Jim Shorkey

Je Suis Perdue, by Gigi Gaston
December 31, 2009, 1:14 pm
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This was presented last fall as a found piece of film by Godot of  “tragic” French pop star Gigi. It didn’t take long for it to be revealed as part of Josh Gosfield’s show at NYC’s Steven Kasher Gallery. I still like the song and video.

more More Of This
December 31, 2009, 1:03 pm
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Yesterday’s reading round-up mentioned More Of This, a book that followed an exhibition at apexart. Here is a link to the catalogue from the show.


Celebration At Big Sur

Now that our kid is making his own posts, I should probably be careful I don’t step on his toes and make the same posts as him. At any rate, a couple of days ago he name checked Celebration At Big Sur and I was surprised it didn’t have anything to do with this clip:

The sound is, to be honest, quite awful but it is well worth viewing if only to hear at the 6:08 mark how Stephen Stills was “loved out” of his hostile feelings. Back at 212 Woodfield, we took this as religious law. I’m talking to you Davey and the Brain.

BlakRoc – “What You Do To Me”
December 30, 2009, 11:26 pm
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I can’t say I’m well versed on hip hop, rap, urban – see I don’t even know what to call it – music. I’m a big fan of Mos Def, but from his acting gigs not his music (for the record I am a fan of “Auditorium”). I am liking Blakroc, a project by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Damon Dash, Mos Def, Billy Danze, Jim Jones & Nicole Wray and (as they say) many, many more.

Hem – “Half Acre”
December 30, 2009, 11:14 pm
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I’ve been spending a lot of time in driving lately and I’ve been making good use of the iPod. Today I had a segue between Elvis and Bing. Probably the two voices I would pick off the top of my head as faves. My mind started wandering to other well loved voices and the list seemed to have a distinctly retro feel. My first instincts never seemed to go past the seventies. With effort I realized that Camera Obscura’s Traceyanne Campbell and The Concrete’s/Taken By Tree’s Victoria Bergsman would have to be included. It wasn’t until a few minutes ago that I realized that Hem’s Sally Ellyson would be near the top of the list.

And a more recent tune:

(For those keeping score, that’s one for Scotland, one for Sweden and one for Brooklyn)

Love Is All – “Wishing Well”
December 30, 2009, 10:51 pm
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Used to be that Scotland had the lock on my fave pop bands, more and more it’s Sweden that has been grabbing my attention. Love Is All is a  little of centre, just as they should be.

Here is their geurilla version of the same song:

The EP includes their version of Scotland’s Pastels’ “Nothing To Be Done”.  Here be the original:

Reading Round-Up

Shaun Tan’s Tales From Outer Suburbia reads like a children’s book for big kids. The writing is spare , small and effective, but it is the artwork that brought me to the book.


You never know how each McSweeney’s is going to be packaged., Boxes, pamphlets, junk mail? All have been done, not to mention the issue that came with a free comb. The latest is packaged as a newspaper and was actually sold on the streets of San Francisco on the day it was published. It is chock full of comics, magazines and some of the best writers around including Miranda July, Michael Chabon, George Saunders, Roddy Doyle and many, many more.

The editors of McSweeney’s are also behind, More Things Like This, basically an extended catalogue of the 2008 exhibition at apexart in NYC. The cover probably explains it best, “289 drawings with funny words also on the same drawing”. Contributors include Raymond Pettibone, Ralph Steadman, Marcel Dzama, Chris Ware and the aforementioned many, many more.

The latest Oxford American is the always well anticipated Music issue. This time around there are two disks, one centred on Southern music and the second focused on Arkansas specifically

No one has better credentials in the world of grown-up comics than Art (Maus) Spiegelman and Francoise (New Yorker’s art director) Mouly. Recently they have set up an imprint that creates comics specifically for kids. The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics is a collection of comics from the 1930’s to the 1960’s that inspired them in the first place.

David Levine (December 20, 1926 – December 29, 2009)
December 30, 2009, 11:35 am
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The New York Review Of Books can be a slow heavy read but even when I was skimming through it, I would always slow down to take in every stroke in David Levine‘s fine line caricatures.

John Updike

Lyndon Johnson

Anton Chekov

Boston Spaceships – “Let It Rest For A Little While”
December 30, 2009, 11:13 am
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Robert Pollard is now recording with a regular band, Boston Spaceships. It’s obligated to be uneven, but the better songs rate near his better songs. Even tho’ the band is less than a year old, they already have three albums listed on iTunes.

Les Fleur De Lys – “Circles”
December 29, 2009, 11:48 pm
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From 1966, Sharon Tandy’s sometimes back up band with a song by Pete Townshend and production by Jimmy Page.

And here they are Behind Ms. Tandy: