Jim Shorkey


Labour Day
September 7, 2009, 9:44 am
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In honour of Labour Day, “Workers Leaving The Factory” by the Lumiere Brothers. Cinema’s first film.



R. O. Blechman – Talking Lines
September 2, 2009, 1:12 pm
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I’ve been a fan of R. O. Blechman since I was a kid watching his squiggly animated ads on TV. I just finished his new book, Talking Lines. I was under the impression that it was going to have some history on him and his work, but it was a collection of his work from his early days at Harvey Kurtzman’s Humbug magazine to more recent work for The New York Times. I was disappointed to not receive any biographical information but was still joyed by his squiggly line work. It’s worth searching his animation reel on his site (link above) for his Alka Selzter spot.

Talking Lines
Talking Lines


Miranda July – Again/Still
September 2, 2009, 12:49 pm
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In a serendipity moment, whilst update this site, my mail came in bringing me the latest releases from Merge Record’s 20th anniversary SCORE series. The first one was curated by David Byrne, but the second one was by…  Miranda July.

SCORE!

SCORE!



Miranda July
September 2, 2009, 12:35 pm
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Recently, I pulled out Miranda July‘s short story collection, No One Belongs Here More Than You. I had started it when it came out, but I like to not read short story collections all at once so that the tales don’t all blend together for me. Recently, I also found a bunch of unfinished magazines from years ago and started finishing them off. One (The Believer‘s 2006 Visual issue) included an interview with July and also included the first issue of McSweeney’s Wholphin DVD magazine which included her short “Are You The Favourite Person Of Anybody?”

2006 Visual Issue

2006 Visual Issue



Miles Davis – “So What”
September 2, 2009, 12:16 pm
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The Detroit PBS station played “The Sound of Miles Davis‘ last week. A CBS special from 1959, the year of Miles’ Kinda Blue as well as Dave Brubeck‘s Time Out and Charles Mingus‘ Ah, Um. The holy trinity that makes most jazz punters call 1959 the acme of all things jazz. The video sequence  is definitely not hi-def, it seems to be from a telecine print. Watching it tho’ makes it hard to not get carried away and easy to see why the hyperbole. It’s the 50th anniversary of these releases, so the show should be making the rounds on PBS. As they say on TV, check your local listings.

The Holy Trinity:

Davis

Davis

Brubeck

Brubeck

Mingus

Mingus