Posted in Uncategorized, tagged AC/DC, animated gifs, Back to the Future, Big Brother, Big Other, Byron the Bulb, Caravaggio, Cardassians, christmas, Continental Philosophy, David Bowie, David Warner, Donald Barthelme, Gravity's Rainbow, Jean-Luc Picard, John Madera, Nick Lowe, Nirvana, Saint Paul, Star Trek, The Borg, The Flash, The Goonies, Thomas Pynchon, Tiny Toons, Twitter, werewolves on October 23, 2012 |
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What’s happening in this image?
The leftmost light bulb is exploding.
Why would it do that?
Perhaps it wanted to? It’s the suicidal counterpart to Gravity’s Rainbow‘s Byron?
Well then it simply overheated?
No. Please note that it hasn’t blinked out.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged 2001: A Space Odyssey, 7-Eleven, A D & Jeremy Talk about Movies, A D Jameson, A Mind Forever Voyaging, A Simple Twist of Fate, Alexander Kluge, alien, apichatpong weerasethakul, Applebee’s, Back to the Future, Bangkok, Blissfully Yours, Chicago Metra, Daily Variety, David Bowie, Der große Verhau, Duncan Jones, DVDSavant, Fantastic Four, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Howard Hawks, Inception, Invaders from Mars, Jean Luc Godard, Jeffrey Wright, Jeremy M. Davies, Justin, Kick the Machine, kluge, La jetée, Michael Crichton, mindfuck films, Monica Bellucci, Moon, Mysterious Object at Noon, Pauline Kael, Philip K. Dick, Planet of the Vampires, Quantum Leap, Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s, Sakda Kaewbuadee, salapao, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, science-fiction, Scott Bakula, Sliding Doors, Source Code, Stan Lee, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Wars, Syndromes and a Century, Tears of the Black Tiger, technobabble, Thai, Thailand, The Big Mess, Thor, time travel, Tropical Malady, Unbreakable, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Vera Farmiga, Wesley Willis, Wisit Sasanatieng on May 23, 2011 |
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[You click this link, you go back to the first installment, which found me and Jeremy unable to get service at an Applebee’s, following a screening of Duncan Jones’s Source Code. Increasingly hungry, increasingly desperate, we debated the nutritional value of our napkins and tablecloths, before Jeremy remembered that Applebee’s coats all such textiles in an indigestible plastic (to prevent sullen teenagers from rending or defiling them). Our gazes fell upon the Awesome Blossoms sizzling on our various neighbors’ tables.]
A D: Let’s keep talking about movies; it’ll distract us.
Jeremy: Capital! I liked Source Code better than Thor, I’d say (though not so much as Ang Lee or Bill Bixby’s Hulks). Because Source Code is a nice little movie. Though not as nice or little as Moon, Duncan Jones’s debut.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged 1979, Afrika Bambaataa, ambient music, Art Garfunkel, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, “Rapper’s Delight”, Bad Timing, Blood and Guts in High School, Brian Eno, David Bowie, DJ Kool Herc, Fear of Music, George Lucas, Jean Luc Godard, Jenny Holzer, John Lennon, Kathy Acker, Lodger, Manhattan, McDonald’s Happy Meal, Music for Airports, New Romantic, New Wave, One Trick Pony, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie), Scary Monsters (And Super Freaks), Sony Walkman, Stanely Kubrick, Stardust Memories, Sugarhill Gang, Talking Heads, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Truisms, Universal Zulu Nation, What Were You Doing in 1979?, Woody Allen on May 5, 2011 |
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged A Clockwork Orange, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Amy Hempel, Andy Kubert, Ann Beattie, apple pie, Bernard Herrmann, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brazil, Carole Maso, Charles Shultz, Chris Claremont, Citizen Kane, Dan Green, David Bowie, Donald Barthelme, Douglas Adams, fine art vs. craft, Frank Miller, Franz Kline, Fresh Air, Henry Darger, Ira Glass, Joy Williams, Kathy Acker, Kurt Vonnegut, Lloyd Alexander, Marc Silvestri, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman, Michael Nyman, Nadia Boulanger, Nintendo Power, NPR, Orson Welles, Peter David, Peter Greenaway, Philip Glass, Prospero's Books, Raymond Carver, Ronald Sukenick, Sacha Vierney, Samuel Beckett, Shakespeare, Stanley Kubrick, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Terry Gilliam, The Empire Strikes Back, The Legend of Zelda, The Lord of the Rings, Thomas Pynchon, William Gaddis, Wolverine, X-Men on December 1, 2010 |
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Leonardo #1, page 17 (1987) (detail; First Publishing reprint). Art by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
My father, who once trained as a baker, taught me when I was a kid how to bake an apple pie. I don’t know where he got the original recipe from; I highly doubt that he invented it. Certainly he didn’t invent the idea of baking pies. And he didn’t invent the idea of baking an apple pie.
