES' IS STREAMING on the 4AD site HERE and how Kerouac-Brando is the singer, Samuel Herring? Besides the obvious comparisons, a commenter on the Letterman video calls him: the "love-child of Buster Poindexter and Robbie Williams" (hilarious for personal reasons because I ONLY know of Buster Poindexter from his appearance on the Jim Henson Hour when I was 9 years old), future islands on letterman; future islands discography, future islands singer, Samuel Herring

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Oso Seattle Mudslide and the process of liquefaction

My Geology Professor in Seattle was inclined to warn us in great detail about the dangers and hazards of the Pasific Northwest coastal landscape, one of those being liquefaction.  Basically, he recommended that before you build a house or even buy lland you should have a geologist survey it to be sure your bacyard won't eventually end up in your livingroom OR - worse - your town gets buried alive when the getound gets so saturated with rainfall that ir just simply turns into liquid and sloshes over anything in its path... 
pretty terrifying.
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023215066_mudslidemondayxml.html
and here is  State Geologist Dave Norman discussing the science behind the disaster:
http://seattletimes.com/flatpages/video/mediacenterbc3.html?bctid=3387727468001

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Vivienne Westwood's opinion on what passes for Art (from a 2012 interview in I-D magazine)

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

used uNiVERse / noTHing MODeRn courtesy of NGO Berlin at chromoos art festival, das Moosdorf Berlin by Moosdorf Korrektiv

I accidentally sumbled upon this little gem my cousin Nigel sent me back in 2007 in an email shortly after I had moved to Berlin:

"Joseph Conrad once wrote that his purpose as a novelist was simply "to make you see." According to Viktor Shklovsky -- the influential Russian formalist critic of the 1920s and '30s -- our daily, automatic routines leach all the freshness from existence, so that we no longer experience the wonder of the people and life around us. Art's purpose, consequently, is to "defamiliarize" the familiar, to shake up our dulled perceptions, to reinvest the dingy, gray and arthritic universe with richness, color, vitality."

Michael Dirda, THE WASHINGTON POST Book Review 2.3.2007

on that note it is with great pleasure that I announce my participation in the CHROMoos Art Festival at Das Moosdorf, Berlin. 
website: www.dasmoosdorf.com
it is going to be incredible. 
Opening April 5&6, 2014
GAME ON!

used uNiVERse / noTHing MODeRn courtesy of NGO Berlin at chromoos art festival, das Moosdorf Berlin by Moosdorf Korrektiv

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Nina Persson solo show at HeimatHafen Neukoelln, Berlin (and theCardigans on youtube)

Just saw Nina Persson play solo at Heimathafen Neukoelln in Berlin, which was strange and ultimately really good but a lonnnggg time coming. 

Here are a few images from my phone: 

 BRIEF HISTORY: In 1998 (or early 99?) I had tickets to see the Cardigans at the King Cat theater in downtown Seattle but then ended up acting in a play that night. Although I rushed to the theatre as quickly as possible after the show I only really caught the last half of the last song. In 2003 (or was it 2004?) we had tickets to see the Cardigans (also in Seattle) on the Long Gone Before Daylight tour but then the show coincided with the opening Gala of the Seattle International Film Festival - my gf's mother's bf was one of the sponsors so it was jsut too good to pass up and we ended up - very reluctantly - stopping by "the 411 house" where we often hung out (also where J. Tillman aka Father John Misty was living at the time) and giving the tickets away to some lucky folks there. So, yea, fast forward to 2014 - Nina Person solo isn't the Cardigans - and I'll admid for the first 4-5 songs I didn't know what I was seeing or if I liked it at all BUT by the second encore I was sold- she's good and she's still got it, it is just different now. THe Cardigans have a small, but very loyal cult following and that's comething I have never really been able to figure out, but every now and then you come across other people wo just love the band and have for years. For me that started when I bought the album "Life" on a whim in 1995. THe doo-woppy pop and milk and honey vocals were nothing link anything else I was listening to a the time (NIN, WEEN, Smashing Pumpkins, etc.) that that was entirely ok.. So, thanks to the magic of the internet - here are a bunch of songs that made me fall in love with the band, Nina Persson's voice and their evolution throughout the 90s and 00s- also realized that - oddly - because I mainly just listened to this band on CD and didn't have MTV that many of the videos which I've never actually seen before posting this): First off, a link to their Official Music Videos on Youtube: HERE And then jus ta whole bunch of other stuff, but do yourself a favor and play it through headphones or fancy speakers: Erase/Rewind The Cardigans - I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer You're the Storm The Cardigans Black Sanbbath IRON MAN cover The Cardigans GRAN TOURISMO (FULL ALBUM) The Cardigans FIRST BAND ON THE MOON (FULL ALBUM) Emmerdale FULL ALBUM The Cardigans - You're The Storm (Live "At Sen Kvaell Med Luuk" 2003) Also apparently they were rehearsing nov 2013...?

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Weekend Writing and Henry Miller's Work schedule, 1932 - 1933 aka 11 commandments

I have been trying out a new work regimen for writing on the weekends - when you are a 21st century ADD spaz like me you NEED this sort of thing- a physically restictive invironment - ideally a chair that is big and hard to move and scooted up to a table so that you can't jsut hop up and prance off every time every little whim catches your fancy - no, you barricade your body in and clamp your brain in big cushy headphones and stay put until you have put a fet things down in black and white. 
Anyhow, it was inspired by Henry Miller's Work schedule, 1932 - 1933 aka 11 commandments - who better to turn to than him? I suspected that something like this existed out there, and I think I actually came across it in a twitter post by Brainpickings.com - they have become a favorite (even if I have since deleted the Twitter app from all my devices because I was getting sucked in all too often.)
but my most recent attempt at a regimen involves: 
1 hour and 1 minute ON (timed on iPhone or iPad) 
and 6
minutes 6 seconds OFF (free time where I can do things like write this blog post and make coffee and change the music*

HINT: The most effective alarm is the T-Rex Roar ringtone from Jurassic Park. No joke. It says to the brain in no uncertain terms: "Get back to work before I eat you alive." OK, 6 min are up!


FOUND HERE at BRAINpickings (or is it Brain Pickings?
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/22/henry-miller-on-writing/

*NOTE TO SELF: now listening to Autechre's Confield (purchased at Amoeba records) and Poliça's new album Shulamith (purchased at their show the other day- I aLSO interviewed them for nothing but hope and passion nothingbuthopeandpassion.com - super nice folks!) and Zomby's new album With Love (which I bought on CD at Rasputin Records on Haight Street in SF)

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Zen and the art of the Berghain door policy

when asked by a friend of a friend
"how to get into Berghain"
(or, I guess, about the Berghain door policy) this was my response:
"hi- honestly - gosh... as far as I can tell 
there is very little rhyme or reason to it -
even regulars get turned away every now and then.  
as far as I can tell I have heard they don't like big groups
and bros and tussis are usually automatically out - and Brits. 
don't dress too nice and don't be loud and drunk in line -
supposedly they favor germans (or at least german-speaking locals?) but I don't have much evidence for that-
and i as far as I can tell if you are asian or black you have no problem getting in
 - most Germans seem overly-afraid of being accused of racism...
(but then again they seem have no problem turning away Spaniards and Italians... )
that is about all I got - 
but honestly every time I tried to plan it out and thought i'd get in I didn't 
and then every time 
I went impulsively and was dressed like crap and expecting to be turned away 
I - ironically - ended up getting in - soooo - go figure! 
plan b: if I don't make it in I usually just go to Eslewhere and have an amazing time. Although Berghain is considered the holy grail of Berlin clubs I have just as much fun anywhere else... 
good luck!"
While we are on be topic I stumbled across this article by the NY Times' Nick Kulish about the fascinating life and photography of Berghain doorman Sven Marquardt http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/03/world/europe/03germany.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Name "Vyacheslav Polyak" seems to be involved in an email scam

Warning: Name "Vyacheslav Polyak" seems to be involved in an email scam

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Disney cassette tape stories from the 80s and my biased views on all that...

More evidence why Kids of the 1980s might be the last American generation to have truly badass imaginations...
Because we were listening to analog audio tapes instead of just passively endlessly watching things...



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Thursday, January 02, 2014

The story of Superman books by Random House

Visiting a friend in San Francisco and I noticed he had these Story of Superman books published by Random house back in 1980 and I freaked out "I can't believe you have these! I had them as a baby/kid - used to read them back and forth constantly!" Even just the inner binding cover time warps me back...







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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dress your CD spindles in (snorkel) masks and sunglasses

If you are an 'old' guy like me and you still have tons of CD spindles floating around the nether regions of your apartment (which DO come in hand every time a hard drive dies, btw) you can very well dress them up with masks or old sunglasses, see:

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Jerry Saga: found in a label-maker...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lesser-known science: Houston's Hierarchy of Wants




Courtesy used universe / nothing modern, Berlin

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

"Jean Jeah. Clair Huxtable." NGO Berlin broke-ass brushes remix of 032c Rihanna cover

clair huxtable 032c rihanna cover remix 2013 courtesy NGO berlin originally posted HERE: http://used-universe.tumblr.com/post/70072881845/jean-jeah-clair-huxtable-ngo-berlin-remix-of
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Monday, December 02, 2013

The future of video gaming according to 1991

The future of video 
gaming according to 1991 (Found in an old German computer and video game magazine)

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Accidental DIY - XQ Max push up handles double as an excellent iPod/ iPhone holder

I rarely post about products 
But in a recent attempt to get more fit -
as one does when one starts to notice
that the ol' metabolism isn't what it used to be- i bought some push up handles... and although i still haven't used them as push up handles or push up grips or push up bars - whatever these ridiculous things are called) anyhow, turns out they make for a great iPod/ iPhone holder. Wonder if they know this...?
XQ Max push up handles double as an excellent iPod/ iPhone holder

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Friday, November 08, 2013

NGO Berlin interview excerpt

"Art cannot afford to be commodified - penned-in in a gallery, which is essentially a minimalist store - art, if it is to have any relevance at all here and now and in the future - needs to be feral, ferocious and effing relentless in its pursuit of truth and goodness and eff all the other bullshit."

NGO Berlin
2013

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Old Dirty Bastard Hologram FULL VIDEO Wu Tang Clan ODB at Rock The Bells 10

Old Dirty Bastard Hologram FULL VIDEO Wu Tang Clan ODB at Rock The Bells 2013 http://youtu.be/wBYgBJioQvw

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