Saturday, January 17, 2015

A day in the life, Jan 16

A day in the life, Jan 16, Regensburg by night

Ho Yeon Jung

From my vaults: Danielle Dax

Shiya Zhao

ph: Max Abadian

New York

Bettie Page

First Lines: Michael Crichton - The Andromeda Strain

A man with binoculars.

Stacey Martin

ph: Taea Thale

Rarely Heard: Soap&Skin - Vater

I'm a great fan of Soap&Skin, the musical project of the Austrian musician and composer Anja Plaschg. "...often drawing comparisons between Plaschg and celebrated female singer/songwriters such as Cat Power, Nico, Kate Bush, and Björk" ( I'd say her compositions show a very individual musical vision, all meticulously created song poems, often little operas in themselves, like the song Vater. She's been successful in her home country and a bit in France and Belgium, but I'd say she's deserves much more attention. Most of her songs are not in German, I have included a translation of Vater's lyrics below.

Stop all the clocks,
prevent the dog from barking at the wheel,
wherever i impact i'll find you
you fall into the shadows of days
as silence and stab
i drink a dozen bottles of wine
and would rather be a maggot

the coffin collapses
the flowers fall onto your cheeks
first white then blue then grey then green then foam then leaves and dust

please put yourself out of my mind out of my house
who else should i cope the horror
with which heart?
with which body?

wherever i impact i'll find you
you fall into the shadows of days
as silence and stab
i wait for you returning home
i never wanted to be a maggot more than now
beeing a maggot
beeing a maggot

Let me in, in, (your) bones
being hard as you are
let me in your eye
i want to see
pass the test
without pain
without pain
without pain
let me in
you stone

not going to be saved by waiting, by wine, by screaming

for everything in the world
that keeps you alive
i smash my firmament
which collapses under you
until you tilt
and finally show up again

Catrinel Menghia

A day in the life, Jan 15

A day in the life, Jan 15, a light in the gutter

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cassie Ventura

Blade Runner (1982)

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Groundbreaking sci-fi thriller in noir style with a coherent bleak vision of the future, perfectly designed, still achieves to amaze even today.

Halliwell**: "Gloomy futuristic thriller, looking like a firework display seen through thick fog, and for all the tiring tricks and expense adding up to little more than an updated Philip Marlowe case."

Maltin*1/2: "A triumph of production design, defeated by a muddled script and main characters with no appeal whatsoever. However, the film has a fervent following. Loosely based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

Karley Parker

New Stuff: Django Unchained

Admittedly, I haven't watched it yet...

Izarbe Zumeta

New Stuff: Alien Anthology

So far I didn't have any of the Alien movies, now I got them altogether for a reasonable price.

Natalia Vodianova

R.I.P. Kim Fowley

Antonina Vasylchenko

ph: Haylee Barsky

New Stuff: The New Yorker

(art: Ana Juan)

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Rossella Bellusci

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Helena Severin

ph: Nicole Maria Winkler

Rarely Heard: The Raincoats - Fairytale in the Supermarket

"One of the more unusual bands to rise from the British punk explosion of the 1970s, the Raincoats were post-punk before punk's first act had fully played out; they had little interest in the speed or velocity of the Clash or the Sex Pistols, instead embracing a more open and dynamic approach which incorporated purposefully chaotic arrangements that made the members' lack of instrumental experience a virtue rather than a drawback. They also occasionally employed acoustic instruments (particularly violin) as well as percussion that showed influences of reggae and world music, and sang lyrics that dealt with feminism and personal politics in a direct yet non-dogmatic manner." ( They're still active today.

Sigrid Cold

A day in the life, Jan 14

A day in the life, Jan 14, evening

Alexandra Knight

From my vaults: Richard Dawkins

Charlie Brogan

ph: Chiara Magnolia

New York

Columbus Circle (1933)

Lily Cole

ph: Signe Vilstrup

First Lines: Kurt Vonnegut - Cat's Cradle

Call me Jonah.

Sigita Nedzvecka

ph: Txema Yeste

A day in the life, Jan 13

A day in the life, Jan 13, objet trouvé

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mayara Rubik Marchi

ph: Bob Wolfenson

New Stuff: Gazelle Twin

Number one on The Quietus Albums Of The Year 2014!

Vlada Roslyakova

ph: Takahiro Ogawa

Morning Glory (2010)

An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts.

Barely sufferable romantic comedy that makes you think: why can't they make them right anymore?

Maltin***: "Bright, funny comedy...All three stars hit the bull's-eye, but it's a special treat to see Ford in such an atypical role."

Who's That Girl?

Art: Nazif Topçuoglu

Ji Hye Park

R.I.P. Francesco Rosi

Liu Dan

ph: Chen Man

Rarely Heard: Pale Saints - Sight of You

Ethereal pop band the Pale Saints formed in Leeds, England, in 1987. Unfortunately, they only released three albums with the label 4AD. They were loosely labeled as shoegaze and lisening to their you can understand why. I play their albums quite often, especially when I have visitors, since their sound is agreeable to most of my friends, despite that they are not so broadly known of.

Lupita Nyong'o

A day in the life, Jan 12

A day in the life, Jan 12, standing outside looking inside

Kate Moss irrégulière

From my vaults: Skeeter Davis

Jennifer Connelly

New York

Virginie Ledoyen