Friday, July 29, 2005
Everyone who mourned the demise of the "independently funded nonprofit art space" this page takes its name from will be pleased to hear that I'm involved in opening a somewhat similar space in Mount Pleasant. No name yet. Shared curatorial responsibilities amongst 3 collaborators -- me, Steven Tong (Centre A, Gallery 69), and Adam Harrison. More details, including address and exhibition announcements, in due course.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Stones Throw Records DVD/CD compilation, videos and live TV appearances by MF Doom, most of the Madlib aliases, etc., plus a 74 minute, 43 track mix CD by Peanut Butter Wolf featuring all of the above and more. Recommended to me by fellow digger and Pulpfiction regular Moka Only.Posted by Picasa

Crowds of hollering drunks, sidewalk vomit, knife fights, screeching cars, clouds of acrid grey smoke....must be time for this year's Celebration of Light!

(Off momentarily to the late screening of Hustle & Flow, which will hopefully get me home about an hour after the crowds empty out of the neighborhood)Posted by Picasa
Charles Stross' Accelerando -- available free for download under a Creative Commons license, my pick (having already read about 3/4 of the text) for best science fiction novel of the year.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Madlib is Not Himself Today -- LA Weekly profile

"He’s not even someone else, but five different people: vibraphonist/psychiatrist Amhad Miller, guitarist Malik Flavors, bassist/physicist Monk Hughes, pianist Joe McDuffrey [sic] and drummer Otis Jackson Jr., together known as Yesterdays New Quintet (YNQ).

This latest bizarre brainchild was inspired by one of Madlib’s great loves, jazz, as the Quintet updates the funky fusion sound of the 1970s with a touch of hip-hop aesthetics. Unlike rap artists who merely sample jazz songs, the YNQ project has pushed Madlib to become a musician himself by learning how to play keyboards such as his original Rhodes electric piano and then using synths to add instrumentation as varied as kalimba (thumb piano), electric bass and guitar. Adding to the challenge was the fact that Madlib had to compose each track one element at a time. 'Sometimes I’d start with the drums, sometimes the bass lines, and just try to improvise,' he says, and then he’d return to the beginning and layer the next instrument, rewind and repeat until 'it sounded complete to me, and I was satisfied with it.'"

The Sounds of Saturn

NASA records gas giant busily channelling Sun Ra (amazing 1 min. sound file)

"Saturn is a source of intense radio emissions, which have been monitored by the Cassini spacecraft. The radio waves are closely related to the auroras near the poles of the planet. These auroras are similar to Earth's northern and southern lights. This is an audio file of radio emissions from Saturn.

The Cassini spacecraft began detecting these radio emissions in April 2002, when Cassini was 374 million kilometers (234 million miles) from the planet, using the Cassini radio and plasma wave science instrument. The radio and plasma wave instrument has now provided the first high resolution observations of these emissions, showing an amazing array of variations in frequency and time. The complex radio spectrum with rising and falling tones, is very similar to Earth's auroral radio emissions. These structures indicate that there are numerous small radio sources moving along magnetic field lines threading the auroral region.

Time on this recording has been compressed, so that 73 seconds corresponds to 27 minutes. Since the frequencies of these emissions are well above the audio frequency range, we have shifted them downward by a factor of 44." (thx dru)
Monday, July 25, 2005

Stevie, by Yesterdays New Quintet. "Malik Flavors -- percussion. Monk Hughes -- bass. Otis Jackson Jr. -- drums. Joe McDuphrey -- keys. Ahmad Miller -- vibes. All songs written by Stevie Wonder." Googling each "individual musician" yields surprising (but not entirely unexpected) results. Posted by Picasa
ART (Aesthetically Rejected Thing): Truck Nuts. America is not the world? Thankfully.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
"Can I turn my trade slip into cash? I keep coming in here, but you never have any new books."

Reality check: 6000 new books in since last weekend (count 'em!). Complaint delivered to a clerk whose neck and upper torso was completely obscured behind new paperbacks stacked twenty high on the counter.

Other delightful requests:

National Geographic magazines

Babysitters' Club and Goosebumps (wretched kids' series)

• "Where's your 8-track section?"

• Irving Stone (early 60s potboiling bestseller, a staple of every thrift store in North America)

Full moon city in here this afternoon!

EK Modernism: SGB checks in from Scotland with a new portfolio of pictures. Posted by Picasa
ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Morrissey's America Is Not The World

Steely blue eyes with no love in them scan the world, and a humourless smile with no warmth within greets the world, and I, I have got nothing to offer you. No-no-no-no-no, just this heart deep and true, which you say you don't need..."

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