Saturday, August 23, 2014

Kirstin Liljegren

ph: Jürgen Teller

Rarely Heard: 23 Skidoo - Kundalini

23 Skidoo were one of the early British industrial bands loosely associated with Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. Although I was a fervent fan of industrial, their sound was actually too commercial for me; it's very rhythmic - danceable - and intregates diverse ethnic sounds. And, indeed, as I checked them out for this entry, I read that their first album, Seven Songs, went straight to number 1 in the Independent charts in 1982. Still, I'd suggest they are worth a revisting after all these years.

Anouck Lepere

A day in the life, Aug 22

A day in the life, Aug 22, window display

Tamara Suarez

From my vaults: Celia Cruz

Astrid Heeren

ph: Jeanloup Sieff

New York

Sun Feifei

First Lines: Antonio Tabucchi - Indian Nocturne

The taxi driver wore a hairnet and had a pointed beard and a short ponytail tied with a white ribbon.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Daphne Guinness

ph: David LaChapelle

Rarely Heard. ...And You Will Know us by the Trail of Dead - Another Morning Stoner

I'm really not sure how popular this artsy alt-rock band, but I suspect they don't get much airplay. Their concert in Munich a couple of years ago was very well attended, though. Besides having one of the longest band names I know of (often mentioned as AYWKUBTTOD or simply Trail of Dead), they're arguably one of the best and most exciting live bands - and one of my favourites.

Isabella Albonico

ph: Yale Joel

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2014

Estella Boersma

ph: Betina du Toit

A day in the life, Aug 21

A day in the life, Aug 21, standing outside looking inside

Cecilie Kvorning

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Danny Shanahan)

Christy Turlington

Misery (1990)

A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan.

Good psychothriller with some black humor and at least one topnotch performance, otherwise a little bit predictable.

Halliwell**: "Impeccably directed, tense thriller."

Maltin**1/2: "Extremely well acted, but the suspense ebbs and flows; there was much more nuance, and more interesting development of the relationship between fan and prisoner, in the novel."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Arnulf Rainer

Katya Grechenkova

Rarely Heard: Zeebee - Be My Sailor

Zeebee (Eva Engel) is an Austrian singer-songwriter who has been recording herself since the age of five, touring with Birmingham's Pigbag aged seventeen, releasing records on the Swiss label Off Course with her band D-Sire in the late 80's. Then starting to work as a ghostwriter, copywriting and taking flying lessons, raising two families and recording her musical ideas in her own studio in Austria. Besides performing as a solo artist she also is the singer of fellow Austrian Klaus Waldeck's band. her songs mix a variety of musical styles and often have a retro feeling to them, although they are produced with modern techniques.

Charlbi Dean Kriek

A day in the life, Aug 20

A day in the life, Aug 20, objet trouvé

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Robert Crumb

Greta Danisova

New York

Gwen Verdon atop 488 Madison Avenue on May 17, 1953

Arizona Muse

ph: Katja Rahlwes

First Lines: Alberto Moravia - Time of Indifference

Carla came in.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Milagros Schmoll

Rarely Heard: Yo La Tengo - Five-Cornered Drone

The Hoboken, New Jersey-based Yo La Tengo, founded in 1986, have explored the extremes of feedback-driven noise rock and sweetly melodic pop, shading their work with equal parts scholarly composure and fannish enthusiasm. Prolific and mercurial, they have ultimately transcended their myriad influences to ensconce themselves as a beloved institution of the indie community.( They are still around today.

Rie Rasmussen

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A day in the life, Aug 19

A day in the life, Aug 19, objet trouvé

Rachel Bilson

ph: Frankie Battista

New Stuff: Nature

Kim Cloutier

ph: Chris Nicholls

New Stuff: The Unwinding

The German translation is a no. 1 bestseller in Germany!

Nastya Kusakina

Drop Zone (1994)

A tough cop teams up with a professional skydiver to capture a renegade computer hacker on the run from the law. 
Standard action thriller with a plot construed as excuse to add as many parachute stunts as possible.

Halliwell (no star): "A stunt-driven thriller, in which breathtaking aerial acrobatics do not make up for the absence of a suspenseful narrative."

Maltin**1/2: "Solid if predictable actioner...The scenario is preposterous, but there are enough dazzling airborne stunts to keep you entertained."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Emil Alzamora

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Annalynne McCord

Rarely Heard: X-Ray Spex - I am a Poseur

X-Ray Spex was far from the only female-centered British punk act, but they were arguably the best, combining exuberant energy with a cohesive worldview courtesy of singer and songwriter Poly Styrene. Formed in 1976 by school friends Marion Elliot (Styrene) and Susan Whitby (saxophonist Lora Logic), X-Ray Spex exploded onto the punk scene with one of the era's great singles, the feminist punk rallying cry "Oh Bondage, Up Yours." With Logic's sax stating the melody semi-tunefully and Jak Airport's guitar laying down a wash of distorted chords, Styrene's vocal, especially on the chorus, is a marvel. Along with the early Sex Pistols and Clash singles, this was one of punk rock's great moments.(
At the time I became a fan of Lora Logic and collected all the projects she participated with (she even worked with The Red Crayola!). Poly Styrene produced her last album Generation Indigo in 2011, but died (breat cancer) before it was released.

Melanie Laurent

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2014

Kateryna Fedorchuk

A day in the life, Aug 18

A day in the life, Aug 18, standing outside looking inside

Kate Moss irrégulière

From my vaults: George Crumb

Bianca Klamt

ph. Alexander Neumann

New York

Marina Nery

ph: Emma Summerton