Monday, August 30, 2004

Out for a while...

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I'm heading out on vacation in Colorado for a bit so there will be few posts until I get back. Although I will be at a film festival so maybe I will do a couple posts about the films.

Until then here is a list of a few of my daily reads:

Daily GreenCine

Exclamation Mark

I Like

Life in the Present

Plep

The Washington Monthly

Waxy Links

Friday, August 27, 2004

Comic art...

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Tim Biskup is a painter who was raised on Disneyland, Rat Fink, badly dubbed Japanese Sci-Fi flicks, punk rock, skateboarding and underground comics.
(via Comic Book Heaven)

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Children's 78's...

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Vintage children's records from the Kiddie Rekord King. (Via The Cartoonist).

Monday, August 23, 2004

Alan Clarke...

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One of the best unsung directors to ever get behind the camera was England's Alan Clarke. He died in 1990 but he left a handful of really fine, violent, disturbing but ultimately quite enjoyable and unique films many of which were made for television.

Clarks's films come out on DVD August 31st and I recommend you be on the lookout for them.

You can watch some really good short trailers of Clarke's films here. [Check out 'The Firm' and 'Made in Britain'].

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Altered Books...

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Design by Shelley Benjamin

The International Society of Altered Book Artists is a group of artists, hobbyists, professional artists, teachers, librarians, and students, all coming together to form an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Book Altering as an art form. [Books] can be rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned.

Go to the member's gallery for all kinds of good designs.
(Via Neurastenia)
Elmer Bernstein 1922 - 2004

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A few quotes:
** "Music is the ultimate secret world. It's hard to understand the inspiration if you don't work in it. For me, I really have to make my own decisions about what the music should do in the film, although obviously I'm interested in what the filmmaker thinks."

"If you're doing a Western, your music will inevitably be tied to the scenery more so than the characters....Comedies are very difficult. I think if a comedy is good enough, the composer shouldn't write funny music. Write music against the comedy and the story is funnier. I did this in Animal House and Airplane...."

**"My only concern, if I am writing a score for a film, is what's best for this film. What's going to make this film go? I never think of the CD because that's not what this art is about. It's about helping the film go. [T]he minute you're directed to worry about the CD, the art goes out the window."

"Mass communication has brought basically children into the film world, in the United States at least. The demographic of the box office is twelve to twenty. Those are the people who buy the tickets to go to the movies. So in effect, we're making movies for fourteen-year-olds. Now if you make movies for fourteen-year-olds then you've got to have music to match the fourteen-year-old taste."


- Bernstein scored over 100 films including:
The Man with the Golden Arm, The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hud, The Sweet Smell of Success, The Great Escape, True Grit, National Lampoon's Animal House, Airplane, Meatballs, Ghostbusters, My Left Foot, Age of Innocence and Far From Heaven.

Check out Elmer Bernstein's official site.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Monday, August 16, 2004

Olympics...

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The Ancient Olympic Games brought to you by the British Museum. You can follow the games as they were in ancient Greece day by day.
(Via Plep)

I also recommend the short book The Naked Olympics by Tony Perrottet, which is all about the ancient games.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Computer Dolls...


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Ray Caesar is some kind of visionary. Despite the fact that he was born a dog he has a way with computer generated images.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Music...

- If Glenn Miller had written Stairway to Heaven it would sound like this?
This is one section from The Stairway Suite, which tries to approximate what Stairway would sounded like if it were written by Franz Schubert, Gustav Holst, Glen Miller, Gustav Mahler, Georges Bizet and Ludwig von Beethoven. More excerpts of the Suite can be found here. (Via Waxy)

- The Twilight Singers do "Hey Ya!" live. Their 'hey ya' is pretty rambunctuous. (Via FLuxblog)

- Check out this Folk Music Archive. Includes lyrics and songs from old traditional folk.

- Here's a progressive tune by Ninoslav one of my roomates.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Movie Posters Galore...

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Affiches de films is possibly the best international movie poster web site I've ever seen. They have thousands of cool posters. You could waste spend a good hour there. If you only have a few moments check out the poster selection in the "L's".
[Thanks to MRJEFF3000! for the link].

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Photos...

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Art Kane's photos are both timeless and dated. (Via Good Shit which is NSFW)

Monday, August 09, 2004

Baghdad Journal...

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Pfc. Chris Hale at front gate


Really good watercolors by Steve Mumford over at Artnet. (Via MeFi)

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Elsewhere

MY WAR - Fear And Loathing In Iraq is a really fine war blog by a young U.S. Soldier right in the thick of things. He updates often and answers emails with candor.
Children's propaganda Books...

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Soviet Children's Picture Books from the 20's and 30's. (via I Like)

Elsewhere...

Here is a virtual exhibit of covers and pages of such books that were put together by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division at McGill University Libraries.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Book Covers...

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Philip K Dick book covers from all over the world.

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And while we're at it here are a bunch of Stephen King Book covers.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Vintage Hi Fi...

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Cool Album Covers

There are so many good covers I may feel the need to do another post later.(via The Cartoonist)

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Elsewhere...
The ten worst album covers of all time? I actually like #10.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908 - 2004

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A few quotes:

**"For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which—in visual terms—questions and decides simultaneously."

**"A velvet hand, a hawk's eye-these we should all have...If the shutter was released at the decisive moment, you have instinctively fixed a geometric pattern without which the photograph would have been both formless and lifeless."

**"Of all forms of art expression, photography is the only one which seizes the instant in its flight. We look for the evanescent, the irreplaceable; this is our constant concern, and therefore one of the characteristics of our craft...In what we see and reveal to others we are witnesses of the world around it."

**"To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression."

**"In order to ‘give a meaning' to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what he frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by great economy that one arrives at simplicity of expression."


Galleries and Articles
After Image

Photology

Great article from World Socialist website

NPR Audio

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Sticks Stones and Sky...

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Michael Kenna's photos are something special. Sparse, symetrical and simple

His Japanese photos are particularly worth a look.
Rock Posters again...






Aesthetic Apparatus rock posters have that extra edge even though they keep it clean and neat.


Monday, August 02, 2004

Photo Blogs...



Fog and Rust by Matt - your Rashomon host

A Walk Through Durham Township, Pennsylvania has beautiful photos that are taken within a ten mile radius of the photographer's home, and features people, plants, animals, architecture, landscapes and farm life.

Satan's Laundromat is a Brooklyn-based photolog with an emphasis on urban decay, strange signage, and general weirdness.

Daily Dose of Imagery has lots of good photos each day from Toronto.

Eye Control is fine photoblog by Joey Harrison who seems to like hanging out at the city corners and taking photos.

Fotombre is a photo blog by yours truly that I started last month.


Sunday, August 01, 2004

Looking inside...

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Moira Hahn's paintings are worth howling about. (Via the always reliable Life in the Present).
Picture Perfect Jesus...

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Norbert Kox has something to say. Interesting and provocative.