We seem to have lost pretty much all of 2011, but somehow this old gear still seems to work. We’ve had moves, a hosting switch, and all the distractions that come from giving a proper attempt at life. Needless to say, there’s some cobwebs to blow out around here. That said, well, it is what it is.
Online life can be a funny thing, and I’ve seen plenty of wizened commentary announcing the death of blogs (so 2002) and the rise of social media. Good on ya. Love it. Use it relentlessly. Not quite the same though as creating a space, an ambiance, even a fractured one. Social media is information, connection, conversation. But it’s not experience. I suppose I look at blogging in the same sense as writing a novel in the vein of Don Delillo or Ben Elton. Apparently random, disconnected, fractional. But seemingly despite that, it creates an over arching narrative. There’s a story told through metaphor. Nobody looses the plot, They just can’t predict it.
At any rate, what I really intended to say was welcome back.
I hope you stick around. I think there might be some good bits coming up.
Most of these choices have the common denominator of being released in the 70′s or close to it (within a few of years) but still having that feel of that time. Great music and great feelings abound! I am having one of the of those nostalgic mornings where I want the good feeling music surrounding my ears and intertwining the cobwebs within my currently, motionless mind.
So, without further delay….enjoy this small collection of some great songs by very talented people. Youtube always finds a way to suck me in on Saturday but it does feed the hunger. I didn’t choice these videos based on the video but solely based on the version of the song.
Strange as it may seems, as it turns out both Cash and I share the same favorite Holiday movie.
Oh yes, what else could I be referring to but Satoshi Kon‘s acclaimed Tokyo Godfathers? And it’s only fair that in that spirit of Giving that’s so embalmed in this season that we bring to you our own small offering of Peace and Light.
(really, JMAF Excellence Prize; that is some seriously heavy shit right there.)
And Runaways. (The one’s with good taste in bottled water).
And Regretful Alchoholics. (Who make good in the end).
And Drag Queens. (Really, really nice and responsible ones).
And abandoned Babies. (I think that might be mostly decor).
In all honesty though, this is quite possibly one of the most realistic yet uplifting traditionally Holiday films I’ve ever come across. By far surpassing Its a Wonderful Life, or even (god help me) A Charlie Brown Christmas.
I made it a point last year to purchase a copy (do it!) and I literally insist upon watching it the week before Christmas. This movie will be shown in gratitude each year by my household for perpetuity. Its about time we remembered that at one point or another we all came from the streets, wherever they may be, and give acknowledgment to the struggles of others.
Even us hyphy white bastards.
Merry ChristmaHanukKwanzaaiHajira (or Yule for my folks) to you all, with the very best wishes to all from everyone at BoL! [Read more →]
COAST CITY – One of the biggest stigmas still attached to comics is that they are low brow. Uncouth. Degenerate.
But it’s not all like that. Yes, sadly, much of comicbookery is very smart and very interesting and very, very well illustrated. Many comics have won prestigious literary awards and run the gamut of subject matter including social commentary, political commentary, and sexual commentary (and the boobs implied therein) – yes, comics have it all. It’s not all about men in tights and improbably proportioned women.
That said, comics featuring these men and women can be used to express the same high-falutin’, literary, socio-political drama. And, apparently, they can be made in using gouache. This is perhaps most true in my second recommendation:
I didn’t get back from the studio until 2 am last night so Monday’s post will happen today. My semester is almost over. All my projects are done, and now I only have a couple of final critiques left. I’ve had little sleep and my beard is half grown in, shaving that today. I also woke up to find out that the German program at my university has been cut, apparently they thought if they did it during finals week everyone would be to busy to notice or care. Well played USM. Verdammt schwein! Kulture ist nichts, Profit ist alles. Sorry… the German leftist rebel in me is rearing its ugly head.
Speaking of German left-wing radicals, I recently watched a really interesting movie about the Baader Meinhoff Gang. They were the hippies radicals that started the RAF. For those of you unfamiliar with them they were sort of a German version of the Weathermen, but way more dangerous and didn’t blow themselves up.
German hippies were is some ways very similar to American hippies, protesting the Vietnam war and marching against corporate imperialism were standard, however the Generation Gap was much more severe. At this point Germany was still being run by former Nazi party members, that’s right pickings were slim the only people left that could run the country had been. So, while no one talked about Hitler or National Socialism anymore, the system that put him in power was still more or less the status quo. So you can imagine how much more extreme things were.
The German post war movement wasn’t completely about radicalism and urban guerrilla warfare. Some really cool things came out of that era, in fact BBC just released a documentary on Kraut Rock ( an English term). As Germany was forced to find a new identity they pioneered some amazing sounds, much of which influences almost everything we hear on the radio today. The “Krauts” intentionally sought out a new sound that was not rock or blues based, that would have been to American or British, and they certainly couldn’t rely on past German conventions. So they looked to technology and incorporated synthesizers in their music. Afrika Bambaataa was quoted in saying if it wasn’t for Kraftwerk there would be no hip hop.
“But Gestalt there are six of them, I don’t have time for that.”
Well, even if we can’t save the German department, we can at least understand how much we have been influenced by the German culture. I’m talking about the good stuff, na klar. Trust me, this documentary goes by really quickly and it’s worth it to watch David Bowie completely ripping them off on his Heroes album. That’s right, David Bowie and Brian Eno completely ripped two albums worth of material right out the Kraut Rock play book. And I thought the competition on Glee was harsh.
In part 3 of 6 there is a scene where the drummer from Can, Jaki Liebezeit, coming from a strong jazz background, was told to play monotonously. Monotonously!?!….yes this moment blew my mind this repetitive jazz based trance music set the stage for what is broken beat dance music today. Basically these guys were more or less looping breaks with out having to sample anything but themselves playing live and in the moment. Watch the videos,and I know what your thinking.