Archive for June, 2008

Beck – Gamma Ray

June 30, 2008

Beck is streaming a few new tracks from his upcoming album Modern Guilt on his MySpace page.

While I haven’t kept up with Beck’s every move, I’m a big fan and always happy to hear what he is up to.

Both Orphans and Chemtrails are worth listening to but I advise going right for the kick ass Gamma Ray with it’s infectious, groovy, and old school beat.

It hits you hard and fast as it comes racing out the gate.

The new album marks his first collaboration with Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, and will be officially released on July 8th.

Best Bar Mitzvah Speech

June 30, 2008

For a thirteen year old kid, he’s asking a lot of valid questions about faith and religion. He’s also pretty funny and looks a bit like a young Adam Sandler.   

Photograph #12

June 25, 2008

Untitled, New York, NY, 2008

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Renan Luce – Repenti

June 23, 2008

Another French song worth listening to, this one about the mafia by the young French singer Renan Luce.

Supposedly he’s a Georges Brassens fan too.

Thrift Find: Nun With Cross

June 23, 2008

Another strange and incredible find at a Brocante in Avignon. It’s supposed to be sewn onto the front of a pillow or something like that but I might just hang it on the wall.

I couldn’t resist especially given the 5 Euro price tag.

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Hal Ashby

June 23, 2008

still from Being There directed by Hal Ashby

Most people have seen or at least heard about Harold & Maude, the hilarious and touching film directed by Hal Ashby. Ruth Gordon plays Maude, an eccentric and impulsive old woman. Bud Cort plays Harold, the suicide obsessed teenager. The two meet and become unlikely friends and soul mates.

I remember being told to see the film on numerous occasions years ago. Although I’m not exactly sure why, I resisted seeing it for quite some time which is regrettable considering how wonderful a film it really is.

Harold and Maude put the Ashby bug in my brain.

A few years later I watched Being There. Peter Sellers stars as a middle aged gardener who’s had very little contact with the outside world except through what he has seen on television.

Although very different from Harold and Maude in tone and style, Being There is certainly another strange and comical film directed by Hal Ashby.

I became even more intrigued by Ashby as a director. I wanted to see as many of his films as possible.

Over the years I’ve managed to see a bunch:Shampoo, Bound for Glory, The Landlord, The Last Detail, and Coming Home, most of them on the big screen. Each film is drastically different from the next making it difficult to discern an exact Ashby style or signature. It’s probably the reason he isn’t a household name like Scorsese or Coppola and yet it’s probably what makes his work so damn interesting.

Looking at his filmography one can see his quirky influence on many contemporary filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Alexander Payne and David O. Russell.

Good Magazine has written an informative feature about Ashby that includes a bunch of contemporary filmmakers discussing their favorite Ashby films.

Read the article and see Ashby’s films (if you haven’t already), you won’t be sorry.

Hercules And Love Affair

June 22, 2008

I was happy to see the current write up about Hercules and Love Affair in the Times today as I’ve had them on heavy rotation during the past couple of months.

Their brand of dance music is totally infectious and I hope to see them perform live on August 8th at Irving Plaza here in New York City even though Antony probably won’t be joining them.

I admit that Antony’s contribution is what initially got me interested in their music but as I’ve listened to the album, I’ve grown to love many of the other tracks where he isn’t the one singing.

If you like addictive music with a damn good beat or if you are a fan of bands like LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Chromeo or !!!, you should definitely check them out.

Photograph #11

June 21, 2008

Untitled, Brooklyn, NY, 2008

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Alain Barriere – Elle Était Si Jolie

June 21, 2008

We heard plenty of great French songs on our journey through France but I found this one by Alain Barriere from 1963 to be quite haunting and beautiful.

I actually remember hearing this song as a kid driving along with my mother in the car, it definitely brought back some old memories.

Barriere sings about a girl he used to know who was so pretty that he couldn’t love her and so pretty that he couldn’t forget her.

Paul Graham – A Shimmer Of Possibility

June 21, 2008

I only spent a few days in Paris at the tail end of my journey.

Having just missed Man Ray at La Pinacothèque and Alec Soth at Jeu de Paume (get ready for the Avedon Retrospective up next), I searched through the current issue of Pariscope to discover what exciting shows were left to be seen. Pariscope is such an amazing resource for film, theater, art and music listings that it makes Time Out and The Village Voice read like toilet paper.

I caught Paul Graham’s A Shimmer of Possibility exhibition at Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire. I had to cross a huge Communist Party parade to find the gallery but it was worth the effort.

Installation view of A Shimmer of Possibility

I was very curious to see how the project would translate onto the wall considering how well organized the photographs are in the collection of books he published earlier this year.

Not all the groupings from the books are on display but there’s enough to get a good sense of the overall feel of the project. As I’ve only spent a short amount of time looking at the books, it would be hard to make a direct comparison but I found many of the images to be more immediately engaging on the wall than when I saw them in the books.

I also found myself wondering about Graham’s method for capturing these images, are these hand held images captured on the fly with a digital point ‘n shoot as he was walking down the city street?

Not that it really makes a difference as the final result is what matters most, but I almost felt like he could have shot most of the exhibition in a single day. The photographs have a studied yet fleeting sensibility to them while at the same time there are multiple images of a single subject shown over (what appears to be) a brief span of time.

Take the virtual tour at La Fabrica Galeria to get a better idea of how the exhibition in Paris was installed.

I think it would be wonderful if a museum or a gallery like Gagosian or Zwirner could devote enough space to an exhibition of the entire project as a whole, it’s probably the only way to do complete justice to the series as represented in the books.

Paul Graham’s A Shimmer of Possibility closes today so if you are in Paris reading this right now, you’ve only got a few hours left to catch it.