art links, collectedInstructables is an open source website for neat projects and stuff. It's just starting, but it's promising. They have plans for little led+battery+magnet combos that cost less than a buck a piece and look AWESOME. I'm also looking at their guides for screen-printing, bike to chopper conversion, and music-activated light controllers.
strength of signalthe brand underground- i'm all over this shit. this piece from the nytimes magazine examines the streetwear phenomenon and asks if it's an extention of 20th counterculture. are these apparrel and 'lifestyle' companies subverting traditional ideas about branding , or merely putting out a j.v. version of companines like nike?
lime blue times twoI spent all night rummaging through the library catalogue, and here's what i'm checking out: a compendium of pre-crack street style photos, something on industrial music and william s. burroughs, the beautiful losers book, a counterculture reader, three typography manuals, and a history of disco called 'love saves the day.' In the process, I added threemoremovies to my nextflix cue and found a torrent for that Scottish import album of re-edits. To balance out all these 20th century dregs, I'm reading all of the Divine Comedy.
I hope the difference between name-dropping and a syllabus of private education is sincerity, because it's all i got.
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I had a phase this spring where all I would talk about was getting gold fronts. I still think it's a good idea, but it's less attractive now that I'm officially unemployed.
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Monday, July 24, 2006
what you wanna hear I tried to upload this a while back, but things went all crash crash on me. My post went something like: T.I., Grand Hustle, takeover, influence of snap, joke, link.
There's several layers of exploitation here, but it's stubbornly seductive. It's about charming listeners as much as its about the ladies, and it's part of an encouraging trend in r n b. Hardly art already covered this.
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Thursday, July 20, 2006
your tattoo was a bad idea this is how i understand the current pattern of mass distribution of subculture trends.
whoever started the thing the cool people who know whoever people who know too much about cool people blogs, messageboards, etc magazines music tv ads retail stores tv shows people who could give a shit about whoever
i think there are serious books about the history of cool and popular lifecycles of art. i'm not sure if they need reading, though i love this stuff.
it gleam in the light nowhere front- the month of july and the old college try tv on the radio- i was a lover romeo void- never say never turbulence- notorious the pharcyde- she said (jay dee mix) yeah yeah yeahs- gold lion jibbs- chain hang low fleetwood mac- the chain new order- age of consent hot chip- colours (dfa remix)
OVERALL- The snap, crackle and pop are all there, but everything could be a little more milky smooth. I'm taking a break from self-criticism.
WARNING-scary audio drop outs in the last couple of minutes. i guess that makes it harder to cut out the colours. i'll try to figure out the problem.
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the related problems of art, love and sufferingBlack Dice just released a book with picture box. Gore showcase the rhode island to brooklyn noise band, and the new psychadelic collage asthetic that happened on the way. I liked the wilco/picture box collaboration, and i'll bet this one is better.
The photo at left seems to be a digital projector taped to a chair, which is taped to a weight-bearing column. A dvd player and a powerstrip are included. I want one. From the dfa flickr gallery of the Gore publicantion celebration.
One of the best pop songs on the radio has been remixed by an artist on a small Parisian record label. The results are huge. It makes you wonder whether daft punk ever wanted to take a stab at foxy brown. Apparently there are also white label remixes by switch and alan braxe, which is blog for holy shit.
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Sunday, July 02, 2006
we read so many pagesLibrary thing dot com is myspace for booknerds- social networking with professional libraryin' software. Read more here.
Professional sports players are often bad decision-makers.
Money might make you slightly happier, but not as much as you think.
Here's a tremendous anthem from John Lyndon's post-Sex Pistols group. A dash of that post punk jangle-jangle, but subdued with a Paul Simon bassline and pop-rock drums. There are also some cinema swell strings in there, but not in a corny way. The whole piece feels like the end credits music to a lovely 80s coming of age story flick. The lyrics are universal, ambivalent and positive, but we invented language to communicate these messages. Anger is an energy. Let the road rise with you. Public Image Limited- Rise
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The inspiration behind LL Cool J's "Control Myself," DJ Khaled's "Holla At Me Baby (Feat. Rick Ross, Paul Wall, Pitbull, Lil Wayne and Fat Joe," and that Visa check card commercial with the break dancing worm.
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i cannot live without books The Believer's website used to have a feature called "Snark Alert." Literary critics often use their reviews as forums for experiments in self-indulgent invective, discovering new ways to say 'this sucks' instead of identifying and supporting worthy creative endeavours. The Believer trusts in the redemptive power of good art, and finds that disparaging the bad is not nearly as important as enjoying the good, especially since the bad is already so plentiful. Snark Alert affirmed the overall mission of the magazine and put overly and overtly negative critics ON BLAST.
I would like to introduce a related concept, that of the Smarm Alert. This warning system seeks to identify odious examples of writing that's a tad too precious and blurs the line between oddity reporting and post-Onion fake news creativity. I like learning curious facts about the world, and I appreciate elborate imaginings, but I find pieces that smear the line bewtween the two particularly annoying. For my first example, I offer The Believer's"History of Rock Music." The piece gave a history of the rock harmonicon, a sort of stone xylophone invented in Keswick. Reading about an difficult and obscure musicial instrument would have been great, except that joke-y asides forced me to doubt the veracity of the whole article. How else was I to understand the suggestion that John Lennon was the first conceptual rock musician, since he didn't actually play any rocks? What about the 'nine milestones of the genre' subtitle?
Hardy-har-har-har. Is this thing for real or not? Seriously, I am obsessive compulsive and I need to know. Just answer me. Give me a sign. You think I am not smart enough to figure it out on my own, huh? Well, screw you cheeky bastards. C'mon. One little textual hint one way or another? ARGH.