Saturday, July 26, 2008

Team Cat and friends, Needle Peak summit. Left to right: CJB, Rose T. Cat, Doug, Al, Denis
Friday, July 25, 2008
LA Field Trip

"We met with industry professionals such as the band's tour management, the venue staff, the artist liaison, the promoter reps, and venue managers. We were able to learn about budgeting, production, and settlements, and stand in an elevator with Walter Becker.

. . . .

While music engineers were working tirelessly at Capitol Records, music journalism/concert promotion students learned how to enjoy the perks of working on major tours. 'This is the best thing ever,' said Jenay Ross as she ate the homemade donuts."

Long generous article on new works by Incredible Talking Cat co-owner SGB, depictions of "a [city] where no one without relatives or a personal connection to the place would likely vacation or visit":

"Borda's pictures are not a catalogue, and she is not a journalist. Her photographs are compositions with their own language and the exhibition is a conceptual artwork and an ode to the area. There is a payback in terms of civic pride, however. 'Like the Antiques Roadshow, my pictures assign value to things,' she says.

In that her alien accent is helpful, as is the legitimisation of an RIAS platform. Three years on from her East Kilbride residency, reviews of that project are still appearing in the US and Canada.

Borda believes that Scotland is missing a trick in restricting its tourism pitch to the history of Bruce, Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots. And she is absolutely sincere.

'There is a real nostalgia for the 1950s and 1960s, and an appetite for cultural tourism to see public art. Gregory's Girl is still very popular in North America - there could be a market for timeshares in Cumbernauld.'"

From the RIAS website:

"For the realisation of this project, [Borda] has endeavoured to create both a photo archive and a conceptual artwork of the Glenrothes urbanscape. In the production of the artwork, the juxtaposition of ‘ordinary’ images of landscape and objects regularly decontextualise the geography so a viewer might read the pictures in relation to colour, form, and composition; however, the images are themselves actual representations of a specific location. Influenced by the work of photographers Stephen Shore, Geoffrey James, Lewis Baltz and William Eggleston, the suburban attributes of Glenrothes have become part of an interplay between the familiar and the uncommon."
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Stop the presses!

"The typical concert goer at last night's Steely Dan concert was a 50 year old male in hiking shoes" (my italics)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Kitteh: I Can Has. Caption: CJB
A whole lot of anger lurching and crackling inside. A drive east, through Dollarton, concluded on the sloping brown lawn above Deep Cove beach. Little Real Estate Weekly-wrapped cardboard box of cod and chips, wee plastic tub of tartar sauce. A happy black lab swims straight in to shore, tail working furiously back and forth. Clown on cell phone wanders 'round the parking lot, letting the whole world know that he "FUCKED 'ER DUDE!" Sculls and kayaks moving out on the open water. The ambient heat from the Korean grocery's freezer cases.
Sunday, July 20, 2008

Why So Serious?

The ever-changing scar story: a psychopath's Aristocrats, "full of sound and fury." All detail. No analysis, no core.

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