He was very clear about certain instructions:
- always use Granny Smith apples;
- always use ice-cold water;
- touch the dough as little as possible.
Since then, I’ve baked several apple pies, and over time I’ve modified the recipe slightly, but it’s essentially the same (and I never violate his prime instructions).
When I make a new apple pie, I’m not doing anything new.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Blondie, Brian Eno, Camille Saint-Saëns, David Bowie, Devo, Glenn O'Brien, Gong Show, Joey Arias, Klaus Nomi, Kristian Hoffman, Mink DeVille, Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, New Wave, Oingo Boingo, Saturday Night Live, Talking Heads, Television, The B-52's, The Cars, TV Party on November 7, 2010 |
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Debbie Harry of Blondie
Part 1: The Post-Punk Revival
Part 2: Post-Punk
Part 3: No Wave
Part 4: New Wave (UK)
Part 5: New Wave (US)
In this installment, I’ll be looking at the late 70s American side of New Wave. Whereas British New Wave (The Stranglers, The Jam, The Boomtown Rats, e.g.) strikes me as emerging from punk, or at least leaning fairly closely to punk, US New Wave seems a pretty different animal. It has some clear punk tendencies:
- looking backward nostalgically to “simpler” 50s and early 60s rock;
- fast tempos, with aggressive basslines and drumming;
- a minimalist tendency toward building songs around short, repeated melodic phrases;
- shouted/declaimed/half-sung lyrics;
- political overtones;
…but at the same time it’s also very different, being:
- much more theatrical (and often more overtly bizarre and weird);
- much poppier;
- more willing to draw on “opposing” musical trends, such as glam, prog rock, and (later on) dance styles, such as world music and disco.
That all said, both US and UK New Wave share some similarities:
- art/experimental overtones, resulting in complex songs often built around punk back beats;
- an all-around angularity;
- the heavy use of synthesizers;
- an overall geekiness, with singers often exaggerating their faces while performing.
Not every band shares all of these characteristics, of course, but we’ll see plenty of them below…
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The “cover” song is a widespread phenomenon in the world of music, and one that not too many people are unfamiliar with. Covers are a tricky game, but they are almost always done in homage to the band that originally wrote the song, which makes listening to them even more fascinating for me. If I love a song chances are that I’m not going to like even the best of cover songs as much as I do the original (see any Beatles cover), but just as often I will hear a cover of a song I’ve never heard before and it will open up a new artist to my attention (like REM did with Lou Reed for me when I was a freshman in high school).
Side by Side will place cover songs next to their original. Not for analysis, but for consumption, comparison, and the general well-being of your brain.
In celebration of the fact that I’m seeing the Pixies, one of my all-time favorite bands, tomorrow, I thought for the first installment I’d use them as my first subject. And because of the rare fact that there are two covers of Pixies songs that I love every bit as much as the originals, this one will be a super-sized edition.
Here’s “Cactus” as performed by the Pixies and then by David Bowie:
And here’s the Pixies doing “Mr. Grieves” followed by the TV On The Radio cover:
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