Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lisa Emilie Grøndahl

Rarely Heard: Magic Dirt - She Riff

Magic Dirt who barely got noticed at home in Australia let alone abroad were one of the most consistent grunge bands of the 90s. After the release of a self-titled 1995 LP and subsequent live dates supporting Pavement, Sonic Youth, Hole and Dinosaur Jr., Magic Dirt became the subject of a major label bidding war, they signed a contract with Warner Bros. and were still releasing albums about once a year until 2009.

Emilie Ellehauge

ph: John Ciamillo

A day in the life, Aug 8

A day in the life, Aug 8, objet trouvé

Rhayene Polster

ph: Fabiano Pedrollo

From my vaults: Norm Crosby

Maud Welzen

ph: Gemma Booth

New York

Robert Frank - New York City, 1947

Darla Baker

ph: Ryan Bailey

First Lines: Luigi Pirandello - The Late Mattia Pascal

One of the few things - perhaps the only one - that I know is that my name is Mattia Pascal.

Nastasia Ohl

ph: Dilia Oviedo

Rarely Heard: Little Annie - Strange Love

Last year I attended with my pals as usual the Swans concert in Munich. I did know that the Italian band Larsen (who I'll introduce in a later entry) would be support, but when we arrived they were announced together with the singer Little Annie. It was a wonderful surprise and a great concert! My pal Gerhard and I became instant fans (and everybody I've been playing her songs to), and I've started collecting her albums and trying to purchase her out-of-print autobiography You Can't Sing The Blues While Drinking Milk. She's a first class chanteuse and painter, poet, writer, performing and recording artist, actress and has a long, illustrious and eclectic recording career since the 70s. Besides lots of collaborations (Wolfgang Press, Crass, the ON-U Sound stable, Paul Oakenfold, Kid Congo Powers, Current 93, Nurse With Wound, the late Bim Sherman, Coil, Fini Tribe, Collapsed Lung, Larsen, Swans, and many fine others) she has released a string of wonderful albums. Her Song Strange Love may be familiar to some as it was used as the soundtrack for Levi's "Dangerous Liaisons" advertising campaign in 2007, garnering several awards, including the Cannes Lion, but I assume that it has been rarely heard in its entirety. Over time I'll be including more songs from her extensive oeuvre.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Kremi Otashliyska

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2014

Eva Riccobono

A day in the life, Aug 7

A day in the life, Aug 7, Regensburg by day

Lindsey Hoover

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Lorenzo Mattotti)

Jacquetta Wheeler

ph: Greg Kadel

New Stuff: Brigitte Fontaine

I just recently was told this album was made with the participation of Sonic Youth!

Ola Zieminska

Zoo (2007)

A look at the life of an Enumclaw, Washington man who died as a result of an unusual encounter with a horse.
Subtle and stylish documentary about an elsewhere sensationalized case of zoophilia which avoids - and misses - making a point on the subject.

Olga Polienko

New Stuff: The Double

I recently finished reading Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, so I am looking forward to see this recent adaptation.

Chanel Iman

ph: Chris Shintani

Candy (2006)

A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin.

Well-staged and played romance under the harrowing influence of drug addiction, but stays way behind the impact of the similar Requiem For a Dream.

Maltin**1/2: "Murky account...Well acted, but the scenario is overly familiar."

Allison Harvard

New Stuff. Nature

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Emil Cadoo

Gabriella Holsten

ph: Janne Rugland

Rarely Heard: Paul Kossoff - Tuesday Morning Blues

Kossoff achieved immortality when still a teenager with his guitar solo on Free's "All Right Now". But when he died of drug-induced heart failure, he was only 25. Had he been able to overcome his problems, he could have given Clapton, Beck and Page a serious run for their money as the finest British blues guitarist of them all. (Nigel Williamson, The Best Music You've Never Heard).

Rosanne Doosje

ph: Dennison Bertram

A day in the life, Aug 6

A day in the life, Aug 6, objet trouvé

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: David Crosby

Drielle Valeretto

New York

The Streets of New York City in 1908

Alexa Chung

First Lines: Carlo Emilio Gadda - That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana

Everybody called him Don Ciccio by now.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Marlena Szoka

ph: Wendy Bevan

Rarely Heard: Daniel Johnston - The Story Of An Artist

As with other talented but troubled artists such as Syd Barrett, Brian Wilson, and Roky Erickson, Daniel Johnston fights a daily battle with the chronic mental illness that has plagued him nearly his entire life. However, despite recurrent bouts of delusional behavior wherein he has physically endangered himself and others, Johnston has carved out a respectable, influential career as a singer/songwriter of extraordinary talent who has grown since his first crudely recorded cassette was released in 1980. He became the singer/songwriter of choice of the alternative/underground rock scene, and at various times has had his work championed by members of Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Butthole Surfers, Half Japanese, Nirvana (Kurt Cobain was often photographed wearing a Daniel Johnston T-shirt), and numerous others. Johnston was the subject of the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

Josilyn Williams

A day in the life, Aug 5

A day in the life, Aug 5, smokers' box

Sasha Beznosyuk

ph: Kim Knott

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

From my vaults: Cathy Lee Crosby

Tasha Franken

New York

The Statue of Liberty as seen from Jersey City in 1973

Josephine Skriver

ph: Regan Cameron

First Lines: Giovanni Verga - Mastro Don Gesualdo

They were ringing sunrise mass at San Giovanni; but the village still slept heavily, because for three days it had been raining, and on the plough-land you sank half up to your knees.

Chloe Lecareux

ph: Steven Chee

Rarely Heard: Rowland S. Howard - Pop Crimes

Rowland S. Howard was a pivotal figure on the Australian punk and post-punk music scene, helping to give birth to a fiery, original sound as a member of The Birthday Party, Crime and the City Solution, and These Immortal Souls along with a wide variety of collaborations and solo projects. Howard's blunt, reverb-drenched guitar sound gave his music a dramatic impact that few could match on the instrument, and he was enjoying a resurgence of interest in his career when he died in late 2009 at the age of 50.

Isla Fisher

A day in the life, Aug 4

A day in the life, Aug 4, at work