Sunday, July 15, 2018

They don't know what they have here, 2018

Performance. Vancouver Art Gallery, mid-September.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

"Four descending organ notes open the song in a pattern that repeats, unchanged, for the length of the song, joined in time by a hypnotic five-beat drum pattern, then by seemingly random guitar notes that slowly coalesce into an actual riff as the drum pattern breaks down into a more standard (though still tricky) rock beat. Hollow, ringing sounds that could be a gamelan, a prepared piano, or a really large set of wind chimes ricochet around as the guitar, organ, drums, and an almost subliminal one-note bass line gather themselves into a throbbing wall of sound that sounds like an American indie guitar rock version of Can's hyperkinetic Krautrock grooves. Around four and a half minutes in, drummer Georgia Hubley begins singing, in an endearingly offhand manner, vague lyrics that are deliberately mixed well below the rest of the track; in two lengthy verses, the only phrase that even comes close to being decipherable is something that sounds like 'I know you will, I know you will.' Between the two verses, Kaplan unleashes one of his most utterly unhinged guitar solos ever, abusing the instrument in such a fashion that at times it sounds like he's actually yanking the strings off one by one. Hubley guilelessly coos her way into the final verse but finally seems to give up on extracting meaning from the lyrics; as the song starts hurtling toward its climax, Hubley simply starts singing a 'ba-ba-ba-ba' singsong, adding yet another pattern to the mix. The trio developed this song on-stage for over a year before finally recording it -- it was the group's live closer for ages, sometimes lasting over 20 minutes -- and it has a certain epic summing-up quality--"
Friday, July 13, 2018
"I remember coming into Martine's office and sitting by you.  I remember thinking I'm sitting by a raven.  I know you weren't scaring away ghosts."  (Peter Morin, letter to Beau Dick)
@A_Daneshzadeh: "One thing my mother taught me, the more amazing someone's garden is, the more struggle they've had to process through. It's like a landscape of feelings that have been harvested with toil and reflection."
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

My photographs are included in an exhibition opening next week, alongside Marian Penner Bancroft, Rodney Graham, Lyse Lemieux, Kathy Slade, Ian Wallace, Neil Wedman, David Wisdom, Bernadette Phan, & others.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
And you will be changed in everything

Thursday, June 21, 2018
(This may sound silly to some ears,
to those who have no clue what it is to look at things,
And, as such, don't understand those who speak of them
In the way things teach, to those who recognize them.)

(Erin Mouré, loosely, from Caeiro/Pessoa)
Saturday, June 16, 2018
"There had been rare moments when purpose or success or even beauty or meaning seemed irrelevant, and only the exciting awareness remained that he was imitating something, that he was finally doing what something very high up wanted him to do, and that it was his responsibility to keep doing it step-by-step."  (Tim Krabb√©, The Vanishing)

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