Saturday, December 20, 2014

New York

Victor Macarol - West Broadway, New York City. 1983

Siri Tollerød

ph: Olivia Frolich

First Lines: Joe Haldeman - The Forever War

"Tonight we're going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man."

Allegra Houghton

Rarely Heard: Muriel Zoe - Your Place

Muriel Zie is a German singer/somgwriter who writes wonderful jazz-tinged songs. So far she has released 4 albums and has received good reviews, but not so much public attemtion yet. She's also an artist and has had several exhibitions so far.

Henrietta Hellberg


Regensburg, December 2014

Vita West

A day in the life, Dec 17

A day in the life, Dec 17, standing outside looking inside

Song Hye Kyo

Friday, December 19, 2014

New Stuff: Only Lovers Left Alive

A birthday gift from our friend Tanja.

Daul Kim

New Stuff: Boardwalk Empire

Our friend Tanja brought us this copy of season 4 from the UK.

Basia Szkaluba

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: George Booth)

Sandrah Hellberg

ph: Chen Man

New Stuff: Vijay Iyer

A birthday gift from my pal Gerhard.

Paz de la Huerta

ph: Eric Guillemain

The Lamp Still Burns (1943)

A nurse and her colleagues face appalling working conditions in a wartime hospital.

Moderate romance with a good cast and a strong emphasis on the nurses' wartime efforts.

Halliwell (no star): "Understated wartime morale-builder, no longer very interesting."

Barbara Palvin

ph: Krisztian Éder

New Stuff: Nature

Who's That Girl?

Art: Michael Hutter

Charissa Du Plessis

Window faces

Regensburg, December 2014

Martha Streck

A day in the life, Dec 16

A day in the life, Dec 16, Christmas decoration

Kate Moss irrégulière

From my vaults: Marion Davies

Kamila Filipcikova

ph: Anna Kovacic

New York

Heather Marks

ph: Xavi Gordo

First Lines: Paolo Bacigalupi - The Windup Girl

'No! I don't want the mangosteen.'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amber Heard

ph: Steven Klein

Rarely Heard: Kristeen Young - No Other God

I discovered New York-based singer/songwriter Kristeen Young via MySpace (when that place was still active) and was instantly intrigued reminding me a bit like a more agreesive Tori Amos (and on No Other God she sounds a bit like Kate Bush). Interestingly, like with me, she grew up in St. Louis, and one of her parents is German. Her album X is a concept album, 10 songs about the 10 Commandments, and none less than Palcebo's Brian Molko sings with her on the first song No Other God. She released her latest album, The Knife Shift, this year.

Vita Sidorkina

A day in the life, Dec 15

A day in the life, Dec 15, standing outside looking inside

Elly Jackson

Platinum Blonde (1931)

A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change.

Mildly entertaining comedy has its witty moments, but is a bit slow and the male lead isn't that convincing.

Halliwell*: "Limp romantic comedy with interesting performance: the film that established Jean Harlow."

Maltin***: "Snappy comedy...Despite engaging presence of Harlow and Young, it's Williams' show all the way."

Tanya Dziahileva

New Stuff: Aphex Twin

In The Wire's Rewind 2014 this is their vote as best album of the year.

Who's That Girl?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Art: Juul Kraijer

Holliday Grainger

Rarely Heard: Iannis Xenakis - Jonchaies

About 30 years ago I bought an Iannis Xenakis LP that pretty much blew my mind: although the compostion was played by a classical orchestra, it sounded like industrial music and seemed to me could have been from a band like S.P.K. or Whitehouse. A friend convinced me to sell him the album, and I could get it from the same source again. But the problem was: it was no longer available. To this day I can't remember which of Xenakis' works it had been, but some day I'll find it. Wikipedia: "Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models in music such as applications of set theory, stochastic processes and game theory and was also an important influence on the development of electronic and computer music. He integrated music with architecture, designing music for pre-existing spaces, and designing spaces to be integrated with specific music compositions and performances."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Esti Ginzburg

A day in the life, Dec 14

A day in the life, Dec 14, at work

Esther Canadas

ph: Christophe Kutner

From my vaults: Hal David

Lorraine Van Wyk

ph: Sanna Saastamoinen-Barrois

New York

Marina Nery

ph:Billy Kidd

First Lines: Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games

When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.