Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Song a Day

Terry Poison - Comme Ci Comme Ca

By accident I came upon this catchy electo-pop tune; Terry Poison is an Israeli girl band. I found this clip by Chriss Leech intriguing, it reminds me a bit of the Prodigy's infamous Smack My Bitch up.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Scan a Day

Indeterminacy 177

Xenia never wanted a party to end.
Once, in Seattle,
when the party we were at was folding,
she invited those who were
still awake, some of whom we’d
only met that evening, to
come over to our house.
Thus it was that about 3:00 A.M.
an Irish tenor was
singing loudly in our living room.
Morris Graves, who
had a suite down the hall,
entered ours without knocking,
wearing an old-fashioned nightshirt
and carrying an elaborately made wooden
birdcage, the bottom of which
had been removed. Making
straight for the tenor,
Graves placed the birdcage over his head,
said nothing, and
left the room. The
effect was that of snuffing out a
candle. Shortly,
Xenia and I were alone.

Alexa Chung

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A Song a Day

Frank Zappa - Black Napkins

As you may know I've always been a fervent Zappa fan. Actually I admire his early 60s works the most. Besides being a great musical innovator he is highly admired as guitarist. There is some dispute how good he was on the guitar, no doubt he truly knew how to play. But even if you don't count him among the giants on guita, I always thought that his solos were exciting and revealed him as composer while playing improvisation. This particualr solo we used to sing to, it was available on a bootleg, and now I find it at YouTube. We always found his "Thank you thank you thank you AND GOOD NIGHT" funny. Now you can see it!

Kate Moss irrégulière

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Into the Wild (2007)

Great movie! The story of this 'Super-Tramp' is quite compelling and with its tragic ending touches a topic that I've always found interesting: the naivieté of Thoreau's nature romanticism.

I still need to read the book.

Daria Werbowy

ph: Paolo Roversi

Indeterminacy 57

I was visiting

my Aunt Marge.

She was doing her laundry.

She turned
to me
and said,
“You know?

I love this

much more
than I do your Uncle Walter.”

- John Cage

Kemp Muhl

ph: Ruven Afanador

About a Boy (2002)

Not bad, even though it has Hugh Grant in it...

Kristen Stewart

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tasha Tilberg

Indeterminacy 171

Virgil Thomson and Maurice
Grosser were driving across the
United States.
When they came
to Kansas,
Virgil Thomson said,
“Drive as fast
as possible,
in no case stop.
Keep on
going until we get out
of it.” Maurice
Grosser got hungry and
insisted on stopping for
Seeing something at the
end of the counter,
he asked what
it was,
and the waitress replied,
butter pie.” Virgil
Thomson said,
“You see what I mean?”

Maggie Cheung

Shi mian mai fu (2004)

Wonderful and beautiful romantic yarn with some breathtaking action scenes and the always mesmerizing Ziyi Zhang. I never miss any of her movies. I've seen this one 4-5 times now.

Qi Shu

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Emmanuelle Beart

Ai no borei (1978)

Basically this is a very classic ghost story, but after his Ai no corrida it seems Oshima needed to add some strong sex scenes. Nevertheless, they do not distract from the main story, but actually accentuate the passion involved.


Indeterminacy 13

There was an American man from Seattle who
went to Japan to buy screens. He
went to a monastery where he had heard
there were very special ones and managed
to get an interview with the Abbot,
who, however, didn’t say a word during
the entire time they were together.
Through an interpreter, the
American made known his desires, but
received no comment of any kind from the
Abbot. However, very
early the next morning, he received
a telephone call from the Abbot himself,
who turned out to speak perfect
English and who said that the American
could not only have the screen he wanted for
a certain price, but that,
furthermore, the monastery possessed an old
iron gate that he could also purchase.
The American said,
“But what on earth would I do
with an old iron gate?” “I’m sure
you could sell it to a star in
Hollywood,” the Abbot replied.

- John Cage

Frank Zappa

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Strangely, I keep reading that this quite efficient horror thriller is a remake of the old classic, but it actually is a straight continuation which even includes the ending of that movie re-staged with the same actor.

Ziyi Zhang