Friday, February 20, 2004

Recommendations from friends...

- is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. They provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Most notable is the Prelinger archives, which is comprised of thousands of educational films and old TV advertising.

One particulary enjoyable [an unintentionally bizarre] one is an anti-pornography film produced by financier Charles Keating that links pornography to the Communist conspiracy and the decline of Western civilization.

- There is something brilliant about Tim Davis' photographs. He purposely takes a common indoor photography accident and makes it into his own piece of artwork.

- Who is Jandek?

This article starts:
The longest-running, weirdest, loneliest enigma in popular music is a guy from Texas who calls himself Jandek. His album 'The Beginning' has just been released on the Corwood Industries label (Box 15375, Houston, Texas 77220), which has put out all 28 of his albums and nothing else that anyone knows of.

He now has 35 albums which can be bought for about $10 a piece. Other than his voice the only thing most people know about him is that he lives in Houston and has a P.O. Box number where orders spill in regularly.

He would make JD Salinger and Thomas Pynchon proud.

I've been told to be on the lookout for a cool documentary about this mysterious musician titled Jandek on Corwood. You can watch the trailer here.